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Consultation Have Your Say on Human Rights Record ...................... 3 Have Your Say: NZ’s Torture Prevention Efforts ............ 3 Māori Community Development Act 1962 ...................... 3 Animal Welfare Amendment Bill...................................... 4 Flexible Superannuation? ............................................... 4 Proposed Changes to Marine Consents Process ........... 4 Keeping Our Dams Safe ................................................. 5 Improving PBRF: Consultation ........................................ 5 Consultations in Brief ...................................................... 5

Rural NZ Winegrowers Annual Report ..................................... 6 Farm Sales ...................................................................... 7

Environment Changes to Resource Management System .................. 7 3-Yearly State of the Environment Reports .................... 7 Managing Waituna Lagoon ............................................. 8 Release of White Admiral Butterfly Approved ................. 8 Global Sustainability Rankings........................................ 8

Health & Welfare

Justice/The Law A New Incorporated Societies Act: Law Commission Report ........................................................................... 17 Enduring Powers of Attorney: Review Results ............. 17 Inquiries Bill passes Third Reading .............................. 18 Tougher Bail Laws ........................................................ 18 Prisoners to Pay for TV ................................................. 18 More Court Fines & Reparations Collected .................. 19

Parliament Electoral Amendment Bill Introduced ............................ 19 Parliamentary Private Secretaries Appointed ............... 19

Public Service/Local Authorities More Online Interaction with Public Services ............... 20 Changes to Local Government Planning ...................... 20

Not-For-Profits Upcoming NGO Health & Disability Council Elections . 21 Tips for Reinvigorating Conferences ............................ 21


The Impact of Injuries: Report ......................................... 8 Civil Emergency Resources for Hearing & Vision Impaired .......................................................................... 9 Bullying In NZ: New Insights …....................................... 9 … Funding for Communities to Combat Bullying ............ 9 Incredible Years Pilot Study: Evaluation Report ............. 9 Connecting is Key to Suicide Prevention ...................... 10 More Doctors Able to Prescribe Special Medicines ...... 10 Improved Rest Home/Public Hospital Information ........ 10 Who’s Receiving What State Benefit? .......................... 11 DHB Election Facts & Stats .......................................... 11

Study Reveals Secrets of Exporting Success............... 22 Every Kiwi Counts 2013 Expats Survey ....................... 22 Financial Markets Conduct Bill Passes ......................... 22 Tourism Forecasts Positive … ...................................... 23 … Visitor Spend Remains Constant … ......................... 23 … Regional Tourism Data Now Available ..................... 23 Trans-Tasman Smartphone Business App ................... 23 Company Information More Accessible … ................... 23 … Single Business Number Roll-out Underway ........... 24 IRD Launches Reminder Email Alerts .......................... 24 The Small Business Development Group ..................... 24 NZ & Viet Nam Sign Double Tax Agreement................ 24


Money Matters

Education Schemes Aimed at Priority Children ............ 12 National Trial of 20K Signs on School Buses ............... 12 International Education Snapshot ................................. 12 Two New High Tech Studios ......................................... 12 Tighter Rules for Some Student Loan Borrowers ......... 13 New Infrastructure* Training ITO .................................. 13

NZ Super Fund’s Record Return .................................. 25 The Peril of Guaranteeing Somebody Else’s Debt ....... 25 More Complaints: Lenders & Finance Companies ....... 25 More Money Being Lost to Internet Scams................... 26 Increased Pension Portability to Some Pacific Countries ...................................................................................... 26


Internet, ICT & Media

Workplace Health & Safety Info: Poor Understanding .. 13 Age Doesn’t Impact Employee Engagement ................ 14 New Security Industry Training Regulations ................. 14 Wage Subsidies Schemes One Year On ...................... 14 Employment Overview: Year to March ......................... 14

Small Businesses: New Broadband Training................ 26 UFB and RBI Rollout: Two-Year Update Report .......... 27 Privacy Info: Websites, Apps Could Do Better… .......... 27 … Teens Care About Their Mobile Privacy … .............. 27 … How to Disappear from the Internet ......................... 28 PCs Outsell Tablets in Universities ............................... 28 Websites & Articles of Interest ...................................... 28

Housing/Building Householders Guide to EQCover - Updated ................. 15 More Kiwisaver House Deposit Subsidies .................... 15 Public Works Act Acquisitions Changing ...................... 15

Energy Energy in New Zealand 2013 ........................................ 16 Tender Opens for Mineral Exploration .......................... 16

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Arts & Culture World War One Experience Online ............................... 29 Te Papa To Move Some of Its Collections ................... 30 Some of Dorothy Parker's Best Quotes ........................ 30

Fish & Ships Friends of NZ Marine Programme ................................ 30

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Science & Technology 2013 Science Investment Rounds: Funding Decisions 31 Centres of Research Excellence: Further Clarity .......... 31 Open Access to Research Publications Reaching “Tipping Point” ............................................................... 32 Daily Kiwifriut Can Improve Mood & Energy ................. 32 Beetles Modify Greenhouse Gases Emissions From Cow Pats ....................................................................... 32 Street Sign of the Future ............................................... 32 Handy Stats ................................................................... 33

General Seasonal Climate Outlook – September to November 2013 .............................................................................. 34 Money Isn’t Everything, NZers Say… ........................... 34 … Birth Registration to Include IRD Number ................ 35 Passport Validity Period Extended ................................ 35 New Parenting App ....................................................... 35 2013 NZ Diversity Award Winners ................................ 35 Who’s Coming Back From Australia? ........................... 36 MFAT Makes Classified Files Public ............................. 36 Conferences & Events .................................................. 36 Awards & Opportunities ................................................ 39 Appointments ................................................................ 43

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Consultation Have Your Say on Human Rights Record A draft report on the current position of NZ’s human rights has been released for public comment by the Government. The United Nations Human Rights Council reviews the human rights record of every UN member state once every four and half years as part of its Universal Periodic Review (UPR). Each country submits a national report to the UN Council. The report is then measured against international human rights treaties, the UN Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and international law. The Government’s draft national report outlines NZ’s domestic human rights situation, and the steps the Government has taken towards implementing the S9 recommendations the Government accepted from the previous (2009) report.. Submissions close on 19 September 2013. Anyone can make submissions via the website or to and the draft report is available at Back to top

Have Your Say: NZ’s Torture Prevention Efforts A draft report outlining this country’s torture prevention efforts has been released for public consultation. The report is a major part of NZ’s commitment to the United Nations Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, a core international human rights treaty. The draft report outlines measures the Government has in place to increase support for victims of domestic violence, efforts to address over-representation of Māori in the criminal justice system, and planned law changes related to human trafficking. The report also notes that there have been no cases of torture in NZ during the review period. The Government will submit the report to the UN by the end of the year. Submissions close on 27 September 2013. Submissions can be made by email only to and the report is available at Back to top

Māori Community Development Act 1962 The first comprehensive public consultation on the Māori Community Development Act since it was passed more than 50 years ago will take place throughout September. In 1962 the Māori Community Development Act set up three mechanisms to support Māori community development: the NZ Māori Council (supported by three levels of Māori Associations), Māori Wardens ,and Community Officers. A 2010 inquiry into the Act by the Māori Affairs Committee recommended Government seek feedback and undertake a comprehensive public consultation on its future. The Māori Community Development Act 1962 discussion paper identifies three areas where feedback is sought: •

options for the future of the NZ Māori Council;

options to improve arrangements for Māori Wardens; and

the provisions of the Act relating to Community Officers.

Submissions close on 30 September 2013. More is at (amongst other things you can see locations & dates for the 19 public consultation hui that are being held throughout the country) Back to top

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Animal Welfare Amendment Bill Having passed its first reading, this Bill is now with Parliament’s Primary Production Committee and public submissions are sought (and the Committee’s report on this Bill is due 27 February 2014). The Animal Welfare Amendment Bill would: •

provide for clear and enforceable standards of animal welfare, and would broaden the range of enforcement tools;

enable the Government to establish new mandatory standards in regulations for exporting live animals;

remove uncertainty around the ill-treatment of wild animals (this would target acts of wilful or reckless ill-treatment to animals, but would not affect ordinary hunting, fishing, and pest management); and

improve the transparency of research involving animals.

Submissions close on 4 October 2013. The Primary Production Committee will require 2 copies of each submission if made in writing. Information about making a submission can be found at More is at Back to top

Flexible Superannuation? As set out under the confidence and supply agreement between the National and United Future Parties, the Government has issued a discussion document looking at the option of flexible superannuation. The proposal would give people more choice about when they could first take NZ Superannuation. This would give NZers the choice of taking NZ Super at a reduced rate earlier than the age of 65 - for example, from age 60. Alternatively, they could choose to receive Super at a higher rate if they deferred taking superannuation until they were 70. More detailed policy work would be required should the proposal be progressed. Submissions close on 11 October 2013. The discussion document is available at: Back to top

Proposed Changes to Marine Consents Process A discussion paper based around a recent supplementary order paper (SOP) to the Marine Legislation Bill* has been released. The SOP proposes to introduce a new non-notified discretionary classification for the marine consent regime under the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and Continental Shelf Act. The proposed new non-notified discretionary category would provide the EPA with similar options to those currently available under the Maritime Transport Act for considering discharge and dumping activities. In practice, non-notified discretionary activities are those that can be undertaken if applicants obtain a marine consent from the EPA. The EPA may grant or decline consent and place conditions on the consent. The discussion paper outlines proposals for managing exploratory drilling for oil and gas, discharges of harmful substances, and dumping of waste in the EEZ. Feedback is being specifically asked on whether: •

the assessment of the issues described in the discussion paper is correct;

the proposals would deliver effective and efficient oceans management, or whether, in your view, better alternatives exist; and

any unintended consequences may arise from the proposals.

*The Marine Legislation Bill transfers the regulation of dumping and certain discharges related to EEZ activities from Maritime NZ to the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA). Submissions close on 25 September 2013. You can send your submission to the Ministry for the Environment either by: emailing it to, or posting it to: Submission on proposed EEZ regulations 2013, Ministry for the Environment, PO Box 10362, Wellington 6143. More is at Back to top

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Keeping Our Dams Safe MBIE (the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment) is seeking comments on proposed definitions of seven key terms relating to the dam safety scheme. Each of the terms is necessary for the effective operation of the scheme when it comes into effect on 1 July 2014. The proposed definitions fall into two categories: •

those that determine which dams will be subject to the dam safety scheme - based on size, volume, and location; and

those which identify dams as dangerous, earthquake-prone, or flood-prone.

Submissions close on 7 October 2013. You can make a submission by email (preferred) at or by post to Dam Safety Consultation, Building System Performance, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, PO Box 1473, Wellington 6140. More is at Back to top

Improving PBRF: Consultation A Ministry of Education consultation paper seeks views on proposed changes to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the Performance-Based Research Fund (PBRF). PBRF rewards and encourages excellent tertiary education research by assessing research quality, allocating funding based on results, and publishing information on research performance. The fund also supports research that provides and develops new talent. The discussion paper begins by providing background information about the objectives, design and performance of the PBRF. This is followed by an overview of the Government’s proposal for the PBRF in the future and then by details on proposed changes. Questions for your feedback are included in each section and are also listed together at the end of the document. The proposals aim to clarify the objectives of the PBRF and aim to: •

simplify the research assessment process, saving time and reducing costs;

encourage tertiary education organisations to employ and develop new researchers;

reward tertiary education organisations that attract research income from non-government sources and research commercialisation; and

strengthen public reporting on research performance.

Submissions close on 4 October 2013 and can be emailed to or submitted via an online questionnaire at The consultation document is available at Back to top

Consultations in Brief They are:

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

Canterbury Conservation Management Strategy consultation (13 September 2013) – more is at

Otago Conservation Management Strategy consultation (13 September 2013) – more is at

Southland Murihiku Conservation Management Strategy consultation (13 September 2013) – more is at

new listing of the threatened status of NZ terrestrial invertebrates (30 November 2013) – more is at

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

an application to import an insecticide (Crown 225SL Systemic Insecticide) which is used as a spray to control a wide range of insect pests on ornamental plants (18 September 2018); and


an application to import Arietta, a selective herbicide spray intended to be used to control weeds in maize and sweet corn crops (4 October 2013).

You can email your submission to or you can post it to Environmental Protection Agency, Private Bag 63 002, Wellington 6140. More is at

Draft Import Standard for Dragon Fruit from Viet Nam This draft document describes the requirements to be met to enable biosecurity clearance to be given for fresh dragon fruit (Hylocereus spp.) for human consumption imported into NZ from Viet Nam. Submissions close on 20th September 2013. You can send your submission to, or post it to Plant Imports, Import & Export Standards, Ministry for Primary Industries, PO Box 2526, Wellington 6140. More is at

Historic Places Trust Review There is a proposal to register the Kaiapoi Railway Station as a registered historic place. Submissions close 20 September 2013. you can email your submission to or post it to R. Hall, General Manager Southern Region, PO Box 4403, Christchurch Mail Centre 8140. More is at

Reminder: Draft Rural Ag Drinking-Water Supply Guideline Feedback is sought on a proposed Rural Agricultural Drinking-Water Supply Guideline. This voluntary guideline has been developed to help agricultural water suppliers demonstrate compliance with the requirements of the Health Act 1956. When the water provisions of that Act are fully in place, water suppliers will be required to comply with the relevant drinking water standards. Further down the track, the guideline may evolve into a standard. Submissions close on 30 September 2013. Email your submission to or post your written submission to Rural Agricultural Drinking-water Supply Guideline Submission, Environmental and Border Health Protection, Ministry of Health, PO Box 5013, Wellington 6145. More is at Back to top

Rural NZ Winegrowers Annual Report According to NZ Winegrowers annual report, NZ wine export values hit a record high in the last year. Wine export values rose 3% to $1.21 billion in the year to June. But Kiwis have been drinking less local wine, switching to imported wines instead. Wine exports to the US have risen: 13% more wine was sent with a total value of $284 million. Canada imported $78 million worth of NZ wine, up 10% on the previous year. Kiwi customers bought 19% less local wine, with 52 million litres sold in the year to June. In the same period sales of imported wine shot up by half to 41 million litres. More is at

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Farm Sales Latest Real Estate Institute of NZ (REINZ) data show there were 82 more farm sales (up 23.0%) for the 3 months ended July 2013 than for the 3 months ended July 2012. Overall, there were 438 farm sales in the 3 months to end of July 2013, compared to 474 farm sales for the 3 months ended June 2013 (down 7.6%). 1,536 farms were sold in the year to July 2013, 6.7% more than were sold in the year to July 2012.The median price per hectare for all farms sold in the 3 months to July 2013 was $20,667; up 15.1% on figures the 3 months ended July 2012. Nine regions recorded increases in sales volume for the 3 months ended July 2013 compared to the 3 months ended July 2012; four regions recorded decreases. More is at Back to top

Environment Changes to Resource Management System Planning is the focus of the next phase of plans to revamp the resource management system. Some of the main changes are: •

requiring councils to work together to develop a single plan, covering all the rules in their area;

a new national planning template that sets out the structure and key content all councils must follow in the development of their resource management plans;

new fast-track consenting rules and processes to speed up simpler consents;

requiring better engagement with local iwi in making planning decisions (e.g., councils will need to clarify the role of local iwi/hapu early in the planning process);

requiring councils to provide a minimum of 10 years of urban land supply to cope with projected population growth;

revising and consolidating the current sections 6 and 7 (this is the part of the Act that sets out the principles decisionmakers must take into account when making decisions on resource management issues) into a single list of matters* of national importance; and

making councils more accountable on how they are meeting environmental, cultural, social, and economic needs.

*Some new matters have been introduced that decision-makers need to take into account. These new matters include: the management of the significant risks of natural hazards, the effective functioning of the built environment, and the efficient provision of infrastructure**. **Infrastructure - the basic physical and organizational structures and facilities (e.g., buildings, roads, and power supplies) needed for the operation of a society or enterprise. More information about the reforms, including a summary of the proposals, can be found at Back to top

3-Yearly State of the Environment Reports An Environmental Reporting Bill being introduced this year will legislate for independent environmental reporting about the state of the NZ environment. The proposed environmental reporting system aims to provide high quality information on major aspects (called “domains”) of the environment - air, climate and atmosphere, freshwater, marine, and land. Biodiversity will be a theme common to all the domains that will be reported on. One environmental domain report will be released every 6 months. In addition, a report that brings together information from all five environmental domains will be released every 3 years.

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The Bill will empower the Secretary for the Environment and the Government Statistician to produce regular environmental reporting, at arm’s length from the Government of the day. In addition, the legislation will give the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment the power to provide expert commentary and independent opinion on the quality of the underlying data, how well the data has been analysed, as well as the substance of the report and any concerns it may raise. More is at Back to top

Managing Waituna Lagoon The Waituna Lagoon is part of the 20,000ha Awarua Wetland, a designated wetland of international importance and one of the best remaining examples of a natural coastal lagoon in NZ. In recognition of the lagoon’s importance, the Department of Conservation (DOC), Environment Southland (ES), the Southland District Council (SDC), Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu, and Te Runanga o Awarua have formally come together to work alongside the community and other stakeholders for the long-term benefit of Waituna Lagoon, its catchment, and community. More is at Back to top

Release of White Admiral Butterfly Approved The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has approved the of release white admiral butterflies. The Greater Wellington Regional Council applied to the EPA to release the butterflies in order to control Japanese honeysuckle, which it says is causing problems on public land in the North Island. More is at Back to top

Global Sustainability Rankings A recent report from the Swiss investment group RobecoSAM ranked 59 countries on a broad range of environmental and social governance factors such as carbon emissions, social cohesion and civil liberties – that are considered to be relevant for investors. Sweden came first, Australia was second, and NZ was 12th (in between the Netherlands and Ireland). The report is at and see the rankings at Back to top

Health & Welfare The Impact of Injuries: Report ACC and the Ministry of Health have released a joint report which gives new insights into the impact of injuries, and how this compares with the health burden resulting from other health issues. The report reveals that injury is the fifth highest cause of health loss. Other findings in the report include that: •

males account for nearly three-quarters of injury-related health loss;

the leading causes of injury-related health loss are self-inflicted and transport-related injuries;

Māori experience twice the rate of injury-related health loss of non-Maori;

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alcohol is likely to be involved in a quarter of all injury-related health loss;

for children, injuries are the third highest cause of health loss; and

one third of injury-related health loss results from traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury, mostly due to transportrelated injuries.

Download the “Injury-related Health Loss” - part of the wider “NZ Burden of Diseases, Injuries and Risk Factors Study 2006 – 2016” report - at Back to top

Civil Emergency Resources for Hearing & Vision Impaired Here are web-based resources designed to give advice on emergency planning to these communities: •

for the blind and partially sighted - and

for those who are hearing impaired -

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Bullying In NZ: New Insights … In the first NZ study of its kind, research has found that 94% of the 860 school staff that were surveyed have seen bullying in their school. Nearly half of those who took part in the survey said instances of verbal bullying were being brought to their attention weekly. Other findings were that 68% of respondents believe bullying begins between the preschool years and the ages of seven or eight, while just under half the respondents say that cyberbullying is mainly done by 11 to 14 year olds. Over half of those who took part say girls are carrying out most of the cyberbullying. Respondents were asked who they believed should be involved in anti-bullying strategies, with most agreeing that the entire school and community - school staff, parents, and whanau - should be included. More is at Back to top

… Funding for Communities to Combat Bullying Funding has been confirmed for a further 19 community projects trying to reduce bullying amongst young people. This funding has come via a second round of the Te Punanga Haumaru fund (which is operated by Family Services). The fund was set up in 2012 to provide funding for communities to build community ownership and a commitment to reducing bullying of children and young people. This is to be done by changing attitudes and behaviours and encouraging positive social behaviour. The total number of projects funded by the fund is now 82. The fund is on-going and the opening date for the next round will be confirmed later in 2013. A full list of projects can be viewed at: Back to top

Incredible Years Pilot Study: Evaluation Report The Incredible Years Programme (IYP) is a parent management training programme developed for parents of children with behaviour problems. The Ministries of Education, Health, and Social Development set up the Incredible Years Pilot Study to gauge the worth of the Incredible Years Parent programme in NZ. The findings suggest that IYP could be successful in this country. The study produced clear evidence of child and parent behaviour change in most participant families, and this improvement was maintained through to a 6-month follow-up. The benefits of the training were broadly similar for Māori and non-Māori families, and both Māori and non-Māori parents expressed generally high to moderate satisfaction with the programme on most measures.

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More is at Back to top

Connecting is Key to Suicide Prevention Following the release of the Chief Coroner’s annual provisional suicide figures (see box), the Mental Health Foundation is urging people to connect with each other, and not be afraid to ask some hard questions. Organisations all over NZ are working with groups who are at risk of suicide to address their needs and encourage them to seek help, but it’s also important to remember that each of us can play a part in preventing suicide. If you are worried about somebody and concerned for their welfare, reach out to them and don’t be afraid to ask if they’re thinking about suicide. You don’t need to be a counsellor to offer your support. Let the person know that you care and that they’re not alone. Take them seriously, and help them to contact their GP, a helpline, or a counsellor. A good location for information is the website of SPINZ (Suicide Prevention Information NZ)

Latest Provisional Suicide Statistics For the year ending 30 June 2013, the total number of suicides for the year was 541 (153 female, 388 male), down six from last year, and two less than the average number of suicides over the last 6 years. There were fewer suicides among young people aged between 15 and 24 years. There were also fewer suicides for Māori (mostly for young males). And, suicide deaths in Christchurch have decreased compared to the previous year, and are now back to pre-earthquake levels. More is at Back to top

More Doctors Able to Prescribe Special Medicines As of the start of September, four additional groups of doctors, including general practitioners (GPs), can now prescribe subsidised specialist-only medicines to their patients. The four groups of doctors are: urgent care, rural hospital medicine, pain medicine, and general practice. More is at Back to top

Improved Rest Home/Public Hospital Information More information on rest homes is to be made available online. From November, the Ministry of Health (MoH) will be trialling a new system giving people access to full rest home audit reports in addition to the audit summaries that are already available online. Other changes will allow people to see if a rest home has any current problems and what's being done to fix them. Historical audit summaries going back to 2009 will also be published so people can see what progress has been made and if there are any ongoing issues. Also, information about public hospitals is being made more accessible. Summary audit reports for district health boards (DHBs) will be published on MoH’s “My DHB” website from November. More is at Back to top

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Who’s Receiving What State Benefit? This is from the NZ Council of Christian Social Services (NZCSS’s) most recent Vulnerability Report (figures are to end of March 2013). DPB Related (includes DPB Sole Parents, DPB Caring for Sick or Infirm, DPB Women Alone and Emergency Maintenance Allowance) •

There were 106,000 people receiving the DPB;

DPB recipients are more likely to be female (88.0%), aged 25-39 years (46.4%), and caring for a child under 6 years (51.4%);

DPB recipients have decreased by 6,623 compared to the end of March 2012; and

Māori comprise 43.1 % of recipients.

Sickness •

At the end of March 2013, 58,000 people were receiving sickness benefits, which was a drop of 250 (0.4 %) compared to March 2012;

Māori were over-represented (28.1%); and

the most common reason for being on a sickness benefit remains psychological or psychiatric conditions (42.3%), followed by musculo-skeletal system disorders (15.7%).

Invalids •

There were 83,000 people receiving invalids’ benefits at the end of March 2013 (down by 248 compared to the end of March 2012). Of those recipients, 74% were aged 40 to 64, including 36% who were aged 55 to 64;

34.2% had been receiving invalid's benefit for 10 years or more;

31% of recipients have a psychological or psychiatric condition; and

12.8% of recipients have an intellectual disability.

See the rest of the report at Back to top

DHB Election Facts & Stats A total of 381 people have put their names forward for places on the 20 District Health Boards (DHBs) in the upcoming elections; 10 more than in 2010. There are enough candidates to hold an election in each district. Candidate numbers have increased at eight DHBs, stayed the same at five DHBs, and decreased at seven DHBs. A total of 122 incumbent members are standing (117 elected; five appointed) which is close to a third of all candidates, and 85% of incumbent elected members are standing for re-election. More women are standing in this election (43% of candidates are women compared with 41% in 2010). DHB elections will be held 12 October 2013. They are carried out under the Single Transferable Voting System on an at large basis (with the exception of Southern DHB, which has two constituencies). This means that voters get to express their preference for every candidate standing for their DHB. More information about candidates is available at Back to top

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Education/Training Education Schemes Aimed at Priority Children The Government is putting $27 million into 11 education schemes targeted at priority children. The new or expanded schemes include: •

$5 million (over 3 years) to scale up “Building on Success” - designed to increase the capability of secondary and area schools to improve outcomes for Māori students;

$8 million (over 4 years) to put into action both Ka Hikitia (Accelerating Success 2013-17) and the Pasifika Education Plan;

$3 million (over the next 2 years) to support children in the first year of school to develop literacy and numeracy skills;

$3.15 million (over the next 2 years) to work with over 100 schools to increase NCEA Level 2 achievement and help students transition to tertiary study, training or employment, including through Starpath; and

$1.75 million (over 4 years) to support teen parents in mainstream schools.

More – including notes each of the 11 initiatives – can be found at Back to top

National Trial of 20K Signs on School Buses A recently launched national trial (being done in Mid-Canterbury) aims to get motorists to slow down when passing a school bus that’s stopped to let children on or off. Thirty school buses in mid-Canterbury have been fitted with illuminated flashing 20km/h signs - the legal speed limit when passing a stationary school bus. The trial is being run by Transport Engineering Research NZ (TERNZ Ltd) with funding from the Road Safety Trust (NZ Transport Agency), and supported by the local police, Ashburton District Council, and Rural Women New Zealand. More is at Back to top

International Education Snapshot Data released in the International Education Snapshot report for 1 January to 30 April 2013 shows enrolments in universities and institutes of technology and polytechnics (ITPs) increased by 2% and 3%, respectively, while enrolments at private training establishments (PTEs) fell 19% year-on-year. However, revenue from international fees at tertiary institutions was up by $25 million to $404 million in the year to June. In general, there is a move towards higher levels of study and longer periods of study in NZ. However, the high NZ dollar and increased competition are affecting student enrolments, particularly in some private sector providers. The report is at Back to top

Two New High Tech Studios Two new High Tech Youth Network studios will be established in Dunedin South and Penrose in Auckland. The High Tech Youth Network Trust (formerly the Computer Clubhouse Trust) provides free after-school learning environments where young people work with adult volunteer mentors to explore their own ideas, increase their skills, and develop belief in their own potential through the use of technology. There are currently five High Tech Youth Studios located in Otara (West Auckland), Hamilton, Whakatane, and Hutt City. A site in Northland is also currently under development.

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Young people who attend the studios learn project management and technical skills such as computer game design, electronic publishing, Photoshop, animation, and 3D graphic design. Some sites provide free wireless internet connection to the surrounding community. More is at Back to top

Tighter Rules for Some Student Loan Borrowers This recently introduced Bill proposes higher repayment obligations for overseas-based borrowers. Borrowers would be encouraged to pay off their loans sooner and there would also be tougher measures to deal with borrowers who persistently refuse to make repayments. Under the proposed new rules, Inland Revenue (which administers the collection of student loans) would be able to request an arrest warrant so that those with the most serious cases of non-repayment could be arrested at the border. The other major changes proposed in the Bill aim to bring overseas-based borrowers’ repayment obligations into line with those of NZ-based borrowers. The proposed changes would come into effect from 1 April 2014 for the 2014–15 tax year. More information is at Back to top

New Infrastructure* Training ITO A new infrastructure industry training organisation is being created from the merger of existing ITOs InfraTrain NZ (the ITO for the civil infrastructure industries) and ESITO (Electricity Supply Training Organisation). The two organisations will officially join on 1 October 2013. *Infrastructure - the basic physical and organizational structures and facilities (e.g., buildings, roads, and power supplies) needed for the operation of a society or enterprise. More is at Back to top

Employment Workplace Health & Safety Info: Poor Understanding A recent study of employees in 23 manufacturing, warehousing, hospitality and other work places involved showing employees a sample of their company’s core health and safety documents. The employees were assessed on the basis of what they could understand of the content. The majority (65% overall, 70% in the manufacturing sector) did not fully understood written information about their employers’ health and safety policies and rules, hazard information, and safety procedures. Furthermore, 80% of employees could not accurately complete a hazard report form. The study also looked at the companies’ health and safety documents and found that they were consistently very complex in nature and used language that many employees could not understand. Many documents also used unfamiliar vocabulary, which caused additional difficulties for employees with English as a second language. The report also noted that although supervisors’ literacy levels are generally higher than those of employees, 19% of supervisors also struggle to read and complete health and safety information and paperwork. The study’s findings suggest that little will be achieved by providing employees with more health and safety information or guidance documents, or by increasing hazard and incident reporting requirements. What is needed, says the report, is a greater priority given to making health and safety documents easier to understand. More is at - where you can also access a copy of the research itself

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Age Doesn’t Impact Employee Engagement Much has been made of the differences between the generations, particularly when it comes to work. But is age a primary determinant of employment engagement with their job? Recent evidence suggests the short answer is no. According to a recent study into employee engagement, despite all the hype to the contrary, age does not in itself affect engagement, it turns out that employees of all ages in fact want many of the same things. What does count, however, is how well managers and organisations can connect with their people at an individual level, and how willing they are to acknowledge and respond to their employees’ unique preferences. And sometimes, life stage will determine what these preferences are. The report identified some of these preferences: Generation Y was driven by enjoyment of work tasks; Generation X-ers wanted to feel fairly rewarded for their contribution to the organisation’s success; whereas Baby Boomers were looking for well managed change programs and appropriate recognition for specific contributions. More is at Back to top

New Security Industry Training Regulations New compulsory training regulations for the security industry will require any person who is acting as a crowd controller, personal guard, or property guard to undertake training. The training will cover conflict management skills, communication, and risk identification. The training requirements are an extension of the reforms that came into force in 2011. These reforms were aimed at ensuring security personnel are appropriately qualified and licensed, and behave appropriately. More is at Back to top

Wage Subsidies Schemes One Year On Introduced a year ago, the Job Streams employment package comprises two specific paths for beneficiaries to find specific kinds of work: Flexi-Wage subsidies; and Skills for Industry training programmes. Flexi-Wage involves wage subsidies for employers to encourage them to hire and train up beneficiaries - with construction, retail, and manufacturing the top three industries for referral. Since July 2012 almost 7,000 beneficiaries have begun a Flexi-Wage contract, and 70% of those whose contract ended before June this year remained in employment 8 weeks after the contract ended. Of that 7,000, 38% were aged under 25 years old, Skills for Industry programmes are short and job-focused, and address skill and labour shortages faced by industries. Close to 12,000 beneficiaries have been placed in a Skills for Industry Training Programme. More is at Back to top

Employment Overview: Year to March This from the NZ Council of Christian Social Services (NZCSS’s) most recent Vulnerability Report: Employment grew in the year to March 2013 in: •

retail trade and accommodation (up 10,600 or 3.1%);

health care and social assistance (up 8,900 or 3.9 %); and

professional, scientific, technical, administrative and support, and services (up 6,900 or 2.8%).

Employment fell in the year to March 2013: •

wholesale trade (down 11,100 or 11.5 %);

manufacturing (down 10,800 or 4.2 %); and

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agriculture, forest and fishing (down 6,500 or 4.3%).

See the rest of the report at Back to top

Housing/Building Householders Guide to EQCover - Updated The Householders Guide to EQCover has been updated. When making new claims, customers will receive a copy of this updated publication. The guide can also be downloaded from Back to top

More Kiwisaver House Deposit Subsidies House price caps and income limits are to be changed from 1 October. This has been done to increase the number of house buyers who are eligible for the KiwiSaver First Home Deposit Subsidy and the Welcome Home Loans. The changes are expected to double the number of first home buyers receiving the subsidy (from 4,700 to 10,000 a year) and treble the number of Welcome Home Loans (from 845 to 2,500 a year). The new price caps are being aligned for both the Welcome Home Loans and the KiwiSaver First Home Buyer Subsidy. The new price caps are $485,000 for Auckland, $425,000 for Wellington City and Queenstown Lakes, $400,000 for Christchurch and Selwyn, $350,000 for Porirua City, Hutt City, Upper Hutt, Kapiti Coast, Tasman/Nelson, Western Bay of Plenty, Hamilton, Tauranga, Waimakariri, Thames Coromandel, and $300,000 for other regions. The new income limits for both schemes will be aligned to $80,000 for a single person and $120,000 for two or more. The minimum deposit thresholds of the two schemes are being set to 10% for both. The current Welcome Home Loan minimum deposit threshold is 15% over $200,000 whereas the KiwiSaver First Home Deposit Subsidy has no minimum deposit. More information on how KiwiSaver can be used for buying a first home can be found at and more information on Welcome Home Loans can be found at Back to top

Public Works Act Acquisitions Changing The Public Works Act 1981 is to be amended in the areas of land acquisition and compensation. Among proposed changes is an increase to the “solatium payment”, which compensates landowners for the disruption and inconvenience caused when their home is acquired for a public work. It’s proposed to increase the solatium payment (from its current $2,000) to up to a maximum of $50,000. Also, a new solatium payment for land loss, in which the land acquired for a public work does not contain the landowner’s home, will be introduced. This payment will be fixed at 10% of the value of the land acquired – from a minimum $250 to a maximum $25,000. More is at Back to top

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Energy Energy in New Zealand 2013 Points of note from “Energy in New Zealand 2013” include: •

electricity prices for residential consumers went up by an average 3.4% from 2011 to 2012 (compared to a 3.3% increase for commercial consumers and 1.7% for industrial consumers);

switching between retail electricity providers slowed in 2012, with 19.1% of consumers choosing to switch compared to a high of 20.7% in 2011;

national electricity demand decreased 1%, with much of the fall in demand coming from the Tiwai Point Aluminium Smelter and the wood, pulp, paper, and printing industry;

spending on oil and gas exploration activities increased by 19% in 2012 to $1.479 billion;

remaining reserves of oil and natural gas in 2012 were similar to 2011 levels;

gas production rose 7% in 2012;

NZ-produced crude production was down 13% from 2011 (about 98% of NZ’s crude is exported due to its high quality and high value on the international market);

NZ produced 31% of its own oil supply in 2012, down from 36% in 2011;

NZ’s renewable share of total primary energy supply was 37% in 2012, down from 39% in 2011 (this was due to low rainfall); and

renewable energy contributed 73% of electricity generation in 2012, down from 77% in 2011 due to lower hydro generation.

You may access the article and the data tables here: Back to top

Tender Opens for Mineral Exploration The government’s second competitive minerals tender (NZ Epithermal Gold 2013) is open to companies interested in exploring for metallic minerals over 8,040.3 square kilometres of the Central Volcanic Zone (located across the Bay of Plenty and Waikato regions). The area is known to contain epithermal* style gold and silver deposits in both extinct and active geothermal fields. Land listed as unavailable for mining under Schedule 4 of the Crown Minerals Act is automatically excluded from the tender. It also excludes areas of significance and sensitivity to iwi and hapu. * Epithermal refers to mineral veins and ore deposits that are formed at shallow depths below a boiling hot spring system. More information is available at Back to top

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Justice/The Law A New Incorporated Societies Act: Law Commission Report The Law Commission’s recent report, “A New Act for Incorporated Societies”, recommends the Incorporated Societies Act 1908 be repealed and replaced by a modern statute. The new statute should, says the report, provide guidance common to other statutes, including: •

statutory duties for the officers of societies;

requirements for dealing with conflicts of interest;

a requirement to include dispute resolution procedures in every constitution; and

a model constitution.

Alongside these broader recommendations, the Commission makes numerous more specific recommendations, including that: •

the statute should make it clear that members should have no ownership interest in the society;

the minimum number of members of a society should be reduced from 15 to 10 members;

societies should be required to have a statutory officer and a committee of at least three members; and

societies should be required to prepare and file at least simple annual financial reports.

The Government will consider the recommendations and respond to them in due course. The report can be viewed at Back to top

Enduring Powers of Attorney: Review Results Over the last few months the 2007 amendments to the Protection of Personal and Property Rights Act have been reviewed. These amendments were introduced to provide greater protections for persons setting up an enduring power of attorney (EPA).

What is an Enduring Power of Attorney? An enduring power of attorney (EPA) is a legal document which sets out who can take care of your personal or financial matters if you can't - this person is known as your attorney. There are two types of EPA (and two attorneys) - one for your property, and one for your personal care and welfare. Both are essential. You choose when your EPA comes into effect, any special terms and conditions, and who your attorney must report to and consult with. Your property attorney makes decisions about your money and property. They have a number of responsibilities by law, including arranging benefits, paying bills, buying and selling assets, and managing bank accounts. Your personal care and welfare attorney is an individual, such as your spouse or partner, who can make decisions about your health or personal matters, if you no longer can.

Here are some of the initial findings about EPAs: •

many attorneys need better information on what is required of them to successfully carry out their role;

medical practitioners and lawyers need a better understanding of the legislation;

cost is the main barrier to setting up an EPA;

the public need more information on why EPAs are relevant to younger people as well as older people;

health professionals, in particular, believe a register of EPAs would be useful - as they often encounter confusion, multiple documents, and family conflict about whether an EPA is in place and who the attorneys are;

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the process for reviewing an EPA is not well understood; and

once an EPA is invoked there are no monitoring requirements/checks and balances, unless the donor stated in their EPA that the attorney report to someone they have nominated.

Further information on how the analysis is going will be provided in October 2013. More is at Back to top

Inquiries Bill passes Third Reading The Inquiries Bill will be changed to incorporate lessons learned from the Pike River and Canterbury Earthquakes Royal Commissions of Inquiry. This Bill was put on hold in 2010 while these two inquiries were underway. The legislation provides for two new types of inquiry: •

public inquiries will be established for matters of significant public importance; and

government inquiries will deal with more immediate issues where a quick, independent and authoritative answer is required.

The first use of this legislation will be to establish a government inquiry into the recent whey protein contamination incident. More is at Back to top

Tougher Bail Laws A Bill making it harder for serious offenders to get bail has passed its third and final reading. Changes to bail laws include: •

increasing the number of situations where a defendant will be subject to a reverse burden of proof in bail decisions (a reverse burden of proof means that the defendant has to prove that he or she should be released on bail, rather than the prosecutor proving that the defendant should not be released on bail);

young defendants aged 17 will now be subject to the standard test for bail if they have previously been sentenced to imprisonment, and all defendants aged 18 and 19 will now be subject to the standard test for bail; and

new powers to deal with defendants under 17 years of age who breach their bail conditions (that is, Police will be able to arrest a young defendant who repeatedly breaches their bail conditions).

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Prisoners to Pay for TV Clear, plastic-cased televisions which enable prison officers to detect any hidden objects are be made available for rent by prisoners, while offender’s personal TVs are to be removed. Prisoners will be charged $2 per week to rent the TVs (many prisoners earn between 20 and 60 cents an hour). If they pay for rental TVs, prisoners will only be able to view TV One, TV2, TV3, Prime, Māori Television, and two education channels (which are in the early stages of development). The scheme will get under way at Christchurch Men’s Prison in November, and will be rolled out to prisons across the country in the following 12 months. More is at Back to top

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More Court Fines & Reparations Collected The total of court fines and reparations owed currently sits at $564 million, down from a 2009 peak of $806 million. This is being put down to fewer crimes, and more ways of getting owed money back. These ways include: •

more data matching between IRD and the Ministry of Social Development (MSD); and

credit checking of fines, which enables MSD to tell credit reporting agencies if a potential client has overdue fines or reparation in return for updated contact information.

From November 2013 MSD will be able to suspend drivers licences if a person has unpaid traffic-related fines or reparation. More is at Back to top

Parliament Electoral Amendment Bill Introduced The Electoral Amendment Bill proposes a number of changes to electoral law, and puts into action a number recommendations made by the Justice and Electoral Select Committee’s Inquiry into the 2011 General Election*. The Bill will allow for greater use of EasyVote cards to simplify and speed up vote issuing at elections, and will improve the accuracy and efficiency of the scrutiny of the rolls. The Bill also proposes changes to improve efficiency by: •

allowing greater use of technology; and

new provisions would allow for full online enrolment, so new and existing electors can enrol or update their details online using the RealMe service.

Another amendment means that loans to parties will now be subject to similar disclosure rules as donations (currently, there is only limited disclosure of loans to parties). *After each General Election the Justice and Electoral Select Committee conducts an inquiry into that election, and the Government of the day makes a formal response to that report. More is at (where you can access an FAQ about the Bill). The Bill itself can be found at The Committee’s report can be found at and the Government response is at Government response to JE Committee Inquiry into the 2011 General Election (2).pdf Back to top

Parliamentary Private Secretaries Appointed Nicky Wagner (MP for Christchurch Central) has been appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to Gerry Brownlee in the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery portfolio, and also Parliamentary Private Secretary to Nick Smith in Conservation. Jacqui Dean (MP for Waitaki) will assist Chris Tremain in Local Government and Prime Minister John Key in Tourism. Parliamentary Private Secretaries are MPs appointed to assist Ministers but, unlike Under-Secretaries, they are not part of the Executive. They receive no extra remuneration. A Minister cannot delegate any statutory roles or function to a PPS, however it is expected that the PPS represent their Minister at public events and deliver speeches on occasions when the Minister is not available. More is at Back to top

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Public Service/Local Authorities More Online Interaction with Public Services The Kiwis Count Channels 2013 report shows the internet is now the preferred channel for Kiwis looking for information on public services or dealing with public services. The report found that: •

85% of Kiwis had looked for information about a public service and 90% had dealt with public services; and

91% of Kiwis used the internet in the past 12 months and 66% used it to deal with public services.

The internet is the preferred channel for looking for information about public services and for interacting with public services. However, the rate of change is gradual and there is still heavy use of and preference for other channels. For instance: •

60% of NZers use the internet to look for information, and 50% use the phone, 30% use in-person/face-to-face, and 12% use mail/fax; and

although the internet is the most preferred channel for transactions, preference for the internet at 54% is only marginally ahead of in-person/face-to-face at 46% and telephone at 43% (14% of NZers prefer mail/fax for transactions).

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Changes to Local Government Planning Local authorities own $96 billion in fixed assets and infrastructure such as stormwater, sewerage, roading, and flood protection. These assets also have a very long life – water pipes last for 60 to 100 years. These assets need to be managed well in order to provide communities with essential services. The Government has recently announced changes relating to how councils undertake longer-term infrastructure planning, as well streamlining other planning requirements. It will become mandatory for local councils to undertake strategic asset management planning. Councils will also be required to incorporate 30-year infrastructure strategies into long term plans (instead of the current 10 year strategies). There will be other chances including: •

streamlining annual plans and removing the need to re-consult on matters that have already been consulted on;

introducing streamlined, focused consultation documents rather than basing public consultation on technical and overly detailed documents;

introducing greater flexibility when it comes to methods and frequency of consultation.

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Not-For-Profits Upcoming NGO Health & Disability Council Elections The annual elections for NGO representatives on the NGO Health and Disability Council takes place in October. If your NGO is funded by the Ministry of Health and/or a DHB then you can register to vote in the elections – or even nominate a candidate. More news on the elections will be available in September. Check the NGO Network membership list at to see if you are already a member, and if not, you can join for free at Back to top

Tips for Reinvigorating Conferences The foundation of any conference is making sure that all your ducks are not only in a row – they need to be in the “right row”. And, if you run an annual event, the best time to start to look at the next conference is pretty much as soon as the last conference has finished. There are several critical areas that can make or break a conference: timing, content, delegates, and keeping the event fresh and inviting year after year. The NZ Association Resource Centre Trust (NZARC) recently highlighted a blog that called for ideas and new marketing tactics to attract attendees to a conference that had been going for 85 years. Some of the tips for reinvigorating that conference included: •

getting keynote speakers to record a good teaser segment and post it on the conference website – and yes, have a conference website if at all possible;

find out what topics are important to delegates by canvassing those who attended last year and ask what it is they want to see, e.g., more networking, activities, specific speakers and topics etc.;

find out why those who have attended previously are not attending now;

if possible, have a fun component;

don’t forget those traditional types of communication, especially in a world where we are continually bombarded by online messages – a ‘postcard’ as a reminder for example can be a really effective tool to stimulate engagement and attendance;

encourage speakers to distill their talk down to one key point at the end so that the audience can take the main point away – this makes it more memorable;

don’t forget to make time for delegates to network – for some it may be the only chance they have of getting face to face with their peers; and

investigate the possibility of attendees who cannot attend to have the possibility to access live streaming.

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Business Study Reveals Secrets of Exporting Success Massey University’s Centre for Small and Medium Enterprise Research has completed the largest systematic study of how and why NZ companies internationalise - with the aim of identifying the factors that lead to successful export activity. The research found that although export activity by NZ firms was diverse, there were some common factors among those who had experienced success: •

taking a long-term view, with long-term investment and commitment in time and resources in the overseas market;

maintaining and building personal and social relationships and networks, especially for service sector firms;

building networks based on trust-based relationships;

having an entrepreneurial orientation that can drive internationalisation and/or the commitment of key personnel;

having the capacity to learn from experience in overseas markets;

an ability to respond flexibly and quickly to changing market conditions overseas, such as changing economic conditions or currency fluctuations etc.; and

identifying and recognising the basis for a comparative advantage, or a competitive edge, in overseas markets.

The “Understanding Internationalisation Behaviour” Report can be found at Back to top

Every Kiwi Counts 2013 Expats Survey While Kiwi expats continue to command big dollars overseas, the pull of “brand NZ” and a desire to connect with home is stronger than ever, according to Kea’s 2013 Every Kiwi Counts survey. The survey of over 12,000 expats shows the average salary of skilled Kiwi expats is rising - with a 3% rise in those earning $100,000 and over since the last survey in 2011. More than half of all respondents earn in excess of NZ$100,000 per year. Although the survey showed respondents estimate their earning power would be less in NZ, strong interest in the domestic housing and employment markets was revealed: 40% of respondents are currently considering purchasing property in NZ, while a further 13% already own residential property here. The survey also says that around a quarter of respondents are looking to or are currently investing in opportunities in NZ. A full download of the report and the 2006 and 2011 surveys - can be found at - Back to top

Financial Markets Conduct Bill Passes This new law aims to provide better information and protections for investors, and clearer rules and options for companies looking to raise capital. It rewrites many of the rules for how financial products and financial services are offered to the public and how they are governed and operated. It replaces several Acts, including the Securities Act 1978, the Securities Markets Act, the Unit Trusts Act, the Superannuation Schemes Act, and the non-tax parts of the KiwiSaver Act. The main changes in the Bill include: •

a new requirement for issuers to prepare a single product disclosure statement tailored to retail investors;

two new online public registers that will make offer documents and information much more accessible to investors, their advisers, market analysts, and commentators;

a new system of escalating penalties: from infringement notices for minor breaches through to criminal penalties of up to 10 years’ prison for the worst conduct;

new licensing regimes for a range of specific financial services providers; and

new duties on fund managers and supervisors and stronger governance requirements.

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A draft of regulations to support the Bill will be released for consultation in October. The changes will be phased in over two phases (one phase starting 1 April 2014, the other starting 1 December 2014). More is at and Back to top

Tourism Forecasts Positive … The NZ Tourism Sector Outlook report, says that the long term outlook (that is, 2013-2019) for the tourism sector is positive. Growth in spending is forecast to come from countries such as Australia, Latin America, Africa, China, and emerging markets like India and Indonesia. The forecasts also show that there will be shifts in the composition of visitors – their age, which countries they come from, why they visit, how long they stay, and how much they spend. The report is available at Back to top

… Visitor Spend Remains Constant … At $5.5 billion, spending by visitors to NZ has remained fairly constant over the year ended 30 June 2013. Although overall spending not changed much, that figure hides some notable changes, especially a large decrease in the total spend by visitors from the UK and also their spend per person. The NZ market continues to see strong growth in the China market (total spend by Chinese visitors increased by 24% over the year). Australia continues to be NZ’s largest tourism market; while in this country Australians spent $1.6 billion. More is at Back to top

… Regional Tourism Data Now Available The newly launched Regional Tourism Estimates, produced by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), means tourism operators can select the region they are interested in and find out what international and domestic visitors are spending their money on. The estimates will be updated annually. To access the Regional Tourism Estimates go to Back to top

Trans-Tasman Smartphone Business App The Companies Office has partnered with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) to develop “NZAUConnect”. This app enables users to obtain information from the Australian and NZ Companies Registers along with the Australian Business Names Register. NZAUConnect can be downloaded for free from App Store and Google Play by searching for “NZAUConnect”. For further information visit Back to top

Company Information More Accessible … The Companies Office has launched QR codes and Company Badges. The idea is to make company information accessible online. A QR code is a matrix barcode (you often see them on supermarket products, for instance) that can be scanned with a smartphone to access information about a product or company. A Company Badge is an icon that can be embedded within a company’s website. When a user clicks on the Company Badge, they will be linked to the Companies Register website for further details about the current status of that company.

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For an example of a Company Badge visit, and for an example of a QR code visit, and for more information about the Companies Office visit Back to top

… Single Business Number Roll-out Underway The 550,000 NZ businesses on the Companies Register will be issued a unique NZ Business Number (NZBN) by the end of 2013. The NZBN is meant to make it easier to interact with Government. Having a single business number means that by 2016 businesses will only have to provide government with their information once, which will be automatically shared across government departments. From early 2014 businesses are expected to be able to use the NZBN when paying each other via automated invoicing. Businesses will be able to use their NZBN to interact with government agencies, such as NZTE and Callaghan Innovation, from June 2014 and this will be progressively widened over time to other government departments. More is at Back to top

IRD Launches Reminder Email Alerts IRD has recently launched a new GST email alert for those who file their GST through myIR Secure Online Services. The alert service means Inland Revenue will send you an email to let you know when your GST return is available in myIR ready for you to file. Inland Revenue will also send you a reminder email three days before the filing due date if you haven’t already filed it. More is at Back to top

The Small Business Development Group Want your voice heard as a small business owner when the Government creates its small business policies? The Small Business Development Group (SBDG) is a panel of experienced Kiwi small business owners who provide the Government with practical advice on small business issues. This advice helps the Government form policies. SBDG Members come from businesses of all shapes and sizes across many industries. Members are appointed every 3 years. The first group was formed in 2003, while the current membership was selected in 2012. You can get involved by completing an online business consultation form. By completing the form, you can let the Government and SBDG know about any rules or regulations you think could be improved for business. More is at Back to top

NZ & Viet Nam Sign Double Tax Agreement This recently signed agreement with Viet Nam is NZ’s 39th double tax agreement. Double tax agreements are aimed at reducing tax impediments to trade and investment between countries by preventing businesses from being taxed twice and giving greater certainty over the way tax rules are applied between countries. They also help in the detection and prevention of tax evasion. The text of the Viet Nam-New Zealand double tax agreement is available at Back to top

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Money Matters NZ Super Fund’s Record Return The NZ Superannuation Fund returned a record 25.8% in the 12 months to 30 June 2013. The Fund, which invests globally in order to help pre-fund NZers’ universal superannuation entitlements, is now worth $23 billion (compared to $19 billion a year ago). Since it started in September 2003 the Fund has returned 8.8% per annum and is comfortably ahead of its key long-term performance benchmarks. More is at Back to top

The Peril of Guaranteeing Somebody Else’s Debt The Banking Ombudsman supported Money Week 2013 by publishing a guide to ensure people considering guaranteeing somebody’s debt understand the potential risks to their own finances. Their Quick Guide on what people need to think about when deciding to guarantee somebody else’s lending aims to help people be more informed and ask themselves the questions they need to consider before becoming a guarantor. The guide is one of a series of Quick Guides on everyday banking and contains two cautionary tales. All Quick Guides are available on the Banking Ombudsman Scheme website and are used by banks and community organisations to help the public with banking issues. More Quick Guides on topical banking issues are in the pipeline, including one on the restrictions on low deposit mortgages which takes effect in October. The Quick Guide is at Back to top

More Complaints: Lenders & Finance Companies Complaints against lenders and finance companies are on the rise says one of the financial services industry’s bigger dispute resolution schemes (Financial Services Complaints Ltd -FSCL). In the year to end June 2013, complaints against lenders and finance companies rose sharply, more than doubling in number from the previous year (from 17 to 39 complaints) and making up more than a quarter of all cases FSCL investigated. The financial product most complained about was consumer credit arrangements, accounting for 35 of the 149 complaints investigated in the last year. Most involved personal loans to consumers for motor vehicle purchases. Complainants typically alleged unlawful repossession, or unfair or oppressive conduct by the lender. FSCL has some tips for consumers taking out personal or other loans: •

read the loan contract carefully before signing it;

take time to understand the contract before signing it – there is no need to sign on the spot;

ask the lender questions if you do not understand a particular clause or clauses;

make sure you know the rate of default interest and charges you will have to pay if you can’t meet loan payments;

make sure you understand what recovery action the lender may take if you default on loan payments;

if possible, obtain legal or professional advice, perhaps through a community law centre, before signing the loan contract; and

if your circumstances change, let your lender know as soon as possible as it may be possible to negotiate new or temporary loan repayment arrangements.

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More Money Being Lost to Internet Scams NetSafe has published its third annual review of cyber incidents reported by NZ internet users. It found that more than $4.4 million has been lost over the last 12 months to internet scams. Financial losses more than quadrupled year-on-year with 562 reports received where money was paid over to a scammer that was not recovered. Reports made to the Consumer Affairs Scamwatch service are now handled by NetSafe's Online Reporting Button website, “The Orb”* - The number of cyber incidents reported on The Orb have risen from 1549 to 3317 during the third year of operation. In the last 12 months: •

upfront payment or advanced fee fraud now takes the top spot with more than $1.5 million lost to inheritance and government grant type scams where the victim is persuaded to part with their own money before they can receive their windfall;

seven Kiwis reported losses of more than $100,000, with the average cost reported for an Orb cyber incident more than doubling to $7,854;

almost $1.3 million was reported lost to dating and romance fraud;

investment scam losses, where NZers are tricked into putting their savings into overseas companies promising high returns, totalled more than $370,000; and

the largest number of reports though came under the online trading category - more than 350 people reported losing money when purchasing goods online.

* The Orb website is run in partnership with the Police, Customs Service, Commerce Commission, Department of Internal Affairs, Consumer Affairs (part of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment), the National Cyber Security Centre, and the Office of the Privacy Commissioner. You can report your concerns about online incidents in one central location at NetSafe will direct your report through to the partner best able to investigate or advise you. For preventative computer security advice visit Back to top

Increased Pension Portability to Some Pacific Countries The practical effect of this change is that people who are entitled to NZ Superannuation - regardless of whether they are of Cook Island, Niuean or Tokelauan ethnicity - will be able to depart NZ to live in one of these three countries after the age of 55 and apply, without returning to NZ, for their super once they turn 65. Note: retirees will still need to qualify for NZ Superannuation. They must have been “resident and present” in NZ for more than 10 years since the age of 20 - including 5 years since the age of 50. The new policy is expected to apply from 1 July 2015. More is at Back to top

Internet, ICT & Media Small Businesses: New Broadband Training Research shows that despite the fact that nearly two million NZers want to buy online, only 64% of small businesses have a website and only 11% offer customers the ability to pay online. So, a Digital Enablement Training programme is being rolled out across the country in the coming months. The Digital Enablement Training programme aim is to assist small businesses in understanding how fast broadband and online services can be used to improve business performance, open new markets, and engage more closely with customers. The training is a one-day workshop that focusses on looking how the business operates today and how technology can be applied.

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The programme has been supported by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) and will be available through the NZ Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) Regional Business Partner Network around the country. The cost of the programme is $800 per delegate but through the NZTE regional partners this price can be reduced to $400. More information on the Digital Enablement Training programme can be found at: Back to top

UFB and RBI Rollout: Two-Year Update Report The report shows that fibre was rolled out to more than 129,000 end users in 28 towns and cities across NZ during the last three months of the financial year. This brings the total number of end users that can now connect to the Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) network to more than 300,000. In addition, more than 149,000 homes and businesses in rural areas now have access to faster broadband under the Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI). More is at and Back to top

Privacy Info: Websites, Apps Could Do Better… The results are out from of the first Global Privacy Enforcement Network (GPEN) Internet Privacy Sweep which took place in May 2013. Nineteen privacy enforcement authorities from around the globe searched the Internet in a coordinated effort to assess privacy policies and their transparency. The sweep was not an in-depth analysis, but rather an attempt to mimic the consumer experience by spending a few minutes per site checking for performance against a set of common indicators. Nearly one third (125) of the NZ websites searched (393) contained no privacy policy or any equivalent. And when privacy terms and conditions are stated on many websites in NZ and internationally, the strong focus is on legally protecting the company, and not on providing information about consumer rights. The following link has, amongst other things, access to the results of the sweep and more information about the GPN: Back to top

… Teens Care About Their Mobile Privacy … When it comes to sharing and safety on the Internet, it turns out that kids are sensible than you might think (Note: this is data about US adolescents). According to a new study from the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project, more than half of US adolescents aged 12 to 17 have taken steps to avoid downloading certain apps due to privacy concerns. In addition, girls are more likely than boys to disable location and tracking features in their downloaded apps. More specifically, the study found that while a simple majority of teens were indeed downloading apps to their phones or tablets (58%), nearly half were so concerned about the amount of data some apps requested that they either turned off some of the most sensitive tracking features (46%) or avoided downloading the app altogether (51%). And about a quarter of those surveyed actually uninstalled apps after learning that they collected personal data they didn’t want to share. What’s more, the youngest users of the bunch, 12- and 13-year-olds, were more likely to avoid installing apps that required personal information to use them than the 14-to-17-year-old users in the group. The source article is at and the Pew study is at Back to top

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… How to Disappear from the Internet This from via the NZ Privacy Commissioner (via “Wired” magazine): even if you’re not Edward Snowden, there are times when excising your social media presence is necessary. Companies usually don’t make it easy, though, often hiding the delete button inside myriad confusing menus and settings. Save some time and bookmark, a new page that collects direct links for killing various accounts dead and puts them all on one, easy-to-use page. The source article is at Back to top

PCs Outsell Tablets in Universities PCs are the most popular gadgets among US university students, according to the annual “Back to school” survey by Deloitte. While some 82% of college students own PCs and 80% have smartphones, just 18% own tablets. The reasons cited are: •

the combination of smartphones and laptops makes the tablet redundant for many students;

tablets are hard to do things like writing a long essay, or taking notes, or multi-task;

a lightweight laptop can perform most extra-curricular tablet activities, but the opposite is not always true (as PCs have bigger screen and better audio); and

PCs are cheaper.

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Websites & Articles of Interest The 10 recipients of the PM’s Business Scholarships have been announced. Go to The Treasury has put out a working paper on various aspects of housing affordability in NZ. It looks at 2004-2008. Go to The Resource section on the Whānau Ora website has been upgraded with the addition of three segments: Pasifika Resources, Disability Resources, and Writer's Toolkits. These resources contain papers and articles relating to each topic. Go to Yikes! Incredible footage of trees being swallowed in seconds by a Louisiana sinkhole. Go to A useful prep for crowdfunding can be found at Following the release of the digitised NZ official yearbooks, digitised versions of early statistical resources dating from the 1840s to the start of World War I are now available at The finalists have been announced for this year’s NZ International Business Awards. Go to The second annual Chinese International Travel Monitor (CITM) reveals significant insights into the changing behaviours of Chinese travellers and how the global hotel industry is adapting. Go to Ten simple ways to improve your LinkedIn profile are at … and, ten tips for mastering your LinkedIn summary are at An interesting piece from the Atlantic magazine on how social media is changing the way we approach death can be found at

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There’s a new code of practice for dairy (NZCP1: Design and operation of farm dairies). Go to A “report card” on progress in the Government priority areas in education can be found at Patents Bill passes its third reading. This Bill is designed to replace the Patents Act 1953 and update the NZ patent regime. You can see the Bill at Whether you have a desk job or work from home as a painter, a new study shows that despite the popular myth that 'rightbrained' people tend to be more creative and the inverse, more logical, there is no scientific evidence to support this theory. Go to NZ Poetry Shelf is a blog for poetry reviews and other things. Go to Bottle Lights ... simple but brilliant invention now found all over the world. Go to An illegal mountain was built on top a 26-story residential building in Beijing. Authorities took action after 6 years of complaints. Go to MBIE’s August 2013 Quarterly Labour Market Report contains a special feature on labour supply forecasts. Go to Back to top

Arts & Culture World War One Experience Online World War One collections at Archives NZ and the National Library are being made available online to all NZers. The diaries, personnel files, photos, voices and music of those in World War One will now be available to anyone at the touch of a button. Specific projects include: •

Archives NZ is publishing online the regimental diaries and personnel file of every one of the men and women who served in the First World War, for whom 160,740 NZ Defence Force records exist;

The Alexander Turnbull Library is digitising and making available online some 28,000 pages from soldiers’ diaries and private letters;

seventy hours of oral history from First World War veterans is being made available on request at the Alexander Turnbull Library reading rooms in Wellington;

war-time editions of newspapers are being digitised and added to the popular Papers Past website;

war-era photographs from the Turnbull’s huge collection are being made available online; and

digitisation of First World War-era sheet music from the Turnbull’s published music collection.

The Archives New Zealand and National Library of New Zealand First World War centenary resources* can be found at: •

NZDF personnel files/unit diaries:;

Diaries and letters of servicemen and women: (search: “WW100 digitisation”);

Papers Past:;

1914-19 Sheet Music: (when project is completed in July 2014);

Oral histories: on request at the Alexander Turnbull Library (see for visiting details);

War-era photos and images from the Turnbull: (search: “World War, 1914-1918”, filter by “images”);

NZ Official War Art Collection:;

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Services to Schools (Initial page, much more to come):;

Life 100 Years Ago twitter feed:; and

MCH’s WW100 site:

*Note that many of these projects are works-in-progress, with much more to be added to sites over the next year. Back to top

Te Papa To Move Some of Its Collections Te Papa Tongarewa has deduce to reduce the seismic risk to the national collections by seeking an additional location to house some of the collections. Currently all of the National Collections are either displayed or stored in Wellington. By housing parts of its non-displayed and reference collections in another region, the risk of natural hazards to the collections will be significantly reduced through geographical spread. Decisions have yet to be made about alternative locations and what part of the collections should move. More is at Back to top

Some of Dorothy Parker's Best Quotes Here are some of the 25 quotes from an article: •

on other people: “Their pooled emotions wouldn’t fill a teaspoon”;

on beauty: “Beauty is only skin deep, but ugly goes clean to the bone” and “Men seldom make passes at girls who wear glasses”;

on writing: “I hate writing, I love having written” and “The two most beautiful words in the English language are 'cheque enclosed'”;

on drinking: “One more drink and I’ll be under the host” and “I’d rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy”;

on money: “Money cannot buy health, but I'd settle for a diamond-studded wheelchair ” and “I don't know much about being a millionaire, but I'll bet I'd be darling at it”;

on love: “I require three things in a man: he must be handsome, ruthless, and stupid” and “It serves me right for putting all my eggs in one bastard”; and

on death: “Excuse my dust.” Parker suggested that this be used as an epitaph on her final resting place - and it was.

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Fish & Ships Friends of NZ Marine Programme The Friends of NZ Marine programme was launched earlier this year by NZ Marine Industry Association (NZ Marine) to harness the collective global goodwill for the country’s marine sector. Friends of NZ Marine links the many NZers and Zcentric people working in the marine industry around the world through a simple online networking system. NZ Marine then shares news and updates from the NZ marine sector with this influential group, aiming to encourage the sharing of referrals for new projects and opportunities back to NZ Marine member companies. More is at

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Science & Technology 2013 Science Investment Rounds: Funding Decisions Decisions about what is to be funded in the 2013 Science Investment Rounds have been made. The $278 million in funding will be invested across investment priority areas. The 51 research programmes receiving funding are in the biological industries, high-value manufacturing and services, energy and minerals, environmental, and health and society sectors. The range of topics funded is wide. Funded topics include safeguarding our $1.7 billion seafood industry, and helping NZ companies to incorporate high-temperature superconductors in practical products for the electricity industry. Other proposals that will receive funding include: •

developing new materials for 3D printing and use by NZ industry;

assessing how downsizing in housing affects the independence of older adults;

protecting our native forests from devastating plant diseases; and

improving knowledge of NZ’s complex geothermal systems allowing better use of their energy potential.

The new research contracts will take effect from 1 October this year and will run for between one and seven years. Crown research institutes will receive 54% of funding, universities will receive 12%, and independent research organisations and other research providers will receive the balance. More is at Back to top

Centres of Research Excellence: Further Clarity Additional funding in Budget 2013 of $9.5 million is being backed up by a clearer mission statement and stronger performance expectations for NZ’s Centres of Research Excellence Fund (CoREs). The seven CoREs are networks of researchers, often working in different institutions, who come together to work on commonly agreed work programmes. The CoREs are: •

Bio-Protection Research Centre, Lincoln University;

Maurice Wilkins Centre for Molecular Biodiscovery, University of Auckland;

National Research Centre for Growth and Development, University of Auckland;

Nga Pae o te Maramatanga – NZ’s Indigenous Centre of Research Excellence, University of Auckland;

MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, Victoria University of Wellington;

Allan Wilson Centre for Molecular Ecology and Evolution, Massey University; and

Riddet Institute, Massey University.

Funding for CoREs is determined through a fully contestable process. Funding is allocated and monitored through a Funding Agreement with the TEC (Tertiary Education Commission). The fund was established in 2001 to encourage the development of excellent tertiary-education based research that is “collaborative, strategically focused and creates significant knowledge transfer activities”. Information is available at, and you can access the new CoREs mission statement at Back to top

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Open Access to Research Publications Reaching “Tipping Point” The global shift towards making research findings available free of charge for readers - so-called “open access” was confirmed recently in a study funded by the European Commission. This new research suggests that open access is reaching the tipping point, with around 50 percent of scientific papers published in 2011 now available for free. The study also estimates that more than 40 percent of scientific peer reviewed articles published worldwide between 2004 and 2011 are now available online in open access form. All this is important because it’s generally believed that making research results more accessible, open access can contribute to better and more efficient science, and to innovation. The study also found that free availability of the majority of articles has been reached in the fields of general science and technology, biomedical research, biology, and mathematics and statistics. The fields where open access availability is most limited are the social sciences and humanities and applied sciences, engineering, and technology. More is at Back to top

Daily Kiwifriut Can Improve Mood & Energy Over a six-week period, normally-healthy young men (albeit young male university students who normally ate little fresh fruit) either ate two kiwifruit a day or half a kiwifruit daily as part of a University of Otago research study into the potential mood-enhancing effects of the fruit. Researchers found those eating two kiwifruit daily experienced significantly less fatigue and depression than the other group. They also felt they had more energy. These changes appeared to be related to the optimising of vitamin C intake with the two-kiwifruit dose. Kiwifruit are known to be an extremely good source of vitamin C. More is at and Back to top

Beetles Modify Greenhouse Gases Emissions From Cow Pats Cattle contribute to global warming by burping and farting large amounts of greenhouse gases. Some of the same gases are also emitted from cow pats on pastures. But now researchers from the University of Helsinki have found that beetles living in cow pats may reduce emissions of the key greenhouse gas - methane. More is at Back to top

Street Sign of the Future This high-tech sign, lives up to its name (“Points”) by indicating direction and distance. But it can do much more than that. The simple, familiar looking street sign conceals thousands of LED lights and an incredibly complex, incredibly quiet mechanism. When a passerby presses one of five buttons located on the signpost, Points comes alive – its three LED displays are rewritten while quietly whirring and whirling around to provide new information and point in the right direction. More is at Back to top

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

terms of trade rise – NZ’s terms of trade rose 4.9% in the June 2013 quarter, due to rising export prices (particularly for dairy) and falling import prices. Terms of trade is a measure of the purchasing power of this country’s exports abroad. An increase means that NZ can buy more imports for the same amount of exports. More is at aspx

business growth continues in 2012 - total income for NZ businesses increased 5.9% (to $610.6 billion) in the 2012 financial year. Income from sales of goods and services (up $19.0 billion or 4.3%) contributed most to the increase in total income. More is at

trend for new houses eases - building consents for new houses have been trending upwards for over 2 years, but the rate of increase is showing signs of slowing (although consents issued is at an 8-year high in Christchurch). More is at

skilled jobs vacancies up in July - the latest seasonally adjusted results show that as well as an increase in overall online job vacancies (8.3%), online advertisements for skilled workers grew by 7.5% in July. The increase in skilled worker vacancies appeared in all industry groups. More is at

overseas merchandise trade (July) – value of imports rise; value of exports fall. Trade balance in deficit ($774 million; 20% of exports). More is at px

regional tourism indicators (July 2013) – at tors%2520%2520July%25202013

record July short-term travel - the number of overseas trips taken by Kiwis (237,000) was the highest for any month, and the number of visits to NZ (183,700) was the highest for a July month. More Kiwis taking short trips to and from Australia. More visitors from Australia, China and the US. More is at

net gain of migrants in July - the month had a seasonally adjusted net gain (more arrivals than departures) of 2,000 migrants. In the July 2013 year, NZ had a net gain of 10,600 migrants. More is at

services sector activity up in July - the Performance of Services Sector (PSI) was 58.1 - up 3 points from June, and the highest level of activity since October 2012 (a PSI reading above 50.0 indicates that the service sector is generally expanding; below 50.0 that it is declining). More is at

strong retail sales for June quarter – these were lead by the core retailing industries, especially the food and beverage service industry. More is at

food prices rise 0.5% for July month - on the back of higher prices for vegetables, cheese, and bread, and less discounting for some snack foods. More is at

guest nights trend continues rising – based on June results, guest night trends for both main islands, international visitors, and also hotels and backpacker accommodation are rising strongly. Some of the other measures are mixed. More is at

online job vacancies decreased by 2.8% in June - this follows an increase in May. However, vacancies for skilled workers increased in two industry groups: the hospitality and tourism industry, and by the sales, retail, marketing and advertising industry. More is at

population aged 65-plus doubles since early 1980s – and the country’s estimated population was 4,470,800 at 30 June 2013 (up 0.9%) from the previous year. More is at 13.aspx

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General Seasonal Climate Outlook – September to November 2013 After a very warm winter, the coming spring is likely to have near or above average temperatures across the country. However, frosts and snow conditions may occur in some areas from time to time in early spring. Regional predictions for the next 3 months are: •

Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty - temperatures are equally likely to be in the near average or above average range, rainfall totals are equally likely (40%) to be in the near normal or above normal range, soil moisture levels are more likely (35-40%) to be in the near normal or above normal range than below normal (25%), and river flows are equally likely (35%) to be in the near normal or above normal range;

Central North Island, Taranaki, Wanganui, Manawatu, Wellington – temperatures are equally likely (40% chance) to be in the near average or above average range, rainfall totals are equally likely (40%) to be in the near normal or above normal range, soil moisture levels are more likely (35-40%) to be in the near normal or above normal range than below normal (25%), and river flows are slightly more likely (40%) to be in the near normal range than either of the other two categories;

Gisborne, Hawke’s Bay, Wairarapa - temperatures are most likely (50% chance) to be in the above average range; and rainfall totals, soil moisture levels, and river flows are all more likely (35-40%) to be in the near normal or below normal range than above normal (25%);

Nelson, Marlborough, Buller - temperatures are most likely (50% chance) to be in the above average range; rainfall totals are equally likely (40%) to be in the near normal or above normal range; and soil moisture levels and river flows are both most likely (45% chance) to be in the near normal range;

West Coast, Alps and foothills, inland Otago, Southland - temperatures are equally likely (40% chance) to be in the near average or above average range, rainfall totals are more likely (35-40%) to be in the near normal or below normal range than above normal (25%), soil moisture levels are most likely (45%) to be in the near normal range, and river flows are slightly more likely (40%) to be in the near normal range than either of the other two categories; and

Coastal Canterbury, east Otago - temperatures are equally likely (40% chance) to be in the near average or above average range, rainfall totals are slightly more likely (40%) to be in the near normal range than either of the other two categories, soil moisture levels are more likely (35-40%) to be in the near normal or above normal range than below normal (25%), and river flows are most likely (45%) to be in the near normal range.

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Money Isn’t Everything, NZers Say… Enough money is just one of the things people need for a good life according to Statistics NZ’s General Social Survey (NZGSS*) 2112 results. Having good health, relationships, housing, and enough money strongly influence NZer’s satisfaction with their lives overall. The more good outcomes people have in these aspects of their lives, the greater the likelihood they will be satisfied with their lives overall. In 2012, one-fifth of NZers said they had good health, enough money, good housing, and didn’t feel lonely. Nearly all those people (98%) were satisfied or very satisfied with their lives overall. On the other hand, just over 5 percent of NZers said they had neither good health, nor enough money, nor good housing, and said they had felt lonely in the past four weeks. Yet just over half (55%) of these people were satisfied or very satisfied with their lives overall. People seems to be better prepared for emergencies than in the past. In 2012, 52% of people living in households had emergency water for three days, compared with 40% in 2008. The increase in the Canterbury and Wellington regions is even starker, perhaps not surprisingly; Canterbury increased from 34% to 69 %, and Wellington went from 51% to 68%. *The NZGSS provides official statistics on social well-being that extend beyond traditional economic measures such as GDP. The survey aligns with OECD measures, so we can see how Kiwis fare compared with other countries and over time. More is at

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… Birth Registration to Include IRD Number Should they choose, parents registering the birth of their baby can now apply for their child’s IRD number. A joint service provided by the Department of Internal Affairs and Inland Revenue means parents can get an IRD number for their new baby by simply ticking a box, and supplying a small amount of extra information, on the Birth Registration form. More is at Back to top

Passport Validity Period Extended The validity period for passports will be extended so NZers are able to get a full 5 years of use. Some NZers need to renew their passports early because some countries require visitors to have 6 months validity remaining on their passport at the time of arrival. This effectively means they do not get full use of their passport’s five-year validity period. So, the validity period will be increased so that time lost on renewing a passport can be credited to the new passport, up to an additional 9 months. Legislation to allow this change to take place before the end of the year is to be introduced to Parliament soon. More is at Back to top

New Parenting App A mobile app designed to encourage young fathers to interact with their children was launched recently. The “Peekaboo” app was developed by Plunket, Vodafone, and the Ministry of Social Development (MSD). The game works with the device’s photo gallery, hiding images of family and friends in NZ landscapes which parents and children work together to find. As well as promoting babies’ brain development by helping them recognise familiar faces, the app also helps build the understanding of “object permanence” – the idea that things still exist even when they can’t be seen. It is designed for babies aged nine months and older, and includes suggestions of other simple games to play away from the phone or tablet. It is free for download from both the Apple and Android stores, and is available in English and Te Reo Back to top

2013 NZ Diversity Award Winners Nine organisations which have made an outstanding contribution to community development and promoting cultural diversity were recognised at the annual NZ Diversity Awards. Award winners are: •

Araiteuru Marae - provides facilities for Dunedin community groups, schools, maata waka, and local and national organizations;

Community and Public Health - a division of the Canterbury District Health Board providing public health services to people living in the Canterbury, South Canterbury and West Coast regions;

Ethkick - a Palmerston North initiative that works to bring together and celebrate ethnic communities through the international sport of football;

the NZ Catholic Bishops Committee for Interfaith Relations;

the NZ Federation of Historical Societies – their aim is to foster and stimulate interest in NZ history in general, and in the activities and objectives of historical societies in NZ;

Refugee Trauma Recovery - provides counselling and advocacy services for refugees who have experienced torture and trauma;

Te Roopu Awhina – an Auckland-based charitable trust that runs programmes spanning the teaching of Te Reo Māori, Tikanga, Hauora, and traditional Arts and Crafts;

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the Peace Foundation – has the mission of promoting peaceful relationships among people of all ages and cultures from personal to global, through education, research and action; and

Voice Arts Trust - a Wellington-based community-interlaced organisation providing drama-based social and cultural wellbeing projects.

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Who’s Coming Back From Australia? Young New Zealanders are leading the homeward charge, with the largest influx of returning kiwis coming from Australia as its economy weakens. A Treasury note on trends in external migration says “net inflows for several age groups have turned more positive very quickly, (but) 20 to 24 year-olds have seen the sharpest change”. A similar pattern is seen for the 25-29 and 30-34 age groups, although this trend has been evident for a while. More is at Back to top

MFAT Makes Classified Files Public Over 400 previously restricted files are now being made publicly available as a result of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s (MFAT’s) annual release of classified information. The files cover a wide variety of topics and dates mainly ranging from the 1970s through to the early 1980s, although some series are from earlier dates. A range of topics are covered, including “prohibition of stationing weapons in outer space”, “Moscow Olympic Games 1980” and “Republic of South Africa – apartheid and sport”. The files include MFAT’s interactions with specialised agencies. There is also a record of the US 1980 Presidential Elections. There are files relating to Commonwealth Affairs including conferences, Antarctica, the Middle East, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), and the Pacific Islands. Among the files to be released are a number returned from the Ministry’s overseas embassies including Apia, Brussels, Jakarta, London, New York, and Tokyo. More is at Back to top

Conferences & Events Diwali Festival of Lights Each year, Auckland and Wellington celebrate Diwali Festival of Lights. This ancient Hindu festival symbolises the triumph of light over darkness and the renewal of life. It is celebrated by people in India and Indians living abroad. Families light lamps, candles and fireworks to symbolise the triumph of light over darkness, and good over evil. The 2013 celebrations will be held on the weekend of 19-20 October in Auckland (in Aotea Square), and on Sunday 27 October in Wellington (at the TSB Bank Arena and Shed 6 on Queens Wharf). More is at

Muslim Forum a First for NZ Plans are underway for an official Muslim forum to be held in November. The national forum will celebrate the different ways the Muslim community contributes positively to New Zealand society and the global community. The forum will be an opportunity for NZ’s Muslim community to discuss contemporary challenges and how it can work better together to find solutions and support national goals such as economic development. The Office of Ethnic Affairs will work alongside the Federation of Islamic Associations of NZ to organise the forum which will be sponsored by members of the Muslim community.

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Conference and AGM for Polio NZ Inc This is being held 11/12 September, Kingsgate Hotel, Hamilton. The theme is "The Changing Challenges of Polio". Contact or for registration and details

Student Recruitment, Engagement & Retention Conference This conference is being held on 23-24 September, 2013 at the Stamford Plaza, Auckland. Hear about best marketing approaches; discuss possible ways how to approach international students; share your opinion about Māori and Pasifika students involvement; learn about innovative teaching techniques; hear students’ side of the story; and discuss the future of NZ’s tertiary education. More is at

“Inside Story”: Communications & Media Relations Masterclass This is being held 23/24 October 2013, at the Rydges, Auckland. Bringing you face to face with the editors, journalists, presenters and bloggers who construct the stories that shape how stakeholders view your organisation. A space to gain a deeper understanding of each others needs, and to stimulate practical and frank discussion. Chatham House rules apply. More is at

APAC Forum on Quality Improvement & Innovation in Healthcare This is being held 25-27 September, Sky City Convention Centre, Auckland. The 2013 Asia Pacific (APAC) Forum is an opportunity “to inspired and be informed by world leaders and specialists in the arena of innovation and health care improvement who will share what they have learnt and their successes, showcase new ideas and stimulate discussions on innovation in health care.” More is at

Suicide Prevention 2013 Conference This conference is being held in Auckland at the Ellerslie Events Centre on 10 September - World Suicide Prevention Day. One focus of the conference is to look at suicide for a range of different age-groups, with speakers discussing risk and protective factors and prevention programmes for people at different times of life. More is at

National Immunisation Conference This national workshop for health professionals is being held at the Waipuna Hotel and Conference Centre, Auckland, Tuesday 10-12 September 2013. Conference themes include: vaccine safety, disease control, future vaccines and vaccine technology, and media and communication. More is at

Volunteering NZ Annual Conference This conference is being held on 19-20 November 2013, Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington. Conference theme: Partnership and Impact. The focus of the conference will be on tackling tough conversations in these two areas and creating an environment where participants can learn from each other through a series of sector-proposed questions. Programme details will be coming soon. More is at

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FINZ Training Days The Fundraising Institute of New Zealand FINZ – 360 degree Not-for-Profit Training Days are being run in four locations this year – Rotorua (8 August), Auckland (5 September), Dunedin (10 October), and Wellington (14 November). These comprehensive one-day events are aimed to assist people pick up essential knowledge to help them be more effective and confident in their work. The training includes marketing, fundraising, and other need-to-know topics. Learn more and register at

PHA Conference This conference is being held 17-19 September 2013 at the Devon Hotel in New Plymouth. The conference theme is Partnership or Collaboration; is there a difference? More is at

Annual Sustainable Business Showcase The Sustainable Business Network’s 2013 showcase will highlight new ways to live well in the “world’s most liveable city”. The showcase will once again take place at The Cloud on Queen’s Wharf, Auckland - this time from 17-19 October. More is at

Second ScienceTeller Festival ScienceTeller – the popular biennial international festival celebrating science and storytelling is back and will be held in Dunedin from 25-27 October 2013. Hosted by the Centre for Science Communication at the University of Otago, combines science and storytelling during three days of inspiring and engaging events. Registrations are now open. A full programme will be announced in mid August. More is at and

Māori Agribusiness & Primary Industries Forum This forum is being held on 17/18 September 2013, at the Distinction Hotel, Rotorua. The Forum focuses on unlocking the potential for Māori in the primary industry, while still retaining Māori’s role as kaitiaki (caretakers) of Ranginui (sky) and Papatūānuku (earth) to ensure Kaitiakitanga (balance and harmony within the environment). The forum is designed to provide delegates with a thorough understanding of Māori investment models in agribusiness, international trade of primary industry, partnerships, ownership structures and collaboration, opportunities and challenges, as well as showcasing case studies that explore different aspects of Māori agribusinesses. More is at

2nd Future Learning Digital Student Conference This conference is being held on 24/25 September 2013, at the Rydges, Wellington. It is a repeat of an event held in June, but with content changes and a new interactive format. It is a place where elements of the entire education community will come together to tell inspiring stories and demonstrate successful case studies. More is at

2013 Volunteering NZ Biennial Conference This will be held on 19-20 November at Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington. This year’s conference theme is “Collaborative Korero – Partnership and Impact in Volunteering”. The focus will be on tackling the tough conversations in these two areas and creating an environment where we can learn from each other through a series of sector-proposed questions. More is at

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“Competition Matters”; Inaugural Conference This conference (run by the Commerce Commission) is being held in Wellington (at Te Wharewaka) on 17-18 October 2013. Competition Matters will bring together a range of international and local speakers to discuss and debate competition and regulatory topics. More is at

InterACT Disability Arts Festival This Festival is being held on 23– 25 October 2013, Corban Estate Arts Centre, 426 Great North Road, Henderson. A 3day season of performances and workshops. InterACT highlights the artistic abilities of those with disabilities while serving as a platform to demonstrate their profound skills and offering workshops that allow those to get involved in disciplines they may have felt they couldn’t achieve. More is

NZ Marketing Summit 2013 This summit is being held on 24 September 2013, at the Skycity Convention Centre, Auckland. “Brand”, “Digital”, “Data”: hop, skip, and jump your way through three streams, 15 sessions and a whirlwind of speakers. More is at

Ethnic Youth Hui This is being held on 28 July 2013, at the Auckland University of Technology. The hui aims to bring together youth from different ethnicities and communities, and to create conversations about the issues and challenges facing ethnic youth in NZ as well as to celebrate their successes and achievements. The day will be made up of workshops and presentations on a range of topics including culture, identity, health, and spirituality. During the workshop and presentation sessions, there will be entertainment, dances, songs, art and cultural displays from various cultural groups from around the country. More is at Back to top

Awards & Opportunities Rural Women New Zealand Journalism Awards Entries are now open for the Rural Women New Zealand Journalism Award 2013, which will be presented at the NZ Guild of Agricultural Journalists Awards in Wellington on 18 October. Entries in the Awards must be of two articles, radio broadcasts or television programmes broadly based on the theme of “rural women making a difference”. Entries close 10 September 2013. More information is at

Rural Health Education Scholarships The Pat Farry Rural Health Education Trust has two scholarships worth a total of $30,000 to encourage undergraduate and rural health professional research and professional development: •

the Scholarship awards $20,000 to a rural health care professional in the early stages of their career to travel abroad and gain skills that could improve rural health, both in their own rural community and hopefully NZ rural communities in general; and

the Travelling Scholarship awards up to $10,000.00, which may be divided between two recipients, to students of the University of Otago School of Medicine to travel internationally to a rural situation to observe new concepts, develop their own skills and share their learning with other students when they return.

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Applications open for the Travelling Scholarship are now open (applications close on 16 September 2013). Applications for the 2014 Pat Farry Trust Scholarship open on 2 September 2013 (and applications for this close on 31 S3eptember 2014). More information about all these scholarships is at

2014 Youth Fund The 2014 Youth Fund, run by the Ministry of Youth Development, $200,000 available for applications from young people (aged 12-24) for community projects. Youth Fund 2014 is for: community projects designed and led by young people that develop Active Youth Citizenship; or community projects designed and led by youth organisations in partnership with young people that develop Active Youth Citizenship. Funding available for each project will be between $2000 and $7000. Regional panels of young people will assess submitted applications to decide where the funding will go. Applications close on 24 September 2013. The projects need to start from 1 January 2014 and be completed by 30 June 2014. More is at

Community Internship Programme The Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) is seeking applicants for the Community Internship Programme. This programme is a three-way partnership designed to strengthen community organisations, increase understanding, and encourage co-operation between the government, local authority, iwi, corporate, business, and community sectors. Interns from corporate organisations have the chance to spend time working in NGOs on a defined piece of work. Applications close on 11 September 2013. More is at

Funding Round Opens for Tourism Growth Partnership The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is calling for tourism operators to submit investment proposals for the first funding round of the Tourism Growth Partnership (TGP). The TGP aims to boost innovation and lifting productivity to generate greater commercial and wider returns from international visitors. $8 million will be available each year to co-fund projects that will create new opportunities and overcome barriers to growth in the tourism sector. Applications for the first round close on 1 November 2013. More is at:

Outward Bound Teachers Course Scholarships Outward Bound is seeking applications from teachers looking for a new outdoor challenge outside of the classroom, offering $1000 scholarships to 14 teachers, aged 23 and over with a minimum two years’ experience. The scholarship is to be taken on Outward Bound’s eight-day Teachers Discovery course in the Queen Charlotte Sound starting on 29 September 2013. Applicants must be able to run or walk 3km in 25 minutes, and contribute $1320 towards the course costs. Call 0800 OUTWARD or visit for more information

Applications for 2014 Waitangi Day Fund open The Commemorating Waitangi Day Fund supports community events that celebrate NZ’s identity by commemorating the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi. Applications are now being accepted from groups wanting to host local Waitangi Day celebrations. Projects run in partnership between local authorities, community groups and tangata whenua are particularly encouraged. The Commemorating Waitangi Day Fund grants on average $3000 per approved application. Applications close on 30 September 2013. More information is

Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund Open The objective of the Fund is to develop people and organisations undertaking research that supports the four themes of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s (MBIE’s) Vision Matauranga (VM) policy. The VM policy aims to unlock the science and innovation potential of Māori knowledge, resources, and people for the environmental, economic, social, and cultural benefit of NZ. MBIE has released an Investment Plan and a Request for Proposals (RfP) for investment in the Fund in 2013. The MBIE web portal is open for proposals. Guidelines on how to use the MBIE Portal are annexed to the RfP. Bulletin Aotearoa September 2013

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Proposals are due by 9 October 2013. More is at

2013/14 Young Core Leaders of Civil Society Groups Development Programme The programme is a professional exchange for young leaders from Japan with young leaders from NZ, Denmark, and the United Kingdom, who are active in the areas of older people, youth, or disability. Young leaders from NGOs in these countries are invited to Japan to develop skills and establish networks between Japan and their countries. Thirteen young leaders will be selected from NZ to visit Japan for 15 days in February 2014 Expressions of interest close 9 September 2013. More is at

Nga Kanohi Kitea Grants: Registrations Open Developing Māori capability and knowledge is the prime focus of the Nga Kanohi Kitea Community Grants funding initiative. These grants provide an opportunity for iwi, hapu and community groups to investigate a well-defined area of Māori health need or gain. There are two types of Nga Kanohi Kitea grants: •

development grant - up to $10,000 is available over three months to assist applicants in preparing their full project proposal; and

full project grant - up to $200,000 is available over 18 months (these grants are designed to investigate a well defined research question).

Online registration closes 20 September 2013. Development grant applications close 15 October 2013. More is atā-kanohi-kitea

Fancy a Residency in Cannes? The 28th session of the Residence du Festival will take place from 3 March to 15 July 2014. The selection is open to young filmmakers from all over the world who are working on their first or second feature film. A jury selects six candidates for each of the two four-and-a-half-month sessions per year. Submissions close on 9 September 2013. More is at

2014 NZSA Asia Short Story Award The NZ Society of Authors (NZSA) is offer a short story award designed to provide support for the development of the NZ Asian writing community. Writers have the opportunity to receive The Asia NZ Foundation Prize of $1,000, with second and third placed stories receiving $500 and $250, respectively. Winners will be announced at an event as part of the Auckland Lantern Festival 2014. Applications close 6 December 2013. More is at

2014 World Class NZ Awards Nominees for the World Class NZ Awards are evaluated against four main criteria: •

is demonstrably world-leading in her/his field of achievement;

acts as a role model on the world stage;

promotes NZ internationally and builds global connections with and for New Zealand; and

fosters NZ innovation and entrepreneurship.

If you know a NZer or friend of NZ who matches these criteria, please email providing as much biographical information as you have available (including links to relevant material online), and including a brief statement indicating why you believe the person should be considered for an Award. All nominations are treated in strictest confidence. Award nominees will not be contacted unless they are shortlisted in the judging process. Nominations close on 30 September 2013. More is at

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The NZ Café of the Year is Back The Café of the Year Award is back for 2013 with new ingredients, new regions, and a new smartphone app. Cafés can now register online and café-goers will soon be able to vote for their favourite by smartphone as well as text, online and Facebook. Eighteen finalists will be chosen on the basis of the most votes gained in each of six regions with the finalists judged by an expert panel to find the café of the year. The judges visit the finalist cafés and score them on appearance, atmosphere, staff, meals and the overall dining experience. To enter, cafés must register at by 18 October 2013

Making A Difference Fund – 4th Funding Round Open The Making a Difference Fund supports individuals, organisations, and businesses to make their communities more inclusive of disabled people. Thousands of Kiwis have attended concerts and workshops, seen posters and exhibitions, or explored accessibility in their workplace or social environment. Applications close 20 September 2013. More is at

Prestigious Writer’s Residency Writers who want to follow in the success of some of our most successful authors have the opportunity to apply for the sought after University of Auckland Residency at the Michael King Writers’ Centre. The Residency enables a writer to spend six months from July to December 2014 at the Michael King Writers’ Centre, an historic villa in Devonport. The writer also receives an office in the English Department and is supported by a $30,000 stipend. Twenty-six NZ writers have held residencies at the centre since 2005. Applications close on Friday October 4, 2013. More information is at

2013 Disability Workforce Development Grant Funding Available Disability Workforce Development within Te Pou is calling for all organisations funded by the Ministry of Health Disability Support Services to submit their applications for training and leadership development grants. There are grants available to assist organisations with costs arising from training and leadership development and consumer leadership development opportunities. Regional Facilitators are available to help organisations throughout the grants application process. Eligible organisations are invited to apply at any time of the year. To find out more about the grants or to contact your Regional Facilitator visit

Tourism Industry Awards 2013 The Tourism Industry Awards for 2013 are now open and will be presented at the 2013 TIA Summit in Wellington on 1 October 2013. Two awards are up for grabs: •

the PATA Young Tourism Leader Award – presented to a young person, 35 or under, who clearly stands out within the tourism industry as a young entrepreneur and inspirational leader; and

the Crowe Horwath International Sir Jack Newman Award – for outstanding contribution to the tourism industry.

Entries close 13 September 2013. More is at Back to top

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Appointments Grant Powell has been appointed a District Court Judge. Vincent O’Sullivan is the country’s new Poet Laureate. Allan Freeth has been appointed chair of Housing NZ, and Ian Kearney and Jeff Meltzer are new members of the board. Two new directors to the Reserve Bank board have been appointed: Jonathan Ross, and Bridget Liddell. Elisabeth Welson has been appointed to the Commerce Commission, and Sir Bruce Robertson and Michael Behrens have been appointed as Cease and Desist Commissioners. Professor Jim Metson has been appointed Chief Science Advisor to the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment. Paul McArthur has been appointed to the Board of the NZ Symphony Orchestra and members Peter Diessl and Roger Taylor have been re-appointed. Three new appointments and two reappointments to the Waste Advisory Board have been made: new members are Cynthia Bowers, Tina Porou, and Dr Trevor Stuthridge; and Board Chair Rob Fenwick and board member David Carter are reappointed. Euan Mac Kellar jhas been appointed to the Registered Architects Board. The latest members of the Rural Fire Mediators Panel are James Carle, Kerry Ellem, Dennys Guild, Kerry Hilliard, Alan Jackson, and Paul Sampson. Appointments to the Building Practitioners Board are: Christopher Preston has been appointed member and Deputy Chair, and Melbourne Orange has been appointed as a member (and Brian Nightingale and William Smith have been reappointed). Jack Matthews will be joining the board of Crown-owned company Network for Learning (N4L).

Cheers, Craig

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Supporting Kea Would you like to mix and mingle with some of New Zealand’s leading innovators, entrepreneurs and business leaders? Then don’t miss the opportunity to get involved with Kea New Zealand’s global network. Telecom is proud to support Kea New Zealand ( a not-for-profit organisation whose purpose is for Kiwi’s (wherever they are in the world) to think, act, and engage more globally. Kea’s goal is to enable New Zealand to become the most globally connected nation in the world, and with over 150,000 members it’s well on its way. So why would you want to get involved? First and foremost, it’s a great opportunity for you to connect with potential business contacts, subject experts, and other talented Kiwis. You’ll be able to go to New Zealand-related events in your region, along with preferential and/or discounted entry to selected Kea events. Then there’s the access to some pretty amazing special offers; recent offers include discounts at some of New Zealand’s best accommodation (for example, Kauri Cliffs or Matakauri Lodge). Oh, and it’s free to join. Telecom’s very own, Jo Allison – Gen-i’s Chief Operating Officer, plays an important role in Kea New Zealand as their new board member. Jo says: “Kea is an amazing network to be a part of and I’m thrilled to be involved in this way. As a passionate New Zealander and a strong believer in the power of a well connected network, I share Kea’s vision for a connected New Zealand.” Telecom and Gen-i continue to support the Kea World Class NZ Awards by sponsoring the New Thinking Award, most recently given to Rob Fyfe in May this year.

Kiwis who gave a little Cameraman Murray Job met the Paul family when filming a story about their daughter Awhi for the Maori Television programme Native Affairs. Parents Jane and Te Huki, together with Awhi’s nine brothers and sisters, are devoted to their very special little girl. The experience motivated Murray to help. As he tells it, “When you meet good people with a story that brings a tear to your eye, you know it’s pretty special.” Awhi has a genetic disorder so rare that when she became sick as a baby not even her doctors knew what was wrong with her. Her case was a first for modern medicine. By the time they diagnosed it, faulty blood had caused a lack of oxygen to her brain that left Awhi permanently and severely disabled. There are two things Awhi really loves in life: cuddles and bathtime – the only time she can move her own limbs, so the family was saving for a spa pool for her to enjoy with her brothers and sisters. Murray saw how great this would be for Awhi and wanted to try and make it happen sooner rather than later so he set up a funding page on The team at Forme Leisure Spas saw her story and donated a brand new spa pool to the Paul family. To see Awhi in her new spa pool go to

Have you thought about Advanced Care Planning? Sometimes it is helpful to have the assistance of someone who can make support arrangements on your behalf. This will help ensure your specific health and welfare requirements are captured, including your personal preferences for the important things that make up your daily life. Advance care planning includes discussion and shared planning for future health care. It involves individuals, their family and healthcare professionals. The plan is a written document that allows you to develop and capture preferences based on personal views and values, understanding of current and likely future health, treatment and care options, and preferences for comfort and living a life with quality. Your plans are instructions made while you are still capable. They describe what kind of care you would want (or not want) if you were unable to speak for yourself. Ideally this is a document you prepare well in advance, make copies and tell your family/GP about it. It might be a mistake to assume that your closest family, friends or others who support you are aware of all your preferences. There is never a better time to start your plan than now! Once you have it finalised, put a copy in your emergency toolkit so that you have it with you if needed. And don’t forget let people know what plans you have made.

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School Bus Safety: Speed limit trial in Ashburton A perception survey Rural Women New Zealand members helped to carry out in Ashburton in July found that 35 per cent of drivers did not even know that 20km/h was the legal speed limit past a school bus that has stopped to let children on or off, and very few slow down. A trial in Ashburton is being run by Transport Engineering Research New Zealand (TERNZ Ltd) with funding from the Road Safety Trust (NZ Transport Agency), and supported by the local police, Ashburton District Council and Rural Women New Zealand.

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