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ISSN: 2230-6986

SEPTEMBER 2012

Bulletin Aotearoa: Weekly? Monthly? Feedback Results Last month we informally asked readers whether they wanted to receive Bulletin Aotearoa monthly or fortnightly. Your response has affirmed the status quo, with 93.5% saying they preferred the monthly option, and 6.5% saying they’d like it fortnightly. Monthly, it is then. Cheers Craig and Paddy Bulletin Aotearoa is a free monthly news digest produced by Rural Women New Zealand. Bulletin Aotearoa is brought to you with the help of the following sponsor partners:

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Health Consultation 

Supporting Vulnerable Children: New Action Plan ................. 15

Solutions to Child Poverty: Paper Released ............................. 3

Green Paper Submissions Released ..................................... 15

Recent Child Poverty/Vulnerable Children Papers ................ 3

ACC & Privacy: Reports Released ......................................... 16

Public Urged to Have Say on MMP .......................................... 4

NZ’s Medical Workforce in 2011; Snapshot ........................... 16

Big Changes to Animal Welfare Law? ...................................... 4

Alcohol Reform Bill ................................................................. 17

Good Medical Practice Guide: Medical Council Review ........... 4

Parliament & the Conscience Vote ..................................... 17

Access to Franz Josef & Fox Glaciers ...................................... 5

Gay Marriage Bill Passes First Reading ................................. 17

Cellphones: Trans-Tasman Roaming Services ........................ 5

Teen/ DPB/Widow’s Benefit Changes Coming Up ................. 18

How the Trans-Tasman Roaming Service Works ................. 5

Fewer Suicides ....................................................................... 18

Preventing Gambling Harm: Proposed Services ...................... 5

Older People's Health/Aged Care: New Paper ....................... 18

Plain Packaging of Cigarettes? ................................................ 6

Review of Voluntary Bonding Scheme ................................... 19

Ozzies & Plain Packaging ..................................................... 6

Telephone Caption Services for Elderly, Hearing Impaired .... 19

Review of NZ’s Fire Services ................................................... 6

Adventure Activities: Regulations Update .............................. 19

Lobbying Disclosure Bill ........................................................... 7

Feeling Inspired by the Olympics? Want to Run? .................. 19

Parental Leave Bill - Six Months' Paid Leave? ......................... 7

Building Muscles While Playing Computer Games ................ 19

Release from Unlawful Detention Rule: Bill .............................. 7

Big Changes for People Managing Diabetes.......................... 20

Full Recognition of Waitangi Day & ANZAC Day? .................... 7

Updated Food and Nutrition Guidelines ................................. 20

Fisheries Consultations ............................................................ 8

Alzheimers NZ: New Website… ............................................. 20

Dairy Products for Export: Exemptions ..................................... 8

… & New Meningitis Website ................................................. 20

Govt’s Five-year Outlook for Radio Spectrum .......................... 8

Free Mobile App for Managing Asthma .................................. 21

Proposals for NZ Place Names ................................................ 8

Online Food Ordering Ups the Calorie Count......................... 21

Inland Revenue Consultation ................................................... 8

Workplace Health & Safety Taskforce: Update ...................... 21

Food Standards Australia NZ Consultations............................. 9 Herbicides to Control Aquatic Weeds: EPA .............................. 9 

Education/Training

Survey of Social Enterprises in NZ ........................................... 9

Pressing Issues for NZ’s Education System: Report .............. 21

NZ Historic Places Trust Consultation ...................................... 9

Changes for Learners With Special Education Needs ........... 22

NZ Transport Agency Consultation .......................................... 9

Education Action Plans Released .......................................... 22

Electricity Authority Consultation .............................................. 9

ERO Drops Decile Rating From School Reports .................... 22

LINZ Consultation ................................................................... 10

Student Loans Bill Introduced ................................................ 23

Ministry of Culture & Heritage: Repairing Soldiers’ Graves .... 10

Survey Investigating Gifted Education… ................................ 23

Rural Fonterra’s Farmgate Milk Price System Tested...................... 10 

… & Revised Gifted and Talented Handbook ......................... 23 Asian-aware Ambassadors for Your School ........................... 23  New NZ-Run Saudi Polytechnic ............................................. 23 

New Rules for Agricultural Vehicles ....................................... 10 Quad Bikes: Employers Are Responsible for… ...................... 11 

Employment

Grape Growers: a Healthier Future Predicted…..................... 11

Benefit Cuts for Refusing Pre-employment Drug Test ........... 24

… & NZ Wine Industry: Two Snapshots ................................. 11

Expats Returning to NZ and Australia .................................... 24

NZ Vintages in 2003 & in 2012 ........................................... 12

Building the “Portfolio” Career ................................................ 24

Growers & Residues: No Problemo ........................................ 12

Online Job Vacancies Rise: July 2012 ................................... 25

Dairy Shed Heat Recovery Programme ................................. 13

When the Daily Treadmill is Actually Good For You ............... 25

Environment

Housing/Building

ETS: Register Post-1989 Forest Land by 21/12/12 ................ 13

We’re More Willing to Get a Mortgage or Credit ..................... 25

Ross Sea: (Big) Marine Protected Area?................................ 13

Auckland: Some State Houses Stay, Some Going ................. 25

Report on Wilding Conifers..................................................... 14

Leaky Holmes: Update on Claims .......................................... 26

Caged Grass Carp Promising For Waterweed Control ........... 14

Water Supply & Payment of Water Charges: Rented Homes 26

New Exclusive Economic Zone Law....................................... 14 ISO Standard for Environmentally Sustainable Events .......... 14

Energy Block Offer 2013 Nominations Open ...................................... 26  Deloitte Energy Excellence Awards ....................................... 27 

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Transport & Travel

Second Level Internet Domain Name Approved: Kiwi.NZ ...... 37

NZTA’s Land Transport Programme: 2012-2015 ................... 27

Social Media Becomes “Community Centre” After Quakes .... 37

Which Are the Safest Second-hand Cars? ............................. 27

Half of Us Will Soon Have a Smartphone… ........................... 37

New Funding System for Civil Aviation Authority.................... 28

… & Surge in Homebuyers Using Mobile Apps ...................... 38

Alcohol Interlocks/Zero Alcohol Licences Arrive ..................... 28

A Handful of Sites ............................................................... 38

Drug Driving Research Report ............................................... 28

Justice/The Law Family Court Big Changes Proposed ..................................... 28  Disputes Tribunal Applications Now Online ............................ 29  Trial Prisoner Literacy Programme Going Nationwide ............ 29 

Public Service/Local Authorities “Kiwis Count” Survey of Frontline Public Services.................. 29  Children’s Commissioner: Youth Advisers Wanted… ............. 30  …& Be a Member of the Families Commission ...................... 30  Ministry of Primary Industries’ Website Guide: Part 1 ............ 30 

Treaty Matters National Water/Geothermal Resources: Tribunal Claim Upheld ............................................................................................... 39  Ngati Toa Settlement with the Crown ..................................... 39  Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust Decision .................... 39  Whanganui River Framework Agreement Signed .................. 40 

Arts & Culture OMG, I'm Nearly 100 Years Old. LOL .................................... 40  From Gold Rush to Great War: Historic Papers Online .......... 40  Give a Can. See a Movie ....................................................... 40  Modern Music is Tedious & Unimaginative ............................ 41  Cuisine NZ Awards 2012........................................................ 41 

Not-For-Profits Generosity: How NZers Give .................................................. 31  Improving MSD Provider Contracts: Communities Benefit ..... 32  Govt & Tuhoe: Social Service Management Plan… ............... 32  … & CYF & Ngapuhi Sign Child Protection MoU.................... 32  U

Sports Clubs as Environmental Champions: Go LiteClub ...... 32 Health & Disability NGO Working Group Elections ................. 33 

Business Rebranding NZ: the “NZ Story” ............................................... 33  “Small Advanced Economies” Meeting ................................... 33  Buying Up Large: NZ & WTO Purchase Agreement ............... 33  Building Export Markets: Report… ......................................... 34 

Fish & Ships Commercial Fishing: New Safety System .............................. 41  New South Pacific Fisheries Convention................................ 42  Fishing for Squid in Auckland Islands: Changes .................... 42  Five New Mataitai Reserves ................................................... 42 

Science & Technology Government Science Funding ................................................ 43  The Truth Behind “Truthiness” ............................................... 43  Ageing Star Destroys Planet: First Evidence.......................... 43  Handy Stats ............................................................................ 43 

…& Building Innovation: Progress Report .............................. 34

General

Women Corporate Directors: NZ Launch ............................... 34

A Very Warm August .............................................................. 45

NZ CEOs’ Pay Rising, but Bonuses Shrinking ....................... 34

Money Matters NZers’ Incomes Fall, & Rich-Poor Gap Widens...................... 35  Study: Economic Opportunities for Our Big Cities .................. 35  Regional Economic Update .................................................... 35  Kickstarter: Explainer… .......................................................... 36  … But, Not All Projects are Well-Conceived ........................... 36 

Earthquakes Royal Commission Report: First Part ................ 45 Reminder: Operation Shakeout Planned for September ........ 45  NZ Families Today – Families Commission Information ........ 45  Migrants Generally Satisfied with NZ Life............................... 46  Refugee Women in Aotearoa Report ..................................... 46  Conferences & Events............................................................ 47  Awards & Opportunities.......................................................... 48  Appointments ......................................................................... 51 

Internet, ICT & Media Law Commission: Reducing Cyber-Bullying Harm ................. 36  Using Social Media: Advice from DIA ..................................... 36 

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Consultation Solutions to Child Poverty: Paper Released The Expert Advisory Group on Solutions to Child Poverty, established by the Children’s Commissioner, has released a paper proposing solutions to child poverty for consultation. Proposals in it include: •

ensuring children are living in warm, dry homes by requiring a “WOF” for rentals;

children having enough food to concentrate at school through a food in schools programme;

children being well connected to services that keep them healthy from early in life;

reducing child poverty rates by at least 30%, with a target set to halve the rate; and

significantly changing child support and family assistance payments, and housing, health, education and employment policies.

Proposed solutions in the short-term include raising the Family Tax Credit rates for younger and additional children. In the longer-term, the Group suggests the creation of a “Child Payment” - a payment from birth for all children, regardless of parental income, but targeted once the child turns six years-old. Also suggested is an increase in the supply and quality of social housing and families with pre-school-aged children taking priority over other applicants. Submissions close on 12 October 2012. They go to childpoverty@occ.org.nz, or you can complete an online survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/child_poverty. Consultation seminars and hui are being held in some of NZ's main centres to give people the opportunity to give feedback on the group’s ideas. The paper and more information about the consultation events are at http://www.occ.org.nz/__data/assets/pdf_file/0004/9859/FINAL_EAG_Media_statement28_Aug.pdf

Recent Child Poverty/Vulnerable Children Papers The original Green Paper for Vulnerable Children, which was published last October, is at http://www.msd.govt.nz/documents/about-msd-and-our-work/work-programmes/policy-development/green-papervulnerable-children/green-paper-for-vulnerable-children.pdf. Then came: •

the summary of submissions to the Green Paper, and also over 600 full submissions from various organisations (see “Health” section). This is http://www.childrensactionplan.govt.nz/

Every Child Counts’ paper “The Netherlands Study”, which looked at whether there are specific policies contributing to that country’s high child wellbeing outcomes that might also help this country improve the wellbeing and status of children here. It is at http://www.everychildcounts.org.nz/news/the-netherlands-study-2/

an action plan called “Delivering better public services. Supporting vulnerable children results action plan” (see “Health” section). This is at www.msd.govt.nz/about-msd-and-our-work/work-programmes/better-publicservices/supporting-vulnerable-children/index.html

the issues and options paper (see above) from the Expert Advisory Group on Solutions to Child Poverty.

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Public Urged to Have Say on MMP Comment on proposed changes to the Mixed Member Proportional (MMP) voting system, which include: •

the one electorate seat threshold for the allocation of list seats should be abolished;

the party vote threshold for the allocation of list seats should be lowered to 4%;

candidates should continue to be able to stand both in an electorate and on a party list at general elections;

List MPs should continue to be able to contest by-elections;

political parties should continue to have responsibility for the composition and ranking of candidates on their party lists; and

the provision for overhang seats should be abolished for parties that do not cross the party vote threshold.

Note that submissions close on 7 September 2012. Have your say at http://www.mmpreview.org.nz/node/add/feedback. The Proposals Paper and more information about the review are at http://www.mmpreview.org.nz/have-your-say/proposals-paper or by calling 0800 36 76 56

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Big Changes to Animal Welfare Law? The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is asking for feedback on proposed changes to the animal welfare system. MPI says animal welfare matters for its own sake because animals feel pain and distress, because how people treat animals says a lot about them as a society, and because NZ’s trading partners and consumers want people to do the right thing by their animals. One of the main proposals is that codes of welfare, which currently set the standards for animal welfare, are replaced with a combination of regulations and guidelines. Regulations would be directly enforceable in law. Guidelines would provide information and advice but would have no legal effect. It’s also proposed that: •

certain conditions would have to be met before people without veterinary qualifications could carry out surgical procedures;

certain surgical procedures should be either prohibited, or restricted to vets or people operating under vet supervision;

extreme conduct going beyond acceptable practice when hunting, fishing, or controlling pests could be subject to a charge of ill-treatment;

it would be an offence to deliberately drown a land animal; and

it would be a requirement to report the numbers of all animals killed for research, testing, and teaching..

The closing date for submissions is 28 September 2012. They go to awsubmission@mpi.govt.nz, or to Animal Welfare Strategy and Legislation Review, Ministry for Primary Industries, PO Box 2526, Wellington 6140. The discussion paper is at http://www.biosecurity.govt.nz/biosec/consult/proposals-for-aw-strategy-and-aw-act

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Good Medical Practice Guide: Medical Council Review “Good Medical Practice” outlines the duties of a good doctor and is intended to help doctors to monitor their own conduct and the conduct of their colleagues. It is also intended to serve as a source of education and reflection for medical students. It is often referred to by patients who are uncertain about the quality of care they have received. The resource is accessible to everyone, and the standards outlined are clear and easy to follow. The Medical Council is seeking feedback some proposed changes to this resource. Submissions close on 12 October 2012. They go to mthorn@mcnz.org.nz or to M Thorn, Senior Policy Adviser/Researcher, Medical Council of NZ PO Box 11-649, Willis Street, Wellington 6011. More is at http://www.mcnz.org.nz/news-and-publications/consultations/good-medical-practice/

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Access to Franz Josef & Fox Glaciers The Department of Conservation is consulting the public about access to the valleys of the Franz Josef Glacier/Ka Roimata o Hine Hukatere and the Fox Glacier/Te Moeka o Tuawe. These glaciers have a history of dramatic advances and retreats. Currently they are in retreat at a rate climate scientists describe as “remarkable”: Between 1893 and 1981 Franz Josef Glacier retreated 3 km. This was followed by an advance of 1.5 km by 2008. Since 2008 the Franz Josef Glacier has retreated almost half a kilometre. In the last year the thickness of the ice has reduced by 70m behind its terminal. This has caused the glacier to collapse in on itself resulting in a massive hole and considerable crevassing. Fox Glacier has also retreated since 2008. Send suggestions by 10 September 2012. You can submit online or email westlandplanreview@doc.govt.nz. More is at http://www.doc.govt.nz/getting-involved/consultations/current/westland-tai-poutini-nationalpark-management-plan-partial-review/

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Cellphones: Trans-Tasman Roaming Services The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is seeking submissions on a draft report on trans-Tasman roaming services. The move follows the announcement of a formal investigation into trans-Tasman roaming services by both governments in April 2011. This was based on an analysis of operator traffic and revenue for 2007 to 2009, and submissions received on a discussion paper published in May 2010. The joint investigation by the NZ and Australian governments has played a big part in reducing prices in each country’s wholesale market, but the report suggests that roaming prices are likely to now stop falling. It offers seven options for dealing with this. Option one suggests maintaining a watching brief; and the other six offer a range of more direct interventions to affect pricing. Comments must be received by 27 September 2012. Send them to transtasmanroaming@mbie.govt.nz or to Trans-Tasman Mobile Roaming, Communications and Information Technology Group, Energy and Communications Branch, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, PO Box 1473, Wellington 6140. More is at http://www.med.govt.nz/sectors-industries/technologycommunication/communications/mobile-phones/trans-tasman-roaming/trans-tasman-roaming-services

How the Trans-Tasman Roaming Service Works The trans-Tasman roaming service is used by NZers using their cellphone in Australia and Australians using theirs in NZ. The cost of doing this has been very high, hence the investigations, consultations and this draft report. Roaming activity takes place at both wholesale and retail level. At the wholesale level, a mobile operator acts as a host to roamers from across the Tasman. When acting in this capacity, it is known as the “visited network”. It sells its (wholesale) services to mobile operators across the Tasman. At the retail level, the mobile operator who purchases this service repackages it as a retail roaming service. When acting in this capacity, it is known as the “home network”. It sells its repackaged (retail) service to its own customers, when they roam across the Tasman. At any one time, a given mobile operator will act both as a visited network (hosting inbound visitors) and as a home network (selling retail roaming to its outbound roamers). Back to top

Preventing Gambling Harm: Proposed Services The Ministry of Health has published a discussion paper on the services it proposes to buy to prevent/minimise gambling harm over the next few years The Ministry proposes spending over $55 million from 1 July 2013 to 30 June 2016 on: •

intervention services to help people experiencing problems as a result of their own or someone else’s gambling;

public health services to prevent and minimise gambling harm; and

gambling research and evaluation.

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Submissions close on 7 September 2012. A submission form is at the back of the consultation paper. Email submissions to D Thompson at gamblingharm@moh.govt.nz. The paper is at http://www.health.govt.nz/publication/preventing-and-minimising-gambling-harm-consultation-document

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Plain Packaging of Cigarettes? The Ministry of Health (MoH) is consulting on a plan to introduce plain packaging for tobacco. Its consultation paper sets out the Government's plain packaging proposal, and invites comment. Amongst the questions MoH asks are: •

whether plain packaging could reduce the appeal of tobacco products, increase the effectiveness of health warnings on tobacco packaging, and stop tobacco packaging misleading consumers about the harmful effects of smoking;

if you don’t think plain packaging should be introduced, what other options should be adopted to address the above issues;

whether such a scheme should be matched with Australia’s plain packaging scheme;

whether plain packaging could have any negative consequences, like: limitations on consumer choice, on freedom of expression, on competition or trade; impacts on tobacco manufacturers/exporters in developing countries, and an increase in illicit tobacco trade; and

what the likely impacts are of plain packaging on the price of cigarettes.

The closing date for submissions is 5 October 2012. Email submissions to tobacco@moh.govt.nz. More, including the submission form is at http://www.health.govt.nz/publication/proposal-introduce-plainpackaging-tobacco-products-new-zealand

Ozzies & Plain Packaging An Australian High Court ruling has upheld that government’s decision to have cigarettes sold in plain packets, devoid of all company logos and advertising. The majority of justices found the Tobacco Plain Packaging Bill was not in contravention of Section 51 of the Australian constitution. The tobacco companies have been ordered to pay the Commonwealth's legal costs. Cigarette packets will instead be covered with grim photos and graphic warnings about the dangers of smoking. The decision is expected to have significant influence globally, though it’s likely to be appealed. More is at http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/australia/7482845/Plain-tobacco-packaging-upheld-in-Australia

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Review of NZ’s Fire Services A panel has been appointed to review NZ’s Fire Services. Its brief includes considering how the NZ Fire Service Commission, including the National Rural Fire Authority and NZ Fire Service, can be governed and structured to operate effectively, and provide value for money. The panel will advise how the fire services’ can have clearly defined roles that fit with the functions of other emergency services providers, and how they can be sustainably funded for the functions that they perform. The review will also be looking at how the “Enlarged Rural Fire Districts” programme, which encourages the voluntary merger of rural fire authorities into larger organisations, can be speeded up. The panel will consult key sector organisations, including police and other emergency services, health and local government. More, including the terms of reference are at http://www.dia.govt.nz/diawebsite.nsf/wpg_URL/Resource-material-Our-Policy-Advice-Areas-Fire-Service-Review-and-Terms-of-Reference

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Lobbying Disclosure Bill This Bill aims to bring some transparency and public disclosure around the lobbying activity directed at members of Parliament and their staff. Under it, lobbying would take place in as open a way as possible, and in a way that protects the interests of the public. The Bill would also establish ethical standards for lobbying activity in NZ, with the prospect of penalties if rules are broken. Submissions close on 5 October 2012. Two copies go to the Public Administration Committee, Parliament Buildings, Wellington. The Bill is at http://www.legislation.govt.nz/bill/member/2012/0015/latest/versions.aspx

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Parental Leave Bill - Six Months' Paid Leave? The purpose of this Member’s bill is to extend paid parental leave to 26 weeks (the current entitlement is 14 weeks). This would support families and also create jobs across the economy as employers engage staff to replace those on paid parental leave. Submissions close on 5 October 2012. Two copies go to the Public Administration Committee, Parliament Buildings, Wellington. The Bill is at http://www.legislation.govt.nz/bill/member/2012/0013/latest/versions.aspx

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Release from Unlawful Detention Rule: Bill The Habeas Corpus* Amendment Bill is based on Law Commission recommendations about this rule. Amongst the changes: •

in some circumstances the High Court or a Judge of that Court should be able to dispense with the rule that habeas corpus applications take precedence over all other business;

the 3 working days’ time frame for hearing an application should remain the ordinary rule, but judges should also be able to dispense with it in some cases;

there would be a new power to dismiss applications without the need for the defendant to establish the lawfulness of the detention, if the application is statute-barred or involves the wrong procedure; and

there should be a provision permitting pre-hearing conferences - by telephone, video link, or other authorised technology.

*Habeas corpus ad sub judiciem is a writ for a person’s release from unlawful detention. Under habeas corpus, when any person is arrested or detained, the validity of that detention may be tested by an application for habeas corpus. If it is shown during the course of proceedings that there is insufficient cause for detention, a writ of habeas corpus is issued. That writ orders the release of the prisoner. The grant of the writ is not at the discretion of the court, but is available as a matter of right. This reflects the law’s presumption that there is a general right to liberty unless there is a legal basis for not doing so. Submissions close on 28 September 2012. Two copies go to the Justice and Electoral Committee, Parliament Buildings Wellington. The Bill is at http://www.legislation.govt.nz/bill/member/2012/0034/latest/versions.aspx

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Full Recognition of Waitangi Day & ANZAC Day? This Member’s Bill provides for public holidays on Mondays when Waitangi Day or ANZAC Day falls on a Saturday or Sunday. Under the Holidays Act NZers have 11 public holidays. Six of them can occur on any day of the week. Four of those six days are protected if they fall on a weekend because they are “Mondayised.” The other 2 days, Waitangi Day and ANZAC Day, are not similarly protected. With this Bill NZers would get their legislated 11 public holidays in every year, rather than only 5 of every 7 years. Submissions close on 13 September 2012. Two copies go to the Transport and Industrial Relations Committee, Parliament Buildings, Wellington. The Bill is at http://www.legislation.govt.nz/bill/member/2012/0003/latest/DLM4274702.html

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Fisheries Consultations The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) seeks feedback from stakeholders on two Fisheries proposals (closing dates and email contact s for submissions are in brackets): •

introduction of a new special permit purpose: this would allow fishers fishing in the 2km -7km restricted zone with an observer on board, to return certain unwanted, likely to survive, by-catch to the sea, without being penalised (7 September 2012 - FMsubmissions@mpi.govt.nz); and

further temporary closing of Umupuia beach, Manukau, to the harvest of cockles: MPI has received a request from Ngai Tai Umupuia Te Waka Totara Trust, on behalf of Umupuia Marae and Ngai Tai, for a further two-year temporary closure of Umupuia Beach, Manukau, to the harvest of cockles. The current closure is due to expire on 15 October 2012 (6 September 2012 - randall.bess@mpi.govt.nz).

More is at http://www.fish.govt.nz/en-nz/Consultations/default.htm

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Dairy Products for Export: Exemptions The Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) is consulting on a draft Animal Products (Dairy Based Products - Food Standard Exemption) Notice 2012. The notice provides options for exempting dairy products intended for export (e.g., infant formula, supplements) from the NZ standard, starting with whether they comply with the laws of the importing country, then whether they have importing country registration, and then whether they comply an international standard (e.g., Codex). Submissions close on 21 September 2012. They go to robyn.scully@mpi.govt.nz. More is at http://www.foodsafety.govt.nz/elibrary/industry/draft-animal-products-dairy-notice-2012/index.htm

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Govt’s Five-year Outlook for Radio Spectrum The radio spectrum enables access to the digital world and the latest communications technologies. The Radio Spectrum Five Year Outlook, published by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), seeks views of industry experts and commentators on likely future trends in radio spectrum and on the Ministry’s proposed work programme. It includes a proposal to review the Radiocommunications Act 1989, which last had a major review about 15 years ago. Submissions close on 20 September 2012. they go to radiospectrum@med.govt.nz. More is at http://www.med.govt.nz/about-us/news/radio-spectrum-five-year-outlook-released

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Proposals for NZ Place Names The NZ Geographic Board Nga Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa (NZGB) has publicly notified these NZ place names proposals: •

Westgate: a proposal for a new suburb name;

Paekakariki Hill: a proposal for a new locality name, and a name for an un-named feature; and

Mount Petra: a proposal to assign a new name to a feature in Kahurangi National Park.

Consultation closes on 26 October 2012. Submissions go to Secretary for the NZ Geographic Board Nga Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa, c/- Land Information NZ, PO Box 5501, Wellington 6145, email customersupport@linz.govt.nz. A full list of proposals and submission deadlines is at http://www.linz.govt.nz/placenames/current-proposals

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Inland Revenue Consultation IRD is consulting on a proposal to add “meal feeders – automated” as a new asset class in the “Agriculture, Horticulture and Aquaculture” industry category. Submissions close on 14 September 2012. They go to public.consultation@ird.govt.nz)<ore is at http://www.ird.govt.nz/public-consultation/

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Food Standards Australia NZ Consultations There are two (submission closing dates and contact email addresses are in brackets): •

Proposals to amend (No.1) the NZ (Maximum Residue Limits of Agricultural Compounds) Food Standards 2012 (26 October 2012 - FoodPolicy@MPI.govt.nz); and

DRAFT Animal Products (Dairy Based Products - Food Standard Exemption) Notice 2012 (21 September 2012 robyn.scully@mpi.govt.nz).

More is at http://www.foodsafety.govt.nz/consultation/

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Herbicides to Control Aquatic Weeds: EPA The Environmental Management Authority (EPA) has received an application seeking modification of controls on a number of substances containing haloxyfop-R-methyl, imazapyr isopropylamine, metsurfuron-methyl, or triclopyr triethylamine as the active ingredient. The applicant wants to use them over water to control aquatic pest plants. Submissions close on 11 September 2012. Send them to hsinfo@epa.govt.nz or make an online submission at http://www.epa.govt.nz/about-us/have-your-say/Pages/make-submission.aspx. More is at http://www.epa.govt.nz/consultations/hazardous-substances/Pages/Modified-Reassessment-of-multiple-herbicides-to-control-aquatic-weeds.aspx

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Survey of Social Enterprises in NZ The Department of Internal Affairs is carrying out a survey of NZ social enterprises*. The results of this will help social enterprise networks, funders, and policy makers understand how many social enterprises there are in NZ, what these organisations do, and how much they contribute to NZ society and the economy. *Social enterprises are organisations that generate income from trading (selling goods and services) to support social, cultural and/or environmental goals. The survey closes on 10 September 2012. For more information contact diana.suggate@dia.govt.nz

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NZ Historic Places Trust Consultation NZ Historic Places Trust proposes to register Queen's Hotel (Former), Oamaru on its register of historic places. Submissions close on 4 September 2012. They go to AreaMgrOS@historic.org.nz, or to Otago/Southland Area Manager, NZHPT, PO Box 5467, Dunedin 9058. More is at http://www.historic.org.nz/TheRegister/NotifiedProposals.aspx (scroll down)

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NZ Transport Agency Consultation As part of its State Highway Maintenance and Operations Review, NZTA is seeking industry feedback on proposed changes to its maintenance and operations procurement (purchasing) arrangements. The deadline for providing feedback is 28 September 2012. Email it to m&oreview@nzta.govt.nz or post it to M&O Review, Attn: M Kinvig, NZTA, PO Box 740, Napier 4140. More is at http://www.nzta.govt.nz/consultation/mo-review/index.html

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Electricity Authority Consultation The Electricity Authority’s Retail Advisory Group has published a second discussion paper on arrangements for managing retailer default situations. The paper sets out the approach that has been developed and explains the reasons behind its selection.

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Submissions close on 25 September 2012. Email them to rag@ea.govt.nz with “Discussion Paper – Arrangements for managing retailer default situations” in the subject line. More is at http://www.ea.govt.nz/ourwork/consultations/advisory-group/arrangements-for-managing-retailer-default-situations/

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LINZ Consultation Land Information NZ is currently consulting on the Omarama Tenure Review - Notice of Preliminary Proposal. Submissions close on 15 October 2012. The go to LINZ, Crown Property & Investment, Private Bag 4721, Christchurch 8140, email pastoral&tenurereview@linz.govt.nz. More is at http://www.linz.govt.nz/aboutlinz/news-publications-and-consultations/news-and-notices/omarama-tenure-review-notice-of-preliminary-proposal

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Ministry of Culture & Heritage: Repairing Soldiers’ Graves The Ministry for Culture and Heritage has responsibility for the graves of the serving members of the Armed Forces who died in NZ during the First and Second World Wars. The Ministry wants to make structural repairs to the following 20 war graves in the public areas of Waikumete Cemetery this coming summer and is searching for relatives: Brett, Pte, William, d. 29.9.17; Brown, Rfm, John Samuel, d. 29.10.18; Commons, Pte, Hugh, d. 17.6.20; Evans, Pte, Daniel, d. 28.12.18; Gamble, Pte, Albert, d. 7.2.20; Gilmour, LAC, Angus Victor Macleod, d. 21.1.41; Grace, Rfm, David Patrick, d. 22.11.18; Grant, A.B., Frederick, d. 15.9.14; Handley, Spr, Charles Burgoyne, d. 3.8.18; Harris, Rfm, Arthur, d. 2.4.19; Hartneady, Pte, Edmond Stanley, d. 29.8.40; Hill, Tpr, Alan Roger, d. 4.4.42; Howarth, Pte, Harold, d. 15.12.18; Johnson, Spr, Ebenezer, d. 12.1.21; McDonald, LAC, Roderick William, d. 2.2.43; Ross, Sub.Lt, Angus Alexander, d. 23.9.42; Taumataua, Pte, d. 19.12.16; Warden, W.O., Francis John, d. 18.1.47; Wilson, Pte, Herbert Beaumont, d. 16.5.17; and Yeend, Pte, Henry William, d. 10. 1.17. Contact MCH by 30 September 2012. Email margaret.marks@mch.govt.nz or tel, or tel (04) 496 6343 or More is at http://www.mch.govt.nz/news-events/news/searching-relatives-dead-soldiers-0

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Rural Fonterra’s Farmgate Milk Price System Tested The Commerce Commission has released its final “Dry Run Report” on the dairy co-operative’s farmgate milk price. The Commission carried out this review at the request of the Minister for Primary Industries to show how the Government’s new milk price monitoring system would work in practice. The report’s findings indicate that the methods used to set Fonterra’s Farmgate Milk Price provide for fairness and accuracy when it comes to buying milk from farmers. There is a press release at http://www.comcom.govt.nz/media-releases/detail/2012/commerce-commission-releases-report-on-dry-run-review-of-fonterra-s-farm-gate-milk-price. The report is at http://www.comcom.govt.nz/review-of-fonterra-s-farm-gate-milk-price/

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New Rules for Agricultural Vehicles Proposed changes to the rules for agricultural vehicles would set up a two-tier system for these vehicles based on a 40km/h operating speed. Vehicles operating below this speed would be exempt from warrant of fitness and work time requirements. A new licence endorsement would allow car licence holders to drive a more types of agricultural vehicles once they prove they have the skills to do so. Other changes would simplify the rules on pilot vehicles, work time variation schemes, hazard identification and vehicle visibility. The changes will require new legislation so there will be a chance for submissions when a Bill reaches select committee stage.

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More is at http://www.transport.govt.nz/ourwork/land/agriculturaltransportreview/

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Quad Bikes: Employers Are Responsible for… Federated Farmers has produced a factsheet explaining the legal responsibilities that employers of people using quad bikes have under the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 (HSE Act). It covers: •

choosing the right vehicle for the job;

riders being trained/experienced enough to use them;

not letting kids ride adult quad bikes;

managing hazards under the HSE Act; and

making sure quad bikes are operated safely – helmet worn, dangerous areas recognised, passenger safety, mechanics, workers multi-tasking, safety, workers being safe when working alone; and personal factors affecting workers (e.g. fatigue, stress, attitude), and unauthorised access to a quad bike.

A sample quad bike rider competency assessment checklist is attached to the Guidelines. The factsheet is at http://www.fedfarm.org.nz/f3712,146113/146113_2012_6_Quad_Bike_Safety_FINAL.pdf

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Grape Growers: a Healthier Future Predicted… The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has published a report on viticulture production and profitability as part of its Farm Monitoring Series. MPI says grape growers experienced significantly less profit last season, with bad weather leading to a 20% drop in average yields. On the positive side the lower yield helped bring the market more into balance, and the final price that growers expect for the 2012 crop of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc increased for the first time in four years - to $1315 per tonne (from $1190 last year, up by 11%). But overall, the before-tax profit dropped 42% to $3230 per hectare. The outlook for 2013 is positive, with vineyards forecasting a rise in prices per tonne in both regions. To access the report, go to the Publications section of the MPI website, at http://www.mpi.govt.nz/news-resources/publications and scroll down to Farm Monitoring Report 2012 - Horticulture Monitoring: Viticulture

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… & NZ Wine Industry: Two Snapshots A comparison of the NZ wine statistics of 2003 and 2012 shows: •

the number of wine companies grew from 421 to 703;

grower numbers went from 625 to 824;

the producing area increased from 15,800 hectares (ha) to 33,400 ha;

average yield grew from 4.8 tonnes per ha to 8.1 tonnes per ha;

average grape price dropped from NZ$1,929 per tonne to NZ$1,315 per tonne;

the number of tonnes crushed rose from 76,400 to 269,000 (there were highs and lows on the way);

total production rose from 55 million litres to 194 million litres;

domestic sales of NZ wine increased from 35.3 million litres to 63.5 million litres;

consumption per person of NZ wine increased from 8.8 litres to 14.3 litres;

total sales of all wine increased from 74.5 million litres to 91.3million litres;

consumption per person all wines rose from 18.6 litres to 20.6 litres;

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export volume went from 27.1 million litres to 178.9 million litres; and

export value (millions of NZ$) went from $281.9 million to $1,177 million.

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NZ Vintages in 2003 & in 2012 You can see how NZers’ tastes in wine have changed in the past few years by comparing production of the main varieties of grape between 2003 and 2012: Production of: •

Sauvignon Blanc rose from 28,266 to 181,121 tonnes;

Pinot Noir rose from 9,402 to 23,285 tonnes;

Chardonnay rose from 15,534 to 22,855 tonnes;

Pinot Gris rose from 836 to 15,347 tonnes;

Merlot rose from 4,957 to 8,046 tonnes;

Riesling rose from 3,376 to 4,989 tonnes;

Cabernet Sauvignon dropped from 3,201 to 1,120 tonnes;

Syrah rose from 330 to 1,431 tonnes;

Gewürztraminer rose from 529 to 1,249 tonnes;

Semillon dropped from 2,192 to 596 tonnes;

Viognier rose from 155 to 839 tonnes;

Muscat varieties dropped from 1,242 to 578 tonnes;

Malbec rose from 458 1 to 694 tonnes;

Chenin Blanc dropped from 391 to 80 tonnes; and

Muller Thurgau dropped from 1,685 to 2 tonnes.

The NZ Wine Annual Report 2012 is at http://www.nzwine.com/assets/sm/upload/ck/bn/ip/r0/nzw_annual_report_2012_web1.pdf

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Growers & Residues: No Problemo The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) says that results from the latest residue testing shows that growers are general following good agricultural practice (GAP) in how they use pesticides. The tests cover chemical residues in fresh, unwashed produce or added value products. The focus this year was on asparagus, eggplant, feijoas, hops, lemons, olive oil, persimmons, pumpkins, spring onion, sweet corn, tamarillos, and walnuts. In total, more than 350 chemicals are tested for. Of 133 samples tested, only seven contained residues that did not comply with the relevant levels and none of the residues found posed health or food safety concerns. The test results are at http://www.foodsafety.govt.nz/science-risk/project-reports/food-composition/contaminants/frsp.htm

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Dairy Shed Heat Recovery Programme The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) has selected four energy efficiency firms to deliver a dairy shed heat recovery programme across the country. Heat recovery works by transferring waste heat from one part of the production process and using it in another. Doing this results in less energy being used, which in turn reduces costs and improves productivity. The providers are Climatemaster (servicing the whole country), Maverick Energy (servicing the North Island), Dairycool, and Waitaki Refrigeration (both servicing the South Island). The EECA Business programme will provide grants to assist with installing heat recovery systems in around 40 dairy sheds over the next two years, covering up to 33% of the cost of buying and installing them. For more go to www.eecabusiness.govt.nz/dairy-shed-heat-recovery

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Environment ETS: Register Post-1989 Forest Land by 21/12/12 Owners of post-1989 forest land, and those with rights to post-1989 forests can voluntarily enter the ETS and earn NZ Units (NZUs) as their forests grow. If you have land that was established in forest after 31 December 1989, (i.e. the land use changed from “non forest” to “forest land” after 1 January 1990) you need to register for a back allocation of carbon credits before 21 December 2012. If you do so, you’ll receive NZUs for increases in the carbon stock of your forest as a result of trees growing. However you are also required to surrender NZUs to the Government if carbon stocks of the forest fall – this happens if, for example, a forest is harvested or burns down. NZUs can be claimed for the whole of the “first commitment period” (from 1 January 2008 to 31 December 2012). Land that was in forest before this date, but was deforested between 1 January 1990 and 31 December 2007 is also eligible. Post-1989 land can be in exotic or indigenous species, providing it meets the forest land requirements. Post-1989 forest owners can still register their forests into the ETS in 2013 or after, but will only be able to claim credits back to the start of 2013. Applications must be approved by the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) by 31 December 2012. Owners with more than 100 Ha of ETS or PFSI registered Post-1989 forest land must have their forest measured by 31 December 2012 and the data sent to MPI. For more about registering, go to http://www.mpi.govt.nz/forestry/forestry-in-the-ets/post-1989-forest-land-voluntary-participation.aspx

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Ross Sea: (Big) Marine Protected Area? NZ has been working on a proposal to establish a Marine Protected Area (MPA) in the Ross Sea region that would cover roughly 2.5 million square kilometres. If adopted by the Convention on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR), it would be the largest MPA ever agreed. To be effective, an MPA needs to provide adequate protection to the marine habitats and species that live there while minimising impacts on existing users. It is about balance. Areas to protect include a full range of marine habitats, from the ice edge to deep oceanic basins. The proposal NZ is developing protects the ecologically important features and habitats, and almost the entire Ross Sea continental shelf. It would safeguard more than 95 percent of the area in which the Antarctic silverfish occurs. The entire highly productive food web of the Ross Sea continental shelf ecosystem, which is unique in the Southern Ocean, is dependent on this fish. More is at http://www.mfat.govt.nz/ross-sea-mpa/tabs/proposal.php

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Report on Wilding Conifers A report commissioned by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) on wilding* pine trees (also known as wilding conifers) assesses the wilding conifer situation across the country and identifies ways to improve wilding conifer management. A large area in the eastern South Island is affected by wilding conifers (in 2007 this was estimated to be about 805,000 hectares). The area affected by wilding conifers in the North Island has not been fully mapped although it is thought to be around 300,000 hectares. Two of the main recommendations are: that there needs to be a national strategy for wilding conifer management; and that MPI will be the lead agency in preparing this strategy. *Wilding trees are ones that self-sow and that can spread uncontrollably in an area. The report can be found at http://www.wildingconifers.org.nz

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Caged Grass Carp Promising For Waterweed Control A Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) funded trial has shown that grass carp (a weed eating fish) in enclosures could be used to eradicate early infestations of aquatic weeds, doing away with the need to release large numbers of fish throughout a lake, and preventing damage to other plant species in the water. Using grass carp to remove invasive weeds from waterways is an effective biological control. However, it comes at a cost - large numbers of fish are required, they remain in the waterway until they die, and they indiscriminately remove all plants present, including desirable non-target species. The full technical report, “Assessment of the Efficacy of Contained Grass Carp at Removing the Aquatic Weed Hornwort,” is at http://www.mpi.govt.nz

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New Exclusive Economic Zone Law A recently passed law aims for better environmental management of activities in NZ’s vast economic zone (EEZ) and continental shelf. The new law has a fairly substantial handle – it’s the Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (the Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf [Environmental Effects] Bill. It will come into force once regulations relating to it are in place. More is at http://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/new-eez-law-brings-better-protection-oceans

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ISO Standard for Environmentally Sustainable Events A new standard called ISO 20121:2012 “Event sustainability management systems – Requirements with guidance for use” is aimed is for organisers of events of all types – sporting, business, cultural, political. The standard will help ensure that events, ranging from local celebrations to “mega events’” such as the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, leave behind a positive environmental legacy. The Standard is relevant to everyone working in the event industry, including organisers, event managers, stand builders, caterers, and logistics suppliers. Order http://www.standards.co.nz/web-shop/?action=viewSearchProduct&pid=20121%3A2012%28ISO%29&mod=catalogISO 20121:2012 from http://www.standards.co.nz/www.standards.co.nz or call 0800 782 632 during business hours, or email mailto:enquiries@standards.co.nzenquiries@standards.co.nz

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Health Supporting Vulnerable Children: New Action Plan The Ministries of Health, Education and Social Development, working with the Police and the Social Sector Forum*, have developed a “Results Action Plan” for supporting vulnerable children. The plan sets out how the social sector will deliver better public services for these children. The main proposed actions are: •

improve the way information to identify vulnerable children is collected;

increase information-sharing to locate these children and improve services for them;

scale up programmes that support vulnerable children to participate successfully in early childhood education;

gain support from schools to find and connect with vulnerable children under six;

target funding policies to encourage more support for, and participation by, vulnerable children;

improve the way frontline public services and other providers for vulnerable families work in together, using already successful examples of this kind of teamwork; and

introduce new approaches to providing early childhood education that better meet the needs of vulnerable families.

* The Social Sector Forum's members are: Chief Executive of the Ministry of Social Development (chair), Secretary for Justice, Secretary of Education, Director-General of Health, and Deputy Chief Executive Building and Housing, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. More is at http://www.msd.govt.nz/about-msd-and-our-work/work-programmes/better-public-services/supporting-vulnerable-children/index.html

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Green Paper Submissions Released The government has released a summary of submissions to the Green Paper for Vulnerable Children and over 600 full submissions from various organisations. Almost 10,000 submissions were received on the Green Paper for Vulnerable Children. These were from children, young people, frontline workers, the general public, non-government organisations (NGOs), and other organisations. What children and young people said in their submissions were grouped around a number of major themes: •

it was important adults show them they care, keep them safe and secure, listen to them, see them as unique individuals and guide them; and

it was important they felt supported and loved, and had opportunities to do their best in all areas of their lives (young people largely supported monitoring, information-sharing - with their permission - and prioritising vulnerable children for service).

Key themes from other submissions were: •

share responsibility - more programmes and services to help parents and support families in difficult circumstances; the need to address the wider social and economic causes of vulnerability; government needed to put children first and act to remove them from dangerous situations; and government needed to build and support communities (partnerships and community development models, as well as community-led action);

show leadership – a Vulnerable Children’s’ Action Plan (in areas such as improving health, education, safety, family living circumstances and access to, and uptake of, services) was supported; and government to work with Maori, and provide services and supports that meet the needs of whanau;

make child-centred policy changes - for example, providing universal basic services to all children, with extra services targeted to children needing additional support, more funding for vulnerable children, supporting families so children did not become vulnerable, and supporting information sharing; and

make child-centred practice changes – for example, a well-trained workforce, a single point of contact for families, co-location of services, and contractual arrangements that encouraged professionals to collaborate.

More is at www.childrensactionplan.govt.nz

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ACC & Privacy: Reports Released A review of the privacy and security of information at the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) has been released by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner and ACC’s Board. The Independent Review Team concluded that the breach that occurred was a genuine human error, but that such an error was more likely to occur because of systemic weaknesses within ACC’s culture, systems, and processes. The review team has recommended that: •

ACC puts in place clear policies that create a positive privacy mindset as part of rebuilding customer trust and establishing a “firm but also seen as fair” image in the minds of the public;

strengthens board governance of personal information management;

strengthens privacy leadership and strategy;

enhances its privacy programme;

strengthens the organisational culture;

strengthens privacy accountability;

reviews and updates business processes and systems; and

provides additional resources to clear backlogs on privacy related processes.

The Auditor-General has also reported on this matter, broadly coming to the same conclusion of the breach having resulted from systemic failure. A press release covering the Privacy Commissioner’s Report is at http://privacy.acc.co.nz/Media%20Statements%2020120823.pdf, and the report itself is at http://www.acc.co.nz/news/WPC113544. The AuditorGeneral’s report is at http://www.oag.govt.nz/2012/inquiry-acc-board-level-governance

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NZ’s Medical Workforce in 2011; Snapshot The Medical Council of NZ recently released the NZ Medical Workforce in 2011 survey results. Main survey findings include: •

the number of active doctors increased by 3.2%, from 13,883 in 2010 to 14,333 in 2011 (this change compares with increases of 3.5% in 2009 and 2010);

the largest group of doctors is in the 50-54 age group (reflecting a demographic “bulge” that will continue to travel through the health workforce in the coming years);

the younger age groups of doctors have more women than men: 45% of women in the workforce are under the age of 40, compared to 27% of men;

for all active doctors, the average number of hours worked was 43.7 per week with doctors in their twenties working the most hours (average 52.8 hours);

the proportion of doctors who identified themselves as Maori and Pacific doctors is a lot less than the proportion these peoples make up of the overall population;

the overall proportion of women in the whole medical workforce remained at 40%;

the number of women increased in accident and medical practice, the proportion of women decreased in obstetrics & gynaecology and paediatrics, and women were significantly under-represented in the surgical scopes;

international medical graduates (IMGs) - doctors who obtained their primary medical qualification in a country other than NZ - now make up 41.5% of our workforce; and

on average, 84% of graduates are retained in the NZ medical workforce 2 years after graduation (and by the third year, 78% are retained, rising to 79%, 5 years after graduation - retention rates level out to between 61% and 67% in years 8 to 14 after graduation).

A copy of the full report is available at http://www.mcnz.org.nz/assets/News-and-Publications/Workforce-Surveys/2011.pdf

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Alcohol Reform Bill It’s been a long time in the baking, but the second reading of the Alcohol Reform Bill finally takes place on 13 September. MPs will be voting on a conscience vote either for or against this Bill (they have already decided to keep the drinking age at 18) which proposes amongst other things to: •

prohibit some food retailers (including convenience stores amongst others) from selling alcohol;

have supermarkets and grocery stores display alcohol in only one area of the store;

make sure that information essential to work on the possibility of a minimum pricing system continues to be available;

regulate irresponsible promotion of alcohol: an offence of advertising or promoting discounts on alcohol of 25% or more below the ordinary price would apply to all types of licensed premises;

have only licensing matters included in a Local Alcohol Policy (LAP). However local communities could set recommended discretionary conditions for licensed premises in their region. Territorial authorities would be required carry out a consultative review of an LAP every six years;

require territorial authorities to be satisfied that the high levels of disorder/crime that led to an alcohol ban in an area in the first place will arise if the bylaw was lifted; and

require people holding a manager’s certificate to be aged at least 20 years.

The Bill is at http://legislation.govt.nz/bill/government/2010/0236/34.0/DLM3951500.html

Parliament & the Conscience Vote A conscience vote or free vote is a type of vote in Parliament where MPs (the legislators) are allowed to vote according to their own personal conscience rather than according to an official line set down by their political party. In many liberal democracies, particularly those that follow the parliamentary system of government, the elected members who belong to a political party are usually required by that party to vote according to the party line on significant legislation, or else they could be censured or even expelled from the party. However, in the case of a conscience vote, a party decides not to dictate an official party line to follow, and members can vote as they please. Conscience votes are usually quite rare (except in certain countries). They are generally about issues which are very contentious, or about a matter on which the members in each party differ in their opinions - and that makes it difficult for parties to have an official party policy on it. Usually, a conscience vote will be about religious, moral or ethical issues rather than about administrative or financial ones. Matters such as the prohibition of alcohol, homosexual law reform, and the legality of prostitution are often subject to conscience votes. Back to top

Gay Marriage Bill Passes First Reading Speaking of conscience votes, the House comfortably passed the first reading of this Bill - the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill – and has now it referred to the Government Administration Committee. This Bill seeks to amend the Marriage Act 1955 so that all people, regardless of sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity will have the opportunity to marry if they so choose. View the Bill at http://www.legislation.govt.nz/bill/member/2012/0039/latest/versions.aspx

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Teen/ DPB/Widow’s Benefit Changes Coming Up Changes to benefit requirements affecting young people and teen parents now apply, and benefit changes applying to DPB, widows, and women alone will come into force in October this year. The changes are: For young people/teen parents: •

there is now a managed system of payments with essential costs like rent and power paid directly, with an allowance and a payment card for living costs;

Youth Service Providers will now need to help young people into work, education or training, and young people are encouraged to undertake budgeting and parenting courses;

there will now be a Guaranteed Childcare Assistance Payment, so childcare costs do not stop young parents from studying; and

information will now be shared between ministries to target school leavers most at risk of coming onto a benefit from age 18.

For people on DPB, Widow’s Benefit and Women Alone: •

sole parents with children five and older will have to be available for part-time work;

sole parents with children 14 and older will have to be available for full-time work;

work expectations will apply to women receiving the Widow’s and Women Alone Benefits and to partners of beneficiaries with children;

WINZ will direct people to prepare for work early; and

sole parents who have another child while on a benefit will need to be available for work after one year.

Reasons for the changes for young people are at http://www.msd.govt.nz/documents/about-msd-and-our-work/publications-resources/regulatory-impact-statements/ris-further-policy-decisions-on-youthpackage.pdf. Reasons for the changes to the DPB, Widow’s Benefit and Women Alone are at http://www.msd.govt.nz/documents/about-msd-and-our-work/newsroom/media-releases/2012/r-paper-b-welfarereform-availability-and-preparation-for-work.pdf

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Fewer Suicides The latest report on NZ Suicides (for 2010) shows NZ’s 2010 suicide statistics are 23.6% down on the peak of the late 1990s, and youth suicides have continued to decline, from 19.5 deaths per 100,000 in 2008 to 18.1 in 2009, and 17.7 in 2010. For the first time, urban and rural suicide data is compared in the report, showing a higher rate of male suicide in rural areas. The report is at www.health.govt.nz/publication/suicide-facts-deaths-and-intentional-self-harm-hospitalisations-2010

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Older People's Health/Aged Care: New Paper The Health and Disability NGO Working Group has published a paper on older people’s health and housing issues and the current role of the non-profit sector. This was in response to the perceived prominence of rest-home care in discussions about older people’s health, and concerns about the increased commercial focus of this and home care services. To quote: “People who are ageing seemed starved of real choice and alternatives because cost-effective business models are not renowned as the spawning ground of innovation, flexible options and person-centeredness.” Feedback is welcome at secretariat@ngo.health.govt.nz. The paper is at www.ngo.health.govt.nz/moh.nsf/indexcm/ngo-prioritiesandprojects-planningfunding#older

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Review of Voluntary Bonding Scheme Health Workforce NZ (HWNZ) is reviewing the way the voluntary bonding scheme has operated over the past three years. It wants to find out what has been working well and what may be needed to streamline the scheme for the future. More is at http://www.healthworkforce.govt.nz/news/2012/08/02/review-of-the-voluntary-bonding-scheme

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Telephone Caption Services for Elderly, Hearing Impaired The National Foundation for the Deaf has announced that a captioned telephone service called CapTel is now accepting registrations. CapTel enables a hearing-impaired caller to read the conversation and respond verbally, and be heard by the call recipient. CapTel costs $99.00 (this price is available only to the first 200 registrations). Email adam.paterson@nfd.org.nz for further information

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Adventure Activities: Regulations Update The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has published a paper for people involved with adventure and outdoor education industries. Called “When do operators need to pass safety audits” it clarifies safety audit requirements under the new regulations. The document can be downloaded from http://www.outdoorsnz.org.nz/news/mbie-adventure-activities-regulations-update-safety-audits

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Feeling Inspired by the Olympics? Want to Run? Physiotherapy NZ (PNZ) has released a list of sports injury prevention tips for anyone wanting to increase their activity: •

start off slowly;

balance between training and recovery;

warm up and stretch.

cross train - the trick is to combine different types of exercise such as cardio, strength and flexibility;

get the right gear; and

hydrate, hydrate, hydrate (drink plenty of fluids).

More is at http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE1208/S00015/inspired-by-olympics-physio-advice-on-exercising-safely.htm and ACC warm-up and cool-down stretches are at http://www.acc.co.nz/preventinginjuries/playing-sport/sportsmart-10-point-plan/warm-up-cool-down-and-stretch/index.htm

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Building Muscles While Playing Computer Games Researchers from The University of Auckland have developed advanced rehabilitation devices to help stroke patients strengthen their muscles while at the same time playing computer games. The devices (wearable “skeletons” that people attach to their bodies which help physically support them while they regain their strength and movement) have been tested on people with and without disabilities, and the next stage is to run more clinical trials involving stroke patients. More is at http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE1208/S00006/building-muscles-while-playing-computer-games.htm

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Big Changes for People Managing Diabetes PHARMAC is funding the Animas 2020 insulin pump and consumables supplied by sole-supplier NZ Medical & Scientific. The agency will also provide funding for three blood glucose meters (including two new meters) and two testing strips from the CareSens range of products (supplied by Pharmaco NZ Ltd). The changes will be phased in over six months, beginning 1 September 2012. People don’t need to take any action until then. PHARMAC will support the changes with a nationwide meter swap and education campaign involving pharmacists, clinicians, and community and consumer groups. More is at www.pharmac.govt.nz. People can also call the PHARMAC support line on 0800 66 00 50. Information about the Pharmaco blood glucose meters and test strips is at www.caresens.co.nz. A press release is at http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE1208/S00039/funding-changes-improve-access-to-diabetes-management.htm

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Updated Food and Nutrition Guidelines The new Food and Nutrition Guidelines for Healthy Children and Young People (aged 2-18 years) were released recently by the Ministry of Health. These guidelines (containing recommendations about food, nutrition, and physical activity) are a handbook for health practitioners who work with and for children and young people. Two nutrition resources for the public have also been updated to reflect these recommendations. These resources cover a very wide range of topics, including: •

the diet and nutrient needs of NZ children and young people, along with practical recommendations;

physical activity recommendations, as well as ways to encourage young people to become more physically active;

topical issues related to 2-18 year olds are discussed, for example, the downsides of energy drinks and energy shots; and

the many influences on the diet of children and young people, and practical suggestions to assist parents and caregivers to encourage healthy eating in the home.

A background paper is available on the Ministry of Health website at: www.health.govt.nz. The health messages for the public are included in Eating for Healthy Children aged 2-12 years (HE1302) and Healthy Eating for Young People (13 – 18 years) (HE1230), and they’re available at: www.healthed.govt.nz

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Alzheimers NZ: New Website… The new website supports people affected by dementia in many ways, from offering advice on obtaining and understanding to a diagnosis to information about appropriate residential care options. A section written by people with dementia provides practical tips and advice to help cope with the challenges of the disease from their point of view. The site also includes a section for carers. More is at: www.alzheimers.org.nz

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… & New Meningitis Website Kiwis concerned about meningitis now have a place to turn for information with the launch of the Meningitis Foundation Aotearoa NZ website. Meningitis is difficult to diagnose as it presents with flu-like symptoms, but can often strike and progress quickly. If it is not diagnosed early and treated effectively, it can result in death, deafness, loss of limbs, brain damage, or other neurological disabilities. The website talks about the symptoms of meningitis, the need to urgently seek medical assistance if meningitis is suspected, and the importance of vaccinating against this disease. More is at www.meningitis.org.nz

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Free Mobile App for Managing Asthma Asthma NZ’s new “Breathe Easy” mobile app aims to help asthma sufferers better control their condition at any time, anywhere. Users can quickly check their personal “dashboard” to see what their last peak flow reading was, keep a symptoms diary, and see when their next doctor’s appointment is. The app features automatic reminders of treatment plan and medication times. It also includes the personal results of their Asthma Control Test (www.asthmacontrol.co.nz), to accurately show whether they have their asthma under control. A “Send to Doctor” function also allows patients to instantly send up-to-date asthma management plans to their doctor, and users can also share their progress with family and friends on Facebook. More is at www.breatheeasy.co.nz

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Online Food Ordering Ups the Calorie Count People ordering food online tend to purchase more food with higher calorie counts than they do compared to purchases made in traditional ways that require interaction with others, according to a US researcher. The researcher studied 160,000 orders from a North Carolina pizza chain and discovered that people ordered more complex food that was 4% more expensive and had 6% more calories when ordering online. The theory is that consumers feel less inhibited when ordering online because they can carry out the transaction anonymously, and so are more likely to splurge. More is at http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2012/07/23/157239715/ordering-food-online-thatll-be-more-calories-cost-and-complexity

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Workplace Health & Safety Taskforce: Update This taskforce was set up to make recommendations on how to improve NZ’s workplace health and safety performance. It will now report to government by 30 April 2013. This is to allow for more public discussion and to give organisations directly affected by workplace health and safety regulations and systems more time to participate in the consultation process (this is due to begin mid to late September). For taskforce terms of reference go to www.hstaskforce.govt.nz/tor.asp. For background on taskforce members go to www.hstaskforce.govt.nz/members.asp. For Minister of Labour’s statement announcing establishment of taskforce go to www.beehive.govt.nz/release/health-and-safety-review-taskforce-appointed. For background on the consultation process go to www.hstaskforce.govt.nz/consultation.asp

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Education/Training Pressing Issues for NZ’s Education System: Report A new Education Review Office (ERO) report, “Evaluation at a Glance: Priority Learners in NZ Schools,” brings together 15 national evaluation reports produced by ERO over the past four years about primary and secondary schools. This latest report highlights what ERO believes are the three “most pressing” issues for this country’s education system (all relating to how well schools are focusing on providing an education that addresses the needs of students): •

the need to shift the focus to student-centred learning;

the need to put in place a responsive and rich curriculum; and

the need to use assessment information to know about, and plan for, students’ learning.

The report argues for “a greater focus on the ethics of teaching, particularly on the absolute necessity for knowing about learners as individuals who possess interests, strengths, and capabilities, and who are endowed with cultural backgrounds and knowledge that can contribute so richly to the curriculum.” The report also includes examples of good practice to guide schools for improving their practice.

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Read the report at http://www.ero.govt.nz/National-Reports/Evaluation-at-a-Glance-Priority-Learners-in-New-Zealand-Schools-August-2012

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Changes for Learners With Special Education Needs There is to be a new “mixed model” of support for learners with special educational needs, involving community-based services and residential special schools. Two of the country’s four residential special schools would remain open (Halswell Residential College in Christchurch and Auckland’s Westbridge Residential School), but Salisbury Residential School in Nelson and McKenzie Residential School in Christchurch will close. There will be a single board of trustees for the two schools which are remaining open, appointed by the Minister of Education. The new “wrap-around” tailored service would be expanded, supporting learners with complex needs to remain in their community and attend their local school. The service would be based in every region with a trained facilitator, usually a psychologist. Every learner affected by this proposal would have a transition plan developed between the family, residential school, local school and services, and funding will be allocated to make sure the plan is carried out. There is a press release at http://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/mixed-model-learners-special-education-needs. The consultation process leading to the decision is at http://www.minedu.govt.nz/theMinistry/Consultation/ResidentialSpecialSchools.aspx

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Education Action Plans Released Recently released were two action plans. One of these is to do with achieving 55% of 25-34 year olds holding a qualification at NCEA level 4 or above by 2017. This target is because many types of jobs needing vocational training require NCEA level 4 as a minimum (qualifications at level 4 and above include advanced trade qualifications, diplomas, and degrees). To achieve this, three aspects are being focussed on: further increasing enrolments across the tertiary sector; improving quality and achievement rates; and increasing transparency by publishing performance indicators for tertiary providers. The other action plan is to do with a target of 85% of 18-year olds holding an NCEA (or equivalent) qualification of NCEA level 2 or above, in 2017. As well as secondary schools, reaching this target will involve other types of education facilities, for instance, Te Kura/the Correspondence School, trades academies, and fees-free tertiary places. Both action plans highlight the importance of close, on-going collaboration between the education sector, communities, and industry. The action plan targeting 24-34 year olds is at http://www.minedu.govt.nz/~/media/MinEdu/Files/TheMinistry/BetterPublicServices/BPS25To34YrOldsWEB.pdf and the plan targeting 18-year olds is at http://www.minedu.govt.nz/~/media/MinEdu/Files/TheMinistry/BetterPublicServices/BPSYoungPeopleWEB.pdf

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ERO Drops Decile Rating From School Reports A school’s decile rating will no longer be shown on its Education Review Office (ERO) report. ERO says it has taken the decision to remove the rating from its reports in an effort to correct the stereotype that a school’s decile equals performance. The Ministry of Education uses the decile rating system to make funding available to schools. However, too often it is seen as a rating of the quality of the education which a school provides and this is simply not correct. More is at http://www.ero.govt.nz/About-Us/News-Media-Releases2/ERO-drops-decile-rating-from-its-school-reports-to-correct-stereotype

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Student Loans Bill Introduced The Student Loan Scheme Amendment Bill (No. 2) proposes broadening the definition of “income” for student loan repayment purposes (this is to make sure that how much a borrower has to repay accurately reflects their ability to repay). If passed the Bill would also introduce (amongst other things) an information match with the NZ Customs Service to locate borrowers in serious default when they enter or leave the country. More is at http://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/student-loans-bill-introduced

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Survey Investigating Gifted Education… A survey that ran in every school during the first half of August asked about how well schools cater for gifted children. The online survey asked schools how they define gifted pupils, their policy, the programmes available for different areas of giftedness, and what the school identified were its strengths and barriers for gifted education were. Results will be released early in 2013. More at http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED1208/S00036/survey-to-investigate-gifted-education.htm

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… & Revised Gifted and Talented Handbook A revised gifted and talented handbook to help educators recognise and support gifted pupils has been released. Called “Gifted and Talented Students: Meeting Their Needs in NZ Schools,” the handbook includes, amongst other things: •

an updated set of principles for gifted and talented education that fit with the NZ curriculum;

definitions of “gifted” and “talented” from a NZ perspective, including Maori and Pasifika concepts;

NZ-developed ways for educators to determine how effective their teaching is, and ways to target areas for development; and

links to a number of NZ-based resources.

The handbook can be downloaded from http://www.gifted.tki.org.nz/What-s-new/The-Gifted-and-Talented-Students-Meeting-Their-Needs-in-New-Zealand-Schools-handbook-has-been-updated

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Asian-aware Ambassadors for Your School The Asia-NZ Foundation’s Ambassador Programme offers schools access to young leaders who have worked, studied, and lived in Asia. These young people can support schools to become Asia-aware by sharing stories, skills, and knowledge with both students and teachers. More is at http://www.asianz.org.nz/our-work/educating-asia/becoming-asia-aware/ambassador-programme

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New NZ-Run Saudi Polytechnic NZ education provider Polytechnics International NZ (PINZ) has signed a five-year contract to provide training for Saudi Arabia’s electricity industry. PINZ and its Saudi partner are establishing a two-year vocational training programme in electricity at the Saudi Electric Services Polytechnic (SESP). PINZ will operate the new programme, providing management, teaching and support staff, a first for NZ training providers in Saudi Arabia. More is at http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED1208/S00057/nz-company-to-establish-new-polytechnic-in-saudi-arabia.htm

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Employment Benefit Cuts for Refusing Pre-employment Drug Test Beneficiaries with work expectations are to face penalties if they refuse to apply for drug-tested jobs. Currently an unemployment beneficiary can decline to apply for an available drug-tested job, because they won’t pass the test, without consequence. From July 2013, it will be made clear to these people that they must remain drug free in order to be able to take up suitable work opportunities. This policy will only apply to those with a work expectation attached to their benefit and only for available work opportunities requiring drug tests. Where people fail a drug test or refuse to apply for a drug tested job, they must agree to stop using drugs or their benefit will be cut by 50%. They will be given 30 days to allow any drugs they have taken to leave their system. If they fail a test or refuse a second time, they will have their benefit suspended until they agree that they will provide a clean drug test within 30 days. If they do not do this their benefit will be cancelled. More is at http://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/pre-employment-drug-testing-jobseekers

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Expats Returning to NZ and Australia Thousands of Kiwi expats are coming back home for better job opportunities according to TrackMeBack, an online jobs community that links expat workers overseas with firms in NZ and Australia. The statement comes alongside UK Home Office figures showing that the number of NZ citizens entering the UK for employment has dropped by 40% over the past three years. According to TrackMeBack, the top ten jobs that Kiwis are returning to NZ and Australia for this year are in mining, resources, engineering, energy, digital media, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, trades, construction, and insurance. More is at http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU1208/S00280/opportunity-knocks-for-kiwi-expats.htm

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Building the “Portfolio” Career Rather than working the traditional 9-to-5 job, more workers are turning to so-called portfolio careers, or cobbling together an income from various part-time or freelance-based jobs. Some make the transition because they're looking for more fulfilment or meaning in their work, while others diversify as a means of creating a safety net in a volatile economy. If you're looking to replace your full-time job with a variety of income streams, here are some tips for juggling successfully: •

think about how you'll respond when someone asks what you do. Will you highlight the job that brings in the biggest piece of the income pie? Will you say you're self-employed? (it’s suggested that the way you answer this question depends on who’s doing the asking);

consider finding a steady part-time job you can depend on (especially at the beginning);

save for a rainy day;

set aside time for yourself;

pick one or two career focus points to concentrate on, while remembering that you are planting seeds for different parts of your career at different stages of your life (which can be seized upon when the right opportunity presents itself); and

expect that one or more parts of your career may well morph into other unexpected directions.

More is at http://money.usnews.com/money/careers/articles/2011/08/19/how-to-create-a-career-without-a-full-time-job

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Online Job Vacancies Rise: July 2012 Skilled job vacancies advertised online fell in July but total online job vacancies increased, according to the latest Jobs Online report from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE). Skilled job vacancies fell by a seasonally adjusted 1.5% in July compared to the previous month. However, total online job vacancies (both skilled and unskilled) rose by 0.7%. More is at http://www.dol.govt.nz/publications/jol/reports/jol-jul-12/index.asp

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When the Daily Treadmill is Actually Good For You A number of US companies are using standing and treadmill desks to help employees reduce sedentary sitting time. Research shows sitting all day can raise the risk of heart disease and death, but as standing all day is also not recommended workers need to find a balance between tasks that are best done sitting and those that can be done while standing. More is at http://www.chicagotribune.com/health/ct-met-standing-desk-20120808,0,800188.story

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Housing/Building We’re More Willing to Get a Mortgage or Credit Latest data from credit agency Veda shows: •

commercial credit enquiries, relating to business lending, increased by nearly 7 percent for the May-July 2012 quarter compared with the same period last year;

mortgage enquiries increased 44.36% for July 2012 compared to the same period last year (generation X [28-43 years age group] has shown the greatest shift with mortgage enquiries increasing 49.4% for July this year compared with July 2011); and

there is growing consumer demand for credit with inquiries up by 8.75% for the May to July 2012 quarter on the same period last year.

Veda also says that a battle between banks in fixed home loan interest rates appears to be driving a slow shift from floating interest rates to fixed interest rates. More is at http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU1208/S00566/massive-increase-in-mortgage-demand.htm

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Auckland: Some State Houses Stay, Some Going Housing NZ has is redeveloping 24 housing sections across Auckland, mostly in West Auckland, to build and refurbish at least 150 houses. Some of these will remain state rentals, and the rest will be sold for private ownership, and to other social housing providers. The sites are located in the following suburbs: 5 x Avondale, 1 x Hillsborough, 5 x Kelston, 2 x Henderson, 5 x New Lynn, 1 x Blockhouse Bay, 1 x Glendene, 2 x Browns Bay, 1 x Narrow Neck, and 1 x Otahuhu. They include 80 old state houses on large, under-utilised sections. Extra units gained per site range will from 1-23 new properties. It is expected that around half of the 80 houses will remain in place and be refurbished, and at least 110 brand new properties built. More is at http://www.hnzc.co.nz/about-us/news/24-new-redevelopment-projects-to-provide-a-range-of-housing-opportunities-in-auckland

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Leaky Holmes: Update on Claims The Weathertight Homes Resolution Service reports that as at 1 July 2012 the Department of Building & Housing (DBH) had received 6838 claims lodged for 9855 properties and completed assessments for 11,456 properties (applications for multi-unit properties are accepted as single claims). There were: •

1832 resolved claims (27%); 3177 closed claims (46%); and 1829 active claims (27%);

of the active claims: there were 77 claims in a process of assessing eligibility (4%); 187 claims awaiting assessment of repair costs (10%); 535 claims awaiting claimant decision (29%); and 1030 claims pursuing resolution (56%); and

of claims pursuing resolution there were 203 claims with claimant pursuing repairs (20%); 269 claims in alternative jurisdictions (26%); 264 claims in the WHRS resolution process (26%); and 294 claims in FAP* process or proceeding with both processes (29%).

* Financial Assistance Package More is at http://www.dbh.govt.nz/ws-claims

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Water Supply & Payment of Water Charges: Rented Homes A Department of Building and Housing (DBH) factsheet outlines tenant and landlord responsibilities in relation to water at the premises. Landlords are responsible for making sure there is an adequate supply of water available at their rental properties. If the property does not have a reticulated water supply, the landlord has to provide ways to collect and store water. Under the Residential Tenancies Act 1998, a tenant is responsible for water charges, where the supplier charges for water on the basis of consumption. Where the water supplier contracts with the landlord, and the landlord passes the obligation to pay water charges on to the tenant, the tenant is obliged to pay the water charges. If the tenant pays the charges but the landlord does not pay the water supplier and the water is disconnected, the landlord may be held responsible to pay for the reconnection of the water supply. It is no longer necessary to record in the tenancy agreement that the tenant will pay for metered water. Tenants are responsible for outgoings for services they use, like electricity, gas, the phone, and metered water. More is at http://www.dbh.govt.nz/water-charges

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Energy Block Offer 2013 Nominations Open In the first step in an 18-month process, nominations for next year’s Block Offer (for areas of oil/mineral exploration) are now underway. NZ Petroleum & Minerals will consult with iwi and local authorities in late 2012 on the blocks proposed to be included in this 2013 block offer. Permits granted as a result of Block Offer 2013 will be awarded at the end of 2013. Any interested party is invited to nominate areas of exploration interest (block, basin, or sub-basin) for possible inclusion in Block Offer 2013, or any future block offer. The focus of the nominations is on prospectivity* and nominees are encouraged to provide evidence that demonstrates prospectivity. *Prospectivity: a term used in the exploration for any geological resource. It is a perception in the mind of a geoscientist/explorer of the likelihood that a resource is present in a given area based on the available information. Nominations for Block Offer 2013 close 21 September 2012. More, including a nomination form, is at http://www.med.govt.nz/sectors-industries/natural-resources/news/block-offer-2013-nominations-open

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Deloitte Energy Excellence Awards The winners of the 2012 Deloitte Energy Excellence Awards are: •

Innovation in Electricity: Mighty River Power – Glo-Bug;

Energy Project of the Year: Shell Todd Oil Services – Extending the life of an energy giant – Maui;

Excellence in Health and Safety: Orion – Health and safety during emergency response;

Environmental Excellence: Transpower Alliance – Environmental excellence down the wires;

Young Energy Executive of the Year: Tony Sumner – Meridian Energy;

Energy Executive of the Year: Doug Heffernan – Mighty River Power;

Lines Company of the Year: Top Energy;

Energy Retailer of the Year: Powershop;

Overall Energy Company of the Year: Mighty River Power; and

Outstanding Contribution to the Sector: Sir John Todd.

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Transport & Travel NZTA’s Land Transport Programme: 2012-2015 The NZ Transport Agency’s (NZTA’s) National Land Transport Programme (NLTP) for 2012 – 2015 has been released. It sets out how $12.3 billion (a 13% increase on the previous budget) is to be spent on transport systems and services, including state highway improvements and the roads of national significance programme. It also flags that: •

there will be increases in petrol excise duty and road user charges from 2013/14, to lift NZTA income so it matches its spending;

there will also be a one-off $100 million borrowing facility for the NZTA so it can manage its cash-flow variations; and

the Canterbury roading recovery programme will get $50 million a year from the National Land Transport Fund with costs over this amount having to be met from elsewhere.

More is at http://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/largest-ever-three-year-transport-funding-programme

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Which Are the Safest Second-hand Cars? The Automobile Association (AA) and The NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) have released the 20th anniversary edition of the Used Car Safety Ratings brochure. In addition, the “Safe Pick” rating tool, introduced last year, helps motorists choose a vehicle that protects them and other road users (29 vehicles scored the Safe Pick rating, of which 19 were small, medium or large cars). Cars of various sizes that gained the Safe Pick rating (years in brackets) are: •

small cars: Honda Civic (06-10), Peugeot 307 (01-09), Volkswagen Golf/Bora (99-04), Volkswagen Golf/Jetta (0410), Volvo S40/V40 (97-04) and Mazda 2 (07-10);

medium cars: Audi A4 (01-08) BMW 3 Series E90/E91/E92/E93 (05-10), BMW 5 Series E39 (96-03), Honda Accord (03-07), Mazda 6 (02-07), Mercedes Benz C-Class W203 (00-07), Saab 9000 (86-97), Saab 900/9-3 (94-02), Subaru Liberty/Legacy/Outback (03-09), and Volkswagen Passat (98-06); and

large cars: Ford Falcon FG (08-10), Mercedes Benz E-Class W210 (96-02Mitsubishi 380 (05-08), and Toyota Aurion (06-10).

More information is at http://aa.co.nz/motoring/buy-sell/used-cars/safety-ratings-of-used-cars/

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New Funding System for Civil Aviation Authority A new funding system for the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) comes into effect on 1 November this year, with the CAA recovering an extra $14.1 million over the next three years from commercial aircraft operators, passengers, and pilots. The changes follow an Auditor-General's report in 2010 that raised concerns about the CAA's performance and capability, and also a $7.5 million restructuring. While it will add 41 cents to the cost of an international ticket, the levies for domestic air passengers will fall by seven cents a ticket, because the new funding system aims to recover costs fully from the parties who bear them. More is at http://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/new-funding-framework-caa

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Alcohol Interlocks/Zero Alcohol Licences Arrive From this month NZ courts can require serious or repeat drink-drivers to have alcohol interlock devices fitted to their vehicles. An alcohol interlock is a device similar to a breathalyser that is connected to a vehicle’s starting system. Before the vehicle can be started, the driver must provide a breath sample. If the analysed result is higher than the pre-programmed breathalcohol level, the vehicle will not start. Interlocks in NZ will be set for a zero limit. Offenders will bear the cost of fitting and monitoring the interlocks. A “zero alcohol” licence limit will also be available; this will require drivers to maintain a zero alcohol limit for a fixed period of three years. More is at http://www.nzta.govt.nz/resources/factsheets/58/alcohol-interlocks.html

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Drug Driving Research Report Recent results from research commissioned by the Ministry of Transport shows that although the drug driving law is working well and helping to take impaired drivers off the road, there are areas needing more vigilance. One of these concerns drivers detected with both alcohol and cannabis in their system who were deemed to have caused a crash (international research shows that the combination of alcohol and cannabis has far worse effects than if either drug is used on its own). Also of concern are issues around drivers using methadone (especially if it is mixed with other impairing drugs, including alcohol). The report is at http://www.transport.govt.nz/research/othertransportresearch/Documents/Drug-Research-Report-2012.pdf

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Justice/The Law Family Court Big Changes Proposed These changes would (amongst other things): •

increase the penalty for breaching a protection order from two years’ to three years’ imprisonment;

have domestic violence programme providers designing a plan for each respondent to a protection order, based on a needs assessment (the providers would also make referrals to other social services, and provide outcomes reports on completion);

extend the definition of domestic violence in the Domestic Violence Act to include “economic abuse”;

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make participation in the Parenting through Separation course compulsory for most Court applicants;

introduce a Family Disputes Resolution (FDR) service for out-of-court dispute resolution (this could be used, for example, to deal with things like day-to-day care and contact arrangements, choosing a school/extra-curricular activities, and school holiday care);

introduce three new Court “tracks”, or ways applications are handled (a “without notice” Track would be used for urgent applications, a “simple track” for applications to the Court for single issues, and a “standard track” for applications to the Court for multiple or more serious issues);

have fewer court professionals working in the Family Court: for example, in cases under the Care of Children Act, a lawyer for child will only be appointed where serious issues are involved; and

mean judges would be able to refer parties to counselling only if the judge considers it is necessary for the benefit of the children.

More is at http://www.justice.govt.nz/policy/justice-system-improvements/family-court-review/family-court-review-1

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Disputes Tribunal Applications Now Online From 1 October 2012 the filing of Disputes Tribunal applications will be able to be made online. Until now people have had to fill in forms by hand and post them or deliver them to the nearest District Court. The Disputes Tribunal provides a place for people to resolve disputes that is cheaper, faster, and less formal than the court system, and it hears around 17,000 new applications each year. Applications to the tribunal cost between $36 and $121 depending on the value of the dispute, and can cover disputes up to $15,000, or up to $20,000 if both parties agree. In another change referee positions will be able to be advertised online, removing the requirement to advertise them in local newspapers. A press release is at http://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/disputes-tribunal-applications-go-online

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Trial Prisoner Literacy Programme Going Nationwide A trial programme which aims to reduce re-offending by improving the literacy skills of prisoners is now expanding nationwide (with funding from NZ Post). The programme targets functionally illiterate inmates who are serving a short sentence or on remand (i.e., being held while awaiting trial or sentencing). It places a particular focus on people whose illiteracy is a contributing factor in their offending – for example driving without a licence because they lack the skills to complete the written driving test. Retired primary teachers deliver the programme. The NZ Howard League, with the support of the Department of Corrections, has trialled the approach in several prisons. The programme sees retired primary teachers working with prisoners to deliver basic literacy problems. Around half of the prison population in NZ cannot read or write More is at http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED1208/S00066/new-zealand-post-supports-literacy-programme-for-prisoners.htm

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Public Service/Local Authorities “Kiwis Count” Survey of Frontline Public Services NZers are increasingly satisfied with the frontline public services they receive according to the latest State Services Commission Kiwis Count survey which measures satisfaction with 42 frequently-used public services. This year, the overall service quality score for public services rose from 69 points in 2009 to 72 points.

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Twenty seven services improved since Kiwis Count 2009. Twelve of the increases were statistically significant. Six services recorded decreases in service quality, although only one, “Applying for or receiving a student loan or student allowance”, recorded a statistically significant decrease. Kiwis Count updates are now to be published quarterly. The latest Kiwis Count report is at www.ssc.govt.nz/kiwis-count-update-aug12

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Children’s Commissioner: Youth Advisers Wanted… The Children's Commissioner is looking for young people aged between 12-16 years, or Year 9 to 11, who are interested in speaking about issues that impact on children and young people by being part of his Young People's Reference Group. The Commissioner says they don’t need to be academic. However, they do need to be passionate about making NZ/Aotearoa a better place for children and young people. Applications close on 14 October 2012. Download an application form at www.occ.org.nz/yprg or request one via 0800 22 44 53 (ask for Rebecca), or email your address to youth_voices@occ.org.nz. More about the role and the Office of the Children’s Commissioner is at www.occ.org.nz

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…& Be a Member of the Families Commission The Minister for Social Development is seeking expressions of interest from people who want to be considered for appointment as members of the Families Commission. Applications close on 7 September 2012. More is at http://www.msd.govt.nz/about-msd-and-our-work/whats-happening/events/2012/families-commission-appointments.html

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Ministry of Primary Industries’ Website Guide: Part 1 In the first of several items we offer a glimpse of what you can find at the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI), because, like in the other mega-ministries, there’s a lot going on. Here’s the first list of where to go to find what… in agriculture. Later on we’ll list links for forestry, water, natural resources, environmental matters (includes climate change), dealing with natural disasters, biosecurity, food safety, Maori and all the fisheries sites – commercial, recreational, Maori customary fisheries…you’ll be able to find anything. Home - http://www.mpi.govt.nz/home The Natural Resources Sector (NRS) Briefing to Incoming Ministers - http://www.mpi.govt.nz/about-mpi/the-naturalresources-sector-nrs-briefing-to-inc Agriculture - http://www.mpi.govt.nz/agriculture Horticulture - http://www.mpi.govt.nz/agriculture/horticulture Grains & Seeds - http://www.mpi.govt.nz/agriculture/horticulture/grains-seeds Fruits - http://www.mpi.govt.nz/agriculture/horticulture/fruits Wine & Grapes - http://www.mpi.govt.nz/agriculture/horticulture/wine-grapes Vegetables - http://www.mpi.govt.nz/agriculture/horticulture/vegetables Organics - http://www.mpi.govt.nz/agriculture/horticulture/organics Bees & Honey - http://www.mpi.govt.nz/agriculture/horticulture/bees-honey Pastoral - http://www.mpi.govt.nz/agriculture/pastoral Dairy - http://www.mpi.govt.nz/agriculture/pastoral/dairy Approved certification bodies & certified herd testing - http://www.mpi.govt.nz/agriculture/pastoral/dairy/approvedcertification-bodies-certified-herd-tes Meat & Wool - http://www.mpi.govt.nz/agriculture/pastoral/meat-wool Organics - http://www.mpi.govt.nz/agriculture/pastoral/organics

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Agriculture & ETS - www.mpi.govt.nz/agriculture/agriculture-ets Rural Communities - http://www.mpi.govt.nz/agriculture/rural-communities Rural Proofing - http://www.mpi.govt.nz/agriculture/rural-communities/rural-proofing Rural Support Trusts - http://www.mpi.govt.nz/agriculture/rural-communities/rural-proofing/rural-support-trust FarmsOnLine - http://www.mpi.govt.nz/agriculture/rural-communities/farmsonline National Animal Identification and Tracing (NAIT) - http://www.mpi.govt.nz/agriculture/rural-communities/national-animalidentification-and-tracing-nait GM (genetically modified systems) & Coexistence - http://www.mpi.govt.nz/agriculture/rural-communities/gm-coexistence Register of conditionally released GM crop sites - www.mpi.govt.nz/agriculture/rural-communities/gm-coexistence/registerof-conditionally-released-gm-crop-sites Agriculture Statistics & Forecasting - http://www.mpi.govt.nz/agriculture/statistics-forecasting Agriculture Greenhouse Gas Reporting - http://www.mpi.govt.nz/agriculture/statistics-forecasting/greenhouse-gas The Agricultural Production Survey - http://www.mpi.govt.nz/agriculture/statistics-forecasting/agricultural-productionsurvey International Trade - http://www.mpi.govt.nz/agriculture/statistics-forecasting/international-trade Agriculture Funding Programmes - http://www.mpi.govt.nz/agriculture/funding-programmes (includes: Primary Growth Partnership, Sustainable Farming Fund, Community Irrigation Fund, Voluntary Bonding Scheme for Vets, Sustainable Land Management Hill Country Erosion Programme) Natural Disaster Recovery (Adverse Events) - http://www.mpi.govt.nz/agriculture/funding-programmes/natural-disasterrecovery Back to top

Not-For-Profits Generosity: How NZers Give The following table from the Office of the Community and ?Voluntary Sector (OCVS) shows the percentages of people volunteering, donating money or donating goods between December 2009 and March 2012 generally trended upwards. The past two quarters, however, have seen declines across all three measures (though average dollars donated per month remained stable). Average hours volunteered per month have also remained fairly stable.

Quarterly Generosity Indicators Quarter ending 2009

2010

2011

Indicator

Dec.

Mar.

Percentage of people who volunteered

28.3% 30.3% 27.8% 29.2% 29.4% 31.7% 32.3% 32.9% 32.18% 30.9%

Median hours volunteered per month

8 hrs

Jun.

Sep.

Dec.

Mar.

10 hrs 10 hrs 10 hrs 10 hrs 8 hrs

2012 Jun.

Sep.

Dec.

10 hrs 11 hrs 9 hrs

Mar.

10 hrs

Percentage of people who donated money 41.3% 40.1% 40.4% 38.1% 41.3% 44.6% 46.4% 42.7% 39.8%

39.34%

Median dollars donated per month

$40

$40

$35

$36

$42

$40

$40

$40

$40

$40

Percentage of people who donated goods 16.4% 15.7% 19.3% 16.5% 17.9% 21.5% 19.1% 19.4% 18.27% 17.38%

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More is at http://www.ocvs.govt.nz/work-programme/building-knowledge/giving-research/qgi-March-2012.html

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Improving MSD Provider Contracts: Communities Benefit The Ministry of Social Development (MSD) is working to improve the way it contracts social service organisations to achieve better results for communities. Its Investing in Services for Outcomes project has the following aims: •

to ensure funding is targeted to organisations that make a proven difference in the priorities identified by Government;

to streamline, simplify and improve contracting across MSD’s service lines (these are Family and Community Services, Work and Income, Child, Youth and Family, and the Ministry of Youth Development); and

to support providers to develop organisation capability, become more sustainable, and to work together to achieve better outcomes.

Follow the progress as MSD’s site is updated at http://www.msd.govt.nz/about-msd-and-our-work/work-programmes/investing-in-services-for-outcomes/

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Govt & Tuhoe: Social Service Management Plan… This plan sets out how the Ministries of Education, Social Development, Business, Innovation and Employment and three District Health Boards in the area will work with Tuhoe to address disadvantage and improve social outcomes, with: •

Business, Innovation and Employment helping Tuhoe meet housing needs in Te Urewera;

Health working to improve the delivery of primary care services;

Education will help Tuhoe to develop a long-term education strategy, based on a Tuhoe philosophy; and

Child, Youth and Family working with Tuhoe to achieve a goal of no Tuhoe tamariki (children) in CYF’s care.

One of the goals of the SMP - to be signed in October - is to build capability so Tuhoe manage their own affairs as much as possible, while assisting the Crown to improve service delivery in Te Urewera. More is at http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1208/S00418/social-service-management-plan-with-ngai-tuhoe-agreed.htm

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… & CYF & Ngapuhi Sign Child Protection MoU A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Child, Youth and Family and Te Runanga a Iwi o Ngapuhi commits to open discussion, joint decision making and information sharing, with the aim of reducing the number of Ngapuhi children in state care (currently about 460 children). Ngapuhi is the first iwi in NZ to sign an MOU with Child Youth and Family. More is at http://home.nzcity.co.nz/news/article.aspx?id=153316&fm=newsmain%2Cnrhl

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Sports Clubs as Environmental Champions: Go LiteClub LiteClub is part of Project Litefoot - a charitable trust led by seven top sportspeople seeking to inspire NZers to be environmental champions. In a free service the Litefoot Ambassadors “adopt” sports clubs of their code, and the clubs sign on to the programme. A team visits the club to install free energy-saving products including lightbulbs, insulation, and tap aerators. They also generate a report setting out ways the club can be even more environmentally efficient. Then, via the club newsletter, club members are encouraged to make the same positive environmental changes at home. This creates a fundraising opportunity for the club through partnerships with Philips Lighting, Healthy Home Group, and Pink Batts.

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So far, more than 150 clubs have joined the LiteClub programme. They've collectively freed up more than $590,000 for community sport and reduced electricity consumption by over two million kilowatt hours. Register your club online at www.liteclub.org. For more information email liteclub@projectlitefoot.org or phone 09 377 6792

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Health & Disability NGO Working Group Elections The Health & Disability NGO Working Group works to strengthen the relationship between the Ministry of Health and notfor-profit health and disability Non-Government Organisations (NGOs). Elections for vacancies on the Working Group will take place in October this year. Community organisations could think about nominating someone from their organisation to join the 13-person representative body. For more go to www.facebook.com/HealthDisabilityNGOWG or www.ngo.health.govt.nz

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Business Rebranding NZ: the “NZ Story” Tourism NZ, NZ Trade and Enterprise, and Education NZ are working together on a “NZ Story” aimed at rebranding NZ, and helping sell NZ exports overseas. The “story” will focus on high quality of goods and services, NZ’s innovation and fresh ideas, Maori culture, and on the landscape. A NZ-based agency will be engaged to develop the story, then a resource package will be developed for Kiwi businesses and the public sector that will include consistent branding, narratives, and photos. More is at http://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/govt-develop-broader-%E2%80%98nz-story%E2%80%99-help-exports

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“Small Advanced Economies” Meeting NZ is to host an international meeting in November, with a view to developing a network of small advanced economies that can potentially learn from each other. Participants presently include Denmark, Finland, Israel, Singapore, and NZ, with others interested. All have populations of between 4 to 8 million. More is at http://admin.beehive.govt.nz/release/nz-host-small-advanced-economies-meeting

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Buying Up Large: NZ & WTO Purchase Agreement NZ has agreed to join the World Trade Organisation’s Government Procurement Agreement (GPA). Forty-two countries, including the US, Canada, Korea, Japan, and the 27 countries of the European Union currently belong to the agreement, which covers the purchase of a broad range of goods and services that government departments buy from the private sector. GPA’s member countries are not allowed to discriminate against businesses from another country in their government procurement processes. They must also follow rules relating to competition and openness. The value of the GPA agreement was estimated at US$1.6 trillion in 2008 – representing 2.64% of the world’s gross domestic product. The process for NZ to join the agreement is expected to take about two years to complete.

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Building Export Markets: Report… A recent “Building Export Markets” report covers the work government agencies are doing to build export markets and seeks feedback on what to speed up, what to slow down and what else needs doing. It also highlights the significant shift in economic power from the West to East that is expected to occur over the next 20 years, and adjusts the NZ target to increase the contribution of exports to the economy from 30% to 40% of GDP by 2025. It is the first of six reports on the Government’s Business Growth Agenda. Others will address innovation, skills, capital markets, infrastructure and resources. The report is at www.mbie.govt.nz/what-we-do/business-growth-agenda/export-markets

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…& Building Innovation: Progress Report The second of six “Building Innovation” progress reports is now available. This one summarises more than 50 Government policy moves relating to building innovation in: business, competition, public science, research, the workforce, infrastructure, intellectual property law, and international links. The report is at www.mbie.govt.nz/what-we-do/business-growth-agenda/building-innovation

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Women Corporate Directors: NZ Launch The NZ chapter of Women Corporate Directors (WCD) was recently launched. WCD NZ members will join a global network of over 1,400 women directors of public and large privately held companies in 42 countries. Members share information and insights to ensure best practices in corporate governance around the world. WCD promotes thought leadership, networking, and new relationships. More at http://www.womencorporatedirectors.com

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NZ CEOs’ Pay Rising, but Bonuses Shrinking According to Strategic Pay’s CEO and Top Executives Survey report: •

the average annual base salary for CEOs/Managing Directors (MDs) has risen 9.87% ($28,311) to $315,000 (2011: $286,689), although their average total pay rose by just 2.3% to $338,500 (2011: $330,725);

average variable pay (incentives and bonuses) paid to CEO/MDs over the past 12 months shrank by 58% ($91,893) to $65,664, or 12% of average base salary (2011: $157,557, or 44%);

CEOs/MDs of large NZ organisations – those with revenues between $240m and $1 billion - saw the average packages rise 3.6% at base salary and 2.7% for total pay (average total pay packets were $535,000 in 2012);

CEO/MDs of NZ’s smaller organisations - with revenues less than $15m - earned an average of $279,172 (up 8.2% on 2011: $258,011);

the gap between private sector CEO/MD base salaries and those of their public sector peers has shrunk over the past 12 months (private sector CEO/MDs earned an average of about 0.5% more base salary than public sector CEOs did $316,427 versus $315,000);

the gap between fees to company chairs and non-executive directors is growing; and

chairs of publicly listed companies are paid an average 36% more than those of unlisted private sector organisations.

More is at http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU1208/S00667/survey-nz-ceo-base-pay-rising-incentives-shrinking.htm

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Money Matters NZers’ Incomes Fall, & Rich-Poor Gap Widens The most recent Household Incomes Report, measuring the wellbeing of NZers by their total after-tax takings (and published by the Ministry of Social Development), has revealed a fall in average incomes for the first time since the early 1990s. It also shows the gap between rich and poor widened substantially in 2011, putting inequality at its highest level ever. Middle and lower class workers saw their incomes fall sharply, while the rich saw their earnings increase. The median income for all workers fell 3% in real terms after going up little from 2010 levels. The global recession is being blamed. Meanwhile, child poverty rates remained flat from 2009 to 2011, with 230,000 children in beneficiary households and 25% of those children in houses with no full time worker. Half of all poor children were Maori or Polynesian and half lived in single parent families. Seven out of 10 children identified as poor lived in rental accommodation. An average of 15% of the population lived in poverty - identified as living on less than half of the average household income - at any given time. More is at http://www.msd.govt.nz/about-msd-and-our-work/publications-resources/monitoring/household-incomes/index.html

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Study: Economic Opportunities for Our Big Cities A collaborative research project has focused on competitive advantages and economic opportunities of Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Wellington, Dunedin, and Christchurch. It compared attributes important to the cities’ competitive advantage and economic wellbeing, such as transport and digital infrastructure, knowledge resources, diversity and specialisation of labour and employment markets, and the business environment. The cities compete for labour and other business resources. However, the research identified significant opportunities for collaboration between them, and also identified roles for local and central government to encourage the cities to grow. The study was carried out by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, NZ Institute of Economic Research, Local Government NZ, and the six cities. The Core Cities Research Summary is at http://www.med.govt.nz/sectors-industries/cities/core-cities-research

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Regional Economic Update The ASB/Main Report Regional Economic Scoreboard takes the latest quarterly regional statistics and ranks the economic performance of this country’s 16 regional economic areas. Regional highlights include: •

Auckland is now back to the top of the scoreboard with demand for housing and employment growth driving the trend upwards;

the South Island continues to rank highly compared to the rest of the country with boosts from quake-affected Cantabrians in Tasman, Nelson, and Marlborough pushing strong growths in housing consents and retail sales; and

the West Coast has now jumped to second place on the scoreboard with non-residential consents pointing to an upturn in business confidence.

The full report is available at https://www.asb.co.nz/-news-and-reports/-antenna/media-centre/latest/feed-view?cat=ASB+Regional+Economic+Scoreboard+&pos=1. The report is at www.mbie.govt.nz/what-wedo/business-growth-agenda/building-innovation

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Kickstarter: Explainer… If you're still in the dark about Kickstarter, then you should know the website is another way to raise money to work on a variety of projects you might have wanted to try out. Essentially, using the site involves "pre-selling a product before its finished and getting real customers to take a risk on you by purchasing ahead of production," a US blogger writes. Most of the projects that have received funding on the crowdfunding site have received between $1,000 and $9,999, but a few have exceeded $1 million. More is at http://smallbiztrends.com/2012/07/kickstarter-funding-product-review.html

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… But, Not All Projects are Well-Conceived Kickstarter has attracted some intriguing projects in addition to some ill-conceived ideas, says an article in the Wall St Journal. Among the most interesting products is the Pebble, a watch that can be connected to a smartphone. On the other hand, the i+ case, an iPhone case that inhibited wireless signals, was a misfire. More is at http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390443991704577579190431157610.html?mod=dist_smartbrief

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Internet, ICT & Media Law Commission: Reducing Cyber-Bullying Harm In a briefing paper to the Government, the Law Commission has made a number of recommendations for reducing the harm caused by cyber-bullying. These include: •

creating a new offence that targets digital communication that is grossly offensive or indecent, obscene or menacing, and which causes harm;

amending the current law so provisions apply to digital communications (this would include making it an offence to incite a person to commit suicide, whether the person does or not);

establishing a communications tribunal to provide speedy, efficient, and cheap access to remedies like take-down orders (i.e., to take material off a site) and cease-and-desist notices; and

requiring schools to put in place effective anti-bullying programmes.

The Commission’s paper is at http://www.lawcom.govt.nz/sites/default/files/publications/2012/08/ministerial_briefing_-_harmful_digital_communications.pdf

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Using Social Media: Advice from DIA The Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) has published social media guidelines for public servants. These include: •

high level guidance: this has been written to help organisations when they deciding whether to use social media in a communications, community engagement, or policy consultation. While it’s directed at managers it gives basic principles, code of conduct issues, and templates that will be useful for anyone using social media;

hands-on toolbox: this one: gives an overview of the strengths and weaknesses of social networks, media-sharing networks, blogs, wikis, and forums; provides tips and templates for reporting, participation and moderation policies, accessibility issues, and legal considerations; and offers examples of how social media is being used effectively by government agencies; and

how to handle a mishap: this tells you how to get out of trouble if you’re in it. It also includes tips to help prevent problems arising in the first place.

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More is at http://webstandards.govt.nz/guides/strategy-and-operations/social-media/hands-on-toolbox/

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Second Level Internet Domain Name Approved: Kiwi.NZ InternetNZ has approved the creation of a new second level domain in the .nz domain name space - .kiwi.nz. This means that people will soon be able to register domain names ending in .kiwi.nz. Those interested in securing a .kiwi.nz registration should contact a .nz registrar and ask what they need to do to obtain the name of their choice in the .kiwi.nz zone. More is at http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC1208/S00066/internetnz-approves-new-second-level-domain-kiwinz.htm

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Social Media Becomes “Community Centre” After Quakes During the Christchurch earthquakes, social media took on a role which had traditionally been the domain of the church and the community centre, providing support and guidance, according to a University of Canterbury study. After a major crisis community halls and churches would traditionally be rallying spots and places for a community to connect with others affected. However, with many of these buildings deemed unsafe for occupation and transport links down, social media emerged as “the church” where people could connect, share stories and experiences, and find solace in the comfort of others. After a major shake, people would check on their immediate family, but almost simultaneously update their Facebook status and tweet to let others know they were safe and receive messages of support from around the world. Other findings about the use of social media during and after the quakes include: •

many people who were not avid tweeters or Facebook users are now heavier users of the platforms after the quakes, so will be more likely to use them again in the case of another crisis;

although people still used the traditional news media as a means of communicating information, it was not seen as the most important source, as Geonet and Civil Defence were tweeting information reasonably regularly; and

much of what was being reported by the traditional news media often summarised the various tweets.

More is at http://www.comsdev.canterbury.ac.nz/rss/news/index.php?feed=news&articleId=478

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Half of Us Will Soon Have a Smartphone… Nearly half of all Kiwis with a mobile phone will be using a smartphone by the end of the year, according to research by Ericsson. Smartphones have already penetrated a third of the local cellphone market, and the study findings suggest that will have risen to 45% by year's end, as NZers follow the trends seen in other parts of the Asia-Pacific region. The same survey sees an even steeper uptake of tablets, although from a lower base. Some 7% of the NZ market now owns a tablet device, such as an iPad, and it’s suggested this will rise to 20% by year-end. When it comes to what smartphones are being used for, kiwis are in line with regional trends, but are less enthusiastic about receiving work emails on their phones, with only 23% capitulating to that urge, compared with 43% in the wider region. More is at http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU1208/S00855/half-of-us-will-soon-have-a-smartphone-ericsson-says.htm and a table with more information is at https://zen.nzherald.co.nz/media/webcontent/document/pdf/201234/tablet.pdf

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… & Surge in Homebuyers Using Mobile Apps The 2012 Nielsen Real Estate Market Report says that 27% of homebuyers who responded to their survey have used a property search mobile app in the last year, jumping up from just 7% in 2011. Seven out of ten of those homebuyers are using the free Realestate.co.nz app. More about the Realestate.co.nz smartphone app is at http://www.realestate.co.nz/apps

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A Handful of Sites A US article says that the 20 million 18- to 20-year-olds who are currently attending US universities are developing distinct culinary preferences that will influence the food industry for decades to come, for instance, more meatless dishes, a love of Asian food, discovering fruit and vegetables). More is at http://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/181350/reportcollegiate-gen-ys-shaping-food-trends.html Globally, children with disabilities are three to four times more likely to experience various types of violence than nondisabled children, according to a review published in the medical journal “The Lancet.” Factors which place children with disabilities at higher risk of violence include stigma, discrimination, and ignorance about disability, as well as a lack of social support for those who care for them. Placement of children with disabilities in institutions also increases their vulnerability to violence. More is at http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/notes/2012/child_disabilities_violence_20120712/en/index.html People tend to have stretches during the day when they are better at creative tasks and stretches when they are better at tasks that require efficiency, a blogger writes. More is at http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505125_162-57460271/the-mostimportant-productivity-tip/ 31 tips for improving your blog can be found at http://www.thoughtleadersllc.com/2012/07/31-tips-for-growing-your-blog/ A US writer identifies five topics that great candidates ask about during interviews, including the expectations for the first 60 to 90 days on the job and the common characteristics of top performers at the company. More is at http://www.inc.com/jeff-haden/5-questions-great-job-candidates-ask-interviewers.html Sleep talking doesn't always make much sense, but it can be funny nonetheless. More is at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/30/sleep-talking-funny-things-people-saidasleep_n_1665530.html?ir=Healthy+Living An article in a recent Human Rights Commission publication highlights a range of statistics about refugees, including: country of origin and number of those resettled, resettlement locations and numbers, and numbers of claims approved/declined is at http://www.hrc.co.nz/newsletters/diversity-action-programme/te-punanga/2012/08/update-fromrefugee-division-of-immigration-new-zealand/?utm_source=te-punanga&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=August2012 Let us praise the pallet. Whether pooled or one-way, block or stringer, wood or plastic, pallets pretty much move the global economy. Go to http://www.slate.com/articles/business/transport/2012/08/pallets_the_single_most_important_object_in_the_global_econo my_.single.html Star Toilet Paper, based in Ann Arbor, Michigan (USA) is giving people something to read in the bathroom by putting advertising on toilet paper. The company distributes the toilet paper to businesses for free and offers advertisers a minimum order of $99 for 20,000 ads. More is at http://www.thetowntalk.com/article/20120820/BUSINESS/120820017/Advertising-s-roll-Michigan-startup-finds-captiveaudience-bathroom?nclick_check=1 Delegating responsibilities requires a certain finesse with employees, one author writes. Establish regular checkpoints for an overall update, ask questions as opposed to giving directions, and make yourself a resource, the writer says. More is at http://www.consultingcafe.com/articles/building-effective-teams For some of the wittiest things said by occupants of the White House go to http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/137040 The Ministerial Committee on Poverty (MCP) has published a number of papers dealing with issues it says are critical to improving the lives of low-income NZers and their families. The MCP is charged with supporting NZers from all backgrounds to move out of long-term poverty; tackling the impacts of poverty; and making sure that interventions are effective and value for money. The papers are at www.dpmc.govt.nz/dpmc/publications/mcop Back to top

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Treaty Matters National Water/Geothermal Resources: Tribunal Claim Upheld The Waitangi Tribunal released a pre-publication version of its “Interim Report on the National Freshwater and Geothermal Resources Claim” so that Government Ministers can consider the Tribunal’s findings and recommendations before making decisions about the sale of shares in Mighty River Power. The Tribunal found that Maori do not “own” water. However, what was guaranteed to hapu and iwi by the Treaty in 1840 was the exclusive right to control access to and use of the water while it was in their rohe (territory or boundaries of tribal groups). The Tribunal’s main conclusion was that, in practical terms, the Crown will not be able to provide a meaningful form of rights recognition for Maori in respect of its water bodies after it sells the shares to private investors. Therefore, says the Tribunal, the Government must address these rights before putting shares up in the first state-owned power company for a part-float. This would delay the sale until these rights are addressed. The Tribunal’s press release is at http://www.waitangi-tribunal.govt.nz/news/media/wai2358.asp the full letter from the Tribunal to the Government is at http://www.waitangitribunal.govt.nz/doclibrary/public/reports/generic/Wai2358/LoTW.pdf and the report itself is at http://www.waitangi-tribunal.govt.nz/doclibrary/public/reports/generic/Wai2358/Wai2358W.pdf

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Ngati Toa Settlement with the Crown The Ngati Toa tribal area spans the Cook Strait, covering the lower North Island from the Rangitikei in the north, and including the Kapiti Coast, Hutt Valley, and Wellington areas, as well as Kapiti and Mana Islands. This Treaty claim settlement compensates Ngati Toa breaches which include: failing to protect the interests of Ngati Toa when acquiring their interests in the Port Nicholson block; detaining the Ngati Toa chief, Te Rauparaha, for 18 months without trial; undermining the power and influence of the key Ngati Toa leaders, Te Rauparaha and Te Rangihaeata, by detaining Te Rauparaha and pressuring other chiefs of Ngati Toa Rangatira into agreeing to the Wairau and Porirua purchases in the absence of Te Rauparaha and Te Rangihaeata; failing to ensure that Ngati Toa Rangatira received an interest in the Wellington and Nelson “tenths” reserves; and failing to ensure Ngati Toa Rangatira retained sufficient land for their needs. The $75.2 million settlement includes financial and commercial redress of $40 million, $10 million to recognise Ngati Toa's maritime domain over Cook Strait, $11.5 million to buy a number Crown properties (although most of these will have to leased back to the Crown), $6.6 million for iwi development, and other smaller amounts. The sum of $2 million, paid to the iwi in 2009, will be subtracted. To see the full deed go to http://www.ots.govt.nz/

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Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust Decision The Waitangi Tribunal has how reported on claims by the Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust, and this has cleared the way for the Crown and Ngati Toa to conclude negotiations for settlement of this iwi’s historic claims. The Tribunal rejected the Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust’s main claim against the Crown that it should not recognise Ngati Toa’s interests in the wider Wellington area. The Tribunal did find failings in the Office of Treaty Settlement’s conduct in its negotiations with Taranaki Whanui and made two recommendations, both relating to an offer of a Right of First Refusal to Ngati Toa over Crown properties in the Wellington CBD. The report can be downloaded from http://www.waitangi-tribunal.govt.nz/reports/downloadpdf.asp?reportid={E3AE22D9-EB6C-49A7-804B-6CD7E69537CC}.pdf. A press release is at http://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/tribunal-report-opens-way-settlement

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Whanganui River Framework Agreement Signed The Crown and negotiators for Whanganui Iwi have signed a framework agreement setting out certain elements that will form the basis for a settlement of Whanganui Iwi’s historical claims relating to the Whanganui River. Amongst others, these include: •

recognising the status of the Whanganui River (including its tributaries) as Te Awa Tupua;

recognising Te Awa Tupua as a legal entity, and vesting of the Crown-owned parts of the river-bed in the name of Te Awa Tupua;

appointing two persons (one by the Crown and the other by the River iwi) to a guardianship role – to act on behalf of Te Awa Tupua and protect its status and health and wellbeing;

developing a set of Te Awa Tupua values; and

developing a Whole of River Strategy.

More is at http://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/whanganui-river-agreement-signed

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Arts & Culture OMG, I'm Nearly 100 Years Old. LOL The abbreviation for Oh My God (OMG), more commonly associated with teenagers and text messaging, is almost 100 years old, research shows. A British Lord who died in 1920 has been hailed as the first to use the popular acronym by the Oxford English Dictionary Online. The dictionary says the abbreviation was first quoted in a personal letter by Lord John Fisher to Winston Churchill in 1917. Lord Fisher used the three-letter word to express his excitement over rumours of a new knighthood. "I hear that a new order of Knighthood is on the tapis-O.M.G. (Oh! My God!)- Shower it on the Admiralty!" The abbreviation joined LOL (Laughing Out Loud) and FYI (For Your Information) to be officially recognised in the Oxford English Dictionary Online last year. Back to top

From Gold Rush to Great War: Historic Papers Online From the gold rush frenzy of 1870’s Thames to the casualty lists of from Gallipoli, a new batch of old papers in now available on the National Library’s PapersPast website. PapersPast contains more than 2.5 million pages of digitised NZ newspapers and periodicals from between 1839 and 1945, from 77 separate newspaper titles. The latest additions are: The Thames Advertiser (1874-1899), The Dominion (1907-1920), The Free Lance (1910-1920), The Press (1915-1920), and The Te Puke Times (1913-1920). More is at http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz and many other digital resources (photos, pictures etc.) are at www.natlib.govt.nz See also http://www.stuff.co.nz/oddstuff/7451847/OMG-I-m-nearly-100-years-old-LOL

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Give a Can. See a Movie The 19th Wattie’s Cans Film Festival is on. On 7 November Kiwis around the country can visit their local participating movie theatres and swap a food can for a movie ticket. Wattie’s then matches the number of cans donated with one of their own cans and all cans go to the Salvation Army Christmas Appeal. Last year 45,380 cans were donated. Between 1 April 2011 and 31 March 2012, the Sallies distributed nearly 60,000 food parcels to Kiwis in need.

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Hoyts Cinemas, EVENT Cinemas, and Reading Cinemas are all offering their theatres for the night, as are independent cinemas nationwide. There are about 40 locations hosting the festival. Details will be on the Wattie’s website www.watties.co.nz, or https://www.facebook.com/wattiescansfilmfestival

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Modern Music is Tedious & Unimaginative Scientists say they've found proof that the music that people are listening to these days is boring and unimaginative. Since the 1960s, musicians have used progressively less creative note sequences and timbre* variations, an analysis shows. But today's music is much louder, the researchers say. *Timbre - the combination of qualities of a sound that distinguishes it from other sounds of the same pitch and volume. Read the research paper at http://www.nature.com/srep/2012/120726/srep00521/full/srep00521.html

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Cuisine NZ Awards 2012 Winners are: •

The Cuisine NZ Restaurant of the Year 2012: The Grill, Auckland;

Vittoria Coffee Chef of the Year: Brenton Lowe, à Deco;

SanPellegrino Best Metropolitan Restaurant: The Grove, Auckland;

Monteith’s Brewing Co Best Regional Restaurant: Palate, Hamilton;

Electrolux Best New Restaurant: The Grill, Auckland;

Plumm Glassware Best Specialist Restaurant: Martin Bosley’s, Wellington;

Whitestone Cheese Best Winery Restaurant: Pegasus Bay Winery Restaurant, Waipara; and

Villa Maria Estate Restaurant Personalities of the Year: Melissa Morrow and Blair Russell, Ponsonby Road Bistro, Auckland.

More is at http://cuisine.co.nz/restaurantoftheyear

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Fish & Ships Commercial Fishing: New Safety System An action plan has been developed to help improve safety in the commercial fishing industry, where people are exposed to a wide range of hazards. Called the Fishing Sector Action Plan, it sets up a new Maritime Operator Safety System (MOSS) and a Qualifications and Operational Limits Framework (QOL). MOSS and QOL are aimed at giving fishing operators more flexibility to meet their safety obligations, and also making sure that fishers take responsibility for, and account to Maritime NZ for, safe operations. Commercial fishing has one of the highest combined fatality and injury rates for any sector in NZ, with more than seven percent of the workforce reporting injuries each year. More is at http://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/action-plan-reduce-fishing-injuries-launched

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New South Pacific Fisheries Convention This new convention sets up the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation (SPRFMO), which will manage waters from Western Australia to South America, including the Tasman Sea and South Pacific Ocean. NZ cosponsored the negotiations, alongside Chile and Australia. The other nine states party to the convention are: Australia, Belize, Chile, the Cook Islands, Cuba, the European Union, Denmark (in respect of the Faroe Islands), Korea, and Russia. Other countries are expected to join in due course. The convention will oversee all fish species in the South Pacific apart from highly migratory ones, which are managed separately. Species under SPRFMO jurisdiction include orange roughy, blue nose, and jack mackerel. Auckland will be hosting the first SPRFMO Commission meeting in late January 2013. More is at http://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/south-pacific-fisheries-convention-force

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Fishing for Squid in Auckland Islands: Changes Changes to the management of the Auckland Islands squid trawl fishery (SQU6T) from 1 October 2012 include: •

a fishing-related mortality limit of 68 sea lions per season is to be retained;

the requirement for coverage by Ministry of Primary Industries ( MPI) observers is to increase to 50%; and

because of the effectiveness of Sea Lion Exclusion Devices (SLEDs - these protect sea lions accidentally caught in fishing gear), vessels will be able to carry out more trawl tows, up to a total of 4700 per season.

Squid is one of NZ’s highest earning seafood products, with export revenue of $100 million last year. More is at http://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/squid-fishery-decision-reflects-new-research

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Five New Mataitai Reserves The Ministry for Primary Industries has announced five new mataitai reserves, three in the North Island and two in the South Island. The reserves will come into effect on 13 September 2012. The Horokaka, Toka Tamure and Te Hoe reserves are on the Mahia Peninsula. The Waihao reserve is north-east of the Waimate township, South Canterbury, and the Okarito Lagoon reserve is north of Franz Josef on the west coast of the South Island. Mataitai reserves are able to be established over traditional fishing grounds of special importance to local Maori. Establishing a mataitai reserve does not prevent recreational fishing, access to reserves, beaches or rivers, and it doesn’t change existing arrangements for access to private land. Only commercial fishing is prohibited in the reserve. Also, the prohibition only applies to species managed under the Fisheries Act 1996, which excludes whitebait and sports fish Customary fishing within a mataitai reserve must be authorised by the Kaitiaki appointed for the reserve, and Kaitiaki must report customary authorisations to the Ministry for Primary Industries. More is at http://www.fish.govt.nz/en-nz/Press/Five+new+mataitai+reserves+announced.htm

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Science & Technology Government Science Funding The first part of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s 2012 science investment round has supported 47 research projects: in the biological industries, energy and minerals, environmental, hazards and infrastructure, and health and society funding categories. The new contracts take effect from 1 October this year. They run for between two and six years. Funding of $32.8 million will be spent in the current financial year (with a total of 133 million being committed). For more information on the successful research grants go to http://www.msi.govt.nz/get-funded/research-organisations/2012-investment-round/

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The Truth Behind “Truthiness” People are more likely to believe something is true if a photograph appears alongside the story, according to findings by a Victoria University researcher published a leading psychology journal, the Psychonomic Bulletin & Review. The researcher has been examining the phenomenon American comedian and news satirist Stephen Colbert calls “truthiness” - the feeling that something is true. Four different experiments showed that people are more likely to believe claims are true, regardless of whether they actually are true, when a decorative photograph appears alongside the claim. More is at http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED1208/S00058/student-finds-the-truth-behind-truthiness.htm

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Ageing Star Destroys Planet: First Evidence The first evidence of a planet's destruction by its aging star has been discovered by an international team of astronomers. The evidence indicates that the missing planet was devoured as the star began expanding into a "red giant" - the stellar equivalent of advanced age. More is at http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/First_Evidence_Discovered_of_Planets_Destruction_by_Its_Star_999.html

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

national population estimates: June 2012 quarter – NZ’s population (4,433,100 at 30 June 2012) has continued to age over the last decade (2002–12) with the median age increasing from 34.8 years to 37.0 years, both for males (from 34.0 to 35.7 years), and for females (from 35.6 to 38.2 years). More is at http://stats.govt.nz/browse_for_stats/population/estimates_and_projections/NationalPopulationEstimates_MRJun12qt r.aspx

births down, deaths up - in the June 2012 year there were 61,031 live births registered, down 1,628 (nearly 3 percent) from the June 2011 year; and the number of deaths (at 29,846) rose slightly (by 521 or 2%) from 2011. More is at http://stats.govt.nz/browse_for_stats/population/births/BirthsAndDeaths_MRYeJun12.aspx

exports & imports rise in July - the value of exported goods rose $296 million (8.0%) in July 2012, compared with July 2011, led by a rise in the value of milk powder exports. Imports rose $383 million (11%). The trade balance for July 2012 was a small surplus of $15 million (0.4% of exports). This compares with a surplus of $103 million (2.8%) of exports in July 2011. More is at http://stats.govt.nz/browse_for_stats/industry_sectors/imports_and_exports/OverseasMerchandiseTrade_MRJul12.a spx

wage rates increase in June quarter - salary and wage rates, which include overtime, increased 2.0% in the year to the June 2012 quarter (this includes a 0.4% rise in the June 2012 quarter). The average increase for all surveyed salary and ordinary time wage rates (that is, not including overtime) was 3.9%. The Quarterly Employment Survey

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(QES), also released at the same time, showed that average hourly earnings for ordinary time rose 2.9% for the June 2012 year. More is at http://stats.govt.nz/browse_for_stats/economic_indicators/prices_indexes/LabourCostIndexSalaryandWageRates_M RJun12qtr.aspx •

electronic card spending cools in July – this spending fell 0.8% in July 2012, driven by decreased spending in all of the core retail industries. More is at http://stats.govt.nz/browse_for_stats/businesses/business_characteristics/ElectronicCardTransactions_MRJul12.asp x

unemployment rate slightly up – unexpectedly, the unemployment rate rose to 6.8% in the June 2012 quarter from 6.7% in the March quarter. There were 5,000 fewer men in employment in the June 2012 quarter, while 3,000 more women were employed. The overall fall in employment, combined with a growing working-age population, resulted in a decrease in the employment rate of 0.3%, falling to 63.8%. More is at http://stats.govt.nz/browse_for_stats/incomeand-work/employment_and_unemployment/HouseholdLabourForceSurvey_MRJun12qtr.aspx

main centre property values up, provincial centres flat - nationwide residential property values have risen again in July (values are up 2.2% over the past three months, 4.6% up over the past year, and are now only 0.8% below the previous market peak of late 2007 - in inflation adjusted terms values are 13.1% below peak). However, most of this growth is because of growth in the main centres. More is at http://www.qv.co.nz/

strong building activity in Canterbury - nearly a billion dollars worth of building consents was approved in Canterbury in the first half of 2012, quickly approaching the 1.2 billion consented over the whole of last year. This analysis can be found in an article on Canterbury a year on from the February 2011 earthquake, in the just-released Economic News from Statistics NZ, available at http://www.stats.govt.nz/tools_and_services/services/newsletters/economic-news/aug-12.aspx

fewer visitors in July – visitor numbers (at 173,500) fell 1% from July 2011 (176,100), making it the lowest number for a July month since 2007. In spite of this, arrivals from China were up by 25% on July 2011, and Japanese visitors started to approach 2010 numbers again. Fewer visitors arrived from Malaysia, Korea, and the United Kingdom compared with July 2011. More is at http://stats.govt.nz/browse_for_stats/population/Migration/IntTravelAndMigration_MRJul12.aspx

year-on-year international arrivals growth maintained – according to recent Tourism NZ data, growth in international visitor arrivals has again been maintained with 2.63 million arrivals, seeing total arrivals increase by 5.6% for the year-ending July 2012 (although arrivals decreased during the month of July). More is at http://www.tourismnewzealand.com/news-and-features/media-releases/latest-releases/2012/08/year-on-yearinternational-arrivals-growth-maintained/

loss of migrants in July follows gain in June – there was a seasonally adjusted net loss (excess of departures over arrivals) of 700 migrants in July 2012. In the July 2012 year, NZ had a net loss of 3,800 migrants. More is at http://stats.govt.nz/browse_for_stats/population/Migration/IntTravelAndMigration_MRJul12.aspx

retail sales volume boosted by motor vehicles - the volume of retail sales rose a seasonally adjusted 1.3% in the June 2012 quarter, boosted by a record increase in motor-vehicle and parts retailing. More is at http://stats.govt.nz/browse_for_stats/industry_sectors/RetailTrade/RetailTradeSurvey_MRJun12qtr.aspx

new vehicle market remains strong - for July 2012, new passenger car registrations of 6,208 were up 27.2% (1,329 vehicles) and new commercials of 2,153 were up 17.9 % ( 327 vehicles) on July 2011. More is at http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU1208/S00194/new-vehicle-market-remains-strong.htm

food prices down for year, despite small increase in July - Food prices fell 1.8% in the year to July 2012, despite a small monthly increase for July (up 0.2%). For the year, lower prices were recorded for fruit and vegetables (down 6.6%), grocery food (down 0.7%), meat, poultry, and fish (down 1.6%), and non-alcoholic beverages down 2.1%); and higher prices were recorded for restaurant meals and ready-to-eat food (up 1.4%). More is at http://stats.govt.nz/browse_for_stats/economic_indicators/prices_indexes/FoodPriceIndex_MRJul12.aspx

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General A Very Warm August The NIWA National Climate Centre says that August was 1°C to1.5°C warmer than usual in most regions around the country – temperatures were more like a typical September. This was because August saw more northeast winds than normal over the country. Other findings for the month include: •

Rainfall: a large contrast seen over the South Island - extremely wet in the north and east but very dry in the west and south. Wetter than usual for many coastal areas in the north and east of the North Island;

Sunshine: A very sunny August for the south and west of the South Island. Rather sunny for the western North Island between Auckland and Taumarunui, too. Unusually cloudy for Taranaki to Wellington, Nelson and the eastern South Island;

Soil moisture: by the end of August, soils were much drier than normal in the southwest South Island, but were wetter than usual in parts of coastal south Canterbury and on the Kaikoura Coast. Elsewhere, soil moisture levels were generally near normal for the time of year; and

The main centres: Auckland was the warmest and sunniest, Tauranga the wettest, Christchurch was the driest, and Dunedin the coolest and cloudiest.

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Earthquakes Royal Commission Report: First Part The Canterbury Earthquakes Royal Commission have released the first part (volumes 1-3) of its final report. The recommendations focus on a range of technical engineering issues including seismicity (looking at the larger forces behind earthquakes, the active faults that lie in Canterbury, and earthquake modelling); changing concrete structures, structural steel and earthquake actions standards; the need for guidance or training to structural engineers; and lowdamage building technologies. The Government has accepted all the findings in the first part of the report and its 70 recommendations. The subsequent volumes of the final report will be completed by 12 November 2012. The Government expects to issue a full response to the Royal Commission’s complete findings in early 2013. For a copy of report visit: http://canterbury.royalcommission.govt.nz/Final-Report---Volumes-1-2-and-3

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Reminder: Operation Shakeout Planned for September Civil Defence’s NZ ShakeOut aims to have a million people taking part in the first ShakeOut national earthquake drill held nationwide in any country. Participants at home, work and school will practice “Drop, Cover and Hold” – the right action to take in an earthquake. The link is http://www.shakeout.govt.nz/

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NZ Families Today – Families Commission Information The Families Commission has produced a summary of key facts about NZ families. Some highlights: •

over the past 20 years couple-only and one-person households have become more common;

the rate of growth in the proportion of households headed by a sole parent may be levelling off;

about one third of children will have lived in a sole parent family for a period of time by age 17;

in 2006 57% of all adults aged 16 and over were living with a partner. The majority of these were married (76%); however, a growing proportion of NZers now live together without formally legalising their relationship;

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since the early 1970s there has been an almost uninterrupted decline in the general marriage rate;

evidence that some people are delaying marriage is seen in the increasing average marrying age;

divorce rates have increased until recently (there has been a drop-off since the mid 2000s). The proportion of people who marry for a second time has increased;

the average age for women giving birth is now 30 years, compared with 26 years in the early 1960s and just under 25 years in the early 1970s;

fewer NZ women in their teens are having a child compared with the 1960s; and

the proportion of ex-nuptial births (born outside of a marriage or civil union) is now nearly 50%.

“NZ families today: a brief demographic profile” can be found at http://www.familiescommission.org.nz/publications/briefs-and-statistics/new-zealand-families-today

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Migrants Generally Satisfied with NZ Life New research shows recent migrant settlers feel positive about NZ, and recent migrants are faring very well. Findings include: •

7 out of 10 recent migrants were in paid employment in 2011, over three quarters of employed migrants said they were satisfied or very satisfied with their main job, and 72% stated that their occupation matched or partly matched their skills and qualifications;

more than 80 percent of recent migrants are satisfied or very satisfied with life in NZ, with those who were “very satisfied” increasing by five points in 2011 to 45%;

the top reason for migrants moving to NZ was to be with family, partner or friends, followed by the relaxed pace of life (13%), the environment/landscape (11%), and the ability to get a good job (11%);

for 60% of recent migrants NZ exceeded their expectations upon arrival;

55% of migrants had none or one NZ mate (and 22% of migrants didn't socialise with any Kiwis, compared to 41% who did); and

those less likely to hang out with Kiwis were from north Asia and Southeast Asia, while the British, Irish, and North Americans were most likely to do so.

A complete set of data can be found at http://www.dol.govt.nz/research/migration/ismp/ismpindicators.asp

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Refugee Women in Aotearoa Report A recently released report documents the results of a study looking at the resettlement experiences of women who entered NZ through the category of Women at Risk (who make up about 10 percent of NZ’s annual quota of 750 migrants), or who became sole heads of households as a consequence of their resettlement experiences. It indicates that women who are on their own when they first come to this country find it hard because of the lack of support. They have double the burden of stress with half the support. Recommendations to alleviate this stress and burden include: •

extended, longer-term support from specialist agencies such as Refugee Services;

subsidised practical help, particularly in the early stages of settlement and especially in the areas of childcare and accessible English language classes; and

assistance to broaden sources of support and networks.

The report also considers specific issues around, for example, support, parenting, family reunification, health services, education, employment, racism, and unique issues for women on their own. The report, “Doing it for ourselves and our children: Refugee women on their own in NZ”, is at http://www.refugeeservices.org.nz/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/7437/Doing_It_for_Ourselves_and_our_children_Refugee_women_31_Jan_2012x.pdf

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Conferences & Events DIWALI Festivals These AsiaNZ festivals are being held in Auckland on 13/14 October 2012, and in Wellington on 21 October 2012. Organisers say there will be beautiful outfits, friendly faces, and great food and performances. If you want to volunteer at the Wellington Diwali festival, contact Murali Kumar at diwali@catnz.org.nz. More is at http://www.asianz.org.nz/our-work/arts-and-community/festivals/diwali-festival-lights

Social Services Providers Aotearoa Conference 2012 This is being held on 19/20 September 2012 at Wellingtons Brentwood Hotel. It’s called Improving Outcomes for Children and Whanau. More information is at http://www.sspa.org.nz/

World Indigenous Lawyers’ Conference Law experts and speakers from around the world will gather at the University of Waikato in Hamilton on 5-8 September 2012 for the 2012 World Indigenous Lawyers’ Conference. More is at http://www.maorilawsociety.co.nz/world-indigenous-lawyers--conference-2012.cfm

Tourism Industry Association Summit Registrations are now open for the 2012 Tourism Industry Association Summit, taking place in Wellington on Tuesday 2 October 2012. For more details on the summit or to register, go to www.tianz.org.nz/main/2012-tia-summit

NZ Cooperatives Association: Annual Seminar The NZ Cooperatives Association is to run its annual seminar in Wellington on 12/13 September 2012. The theme this year is "Why a Co-op?" It will focus on what it takes to run a successful member-owned business. More is at http://nz.coop/education-seminar-why-a-co-op/

National Parenting Forum 2012 This forum is being held from 14-16 September 2012 at Te Papa in Wellington. It is for Parents Centre volunteers and members, and people working for any organisation working with families of children from pre-birth to six years. Register at http://www.parentscentre.org.nz/forum/

NZ Education Expo The NZ-ED SHOW showcases NZ education at all levels from early childhood to tertiary. It will be a one-stop show for all educators and administrators, and represent the full range of products, resources, and services that support NZ schools. It is being held from 13-15 September 2012 at the TelstraClear Pacific Events Centre, 770 Great South Road, Manukau, Auckland. More is at http://www.nzedshow.co.nz

Day Seminars on Autism Spectrum Disorder Seminars on “Cognitive abilities: a different way of thinking and learning”; and “Managing challenging behaviour in children with autism” are being held in Napier on 11 September 2012, and Wellington on 13 September 2012. For details, go to: http://www.creatingsuccess.co.nz

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NZ Federation of Vocational & Support Services (VASS) National Conference Called People, Place, Belonging, it’s being held on 31 October-1 November 2012 at the Headingly Centre, Richmond, Nelson. The Conference will offer presentations, workshops, and conversations of interest to anyone involved in the disability sector, including disabled people, their families, providers, and government officials. For more go to www.nzvass.org.nz

Refit & Retrofit (Building) Conference - Cost efficient - Future Proof – Sustainable This conference is being held on 26/27 September 2012 at the Stamford Plaza, Auckland. Building refits and retrofits* are becoming more common as building occupants demand high quality, sustainable, modern spaces. *Retrofitting refers to the addition of new technology or features to older systems. More is at http://www.conferenz.co.nz/conferences/refit-and-retrofit

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Awards & Opportunities Commemorating Waitangi Day: Funding Available This fund supports events that commemorate the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, and promote nation and community building. It aims to encourage a wider mix of communities to take part in Waitangi Day events. Events in local communities that commemorate Waitangi Day (6 February) get priority. Local government and community organisations can apply for grants, which in the past have ranged from $200 to $10,000. Applications close on 28 September 2012. More is at http://www.mch.govt.nz/funding-nz-culture/ministry-grants-awards/commemorating-waitangi-day-fund

The Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship 2013 This fellowship is for a NZ creative writer, whose work has already been published and well received, to undertake a residency in Menton in the South of France for a period of six months or more in 2013. Applications close on 21 September 2012. More is at http://www.creativenz.govt.nz/en/getting-funded/find-funding-opportunities/the-katherine-mansfield-menton-fellowship-2013/general-info

NZ’s Most Inspiring Teacher To reward the astounding contribution of our nation’s teachers, Warehouse Stationery is calling for students and their parents to nominate teachers who always give 110%. Last year’s inaugural teacher search was so successful that this year’s search has been extended to include early childhood teachers, as well as primary and secondary school teachers. Teachers will be judged on: drive, enthusiasm, creativity, dedication, and other exceptional behaviour. Thirty teachers from Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary schools will share in $30,000 worth of classroom supplies from Warehouse Stationery. One of these teachers will be named NZ’s Most Inspiring Teacher 2012 and receive a grand prize including a $5,000 holiday. Nominations close on 23 September 2012.Visit www.inspiringteachers.co.nz

North Island Rural Schools Gardening Grants… Rural Women NZ is teaming up with Farmlands to give away gardening grants to six North Island rural primary schools. Each of the winning schools will receive $2000 in prize money. This is the third year Rural Women NZ and Farmlands have given grants to North Island rural schools. Applications close 2 November 2012. More is at http://www.ruralwomen.org.nz/ruralschoolgrants

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… & South Island Rural Schools Gardening Grants Rural Women NZ is also teaming up with Meridian to give away gardening grants to two South Island rural schools. Each is worth $2000. Applications close on 27 November 2012. More is at http://www.ruralwomen.org.nz

Rural Women NZ Journalism Award Entries Entries are now open for the Rural Women NZ Journalism Award 2012, which will be presented at the NZ Guild of Agricultural Journalists Awards in Wellington on 12 October. Rural Women NZ began sponsoring the prize five years ago to encourage journalists to redress a serious gender imbalance in the rural media, and turn their attention to the achievements of women living and working in rural communities. Entries close 10 September 2012. More is at http://www.ruralwomen.org.nz/_blog/News_and_Inspiration/post/NZ_Guild_of_Agricultural_Journalists_Awards/

Mentoring for Diversity Programme Open Applications are open for the second year of the Institute of Directors’ Mentoring for Diversity programme. The programme which aims to boost the number of women on NZX-listed and large company boards in NZ, pairs a highly experienced senior director or chair with a “board ready” woman who wants to further her governance career. The programme provides excellent learning and networking experiences which help the professional development of the mentees chosen. Applications close on 20 September 2102. More is at https://www.iod.org.nz/MembershipAccreditation/MentoringforDiversity.aspx

New Fund: Offshore Development Partnerships The NZ Partnerships for International Development Fund will make up to $32 million per year available for NZ organisations, including NGOs, state agencies and private organisations and businesses carrying out development work off-shore. The fund includes a “matched funding” model where applicants are required to also invest in the activity, promoting joint ownership and partnership. Funding recommendations will be made by the International Development Advisory and Selection Panel. Applications close 16 November 2012. Applicants will be notified of the Panel’s decisions in March 2013. Information on the Fund is at http://www.aid.govt.nz/funding-and-contracts/nz-partnerships-internationaldevelopment-fund

Nominate Your Earthquake Hero The earthquake awards were presented for the first time in February 2012 and are being held a second time to give people who were previously unaware of the awards an opportunity to nominate a worthy candidate. The awards are to honour people who undertook acts of kindness, service or heroism during the earthquakes. Nominations close on 21 September 2012. For further information or to nominate someone visit www.ccc.govt.nz/civicawards or pick up a nomination form from your closest Council Service Centre

2013 Ballance Farm Environment Awards Administered by the NZ Farm Environment Trust (NZFE) and operating in nine regions, this annual competition promotes sustainable land management by showcasing the work of people farming in an environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable way. There are several award categories and a series of specific regional awards. All entries opened on 1 August 2012. Closing dates differ between regions. Entry forms for the 2013 competition, and contact details for regional coordinators, are available from the NZFE website at www.nzfeatrust.org.nz

Writing Competition: The Role of Science in our Future Writers are being invited to submit their thoughts about the contribution of science to the future of NZ in this year’s Royal Society of NZ Manhire Prize for Creative Science Writing competition. There are cash prizes of $2500 for each of the nonfiction and fiction categories. Entries close on 5 October 2012. More information is at http://www.royalsociety.org.nz/programmes/competitions/manhire-prize/2012/

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Marae Arts Projects: Grants Two opportunities from Creative NZ are open to groups and individual artists who want to put marae arts projects into practice, or enhance their own knowledge through the expertise of Tohunga toi (Maori arts specialists): Toi Ake - supporting marae based arts supports iwi, hapu and mata waka to grow and retain Maori arts on marae. Applications can be made for up to $65,000; and Tohunga/Tukunga - mentoring programme supports Tohunga to pass on specialist artistry skills. Applications can be made for up to $5,000. Applications close on 7 September 2012. All information can be found on the Creative website under “Maori Arts” when searching by artform

Chinese Poll Tax Heritage Trust Funding Round The Chinese Poll Tax Heritage Trust is currently receiving applications for funding. The aim of the Trust is to strengthen the identity of Chinese NZers by: promoting the preservation of Chinese NZ history and awareness of the contributions of early Chinese settlers; and providing tangible support for Chinese NZ history, language and culture – especially of early Chinese settlers. Current funding priorities for the Trust include histories of Chinese fruit shops, laundries, restaurants and takeaway shops; histories of Chinese wives and mothers pre-1970s; NZ Chinese Association Branch histories; restoration of gravestones; and commemoration of poll tax payers. Applications for the current funding round close on 30 September 2012. To obtain an application form, or to learn more about the Trust, visit www.communitymatters.govt.nz or phone 0800 824 824

Digital Media Fund The new Digital Media Fund (run by NZ On Air) will support innovative projects that make the most of opportunities offered by the internet and digital media. The Fund has two strands: DMF Kickstart, where a fund of a million dollars will be available for two or three substantial projects; and DMF Ignite has $400,000 available for smaller projects. This year the Kickstart Fund will prioritise projects with content relevant for Pacific audiences in NZ. More details about DMF Kickstart and DMF Ignite are at http://www.nzonair.govt.nz/newmedia/digital-media-fund.aspx

Community Internship Programme Applications for the Community Internship Programme are now being accepted, in the only round for 2012-2013. Grants from the programme allow not-for-profit community organisations to pay the salaries of skilled staff from the public, private or community sector so they can work with their organisation for three to six months. Grants approved will fund community internships beginning in January or February 2013. Applications close on Wednesday 26 September 2012. More is at www.communitymatters.govt.nz, or call 0800 824 824

Lottery National Community Lottery Community funding is available for projects, activities, resources or services that have a community or social service focus, and which help connect communities, improve well-being, and the quality of people’s lives. You need to apply to the national committee if you are: a national organisation, an organisation affiliated to a national organisation, making an application for a project or service with a nationwide benefit, or if your application benefits three or more regions. Applications close on 24 October 2012. More is at http://www.communitymatters.govt.nz/Funding-and-grants---Lottery-grants---Lottery-Community

Lottery Health Research The Lottery Health Research Committee provides funding for research projects that will improve the health status of NZers. Applications close on 26 September 2012. More is at http://www.communitymatters.govt.nz/Funding-and-grants---Lottery-grants---Lottery-Health-Research. More about each fund, and also online application forms, are at http://www.communitymatters.govt.nz/Funding-and-grants---Lottery-grants

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Creative NZ: Quick Response Grants & Arts Grants These are for projects that will be completed within one year after Creative NZ offers funding for the project. The type of grant you should apply for depends on the timing of your project and the amount you are requesting. Applications close on 7 September 2012. More is at http://www.creativenz.govt.nz/en/getting-funded/closing-dates-2012

Encore Awards Applications are now open for the 2012 Encore Awards, which honour individuals, community groups, businesses, schools and landowners whose sustained commitment to environmental restoration, biodiversity and conservation is making the region a better place to live. The awards are a partnership between Greater Wellington Regional Council, the Department of Conservation's (DOC) Wellington Hawke's Bay Conservancy, and the Wellington Hawke's Bay Conservation Board. Applications close on 14 September 2012. Email applications to awards@gw.govt.nz or post to Encore Awards, Greater Wellington, PO BOX 11646, Manners St, Wellington. For more information see www.gw.govt.nz/encoreawards, or email awards@gw.govt.nz

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Appointments NZ’s next Ambassador to the Russian Federation is Hamish Cooper. John Capper is NZ’s new Ambassador to Chile. Karen Sewell is the new chair of Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu (Te Kura) – formerly known as the Correspondence School. Dr Ian Ferguson has been appointed to the position of Departmental Science Adviser for the Ministry for Primary Industries. The Landcare Research board's deputy chair Peter Schuyt has taken over as chair. Dr Kevin Thompson has been appointed deputy chair of the Environment Protection Authority Board. Peter Mersi, has been appointed the new chief executive for Land Information NZ. Mark Ford is the new chair of Solid Energy. Prison Fellowship NZ has appointed Gregory Fortuin its executive chair. Kristy McDonald has been reappointed chair of the Real Estate Agents Authority. Public Trust has appointed Graeme Hansen as its new chief executive. Helen Tait is the new chair of the Guardians Kaitiaki of the Alexander Turnbull Library, and Robyn Kamira, Professor Paul Tapsell, and Professor Raewyn Dalziel have also been appointed to the Guardians Kaitiaki. The NZ chapter of Women Corporate Directors (WCDNZ) is to be co-chaired by Dame Jenny Shipley and Jane Diplock. Nga Pae o te Maramatanga (NPM) has two new appointments to its Board – Traci Houpapa and Associate Professor Pare Keiha (NPM is one of NZ’s seven Centres of Research Excellence and it conducts research of relevance to Maori communities). The NZ Singing School Trust is adding to its patrons with the appointment of tenor Simon O’Neill, and actor and singer George Henare. Peter Hughes has been appointed chair of the Careers NZ board and Dale Karauria has been appointed as a member of this board. Sue Suckling has been appointed to lead the new Advanced Technology Institute establishment board, and other members appointed to the board are Michael Ludbrook, Michael Ahie, Richard Janes, Neville Jordan, Paul Lockey, and Michele Allan. Commissioners appointed to Kaipara Council are John Robertson (chair), Richard Booth, Colin Dale and Peter Winder. Jenn Bestwick and John Thorburn have been appointed to the board of Tourism NZ. Charles Joe, Tania Kingi, Gayle Lafaiali’i, Dr Ofa Dewes, Fia T. Tupou, and Reverend ‘Inoke Masima have been appointed to the Tamaki Makaurau (Auckland) Regional Leadership Group (RLG) for Whanau Ora. Paul Swain will head will head the panel reviewing NZ’s fire services; the other panel members are Jaimes Wood, Peter Drummond, and David Adamson. Cheers, Craig and Paddy Rural Bulletin/Bulletin Aotearoa© All rights reserved This publication is entitled to the full protection given by the Copyright Act 1994 and Amendment (new technologies) 2008 to the holders of the copyright. Reproduction of parts of the publication is permitted for purposes of informing and educating individuals and communities and must acknowledge the publisher Rural Women NZ. Copies that are reproduced on other websites or sent through other databases remain the property of Rural Women NZ under the Copyright Act 1994 and Amendment (new technologies) 2008.

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The truth about the Sth Cross Cables Network A little while ago there was a lot of discussion about international cables in the media, prompted by Pacific Fibre’s announcement that it had not raised the funding it required to build a new international cable. Here’s how one paper put it, ‘Pacific Fibre’s failure to raise $400m leaves Southern Cross Cable’s stranglehold on international communications to and from New Zealand as secure as ever’. In fact there has been a lot of misunderstanding about Southern Cross and how it works, so let’s go at this issue one point at a time. Redundancy The Southern Cross Cables Network is exactly that – a network of cables. It makes a figure eight shape that connects New Zealand, Australia, Hawaii and mainland USA. Each cable contains strands of fibre optics that are used to transfer data at an incredibly fast rate. The cables sit on the sea bed and the figure of eight shape means that the cables could be damaged in two separate places and there would still be a path for the data to take so its inaccurate to say we have “one” link to the world. For a more detailed look at how it works, check out the Southern Cross Cable website www.southerncrosscables.com. Price Price isn’t an issue either. Southern Cross may be the only large international cable network that lands in New Zealand, but that doesn’t mean that it charges monopoly rates. Only about 5% of the data on the cable comes to or from New Zealand. The rest is between Australia and the USA. But here in New Zealand get the same price as the Aussies who have three cables connecting them to the rest of the world. That means that despite the fact that Southern Cross is the only cable network to land in New Zealand, the pricing is subject to the effect of competition, so no one is getting ripped off. Capacity Capacity’s not a problem, there is ten times the capacity available on the Southern Cross loop and although a fair whack of this will come into use when UFB is fully up and running the cable can handle it. It’s already had major increases in capacity since it began, as the stats show: 15 years ago one of its predecessors in the South Pacific, the Pacific Rim East cable, had 1.5gig capacity. The Southern Cross cable began life in 2000 with 160gig capacity. Next year it will be upgraded to a massive 3.64Tbps. In short – you can roughly say that every household in NZ is currently using as much capacity as the whole of NZ was 15 years ago. Ownership As for ownership, Telecom owns 50% of the Southern Cross cable business. But it’s important to note that while we own 50% of the shares, it is an independent business. It has its own board and management team, and other shareholders too. What about Pacific Fibre? What is clear in all this is that Pacific Fibre failed to get funding for their project. The call for investors went out and there was interest, but not enough to have people reach into their pockets and support laying more cable under the Tasman and Pacific Oceans. It’s a difficult market to raise money in, global markets are shaky and investors cautious. At this point in time all you can read into the story is that the market is saying that it doesn’t believe Pacific Fibre had a sound-enough business case to run another cable into New Zealand or through the highly competitive Australia/USA market.


Second ACC contract awarded to Access Access Homehealth, a not for profit organisation owned by Rural Women New Zealand, has been awarded a second significant contract by ACC - to provide nursing services for ACC clients in their homes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a strong endorsement of our people and a vote of confidence for the nursing services delivered by Access,â&#x20AC;? says Graeme Titcombe, Access Chief Executive. This contract complements our new role as one of four national, and six lead providers for ACC, providing in-home and community support services. We will be providing a professional nursing response for our clients throughout the country, including those with high complex needs. Both ACC contracts come into effect on September 1 this year, and we look forward to the opportunities and obligations this contract will bring for our nursing teams.

For more information or to learn more about the services we offer, phone Access on 0800 AT HOME (0800 284 663) or visit www.access.org.nz.


Postman pat-on-the-back Awards Postie, plus so much more! Hokitika’s Diane Howe is the very deserving winner of our Postman paton-the-back Award, pictured here with one of two people who put her name forward, Anne van Beek. Check out our Facebook page and website for all the other Postman pat-on-the-back entries. They’re truly inspiring! As NZ Post considers the future face of its mail service – both urban and rural – we launched our Postman pat-on-the-back Award to celebrate our rural posties and the wonderful service they provide to rural and remote communities. We received many heart-warming entries about posties who ‘go the extra mile’ for their customers. Many of you felt so moved by all the extra help and kindness your postie brings, you turned to poetry to express yourselves. Out of 30 entries, we’re delighted to announce the winner of our Postman pat-on-the-back Award is Diane Howe of Hokitika, who was nominated separately by Anne van Beek and Di Strang. Diane Howe fell into the role of postie, RD2 Hokitika, after her husband Bernie died following

an accident delivering mail in the area. Diane didn’t want to let his customers down, so took on the run herself. That was 12 years ago and she now travels 52,000 kilometres a year and has 499 clients. Diane’s help has been legendary, says Anne van Beek. “It’s never a problem to deliver medicine, packages or whatever may have been urgently requested.” Di Strang agrees. “She’s a character and has one of the most generous natures I have ever seen.” Di says Diane Howe’s friendly face at the mailbox helped her overcome loneliness when she moved to the area nine years ago. Since then Diane’s given gifts to each new baby that’s come along as well as older siblings, and at Easter all the children get a treat.

AftertheChristchurchearthquakes Diane packaged up 17 boxes of lego she had at home, and with Di’s help, sent them to children who’d faced loss. Diane reports road problems to the council, along with suggested solutions. If children are seen waiting for the mail, Diane explains where they should wait so they are not in danger. Anne says Diane’s been a godsend. “Reliable affable and always ready to go the extra mile, to help out wherever she can.” Congratulations to Diane and all the other posties you wrote to us about, with a special mention to Craig Fitzgerald of Pongaroa, who was also nominated twice.

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