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Consultation Starting the Constitution Conversation ........................... 3  Fewer Mail Delivery Days? NZ Post Proposals .............. 3  Resource Management Reform Bill ................................ 4  Conservation (Natural Heritage Protection) Bill .............. 4  Public Finance (Fiscal Responsibility) Amendment Bill .. 4  Financial Markets Conduct Regulations ......................... 5  Local Government Regulations: Draft Report ................. 5  Aged Residential Care Facilities: Extra Charges ............ 5  Subantarctic Islands Marine Reserves Bill ...................... 6  Family Court Proceedings Reform Bill ............................ 6  Regulating the Dairy Herd Improvement Industry ........... 6  Draft Code of Welfare for Horses & Donkeys ................. 7  Women in NZ’s Community & Voluntary Sector ............. 7  EPA Review of Antifouling Paints ................................... 7  Limiting Undue Non-resident Tax Deductions ................ 8  GST Remedial Issues ..................................................... 8  Department of Conservation Consultations .................... 8  Historic Places Trust Consultation .................................. 9  Rural  Rural School Safety Programme..................................... 9  Tough Going for Primary Products ................................. 9  Red Meat Sector Collaboration Programme ................. 10  Decision: Raw Milk Farmgate Sales to Continue .......... 10  Agricultural Stats (370 Extra Bottles of Milk Each!) ...... 10  Dairy Women’s Workshops: Purchasing Stock............. 10  Foresters Growing Less Pruned Wood ......................... 11  Rural Real Estate Market Ends 2012 Strongly ............. 11  Minimising Fire Risk in Rural Areas .............................. 11  Environment  Government Investing in Regional Irrigation ................. 12  OAG on How Well DoC Manages Biodoversity ............ 12  Nine Warmest Years in 132 Years Occurred Since 1998 ...................................................................................... 13  Health & Welfare  Guide To Help Older Kiwis Stay Healthy ...................... 13  Sport Is Healthy & Getting Safer ................................... 13  Outdoor Safety: Register Your Movements Tollfree ..... 14  More People are Using Health Phone Lines ................. 14  Workplace Health & Safety Taskforce Submissions Online ............................................................................ 14  Social Media’s Role Spreading Public Health Information ...................................................................................... 15  NZers Get Heavier…..................................................... 15  … & Exercising: We’re A Nation of Extremes ............... 16  More Funding for Cochlear Implants ............................. 16  Find Out About Your DHB ............................................. 16  Parents Needed for Online Triple P Positive Parenting Trial ............................................................................... 16  2011/12 Health Survey Findings ................................... 17  New Product Recall App to Warn Consumers .............. 17  Education/Training  More People in Apprenticeships ................................... 17  Safety Returning to School ........................................... 18  Making Lunches Kids will Eat........................................ 18  Digital Literacy Added to Community Education in Schools.......................................................................... 18 

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ITO Merger Updates ..................................................... 19 Deaf Education More Nationally-Based ........................ 19  New Master’s Degree - For Full Time Workers ............ 19  Report: 21st Century Learning Environments & Digital Literacy.......................................................................... 19  New Whanau Ora Research Website ........................... 20  Employment  Employer Attitudes to Employing Disabled People ...... 20  MBIE’s Holidays and Leave Calculator......................... 20  Housing/Building  Construction Contracts Act: Amendments Coming ...... 21  Building & Engineering Contracts: Standards Updated 21  Energy  Electricity Distributor Trends: Report ............................ 21  Scientists Find Mega-Oil Field... 1,300 Light Years Away ...................................................................................... 22  Transport & Travel  Social Cost of Road Crashes Decreases in 2011… ..... 22  …& Motor Vehicle Crashes Down in 2011: Report ...... 22  Resurgent New Vehicle Market in 2012 ....................... 22  Air NZ: One of the World’s Safest Airlines .................... 23  Justice/The Law  Summary of Your Rights: Credit Reporting Privacy Code ...................................................................................... 23  Protecting Indigenous Knowledge: Free Resource ...... 23  Parliament  New Cabinet Lineup...................................................... 24  2013 House Sitting Programme .................................... 25  New Ministerial/Public Sector Guidelines: Public Companies .................................................................... 25  Public Service/Local Authorities  NZDF “Civilianisation Project” OAG Report .................. 25  Online Government Services Used More ..................... 26  Disclosing Chief Executive Expenses ........................... 26  Not-For-Profits  Corporate Management Processes for NFP Boards .... 26  Conflict of Interest Guidelines for NFP Board Members ...................................................................................... 26  Business  NZ Companies Need to Look Further Afield ................. 27  More Support for Exporters........................................... 27  EU Recognises High Standard of NZ Privacy Law ....... 27  Negotiations End Better When Food Involved .............. 28  Money Matters  Kiwis Turning Their Back on Non-Mortgage Debt ........ 28  Kiwis Big-Time “Showroomers”..................................... 28  Improving Living Standards Resource: Treasury ......... 28  Buy/Sell School/Sports Uniforms Online ...................... 29  Debt in Pacific Families: Report .................................... 29  Internet, ICT & Media  Internet Stats for 2012 .................................................. 29  Make Most Unsolicited Marketing Calls Stop ............... 30  Māori Internet Society ................................................... 30  Rural Women NZ,, 04 473 5524

Teletext Service to Close in April .................................. 30 New Guidelines for Prepaid Phone Card Industry ........ 30  Smartphone Etiquette ................................................... 30  Hiring a Webmaster? Useful Questions to Ask ............. 31  2013 World Press Freedom Index ................................ 31  Websites & Articles of Interest ...................................... 32  Treaty Matters  Ngati Rangiwewehi & Tapuika Deeds of Settlement .... 33  Ngati Koroki Kahukura Deed of Settlement .................. 33  Te Atiawa o Te Waka Maui Deed of Settlement ........... 33  Deed of Settlement Signed with Ngati Koata ................ 33  Letter of Agreement: Taranaki Iwi ................................. 34  Agreement in Principle: Ngaruahine ............................. 34  Agreement in Principle: Te Atiawa ................................ 34  Arts & Culture  2013 Chinese Year of the Snake .................................. 34  Radio NZ National Top Radio Station in 2012 .............. 35  Film Archive Seeks 1980s Games Fans ....................... 35  Fish & Ships  MPI’s NZ Fishing Rules App Popular ............................ 35  Science & Technology  Needed: Clever People Doing Intellectually Risky Research ....................................................................... 35  Nippy Creatures that Share Your Swim ........................ 36  Cats Top Bird Killers in US............................................ 36  Handy Stats ................................................................... 36  General  Climate Outlook: February - April 2013 ......................... 38  Aftersocks Cheque for Chch Mayoral Fund .................. 38  Top Baby Names for 2012 ............................................ 38  History of Kalimpong Kids being Recorded .................. 38  Online Authentication Service ....................................... 39  Wonderful Words With No English Equivalent .............. 39  US Out as Sole Superpower by 2030: Report .............. 39  Conferences & Events .................................................. 40  Awards & Opportunities ................................................ 42  Appointments ................................................................ 44

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Consultation Starting the Constitution Conversation The Constitutional Advisory Panel was appointed last year to obtain a broad range of views about NZ’s constitution, and how this country is to be run in the future. To help support public conversations about this the Advisory Panel has produced a booklet, “NZ’s Constitution: The Conversation So Far”, which summarises the key issues up for consideration. These cover: •

the size of Parliament;

the term of Parliament and the election date;

the number and size of electorates;

electoral legislation;

Māori representation in Parliament and in local government;

the role of the Treaty of Waitangi;

Bill of Rights issues; and

a written constitution.

In the first part of this year, the Panel will be meeting face-to-face with a broad range of communities, and it will also be launching an engagement website so people can make a public submission online, via email, or by post.

About Our Constitution NZ has a constitution. However, it's not all written down in a single document. The constitution determines how our country is run and how laws are made. NZ law affects just about every aspect of our daily lives. It sets out the powers of the head of state (the Queen, represented by the Governor-General), Government (Prime Minister and Ministers), Parliament (members of Parliament) and the courts; the relationships between them; and their relationships with the people of NZ. NZ's constitutional rules include laws such as the Bill of Rights Act and the Constitution Act, foundation documents such as the Treaty of Waitangi, and fundamental values, including that everyone must follow the law. The booklet and more information are at

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Fewer Mail Delivery Days? NZ Post Proposals A NZ Post proposal seeking to allow greater flexibility in the postal services it provides has been released for public comment. Proposed changes include: •

NZ Post having the flexibility to reduce the number of days mail is delivered to a minimum of three days a week;

NZ Post being able to make its own decision about increasing the number of delivery points within its network, and being able to make that decision on the basis of commercial factors, and how practical it would be for NZ Post to increase the number of delivery points; and

introducing more self-service kiosks.

NZ Post also plans to not reducing the frequency of delivery to those areas where NZ Post offered a 2- or 3-day delivery service (as of 30 June 2012). Minimum service requirements for NZ Post are set out in the Deed of Understanding it signed with the Crown in 1998. The Deed has not been significantly reviewed since it was signed. Submissions close on 12 March 2013. Email them to or post them to: Postal Policy, Communications and Information Technology Group, Energy and Communications Branch, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, PO Box 1473, Wellington 6140. NZ Post’s proposal and a submission form are at:

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Resource Management Reform Bill This Bill proposes amendments to the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA), the Local Government (Auckland Transitional Provisions) Act 2010, and the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987. Its objectives are to: •

streamline the system for issuing resource consents;

make it easier to put Auckland’s first plan into action;

improve the way local decisions are made; and

improve the way the RMA works.

The Bill would: •

introduce a 6-month consent time frame for medium-sized projects;

enable regulations to be made that require local authorities to monitor the environment according to specific rules; and

ensure that decision-making by local authorities is based on relevant, robust evidence and sound analysis, and there is open, clear decision-making.

Submissions close on 28 February 2013. You can find out more about the Bill at and you can make an online submission from this page. Alternatively, send two copies of your written submission to the Local Government and Environment Committee, Parliament Buildings, Wellington

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Conservation (Natural Heritage Protection) Bill The aims of this Bill are to better protect natural and historic resources and wildlife by increasing penalties for offences, and to set up a consistent approach to the penalty systems for breaches of the law relating to reserves and national parks. Instead of a sentence of 15 weeks in jail for smuggling, for instance, a gecko, an offender could face up to 3 years’ imprisonment and a fine of $200,000. Submissions close on 28 February 2013. You can find out more about the Bill at and you can make an online submission from this page. Alternatively, you can send two copies of your written submission to the Local Government and Environment Committee, Parliament Buildings, Wellington

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Public Finance (Fiscal Responsibility) Amendment Bill This Bill would add three new principles of responsible financial management and associated requirements to the Public Finance Act 1989. These principles would: •

require the Government to be clear about the connections between monetary and fiscal policy at different stages of the economic cycle (it is said this would result in clearer, more open policy-making, and encourage more focus on the things that affect the economy’s performance at any given time);

require Governments to be more clear about the effect of any trade-offs they make on present and future generations; and

require the Government to make sure that the Crown’s resources are managed effectively and efficiently.

Submissions close on 14 February 2013. You can find out more about the Bill at, and you can make an online submission from this page. Alternatively, you can send two copies of your written submission to the Finance and Expenditure Committee, Parliament Buildings, Wellington

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Financial Markets Conduct Regulations The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is inviting written submissions on a discussion paper covering regulations to be developed under the Financial Markets Conduct (FMC) Bill. This Bill brings together in one place regulations that currently appear in several different Acts). When it comes into law, the FMC Bill will govern how financial products are created, promoted and sold, and also set out the responsibilities of people who offer, deal, and trade them. As well, it will include rules about the way certain financial services are provided. The FMC Bill will result in two new public registers: •

a register of offers of financial products; and

a register of managed investment schemes.

These will replace at least six registers currently maintained by the Registrar of Companies and the Financial Markets Authority – FMA. Draft regulations will be released in about October, when another round of consultation will take place. Submissions close on 1 March 2013. Comments can be sent to More is at

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Local Government Regulations: Draft Report The Productivity Commission has released a draft report called “Towards Better Local Regulation”, looking at ways to improve local government regulation. NZ has 78 local authorities ranging from Auckland with almost 1.5 million people, down to some very large rural districts with quite low populations. For around 65% of our local authorities, their entire population would fit comfortably into the permanent seating of Auckland’s Eden Park. All of them have to deal with about 30 sets of regulations, from rules about land and resource use, to building construction, food safety, waste management, and control of gambling. The Commission says a big issue is how to find a balance between having national regulations that are consistent versus using local decision making. It also says there are a number of weaknesses in the current systems that are used to assess how well local governments deal with regulations they administer. These include not enough use of performance information to identify performance improvements, the absence of feedback systems between central and local government, and a lack of balance in what local governments are measuring. Amongst a wealth of information the report is a section on local government and Māori, which includes information on local government obligations towards Māori, and strengths and weakness of ways to include tikanga Māori (Māori customs) in regulation. The Commission is seeking feedback on a number of options for improving local Government performance systems. It plans to deliver a final report by 1 May 2013. Submissions close on 6 March 2013. More is at

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Aged Residential Care Facilities: Extra Charges Currently, people who provide residential care for the elderly can charge some of their residents extra for services over and above standard services laid down by DHBs. For example, they may charge extra for larger rooms (premium rooms). However, currently all providers must give their residents an option to not pay extra, so they must have some rooms at the standard contract rate. This Ministry of Health discussion paper outlines a proposal to allow some providers to charge all their residents extra, and only accept residents who are willing to pay extra. The proposal includes safeguards to ensure a sufficient supply of rooms without an extra charge. It also outlines a proposal for situations where a resident who will not pay extra wants to enter a mixed facility (one with both standard charge and additional charge rooms) but the facility has only extra charge rooms vacant. 5 –Bulletin Aotearoa February 2013

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There are three questions the Ministry is particularly keen to get your feedback on: •

Do you agree with the proposals for premium-only facilities and a stand-down in mixed facilities?

If you do generally agree, what changes or additional protections do you think should be made to the policy?

If you do not generally agree, what alternative approach would you support?

Submissions close on 15 February 2013. Please send your comments to: Health of Older People, Policy Business Unit, Ministry of Health, PO Box 5013, Wellington 6145 or by email to: More is at

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Subantarctic Islands Marine Reserves Bill This Bill would create three new marine reserves: Moutere Mahue/Antipodes Island Marine Reserve, Moutere Hauriri/Bounty Islands Marine Reserve, and Moutere Ihupuku/Campbell Island Marine Reserve. Submissions close on 14 February 2013. You can find out more about the Bill at, and you can make an online submission from this page. Alternatively, you can send two copies of your written submission to the Local Government and Environment Committee, Parliament Buildings, Wellington

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Family Court Proceedings Reform Bill This Bill would put into action the Government's decisions resulting from a review of the Family Court conducted by the Ministry of Justice. It would require people with disputes about children to take part in an out-of-court family dispute resolution process and attend a parenting information programme before applying to the Family Court. For disputes that do need a judicial decision there would be changes to the running of the Family Court. Amongst these: •

targeting the way professionals (lawyers for parties, lawyers for children, specialist report writers) are used in care-ofchildren matters;

requiring parties to contribute to the cost of specialist report writers unless doing so would cause financial hardship;

expanding the definition of psychological abuse to include financial and economic abuse; and

increasing the maximum sentence for breaching a protection order from 2 years to 3 years.

Submissions close on 13 February 2013. You can find out more about the Bill at, and you can make an online submission from this page. Alternatively, you can send two copies of your written submission to the Justice and Electoral Committee, Parliament Buildings, Wellington

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Regulating the Dairy Herd Improvement Industry The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is looking for feedback on the rules covering businesses in the NZ dairy herd improvement industry. The NZ dairy industry has been a world leader in herd improvement, and its ability to trace the performance of the national herd – through the dairy core database* – has been central to that success. MPI is consulting on regulations that ensure the database is maintained, and that there is fair access to the information. * The NZ dairy core database contains information dating back to 1936. It records the performance of the NZ dairy herd and makes it possible to research and assess individual dairy cows’ production potential. Submissions close on 15 February 2013. They go to Animal Sector Team, Sector Policy, Ministry for Primary Industries, PO Box 2526, Wellington 6140, or email The consultation paper is at

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Draft Code of Welfare for Horses & Donkeys The National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (NAWAC) is seeking feedback on its Draft Code of Welfare for Equines. The draft code applies to all horses, ponies, donkeys and crossbreds of these that are kept for any purpose in NZ, including those kept as companions (pets), those kept for breeding, for sport, entertainment or as working animals. It also applies to unbroken and undomesticated horses contained for management purposes. The proposed minimum standards relate to stockmanship and animal handling; restraint and containment; saddlery and equipment; the provision of food, water and shelter; housing facilities; behaviour and health; breeding; identification; and pre-transport requirements. Submissions close on 12 March 2013. You can make an email submission at, or write to NAWAC Secretary, Animal Welfare, Ministry for Primary Industries, PO Box 2526, Wellington 6140. More is at

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Women in NZ’s Community & Voluntary Sector The NZ community and voluntary sector is dominated by women, but because of a lack of research, the sector knows very little about what they experience. What we do know is that average base salaries in the community and voluntary sector are, on average, 17% less than those in the general market. A new research project from Women In Leadership Aotearoa (WILA) and Heathrose Research Ltd aims to answer questions like: •

Does this base salary gap apply evenly to both men and women working in the sector?

Is this a systemic devaluing because the work done in the community and voluntary sector is seen as “women’s work”?

What leadership strategies are women using in a sector that must rely on creating progress in the face of very few or no resources?

How have women who have made it to the top in this sector got there?

People (both female and male) from voluntary organisations are invited to take part in a short (under 15 minute) confidential telephone interview. Participants will have the right to withdraw from the research at any time. This project is supported by Social Development Partners and Volunteering NZ. Please contact S Uluiburotu at Heathrose Research Ltd – by 22 February 2013 if you want to take part

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EPA Review of Antifouling Paints The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) is asking the public to have its say in a review of antifouling paints. These paints are applied to the surfaces of boats, nets, and other submerged surfaces; they slowly release chemicals into the water to prevent the build-up of aquatic pests, such as plants and algae. The review is being done in the light of recent international findings about the harmful effects these paints may have on aquatic and human health. Submissions close on 7 March 2013. Post your submission to: Private Bag 63002, Wellington 6140, or email More is at

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Limiting Undue Non-resident Tax Deductions NZ’s “thin capitalization” rules are intended to prevent non-residents from using excessive interest costs to reduce their tax liabilities. However, these rules have not been effective in all cases. So, IRD has published an issues paper proposing a number of measures to beef them up. The two major proposals are to: •

extend the rules to non-residents who act together to operate businesses in this country - currently the rules apply only if a single non-resident controls the business; and

disregard some shareholder debt when calculating the global indebtedness of a foreign investor - currently this debt can be included, and used to justify a high level of debt in NZ, which can then be deducted from tax liability.

Submissions close on 15 February, 2013. They go to Review of the thin capitalisation rules, C/- Deputy Commissioner, Policy, Policy Advice Division, Inland Revenue Department, PO Box 2198, Wellington 6140, or email with “Thin capitalisation review” in the subject line. The issues paper is at

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GST Remedial Issues IRD is proposing to change certain parts of the GST rules to make sure they work as intended. The issues up for discussion include: •

some uncertainty over what the term “hire purchase agreement” used in the GST Act covers;

the GST treatment of directors’ fees (specifically, when an employee is engaged by a third-party company who is not their employer and the employee is required to account to the employer for the directors’ fees received);

the GST treatment of land that has been purchased for both taxable and non-taxable use, but is later used solely for one or the other, and is subject to on-going adjustments;

proposed amendments following the introduction of the zero-rating (that is, no GST added) for land rules; and

proposed amendments following the changes to the definitions of “dwelling” and “commercial dwelling”.

Proposed solutions are given for each of the issues. Submissions close on 1 March 2013. They go to GST issues, C/- Deputy Commissioner, Policy Advice Division, Inland Revenue Department, PO Box 2198, Wellington 6140, or email: with “GST issues” in the subject line. More is at

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Department of Conservation Consultations There are quite a few of these (closing dates in brackets): •

New listing of the threatened status of NZ aquatic organisms (13 April 2013) - this is about any changes in numbers or status of NZ marine mammal, marine fish, marine invertebrate, algal, freshwater fish and freshwater invertebrates, so the lists for these groups in the NZ Threat Classification System can be revised. More is at

Westland Tai Poutini National Park Management Plan partial review (20 February 2013) - discusses access to the Franz Josef and Fox Glacier valleys. More is at

Waikato Conservation Management Strategy* consultation (15 March 2013). More is at

Auckland Conservation Management Strategy consultation (15 March 2013). More is at

Northland Conservation Management Strategy consultation (15 March 2013). More is at

*A Conservation Management Strategy (CMS) is a 10 year strategic document that describes how the treasured places, and native plants and animals DOC cares for on your behalf will be managed.

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Historic Places Trust Consultation tion The trust is proposing to add the Albion Gold Mining Company Battery and Mine Remains, Makara, Wellington to the Historic Places Register. Submissions close 20 February 2013. They can be sent to General Manager Central Region, NZ Historic Places Trust, PO Box 2629, Wellington 6140, or emailed to More is at

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Rural Rural School Safety Programme In a recently launched rural school safety programme: •

more rural schools are to trial variable speed limit signs. These electronic signs are designed to reduce speeds during school drop-off and pick-up periods. They allow the speed limit to be changed locally at agreed times and to agreed speed limits. A speed limit of 70km/h is being trialled at schools on roads with a 100km/h permanent speed limit, and a speed limit of 60km/h is being trialled for schools on roads with an 80km/h permanent speed limit. By the end of 2013, 23 sites will be doing the testing, up from the current seven;

the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA - which will work with the Ministry of Education, local councils, and the Police) will calculate the road safety risk and prioritise all other rural and peri-urban (the transition between rural and urban) schools, and identify what needs to be done to improve safety at the highest risk schools; and

a High Risk Rural Schools Guide will be developed for communities, schools, and road controlling authorities. This will be for calculating risks and finding ways to improve road safety at rural schools. There will eventually be two parts to the High Risk Schools Guide, one for rural schools and then one for urban schools.

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Tough Going for Primary Products The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has released a half-year update to the annual Situation and Outlook for Primary Industries report, which it published in June 2012. The update says there has been strong pastoral production so far in the 2012/13 season. However, MPI reports the continuing economic slowdown, particularly in the traditional markets of the European Union, is causing weaker demand for some NZ products such as lamb. Also, the strengthening NZ dollar is not helping things. As a result, total primary sector export revenue for the year to June 2013 is forecast to be around $27.5 billion, down 5% on the previous year's income ($29.2 billion). Predictions for the main sectors: •

international dairy prices should recover over the remainder of the 2012/13 dairy season and beyond;

lower lamb prices are expected, resulting from weaker demand in key European markets;

beef prices are expected to remain firm over the next two years;

the forestry sector will remain squeezed over the next few years;

horticultural exports are on track to reach $3.5 billion in export earnings in the year to March 2013; and

the bacterial vine-killing disease Psa-V will adversely impact gold kiwifruit exports in the year to March 2014.

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Red Meat Sector Collaboration Programme Organisations in the red meat industry have agreed to work together to promote and assist in the adoption of best practice by sheep and beef farmers, as part of a new $65 million dollar sector development project called the Collaboration for Sustainable Growth programme. The seven-year programme (which aims to be up and running by the end of the year) wants to ensure that red meat producers have consistent access to, and can effectively use, the best-available farm and business management practices. Organisations presently in this programme are: AFFCO, Alliance Group, ANZCO Foods, ANZ Bank, Beef + Lamb NZ, Blue Sky Meats, Deloitte, Progressive Meats, Rabobank, and Silver Fern Farms. The programme is designed to be open, enabling others to invest ($32.4 million of the programmes total cost of $65 million will come from MPI’s Primary Growth Partnership Fund – PGP). More is at

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Decision: Raw Milk Farmgate Sales to Continue Farm gate sales of raw milk will continue to be allowed, and the amount that can be purchased is likely to increase in the future. Farmers will also be exempted from the current requirement to have a Risk Management Programme for farm gate sales of raw milk; instead they will need to follow certain animal health and hygiene requirements. The Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) will now look at increasing the limit that consumers can buy, and at whether raw milk can be sold off the farm in a way that balances managing the risks to public health with consumer choice. MPI will also look at how consumers can be provided with information on risks associated with raw drinking milk where the milk is sold, so they are able to make an informed choice when they purchase raw drinking milk. At the moment, the current legislation applies: if people wish to consume raw milk they can buy up to 5 litres of raw milk from the farm gate for their own personal use or to give to their family. A summary of the submissions has been posted on the MPI website at Information on safe food practices in relation to raw drinking milk are on the MPI website at

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Agricultural Stats (370 Extra Bottles of Milk Each!) According to the provisional agricultural production statistics (June 2012), the number of dairy cattle in NZ continues to surge. At 6.5 million, there are 1.2 million more dairy cattle in 2012 than in 2007 (that’s 23% more). The extra production equates to about 370 2-litre bottles of milk a year for everyone in the country. Other figures include: •

the number of sheep was 31.2 million (down 7.3 million from 2007);

the kiwifruit canopy area was 12,820 hectares (similar to the area in 2007); and

the area of new forestry planting was 11,600 hectares, up by 61% from 2011.

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Dairy Women’s Workshops: Purchasing Stock The Dairy Women’s Network is hosting workshops covering stock purchasing across the North and South Islands in February and March. The workshops aim to equip first herd buyers, or those looking to get involved in purchasing stock for the first time, with the skills and knowledge to understand the process of buying and selling stock, step by step. Each workshop will cover sale and purchase agreements and the obligations of buyers and sellers, including the agent’s role; how to identify and set up records and transfer cows between parties including National Animal Identification and Tracing (NAIT) scheme requirements; spotting the “fish hooks” - knowing the best time to buy and sell, pregnancy testing, in-calf guarantees, and unsound animals and rejection rates (including a practical way of identifying cows that could be rejected).

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More, including dates and locations of workshops is at

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Foresters Growing Less Pruned Wood Forest owners are moving away from production of pruned logs, says the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) in its 2012 annual National Exotic Forestry Description (NEFD) report. This report gives a snapshot of the area and make-up of this country’s planted production forests, and it shows: •

the area stocked with planted production forest has remained at 1.72 million hectares;

the 2012 provisional estimate for new area plantings (where planted production forest did not previously exist) is 18,500 hectares;

23.3 million cubic metres of logs were harvested during the year to March 2012 from felling of 44,100 hectares of planted forest; and

58% (899,000 hectares) of forest planted in the main species radiata pine is being pruned – down from 67% 10 years ago (this is partly to the decline over recent years in the value of pruned logs relative to unpruned logs).

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Rural Real Estate Market Ends 2012 Strongly The Real Estate Institute of NZ (“REINZ”) says there were 101 more farm sales (+35.9%) for the three months ended December 2012 than for the three months ended November 2012. And, farm sales in the three months to end of December 2012 were up by 29 sales (+8.2%) on the three months to end of December 2011. Overall, 1,454 farms were sold in the year to December 2012, 21.9% more than were sold in the year to December 2011. Other REINZ figures include: •

the median (middle) price per hectare for all farms sold in the three months to December 2012 was $23,070; a 12.8% increase on the $20,445 recorded for three months ended December 2011;

seven regions recorded increases in sales volumes for the three months ended December 2012 compared to the three months ended December 2011; and

the lifestyle property market saw a 28.4% (+358 sales) increase in sales volume in the three months to December 2012 compared to December 2011.

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Minimising Fire Risk in Rural Areas There are currently restrictions on lighting fires in most regions. These restrictions are advertised by local rural fire authorities (RFAs) who are responsible for issuing any permits and enforcing total fire bans. A restricted fire season means that no fires can be lit in the open air, without a fire permit having first been issued by the RFA. This is sometimes called fire by permit only. It means a permit is required for campfires, bonfires, rubbish fires, wood fired barbeques, braziers, fireworks, thermettes, welding plants, portable forges, and open incinerators. Fire permits are not required for gas barbeques and properly constructed back yard incinerators which have approved spark arrestors fitted. A person lighting a fire with a fire permit has to attend the fire until it is fully extinguished. A total fire ban, or prohibited fire season, is declared when conditions are such that any fire is likely to put life and property at risk. During a prohibited fire season, no fires can be lit in the open air and all fire permits are cancelled. It pays to note that, even with a permit, a person lighting a fire can be held responsible and liable for any damage it may cause and the costs to put it out - and the costs to people responsible for lighting a fire have run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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Most rural fires are due to carelessness; either when permitted or non-permitted fires get out of control, or when a campfire is not fully put out before leaving a campsite. The weather also plays a major role in how many fires start, how intense they are, the damage done and how difficult they are to extinguish. For people living, working and undertaking recreational activities in rural areas, the risk of suffering damage or loss from fire is real - fires may be detected later and the emergency response may take longer. The National Rural Fire Authority (NRFA) supports NZ's RFAs to manage rural fire over 96% of NZ’s land area. The RFAs include the Department of Conservation (DOC), the Defence Force, local councils, and rural fire districts. As managers of forested and rural land areas, the RFAs take responsibility for managing fires by recruiting and training volunteers to respond to fires in their local community. They monitor weather patterns and conditions to predict the likelihood of a fire occurring, and, if it does occur, to work out how difficult it will be to manage. Volunteer fire crews then respond to the fire. Minimising fire risk: •

around your home: keep grass areas mown and short and green if possible. Keep firewood stacked away from the house;

on holiday: trampers, hunters, fishers and other holiday-makers should take care with fire and gas cookers. Back country users should be self-sufficient, carrying personal cooking equipment. Cookers should be operated in a wellventilated area and well clear of vegetation that could easily catch alight;

on the farm or lifestyle block: obtain a fire permit, if required, and notify your fire authority of your intention to burn. Ensure emergency vehicles have access to your house and out-buildings. Have an adequate water supply for fire fighting within easy access. Maintain machinery properly and use with care in dry conditions (in particular, when it comes to mowers, hay-making equipment, and chainsaws). Check for birds’ nests in machinery before operating. Keep trees and branches well clear of power lines.

If you spot a fire call 111 immediately

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Environment Government Investing in Regional Irrigation The Government is starting up a yet-to-be-named Crown-owned company that will act as a investor to allow certain regional water development projects get underway. In 2011 the Government signalled plans to invest up to $400 million in regional-scale schemes as a way to encourage third-party capital (private) investment; it has now decided that $80 million of that - for the initial stages of the company’s operation - will be set aside in Budget 2013. The main reason Government has decided to become an investor is because the opportunity to take a stake in developing regional-scale water projects is new for private investors. It also wants to ensure that the “right” projects can get underway. Several proposals for regional-level water storage and irrigation schemes (both new and expanded existing schemes) are nearing the stage where they are ready to be presented to investors. The Crown-owned company will not become a majority shareholder in these schemes, and it does not want to become a long-term investor either. More is at

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OAG on How Well DoC Manages Biodoversity The end of last year saw the Office of the Auditor-General (OAG) publish the following report: “Department of Conservation: Prioritising and partnering to manage biodiversity.” The report sets out the findings of a performance audit that examined how well DOC is prioritising work, and working in partnership with other agencies and groups, to manage biodiversity*. It also looks at the changes that DOC is carrying out and what is needed for success in the future.

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The OAG says that although DOC is recognised for its leading conservation methods and practices, it is not winning the battle against the threats to NZ’s native species and the habitats they live in. Recent reports show that, at best, efforts to date are merely slowing the decline of biodiversity in this country. The job of managing biodiversity on conservation land is far greater than the resources available, says OAG. In 2012/13, DOC will spend about $202 million on managing biodiversity. With the resources it has, DOC is able to actively manage only a small proportion (about one-eighth) of this country’s conservation land and about 200 of the 2800 threatened species. *biodiversity is the degree of variation of life forms within a given species, ecosystem, country, or even an entire planet. Download the report at

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Nine Warmest Years in 132 Years Occurred Since 1998 NASA scientists say 2012 was the ninth warmest of any year since 1880, continuing a long-term trend of rising global temperatures. With the exception of 1998, the nine warmest years in the 132-year record all have occurred since 2000, with 2010 and 2005 ranking as the hottest years on record. More is at

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Health & Welfare Guide To Help Older Kiwis Stay Healthy The Ministry of Health (MoH) is issuing physical activity guidelines to help NZers aged 65 years and over live longer, healthier, and more independent lives. Here are some of its tips for people aged 65 years and over: •

spend more time being physically active and less time sitting down;

any activity is better than nothing, and it all adds up;

daily activities like walking to the shops, vacuuming, or gardening, all count; and

aim for at least 30 minutes of activity, five days a week, that increases breathing and heart rates is ideal – such as brisk walking, cycling, swimming, or playing with grandchildren.

MoH says physical activity, along with good nutrition, is a key contributor to healthy living, and can help in preventing and managing certain chronic conditions. However, it’s important that people talk to their doctor before starting or increasing physical activity, and the guidelines also include specific recommendations for older people who are frail. The guidelines are at

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Sport Is Healthy & Getting Safer ACC data shows that claims for more serious injuries from rugby union, rugby league, netball, and football all fell a lot from last year (2011/12). The main statistics include: •

on average, ACC sport and recreation related claims cost $330 million per year, with entitlement claims* accounting for around $250 million of this;

sport and recreation related injuries account for around one in four ACC claims lodged annually;

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ACC entitlement claims account for around 80% of claims costs but 6% of claims volumes;

the priority sports rugby union, rugby league, netball, and football are NZ’s most popular sports, with about 430,000 players; and

the priority sports resulted in ACC claims costs of around $85 million in 2011/12.

* Entitlement claims are claims that include entitlement payments, such as weekly compensation, rehabilitation services, housing modifications, etc. Generally these only need to be paid for moderate or serious injuries. Most ACC statistics focus on entitlement claims, because these are the more serious injuries and incur the most costs. More is at

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Outdoor Safety: Register Your Movements Tollfree Safety Outdoors is the only safety check service in NZ that tracks you from start to finish with real people at the end of the phone monitoring every call or text in real time. The system offers the option of texting or calling a toll free number (0508 46 88 36 – 0508 OUTDOORS), as well as registering online with your details relating to any outdoor activity. It does not rely on email or internet connection and allows for any change of plans or last minute decisions. The Safety Outdoors team will register your activity details and wait for confirmation that you’ve finished. If they don’t hear from you, and are unable to reach you, they immediately follow a checking process with every contact point provided. If necessary, the appropriate authority is notified. More is at

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More People are Using Health Phone Lines More NZers are using the free 24-hour health advice phone line, with nearly 400,000 Healthline calls answered last year – 40% more calls than four years ago. More people are also phoning PlunketLine for parental support and advice. Last year Plunket nurses answered over 93,000 calls – 17,000 more calls compared to 2008. HealthLine’s 24/7 number is 0800-611116, and PlunketLine’s 24/7 number is 0800-933922

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Workplace Health & Safety Taskforce Submissions Online Most submissions to the Workplace Health and Safety Taskforce are now available for viewing on the Taskforce’s website. A total of 430 submissions were received - 248 from individuals, and 182 on behalf of organisations. Some of the major themes emerging from these submissions were: •

NZers as a whole were seen as lacking in awareness and appreciation of workplace health and safety issues, particularly health issues;

it was felt that many managers and directors were lacking in the skills, awareness and the will needed to effectively manage health and safety issues;

in workplaces themselves, it was reported that health and safety is compliance-driven, and that productivity targets are more important than maintaining health and safety standards;

there has been a lack of central Government leadership and focus on workplace health and safety; and

submitters commonly said that many of the problems with workplace health and safety need to be considered within the wider context of our systems of regulation, larger-scale economic factors, and our society as a whole - which has led to workplace health and safety being considered as secondary to profit-making.

The Taskforce’s final report is due to government on 30 April 2013.

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Social Media’s Role Spreading Public Health Information According to new Australian research, micro-blog-based services such as Twitter could be a promising way to spread important information about public health. This is because social media networks such as Twitter have distinct and potentially powerful characteristics that distinguish them from traditional online methods of spreading public health information. For example, one potential problem with traditional online methods is search engines – because the results that show up from a search depend on the searcher’s skill in searching, especially their ability to use the right search terms. By contrast, social media has certain advantages. Twitter, for example, has a powerful characteristic in that that it is members of the public who distribute public health information by forwarding messages from public health organisations to their own followers – who are likely to read the message. In effect, this is a way for public health organisations to take advantage of individuals’ networks of followers. Important public health information that may benefit from micro-blogs could include communicable disease outbreaks, information about natural disasters, promotion of new treatments and clinical trials, and dietary and nutrition advice. Highly re-tweeted public health advice tweets have certain common characteristics. They: •

are actionable - information for people to take some kind of action in relation to their health;

are relevant to events actually occurring (the more specific and serious the event the better);

feature a personally directed style of language; and

are motivated by a strong need for others to be informed.

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Twitter Rising & Rising Twitter is now the fastest-growing social platform on the planet, beating Facebook and Google+ for the top spot, new research suggests. The number of active users on the microblogging service grew 40% from the second quarter to the fourth quarter of 2012 — equal to 288 million monthly active users, according to Global Web Index, a market-research service on web behaviour and social media. (The index assessed 31 markets, and defines "active" as those who claim to "have used or contributed to Twitter in the past month.") In July 2009, it was estimated that Twitter only had 35.47 million monthly active users. Since then, the social network has seen a whopping growth rate of 714%. More is at

NZers Get Heavier… The number of Kiwis who are classified as overweight has decreased. The bad news? They’re now obese. Around two in seven NZ adults are now obese, an increase of almost 4% in the last decade, Roy Morgan’s latest State of the Nation report shows. The proportion of “overweight” and “acceptable weight*” adults has dropped by 1.8% and 1.9%, respectively, during this time. *Acceptable weight is classified by the World Health Organisation as a Body Mass Index (weight in kilograms divided by the square of height in metres) of between 18.5 and 25, with overweight being 25 to 30, and obese 30 or higher. More is at

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… & Exercising: We’re A Nation of Extremes A survey of 2000 Kiwis by Southern Cross Health Society has found that 17% exercise less than once per week. A further 10% said they never exercise. However, another 17% were exercising at least once a day, while a further 7% said they exercised more than once a day. Other findings include: •

people from Dunedin were the nation’s most frequent exercisers, with Wellingtonians nipping closely at their heels (Aucklanders were the least frequent exercisers);

the under 30s and those aged 50 plus were the most likely age groups to exercise;

people with children were the least likely to regularly exercise;

of those who regularly exercised, 46% had lost weight as a result; and

the biggest motivator cited (by 55% of people) to exercise was to improve health.

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More Funding for Cochlear Implants The number of adults receiving cochlear implants* for severe or profound hearing loss is to triple this financial year (up to about 60 people) due to an extra $2.6 million of one-off funding. There is no waiting list for implants for children and each year around 30 children and 16 newborns receive a cochlear implant. Each cochlear implant costs between $45,000 and $55,000. The funded service includes the device, surgery and on-going support including maintenance. * A cochlear implant is a surgically implanted electronic device that provides a sense of sound to a person who is severely hard of hearing or profoundly deaf. More is at

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Find Out About Your DHB Accessing health information in your region is now easier following the launch of a new health web tool called My DHB. This has information specific to your district health board (DHB) region on it, including rest home audits, health funding, and health target results. My DHB also includes information and contact details for general practices, dentists, midwives, and other professionals in each region. More is at

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Parents Needed for Online Triple P Positive Parenting Trial Parents of children aged 3-4 years with inattentive and overactive behaviour are sought for a study of the Triple P Positive Parenting Programme*. The Parenting Research Group at The University of Auckland’s Faculty of Education is currently recruiting sixty five parents throughout the country, to complete an online version of the programme. This involves eight half-hour modules weekly with personalised phone support, completion of three sets of questionnaires, and no associated costs. *The Triple P Positive Parenting Programme is based on 30 years of international scientifically validated methods of family intervention and runs in 25 countries. It helps parents develop increasingly positive relationships with their child, enhances their skills and confidence as parents, and supports constructive management of children’s behaviour. To volunteer for the study contact the Parenting Research Group (Faculty of Education, The University of Auckland) on 09 623 8899, ext 83042, mobile 022 380 5687 or email for more information. For more on the Triple P Parenting Programme go to

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2011/12 Health Survey Findings The Ministry of Health has published the main findings from the 2011/12 NZ Health Survey. The survey contains information about smoking, nutrition, and access to health care and oral health, based on information collected from 12,000 adults and 4000 children. It shows that over the past five years, there have been a number of improvements in some areas, for example: •

there has been a big drop in youth smoking;

more children under 6 years are seeing a GP for free;

90% of school-aged children have visited a dental health care worker for basic oral health services in the past 12 months; and

more people are able to get an appointment to see their GP within 24 hours compared to 2006/07.

However, the health sector faces some challenges and could make further improvements in areas such as obesity and diabetes and ensuring everyone in NZ experiences the same level of good health. Survey links: “the Health of NZ Adults 2011/12”: and “the Health of NZ Children 2011/12”:

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New Product Recall App to Warn Consumers A recently launched free smartphone app, “Product Recalls” provides a real-time list of product recalls being overseen by the Ministry for Primary Industries and Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. The app also helps users to report an issue. In 2012 there were 22 food recalls and 68 consumer product recalls ranging from a child carrier seat to a cordless kettle. To download the free app to your smartphone, visit either: Android or iPhone

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Education/Training More People in Apprenticeships All apprenticeships are to be combined into a single nationwide scheme, and new financial incentives are to be put in place to encourage employers and workers to take up more apprenticeships. From 1 January 2014, Modern Apprenticeships and other apprenticeship-type training will come together under an expanded scheme called NZ Apprenticeships. In this scheme: •

the current top-up for Modern Apprentices will be redistributed across all apprentices, regardless of age, as an extension to their learning subsidy;

the educational content of apprenticeships will be boosted by requiring a programme of at least 120 credits that results in a level four qualification;

there will be clearer roles and performance expectations for ITOs, and

the profile of, and participation in, apprenticeships is to be lifted by giving the first 10,000 new apprentices who enrol after 1 April this year $1,000 towards their tools and off-job course costs, or $2,000 if they are in priority construction trades (the same amount will also be paid to their employers).

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What is Industry Training? Industry training is Government-subsidised workplace training that leads to qualifications on the NZ Qualifications Framework (NZQF). For example, apprenticeship training to become a plumber or builder is subsidised through industry training, as are shorter qualifications in industries that have not traditionally trained through apprenticeships, such as aged care or the transport industry. Industry training is supported through industry training organisations (ITOs), which develop programmes leading to industry-relevant qualifications and arrange training for employees to complete these qualifications.. More is at

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Safety Returning to School Kidpower is a charitable trust specialising in preventing bullying and abuse, and it has some tips to get your kids ready to face the new school year head on: •

the first subject to talk about with them is making and changing a plan – kids should learn to tell you where they will go, who will be with them, and what they will be doing;

if children are approached by a person they do not know or do not trust they should stand far enough away to be out of reach, they should not go anywhere with someone they do not know well or trust - and they should be aware of safe places to play at school and trusted adults they can turn to for help;

if your child needs help, teach them to go to a trusted adult as soon as possible (it is important to teach your child to be persistent in looking for help if they need it and to keep persisting until their problem is sorted out);

make sure your child knows how to look alert and aware and to stay calm and confident; and

have a plan in place where your child knows how to contact you or someone else to get help if something goes wrong (have trusted places your child can go on the way home from school).

For more tips and information on courses and workshops please visit Kidpower at or phone 0800 KIDPOWER

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Making Lunches Kids will Eat To make tasty lunches that children actually eat isn’t that hard or expensive if you involve the children in planning their school lunch menu. Between the two of you, you could consider: •

using whole grains – in bread, wholemeal wraps and mini pita pockets;

making batches of pizzas on muffin halves;

offering yoghurt-based and hummus dips with vegetable sticks, and

cutting fruit/vegetables into bite-sized pieces, also making fruit salad.

Go to for recipes and other information

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Digital Literacy Added to Community Education in Schools Digital literacy will be included as an educational priority area within Adult and Community Education in schools this year. Up until now, digital literacy has been taught by small community providers and rural education activity providers. But now, 23 schools throughout the country are funded for Adult and Community Education and can offer digital literacy skills to their communities.” More is at

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ITO Merger Updates Two recent ITO merger updates include: •

Industry Training Organisations Careerforce and Building Services Contractors ITO (BSCITO) have received Government approval to merge. Careerforce represents the health, disability, aged care, mental health and social services sectors. BSCITO encourages skills training among the cleaning and urban pest management industries. More is at; and

Competenz, the Industry Training Organisation (ITO) for the food and beverage, engineering and manufacturing sectors, and the Retail Meat Industry Training Organisation merged on 1 January, 2013. More is at

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Deaf Education More Nationally-Based This country’s deaf education has become more nationally-based as the result of governance changes announced at the end of 2012. These changes have led to the formation of a combined, nationally elected, board of trustees for the previously separate Kelston and van Asch Deaf Education Centres, which used to cover different geographical areas. It is hoped that a national approach to providing these services will increase communication and sharing of knowledge and skills between the Deaf Education Centres, as well as allowing for flexible services for deaf and hearing impaired students irrespective of whereabouts they live in NZ. More is at

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New Master’s Degree - For Full Time Workers In a first for NZ, Otago Polytechnic has developed two postgraduate level qualifications (the Master of Professional Practice and the Graduate Diploma in Professional Practice) designed specifically for people who are in the workforce. This new way of studying will enable undergraduate degree holders who are in full-time employment (paid or unpaid) to gain a graduate or postgraduate qualification at work. More is at

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Report: 21st Century Learning Environments & Digital Literacy Parliament’s Education and Science Committee has reported to the House on its inquiry into 21st century learning environments and digital literacy. This inquiry was set up to investigate and make recommendations on the best structures, tools, and communities - in both rural and urban NZ - for enabling students and educators to attain the knowledge and skills, such as digital literacy, that the 21st century demands of us all. The Committee came up with a large number of recommendations for the Government, including that it: •

puts in place a system that offers better information across the education sector on digital literacy and 21st century skills to enable decisions to be based more on the facts;

investigates making facilities and resources, including computer labs and Internet connections available to school communities;

considers how school libraries can be 21st century learning environments;

encourages local government to make greater Internet access available via public libraries for out-of-school learning as a valuable community resource;

considers making sure that all appropriate NZ video content produced for the public is licensed and funded under a single national contract, and made available to all schools;

makes sure that policies and guides are developed to help prevent cyberbullying and inappropriate online content;

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ensures that more local NZ content, including Māori (including materials for learning Te Reo Māori) and Pasifika content, is available to all schools;

considers how to make digital learning material used in NZ accessible by people with disabilities;

investigates the best bulk supply arrangements to enable possible purchase by families or schools of digital equipment and tools suitable for use by students at school; and

considers whether the Network for Learning should be more widely accessible than just at school, and how Network for Learning can provide affordable access to high-speed Internet connections with unlimited data to all schools.

The report can be found at

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New Whanau Ora Research Website At this recently launched website you’ll find information on research, toolkits, resources, and researchers as well as success stories about whanau ora. The site aims to be a hub for researchers, iwi and community organisations to share their ideas, and advocate for good practice methods in Whanau-centred research. More is at

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Employment Employer Attitudes to Employing Disabled People The Ministry for Social Development’s “Think Differently” campaign recently reported on research commissioned to investigate NZ employers’ attitudes towards employing disabled people. They found that rather than ability to do the job, employers’ perceptions of employability are influenced by the type and severity of impairment and fears about reactions to the disabled person from staff and clients. Although almost all employers felt that disabled people deserved a fair go, only half of employers surveyed had actually employed anyone with a disability, and of those who had few had made any extra accommodations or incurred extra costs. More is at

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MBIE’s Holidays and Leave Calculator The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is reminding employees and employers to be aware of workers’ rights when it comes to pay, leave, breaks, and minimum wages. MBIE has developed a holidays and leave tool so everyone can work out employee entitlements. This will be particularly useful to those who work shift patterns or do not work a usual Monday to Friday week. The tool is at

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Housing/Building Construction Contracts Act: Amendments Coming One of the main aims of amendments to the Construction Contracts Act 2002, that were recently introduced to Parliament, is to enable construction contract disputes to be dealt with faster and more cost effectively. Proposed amendments to it include: •

removing the distinction between residential and commercial construction contracts;

broadening the definition of construction work to include design, engineering and quantity survey work;

allowing more direct enforcement of determinations (decisions) about rights and obligations; and

reducing the time a defendant has to oppose an application to have a determination entered as a judgment to five days.

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Building & Engineering Contracts: Standards Updated NZS 3910, Conditions of contract for building and engineering construction, is this country’s most widely used standard form of contract conditions. It has been under review since February last year. There was extensive feedback, so much so that the revised standard wont be published until mid-2013 (instead of the planned March 2013 publication). It’s also been decided to have three new standards instead of one: •

NZS 3910, Conditions of Contract for Building and Civil engineering – Construction;

NZS 3916, Conditions of Contract for Building and Civil engineering – Design and Construction; and

NZS 3917, Conditions of Contract for Building and Civil engineering – Term maintenance.

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Energy Electricity Distributor Trends: Report A new report from the Commerce Commission gives consumers information on how well their local electricity distribution business is performing. The report, “Electricity distributors’ performance from 2008 to 2011”, covers major aspects of performance including income, demand, service reliability, and spending on the network. It shows trends and comparisons across the industry as a whole, and for the 29 individual businesses. There are 29 electricity distribution businesses in NZ that transport electricity to homes and businesses. Distribution charges account for around a quarter of a typical household bill. Part of this charge goes towards maintaining and investing in the network. The report is at

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Scientists Find Mega-Oil Field... 1,300 Light Years Away Have our wishes been answered? Scientists have found an oil field which contains 200 times more hydrocarbons than there is water on the whole of the Earth. Time to wave peak oil goodbye forever … but, there is one slight catch. It is around 1,300 light years away, within the Horse Head Nebula galaxy in the Orion constellation. So how many barrels are we talking about? The answer is one hundred and fifty-five quintillion, two hundred and thirtyeight quadrillion, ninety-five trillion, two hundred and thirty-eight billion, ninety-five million, two hundred and fifty thousand, or 155,238,095,238,095,250,000 barrels. More is at

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Transport & Travel Social Cost of Road Crashes Decreases in 2011… The total annual social cost* of road crashes in NZ reduced by 1% between 2010 and 2011 to $3.14 billion in 2011, largely due to a 24% fall in the number of fatalities. The average social cost of a fatal road crash in June 2012 was $4.45 million, while the average cost of a serious crash was $467,300. For non-fatal injuries, the updated average social cost is estimated at $401,100 per serious injury and $21,300 per minor injury. *The social cost of a road crash or a road injury is the total cost that occurs as a result of the road crash or injury. Social cost includes the following components: loss of life and life quality, loss of output due to temporary incapacitation, medical costs, legal costs, and vehicle damage costs. More is at

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…& Motor Vehicle Crashes Down in 2011: Report A recent report has confirmed that speed and alcohol continue to be major contributors to our road toll and crash rate. There were 284 fatalities in the 2011 calendar year - 6.4 people per 100,000 – the lowest rate in 60 years. The number of people injured was 12,574. This is 285 people per 100,000 population – again, the lowest rate in 60 years. Travelling too fast for the conditions was a contributing factor in 29% of fatal crashes. Alcohol or drugs was a contributing factor in 30% of fatal crashes. The age group with the highest percentage of road deaths and injuries was 20-24 year-olds, followed by 15-19 year-olds. More is at

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Resurgent New Vehicle Market in 2012 Strong sales of both passenger and commercial vehicles in December meant new vehicle sales topped 100,000 units for only the third time since 1989. The 100,795 new cars and commercial vehicles sold were 16,155 units (19%) ahead of 2011. More is at

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Air NZ: One of the World’s Safest Airlines Europe’s Jet Airliner Crash Data Evaluation Centre (JACDEC) has ranked Air NZ second behind Finnair in the annual JACDEC Safety Index which recognises safety in the aviation industry. Other carriers to make the top ten included Virgin Australia, Cathay Pacific, and Etihad. More is at

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Justice/The Law Summary of Your Rights: Credit Reporting Privacy Code The Credit Reporting Privacy Code contains a summary of rights that sets out the rights the code gives individuals. This summary has been awarded the WriteMark plain English standard. This means that the summary meets certain language standards to ensure that it is easy to read and understand. The summary explains: •

who can access your credit report and on what basis;

how to request a copy of your own credit report;

how to dispute information on your credit report; and

how to complain if you think the credit reporter has breached the code.

Credit reporters must display this summary on their websites and must provide it to individuals in certain circumstances, including when responding to an individual's request for a copy of their credit report. More is at

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Protecting Indigenous Knowledge: Free Resource Some of the latest thinking on how best to protect traditional knowledge and the culture associated with it is being made available online for free to encourage research and debate. The material, in a publication called “Indigenous Peoples’ Innovation–Intellectual Property Pathways to Development”, was presented at a recent conference. Included in the publication are essays on issues ranging from protecting the indigenous knowledge and systems of indigenous people, and bio piracy and other forms of unpaid-for exploitation of resources, to how trade in indigenous cultural heritage can benefit indigenous people. Download the publication for free at

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Parliament New Cabinet Lineup As of 22 January, the new cabinet lineup is (the numbers refer to their rank in Cabinet): Ministers Within Cabinet •

1. John Key - Prime Minister, Minister of Tourism, Minister Responsible for Ministerial Services, Minister in Charge of the NZ Security Intelligence Service, and Minister Responsible for the GCSB;

2. Bill English - Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance;

3. Gerry Brownlee - Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery, Minister of Transport, Leader of the House, and Minister Responsible for the Earthquake Commission;

4. Steven Joyce - Minister for Economic Development, Minister of Science and Innovation, Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment, and Associate Minister of Finance;

5. Judith Collins - Minister of Justice, Minister for ACC, and Minister for Ethnic Affairs;

6. Tony Ryall - Minister of Health, and Minister for State Owned Enterprises;

7. Hekia Parata - Minister of Education, and Minister of Pacific Island Affairs;

8. Christopher Finlayson - Attorney-General, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations, Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage, and Associate Minister of Māori Affairs;

9. Paula Bennett - Minister for Social Development, and Associate Minister of Housing;

10. Dr Jonathan Coleman - Minister of Defence Minister of State Services, and Associate Minister of Finance;

11. Murray McCully - Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Minister for Sport and Recreation;

12. Anne Tolley - Minister of Police, Minister of Corrections, and Deputy Leader of the House;

13. Dr Nick Smith - Minister of Conservation, and Minister of Housing;

14. Tim Groser - Minister of Trade, Minister for Climate Change Issues, and Associate Minister of Foreign Affairs;

15. Amy Adams - Minister for the Environment, Minister for Communications & Information Technology, and Associate Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery;

16. Nathan Guy - Minister for Primary Industries, and Minister for Racing;

17. Craig Foss - Minister of Commerce, Minister of Consumer Affairs, Minister of Broadcasting, and Associate Minister for ACC;

18. Chris Tremain - Minister of Internal Affairs, Minister of Local Government, and Associate Minister of Tourism;

19. Simon Bridges - Minister of Energy and Resources, Minister of Labour, and Associate Minister for Climate Change Issues; and

20. Nikki Kaye - Minister for Food Safety, Minister of Civil Defence, Minister of Youth Affairs, and Associate Minister of Education, and Associate Minister of Immigration.

Ministers Outside of Cabinet •

21. Maurice Williamson - Minister for Building and Construction, Minister of Customs, Minister for Land Information, and Minister of Statistics;

22. Jo Goodhew - Minister for the Community & Voluntary Sector, Minister for Senior Citizens, Minister of Women’s Affairs, Associate Minister of Health, and Associate Minister for Primary Industries;

23. Chester Borrows - Minister for Courts, Associate Minister of Justice, and Associate Minister for Social Development; and

24. Michael Woodhouse - Minister of Immigration, Minister of Veterans’ Affairs, and Associate Minister of Transport.

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Support Party Ministers •

Peter Dunne - Minister of Revenue;

John Banks - Minister for Regulatory Reform, Minister for Small Business, Associate Minister of Commerce, and Associate Minister of Education;

Dr Pita Sharples - Minister of Māori Affairs, Associate Minister of Corrections, Associate Minister of Education; and

Tariana Turia - Minister for Whanau Ora, Minister for Disability Issues, Associate Minister of Health, Associate Minister of Housing, Associate Minister for Social Development, and Associate Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment.

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2013 House Sitting Programme The House sitting programme shows the agreed sitting days for the House of Representatives in 2013. Normal sitting hours during the year are: •

Tuesdays and Wednesdays: 2 pm to 6 pm and 7.30 pm to 10 pm; and

Thursdays: 2 pm. to 6 pm.

View the complete sitting programme at

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New Ministerial/Public Sector Guidelines: Public Companies As the government gets ready to begin its partial privatisation programme this year, Ministers and government officials have been given a new set of rules by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC) outlining how they can talk about listed companies. The how-to note says that information about public companies needs to be treated with caution, and that people should take care when commenting about listed firms - even if the Minister or public sector organisation has no inside information. For example, Ministers to be wary of making any comment to media about a listed company, and to steer clear from talking about share prices. See the guidelines at

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Public Service/Local Authorities NZDF “Civilianisation Project” OAG Report The Auditor-General’s report “NZ Defence Force: The civilianisation project” was presented recently to Parliament. In September 2010, the Government asked the NZ Defence Force (NZDF) to reduce costs so that money could be redistributed within the Force. The civilianisation project was one of several projects NZDF started in response. OAG says the project has had limited success. It will not achieve the NZDF’s target of converting 1400 military positions and saving $20.5 million a year by 2014/15. Instead, 600 military positions will be converted, resulting in estimated savings of $14.2 million a year by 2014/15. In addition, a drop in morale and increase in staff attrition has led to reduced NZDF capability. The report is available at

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Online Government Services Used More Recent figures show 32.4% of NZers used secure online government services during the July to September quarter, up from 29.9% when measurements started in June. The standout performance has been the launch of online passport renewals (40% of adult passport renewals are now being done online). More is at (but note the passport figures shown in these results are out of date)

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Disclosing Chief Executive Expenses In 2010 the State Services Commissioner introduced new rules about disclosing information for chief executive expenses, gifts, and hospitality. Chief executives of Public Service departments, Statutory Crown entities and Corporations Sole are expected to disclose their expenses every six months and make this information publicly available on their agency's website and The next round for chief executive expenses, gifts and hospitality disclosures was due 8 February 2013. More, including previous disclosure statements, is at

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Not-For-Profits Corporate Management Processes for NFP Boards A recent Hays Group report looks at board effectiveness in the NZ and Australian not-for-profit (NFP) sector. It notes that NFPs have collectively become a major employer by making a significant contribution to the economy, and are therefore required to be more sophisticated in the management approaches they use. The research identified four main aspects that contribute to board effectiveness: •

purpose – that is, the underlining intent of the organisation and also the unique “value-add’ that the board offers. A clear purpose that answers the question “why do we exist” is needed to provide the right checks and balances to hold board members to account;

people: given the increasingly complex and high-stakes decisions facing boards, the collective “bench strength” of the board - the mix of capabilities, experience and contribution of individuals - is critical;

boundary management - the relationship, and management of boundaries, between both the Board and the CEO, and also with the senior management team, is crucial. A Board needs to maintain the appropriate level of involvement, commitment, and passion for the work of the organisation, without crossing over into management space and meddling in operations, or conversely, being too removed or passive; and

performance - regular evaluation of the Board’s performance, specifically examining how closely its work fits with the core purpose, is an important contributor to a highly effective organisation.

Download the report from and see a press release at

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Conflict of Interest Guidelines for NFP Board Members A board member of a non-profit organisation needs to be absolutely clear about what constitutes a “conflict of interest”. “Conflict of Interest” can mean many things and this is where a guide can be very useful in setting out policies and procedures, providing clear rules for simple and predictable situations, and establishing a process for dealing with the more difficult ones.

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A good place to start when looking for a guide as to how to manage your as a board member with a non-profit, is through a publication the Controller and Auditor General put together in 2007, “Managing conflicts of interest: Guidance for public entities.” Go to

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Business NZ Companies Need to Look Further Afield According to the latest Grant Thornton International Business Report (IBR), NZ sits second from bottom, at only 9%, in terms of the percentage of its companies that currently have international operations. By comparison, Australia has 16% and the global average was 36%. Grant Thornton’s survey also revealed that only 9% of the NZ companies surveyed were planning overseas growth. NZ also continues to rely on traditional markets, with very little movement into the emerging markets of Latin America, South America, Africa, Middle East, and Eastern Europe. A press release is at, and the report is at

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More Support for Exporters The Treasury-based NZ Export Credit Office (NZCEO) is the Government’s official export credit agency. It provides financial guarantees and trade credit insurance to exporters and banks. Recent changes aim to give NZCEO greater scope to support proven exporters access contract-specific and medium-term funding facilities from participating banks. The changes are: •

extending the maximum term of the SME loan guarantee from 12 months to 36 months; and

enabling NZECO to issue performance guarantees directly to foreign government and public agency buyers.

Since it was created, NZECO has underwritten more than $1.6 billion worth of exports to buyers in 62 countries. More is at

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EU Recognises High Standard of NZ Privacy Law The European Commission now formally recognises that NZ privacy law provides an adequate standard of data protection for the purposes of European Union (EU) law. This means European Union countries can now send personal data to NZ for processing without the need for extra controls. NZ is one of only five countries outside the EU to receive this recognition, and this is expected to have positive spinoffs for Kiwi businesses - opening up new opportunities for NZ in data processing, cloud computing, and financial or call centre activity. More is at

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Negotiations End Better When Food Involved Sharing a meal while negotiating leads to more profitable outcome, as it enhances trust and stimulates biological responses within diners that support collaboration, indicates recent US research. More is at

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Money Matters Kiwis Turning Their Back on Non-Mortgage Debt The Financial Behaviour Index released by the Commission for Financial Literacy and Retirement Income tracks changes in NZers’ financial behaviour. The latest Index found that, compared to 12 months ago, more Kiwis are paying off their retail purchase agreements in full during the interest-free period, and paying more off their personal loan than required. Kiwis are also increasingly spending less that they earn. Details include: •

92% of Kiwis paid off their purchase agreements within interest-free period (up from 85% in November 2011);

39% of Kiwis paid more off their personal loan than required (up from 30% in November 2011); and

54% of Kiwis say they earned more than they spent over the last three months (up from 50% in November 2011).

View the full Financial Behaviour Index at

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Kiwis Big-Time “Showroomers” About 15 percent of adult NZ shoppers with internet access are looking at items in physical stores – before buying online. After visiting a store: •

5.6% of adults with internet access, bought online from the same retailer in NZ (about 159,000 people);

5.9% bought online from a different retailer in NZ (about 168,000 people); and

3.1% bought from a different retailer overseas (88,000 people).

Overall, the survey finds 74.5% of adults with access to the internet are buying retail goods online in NZ, 41.1% overseas. Only 20.2% of adults with access don’t buy retail goods online. More is at

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Improving Living Standards Resource: Treasury Treasury has published papers covering its “Living Standards Framework”. The framework is made up of five areas Treasury says are important for improving living standards – economic growth, sustainability for the future, increasing equity, managing risk, and social infrastructure. The papers are being published to make sure that people working on policy development consider things that impact on living standards. They include analyst guides and background notes on each of the five areas in the framework. More is at

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Buy/Sell School/Sports Uniforms Online A new website called Schoolies allows parents to buy and sell school and sports uniforms that are no longer needed. School uniforms in particular can cost up to $1000, a significant cost to families with school age children. More is at

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Debt in Pacific Families: Report The Family Commission’s latest research report, ”Pacific Families and Problem Debt”, identifies reasons why some Pacific families get into debt and provides insight into the behaviour of finance lenders, and the impact of student loan schemes, and church donations - all of which contribute to high levels of debt for some Pacific families. The report can be downloaded from

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Internet, ICT & Media Internet Stats for 2012 Each year, Pingdom does a review, by numbers, of what’s been opening on the web for the year. Here’s a teaser: •

2.2 billion – number of email users worldwide, 144 billion – total email traffic per day worldwide;

68.8% – percentage of all email traffic that was spam, 50.76% – percentage of all spam that was about pharmaceuticals, the top category of all spam;

634 million – number of websites (December), 51 million – number of websites added during the year;

1 billion – number of monthly active users on Facebook, passed in October, 47% – percentage of Facebook users that are female, 40.5 years – average age of a Facebook user, 2.7 billion – number of likes on Facebook every day;

200 million – monthly active users on Twitter, passed in December, 37.3 years – the average age of a Twitter user, 327,452 – number of tweets per minute when Barack Obama was re-elected, the most ever;

187 million – number of members on LinkedIn (September), 44.2 years – average age of a Linkedin user;

1.2 trillion – number of searches on Google in 2012, 1 – the top trending question of the year on “Will Rob and Kristen get back together?”

1.1 billion – Number of global smartphone subscribers, 6.7 billion – Number of mobile subscriptions; 5 billion – Number of mobile phone users, 5.3 billion – Number of mobile handsets, 1.3 billion – Number of smartphones in use worldwide by end of 2012; and

300 million – number of new photos added every day to Facebook, 5 billion – the total number of photos uploaded to Instagram since its start, reached in September 2012, 58 – number of photos uploaded every second to Instagram.

More is at

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Make Most Unsolicited Marketing Calls Stop Add yourself to the Marketing Association “do not call” database if you are bothered by unsolicited marketing calls. Responsible businesses who use the telephone as a marketing tool subscribe to the Do Not Call list to make sure they do not call any number on that list. These marketers regularly receive an updated copy of this list, then match the names and phone numbers on any list they intend to use against the names and phone numbers on the Do Not Call list. By being listed on the Do Not Call list you should notice a decrease in the volume of unsolicited calls. However, the Marketing Association cannot guarantee to stop all phone calls because not every company subscribes to the service, nor can calls from overseas be controlled or stopped. Note that being on the list will not affect communications from organisations such as your bank, insurance company, or any other organisation with whom you have an existing relationship. More is at

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Māori Internet Society The NZ Māori Internet Society Incorporated (NZMIS) consists of just over 2000 members and is a result of a merger of the majority of Māori ICT and Internet organisations. NZMIS is working with a new strategy and purpose including radio spectrum, domain names, cyber safety, and education. More is at www.nzmis.Mā

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Teletext Service to Close in April The Teletext magazine service operated by TVNZ for nearly 30 years will close on 2 April. However, television captioning – a service available through Teletext and used extensively by the hearing impaired community – will continue unchanged. The Teletext service began in 1984, originally to help NZ’s deaf community get improved access to news and information. Funds raised in the 1981 Telethon helped pay to get it started. More is at

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New Guidelines for Prepaid Phone Card Industry The Commerce Commission has issued new guidelines for the prepaid phone card industry following customer complaints that some cards did not deliver the number of calling minutes advertised. The Commission’s new guidelines cover a range of Fair Trading Act obligations, and include a checklist for advertisements. View the guidelines at

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Smartphone Etiquette Smartphones are everywhere. Do you take others into consideration when using yours in public? Here are 10 ways to show respect to others: •

prepare a real signature - it's easy to create a signature with your contact info (it will help people keep connected);

you are not the paparazzi (except if you are) - must you really take pictures and video of everything at every moment? Use discretion and ask permission;

stop shouting!

communicate with care - yes, you are typing with your thumbs; you don't have to tell us - all smartphones have spell-check, grammar-check, and auto-correct;

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pull aside for a conversation – this applies whether driving or walking down the street, when you are texting, emailing, gaming, or surfing;

respect the live people in your presence - meetings and meals are social gatherings, not social media free-for-alls. Just because your phone alerts you a message is waiting doesn't mean you have to interrupt a person to respond;

find the off switch - gain some stillness and quiet by spending time away from electronics to engage with friends, family, and yourself;

notifications are for you only - if you're engaged with people, put the phone away and on silent until you're prepared to answer it;

you are not a jukebox (nor an arcade) - it's great that you can carry music to listen when you have a spare moment. But few are interested in your full collection of ABBA's greatest hits blasting in public. Neither do we care if you're scoring big on Angry Birds - this is why they give you earphones; and

respond! respond! respond! - the great thing about smartphones is that all your points of contact are in one place. Manage your communication to respond within 24 to 48 hours and acknowledge.

More is at

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Hiring a Webmaster? Useful Questions to Ask The following are 10 questions you could ask a potential webmaster for your organisation or company: •

Where can I find current and past examples of your work?

May I have a list of your current and past clients?

What's your favourite website and why do you like it?

Which publishing, design and content technologies would you use to build and maintain my website?

How will you optimise my website for search engines?

What kind of special features can you integrate into my site?

What is your approach to security issues and other potential website problems?

How well versed are you in copyright issues?

Who will own the website?

What are your fees and payment terms?

More is at

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2013 World Press Freedom Index The World Press Freedom Index measures the attitudes and intentions of governments towards media freedom The index includes criteria based on a country’s legislation as well as, for example, violence against journalists. The same three European countries that headed the index last year hold the top three positions again this year’s index. For the third year running, Finland has distinguished itself as the country that most respects media freedom. It is followed by the Netherlands and Norway. NZ sits at 8th place (up from 13 last year). The same three as last year – Turkmenistan, North Korea, and Eritrea - held the bottom three places. More is at,1054.html

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Websites & Articles of Interest 20 unusual uses of the penetrating oil and water-displacing spray WD40 you probably didn’t know about are at World more at risk from markets & Mother Nature – the WEF Global Risks 2013 Report is at What the Australian Science Media Centre thought were the top 10 science stories from Australia and the world in 2012 can be found at Seven of the worlds coolest futuristic buildings are at Some rather unusual items find their way onto company expense reports from time to time. Some of the stranger items that employees tried to claim for in 2012 include deer urine, a baby giraffe and kitschy lawn ornaments. Go to Where the European Commission's humanitarian aid will go in 2013. Go to Excellent tips for securing personal information on your smartphone are at For the best (and worst) media errors and corrections of 2012 go to 10 Resolutions for "Awesome Networking" on LinkedIn in 2013 are at Belgian chocolatiers have created the world's largest vintage steam train made out of chocolate, in an attempt to boost the country's internationally renowned chocolate industry. More is at Distractions that last for as little as 3 seconds can double error rates, a Michigan State University study finds. Go to Forbes has an interesting piece on the rise and rise of the “sharing economy” at Online shopping site offers ethical alternatives to big brands. More is at The $5 GravityLight gets power from the slow lowering of a weight. All it takes is enough elbow grease to hoist the bag, and you can light a room with nothing but a bag of sand. More at A “Your Paintings” project catalogues all of Britain's 211,861 publicly owned oil paintings is at Interislander has launched a mobile booking website A selection of business cards from the world's most famous people is at For Content marketing and social business: 2013 marketing predictions, go to The term "smart alec" refers to a famous New York thief of the 1840s. More about him and his wife is at Some of the most memorable marketing campaigns are those that completely bombed. From a vodka ad that seemed to condone assault to a failed Twitter campaign for a restaurant company, 2012 was full of marketing missteps made by major brands. More is at Simple, practical tips for sharpening your mental focus are at Back to top

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Treaty Matters Ngati Rangiwewehi & Tapuika Deeds of Settlement The Crown has signed deeds of settlement for all outstanding historical Treaty claims with Ngati Rangiwewehi and Tapuika. Ngati Rangiwewehi and Tapuika suffered greatly when the Crown brought war to the region in the 1860s. The Crown later established the Native Land Court which created unfortunate consequences for both iwi. Ngati Rangiwewehi and Tapuika will each receive financial redress of $6 million and specific cultural redress packages. These include a co-governance arrangement over the Kaituna River for Tapuika and the return of culturally significant sites such as Hamurana Springs to Ngati Rangiwewehi. Copies of the deeds are on the Office of Treaty Settlements website at

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Ngati Koroki Kahukura Deed of Settlement The Crown has signed a deed of settlement for all outstanding historical Treaty claims with Ngati Koroki Kahukura. The actions of the Crown led to the economic, social, environmental and cultural degradation of Ngati Koroki Kahukura and depletion of their physical and spiritual resources. The settlement includes financial and commercial redress of $3 million. It also vests the Crown-owned Maungatautari scenic reserve in te hapori o Maungatautari / the Maungatautari Community. The deed of settlement is available at

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Te Atiawa o Te Waka Maui Deed of Settlement The Crown has signed a deed of settlement for all outstanding historical Treaty claims with Te Atiawa o Te Waka-a-Maui, who were left virtually landless by the historical actions of the Crown. The Deed of Settlement sets out financial redress of $11.76 million and includes an apology for historical breaches of the Treaty, as well as the return of culturally significant sites and other Crown properties including Tapu Bay and Umukuri Bay urupa (cemetery). The deed of settlement is at

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Deed of Settlement Signed with Ngati Koata The Crown has signed a deed of settlement for all outstanding historical Treaty claims with Ngati Koata. The actions of the Crown left Ngati Koata without sufficient and suitable lands for their needs, which had serious consequences for their social and cultural wellbeing. The Deed of Settlement sets out financial redress of $11.76 million, and the opportunity to purchase Waimea and Hira forestry land near Nelson, and cultural redress including recognition of the strong association and connection Ngati Koata have with Rangitoto ki te Tonga/D'Urville Island, Takapourewa/Stephens Island, Whakaterepapanui Island and French Pass. The deed of settlement is available at

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Letter of Agreement: Taranaki Iwi The Crown has signed a letter of agreement with Taranaki Iwi (through the Taranaki Iwi Trust). On the basis of the Historical Account, the Crown will acknowledge in the deed of settlement that certain actions or omissions of the Crown were breaches of the Treaty of Waitangi and its principles. The Crown will then offer an apology to Taranaki Iwi in the deed of settlement for the acknowledged Crown Treaty breaches and its principles. The Historical Account, Crown acknowledgments, and apology will be developed following the signing of a letter of agreement. Cultural redress will follow, as well as financial redress of $70 million. See the letter at

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Agreement in Principle: Ngaruahine The Crown has signed an Agreement in Principle with Ngaruahine. Nga Hapu and the Crown have commenced work on the historical account. The historical account will includes: Ngaruahine and the NZ Wars; the confiscation of Ngaruahine land under the NZ Settlements Acts; Ngaruahine and the Crown invasion of Parihaka; Ngaruahine and the West Coast Settlement Reserve lands; the establishment of Parininihi ki Waitotara Incorporation; social and economic effects; and Ngāruahine today. The financial and commercial redress amount is $67.5 million. The parties will now negotiate on the basis of this agreement towards a fully developed and detailed deed of settlement. More is at

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Agreement in Principle: Te Atiawa The Crown has signed an Agreement in Principle with Te Atiawa, and Te Atiawa Iwi Authority and the Crown have begun work on the historical account. This covers: early purchases and the NZ Company; the Waitara transaction and the outbreak of the first Taranaki war; Te Atiawa and the NZ wars; confiscation of Te Atiawa land under the NZ Settlements Act; Te Atiawa and the Crown’s invasion of Parihaka; Te Atiawa and the Sim Commission; other land issues in the 20th century; and depletion of natural resources. The parties will now negotiate on the basis of this agreement towards a fully developed and detailed deed of settlement. More is at

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Arts & Culture 2013 Chinese Year of the Snake Chinese legend tells of Buddha, the Emperor of the Heavens, inviting all animals to share in the New Year’s celebrations – only twelve animals appeared. To reward their loyalty, Buddha named a year after each one in the order they arrived: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Ram/Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Boar/Pig. 2013 Chinese New Year celebrates the Year of the Snake, the sixth animal honoured by Buddha, and in the Western calendar this officially begins on 10th February. 2013 is the Year of Water Snake. The colour of Water in the Five Elements system is related to Black. Therefore 2013 is a Black Snake, Water Snake, or Black Water Snake year. The sixth sign of the Chinese Zodiac, the Year of the Snake slithers in but with major presence, as the snake represents wisdom, intelligence, and self-control. The snake also represents the ability to strike at will, quickly and powerfully. Back to top

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Radio NZ National Top Radio Station in 2012 For the second year running Radio NZ National has finished the year as the country’s No.1 station (with a nationwide station share of 10.5%). And, Morning Report maintained its position as the most popular radio programme in NZ in 2012 with a weekly audience averaging 342,000 listeners. Most of Radio NZ’s other major programmes were also No.1 in their timeslot including Nine to Noon with Kathryn Ryan, The Panel with Jim Mora, Checkpoint with Mary Wilson, Saturday Morning with Kim Hill, Sunday Morning with Chris Laidlaw, and Nights with Bryan Crump. More is at

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Film Archive Seeks 1980s Games Fans Do you remember playing Space Invaders or Galaga down at the fish and chip shop on Friday nights? The Film Archive is collaborating with Flinders University of South Australia on their “Play It Again” project, which aims to remember and preserve NZ and Australian video games of the1980s. The Archive seeks 1980s games fans, programmers, and collectors who are able to share memories, information, games, or documentation relating to games. Please contact the “Play It Again” project at

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Fish & Ships MPI’s NZ Fishing Rules App Popular Get fish species information on-the-go with the MPI Recreational Fishing App. The app helps you to identify recreational fish species common in your area through images, then displays relevant information such as the minimum legal size, maximum daily limits and area bag limits. Short videos show how to release undersize fish correctly and also how to measure crayfish and determine their sex. Local notices will give you updates on any temporary closures in the area. So far the app has been downloaded over 10,000 times. More including links to downloading are at

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Science & Technology Needed: Clever People Doing Intellectually Risky Research How do we best decide what scientific research to fund? This is a question that Sir Peter Gluckman, the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor, is urging the NZ science community to consider more deeply. In a new blog, Sir Peter says that in his view, there are two important ingredients for achieving the best value for research spending: high performing people, and intellectually risky research. He also notes that NZ’s narrowly targeted funding system has not been good for multidisciplinary research*, yet this is where so much innovative science occurs. The result of this is that too much of our scientific activity has become overly conservative and “safe” – with potentially long-term consequences for the country.

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* Multidisciplinary research uses experts from several different fields working together to solve problems. See the blog post at

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Nippy Creatures that Share Your Swim There you are at the beach this summer. The water is cool and inviting. You go in for a dip. Then something small nips you… NIWA says most people would immediately blame a crab but it could be sea louse – a marine isopod. Isopods are a type of crustacean, like a garden slater. Some of the marine ones nibble on seaweed but sea lice also like eating animals, especially dead animals. In NZ the likelihood of people getting nipped is actually rather low, even though sea lice are found in intertidal, rocky and sandy shores all around the country. They are more of a minor nuisance than a real danger to humans. On rocky shores, such as Island Bay in Wellington, the species Cirolana kokuru is common and, at times, abundant. This species reaches 1cm in size and could be what nips you when you are kneeling on the rocky shore at low tide, especially on a late afternoon rising tide. Bear with it if you get bitten: sea lice are important contributors to the general health of ecosystems, because they clean up their environment. More (including photo of Cirolana kokuru) is at

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Cats Top Bird Killers in US According to a report published (29/01/13) in “Nature Communications”, free-roaming cats, including domestic pets allowed out of the house, kill many more birds and animals than previously thought. The report estimates that cats kill 1.4 billion to 3.7 billion birds annually and 6.9 billion to 20.7 billion mammals, including mice, shrews, voles, squirrels and rabbits. Feral cats and their prowling domestic cousins also dispatched as many as 20.7 billion small mammals such as rabbits and squirrels, making them more deadly to wildlife than cars, buildings, windmills or other objects. More is at and and see the original article at

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

Christmas shoppers lift December spending - when adjusted for seasonal effects, the value of electronic card spending in the retail industries increased 0.3% during the month. This was the third consecutive monthly increase. Shoppers spent more in all retail industries, except fuel. More is at x

annual wage rates - labour cost index (LCI) salary and wage rates increased 1.8% in the year to the December 2012 quarter (this includes a 0.5% rise in the December 2012 quarter). Salary and ordinary time wage rates in the private sector increased 1.9% in the year to the quarter, whereas public sector salary and ordinary time wage rates rose 1.5%. More is at Dec12qtr.aspx

December net migration zero - NZ had seasonally adjusted net migration of zero in December 2012, when arrivals equalled departures. In the December 2012 year, NZ had a net loss of 1,200 migrants. The net loss of migrants to Australia in the December 2012 year was 38,800, down from the record of 40,000 in the August 2012 year. There were net gains of migrants from most other countries, led by the United Kingdom (5,700), China (5,200), and India (5,100). More is at

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food price index: December 2012 - food prices fell 0.2% in the December month, and were down 1.0% on a year earlier. More is at

visitor numbers – there were almost the same number of visitors in December 2012 (364,000) as in December 2011, but they were up 5% from December 2010. Compared with 2011, December 2012 visitor arrivals from China, Japan, and Germany increased, while arrivals from Australia, the United Kingdom, and Malaysia decreased. More is at

consumer price index (CPI) falls 0.2% in December quarter - seasonally lower vegetable prices and more discounting of furniture were partly countered by higher housing and transport prices. The CPI has fallen in four of the past five December quarters. More is at

overseas merchandise trade: December 2012 - the (seasonally adjusted) value of exported goods fell 3.3% in the December 2012 quarter, led by dairy. But, trade balance for December 2012 was a surplus of $486 million (12% of exports), the largest since December 1991. More is at spx

flat end to manufacturing year - according to the latest BNZ - BusinessNZ Performance of Manufacturing Index (PMI), the seasonally adjusted PMI for December was 50.1 (a PMI reading above 50.0 indicates that manufacturing is generally expanding; below 50.0 that it is declining). While this was 1.3 points up from November, the PMI averaged a generally flat value of 50.9 over 2012. More is at

apartments lift new housing consents - seasonally adjusted number of consents for new houses (including apartments) increased 9.4% in December 2012. Consents for non-apartment houses decreased 1.0%. Apartment numbers can vary a lot from month to month. More is at

exports fall despite large increase in imports to China - the value of exported goods fell $94 million (2.4%) to $3.8 billion in November 2012, compared with November 2011. Despite a 60% increase in exports to China, decreases for other countries resulted in total exports falling, compared with November 2011. More is at spx

current account deficit (September 2012 quarter) – the deficit narrowed to $2.5 billion from a deficit of $2.8 billion in the previous quarter. The current account measures NZ’s transactions with the rest of the world. A current account deficit means that the rest of the world earned more from NZ than NZ earned from overseas. More is at spx

November guest nights - after removing seasonal variation, South Island guest nights fell 6.8% in November 2012 compared with October 2012. North Island guest nights rose by 0.4%. As a whole, NZ guest nights fell 2.7% for the month. More is at

Local authorities reduce deficit - spending by local authorities exceeded their income by $91 million in the September 2012 quarter. However, this is an improvement on the deficit of $148 million in the June 2012 quarter. More is at x

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General Climate Outlook: February - April 2013 February-April rainfall is likely to be near normal everywhere but for the north of the North Island, where near normal or above normal rainfall is likely. Soil moisture levels and river flows are likely to be near normal levels for all of NZ for the season as a whole. The return to near normal soil moisture levels will take some time for those parts of Northland, Auckland and the North Island east coast that are currently very much drier than usual. Regional predictions for the next three months: •

Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty- February - temperatures likely to be near average or above average. Rainfall likely to be in the near normal or above normal range. Soil moisture levels and river flows are likely to be in the near normal range for the season as a whole;

Central North Island, Taranaki, Wanganui, Manawatu, Wellington - temperatures likely to be near average. Rainfall, soil moisture levels and river flows are all likely to be around near normal for the season as a whole;

Gisborne, Hawke's Bay, Wairarapa - seasonal temperatures likely to be near average. Rainfall totals, soil moisture levels, and river flows are all likely to be around near normal for this time of year;

Nelson, Marlborough, Buller - temperatures likely to be near average. Seasonal rainfall totals, soil moisture levels, and river flows are also all likely to be around near normal;

West Coast, Alps and foothills, inland Otago, Southland - temperatures likely to be near average over the next three months. Seasonal rainfall totals are equally likely to be near normal. Soil moisture levels and river flows are also likely to be near normal levels; and

Coastal Canterbury, east Otago - temperatures likely to be near average. Seasonal rainfall, soil moisture levels, and river flows are all likely to be around near normal.

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Aftersocks Cheque for Chch Mayoral Fund Following its successful Aftersocks campaign, Rural Women NZ has given a cheque for $130,000 to the deputy mayor of Christchurch for the Christchurch Mayoral Fund, The organisation says the size of the donation is a great tribute to all its members who got behind the campaign and made it such a success. Back to top

Top Baby Names for 2012 The top 10 girl-baby names for least year (2011 ranking in brackets) were: 1 Olivia (2), 2 Sophie (3), 3 Emily (9), 4 Charlotte (5), 5 Ruby (1), 6 Isabella (4), 7 Ella (7), 8 Amelia (10), 9 Sophia (15), and10 Ava (12). The top 10 boy-baby names for least year (2011 ranking in brackets) were: 1 Jack (10), 2 Oliver (3), 3 William (5), 4 Liam (1), 5 Mason (15), 6 Samuel (7), 7 Jacob (11), 8 Lucas (4), 9 Ethan (16), and 10 Noah (6). More is at

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History of Kalimpong Kids being Recorded The fate of 130 Anglo-Indian children (known as the Kalimpong Kids) educated and sent to NZ in early 1900s for a better future, is being recorded as part of a PhD study. The children, the illegitimate children of European tea planters and their Indian or Nepalese mistresses, were removed from their families at a young age by a Scottish Presbyterian missionary in the early 1900s. The missionary set up a school to educate the children in English, and give them manual and social skills. Then, when they were 15 or 16 years old, they were to be sent to the more egalitarian colonies, where a job was found for them (boys arrived to work on farms, 38 –Bulletin Aotearoa February 2013

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and girls to work as domestic help). The PhD seeks to answer questions about why NZ was the only colony which accepted the children in large numbers until emigration stopped in 1939. More about the study is at and there is a website at ad

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Online Authentication Service NZers who need officially-verified documents for use in most countries can now get them issued electronically. Whether it’s a marriage certificate, a lawyer’s letter, an import certificate or a travel document, the new e-Apostille* service from the Department of Internal Affairs’ Authentication Unit could cut submission times considerably by creating secure electronic versions of paper documents which can then be emailed to overseas agencies. Previously, Apostilles had to be transmitted by mail or courier. *An e-Apostille is an electronic version of an Apostille certificate, which the Authentication Unit applies to many types of NZ-issued documents to verify them for use in the more than 100 countries that have signed the Hague Apostille Convention, including the UK, Australia, and the US. Details of the e-Apostille service can be found at:

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Wonderful Words With No English Equivalent From a list of 14 of these words are these samples: •

Pelinti (Buli, Ghana) - your friend bites into a piece of piping hot pizza, then opens his mouth and sort of tilts his head around while making an "aaaarrrahh" noise. The Ghanaians have a word for that. More specifically, it means "to move hot food around in your mouth;"

Tartle (Scots) - the nearly onomatopoeic word for that panicky hesitation just before you have to introduce someone whose name you can't quite remember;

Zeg (Georgian) - it means "the day after tomorrow" (seriously, why don't we have a word for that in English?);

Lagom (Swedish) - this slippery little word is hard to define, but means something like, "Not too much, and not too little, but juuuuust right;"

Koi No Yokan (Japanese) - the sense upon first meeting a person that the two of you are going to fall in love; and

Cafune (Brazilian Portuguese) - "tenderly running your fingers through your lover's hair."

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US Out as Sole Superpower by 2030: Report A new report by the intelligence community projects that the United States will no longer be the world's only superpower by 2030. In terms of the measures of overall power – GDP, population size, military spending and technological investment – Asia’s power will surpass that of North America and Europe combined, the report concludes. The report reckons that the United States will retain a unique role in the international system — in part because of its history and past leadership. And the intelligence community does not believe the United States will be supplanted as the world's only superpower by another country. The report “Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds” can be downloaded at

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Conferences & Events National NFP Sector Conference 2013 The theme of this conference being held on 19/20 February 2013 in Wellington (at the CQ Hotel and Conference and Functions Centre) is “sustaining real community value in tough times”. More is at

Katherine Mansfield: Masked and Unmasked This event is being held on 8-11 February 2013 at Victoria University of Wellington. It provides an opportunity to share and discuss recent developments in Mansfield scholarship, in the year of the 90th anniversary of her death. More is at

SCANZ Disaster Conference The Science Communicators Assoc. of NZ (SCANZ) and International Public Communication of Science and Technology (PCST) Christchurch conference on 21/22 February 2013 has as its theme: “Disasters: Communicating in the Crisis and the Aftermath.” The conference will explore the challenges of communicating science during major events, from earthquakes, tsunamis and pandemics to agricultural disease outbreaks, as well as sustainability and disaster prevention planning. More is at

International Sheep Veterinary Congress This is being held from 18-22 February 2013, Rotorua Energy Events Centre. These congresses are held every four years. They are for veterinarians with an interest in sheep health & production. More is at

Working with Iwi Conference 2013 This is entitled “Strengthening Cultural Understanding and Integrity and Identifying Future Opportunities with Iwi through Strategic Leadership and Collaboration”. It’s being held from 26-27 February 2013, at Rydges Auckland Hotel. Topics to be explored include: Evaluating engagement platforms and partnership strategies, Māori business and economic development initiatives, and Treaty settlements in the light of the approaching 2014 deadline. More is at

Shear Fashion & Golden Shears Shear Fashion 2013, being held on 28 February 2013 in Masterton, is the first fashion show being held in conjunction with the world famous Golden Shears in Masterton. More is at

Māori and Pasifika Hui Fono The ACE Aotearoa Māori and Pasifika Hui Fono, Dunedin (at Araiteuru Marae and the Otago Museum) runs from 27 February-1 March 2013. Entitled “Geni – US”: the Hui Fono will explore giftedness and how educators can tap into the unique talents inherent in everyone to enhance their learning experience. Now in its sixth year, the Hui Fono is a professional development opportunity for Māori and Pasifika working in the Adult and Community Education (ACE) Sector. More is atāori -and-pasifika-hui-fono-2013.htm

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EthnicA Conferences 2013 The Office of Ethnic Affairs runs a series of regional conferences (called EthnicA Conferences) that aim to bring together inspiring speakers, invigorating debate on topics regarding ethnic diversity, innovative ideas and an excellent place to build connections. In 2013 EthnicA conferences will be held: Christchurch, Saturday 23 March 2013, Westpac Business and Community Hub; Auckland, Saturday 20 April 2013, Alexandra Park, Greenlane; and Wellington, Saturday 11 May 2013, venue to be confirmed. More is at Event email: Event Twitter link: Event Facebook page:

SOCANZ 2013 This conference is being held at Auckland’s Aotea Centre, on 25-27 March. An important part of the conference is the Master Class on day three of the event where people can discuss specific issues facing social entrepreneurs with their peers and mentors. More is at

Life is Easier with an Index” - ANZSI Conference 2013 The biennial Australian and NZ Society of Indexers (ANZSI) Conference will be held in Wellington on 12-15 March 2013. Its theme is “Intrepid indexing: indexing without boundaries” – reflecting that ebooks and epublishing are changing the way we index, edit, and publish.

Community Sector Seminars on Social Bonds ANGOA, the Association of NGO's of Aotearoa, is running a series of nationwide seminars from 22 February-8 March 2013, looking at the Ministry of Health and Treasury's current exploration of social bonds. Social Bonds are about new and innovative ways of funding that move beyond traditional grants and contracts. More is at

2013 NZ CFO Summit This is being held on 12 March 2013 at Langham Auckland. It is billed as the key opportunity for finance leaders from all industries to examine issues and share insights and best practice. More is at

Courts & Tribunals Conference This is being held from 7-9 March 2013, Langham Hotel, Auckland. Called “The Pursuit of Excellence and Innovation in Courts and Tribunals”, its programme is designed to launch the latest version of the International Framework for Court Excellence. More is at

Lantern Festivals: Auckland & Christchurch The 2013 Auckland and Christchurch Lantern Festivals will welcome in the Year of the Snake. The 14th Auckland Lantern Festival is on 22-24 February 2013, Albert Park; and the 8th Christchurch Chinese Lantern Festival, is on 2/3 March 2013 at Carlton Corner, Hagley Park North. At the festivals ancient Chinese traditions will mingle with contemporary folk-rock, acrobatics and kung fu tea-pouring. More is at

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Ministry of Health Disability Forums The first Ministry of Health Disability Consumer Forums since 2011 will take place in February and March. Twelve forums are planned for centres from Whangarei to Invercargill, starting 18 February 2013. This is the chance to hear the latest about the Ministry’s disability programmes and tell Ministry officials of your experience of Ministry funded support. More is at

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Awards & Opportunities RWNZ Enterprising Rural Women Awards Entries are now open for the RWNZ Enterprising Rural Women Awards 2013. The supreme Enterprising Rural Women Award* will go to the winner of one of the following entry categories: •

Love of the Land - sponsored by Agrisea Limited – covering all land-based businesses, from animals to agriculture;

Help! I Need Somebody - sponsored by Telecom – for businesses with a service-focus;

Making it in Rural – for women involved in manufacturing or creative enterprises; and

Stay, Play Rural - sponsored by Access Homehealth Limited – covering businesses engaged in rural tourism and hospitality.

*Each category winner will receive $1,000 in prize money and a trophy, with a further $1,000 going to the supreme winner. Entries close on 15 March 2013, and entry forms are available at

Fulbright-Creative NZ Pacific Writer’s Residency This residency offers a NZ writer of Pacific heritage the opportunity to work for three months at the University of Hawai‘i on a creative writing project exploring Pacific identity, culture, or history. Priority is given to works that focus on developing NZ literature in the genres of fiction, poetry, drama, non-fiction (including biography, history, arts-related, and cultural topics), and playwriting. The residency is valued at NZ$30,000 and includes return airfares to Hawai‘i, accommodation costs and a monthly stipend. Applications close on 1 March 2013. See Contact M Urale at Creative NZ for more information at, or tel (04) 498 0729

Creative NZ Arts Fund Arts Grants are awarded in two rounds per year and are available for all artforms. The amount on offer for this funding round is $65,000 or less. The current round closes on 1 March 2013. More is at

Capability Investment Resource Applications Open The Capability Investment Resource (CIR) has $31.65 million available to support the social sector to work in “stronger, more flexible, results-focused, innovative and integrated ways”. Its first allocation is focused on organisations “starting their organisational capability development journey”. The CIR is being operated by Ministry of Social Development’s Family and Community Services section. Round One applications close on 1 March 2013. More, including background material, is at

Halberg Race for “NZ’s Favourite Sporting Moment” Sports fans can vote for 'NZ's Favourite Sporting Moment’ up to once a day via Facebook, text, or online through the SKY Sport, Radio Sport or Westpac Halberg Awards websites.

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Public voting for this moment officially closes at 9.15pm on 14 February 2013. The winner will be announced on 14 February 2013, More is at's-favourite-sporting-moment

Are You the Next Young Cartoonist? Applications are open for the "Listener" and the NZ Cartoon Archive award. The award is open to NZ residents 18-35 years of age. Each person must submit three cartoons - one commenting on global issues, one on national issues, and one on local issues. The winner will receive $5000 and the winning cartoon will be published in the "Listener" and on the "Listener" website. Entries close on 4 March 2013. Post them to: Young Cartoonist Award, NZ Listener, PO Box 90521, Victoria St West, Auckland 1142

Te Putea Whakatupu Trust 2013 Scholarships Applications are now open for 50 scholarships, worth $10,000 each, which form part of an expanding programme created by Te Putea Whakatupu Trust, an independent charitable trust set up as part of the Māori fisheries settlement. Three individual scholarship programmes have been created to target specific areas of Māori economic development, including a new farming and agriculture scholarship being launched this year. Applications for all the scholarships close 30 April 2013. More is at http://www.tpwt.Mā

Sir Julius Vogel Awards 2013 Nominations for this award are now open. Science fiction and fantasy works first published or released in the 2012 calendar year are eligible. The awards will be decided at Au Contraire - - the national science fiction convention being held in Wellington, 12–14 July 2013. Nominations close on 31 March 2013. To make a nomination please email Anyone can make a nomination and it is free of charge. More on the nomination procedure and rules, including eligibility criteria, is at

Walking Access Commission’s Enhanced Access Fund Organisations carrying out projects to improve access to the outdoors can now apply for funding through the 2013 round of the NZ Walking Access Commission’s Enhanced Access Fund. Up to $138,000 (including GST) is available in the 2013 round, with a maximum grant of $25,000. Funding will favour projects designed to obtain certain and enduring access, such as projects for negotiation to secure access agreements, or surveying for easements or other new access. Other eligible projects include projects to provide information about access, such as signs, and those covering facilities like stiles, gates and fences. Submissions close 16 March 2013. More is at

Racing Safety Fund Applications from all racing clubs and racing code bodies are now being accepted for the next round of the Racing Safety Development Fund, which supports projects around the country that improve racecourse health and safety standards. In the past this has included projects like improvements to gates, stables, fences and grandstand repairs. Applications close on 31 March 2013. Information on how to apply to the Racing Safety Development Fund, and a copy of the application form, are available at or by calling (04) 495 6834

InternetNZ’s Community Investment Funding Round InternetNZ recently launched new one-off funding round is for people interested in getting funding for Internet-related projects that fit with InternetNZ’s Objects. Project proposals must result in an actual benefit to NZ. There is a $20,000 cap per project. The first stage – Expressions of Interest – closes on 15 February 2013. Details and application forms are at Shortlisted applicants then have until 18 March 2013 to submit detailed project proposals. To help applicants decide whether their project might be suitable for funding, a list of projects previously funded by InternetNZ is available at

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Appointments Sir Anand Satyanand has been appointed as Commonwealth Foundation chair. Judge Laurence Ryan has been appointed Principal Family Court Judge. Bernadette Cavanagh is this country’s next High Commissioner to Singapore, with cross accreditation to the Maldives. Deborah Geels is NZ’s new Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office in Vienna and Ambassador to Austria. Former High Court Judge Warwick Gendall is the next chair of Drug Free Sport NZ. David Carter is Parliament’s new Speaker. The National Party’s new Whips are: Louise Upston (Senior Whip), Tim Macindoe (Junior Whip) and Jami-Lee Ross (in the newly-created position of Third Whip). General Practice NZ has appointed Shelley Frost as its new chair. Dr Jan White has been appointed as a member of the Pharmaceutical Management Agency (PHARMAC) board. The Agricultural and Marketing Research and Development Trust’s (AGMARDT’s) new general manager is Malcolm Nitschke. Diana Crossan has been appointed CEO of Wellington Free Ambulance. Internet NZ has appointed Jordan Carter as its acting chief executive. Michael Ahie is appointed to the Massey University Council, Ian Fitzgerald is appointed to the University of Waikato Council, and Gabrielle Hervey will join the council of the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology. James Miller is a new member of the ACC Board. Turners and Growers Limited has appointed Sir John Anderson to be deputy chair. The NZ Institute of Primary Industry Management has appointed Stephen Macaulay as its new chief executive. Dr George Slim has been appointed interim chief executive of NZBIO. Prue Flacks has been re-appointed to the board of Mighty River Power. The inaugural head of Massey University's new Institute of Education is Professor Patricia Hardré. Tim Pankhurst has been appointed chief executive of Seafood NZ. Sean Hanna has been appointed by PHARMAC to the Pharmacology and Therapeutics Advisory Committee. Rosslyn Noonan has been appointed the first Visiting Fellow with the NZ Centre for Human Rights Law, Policy and Practice at the University of Auckland’s Law School. Peter Radich and Leigh Pearson have been reappointed to the Broadcasting Standards Authority. Larry Denley and John Gaukrodger of Hamilton have been reappointed and Nola Dangen has been appointed as members of the Real Estate Agents Disciplinary Tribunal. Deborah Cranko, Ross McArthur, and Glynn Cowley have been appointed to the Engineering Associates Registration Board. Professor Natalie Jackson is a new appointee to the Advisory Committee on Official Statistics (ACOS); and members Kim Hill and Murray Bain have been reappointed. Miriama Evans, Dr Rawinia Higgins, Hon Paul Swain, and Nick Davidson have been appointed to the Waitangi Tribunal for three years. The Dairy Women’s Network has two new trustees: Maree Crowley-Hughes, and Robyn Judd. Appointments to the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) are Tom Campbell (Chair); Elena Trout (new member); and Mark Oldfield (reappointed). The eight-member board to lead Callaghan Innovation (the Crown entity connecting NZ firms with science, engineering and technology) is: Sue Suckling (chair), Richard Janes, Paul Lockey, Dr Michele Allan, Robin Hapi, Professor Peter Hunter, Sir Peter Maire, and Craig Richardson. Lizzie Chambers and Dr Barry O’Neil will join the board of the NZ Forest Research Institute Ltd (trading as Scion), and Phil Norman will Join the board of the Research and Education Advanced Network NZ Ltd (REANNZ). NZ Māori Internet Society Incorporated (NZMIS) has a new executive of experts: Karaitiana Taiuru (chair, Ross Himona (kaumatua), Pikiora Wylie, Ivor Jones, Leona Karauria, and Leon Symes.

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Rural Women NZ,, 04 473 5524 celebrates record-breaking Kiwi generosity. It’s just two months on from the Telecom Foundation’s announcement that it had purchased and the charity crowdfunding site is already blitzing donation levels achieved over its four-year history.

Late last year Telecom CEO Simon Moutter made a bold philanthropic commitment, permanently making the website a zero fees fundraising service for Kiwi causes. Kiwis seem to love the opportunity to assist others, responding with a surge of donations and new pages just in time for Christmas giving season.

Each month publishes a scorecard inviting the New Zealand public to celebrate how generous they are. The website is proving to be a unique insight into what Kiwis care about and just how ready we are to step up for our fellow Kiwis.

In November 2012, the service facilitated $123,416.78 in donations to 155 Kiwi causes – up 48% on October 2012. This was followed by a Christmas campaign encouraging Kiwis to create Givealittle pages and pool their online donations to fund ‘Bigger Gifts’ to deserving Kiwis and charitable organisations. The results from December 2012 showed similar strength with a leap of 37% on November with $169,137.32 in total donations to 252 causes.

Head of the Telecom Foundation, Lynne Le Gros said, “We’ve been amazed and inspired by the Bigger Gift pages that were created for loved ones, mentors and organisations. Seeing the jump in activity, and the swell of positive feedback, affirms the Telecom Foundation’s decision to provide a zero fees fundraising platform for all New Zealanders.”

Among the Christmas results are unique stories made possible from hoards of Kiwis giving online last month: •

Wellington six year-old Lucy received a second cochlear implant with donors giving $9,000 to

help her parents meet the balance of the cost;

Friends and family of paraplegic Mike Brown rallied to raise over $6000 for a customised

surfboard to get him back in the water;

The Auckland Grammar community came together with $53,000 raised to fund cancer treatment

in the United States for much loved teacher Rodney Gordon

The Wilson sisters used social media to raise $2,000 that saved a Kaimanawa stallion from


Access Homehealth on the move A new stand-alone referral centre and the introduction of online nursing referrals for practitioners, are just two initiatives resulting from Access being selected by ACC to provide both nursing and flexible homecare support services for their clients. Through teaming up with high quality partners, we have been able to extend our coverage area and become one of only four national home and community support providers, helping ACC clients to maintain their independence. We are also expanding our coverage and services in the southern region after the Southern District Health Board (SDHB) selected us as one of three organisations to provide revised home and community support services throughout Otago and Southland. Commenting on the new contracts, CEO Graeme Titcombe says: “We are delighted to continue our strong relationships with ACC and the SDHB and look forward to developing the opportunities these new contracts offer clients and support staff. A not-for-profit organisation owned by Rural Women New Zealand, Access has been supporting New Zealanders in their own homes since 1927. 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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