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april 2013

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Consultation Alternative Names for North & South Islands? ......................... 3 Exploring for Gold in Taupo Volcanic Zone: Tender ................. 3 Changing Maori Land Laws … ................................................. 3 … & Maori Television Service Amendment Bill ........................ 4 Fencing Around Swimming Pools: Simpler Rules? .................. 4 Disabled People & Rail Crossings ............................................ 4 Changing the Way NZ Sets Standards ..................................... 4 Review of NZ’s Retirement Income Policies ............................. 5 NZTA: Funding for Local Transport Services ........................... 5 Ombudsmen Investigate Consultation on School Closures/Mergers ..................................................................... 5 Service Industries Inquiry: Productivity Commission ................ 5 Exporting/Importing Human Sperm, Eggs & Embryos .............. 6 Fireworks Displays: Issuing Test Certificates ........................... 6 NZQA to Monitor International Student Care? .......................... 6 Consultation on Registered Nurse Prescribing ......................... 6 Civil Aviation Authority: Review of Airspaces ........................... 7 Consumer Price Index Committee: Advice to Stats NZ ............ 7 RCEP Free Trade Agreement .................................................. 7 IRD Consultations .................................................................... 7 Department of Conservation Consultations .............................. 7 Historic Places Trust Consultations .......................................... 8 Electricity Authority Consultations ............................................ 8 Reserve Bank Consultations .................................................... 8 PHARMAC: Infections Medicines Restrictions Revisited .......... 9 Fisheries Consultations ............................................................ 9 Environmental Protection Authority Consultations.................... 9 Food Safety Consultations ....................................................... 9 Auckland’s (Great Big) Plan ................................................... 10 Maori in Australia: Two Surveys ............................................. 10

Rural Drought Throughout ............................................................... 10 Forest Growers Vote “Yes” to Compulsory Levy .................... 10 Drought & Climate Change..................................................... 11 Plan a Drought Event ............................................................. 11 Dairy Farmers Wanted for Energy Saving Scheme ................ 11 $8 Billion Potential in Maori Freehold Land ............................ 12 Farm Sales ............................................................................. 12 Wine Labelling Agreement Benefits NZ Winemakers ............. 12

Environment A New Kind of Conservation Department ............................... 13 Five New West Coast Marine Reserves Approved................. 13 New Timber Trail Cycle Ride in Central North Is .................... 13 11,300 Years of Climate Change ........................................... 13

Dealing with Health/Education Needs of Children in Care ..... 15 Adventure Tourism: New Safety Checking System… ............ 15 … & Maritime Safety Guides for Adventure Activities............. 16 Using Social Media in Emergency Management .................... 16 Primary Health Care for Pacific Peoples: Report ................... 16 The Pressures of Caring: Research ....................................... 16 What Older People Can Expect from Home Support ............. 17 Health Code Amendment: Protecting Newborn Blood Samples ............................................................................................... 17 How Well are Whanau Ora Practices Doing?......................... 17 What Makes Us Live longer: Study ........................................ 18 Support For Young Asthma Sufferers: Research ................... 18

Education/Training Your Local School Board Needs You ..................................... 18 Eligibility for School Bus Services: Rule Change ................... 18 Paying for Novopay Errors ..................................................... 19 Student Loan Repayment Rate Up… ..................................... 19 …& IRD & Customs: Finding Student Loan Defaulters .......... 19 Check Skills/Qualifications Wanted by Industries ................... 19 Cellphone Cyber Bullying Research ....................................... 19 Scots College App: a First for NZ School ............................... 20

Employment Starting Out Wage Now in Place ............................................ 20 Monday-ising Waitangi/Anzac Days: Update ......................... 20 Mental Health Workers Win Wage Discrimination Case......... 21 The Attraction of Temping: Survey ......................................... 21 More Doctors Per Head Than Lawyers .................................. 21 Ranstad Award Winners......................................................... 21

Housing/Building House Prices: Up, Up, Up ...................................................... 22 What Should You Be Paying in Rent? .................................... 22 Leaky Homes: Latest on Claims & Assessments ................... 22 Choice in Community Living for Disabled People… ............... 22 … & Next Wave of Community Living: IDEA Services ........... 23 More Retirement Village Units being Built .............................. 23 Recall of Syneco Fly screens from Bunnings ......................... 23 Factsheet: All About Asbestos ............................................... 23 Wellington Flats Shortlisted for Global Award ........................ 24

Energy .......................................................................... 24 New Penalties for Disrupting Mining Activity .......................... 24 Funding Renewable Energy Projects for Pacific Countries .... 24

Transport & Travel

Get the Flu Jab, Be OK .......................................................... 14 New Food Health Labelling Regulations in Place ................... 14 Better to be Injured Than Ill? .................................................. 14 Impacts of Lowering the Drinking Age .................................... 15

New 2013-15 Road Safety Plan ............................................. 25 More Details About Vehicle Licensing Changes ..................... 25 NZ Traffic Congestion Index................................................... 25 Public Transport Organisations’ Performance: OAG .............. 26 Research Highlights Crash-Risk in Different Communities .... 26 Upper Nth Island Freight Delivery: Issues/Options ................. 26 Hawaiian Airlines takes off for NZ .......................................... 27

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Health & Welfare


Justice/The Law

Internet, ICT & Media

Crime Drops 7.4% in 2012 ..................................................... 27 Evidence Act Working Well: Law Commission ....................... 27 NZ & Oz Share Patent Attorney Rules ................................... 28 Prisons’ Performance Management Compared...................... 28 Community Sentences & Orders Bill ...................................... 28 Virtual Visits to Prison for Taranaki Families .......................... 28

Regulating News Media in a Digital Age ................................ 37 Moves to Stop Cyber Bullying ................................................ 37 GPs Get Whizz-Bang Broadband Services ............................ 38 2020 Trust & InternetNZ Join Forces ..................................... 38 Privacy: “Liking” on Facebook Tells All About You ................. 38 Facebook: Daily use By Students .......................................... 39 Maori Television Launches New Website............................... 39 Makeover Reality TV: the Real Oil ......................................... 39 Payments for InCommon Images Go to Charity ..................... 39 A Handful of Websites ........................................................ 40

Parliament Got Your Maori Electoral Option Pack? Time to Choose........ 29 Parliamentary Terms* Compared: Report .............................. 29 New Labour Member of Parliament ........................................ 29

Public Service/Local Authorities LINZ: Giving Other Depts Advice on Crown Land .................. 29 Local Body Elections Donations: New Rules .......................... 30 Advice on “Blowing the Whistle” About Serious Wrongdoing . 30 OAG on CRIs’ Management & Finance Systems ................... 30

Not-For-Profits Reprieve for Community Law Centres .................................... 30 Community Fruit Harvesting ................................................... 31 2013 Community Awards Winners ......................................... 31 25 Charities Receive New Corollas ........................................ 31

Business

Treaty Matters Ngati Rarua Deed of Settlement ............................................ 41 Ngati Tama ki Te Tau Ihu Settlement Deed ........................... 41 Maungaharuru-Tangitu Hapu Deed of Settlement Initialled.... 41 Crown & Tuhoe Deed of Settlement Initialled......................... 41 NZ’s Legal Aid Services: Waitangi Tribunal Hearing .............. 42 Time for Change: the Constitution & the Treaty ..................... 42

Arts & Culture All About Funding for the Arts: Boosted ................................. 42 Finalists: NZ Post Children’s Book Awards ............................ 43 Penguin Books & Random House Join Forces ...................... 43 NZ Commuter Writes 1,500 Page Novel on Cellphone .......... 43

Strong Economic Growth in Dec 2012 Quarter ...................... 31 R&D Investment Growing ....................................................... 32 Ageing Population Will Affect Kiwi Businesses....................... 32 NZ Food & Beverage Industry: Feeding Asia ......................... 32 Small Business is Big Business: New Factsheet .................... 32 Great Minds Think… Productivity! .......................................... 33 Dealing with Emotional Manipulators at Work ........................ 33 NZ’s Top Twenty Fairest Towns ............................................. 33 Kiwi Travel Guide App ............................................................ 34 Leaders in Natural Products Industry: Awards ....................... 34

Fish & Ships

Money Matters

General

Government Finances to 28 February 2013 ........................... 34 Credit Repayments Getting Easier: Women Leading ............. 35 Kiwis Worried that Super Not Enough .................................... 35 Updated IRD Guides on Overseas Pensions ......................... 35 Interest-free Loans – Nga Tangata Microfinance ................... 35 Catching the Customs Dodgers.............................................. 36 KiwiSaver Employer/Employee Contribution Levels Up ......... 36 …& New Rules About Disclosing Kiwisaver Information ........ 36 Pensions & Allowances: Cost of Living Increase.. .................. 36 …& War Disablement Pensioners/Surviving Spouses Get More ............................................................................................... 36 World’s 50 Safest Banks Include Kiwibank............................. 37

Seasonal Climate Outlook: April - June 2013 ......................... 46 The Role Different Languages Play in NZ .............................. 47 NZ’s Civil Defence Plan: What’s Working/Changes Needed .. 47 Time Spent Caring for Children: The Real Picture ................. 47 Skilled Migrants: More from India than UK ............................. 47 How Kiwis View Asia and Asians ........................................... 48 How Can NZ Sustain its Lifestyle? ......................................... 48 NZ Cheese Awards: 2013 Winners ........................................ 48 2004-5 Pacific Overstayer Decisions: Reapply ...................... 49 Conferences & Events............................................................ 49 Awards & Opportunities ...................................................... 51 Appointments ...................................................................... 53

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New Season Catch Limits Change ......................................... 43 New Maritime Advisory Group ................................................ 44

Science & Technology Smoking: Genes Predict Risk ................................................. 44 Getting to Grips with Science: Discussion Paper ................... 44 2013 Science Book Prize Shortlist ......................................... 45 Finding Fish Nurseries – From the Air .................................... 45 Handy Stats ........................................................................ 45

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Consultation Alternative Names for North & South Islands? The NZ Geographic Board (NZGB) Nga Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa is consulting on proposals to formally give official alternative names to NZ’s two main islands. It has already agreed in principle that the English names should be formalised, and also that – as a related pair – both islands should also be assigned Maori alternative names. This would mean that people could use either the English name or the Maori name, or both names together. The Board says that the most appropriate Maori names for the islands are “Te Ika-a-Maui” (for the North Island) and “Te Waipounamu” (for the South Island). Submissions close on 5 July 2013. They go to Secretary of the NZ Geographic Board, c/o LINZ, PO Box 5501, Wellington 6145, email nzgbsubmissions@linz.govt.nz. More is at http://www.linz.govt.nz/placenames/consultation-decisions/decisions-archive/20130404 Back to top

Exploring for Gold in Taupo Volcanic Zone: Tender The Government is proposing to hold a competitive tender to seek interest in metallic minerals exploration over 8,261.09 km of the Taupo Volcanic Zone, north to the Kaimai Range, in the North Island. It says the area is known to contain veins of gold and silver in the shallow parts (that is, less than 1km from the surface) of extinct geothermal fields of the western side of the zone. Gold deposits have also been observed in active geothermal fields on the eastern side of the zone. Crown-owned minerals include petroleum, gold, silver and uranium, and all minerals on or under Crown land. In some cases the Crown also has rights to certain minerals in some private land. Uranium is not explored for or mined in NZ. Consultation closes on 28 May 2013. A list of the 97 iwi and hapu and 13 councils being consulted is at http://www.nzpam.govt.nz/cms/minerals/competitive-tender/2013/epithermal-2013-consultation. More is at http://www.nzpam.govt.nz/cms/pdf-library/minerals/competitive-tender/Proposed-Epithermal-Gold-2013-Q-As.pdf Back to top

Changing Maori Land Laws … Your views are sought on five proposals to streamline the complicated rules governing Maori land (in the Te Ture Whenua Maori Act). The aim is to enable the economic potential of this land to be realised, while preserving its cultural significance for future generations. The principles/proposals are: •

use of Maori land should be able to be determined by a majority of engaged owners;

all Maori land should be able to be used, and administered effectively;

Maori land should be effectively governed;

a system should be set up to support owners of Maori land to make decisions and resolve any disputes; and

excessive fragmentation of Maori land should be discouraged.

There are over 27,137 blocks of Maori land under Te Ture Whenua Maori Act (Maori Land Act), comprising 1.42 million hectares - or around 5% of the NZ’s total land area. Submissions close on 17 May 2013. They go to TTWMA@tpk.govt.nz, or to Te Ture Whenua Maori Act Review Panel, c/o Te Puni Kokiri, PO Box 3943, Wellington. A discussion paper is at http://www.tpk.govt.nz/en/in-print/our-publications/publications/te-ture-whenua-maori-act-1993-review-panel-discussion-document/. There will be a series of regional hui during April and May Back to top

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… & Maori Television Service Amendment Bill This Bill would amend the Act governing the Maori Television Service, which was recently reviewed. Amongst other things it would require the Crown to transfer management rights to Te Putahi Paoho (the Maori Television Channel Electoral College) to over 16 MHz of UHF spectrum. This spectrum would be used to set up a digital terrestrial television network. The rights would be transferred for 20 years. A deed between Ministers and Te Putahi Paoho would set out how the rights would be exercised. The Bill would also: strengthen the channel’s focus on Maori language and culture; update arrangements for spectrum management; amend systems for Maori Television accountability; deal with borrowing and investment by the Maori Television Service; and update review systems. Submissions close on 2 May 2013. Send two copies to the Maori Affairs Committee, or submit online. The Bill is at http://www.legislation.govt.nz/bill/government/2012/0044/latest/versions.aspx Back to top

Fencing Around Swimming Pools: Simpler Rules? The Department of Building & Housing has released a discussion paper on the Fencing of Swimming Pools Act. It is proposing that: •

for people getting a new pool there would be simpler and more flexible rules for restricting young children’s access to the pool;

pool owners would do a maintenance check every three years and give it to their local council;

spas with a childproof cover would not need a fence; and

retailers would need to tell buyers about their safety obligations when they buy a portable pool over the height of 400mm.

The rules wouldn’t apply to other water hazards – “swimming pool” would be limited to pools intended for swimming or similar activity (the current definition includes other water hazards such as garden ponds). Submissions close on 10 May 2013. Make a submission online at https://www.research.net/s/consultingon-pools. More, including the discussion paper is available at www.dbh.govt.nz/consultingon-pools Back to top

Disabled People & Rail Crossings KiwiRail is seeking feedback from the disabled community to help identify the crossings that urgently need upgrading to increase safety. There are 54 on-grade crossings within the Auckland region alone; KiwiRail would appreciate immediate feedback on the difficult/potentially unsafe crossings. Please provide your feedback directly to KiwiRail on: 0800 801 070 and select option 5 or email kiwirail@kiwirail.co.nz. Alternatively, contact V Naylor on 09 625 3305 or email Vivian.naylor@ccsdisabilityaction.org.nz Back to top

Changing the Way NZ Sets Standards A discussion paper seeks feedback on proposals for changing NZ’s standards* system by: •

having standards for areas such as international trade, building and construction, innovation and health and safety with the support of a national standards body;

enabling other groups like industry groups to produce NZ standards; and

changing the way the Standards Council is organised to improve its capability and promote cost effectiveness. Three options for this are proposed: an independent Standards board supported by an operating arm located in the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment; an independent Standards board supported by an operating arm in International Accreditation NZ (IANZ); or an independent Standards board to be supported by a stand-alone operating arm (similar to the current Standards Council and Standards NZ arrangement).

*Standards contribute to the development of healthy, safe and efficiently-made products.

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Submissions close 26 April 2013. For more information, and to make an online submission visit http://www.med.govt.nz/about-us/proposals-to-enhance-of-the-delivery-of-standards-by-new-zealands-nationalstandards-body Back to top

Review of NZ’s Retirement Income Policies Under the NZ Superannuation and Retirement Income Act 2001 the Retirement Commissioner is required to review retirement income policies by 31 December 2013. The reviewers will examine, among other things, developments and emerging trends in the way retirement income is provided, the impacts of NZ’s retirement income policy since 2010, and the role of private savings for retirement. Closing date for submissions is 31 May 2013. Email 2013review@cflri.org.nz or use the form at http://www.cflri.org.nz/retirement-income/policy-reviews/2013-review/short-response-form. More is at http://www.cflri.org.nz/retirement-income/policy-reviews/2013-review-retirement-income-policy#s2 Back to top

NZTA: Funding for Local Transport Services The NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) pays for a proportion of the cost of councils’/other organisations’ local land transport services. NZTA is now reviewing the way it sets this funding assistance (the money comes from the National Land Transport Fund). It has set out eight options for setting the rates and also some principles for assessing each of these. Submissions close on 3 May 2013. More including an online submission form, is at http://www.nzta.govt.nz/consultation/far-review/index.html Back to top

Ombudsmen Investigate Consultation on School Closures/Mergers The Chief Ombudsman is looking into how the Ministry of Education conducts consultation on school closures and mergers. The investigation arose out of an Ombudsman's inquiry last year into how the Ministry handled information requests about proposed closures and mergers in Christchurch. The Education Act requires the Minister of Education to consult before closing or merging schools and the Ministry plays a major role in assisting the Minister with those consultations. The investigation will focus on the actions of the Ministry of Education only and not the Minister herself (as the actions of the Minister are not subject to oversight under the Ombudsmen Act). It is expected that the investigation will be completed in the second half of this year. The Chief Ombudsman is asking anyone who has information relevant to the investigation to contact her office by calling 0800 802 602, by filing an online complaint at www.ombudsman.parliament.nz, or by emailinginfo@ombudsman.parliament.nz (and entering “school closure consultations” in the subject line) Back to top

Service Industries Inquiry: Productivity Commission The Productivity Commission has released an issues paper on the service sector in NZ, These industries produce around 70% of NZ’s GDP and provide a wide range of services which are used by both private individuals and firms across our economy. The Commission says raising productivity (efficiency) of service industries is crucial to reducing the productivity gap between NZ and other high-income countries. It asks some 23 questions, which cover (amongst other areas): •

weakness and gaps in service industries, and the impact of these on other industries in NZ;

how adequate the competition is in service industries, where there is insufficient competition, and why that might be;

how to raise productivity and wages in service industries that traditionally employ low-skill workers; and

identification of non-service and service industry regulations that have a disproportionately negative impact on service industries, and what to do about these.

Submissions close on 2 May 2013. The paper is at www.productivity.govt.nz/inquiry-content/services-sector. You can make an online submission at http://www.productivity.govt.nz/make-a-submission or post your submission to Inquiry into the Services Sector, NZ Productivity Commission, PO Box 8036, The Terrace, Wellington 6143

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Exporting/Importing Human Sperm, Eggs & Embryos The Advisory Committee on Assisted Reproductive Technology (ACART) is consulting about whether changes should be made to NZ’s policies on the import and export of human gametes (sperm and eggs) and embryos. New Zealand requirements around their use are often very different from requirements elsewhere, and this can have an impact where people want to import or export gametes and embryos. ACART is asking: •

If NZ’s were amended to make it easier to import and export gametes and embryos, where might changes or flexibility be justified?

On the other hand, are there areas where there should be no flexibility in NZ requirements?

Submissions close on 31 May 2013. They go to acart@moh.govt.nz on the submission form provided. More is at http://www.acart.health.govt.nz/moh.nsf/pagescm/7796 Back to top

Fireworks Displays: Issuing Test Certificates The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) wants your views on a draft performance standard for people who test and certify outdoor pyrotechnic displays. Submissions close on 23 April 2013. They go to submissions@epa.govt.nz with TC Performance Standard Consultation in the subject line. More is at http://www.epa.govt.nz/consultations/hazardoussubstances/Pages/Issuing-a-Pyrotechnic-Display-Test-Certificate.aspx Back to top

NZQA to Monitor International Student Care? The Ministry of Education is proposing to transfer the administration of “Code of Practice for Pastoral Care on International Students” it currently administers to the NZ Qualifications Authority (NZQA). All education providers enrolling international students have signed this Code. NZQA handles most other education sector quality assurance processes.*Quality assurance is the systemic process of checking that the product or service it offers meets the accepted quality standards. Submissions close on 22 April 2013. More, including a link to a submission form, is at http://www.educationnz.govt.nz/news/call-for-submissions-on-proposal-to-transfer-code-administrator-role-to-nzqa Back to top

Consultation on Registered Nurse Prescribing The Nursing Council is consulting on two proposals to extend the right of registered nurses to prescribe medicines. The two proposals are: •

community nurse prescribing: the idea here is to enable nurses in community and outpatient clinics to prescribe medicines for minor ailments and illnesses (nurses would have to undertake a course in community nurse prescribing first); and

specialist nurse prescribing: it’s proposed that registered nurses with advanced skills and knowledge who work in specialty services (e.g., diabetes services), or nurses working in general practice teams, be authorised to prescribe medicines for patients who have common conditions e.g., asthma, diabetes, hypertension (nurses would have to complete a post graduate diploma in specialist nurse prescribing first).

After the consultation, the Council will be developing a formal proposal to extend prescribing rights for suitably qualified registered nurses. Submissions close on 19 April 2013. You can download the consultation paper and submission form at http://www.nursingcouncil.org.nz/index.cfm/1,283,html/Consultation-on-registered-nurse-prescribing and you can also post your submission to Emma Gennard, Nursing Council of NZ, PO Box 9644, Wellington 6141 Back to top

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Civil Aviation Authority: Review of Airspaces Civil Aviation Authority formally reviews classified airspaces regularly to verify continuing needs. The airspaces currently being reviewed are: Bishop Creek, Totara Flat, Whenuapai, and Wellington. Submissions close on 18 April 2013. They go to paula.moore@caa.govt.nz, or to Aeronautical Services Officer – Air Traffic Services (Airspace), CAA, PO Box 3555, Wellington 6140. More is at http://www.caa.govt.nz/airspace/airspace_review.htm Back to top

Consumer Price Index Committee: Advice to Stats NZ Statistics NZ is convening a consumers price index (CPI) advisory committee and your views are sought on the work it will be asked to do. The committee will meet on 8–10 May 2013 to independently review of the way the CPI is compiled. It will advise the Government Statistician about: how the information is gathered, how often it should be collected, the impact of different seasons, and how CPI information should be distributed. Submissions close on 24 April 2013. They go to cpireview@stats.govt.nz or ring P Campion (04 931 4600 or 0508 525 525). More, including discussion and background papers, is at http://www.stats.govt.nz/browse_for_stats/economic_indicators/CPI_inflation/2013-cpi-review-advisory-committee.aspx Back to top

RCEP Free Trade Agreement The government is inviting submissions on upcoming negotiations for the 16-nation Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Free Trade Agreement. In November 2012, NZ, Australia, the 10 ASEAN states, China, India, Korea, and Japan, launched the negotiations. The agreement would cover trade in goods, trade in services, investment, economic and technical cooperation, intellectual property, competition, dispute settlement and other issues. For more information/to make a submission go to: http://www.mfat.govt.nz/Trade-and-Economic-Relations/2-Trade-Relationships-and-Agreements/RCEP/0-RCEP-Consultation.php Back to top

IRD Consultations There are several Inland Revenue Consultations (closing dates are in brackets): •

Income tax - treatment of unclaimed amounts of $100 or less (12 April 2013);

Income tax - determining the "subscriptions" amount for an amalgamated company under the available subscribed capital rules (12 April 2013);

Goods and services tax - whether a compulsory acquisition of land is a "supply by way of sale" (19 April 2013); and

Depreciation Rate for printing machines - automated inkjet flatbed (30 April 2013).

Email comments to public.consultation@ird.govt.nz. More is at http://www.ird.govt.nz/public-consultation/ Back to top

Department of Conservation Consultations DOC is consulting on (closing dates for submissions and contacts are in brackets): •

Changes in the status of marine animals & fish and Freshwater creatures: DOC is calling for submissions about any changes in status of NZ marine mammal, marine fish, marine invertebrate, algal, freshwater fish and freshwater invertebrate species, for a revision of the lists for these groups in the NZ Threat Classification System (13 April 2013 - threatstatus@doc.govt.nz);

Roundhill disposal plan, conservation land at Buller: DOC intends to dispose of about 5 ha of conservation land on Brown Creek Road, Inangahua Junction (29 April 2013 - rhazeldine@doc.govt.nz); and

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Keereweer disposal notice, conservation land at Reefton: DOC also intends to dispose about 500m of conservation land at Reefton (22 May 2013 - rhazeldine@doc.govt.nz).

More is at http://www.doc.govt.nz/getting-involved/consultations/current/ Back to top

Historic Places Trust Consultations There are three (closing dates and contacts for submitters are in brackets): •

proposal to register Putoetoe Redoubt (Former), Raglan (1 May 2013 - AreaMgrLN@historic.org.nz);

proposal to register Thurlby Domain, Dalefield (30 April 2013 - AreaMgrOS@historic.org.nz); and

proposal to register Devonport Power Station (Former) (29 April 2013 - sreynolds@historic.org.nz).

More on all of them is at http://www.historic.org.nz/theregister/notifiedproposals.aspx?sc_lang=en Back to top

Electricity Authority Consultations There are several (closing dates are in brackets): •

Review of Electricity Authority’s Advisory Groups: the Authority seeks feedback on a proposal to make a small number of amendments to the charter on advisory groups and the advisory group terms of reference (16 April 2013);

dispatchable demand "go-live" date extension (17 April 2013);

market development directions (23 April 2013);

review of undesirable trading situation rules (1 May 2013);

proposed guideline for auditing metering equipment providers (7 May 2013); and

wholesale market information disclosing obligations (clause 13.2) Guideline (7 May 2013).

More on all them, including contact details for submitters is at http://www.ea.govt.nz/our-work/consultations/ Back to top

Reserve Bank Consultations •

“Open Bank Resolution”: A paper from the Reserve Bank sets out its policy on requirements for Open Bank Resolution for locally incorporated registered banks with retail deposits in excess of $1 billion dollars. The purpose of this policy is to avoid significant damage to the financial system from a bank failure.

Submissions close on 30 April 2013. They go to Manager, Financial System Policy, Prudential Supervision Dept, Reserve Bank of NZ, PO Box 2498, Wellington 6140, email ian.woolford@rbnz.govt.nz. The paper is at http://www.rbnz.govt.nz/finstab/banking/5175857.pdf

The Bank’s power to oversee payment and settlement systems* was recently reviewed and the reviewers concluded that its current powers are insufficient and need to be strengthened. Proposals in a consultation paper seek additional powers for the Reserve Bank.

Submissions close on 3 May 2013. They go to R Dean, Manager Operational Policy, RBNZ, PO Box 2498, Wellington 6140, email richard.dean@rbnz.govt.nz. A discussion paper is at http://www.rbnz.govt.nz/finstab/payment/5195423.pdf Back to top

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PHARMAC: Infections Medicines Restrictions Revisited PHARMAC is seeking feedback on a proposal to amend the restrictions applying to several products in the “Infections Agents for Systemic Use” group. Submissions close on 18 April 2013. They go to Senior Therapeutic Group Manager, PHARMAC, PO Box 10 254, Wellington 6143, email greg.williams@pharmac.govt.nz. More is at http://www.pharmac.health.nz/news/item/proposal-to-amend-the-listing-of-various-pharmaceuticals-in-the-infections-group Back to top

Fisheries Consultations The Ministry of Fisheries is consulting on (closing dates and contact for submitters are in brackets): •

proposals to review: freshwater eel fishing regulations, four commercial paua fishing closures in the Otago/Southland Coast, the use of underwater breathing apparatus (UBA – tanks) for commercial harvest of some shellfish species, and changes to recreational fishing rules in the Maketu Taiapure (19 April 2013 - FMsubmissions@mpi.govt.nz);

proposals for an in-season increase to the total allowable catch and annual catch entitlement allowances for red cod (in areas RCO 2 and 3) and flatfish (in area FLA 3 - 22 April 2013 - FMsubmissions@mpi.govt.nz);

on a Te Runanga o Awarua application for a mataitai reserve for the fisheries waters on the western and southern sides of Motupohoe (Bluff Hill), from Cable Bay to Stirling Point (15 April 2013 FMsubmissions@mpi.govt.nz); and

a number of proposed changes to fisheries regulations following the Foreign Charter Vessel (FCV) review (15 July 2013 - fcvprojectteam@mpi.govt.nz).

More on all of them is at http://www.fish.govt.nz/en-nz/Consultations/default.htm Back to top

Environmental Protection Authority Consultations Closing dates for submissions and links to more information are in brackets: •

New rules for zoo animals? The Environmental Protection Authority is calling for submissions to help it review the rules for keeping animals at zoos, aquariums and other facilities in NZ. At present there are different rules for keeping different types of animals. The Zoo and Aquarium Association has made an application asking for one, standard set of rules –it says this will make life easier for keepers, auditors and inspectors. The application also proposes 15 new rules, including a requirement that the facility have a long-term financial plan, and a plan for what will happen to each of their animals if the facility closes (8 May 2013 -http://www.epa.govt.nz/consultations/new-organisms/Pages/Callfor-submissions-on-new-rules-for-zoo-animals.aspx); and

application to import and release a fungus to protect some types of grass against pests and drought grass. The fungus, Neotyphodium siegelii, grows between the cells of grasses, and behaves as if it is part of the plant, and it is considered safe for grazing animals (22 April 2013 - http://www.epa.govt.nz/consultations/neworganisms/Pages/Submissions-sought-on-fungus-to-protect-grass.aspx).

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Food Safety Consultations There are two: submission closing dates and contacts are in brackets: •

a discussion paper outlines proposals to amend the NZ (Maximum Residue Limits – MRLs - of Agricultural Compounds) Food Standards 2012. The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is proposing to set new MRLs for methoxyfenozide, spinetoram, spirotetramat, and tulathromycin (5 June 2013 - FoodPolicy@MPI.govt.nz); and

MPI is proposing to amend the specifications for the commercial hunting of wild and game estate animals (30 April 2013 - lisa.olsen@mpi.govt.nz).

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Auckland’s (Great Big) Plan Have your say on the draft Auckland Unitary Plan. This plan will set out what can be built and where, shaping where Aucklanders live, where they work, and how they look after the things they value in both urban and rural areas. The plan includes: a regional Policy Statement (RPS), regional and district objectives and policies, rules, definitions, designations, and maps showing properties, zones, precincts, and overlays. Submissions close on 31 May 2013. A feedback form is at http://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/EN/planspoliciesprojects/plansstrategies/unitaryplan/Pages/theunitaryplanonlinefeedbackform.aspx. The plan is at http://shapeauckland.co.nz/ Back to top

Maori in Australia: Two Surveys A Victoria University researcher would like to hear why Maori who have lived in Australia return to NZ, and also about the state of Maori rights in Australia. In one survey, information is sought on whether 2001 changes in Australia that heavily restricted NZers’ access to government services, benefits and higher education are playing a part in people deciding to return to NZ. In the other, Maori still living in Australia are asked how they have been affected by the 2001 changes. Each survey is anonymous and takes 10 minutes to complete. If you are of Maori descent and have returned to NZ from Australia you can fill out this survey: http://vuw.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_d6BuVKV9ssBNKDj If you are of Maori descent and you are still living in Australia you can fill out this survey: http://vuw.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_9ZiD0cUDOsUJL2R Back to top

Rural Drought Throughout A state of drought has been officially declared throughout the entire North Island and extra Government funding will now be available to Rural Support Trusts who will be working closely with farmers. There will also be Rural Assistance Payments (RAPs) available from Work and Income, through the Ministry of Social Development. These are equivalent to the unemployment benefit and are available to those in extreme hardship. Farmers should contact their accountants or the IRD if they need help or flexibility with making tax payments. Updated drought information is at http://www.mpi.govt.nz/environment-natural-resources/funding-programmes/primary-sector-recovery/droughts/dry-conditions-2012-13-faqs Back to top

Forest Growers Vote “Yes” to Compulsory Levy A compulsory forest growers' levy appears to have been embraced by small and large forest owners alike; with interim referendum results showing "substantial support" from a majority of growers in March. The Forest Growers Levy Trust says the long-awaited Forest Voice referendum will deliver a "clear yes vote" in favour of the commodity levy when the final results are released after the counting of postal votes. For a comprehensive background to the forest growers referendum go to http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU1303/S00649/last-chance-to-vote-in-the-forest-growers-commodity-levy.htm Back to top

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Drought & Climate Change With the Ministry for Primary Industries adding South Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Hawkes Bay to Northland, a NZ climate scientist has warned that drought will likely be a more frequent occurrence in a warming world. It is seen as an “insidious threat” because it doesn't involve sudden, attention-grabbing extreme weather events, just days of endless “good” weather. That weather will take its toll on the economy to the tune of at least $1 billion, according to ANZ Bank. Since the droughts of 2007 - 2009, which cost the country an estimated $2.8 billion, farmers have been urged to build more drought resilience into their farming systems. This could include paying more attention to water storage and irrigation, shifts in production timing, experimenting with different pasture species, forage crops, or moving operations to less severely-affected regions. NIWA models suggest that by the middle of the century, farmers in most North Island regions, as well as those in eastern regions of the South Island - especially Canterbury and eastern Southland - will be spending 5%-10% more of the year in drought. That means that if you spend an average of 10% of your time in drought at the moment, by 2040, you might expect to spend as much as 20%, though the figure will naturally vary from year to year. The persistent high pressure systems typical of the subtropics are already moving our way and this trend looks set to continue. The “subtropical high pressure belt” is where the world's deserts are located, and that belt is edging our way as the tropical region expands outwards under a warming climate. A (large) NIWA 2011 report on drought is available for download at http://www.niwa.co.nz/sites/default/files/slmacc_drought_sldr093_june2011.pdf?utm_source=HEADS-UP+814+2013&utm_campaign=SMC+Heads-Up&utm_medium=email

Plan a Drought Event Rural Women NZ is planning events in drought areas for local people to come together, with support from the Ministry for Primary Industries. Funds are available (up to $300) for any drought support event people want to organise in any areas where drought has been declared. The funds can be used, for example, for food for a community barbeque; hire of a hall; a barn dance; a date night with a group of neighbours to a movie or for coffee; tickets to something; hiring a bus; funding a guest speaker; and/or bringing in a counsellor. Rural Women NZ is also promoting the “It’s OK to Ask for Help” programme, which is particularly focused on coping effectively with family stresses. To apply for funding email noeline.holt@ruralwomen.org.nz or phone (04) 473 5524 Back to top

Dairy Farmers Wanted for Energy Saving Scheme The Energy Efficiency & Conservation Authority (EECA) is looking for farmers to join a programme aimed at helping dairy farmers cut energy costs. Under the scheme, qualifying dairy farmers get grants towards installing heat recovery systems in the milking shed. To take part in programme, farmers should contact one of four contracted providers: •

Nationwide: Climatemaster - www.climatemaster.co.nz;

North Island: Maverick Energy - www.maverickenergy.co.nz;

South Island: Dairycool - www.dairycool.co.nz; and

Waitaki Refrigeration - www.waitakirefrigeration.co.nz.

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$8 Billion Potential in Maori Freehold Land A new report commissioned by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) called “Growing the Productive Base of Maori Freehold Land” estimates that lifting productivity on this land could result in an additional $8 billion in gross output and 3,600 new jobs for the primary sector. And, to achieve the estimated gains an investment in the land of just under $3 billion would be required. The report confirms that some iwi are well organised and have their asset base generating good returns, while others haven’t realised their true potential yet. Proposed reforms to the Te Ture Whenua Maori Act (see “Consultation” section above) are seen as an important step towards unlocking this potential. The Maori collective asset base is estimated at $37 billion. Roughly 30 percent ($10.6 billion) is estimated to be in the primary sectors. The report is at http://www.mpi.govt.nz/Default.aspx?TabId=126&id=1734 Back to top

Farm Sales There were 28 more farm sales (+8.0%) for the three months ended February 2013 than for the three months ended February 2012 (with the median price for the 3 months up 1.43%). Seven regions recorded increases in sales for the period, and seven regions recorded decreases. Grazing properties accounted for the largest number of sales (44.6%), followed by dairy properties (20.3%), finishing properties (18.7%), and horticulture properties (7.9%). Lifestyle properties saw a 12.9% (+160 sales) increase in sales volume in the 3 months. More is at https://www.reinz.co.nz/reinz/index.cfm?1CC3D519-18FE-7E88-4249-4CE523B4D44B&obj_uuid=F8756752-AF79-57AE-3FB4-9F117EA03E1A Back to top

Wine Labelling Agreement Benefits NZ Winemakers A new Treaty Protocol on Wine Labelling approved by members of the World Wine Trade Group (WWTG) should benefit NZ wine producers by providing better access to overseas markets. A 2007 Treaty on Wine Labelling set new standards for wine labeling. This latest agreement takes this further by requiring participant countries to allow the importation and sale of wine from other countries which have signed the Treaty, provided they meet minimum standards for labelling (dealing with alcohol tolerance, variety, vintage and wine region), and the exporting country's laws and regulations. The WWTG is made up of eight non-EU wine producing countries who now account for almost a third of total global wine exports - NZ, Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, Georgia, South Africa, and the United States. Some other wine producing countries, such as Brazil, China, Mexico, and Uruguay attend its meetings as observers. More is at http://www.ird.govt.nz/news-updates/like-to-know-update-ir-pension-guides.html Back to top

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Environment A New Kind of Conservation Department The Department of Conservation (DOC) is proposing a new structure because of the conservation challenges that NZ faces and to ensure DOC meets its current $8.7 million savings targets. The proposed structure involves: •

the removal of DOC’s existing 11 regional conservancy boundaries and replacing them with six new regions;

the creation of a Conservation Services Group focused on delivering DOC’s recreational and natural heritage field work;

the creation of a Conservation Partnerships Group focused on working with community groups, iwi, local authorities, private landowners, and businesses to attract more resources to conservation;

the disestablishment of 118 regional management and administration roles;

the disestablishment of 22 asset management, planning, and inspection positions through the creation of new field support hubs; and

DOC continuing to deliver its operational work from its existing network of about 100 offices and locations around the country.

More is at http://www.doc.govt.nz/about-doc/news/media-releases/doc-proposes-changes-to-increase-conservation/ Back to top

Five New West Coast Marine Reserves Approved The Minister of Conservation has formally approved the new Kahurangi, Punakaiki, Okarito, Tauparikaka and Hautai marine reserves totalling 17,500 hectares on the West Coast. More is at http://doc.org.nz/about-doc/news/media-releases/five-new-west-coast-marine-reserves-approved/ Back to top

New Timber Trail Cycle Ride in Central North Is A new cycle trail through Pureora Forest Park to Ongarue follows the historic bush tramways and old bulldozer and hauler roads over 85km. There are eight suspension bridges on the Timber Trail, including the impressive 141 metre long crossing of the Maramataha Stream set some 55 metres above the stream bed, the longest suspension bridge open for cycling in the country. More on the 2-3 day ride is at http://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/tracks-and-walks/waikato/waitomo-pureora/the-timber-trail-pureora-ongarue/ Back to top

11,300 Years of Climate Change In a new study of climate change, researchers from Oregon State University and Harvard have analysed 11,300 years of data from 73 sites around the world and added more detail to this picture. The work is being published in the journal Science. Although the researchers conclude that the globe’s current average temperature has not exceeded the warmth that persisted for thousands of years after the last ice age ended, they say it will do so in this century under almost every scenario for greenhouse gas emissions. They say the last century stands out as the “odd-man-out” in this record of global temperature since the end of the last ice age. We have experienced almost the same range of temperature change since the beginning of the industrial revolution as over the previous 11,000 years of Earth history – but this change happened a lot more quickly. The work reveals a fresh, and very long, climate “hockey stick.” There’s a general pattern of a sharp warming from the 20th century onward. 13 –Bulletin Aotearoa April 2013

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The shaft of the “stick” has a lot of wiggles and warps and still comes with substantial uncertainty, but the general pattern is well established. More is at http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/03/07/scientists-find-an-abrupt-warm-jog-after-a-very-long-cooling/ Back to top

Health & Welfare Get the Flu Jab, Be OK Influenza vaccinations are now available and you’ll be able to get vaccinated until the end of July. Flu kills around 400 NZers, directly or indirectly, each year, and last year it put more than a thousand people in hospital. The vaccination is free to those at greatest risk of serious influenza complications, including NZers over the age of 65, pregnant women, and people with on-going conditions such as asthma or heart problems. People who are not eligible for the free vaccine can purchase it from their general practitioner or selected pharmacies. Healthy people as well as those eligible for free vaccinations are being targeted to get immunised this influenza season, because this will reduce their chance of spreading the disease to other more vulnerable people. The virus strains that caused problems in the northern hemisphere are covered this year, with the vaccine covering A/California/7/2009(H1N1) pdm09-like virus; A/Victoria/361/2011(H3N2)-like virus (new strain for 2013, and B/Wisconsin/1/2010-like virus (new strain for 2013). For more information visit www.fightflu.co.nz or www.health.govt.nz or call 0800 IMMUNE (0800 466 863) Back to top

New Food Health Labelling Regulations in Place A new standard governing claims made about the health properties of food on labels will cover more than 200 preapproved food health claims. The standard applies in NZ and Australia, and it deals with claims on food labels ranging from “low in fat” to more specific claims such as “diets high in calcium may reduce the risk of osteoporosis in people 65 years and over”. Health claims will only be permitted on certain foods, and each will need to be based on hard evidence. The standard takes effect here on 9 May 2013. Food companies have three years to fully comply. More information is available at: http://www.foodstandards.gov.au/consumerinformation/nutritionhealthandrelatedclaims/ Back to top

Better to be Injured Than Ill? NZers who fall ill are likely to end up poorer and restart work more slowly than those with a comparable injury, according to new University of Otago research. This study is the first to compare socio-economic consequences of different financial supports after illness or injury in NZ. The researchers suggest NZ needs to give greater attention to rehabilitate people to return to work and independence after an illness such as a stroke, and to provide adequate financial support during the rehabilitation time to protect people from sliding into poverty. More is at http://www.otago.ac.nz/news/news/otago043411.html Back to top

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Impacts of Lowering the Drinking Age New research carried out by the University of Otago has found that lowering the legal purchase age for alcohol from 20 to 18 in December 1999 hasn’t led, on average, to increased alcohol consumption, binge drinking, smoking or alcohol related road accidents among 15 to 19 year olds. However, it did lead to an increase in alcohol-related hospital admissions. The research compared changes in health outcomes over time for 15-17, 18 and 19, and 20 and 21 year olds to those for 22 and 23 year olds, and examined changes in alcohol-related road accidents and hospital admissions for each age group immediately after the law change. Overall, it appears that the harmful consequences of the law change were restricted to a small number of teenagers who were more likely to end up hospitalised for alcohol poisoning or injuries and other mishaps that occurred while drinking. It seems that the majority of teenagers behaved more responsibly in regards to alcohol. More is at http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED1303/S00195/impacts-of-lowering-the-drinking-age.htm Back to top

Dealing with Health/Education Needs of Children in Care The Gateway Assessment Programme for the 4000 or so children in care is overseen by District Health Boards (DHBs) who check on children health and mental health needs, and teachers who, check educational needs. Recent statistics on the most frequent needs identified show: •

51% emotional, behavioural or mental health needs;

26% dental issues;

15% developmental delay;

14% skin problems; and

13% speech and language problems.

Assessments have also picked up hearing problems, eyesight issues, infections, bone problems, asthma, allergies, and heart murmurs. Almost 1,700 children in care have now been assessed, with an average of more than three needs per child picked up, including educational delays. Early data from teachers indicates they found 25% of children with literacy problems, 24% with numeracy problems,19% with comprehension issues, and 11% with a higher than average level of school absence The issues are all now being addressed. More is at http://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/serious-health-issues-addressed-children-care Back to top

Adventure Tourism: New Safety Checking System… A new standard sets out what adventure tourism operators have to do to reduce risks in their adventure activities, and operators will have to pass a safety check before they can become registered. Operators will be re-audited at least every three years, and it will be an offence for an operator to provide any adventure activity, as defined by the Regulations, without being registered. More is at http://www.dol.govt.nz/adventure-activities/safety-audit-standard-adventure-activities-operators-requirements.pdf Back to top

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… & Maritime Safety Guides for Adventure Activities Maritime NZ has developed a series of adventure Activity safety guidelines and standards for commercial operations not required to have a safety operational plan. They are: •

Safety guidelines: commercial kayaking and canoeing operations;

Safety guidelines: commercial white water boarding operations;

Draft safety guidelines: commercial paddle craft on the Whanganui River; and

Safety guidelines: Managing risks: alcohol and other drugs – raft and jet boat operators.

They are at http://www.maritimenz.govt.nz/Commercial/Safety-management-systems/Adventure-activity-resources/Adventure-activity-resources.asp Back to top

Using Social Media in Emergency Management The National Healthy Coordination Centre is using a social media tool called Signal for emergency management, to help it identify emerging health issues. The Signal system enables it to view what’s happening in the online space on some social media sources, such as Twitter, Flickr and YouTube. It pulls publicly available posts from these sources based on category and key word searches (including location) and gives an insight into what people are talking about, experiencing, and seeing in their areas. Experience during H1N1 (Swine Flu) showed a good correlation between “google flu trends” and what was officially reported. Signal was used to monitor Christchurch when there were aftershocks, and recently in Wellington when there was a bush fire. Searches are also being set up in advance for quick-rise events like earthquakes, fires, floods etc., so they are ready at any time. More is at http://www.nationalhealthboard.govt.nz/Newsdesk-March-2013 Back to top

Primary Health Care for Pacific Peoples: Report A new report says the Pacific population here has some unmet health needs, and that there are variations in the quality of primary health care they do receive (primary care refers to services provided by GP practices, nurse practitioners, dental practices, community pharmacies, optometrists, etc.). Difficulties Pacific peoples face include cost, transport and language, family commitments, ability to meet appointment times, understanding why appointments need to be made, lack of access to after-hour services, communication barriers, inflexible employment, and feeling cultural discomfort when discussing health issues with non-Pacific practitioners. Other issues include dealing with long waiting times, not enough discussion at consultation, crowded clinics, and bringing/minding children. Providers are concerned about practical issues of appointment systems, contacting people, and payments. The report says that to improve Pacific peoples’ use of primary care services primary caregivers need to create an environment and offer services that are culturally safe, and find ways to increase Pacific access to and use of health services. At the same time Pacific people need to be aware of health needs and do the best they can under sometimes difficult circumstances. The report is at http://www.health.govt.nz/publication/primary-care-pacific-people-pacific-and-health-systems-approach Back to top

The Pressures of Caring: Research New research (which is being done as part of a doctorate) explores the emotional, financial and social pressures carers experience as they look after elderly relatives. The researcher found that the kinds of difficulties faced by careers included a lack of support, an expectation to provide an increasingly technical level of care despite having no formal training, and the financial strain of giving up paid employment. The study also found carers often put their lives on hold, feeling isolated Bulletin Aotearoa April 2013

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and losing friendships because of their commitment to caring. Other themes that emerged included their knowledge about the person being cared for being undervalued by medical professionals, and the difficulties associated with taking a break from caring. More is at http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE1303/S00074/caring-for-the-carers-research-reveals-pressures-of-caring.htm Back to top

What Older People Can Expect from Home Support Two new pamphlets provide information for older people receiving Government funded home support. They are: •

“What you can expect from home support services”; and

“What to do if you have a concern about your home support services”.

These provide advice on what they should do if they do experience any problems with their care. They also include information about how older people receiving care at home can help improve the quality of care provided, through participating in service surveys, annual reviews, and talking to advocacy or consumer representative groups. Go to http://www.health.govt.nz/your-health/services-and-support/health-care-services/services-older-people/support-services-older-people Back to top

Health Code Amendment: Protecting Newborn Blood Samples The Privacy Commissioner has strengthened the Health Information Privacy Code 1994 to improve protection of newborn babies' bloodspot samples. The samples are collected as part of a national newborn metabolic screening programme, also called the heelprick or Guthrie Test. They are held permanently unless parents request their return. The amendment restricts how information derived from the samples may be used and disclosed, and it comes into force on 30 April 2013. There is a press release at http://privacy.org.nz/news-and-publications/statements-media-releases/health-information-privacy-code-1994-amendment-no-7/ and you can download a copy of the amendment – along with an explanatory note – from http://privacy.org.nz/the-privacy-act-and-codes/codes-of-practice/health-information-privacy-code/#seven Back to top

How Well are Whanau Ora Practices Doing? This report compares Whanau Ora General Practice performance against performance nationally. The authors say Whanau Ora practices showed improving performances in the year ended 30 September 2012 compared to the previous year. Smoking cessation advice was up 27.0% (20.8% to 47.7%), CVD (cardiovascular disease) risk recorded was up 13.8% (39.7% to 53.5%), and diabetes annual reviews were up 7.6% (60.3% to 67.9%). Smoking cessation advice and diabetes annual review results are now better than the national performance for the first time since data collection began in June 2009. Overall, the results from the Whanau Ora sample for the September 2012 year are slightly lower – by 1.4% – compared to national performance. The Ministry of Health says this is encouraging and that the Whanau Ora GPs are performing well when you take into consideration the very high proportion of high needs patients enrolled with Whanau Ora collectives 61%, compared to 27% in the national group. The report is at http://www.health.govt.nz/publication/report-performance-general-practices-whanau-ora-collectives Back to top

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What Makes Us Live longer: Study A three-year study following more than 900 elderly NZers to find out what helps them live longer lives has been given funding of $1 million. The study covers 421 Maori aged 80-90 years (55%) and 516 (59%) non-Maori aged 85 years and over. Interviews and assessments measure health, social, cultural, economic, and environmental aspects of their lives. More about the “Life and Living in Advanced Age” study is at http://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/funding-research-what-helps-us-live-longer-lives Back to top

Support For Young Asthma Sufferers: Research A new research project aiming to identify more effective ways to manage childhood asthma has received a grant of $200,000. One in seven NZ children has been diagnosed with asthma and takes medication for the condition. Evidence suggests effective management of asthma early in a person’s life can significantly reduce the effects of asthma later on. The research will also look at how parents and children obtain, process and understand information about asthma. More is at http://www.nzdoctor.co.nz/un-doctored/2013/march-2013/11/better-support-for-young-asthma-sufferers.aspx Back to top

Education/Training Your Local School Board Needs You The three- yearly school board of trustees elections are coming up soon and this year’s theme is Step Forward – Piki ake. School boards hold overall responsibility for the governance of a school, setting goals, determining the strategic direction, monitoring their school’s performance, and raising the achievement of each and every student. The trustee elections are the largest democratic event in the country, involving the election of a board of trustees for almost 2,500 state and state-integrated schools every three years. More than 15,000 people are needed to form boards, and more than 110,000 people have taken on the trusteeship role since 1989. Nominations open 15 April 2013 and elections will be held around 30 May 2013. Are you creative? Can you crunch numbers? Are you keen to put students at the heart of every decision you make? Then contact your local school Back to top

Eligibility for School Bus Services: Rule Change A change to the rules about eligibility for using school bus services increases eligibility for school transport assistance to when a student reaches Year 9 (the first year of secondary school), rather than have a cut-off based on age 10. The new rule applies to students who are in Years 1-8 and live more than 3.2km from their nearest appropriate school, or in Years 9 or above and live more than 4.8km from their nearest appropriate school. Eligible students are offered either a place on a Ministry of Education funded bus, or their parents can apply for a conveyance allowance to help with travel costs. The change corrects a situation where some students from the same family couldn’t catch the same bus for free, even though they were attending the same school. It will be in place from the beginning of Term 2, from Monday 6 May. A release is at http://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/rule-change-makes-school-bus-run-easier Back to top

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Paying for Novopay Errors A $6 million support package has been given to schools help meet the costs of additional work caused by the Novopay system. A one-off payment, it will be calculated on a formula of $105 per Full-time Teaching Equivalents (FTTEs) plus $500 per school. For example: •

a small school of 5 FTTEs will receive $1,025;

a medium school of 20 FTTEs will receive $2,600; and

a large school of 120 FTTEs will receive $13,100.

More is at http://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/minister-announces-school-support-package Back to top

Student Loan Repayment Rate Up… The student loan repayment rate for borrowers living in NZ has risen to 12% from 10%. Only borrowers with income over the repayment limit (currently $367 a week or $19,084 annually) will be affected. Borrowers who are unable to meet their obligations due to financial hardship can apply for relief under hardship provisions. In a related change, the Voluntary Repayment Bonus is no longer available. This was available to students who paid their loan off quickly. More is at http://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/student-loan-repayment-rises-1-april Back to top

…& IRD & Customs: Finding Student Loan Defaulters The Student Loan Scheme Amendment Bill No. 2, allowing Inland Revenue data-matching with Customs to identify and locate serious student loan defaulters when they return to NZ, is now law. The law also broadens the definition of income, bringing it into line with the definition used for Working For Families tax credits and other social policy programmes, as of 1 April 2014. The Bill is at http://www.legislation.govt.nz/bill/government/2012/0056/latest/versions.aspx Back to top

Check Skills/Qualifications Wanted by Industries A “vocational pathways” site offers students at secondary and foundation tertiary student information about the areas of learning and the skills that different industries are looking for. It covers construction and infrastructure, manufacture and technology, primary industries, services industries, and social and community services. Information about creative industries is also being developed. For more information visit www.youthguarantee.net.nz Back to top

Cellphone Cyber Bullying Research A University of Canterbury (UC) researcher is investigating issues surrounding cellphone cyber bullying behaviour and how it may relate to parenting styles and family backgrounds. She is also investigating modern parenting styles such as uninvolved parenting. Studies have shown incidents of online bullying - and cyber bullying - have been rising amongst children and adolescents. There is limited research on the contribution of parenting styles to children and adolescents’ development regarding cell phone use. The investigation intends to address these gaps in the literature. 19 –Bulletin Aotearoa April 2013

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Scots College App: a First for NZ School Scots College students, parents, staff, and Old Boys can now download the College’s own customised smartphone app. The free app enables users to access up-to-the-minute school notices and announcements, event and exam calendars, sports draws, reminders, direct dial the absentee line, and it also contains key contact information. It comes in a convenient push-format and it’s filtered, so if you need to know about any delays to the Karori school bus, changes to the soccer schedule for Year 9, or upcoming music exams, you can get it without having to wade through the latest tuck shop menu and volleyball results. It was developed consultation with Scots students and staff. More is at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=au.com.digistormeducation.schoolapp.scots&hl=en Back to top

Employment Starting Out Wage Now in Place Under the starting-out wage, eligible 16-to-19-year-olds can be paid 80% of the minimum wage for six months or for as long as they are undertaking recognised industry training of at least 40 credits per year. Unless they are training or supervising others, three groups will be eligible: •

16 and 17-year-olds in their first six months of work with a new employer;

18 and 19-year-olds who have been paid a benefit for six months or longer, and who have not completed six months of continuous work with any employer since starting on benefit; and

16-to-19-year-old workers in a recognised industry-training course involving at least 40 credits a year.

More is at http://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/starting-out-wage-available-1-may Back to top

Monday-ising Waitangi/Anzac Days: Update The Holidays (Full Recognition of Waitangi Day and Anzac Day) Amendment Bill, which will “Monday-ise” the public holidays associated with Waitangi Day and ANZAC day where they fall in the weekend, has passed its second reading in the House. See http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1303/S00155/mondayisation-bill-set-to-go-through.htm Back to top

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Mental Health Workers Win Wage Discrimination Case Community support workers employed by Dunedin-based care provider PACT have won an important discrimination case against their employer over a dispute dating back to 2011. In a recent decision the Employment Relations Authority found PACT guilty of “deliberate, serious and sustained” actions of discrimination against union members. The case finds PACT guilty of paying non-union employees more than their unionised workmates despite a written undertaking that PACT would not discriminate. The workers are represented by the Service and Food Workers Union and the Public Service Association. More is at http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU1303/S00252/mental-health-workers-win-discrimination-case-against-pact.htm Back to top

The Attraction of Temping: Survey Four out of five NZers find temporary assignments an attractive option given the current global economic environment, according to a new survey by Hays: 83% say that temporary assignments have become a more attractive option over recent years; 7% say this kind of work is now less attractive to them, while 10% report no change in their attitude towards temporary work. Temp work is no longer limited to entry-level office support roles. Professionals at all levels and various sectors are working on a temporary basis such as HR advisors, finance analysts, quantity surveyors, and engineers Benefits for candidates include: advancing skills and career by choosing the employer and assignments; work/life balance - many people want or need flexibility in their working arrangements (for example, because of family commitments); and earning potential. Employers value: expertise and engagement; the extra support; and the opportunity to test the talent. More is at http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU1303/S00471/temporary-work-now-attractive-option-hays-survey.htm Back to top

More Doctors Per Head Than Lawyers NZ has more doctors per head of population than lawyers, according to the NZ Law Society. Recent figures show there are 11,541 NZ-based lawyers. A further 464 practising overseas gives a total of 12,005 lawyers holding practising certificates. This is a ratio of one lawyer to every 372 NZers. By comparison, there is one doctor for every 321 NZers, one chartered accountant for every 181, one nurse for every 96, and one teacher for every 46 NZers. Wellington has the highest proportion of lawyers per head, with one lawyer for every 89 Wellingtonians. Warkworth (one per 194) and Kerikeri (one per 205) also have a high proportion of lawyers. Population centres with the lowest number of lawyers per head are Kawerau (one per 6940), Wairoa (one per 4300) and Taihape (one per 2000). More is at http://www.lawsociety.org.nz/__data/assets/pdf_file/0012/64011/Snapshot-2013-Web.pdf Back to top

Ranstad Award Winners The Randstad Awards recognise the organisations NZers find the most attractive to work with. For the third year running, Air NZ has been voted the country’s most attractive employer. The top 20 are : 1 - Air NZ; 2 - NZ Customs Service; 3 - Department of Conservation; 4 - TVNZ; 5 - Massey University; 6 Ministry for Primary Industries; 7 - Fonterra; 8 - Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment; 9 - Coca-Cola Amatil; 10 AUT University; 11 - Department of Internal Affairs;12 - Victoria University of Wellington; 13 - The University of Auckland; 14 - Ministry of Justice; 15 - House of Travel Holdings;16 - Gen-I;17 - Vodafone;18 - ASB Bank; 19 - Lion; and 20 Kiwibank. More is at http://www.randstad.co.nz/about-randstad/randstad-award/about-the-randstad-award/do-you-work-for-new-zealands-most-attractive-employer Back to top

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Housing/Building House Prices: Up, Up, Up The national median (middle) house price rose 7.6% in February to $382,000. There were 6,632 houses sold in February, up 34% from January and an increase of 7.5% from the same month last year. The number of days to sell fell two days to 39 in February from a month earlier, and was down by seven days from a year ago. The sale price in the Auckland region rose 14% to $535,000 from February 2012 and the number of sales climbed 16% to 2,399. The sale price across Wellington rose 4.4% to $405,000 from a year ago, with a 12% lift in volumes to 763. Sales in Canterbury/Westland fell 4.1% to 859 from a year earlier, while Otago sale prices increased 1.4% to $243,000 on an 11% pick-up in sales numbers to 258. More is at http://auckland.scoop.co.nz/2013/03/nz-house-prices-rise-7-6-in-february/ Back to top

What Should You Be Paying in Rent? Market rent is described (in the Residential Tenancies Act) as what a willing landlord might reasonably expect to receive, and a willing tenant might reasonably expect to pay for the tenancy, in comparison with rent levels for similar properties in similar areas. Rent charged needs to be comparable to the rent charged for other properties of a similar type, size and location. (If you are charging significantly higher rent than for other similar properties, the Tenancy Tribunal can order you to reduce it.) The Ministry of Building & Housing (MBH) has the latest market rent figures (to 31 March 2013) for all regions and communities in NZ available on its site. To find out what weekly rent is being charged in your area, you select a region, then a community and you’ll get information about the average, top, and bottom, rents for apartments, flats and houses with 1 to 5+ bedrooms. Go to http://www.dbh.govt.nz/market-rent Back to top

Leaky Homes: Latest on Claims & Assessments As at 31 March 2013 the MBIE Building and Housing Department had received 6957 claims lodged for 10,327 properties and completed assessments for 12,856 properties, of which: •

2051 have been resolved (30%);

3427 have been closed (49%); and

1474 remain active (21%).

Note that The Department accepts applications for multi-unit properties as single claims. More is at http://www.dbh.govt.nz/ws-claims Back to top

Choice in Community Living for Disabled People… The Ministry of Health’s “New Model” is running a programme called “Choice in Community Living”. It is about opportunities for disabled people (and their families) and giving them control about where they live, who they live with, and how they are supported. It is also about improving the disabled person’s status as a tenant or home owner. The Ministry of Health is currently working on a project to demonstrate Choice in Community Living in the Auckland and Waikato regions. The demonstration is limited to 150 people and will run until October 2014. More is at http://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/disability-services/disability-projects-and-programmes/choice-community-living

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… & Next Wave of Community Living: IDEA Services The Next Wave of Community living is a programme developed by IDEA Services* in response to calls for more choices in the range of options available for people using its residential services. The aim is to ensure people are living in a place best suited to their individual needs, which might no longer be the standard five-bed group homes. *Idea Services provides support for people with intellectual disability so they can live, learn, work, and enjoy life, as part of the community. More is at http://www.ihc.org.nz/information-for-families/next-wave-of-community-living/ Back to top

More Retirement Village Units being Built NZ building consents rose 1.9% in February as increased intentions to build retirement village units made up for a fall in new housing permits. The number of consents rose to a seasonally adjusted 1,592 from 1,563 in January. Stripping out new apartment permits, which typically vary a lot from month to month, consents fell 3.6% to 1,451. Of the 142 apartment consents issued last month, 98 were for retirement village units. That comes as village operators accelerate their new developments in anticipation of the ageing baby boomer generation which is starting to enter retirement age. More is at http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU1303/S01014/nz-building-consents-rise-19-in-february.htm. Stats NZ figures are at http://stats.govt.nz/browse_for_stats/industry_sectors/Construction/BuildingConsentsIssued_MRFeb13.aspx Back to top

Recall of Syneco Fly screens from Bunnings The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has recalled magnetic fly screens imported from China and recently sold through Bunnings stores. The fly screens “Syneco Magnetic Insect Screen” are weighted at the bottom with a plastic sleeve containing an untreated sand and soil mix. This could potentially contain pests and diseases that present a risk to agricultural industries or the environment. The screens were sold through Bunnings nationally between October 2012 and January 2013. Anyone who has purchased Syneco magnetic screens can return them to any Bunnings store nationwide, with or without a receipt, for a full refund. More is at http://www.mpi.govt.nz/news-resources/news/flyscreens-recalled-due-to-biosecurity-risk Back to top

Factsheet: All About Asbestos Asbestos, a naturally-occurring silicate mineral, was once known as the “miracle mineral’ because of its fire-retardant properties. However, its negative impact on health has now been realised. In 1984, it became illegal to import raw blue and brown asbestos to NZ (though it is not illegal to import, sell, or use products containing asbestos). Houses built before the mid-1980s are very likely to have some materials containing asbestos in them, and there may be some materials containing asbestos in those built between the mid-1980s and 1990. There is unlikely to be any asbestos in houses built since 1900. The factsheet offers lists of places where asbestos is likely to be found, both in buildings, and in other places (e.g., round brake linings, and for insulation in some appliances). It says the only way to be certain a material is asbestos is to have a sample of the building material analysed. Contractors working with asbestos have to have a certificate of competence, or be under supervision of someone with this certificate. Always leave undamaged asbestos material intact and undisturbed. The factsheet is at http://www.osh.govt.nz/publications/factsheets/asbestos-locations-where-may-be-present.html Back to top

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Wellington Flats Shortlisted for Global Award Wellington City Council’s new Regent Park housing development in Newtown – designed by Designgroup Stapleton Elliott – was one of only six completed projects out of 846 entries from 51 countries to make the shortlist for the recent World Architecture News Awards in the residential category. The other shortlisted designs came from Vancouver, London, Melbourne, Tokyo, Winnipeg, and Luxemburg. WorldArchitectureNews.com praised the housing development for its pragmatic and elegant design demonstrating Wellington’s commitment to rejuvenating its social housing programme. More is at http://wellington.scoop.co.nz/?p=53542 Back to top

Energy New Penalties for Disrupting Mining Activity The Government proposes to set up two new offences for disrupting mining: •

intentional damage to, and interference with, mining structures and vessels, and interference with activities being carried out under a Crown Minerals Act permit: this would carry a penalty of imprisonment of up to 12 months or a fine not exceeding $50,000, or in the case of a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $100,000; and

strict liability for breaching a notified minimum non-interference distance (of up to 500m); which would carry a penalty of a fine of up to $10,000.

It also proposes police or defence force personnel in command of a NZ Defence Force vessel to be deemed enforcement officers, with powers to board, arrest and detain. The provisions are in a Supplementary Order Paper (SOP) to be tabled in Parliament. A press release is at http://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/moves-strengthen-protection-offshore-petroleum-and-minerals-activity Back to top

Funding Renewable Energy Projects for Pacific Countries NZ and the European Union have announced that funding of $635 million has been secured at the Pacific Energy Summit in Auckland to support renewable energy projects across the Pacific. Pacific countries presented 79 projects at the Summit, providing donors and the private sector with opportunities to identify projects for partnership and collaboration. Partners and donors have responded by committing $255 million in grant funding and $380 million in concessional loans to support over 40 of the proposed projects. NZ has committed funding of $65 million to help the Cook Islands, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tonga and Tuvalu realise their renewable energy and energy efficiency plans. More is at http://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/635-million-energy-efficient-pacific Back to top

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Transport & Travel New 2013-15 Road Safety Plan Initial milestones for the latest Safer Journeys Action Plan include: •

a high-risk intersection programme identifying the 100 highest risk intersections - and developing solutions for at least 30;

a vehicle fleet programme looking at the exit of older, less safe vehicles from NZ roads;

options for blood alcohol concentration limits for various classes of driver to better reflect risk of an accident occurring; and

a speed management programme focusing on appropriate travel speeds for different types of roads.

The plan is at www.saferjourneys.govt.nz/assets/Uploads/Safer-Journeys-Action-plan-2013-2015.pdf Back to top

More Details About Vehicle Licensing Changes You’ll shortly be consulted on Ministry of Transport changes to the way all vehicles are licensed to use NZ roads. These include: •

warrants of fitness: after initial inspection, no further inspection until vehicles are three years-old; annual inspections for vehicles three years and older, first registered on or after 1 January 2000; six-monthly inspections for vehicles first registered before 1 January 2000; education and communication to encourage people to keep vehicles roadworthy; and extra Police enforcement (all from 1 July 2014, or possibly earlier);

certificates of fitness: keeping the current six-monthly inspection frequency but having inspections vary from three to 12 months depending on a transport operator’s safety record; and allowing more choice about where owners/operators get their vehicles inspected, and about whether they organise service and inspection together (from 1 July 2014, or possibly earlier);

annual vehicle licensing will see improved communication to make it easier for motorists to pay on time; a late payment penalty system set up, and separation of late payers from payment evaders; and

transport services licensing will remain the same for now, though the following moves are being considered: removing farmers and tradespeople, who only use one goods vehicle of less than 15,000 gross vehicle mass, from having a transport services license; better managing/exiting of unsafe and poor performing operators from transport services licensing; and changing to a fee system to reflect the activities carried out for different sectors.

More is at http://www.transport.govt.nz/ourwork/Land/vehiclelicensingreformconsultation/ Back to top

NZ Traffic Congestion Index The TomTom* Congestion Index 2012 compares congestion levels in 161 cities across five continents. In the first Index it’s produced for Australia and NZ, the index ranks Auckland as the 3rd most congested city, with Kiwis spending up to 92 hours a year caught up in peak hour traffic. In the worst of the peak, traffic delays cost Aucklanders an average of 40 minutes for each hour driven. The worst times to travel in Auckland are Tuesday morning and Wednesday afternoon. In the two countries the city congestion levels are: 1 - Sydney 33%; 2 - Perth 33%; 3 - Auckland 28%; 4 - Melbourne 28%; 5 - Christchurch 28%; 6 - Adelaide 28%; 7 - Brisbane 25%; 8 - Wellington 24%; and 9 - Canberra 18%. It’s all relative, though. Sydney was the only city in the region to be listed in the top 10 most congested global cities which are: 1 - Moscow 66%; 2 - Istanbul 55%; 3 - Warsaw 42%; 4 - Marseille 40%; 5 - Palermo 39%; 6 - Los Angeles 33%; 7 - Sydney 33%; 8 - Stuttgart 33%; 9 - Paris 33%; and10 - Rome 33%. * TomTom supplies in-car location and navigation products around the world.

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Separate European, North American, Australia/NZ and South Africa Congestion Index reports are available at www.tomtom.com/congestionindex Back to top

Public Transport Organisations’ Performance: OAG The Auditor-General’s (OAG’s) report on its 2011/12 audits of central and local government agencies dealing with our transport systems is now available. The OAG says that the public transport bodies have good systems and controls, and that they have improved the quality of their service performance reporting in recent years. It also says that the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) effectively maintains the state highway network to the required condition. However, pressure on funding has led to changes such as new road user charges, and local authorities are looking at alternative ways to manage local roads. The OAG says it will be watching to see how NZ’s public transport organisations adapt and respond to those events and changes, and to reviews of the funding arrangements for work on local roads. The report is at http://www.oag.govt.nz/2013/transport-audits/ Back to top

Research Highlights Crash-Risk in Different Communities A new report “Social and Geographical Differences in Road Traffic Injury in the Auckland Region” highlights who is more likely to be involved in road crash deaths and injuries. Findings include: •

males have higher injury rates than females, except among older adults;

in general, road traffic injury rates appear higher for residents of rural areas than for residents of urban areas;

the road crash rate is higher among all Maori and Pacific children and is lowest among Aucklanders of Asian descent;

youth (aged 15 to 24 years) and older adults (aged 65 years and above) have higher crash injury rates than adults aged 25 to 64 years; and

pedestrian injuries are more common among children than adults, while cyclist injuries are as common among children as in adults.

Read the report at http://www.aucklandtransport.govt.nz/about-us/publications/Reports/Documents/social-geographical-differences-report-2013.pdf Back to top

Upper Nth Island Freight Delivery: Issues/Options The Upper North Island Strategic Alliance (UNISA, which is made up of seven councils) and the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA), KiwiRail, and Auckland Transport have produced a report on freight delivery in the region. They have also developed an information base which will help them design efficient systems for delivering freight in the future. Freight issues identified for the region include: a lack of shared and accurate data; too many and too complex central and local government funding structures and requirements; and a need to better understand the likely supply and demand for industrial land (amount, type and location) across the upper North Island. More than 55% of this country’s freight travels through the Northland, Auckland, Waikato, and Bay of Plenty regions, and together these regions generate over 50% of NZ’s gross domestic product. The “Upper North Island Freight Story and supporting Shared Evidence Base” are at http://www.boprc.govt.nz/knowledge-centre/our-library/transportation-publications/ Back to top

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Hawaiian Airlines takes off for NZ The launch of Hawaiian Airlines non-stop services between Honolulu and Auckland last week will provide more choice for people wanting to fly to NZ. More is at http://www.tourismnewzealand.com/markets-and-stats/north-america/united-states/marketing-activity/hawaiian-airlines-takes-off-for-new-zealand/ Back to top

Justice/The Law Crime Drops 7.4% in 2012 Calendar year crime statistics for 2012 show recorded crime is continuing to drop, with significant falls in burglary, serious assaults, robbery, and vehicle theft. There were 376,013 recorded offences in 2012, compared with 406,056 the previous year. The 2012 result is the lowest crime figure in 24 years. The largest decrease was in Waitemata District, where recorded crime fell by 12.4%. Other significant drops occurred in Auckland City (-12.1%), Counties Manukau (-11%), and Waikato (-7.5%). Canterbury, by contrast, recorded 5.6% more crime than in 2011 (but crime figures are still a bit below pre-earthquake figures). Overall. the national crime resolution rate was the same as the previous year, at 47%. Other figures include: •

the number of murders rose by 3 (39 in 2011 rising to 42 in 2012);

there was a continuing decline in the number of recorded assaults in 2012, both in public places and private dwellings;

sexual assault and related offences rose by 1.3% (46 offences) - it is difficult to know to what extent this increase is a result of increased reporting rather than increased offending;

acts intended to cause injury dropped by 3.4% (down 1,427 offences);

robbery, extortion, and related offences were down by 10.1%;

unlawful entry with intent/burglary/break and enter offences reduced by 11.1%;

theft and related offences dropped by 11.8% (15,966 offences);

property damage and environmental pollution offences fell by 5.9%; and

public order offences decreased by 1%.

More is at http://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/34693.html Back to top

Evidence Act Working Well: Law Commission The Law Commission has completed a review of the Evidence Act, the law which governs the information that can used in court in criminal and civil trials. The Commission’s consultation and detailed consideration of cases decided under the Act show that the Act is generally working well, and is a big improvement on the law that went before it. Any problems identified are mostly technical and minor. The report will be available on the Commission’s website at http://www.lawcom.govt.nz/project/review-evidence-act-2006/report once it has been tabled in Parliament Back to top

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NZ & Oz Share Patent Attorney Rules NZ and Australia have signed an arrangement to establish a new trans-Tasman patent attorney* arrangement, which will include similar qualification requirements and professional standards for patent attorneys and innovators in both countries. * A patent attorney is an attorney (a person appointed to act for another in business or legal matters) who has the qualifications necessary for representing clients in obtaining patents (a set of exclusive rights) and acting in all matters and procedures relating to patent law and practice. The term is used differently in different countries. More is at http://www.med.govt.nz/patentattorneys Back to top

Prisons’ Performance Management Compared All 17 prisons in NZ are now measured on their performance against each other in a range of areas including security, assaults, drug tests and rehabilitation programmes. They are then categorised in four performance grades, with the resulting tables released quarterly. The information is used by Corrections and prison managers to identify and share successful practices, and focus on areas which need improvement. The prison performance tables are at ttp://www.corrections.govt.nz/about-us/facts_and_statistics/prison_performance_tables/prison_performance_tables.html Back to top

Community Sentences & Orders Bill The Administration of Community Sentences and Orders Bill has passed its second reading. This Bill would amend the Bail Act 2000, Parole Act 2002 and Sentencing Act 2002, to make sure that offenders in community-based sentences and home detention have to complete their full sentences. Currently, a home detention sentence is suspended when an offender lodges an appeal against their sentence. This Bill will see the home detention sentence continue to run unless bail is granted. Another law change would hold offenders to account when they abscond from community-based sentences: Corrections will now be able to apply for a suspension of the sentence until the offender is located, to make sure they serve the full sentence. The Bill is at http://www.legislation.govt.nz/bill/government/2011/0339/latest/versions.aspx Back to top

Virtual Visits to Prison for Taranaki Families Taranaki residents with friends and family members in Whanganui Prison are now able to video-conference to stay in touch, with approved visitors and prisoners able to see and talk to each other via a television screen. Up to three approved visitors can take part in a virtual visit at one time. More is at http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK1303/S00252/virtual-visits-connect-families-with-whanganui-prison.htm Back to top

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Parliament Got Your Maori Electoral Option Pack? Time to Choose Te Tai Tokerau or Northland? Christchurch Central or Te Tai Tonga? Waiariki or Bay of Plenty? That’s the question for Maori to ask themselves and their whanau now they’ve received their Maori Electoral Option packs in the mail. A Maori Electoral Option pack has been mailed to over 400,000 enrolled voters of Maori descent. People only need to fill in the form in the pack if they want to change from the General roll to the Maori roll or from the Maori roll to the General roll, or if they want to update their details. If anyone receives a pack for someone who no longer lives at the address, it should be forwarded on or marked “return to sender” and posted back. You can enrol until 24 July 2013. To get an enrolment form freetext your name and address to 3676, call 0800 36 76 56 or go to any PostShop. You can also enrol or update your details online at www.elections.org.nz Back to top

Parliamentary Terms* Compared: Report A paper comparing the length of parliamentary terms in 13 Parliaments around the world has recently been published by the Parliamentary Library. It covers parliaments with both fixed and flexible terms. NZ, for example, has a 3-year flexible term that can be ended at any time during the 3 years, whereas Norway has a 4-year fixed term that cannot be ended early. Parliamentary terms in well-established democracies mostly have a maximum length of four or five years, with a smaller number being longer or shorter. Information on each of the 13 Parliaments includes: the length of the parliamentary term; the ending of the parliamentary term; if the polling day is fixed, any provision about varying it; if the parliamentary term is fixed, any provision about early elections; the first meeting of the new Parliament; and the pattern of general elections held since 1990. * Note that the length of term of Parliament and whether or not the term should be fixed are questions that are being considered by the Constitutional Advisory Panel this year. More is at http://www.parliament.nz/en-NZ/Features/4/a/c/00NZPHomeNews201303261-Parliamentary-terms-fixed-and-flexible.htm Back to top

New Labour Member of Parliament The Electoral Commission has declared Carol Beaumont from Auckland to be elected to Parliament from the NZ Labour Party list. The vacancy arises from the resignation from Parliament of Charles Chauvel. Back to top

Public Service/Local Authorities LINZ: Giving Other Depts Advice on Crown Land Land Information NZ (LINZ) has established a “Crown Land Centre of Expertise” which will provide other Government agencies with advice and assistance in relation to Crown land (land belonging to the State). An example of the new centre’s work is the Department of Corrections recently transferring the former Wellington Prison to LINZ for management and disposal through the Centre. LINZ manages more than 5,000 properties (about two million hectares of land) and is responsible for administering many land-related laws.

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Local Body Elections Donations: New Rules Changes to the Local Electoral Amendment Bill (No2), through a supplementary order paper tabled in Parliament, will affect donations through pooled funds such as trust funds or where there is a fundraising collection for a candidate’s campaign. The changes will bring the rules for these donations into line with those for parliamentary candidates (already tested during the 2011 general election). There will be a new requirement for local authority candidates to disclose whether a donation is made up of pooled funds, and to disclose the name and address of any individuals contributing more than $1500. It will also mean a candidate can’t accept an anonymous contribution of more than $1500. More is at http://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/changes-local-electoral-bill-further-improve-transparency Back to top

Advice on “Blowing the Whistle” About Serious Wrongdoing The Office of the Ombudsmen has published information for people who are concerned about serious wrongdoing in their organisation. The information outlines the provisions of the Protected Disclosures Act (or PDA) covering disclosure in the public interest of serious wrongdoing – sometimes called “whistleblowing”. It also describes procedures to be followed in making disclosures, the protection available to those who make them, and when disclosure is not protected. Go to http://www.ombudsman.parliament.nz/system/paperclip/document_files/document_files/441/original/making_a_protected_disclosure____blowing_the_whistle_.pdf?1349214579 Back to top

OAG on CRIs’ Management & Finance Systems The Auditor-General’s (OAGs) report, “Crown research institutes: Results of the 2011/12 audits” says that Crown Research Institutes’ (CRIs) management control and their financial systems and controls rate highly compared with other public bodies. However, CRIs are still developing some aspects of their performance reporting; of the eight CRIs, only Landcare Research NZ Limited has the measures in place and reported against them. It is at http://www.oag.govt.nz/2013/cri-audits/ Back to top

Not-For-Profits Reprieve for Community Law Centres The Ministry of Justice has said that funding for all Community Law Centres will now continue until December 2013 (the contracts for Community Law Centres had been due to expire on 30 June 2013). More is at http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1303/S00209/six-month-reprieve-for-community-law-centres.htm Back to top

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Community Fruit Harvesting Community Fruit Harvesting is a registered charity set up to make it easy to share fruit from people’s back yards with charities. People with fruit they can’t pick or don’t want can register their trees, and volunteers pick the fruit and donate it to those that need it. The group was started in 2011, and currently operates in several cities and towns throughout NZ. Background material on the group is at http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/capital-life/7660621/Fruit-pickers-wanted-for-community-group or go to www.facebook.com/PickFruitHamilton Back to top

2013 Community Awards Winners Kaibosh has won the supreme award at the TrustPower National Community Awards, with Mokihinui-Lyell Backcountry Trust receiving the runner-up award. Kaibosh is NZ’s first dedicated food rescue organisation that is bridging the gap between businesses that are willing to donate surplus and the charities that need it in central Wellington. Mokihinui-Lyell Backcountry Trust is a group of volunteers who are preserving their local heritage while sparking the local economy by attracting more tourists. A release is at http://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/minister-congratulates-community-awards-winners Back to top

25 Charities Receive New Corollas Twenty five of the country’s charities have won the free use of new Corollas in Toyota’s “25 Ways to Say Thanks” initiative. A total of 515 charities registered to be in the running for one of 25 cars to use for three years, with nearly 40,000 people voting for their favourite charity through Facebook. The winning charities are: Orphans Aid International Charitable Trust, Basketball NZ, Sands Manukau, The Girl Guides Association of NZ, Huha Charitable Trust, The Key to Life Charitable Trust, Monty Betham Steps for Life Foundation Trust, Carers NZ, Kidscan Charitable Trust, Familial Trust, Zeal Education Trust, Leg-Up Trust, Sir Peter Blake Trust, Huntington’s Disease Association (Auckland), The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Auckland and the North Shore, New Wine NZ Trust, Canteen The NZ Organisation Supporting Young People Living With Cancer Incorporated, NZ Endometriosis Foundation Charitable Trust, SADD Aotearoa – Students Against Drunk Driving Charitable Trust, Blue Light Ventures Incorporated, The Scout Association of NZ, Assistance Dogs NZ, Youthline Auckland Charitable Trust, Cystic Fibrosis Association of NZ, and Te Omanga Hospice Trust. More details at http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU1303/S00869/toyota-winners-announced-25-charities-receive-new-corollas.htm Back to top

Business Strong Economic Growth in Dec 2012 Quarter Gross domestic product (GDP*) rose 1.5% in the December 2012 quarter, the strongest growth for a quarter since December 2009. Fifteen of the 16 industries measured recorded increases in the last three months of 2012. The industries with the largest contributions to growth were agriculture, forestry, and fishing (up 2.6%); retail trade and accommodation (up 2.3%); wholesale trade (up 2.1%); and construction (up 1.8%). Economic activity for the year ended December 2012 was up 2.5%. This is the highest annual growth in GDP since March 2008, when the economic recession began. * GDP: The monetary value of all the finished goods and services produced within a country's borders in a specific time period. More is at http://stats.govt.nz/browse_for_stats/economic_indicators/GDP/GrossDomesticProduct_MRDec12qtr.aspx

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R&D Investment Growing Spending on research and development (R&D) by businesses in NZ nudged $1.2 billion in 2012, up almost 25 percent since 2010. Total spending on R&D across the business, government, and higher education sectors was more than $2.6 billion, the overall increase being more subdued, but still 9% up on 2010. Government spending on R&D generally has dropped since 2010, but more government funding has been directed specifically towards business R&D, adding to funding increases from businesses themselves and from overseas. However, this country’s R&D spending, as a proportion of GDP, remains lower than many other OECD countries. More is at http://stats.govt.nz/browse_for_stats/businesses/research_and_development/ResearchandDevelopmentSurvey_MR2012.aspx Back to top

Ageing Population Will Affect Kiwi Businesses The NZ Institute of Economic Research (NZIER) predicts, among other things, that the ageing NZ population will see fewer productive workers in proportion to the number of retired people, driving up wages. NZ is already seeing employment tail-off in export manufacturing. That will continue says NZIER, and industries will need to move away from making goods and competing on cost; instead, they get better at competing in niches using specific know-how that is hard for others to repeat. At the same time, the work force is likely to be less experienced and less likely to be in a job for life. So firms need to start thinking now about the right human resources policies, recruitment, and how to retain staff to ensure firm-specific skills and knowledge held by retiring workers is not lost. For example, employers can take action to promote participation by older workers through appropriate workplace design and policies, as physical health will be the main barrier to their ongoing participation in the workforce. However, the aging population will also create business opportunities. Some opportunities are obvious like greater demand for healthcare and insurance, but others are not so clear-cut. Firms will need to make sure their marketing efforts are appropriate to the changing age structure of the population. They also need to bear in mind that the preferences of mature people today are likely to be very different to the mature people of tomorrow. More is at http://nzier.org.nz/publications/golden-years-the-impacts-of-new-zealand%E2%80%99s-ageing-on-wages-interest-rates-wealth-and-mac Back to top

NZ Food & Beverage Industry: Feeding Asia A new report shows there recent improvement in NZ food and beverage industry performance is due to exports to the Asia-Pacific region and other emerging economies. The report, an Investor’s Guide to the NZ Food & Beverage Industry 2013, says that Asia is now NZ’s largest export country destination, accounting for more than 40% of export value. China is the single largest food and beverage export destination, and Asian countries make up 10 of the top 25 destinations. The NZ primary industries are moving from feeding Westerners to feeding the Asia-Pacific region. Traditional export markets like North America and Europe are growing only slowly. It is at www.foodandbeverage.govt.nz Back to top

Small Business is Big Business: New Factsheet A new factsheet called “Small Businesses in NZ” summarises results from recent Statistics NZ surveys relating to small and medium enterprises. It shows: •

97.2% of all enterprises have fewer than 20 employees, and these firms employ 30.2% of workers in NZ; and

businesses with fewer than 50 employees create nearly half of all jobs, contribute over a third of NZ’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and are increasingly engaged in innovation and exporting activity.

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Great Minds Think… Productivity! A new Productivity Hub aims to share knowledge between organisations so they better understand NZ’s productivity performance (our ability to efficiently produce lots of goods and services), and the contribution good policy can make to this performance. The Hub, convened by the Productivity Commission, is a partnership between the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Ministry of Primary Industries, the Reserve Bank, Statistics NZ, and Treasury. Anyone working on productivity issues is encouraged to get involved with Hub activities, including private, academic and not-for-profit organisations carrying out productivity research. More is at http://www.productivity.govt.nz/about-productivity/productivity-hub Back to top

Dealing with Emotional Manipulators at Work You’ve felt their presence at work, even if you never heard them say anything in a public forum. You know they are there, behind the scenes, stirring the pot and pulling the strings of unsuspecting co-workers. They don’t want to be seen as the ones publicly criticising progress or new initiatives, so they make sure others carry the torch for them. It is important to not get caught up in their conversations since emotional manipulators will use your comments when talking with others (e.g., “Bill said Karen’s performance was really bad”). When you first start defending yourself against a manipulator, they’ll try harder to control you. Persevere: •

recognise that they exist;

be aware of the tactics they use;

find someone you trust at work to share your thoughts about what the person is doing;

be on your guard at all times when around a manipulator and limit contact with them;

trust your gut when dealing with an emotional manipulator and challenge lies and half-truths;

don’t let them guilt-trip you;

check or verify what they say with the original sources, as they will often tell you what others have supposedly said;

be clear and specific about outcomes;

document any manipulation;

take a firm stance with the manipulator, and let them know that disciplinary actions (or some consequences) will be taken; and

stay firm, don’t get defensive and don’t take the bait if they push you.

Thanks to the Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/capitalbusiness/career-coach-dealing-with-manipulators-at-work/2013/03/08/55d0ace0-8687-11e2-9d71-f0feafdd1394_story.html Back to top

NZ’s Top Twenty Fairest Towns The top 20 most fair trade-friendly towns in the country have been announced with the inaugural Oxfam Fair Trade Index, which is based on the number of Oxfam’s Biggest Coffee Break events per capita. The Coffee Breaks involve friends, workmates, community groups, and students getting together to celebrate fair trade, enjoy tasty goodies, and raise money to help struggling farmers in the developing world. Topping the Oxfam Fair Trade Index is the Tasman town of Takaka. The next 19 are: Waitati, Otago; Akaroa, Canterbury; Lincoln, Canterbury; Mount Maunganui, Bay of Plenty; Kawakawa, Northland; Te Kauwhata, Waikato; Leeston, Canterbury; Woodville, Manawatu-Whanganui; Kamo, Whangarei; Waiuku, Auckland; Kaikoura, Canterbury; Rolleston, Canterbury; Kaikohe, Northland; Whangamata, Waikato; Wellington; Wanaka, Otago; Kaitaia, Northland; Waipawa, Hawke’s Bay; and Pahiatua, Manawatu-Wanganui. 33 –Bulletin Aotearoa April 2013

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Kiwi Travel Guide App Tourists visiting NZ are now able to convert their smartphones and tablets into interactive audio tour guides thanks to a new free app. The app (both in iPhone and Android format) uses the GPS function in the device to inform travellers about thousands of nearby points of historical and cultural interest as they travel throughout NZ. Six of the new apps are now available for download from the iTunes and Android stores under brand names of Interislander, Maui, Britz, Mighty Cars & Campervans, Car Rental Republic and Motorhome Republic. Further apps will be downloaded under other tourism operator brand names. Back to top

Leaders in Natural Products Industry: Awards Leaders in the natural products industry were recognised at the recent NZ Natural Products Summit. The award winners are: •

James & Wells Intellectual Property Excellence in Marketing Award: Absolute Essential (one of the few companies in the world supplying genuine therapeutic plant oils of guaranteed medicinal grade);

The Cawthron Innovation in Science & Technology Award: New Image Group (who are world leaders in creating products from colostrum); and

Label & Litho Sustainability Award: Blackmores NZ (for the way the company partnered with the global conservation organisation WWF in Australia and NZ as part of its commitment to achieving the highest possible standard of sustainability for its fish and krill oils).

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Money Matters Government Finances to 28 February 2013 The operating deficit before gains and losses for the eight months to 28 February was $3 billion, or $556 million smaller than the $3.6 billion deficit forecast in December. Overall, core Crown tax revenue was $719 million higher than forecast - at $37.6 billion for the eight months. Deductions were $266 million above forecast due to a higher effective tax rate paid by those in the workforce, and tax from other people came in $326 million above forecast. Compared with the eight months to February 2012, tax revenue has increased by $2.2 billion, mainly reflecting wage growth, higher effective tax rates and a rise in GST receipts due to growth in nominal consumption and residential investment. The Crown’s expenses were $370 million below forecast because of spending controls and delays in Treaty of Waitangi settlements. Higher than expected net gains from Government investment funds delivered a $4.3 billion operating surplus for the eight months, as opposed to the $481 million forecast operating deficit. More is at http://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/higher-revenue-helps-improve-crown-finances Back to top

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Credit Repayments Getting Easier: Women Leading In a reversal of its historical findings, Dun & Bradstreet’s latest D&B Consumer Credit Expectations Survey has revealed that 63% of women do not expect difficulties in meeting their credit obligations in the June quarter 2013, compared to 57% of men. The survey - which measures expectations for savings, credit usage, spending and debt performance - shows a 5% quarter-on-quarter improvement in the credit payments outlook for women, while the same measure has dropped 9% among Kiwi men. Overall national data is also positive, with nearly half of NZers not planning to use their credit cards to pay for otherwise unaffordable purchases. This has steadily dropped from 66% during the same quarter last year and from 50% in the March quarter. Wellington residents, those aged 50+ years, and those earning more than $70,000 per annum are most likely to steer clear of putting unaffordable expenses on credit, at 53% each. More is at http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU1304/S00063/women-lead-the-way-as-kiwis-credit-payments-become-easier.htm Back to top

Kiwis Worried that Super Not Enough Only 9% of Kiwis believe that NZ Superannuation alone will give them an adequate income in retirement, according to a December 2012 Horizon Research survey from the Financial Services Council (FSC). Another 65% of NZers disagree, 10% are unsure, and 15% are neutral on the question on whether NZ Superannuation is enough for them to retire on. NZ Superannuation currently provides a maximum of $349 per week for an individual and $537 per week for a couple. More is at https://www.horizonpoll.co.nz/page/298/only-9-thin Back to top

Updated IRD Guides on Overseas Pensions The Inland Revenue Department (IRD has update two guides on overseas pensions. They clarify the tax obligations for people with overseas pensions and social security income. They will be useful for taxpayers living in NZ with overseas pensions or schemes, taxpayers coming to NZ who may have overseas pensions or schemes, and tax agents. The guides: Overseas pensions and annuity schemes (IR257), and Overseas social security pensions (IR258) are at http://www.ird.govt.nz/news-updates/like-to-know-update-ir-pension-guides.html Back to top

Interest-free Loans – Nga Tangata Microfinance NZCCSS (NZ Council of Christian Social Services) has been working with Child Poverty Action Group and the NZ Federation of Family Budgeting Services to develop a no-interest loans scheme for people who can’t access mainstream banking credit. A pilot scheme has been operating in South Auckland, designed to develop an approach that works for people nation-wide. The scheme is supported by Kiwibank and based on an Australian microfinance model developed by the Order of the Good Shepherd. Still in its early days, it involves eight local budgeting services working with clients who can borrow up to $2,000 to pay for essentials like car repairs, fridges, or washing machines. There are a number of similar schemes operating in NZ. The Nga Tangata microfinance Trust’s website (still under construction) is at http://www.ngatangatamicrofinance.org.nz/contact.htm Back to top

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Catching the Customs Dodgers Customs audits have resulted in an additional $48 million being collected for the Crown in just over 18 months. It includes duty and GST paid on imported goods, together with excise and excise equivalent duty which is payable on tobacco products, fuel and alcohol products. NZ’s trade activity is worth an estimated $90 billion a year and Customs contributes about 15% of government revenue through duties and excise. $11.3 billion in Customs revenue was collected in the 2011/12 fiscal year. More is at http://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/customs-recovers-millions-following-audits Back to top

KiwiSaver Employer/Employee Contribution Levels Up On 1 April the minimum employee contribution rate rose from 2% to 3%; at the same time, compulsory employer contributions rose from 2% to 3% More is at http://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/kiwisaver-contributions-increase-1-april Back to top

…& New Rules About Disclosing Kiwisaver Information New rules for KiwiSaver schemes require the providers to regularly report on fund performance, fees, asset allocation and other matters in a simple and standardised way. This will make it easier for NZers to compare the performance of different schemes and make an informed choice about them. Under the changes KiwiSaver providers will have to publish quarterly and annual disclosure statements online in an easily accessible way, e.g., through the Sorted website. The rules come into force on 1 July, and the first disclosure statements due to be published in mid-October. More is at http://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/new-kiwisaver-rules-make-comparing-funds-easier Back to top

Pensions & Allowances: Cost of Living Increase.. From 1 April 2013, some payment rates increase based on a cost of living increase (CPI) of 0.61%. They include: •

rates and thresholds for main benefits, Student Allowances, Student Loan Living Costs and the Foster Care Allowance;

rates and thresholds for some supplementary assistance;

limits for the Community Services Card; and

NZ Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension.

The adjustment aims to ensure that the rates keep pace with the increases to the cost of living. NZ Superannuitants will receive a 2.44% increase so that the married rate continues to equal 66% of the average net wage. A table showing benefit rates is at http://www.workandincome.govt.nz/about-work-and-income/news/2011/payment-changes-for-april-2011.html Back to top

…& War Disablement Pensioners/Surviving Spouses Get More People on the War Disablement Pension and Surviving Spouse Pension have also been given a one-off 5% payment (as of 1 April). There are around 17,000 veterans and surviving spouses. Back to top

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World’s 50 Safest Banks Include Kiwibank US-based Global Finance recently announced the half-yearly update to its ranking of the World’s 50 Safest Banks. German bank KfW took out the number 1 spot. But several banks we are familiar with in NZ and Australia were in the top 50 as well: at 16 - National Australia Bank (Australia); 17 - Commonwealth Bank of Australia (Australia); 18 - Westpac (Australia); 19 - ANZ Group (Australia), 24 - Kiwibank (NZ); and 25 - HSBC (United Kingdom). More is at http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU1303/S00764/worlds-50-safest-banks-april-2013.htm Back to top

Internet, ICT & Media Regulating News Media in a Digital Age The Law Commission’s report, “The News Media Meets ‘New Media’: Rights, Responsibilities and Regulation in the Digital Age”, provides the Law Commission’s recommendations for updating laws regulating the media for the digital era. It recommends a new complaints body be set up to provide NZers with news media standards and a one-stop-shop for dealing with complaints across all news producers. Membership of this body would be voluntary and open to both the traditional mainstream news media and the new media (e.g., news and current affairs bloggers and websites), provided they are willing to be accountable to the new standards body. It would draw on the best features of the current complaints bodies (the Press Council, the Broadcasting Standards Authority, and the Online Media Standards Authority). The report also recommends: •

altering the jurisdiction of the Broadcasting Standards Authority; and

aligning the Privacy Act 1993, the Electoral Act 1993, the Human Rights Act 1993, and the Fair Trading Act 1986 (that confer specific privileges on the news media) with media privileges in the Criminal Procedure Act 2011, making the right to the privileges conditional on membership of the new complaints body.

The Government will be seeking views from the media industry before formally responding to the report later this year. It is already considering recommendations by the Law Commission to address harmful digital communications. More, including a link to the report, is at http://www.lawcom.govt.nz/project/review-regulatory-gaps-and-new-media?quicktabs_23=report Back to top

Moves to Stop Cyber Bullying New proposals to hold cyber bullies to account for their bullying and harmful online behaviour include: •

setting up or appointing an approved agency to act as the first port of call for complaints;

allowing people to take serious complaints to the District Court;

making it an offence to send messages/post material online that is grossly offensive, indecent, obscene, menacing or knowingly false - punishable by up to 3 months imprisonment or a $2,000 fine;

a new offence of incitement to commit suicide, punishable by up to 3 years imprisonment; and

amending the Harassment, Privacy and Human Rights Acts to ensure they are up-to-date for digital communications.

A Bill giving effect to the changes will be introduced to Parliament to be passed later this year. More is at http://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/time039s-cyber-bullies Back to top

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GPs Get Whizz-Bang Broadband Services General Practice NZ (GPNZ) is partnering with telecommunications provider Snap to put in place a range of Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) based services to general practices and primary care networks across NZ. The services will be available to GPNZ networks and their affiliated general practices, with the intention of offering the services to the wider health community from mid-2013. The “Smart Connectivity” service will start to become available from April 2013. It will offer health providers internet, hosted telephone communication, and video services at competitive prices. UFB (ultra-fast broadband) will be available locally when fibre optic networks are installed as part of the Government’s $1.5 billion investment in UFB. The main aim of the move is to develop a network of shared services and information to encourage collaboration between the different health organisations. More is at http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE1303/S00051/gpnzsnap-ufb-provider-selected-for-primary-health-care.htm Back to top

2020 Trust & InternetNZ Join Forces The 2020 Communications Trust* and InternetNZ** have announced a new partnership that will see them working more closely together towards a shared goal of digital inclusion for all. As part of the new partnership, InternetNZ is helping fund the Trust to explore new ways to up-skill communities and help create competent Internet users. *The 2020 Communications Trust is a registered not-for-profit charitable trust that was set up in 1996 by the Wellington City Council to promote digital literacy, initially for Wellington citizens, but in 2000 the scope was extended to include all NZers. Their vision is for all NZers to be able to fully participate in a digital world. **InternetNZ is the charitable, non-profit open membership organisation dedicated to protecting and promoting the Internet in NZ, and fostering a coordinated, cooperative approach to its ongoing development. More is at http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU1304/S00100/2020-trust-and-internetnz-join-forces-in-new-partnership.htm Back to top

Privacy: “Liking” on Facebook Tells All About You Sexuality, political leanings and even intelligence can be gleaned from the things you choose to “like" on Facebook, a study suggests. The study used 58,000 volunteers who alongside their Facebook "likes" and demographic information also completed personality tests. When processed, the likes proved 88% accurate for determining male sexuality, 95% accurate in distinguishing AfricanAmerican from Caucasian-American, and 85% for differentiating Republican from Democrat. Christians and Muslims were correctly classified in 82% of cases and relationship status and substance abuse was predicted with an accuracy between 65% and 73%. The researchers are warning that the digital profiles people are creating also threaten privacy, because the same data could be used to predict political views or sexual orientation, posing threats to freedom or even life. They also say the results have implications beyond social media to all digital records - from browser histories to search queries. They advise that people exercise their choice to change their privacy settings, and also need to re-think how much data they are voluntarily sharing. They also say that the lack of transparency about how users' data is being used will lead to “entirely justified” fears about peoples’ data being exploited for commercial gain. The study is at http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2013/03/06/1218772110.full.pdf+html Back to top

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Facebook: Daily use By Students University of Canterbury research has found that 93% of high school and university students check Facebook at least once a day. High school students, in general, spend more time on Facebook than university students. Some 56% of high school students spent at least 15 minutes to an hour on Facebook within any given session. On the other hand, 54% of university students spent five to 15 minutes. The difference may be due to high school students having less academic pressure and, therefore, having more time to spend on Facebook. More is at http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED1304/S00011/uc-study-finds-93-of-students-check-facebook-each-day.htm Back to top

Maori Television Launches New Website Maori Television has launched a completely new website. New features include the opportunity to provide feedback in real time, comment on selected news stories, and share what is going on in your world with a “share your news”’ function. It also features increased social media engagement, with viewers able to recommend, share, and tweet almost all online content. Users will be able to search for programmes based on individual language interest, by selecting the appropriate level ranging from high amounts of Maori language through to high amounts of English. They will also be able to move easily between Maori and English language content. More is at www.maoritelevision.com Back to top

Makeover Reality TV: the Real Oil The author of a new book on makeover reality television called “The Makeover: Reality Television and Reflexive Audiences” recently carried out an audience research project on four US makeover shows: The Biggest Loser, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, Starting Over, and What Not to Wear. She says that audiences: •

know that producers cast candidates who will perform for the cameras;

that shows are scripted to some extent, and certainly edited, for maximum drama;

believe anyway in the authenticity of the people they see on screen, and the feelings and experiences that go into their personal transformation; and

even when they know a situation is manipulated, still get caught up in the “reality” of the candidates’ struggles and emotion.

Many regular viewers were highly critical of the instruction offered in the shows, believing it unrealistic to the demands of everyday life. Regular viewers tended to see shaming of wayward candidates as a good thing saying that some people need to be shown their faults in front of millions of viewers in order to be motivated to change. However they were highly critical when they thought the shows’ producers were humiliating candidates to boost audience ratings and make money, by, for example, getting overweight people to run and jump, or showing up a candidate whose clothes demonstrated how poor he/she was. For more go to www.nyupress.org or www.amazon.com Back to top

Payments for InCommon Images Go to Charity InCommon Images is a recently-launched international photography resource with 100% of profits from sales of images going to charity. The collection contains more than 70,000 photos featuring people of all ages and nations, and nature shots of endangered animals and remarkable landscapes. Themes of the photo bank are wide, embracing diversity, the arts, faith, family, and a positive vision of humanity. InCommon Images is at www.incommonimages.org

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A Handful of Websites NZ Trade & Enterprise (NZTE) has produced a business backgrounder on Latin America at http://www.nzte.govt.nz/features-commentary/features/going-global/pages/backgrounder-latin-america.aspx and a more in-depth look at Brazil at http://www.nzte.govt.nz/features-commentary/commentary/pages/take-a-long-term-look-atbrazil.aspx A “Wired” magazine article examines how book publishers are scrambling to adapt to the digital age. Go to http://www.wired.com/underwire/2013/03/publishing-industry-next-chapter/all/ A recent British report has revealed that as the government there cuts back on spending on disability support there has been a correspondingly increasing negative portrayal of disabled people in the print media. Go to http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2012/nov/20/benefits-stigma-newspapers-report-welfare/print An infographic offers job seekers a primer on serif and sans serif fonts. In general, sans serif fonts are better for online documents, while the serif font is easier to read in paper documents. Go to http://www.avidcareerist.com/2013/02/27/how-tochoose-a-font-for-your-resume-infographic/ A study by Canadian psychology students suggests that green architecture can actually prompt those in the building to act in a more environmentally friendly way. Go to: http://designbuildsource.ca/2013/03/can-green-buildings-promote-greenbehaviour/ Advice on co-working spaces for small businesses is at http://www.resourcenation.com/blog/expert-advice-on-co-workingspaces-for-small-businesses/36518/ A combination of near-real-time mapping and social networking will quickly spot illegal logging and alert networks before it's too late. Go to http://www.sustainablebusiness.com/index.cfm/go/news.display/id/24693?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm _term=Enewsletter&utm_campaign=E-Newsletter%202012 Watch 24 hours of internet activity around the world in 8 seconds. Go to http://mentalfloss.com/article/49655/watch-24hours-internet-activity-around-world-8-seconds#ixzz2Oh8VIjts An entrancing website: it collects the best GIFs* of the natural world. *GIFS are an image file, first introduced in 1987, that has come into widespread usage on the web. Go to http://headlikeanorange.tumblr.com/ The front line of corporate sustainability projects is …laundry. Go to http://www.triplepundit.com/2013/03/front-linecorporate-sustainability-laundry/ A list of tips for how entrepreneurs can get the most out of Twitter for their businesses is at: http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/226178#ixzz2OIbQ7B4f Taking a warm shower releases dopamine into the brain, which triggers feelings of relaxation and encourages our minds to wander to creative solutions, neuroscientists say. Go to http://blog.bufferapp.com/why-we-have-our-best-ideas-in-theshower-the-science-of-creativity A wave of "philanthropubs" are opening across the U.S. The idea is that the profits from the pubs go to charity. Go to http://www.greenbiz.com/blog/2013/03/19/eat-drink-be-merry-dogood?mkt_tok=3RkMMJWWfF9wsRonvK%2FNZKXonjHpfsX56ukkX6S0lMI%2F0ER3fOvrPUfGjI4ASsRlI%2BSLDwEYGJ lv6SgFSLHEMa5qw7gMXRQ%3D A list of 13 items no business traveller should leave home without are at http://www.businessinsider.com/13-thingsbusiness-travelers-should-pack-in-a-carry-on-2013-2 Japanese chemist and photographer R. Tanaka is on a mission to photograph the world's most photogenic elements and I think it’s safe say he succeeded with flying colours. Go to http://www.neatorama.com/2013/03/10/Gorgeous-Photographyof-The-Elements/ Amazing map of the world that that records cyber attacks as they happen is at http://www.sicherheitstacho.eu/ A list of the 25 best computer tablets of 2013 is at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009F1INL8/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=list2520&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B009F1INL8 The latest survey of electricity prices (as at 15 February 2013) is on the website of the Ministry of Economic Development at http://www.med.govt.nz/sectors-industries/energy/electricity/prices/electricity-tariff-surveys/quarterly-survey Back to top

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Treaty Matters Ngati Rarua Deed of Settlement Crown actions left Ngati Rarua virtually landless in their rohe (territory). This had a devastating impact on the social and cultural wellbeing of the people of Ngati Rarua that continues to be seen today. The loss of their land and their restriction to inadequate reserves has significantly marginalised Ngati Rarua from the benefits of economic development, and limited the autonomy and ability of the iwi to exercise customary rights and responsibilities throughout the Ngati Rarua rohe. Under the settlement the tribe receives cultural and commercial redress and a financial settlement of $11,760,000, options to purchase property, rights of first refusal over other property, and interests in a number of sites of particular importance to the iwi. The Settlement deed is at http://nz01.terabyte.co.nz/ots/DocumentLibrary%5CNgatiRaruaiDOS.pdf Back to top

Ngati Tama ki Te Tau Ihu Settlement Deed Ngati Tamaki ki Te Tau Ihu suffered extensive loss of tribal lands and actions through the actions of the Native Land Court. This led to fragmentation of land, ill-health, early mortality, poverty, destitution, marginalisation, despair and discrimination as a result of a number of Government actions. Grievances also relate to the iwi non-participation in the administration of the Tenths* Trust. Ngati Tama ki Te Tau Ihu chiefs did not sign the Treaty of Waitangi. Cultural, financial and commercial redress includes payment of $12,060,000, options to purchase property, rights of first refusal over other property, and interests in a number of sites of particular importance to the iwi. *Tenths Land: the NZ Company instructed Colonel Wakefield to reserve from every purchase a proportion of the territory ceded, “equal to one-tenth of the whole” and to hold it in trust for the future benefit of the chief families of the tribe. More is at http://nz01.terabyte.co.nz/ots/DocumentLibrary%5CNgatiTamakiTeTauIhuiDOS.pdf Back to top

Maungaharuru-Tangitu Hapu Deed of Settlement Initialled The Maungaharuru Tangitu hapu were subjected to extensive land confiscations in the Mohaka/Waikare area and were wrongfully detained following military engagement with the Crown. The Agreement in Principle sets out at a broad redress package which includes historical, cultural, financial and commercial redress to settle the historical Treaty of Waitangi claims of the hapu. It includes financial redress of $23 million plus interest, and the cultural redress that includes part of Opouahi Station, recognising the cultural importance of the Maungaharuru range and Tutira areas. More is at http://nz01.terabyte.co.nz/ots/DocumentLibrary%5CMaungaharuru-TangituiDOS.pdf Back to top

Crown & Tuhoe Deed of Settlement Initialled The Crown and Te Kotahi a Tuhoe (the negotiating body of Tuhoe) have completed negotiations on a Deed of Settlement to settle the historical claims of Tuhoe. Tuhoe did not sign the Treaty of Waitangi, and the Crown had no official presence in Te Urewera before the 1860s. However, there was large scale confiscation of the best agricultural land, and military campaigns targeted Tuhoe settlements. In 1896 Parliament enacted the Urewera District Native Reserve Act, which provided for local selfgovernment over a 656,000 acre Urewera Reserve, and for decisions about the use of land to be made collectively and according to Maori custom. However, the Crown did not put into action the self-government provisions of the Act. In 1916, 70 armed police arrested Tuhoe prophet Rua Kenana at Maungapohatu. He was cleared of eight charges including sedition, but was convicted of moral resistance relating to an earlier arrest attempt and jailed. Later, unjust land purchases have affected the iwi up to today. 41 –Bulletin Aotearoa April 2013

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The settlement includes Crown acknowledgements of breaches of the Treaty of Waitangi and its principles, a Crown Apology for those breaches, an agreed historical account of the relationship between the Crown and Tuhoe, redress relating to Te Urewera, Mana Motuhake (self- government), a social service management plan for the Tuhoe rohe (area), and a financial and commercial redress package totalling $170 million. In particular, Te Urewera National Park land will be vested in a new legal identity created by legislation, and governed by a Board with equal numbers of Crown and Tuhoe appointees and chaired by a Tuhoe nominee. After three years Tuhoe will have six nominees on the Board and the Crown three. More (including questions and answers about the settlement) is at http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1303/S00403/tuhoe-deed-of-settlement-negotiations-completed.htm Back to top

NZ’s Legal Aid Services: Waitangi Tribunal Hearing A Latimer and Piripi application for an urgent hearing into the practices and policies of the Legal Aid Services has been granted by the Waitangi Tribunal. The claimants say the Crown's failed to provide adequate legal aid to Maori in the Tribunal and other courts. They also say Crown did not provide legal aid for Maori groups to pursue Treaty breaches until a negotiated agreement in 1987 following the decision of the Court of Appeal in The NZ Maori Council v Attorney-General. There is no legal aid for Treaty claims in the general civil courts. A YouTube clip on the subject (mainly in Maori with English subtitles) is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7Tg-MK_QJ4 Back to top

Time for Change: the Constitution & the Treaty This is a resource for the discussion about the place of the Treaty in NZ’s constitution (see consultation on the NZ’s constitution above). It is written from a Pakeha perspective. “Time for change: A framework for community discussion on values-based and Treaty-based constitutional arrangements” is at www.converge.org.nz/pma/change.htm Back to top

Arts & Culture All About Funding for the Arts: Boosted Boosted, the Arts Foundation’s new philanthropic crowd-funding platform is now up and running. The site was set up to encourage greater private sector giving to strengthen the arts sector. It is similar to other crowd-funding websites, but is dedicated exclusively to promoting arts projects. Recipient projects will be funded through the Arts Foundation, and donors will be eligible for the government’s tax rebates to encourage charitable giving. Previous research on the levels of giving and sponsorship for the cultural sector revealed that, on average, government contributed 80% of funding and private individuals only 3%. Boosted is at http://www.boosted.org.nz/ Back to top

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Finalists: NZ Post Children’s Book Awards In all, 19 books have been selected as finalists across four categories: best picture book, junior fiction, young adult and non-fiction. The winners from each category will be announced on 24 June. The finalists are: •

Picture Book – “A Great Cake” by Tina Matthews; “Melu” by Kyle Mewburn, Ali Teo & John O’Reilly; “Mister Whistler” by Margaret Mahy & Gavin Bishop; “Mr Bear Branches and the Cloud Conundrum” by Terri Rose Baynton; and “Remember That November / Maumahara ki tera Noema” by Jennifer Beck;

Junior Fiction – “The ACB” with Honora Lee by Kate De Goldi & Gregory O’Brien; “The Queen and the Nobody Boy (A Tale of Fontania)” by Barbara Else; “My Brother's War” by David Hill; “Red Rocks” by Rachael King; and “Uncle Trev and His Whistling Bull” by Jack Lasenby;

Young Adult Fiction – “Earth Dragon, Fire Hare” by Ken Catran; “Into the River” by Ted Dawe; “The Nature of Ash” by Mandy Hager; “Reach” by Hugh Brown; and “Snakes and Ladders” by Mary-anne Scott; and

Non-fiction – “100 Amazing Tales From Aotearoa” by Simon Morton & Riria Hotere; “Kiwi: the real story” by Annemarie Florian & Heather Hunt; “Taketakerau, The Millennium Tree” by Marnie Anstis, Patricia Howitt & Kelly Spencer; and “At the Beach: Explore & Discover the NZ Seashore” by Ned Barraud & Gillian Candler.

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Penguin Books & Random House Join Forces The Commerce Commission has cleared Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA (owner of Random House) and Pearson plc (owner of Penguin) to form a new jointly-owned company - Penguin Random House - which will acquire the consumer book publishing businesses of the two companies. Consumer books exclude text books and technical books. More is at http://www.comcom.govt.nz/media-releases/detail/2013/commerce-commission-clears-merger-of-penguin-and-random-house-book-publishers Back to top

NZ Commuter Writes 1,500 Page Novel on Cellphone Possibly NZ's largest ever novel has been published recently by a Wellington journalist. The 1,500 page novel, which is a quarter again longer than “The Lord of the Rings” has only been released as an eBook due to its size. “Changels Genesis” was written by Peter King over four years on an HTC smartphone mostly on his two 45-minute a day public transport commutes from the Hutt Valley and while his infant son fell asleep. For background on the story visit the website www.changels.info Back to top

Fish & Ships New Season Catch Limits Change New catch limits for rock lobster (crayfish), scallops and surf clams are now in effect (from 1 April). The changes are: •

a 32.2 tonne increase to the commercial catch limit for the Gisborne rock lobster fishery;

a 32.8 tonne increase to the commercial catch limit for the Wellington/Hawkes Bay rock lobster fishery;

a total commercial catch limit increase of 2718 tonnes for four species of surf clam in the Central (Egmont) fishery; and

a 78 tonne increase to the commercial limit in the Coromandel scallop fishery.

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Note: there is a 19.9 tonne decrease to the commercial limit in the Otago rock lobster fishery. The increases are based on new information showing large numbers of surf clams along the Manawatu coast, and large numbers of decent-sized scallops in the Hauraki Gulf. Allowances for Maori customary fishing and recreational interests remain unchanged for rock lobster, but have increased in some cases for surf clams and scallops. More information is available at: http://www.fish.govt.nz/en-nz/Consultations/Archive/2012/default.htm Back to top

New Maritime Advisory Group Maritime NZ (MNZ) is setting up an industry advisory group to advise and assist MNZ to put in place the Maritime Operator Safety System (MOSS), scheduled for introduction on 1 July 2014. The MOSS system will enable MNZ to work more closely with domestic commercial maritime operators to achieve safety goals. Among other things, the new system will require operators to develop safe operating plans that are relevant for their operation and related to their risks. The new system will also enable MNZ to work more closely with surveyors to lift overall standards and consistency. Further information about MOSS, and the industry advisory group can be found by visiting www.maritimenz.govt.nz/MIAG Back to top

Science & Technology Smoking: Genes Predict Risk Your DNA may play a significant role in determining whether or not you end up a smoker - and how easy you find it to kick the habit. Researchers analysed data from a long-term study of 1,000 NZers to identify whether individuals at high genetic risk got hooked on cigarettes more quickly as teens, and whether - as adults - they had a harder time quitting. The results showed that a person's genetic risk profile did not predict whether he or she would try cigarettes. But for those who did try cigarettes, having a high-risk genetic profile meant they were more likely to become heavy smokers and dependent on nicotine. This link was most apparent for teenagers. Among teens who tried cigarettes, those with a high-risk genetic profile were 24% more likely to become daily smokers by age 15 and 43% more likely to become pack-a-day smokers by age 18. As adults, those with high-risk genetic profiles were 22% more likely to fail in their attempts at quitting. More, including international coverage, is at http://www.sciencemediacentre.co.nz/2013/03/28/smoking-genes-predict-risk-nz-study/ Back to top

Getting to Grips with Science: Discussion Paper The Prime Minister's Chief Science Advisor has released a discussion paper aimed at helping the public and policy makers better understand scientific information and its uses. “Interpreting science - implications for public understanding, advocacy and policy formation� is a crash course on how science fits into policy making and how to judge whether a piece of science is being appropriately interpreted or whether it is being misused or overstated. Included in the paper are clear explanations of how science works, scientific consensus and debate, how to deal with uncertainty, and the classic confusion of correlation vs. causation*. The paper also covers what science can't do. All too frequently, the paper notes, science is used as a stand-in for arguments that are not actually based on science.

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* “Correlation does not imply causation” is a phrase used in science and statistics to emphasize that a correlation between two variables does not necessarily imply that one causes the other. An example of this kind of false logic would be to state: “The more firemen fighting a fire, the bigger the fire is observed to be. Therefore, firemen cause an increase in the size of a fire”. You can read the paper at http://www.pmcsa.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/Interpreting-Science-April-2013.pdf Back to top

2013 Science Book Prize Shortlist The three shortlisted titles for the 2013 Science Book Prize (worth $5000) are: •

“Graft” by Helen Heath – sets poems that are explicitly about science and scientists alongside poems that explore a more internal world of family, emotion and travel (Victoria University Press);

“Science on Ice: Discovering the Secrets of Antarctica” – an account of the wide range of science that takes place in the Antarctic - by Veronika Meduna (Auckland University Press); and

“Moa: The Life and Death of NZ’s Legendary Bird” - looks at the Moa’s history and natural history - by Quinn Berentson (Craig Potton Publishing).

The 2013 overall winner will be announced at the Auckland Writers and Readers Festival on 18 May 2013. More about the prize at http://www.royalsociety.org.nz/programmes/competitions/science-book-prize/2013-information/ Back to top

Finding Fish Nurseries – From the Air NIWA recently mapped sub-tidal seagrass meadows, and other habitats, in the southern Kaipara Harbour, using aerial photography. Seagrass can support high numbers of juvenile snapper, trevally, parore, spotties, piper, pipefish, and other species. These habitats are under threat in NZ, along with the fish they protect – the maps also show patches of Asian date mussels, an invasive species that has formed large beds in the Kaipara. Scientists will also collect fish using small, hand-hauled, fine-mesh beach seines, pulled up onto a specially designed ramp deployed from an oyster barge, sampling up to 100 sites in the southern Kaipara Harbour. More is at http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC1303/S00011/niwa-looking-at-undersea-landscapes-from-the-air.htm Back to top

Handy Stats Recent information from Statistics NZ and other organisations includes: •

commodity (product) prices rose 7.4% in March 2013 - this is the third-biggest gain since at least 1986 as drought drove up the price of whole milk powder by almost a quarter. Ten of the 17 products in the list rose in March, five were unchanged and two fell. More is at http://www.anz.co.nz/resources/6/e/6e49d9804f1b9434b1aaf3146f64e4a5/ANZ_CPI_20130402.pdf

exports to China rise - the value of goods exported from NZ rose $290 million (8.0%) to $3.9 billion in February 2013, compared with February 2012. This was led by an increase in exports to China, up $259 million (49%). The trade balance for February 2013 was a surplus of $414 million (this equates to 11% of all exports). More is at http://stats.govt.nz/browse_for_stats/industry_sectors/imports_and_exports/OverseasMerchandiseTrade_MRFeb13.a spx

more visitors for Chinese New year - Visitor arrivals in February 2013 (281,200) were up 9% from February 2012, driven by more arrivals during the Chinese New Year (but see following stats). Compared with February 2012, there were also more visitors from the United States and Japan, but fewer from Korea and the United Kingdom. More is at http://stats.govt.nz/browse_for_stats/population/Migration/IntTravelAndMigration_MRFeb13.aspx

biggest February ever for international arrivals – February saw a big increase in international visitor arrivals from both the West and East, resulting in the biggest ever February, with 281,233 arrivals. Tourism NZ says the growth can only be partly attributed to Chinese New Year (see previous stats), which saw Chinese visitors increase 106.4% in February, because growth can be seen across all key markets. What’s really positive is the growth out of the long-

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haul markets (e.g., USA, UK, Germany). More is at http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU1303/S00831/biggest-februaryever-for-international-arrivals.htm •

net gain of 600 migrants in February 2013 – of note was that the seasonally adjusted net loss to Australia was 2,400 in February 2013, the smallest net loss since January 2011. In the February 2013 year, NZ had a net gain of 1,200 migrants, up from zero in the January 2013 year. More is at http://stats.govt.nz/browse_for_stats/population/Migration/IntTravelAndMigration_MRFeb13.aspx

online vacancies fall in February 2013 - the latest seasonally adjusted results show that skilled vacancies advertised online fell by 2.5% in February and all online job vacancies fell by 3.0%. More is at www.dol.govt.nz/publications/jol/index.asp

information & communication technology supply 2012 survey - high-tech goods and services from NZ’s information and communication technology (ICT) sector are worth almost $23 billion (up $3 billion in 2 years). Part of the story behind this increase is that more and more goods these days count as “information and communication technology” (not only computers/smartphones but also “intelligent” washing machines and driers, Blu-ray players and TVs, even our toasters and kettles). More is at http://stats.govt.nz/browse_for_stats/industry_sectors/information_technology_and_communications/ICTSupplySurve y_MR11-12.aspx

February spending up - spending through the Paymark network from January to February was up a seasonally adjusted 0.9%, the fifth consecutive monthly gain and is the largest five-month gain since June 2007. More is at http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU1303/S00253/february-spending-shows-continued-growth.htm

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General Seasonal Climate Outlook: April - June 2013 Temperatures for late autumn (April – June) are likely to be above average across the North Island, and are very likely to be above average across the South Island. Rainfall for the April – June period as a whole is likely to be in the near normal range for all regions. Soil moisture levels are likely to be below normal for the north of the North Island for late autumn, and normal or below normal for the remainder of the country. River flows are likely to be below normal for the North Island and the north of the South Island, and normal to below normal elsewhere. Regional predictions for the next three months are: •

Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty - temperatures are likely to be above average. Rainfall totals are likely to be in the near normal range. Seasonal soil moisture levels and river flows are likely to be in the below normal range;

Central North Island, Taranaki, Wanganui, Manawatu, Wellington - temperatures are likely to be in the above average range. Seasonal rainfall totals are likely to be in the near normal range. Seasonal soil moisture levels are likely to be in the near normal or below normal range, and river flows are likely to be below normal levels;

Nelson, Marlborough, Buller - temperatures are very likely to be above average. Seasonal rainfall totals are likely to be in the normal range. Soil moisture levels are likely to be near normal or below normal. River flows are likely to be below normal levels;

West Coast, Alps and foothills, inland Otago, Southland - temperatures are very likely to be above average. Seasonal rainfall totals are likely to be in the near normal range. Late autumn soil moisture and river flows are likely to be at near normal or below normal levels; and

Coastal Canterbury, east Otago - temperatures are very likely to be above average. Seasonal rainfall totals are likely to be in the near normal range. Late autumn soil moisture and river flows are likely to be at near normal or below normal levels.

More is at http://www.niwa.co.nz/climate/sco/seasonal-climate-outlook-april-june-2013 Back to top

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The Role Different Languages Play in NZ The Royal Society of NZ has published a paper on the role that languages play in international, national, social, and personal development in NZ. It also considers a national languages policy to join up a number of existing different policies and practices. The paper cover things that are specific to NZ, like support for te reo Maori and NZ Sign Language (NZSL), the role of language in Pasifika education, the (minimal) recognition for community languages in education; and lack of support in government departments for multilingual people. It also suggests ways to deal with these issues. Download the paper from http://www.royalsociety.org.nz/expert-advice/information-papers/yr2013/languages-in-aotearoa-new-zealand/ Back to top

NZ’s Civil Defence Plan: What’s Working/Changes Needed The first report on the National Civil Defence Emergency Management Strategy is now available. It generally shows that good progress that has been made in the past five years in building NZ’s resilience and in the capability to manage civil defence emergencies. It also says the Canterbury earthquakes have significantly heightened the focus on emergency preparedness and addressing earthquake risks, in particular, earthquake-prone buildings and infrastructure. However, the experiences following the earthquakes indicate that the recovery structure does not adequately provide for an emergency requiring large-scale recovery efforts, and the current legislation is likely to be reviewed to find the best way to address this. The report is at http://www.civildefence.govt.nz/memwebsite.nsf/Files/NatStratProgressReportApril2013/$file/NatStratProgressReportApril2013.pdf Back to top

Time Spent Caring for Children: The Real Picture A report from Statistics NZ called “Caring for Children” indicates that: •

the average NZ parent spends over eight hours a day caring for their children;

mothers spend four hours a day more than fathers caring for children, but the gap between mothers and fathers is smaller in the weekends;

mothers of young children (under five years) spend on average 12 hours a day caring for them and mothers of young children not working full-time often spend between 14 and 16 hours a day caring for them;

sole mothers and partnered mothers spend a similar amount of time caring for children;

within couples, a third of fathers are involved in at least half of all parental childcare on weekdays; and

the biggest influences on the time parents spend caring for children are employment, age of youngest child, and whether the day is a weekend or a weekday

More is at http://www.stats.govt.nz/browse_for_stats/people_and_communities/time_use/caring-for-children.aspx Back to top

Skilled Migrants: More from India than UK The Department of Labour’s annual Migration Trends and Outlook report shows India has overtaken the United Kingdom to become the biggest contributor of skilled migrants to NZ. Most of India’s increase is from former Indian international students who go on to temporary work and then become permanent residents. China remains the largest source country of international students (25%), followed by India (13%) and South Korea (10%). Overall numbers fell 7% in 2011/12. The number of visitor arrivals during 2011/12 increased 6% compared with the previous year. More is at http://www.dol.govt.nz/research/migration/monthly-migration-trends/index.asp

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How Kiwis View Asia and Asians Most NZers recognize the economic and cultural benefits of maintaining ties with Asia, research from the Asia NZ Foundation has found. A total of 77% of survey respondents agreed Asia was important to NZ’s future, and second only to Australia in importance. Some of detailed findings are: •

70% agreed it was good for NZ’s economy that Asian companies invested in NZ businesses, while 15% disagreed or strongly disagreed;

79% were positive about the contributions Asian people made to the economy, and 74% believed Asian people brought a valuable cultural diversity to NZ; and

a strong majority believed exports to Asia (92%), tourism from Asia (88%), Asia’s economic growth (80%), and free trade agreements with Asian countries (79%) would have positive impacts for NZ over the next 10-20 years, while 51% saw Asian immigration to NZ as positive.

“NZers' Perceptions of Asia and Asian Peoples” can be downloaded from http://www.asianz.org.nz/sites/asianz.org.nz/files/Perceptions_of_Asia-2013.pdf and you can also download a panel discussion about the findings from http://www.asianz.org.nz/sites/asianz.org.nz/files/Perceptions-of-Asia_podcast_March_2013.mp3 Back to top

How Can NZ Sustain its Lifestyle? Two papers from the Royal Society consider how many people, and what standard of living NZ can support sustainably. Research has shown that NZers would need at least two Earth planets to sustain our current lifestyles compared with a “fair Earth share” of one. The authors say use of our land, water and other resources, and our levels of wellbeing and prosperity are not just simple tradeoffs between the economy and the environment. An example is how different user groups value a river’s water differently – rafters, fishers, Maori, tourism businesses, kayakers, environmental groups may all want different things from it. They also say there are a number of ways of managing these different needs. NZ currently produces enough calories for 20 million people and enough protein for 45 million people, but the well-being that NZ can generate using these resources depends upon how we manage them. For example, a study of land use north of Lake Taupo found that nitrate leaching could be reduced by 8% and soil erosion by 14% with no change to farm income and food, wool and wood production, just by moving dairying off leaching-prone land. However, our progress towards better use of our resources is, in many cases, slow. “The Sustainable Carrying Capacity of NZ” and “Constraints to NZ’s Sustainable Well-being” are at http://www.royalsociety.org.nz/expert-advice/information-papers/yr2013/the-sustainable-carrying-capacity-of-newzealand/ Back to top

NZ Cheese Awards: 2013 Winners Amongst this year’s winners were: •

Crossroads Wines Champion of Champions Award - Meyer Vintage Gouda;

Cuisine Champion Artisan Cheese - Very Old Edam: Mahoe farmhouse cheese;

Milk Test NZ Champion Cheesemaker - Jake Rosevear: Mahoe farmhouse cheese;

The Langham Champion Fresh Unripened Cheese Award – Mozzarella: Whangaripo Buffalo Cheese Company;

Countdown Champion Feta Cheese Award - Waimata Brined Feta;

Innovative Packaging Champion Soft White Rind Cheese Award - Whitestone Brie Maxi;

Elldex Packaging Champion Goat Cheese Award - Aroha Rich Plain: Aroha Organic Goat;

NZ Specialist Cheesemakers Champion Sheep Cheese Award - Mercer Pecorino

Thermaflo Champion Washed Rind Cheese Award - Kapiti Ramara: Fonterra Brands NZ;

Ecolab Champion Blue Cheese Award - Kapiti Awa Blue: Fonterra Brands NZ;

Eurofins Champion European Style Cheese Award - Farmhouse Mature: Crescent Dairy Goats;

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AsureQuality Champion Dutch Style Cheese Award - Mature Gouda: Mahoe Farmhouse Cheese; and

Curds & Whey Champion Home Crafted Cheese Award – Tahatu by Alan Moore.

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2004-5 Pacific Overstayer Decisions: Reapply The Ombudsmen recently investigated how immigration officers dealt with permit requests - between 15 November 2004 and 31 March 2005 - from people who were unlawfully in NZ who wished eventually to apply for residence under the residual places policies. They found inconsistencies in how the policies were applied. As a result, a remedy has been offered by Immigration NZ (INZ) to affected people. INZ is now inviting people from Tonga, Samoa, Tuvalu, Kiribati or Fiji, who meet certain requirements, to submit a visa request for consideration under s 61 of the Immigration Act 2009. This section covers the discretionary granting of visas in special cases, including to people unlawfully in NZ. People applying again must have been between 18 and 45 on 31 March 2005, and must have had a job offer or been in employment when the request was made. The requests will be considered on their merits (there is no guarantee that a visa will be granted). The closing date for inclusion in the remedy is 10 June 2013. Details, which hare also available in Fijian, Fijian Hindi, Kiribati, Samoan, Tongan, and Tuvaluan are at http://www.ombudsman.parliament.nz/resources-and-publications/general-information/immigration-residual-places-remedy Back to top

Conferences & Events Rural Women NZ National Conference This conference is being held on 23-26 May 2013 at the Chateau on the Park, Riccarton, Christchurch. On 23 May there is the opportunity to take part in a National Water Forum, from 9am to 12pm at the conference venue. More is at www.ruralwomen.org.nz

CGO Transitions* workshops •

Managing Change in small community organisations Workshop: 17 April 2013 - Te Atatu Boat Club, Bridge Ave, Te Atatu, Auckland. For small trusts and incorporated societies with a few staff, often volunteer based.

Managing Leading and Governing in medium to large service organisations Workshop: 21 May 2013 - St Francis Retreat Centre, 50 Hillsborough Rd, Auckland. For senior managers and board members from larger incorporated societies and trusts, employing more than 8 staff, and with an operating budget of at least $300,000.

* CGO Transitions Ltd promotes research, education and development amongst non-profit/common good organisations (CGO s). Further details are at info@cgotransitions.co.nz or www.cgotransitions.co.nz

He Mana Whenua Indigenous Research Conference 2013 This is being held from 30 June 2013–3 July 2013 at the Claudelands Event Centre, Hamilton. More is at http://www.waikato.ac.nz/rangahau/hemanawawhenua

Health and Disability NGO Sector A Ministry of Health Forum is being held on 18 April 2013 on Level 4, Deloitte Gallery, Westpac Stadium, Wellington. The theme is Maximising Our Collective Impact. Book online at www.surveymonkey.com/s/YNWLTR6. For more information email secretariatngo@gmail.com

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Age Concern Conference 2013 - “Connections” This is being held at the CQ Conference Centre, Comfort & Quality Hotels 213 - 223 Cuba St, Wellington on 16 April 2013. Contact national.office@ageconcern.org.nz

Dementia Beyond Drugs: Changing the Culture of Care This introductory workshop is being held on 21 May 2013 at the Alexandra Park Function Centre, Epsom, Auckland. Contact admin@edeninoznz.com.au

Karanga Maha Hui: Maori With a Disability The “Many Voices” Hui of CCS Disability Action is being held on Te Puna o Te Matauranga, Northtec Marae, 55 Raumanga Valley Road Whangarei on 9 May 2013. More is at http://www.community.net.nz/communitycentre/events/national/KarangaMahaManyVoicesHui.htm?region=default

Health Promotion Forum Workshop You are invited to a workshop on Determinants of Health in Christchurch on 16 April 2013. More is at http://www.hpforum.org.nz/social-determinants-of-health.html To view more workshop dates and locations visit www.hauora.co.nz and click on Calendar of Events under Training

Reviewing NZ’s Human Rights Performance The Human Rights Commission is currently offering free workshops for individuals, NGOs and civil society to participate in NZ’s Universal Periodic Review, a review of the country’s realisation of human rights by the United Nations. Wellington and Auckland workshops have been held, but you can still attend in: Christchurch on 11 April at Canterbury University; Dunedin on 16 April at University of Otago; Invercargill on 25 April (venue to come); and Hamilton on 7 May at Waikato University (Room TBC). For more information and to register your interest in these events contact Michael White at michaelw@hrc.co.nz

FAGASA Conference The FAGASA conference will be held from 23 to 25 April at the Travelodge Palmerston North. Manulauti (Conference theme): Fafaga fanau i upu ma tala: Tautala i lau gagana. (Feed the children with words and stories. Speak your language). For more information email Le’autuli’ilagi Taotua M.F.Sauvao or phone 04 237 3103 Ext 3871, or after hours 04 235 9091

Ahuwhenua Trophy Award Field Days Public field days will be held on the property of each finalist in the 2013 Ahuwhenua Trophy BNZ Maori Excellence in Farming competition. The supreme award winner and recipient of the Ahuwhenua Trophy will be announced at the Awards Dinner at the Pettigrew Green Arena, Taradale, on 7June 2013. The field days are: •

23 April 2013 - Te Uranga B2 Incorporation – Upoko B2, 244 Ngakonui Ongarue Rd, Taumarunui;

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May 2013 - Te Awahohonu Forest Trust – Tarawera Station, 4260 State Highway 5 Te Haroto, Hawke’s Bay; and

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9 May 2013 - Te Hape B Trust – Te Hape Station, 1106 State Highway 30, R.D.7 Te Kuiti.

Tickets are available from the Ahuwhenua Trophy competitions administrator, Ma Steele at ahuwhenuacompetition@maoritrustee.co.nz

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Building Partnerships Between Government & Not-For-Profits This is being held in Melbourne, Australia on 22/23 May 2013. The conference will provide people in the NGO sector with an update on progress building partnerships with Government and will explore what’s required to move closer to genuine partnership. More is at http://governmentnfp.com/ Back to top

Awards & Opportunities Beijing Residency for Wellington Artist Wellington City Council and the Asia NZ Foundation invite proposals from Wellington artists to take part in a three-month residency at Beijing’s Red Gate Gallery, an international centre for artists. Applications for the WARE residency close on 20 May 2013. The application form and details are available at www.wellington.govt.nz and www.asianz.org.nz

Young Nurse of the Year The Young Nurse of the Year awards recognise and commend the excellent work young nurses do. There are seven categories to the awards including: Outstanding New Graduate, Dedicated Nurse Leader, Improving the Quality of Nursing, Commitment to Education, Excellence in Clinical Practice, Contribution to Research, and an overall winner. More will shortly be available at www.thenursesstation.co.nz (currently under construction)

New Auckland Fund Supports “Zero Waste” Goal A new grant scheme of $500,000 has been launched to foster fresh ideas and support projects to help reduce waste going to landfill in the Auckland region. Projects will fall into three main categories: small grants ($250 to $5,000); medium grants ($5,001 to $25,000); and large grants (grants over $25,000). Applications close on 30 April 2013. More is at http://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/EN/newseventsculture/OurAuckland/News/Pages/newfundtosupportzerowastegoal.aspx

…& NZFC Documentary Fund with NZ On Air The NZ Film Commission and NZ On Air have also launched a new documentary fund for feature-length documentaries. It is expected that it will support at least five documentary projects to screen in cinemas, on television and online. One-off documentaries from experienced NZ documentary filmmakers will be funded. A request for proposals will be made 18 April with a view to green-lighting successful projects in October. More is at http://www.nzfilm.co.nz/news/new-2-5m-documentary-fund-with-nz-on-air

Agricultural Leadership Programme 2013 The Agricultural Leadership Program (ALP) is a seven-day residential program for future leaders of this country’s agricultural sector. The programmes are being run 18-24 May and 2-8 November this year in partnership with Landcorp Farming Ltd and the NZ Institute of Management (NZIM). Topics explored include: personal leadership, team leadership, business strategy development, and influencing and negotiating. More is at http://www.nzim.co.nz/wawcs0161643/idDetails=173/Agricultural%20Leadership%20Programme#gsc.tab=0

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Asia Internships for Graduates Four internships give graduates the chance to gain business experience in Asia. They are: •

Berlitz Corporation internship in Japan - for commerce graduates;

Fonterra Internship in China - for Chinese-speaking sales or marketing grads;

KPMG Internship in Vietnam - for accounting graduates; and

Industrial Technology Research Institute internship in Taiwan - for Chinese-speaking commerce grads.

Applications close 30 April 2013. More about the Berlitz internship at http://www.asianz.org.nz/our-work/action-asia-business/grants-and-internships/berlitz more about the Fonterra internship at http://www.asianz.org.nz/our-work/action-asia-business/grants-and-internships/fonterra-china more about the KPMG internship at http://www.asianz.org.nz/our-work/action-asia-business/grants-andinternships/kpmg-internship and more about the Industrial Technology Research Institute internship is at http://www.asianz.org.nz/our-work/action-asia-business/grants-and-internships/commerce-internship-itri

2013 Prime Minister's Awards for Literary Achievement: Nominations Open Every year, NZers are invited to nominate their choice of a writer who has made a significant contribution to NZ literature in the genres of non-fiction, poetry and fiction. NZ writers are also able to nominate themselves for these awards, which are valued at $60,000 for each of the genres. The nominations are assessed by an expert literary panel and recommendations forwarded to Creative NZ for approval, with the award recipients announced at a ceremony in Premier House. Nominations close on 3 May 2013. To nominate a writer or to see previous winners, go to http://creativenz.govt.nz/en/results-of-our-work/award-winners/prime-minister-s-awards-for-literary-achievement

Extended Applications - Fulbright-Harkness Fellowship In February we sent you notice of the 1 April closing date for applications for the Fulbright-Harkness NZ Fellowship. Fulbright NZ have now extended the closing date for this award. The fellowship offers the opportunity for an emerging NZ leader in any field of study or vocation other than health care to study or research in the US for a minimum of six weeks. Successful grantees will receive NZ$15,000 (plus a basic health benefit plan) towards a short fellowship programme of their own design at any US university or institution. Applications now close on 1 May 2013. More is at www.fulbright.org.nz/awards/nzscholar/fulbright-harknessnz

NZX: Nominations for Disciplinary Tribunal NZX Limited (the NZ Stock Exchange) is calling for applications for membership on the NZ Markets Disciplinary Tribunal and the Appeal Panel. The Tribunal is a disciplinary body independent of NZX and it determines matters referred to it by NZX about the conduct of the parties regulated by NZX. The Appeal Panel is also independent of NZX and the Tribunal. It determines appeals made against a NZ Markets Disciplinary Tribunal determination Applications close on 22 April 2013. Send them to R Dey, Head of Regulation, NZX Limited, PO Box 2959, Wellington 6140; email: robyn.dey@nzx.com. More information is at https://www.isearch.nzx.com/blobs/000000010/371046/000000010-172890.pdf

2013 Minister of Health Volunteer Awards These new awards aim to seek out and honour the care, dedication and hard work of individuals, organisations and community groups volunteering in NZ's health and disability sector. You can nominate an individual volunteer or team of volunteers in five categories: outstanding achievement by a Health Care Provider and Service; outstanding achievement by a Community or NGO Health Service; outstanding achievement by a volunteer in a Maori Health Service; outstanding achievement by a volunteer in a Pacific Health Service; and outstanding achievement by a Youth Health Volunteer. Nominations close on 3 May 2013. More is at www.volunteerawards.health.govt.nz

Ria McBride Public Service Management Award New Horizons for Women Trust is offering Ria McBride Public Service Management Award of $15,000. The goal is to help women who have already demonstrated potential, to advance to higher levels of responsibility in the Public Service. Applications close on 1 June 2013. For more information email A Pomeroy, Awards Officer at enquiries@newhorizonsforwomen.org, or visit https://www.newhorizonsforwomen.org.nz/award-applications/

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Pacific Health and Disability Workforce Awards These awards offer financial assistance to students who are enrolled in health or disability-related studies at a University, Polytechnic, Wananga or Private Training Establishment. They are open to any person who is a NZ citizen or permanent resident, who has family and cultural links with indigenous Pacific communities. Applications close on 1 May 2013. More is at http://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/populations/pacific-health/pacific-health-and-disability-workforce-awards-2013

Appointments Hayden Montgomery is the new Ambassador to Argentina. Simon Tucker is NZ’s new High Commissioner to Canada. Amanda Ellis is the Permanent Representative to the Office of the United Nations in Geneva. Philip Richardson, the Bishop of Taranaki, will become one of three Archbishops leading the Anglican Church of Aotearoa, NZ and Polynesia. Rob Ronayne has been appointed a Judge of the District Court with a jury warrant to sit in Auckland, Dame Anne Salmond is the NZer of the Year for 2013. Dame Susan Devoy has been appointed Race Relations Commissioner. The new Deputy State Services Commissioner is Sandi Beatie. Dr Justine Cornwall is the new Deputy Children’s Commissioner. The new Chief of Army will be Major General Dave Gawn. Relationships Aotearoa has appointed a new chief executive, Jacqui Akuhata-Brown. Diane Maxwell has been appointed as Retirement Commissioner for three months. District Court Judge Mark Perkins has been appointed a permanent Employment Court Judge. Prue Flacks is a new director of Mighty River Power Ltd. Robin Gunston and Chris Moxon are new directors of Airways Corporation of NZ Ltd. Stephen Panckhurst is a new director of Quotable Value Ltd. New members appointed to the Human Rights Review Tribunal panel are Gillian Goodwin, Deborah Hart, and Katherine Anderson. Dr Mary Quin is the (first) chief executive of Callaghan Innovation. Dr Stephen Best, has been elected as President of the Royal Australian and NZ College of Ophthalmologists. The Gifted Kids Board of Trustees new Board Chair is Len Ward. Peter Clare has been elected chair of the NZ Bankers’ Association for 2013/14. The Motor Industry Association’s (MIA’s) new president is Andrew Clearwater, and the joint vice-presidents are John Manley and Glynn Tulloch. Jamie Tuuta has been appointed to the board of Tourism NZ. Tina Symmans has been appointed to the Takeovers Panel. Nigel Gould and Christopher Mace have been appointed to the Tertiary Education Commission board. Cheers, Craig To be added to the mailing list contact: Rural Women NZ tel 04 473 5524 enquiries@ruralwomen.org.nz email

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Telecom Foundation to support ‘digital citizenship’ for Kiwi kids The Telecom Foundation has announced a major new partnership supporting digital teaching and learning among low income communities. Through its partnership with the Manaiakalani Education Trust, the Telecom Foundation is strengthening a programme currently supporting 11 schools showing strong improvements in learning outcomes and student engagement in some of Auckland’s lowest-income communities. The Foundation’s contribution of $1 million over four years will fund e-learning research and innovation. Since it began, the Manaiakalani Programme has transformed teaching and learning methods across participating schools. Students have a netbook computer of their own from Year 5, paid for by their parents in modest instalments determined through community consultation. Test results over recent years show that children on the Manaiakalani Programme are raising their educational performance at a significantly faster rate when compared with schools using more conventional teaching methods. Sir Bob Harvey, Chair of the Telecom Foundation, says: “Digital literacy is now fundamental to young people’s participation in 21st century society and the modern workforce but the building blocks for educational success aren’t equal. “It’s no secret Telecom is passionate about technology, and the Manaiakalani Programme uses it in the most powerful way to impact social change and fully develop the potential of our bright young people. “The programme also captures the essence of working with our Maori and Pasifika children – who make up 95% of the schools’ population, by placing them at the centre of their own learning. “We’re impressed by the ‘whole-of-community’ approach and the ‘learn, create, share’ philosophy that’s got these kids hooked – the achievements of these communities are nothing short of world-class.” Pat Snedden, Chair of the Manaiakalani Education Trust, says: “The Manaiakalani Programme serves a community where affordability has had a substantial effect on educational outcomes and communities alone can’t solve these problems. “At its heart, the Manaiakalani Programme is an inside-out transformation by a community. These children and now their families are developing the digital DNA required for success in the 21st century workforce and society.


cont....“In the Telecom Foundation we have found a partner that offers us the opportunity to extend our outcomes well beyond our current programme and offer some of the tools to the many New Zealand schools interested in adapting and learning from what we’ve done.” Schools participating in the Manaiakalani Programme are: Tamaki College, Pt England School, Glen Innes School, St Pius X, Glenbrae School, Tamaki Primary, Panmure Bridge School, St Patricks School and Sommerville Special School. Two further Tamaki schools are in the process of joining the cluster. Pt England School has a group of ‘Ambassadors’ who explain their approach to learning to visitors, here is a video of the 2012 ambassadors: http://vimeo.com/55899566 More is at http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED1303/S00164/telecom-foundation-to-supportdigital-citizenship-for-kids.htm and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBHcOlctoz8


Matching Training to Learning Styles CareerForce (the Industry Training Organisation for the home support sector) has recently introduced more flexible qualifications, coupled with flexible learning and assessment environments for home-based support workers. We particularly appreciate their efforts in collaborating with Access and Amida Training over the last six months, in developing flexible delivery methods for support workers to attain their National Certificate in Health Disability and Aged Support Foundation Skills (Level 2). Using an integrated assessment is a very effective method for both new and existing staff to complete the qualification. This utilises a workbook, combining evidence requirements of ‘like’ unit standards, instead of assessing each unit standard individually. The process is aligned to our induction programme, enabling support workers to complete the qualification within a shorter timeframe. A recent trial of a ‘skills recognition’ programme has produced excellent and immediate results. This tests support workers’ current knowledge and allows new learnings to be provided if required. This is appropriate for longer serving staff who have gained skills on the job. It requires minimal written work, as most of the assessment occurs through professional conversation between the assessor and the support worker. Support workers present a case study, based on a client they support, providing evidence of knowledge in key skill areas. These innovations add to current learning modes and enable training to be tailored more appropriately to individual support worker learning styles - enhancing both the experience for the support worker and the completion results for the employer. For more information or to learn more about the services we offer, phone Access on 0800 AT HOME (0800 284 663) or visit www.access.org.nz.


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