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ISSN: 2230-6986

december 2012

Nga mihi mo te wa Kirihimete, me nga mihi mo te Tau Hou. It’s time to celebrate Christmas. Season’s greetings to you all. This is the last (and bumper!) issue of Bulletin Aotearoa for 2010. It’s been a good year, both for news and for feedback – a big thank you to everyone got in touch with us: it’s been appreciated. It’s also the last issue co-edited by both Paddy and Craig. Next year Craig becomes Editor, taking over most of the research, and Paddy becomes Consulting Editor. Bulletin Aotearoa is brought to you with the help of the following sponsor partners:

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Contents Celebrating NZers’ Achievements in 2012 Maori Language Awards… .......................................... 3  …National Sustainable Business Network Awards... .. 3  …CLNZ Educational Publishing Awards … ................. 4  …Creative NZ Arts Pasifika Awards…......................... 4  … Research Honours Medallists… .............................. 4  … Plain English Awards… ........................................... 5  … NZSO-Todd Corp Young Composers Awards ….... 5  … & PM’s Science Prizes ............................................ 5 

Consultation Most NZ Buildings to Be Quake-Assessed? ................... 6  Volume 4 Earthquake Recommendations ................... 7  Modernising & Clarifying Trusts Law: Proposals ............ 7  Commerce Commission: Broadband Supply Line Prices ........................................................................................ 7  Unbundled bitstream access & unbundled copper loop ..................................................................................... 8  Kiwisaver’s Automatic Enrolment System: Changes? .... 8  Local Body Elections: Donations & Information .............. 9  Education Bill: Charter Schools/Searching Students ...... 9  Law Commission Paper: “Joint & Several Liability” ........ 9  Science Challenges for NZ: Have Your Say ................... 9  IRD: Should We Tax Employee Allowances… ............. 10  … & Electronic Business Records/Records in Maori .... 10  Seafarer Certification: Maritime NZ ............................... 11  Proposed Changes to HEA Act ..................................... 11  Using Positive Breath Tests as Evidence ..................... 11  Unit Titles Amendment Bill ............................................ 11  Crown Minerals (Permitting and Crown Land) Bill ........ 11  Conservation (Natural Heritage Protection) Bill ............ 12  Pharmac Consultations ................................................. 12  Canterbury Regional Council Commissioners Bill ........ 12  Financial Reporting Bill ................................................. 12  Proposed Changes to Infant Formulas ......................... 12  Electricity Authority: Collecting Fees? ........................... 13  New Zealand Historic Places Trust Consultations ........ 13  … & NZHPT Website Survey ........................................ 13  MPI Website Survey ...................................................... 13  Environment Protection Authority Consultations........... 13  Electricity Authority: Transpower’s Transmission Pricing ...................................................................................... 14  Charging Vessel Operators for Observer Costs ........... 14  One Oz-NZ Spatial Information System? ...................... 14  High-Power Laser Pointers: Feedback Sought ............. 14  Naming Alpine Features of Aoraki/Mt Cook .................. 15  2012 Review of Rock Lobster Rules ............................. 15  Exploring for Oil & Gas: Targeted Consultation ............ 15  Canterbury Draft Transport Plan ................................... 15 

Rural Approval for Vet Medicines Easier to Get ..................... 16  New Hunting, Fishing, Farming Seasons Calendar ...... 16  New Layer Hens Welfare Code..................................... 16  Lamb Numbers Up on Last Year................................... 16  Wine Industry More Profitable in 2012 … ..................... 17  … 2012 Vineyard Register Report ................................ 17  Rural Women NZ/Farmlands North Island Gardening Grants............................................................................ 17  Dealing with Volcanic Ash ............................................. 17  1 –Bulletin Aotearoa December 2012

Environment NZ’s Green Growth Opportunities ................................ 18  Climate Change Changing: a New NZ Response… ..... 18  Land & Water Forum’s Final Report Available.............. 18  Changes to Raw Milk Rules .......................................... 19  1080 Annual Report Released ...................................... 19  Greenhouse Gases Hit Record High…......................... 19  … With Permafrost Threat in the Wings ....................... 20  ETS: Excluding Some Emission Reduction Units ......... 20  Rice Waste & NZ Wool = Upholstery Fabric ................. 20  Conservation Boards: Nominations Now Open ............ 20 

Health & Welfare More Funding for Hospices ........................................... 21  Pharmacists Can Now Treat Urinary Tract Infections .. 21  Consulting GPs Online: Age Differences ...................... 21  More Convenient HIV Treatments Funded ................... 21  Online Breast Cancer Education .................................. 22  Focus on Endoscopy Programmes ............................... 22  Safekids’ Creative Quest: No Helmet No Brain ............ 22  Second Report on Maori Children’s Health .................. 22  Smoking Health Warning Labels Save Lives ................ 23  Improving Home & Community Support Services ........ 23  Buying Safe Presents for the Littlies ............................. 23  Stay Smart on the Beach .............................................. 23 

Education/Training Pasifika Education Plan 2013-2017 .............................. 24  Helping Kids Explore the Outdoors ............................... 24  Boosting Postgrad Dairy Research ............................... 24  Portable Swimming Pool for Rural Kids ........................ 25  Schools’ Relieving Staff Entitlements: Error Fixed ....... 25  Three New Christchurch Education Boards.................. 25 

Employment Canterbury Skill Shortage List: New Occupations ........ 25  Employing Youth/Long Term Unemployed: Report ...... 26 

Housing/Building Earthquakes Royal Commission Report (Volumes 5-7)26  House Consents Picking Up ......................................... 26  Non-standard Multipurpose Ladders Banned ............... 27  Auckland: Hobsonville Point Housing Development ..... 27 

Energy Fracking: More Information Needed/More Coming - PCE ...................................................................................... 27  Petroleum Well Sites: Health & Safety Rules Coming .. 28  Global Energy Production/Use: Big Changes ............... 28  Report on Electricity and Gas Complaint Statistics ...... 28  Saving Energy: EECA & the Wood Processors… ........ 29  …& EECA & the Retailers............................................. 29 

Transport & Travel State Highways Getting Safer ....................................... 29  New Exhaust Emissions Rule for New Vehicles ........... 29  Yes, You Can Ignore TXTs While Driving..................... 30  ACC Motorbike & Training Programmes: Providers ..... 30  Wellington’s Transmission Gully: Truckin’ On .............. 30  November New Vehicle Sales – Best Since 2007 ........ 30  Caravans & Gas … ....................................................... 31  Rural Women NZ,, 04 473 5524

… & Safety with Appliances: Tents ............................... 31 Playing Safe on Holiday: More Camping Info ............ 32 

Justice/The Law Changing How Courts Are Governed: Report............... 32  “The Year of the Data Breach:” Privacy Report ............ 32  Corrections Dept: Safety Plan Review .......................... 33  Queens Counsel Strides Again ..................................... 33  NZ & OZ Extending Criminal History Sharing ............... 33  New Offender Restraining Order Coming ..................... 33 

Parliament Electoral Commission Reports on MMP ....................... 34  About Thresholds & List Seats ................................... 34  World Parliaments’ Social Media Use ........................... 35 

Public Service/Local Authorities Councils: Basic Services & “Financial Prudence” ......... 35  New Public Service Office Space System… ................. 35  …& Administering Microsoft Licences: New Panel ....... 35  A Different Kind of Families Commission… .................. 36  What are Crown Entities? .......................................... 36  …& The Health Promotion Agency: ALAC etc .............. 36  Ministry of Primary Industries Sites ............................... 37 

Not-For-Profits Givealittle Online this Christmas ................................... 38  Vodafone Foundation: World of Difference Awards ...... 38  Lottery Grants Applications: 2013 Closing Dates ......... 39  Review of Charities Commission Act Postponed .......... 39  Watties Film Festival for Sallies: Yes We Can .............. 40 

Business What Needs to be Done to Raise Exports: Report ....... 40  New Food Industry Report: Growth Opportunities ........ 40  Tourism To Recover But Big Changes Afoot ................ 41  “Low Ball” Offers to Shareholders: New Regs .............. 41  Ethnic Affairs & NZIM: Management/Leadership Workshops .................................................................... 41  NZ SMEs Using Social Media Less .............................. 41  Investor Websites Getting Better .................................. 42  Census of Women's Participation 2012 ….................... 42  … & Board Recruitment of Women: Voluntary Code .... 42  NZ Investors Should Focus on “High Growth” Countries… ................................................................... 42  … & Fonterra Ups Myanmar Presence ......................... 43  Tariff Management Moves From MBIE to Customs ...... 43  Trademark Changes Coming ........................................ 43  Three International Trademark Agreements Explained ................................................................................... 43  Free Trade Agreement Number….? ............................. 44  “High Value” Chinese Tourists Get Easy Entry ............. 44 

Internet, ICT & Media Buying Goods Online: Working Out Import Duty .......... 47  Facebook Dominates But LinkedIn Rising Fast ............ 47  Choosing Online Businesses to Use/Not Use .............. 47  Ways We’re Being Rude in Social Media ..................... 48  A Handful of Sites ...................................................... 48 

Treaty Matters Ngati Toa Rangatira Deed of Settlement ...................... 50  Ngati Whatua Orakei & Ngati Manuhiri Settlement Bills Passed .......................................................................... 50  Ngati Hineuru Agreement in Principle........................... 50 

Arts & Culture Waka Maori Pavilion: International Design Award ........ 51  Sistema Aotearoa Children’s Music Programme Excels ...................................................................................... 51  Singing Goodwill to All: New UN Ambassadors............ 51 

Fish & Ships NZ Joins Southern Ocean Japanese Whaling Case .... 51  Most NZ Fish Stocks Healthy........................................ 52  Domesticating Green-lipped Mussels: New Project ..... 52  Handy Stats .................................................................. 52 

General 2013 NZ Census: Coming Up Next March ................... 53  Maori Battalion Association Winds Up .......................... 54  NZ’s Infrastructure: 2012 Report .................................. 54  NZ/US Defence Agreement .......................................... 54  Learning to Get Your Voice Heard ................................ 54  Christchurch: Electricity, Pipelines, Boundaries, Maps 55  Pacific Quota Residence Applications Deadline Extended ....................................................................... 55  Conferences & Events .................................................. 55  Awards & Opportunities ................................................ 56  Appointments ................................................................ 57

Money Matters Size of NZ Economy Exceeds $200 Billion ................... 44  Bigger Government Deficit than Expected .................... 44  New Maori Economic Development Advisory Board .... 45  New Public-Private-Iwi Partnerships .......................... 45  Super News: Retirement Savings Transfers (to/from Oz) ...................................................................................... 45  Use Your (Expanding) SuperGold Card in Oz .............. 46  Young Kiwis Know They Should Save, But … .............. 46  Price of Tobacco to Rise… & Rise ................................ 46  Rural Women NZ,, 04 473 5524

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Celebrating NZers’ Achievements in 2012 Because it’s the end of the year we’ve come across many awards marking wonderful achievements by NZers recently. They include (in no particular order):

Maori Language Awards… •

Private Sector: Westpac NZ Ltd;

Community: Te Reo o Taranaki Charitable Trust;

Local Government: Auckland Council;

Government: NZ Qualifications Authority;

IT and Telecommunications: Microsoft NZ Ltd;

Print: Pipiwharauroa – Turanganui-a-Kiwa;

Broadcasting: Maori Media: Raukatauri Productions;

Tertiary: Waiariki Institute of Technology;

Education – Maori Medium: Te Puna Reo o Puhi Kaiti;

Education – Open: Kerikeri High School;

Maori Language Week (Inaugural): Auckland Transport;

Maori Language Week: Tokoroa High School;

Maori Language (Supreme): Auckland Transport;

Maori Language Community: Te Reo Maori Society and Nga Tamatoa; and

Maori Language Individual: Dr Cathy Dewes.

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…National Sustainable Business Network Awards... •

Sustainable Business of the Year: Villa Maria Estate;

Small Emerging Business Winner: Raw Essentials (locally-sourced raw pet food using pest species);

Medium Emerging Business Winner: Colmar Brunton (market research company);

Large Emerging Business Winner: Trevelyan Pack and Cool Ltd (packing and cool storage for kiwifruit and avocados);

Small Trailblazer Winner: Kokako (organic coffee company);

Medium Trailblazer Winner: James & Wells Intellectual Property (intellectual property law firm);

Large Trailblazer Winner: Villa Maria Estate (wine industry);

Trailblazer Not-for-Profit Winner: Unitec Institute of Technology;

Social Innovation Award: Te Whangai (NZ native plant nursery that supports and trains people);

Sustainable Design & Innovation Award: Return to Sender (produces caskets from sustainably grown materials);

Sustainability Champion: Chris Morrison (All Good sustainable business owner); and

People’s Choice Award: Raw Essentials.

More is at

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…CLNZ Educational Publishing Awards … •

Best Book or Series in Te Reo Maori: Learning Media and authors Che Wilson and Carol Buchanan for Te Wharekura 90 – Te Mana o Ruapehu;

Best Educational Resource or Programme for Export: South Pacific Press and Neale Pitches for CSI: Comprehension Strategies Instruction Kit 3;

Best Book or Series in Primary Publishing: Learning Media and Susan Paris for School Journal Part 4 Number 2 2011, a history of rugby in NZ with a 1981 Springbok tour focus;

Best Book or Series in Secondary Publishing: Pearson NZ and authors Rachel Heeney and Professor Peter Shepherd for Life Processes, Ecology and Evolution – NCEA Level 2;

Best Book in Higher Education Publishing: Huia Publishers and authors Alison Jones and Kuni Jenkins for their book “of huge national importance”: He Korero – Words Between Us: First Maori-Pakeha Conversations on Paper; and

Best Digital Media Solution: He Reo Tupu, He Reo Ora, a joint project of CWA New Media (a business unit of Learning Media Limited) and Huia Publishers.

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…Creative NZ Arts Pasifika Awards… •

Senior Pacific Artist Award: Lemi Ponifasio, founder and director of contemporary dance and theatre companies MAU;

Contemporary Pacific Artist Award: South Auckland-based curator Ema Tavola;

Pacific Heritage Arts Award: Mary Ama and the women who work with her (the Mamas) who meet regularly and share, revive and grow Pacific arts;

Iosefa Enari Memorial Award: Samoan soprano Isabella Moore; and

Emerging Pacific Artist Award: dancer Justin Haiu.

More is at

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… Research Honours Medallists… •

the Rutherford Medal (NZ’s highest science and technology honour): chemist Professor Margaret Brimble, School of Chemical Sciences, The University of Auckland;

MacDiarmid Medal: for outstanding scientific research that could have large human benefit: chemist Professor Margaret Brimble, School of Chemical Sciences, The University of Auckland;

Hector Medal for excellence in chemical sciences: chemist Professor Margaret Brimble, School of Chemical Sciences, The University of Auckland;

the top award for achievement in technology, the Pickering Medal: Professor David Williams, The University of Auckland;

the Thomson Medal: Dr Richard Furneaux, Industrial Research Limited (IRL);

the inaugural Mason Durie Medal for advancing the frontiers of social science: Professor Russell Gray, School of Psychology, The University of Auckland;

the Humanities Aronui Medal: Professor Alan Musgrave, University of Otago;

the Hutton Medal for earth sciences: Professor R. Ewan Fordyce, University of Otago;

the Sir Charles Hercus Medal for health sciences: John Fraser, The University of Auckland;

the Pou Aronui Award (for development of the humanities): Jonathan Mane-Wheoki, The University of Auckland;

the Callaghan Medal, for outstanding contribution to science communication: Professor Shaun Hendy, Victoria University of Wellington;

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the Cooper Medal, for research in physics or engineering: Dr Mark Poletti, Industrial Research Limited (IRL);

the Jones Medal, for lifetime achievements in mathematical sciences: Professor Robert Goldblatt, Victoria University of Wellington;

NZ Manhire Prize, for Creative Science Writing winners: Brian Langham & Dr Renee Liang and

the Dame Joan Metge Medal, for excellence and building relationships in the social science research community: Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith, University of Waikato; and Professor Janet Holmes, Victoria University of Wellington.

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… Plain English Awards… •

Plain English Champion - Best Organisation: Cancer Society of NZ;

Plain English Champion - Best Individual or Team: NZ Transport Agency - Manawatu Gorge Team;

Best Plain English Document - Public Sector / Non-Government Organisation (NGO): Statistics NZ - “How to tell a story using statistics”;

Best Plain English Document - Private Sector: Blue Mountain Adventure Centre - “Conquer Your Own Mountain!”;

Best Plain English Website - Public Sector / Non-Government Organisation (NGO): Commission for Financial Literacy and Retirement Income —;

Best Plain English Website - Private Sector: Beef + Lamb NZ Ltd —;

Best Plain English Sentence Transformation: Telecom NZ Limited - Annette Hamilton;

Best Plain English Technical Communicator: Telecom NZ Limited - Sarah Burns;

Best Plain English Investor Document: UDC Finance Limited - UDC Secured;

People's Choice - Best Plain English Communication: BreastScreen Aotearoa;

People's Choice - Worst “Brainstrain” Communication: Nova Energy - Standard Terms for Gas and Electricity Supply; and

Best Plain English Turnaround: Ministry of Social Development / Inland Revenue

More is at

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… NZSO-Todd Corp Young Composers Awards … •

Young Composers Awards winner - Sarah Ballard, and

Orchestra’s Choice Award - Wesley Webb.

More is at

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… & PM’s Science Prizes •

the Prime Minister’s Science Prize - Professor Paul Moughan and Professor Harjinder Singh (Riddet Institute, Massey University);

the Prime Minister’s MacDiarmid Emerging Scientist Prize – Dr James Russell (the University of Auckland);

the Prime Minister’s Science Teacher Prize - Peter Stewart (Papatoetoe High School, Manukau);

the Prime Minister’s Future Scientist Prize - Hannah Ng (St Cuthbert’s College); and

the Prime Minister’s Science Media Communication Prize - Professor Shaun Hendy (Victoria University of Wellington and Industrial Research Ltd).

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Consultation Most NZ Buildings to Be Quake-Assessed? A Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) discussion paper, “Building Seismic Performance,” makes proposals to improve NZ’s earthquake-prone buildings policy system. The discussion paper represents the Government’s response to the recommendations of the Canterbury Earthquakes Royal Commission covering earthquake-prone building policy (Volume 4: Part 2 of the Final Report) – released at the same time as the discussion paper (see box below). The proposals set out a uniform national approach for dealing with earthquake-prone buildings (territorial authorities in different parts of the country often deal with earthquake-prone buildings in different ways). There are between 15,000 and 25,000 buildings at risk of collapse in a moderate-sized tremor (equivalent to 8-13 percent of NZ’s non-residential and multi-unit, multi-storey residential buildings). In essence, the proposals require: •

all non-residential and multi-unit, multi-storey residential buildings to earthquake-assessed within five years of the changes taking effect, and this information to be made publicly available on a register;

all earthquake-prone buildings be strengthened or demolished within 15 years of the changes taking effect (up to 5 years for local authorities to complete quake assessments, followed by 10 years for owners to strengthen or demolish buildings), compared to an estimated 28 years (on average) under the current system; and

quicker strengthening for certain buildings (e.g., buildings on transport routes identified as critical in an emergency).

Other proposals include: •

the current earthquake-prone building threshold (often referred to as 33 percent NBS) would not be changed; however, it is proposed to establish a compulsory national requirement for all buildings to be strengthened to above the current threshold, or demolished, within a defined time period;

owners of buildings assessed as earthquake-prone would have to submit a plan for strengthening or demolition within 12 months of their building being notified as earthquake-prone; and

certain buildings could be exempted or be given longer time to strengthen, e.g., low-use rural churches or farm buildings with little passing traffic.

Submissions close on 8 March 2013. There is an online consultation form at (this URL is the one you can use to access the consultation paper). Public information meetings will be held during February as part of the consultation process. Dates and locations are yet to be finalised, but regularly updated details can be found at Written submissions will also be accepted, and they can be sent to Earthquake-Prone Building Review, Infrastructure and Resource Market Group, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, PO Box 10729, Wellington 6143

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Volume 4 Earthquake Recommendations The Canterbury Earthquakes Royal Commission’s report (Volume 4) says NZ needs more information on earthquakeprone buildings in NZ, and more central guidance on defining and repairing these structures. Volume 4 contains 36 recommendations, broadly covering the identification and management of earthquake-prone buildings throughout NZ and how to increase public awareness of the safety of buildings in this country. Recommendations include: •

free-standing masonry walls of unknown structural strength should be adequately restrained or demolished;

for unreinforced masonry buildings, falling hazards such as chimneys, parapets and ornaments should be made secure or removed;

the external walls of all unreinforced masonry buildings should be supported by retrofit, including those buildings in areas of low earthquake risk;

territorial authorities should be required to maintain and publish a schedule of earthquake-prone buildings in their districts; and

all parts of a structure should be included in the requirement to strengthen buildings to achieve the minimum level required by the legislation (also included would be a fair process to make sure all work needed to be done on a building is done at the same time).

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Modernising & Clarifying Trusts Law: Proposals In this country, trusts serve a wide variety of purposes including allowing self-employed people to separate business from personal assets, and providing for assets, e.g., family farms to be controlled and transferred in an orderly way. They are set up privately with no requirement to register or report. Trusts are unusually popular in this country: it’s thought there are around 237,000 of them here. The Law Commission says it appears a large number of NZ’s trusts are simple family trusts with limited trust property – perhaps just the family home. However, it also says that some trusts have been set up without a clear purpose or solid understanding of what the trust relationship fully involves, some trusts are not well-administered, and some trustees do not fully understand the legal obligations that come with the role of trustee. The Commission would like to see a single Trust Act which gathers together all trust law into a single document that everyone can use, one that sets the standard for what is acceptable in trust law, and what is not. It would, for example: •

provide a clear definition of a trust and the essential requirements that must be met for a trust to come into existence;

include a simplified summary of the duties of trustees (including what duties can be contracted out to others and what duties cannot);

set a minimum requirement for the records that a trustee must keep about the trust; and

streamline the law and provide ways to reduce the reliance on the court to resolve administrative issues.

The Commission’s proposals have been published in a preferred approach paper which brings together their main findings and recommendations. Submissions close on 22 February 2013. Submissions can be made via e-mail to or posted to Marion Clifford, Senior Legal and Policy Adviser, Law Commission, PO Box 2590, Wellington 6011, DX SP 23534. The Preferred Approach paper is available on the Commission’s website:

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Commerce Commission: Broadband Supply Line Prices The Commerce Commission is consulting on its draft decision on a new cost-based price for Chorus’ unbundled bitstream access (UBA) service (see box below). A final decision will be made on the price in June 2013. The proposed full UBA price is $32.45 per month per line. It will come into effect on 1 December 2014. Until then, the cost of UBA will remain at the current price of $44.98 for most lines.

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The full UBA service enables retail telecommunications companies to supply broadband services to households and businesses without the need to duplicate Chorus' local copper lines, electronics, and software. There is a big reduction in the non-unbundled copper local loop (UCLL – see box below) part of the price: this has reduced from $21.46 to $8.93 for the basic service. The Commission has also set out prices for higher quality UBA, with prices of up to 21.3% more than the basic UBA. The high quality UBA provide additional service guarantees to telecommunications companies which can be used to provide more advanced services. New cost-based prices for connection and transfer services have been set as well. Also announced is the final updated UCLL price of $23.53 per month per line. The UCLL price applies to the local copper lines between homes or businesses and an exchange. Submissions close on 1 February 2013, and cross-submissions are due by 22 February 2013. They go to, with “UBA price review” in the subject header. More is at A discussion paper is at

Unbundled bitstream access & unbundled copper loop Unbundled bitstream access (UBA) is a service that allows telecommunications companies to supply broadband services to customers without the need to replicate Chorus' electronics or software. Unbundled copper local loop (UCLL) refers to the service that enables access to, and interconnection with, Chorus's copper local loop network. It allows telecommunications companies to supply voice and broadband services to retail customers using their own equipment over Chorus's local loop. Back to top

Kiwisaver’s Automatic Enrolment System: Changes? The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has published a discussion paper on whether changes should be made to the default KiwiSaver provider arrangements. The KiwiSaver scheme includes an “automatic enrolment” feature, which is why the scheme needs to include a default option for members who do not, or cannot, make a decision about which fund and/or provider they will invest in. The contributions of these people go into the default scheme. About a quarter of Kiwisavers are members of one of the six default funds. In fact, the default funds make up comprise the single largest fund type in KiwiSaver. The default option was originally seen as a temporary “parking space” for funds of members before they made an active decision about what to do with their funds (though people seem to be spending longer in this “temporary parking space” than was originally envisaged). Funds placed in the default option are therefore treated conservatively, that is, the focus is on preserving the capital sum, and on relatively low fees, rather than on getting the biggest amount for retirement. MBIE wants comment about the design of the default scheme that would deliver the best outcomes for members. Its paper discusses how the size, scale, and fees of the scheme impact on the final accumulation of funds, and also ask many default providers there should be. In the past year about 17,500 NZers have joined KiwiSaver each month, and total membership is now over two million. Submissions close on 24 December 2012. Email them to or posted to Review of KiwiSaver Default Provider Arrangements, Investment Law Team, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, PO Box 1473, Wellington. To view the discussion document, visit

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Local Body Elections: Donations & Information The Local Electoral Amendment Bill No 2 will bring the Local Electoral Act (governing local authority elections) more in line with the Electoral Act (governing Parliamentary elections). The amendments aim to increase accountability in local elections by: •

limiting the size of anonymous donations a candidate can keep to $1500;

revising the definition of “anonymous”;

increasing the amount of information to be disclosed;

change reporting and recording obligations; and

introducing penalties for non-compliance.

Submissions close on 21 December 2012. Two copies go to the Justice and Electoral Committee, Parliament Buildings, Wellington, or submit online. The Bill is at

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Education Bill: Charter Schools/Searching Students A reminder that you can still have your say on this Bill, which would: •

set up charter schools (now called Partnership Schools/Kura Hourua);

clarify the powers to search students and seize property in certain circumstances;

enable the Ministry of Education to assign a National Student Number to vulnerable children at a young age;

make student achievement the main consideration when a Board of Trustees is performing its functions, powers, and duties; and

offer more flexibility in schools time tabling of the school day.

Submissions close on 24 January 2013. Two copies go to the Education & Science Committee, Parliament Buildings, Wellington, or submit online. The Bill is at and for more information go to

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Law Commission Paper: Joint & Several Liability The Law Commission has released an Issues Paper calling for submissions on its Review of Joint and Several Liability. In NZ, civil liability is governed by the principle of joint and several liability. This rule provides that where two or more people are liable for the same loss, then each defendant will be potentially liable for the whole of the loss. It has been controversial in recent years, particularly as a result of the leaky homes crisis and recent financial crises. The Issues Paper describes how the rule works and its main strengths and weaknesses. It also examines the advantages and disadvantages of the main options for apportioning liability. Submissions close on 31 January 2013. They go to or to P McRae, Senior Legal and Policy Adviser, Law Commission, PO Box 2590, Wellington 6011, DX SP 23534. The paper is at

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Science Challenges for NZ: Have Your Say In last month’s issue we covered NZ Science Challenges, the $60 million four-year programme aiming to answer important scientific questions. Several of these questions have now been named for ranking. What do you think will be the most important challenge for: •

our rich seas;

land and water;

foods for health;

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advanced materials and manufacturing;

protecting NZ’s biodiversity;

fighting disease;

our changing climate; and

resilience to natural hazards?

The final National Science Challenges will be selected in April 2013. Much more information is at, where you can also have your say

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IRD: Should We Tax Employee Allowances… An Inland Revenue (IRD) tax policy issues paper proposes changes to current rules about taxing employee allowances. Amongst them: •

meal expenses during work travel away from the employee’s normal workplace should be exempt from tax, with a three-month time limit for a particular location;

the cost of an employee’s working lunches and other working meals/refreshments outside of work travel should not be taxed;

spending on accommodation during work away from the employee’s normal workplace should not be taxed, with a 12month time limit for a location;

accommodation provided by an employer at or near the normal workplace should be taxable;

spending to meet internet and other electronic communication costs should be taxed in full if it’s difficult to separate work use from private use; and

spending on clothing costs should be taxed in full unless there is a uniform or specialist clothing required for the job.

Submissions close on 1 February 2013. They go to with “Employee allowances” in the subject line or to Tax treatment of employee allowances, C/- Deputy Commissioner, Policy, Policy Advice Division, IRD, PO Box 2198, Wellington 6140. More is at

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… & Electronic Business Records/Records in Maori Inland Revenue (IRD) is also consulting on a draft standard practice statement (SPS) ED0150 provides guidelines for taxpayers on: •

retaining business records in electronic format;

how IRD considers applications to store business records offshore; and

how it deals with applications to keep records in Maori.

The Commissioner is able to authorise a person (a third party) to keep multiple taxpayers’ records offshore, as well as authorising an individual taxpayer to keep their own business records offshore. A third party can include a cloud service provider that uses data centres outside of NZ. Submissions close on: 21 December 2012. They go to More is at

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Seafarer Certification: Maritime NZ Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) invites public comment on the maritime rules relating to seafarer certification and operational limits. Proposals cover: training and skills required in different operational areas, crewing and watchkeeping, seafarer certification (assessment of competence), other training, and examinations. Submissions close on 25 January 2013. Email them to, or post them to PO Box 27007, Wellington 6011. More is at

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Proposed Changes to HEA Act The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is seeking public views on possible changes to the Horticulture Export Authority (HEA) Act. Under this Act, horticulture industries jointly fund and organise activities that support successful exporting, such as quality assurance, promotion, and marketing). The four key areas where feedback is sought are: enabling different markets to have different programmes; clarifying entry and exit procedures; asking if licence application assessment rules are adequate; and questioning whether the system of penalties and enforcement is adequate. Submissions close on 15 February 2013. They go to or to Forestry and Plant Sector Team, Sector Policy, Ministry for Primary Industries, PO Box 2526, Wellington 6140. More is at

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Using Positive Breath Tests as Evidence The Land Transport (Admissibility of Evidential Breath Tests) Amendment Bill amends the Land Transport Act 1998 to broaden the circumstances where a positive breath test is admissible evidence in a prosecution. Under present law a positive breath test is not admissible in evidence if the suspect has elected to have a blood test. The Bill would provide that where a suspect has elected to have a blood test but blood is unable to be drawn for any reason, the earlier breath test is admissible in evidence in a prosecution for an offence. Submissions close on 21 December 2012. Two copies go to the Transport and Industrial Relations Committee, Parliament Buildings, Wellington. The Bill is at

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Unit Titles Amendment Bill The Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (MBIE), is consulting on proposed changes to the Unit Titles Act 2010 and its regulations. Proposed is a new Statutes Amendment Bill, and a Unit Titles Amendment Bill. They would include changes relating to monetary orders that may be made by the Tenancy Tribunal when it deals with unit title disputes, and other minor amendments. Submissions close on 1 February 2013. You can submit online at, email or send by post to Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment - Building and Housing Group, Level 6, 86 Customhouse Quay, PO Box 10-729, Wellington 6142, attn: Unit Titles Amendment Bill Services Team. More is at

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Crown Minerals (Permitting and Crown Land) Bill Public submissions are now being invited on the amendments proposed to the Crown Minerals (Permitting and Crown Land) Bill in a Supplementary Order Paper (152). They arise from recommendations in the Report of the Royal Commission of Inquiry on the Pike River Coal Mine Tragedy. The amendments aim to bring about a better focus on health and safety in permit allocation and management provisions of the Crown Minerals Act 1991. Submissions close on 25 January 2013. Two copies go to the Commerce Committee, Parliament Buildings, Wellington. The Bill is at

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Conservation (Natural Heritage Protection) Bill This Bill aims to encourage people to comply with Department of Conservation laws to protect natural and historic resources and protected wildlife by increasing penalties for breaking them. Submissions close on 28 February 2013. Two copies go to the Local Government and Environment Committee, Parliament Buildings, Wellington. The Bill is at

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Pharmac Consultations Pharmac is consulting on (closing dates and contact for submissions are in brackets): •

PHARMAC and Hospital Medical Devices - Obtaining Clinical Input (28 March 2013, email; and

Proposal Relating to the Funding of Certain Pharmaceuticals in DHB Hospitals and in the Community (21 December 2012, email

More on all of them is at

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Canterbury Regional Council Commissioners Bill This Bill extends the Canterbury Regional Council's governance arrangement and special water management decisionmaking powers in the Environment Canterbury (Temporary Commissioners and Improved Water Management) Act 2012. Under it, Government-appointed commissioners would continue to provide governance and leadership to address institutional/governance issues with the Canterbury Regional Council (ECan). Submissions close on 30 January 2013. Two copies go to the Local Government and Environment Committee. The Bill is at

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Financial Reporting Bill This Bill proposes amendments to bring general-purpose financial reporting in line with the main objective of the financial reporting system. That objective is to provide information to external users who want to see an organisation's financial statements, but are unable to demand them. Submissions close on 18 January 2013. Two copies go to the Commerce Committee, Parliament Buildings, Wellington. The Bill is at

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Proposed Changes to Infant Formulas Food Standards Australia NZ (FSANZ) proposes changing infant formula requirements in the Food Standards Code. The changes would reduce the minimum required level of L-histidine* in infant formula products to a level similar to the average amount in breast milk. This would bring NZ into line with international and overseas food standards. *L-histidine is an amino acid that is found in adults. Children need it as a building block for proteins in growing bodies, though they don’t often produce enough of it for themselves. Adults also need L-histidine, for example, in allergic reactions (which are the body’s way of reacting to substances it perceives as being alien or potentially dangerous). Submissions close on 20 December 2012. Submit online at - or email More is at

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Electricity Authority: Collecting Fees? The Authority is proposing to amend the Electricity Industry Act 2010 so it can collect fees from participants as well as levies. The idea is that collection of any fees would result in a corresponding reduction in the amount collected through the levy. There would be another consultation before any fee regulations could be made, and levy regulations amended. Submissions close on 21 December 2012. They go to with “Consultation paper: Proposal to amend the Electricity Industry Act” in the subject line. More is at

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New Zealand Historic Places Trust Consultations NZHPT is consulting on (closing dates are in brackets): •

Category 1 registration of the former Miners’ Hall in Runanga on the South Island’s West Coast (17 December 2012); and

review of registration of Bishop House, Tinwald (21 December 2012).

Submissions on both go to More is at

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… & NZHPT Website Survey The NZ Historic Places Trust want to find out more about how visitors to its website are finding the experience so it can make improvements. Go to

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MPI Website Survey The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is carrying out a survey to support plans to create a new web presence that better serves its audiences. The main things MPI wants to find out are what people come to the websites for, and how MPI can improve their experience of it. To fill in MPI’s survey go to

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Environment Protection Authority Consultations The EPA is consulting on (submission closing dates are in brackets): •

HNOCOP62: Code of Practice for Seismic Design of Storage Tanks (19 December 2012) – more is at

its reassessment of a group of 29 insecticides with organophosphate and carbamate active ingredients that are currently approved for use here (22 January 2013) – more is at

Submissions can be made online, or email them to, or send them to EPA Private Bag 63002, Wellington 6140

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Electricity Authority: Transpower’s Transmission Pricing The Electricity Authority is reviewing the transmission pricing methodology (TPM), which sets out how Transpower NZ Limited (Transpower) recovers the costs of providing transmission services. It believes the current TPM can be improved to better promote competition in the electricity industry, have reliable electricity supply, and smooth operation of the industry for the long-term benefit of consumers. Submissions close on 1 March 2013 with cross-submissions due on 28 March 2013. They go to with "Consultation Paper - Transmission pricing methodology review - issues and proposal” in the subject line. More is at

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Charging Vessel Operators for Observer Costs Following on from the Foreign Charter Vessel (FCV) review (which highlighted a number of labour and safety concerns on these boats), MPI is consulting on amendments to: •

directly charge vessel operators the cost of having observers on medium- and high-risk domestic vessels;

directly charge vessel operators observer costs in other situations (e.g., when the vessel is delayed in port);

set out direct charging rates for observers’ costs; and

recover the cost of new observer roles covering employment and vessel safety.

MPI is also consulting on an amendment restricting all squid jiggers longer than 46m from fishing in the territorial sea from 1 May 2016. Submissions close on 21 December 2012. Email them to, or send them to MPI, PO Box 2526, Wellington 6140, attn: FCV Project Team, Sector Policy. More is at

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One Oz-NZ Spatial Information System? The Australia NZ Land Information Council is considering a common Foundation spatial information system across Australia and NZ, and your comments are invited. “Foundation spatial data” describes the basic layers that are needed by people who use location-based information. They are the original pieces of spatial information that are created by, for example, like government agencies. This information is collected and kept by these agencies, but it’s now recognised that it needs to be made more available (for instance, many smartphone apps use basic spatial data, e.g., to help you find your way to a restaurant or where you might find the nearest bus stop). It’s suggested that an Australian-NZ-wide system for how the information is collected, described, and released would enable better availability. Submissions close on 17 December 2012. They go to More is at

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High-Power Laser Pointers: Feedback Sought The Ministry of Health (MOH) is seeking feedback on possible new health and safety controls on high-power laser pointers. These are tools for business presentations, academic lectures, speaking engagements, astronomy, star-pointing, etc. More powerful laser pointers have become readily available, and they have far greater potential to harm the user and others if they are misused (for example, some people have been shining them at aircraft). Submissions close on 14 December 2012. Email the downloaded submission form to, send it to High-power Laser Pointers Consultation, Environmental and Border Health Protection Team, Clinical Leadership, Protection and Regulation, MOH, PO Box 5013, Wellington 601. More is at

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Naming Alpine Features of Aoraki/Mt Cook The NZ Geographic Board Nga Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa (NZGB) is consulting on three proposals, submitted by Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu, for the naming of three significant alpine features in the Aoraki / Mount Cook area of the South Island. The proposals are to change the names “Mount Cook Range” to “Kirikirikatata/Mount Cook Range”, “Tasman Glacier” to “Haupapa/Tasman Glacier”, and calling a currently unnamed section of the Southern Alps “Aroarokaehe Range”. It’s proposed that the existing English names also be retained. The consultation closes in mid-February 2013. They go to Secretary for the NZGB Nga Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa, c/- LINZ, PO Box 5501, Wellington 6145. More is at

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2012 Review of Rock Lobster Rules A consultation paper in two parts from the National Rock Lobster Management Group considers proposals to review the rules around closed seasons for commercial fishing in Gisborne and Otago; and vessel, landing, exporting, packaging, domestic sale, and reporting requirements in Gisborne, Otago, and Southland. The Fiordland (Te Moana o Atawhenua) Marine Area Rock Lobster amateur regulations are also being reviewed. Submissions close on 13 December 2012. They go to , or to Rock Lobster Submissions, Fisheries Management – Inshore Fisheries, MPI, PO Box 2526, Wellington 6140More is at

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Exploring for Oil & Gas: Targeted Consultation The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has released the proposed areas for onshore and offshore exploration in Northland, Taranaki, the East Coast, Canterbury, and Southland, and is currently consulting with relevant iwi and councils. 2013 will be the second year in which the Government will use a block offer annual competitive tender process to allocate permits for oil and gas exploration. More on Block Offer 2013 is available at

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Canterbury Draft Transport Plan Christchurch’s Accessible City Draft Transport Plan is open for comment. It makes changes to roads, public transport, pedestrian areas, and cycleways. It prioritises streets for buses, cycles, pedestrians, and private vehicles as a way of improving travel across the city. Cathedral Square would become largely pedestrian-only, and the overall speed limits within the CBD’s core would be reduced to a maximum of 30 km/h. More public off-street parking facilities will be encouraged beside streets prioritised for cars, with the aim of having at least one public parking building within five minutes’ walk of anywhere in the CBD. Submissions on the plan close on 1 February 2013. Make submissions through the Christchurch Central Development Unit website at (where you can also access the plan)

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Rural Approval for Vet Medicines Easier to Get The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has streamlined the way veterinary medicines are regulated by issuing four new group standards. These cover formulated medicines and active ingredients used in the manufacture of veterinary medicines and agrichemicals. Group standards allow substances to gain approval while still making sure that any risks to human health or the environment are dealt with. They include certain conditions and restrictions that manage the risks throughout a product’s lifecycle. Importers and manufacturers can now allocate products/substances to these standards, providing they meet the requirements. More is at

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New Hunting, Fishing, Farming Seasons Calendar A free quick-reference calendar displaying common NZ farming, fishing, and hunting seasons is now available for download from the NZ Walking Access Commission’s website. Farming seasons shown on the calendar include breeding season for bulls, calving, cattle droving, grain and seed harvesting, and lambing. Hunting and fishing seasons shown include game bird hunting, freshwater fishing, whitebaiting, and the roar hunting season. Go to

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New Layer Hens Welfare Code The Animal Welfare (Layer hens) Code of Welfare 2012 came into force on 7 December 2012 and takes the place of the Animal Welfare (Layer Hens) Code of Welfare 2005. The new code contains minimum standards and best practices that aim to encourage the highest standards of animal husbandry, care, and handling. The code covers the full range of hen husbandry topics, including the provision of food and water, shelter, and protection of health. The biggest change in the new code is that the cages in use now can no longer be used. To view the code and accompanying report go to

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Lamb Numbers Up on Last Year Roughly 26.9 million lambs were tailed this spring – 1.9 million more than last year. Even then, this will be the third smallest lamb crop since the early 1950s. This year’s increase was due to slightly more ewes being mated (+0.6%) and the sheep being in good condition thanks to favourable feed conditions before mating. There was also an increase in the number of lambs born from hoggets. The 2012 Lamb Crop report is at

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Wine Industry More Profitable in 2012 … According to a new Deloitte survey “Vintage 2012”, wineries in all but the highest income band (more than $20 million) have improved profitability on their 2011 results, and all but the smallest wineries ($0-$1.25 million revenue) are turning a profit in 2012. Although there are positive signs of a turnaround for the better, the number one issue facing the industry is the high NZ dollar. More is at

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… 2012 Vineyard Register Report According to the 2012 Vineyard Register Report, 1,841 vineyards had a combined producing area of 34,269 hectares (anticipated to increase 683 ha in 2015). Marlborough continues to be the main producing region, home to 66% of the total national vineyard. Hawke’s Bay is the second largest producing region - but for the first time Otago edges ahead of Gisborne, as the third largest producing region by area. Sauvignon Blanc makes up 58% of the total grape harvest, followed by Pinot Noir (15%) and Chardonnay (9%), and Pinot Gris (7%). Access the register at

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Rural Women NZ/Farmlands North Island Gardening Grants Children at six North Island rural schools will be encouraged to get their hands dirty as they develop vegetable gardens and orchards after being selected as the lucky winners of $2000 gardening grants. The schools are: Ohuka School, Wairoa; Tinui School, Wairarapa; Toko School, Stratford; Tomorata School, Wellsford; Pukekawa School, Tuakau; and Tauriko School, Tauranga. More is at

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Dealing with Volcanic Ash The Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) has published a paper which looks at the hazards of volcanic ash and what to do about them. MPI says that even small quantities of volcanic ash can have a big impact. Effects to people’s health include irritation of the nose, throat, airways, eyes, and skin. Domestic water supplies can get contaminated (especially where there are roof-fed water tanks), and there are also risks of injury during clean-up. There can also be disruption to power supplies, transportation, and communication systems. In a major eruption it may be necessary for everyone on a farm to be evacuated, including pets and working dogs. You need to wear a mask and goggles if you’re working in an ashy environment. Keep house doors and windows closed, and stop draughts with damp towels. Take care when cleaning up, as ash will make surfaces slippery. Stock may have eye and skin irritation, respiratory distress, abrasion of teeth and hooves, and fleeces can become contaminated. Stock water supplies and pastures can get contaminated, affecting feed and livestock growth. Vehicles can become corroded. If possible, move livestock into covered yards or barns to protect them from direct ashfall. The MPI paper is at

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Environment NZ’s Green Growth Opportunities Pure Advantage, a not-for-profit group of NZ business people, has released a new report called “Green Growth Opportunities for NZ”. The seven areas to make its green growth shortlist are: more efficient homes, capitalising on our geothermal resources and expertise, environmentally friendly and efficient farming, waste to energy schemes, making biofuel from wood, building smart grids and developing a biodiversity strategy to support tourism. Pure Advantage says potential green growth export opportunities for NZ include sustainable agricultural products and services, geothermal energy, biotechnology, and forestry including second-generation biofuels. In the domestic economy, the opportunities also include improvements in building, transport, energy efficiency, and electricity grid technology. The potential economic opportunities are significant - the International Energy Agency estimates that global investments in low carbon energy alone could reach more than US$3 trillion ($3.67 trillion) per year by 2050, if the world shifts to a serious green growth track. Pure Advantage says that to enable private industry to embrace green initiatives we need: •

more industry coordination (with previously un-associated industries working together);

central Government to have a long-term green growth policy; and

detailed business case analyses so ways of encouraging commerce are clearly defined.

Trustees of Pure Advantage are Rob Morrison, Sir George Fistonich, Rob Fyfe, Chris Liddell, Phillip Mills, Jeremy Moon, Sir Stephen Tindall, Geoff Ross, Justine Smyth, Mark Solomon, and Joan Withers. Founding trustees also include the late Lloyd Morrison and Sir Paul Callaghan. The report is at

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Climate Change Changing: a New NZ Response The Government has decided that from 1 January 2013 NZ will change its climate change response. In the period 2013 to 2020, developed countries have the option of signing up to a Second Commitment Period (CP2) under the Kyoto Protocol, or (like NZ) taking their pledges under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, which does not have binding commitments (unlike the Kyoto Protocol*). The decision does not affect the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). Australia's government says it is "ready to join" a second phase of the Kyoto Protocol on climate change, making the move because more action was being taken. The second commitment period for Kyoto could renew pledges to limit emissions until 2020. Australia is one of the world's leading emitters of greenhouse gases. *The Protocol, initially adopted in Kyoto, Japan, in 1997, is aimed at fighting global warming by setting legally binding targets for countries to cut greenhouse gas emissions. The first round of cuts, which only apply to developed nations, expires at the end of this year. More is at

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Land & Water Forum’s Final Report Available The Land & Water Forum has released its final report on managing NZ’s water resources within limits. The forum says it is time to move away from having to make trade-offs between values in freshwater management because there are many ways to pursue environmental, economic and social benefits at the same time. It suggests: •

combined, inclusive decision-making in communities, where stakeholders would collaborate at catchment level to identify strong and positive solutions to water issues that protect and enhance their fresh water, and benefit them, as well as the enterprises and regional and national economies that rely on that water;

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community decision-makers would set specific objectives and limits for the catchment, and manage water takes, land use, discharges, and contaminants, and they would also decide on how to allocate water once a set limit was exceeded;

community decision-makers would operate under a clear and open national system, that would be responsible for coordinating standards, information, and expertise;

long-life water rights would become the norm (boosting water storage and irrigation schemes) and there would be tradeable longer-lasting water permits (forum members were divided on whether or not to charge for these);

the matter of iwi rights and interests in water would continue to rest with iwi and the Crown (members noted that others have established rights and interest in water that also must be respected);

strict rules for activities like intensive farming, and a set process for imposing restrictions when waterways reach a critical point; and

a clear national message to water users that sets out rights to take and use water within set limits, and advises them to expect cuts in the amounts of water they can take.

More, including links to all three Land & Water Forum reports, is at The list of Forum members is at

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Changes to Raw Milk Rules Changes have been made to the Raw Milk Regulations, the rules by which independent milk processors can get raw milk from Fonterra. The rules aim to support competition in domestic dairy products. The main amendments are: •

the big independent processors who collect a significant quantity of milk directly from farmers will have a three-season limit for accessing regulated milk;

the total amount of milk available under the Raw Milk Regulations will be set at around 5% of Fonterra’s milk supply, as provided for in the legislation; and

because of the seasonal nature of milk production, differing maximum quantities of milk will be available for access by processors at differing times of the year.

The processors who don’t take much milk directly from farmers will be able to pay a set price for milk they get under the Raw Milk Regulations and they won’t be subject to the “wash-up” process at the end of the season. The new rules will take effect on the first day of the next dairy season - 1 June 2013. More is at

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1080 Annual Report Released This year’s report on the aerial use of 1080 shows there were 49 aerial operations in 2011, covering about 492,000 hectares. Eleven breaches of controls from operator oversights or accidents were recorded, up from six in 2010. These were mainly due to baits being applied or spilled outside the area allowed by permission conditions. Another 11 breaches were caused by vandalism and interference by the public, down from 18 in 2010. More is at

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Greenhouse Gases Hit Record High… The levels of climate-changing gases (so named because they trap radiation within the Earth’s atmosphere causing it to warm) in the atmosphere are at a record high, according to the annual “Greenhouse Gas Bulletin” from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The report also says that between 1990 and 2011 there was a 30% increase in radiative forcing – the warming effect on our climate – because of these heat-trapping long-lived gases. The most significant gas, in terms of climate change, is carbon dioxide (CO2). CO2 is responsible for 80% of the radiative forcing that occurred between 1990 and 2011.The WMO estimates that 375 billion tonnes of carbon have been released 19 –Bulletin Aotearoa December 2012

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into the atmosphere since 1750, and that about half of that amount is still present in the atmosphere (and will remain in the atmosphere causing problems for several centuries). Other potent greenhouse gases such as methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O) also reached record highs. More is at

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… With Permafrost Threat in the Wings Research suggesting rising temperatures have caused the Arctic permafrost* to start leaking methane were released at the recent climate change talks in Doha. A United Nations Environment Programme report says previously unfactored greenhouse gases from thawing permafrost could amplify human-induced warming, eventually account for 39% of total emissions, and tip the planet into dangerous climate change. * Permafrost is soil at or below freezing point for 2 or more years. It covers almost a quarter of the northern hemisphere, storing twice as much carbon as is already in the atmosphere. The frozen soil locks in carbon from ancient organic matter, but methane or carbon dioxide is produced as it thaws and tiny organisms consume the organic matter. The report, “Policy Implications of Warming Permafrost”, is at

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ETS: Excluding Some Emission Reduction Units The Government proposes to exclude Emission Reduction Units (ERUs) from HFC-23* and N2O (nitrous oxide)* destruction projects, and Certified Emission Reduction Units (CERs) and ERUs from large-scale hydroelectricity projects from the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). They would be excluded either from 1 January 2013 or 1 June 2013. The European Union is also proposing to ban these units from 2013 and Australia is proposing a prohibition when their emission trading scheme comes into effect in 2015. Units bought on forward contracts will be assessed individually and are likely to be exempt from the ban. *These are powerful greenhouse gases which contribute to climate change. A release is at

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Rice Waste & NZ Wool = Upholstery Fabric Upholstery fabric developed in Wellington by The Formary that blends Chinese rice production waste product with NZ wool is to be sold in the United States next year. The fabric is made from 70% NZ wool and 30% Chinese rice straw (from a supplying partner in Wellington's Chinese sister city Tianjin). The straw has a high silica content so it is anti-bacterial and flame resistant. It is no more expensive to produce than standard wool blend upholstery materials. The Formary has also developed a similar product from recycling jute coffee sacks with wool for cafe chain Starbucks' chair coverings. More is at

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Conservation Boards: Nominations Now Open Nominations to all conservation boards are being sought. Vacancies on each board are as follows: Northland (7), Auckland (6), Waikato (6), East Coast/Bay of Plenty (8), Tongariro/Taupo (5), Taranaki/Whanganui (6), Wellington/Hawke’s Bay (9), Chatham Islands (6), Nelson/Marlborough (4), West Coast Tai Poutini (6), Canterbury Aoraki (5), Otago (6), and Southland (5). Appointees must have a genuine and proven interest in conservation. Preference will be given to people who live within the board area they are nominated for. Appointments also seek to achieve balance in experience, geographic spread, gender, age, and representation of community interests on each board.

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Appointments will take effect from 1 July 2013 for a term of up to three years. Nominations close on 25 January 2013. Information and nomination forms are at

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Health & Welfare More Funding for Hospices Hospices are to continue to get $15 million a year until 2015 to help cover a shortfall from a increasing demand for services, rising costs, and a difficult fundraising environment. Hospices currently get about 70% of their funding from central government, some comes from District Health Boards, and the rest has to be sourced from community fundraising. Hospices provide terminally ill people and their families with the services and support they need. In many communities, they also provide palliative* care in the home, as well as at in-patient facilities. *Palliative care is an area of healthcare that focuses on relieving and preventing the suffering of patients. More is at

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Pharmacists Can Now Treat Urinary Tract Infections Women can now get treatment for urinary tract infections (UTI) directly from trained pharmacists. The service is now available in a number of Amcal, Care Chemist, Life, Radius, and Unichem community pharmacies nationwide. Each week about 4,500 women seek help with urinary tract infections. More is at

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Consulting GPs Online: Age Differences According to a recent Southern Cross survey, one fifth of Kiwis (20%) aged 50 plus would be happy to forgo a face-to-face consultation with their GP if the convenience of a video conversation over the internet was available. Those aged below 30 were least open to the idea with just 17% comfortable with the option. Those aged 30-39 (24%) and 40-49 (22%) were more comfortable. Males (23%) were also more supportive of the idea than females (17%). More is at

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More Convenient HIV Treatments Funded PHARMAC is to fund new combination HIV medications* called Atripla and Truvada from 1 December. About 900 patients are currently prescribed the combination products. *Combination medications are pills or tablets that contain more than one medication to fight HIV. More is at

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Online Breast Cancer Education The NZ Breast Cancer Foundation has launched a new, interactive e-guide that offers information for women of all ages on the signs and symptoms of breast cancer, and on how they can reduce their risk of dying of the disease. The guide illustrates unusual breast symptoms, outlines breast cancer risk factors, and shows a video of a mammogram. It also stresses the importance of women seeing their doctor if they have any worrying signs or symptoms, and the importance of having mammograms from the age of 40 onwards. The breast basics e-guide is available at

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Focus on Endoscopy Programmes A recently piloted endoscopy quality improvement programme aimed at ensuring all NZers receive the same high standard endoscopy care, no matter where they live in the country, is to start in 2013. The programme, which will cost around $1.8 million, has been piloted at Waitemata, Lakes, Wairarapa, and Canterbury DHBs District health boards. DHBs will also be monitoring how long patients wait for these services. Endoscopy means “looking inside” and typically refers to looking inside the body for medical reasons using an endoscope, an instrument used to examine the interior of a hollow organ or cavity of the body. Endoscopy services include colonoscopies and gastroscopies, which are used to diagnose conditions such as bowel cancer and stomach ulcers. A release is at

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Safekids’ Creative Quest: No Helmet No Brain Safekids NZ has launched “Creative Quest” – a nationwide school competition to create public awareness messages about wearing helmets on bikes, scooters, skates, and skateboards. Timed to run in term two 2013, the Safekids Creative Quest offers three fun challenges: make a video – for years 4 to 9, make a radio commercial – for years 4 to 9, and create an illustrated story - for years 1 to 3. Schools have a chance to win cash prizes. All challenges involve communicating the importance of wearing helmets and fitting them correctly. The theme of the competition is: “No helmet. No brain”. More is at Register at

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Second Report on Maori Children’s Health The second of three reports in the Ministry of Health’s Te Ohonga Ake series on Maori child health has been released. The report indicates that some progress is being made in the area, and there is evidence of reductions in hospital admissions for meningococcal disease, infant mortality, and some types of injuries. However, hospital admissions have continued to increase for acute rheumatic fever, rheumatic heart disease, serious skin infections, asthma and acute upper respiratory tract infections, pneumonia, and whooping cough. The report can be downloaded from

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Smoking Health Warning Labels Save Lives Health warning labels on cigarette packages that use pictures to show the health consequences of smoking are effective in reaching adult smokers, according to the results of a new US study. The study describes the kind of pictures that appear to work best among adult smokers in the US, including smokers from disadvantaged groups where smoking rates are highest. More is at

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Improving Home & Community Support Services A Ministry of Health project currently underway is designed to improve the quality of care provided to older people at home and in the community. It includes a process providers can use to move from working to the 2003 Home and community support sector Standard to the updated 2012 Standard, and also a national structure for completing certification audits against the Standard. For more email

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Buying Safe Presents for the Littlies Consumer Affairs says that when buying for your little elf, it’s important to think about safety. It's no fun when “Santa's Little Helper” becomes “Santa's Little Yelper”. A lot of children’s toys aren’t dangerous by themselves. It’s more about how your child might use them, so you need to be careful about: •

size: make sure the toy is too big for your child’s mouth and that it can’t break down into smaller pieces;

surface: watch out for bits that can come off like sparkles, buttons, knobs or even stuffing;

sound: loud sound can damage your child’s hearing - toys should be no louder than a normal conversation;

strings: yo-yos and anything with a string or a cord are for older children, because younger children can get tangled up in them;

space: if the toy needs to be used outside, make sure there’s enough room to use it safely; and

supervision: some toys need to be supervised - and remember, children should be watched at all times around water.

More is at

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Stay Smart on the Beach From the Surf Lifesaving site come the following tips for having fun at the beach: •

at lifeguard patrolled beaches, always swim between the red and yellow flags, and listen to advice from lifeguards;

follow the advice of safety signs;

always swim with a friend;

children should be supervised by adults;

never run and dive into the water, or swim under the influence of alcohol or drugs;

don’t depend on flotation devices as you can lose them – and they can lose you;

be aware of rip currents;

don’t wear long clothing in the water;

if you get into trouble raise your arm for assistance, float and wait for help;

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stay out if in doubt about the surf conditions or your own ability;

stay sun smart on the beach: use sunblock SPF 30+, wear a wide-brimmed hat, cover up with a long-sleeve cotton shirt, use a shade tent/umbrella, wear UV protective sunglasses; and

always take a bottle of fresh water to the beach with you - drink water regularly to avoid dehydration and heat stress.

More on beach and surf safety is at

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Education/Training Pasifika Education Plan 2013-2017 Under the latest Pasifika Education Plan, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs, Education Review Office (ERO), Tertiary Education Commission (TEC), NZ Qualifications Authority (NZQA), Careers NZ, and the NZ Teachers Council (NZTC) will all be helping Pasifika learners get good results at school. The plan adopts a Pasifika “connected” way of working with the community and other educational agencies to: •

attract and retain Pasifika children to quality ECE (early childhood education) services;

monitor, understand, and improve the achievement of Pasifika learners in schools;

retain and students in tertiary learning and have them graduate, especially at level 4 and above; and

have schools/ECE services discuss with Pasifika parents the needs of children and how they and their communities can contribute to their learning.

The plan is at

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Helping Kids Explore the Outdoors The NZ Walking Access Commission has developed an online programme called “Both Sides of the Fence” to help teachers engage and educate students (aged 8-13 years) about the value of outdoor access, and exploring responsibly. The resource features animated videos for the students. More is at

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Boosting Postgrad Dairy Research A new joint Graduate School in Dairy Research and Innovation will offer postgraduate students disciplines that contribute to sustainable productivity on the farm, such as genetics, agricultural technology, and environmental science. The school will also cover disciplines that add value beyond the farm gate, such as food science and business. It is a joint project between the University of Auckland, DairyNZ, LIC (Livestock Improvement Corporation), and AgResearch. More is at

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Portable Swimming Pool for Rural Kids If the kids can’t get to the swimming pool … maybe the swimming pool can get to the kids. That’s the thinking behind a portable swimming pool – gifted to Water Safety NZ (WSNZ) by NZ Post – which will be rotated around rural centres over the next five years as part of a programme to boost the water safety skills of rural Maori youth. The pool – which is roughly 10x5 metres – holds 50,000 litres of water, and also has detachable marquees which allow it to be used come rain or shine. Up to 40 students can use it at a time, and it can be heated to 28 degrees Celsius, providing an ideal environment for teaching. Once the pool is set up at a rural Kura Kaupapa access will be provided to as many surrounding Kura as possible, and also to other members of the community. During the next few months the pool will be moved to locations in the Waikato, the Bay of Plenty, East Coast / Tairawhiti, and Hawke’s Bay. More at

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Schools’ Relieving Staff Entitlements: Error Fixed A long-standing administrative error over relief staffing entitlements in schools has meant that some schools received more short-term relief staffing entitlement than others, and an additional $68.2 million went into education 2011. This issue has been resolved, with the extra resource being kept in the sector and distributed evenly among all schools and learners from 2013. It will be given to schools via an increase in the relief teacher funding part of schools’ operational grants. More is at

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Three New Christchurch Education Boards Three new boards have been set up to give regional, Maori, and Pasifika advice to schools on the Christchurch Education Renewal Programme and the Learning Community Clusters schools in Christchurch. They are the Education Advisory Board, Matauraka Mahaanui - the Waitaha Advisory Board, and the Pasifika Advisory Board. An adviser has also been appointed to work alongside the boards. She has been asked to focus on getting the best outcome for learners, to listen to community concerns and aspirations, and to advise the Minister of Education the Secretary for Education about each school’s proposals to support decision-making. All about the boards and the programme is at

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Employment Canterbury Skill Shortage List: New Occupations Immigration NZ says the following occupations have been added to the Canterbury Skill Shortage List (everyone applying for these will need qualifications, experience or registration): solid plasterer, painting trades worker, wall and floor tiler, fibrous plasterer, brick layer, carpenter, roof tiler, joiner, glazier, floor finisher, stonemason, drainlayer, and carpenter and joiner. The full list is at

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Employing Youth/Long Term Unemployed: Report A report called “Employers' Perspectives - Part Three: Youth and the Long-term Unemployed”, assesses the employment of these two groups from the employer’s viewpoint. It says: •

there are five main barriers affecting employers’ hiring of youth applicants: a lack of work ethic (e.g., arriving late for work); a lack of work experience; a lack of life experience and maturity; the extra supervision needed when training youth; and other legal restrictions (e.g., not having full driving licences or being unable to serve alcohol); and

barriers for the long-term unemployed include: a lack of work ethic; lack of confidence; lower skill levels; and transport issues.

For most employers, potential initiatives around education or skills will be the ones most likely to influence their hiring of youth or the long-term unemployed. Employers noted that they were looking to employ staff who possessed the necessary skills for the job, and were willing to pay above the adult minimum rate if this would attract higher quality candidates. The report is at

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Housing/Building Earthquakes Royal Commission Report (Volumes 5-7) The third and final part (Volumes 5 to 7) of the report of the Canterbury Earthquakes Royal Commission is now available. These volumes cover: •

the investigation into the collapse of the CTV building;

the roles and responsibilities in the building sector, including the assessment of buildings after earthquakes;

the training of civil engineers, and the organisation and regulation of the engineering profession;

the building consent process; and

local government management of earthquake risk.

Volume 6 analyses the CTV building’s failure and identifies the roles that various people played in the lead-up to it failing so catastrophically during the earthquake. Volume 7 makes a number of recommendations to improve the building safety evaluation system following disasters, particularly around the rapid assessment process and the placarding system. You can download the report (and the 83 recommendations it contains) at

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House Consents Picking Up There were 1,639 new houses consented in October, the highest number since May 2008. Housing consent numbers for October 2012, compared with October 2011, were: •

1,639 new houses, including apartments (up 32%);

1,471 new houses, excluding apartments (up 28%); and

168 new apartments (up from 89).

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Non-standard Multipurpose Ladders Banned Multi-purpose ladders that do not meet Australia and NZ safety standards have been banned for eighteen months (after which the ban will be reviewed). Consumer Affairs tested these ladders, sold on Trade Me, and found they collapsed well below their advertised weight limit. For more information go to

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Auckland: Hobsonville Point Housing Development Hobsonville Land Company, a subsidiary of Housing NZ, is to build 2500-3000 new homes at Hobsonville Point. To protect taxpayers, the length of time the project runs for will be determined by market conditions and the need to achieve a reasonable rate of return on the investment. Under inflation-indexed targets 10% of the homes will be sold for less than $400,000, and 10% will be priced between $400,000 and $485,000. It will be up to the company how it achieves these targets in a commercial development environment. A press release is at

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Energy Fracking: More Information Needed/More Coming - PCE The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment (PCE) has published an interim report on the environmental impacts of fracking in NZ. The term “fracking” is a contraction of “hydraulic fracturing” – injecting fluid containing sand and chemicals at high pressure to fracture rock. Fracking is used to extract previously inaccessible oil and gas from the earth’s crust. It is one of the new technologies being used around the world to supplement conventional drilling (deep sea oil drilling is another, and the conversion of coal into liquid fuels another). The PCE’s report concludes that fracking can be done safely if it’s well managed, but the report also raises concerns about the rules and safeguards surrounding the practice. This is because if fracking is not done well it can have major environmental impacts, including polluting water and triggering earthquakes. The Commissioner is also concerned that the practice may not be adequately regulated, particularly if fracking opens the door to a large-scale, widespread oil and gas boom with a lot of different companies involved. She is now investigating the concerns she has raised, and aims to report on them in a final report before mid-2013. “Evaluating the environmental impacts of fracking in NZ: An interim report” is at Appendix four of this report offers summaries of international reports on fracking and also includes a detailed discussion of “Golden Rules for a Golden Age of Gas” – the rules to follow for safe fracking

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Petroleum Well Sites: Health & Safety Rules Coming From June 2013, operators carrying out petroleum exploration and extraction activities will have to comply with new safety regulations. Under these: •

operators (both onshore and offshore) will have to prepare a safety case and submit it to the Business Innovation & Employment Ministry for acceptance before starting their operation. The costs associated with assessment of safety cases will be paid for by the operators;

operators of smaller scale, lower risk onshore production installations won’t have to prepare a safety case, but they will have to prepare an overview of health and safety measures covering people at or near the installation;

all operators will have to report “near miss” incidents that could have led to a major accident;

regulations will cover wells being designed, modified, commissioned, constructed, equipped, operated, maintained, suspended and abandoned to minimise risks; and

all operators will have to have independent examiners assess the design, construction, and maintenance of all their wells.

More including a Q&A is at

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Global Energy Production/Use: Big Changes The International Energy Agency’s (IEA’s) 2012 World Energy Outlook (WEO) says the global energy map is being redrawn by: the resurgence in oil and gas production in the US; a retreat from nuclear power in some countries; continuing rapid growth in the use of wind and solar technologies; and also by the global spread of new ways to produce gas. However, it indicates the world is still failing to put the global energy system onto a more sustainable path. Some of the big trends are: •

global energy demand will grow by more than one-third to 2035 (with China, India, and the Middle East accounting for 60% of the growth, with demand barely rising in the OECD);

a huge growth in oil and natural gas production in the US (predictions are for the US to become a net exporter of natural gas by 2020 and a net oil exporter by 2035);

renewable (like wind, solar, hydro) will become the world’s second-largest source of power generation by 2015 and will close in on coal as the primary source by 2035;

water needs for energy production are set to grow at twice the rate of energy demand (the energy sector already accounts for 15% of the world’s total water use); and

although scaled back (because of the Fukishima accident in Japan) nuclear capacity is still projected to rise, led by China, Korea, India, and Russia.

A free download of the WEO 2012 is at,33339,en.html

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Report on Electricity and Gas Complaint Statistics In the six-months to 30 September 2012 the office of the Electricity and Gas Complaints Commissioner Scheme (EGCC) received 2,112 enquiries (where the EGCC simply provided information), and 1,209 complaints about electricity and gas companies. More is at

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Saving Energy: EECA & the Wood Processors… The Energy Efficiency & Conservation Authority (EECA) and Solid Wood Innovations (SWI), a research group of twentysix companies, are to support members to improve energy efficiency in wood processing, with EECA providing funding of up to $300,000 over two years. The programme will focus on SWI members using the most energy, and will use technology experts to set up effective energy management plans. NZ wood processors use around 4600 GWh of energy every year, costing them an estimated $184 million. The programme is expected to save around 26 GWh of energy each year - equivalent to the annual energy use of around 3,000 homes. More is at

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…& EECA & the Retailers Energy Shop is another EECA collaboration, this one with the NZ Retailers Association (NZRA). Under the scheme around 200 retailers will get EECA Business funding towards energy assessments and developing energy management plans. The programme will target 50 small, 100 medium, and 50 large retail sites. Depending on the size of their energy spend, those sites achieving a 10% energy saving will benefit by between $600 and $76,000 a year. Energy Shop will be run as part of the NZRA's existing ENVIRO SHOP® scheme. Retailers who want to take part should contact the NZRA's ENVIRO SHOP® programme by emailing or by phoning 0800 472 472

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Transport & Travel State Highways Getting Safer There has been a big reduction in fatal and serious injury crashes over the last five years on NZ’s 11,000 km of state highways. Some facts and figures: •

the state highway network accounts for more than half of NZ’s road fatalities;

nationally, there has been a 15% reduction in fatal and serious crashes on NZ’s state highways for the 2007-2011 period compared to 2002-2006;

the proportion of the state highway network classified as high risk (in terms of total fatal and serious injury crashes) has dropped from 7% to 4% (down from 806 km in length to 393 km); while

the proportion of the network classified as low risk (in terms of total fatal and serious injury crashes) has gone up from 29% to 41% (up from 3169 km to 4409 km).

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New Exhaust Emissions Rule for New Vehicles An amended 2007 Vehicle Exhaust Emissions Rule lifts emission standards for new vehicles from 1 November 2013 (they will then be the same as Australia’s). For vehicles entering the fleet for the first time, the only way you will be able to prove you are complying with the standard is with papers from an approved body – a simple emissions test is no longer enough.

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The current standards for used vehicles are also to be extended beyond the end of this year, and they’ll be reviewed again in 2014. More is at

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Yes, You Can Ignore TXTs While Driving Although illegal for more than three years, TXTing while driving is still a major issue and it was a major focus of the Police’s recent cell phone blitz. So, with holidays and travel coming up for many, here’s a reminder about Vodafone Drive Safe (which is available to all Vodafone customers for free). DriveSafe is activated by TXTing ‘DRIVE ON’ to 760. The service is then turned off by TXTing ‘DRIVE OFF’ to the same number. Anyone TXTing the driver during this time will receive the message “I’m driving right now. I’ll read your TXT as soon as it is safe to do so. Vodafone DriveSafe.” More is at

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ACC Motorbike & Training Programmes: Providers ACC recently awarded training contracts to three organisations to provide Ride Forever and Scooter Survival training courses for motorcyclists The training providers and areas they cover are: •

RoadSafe Motorcycle Riding Techniques Limited - Central North Island to Upper and West Coast South Island;

Pro Rider Limited - Upper North Island, including Northland, Auckland and Waikato; and

Dan Ornsby Motorcycle Training - Central and Lower South Island, including Canterbury, Otago and Southland.

ACC receives on average over a thousand new motorcycle injury claims per year, most of which it says can be avoided. The training can either be booked directly with a provider or at

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Wellington’s Transmission Gully: Truckin’ On The NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) can now borrow the funds needed to build and operate Wellington’s Transmission Gully highway using a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) procurement model. The new road will link MacKays Crossing in the north with Linden in the south. A private sector consortium will be responsible for financing, designing, building, maintaining, and operating the highway for up to 25 years. However, Transmission Gully will remain a public asset, with the NZTA repaying the cost over that time. Wellington currently relies on a two-lane highway that has trouble coping in peak times, and is vulnerable to closure in the event of crashes and natural disasters. The construction of the road will begin in late 2014, and the highway will open for traffic by 2020. Whether or not to toll the road is being investigated. More is at

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November New Vehicle Sales – Best Since 2007 8,581 new passenger and commercial vehicles were sold overall in November 2012, up 17% on the 7,328 vehicles sold in November 2011. Year to date, total new vehicle sales are up 14,880 units (19%). Toyota is the top-selling brand. More at

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Caravans & Gas … Here are a few pointers: •

remember LPG is heavier than air and will collect at the lowest spot available;

keep a fire extinguisher handy;

a woollen blanket can help smother a fat fire;

refrigerators and water heaters in caravans and motorhomes must be correctly flued;

never use a cooker as a space heater;

check copper tubing for dents, kinks and corrosion, check all hoses regularly for signs of cracking, fraying or splitting, and check appliances and cylinders for rust or corrosion;

make sure all appliances are adequately ventilated;

portable appliances like heaters and lanterns should not be used inside caravans or motorhomes because they may create carbon monoxide gas;

check LPG cylinders by the date stamp (by law, cylinders must be tested every ten years);

always store and use cylinder upright; and

don’t use an LPG appliance when a caravan is travelling.

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… & Safety with Appliances: Tents •

use appliances outside whenever possible;

never use in confined spaces such as small tents;

if inside, make sure there’s plenty of space and ventilation;

ventilation should allow air to move across the space with openings at high and low levels;

keep appliances in good condition;

always follow the manufacturer’s instructions;

give your flame room to burn – it should just touch the bottom of the pot; and

do not use appliances if they are giving off a smell as this indicates leaking gas or emissions linked to carbon monoxide poisoning – and don’t use an appliance if it’s malfunctioning.

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Playing Safe on Holiday: More Camping Info •

absolutely all about playing safe when camping is at

CamperMate: a free NZ travel app to help you locate essential facilities is at

MET Service for weather updates is at

the Tourism NZ site is at

Automobile Association’s Roadwatch - latest NZ highway reports are at 4.9.1354062156389&__utmc=1&__utmx=&__utmz=1.1354062016.4.1.utmcsr=google|utmccn=%28organic%29|utmcmd=organic|utmctr=%28not%20provided %29&__utmv=-&__utmk=261243789

NZ Mountain Safety Council’s keeping safe outdoors is at

the Department of Conservation’s parks and recreation site – places to stay, parks and tracks, activity finder - is at

Landsar Search & Rescue: is at

Holiday Parks are at

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Justice/The Law Changing How Courts Are Governed: Report A recent Law Commission report recommends that Parliament reform the laws governing this country’s courts (the Judicature Act 1908, the Supreme Court Act 2003, and the District Courts Act 1947), to make them easier to use and more understandable. The Commission is also recommending the three pieces of legislation be combined into a single Courts Act. The Commission believes confidence in the courts and their processes would be improved by: •

requiring greater clarity and openness around the process and criteria for appointing judges to the higher courts;

requiring stronger and better publicised rules and processes for determining when judges should remove themselves from a case because of a conflict of interest; and

publishing an annual report on the judiciary by the Chief Justice.

The Commission also recommends that a pilot specialist panel of High Court judges be set up to deal with complex commercial cases, and that , if the pilot works, other specialist panels of judges be set up when necessary. The Government will respond to the report by mid-2013. The full report, entitled” Review of the Judicature Act 1908: Towards a New Courts Act (NZLC R126)”, can be found at

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“The Year of the Data Breach:” Privacy Report In her annual report, the Privacy Commissioner says that the ACC spreadsheet breach in March and MSD kiosk breach in October highlight the urgent need for far better security of, and respect for, NZers’ personal information by government agencies. The Commissioner says the public sector runs on trust – calling it “the fuel in the government engine” – and that recent events have threatened that trust in a very real way.

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The ACC breach generated extra complaints this year (the office received 173 complaints about ACC). Overall: •

1,142 complaints were received, an increase on the 968 complaints received in the 2010/11 year;

of the complaints closed for the year 2011/12, 30% were closed with some sort of settlement, a higher percentage than last year; and

95% of complaints are less than nine months old, with 83% closed within 6 months of the Office receiving the complaint.

More is at, a Facebook page is at (, and a Twitter account is at

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Corrections Dept: Safety Plan Review An(other) expert advisory panel has been formed, this one to review the Corrections Department’s new Staff Safety Action Plan, then set it up in 2013. In other Correction safety moves: •

4000 frontline prison staff are to receive Tactical Exit Training, to help them deal with potentially violent situations; and

staff in all prisons will have access to pepper spray.

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Queens Counsel Strides Again The rank of Queen’s Counsel has been restored following the passing of the Lawyers and Conveyancers Amendment Bill, which amends the Lawyers and Conveyancers Act 2006. The title recognises the special relationship with the Crown for NZ’s foremost lawyers. Future appointments to Queen’s Counsel are generally now restricted to barristers sole (who are not permitted to practise in partnerships but can employ other barristers sole), except in recognition of extraordinary contributions to the field of law. The Bill is at

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NZ & OZ Extending Criminal History Sharing Queensland and NZ are to extend the sharing of criminal history information for a further six months (to June 2013) following a successful six month trial. The trial allows Queensland and NZ employers to request criminal history checks on behalf of potential employees. More is at

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New Offender Restraining Order Coming A new type of restraining order is to be created to reduce the likelihood of victims of serious violent or sexual crimes having unwanted contact with the attacker. The order will be able to impose a range of conditions on offenders, including restrictions on visiting particular locations or geographical areas, and restrictions on contact with victims. It will be able to apply indefinitely if the Court considers it necessary. Until now, protection and restraining orders have only been available in situations of active harassment, or if there is a domestic relationship between the offender and the victim. Legislation to amend the Harassment Act and bring in the order will be introduced to the House early next year.

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Parliament Electoral Commission Reports on MMP The Electoral Commission’s final report on the MMP voting system has been tabled in Parliament. It recommends (among other things) that: •

the one electorate seat threshold (see box below) for allocating list seats should be abolished;

the party vote threshold should be lowered from 5% to 4%;

the Electoral Commission should be required to review the operation of the 4% party vote threshold after three general elections;

if the one electorate seat threshold is abolished, the provision for overhang seats should be abolished;

the ratio of electorate seats to list seats could be 60:40 to help maintain the diversity of representation and proportionality in Parliament obtained through the list seats; and

political parties should be required to give a public assurance by statutory declaration that they have complied with their rules in selecting and ranking their list candidates.

The report is at

About Thresholds & List Seats In order to be eligible for list seats, a party must earn at least a certain percentage (this is the threshold) of the total party vote, or no candidates will be elected from the party list. Candidates having won a constituency will still have won their seat. In NZ the threshold is currently 5%. The threshold is a way of making sure that the overall total of party members in the elected Parliament mirrors the overall proportion of votes received on the one hand, and that there is an effective Parliament and stable government on the other. The Electoral Commission says that at 5%, it is higher than it needs to be to strike the right balance. It says it could be lowered to 4% without any risk to effectiveness or stability. It also says that in time, it may be that a 4% threshold is seen to be higher than it needs to be, and that is why it is recommending that it report on the matter again after three elections. A party can also be eligible for list seats if it wins at least one seat. Having a member with a “safe” constituency seat is therefore a tremendous asset to a minor party in NZ, because it means the member who has won the sea can bring list MPs into Parliament. Some voters who preferred a large party have voted for the minor party's local candidate to ensure it qualifies for list seats on the back of winning a single electorate. This happened in the inner Auckland electorate of Epsom in 2008 and 2011, where the National Party voters gave their local vote to the ACT Party. ACT was awarded 5 seats on the back of one electorate seat and 3.7% of the party vote, while NZ First with no electorate seats and 4.1% of the party vote was awarded none. Back to top

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World Parliaments’ Social Media Use According to the World e-Parliament Report 2012, social media is for the first time among the top ten communication methods used by parliaments to engage with citizens. Social networks such as Facebook and MySpace ranked fifth with 31% of parliaments using them in 2012, from only 13% in 2009. Twitter ranked seventh with 29% of parliaments using it, against 12% in 2009. In total, 85% of the world’s parliaments use some kind of social media, with the highest level being in Europe with 98% and Latin America with 95%. However, the report also says that financial and staff constraints remain the two greatest obstacles to fully reaping the benefits of information and communications technology (ICT) in all countries. More is at

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Public Service/Local Authorities Councils: Basic Services & “Financial Prudence” The recently-passed Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill aims to have councils operating more efficiently. It establishes “financial prudence” requirements and performance standards. It would also allow councils to decide policies on remuneration and staff numbers, and extend some aspects of the Auckland mayoral model to cover all mayors. The Bill changes Section 3(d) of the Local Government Act – which provides for local authorities to play a broad role in “promoting the social, economic, environmental, and cultural well-being of their communities, taking a sustainable development approach”. Clause 4 of the Bill replaces this with “meeting the current and future needs of their communities for good-quality local infrastructure, local public services, and performance of regulatory functions”. As well, it also establishes more flexible ways for the Crown to intervene in the affairs of individual councils, with the aim of providing assistance to councils before situations become critical. A copy of the Bill as reported back from the select committee is at The

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New Public Service Office Space System… Wellington accommodation leases are due to expire for five large government agencies (Social Development, Health, Education, Business Innovation and Employment, and the Crown Law Office). At the same time a new Public Service property system aims to reduce the office space in Wellington by the equivalent of three Reserve Bank buildings. A negotiation centre will be set up within the Ministry of Social Development, and this will negotiate future leases, and also work with agencies on co-location and sharing facilities. A Cabinet paper indicates a reduction of office space in Wellington of 30% will save $338 million over 20 years. A final proposal on Wellington’s public sector office space will be put before Ministers for approval early next year. More is at

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…& Administering Microsoft Licences: New Panel A “Syndicated Services Panel” has been set up to order and administer Microsoft licences for the Government, in a move to reduce the cost of purchasing these licences, remove duplication, and streamline purchases. At the moment, agencies needing to purchase Microsoft services deal directly with a number of Large Account Resellers (LARs). The service providers on the syndicated panel are Datacom, Dimension Data, Fujitsu, Gen-I, and Insight.

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A Different Kind of Families Commission… Under the Crown Entities Act 2004, the Families Commission is an independent organisation – a Crown Entity (see below). Following the passing of the Families Commission Amendment Bill, the Commission is being restructured for its new role of providing independent monitoring, evaluation, and research. Under the new structure, only one member of the Commission will be the Families Commissioner (the other members would not be appointed Commissioners as they are at present). The Commissioner and the members would sit on the board of the Commission. A Social Science Experts Panel is being set up to advise this board and review any research carried out by the Commission. There would be a new Social Policy Evaluation and Research Unit (SuPERU), which would evaluate programmes and initiatives in the social sector - a job currently done largely by government departments. The Commission would also be required to decide where evidence and research would help determine Government priorities, and to commission research and manage research contracts in the social sector. The Commission would also prepare and publish an annual Families Status Report, which would report on the well-being of NZ families. The Families Commission Amendment Bill is at

What are Crown Entities? Crown entities fit within NZ's state sector, but they are different from other NZ public sector organisations. They are established under the Crown Entities Act 2004, and they’re based on the corporate model where the governing of an organisation is split from its management. There are different types of Crown entity: •

statutory entities: there are three kinds - Crown agents (organisations that give effect to government policy, such as the Accident Compensation Corporation); Autonomous Crown entities (these must have regard to government policy Te Papa is an example); and independent Crown entities (these are usually independent of government policy, e.g., the Commerce Commission, which enforces legislation promoting competition);

Crown entity companies: registered companies owned by the Crown (including Crown Research Institutes (CRIs) and a small number of other companies); and companies that are subsidiaries of Crown entities;

school boards of trustees; and

Tertiary education institutions, including universities, colleges of education, polytechnics, and wananga.

The other organisations that make up the public sector include: •

government departments;

state-owned enterprises;

Offices of Parliament (examples of these are the Office of the Controller and Auditor-General, Audit NZ, Office of the Ombudsmen, and the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment); and

“sui generis”* organisations (those that have unique characteristics), like the Reserve Bank.

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…& The Health Promotion Agency: ALAC etc The Health Promotion Agency (HPA) is a NZ Crown entity formed by the merger of the Alcohol Advisory Council (ALAC), the Health Sponsorship Council (HSC), and some health promotion programmes previously delivered by the Ministry of Health.

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The HPA’s job is to deliver programmes and activities that: •

promote health, wellbeing, and healthy lifestyles;

prevent disease, illness, and injury;

enable environments that support health and wellbeing and healthy lifestyles; and

reduce personal, social, and economic harm.

It also provides advice and research on alcohol issues. All the work undertaken by ALAC and the HSC is now being carried out by the HPA. The new email format is More is at

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Ministry of Primary Industries Sites •

Adverse Weather Events:

Climate Change Science and Regional Impacts:

Climate Change Resources - By Sector:

Greenhouse Gases Carbon Methane Nitrous Oxide:

Maori and climate change:

Climate Change Legislation and Regulations:

Maori Enterprises:

Soil and Nutrients:


Emissions Trading Scheme:

MPI Funding Programmes:

Recovering from climatic events: (storms, droughts, floods, earthquakes, snow, volcanic eruptions)

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Not-For-Profits Givealittle Online this Christmas Givealittle is a free online fundraising site for NZers. It’s a fast, safe and easy way to create a campaign, share with your networks and get instant donations. The Givealittle site is for: •

charities, clubs, schools and not-for profits;

people with great ideas that make a difference;

fundraisers on a mission to help their favourite cause or charity, and

donors who want every dollar they give to get through - thanks to the Telecom Foundation, there are now no fees charged on Givealittle (see more at the back of this issue).

The site manages donor receipts and makes monthly bulk payments to the fundraiser’s bank account. Make a donation at

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Vodafone Foundation: World of Difference Awards This year Vodafone NZ’s Foundation World of Difference awards pay the salary and expenses for the following 11 recipients for a year while they work in the youth-related charity of their choice: •

Bailey Peryman, Regional Coordinator for Hand Over a Hundy, Soil and Health Association Canterbury (Christchurch);

Deidre Otene, Taiohi Whai Oranga Project Development Manager, Manurewa Marae (South Auckland);

Iain Rudkin, Project Developer, Kiwi E-Learning Trust (Hamilton);

Jackson Darlow, New Technologies Advisor, Youthline Charitable Trust (Auckland);

Jay Junior Williams, Youth Arts Manager, Corban Estate Arts Centre (West Auckland);

Karl Madsen, Project Director, Springboard Community Works (North Rodney);

Peter Allely, Zeal Hamilton Manager/Youth Worker, Zeal Education Trust (Hamilton);

Rachel Mackay, Research and Practice Developer, Open Home Foundation (Hawkes Bay);

Sarah Longbottom, Creative Director, Nga Rangatahi Toa Creative Arts Initiative (Auckland);

Terrance Wallace, Project Developer, United Maori Mission (Auckland); and

Ursula Becroft Thynne, National Youth and Transition Coordinator, Deaf Aotearoa NZ (Auckland).

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Lottery Grants Applications: 2013 Closing Dates Committee

Application closing date

Meeting date

1 May 2013

17-18 October 2013

23 October 2013

17-18 April 2014

13 March 2013

22-26 July 2013

13 November 2013

24-28 March 2014

27 February 2013

19 June 2013

17 July 2013

20 November 2013

26 February 2014

18 June 2014

29 May 2013

17 October 2013

20 November 2013

15 April 2014

20 February 2013

14 June 2013

August 2013

December 2013

Outdoor Safety Committee

Wednesday 17 April 2013

9 August 2013

Community Sector Research

Wednesday 21 August 2013

27 March 2014

Health Research Committee

25 September 2013

13 March 2014

National Community Committee

Regional Community Committees

Community Facilities Fund

World War One Commemorations, Environment and Heritage Committee

Marae Heritage and Facilities

Lottery Minister’s Discretionary Fund (accepts applications from individuals and groups for community projects that fall outside the scope of the other Lottery distribution committees): applicants are generally advised of grant decisions within 12 weeks of an application, with all supporting documents, being lodged. Lottery Individuals with Disabilities Committee (makes grants to people with mobility and communication related disabilities): once an application is lodged, an applicant may expect to be advised of the committee’s decision within 6 to 16 weeks. Applications must be submitted before or on the closing date to be considered at a meeting. For further information freephone 0800 824 824. More about all lottery grants is at

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Review of Charities Commission Act Postponed The Government has decided not to review the Charities Act 2005 at this time. The Act is administered by the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA), following the dis-establishment of the Charities Commission. The Government considered narrowing the review to look only at the definition of charitable purpose in the Act. However, it has indicated that the current tight financial situation means that the scope of a review would be limited especially given the likely tax implications of widening the definition of charitable purpose. It also says the new DIA system is still “bedding in”. More is at

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Watties Film Festival for Sallies: Yes We Can Movie goers donated a total of 21,532 cans for The Salvation Army at the annual Wattie’s Cans Film Festival held last month when they swapped a can for a movie ticket. Wattie’s matches the donation so a total of 43,064 cans of food went to The Salvation Army for its food banks. The foodbanks will assist NZers in need over the Christmas period. The event was supported by EVENT Cinemas, Hoyts Cinemas, Reading Cinemas, and independent cinemas at over 40 locations across the country. More is at

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Business What Needs to be Done to Raise Exports: Report A new report called “Lifting Export Performance” from the NZ Institute of Economic Research (NZIER) focuses on addressing NZ’s big issues – its smallness and isolation. NZIER says that one of the obvious ways to overcome these problems is to make NZ a bigger country with bigger companies. It believes we need a national debate on population policy and how big we should be by 2060 (for its part NZIER would like to see NZ’s population reach 15 million by 2060). Other points made in the report include: •

the government is already doing a lot to support export capability, but the focus should be on doing a few things really well rather than spending money too thinly;

ongoing efforts to “cut less vital spending like Working for Families and interest-free student loans” will ease the pressure on the Kiwi dollar;

there is merit in investigating policies to reward high-performing firms that retain capability in NZ rather than moving offshore;

new and significant opportunities for growth could come from the minerals sector and Maori-owned businesses; and

smaller NZ companies need to collaborate onshore to compete offshore.

The report is at

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New Food Industry Report: Growth Opportunities The Ministry for Business, Innovation, and Employment (MBIE) recently released a report called “An Investor’s Guide to Emerging Growth Opportunities in NZ Food and Beverage Exports.” The report identifies the following products as showing the greatest potential to grab opportunities and have a competitive advantage: salmon, honey, spirits, biscuits, pet food, cherries, and infant formula. But there are other areas, too: chocolate, frozen French fries, beer, alcoholic cider, avocados, berries, jams and jellies, capsicum, peas (frozen and dried), sugar confectionery, soups and broths, fresh onions, prepared fish, and beef jerky. Download the report from There are separate reports on investment opportunities in the NZ salmon industry and NZ honey industry at

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Tourism To Recover But Big Changes Afoot Tourism is set to recover from its current slowdown because of continuing Australian interest and a growing Chinese market*, according to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s (MBIE’s) NZ’s tourism sector outlook for 2012-2018. It’s predicted that visitor numbers are expected to rise by 28%, and international visitor spending will grow 9%, by December 2018. The forecasts also point to a big structural shift in NZ’s tourism industry. Traditional markets like the UK and US will continue to decline (because of the global financial crisis), but this will be off-set by strong growth from China and Australia. Forecasts also predict the average amount spent per day will remain steady, but the length of stay will trend downwards because Australian and Asian visitors will make shorter trips. *Recent MBIE data shows China is now NZ’s second largest tourist market. More about the tourism sector outlook report is at The MBIE data on China is at

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“Low Ball” Offers to Shareholders: New Regs New regulations are in place to deter “low ball” offers to shareholders. Lowball offers are unsolicited approaches to shareholders by people offering to buy their shares or other securities. Offer letters put pressure on people to sell their shares quickly, often with little information and using unconventional business practices. The new regulations: •

set minimum information requirements including stating the market price or a fair estimate of the value of the shares; and

specify a minimum offer period and a cancellation period.

A person who does not comply with an order made by the Financial Markets Authority under the new regulations commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding $30,000. The regulations are at

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Ethnic Affairs & NZIM: Management/Leadership Workshops The Office of Ethnic Affairs (OEA) and the NZ Institute of Management (NZIM) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the aim of improving the leadership and management of ethnically diverse workplaces. As part of the agreement, NZIM will work in partnership with OEA to deliver management and leadership workshops to its members. A number of leading NZ businesses have signed up to trial the workshops including Deloitte, Air NZ, and International Airlines Group. Around one in four NZers is now born overseas, with 60% of NZ’s workforce growth coming from migrants. By 2021 a quarter of the workforce is expected to have been born overseas. More is at

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NZ SMEs Using Social Media Less According to the latest MYOB Business Monitor, (a regular survey of over 1000 small to medium enterprises - SMEs), 20% of NZ businesses are using some form of social media – and this is down from 24% in August 2011. The main reason for the shift seems to be a lack of time and resources. However, businesses are more likely to be using the internet in areas that are less time-intensive and more functional, such as paying suppliers online or making purchases. More at

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Investor Websites Getting Better The annual Best Investor Website Awards (BIWA) evaluate how well listed companies’ websites meet the needs of investors. Trends noted for this year include: •

the gap between the best and the worst sites closed, mostly as a result of the bottom sites getting better;

ethical marketing continues to increase in importance;

social media are being more widely used; and

the use of corporate blogging as a way of communicating investor information has dropped off enormously (though one area of growth is in the use of corporate YouTube channels to make multimedia presentations to customers and investors).

The best and worst websites of the NZX50 companies in BIWA 2012 (NZX Listed Website in brackets): •

the top five are: 1. Fletcher Building Ltd (; 2. Cavalier Corporation Ltd (; 3. OceanaGold Corporation (; 4. Auckland International Airport Ltd (; and 5. Goodman Fielder Ltd (; and

the bottom five are: 1. Restaurant Brands NZ Ltd (; 2. Sky Network Television Ltd (; 3. Freightways Ltd (; 4. Pumpkin Patch Ltd (; and 5. Sky City Entertainment Group Ltd (

A copy of the full BIWA 2012 report can be requested here:

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Census of Women's Participation 2012 … Women are now represented on14.75% of the boards of the top 100 NZ Stock Exchange-listed companies (by market capitalisation*) according to the latest NZ Census of Women’s Participation 2012, published by the NZ Human Rights Commission. This is the first time there have been NZ women on more than 10% of these boards. The increase is partly due to the influence of companies with dual listing on the Australian Stock Exchange. On the downside, a total of 45 companies in the top 100 are still without female representation - including two top 10 companies, TrustPower and Sky Network Television. At the current rate of progress it will be another 35 years before boardroom gender equality is achieved. * Market capitalisation (or market cap) is the total value of the issued shares of a publicly traded company. To download the Census of Women's Participation 2012, go to

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… & Board Recruitment of Women: Voluntary Code A new Voluntary Code of Practice for Board Recruitment developed by the 25 Percent Group aims to increase the number of women in governance in NZ. The 25 Percent Group is a group of chief executives and directors from the private and public sectors committed to increasing the numbers of women in governance roles. More about the Code at

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NZ Investors Should Focus on “High Growth” Countries… NZ investors should consider focusing on “high growth” countries such as Indonesia, Myanmar, and Malaysia rather than concentrating on markets such as India and China (whose growth is slowing), according to Grant Thornton's 2012 Global Private Equity Report. Western Europe is expected to remain subdued, but there is optimism over growth in the US, Middle East and North Africa, says the report.

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More is at

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… & Fonterra Ups Myanmar Presence Fonterra has appointed a Country Manager for Myanmar to lead the expansion of Fonterra’s business in this fast-growing dairy market. This is the first time Fonterra has employed its own Myanmar-based staff. More at

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Tariff Management Moves From MBIE to Customs The responsibility for managing tariffs, concessions, and rules of origin has been transferred from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) to the NZ Customs Service. MBIE will continue to manage tariff policy, including advising on tariff levels. The tariff concession system removes unnecessary duty on imported goods where suitable local alternatives are not available. Rules of origin are the rules used under free trade agreements to decide whether goods qualify for preferential tariff treatment. More is at

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Trademark Changes Coming The Trade Marks Amendment Regulations 2012 and the Trade Marks (International Registration) Regulations 2012 bring into force a number of changes to the trademark system. Some of these changes come about because of international agreements NZ has signed. The changes include: •

regulations giving effect to the Madrid Protocol;

regulation amendments required so that NZ comply with the Singapore Treaty; and

amendments enabling NZ to formally become party to the Nice Agreement.

Three International Trademark Agreements Explained •

The Madrid Protocol is the main international system in place that allows trademarks to be registered in a number of countries by simply filling in one application in their own national or regional trademark office. Over 80 countries have signed up to this agreement. More is at

The Singapore Treaty entered into force in 2009. The Treaty establishes common standards for procedures around trademark registration and licensing. There are about 25 countries signed up so far. More is at

The Nice Agreement (dating from 1957) is a classification system for goods and services enabling trademarks and service marks to be registered. A total of 83 States are party to the agreement itself, but over 147 State trademark offices worldwide (and many international organizations) actually use it. More is at

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Free Trade Agreement Number….? Negotiations for a new 16-nation Asian regional free trade agreement (FTA) are expected to start in 2013.The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) will include the 10 ASEAN states* together with Australia, China, India, Japan, Korea, and NZ. The Government says this FTA would offer NZ businesses improved access to key markets across Asia, and robust trade and investment rules. It would also offer the opportunity for the first time to negotiate a free trade relationship with Japan, NZ’s fourth-largest trading partner. NZ is also participating in the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations. * Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam. A release is at

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“High Value” Chinese Tourists Get Easy Entry NZ has signed a new agreement with China Southern Airlines to make it easier for “high-value” Chinese tourists to visit NZ. It means that Gold and Silver frequent flyer card holders with China Southern Airlines won’t have to produce evidence of having enough money to support themselves, as long as they can show their flight records over the previous two years. Applicants will still require a visa and need to meet health and good character requirements, as well as evidence of onward travel. More is at

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Money Matters Size of NZ Economy Exceeds $200 Billion Statistics NZ says that the size of the NZ economy rose to $206.5 billion (up 3.7%) in the March 2012 year. This is the first time the country’s GDP has passed $200 billion. However, business profit and investment are growing only slowly. More is at

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Bigger Government Deficit than Expected The NZ government's operating deficit was bigger than expected in the first four months of the financial year (that is, the four months ending 31 October 2012). There was a deficit of $2.87 billion (6.3% bigger than forecast in the May Budget), because the Government took less than expected in tax. Crown spending was 1.5% below forecast at $22.95 billion, with delays in health spending and less spent on welfare for fewer beneficiaries. However, the under-spends were offset by higher than forecast spending on earthquake expenses. Net government debt was near expectations at $55.47 billion, or 27.1% of gross domestic product. More is at

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New Maori Economic Development Advisory Board A Maori Economic Development Advisory Board is being established to support a new unit working on action plan called He Kai Kei Aku Ringa (“to provide the food you need with your own hands”). The plan, from the Maori Economic Development Panel, sets out areas for working that focus on: education, employing a more skilled workforce, development of natural resources, and Government and Maori working together to build economic growth (the panel sees this as a key feature). Its 26 action points cover (amongst other things) on-job training, governance of Maori assets and access to capital, and land productivity. The advisory board will report to both the Minister of Maori Affairs and the Minister for Economic Development. It will be supported by a new Maori Business Unit set up in the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) that will also include Te Puni Kokiri staff. For more information contact the MBIE on 04 472 0030 or Te Puni Kokiri on 04 819 6000 or email to A strategy paper is at; and the action plan is at A press release is at

New Public-Private-Iwi Partnerships Amongst the supporters of the Panel’s Action Plan, the Board, and the new unit are: •

the Institute of Directors, the NZ Institute of Chartered Accountants, the University of Waikato’s Te Mata Hautu Taketake/Maori and Indigenous Governance Centre and Russell Investments who are working with the Federation of Maori Authorities (FoMA) and the Maori Trustee - on projects to identify governance models for complex Maori ownership structures and for upskilling the abilities of people governing Maori assets;

BusinessNZ, FoMA, Federated Farmers, Industrial Research Limited (IRL) and the National Urban Maori Authority (NUMA) - which have formed a new reference group to link in with the Panel and the new unit;

the Commission for Financial Literacy and Retirement Income, FoMA, the National Urban Maori Authorities, Ngai Tahu, the Maori Trustee, and the Bank of NZ - who are pooling resources to provide more effective advice to Maori wanting to participate in long-term savings and financial literacy programmes. They will be backed by Waikato University, and fund management and Russell Investments;

FoMA, Maori Trustee, DairyNZ, Beet + Lamb NZ, Federated Farmers, NZ Maori Tourism, Tourism Industry Association, Seafood NZ, NZ Oil & Gas, BusinessNZ, the Primary Industry Training Organisation, and the National Urban Maori Authority - who are setting up a programme providing employment advice to iwi, urban Maori authorities and other Maori-led organisations that will assist young Maori into future employment opportunities;

Fonterra, ZESPRI, and Massey University - who have joined forces with FoMA and the Maori Trustee to focus on increasing the productivity of Maori-owned farm land. They’ve set up a new Maori Land Productivity Initiative, Te Kokiri mo te Whainga Hua o Nga Whenua Maori, as the private sector’s response to the Maori Economic Development Panel’s recommendations; and

the NZ Venture Investment Fund (NZVIF), which is welcoming possible discussions with iwi and Maori organisations, fund managers and investors on the shape of a new Maori-orientated investment fund, as recommended by the Panel.

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Super News: Retirement Savings Transfers (to/from Oz) Under new rules taking effect from July 2013, retirement savings from some Australian superannuation funds will be able to be transferred into NZ KiwiSaver funds – and vice versa. NZers bringing their savings home will have to put them into a KiwiSaver fund. They will be exempt from entry and exit taxes in both countries. At the moment transferring savings from Australia to NZ can be taxable, but the new rules will make sure this does not happen. It is expected the trans-Tasman portability of retirement savings will take effect from 1 July 2013.

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The Australian press release is at

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Use Your (Expanding) SuperGold Card in Oz When it was launched the SuperGold Card scheme had 188 businesses and 2,215 outlets on its books. There are now over 4,300 participating businesses and more than 8,600 outlets signed up nationwide. The number of participating business has almost tripled this year alone with over 2,800 new businesses joining. In October more than 500 new health, home heating and insulation businesses signed up to SuperGold. Amongst others these include dentists, pharmacies, physiotherapists, optometrists, and chiropractors. Across the ditch, more than 90% of Seniors Card (the Australian equivalent of SuperGold) businesses in Victoria now accept the NZ SuperGold Card, and from 2013, it will be a compulsory requirement for all participating businesses in New South Wales to do so. More is at

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Young Kiwis Know They Should Save, But … The Fin-Ed Centre (Financial Education and Research Centre), a partnership between Westpac and Massey University, has released the initial “baseline” results for its 20-year longitudinal study*, the first of its kind in this country. This examines participants’ financial literacy and experience of financial education. Of the 18 to 22 year olds surveyed, 77% say it is not important to plan any further than four years ahead when it comes to finances. Budgeting is also a concern with only 52% giving any thought to financial goals, spending habits, and ways to manage money. But the findings also show that 80% of those surveyed agree it is better to make purchases from savings instead of on credit and more than 90 percent recognise the importance of saving. Other results include: •

young Kiwis show a relatively low level of financial knowledge compared to studies in other countries;

parents remain the key source of informal financial education for young NZers;

young Kiwis often know the key elements of good financial management, such as the need to save, but may not be putting it into practice; and

young NZers are scared of debt, particularly in the form of credit cards.

*A longitudinal survey involves repeated observations of the same subjects over long periods of time. In this study, for example, it means that the survey of 300 young Kiwis will be repeated with the same participants every five years for the next 20 years. Download the full report from

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Price of Tobacco to Rise… & Rise The annual increase to tobacco duty rates - together with a separate 10% increase on tobacco products - will happen on 1 January 2013. The 10% increase is the first of four 10% increases announced in the May 2012 Budget. More is at

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Internet, ICT & Media Buying Goods Online: Working Out Import Duty The NZ Customs Service has launched What’s My Duty, an import duty estimator, to help people buying goods online know how much duty and GST they may be liable for. The service says that the rise in online shopping has been phenomenal. However, a lot of people buying goods online don’t realise that they may have to pay duty and GST when the goods arrive into NZ, and that what they’re actually doing is importing. What’s My Duty allows shoppers to choose from a list of the most common products bought online and calculates the import duty and GST required to be paid. If the amount to pay is less than $60, then the amount is waived under the “de minimis” provision of the Customs and Excise Act 1996. For most items, this means that there’s nothing to pay if the goods cost less than $400. A What’s My Duty? app for iPhone, iPad, and Android is currently being developed and will be available before Christmas. What’s My Duty? is at

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Facebook Dominates But LinkedIn Rising Fast UMR’s latest findings on Kiwis use of social media sites shows substantial changes since last year. However, the figures make it clear that it’s all still mostly about Facebook. Of the people MMR surveyed: •

76% are on Facebook, up 7% since April 2011;

29% are on Linkedin, up 17% on 2011;

19% are on Twitter, up 7%;

13% are on Google Plus and 8% are on Pinterest (neither of these were included separately in the 2011 study); and

20% are not on any social networking site.

Facebook's domination is reinforced by the fact that the vast majority of users of other social media sites also use Facebook: •

97% of NZ Twitter users also use Facebook, as do 97% of Google Plus users; and

90% of NZ Linkedin users also use Facebook, as do 90% of the relatively small number who use Pinterest.

The numbers also indicate that even those who are on Twitter use Facebook more often, and that Twitter users tend to be amongst the more prolific users of Facebook. More is at

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Choosing Online Businesses to Use/Not Use According to the annual KiwiHost Customer Service Pulse, 47% of all those who responded prefer to rely on family and friends’ recommendations when they are considering using a business or organisation for the first time. Around 30% will search for reviews/information online, but only 22% said they would consult a company’s own website. Thirty-five percent of respondents said they would tell between four and six people about a bad experience, while 19% said they would tell 10 or more people. People under 25 are almost twice as likely to use social media to tell other people about a negative customer service experience. More is at

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Ways We’re Being Rude in Social Media Social media changes so quickly that what was once acceptable can very soon be seen to become “not the done thing”. This list is about the unintentional things we do on social media that can actually be rude for those at the other end. The list includes: •

friend collecting - too often “friending” is purely a selfish action with the intended purpose of increasing public friend counts with no intention of creating a true social connection;

asking people to “like” your content-free Facebook page;

requiring app installation to consume a message – just plain irritating;

auto-DMs (direct messages) on Twitter - nothing screams “Pay attention to me!” more than automated direct messages (DMs) after you’ve followed someone on Twitter;

“Happy Birthdays” on Facebook – the article’s author says that typing “Happy Birthday” is truly the least you could do outside of doing nothing at all for that person’s birthday - it essentially becomes meaningless;

sharing without consumption – read it before you like or retweet it;

photo overdose of your kids and your wedding; and

posting bad photos - while your camera may have this amazing function that allows you to automatically upload every photo you took to Facebook, it also has another great function called “Delete.”

More is at

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A Handful of Sites A specially Kiwi Christmas history quiz is at A longer NZ trivia Christmas quiz is at Amongst a long list of Christmas songs are the words and music for: Adeste Fideles, Away In A Manger, Blue Christmas, Breath Of Heaven (Mary's Song), Christmas Island, Deck The Halls, Feliz Navidad, Go Tell It On The Mountain, Jingle Bells, O Come, All Ye Faithful, Silent Night, Silver Bells, Snoopy's Christmas (Snoopy vs. The Red Baron); The First Noel, We Three Kings; We Wish You A Merry Christmas, While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks, White Christmas…and more, more, more… go to New NZ businesses will be able to secure their company name, domain name and trade mark from one search with an online system called ONECheck. Up until now, people have had to search three different websites to check the availability of their new business name. ONECheck is on the website. The National Library has reopened after a three-year, $65 million refurbishment. Its interior has been extensively remodelled and it has a new roof. Storage conditions for the preservation of fragile documents and images have also been improved. The re-launched library website is at You might be one of the owners of more than $75 million of unclaimed money held by Inland Revenue (IRD). Go to to find out more. The Office of the Auditor-General has released its results of the 2011 audits of the education sector. Go to A Japanese jewellery store is attracting window shoppers with a display featuring a solid-gold Christmas tree valued at US$4.2 million. The 88-pound ornament is decorated with golden images of Disney characters, and is draped with ribbons of gold leaf. Go to The 20th century gave birth to plenty of novel musical instruments that never caught on. This gallery shows a few of them: 35 graphs that show how your spending habits change with age (US data). More is at Physical training may slow cognitive decline as we age. More is at

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Mexico, Brazil, Poland & Nigeria are four hidden wine market “gems” that could become important growth markets Under a new requirement of the Credit Reporting Privacy Code, credit reporters are required to file assurance reports each year with the Office of the Privacy Commissioner. The first such reports can be viewed at A list of things NOT to do when you work from home are at Volunteering NZ’s New Best Practice Guidelines are designed as a set of targets and pointers on how to support managers of volunteers, get the best out of your volunteer programme, and enhance your organisation’s attractiveness to volunteers and paid staff alike. More is at Greenpeace’s 18th annual Guide to Greener Electronics, ranks 16 leading global companies in the market for mobile devices, PCs, and TVs - based on their environmental policies and impacts. Indian tech company Wipro takes the number 1 spot. More is at Tips for speeding up an old computer can be found at Premium arabica coffee plants are highly sensitive to temperature changes. This could mean wild plants could be all but wiped out in just a few decades, dramatically reduce the coffee-plant gene pool, making it harder for growers to breed resilient or tasty strains. More is at A product’s environmental impact is often influenced by how it looks (people will keep good looking products for longer). So, beauty can ward off obsolescence. More is at Ten smartphone habits to avoid: Goldman Sachs partner selection process: brutal, secretive, not advertised, no interview. Go to Books of the year 2012: authors choose their favourites. More is at In “Mother Jones” magazine, there’s a fascinating roundup of articles on how science and marketing shape our perception of food. More is at Internet users create a tremendous amount of data about themselves through their various profiles, and recruiters are becoming increasingly adept at analysing that data through algorithms. More is at The single-largest business opportunity in Africa will be its rising consumer market, says a recent McKinsey report. The report offers a detailed profile of African consumers, including their demographics, behaviour, and needs. More is at You've probably seen sculptures made from matchsticks or toothpicks, but artist Steven J. Backman takes the concept to a new level. His work involves shredding a single toothpick, and using the splinters to create tiny but highly detailed architectural models of structures such as the Eiffel Tower. More is at Back to top

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Treaty Matters Ngati Toa Rangatira Deed of Settlement The Government has acknowledged Treaty of Waitangi breaches against the Ngati Toa iwi and agreed a settlement package of cash, land and rights of first refusal on Crown assets valued at $70.6 million. The settlement relates to land expropriation and confiscations around Wellington's "Nicholson Block" and the top of the South Island, as well as the arrest and imprisonment of Te Rauparaha, the originator of the haka: "Ka Mate." Ngati Toa were left virtually landless and without resources in both the North and South Islands. A key part of the settlement is a redress package relating to Kapiti Island. It includes a vesting and gift over part of the island, which will continue to be operated as a bird sanctuary by the Department of Conservation. A total of 189 hectares of the island will be vested to the tribe, with provision for an overlay classification over the reserves that acknowledges their value to Ngati Toa. An advisory committee will be set up and a conservation management plan developed. The settlement will also include development of legislation acknowledging the significance of the Ka Mate haka as a Ngati Toa taonga that is central to Ngati Toa’s history, culture and identity (this haka is the most-performed Maori haka in the country). The deed is at

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Ngati Whatua Orakei & Ngati Manuhiri Settlement Bills Passed The Ngati Whatua Orakei and the Ngati Manuhiri Settlement Bills have been passed by Parliament. Treaty breaches left Ngati Whatua virtually landless and the settlement delivers an apology from the Government, and a financial settlement of $18 million. Ngati Manuhiri also suffered many injustices in the form of evictions from tribal lands in the late 1800’s which has since left the north Auckland iwi virtually landless. They too receive an apology, and financial redress to the value of $9 million plus interest through their settlement. The Ngati Whatua Orakei settlement is at The Ngati Manuhiri settlement summary is at

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Ngati Hineuru Agreement in Principle The Crown and Ngati Hineuru recently signed an Agreement in Principle towards settling the historical Treaty of Waitangi claims. During the 1860s the Crown used military force against Ngati Hineuru without justification. A number of Ngati Hineuru were killed, and the Crown confiscated a large area of Ngati Hineuru land. The Agreement in Principle sets out historical, cultural, financial and commercial redress to settle Ngati Hineuru’s historical Treaty of Waitangi claims. This includes financial redress of $25 million plus interest and the return of culturally significant properties such as Tarawera Hot Springs Scenic Reserve. The agreement also includes a cultural revitalisation fund of $2 million to enable the purchase of culturally significant properties not held by the Crown and the transfer and gift back of Waipunga Falls Scenic Reserve. More is at

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Arts & Culture Waka Maori Pavilion: International Design Award Ngati Whatua o Orakei, and Structurflex Limited recently won a 2012 Industrial Fabrics Association International award of excellence for the design of the Waka Maori cultural pavilion in Auckland. The award was announced at the association’s international expo held recently in Boston, Massachusetts. An independent survey reported that the Waka Maori attracted almost 400,000 visitors and led to a direct spend of around $9 million into the Auckland economy during the Rugby World Cup. The pavilion was designed to showcase Maori culture around the world - and it will be travelling overseas. A release is at

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Sistema Aotearoa Children’s Music Programme Excels The Sistema Aotearoa children’s classical music programme being trialled in South Auckland for the past two years was recently evaluated by AUT University. AUT found the programme not only supports children to learn music and develop new skills, but also increases their educational outcomes, with the children becoming enthusiastic about music and keen to keep learning. Sistema Aotearoa is NZ’s first music education and social development programme. It is run by Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra (APO), and it gives children the opportunity to learn a musical instrument with professional musicians. Currently the APO teaches instrument skills to more than 160 primary school-aged children. The programme, which is funded by the Ministry for Culture and Heritage and private philanthropists, is modelled on based on the international El Sistema model. This has been credited with a drop in youth crime, and a rise in school attendance rates. For the past five years the APO has also been running Remix the Orchestra, which pairs young urban musicians with members of the orchestra and hip-hop mentors. The orchestra recently won the Human Rights Commission’s NZ Diversity Award for its work in these areas. A interview with the Sistema Aotearoa director is at

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Singing Goodwill to All: New UN Ambassadors Two of the world’s most acclaimed opera stars, the tenors Juan Diego Florez and Placido Domingo, will be appointed Goodwill Ambassadors for the United Nations cultural agency. They have a job of helping spread the UN’s ideals of peace and social and economic progress. More is at

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Fish & Ships NZ Joins Southern Ocean Japanese Whaling Case NZ has formally lodged an intervention before the International Court of Justice in the case brought by Australia against Japanese whaling in the Southern Ocean. Intervention is a procedure that enables a body that is not a party to the case to put its legal views before the court.

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Australia brought an action before the International Court of Justice in 2010 questioning the validity of Japan’s scientific whaling programme in the Southern Ocean. In December 2010, the NZ Government decided in principle to intervene in the case. A release is at

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Most NZ Fish Stocks Healthy The latest report on the health of our fisheries indicates that says that 83.2% of fish stocks of known status are healthy. Main findings include: •

Hoki stocks have now fully rebuilt;

Chatham Rise orange roughy has a much-improved outlook;

Campbell Island southern blue whiting is at a historic high; and

numbers of several South Island stocks of gurnard, elephantfish, and John dory have increased significantly.

In 2012, 21 stocks were considered to be overfished: southern bluefin tuna (a highly migratory species present seasonally in NZ waters), three stocks of black cardinalfish, five stocks of bluenose, six stocks or sub-stocks of orange roughy, two stocks or sub-stocks of scallops, and one stock or sub-stock each of paua, rock lobster, snapper and rig. Rebuilding programmes or Total Allowable Catch (TAC)/TACC reductions are in place in these fisheries to allow them to rebuild to target levels. The “Status of NZ Fisheries 2012” report is at

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Domesticating Green-lipped Mussels: New Project SPATnz, an organisation led by Sanford, is to get $13 million from the Primary Growth Partnership Fund to part-fund a seven-year project which aims to domesticate green-lipped mussels. The farmed mussel industry currently relies on wild-caught spat, which varies in quality. The research will identify genetic characteristics of green-lipped mussels and enable them to selectively breed the ones that are suitable for the aquaculture industry (in much the same way as other primary production industries like kiwifruit and dairy do). More is at

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

incomes up slightly for year ended June 2012; housing costs unchanged – household income up 2.3%, from $79,256 to $81,067. Average weekly total housing costs were unchanged, at $249. More is at aspx

overseas merchandise trade - value of exported goods fell 11% in October 2012, compared with October 2011; about half the decline due to falling dairy values. More is at px

visitor arrivals return to Oct 2010 levels - visitors to NZ decreased by 15% (to 184,200) in October 2012, compared with October 2011. Net gain of 300 migrants for the month. More is at

food prices fall in October (0.6%) but rise for the year (0.3%) – more is at

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electronic card spending rises 0.4% in October – the biggest movements were: fuel (up 1.6%), durables* (up 0.7%), and consumables** (down 0.6%). *Durables are items bought by people that are meant to last for the longer term – like washing machines, fridges, furniture. **Consumables, as the name suggests, are goods used by individuals and businesses that must be replaced regularly because they wear out or are used up. More is at

Crown Research Institutes statistics – their operating surplus was $30.2 million in the year ended 30 June 2012 (up $4.4 million on the year ended June 2011). More is at _MRYe30Jun12.aspx

births still on downward trend - natural increase of 30,506 people in the September 2012 year (lowest since 2005). More is at

quiet quarter for retailers - shoppers spent 0.8% less in retail stores in the September 2012 quarter, compared with the June quarter. More is at

but, Spring vehicle sales up - Motor Trade Association (MTA) figures show the total number of new vehicles sold increased for the second month in a row, with 9,388 new units sold overall in October – up 698 (8%) on the September figure. More is at

economic survey of manufacturing: September 2012 quarter - meat and dairy products lead the overall 1.4% manufacturing rise for the quarter. Meat and dairy up by 9.3% ($612 million). More is at g_MRSep12qtr.aspx

annual wage rates grow - salary and wage rates, which include overtime, increased 1.9% in the year to the September 2012 quarter. Salary and ordinary time wage rates in the private sector increased 2.1% in the year to the September 2012 quarter. Public sector rates were up 1.4%, down from 1.6% in the year to the June 2012 quarter. More is at Sep12qtr.aspx

international guest nights decline in September – the month saw a 1.4% decline from August 2012 (which itself saw a 2.6% increase from August). More is at

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General 2013 NZ Census: Coming Up Next March The next NZ Census of Population and Dwellings will be held on Tuesday, 5 March 2013. The last NZ Census was held in 2006. The census that was planned for 2011 was not held because of the Christchurch earthquake on 22 February 2011. The 2013 Census forms will be the same as those developed for the 2011 Census, with date changes only. Extra information will be available to help people displaced by the Canterbury earthquakes fill in their forms. In the 17 days before census day, a Statistics NZ census collector will deliver an Internet Access Code and paper forms to your home. Recruitment of these collectors is now underway (see more information at the end of this issue). To complete your census forms online, you’ll need both the Internet Access Code and paper forms. Once you have submitted the form online, the data is encrypted, and stored temporarily in highly secure data centres in NZ before being passed to Statistics NZ for processing. Only Statistics NZ can decrypt the data. In the 12 days after census day, your collector will call back to collect any forms not completed online. Towards the end of this period, collectors may also leave a freepost envelope so you can post paper forms back to Statistics NZ.

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The information products produced from the 2013 Census will be similar to those planned for release from the 2011 Census. More on the 2013 Census is at For more information about being a collector go to Information about the 2013 Census forms is at

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Maori Battalion Association Winds Up The National Commemorative Ceremony for the close of the 28 Maori Battalion Association was held on 1 December 2012 at the National War Memorial. The 28th (Maori) Battalion was part of the 2nd NZ Division, the fighting arm of the 2nd NZ Expeditionary Force (2NZEF) during the Second World War (1939-45). A frontline infantry unit made up of volunteers, the Battalion usually contained 700-750 men, divided into five companies. Four were rifle companies of about 125 men each and there was also a headquarters (HQ) company of around 200 men. The rifle companies (called A,B,C, and D) were organised along tribal lines, while HQ Company drew its personnel from all over Maoridom. The main body of the Maori Battalion left NZ as part of 2NZEF's 2nd Echelon in May 1940. To maintain its strength throughout the war, especially when heavy losses were suffered, groups of new recruits were regularly sent from NZ. In total, almost 3600 men served overseas with the Maori Battalion between 1940 and 1945. Of these, 649 were killed in action or died on active service – more than 10% of the 6068 NZers who lost their lives serving with 2NZEF in the Middle East and Europe. In addition, 1712 men were wounded and 237 were prisoners of war. More is at

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NZ’s Infrastructure: 2012 Report One year on from the National Infrastructure Plan (2011), the first annual national state of infrastructure report has been published. The report details developments over the past year in the infrastructure sectors of transport, telecommunications, energy, water, and social infrastructure*. In general, the report shows good progress but challenges remain. *Social infrastructure refers to the facilities and systems that ensure education, health care, community development, income distribution, employment and social welfare. More is at

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NZ/US Defence Agreement The recently signed Acquisition and Cross Servicing Agreement (ACSA) agreement makes sharing logistic support possible between NZ and the US armed forces during combined exercises, training, deployments, port calls, operations, or other cooperative efforts. * Logistics is managing the flow of resources between the point of origin and the point of destination. More is at

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Learning to Get Your Voice Heard Sometimes it is OK to complain. But, if you come from a different culture making your voice heard in such a way can be very hard (data suggests that minority groups are under-represented as complainants). So, a group of specialised complaint handling organisations has developed resources for teaching the language of complaint to new speakers of English.

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The language of complaint resources cover four topics: •

it’s OK to complain;

complaints about goods or services;

writing to complain; and

where to get more help with resolving a complaint.

Download “The Language of Complaint” from the site of the Office of the Ombudsmen at

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Christchurch: Electricity, Pipelines, Boundaries, Maps Land Information NZ (LINZ) is developing information about the location of invisible infrastructures, like electricity and water pipelines, or information on property boundaries, land use, and ownership in Canterbury. The aim is to make sure all location information, including 3D visualisation, is up to date, and easy to find, share and use. More is at

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Pacific Quota Residence Applications Deadline Extended Immigration NZ has extended the deadline for submission of all Samoa Quota and Pacific Access Category residence applications to 15 March 2013 instead of 11 January 2013. Residence applications can be lodged at any Immigration NZ Pacific branches in Fiji, Tonga, or Samoa. More is at

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Conferences & Events NZ Federation of Multicultural Council’s National Meeting 2013 The next national meeting of the Federation will be held on 22-24 February 2013 at the Orongomai Marae, Upper Hutt. More is at

National Not-for-Profit Conference The theme of this conference is “Sustaining real community value in tough times.” It is being held on 19/20 February 2013, at the CQ Conference Centre, Wellington. More is at

Te Rangi Puahotanga International Conference This conference will be held on 16-20 January 2013, in Otaki, Horowhenua. It’s an international conference for educators, parents and whanau involved with young tangata whenua children and their families. More is at

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16th International Conference on Thinking -ICOT2013 This one is to be held at the Wellington Convention Centre on 21-25 January 2013. It will provide an opportunity for delegates to hear from cutting-edge thinkers, researchers and practitioners, as well as promoting cross-discipline involvement in the development of our capacity to think and learn. More is at

Katherine Mansfield: Masked and Unmasked This conference is being held on 8-11February, 2013 at Victoria University of Wellington. “Don’t lower your mask until you have another mask prepared beneath – as terrible as you like – but a mask,” - Mansfield, in a letter to John Middleton Murry in July 1917. More is at

International Sheep Veterinary Congress This is being held at Rotorua’s Energy Events Centre on 18-22 February 2013. More is at

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Awards & Opportunities Enterprising Rural Women Award 2013 Entries are now open for the Enterprising Rural Women Award 2013. There are four categories of award: •

Love of the land - sponsored by Agrisea (entries open for all land-based businesses);

Help! I need somebody - sponsored by Telecom (entries open for businesses providing any type of service);

Making it in rural - sponsorship tbc (entries open for any business that involves manufacturing or creativity); and

Stay, play rural - sponsored by Access Homehealth Limited (entries open for businesses engaged in rural tourism or hospitality).

Entries close Friday 15 March 2013. More is at

Pacific Innovation Funding & Smokefree NZ Project Funding The Ministry of Health is looking for registrations of interest from organisations interested in accessing two funds established by the Ministry: •

the Pacific Innovation Fund: this fund supports Pacific health initiatives that show new ways of delivering services to Pacific peoples. The main focus will be on projects that seek to prevent the causes of disease and injury to the Pacific population, especially those that protect Pacific children and youth. protective factors; and on reducing the factors that affect Pacific people’s health (such as obesity and smoking); and

the Pathway to Smokefree NZ 2025 Innovation Fund: this one aims to support new approaches that will help reduce the smoking prevalence among Maori, Pacific people, pregnant women and young people.

More about both funds is on the Government Electronic Tenders (GETS) website at - GETS Reference is 37991

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Community Development Scheme This scheme aims to support communities to build on local strengths and address local issues. It also enables organisations to employ a community development worker who can help communities work together to decide what kinds of projects they need, and then bring people in the community together to identify how to make those projects happen. Applications for this funding round are invited from community organisations, hapu, and iwi based in Franklin; Gisborne; Greymouth and/or Westland; Mackenzie and/or Timaru; Meremere and/or Waikato and/or Matamata-Piako; Rodney; Rotorua; Stewart Island and/or Invercargill; and Upper Hutt City. Applications close on 20 March 2013. More is at

Peter Snow Award This award was set up to honour the life and work of Dr Peter Snow, a rural general practitioner based in Tapanui. It supports, encourages, and recognises outstanding contribution to rural health, either in service, health research or innovations. Innovation/or research projects entered should: be related to rural health in NZ and address current and or important issues; add to the body of knowledge on rural health issues in NZ; and be evidence based and ethical. Applications close on 15 February 2013. More is at

2013 Ahuwhenua Trophy* Entries Open Applications are sought from Maori sheep and beef farmers for the 2013 Ahuwhenua Trophy BNZ Maori Excellence in Farming Award. Also his year, applications are sought for the first time from young Maori sheep and beef farmers for the Ahuwhenua Young Maori Trainee/Cadet competition. Entries close on January 30, 2013. Entry is free and forms are available from all offices of the Maori Trustee and Te Puni Kokiri, on the websites www.ahuwhenuatrophy.mā or www.mā

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Appointments NZ’s next Ambassador to Spain is Michael Swain. Michael Doogan has been appointed a temporary judge of the Maori Land Court for two years. Mark Talbot is the new High Commissioner to Tonga. NZ’s next High Commissioner to Samoa is Jackie Frizelle. The incoming Chief of Navy is Rear Admiral Jack Steer. The new Vice Chief of Defence Force is to be Major General Tim Keating. Richard Long has been appointed to the board of Television NZ. Nadine Tunley is the new Pipfruit NZ chair. Paul Searancke has been appointed as interim chair of the Motorcycle Safety Advisory Council. Howard Broad is the chair of the new expert advisory panel set up to review the Corrections Department’s Staff Safety Action Plan. SCOUTS NZ has a new chief executive, Niamh Lawless (the first women appointed to the role). Zespri’s new chairmanelect is Peter McBride. Kiwi Dr Jeremy Hill is president-elect of the International Dairy Federation (IDF). The Pharmacy Guild of NZ’s new chief executive is Lee Hohaia. TEAR Fund NZ has appointed Ian McInnes as chief executive officer. The first head of Massey University's new College of Health is Canadian academic Professor Paul McDonald. Sir Ralph Norris joins the board of The Parenting Place. Edward Stace, Louis Chambers, and James Bonifacio have been selected as Rhodes Scholars Elect for 2013. Carolyn Burns, Tony O’Brien, and Rob Fyfe will serve three-year terms on the board responsible for managing NZ’s programme in Antarctica. New members of the Small Business Development Group include: Tenby Powell (convenor), Rhonda Kite (deputy convenor), Robert Khan, Jonathon Flett, Mitchell Pham, Jeremy Ward, Neil Pluck, Matthew Jones, Sonia McConnachie, David Hiatt, Elspeth Ludemann, and Adrienne Pierce. Dr Janis Mary (Jan) White has been appointed as a member of the Pharmaceutical Management Agency board. Alan John Sharr has been appointed a member of the National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee. Sir Peter Gluckman and Belinda Milnes have been appointed to the board of the Families Commission for three years. Rt Hon Dame Jenny Shipley has been reappointed as the chair of Genesis Power Ltd. Simon Allen is the new chair of Crown Fibre Holdings Ltd. Jan Dawson has been appointed to the board of Meridian Energy. Carlos da Silva has been appointed to the board of MetService. Guy Royal has been appointed to the NZ Railways Corp (KiwiRail) board. Jan Evans-Freeman has been appointed to the board of Transpower.

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Karen Sewell has been appointed as an advisor to three new advisory boards - Education Advisory Board, the Matauraka Mahaanui – the Waitaha Advisory Board, and the Pasifika Advisory Board. The following appointments have been made to the Christchurch Education Renewal Programme’s Education Advisory Board: Graeme Daniel, Tony Deavoll, Bernard Duncan, Ruth Jones, Patrick O’Connor, Jocelyn Wright, Trevor Beaton, Simon Leese, Graeme McNally, Mike Nolan, Lynne Harata Te Aika, and Elizabeth Brown (Pasifika representation to be appointed). The following members have been appointed to the Christchurch Education Renewal Programme’s Matauraka Mahaanui – the Waitaha Advisory Board: Lynne Harata Te Aika, Elizabeth Brown, Hector Matthews, Tui Summers, Catherine Stuart, Eruera Tarena, Te Maire Tau, and Raewin Tipene-Clarke. The following members have been appointed to the Christchurch Education Renewal Programme’s Pasifika Advisory Board: Ataga’i Esera Tufuga Lagatule Pauline Luafutu–Simpson, Reverend Fitifiti Luatua, Ruta McKenzie, Poe Kairua, Tony Fakahau, Leali’ie’e Tufulasi Taleni, Mamaitaloa Sagapolutele, Ali’imuamua Sia Batcheler, Maria Frew, Leatuavao Pelenato Petelo, Maria Lemalie, Earl Simpson, Sam Uta’i, Liz Keneti, Siale Faitotonu, Riki Welsh, Dr Malakai Koloamatangi, and Amanaki Misa.

Cheers, Craig and Paddy

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Xmas here we come. Now a Kiwi Christmas institution, the Telecom Foundation’s San­taline is a free service for kids (and adults!) to call and leave a message for Santa with their Christmas wishlist. The number to call is 0800 222 222 and it’s free from any NZ landline or mobile. You can also send the big man a message online at www.santa­ Last years calls kept Santa and his elves working hard to fulfil all orders by Christmas and they wanted us to pass on their thanks to all the boys and girls in New Zealand for sending their wishes through. This year’s Santaline is live now and eagerly awaiting Christmas wishlist calls But that’s not all Telecom has under the tree for our customers this year. We will also have some fantastic Xmas offers available this year so don’t wait -check our website in the coming weeks, call 123 or visit a store near you. The Telecom Christmas trees are now lighting up the skies in Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch. Tree lighting ceremonies were kicked off with entertainment for young and old, with kids in their festive element, leaving messages for Santa through the Santaline phone boxes, getting their faces painted and running around in merriment. When Oscar Kightley took to the stage to host each event the kids were already gathered around the tree in much anticipation. With the help of Santa and the special elf, Oscar Kightley, the children and their cheers lit up the tree and highlighted the magic of the occasion. More information about all the ways Telecom is celebrating this festive season here:www. , , And in the spirit of Christmas, did you know the Telecom Foundation is now the proud owner of kiwi online giving organisation The most exciting bit is that, from mid November it became a zero fees fundraising service. Telecom Foundation’s commitment to permanently removing the 5% administration charge makes it easier for all New Zealanders to fundraise for the things they care about. In less than four years, has raised $2.5 million in donations for a variety of Kiwi causes. It taps into a growing consumer appetite for “crowdfunding” internationally – where people are directly engaging with, and making an impact on, causes through peer2-peer philanthropy and social media. From local fundraising for play equipment in kindy’s to significant events such as the Christchurch earthquake and the tsunami in Samoa to the more offbeat challenges such as racing across Mongolia on horseback and living in a snow cave, as well as raising money for a wide range of causes such as the Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, has delivered New Zealanders a platform to raise money online in a safe environment for any cause they feel passionate about.

Getting home healthcare when you are not eligible for public funding Most of the home-based healthcare Access Homehealth provides is funded by DHBs, Ministry of Health or ACC. Clients are usually referred by a GP for assessment to identify their support needs, and to see if they qualify for funded support. But how does someone organise extra home support if government funding doesn’t cover the hours needed – or if the person doesn’t qualify for support through these agencies? They may be eligible for care to be paid by another agency e.g. another government department, a charity, or health foundation or society. Or, if someone has private medical insurance, the insurer may pay for home-based rehabilitation support. Once these options have been explored, many people choose to purchase their care directly from us. Some also purchase additional hours of support worker assistance to ‘top up’ any government funded support they receive. These services are reasonably priced and usually range from $25 to $32 per hour. Examples of some of the services that Access can provide are: • Personal care - everything from dressing, bathing and grooming to helping clients get in and out of bed • Nursing services - fully qualified nurses assisting with wound care, medication management, continence management and helping clients get back on their feet after surgery or illness. • Other clinical services - physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and social therapy • Household assistance - help with chores such as cleaning, cooking, shopping and childcare. • Carer relief - temporary in-home care to give primary carers a break • Palliative care - helping people who are at the end of their lives in their own home • Restorative support - specialised services that support people live life to the fullest by helping identify goals and be as functional and independent as possible We also provide facilitation services. This can be anything from providing advice on who to contact, to actually arranging assistance for a variety of services. For example: • Transport - arranged for shopping and other activities • Activity services - outings, companionship, cemetery visits • Gardening and lawn mowing - advising who to contact to see if this can be funded by government agencies, or arranging providers • Extra health assessments - checks to see what additional help is available, or needed • Errands and appointments For more information or to learn more about the services we offer, phone Access on 0800 AT HOME (0800 284 663) or visit

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