Rural Bulletin July 2010
Rural Bulletin is published by Rural Women New Zealand with the support of the NZ Lottery Grants Board,
, Totalspan and Versatile Buildings, Access,, Farmside, Rothbury and Landcorp.
Rural Bulletin is a free publication produced by Rural Women New Zealand.
It aims to build community capacity by circulating relevant information,
giving people in rural and other communities an opportunity to have their say
on issues and changes that may affect them.
Rural Bulletin may be copied in full, or individual items reproduced, providing
the source is acknowledged.
To be added to the mailing list contact:
Rural Women New Zealand
phone 04 473 5524
For editorial enquiries contact the editors:
Craig Matthews/ Paddy Twist
phone 04 473 5524
Rural Women New Zealand aims to strengthen rural communities. For further
information and membership enquiries go to
Rural Women New Zealand - informing New Zealand each month
Making Tax Simpler? .............................................................3
Consumer Protection: Law Review........................................3
Proposed Changes to Credit Reporting .................................3
Review of Human Rights .......................................................4
Pest Management Plan: Consultation....................................4
ACC & Sensitive Claims: Review...........................................4
Consultation on Waste Regulations.......................................5
Securities Law: Discussion Paper..........................................5
Religious Workers & Immigration...........................................5
Broadband Fibre Installation Standards.................................5
Air Quality Review .................................................................5
Ministry of Fisheries Consultations ........................................6
ERMA Consultations..............................................................6
Standards NZ Consultations: .................................................6
Mobile Termination Rates......................................................6
IRD Consultation....................................................................7
NZCOSS Survey: Sector Well-being .....................................7
NZFVWO: What’s in a Name?...............................................7
Children’s Commissioner: Young Advisors Needed ..............7
Ngati Kapo Seeks Study Participants ....................................7
Feedback Needed: Work Entitlement Website ......................7
Guidelines for Outdoor Access ..............................................8
Our Innovative Agriculture Sector?........................................8
Game Animal Council Report ................................................8
Sheep & Beef Cattle Welfare Code .......................................9
Forestry Carbon Credits: Registrations..................................9
Rabobank: June Agribusiness Report ...................................9
Wine Industry 2010 Results...................................................9
Animal Welfare: NAWAC Report…........................................9
…& Using Animals in Research: Guide ...............................10
Recycling Plastic Waste.......................................................10
Three New Kiwifruit Varieties...............................................10
Rural Property Update.........................................................10
Climate Change Workshops ................................................10
Inaugural Irrigation Innovation Awards ................................11
New Environmental Protection Agency................................11
Aussie Mozzie Wiped Out....................................................11
More Protection for Special Creatures.................................11
Land & Water Forum: Update..............................................11
Algae Good Guys? ..............................................................12
Green Ribbon Awards: Winners ..........................................12
Westland National Park Grows............................................12
Mobile Phone Recycling Scheme Launched........................12
Air Traffic and Global Warming: Study.................................12
Whale Poop Fights Climate Change....................................13
NZ Emissions Reduction Scheme Recognised....................13
May Arrivals and Departures ...............................................13
Asian Visitors Rebound in May............................................13
Health & Welfare
Whanau Ora: What is It?......................................................13
Whanau Ora Regional Leadership Groups.......................14

Developing Whanau Ora Services: Interested?............... 14
Health Quality & Safety: Update.......................................... 14
Cough Meds & Under-12s................................................... 14
Sawmill Workers: New Support Service.............................. 14
Managing Depression: New Website .................................. 14
Maori Health: A Snapshot ................................................... 15
Te Ao Maori Enhanced ....................................................... 15
Pharmacy Medicine Recalls: Review.................................. 15
Auditing Rest Home Auditors .............................................. 15
Children’s Wellbeing: Report............................................... 15
Check Your Heart Health .................................................... 15
Unusual NZ Testicular Cancer Trends................................ 15
Cholesterol Drug Price Reduced......................................... 15
CanTeen: Charter of Rights ................................................ 16
Abortion Statistics 2009 ...................................................... 16
Most Recent Cancer Statistics ............................................ 16
Voluntary Bonding Scheme Update .................................... 16
Disabled Pacific People: Resources ................................... 16
Health Records: Check Your Ethnicity ................................ 16
Global Stroke Trends Changing.......................................... 17
New Education Amendment Bill .......................................... 17
More Students Get Allowances........................................... 17
Secondary School Rolls Grow............................................. 17
NZ Childcare Survey 2009.................................................. 17
More Schools Get Network Upgrades................................. 18
Visitors/Migrants: Study Entitlements.................................. 18
Review of NZ Qualifications ................................................ 18
More Community Max Programmes.................................... 18
Limited Service Volunteer Course....................................... 18
Growing Asian Future Workforce ........................................ 18
Women & Part Time Work…............................................... 18
…& Domestic Workers’ Work Standards ............................ 19
Building Consents Rising…................................................. 19
… but Building Activity Mixed.............................................. 19
Children’s Housing Futures: Report .................................... 19
Building Renovation Work Still Slow ................................... 19
Annual Building Awards ...................................................... 19
Domestic Electricity Prices Survey...................................... 20
Energy: March Quarter 2010............................................... 20
Emissions ........................................................................ 20
Transport & Travel
Changes to Driver Licensing Fees ...................................... 20
Recovering Public Transport Costs..................................... 21
NZ Joins Aircraft Protocol ................................................... 21
Justice/The Law
Commission Recommendations: Police Response............. 21
Storing Eggs and Embryos ................................................. 21
New Dog Code of Welfare .................................................. 21
Rural Women NZ,, 04 473 5524 Rural Bulletin July 2010 - 2
Prisoners, Victims & Compensation.....................................22
Most Likely Apprehended by Police.....................................22
Global Commission on HIV & Law.......................................22
Opposition Spokesperson Changes ....................................22
Public Service/Local Authorities
Local Body Elections: Timetable..........................................22
Police: Standing for Council .................................................23
OAG & Local Government Audits ........................................23
Govt Agencies’ Performance Measured…...........................23
… Public Sector Excellence Awards....................................23
Local Authorities' Operating Deficit Rises ............................24
Measuring SOES’ Financial Performance............................24
Expenses Transparency Extended to CEOs........................24
N-F-P Sector
Lotteries: Outcomes-based Decision Making.......................24
Recent Data About Volunteers….........................................24
…. Volunteering Across the Generations….........................24
Research on Managers of Volunteers .................................25
Finding the Right N-F-P Organisation..................................25
Community Response Model Briefings................................25
Kia Tutahi Update................................................................25
NZIER Forecasts: Sustainable growth.................................25
May’s Exports Reach New High ..........................................26
Manufacturing and Agriculture Contributing Less ................26
Current Account Deficit Reduces.........................................26
Asia Pacific Media Ads Surge..............................................26
CER: Some Extra Charges Lifted ........................................27
Companies Office Website Update......................................27
Lifting Kiwi Managers’ Performance ....................................27
New Angel Groups Sought ..................................................27
Dairy Dominates Rise in Export Prices ................................27
Asia's Wealthy Surpass Europe's ........................................27
UN Report Card on Anti-Poverty Goals ...............................28
Money Matters
Gross Domestic Product (GDP*) Figures.............................28
First Food Price Fall Since 2004..........................................28
Electronic Card Use in May .................................................28
Wholesale Trade Sales Up ..................................................28
Kiwis Want Faster Response Times ....................................29
Financial Advisers Act Amended .........................................29
Parental Leave Payment Changes ......................................29
Tracking the Gambling Dollar ..............................................29
Increasing Digital Literacy in Communities ..........................29
Broadcasting & Children's Interests: BSA............................29
More Radio Spectrum to Come ...........................................30
Top Social Media Myths.......................................................30
A (Biggish) Handful of Websites ..........................................30

Treaty Matters
Foreshore and Seabed Act Repealed................................. 31
The Foreshore and Seabed............................................. 32
Non-ownership Model ...................................................... 32
Customary Title................................................................ 32
Private Title Foreshore and Seabed Land ....................... 32
Waitangi Tribunal: Wairarapa Report .................................. 32
More Waikato Terms of Negotiation.................................... 32
Arts & Culture
Language Vital to Pacific Heritage Arts............................... 32
National Portrait Gallery Funding ........................................ 33
Cultural Events Coming to TV............................................. 33
Old US Films Go Home....................................................... 33
Six Degrees of Jackson Pollock.......................................... 33
Lesser Known Metric Units ................................................. 33
Weather Outlook: July to September .................................. 34
NZ’s Most Trusted in 2010.................................................. 34
Top 10 TV News Stories ..................................................... 34
Kiwis Love their Spuds (but Hate Sprouts).......................... 34
Leap for High Performance Sport........................................ 34
More Money for New NZers…............................................. 35
…& Some for Auckland Councillors .................................... 35
Te Wiki o te Reo Maori 2010............................................... 35
Intrepid Volunteers.............................................................. 35
China-NZ Youth Exchange Programme.............................. 35
Rugby World Cup: Volunteers Needed ............................... 35
Some Conferences/Events ................................................. 35
Arbitrators and Mediators: Joint Conference ................... 35
Horticulture NZ Conference 2010 .................................... 35
NZ Diversity Forum.......................................................... 36
Hindu Festival of Raksha Bandhan: Auckland Celebration
......................................................................................... 36
Open Space "Un-conference" for Non-profit Leaders...... 36
Local Government NZ Conference .................................. 36
Engage Your Community Un-conference ........................ 36
Crafting a Future: Workshops.......................................... 36
Funding/Awards Opportunities............................................ 36
Lottery Funding................................................................ 36
Ria McBride Public Service Management Award............. 36
2010 Deloitte Fast 50....................................................... 37
Public Participation Awards ............................................. 37
Applications for Fulbright Awards Open........................... 37
Rita Angus Residency Resurrected................................. 37
Search for NZ’s Best Weight Loss Story.......................... 37
Appointments ...................................................................... 37
3 – Rural Bulletin July 2010 Rural Women NZ,, 04 473 5524
Making Tax Simpler?
The Inland Revenue Department (IRD) is proposing changes
to the administration of the tax system that will affect nearly
all taxpayers. Under the proposals, people would manage
most of their tax affairs (and social entitlements) online,
through their own secure space on the Inland Revenue
website, in an approach like internet banking.
For businesses and employers, new payroll software would
manage a range of routine PAYE tasks, including the
employer monthly schedule. Software that updates and
exchanges information with Inland Revenue systems could
automatically correct most current errors in PAYE information
before it is sent.
PAYE deducted each pay-day would be very accurate, and a
final tax for many people in full-time work, although annual
square-ups would be retained for other groups of workers
and those with other income.
Some information – with appropriate privacy safeguards –
would be shared with other government departments, to
make it easier for people changing employment, going on
parental leave, or updating their student loan repayments.
Businesses, employers, and the not-for-profit sector would
move towards providing information electronically rather than
by paper.
The Government is raising for discussion whether bringing in
electronic communication is acceptable and, if so, when it
should happen.
Submissions close on 23 July 2010. They go to “Making tax easier”, C/- Deputy
Commissioner, Policy, Policy Advice Division, Inland Revenue Department, PO
Box 2198, Wellington 6140, or email with
“Making tax easier” in the subject line. You can also comment online at the
“Making tax easier” online forum at
t&utm_campaign=2010MTE. A discussion paper is at
Consumer Protection: Law
The Ministry of Consumer Affairs is reviewing all major
consumer laws and has published a discussion paper on
consumer law reform for comment. The main laws dealing
with the purchase of goods and services are: Fair Trading Act
1986; Consumer Guarantees Act 1993; and Weights and
Measures Act 1987. Other consumer law-related acts being
assessed include: Auctioneers Act 1928; Door to Door Sales
Act 1967; Layby Sales Act 1971; and Unsolicited Goods and
Services Act 1975. The review also is considering the
consumer transactions aspects of the Carriage of Goods Act
1979, and also aspects of the Sale of Goods Act 1908
relating to the Layby Sales Act and the Auctioneers Act.

All these laws are aimed at:
• protecting consumers from misleading and deceptive
conduct, unfair practices, and unsafe or defective goods
or services;
• giving consumers product information, or in some cases
changing the terms and conditions on which goods and
services are purchased (for example, with cooling-off
• standardisation in weights and measures;
• remedies when the reasonable expectation of a
consumer transaction is not met; and
• the Commerce Commission enforcing good market
The history, original purpose, and ongoing relevance of each
law will be examined, and consideration given to whether
relevant laws could be incorporated into a new Fair Trading
Act or should remain stand-alone law.
The aims are to simplify and consolidate the laws, and to
bring NZ’s consumer law in line with Australian Consumer
Submissions close 30 July 2010. Email them to with "Submission on the Consumer Law
Reform" in the subject heading, or post them to Consumer Policy, Ministry of
Consumer Affairs, PO Box 1473, Wellington 6140. More is here
development/consumer-law-reform. A related Treasury paper is at
Proposed Changes to Credit
Feedback is being asked on a proposed amendment to the
Credit Reporting Privacy Code 2004. The proposed
amendment, put forward by the Privacy Commissioner, would
represent a major change to the regulation of credit reporting
in this country.
It is proposed to allow more comprehensive credit reporting.
This, admits the Privacy Commissioner, will involve the wider
sharing of private financial information. Currently, the code
protects privacy by prohibiting the reporting of positive credit
information such as a good record of paying bills, and only
allows the reporting of negative information which shows that
an individual has defaulted on their credit obligations. Under
the proposed amendment, everyone's credit account
information will be liable to be reported when they are
seeking credit, whether they have a good or bad credit
The amendment proposes to balance the more
comprehensive credit reporting by tightening external
accountability for credit reporters. The code already requires
credit reporters to undertake compliance reviews to ensure
that they meet security, access, and accuracy controls. The
amendment will significantly strengthen these obligations by
requiring their reviewers to include an external, independent
person and to report to the Commissioner each year.
The amendment will allow credit account information to be
made available only to credit providers. It will be off-limits to
employers, landlords, and debt collectors.
Rural Women NZ,, 04 473 5524 Rural Bulletin July 2010 - 4
The amendment will allow the controlled use of driver licence
numbers in the credit reporting system for the first time. This
change, the Commissioner says, should bring benefits to
individuals by allowing more accurate identification in the
credit reporting system. This can help reduce the harm
currently caused where credit reporters match individuals
with the wrong credit information. Controls in the amendment
will prevent credit reporters building up a database of driver
licence numbers.
Other changes proposed to be made by the amendment
• an explicit prohibition on the use by credit reporters of
credit information for direct marketing purposes;
• authorising the controlled use of the index of deaths for
removing or suppressing information from credit
reporting databases;
• requiring credit reporters to provide individuals with a
general explanation about credit scores contained in
credit reports released to them; and
• requiring credit reporters to make available official
translations into other languages of summaries of rights
where these are provided by the Privacy Commissioner.
Submissions close on 13 August 2010. Submissions may be emailed to or mailed to: Credit Reporting Privacy Code Amendment,
Office of the Privacy Commissioner, PO Box 466, Auckland 1140. You can find
out more about the proposed amendment at
Review of Human Rights
The Human Rights Commission is conducting a review of
human rights in NZ, and is re-drafting chapters in the NZ
Action Plan for Human Rights 2005-2010. The Commission is
asking people to let it know whether there are any
inaccuracies in its drafts, whether there are any major
omissions, and whether they agree with the
recommendations. Draft chapters currently open for comment
• The rights of disabled people at
submissions close on 9 July 2010 (Note - there is also a
PDF version, an Easy Read Word Version, and an
illustrated version), and
• The Right to Asylum at
(submissions close on 1 August 2010).
Also, watch for these other Human Rights Action Plan
chapters coming up for comment shortly:
Human Rights and Race Relations; The Right to Education;
The Rights of Migrant Workers and their Families; The Right
to the Environment; The Right to Freedom of Opinion and
Expression; Rights of People who are Detained; The Rights
of Children and Young Persons; Equality and Freedom from
Discrimination; The Right to Justice The Right to an
Adequate Standard of Living – Right to Social Security; The
Right to an Adequate Standard of Living – Right to Housing;
The International Human Rights Framework; The Right to
Life, Liberty and Security of the Person; Democratic Rights;
The Right to Health; Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity;
and The Right to Work.
An online feedback form is at
rights-in-new-zealand-2010/, or you can send your feedback to, or Human Rights in NZ Today, PO Box 6751, Wellesley St,
Auckland 1141

Pest Management Plan:
Established pests cost the NZ economy close to $1.9 billion a
year - $1.15 billion of lost production, and $719 million in
directly preventing pests from arriving in NZ, and managing
them once they are here. The Ministry of Agriculture and
Forestry (MAF) has been working with regional councils,
industry, Maori, the science community, and other
government departments to develop a pest management
plan, and has now published a discussion paper on the
proposals. Under these proposals, pest management
processes would be simplified, with agencies working closely
together on eradication/management. Changes to the current
system would include:
• streamlining and simplifying pest management
• establishing a central "toolbox manager" to make sure
that effective and safe pest control systems are available
in future;
• providing a way to decide who is accountable for a pest
issue where this is unclear;
• making roles clear; and
• developing a national system for measuring the
effectiveness of pest management.
Submissions close on Monday 19 July 2010. Email them to,
or post them to Future of Pest Management Consultation, MAF Biosecurity NZ,
PO Box 2526, Wellington 6140. More, including the discussion paper, is at

ACC & Sensitive Claims:
The follow-up independent clinical review of the New Clinical
Pathway for the Treatment of Sensitive Claims at ACC is
underway, and the review panel is seeking views of members
of the public and anyone affected by the changes to the
treatment of Sensitive Claims by ACC.
Submissions go to, or to
Independent Clinical Review Panel, PO Box 1039, Wellington 6140.
Background information and Terms of Reference for the Review are at
5 – Rural Bulletin July 2010 Rural Women NZ,, 04 473 5524
Consultation on Waste
The Ministry for the Environment (MfE) is currently consulting
on draft regulations for monitoring and reporting methane gas
emissions at disposal facilities. Under the Emissions Trading
Scheme (ETS) waste disposal facility (i.e., tip, landfill)
operators can monitor and report their emissions, on a
voluntary basis, from 1 January 2011, and are required to
report emissions from 1 January 2012. From 2013 they will
have to surrender emissions units to cover their emissions of
The draft Climate Change (Waste) Regulations provide a way
of reporting emissions which bases ETS reporting on
information that is already collected and reported for the
Waste Levy. Other draft amendments provide options for
disposal facilities where methane is collected and destroyed,
and for adjusting the amount of methane assumed to be
emitted based on the composition of the waste being
disposed of.
Submissions close on 23 July 2010. They go to
or Emissions Trading, Ministry for the Environment, PO Box 10362, Wellington.
More is at

Securities Law: Discussion
Public submissions are being sought on a discussion paper
on NZ's securities law. The paper, which includes many of
the recommendations of the Capital Market Development
Taskforce, proposes replacing the Securities Act 1978 and
the Securities Markets Act 1988, and amending other
relevant legislation. Your views are sought on:
• which financial products should be regulated and how
that should happen;
• how to tailor the information that must be disclosed to
better suit a retail investor audience;
• how to improve the governance of managed funds
(which are a key product for retail investors); and
• possible additional powers for the Financial Markets
Submissions close on 20 August. Email them to or
post them to Securities Law Review, Investment Law Team, Ministry of
Economic Development, PO Box 1473, Wellington. The paper is at
Religious Workers &
A review is being carried out of immigration policies relating
to religious workers, and the Department of Labour (DoL) has
published a discussion paper seeking views on:
• the objective of any proposed policy facilitating the entry
of religious workers;
• a temporary entry visa option;
• a residence visa option; and
• how partners and dependent children of religious
workers on temporary visas should be treated.
DoL says that any new policy introduced would need to
balance the needs of religious communities with the integrity
of the immigration system.
The submissions deadline has been extended from 10 July to 16 July 2010.
You can use an online response form, email or post your response to Department of
Labour, 56 The Terrace, Wellington 6011, marked “Attention Immigration
Policy”. The paper is at

Broadband Fibre Installation
A discussion paper sets out early views about the
development of standards for the fibre installations across NZ
that will provide broadband coverage. These standards would
be tested through pilot investigations at selected locations.
Your feedback is sought on:
• which standards should be tested through pilot
• the location, number, scale, and estimated likely cost of
the suggested pilot investigations; and
• the chairs of the Standards Working Group and the Pilot
Project Investigation Working Group.
Expressions of Interest are also invited from people who want
to be involved in the pilot investigations and/or in developing
the standards.
Submissions close on 9 July 2010. Email,
or post your comments to Deployment Standards Initiative, ICT Regulatory
Group, Ministry of Economic Development, PO Box 1473, Wellington 6140.
The Deployment Standards Initiative discussion paper is at
To participate in the expressions of interest process go to the GETS website at
Air Quality Review
Your views are sought on changes to the National Air Quality
Standard. These standards, gazetted in 2004, set upper
limits for concentrations for certain air pollutants.
The Government commissioned an independent Technical
Advisory Group (TAG) to review the standard in 2009. This
group prepared an independent report containing
recommendations, and proposals in the Government’s
recently published discussion paper are based on these.
Submissions close on 9 July 2010. You can make a submission on the Ministry
for the Environment’s website, or send your submission
to: Air Quality Standards Review Submission, Ministry for the Environment, 23
Kate Sheppard Place, Thorndon, Wellington 6143
Rural Women NZ,, 04 473 5524 Rural Bulletin July 2010 - 6
Ministry of Fisheries
MFish is consulting on (submission closing dates and contact
person are in brackets):
• Review of sustainability measures for all kahawai stocks
(KAH 1, 2, 3, 4, 8 and 10) for the 2010/11 fishing year:
feedback sought on the proposed sustainability
measures, deemed values/other management controls
for kahawai stocks for the 2010/11 fishing year starting
on 1 October 2010 (13 August 2010 - T Macfarlane,
Ministry of Fisheries, PO Box 1020, Wellington 6140,;
• Review of sustainability measures, deemed values and
other management controls for the 2010/11 fishing year
beginning on 1 October 2010 (26 July 2010 - T
MacFarlane – see above);
• Request for information and advice on indicators to
measure sector outcome performance: MFish is
developing a set of indicators to be used to
monitor/evaluate fisheries outcomes outlined in
“Fisheries 2030” (9 July 2010 – email submissions to or send them to R Voller,
Ministry of Fisheries, PO Box 1020, Wellington 6140);
• Proposed Harvest Management Measures to Support
the Introduction of KBB3G and KBB4G to the QMS on 1
October 2010 (23 July 2010 – T MacFarlane – see
• National Fisheries Plan for Highly Migratory Species:
submissions on the draft five-year plan developed
following consultation with stakeholders and iwi (15 July
2010 - T MacFarlane – see above); and
• Proposed Totara/Ross Mataitai Reserve: Te Runanga o
Makaawhio and Te Runanga o Ngati Waewae have
applied to the Minister of Fisheries to establish a mataitai
reserve* on the coastline near Ross, on the west coast
of the South Island. *A mataitai reserve is an identified
traditional fishing ground in fisheries waters established
for the purpose of non-commercial customary food
gathering (9 July 2010 – to Spatial Allocations Manager,
Ministry of Fisheries, P O Box 1020, Wellington,6140,
More is at
ERMA Consultations
The Environmental Risk Management Authority is currently
consulting on (submission dates are in brackets):
• ERMA200464: to manufacture or import GF-1587 into
NZ for release as an insecticide (4 August 2010);
• ERMA200481: to import or manufacture Movento 150
OD, an insecticide containing spirotetramat for control of
potato/tomato psyllid (28 July 2010);
• ERMA200473: to import or manufacture KSI777 as an
injectable veterinary medicine to treat and prevent
parasites in livestock (26 July 2010);
• ERMA200458: to import Galmano NF, a fungicidal seed
dressing containing fluquinconazole, for control of foliar
diseases in wheat crops (22 July 2010);
• ERMA200446: to import Sea Force 30 containing copper
oxide and zinc ethylenebis, and Sea Force 60 and 90,
containing copper oxide, zinc ethylenebis, and copper
pyrithione, for antifouling coatings on marine vessels (22
July 2010);
• ERMA200463: modified reassessment of DuPont
Coragen Insecticide (active ingredient chlorantraniliprole)
to allow its application at rates above the current
maximums (15 July 2010);
• ERMA200447: to import or manufacture Concord 300SC
as a fungicide containing the active ingredient cymoxanil
for the control of diseases in potatoes, onions, and garlic
(15 July 2010); and
• ERMA200431: to import or manufacture Yates Rose
Gun Advanced containing taufluvalinate, myclobutanil
and imidacloprid for use as a combination
insecticide/fungicide ready to use mixture to control
insects and diseases on roses/ornamental plants (15
July 2010).
Submissions go to ERMA NZ, PO Box 131, Wellington 6140, email
Standards NZ Consultations:
These include (closing dates for comments are in brackets):
• Z4522: Underground fire hydrants at (16 August
2010); and
• 3122A1: Specification for Portland and blended cements
(General and special purpose) Amendment 1 at
NZS3122A1PublicCommentdraftFINAL1.pdf (19 July
To comment on either standard, use the online form, email, or post comments to M Stallard, Standards
NZ, Private Bag 2439, Wellington
Mobile Termination Rates
Mobile termination rates are the fees mobile phone
companies charge other carriers to terminate calls on their
networks: they form a significant part of the cost of providing
the retail service of fixed-to-mobile and mobile-to-mobile
Following a request by the Minister to reconsider its initial
final report of 22 February 2010, the Commerce Commission
has recommended that the termination of voice calls and text
messages on NZ's mobile networks be regulated.
On 16 June 2010, the Commerce Commission released its
reconsideration report, recommending that the Minister for
Communications and Information Technology regulate mobile
termination access services, and not accept undertakings
from Telecom and Vodafone.
7 – Rural Bulletin July 2010 Rural Women NZ,, 04 473 5524
There was a two week period for submissions on the Commerce Commission
report: 16-29 June 2010. Cross submissions close on 6 July 2010. Email them
to More is at Copies of the report
can be downloaded from

IRD Consultation
The Inland Revenue department is (IRD) is consulting on
legal services provided to non-residents relating to
transactions involving land in NZ. This ruling considers the
GST position when certain legal services are provided by a
registered person to a non-resident person at a time when
the non-resident is not present in NZ.
Comments are due by 23 July 2010. Email them to, or post them to Team Manager, Technical
Services, Office of the Chief Tax Counsel, National Office, IRD, PO Box 2198,
Wellington. The draft is at

NZCOSS Survey: Sector Well-
The NZ Council of Social Services (NZCOSS) is carrying out
regular two-monthly surveys in order to measure the effect of
recent changes (e.g., the Budget, Whanau Ora etc) on social
services. It aims to build a running record of what is
happening out in the sector as it happens.
NZCOSS is a national umbrella organisation for local
Councils of Social Services (COSS) and other social service
networks throughout Aotearoa NZ. The membership of local
COSS includes people in local government and people
working locally for central government agencies, as well as
people working for not-for-profit and voluntary social service
The current survey closes on 31 July 2010. Go to to participate. For more information
about NZCOSS, visit:

NZFVWO: What’s in a Name?
The NZ Federation of Voluntary Welfare Organisations
(NZFVWO) is a national network of social services
organisations in NZ. The Federation is in the process of
changing its name, and your views and suggestions are
You can make contribute to the name change online at:

Children’s Commissioner:
Young Advisors Needed
The Children's Commissioner is encouraging young people to
apply to join the Young People's Reference Group (YPRG).
The YPRG is a group of young people aged between 12 and
18 years from around NZ who meet four times a year to
provide advice to the Office of the Children's Commissioner.
People who apply should be: aware of children's and young
people's rights, involved in community activities, team players
and also experienced at “leading”, aware of resources
available in their communities, good at writing, and confident
public speakers who can facilitate meetings.
Applications close Saturday 31 July 2010. They go to YPRG Co-ordinator,
Office of the Children's Commissioner, PO Box 5610, Lambton Quay, and
Wellington 6145. More on how to apply is at A Quick Guide to the YPRG is at
Ngati Kapo Seeks Study
During 2010/2011, Ngati Kapo O Aotearoa is conducting a
national study into kapo (blind or vision impaired) Maori
children and young adults up to 21 years old. The aim is to
find out how kapo Maori children and kapo Maori young
adults, along with their whanau, access eye specialist
services, and about kapo Maori children themselves. Ngati
Kapo wants to know how many kapo Maori children and
young adults are in NZ, about their eye problems and health,
and find out if anything is a barrier for them, or their whanau,
when seeking an eye specialist or a diagnosis.
The project is funded by the Health Research Council (HRC),
and has been approved by the MultiRegion Ethics
For more information about the project, contact Dr. N Higgins, the principal
researcher for this project, by calling 0800 770 990, or emailing her at:
Feedback Needed: Work
Entitlement Website
The Immigration Act 2009 was passed into law in November
2009 and the commencement date of 29 November 2010 has
just been signed off. An employer’s obligations under the
Immigration Act 2009 remain essentially the same as under
the Immigration Act 1987: an employer must not employ a
foreign national who is not entitled to work in NZ. However,
under the new Act, having a IR330 Tax Code Declaration
signed by the employee is no longer sufficient proof of
entitlement to work.
The Department of Labour (DoL) has designed a new
website called “VisaView” to help employers to check an
employee’s work entitlement. DoL wants employers to check
out the trial website using their test data and give them
feedback on it.
VisaView will check against the Department’s database and
in most cases provide the employer with a “Yes” or “No”
Rural Women NZ,, 04 473 5524 Rural Bulletin July 2010 - 8
answer, the expiry date of the visa, and any specific work
conditions that may apply for a given candidate. VisaView
also maintains a history of enquiries made by an employer,
which will be a useful way for employers to demonstrate due
diligence in relation to Immigration Act requirements.
DoL has a demonstration version of VisaView online now at Email your feedback directly to the
DoL at
Guidelines for Outdoor Access
The NZ Walking Access Commission has published
guidelines for access to this country’s beaches, lakes, rivers,
and mountains. The code of responsible conduct is the first
product of the new Commission and was launched alongside
a joint initiative with Federated Farmers to produce voluntary
signs for farmers and property owners to flag access points
on their land to the public. The signs either set out the
conditions a landowner puts on public access, or provides
contact details where the public can gain permission for
The code provides a guide to access rights and appropriate
behaviour for both the public and landholders and covers
issues like respecting property, limiting fire risk, and the
restrictions on dogs, firearms and vehicles.
The Commission’s next task is identifying and mapping
thousands of kilometres of paper roads adjoining private land
which are supposed to carry public rights of access. It
expects to complete this project later this year.
Copies of the Outdoor Access Code and accompanying brochure are available
on the commission’s website or by contacting the
Commission by phone on (04) 8158502 or by email:

Our Innovative Agriculture
According to recent figures from Statistics NZ, almost a third
of agriculture businesses were innovative* during 2008 and
2009. In addition, over a third of businesses that support
agriculture (such as fencing contractors) were innovative
during the same period. However, both were below the
overall innovation rate for all industries, which was 46%.
These results come from Statistics NZ's Business Operations
Survey: 2009, which covers businesses in all industries with
six or more employees. This will exclude many smaller
agriculture businesses, but gives a good picture of business
practices across the whole NZ economy.
The importance of the agriculture sector to NZ means it
underpins a number of other industries. The agriculture
industry division in the survey represents primary farming or
food growing activities, but the further transformation of this
produce into processed or value added products happens in
some manufacturing industries. Food product manufacturing
businesses, many of which use primary products from
agriculture as their basis, were more innovative, with an
innovation rate of 53%.
*Innovation covers a wide range of activities to do with the
introduction of new goods, services, processes, or methods.
It also covers research and development (R&D) - R&D
targeted at primary industries accounts for almost a fifth of
NZ’s R&D spending.
More is at

Game Animal Council Report
The final report of the new Game Animal Council (GAC)
Establishment Committee has been released. Amongst its
• the Department of Conservation (DoC) and the GAC
would have separate responsibilities: the GAC would
assist with control of species managed by DoC in DoC
areas. GAC would manage game animals, and issue
hunting permits, and operate ballots and control
programmes. A DoC concession should remain a
requirement when commercially hunting on public land;
• permits for recreational hunting on public conservation
land would remain free of charge;
• a Registered Hunter programme would be set up by the
GAC. Registered hunters would pay an annual fee and
receive benefits in return;
• captive deer, tahr, chamois and wild pigs would become
“Farmed Game Animals” on farms, and “Estate Managed
Game Animals” on game estates. In the wild, they would
be “Wild Game Animals”, and managed for differently in
different places; and
• the GAC would be able to resolve conflicts when
disputes relating to game animals arose.
The council would be made up of: (two
appointments/nominations) - NZ Deerstalkers’ Association;
unaffiliated hunters; Registered Hunters; NZ Pig Hunters
Association; Iwi Hunting Liaison Advisory Group; and (one
appointment/nomination) - Safari Club International; NZ
Sporting Industry Association; Department of Conservation;
Federated Farmers; NZ Association of Game Estates; NZ
Professional Hunting Guides Association; NZ Deer Farmers
Association; and aerial game recovery industry.
A copy of the report is at

9 – Rural Bulletin July 2010 Rural Women NZ,, 04 473 5524
Sheep & Beef Cattle Welfare
The National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee’s
(NAWAC) new Animal Welfare (Sheep & Beef Cattle) Code
of Welfare 2010 applies to all sheep and beef cattle farmed
for meat rather than being milked.
The code focuses on outcomes and best practice, and the
minimum standards in it cover: stockmanship and animal
handling; daily food and water requirements; requirements for
adequate shade and shelter; feeding pads and feedlots;
managing flystrike; requirements for shearing, dagging and
crutching; effective prevention and treatment of any ill health,
injury and disease; requirements around pre-transport
selection of animals; and humane destruction procedures.
The code is online at
welfare/stds/codes or available on request from

Forestry Carbon Credits:
MAF is encouraging owners of post-1989 forest land to apply
during 2010/11 to be registered as an ETS participant and
claim carbon credits for the first commitment period (2008–
2012). If you have not actually been registered by 31
December 2012, you will lose the entitlement to claim NZUs
(NZ units) for this first period.
A registration form is at

Rabobank: June Agribusiness
Rabobank says that:
• while the global economic recovery continues, the
impacts of the European debt crisis have spanned
virtually all markets;
• the outlook for Asian economies remains strong, and the
US outlook is also positive;
• the Australian economy continues to expand, although it
is affected by the softening in global demand;
• in NZ the recovery is also growing gradually, although it
is not without its points of fragility;
• the Australian and NZ dollars were both down almost
10% against the US dollar in May;
• global grain prices have been affected by the European
debt crisis - wheat is at its lowest level since September
• global beef prices remain flat, although cattle prices in
Australia and NZ have stayed well above their 2009
• lamb and sheepmeat prices remain firm, backed by
strong demand and restricted supply;
• global dairy prices remain firm; and
• oil prices have slipped over the last month.
The review is at

Wine Industry 2010 Results
The 2010 NZ grape harvest totalled 266,000 tonnes, 19,000
tonnes smaller than the 2009 crop and in line with the pre-
harvest forecast. Although the harvest was slightly later than
last year, wonderful weather in March and April, combined
with lower yields meant that superb fruit was delivered into
wineries (which, hopefully, will lead to very good wines).
Growers and wineries will also welcome the smaller vintage,
as there has been something of an oversupply of wine onto
the market over the last couple of years.
In Marlborough, the vintage was down 5%, with production of
Sauvignon Blanc 4% lower than in 2009. The Hawkes Bay
crop was also down 5%, while the harvest in Gisborne
reduced 21% from 2009.
In Central Otago production was unchanged on 2009, but in
Waipara, Canterbury, and Northland the harvest was larger
this year. Smaller vintages were recorded in Auckland,
Waikato, Wairarapa, and Nelson.
More details about the industry can be found at

Animal Welfare: NAWAC
The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry’s (MAF’s) National
Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (NAWAC), which
advises on issues relating to the welfare of animals and
develops codes of welfare, recently published its 2009 annual
report. During the year NAWAC worked on codes of welfare
relating to: a dairy cattle (code is expected to be shortly
approved for issue); commercial slaughter (recently
released); dogs (issued); sheep and beef cattle
(consultation); transportation of animals in NZ (the first one to
include suggested ways of measuring animal welfare for
each standard set out in the code); camelids (covering
farmed and domestic llamas, alpacas, and guanacos); goat;
temporary housing of companion animals; animals at
saleyards; and pigs (this one was reviewed). Other issues
dealt with during the year included glueboard traps, on which
tight restrictions have been imposed, and the issue of
animals during civil defence emergencies. The report also
covers areas of research relating to the welfare of animals.
Codes are available from Animal Welfare Directorate, MAF Biosecurity NZ, PO
Box 2526, Wellington 6140, NZ, tel 04 894 0366, email, or go to
The report is at
Rural Women NZ,, 04 473 5524 Rural Bulletin July 2010 - 10
…& Using Animals in Research:
The National Animal Ethics Advisory Committee (NAEAC)
has published a guide to promote the humane and
responsible use of animals for scientific purposes. It includes
guidelines for what constitutes “good practice” in the
management of animals in the research, testing and teaching
People in charge of animals are required by law to take care
of their needs, which include: proper and sufficient food and
water; adequate shelter; opportunity to display normal
patterns of behaviour; physical handling in a manner which
minimises the likelihood of unreasonable or unnecessary
pain or distress; and protection from, and rapid diagnosis of,
any significant injury or disease.
Using animals in testing and teach can be carried out only in
situations where the research, testing, or teaching will help
with understanding of human beings, animals, or
ecosystems, and where the benefit from using the animals is
not outweighed by the likely harm to the animals.
The guide is at

Recycling Plastic Waste
A new scheme for recycling and re-using thousands of
tonnes of plastic waste is underway. It’s called Plasback and
it has received the first grant ($130,000) from the
Government's Waste Minimisation Fund to support a
nationwide campaign to encourage farms to join it. Plasback
involves collecting of bale wrap, agrichemical containers, and
other packaging waste from farms and recycling it into new
products such as piping and bins at a plant in Christchurch.
The aim is to recycle over 2400 tonnes of waste plastic per
year by June 2011.

Three New Kiwifruit Varieties
ZESPRI Group Ltd, has announced the commercialisation
this winter of three new types of kiwifruit and the start of on-
orchard trials for a further two new varieties. A total of 600
hectares of the three new commercial varieties will be
licensed to be planted or grafted this season, about five
percent of all the NZ land currently planted in kiwifruit.
The three new varieties for planting or grafting this winter are
an early-season GOLD (Gold3); a potentially long-storing
GOLD (Gold9); and a new sweet GREEN (Green14). The
two new varieties for on-orchard grower trials are both RED
kiwifruits and are now on the shortlist for future
More information can be found at
Rural Property Update
In the three months to May 319 farms were sold, an increase
on the 288 sold in the same period last year but less than half
the 745 sold in the three months to May 2008. The national
median farm sale price rose to $1,035,000 for the three
months to May 2010, fractionally up on $1,000,000 for the
three months to April 2010, but still down on the median of
$1,150,000 for the three months to May 2009 and well below
the median of $1,860,000 for the same period in 2008.
Only 11 dairy farms were sold in the month of May and the
median price for the three month period was $3,700,000,
which is $50,000 down on the median at the end of the three
months to May 2009 and significantly less than the
$4,050,000 median for the same three month period in 2008.
There were increased sales of grazing properties with 151
sold in the three month period, but the median price fell from
$900,000 at the end of April to $871,875 at the end of May.
There was also a further increase in the median price for
finishing farms from $1,225,000 in the three month period
ending in April to $1,269,200 at the end of May. There was a
slight increase in the sale of lifestyle properties from 1167 in
the three months to the end of April to 1178 at the end of
May, and the national median selling price also increased
slightly from $440,000 to $445,000 in the same periods.
More is at

Climate Change Workshops
DairyNZ is leading a MAF-funded project to run a nationwide
series of free workshops (running from 8 July to 18 August)
for farm advisors on climate change issues and land
management practices across the country.
The workshops focus on introducing rural professionals to
climate change issues, greenhouse gases, and the Emission
Trading Scheme (ETS) - so they can advise their clients how
to mitigate their emissions and adapt to a changing climate.
There will be discussions on greenhouse gases and how
farmer clients could mitigate these to reduce their liability
under the ETS. Case studies covering different farming
systems including dairy, sheep and beef, and horticulture will
focus on their impacts on profitability and greenhouse gas
emissions. These will be presented together with a take-
home resource kit that will act as valuable source of
Registration is essential but the cost for attending the workshops is free. To
register online go to and for more
information on these events contact DairyNZ on 07 8583750 or email

11 – Rural Bulletin July 2010 Rural Women NZ,, 04 473 5524
Inaugural Irrigation Innovation
Irrigation NZ’s inaugural innovation award has unveiled a
large number of innovative irrigation projects delivering
positive environmental, social, and economic benefits to
wider communities. The award aimed to celebrate,
encourage, and promote innovation and the positive benefits
being realised in communities with, and as a result of,
Stu Bradbury of Precision Irrigation took out the 2010 award
with a variable rate control irrigation system for centre pivot
and linear move irrigators that give total control of where
water is applied beneath the irrigator – technology that will be
a way of the future in irrigation as farmers and the industry
move to ensure optimal water management nationwide. The
other seven finalists were: The Ashburton Lyndhurst Irrigation
Scheme for piped pressurised water delivery; the Ritso
Society for irrigation scheme sustainability; Rangitata
Holdings (Eric and Maxine Watson, Ashburton) for VRI
precision irrigation; Piviot Tech-Plateau Works for pivot
irrigation; Landcare Research (Carolyn Hedley) for precision
irrigation scheduling; TracMap for GPS placement of pod
irrigation; and Opuha Water Ltd for the Opuha Dam project.
More is at
New Environmental Protection
A new standalone Environmental Protection Authority (EPA)
is to be established as a Crown Agent, with the aim of
providing stronger national direction to the environment roles
of regional and district councils. The EPA will take over some
of the functions and powers of the Ministry for the
Environment (MfE), the Ministry of Economic Development
(MED), and the Environment Risk Management Authority. It
• receive and process national consent applications;
• service decision-making bodies under the RMA;
• provide and/or facilitate technical input into regulation-
making processes;
• maintain registries such as the Emissions Unit Register
for the Emissions Trading Scheme;
• undertake compliance monitoring as required; and
• undertake the functions currently performed by ERMA.
It is expected that changes will involve just over 50 staff
transferring from existing Government agencies, principally
MfE and MED, to the EPA, in addition to the 90 or so staff
employed by ERMA.
Legislation will be introduced to Parliament later this year and
the EPA should be up and running by July 2011.
More is at
Aussie Mozzie Wiped Out
New Zealand is now officially free of the Southern Saltmarsh
Mosquito, the first country in the world to wipe out this pest.
The mosquito, a vicious day-time biter capable of carrying
Ross River Virus, has been successfully eradicated following
an 11-year programme. The last mosquito larvae were found
in December 2008.
Find out more at
More Protection for Special
A number of marine species, including manta ray, giant
groper, whale sharks, and corals are now totally protected
under changes to the Wildlife Act. The sea hawk (Brown
Skua) Katipo spiders, all giant weta, and a number of beetles
and weevils are also fully protected.
On the other side of the ledger, a number of introduced
species that have had their protection levels reduced.
Permits will no longer be required to keep some common
introduced species as pets, like spotted and turtle doves and
ring-necked parakeet. There will also be no need for permits
to control some wildlife, such as wild chickens and muscovy
ducks - both of which are farmed species which were
absolutely protected in the wild. The grey teal often flies with
mallard ducks and is shot in error by hunters so the penalty
for doing so has been dropped from a $100,000 fine to
$5,000 (the same as a fine for shooting game out of season).
Canada geese, which can cause problems for farmers, can
now be shot by landowners on their own land without a
permit. Fish and Game Councils will manage them on public
land and waterways.
A summary of protection provided by the Wildlife Act, and a full list of the latest
changes is at
Land & Water Forum: Update
The Land and Water Forum of 58 organisations (21 of which
form a working group), is to report to the government at the
end of August. The Forum was asked to identify shared
outcomes and goals for fresh water and related land
management through a consensus process, and recommend
reform of NZ’s fresh water management.
It says it has looked at the rules of engagement and trust
building, and it was surprising how quickly members began to
realise that there was much they could agree on. It is now
working on recommendations relating to quantity, quality, and
governance, including the so-called "new water" (more
efficient use of old water and water storage) with water being
seen as an opportunity rather than a problem for NZers.
The Forum says it will be presenting a consensus around key
points rather than a complete prescription for freshwater
management. Points it makes now include:
Rural Women NZ,, 04 473 5524 Rural Bulletin July 2010 - 12
• first-served doesn't serve any longer as a method of
allocating water in a growing number of catchments;
• new water would have a key role in easing over-
allocated resources; and
• security of supply can help engender more efficient use.
It gives an example of collaboration: what if a big storage
facility was built in the Southern Alps foothills and the water
was delivered under pressure in pipes to minimise
evaporative loss so that upper-plain irrigators didn't have to
pump up from 100 metres down, making large savings on
electricity, raising hydro-lake levels, and the Canterbury Plain
aquifers were recharged, so that lower-plain water users
benefited from reduced pumping distances, and recharged
aquifers benefited rivers.
Algae Good Guys?
A pilot project has been launched on Lake Rotoiti which is
investigating the possibilities of harvesting algae from some
of Rotorua’s lakes where water quality is poor, and where
algae and weed are growing because of excess nutrient
flows. As well as making the lake cleaner, the harvested
algae could potentially be used to make bio-fuels, fertiliser,
animal and fish feed, and valuable chemicals and products
such as activated carbon for use in filtration and absorption
products. Organisations involved in the pilot include
Environment Bay of Plenty, NZ Trade and Enterprise, and
Aquaflow. Local trustees of the Waiatuhi Block, local iwi,
Lake Water Quality Association, Te Arawa Lakes Trust, and
the local community are also supporting it.
Green Ribbon Awards: Winners
The supreme winner was Kaharoa Kokako Trust for its
predator control and role in the national kokako recovery
programme. The other 2010 winners were:
• Banks Peninsula Conservation Trust for its work with
landowners to conserve biodiversity on private land;
• Landcare Research for its efforts in reducing greenhouse
gas levels through the carboNZero programme;
• Waitakere City Council for improving streams and
waterways in Auckland through the successful Project
Twin Streams;
• Envirofert Limited for diverting large quantities of waste
from landfill by recycling organic waste into compost;
• Sleepyhead Manufacturing Company Limited for its new
technology allowing for environmentally-sound
• Sustainable Coastlines Incorporated for its projects that
help improve coastal environments;
• Hukanui Primary School for its eco-classroom - planned,
designed and built by the students;
• Environmental Education for Resource Sustainability
Trust (EERST) for increasing recycling rates and
environmental awareness in schools;
• Splashroom Limited for inspiring action on environmental
issues through filmmaking;
• The NZ Wine Company Limited for making quality wine
with minimal environmental impact;
• Resene Paints Limited for producing environmentally
friendly paint products; and
• Palmerston North City Council for its successful resource
recovery centre.

Westland National Park Grows
More than 4,400 hectares of land have been officially added
to Westland Tai Poutini National Park. The new additions
consist of areas at Okarito Lagoon, Three Mile Lagoon on the
coast south of Okarito, Alpine Lake and further land at
Omoeroa Bluff, Waikukupa, and Gillespies Beach. The
additions include wetlands, lake beds, river margins, and
forests that are home to our native flora and wildlife.

Mobile Phone Recycling
Scheme Launched
An innovative mobile phone recycling and recovery scheme
means mobile phone users will be paid for their old and
unwanted handsets. aims to fully
recycle as many unused NZ mobile phones as possible. The
phones will be on-sold to emerging and developing nations
including India, Russia, South America, and China. The
company says there are around 1.8 million unused mobile
phones gathering dust in cupboards and drawers within NZ.
More is at

Air Traffic and Global Warming:
The first new projections of future aircraft emissions in 10
years predicts that carbon dioxide and other gases from air
traffic will become a significant source of global warming as
they double or triple by 2050.
The study says that global air traffic currently contributes to
between 2 and 3% of carbon dioxide emissions — the main
"greenhouse" gas linked to global warming. But the scientists'
computer model forecast that emissions of carbon dioxide will
likely double or triple within the next 50 years. By 2100,
carbon dioxide emissions could increase by up to seven
times the current levels, they say.
More information is at

13 – Rural Bulletin July 2010 Rural Women NZ,, 04 473 5524
Whale Poop Fights Climate
Southern Ocean sperm whales are an unexpected ally in the
fight against global warming, removing the equivalent carbon
emissions from 40,000 cars each year thanks to their faeces,
a recent study has found. Ironically, whales have been
previously fingered as climate culprits because they breathe
out carbon dioxide (CO2), the commonest greenhouse gas.
But this is only a part of the picture, according to the paper,
published in the British journal Proceedings of the Royal
Society B.
Australian biologists estimated that the estimated 12,000
sperm whales in the Southern Ocean each defecate around
50 tonnes of iron into the sea every year after digesting the
fish and squid they hunt. The iron is a terrific food for
phytoplankton - marine plants that live near the ocean
surface and which suck up CO2 from the atmosphere
through photosynthesis. As a result of faecal fertilisation, the
whales remove 400,000 tonnes of carbon each year, twice as
much as the 200,000 tonnes of CO2 that they contribute
through respiration.
More at
NZ Emissions Reduction
Scheme Recognised
The Certified Emissions Measurement And Reduction
Scheme run by Landcare Research NZ Ltd's
carboNZeroCertTM programme, has become the first
overseas-based scheme recognised by the UK Environment
Agency as equivalent to the Carbon Trust Standard. The
scheme therefore meets requirements under the Carbon
Reduction Commitment (CRC) Energy Efficiency Scheme.
Previously only the UK-based Carbon Trust met the
requirements of the CRC.
Under the scheme, organisations must demonstrate that they
have cut their emissions over one-to-three years, depending
on their size and must also commit to achieving future year-
on-year reductions.
May Arrivals and Departures
In May 2010 compared with May 2009:
• visitor arrivals (141,300) were just below the 141,900
arrivals in May 2009;
• there were more visitors from China (up 2,100), but
fewer from Australia (down 3,100);
• NZ residents departed on 165,400 overseas trips, up 1%
from May 2009 (163,700);
• NZ residents departed on more trips to the United
Kingdom and China (both up 1,000), but fewer to
Australia (down 5,000) and Thailand (down 1,200).
In May 2010 permanent and long-term arrivals exceeded
departures by 200 on a seasonally adjusted basis.

Asian Visitors Rebound in May
Visitor arrivals to NZ May 2010 were at similar levels to May
2009, due to a partial recovery in visitors from Asia offsetting
fewer from Australia, Statistics NZ said recently. There were
more visitors from China, Japan, and Korea in May 2010
(arrivals from these countries were affected by the H1N1
pandemic last year). Although visitor numbers from these
countries are higher than last year, they have still not
reached May 2008 levels.
Although visitor arrivals from Australia decreased by 5% in
May 2010, they were still 10% above the number of arrivals
in May 2008. Large increases in visitors from Australia were
recorded between April 2009 and March 2010, compared
with the same months of the previous year.
In May 2010, NZ residents departed on 165,400 overseas
trips, 1% more than in May 2009. There were fewer trips to
Australia and Thailand, but more to the United Kingdom and
China, compared with May 2009.
More is at
Health & Welfare
Whanau Ora: What is It?
Whanau Ora service providers will work with families (rather
than individuals) so they build on their strengths and take
ownership of their own needs. Some whanau may want to
work with a hapu, iwi, or a non-government organisation
(NGO). Other whanau will want to seek help from specialist
Whanau Ora providers, who will offer them wrap-around
services tailored to their needs. Each family will have a
champion to work with them to identify needs, develop a plan
of action to address those needs, and enable them to access
a range of health and social services.
Families can get involved with Whanau Ora in a number of
ways. For example, they may hear about a Whanau Ora
provider in their community and decide to give it a go. Or,
they may get referred to a Whanau Ora provider by a
government agency like Work and Income or by someone
like their local budget advisory service. Or, they might find
their medical centre has become a Whanau Ora provider and
is now offering Whanau Ora services. Some Whanau Ora
providers and champions may also choose to go out and talk
to people about Whanau Ora.
Funding will be made available for building whanau
capability; strengthening whanau connections and supporting
the development of whanau leadership. This will mean
Rural Women NZ,, 04 473 5524 Rural Bulletin July 2010 - 14
providing funding to a range of non-government
organisations, which will have submitted proposals to Te Puni
Kokiri. Funding will also be used to help providers to change
their business models, train staff, and improve their IT
Success will be measured in terms of the outcomes achieved
for whanau, for providers, for communities and for the NZ
population. As whanau will be setting their own goals they will
have the opportunity to track their own progress. Success will
also be measured in terms of the value and benefits gained
for government investment. A research, evaluation and
monitoring programme is being developed to provide
concrete measures and a practical process for measuring
and reporting achievements.
Whanau Ora Regional Leadership
Whanau Ora’s Regional Leadership Groups (RLGs) are
expected to be in place by mid-July. These groups have been
set up to ensure that decisions about Whanau Ora are made
as close as possible to local communities. RLGs will have
between three to seven community representatives
appointed by the Minister Responsible for Whanau Ora, and
also three officials from Te Puni Kokiri, Ministry of Social
Development and District Health Boards.
They are being established across ten regions based on the
current Te Puni Kokiri boundaries including: Te Taitokerau;
Tamaki Makaurau; Waikato; Te Moana A Toi; Te Arawa; Te
Tairawhiti; Takitimu; Te Tai Hauauru; Te Whanganui A Tara;
Te Waipounamu.
Developing Whanau Ora Services:
The Whanau Ora Governance Group has called for
Expressions of Interest (EOI) from groups who want to
develop whanau-centred services.
There will be two selection rounds. Groups applying for the
first round need to be able to demonstrate strong
organisational capability and capacity, and should be
currently providing whanau-centred services so they can
participate in Whanau Ora straight away.
The second round will give providers more time to build
connections with other providers in their regions to develop
an EOI.
Up to 20 providers or provider collectives are expected to
come on board from October.
The first round closes at 2pm on 7 July with final decisions known by 2 August.
The second round closes at 2pm on 2 August with final decisions known by 30
September. More, including expressions of interest forms, is at

Health Quality & Safety: Update
An interim board is to guide the setting up of the new
independent Health Quality and Safety Commission (HQSC)
recommended by the Ministerial Review Group last year. The
HQSC will help organisations across the health sector
improve safety and service quality of patients in both private
and public healthcare at all levels. It will also develop
standards and guidelines, gather information about what
works, publish national quality reports - e.g., on serious
events, deal with safe medication management, management
of healthcare incidents, and infection prevention and control.
The HQSC is expected to be up and running later this year.

Cough Meds & Under-12s
For safety reasons, cough and cold medicines for children
under 12 years old will now be sold only in pharmacies
except for medicines containing ingredients such as honey,
lemon, and other natural substances.
Oral cough and cold medicines that contain ingredients such
as glycerol, guaiphenesin, honey, lemon and other natural
substances will remain available in supermarkets for use in
children over six years of age. These ingredients are used to
relieve chesty coughs.
Similar changes being made or considered by overseas
Parents are advised not to use over-the-counter cough and cold medicines for
children under six years of age. If they are unsure of the best way to treat a
child, they should seek advice from your GP or a healthcare professional

Sawmill Workers: New Support
The Ministry of Health is to establish a special support
service for former sawmill workers who were exposed to
pentachlorophenol (PCP), a timber preservative used in the
1950s to 1980s. The service will include: information and
advice about exposure to PCP and later health risks; helping
with access to health services and health information (e.g.,
programmes to reduce cancer risk); a free annual check by a
doctor; access to health information like; and counselling and
mental health services.
Eligibility for the service will be on the basis that an individual
worked in a place at a time when exposure is likely to have
More information is at or by calling 0800 288 588

Managing Depression: New
The Journal is a programme fronted by former All Black John
Kirwan who acts as an online personal coach to help people
with mild to moderate depression through a six-week
programme. It offers people techniques they can easily use in
everyday life to help their own depression, enabling them to
deal with depression in their own time, at home, at no cost.
The Journal is supported by experienced phone counsellors
who can provide help when needed, either online or by
15 – Rural Bulletin July 2010 Rural Women NZ,, 04 473 5524
phone or text. Information on treatment options and local
services is also available.
The Journal is at:

Maori Health: A Snapshot
“Tatau Kahukura: Maori Health Chart Book 2nd edition 2010”
presents an up-to-date picture of Maori Health. The
publication contains (among other things): information on:
age structure and population projections; social and
economic factors that affect health; risks to health; nutrition
and physical activity; life expectancy; disability; major causes
of death; mental health; infant health; use of health services;
and Maori health providers.
The information indicates that Maori have poorer health
status and outcomes compared to non-Maori, are more likely
to be exposed to risk factors for poor health, and are deterred
from visiting a doctor mainly because of cost.
Tatau Kahukura: Maori Health Chart Book 2nd Edition is at
Te Ao Maori Enhanced
The section of Age Concern’s website with resources for
older Maori and people who work with them was recently
enlarged, thanks in part to McKenzie Trust funding.
Visit Te Ao Maori at
Pharmacy Medicine Recalls:
A review of pharmacy recalls of medicines that don't measure
up has begun, following questions about whether the
processes, contracting, and compensation arrangements for
medicine recalls are adequate. An external advisor will be
appointed to assist with the review.
More is at
Auditing Rest Home Auditors
Under new rules, the auditors who check rest homes will now
need to be accredited by an international agency or they risk
losing their ability to provide audits. The two agencies
approved by the Ministry of Health to do the job are the Joint
Accreditation System of Australia and NZ (JAS-ANZ) or the
International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua).
As well, rest home audits will be published online to help
elderly people and their families make informed choices
when considering rest home options.

Children’s Wellbeing: Report
The Public Health Advisory Committee (PHAC) has
published a report called The Best Start in Life: Achieving
effective action on child health and wellbeing. In it, the
Advisory Group chair says: “NZ has been thought of as a
great place for children. This is still true if a child’s family is
employed, has a good income, lives in a dry, warm house
and is well educated, and the child is loved, nurtured and well
cared for. Unfortunately, this is not the reality for many NZ
children….NZ is not doing as well for children as are other
comparable countries. In fact, NZ sits in the bottom third in
OECD rankings for most child indicators”. The report urges a
greater investment in children and better coordination of
The report is at$File/the-best-start-in-
Check Your Heart Health
A new website called Know Your Numbers website enables
people to understand how much at risk they are of
developing heart disease, and offers suggestions for ways to
reduce this risk. The Heart Age Forecast calculates a
person’s current and future heart risk using two of the most
important numbers they’ll ever need to know – blood
pressure and cholesterol ratio. The numbers, together with a
person’s heart story – including age, ethnicity, smoking, and
family history – offer an insight into a person’s health and the
effect lifestyle choices are having on their body. The website
also provides people with a six-week, individually tailored
heart plan. Know Your Number is at
Unusual NZ Testicular Cancer
This country has different patterns of testicular cancer
occurrence compared to the rest of the developed world,
particularly in relation to ethnicity, but also socio-economic
status according to a new study from the University of Otago,
Wellington. The NZ results show that Maori men have much
higher rates of testicular cancer than non-Maori, and that
men from lower-socioeconomic groups also have higher
rates (in the rest of the developed world wealthy white men
tend to have the highest rates of this cancer). Also in this
country, Asian and Pacific men have 50% less testicular
cancer than Europeans. The reasons for these trends are not
Cholesterol Drug Price Reduced
A 90% price reduction is enabling PHARMAC provide open
access to the cholesterol-lowering drug atorvastatin. The
restrictions that currently apply to atorvastatin will be
removed from 1 September 2010. About 60,000 NZers
already take atorvastatin to control their cholesterol, and this
is likely to grow with the widening of access. Statins are used
by nearly 400,000 NZers to help manage their cholesterol
levels. They are important medicines to help lower the risk for
heart attacks and other vascular diseases.
Rural Women NZ,, 04 473 5524 Rural Bulletin July 2010 - 16
CanTeen: Charter of Rights
CanTeen has a petition underway supporting the
International Charter of Rights for Young People with Cancer.
The Charter, which lists ten rights (including fertility
preservation, and information and counselling about short-
term and long-term effects of cancer and treatment which
affect fertility) aims to ensure the voices of young people
between 13 and 24 years old are heard and their
circumstances improved.
The NZ launch of the Charter follows the recent international
launch at the Royal College of Surgeons in London, England.
More is at
Abortion Statistics 2009
According to Statistics NZ, a total of 17,550 induced
abortions were performed in NZ in the December 2009 year,
390 (2%) less than in 2008 (17,940). The general abortion
rate (abortions per 1,000 women aged 15–44 years)
decreased from 19.7 per 1,000 in 2008 to 19.2 in 2009. In
1999, the general abortion rate was 18.0 per 1,000. Women
aged 20–24 years had more abortions than any other age
group. Their abortion rate was 36 abortions per 1,000 women
aged 20–24 years in 2009. The median age of women having
an abortion was 24 years in 2009.
More is at

Most Recent Cancer Statistics
Lung cancer accounts for the most deaths from cancer
according to recent Ministry of Health figures. In 2007, the
year for which figures are available, more than 1500 people
died of lung cancer, over 80 percent as a result of smoking.
Other key data includes:
• cancer is the leading cause of death, responsible for
more than a quarter (29.8%) of all deaths;
• 19,736 individuals were diagnosed with cancer in 2007
and 8519 died of cancer;
• the death rate from cancer is dropping and has fallen by
10% over ten years;
• the most common diagnoses of cancer are prostate
cancer followed by bowel (colorectal) and breast
• lung cancer accounts for the most deaths from cancer
(17.9%). Breast and bowel cancer (colorectal) are the
next most common; and
• proportionally more Maori are diagnosed with and die
from cancer than the general population.
More details are at

Voluntary Bonding Scheme
The Government's voluntary bonding scheme for graduate
doctors, nurses and midwives has been over subscribed for
the second year in a row. This year, 501 graduates - 64
doctors, 45 midwives, and 392 nursing graduates – have
been accepted onto the scheme (a total of 350 grads had
been budgeted for).
The voluntary bonding scheme encourages graduate doctors,
nurses and midwives to establish careers in communities and
medical specialties that need them most by offering them
student loan write offs, or cash incentives for those without
student loans, if they work in these areas for three to five
The full list of hard-to-staff categories and the terms and conditions of the
Scheme are available at
Disabled Pacific People:
Pacific churches and service providers will be better able to
meet the needs of Pacific disabled people in their
communities thanks to two new resources:
• a Pasifika church disability toolkit for 300 Pacific
churches in Auckland. This includes an information
booklet, training manual, promotional materials, and a
DVD profiling the lives of successful Pacific people living
with disabilities; and
• a Pacific provider mentoring training package, which
offers guidelines on recruiting and mentoring Pacific
disabled employees to help them achieve their full
For more information go to Lu’i Ola Auckland Regional Disability Project at
Health Records: Check Your
Many people may have the wrong ethnicity recorded in their
health records, according to a new study by researchers from
the School of Pharmacy, University of Otago. The study
found that only 34% of a sample of Korean, Chinese, and Sri
Lankan people from around NZ had their correct ethnicity
recorded. Most of the rest were recorded as another Asian
ethnicity, but a number had a non-Asian ethnicity recorded
(such as European or Middle Eastern) and some people had
no ethnicity recorded.
It is very important that ethnicity is recorded accurately,
because this is used to find out whether particular health
problems are more prevalent in some communities, and
whether people in these communities have fair access to
health services. The researchers recommend when people
visit their GP they ask reception staff to check what ethnicity
they have recorded for them, and ask them to correct if it is

17 – Rural Bulletin July 2010 Rural Women NZ,, 04 473 5524
Global Stroke Trends Changing
Stroke incidence and mortality rates have been found to be
higher in developing than in developed countries for first time,
according to new data from the World Congress of
Cardiology. Stroke incidence rates in developing countries
have increased by more than 100 percent during the last four
decades, while they have decreased by 42% in developed
countries over the same time period. Stroke incidence rates
increased from 52 per 100,000 person-years (1970-1979) to
117 per 100,000 person-years (2000-2008) in developing
countries. However, stroke incidence rates decreased
significantly from 163 per 100,000 person-years (1970-1979)
to 94 per 100,000 person-years (2000-2008) in developed
countries. Moreover, the average early total stroke case-
fatality was 27% in developing countries (2000-2008)
compared with 25% in developed countries (2000-2008).
New Education Amendment Bill
A recently-introduced Education Amendment Bill (No 2)
• make it possible for students to participate full-time in a
secondary-tertiary programme while still enrolled at
school (so they could begin studying at the new Trades
Academies in 2011);
• change the licensing standards for crèches at gyms and
shopping malls, and other limited attendance centres;
• set minimum standards for private schools premises,
equipment and standard of tuition, and ensure that all
private schools are correctly registered;
• set a "fit and proper person" test for prospective private
school managers, to ensure the safety of students;
• increase the maximum amount a Private Training
Establishment could keep when providing a refund to
international students who withdraw from a course or
change provider; and
• amend enrolment scheme priorities for schools so they
can offer places to out of zone students, via the ballot
process, to enable them to give some priority to students
with a historical family connection to the school.
More Students Get Allowances
Recent Ministry of Education figures show that the number of
student allowance recipients rose by 26% between 2008 and
2009. The figure rose to more than 82,600 students, after
having risen 5% each year between 2006 and 2008. The
amount of government spending on allowances is the highest
in almost 20 years.
The Ministry of Education said the increase was largely due
to high unemployment, particularly for younger age-groups,
due to the economic recession. The reduction of the parental
income testing age to 24, and an increase to parental income
thresholds, both contributed to increases in allowance
Find out more at
Secondary School Rolls Grow
The demographic baby boom passing from secondary
schools into tertiary education will continue next year,
according to data recently released from the Ministry of
Education. The Ministry's “School Roll Summary Report:
March 2010”, shows that the number of year 12 students in
secondary schools has grown by 22% over the last decade
and the number of year 13 students by 37%.
For most school year-groups the change in student numbers
between 2009 and 2010 is relatively small or static. However,
the number of year 12 students grew by 2% between last
year and this year, up to 57,000, while the number of year 13
students grew by 5%, to 47,000.
Read the School Roll Summary Report: March 2010 at
NZ Childcare Survey 2009
A snapshot of NZ’s childcare landscape showed that over
half of pre-schoolers attended formal early childhood
education (ECE) and care. Results from the NZ Childcare
Survey 2009 showed that informal care options were also
common for pre-schoolers. In contrast, school aged children
were more likely to be receiving informal care than attending
a formal care arrangement. Grandparents were the most
common providers of informal care for both pre-schoolers
and school aged children.
The survey also found that:
• Pacific Island pre-schoolers were less likely to attend
formal ECE and care than children in other ethnic groups
(29.9% compared to 56.1%);
• 81.8% of pre-schoolers aged 3–5 years attending formal
ECE and care used “20 Hours ECE” – a government
initiative that provides up to 20 hours of free formal care
per week;
• the parents of 28.9% of pre-schoolers at formal care for
three or more hours per week accessed the Work and
Income Childcare Subsidy;
• the most common work-related arrangement used by
employed parents to help care for a child was to have
their child at work with them; and
• 14.4% of parents who had worked or wanted to work in
the 12 months before the survey reported that they had
experienced childcare-related difficulties while working or
wanting to work.
More is at

Rural Women NZ,, 04 473 5524 Rural Bulletin July 2010 - 18
More Schools Get Network
The next 239 schools to receive government-subsidised
network upgrades, in preparation for ultra-fast broadband,
have been announced. Upgrades for the 239 schools include
179 in urban centres and 60 rural schools, of which 21 are in
remote locations. More schools will be invited to upgrade
their networks in 2011.
Look at the full list of schools at
Visitors/Migrants: Study
From late July, people holding temporary permits to stay in
NZ will be able to study one or more courses for up to three
months in total, instead of, as under the current rules, a
single course. Multi-year temporary permit holders will also
be allowed to study for up to three months in each
consecutive 12-month period, rather than once only per
Migrants will be able to study for up to three months in a
school, per calendar year, on a visitor's permit. This means
that young migrants will not have to apply for a student visa
or permit if their parents want them to have a "taster"
experience in a NZ school.
Export education generates over $2 billion a year in foreign
exchange for NZ.
Review of NZ Qualifications
A NZ Qualifications Authority (NZQA) review being carried
out of NZ's 6,000 qualifications is likely to result in fewer,
more easily recognisable qualifications. Currently, all quality
assured qualifications are listed on the NZ Register of Quality
Assured Qualifications. The NZ Qualifications Framework
(NQF) contains only qualifications made up of unit and
achievement standards. The two are to be amalgamated this
month and this will reduce the number of qualifications by
around 25%.
A system for assessing proposed qualifications will be set up
following the review.
More Community Max
Community Max programmes are to be extended to
Northland, Bay of Plenty, Waikato, and the East Coast.
Community Max was set up in August last year. The
Community Max programmes provide a six-month placement
for 16 to 24 year olds to work on community or environmental
projects. Participants are paid at least the minimum wage
and are eligible for training related to their project.
Limited Service Volunteer
A Limited Service Volunteer (LSV) course has been opened
in Hobsonville. The LSVs are for unemployed NZers aged
between 18 and 25, and the course aims to build discipline,
motivation, respect and self-confidence, so they have the
skills to obtain jobs.
There are LSVs at the Burnham military base in Christchurch,
and in Wellington.
The LSV programme is a joint initiative between the Ministry
of Social Development and the Defence Force, with both
agencies working with local employers to match LSV
graduates with jobs when their course finishes.
A factsheet on LSVs is at
Growing Asian Future
Newly reported research shows a growing and highly
qualified Asian workforce, will make up 15% of this country’s
total labour force by 2026. The report describes an Asian
population that is highly qualified, youthful and
entrepreneurial. According to the report, half of working age
Asians are between 15 and 34 years old, and likely to be
university educated and working professionally.
This country’s Asian population more than doubled between
1996 and 2006, and the 2006 census showed that Asians
comprised the fourth largest major group of ethnicities in NZ
after European, Maori, and Other.
The report is available at the following link:
Women & Part Time Work…
Recent research from the National Advisory Council on the
Employment of Women (NACEW) indicates that employers,
government, business intermediaries, and industry training
groups need to build good practice strategies to help women
in part time work advance to higher paying jobs. Part time
work for women traditionally centres on caring, cleaning, and
retail and these industries are yet to capitalise on the
potential benefits to their businesses and to the women
themselves of pay and career advancement. The women are
generally in part time work because they break their careers
to have, and care for, children. They are smart and NACEW
says it appears that the employers have overlooked an
opportunity to increase their workplace skill base.
There are clearly identified productivity gains from this
approach. Turnover is reduced, the workers have a higher
sense of professionalism, and there is much greater service
quality delivered to customers. The challenge is to move
away from the general acceptance of low wages, along with
low investment in training and high staff turnover rates.
NACEW says that business and government departments
which are major purchasers of personal care work and
19 – Rural Bulletin July 2010 Rural Women NZ,, 04 473 5524
cleaning, could help by encouraging minimum standards for
training and development.
…& Domestic Workers’ Work
NZ has voted against a proposal to set work standards for
domestic workers at the International Labour Organisation’s
recent annual conference in Geneva. Australia, the United
States, and the United Kingdom voted in favour.
Domestic workers in NZ are covered by basic employment
provisions, but have had limited coverage in employment and
discrimination law because they work in private homes and
not in offices, factories, or workplaces. They are excluded
from the anti-discrimination provisions of the Human Rights
The exact number of domestic workers in NZ is unknown but
research estimates there are at least 20,000 home-based
care workers alone.
Building Consents Rising…
The number of new housing units authorised (excluding
apartments) has increased since March 2009, Statistics NZ
said recently. However, the trend is still 29% lower than the
peak in June 2007.
The number of new housing units authorised (excluding
apartments) rose 15.5% in April 2010 when adjusted for
seasonal effects, to reach its highest number since April
2008. This rise follows an 8.6% fall in March 2010. When the
volatile apartment category is included, the number of new
housing units authorized rose 8.5%, following a 0.1% rise in
March 2010.
For the year ended April 2010, the value of consents issued
for residential buildings increased $198 million (3.7%), while
the value for non-residential buildings fell $487 million (11%),
compared with the year ended April 2009.
More information is at
… but Building Activity Mixed
Allowing for seasonal variations, residential building activity
increased 2.0% in the March 2010 quarter, following a 7.2%
increase in the December 2009 quarter. Even with the latest
increases the level is still about a third lower than the most
recent peak in September 2007.
Non-residential building activity fell 0.8% in the March 2010
quarter, and this was the fifth consecutive quarterly fall.
For the March 2010 year, the (unadjusted) value of all
building activity was $10,604 million, down 12.6% from the
previous year. The unadjusted value of total residential
building activity fell 14.7% in the March 2010 year, driven by
a fall in new dwellings. Commercial buildings were the largest
contributor to the 9.9% fall in non-residential building activity
for the March 2010 year.
Children’s Housing Futures:
The Centre of Housing Research Aotearoa (CHRANZ) has
released a report called “Children’s Housing Futures”. To
quote from its executive summary: “NZ’s children of today will
be the adults that will support the growing population of older
people of tomorrow. But today’s children are struggling, at
least in comparison to many OECD countries. Some of our
children are currently exposed to housing in poor condition,
housing that is unaffordable, housing that has insecure
tenure and households that are crowded. If the current array
of housing provision, housing assistance, and market trends
continue, the children of today will have difficulties accessing
adequate housing as they enter adulthood and start families”.
The report suggests resolving children’s housing futures
would help ensure that “our most vulnerable children grow
into productive and engaged adults”.
The report is at
Building Renovation Work Still
The latest Tradesman Job Services
Index showed that the average job size remained 10% below
May last year. Regionally, Otago and Southland remain
under pressure, while Auckland’s tentative recovery has
continued. NZ-wide, household confidence continues to
remain volatile when it comes to home renovations and
improvements. In particular, the number of renovation jobs
slowed before the Budget.
Annual Building Awards
The NZI Centre in Auckland was awarded the Rider Levett
Bucknall Supreme Award at the recent annual Property
Council NZ Rider Levett Bucknall Property Industry Awards.
The Supreme Award is presented to the very best from
excellence awards in all categories. Excellence Awards go to
specific properties that in the judges’ opinions, best meet the
judging criteria. These awards are not always made in every
category or limited to one per category.
Submissions for the awards are open to both members and
non-members of Property Council NZ. Entries go through a
rigorous, 12-week process in which ten judges review each
submission, setting it against detailed criteria. Judging also
involves site visits.
Read about all the winners at
Rural Women NZ,, 04 473 5524 Rural Bulletin July 2010 - 20
Domestic Electricity Prices
The most recent survey, taken on 15 May 2010 shows
national average electricity prices for an 8,000 kWh per
annum customer have increased by 2.3% in the last quarter.
Many retailers passed lines charge increases through to
customers this quarter, which accounted for around half of
the total increase in the retail price.
Customer switching rates so far in 2010 are the highest
record, with around 35,000 switches in March. Powershop
appears to be making inroads into the retail market, capturing
its 12,000th customer in March 2010 – up from only 7,000
customers in December 2009.
The Quarterly Survey of Domestic Electricity Prices is at
Energy: March Quarter 2010
From the Ministry of Economic Development’s Energy
Quarterly publication come the following figures for the March
quarter of 2010:
• 10,097 GWh of electricity was generated, an increase of
5% over the same quarter in 2009, just ahead of the
March quarter 2008;
• 73% of electricity came from renewable sources;
• geothermal generation increased 5% from the December
quarter 2009 mainly due to Mighty River Power’s new
Nga Awa Purua geothermal power station, which lifts
NZ’s geothermal generation capacity to over 700 MW;
• wind generation increased more than 40% in generation
from 2008, contributing 4.1% of total national generation
over the quarter;
• thermal generation increased 5% over the same quarter
last year. Most of the increase came from increased gas
• NZ’s production of petroleum products increased by 16%
in the March quarter 2010, compared with the March
quarter 2009. This is largely due to the recent upgrade at
the NZ Refining Company’s Marsden Point refinery;
• crude oil production was down 7% from the December
quarter, with 28.7 PJ extracted;
• compared with the March quarter 2009, coal production
was up by 5%, the highest quarterly production since the
June quarter 2008, with 1.3 million tonnes produced -
51% bituminous, 42% sub-bituminous and 7% lignite;
• the price of a barrel of crude oil rose steadily over the
past year, to reach an average of around US$76 a barrel
in the March quarter 2010. This level is 76% more than
the average price of $43 per barrel in the March quarter
In the March quarter 2010, NZ’s electricity generation
produced 1,532 kt of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2-e)
emissions - 7% higher than the same quarter in 2009. The
increase is mostly attributable to the increased use of gas.
Emissions from the combustion of gas increased 9%
compared with the same quarter in 2009 and made up 59%
of total electricity emissions.
Geothermal emissions continued to increase with the Nga
Awa Purua geothermal plant coming online in January 2010.
Geothermal emissions made up 12% of total electricity
emissions this quarter.
**More is at
Transport & Travel
Changes to Driver Licensing
Driver licensing fees have been reviewed to bring them in line
with the cost of delivering driver licence services. For 19 of
these services the new fees will be lower than those currently
charged, while fees for 22 services will increase - including
the fees for sitting learner, restricted, and full licence tests.
Four fees, including those for drivers aged 75 years and
older, will not change.
The new fees for the most common licensing and testing
services are:
• licence renewal fee: currently $44.30 - new fee $43.00
(down 3%);
• learner licence: currently $79.00 – new fee $91.90 (up
• restricted licence: currently $88.20 – new fee $105.80
(up 20%);
• full licence: currently $115.10 – new fee $133.20 (up
16%); and
• new-1 year P (passenger) or V (vehicle recovery)
endorsement: currently $70.10 – new fee $63.00 (down
Reduced and standardised fees will apply to commercial
A full list of the new fees is at

21 – Rural Bulletin July 2010 Rural Women NZ,, 04 473 5524
Recovering Public Transport
The NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) has announced a new
“farebox recovery” policy (the term “farebox” refers to the
money collected from tickets purchased by public transport
Under the policy, regional councils will have to set their own
farebox recovery policies and ratios by 1 January 2012, and
people using public transport will be expected to make a 50%
contribution to the costs of providing public transport by 2018.
Public transport services are funded by the fares of the users,
ratepayers and taxpayers (the NZTA's subsidy) through fuel
tax, road user charges, motor vehicle registration, licensing
fees, and sometimes parking fees and contributions from
third parties. The user contribution to public transport has
declined from 58% of the operating costs in 2001/02 to 46%
More is at
NZ Joins Aircraft Protocol
Under the recently-passed Civil Aviation (Cape Town and
Other Matters) Amendment Act NZ becomes a party to the
Cape Town Convention and associated Aircraft Protocol, and
this will reduce finance costs for companies purchasing and
leasing aircraft.
The Protocol allows lenders and lessors to register their
security interests in mobile equipment on an international
register, allows for legal remedies for financial defaults by
debtors, and also includes some additional rights.
Justice/The Law
Recommendations: Police
The second report of the Office of the Auditor-General (OAG)
into the response of Police to the recommendations of the
2007 Commission of Inquiry into Police Conduct* has been
released. It shows that Police have Police have fully
implemented seven of the inquiry's 47 recommendations and
made progress on the remaining 40. The OAG says that
Police need to:
• build on the high degree of commitment at senior levels
to change, and ensure that all staff understand and
support the need for change within the Police;
• further value and learn from the views of people external
to the Police;
• monitor the service effects of the changes they are
making; and
• improve the behaviour of the relatively small number of
police officers whose behaviour is inconsistent with the
Code of Conduct, including instances of sexually
inappropriate behaviour.
It is the second of four dealing with the response of the Police
to the recommendations.
*The 2007 Commission of Inquiry into Police Conduct
criticised the historical conduct of some Police officers and
their associates. The Commission's findings included 60
recommendations. Most were for the NZ Police, but some
were for the Police Complaints Authority and the State
Services Commission.
The report is at
Storing Eggs and Embryos
The Human Assisted Reproductive Technology (Storage)
Amendment Bill clarifies that the law on the 10-year storage
limit for human gametes (eggs and sperm), and embryos. It
starts from November 2004, the date of the original act, or
from when storage began, whichever is latest. Gametes and
embryos stored before 2004 can be stored until 2014,
because the law is not applied retrospectively. It means that
fertility clinics that have clients who wish to extend storage
beyond 2014 will require approval from the ethics committee
before the 10-year storage limit is up.
The Bill was necessary because some fertility clinics acting in
good faith could have unknowingly breached the storage limit
because the law was not clear.
In-vitro-fertilisation (IVF) has been used in NZ since 1983 and
about 900 IVF-babies are born each year.

New Dog Code of Welfare
A recently-issued code of welfare for dogs sets minimum
standards of care for dogs. The Animal Welfare (Dogs) Code
of Welfare 2010 applies to anyone responsible for dogs,
including those that have them as pets, show dogs, working
dogs or those used for breeding or sport. It includes 21
minimum standards relating to all aspects of dog ownership
and care, including water, food and body condition,
containment and shelter, breeding and inherited disorders,
behaviour, training, tail docking, transportation, and
Amongst the standards is one relating to inherited disorders
in dogs. It applies to anyone breeding dogs and selling
puppies, not just dog breeders. Another allows for tail
banding of puppies less than four days old by appropriate
people acting under a quality assurance scheme.
Copies of the code and an accompanying report are at or by request from

Rural Women NZ,, 04 473 5524 Rural Bulletin July 2010 - 22
Prisoners, Victims &
The recently-passed Prisoners' and Victims' Claims (Expiry
and Application Dates) Amendment Bill extends provisions
restricting financial compensation from being awarded to
prisoners except in extraordinary circumstances where
something in the system has gone wrong and other remedies
are not appropriate.
If compensation has to be awarded, the Act allows victims of
the prisoner to claim against it before the prisoner can.
The Bill is at

Most Likely Apprehended by
According to recent figures from Statistics NZ, younger age
groups and males were those most likely to be apprehended
by police in all offence categories. The median age for all
apprehensions was 22 years, ranging from 19 years for
dishonesty offences, to 27 years for violence offences. In
most offence categories offending was shown to begin from
around the age of 10 years, increasing rapidly to peak at
around 17 years, and subsequently decreasing with
advancing age.
Statistics NZ’s report, “Patterns in police apprehensions in
NZ 2005/06 to 2008/09”, gives a picture of who is being
apprehended, how they are being dealt with, and the
seriousness of their offending. Findings from the report
• male apprehensions were generally for more serious
offences than female apprehensions, particularly in the
violence and dishonesty offence categories;
• males were also far more likely to be apprehended for
offences than females; and
• the average seriousness of offences for which there was
an apprehension remained largely the same over the
four-year period.
Download the report from

Global Commission on HIV &
A new United Nations Global Commission on HIV and the
Law aims to highlight the role played by the law on facilitating
or hindering universal access to HIV prevention, treatment,
care, and support. For the next 18 months the Commission
be working with communities across the globe on how to
make the law work for an effective response to HIV. It will
promote discussions between policymakers and people
directly affected by HIV-related laws, and it will bring public
leaders together will share evidence about the impact of law
and law enforcement on the lives of people living with, and
vulnerable to, HIV.
Some 106 countries still have laws and policies presenting
obstacles to effective HIV responses. However, the law has
had a positive impact on the lives of people living with or
vulnerable to HIV, e.g., by protecting the right to treatment;
the right to be free from HIV-related discrimination in the
workplace, in schools and in military services; and the rights
of prisoners to have access to HIV prevention services.
Recommendations about how the law can better support
universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care, and
support will be announced at the end of 2011.
More is at
Opposition Spokesperson
The new opposition spokespeople are: Grant Robertson -
Tertiary Education; Maryan Street - Foreign Affairs; Charles
Chauvel - Environment; Nanaia Mahuta - Energy; David
Parker - Economic Development, Stuart Nash - Forestry, and
Darren Hughes - Infrastructure.
Public Service/Local
Local Body Elections:
The next local government district health board (DHB)
elections will be held in October 2010 using the Single
Transferable Vote (STV) system. In its simplest form, STV
means that voters are able to rank candidates in order of
preference, rather than simply pick their most preferred
candidate for each vacancy.
Information for candidates:
• candidates standing in local body and DHB elections
cannot nominate themselves for office;
• for the local body elections candidates must be
nominated by two people, who are on the electoral roll
for the district or subdivision of the district in which the
candidate is standing;
• district health board candidates must be nominated by
residential electors in the district health board's area;
23 – Rural Bulletin July 2010 Rural Women NZ,, 04 473 5524
• candidates can stand independently or under a party
grouping or affiliation - similar to the process that political
parties use in parliamentary elections;
• a candidate standing for a district health board, can also
stand for mayor, city / district council, community board
or regional council; but
• some restrictions apply to people standing as a
candidate in local elections (see the website of your local
Local elections timetable:
• nominations open on 23 July 2010 and close at 12 noon
on 20 August 2010;
• candidates names are published on 25 August;
• voting papers are delivered between 17-22 September;
• voting closes 12 noon on 9 October;
• election results are announced between 11-20 October;
• in November the new elected members are sworn in.
To get local election voting papers in the mail, you must register to vote. To do
this go to More is at,
at, and at More on the STV voting system is at
Police: Standing for Council
The Policing (Involvement in Local Authority) Amendment Bill
which was recently passed by Parliament, removes
restrictions within the Policing Act 2008 which prevented
Police staff serving on local authorities. Before its passage,
Police wanting to stand for local authorities had to be placed
on special leave during the campaign, and were required to
resign from Police if they were elected.
Police employees will now be treated in the same way as
other state servants.
OAG & Local Government
The Office of the Auditor-General (OAG) has published a
report covering the 2008/09 audits it carried out of local
government. Most of the audits were of regional and territorial
local authorities and their subsidiary entities. The report also
covers aspects of the energy sector, focusing on electricity
line businesses, and the airport sector.
The OAG says the local government sector has come
through the 2008/09 financial year in reasonably good shape.
However, the sector as a whole faces some significant
challenges in 2009/10 and beyond. For example, in respect
of the reforms of local government in Auckland, of making
further improvements in the reporting of performance, of how
local authorities account for leaky home liabilities; and of
managing water demand and assets
More is at
Govt Agencies’ Performance
The State Services Commission (SSC), together with the
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC) and
the Treasury, has the brief of working with government
agencies to identify where they can improve their
performance and of making sure that improvement happens.
Last years SSC piloted a “Performance Improvement
Framework” through which the performance of some
government departments has been assessed. It says that the
information gained will give Ministers and the public a better
understanding of performance in the public sector, and that
this will result in the public getting more effective and efficient
services for the taxpayer dollar.
The results of this first round of assessments will be
published shortly.
Recently, results of the 2009 Kiwis Count survey of NZers'
experience of their public services, indicated that overall
service quality is improving, as is NZers' trust in their public
More information on the Performance Improvement Framework is at, and more on Kiwis Count is at
… Public Sector Excellence
The Ministry of Social Development and the Families
Commission have received the top award at the Institute of
Public Administration NZ (IPANZ) Gen-i 2010 Public Sector
Excellence Awards, for the “It’s Not OK” Campaign for Action
on Family Violence.
Other category winners include:
• The Treasury Award for Improving Public Value
through Business Transformation - Joint Winners
Counties Manukau District Health Board for the ‘Six
Hours Can be Ours’ initiative; and Land Information NZ
for the “Landonline 100% Electronic Lodgement” project;
• The Russell McVeagh Award for Working Together
for Better Services - Department of Conservation and
Horizons Regional Council for the “Kia Wharite” projects;
• The Te Puni Kokiri Award for Crown – Maori
Relationships - Taupo District Council for the “Joint
Management Agreement”;
• The Microsoft Award for Networked Government -
NZ Police, NZ Fire Service Commission, Central
Emergency Communications and St John Emergency
Communications for the “InterCAD” project;
• The Talent2 Award for Public Sector
Communications - Ministry of Social Development and
the Families Commission for the “Campaign for Action
on Family Violence” called “It’s not OK”;
Rural Women NZ,, 04 473 5524 Rural Bulletin July 2010 - 24
• The State Services Commission and the Leadership
Development Centre Award for Improving Performance
through Leadership Excellence - Ministry of Social
Development for the ‘Ministry of Social Development
Leadership Cascade’ project ; and
• The IPANZ Award for Excellence in Public Sector Media
Coverage - Radio NZ’s Morning Report.
More details are at
Local Authorities' Operating
Deficit Rises
Local authorities recorded a seasonally adjusted operating
deficit of $63 million in the March 2010 quarter, Statistics NZ
said recently. The deficit this quarter is the result of reduced
revenue from all sources except rates, while expenditure has
remained flat. Quarterly, seasonally adjusted operating
deficits have occurred throughout 2008, 2009, and now into
the first quarter of 2010.
Seasonally adjusted operating revenue for local authorities
decreased $40 million to $1.7 billion in the March 2010
quarter. Seasonally adjusted operating expenditure remained
unchanged in the March 2010 quarter at $1.8 billion.
More is at
Measuring SOES’ Financial
A set of financial performance measures has been developed
with the aim of improving the transparency and accountability
of State-Owned Enter[prises (SOEs). There are 11
measures, covering shareholder returns, profitability and
efficiency, and leverage and solvency. The SOEs will be
expected to include the measures in their Statements of
Corporate Intent from 2010/11.
SOEs represent a $25 billion investment on behalf of the
taxpayer, and shareholding Ministers have a duty to ensure
that this investment delivers an appropriate return.
More is at
Expenses Transparency
Extended to CEOs
The State Services Commissioner is extending quarterly
reporting to include spending by chief executives of
government departments on credit cards and hospitality as
well as gifts received. In mid June the Prime Minister
announced there would be quarterly releases of Ministerial
credit card spending details, after official information requests
by media revealed inappropriate spending in the past.
N-F-P Sector
Lotteries: Outcomes-based
Decision Making
The NZ Lottery Grants Board is moving to outcomes-focused
decision making so NZ communities get the most benefit out
of Lottery funding.
An “outcome” is the difference applicants intend to make, or
the change they aim to bring about, for the people who will
benefit from their project or service.
From early 2011 the application forms used to apply for
Lottery funding will have some new questions in them. These
will ask applicants to describe:
• how they know there is a need for the project or service
they are seeking Lottery funding for;
• the changes they hope their project or service will
contribute to in the community; and
• how they plan to find out whether the changes did
When reporting on a project or service, people will also be
asked to tell the Lottery Grants Board whether the changes
they thought their project or service would contribute to did
happen – and, if they did, how they found out that they
Recent Data About Volunteers…
Recent data from the Charities Commission demonstrates
the huge contribution being made by volunteers across NZ.
The data, which comes from returns to the Commission by
registered charities and released in April, shows there were
about 440,000 volunteers working unpaid in the 17868
charities represented in the report. Taking into account these
are just part of the 97,000 not-for-profit organisations
Statistics NZ has identified, it confirms other research that at
least one third of kiwis aged 10 and over are volunteers.
Volunteers come from all backgrounds, ages and ethnicities
and there has been a significant increase in younger people
volunteering. There are also highly skilled, educated people
who, unable to find suitable work, are giving their time to
support a charity.
…. Volunteering Across the
The Office for the Community and Voluntary Sector has
commissioned Nielsen Media Research to collect data every
quarter on giving and volunteering. Data collected during the
December quarter 2009 showed that:
• people aged 10-19 years were most likely to volunteer
for environmental causes;
• for people aged 20-29 years, preschool is the most likely
area for them to volunteer in;
• people aged 30-49 years were most likely to volunteer in
primary and secondary education;
25 – Rural Bulletin July 2010 Rural Women NZ,, 04 473 5524
• sports volunteers were most likely to be aged 40-49
years (sports clubs are the most likely type of community
organisation for men to volunteer for); and
• people aged 60 years and older were most likely to
volunteer in social and health services.
Research on Managers of
A nationwide survey of more than 800 volunteer managers,
on behalf of Victoria University, has found that the greatest
challenge they face is recruiting volunteers. This is followed
by not having enough time or money to achieve goals, and
matching and retaining volunteers. Despite these challenges,
90% of respondents reported satisfaction with their volunteer
management role, whether paid or unpaid.
However, the time commitment is huge - although most
managers stated that they were supported by their
organisations, a majority also stated that they squeezed their
volunteer management role in around all their other
Three quarters of respondents reported there are aspects of
their jobs where they would find extra training useful, in
particular to learn more about management skills, volunteer
recruitment, and communications.
The online survey results provide a snapshot of the volunteer
sector, including who are managing volunteers, what their
role involves, how they feel about their role overall, their
broad training needs, and where they see themselves in the
Finding the Right N-F-P
While there is no single master list of all 97,000 non-profit
organisations in NZ, a new site provides a simple way of
searching within a specific region, compiling lists, or
identifying certain kind of organisations, and updating
You can search for non-profit organisations at
Community Response Model
Announced as part of Budget 2010, the Community
Response Model transforms the way Government funds
social support services delivered to families and
communities. For the first time, communities will support and
enable planning for social support services in their area to
ensure Government gets best value for the money they
invest in communities and families get services that make a
real difference to their lives.
Briefings will be held (mostly in July) in 19 locations across
the country.
Details of venues and times can be found on
Kia Tutahi Update
Over the past few months the Kia Tutahi – Standing Together
Steering Group has been updating progress with information
about its work and the development of the Relationship
Agreement between the community & voluntary Sector and
They are intending to hold hui in regions throughout NZ
during July and August 2010.
Find out the proposed hui dates and locations at
NZIER Forecasts: Sustainable
These forecasts are based on a survey of financial and
economic organisations - they’re not NZIER's forecasts.
Excerpts include:
• the economy is on the path to sustained and sustainable
economic growth, with rebalancing from consumption
and housing towards exports;
• the unemployment rate is expected to gradually improve
from 6.0% currently to 5.3% in March 2012, in line with
the economy;
• wage growth will be slow in the March 2011 year (1.5%),
but a strengthening economy will see accelerating
wages from 2012;
• consumer price inflation will spike due to GST and other
charges, peaking at 5.1% in March 2011. household
spending will be subdued, despite personal tax cuts, due
to a slow recovery in jobs, wages and the inflation spike
eroding households' purchasing power;
• the outlook for residential construction is positive, but
there is a wide divergence of views, ranging from a rip-
roaring recovery to renewed deterioration;
• exports will be strong through the forecast horizon,
helped by a recovering global economy and moderate
exchange rate appreciation; and
• the exchange rate outlook is wildly divergent, suggesting
exporters and importers will need to manage their
currency exposure carefully.
The June 2010 NZIER Consensus Forecasts are at

Rural Women NZ,, 04 473 5524 Rural Bulletin July 2010 - 26
May’s Exports Reach New High
According to recent figures from Statistics NZ, the value of
goods exported reached a new high of $4.2 billion in May
2010, up $238 million (6.0%) from May 2009. This is only the
third time that monthly exports have exceeded $4 billion.
Unsweetened whole milk powder and crude oil were the
major contributors to the increase in exports. The trend for
goods exported is now at a similar level to its peak in
November 2008. The trend has risen 15.2% since September
2009, following a 10-month decline.
The trade balance was a surplus of $814 million, or 19.4% of
the value of exports, in May 2010. This compares with an
average May trade surplus of 9.3% of exports for the
previous 10 years.
More is at

Manufacturing and Agriculture
Contributing Less
The primary contributors of labour productivity growth in the
business sector of NZ’s economy are shifting away from
manufacturing and agriculture, according to recent
productivity estimates from Statistics NZ. Manufacturing and
agriculture, although still growing, now contribute less to
business sector labour productivity growth, while retail,
wholesale, and the finance and insurance industries have
become more significant drivers. “Industry Productivity
Statistics 1978–2008”, the first report of its kind in NZ, looks
at productivity growth across 23 industries over a 30-year
The communication services industry posted the strongest
labour productivity growth (up 9.3% annually), but its
contribution to business sector growth has declined in relative
terms. The only industry in which labour productivity declined
from 1978–2008 was the accommodation, cafés, and
restaurants industry (down 1.3% annually).
Other highlights include:
• agriculture, forestry, and fishing labour productivity grew
on average 4.0% per year, with its strongest period of
growth from 1985–1997;
• electricity, gas, and water supply productivity grew 4.4%;
• transport and storage productivity grew 3.6%; and
• finance and insurance productivity grew 3.4%.
Industry Productivity Statistics 1978–2008, along with 72 supplementary tables,
can be downloaded from

Current Account Deficit
Rising exports and a fall in the investment income deficit
helped reduce this country's seasonally adjusted current
account balance by $1.6 billion in the March 2010 quarter,
Statistics NZ said recently. The deficit is now $1.3 billion. The
increase in exports of goods was mainly due to higher prices,
especially for dairy products.
Unadjusted for seasonal effects, the current account balance
shows a surplus of $0.2 billion, the first March quarter since
2003 that NZ has earned more from overseas than it has
spent abroad. The current account deficit for the year ended
March 2010 was $4.5 billion (2.4% of GDP), down from $14.6
billion (7.9% of GDP) a year ago. Imports of goods fell $8.3
billion over this time, while income from foreign investment in
NZ fell $5.8 billion.
At 31 March 2010, this country’s net international debtor
position was $166.7 billion (88.9% of GDP), compared with
$168.3 billion (90.6% of GDP) at 31 December 2009. A net
international debtor position means that overseas investment
in NZ is greater than NZ investment abroad.
More is at
Asia Pacific Media Ads Surge
The Nielsen Global Consumer Confidence Index indicates
that media advertising activity across 12 Asia Pacific markets
surged in the first quarter of 2010 - the second consecutive
quarter of positive growth. Six of the ten most confident
consumer markets globally are from Asia Pacific and these
are setting the pace of recovery, with positive consumer
confidence level increases in the first quarter of 2010.
Global consumer confidence rebounded to the highest level
since 2007, with Asia Pacific posting the highest increase in
confidence of all regions - up 8 points. Asia Pacific
consumers are already upbeat on how they will utilise their
spare cash, including 41% on holidays, 35% new clothes, out
of home entertainment 29%, and new technology 30%.
In Asia Pacific in the first quarter 2010 compared to first
quarter 2009:
• ad spending in main media (TV, newspapers,
magazines) across the region lifted to US$31.16 billion,
an overall increase of 18%;
• for the first quarter since the third quarter of 2008, all 12
markets across the region recorded strong to bullish ad
spend growth;
• there were signs of a strong advertising recovery with
second consecutive quarter of growth for all 12 markets
across the region;
• there was double digit ad spend growth across 10
markets drove overall growth in Quarter 1 2010; led by
India, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Philippines, Malaysia, and
Taiwan; and
• in a quarter of bullish revenue growth, China dominated
with 69% share of all main media ad spending.
27 – Rural Bulletin July 2010 Rural Women NZ,, 04 473 5524
CER: Some Extra Charges
The Rules of Origin* under the Australia NZ Closer Economic
Relations Trade Agreement (CER) have been simplified, and
brought into line with the other free-trade agreements NZ has
signed since 2007. Most of the extra added value currently
imposed across a range of products, in particular those
imposed on the textile, clothing, and carpet sectors, has been
removed. The new rules are expected to come into force later
this year.
*The Rules set out which products count as "Australian" or
"NZ" goods, and which are able to be exported between the
two countries duty free.
More is at

Companies Office Website
The Companies Office has launched a new website called
“Enterprise”. The new website offers more customisable
services to cater for a company’s specific compliance and
corporate needs. There are also new procedures and
processes. The new Companies Office Financial Service
Providers Register (FSPR) and the Incorporated Societies
Register will be moved to the new website during the year.
Go to

Lifting Kiwi Managers’
NZ managers are just “average to middling” by global
standards, according to a report, “Management Matters in
NZ”, that was published earlier this year. NZ comes in at
overall tenth place in a global benchmarking study against 16
other countries. Now NZTE is teaming up with other
organisations to roll out a series of workshops around the
country to help Kiwi managers lift their performance.
The workshops will be held in late July and early August. These will include two
or three sessions in Auckland, and workshops in Tauranga, Wellington,
Christchurch, and Dunedin, and wherever else there is a critical mass of
The original NZTE story is at
zealands-managers.aspx?pageId=0. For more information on the workshops
“Management Matters in NZ: How does Manufacturing Measure Up?” is
available at

New Angel Groups Sought
The NZ Venture Investment Fund (NZVIF) is seeking more
angel investor groups to join its Seed Co-Investment Fund
programme. Through the SCIF fund, NZVIF co-invests with
angel groups in innovative NZ companies at the seed and
start up stage. Angel groups are playing an increasingly
important role as funders of innovative start-up companies
especially. The angel investment sector invested a record
$50.3 million across 63 deals into young kiwi companies
during 2009, well up on previous years.
NZVIF’s Seed Co-Investment Fund is helping to build the
angel sector here in NZ by investing alongside angel groups
on a one-to-one basis. If a partnering angel group invests
$250,000 into a high growth NZ business, NZVIF can match
that - doubling the capital available to invest in a young
More is at
Dairy Dominates Rise in Export
According to recent information from Statistics NZ, dairy
product prices rose by nearly one-third, dominating a 10.3%
rise in the price of exported goods in the March 2010 quarter.
This is the largest quarterly increase in export prices in nearly
a decade. But, while dairy prices rose by one-third in the
March 2010 quarter, prices are still 25% lower than when
they peaked in the December 2008 quarter. Forestry
products (up 11.0%) also contributed to the latest rise.
Prices for imported goods rose 4.2% in the March 2010
quarter, which is the first increase since the December 2008
quarter. Petroleum and petroleum products (up 9.6%)
contributed the most to the overall increase in import prices
due to higher prices for crude oil and motor spirit.
The merchandise terms of trade rose 5.9% in the March 2010
quarter, following a similar increase of 5.8% in the December
2009 quarter. The latest quarterly rise, the largest in 34
years, was due to export prices rising more than import
prices. A rise in the terms of trade means that for every dollar
of exports sold, a larger volume of imports can be purchased.
More at
Asia's Wealthy Surpass
The wealth of rich Asians has surpassed Europe's
millionaires for the first time as the region's stock and
property prices rebounded from the global recession, a report
shows. The wealth of Asia's high net worth individuals - those
with liquid assets of at least US$1 million - jumped 31% last
year to US$9.7 trillion, surpassing Europe's US$9.5 trillion,
according to a report by Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
and Capgemini. For the first time, the size of Asia's rich
population equalled that of Europe at 3 million.
North America is still the wealthiest region, with 3.1 million
rich worth US$10.7 trillion. The wealth of Latin America's rich
Rural Women NZ,, 04 473 5524 Rural Bulletin July 2010 - 28
rose 15% to US$6.7 trillion, the Middle East increased to
US$1.5 trillion, and Africa grew to US$1 trillion. Globally, the
wealth of the rich grew 19% last year to US$39 trillion, with
North American wealth increasing 18% while Europe was up
14%, the report said.
More at
UN Report Card on Anti-Poverty
The world continues to make advances towards the
Millennium Development Goals, despite the global economic
downturn, but the rate of improvement remains too slow and
countries must step up their efforts if the MDGs are to be
achieved by their target date of 2015, a new United Nations
report says. The annual assessment report shows that the
world has made huge strides in reducing extreme poverty,
tackling HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases, and boosting
access to clean drinking water, but is still lagging in other
critical areas, such as improving maternal health and
increasing access to decent sanitation.
More is at
Money Matters
Gross Domestic Product (GDP*)
The latest figures are:
• economic activity was up 0.6% in the March 2010
quarter, following a 0.9% increase in the December 2009
• manufacturing was up 1.6%, and wholesale trade was
up 1.4%; and
• gross domestic product contracted 0.4% in the year
ended March 2010 compared with the year ended March
The expenditure measure* of GDP was also up 0.6% in the
March 2010 quarter:
• spending on household consumption was up 0.2%; and
• spending on general government final consumption was
up 1.7%.
*GDP is a measure of how big an economy is. It is made up
of the total market value of goods and services produced
within a given period after deducting the cost of goods
utilised during production. The expenditure measure, which is
put together from information collected about spending on
goods and services bought by “final end users”, covers
consumption, investment, and exports.
First Food Price Fall Since 2004
Food prices fell 0.7% in May 2010 and by 0.5% for the year
to May, Statistics NZ said recently. This is the first annual fall
in food prices since the year to July 2004.
For the year to May 2010, lower prices were recorded for
meat, poultry, and fish (down 4.5%) and fruit and vegetables
(down 4.5%). Meat, poultry, and fish prices have now
returned to levels last seen in September 2008 and are 7.1%
lower than their peak in 2009. Fruit and vegetable prices
have been falling on an annual basis for nearly a year.
The 0.7% fall in food prices in the May 2010 month followed
a 0.5% fall in April and a 0.2% rise in March. Food prices are
back down to levels last seen in 2008 and are now 3.8%
below their peak in July last year.
In May 2010, the meat, poultry, and fish subgroup decreased
2.4%, the grocery food subgroup decreased 0.7%; and fruit
and vegetable prices decreased 2.1%.
More is at
Electronic Card Use in May
We used our cards marginally more:
• transactions in the core retail industries were up (1.0%);
• transactions in the retail industries were up (0.4%);
• total electronic card transactions were flat (up just 0.2%);
• by industry group, durables, apparel, and consumables
had the largest increases.
The actual (not seasonally adjusted) value of transactions in
the core retail series was up 0.9% from May 2009.
Wholesale Trade Sales Up
Total wholesale trade sales, after adjusting for seasonal
effects, rose 2.3% ($472 million) in the March 2010 quarter,
according to Statistics NZ. This is the second quarterly
increase following a period of decline that began in mid-2008.
Higher sales were recorded in 13 of the 16 wholesale
industries. The biggest increases were in:
• motor vehicle wholesaling, up 6.0% ($86 million);
• food and grocery products wholesaling, up 1.7% ($73
million); and
• machinery and equipment wholesaling up 9.2% ($69
Other increases were less than $60 million.
The biggest fall was in household goods wholesaling, down
6.8% ($45 million).
The value of wholesale trade stocks also rose in the March
2010 quarter, up 1.9% ($191 million. In March 2010, the
value of wholesale trade stocks was $10.3 billion - in
September 2008, when stocks peaked, the value was $11.8
29 – Rural Bulletin July 2010 Rural Women NZ,, 04 473 5524
Kiwis Want Faster Response
Increasingly “time-poor” NZers are demanding faster
response times from organisations they deal with, according
to findings of the latest annual KiwiHost/JRA Customer
Service Pulse. Most kiwis still expect an organisation to listen
to them and understand what their needs are and to show a
willingness to help. But for the first time, respondents said
they also expect organisations to respond in a timely manner.
The survey found that the telecommunications industry and
Government agencies rated the lowest across a range of
industries. On the flipside, the banking industry and
restaurants, bars and cafes scored more favourably.
However, even for the industries that scored favourably, only
60% of respondents were “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with
the level of service.
Whilst many respondents are not telling the organisation
about their concerns, they are telling their friends and family.
Most respondents indicated that they will tell 4-6 other people
about a bad customer service experience they have
(compared to only telling 1-3 other people about a good
customer service experience). Not only are they telling their
family and friends, but respondents indicated they will only
give an organisation one or two chances before they start to
look at taking their business elsewhere.
Read more details at
Financial Advisers Act
The recently-passed Financial Service Providers (Pre-
Implementation Adjustments) Act amends the Financial
Advisers Act 2008 and the Financial Service Providers
(Registration and Dispute Resolution) Act 2008 to simplify
compliance while still providing consumer protection.
Amongst the provisions, “investment transactions” are
renamed “broking services” in the Financial Advisers Act, and
they include receiving, holding, and paying out client money
and client property by a person acting on behalf of
The Act is at
Parental Leave Payment
The maximum parental leave payment has increased from
$429.74 per week to $441.62 per week. The minimum
payment for self-employed parents will also increase from
$125 to $127.50 per week.
Parents eligible for the scheme are entitled to up to 14 weeks
paid leave at a rate calculated on the basis of their average
weekly earnings.
For more information/to calculate your entitlement, go to
Tracking the Gambling Dollar
The Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) is setting up a new
“integrated gambling platform” (IGP). The IGP is a rules-
based e-licensing system designed to track the cash flows of
19,000 non-casino gaming machines, from when the money
goes into a pokie machine to when it come back out into the
community (e.g., as a community grant). It will be used
alongside the electronic monitoring system DIA has used
since 2007 to monitor gaming machines in pubs and clubs to
make sure the games are reliable and the money is
accounted for accurately.
The first results of the IGP will be seen next year when the
DIA and sector move from a paper-based licensing system to
electronic licensing.
Increasing Digital Literacy in
The Government is to spend an extra $8.3 million in funding
over three years for increasing digital literacy and online
access. The funding will enable two proven, community-
based training models, “The Computer Clubhouse” and
“Computers in Homes”, to educate and empower
communities without access or the skills to use digital
technology. Research shows that up to 30% of kiwis lack
access to digital tools or the ability to use them. This includes
people living in rural and isolated areas, Maori, Pacific people
and other ethnic groups, as well as people on lower incomes,
people with disabilities, and older NZers.
The Computers in Homes programme provides parents from
low income families with basic computer training at the
schools their children attend. When they have completed the
training, families receive a computer, ongoing ICT support
and a free Internet connection for six months.
The Computer Clubhouse is a free, after-school learning
environment where local youth can use technology to work
on projects and build ICT skills.
Broadcasting & Children's
Interests: BSA
The Broadcasting Standards Authority (BSA) has published
“’Children’s Interests: A Review of Broadcasting Standards
Authority Child Complaints Decisions 1999-2009”. This
examines BSA decisions about complaints regarding children
as viewers of, and participants in, television broadcasts. The
BSA hopes that the questions raised in the report will prompt
broadcasters and the public to further consider how we can
best protect children in relation to broadcasting standards
The report is on the BSA's website at's_Interests_Assessment-May2010.pdf
Rural Women NZ,, 04 473 5524 Rural Bulletin July 2010 - 30
More Radio Spectrum to Come
More radio spectrum* is to be made available for radio
frequency identification (RFID) systems such as those used
in supply chain management, and in radio mesh networks
that are used for smart metering.
There will also be more spectrum available for use in linking
radio broadcast studios to transmitter sites. This will ease the
congestion the radio broadcasters are experiencing with
frequency availability in the main cities.
The changes will be phased in over different timeframes to
allow existing users of affected spectrum to transition to a
different frequency. An immediate change is to allow higher
power short-range devices in the 921.5-928 MHz frequency
*Radio spectrum includes all the electromagnetic frequencies
used for communications; including frequencies used for
radio, radar, and television.
More is at
Top Social Media Myths
The Protocol School of Washington (PSOW) says your
behaviour on social networking sites could make or break
your job application according, with research showing 86% of
US recruiters look at social media sites such as Facebook,
Twitter, and MySpace to learn more about job applicants.
And, the top 5 social media myths are:
• Facebook is personal (FB is now used by businesses
from solo shops to the Fortune 50);
• Facebook is private (default privacy settings are minimal
- select privacy settings manually);
• only my followers read my Twitter posts (the Library of
Congress has started collecting Twitter posts as a way to
record history);
• recruiters Don't Look at MySpace or YouTube (recruiters
look everywhere); and
• my Facebook profile and pix can be deleted (even
deactivated content remains on FB's server).
According to the same source, the top 5 business etiquette
mistakes & how to correct them are:
• unprofessional office attire (dress two levels above your
• improper handshake (use a firm, web-to-web
• poor eye contact (make eye contact 40% - 60% of the
time in between the eye brows);
• poor dining skills (when in doubt watch the host); and
• cell phone rudeness (keep phones on vibrate and use
your library voice).
A (Biggish) Handful of Websites
You can now download files of maps in the Topo50 map
series for free from Land information NZ’s (LINZ) website
using “Choose a map” at
The files will contain the most current Topo50 map
information released by LINZ in both digital image and data
formats. There are two formats, Shape and LSIFF (vector
data). Note that TopoOnline, the earlier way you could get
LINZ map information, has now been replaced by this
“If it Was My Home” is a website that uses Google Earth and
a daily updated map of the BP spill in US. It enables you to
visualize the size of the spill if it were centred at your own
home. See the site at
A move to confer stardom on chefs has transformed the
cook's image from workhorse to artist, and spurred an
increase in dining out among food-obsessed fans craving the
latest flavours, TIME reports at,9171,1995844,0
An article with chef René Redzepi, whose restaurant “Noma”
(in Copenhagen), that was recently awarded the accolade of
world’s best restaurant, can be found at
Think of it as a last chance for green living. Soon there will be
a range of greener options for your funeral – from being
dissolved in chemicals to freeze-drying. Read the “New
Scientist” article at
If you want to take a good look at NZ agriculture on the web
go to
newzealand1.htm. This opens up a 55 page book on NZ
agricultural systems that is illustrated with numerous
photographs, tables and figures.
Statistics NZ has released a number of spreadsheets about
Maori population estimates, which can be found at
Creating sweet “fatty” grass to increase livestock productivity,
using “good” bacteria to stretch the shelf-life of meat, and
sending in wasps to control a $1 billion weevil problem are
just three ongoing research projects highlighted in the new
AgResearch publication, Science Review 2010. Read more
An article in “The Atlantic” suggesting that Japan is a great
place to go in search of wisdom about urban farming can be
found at
This article provides a series of tips to support the argument
that “career luck” is often the result of good preparation and
effectively using well developed networks. Read the article at
31 – Rural Bulletin July 2010 Rural Women NZ,, 04 473 5524
Creating a “mastermind team” can be helpful when you're
working on a project that would benefit from different points
of view, Todd Smith writes. "If you want to improve the
accuracy of your decisions, you would be wise to put your
ego on the shelf and seek counsel from those you respect,"
he writes.
If you want to understand more about that curious creature
the Emissions Trading Scheme, go to
The Ministry for the Environment has published pamphlets
explaining what it is, how it works, how much it will cost, who
gets the money…
An article about seat etiquette 101 for air travellers can be
found at
Seven tips for managing a remote work force can be found at
Seven cover letter mistakes you make when applying via e-
mail for a job can be found at
This article in “Bloomberg Businessweek” explains why small
business owners aren't getting the most out of such tools as
Facebook and Twitter, then offers tips for making good use of
social media. The article can be read at
A primer for responding to a nasty business email can be
found at
The following article makes the case for procrastination being
a positive in some situations, at
A successful rural anti-stigma project called “Let's Cut Out
The Bull and Talk About Mental Health” is described at
9/2010/. The project aimed to create an environment where
people with mental illness would feel confident accessing
help earlier, and feel more accepted and supported in their
community. Lack of transport is a big issue for many, and
rural communities are small – everyone knows about
everyone. There is a real risk of exposure, and, together with
the discrimination and stigma associated with mental illness,
this means people in rural areas are less likely to seek help.
Read on…
A study of British women by a retail chain shows that women
spend an average of 76 minutes getting ready for work on
Monday - but that time drops to 19 minutes by Friday. Men's
grooming for the job also declined over the course of a week,
from 28 minutes on Monday to 11 minutes by Friday. Read
the article at
25 tips for jump-starting innovative brain power can be found
An article discussing how sticky rice was used in ancient
Chinese construction projects can be found at
A new website set up to help connect volunteers with event-
based volunteering opportunities is at Called VolunteerNet, it also
provides a free online volunteer recruitment and
management system for event organisers. The site was
developed by NZ Major Events (part of the Ministry of
Economic Development).
The website of the recently-appointed GST Advisory Panel is
at The panel will answer questions
and respond to comments from businesses moving to the
new 15% rate. There is also a freephone: call 0800 387 783
Treaty Matters
Foreshore and Seabed Act
The Government has announced that legislation to repeal the
Foreshore and Seabed Act 2004 and replace it with a “non-
ownership” model of the public foreshore and seabed is
shortly to be introduced. The replacement legislation will:
• repeal the Foreshore and Seabed Act;
• remove Crown ownership of the public foreshore and
seabed and replace it with a non-ownership model for
the public foreshore and seabed;
• restore the right of Maori to access the High Court to
seek customary title; and
• recognise the Crown can negotiate with mandated iwi on
an individual basis for recognition of their customary
It will protect public access, recreation, and existing use
rights, and the foreshore and seabed will not be able to be
A new award is also included as a result of consultation:
universal recognition or mana tuku iho. This award will not
require a court application or negotiation, but will recognise
the mana of iwi and hapu in relation to the foreshore and
The decision comes after public consultation, a report from
last year's Ministerial Review Panel, and a series of public
meetings and hui.
There will be a select committee process to allow further
public submissions, with a view to having replacement
legislation in place by the end of 2010.

Rural Women NZ,, 04 473 5524 Rural Bulletin July 2010 - 32
The Foreshore and Seabed
The foreshore and seabed is the seabed and the 'wet' part of
the beach that is covered by the ebb and flow of the tide. It
includes the air space and water space above the land, and
the subsoil, bedrock, etc below. It does not include the dry
part of the beach. It spreads out to the outer limits of the
territorial sea (12 nautical miles from shore).
Non-ownership Model
Cabinet has approved a non-ownership model for the public
foreshore and seabed. This removes the Crown ownership
that was a result of the 2004 Act. The specific rights and
interests of individuals and groups in the foreshore and
seabed area will be protected in the legislation
Customary Title
Customary title is inalienable – that is, the land cannot be
sold. This title recognises the relationship that has existed
between iwi and the foreshore and seabed. It provides for:
• the right to permit activities that need a coastal permit or
resource consent;
• the right to participate in conservation processes; and
• the right to create a planning document that would be
recognised and provided for by local authorities.
Private Title Foreshore and Seabed
In 2003 there were around 12,500 private titles that included
at least some foreshore and seabed. Most came to include
parts of the foreshore through erosion. They are held by
Maori and non-Maori owners of general land, and owners of
Maori land, and won’t be affected by the replacement
More is at
Waitangi Tribunal: Wairarapa
The Waitangi Tribunal has released its report on the Treaty
claims of iwi and hapu of the Wairarapa ki Tararua district
(which extends from Cape Palliser to southern Hawke’s Bay).
The principal iwi are Ngati Kahungunu and Rangitane.
The Tribunal found that Crown acts and omissions
constituted serious breaches of the principles of the Treaty of
Waitangi. It also found that In the nineteenth century, the
Crown purchased too much Maori land too quickly, without
regard to the inevitable plight of a Maori population left
virtually landless in a part of the country where agriculture
was the main way people could earn a good living.
The small population and early colonisation of Wairarapa
Maori left them struggling to assert their mana and identity in
the face of a Pakeha majority that soon owned most of the
land, made all of the decisions, and did not value Maori
culture or language. As a result, Maori find it difficult to
exercise any meaningful influence over what goes on in their
own locality, and many important Maori heritage sites, some
of international significance, are vulnerable.
The Tribunal panel included Judge Carrie Wainwright,
Professor Wharehuia Milroy, Dame Margaret Bazley, and
Professor Ranginui Walker, with assistance from Dr Robyn
More is at
More Waikato Terms of
The Crown has signed Terms of Negotiation with Ngati
Koroki Kahukura and Ngati Haua at Pohara marae near
Putaruru. The raupatu (confiscation) claims of Ngati Koroki
Kahukura and Ngati Haua were settled under the Waikato
Raupatu Settlement Act 1995. The terms of negotiation set
out the rules of engagement for a comprehensive settlement
of their remaining claims in the Waikato area.
Since June 2009, the Crown has signed seven Terms of
Negotiation, eleven Agreements in Principle, and six Deeds
of Settlement throughout NZ.
Arts & Culture
Language Vital to Pacific
Heritage Arts
Fluency in Pacific languages is critical to maintaining healthy
Pacific heritage arts in this country, according to recent
research published by Creative NZ. Many Pacific
communities emphasised that the health of heritage arts in
this country cannot be considered in isolation from Pacific
languages, saying that knowing the language enables the
underlying values and the unique aspects of culture to be
picked up more easily. Also, the strength of a community’s
language is often a good indication of the health of its
heritage arts.
According to the research, adapting to life in NZ has had
mixed effects on the well-being of Pacific heritage arts. While
being away from a homeland often encouraged people to
hold fast to their traditions they also experienced difficulty in
getting access to knowledge and materials. Lack of access to
qualified teachers or elders who can pass on skills coupled
with a lack of venues where people could meet to share and
learn their culture made it difficult for some communities.
Other barriers identified included a low awareness of the
funding sources available to the Pacific community groups
and the difficulty of understanding the application process,
forms and reporting.
The research will be used by Creative NZ to develop a three-
year heritage arts strategy as part of its aim to ensure that
Pacific communities are supported to strengthen and pass on
customary artistic practice.
33 – Rural Bulletin July 2010 Rural Women NZ,, 04 473 5524
“Health of Pacific Heritage Arts 2009, Research Executive Summary” is
available for download on

National Portrait Gallery
The NZ Portrait Gallery will receive a grant of $750,000 from
Government to help secure permanent premises for its
collection of nationally significant works. The funding will be
allocated in the 2010/11 financial year, to help secure Shed
11 Art Gallery on Wellington Waterfront as a permanent
home for the Portrait Gallery's collection. Shed 11 is a
Category I Historic Place.

Cultural Events Coming to TV
Four cultural events will be able to be enjoyed by television
audiences thanks to NZ On Air:
• Montana World of Wearable Arts (WOW) will screen
prime time on Prime TV;
• Style Pasifika 2010 has also secured funding so it can
be enjoyed by TV One audiences;
• The QANTAS Film and Television Awards will also
return to our screen in September, this year on TV One;
• Nine Lessons and Carols, featuring a choral
performance by Wellington’s St Paul’s Cathedral Choir,
has also been supported for Christmas Eve scheduling
on TV One.

Old US Films Go Home
NZ and the US have formed a partnership to repatriate and
preserve 75 American motion pictures from the NZ Film
Archive's collection to the United States National Film
Preservation Foundation. There are no known copies of
these films in existence in the United States (and it will be
tricky to transport them - they are nitrate film and classified as
“dangerous goods”).
One of the films, John Ford's full-length feature “Upstream”
(1927) film, fills in a previously lost page of Ford's early years
at Fox Studios. Among the other important finds is “Maytime”
(1923), an early feature with Clara Bow.
Under the partnership the films will be preserved and made
available to both American and NZ audiences. The American
silent film archives include the Academy of Motion Picture
Arts and Sciences, the Library of Congress, and the Museum
of Modern Art, New York. In NZ films will be publicly available
through the Film Archive.
Six Degrees of Jackson Pollock
“Friends, Lovers and Family,” a social flowchart published by
“Lapham’s Quarterly” literary magazine, details some pretty
surprising affiliations between more traditional artists. This
complex, colour-coded web reveals the connections (friends,
lovers or family) between just under 70 art-world
personalities, including writers, painters, architects, a
smattering of actors and even “gentry” and “muses (including
the inevitable Kevin Bacon connection).”
See the chart at
Lesser Known Metric Units
We are familiar with the basic metric units like grams,
kilograms), meters and such. But you may not be familiar
with some of these lesser-known units:
• Time between slipping on a peel and smacking the
pavement = 1 bananosecond
• Weight an evangelist carries with God = 1 billigram
• Time it takes to sail 220 yards at 1 nautical mile per hour
= Knotfurlong;
• Half of a large intestine = 1 semicolon;
• 1,000,000 aches = 1 megahurtz;
• Basic unit of laryngitis = 1 hoarsepower;
• Shortest distance between two jokes = 1 straight line;
• 453.6 graham crackers = 1 pound cake;
• 1 million-million microphones = 1 megaphone;
• 2 million bicycles = 2 megacycles;
• 365.25 days = 1 unicycle;
• 2000 mockingbirds = 2 kilomockingbirds;
• 52 cards = 1 decacards;
• 1 kilogram of falling figs = 1 FigNewton;
• 1,000 milliliters of wet socks = 1 literhosen;
• 1 millionth of a fish = 1 microfiche;
• 1 trillion pins = 1 terrapin;
• 10 rations = 1 decoration;
• 100 rations = 1 C-ration;
• 2 monograms = 1 diagram; and
• 4 nickels = 1 paradigms.

Rural Women NZ,, 04 473 5524 Rural Bulletin July 2010 - 34
Weather Outlook: July to
The NIWA National Climate Centre outlook for the rest of
winter and into early spring 2010 says temperatures are likely
to be above average for the time of year across much of the
country. However, short-term cold snaps and frosty periods
typical of winter will still occur. The equatorial Pacific is now
in a neutral state, but is bordering on a La Niña. La Niña
conditions are expected to develop fully by early spring.
Regional predictions for the next three months:
Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty:
Temperatures are very likely to be above average. Seasonal
rainfall totals, soil moisture levels, and stream flows are
equally likely to be near normal or below normal.
Central North Island, Taranaki, Wanganui, Manawatu and
Wellington: Above average seasonal temperatures are
likely. Rainfall totals are equally likely to be near normal or
below normal, while stream flows and soil moisture levels are
likely to be in the near normal range, for the three months as
a whole.
Gisborne, Hawke’s Bay, Wairarapa: Temperatures
averaged over the three months are very likely to be in the
above average category. Seasonal rainfall totals, stream
flows and soil moisture levels, are all equally likely to be in
the normal or below normal range.
Nelson, Marlborough, Buller: Seasonal temperatures are
likely to be in the above average range. Rainfalls, stream
flows and soil moisture levels are all likely to be near normal
West Coast, Alps and Foothills, Inland Otago, Southland:
Temperatures are equally likely to be in the average or above
average category. Seasonal rainfall, stream flows and soil
moisture levels are all equally likely to be near normal or
above normal.
Coastal Canterbury, East Otago: Temperatures are equally
likely to be in the average or the above average category, on
the whole during July-September. Seasonal rainfall totals,
soil moisture levels and stream flows are likely to be in the
normal range.
NZ’s Most Trusted in 2010
The sixth annual Reader’s Digest Trust Survey reveals the
findings from an independent national poll that reveals the
people we believe in - and those we don’t. Three of the top
ten most trusted people in NZ had knighthoods bestowed
upon them and one has had the country’s highest award for
gallantry. Fire-fighters were the most trusted group of
professionals, while partners were recorded as the most
trusted personal relationship, followed by “mother” and
“closest friend”. Other results include:
• Most Trusted: Victoria Cross Recipient, Corporal Willie
Apiata (1), Fair Go presenter Kevin Milne (2), Former
olympian and scientist Sir Peter Snell (3), Author
Margaret Mahy (4), Former All Black and mental illness
spokesperson John Kirwan (5), Former All Black Sir
Colin Meads (6=), Film director Sir Peter Jackson (6=),
Celebrity chef and author Alison Holst (8), Silver Fern
Irene van Dyk (9), Olympic shotputter Valerie Vili (10).
• Spread the Word: Kiwis believe in TV current affairs
show hosts more than in 2009, with both John Campbell
(33) and Mark Sainsbury (34th equal) upping their places
on last year (40th and 44th, respectively). TV3 news
presenter Mike Mc Roberts scored highly on debut; the
new candidate for the list coming in at number 14.
• Food, Glorious Food: Foodies and celebrity chefs
made a stronger impression on the 2010 list than in
previous years, with Alison Holst (8), Jo Seagar (27),
and Peta Mathias (37) all in the top 40.
The July 2010 issue of NZ Reader’s Digest includes the full list of results
Top 10 TV News Stories
The Top 10 news stories broadcasted on TV since 1960 (as
voted by viewers on a TVNZ poll) are: 10. Aramoana; 9.
Springbok Tour; 8. Fall of the Berlin Wall; 7. JFK
Assassination; 6. America’s Cup win 1995; 5. Erebus
Disaster; 4. Wahine Disaster; 3. Moon Landing; 2. Princess
Diana’s Death; 1. 9/11.
Kiwis Love their Spuds (but
Hate Sprouts)
Potatoes narrowly squeaked into number one spot in a
survey by NZ Gardener magazine to find NZ’s favourite – and
least liked – vegetables. Tomatoes took out the number two
spot. Kiwis also love broccoli, beans (except broad beans),
carrots, pumpkin, and peas. Silverbeet and spinach only just
made it into the top ten list in the number nine spot – but they
have the dubious distinction of being the only vegetable to
make it on to both the 10 most loved and the ten most
loathed lists. The tenth most popular vegetable is lettuce.
When it comes to the vegetables we don’t like, Brussels
sprouts received twice as many votes as their nearest rival,
the broad bean, to take out the number one spot. Swedes
were the third most disliked vege (although they were
noticeably more popular in Southland than in the rest of the
country), followed by cabbages, turnips, silverbeet and
spinach, globe artichokes, parsnips, eggplants, and finally
zucchini and marrow.
Leap for High Performance
Hopes are high for high performance sport in NZ with big
plans being made following the appointment of a High
Performance Board and new funding from Government of
$10 million in 2010/11; $15 million in 2011/12, and $20
million annually after that. Lottery Grants Board reserves are
also contributing $15 million, as are a number of other
organisations working in partnership on the project, including
amongst others, the Millennium Institute and AUT, North
Shore City Council, and Mighty River Power. Their money will
go towards:
35 – Rural Bulletin July 2010 Rural Women NZ,, 04 473 5524
• a new high performance institute that will be established
within SPARC (Sport & Recreation NZ);
• a $40 million expansion of the Millennium Institute in
• a $40 million development of a network of high
performance facilities at QEII in Christchurch, Lake
Karapiro; Takapuna; Wellington and Dunedin; and
• direct funding of athletes, recruitment and retention of
top coaches, and sports science and medicine services
through the two Academies of Sport.
More Money for New NZers…
Some $3 million more funding is to be made available to the
Settling In programme, which aims to make it easier for
refugees and migrants to establish themselves in NZ. Settling
In is a collaborative community development programme that
works directly with newcomer communities, and the money
will enable more coordinators to work in more regions around
the country.
…& Some for Auckland
The Remuneration Authority has determined that the new
Auckland Council mayor will be paid $240,000, and
councillors will receive a base rate of $80,000. The base rate
for Local Board members will be between $20,100 (Great
Barrier) the minimum base rate and $37,100 (Howick), the
maximum base rate. Extra remuneration can accompany
additional responsibilities for both councillors and local board
Te Wiki o te Reo Maori 2010
Maori Language week is from 26 July to 1 August 2010. This
year’s theme is “Mahi Kai – The Language of Food.” “Te
mahi kai” means not just eating a meal, but includes hunting,
diving, fishing, as well as shopping, through to food
preparation in the kitchen. Food as a culture (and all the
customs around it) creates its own sense of community.
For more information on Maori Language Week, including resources, go to
Intrepid Volunteers
The Intrepid 2010 Volunteer of the Year Award recipients are:
• John and Anette Money from Scripture Union;
• Pat Shepherd from Children on the Edge;
• Susan Frear, from Cleft NZ;
• Katie Owen of Street Football Aotearoa;
• Darryl Pascoe of Star Jam;
• Colin Ryder from Forest and Bird; and
• Albie Shepherd from the SPCA.
The 2010 Intrepid Travel Volunteer of the Year was Darryl
Pascoe from Star Jam.
China-NZ Youth Exchange
AsiaNZ has entered into a partnership with the Chinese
People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries
(CPAFFC) to run a Sino-NZ Youth Exchange programme.
Exchanges will enable select young leaders of both countries
to pay mutual visits and build long-term partnerships to
promote communication among future leaders of both
More is at

Rugby World Cup: Volunteers
The Rugby World Cup volunteer programme is underway:
more than 5,000 volunteers will be needed to help out with
the event next year. You can volunteer for work in three of
the following areas: accommodation, accreditation, catering,
ceremonies, city operations, media operations, sports
presentation, ticketing, tourist information, transport, VIP
Programme, and workforce
To register online after 14 July to be a Rugby World Cup Volunteer go to
tml then click on the REGISTER NOW link

Some Conferences/Events
Arbitrators and Mediators: Joint
The Arbitrators’ and Mediators’ Institute of NZ and the
Institute of Arbitrators & Mediators Australia (IAMA) are to
hold a joint conference in Christchurch 5-7 August 2010. The
Conference will focus on all methods of ADR including
mediation, adjudication, expert determination, and arbitration.
More is at

Horticulture NZ Conference 2010
The 2010 Horticulture NZ Conference is being held at the
Sky City Convention Centre in Auckland on 4-5 August. The
day before the conference is set aside for product groups’
and the exotics forum’s meetings.
More is at

Rural Women NZ,, 04 473 5524 Rural Bulletin July 2010 - 36
NZ Diversity Forum
The annual NZ Diversity Forum will be held in Christchurch
from 22-23 August 2009 at the Christchurch Convention
Centre. The theme of the Forum is “It’s About Us”, carried
forward from Race Relations Day 2010.
A confirmed forum workshop to date that will be of particular
interest to language practitioners is “Interpreting in the
Health” sector hosted by Partnership Health Canterbury.
For more information visit

Hindu Festival of Raksha Bandhan:
Auckland Celebration
The Hindu Organisations, Temples and Associations (HOTA)
Forum is celebrating the Hindu Festival of Raksha Bandhan
on 29 August 2010 at the Dorothy Winstone Centre,
Auckland. This festival promotes Universal Fellowship and
venerates Womanhood.

Open Space "Un-conference" for Non-
profit Leaders
John Coxon & Associates are organising this conference in
Geelong, Victoria, Ausralia, from 13-15 August: It is the
inaugural "un-conference" for non-profit leaders, and it has a
theme of Generational Change in the non-profit sector. At the
conference the agenda will be set by those participating. This
is known as Open Space. There is no formal seating, no
PowerPoint presentations and, according to the organisers,
plenty to hold your interest.
To read more, visit:

Local Government NZ Conference
The theme for LGNZ’s 2010 conference, being held on 25-28
July (at the Skycity Convention Centre, Auckland), is
“Building Prosperous Places.”
More is at

Engage Your Community Un-
A free Engage your community (EYC) un-conference is being
held in Wellington on 21 August. It’s designed for people who
communicate with their members using the web, email, or
social networks:
More, including registration, is at
Crafting a Future: Workshops
These two-day workshops are for people with disabilities and
their families. They look at who will ensure the family
member's interests are protected and their contributions
recognised, when the carer is no longer here .Locations and
Auckland: 31 July - 1 August, Barrycourt Hotel, 20 Gladstone
Road, Parnell; Masterton: 28-29 August, Masterton Motor
Lodge; Oamaru: 30-31 October, Oamaru Opera House, The
Chambers; Queenstown: 13-14 November, Rydges Lakeside
Resort; and Whangarei: 4-5 December, TBA.
To register contact S Frear at PFRC, PO Box 13-385, Onehunga, Auckland
1643, phone 09 636 0351 or email Website registration is
also available at
Funding/Awards Opportunities
Lottery Funding
The following Lottery Grants Board funding rounds are now
open (closing dates are in brackets):
Lottery Environment and Heritage: these grants are for
projects which promote, protect and conserve NZ's natural,
physical and cultural heritage, such as: native regeneration
projects/establishment of native plant nurseries; captive
breeding programmes including animal release to enhance
indigenous fauna; pest and predator eradication
programmes; historical publications; museums, whare taonga
and art galleries; conservation of historic buildings,
structures, rolling stock, archaeological sites, and waahi tapu
sites (9 July 2010); and
Lottery Community Facilities: the committee makes grants
to organisations for projects to build or improve community
facilities. Funding is provided for community facilities that
support participation in community activities and social
interaction, to foster cohesion and strengthen communities.
The Fund’s main emphasis is support for facilities open to
use by the wider community or that can be used for a range
of services and activities (23 July 2010).
You may apply either electronically, by registering at or on
paper, by downloading the application form from the same site and mailing to
the address on the form. Tel freephone 0800 824 824 for more information or

Ria McBride Public Service
Management Award
Applications are now open for the Ria McBride Public Service
Management Award for women. This award was established
to help women who have already demonstrated potential to
advance to higher levels of responsibility in the Public
Service. It is award is open to women who are employed in
the Public Service and who show the aptitude to move into
senior management.
Applications close on 14 July 2010. More is at
37 – Rural Bulletin July 2010 Rural Women NZ,, 04 473 5524
2010 Deloitte Fast 50
Businesses who have achieved good growth rates during the
past few years are being encouraged to enter the 2010
Deloitte Fast 50 index. They are ranked according to their
percentage revenue growth (used to measure performance),
and the 50 businesses with the highest percentage growth
will be the 2010 Deloitte Fast 50.
Closing date for entries is 6 August 2010. More is at
Public Participation Awards
The Core Value Awards 2010 are now open. Organised by
the Australasian branch of the International Association for
Public Participation (IAP2) they were created to encourage
excellence, quality and innovation in public participation.
There are five categories: Award for Public Participation
Enhanced Decision-making; Award for Robust Public
Participation Process; Award for Best Public Participation
Policy Framework; Award for Public Participation Innovation;
and Award for Decision Makers.
More, including how to apply is at
Applications for Fulbright Awards
Fulbright NZ offers a range of awards for NZ graduate
students to study or research in the US:
Fulbright-Ministry of Research, Science and Technology
Graduate Awards. For promising NZ graduate students to
undertake postgraduate study or research at US institutions
in fields targeted to support growth and innovation in NZ.
About ten awards valued at up to US$25,000 (plus travel
expenses and insurance) are offered each year. More is at
Fulbright-EQC Graduate Award in Natural Disaster
Research. This award is for a promising NZ graduate student
to undertake postgraduate study or research at a US
institution in a field of natural disaster research. One award
valued at up to US$25,000 (plus travel expenses and
insurance) is offered each year. More is at
Fulbright-Nga Pae o Te Maramatanga Graduate Award.
For a promising NZ graduate student to undertake
postgraduate study or research in the US in a field of
indigenous development. One award valued at up to
US$25,000 (plus travel expenses and insurance) is offered
each year. More is at
Fulbright NZ General Graduate Awards. These awards are
for promising NZ graduate students to undertake
postgraduate study or research at US institutions in any field.
Approximately eight awards valued at up to US$25,000 (plus
travel expenses and insurance) are offered each year. More
is at
Applications for these awards close 5pm, Monday 2 August 2010
Rita Angus Residency Resurrected
The Rita Angus Residency was recently resurrected (after a
break of 5 years) with the help of Wellington Institute of
Technology (WelTec), in partnership with the Thorndon Trust.
In addition to the use of the Rita Angus cottage and a weekly
stipend provided by the Thorndon Trust, WelTec’s School of
Creative Technologies has agreed to provide the artist in
residence with access to cutting edge facilities and
technologies which include laser cutters, Computer Aided
Design, and CNC 3D prototype machinery.
More about the residency (the 2010 residency was awarded to artist Wayne
Youle) at
Search for NZ’s Best Weight Loss
Weight Watchers is looking for NZ’s most amazing weight
loss transformation story with the official opening of the 2010
Weight Watchers Healthy Life Awards. The Awards are open
to anyone who has lost weight following the Weight Watchers
program to be within a healthy weight range (BMI) and
community projects aimed at encouraging healthier lifestyles.
The individual winner (there are also categories for families
and workplaces) will receive a week for two at the Golden
Door Health Retreat on the Gold Coast (Qld) or Hunter Valley
(NSW) in Australia.
For more information and to enter the Awards go to or call 0800 009 009
Justice Lynton Laurence Stevens and Justice Rhys Harrison
have been appointed Judges of the Court of Appeal. NZ's
next High Commissioner to the Cook Islands will be career
diplomat Linda Te Puni, and our next High Commissioner to
Tonga will be career diplomat Jonathan Austin. NZ’s climate
change ambassador Adrian Macey has been elected vice-
chair of the Kyoto Protocol negotiations Timothy Charles
Brewer has been appointed a Judge of the High Court.
Cherie Evelyn Clarke has been appointed the new Crown
Solicitor at New Plymouth. Chief Censor Bill Hastings has
been appointed as a District Court Judge and will chair the
new Immigration and Protection Tribunal. Three new
appointments to the Film and Literature Board of Review are:
Dr Don Mathieson (President of the Board), Andrew Caisley
(Deputy President), and Dr Laurence Simmons.
Viv Rickard has been appointed the Deputy Commissioner of
Police (Resource Management). John Leuchars has been
appointed as a director of KiwiRail. Michael Tolhurst has
been appointed as the Registrar of Private Investigators and
Security Guards. Roger Sutton has been reappointed as
chair of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority
(EECA) board. Dr Tom Richardson, has been appointed chief
executive officer of AgResearch. John Fletcher is the new
deputy chair of Solid Energy. Mark Verbiest has been
appointed a director of Transpower.
Tony Nowell is this country's new member of the Food
Standards Australia NZ (FSANZ) board. Appointments to the
Maori Arts and Crafts Institute (MACI) board include Ken
Raureti, Robyn Bargh, and Tupara Morrison. The interim
Board of the Health Quality and Safety Commission will be
Rural Women NZ,, 04 473 5524 Rural Bulletin July 2010 - 38
led by Professor Alan Merry (other appointments to the board
include Dr Peter Foley, Shelly Frost, Dr David Galler, Anthea
Penny, Dr Peter Jansen, and Geraint Martin). New Mary
Potter Hospice Board members are Mark Cassidy, Ani
Waaka, Kevin Allan, and Nicola Sladden. The Board of the
new High Performance Institute within SPARC (Sport &
Recreation NZ) is Paul Collins (chair), three other SPARC
directors, and two independent directors: Mark Weldon and
Hamish Carter. Keith Cowan has been appointed general
manager of Wool Equities Ltd.
Recent changes to the Pharmac board are: current deputy
Chair Stuart McLauchlan has been appointed as Chair of the
board; existing board member Dr David Kerr of has been
reappointed; and Associate Professor Jens Mueller and Dr
Anne Kolbe are newly appointed members of the board.
The first senior appointments reporting to the Interim Chief
Executive of the Auckland Council are: Chief Operating
Officer: Patricia Reade, Chief Planning Officer: Dr Roger
Blakeley, Chief Financial Officer: Andrew McKenzie, General
Counsel: Wendy Brandon, Manager Risk and Assurance:
Natalie Verdouw, Manager Communications and Public
Affairs: Shelley Watson, and Manager Civil Defence and
Emergency Management: Clive Manley.
Peter Kiely (chair), Dr Paul Blaschke, Tagaloatele Dr Peggy
Fairbairn-Dunlop, Sandy Gauntlett and Penehuro Lefale have
been appointed as Advisory Trustees to the Pacific
Development and Conservation Trust Board.
The new chair of Scion is Tony Nowell. Michael Ahie takes
over as chair of Plant and Food. At GNS Science, current
director Tom Campbell is promoted to chair. Sue Sheldon
has been appointed as an independent Telecom director.
FC vFk0220-k8
[[[ZIVWEXMPIGSR^ :)67%8-0)
Our Versatile farm buildings have stood the
test of time on properties the length and breath
of the country. So, whether you need a tractor
shed, a hay shed or a grain shed, give us a call.

Rural Broadband just got
Off Peak Data Boosters have just been launched, giving a real boost to Farmside’s
Satellite Broadband plans!
Get an extra 50 GB - 100 GB on top of your satellite broadband plan from $10 - $25 per month.
Midnight - 8am, 100 GB for $10 per month Midnight - 2pm, 50 GB for $25 per month
Call 0800 Farmside (32 76 74)
or visit
* 5 GB day data cap. Terms and Conditions apply.
At this years Fieldays, Telecom’s ICT solutions business,
Gen-i announced a partnership with ANZCO Foods Ltd, Tru-
Test and AgTrac to develop a pilot Rural Zone technology
solution. RuralZone will enable users from across the
rural supply chain to access, share and use information
to increase productivity, efficiency and collaboration in the
Hosted locally on Gen-i’s ReadyCloud server, RuralZone
brings together information from different sources
allowing rural organisations, including farmers, processors,
transporters, research bodies and retailers, to maximise
the value of this information and achieve goals specific to
their business.
David Walker, Gen-i’s Rural Market Manager, says RuralZone will integrate vital rural information
to deliver its users benefits ranging from improved decision-making, increased productivity,
capacity and resource planning through to reduced downtime, predicting farm tools and
ensuring compliance and traceability.
“The New Zealand rural industry is facing increasing pressure to meet growing compliance
requirements, operate sustainably, find suitable labour, ensure business continuity and improve
productivity in a competitive global and consumer-driven marketplace. Our rural market
vision is to provide New Zealand’s major export sector with integrated technology solutions
nationwide that enable economic growth and bring prosperity to the New Zealand economy.”
Alan McDermott, Agricultural Manager at ANZCO Foods Limited, says RuralZone will fill a
technology gap in the rural industry and will change the way New Zealand’s rural sector does
“The development of RuralZone is of considerable value to the New Zealand agricultural
industry, through the provision of an essential infrastructure and standards for data and data
“RuralZone will play an important enabling role through the provision of a data pipeline service
and will benefit the entire rural sector and the future prosperity of New Zealand. We are looking
forward to working with Gen-i and the other partners, Tru-Test and AgTrac, on completing
a successful pilot project and demonstrating the value of RuralZone to the industry,’’ says
With the aim of farming more profitable animals and improving business efficiencies through
the supply chain, the first phase of the pilot will focus on animal weight information. Animal
weight data will be captured by Tru-Test on 10 farms, combined with additional data processed
by FarmHQ (AgTrac), and then transferred to ANZCO via RuralZone. This will deliver additional
value to farmers and end users, ensure compliance and traceability and will allow ANZCO to
plan resources ahead of time to cull the animals and maximise plant efficiency.
The pilot project is expected to start in September 2010 and be complete by the end of the
year when Gen-i will look to bring further partners on board.
Leaders in home healthcare and support
Our Model of Care
Last mont h we st art ed t o t ell you about Access – t he nat ional home- based healt h-
care provider owned by Rural Women New Zealand. This mont h, we want t o expand
on t hat art icle and t ell you a lit t le about t he Access model of care.
The Access int egrat ed model of care responds t o t he healt h and social needs of
older people, and people wit h disabilit ies or illnesses.
Access support s a goal- orient ed, rest orat ive and holist ic home- based service frame-
work. Rat her t han a ‘one size fit s all’ approach, Access delivers a cult urally appro-
priat e service wit hin a defined cont inuum of care, and draws on a range of support
services depending on levels of choice and need.
Among ot her t hings, t he Access model of care is charact erised by:
Recognit ion of t he cult ure, personalit y, need and circumst ances of individuals and
t heir family / whanau; a personalised relat ionship t hat is cust omised t o t he client
and linked t o t heir family, whanau and communit y; and
Promot ing priorit y on, and excellence in, clinical and social service delivery, backed
by smart operat ional planning.
Access has support ed New Zealanders of all ages since 1927, and brings t his expe-
rience t o t heir service model t o help people live independent ly - bot h in t heir home
and in t heir communit y.
Christine Harrison
8rokers provide a persona| insurance service
and wi|| bui|d a re|ationship with you. 1hey
shou|d deve|op a thorough know|edge
of your business to he|p ensure you are
fu||y covered without being over-insured.
A good broker wi|| make sure you get the
best va|ue. 1hey a|so identify gaps that
cou|d |ead to business ruin if |eft uninsured.
Sett|ing c|aims is pain|ess because a good
broker manages the process for you.
Ior expert advice
and better advocacy,
ca|| Christine Harrison,
phone: oo o)z ç|)|
or visit:
8roking companies do things different|y
when it comes to c|aims. A good broking
company wi|| manage the who|e c|aims
process for you and keep you informed
of progress. ¥ou won't have to dea| with
the insurer and if an assessor is appointed
they wi|| he|p you with that too. A broking
company's ro|e is to represent your best
interests and they wi|| negotiate on your
beha|f and/or get an impartia| third party
invo|ved if the sett|ement doesn't seem fair
or reasonab|e based on their experience.

Sign up to vote on this title
UsefulNot useful