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October 2007 Rural Bulletin, Rural Women New Zealand

October 2007 Rural Bulletin, Rural Women New Zealand

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 Rural Bulletin is published by Rural Women New Zealand with the support of Telecom New Zealand, Farmsafe, Rabobank, Meat &Wool New Zealand and Landcorp
 
http://www.ruralwomen.org
October 2007
Contents
Consultation
Dog Welfare: Have Your Say....................................................2Dogs: Did You Know................................................................2The Dog Control Act 1996..................................................2Disease Control Requirements........................................2Consumer Rights...............................................................3Electronic/Electrical Waste Recycling: Have Your Say...........3Biosecurity Discussion Documents.......................................3Talk About the Environment.....................................................3Law Commission Papers: NZ's Statutes...............................3Privacy and Public Registers..................................................4Measuring Noise......................................................................4Emissions Trading: A Taxing Issue........................................4Police Legislation: Online Wiki...............................................4Bioethics Council: Pre-Birth Testing Consultation................4Maori Television Seeks ANZAC Stories for 2008...................5Have Your Say: Broadcasting Amendment Bill......................5Dairy Industry: Export Licence Transfer Consultation............5Funding Auckland Arts/Community Services.........................5
Rural
Horticulture/Cropping: Optimism in Some Hard Times........5Rural Real Estate Market - August Figures............................6The Wine Industry: Land Use..................................................6Velconz: Velvet Marketing Through Joint Venture...................6Staying Safe in Rural NZ..........................................................6Funding for Community Irrigation...........................................6Agrichemical Container Recycling..........................................6Emergency Measures: Horses Coming to NZ.......................7New Agriculture ITO Training Programmes...........................7
Environment
Managing Climate Change.....................................................7An Emissions Trading Scheme.........................................7A Plan of Action for Sustainable Land Managementand Climate Change........................................................7Climate Change Research Funding.................................7Climate Change Publications............................................8Preferred Waste Policy Released...........................................8Kyoto Protocol Commitment: Likely NZ Emissions...............8Didymo Control: More Research on Chelated Copper..........8
Tourism
August Visitor Arrivals..............................................................8More Kiwis than Brits Move to Aussie.....................................9
Health & Safety
Type 2 Diabetes: One Third of Cases Preventable?.............9Hearing Loss: Research Results...........................................9New Cervical Screening Campaign........................................9Three New Reports: NZ Health Information Service..............9Managing Anti-Social Behaviour: Ministries Combine.........10Children's Toys: Lead Limits................................................10Single Parent Families and Children's Development.........10Resources for Parents..........................................................10Glass of Wine Aids Memory..................................................10Land Search & Rescue's Annual Report..............................10Nearly $13 Million for Outdoor Safety....................................11
Education
Attracting More Teachers: New Scholarships......................11A Chance to Learn Beyond the Classroom..........................11Asian Students as Friends and Allies: ASIANZ Report........11Helping Chinese Students Come to NZ to Study.................11Kiwi Teachers Sought for Zambian Global Experience.......11
Employment
More Support for Sick and Disabled People to Work...........12
Transport
Public Transport Management Bill........................................12Aviation Security Legislation Passed....................................12
Business
NZ: World's Second Easiest Place to do Business.............12Review of NZ's Innovation System: OECD Report...............13First Meeting of Pacific Women's Economic Board..............13Business Deliveries: Internet Increasingly Used.................13
Money Matters
Reserve Bank to Register all Deposit Takers......................13Growth in Household Spending Eases this Quarter...........14Government Super Fund Update..........................................14NZ Spends on Communications..........................................14
 
Rural Women New Zealand, PO Box 12 021, Wellington, Fax 04 472 8946 Rural Bulletin: October 2007 —
Aussies Retain Top Spot in NZ Investment..........................14Electronic Card Transactions for August 2007....................14
Internet
Digital Future Summit............................................................14
Arts & Culture
Sponsorship of the Arts: NBR Award Winners.....................15Wellywood Meets Bollywood - NZ/India Film Deal...............15Leading NZ Writers Honoured..............................................15Jam Radio: Community & Arts Radio on the Web...............15Stones Rolling in Money........................................................15
The Treaty: Claims/Reports/Progress
Central North Island Region Inquiry WAI 1200.....................16New Deed of Settlement for Lake Taupo..............................16Ngati Toa Rangatira Begins Negotiations...........................16Far North Treaty Settlement Negotiations Update...............16Proposed Treaty Bill Will Not Proceed..................................17
Elections 2008
New Electorate Boundaries Finalised..................................17
Fishing
New Fisheries Limits Set......................................................17
General
Weather Update for Pacific Countries and NZ.....................18NZ Climate Outlook: October to December..........................18Official Information Complaints Up: Ombudsmen...............18Corruption Assessment: NZ is Looking Good.....................18Independent Police Conduct Amendment Bill Passed.......19Sale of Crown-Owned Land: New Process..........................19National Animal Ethics Advisory Committee Report............19International Volunteer Day...................................................19UN Adopts Indigenous Peoples Rights Declaration...........19Parliament TV to Broadcast on Freeview.............................19China to Host Halal Food Exhibition.....................................19NZ Students: Work and Play in US........................................20NZ's Most Beautiful Towns....................................................20NZ's Best Loos.......................................................................20Conference Brief....................................................................20Primary Industries 2020 Summit....................................20Two Nations Ten Cultures?.............................................20Tangata o le Moana Festival............................................20Collaboration for Success...............................................20Young Maori Leaders Conference 2007.........................20IPNANZ 2007 Conference - Weaving the Strands..........20Emerging Technology: New Opportunities for theCommunity Sector.........................................................20Strengths Conference 2007: The New Frontier?............21Suicide Prevention Information NZ (SPINZ) Symposium21PLAN Workshops.............................................................21Scholarships & Funding Opportunities................................21Kellogg Rural Leadership Programme...........................21Motu Maori Research Award............................................21Families Commission Research Fund..........................21Support for Volunteering Fund.........................................21Global Education Fund....................................................21Lottery Regional Community Grants...............................22Funding Information Service............................................22Cultural Funding Guide....................................................22Directory of Potential Funding for Sport...........................22Appointments.........................................................................22
Consultation
Dog Welfare: Have Your Say…
The National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (NAWAC),which comes under the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry(MAF), is seeking comment on a new draft code of welfare fordogs. All dogs, including pets, show dogs, working dogs orthose used for breeding or sport, will be covered by this code.The proposed minimum standards and recommendations forbest practice relate to all aspects of dog ownership and care, in-cluding water, food and body condition, containment and shel-ter, sanitation, breeding and inherited disorders, health,behaviour, training, tail docking, transportation and euthanasia.Under the proposals dog breeders are likely to be under aduty to make all reasonable efforts to ensure they do not produceanimals which result in an increase in the frequency or severity of known inherited disorders such as, for example, hip dysplasiaThe code might also prohibit the removal of dogs' tails.
Submissions close on 1 November 2007. The draft welfare code canbe downloaded as a pdf file from http://www.biosecurity.govt.nz/files/strategy/consultation/draft-code-of-welfare-dogs.pdf 
…& Dogs: Did You Know
The Dog Control Act 1996
The Dog Control Act 1996 requires that every dog be kept undercontrol at all times by dog owners, that it receives proper care andattention, is supplied with proper and sufficient food, water andshelter, and receives adequate exercise. Every dog must be regis-tered with the relevant territorial authority by three months of age. Dogs being registered for the first time after 1 July 2006, orthat are classified as dangerous/menacing have to be implantedwith a microchip transponder within two months of registration,unless exempted as "kept solely or principally for the purposes of herding or driving livestock". The owner has to make sure theregistration disc or label is attached to a collar worn by the dog.The Act also requires local authorities to classify dogs as dan-gerous under certain circumstances, and owners of dogs thathave been classified as dangerous have to meet special require-ments.
Disease Control Requirements
The feeding of offal to dogs is controlled under a notice for man-agement of hydatids and sheep measles issued under the Biose-curity Act 1993. For hydatids, current requirements are that:ruminants (e.g. cattle) and pigs in home-killing facilities mustbe slaughtered within a dog-proof enclosure;
 
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owners must ensure dogs are controlled so they are not ableto access offal; andoffal of ruminants and pigs must be boiled for 30 minutesbefore feeding to dogs.In order to prevent sheep measles, dogs must not be givenmeat from sheep or goats unless the meat has been treated, eitherby being boiled for 30 minutes, or by being frozen at -10°C for 7days (check freezer temperatures carefully - many home freezersare set at only -4°C which is inadequate for the destruction of theparasite that causes sheep measles).
Consumer Rights
The Consumer Guarantees Act 1993 ensures the right of pur-chasers who are consumers within the meaning of the Act to re-ceive puppies that are "fit for purpose" and "free of defects".
Electronic/Electrical WasteRecycling: Have Your Say
As businesses and consumers we dispose of electrical and elec-tronic equipment in a variety of ways. Depending on the item andits residual value, this "waste" has traditionally been eitherstored in a cupboard, attic or garage; reused, sold or given to afriend, relative, charity or intermediary for reuse; or taken to thecouncil or a recycling/waste company, where it may be scrappedor landfilled.The Ministry for the Environment (MfE) has now published adraft set of good practice guidelines for restoring or disposing of electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), and it wants to hearfrom anyone in the WEEE industry: people collecting, transport-ing and storing this equipment; waste management companies;handlers of hazardous waste; scrap metal merchants; central andlocal government with a role in managing special wastes; manu-facturers or distributors of electrical and electronic equipment;organisations that use WEEE refurbishment and recycling serv-ices; and anyone else with relevant experience.
Submissions close 26 October 2007. The draft "Waste Electrical andElectronic Equipment Refurbishment and Recycling Good PracticeGuidelines are at http://www.mfe.govt.nz/publications/waste/weee-good-practice-guidelines-sep07/html/page1.html. A submission form is athttp://www.mfe.govt.nz/issues/waste/special/e-waste/submission-form.DOC
Biosecurity Discussion Documents
How the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry prepares for andresponds to incursions of pests and diseases is under review. Aspart of the review, a draft MAF policy "Policy for responding topests and diseases (risk organisms)" and a discussion papercalled "Joint Decision-Making and Resourcing for Readinessand Incursion Responses" have been published.The discussion paper describes the current way we respondto incursions, explains why a new framework is desirable, andoutlines the proposed framework and its guiding principles. Theproposed system or framework involves government and indus-tries coming together to decide:which pests and diseases of interest to industry will triggerresponses;what is required to be ready for a pest or disease incursion;how costs will be shared (based on relative public and privatebenefits); andhow to make rapid, joint decisions for incursion responses if these pests and diseases do arrive.
Submissions close 14 December 2007. The draft policy is at http://www.biosecurity.govt.nz/strategy-and-consultation/consultation/policy/pest-and-disease-response, and the discussion paper is atwww.biosecurity.govt.nz/strategy-and-consultation/consultation/discussion-documents
Talk About the Environment
The Ministry for the Environment (MfE) is hosting its fifth Talk Environment Roadshow between 17 October and 2 November,and is holding meetings with both local authorities and the publicaround the country. Each of the two-hour public meetings willinclude an update on MfE's work programmes, and an opportu-nity to have your say on environmental issues.This year's topics are:dealing with the impacts of climate change: ideas for ways toadapt to climate change and minimise the risks/maximiseopportunities are sought;encouraging household sustainability: MfE wants to hearwhat people are doing in their homes and communities to livemore sustainably;sustainable business: have your say about the way theGovernment is encouraging environmentally sustainablebusinesses; andnational guidance under the RMA: views are sought onproposed national environmental standards/policies, e.g.sources of human drinking water, electricity transmission,water measuring devices and freshwater management.
To register for a public meeting go to https://secure.clockwork.co.nz/ei/getdemo.ei?id=31&s=_2XW1AJ6R2 or contact tel freephone 0800TALKENV (0800-825 536)
Law Commission Papers: NZ'sStatutes…
The Law Commission has issued a discussion paper (Presenta-tion of NZ Statute Law) about the state of NZ statute law. Toquote Law Commission President, Sir Geoffrey Palmer "NZ stat-ute law is in a chaotic state. There are acts on the statute booksthat are totally obsolete. The District Railways Purchasing Act1885 and the NZ Institute of Journalists Act 1895 are just two ex-amples."New Zealand has a law that says contracts to sell books to bedelivered in the future must be in writing and must contain thetotal price in red print. It is hidden in the Mercantile Law Act 1908,the last place you would think to look. The law on one topic canbe scattered over several acts, there have been differences indrafting style over the years (some Acts have sentences contain-ing over 200 words), and there is no official index.The Law Commission, which is working on this project withParliamentary Counsel Office, is proposing a subject index be de-veloped. It is also calling for a full revision of the statute book toremove "dead wood", get rid of inconsistencies, and ensure con-

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