Public Health Covid-19 Announcement – Patrons of Greenhithe pub asked to self isolate and get tested

Source: Auckland Regional Public Health Service 
People at The Malt pub in Greenhithe on Friday night, 16 October, are being asked to self-isolate and get tested as part of an investigation into the movements of someone with COVID-19.
A person now confirmed with COVID-19 was infectious while in the pub from 7.30 pm until 10 pm on last Friday night. Anyone who was at The Malt in Greenhithe during this time should now self-isolate and get tested.
A spokesperson from Auckland Regional Public Health Service says a few close contacts in the pub have been identified and are being contacted by the service.
Most people in the pub at this time are considered casual contacts, but are being asked to get tested as soon as possible. They should stay at home in self-isolation until they receive a negative test result. Staff will also be asked to get tested.
If people at the pub that night get sick however, even after a negative test result, they should self-isolate again, and get tested again.
There will be a pop up community testing centre in the Greenhithe area tomorrow and the location and times will be made available on the ARPHS website when these are confirmed. A list of urgent care clinics that are open tonight and offer testing is below.
Household members of pub patrons from that night need only to get tested and stay home if the person who was at the pub becomes sick or develops any symptoms, or unless directed by Public Health.
People who scanned the COVID-19 Tracer App at The Malt during this evening should receive a notification, confirming they were there at the same time as the case.
The person who went to The Malt and who has later become sick with COVID-19 is one of the cases announced by the Ministry of Health today.
Patrons and staff should look out for symptoms of COVID-19 over the next 14 days. If they develop symptoms they should ring Healthline on 0800 358 5453 or their GP.
The symptoms of COVID-19 are a new or worsening cough, sore throat, runny nose, loss of sense or smell, or fever.
For more information or advice on COVID-19, please call Healthline on 0800 385 54 53 or see the Auckland Regional Public Health Service website.
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Local Government – Community and Council collaborate on design for Naenae town centre

Source: Hutt City Council
The process to rebuild Naenae Pool and re-design the town centre has reached its next milestone, as Hutt City Council launches a special engagement event at Naenae Village Market on Saturday 24 October.
This event kicks off the co-design phase of the project between Council and the Naenae community, and formally lays out the next steps for rebuilding the Pool and town centre. Councillors and Council staff will be on hand to provide information, answer questions and discuss ideas between 11am and 1pm.
Council agreed to start work on a new plan for Hillary Court and the surrounding area when it signed off to progress a plan for a new pool last year. Both of these decisions were in line with the Voice of the Community Report, which laid out the initial conversation between Council and the community regarding the future of Naenae after the Pool closed.
Community workshops were initially delayed due to the COVID-19 lockdown, but are now underway with local community groups, Council officers, and Northern Ward Councillor Andy Mitchell coming together to look at options.
Lower Hutt Mayor Campbell Barry says that having the community’s voice and input is critical for this stage of the project, as ultimately this project is about making sure we capture the community's aspirations.
“In the past, Council has progressed projects like these without properly engaging with our communities. It’s my priority as Mayor that we ensure that this is driven by the people of Naenae, so this doesn’t become just another solely Council-led project.”
“I recognise that this progress can’t come soon enough, so this work is critical to laying the foundations for the project to run as smoothly as possible. We have been fortunate to receive $27m in Government funding, and we are currently looking to confirm our share in the Long Term Plan.
“It’s our ambition that by June 2021 that we have a completed design and funding locked in to enable us to start construction.”
Council will be keeping the community updated on Naenae projects at People can visit the site for the latest news and to continue providing feedback.
Naenae Village Market is held at Hillary Court every Saturday from 11am-2pm, featuring local businesses, fresh fruit and veges, great food and drink, and entertainment.
This Saturday local ceramic artist Tracy Keith will be at the market from 12pm to provide a taster of the techniques he’ll be teaching in his clay workshops, which are part of the free ‘Give it a Go’ series of workshops and classes starting at Naenae in November.

Surveys – Aussies dreaming of New Zealand

Source: Kickback
Fresh research released by Australian cashback service Kickback shows Aussies are busting for an overseas holiday.
The survey of 500 Australians was conducted in October, with 73% of respondents saying they believe there is pent up demand for international travel after COVID restrictions ease.
The figures show travellers are conflicted between a beach escape (24%) or reuniting with family and friends (25%), and that most respondents were dreaming of a trip to New Zealand.
Significantly, most (74%) travellers believe the cost of flights and hotels will be higher for the next few years, with respondents more likely to use cashback or coupon sites such as Kickback to save money on their travel bookings.
Kickback co-founder David Boyd said the findings were important.
“These findings confirm that demand is strong and that the travel industry needs to be prepared to meet it. We just need to get through COVID first and see travel restrictions lifted as soon as possible.” he said.
Most respondents are keeping faith with travel providers, with many confident that airlines and hotels will be clean to a COVID safe level. And if respondents have points with loyalty points programs they are holding onto them until they can be used for travel. However, the uncertainty of Coronavirus means most are more likely to take out travel insurance.
Travellers Kickback and Relax
Brothers Andrew and David Boyd launched in early 2020. The platform now boasts more than 400 retailers and more than 6500 members.
David Boyd said Kickback combines the rewards structure from frequent flyer programs to cashback, which means the more members shop with Kickback, the more cash back they earn.
Mr Boyd added Kickback had a tiered system, meaning that the more members use the platform, the further they ‘level up’, unlocking cash bonuses and increased benefits.
About the Survey
Kickback, (, a website that helps shoppers earn cash back on their shopping, commissioned a survey of 500 adult Australians. The survey was conducted via Pollfish and Google in October, 2020. Click here to see the full results: Post Covid Travel Survey.

Housing Market – Dunedin’s loss of momentum could be longer lasting

Source: CoreLogic

By Kelvin Davidson, Senior Property Economist

After a large boom in the past 4-5 years, Dunedin’s property market has lost momentum since April, with property values really only treading water. Time on the market has lengthened lately and the increased presence for investors may be leading to some harder bargains being driven when it comes to buyer offers. It seems unlikely that Dunedin values are about to fall sharply, but the reduction in affordability over the past five years may mean that future growth is held back.

Dunedin’s property market has been on a long upswing – average values have risen by 81% in the past five years (a rise of almost $245,000) – but it’s noticeable that there’s been a loss of momentum since COVID hit. Indeed, as the first chart shows, having broken through $550,000 in April, Dunedin’s average value has basically stood still for the past five months. Similarly, although sales volumes have rebounded from the COVID-induced lull in April, the rise has been smaller than other main centres.

What’s going on and what might the future hold? First, it shouldn’t be a major surprise that Dunedin would see a slowdown at some stage. After all, the large rises in property values since 2015 have seen a decline in housing affordability, especially on the value to income ratio, but also when assessed by mortgage payments as a percentage of average household income (see the second chart). Even despite the falls in interest rates in recent years, mortgage payments currently absorb 32% of average income in Dunedin, up from 27% five years ago. The key point is that reduced housing affordability tends to act as a long term restraint on the property market.

Health – National conference gets green light

Source: Asthma and Respiratory Foundation
The Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ (ARFNZ) have today confirmed the New Zealand Respiratory Conference (NZRC) to be held at Te Papa in Wellington on 5-6 November will be going ahead.
The event is one of the few in-person health care conferences to take place in Wellington since COVID-19 reached New Zealand and is one of the largest gatherings of health professionals in New Zealand with more than 150 delegates already registered.
The two-day event has also been endorsed by the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP) and enables attendees to gain essential professional development credits which are required for general practitioners, nurses, physiotherapists and pharmacists every year.
Letitia Harding, Chief Executive, ARFNZ says “It is critical that we continue to provide a forum for New Zealand’s respiratory community to come together and discuss respiratory health issues, especially given the current health climate.”
The Foundation has also planned a virtual conference option for those unable to travel to Wellington, with Letitia commenting that it’s important to be flexible in the current environment.
“COVID-19 has disrupted a significant number of conferences and events this year, so it is critical we take the lead in planning for any scenario and provide both in-person and virtual registration options.”
WellingtonNZ General Manager David Perks says it’s been a challenging year for organisations planning in-person conferences and events.
“Nothing beats an in-person conference and in these unprecedented times it’s wonderful the see the Foundation rise to the challenge and welcome delegates to their conference in Wellington this November.”
The NZRC will provide the latest in respiratory best practice, including the release of the new NZ Asthma Guidelines, and the upcoming NZ COPD Guidelines; the first of its kind in New Zealand.
“We are looking forward to re-connecting with our network of health professionals from all health sectors, and welcoming new faces to our respiratory community,” says Letitia.
For more information or to register visit

Business – Young people key to future of manufacturing – EMA

Source: EMA
The EMA says it is no secret that manufacturing remains one of the key sectors to bring about the transformation of the economy needed in the wake of COVID-19.
The challenge is how to tempt the young people desperately needed across all industries to choose it as a career and fill the ever-widening skills shortage?
“Kiwi manufacturing companies are at the cutting edge, constantly morphing to meet customer needs globally and keeping up with technology change,” says EMA Head of Advocacy and Strategy, Alan McDonald.
“There are still antiquated perceptions that manufacturing is dirty, dangerous and does not involve a great deal of thinking, when in fact people who work in manufacturing enjoy fast-paced, supportive workplaces rubbing shoulders with some of the country’s most clever innovators.”
To help change this view the EMA asked young people from its member businesses to share stories about their experiences in manufacturing – the links to their videos are below.
“We are inspired by the enthusiasm for their jobs and where it is taking them. They are role models for the next generation of workers who will help drive the transformation of this sector with all of the consequent benefits for their whanau and communities,” says Mr McDonald.
He says one of the major issues is the lack of students coming through STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects, coupled with an ageing workforce as baby boomers start to retire.
“We know that this gap can be filled, for example through better engagement with schools and apprenticeships, short form training and micro credentials. Manufacturing as a career choice will give young people a range of skills they can take anywhere, get paid well for and which gives them endless career options,” he says.
Through its member businesses the EMA knows that to address productivity restrictions caused by the skills shortages, manufacturers are improving processes and implementing technology improves, called Industry 4.0.
“New Zealand has high tech manufacturers doing globally significant work and there is no doubt we need people to learn the latest digital techniques that will support a productivity boost that is good for the sector and for the country’s economy as a whole,” says Mr McDonald.
All subjects have given their permission for footage in the links below to be used across any platform along with their name and that of the company they work for. Shorter versions are also available.
Alesha Taupo – Buckley Systems Ltd   
Ethan Linton – Mulcahy Ltd
Emil Fruean – Mulcahy Ltd
Latai Naipuku – Sanford Ltd
About the EMA:
The EMA is New Zealand’s largest business service organisation dedicated to helping people and businesses grow. It offers advice, learning, advocacy and support for more than 5600 businesses as members of the EMA, ExportNZ and The Manufacturers Network. The EMA is part of the BusinessNZ network and its territory spans the upper North Island. The EMA also offers many of its services nationally to member businesses, and through its partners.

Awards – Chamber congratulates Absolutely Positively Wellingtonian award winners

Source: Business Central
The Wellington Chamber of Commerce has congratulated the winners of last night’s Absolutely Positively Wellingtonian (APW) awards, acknowledging their individual contributions to the culture and life in the city.
“This year’s award winners all come from different walks of life, and quite rightly so, reflect the diversity in our city,” said John Milford, Chief Executive of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce.
“Wellington’s reputation as a vibrant little city relies on its people. Without passionate Wellingtonians, we’d just be another dreary, cold city.”
“I’d like to especially note our Director-General of Health, Dr. Ashley Bloomfield for his leadership and communication over the past eight months, and Ian MacKinnon, for his service as Councillor and Deputy Mayor.
“The APW awards are a nice way to celebrate and honour those that make a difference in our community, and we add our thanks and congratulations to those of the City Council.”

Settlements – Whakatōhea Settlement Another Step Closer

Source: Whare PR

#Whakatōhea2020 ŌPŌTIKI, 21 October 2020: The Waitangi Tribunal decision to decline an urgent hearing into the Crown's decision to continue treaty negotiations with the Whakatōhea Pre Settlement Claims Trust is another step forward for the Whakatōhea Settlement.

“We are pleased with the outcome as it should be Whakatōhea, not the Tribunal, that decides the merits of the settlement offer,” says Graeme Riesterer, Chair of Whakatōhea Pre Settlement Claims Trust.

Riesterer says that Whakatōhea had already achieved the win-win situation for the Iwi with the Crown agreeing that the North Eastern Bay of Plenty District Inquiry could continue after the conclusion of the Whakatōhea settlement, a first in the history of Treaty Settlements.  

The Trust continues to invite input from its whānau and looks forward to meeting with them at the next round of hui starting 2nd of November 2020, to share progress made on both the Settlement package and the Post Settlement Governance Entity.  The aim is to initial a Deed of Settlement and run the ratification process early in 2021.

First Responders – Queen’s Birthday honours recipients recognised

Source: Fire and Emergency New Zealand
Fire and Emergency personnel from Cromwell, Kaikoura, Ranfurly, Blackball and Taneatua are recipients of Royal Honours for their services to Fire and Emergency New Zealand and their communities.
The five recipients, Des Minehan, Ian Walker, Ewan Mason, Allan Cox and Diane Yalden, were presented with their honours by Governor-General Patsy Reddy at Government House today.
“The Royal Honours are a well-deserved recognition for the significant contribution they have made to their communities and to Fire and Emergency New Zealand in a variety of roles,” says Fire and Emergency New Zealand Board Chair Paul Swain.
“We are very grateful they have given their time, skills and passion so generously to serve their communities – not just with their local fire brigade but also their local sports clubs, events and schools.”
“The awarding of these honours carries special significance and reflects the immense amount of work they have done over many years to help make their communities stronger, safer and more resilient.”
“My sincere thanks and congratulations to them all for this well-deserved recognition – and to their families for their support. Without their support, they couldn’t do what they do.”
Background on the recipients:
Des Minehan (Cromwell) – Member of the NZ Order of Merit (MNZM) for services to Fire and Emergency New Zealand
Des Minehan has made significant contributions to the improvement of fire and emergency management and governance in the Southland region. His leadership in both areas has significantly contributed to building community resilience across the Southland region.
He was instrumental in leading discussions and driving initiatives in Southland in 1996 to amalgamate the rural fire responsibilities of the major forestry companies to form the Southern Plantations Rural Fire Authority (SPRFA). Mr Mineham chaired the SPRFA Board from 2000 to 2003.
In 2003, he led discussions with the Department of Conservation and local government in Otago and Southland, which resulted in the formation of the Southern Rural Fire Authority (SRFA). He chaired the SRFA Board from 2009 to 2016, ahead of the formation of Fire and Emergency New Zealand. He has also chaired the Enlarged Rural Fire Authorities Chairpersons Forum since 2006.
Within the wider community, Mr Minehan is a past Chairperson of the Cromwell Golf Club, a Life Member of the Mataura Rugby Club, past President of Otago/Southland Axeman’s Association, and was a Board member of Rugby Southland for two years.
Ian Walker (Kaikoura) – Queen’s Service medal for services to Fire and Emergency New Zealand
Ian Walker joined the Kaikoura Volunteer Fire Brigade in 1979 and has been Chief Fire Officer since 1985. He was made a Life Member in 2002.
Mr Walker played a key role in responding to the 2016 Kaikoura earthquake. Despite his own home and business being severely damaged, he took a lead role in the earthquake response until more assistance arrived. In the days following the earthquake he liaised between the community and Urban Search and Rescue, Fire and Emergency New Zealand, the New Zealand Defence Force and other stakeholders. He provided vehicles from his own business to assist with the earthquake response.
Mr Walker held a position on the Kaikoura District Council from 1986 to 1992 and has been a Trustee Member of the Community Vehicle Trust Board since 2011.
Ewan Mason (Ranfurly) – Queen’s Service medal for services to Fire and Emergency New Zealand and the community
Ewan Mason has been a member of the Ranfurly Volunteer Fire Brigade since 1973, including 10 years as Chief Fire Officer and a total of 25 years as an Officer.
Mr Mason established and developed the Maniototo Community Speaker System, of which he is custodian and operating engineer on a voluntary basis. Through this community asset, he has provided sound and lighting systems for local events and attractions in and around Maniototo for the past 47 years. He has supported the Maniototo Primary Schools Athletic Sports event for 36 years and has provided sound and lighting for the Ranfurly Musical and Dramatic Society’s productions for more than 40 years.
He established, and has since provided technical support for the ‘Burn 729’ local community radio station for 37 years. He has represented New Zealand internationally as a bagpiper, playing in Tattoos and festivals internationally, notably the Royal Tattoo at Windsor Castle in 2010 and two seasons at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
Alan Cox (Blackball, West Coast) – Queen’s Service medal for services to the community
Mr Allan Cox has given more than 40 years of service to the Blackball community through several organisations, including as a volunteer with the Blackball Volunteer Fire Brigade from 1974 to 2015, where he rose to the rank of Station Officer and was made a Life Member.
Mr Cox is a current member of the Blackball Swimming Club, having volunteered for the club since 1980. He has helped fundraise and implement three separate pool upgrades and committed many weeks of service each season to have the pool ready for use. He was a member of the West Coast Kennel Association from 1982 to 2015, including serving as President for 22 years and as a delegate to the national annual conference for six years. He is a Life Member of both organisations.
He was Chairman of the Blackball School Committee from 1984, during which time he helped lift the school out of financial difficulty and oversaw the construction of a new Blackball School in 1986. He has been a key contributor to a number of general community projects in Blackball, including the construction of 22 picnic tables and the fencing of the Blackball cemetery. Mr Cox was also a volunteer for the Order of St John from 1990 to 2015.
Diane Yalden (Taneatua, Bay of Plenty) – Queen’s Service medal for services to the community
Mrs Diane Yalden has volunteered in the Taneatua community for more than 25 years, including as a Support Officer for the Taneatua Volunteer Fire Brigade since 1996. She was made a Life Member in 2018 in recognition of her fundraising and commitment to the Brigade.
Mrs Yalden has volunteered for the Taneatua Community Board for 25 years, including time as Deputy Chairperson from 2007 and Chairperson from 2013. She has been caterer for the Taneatua Lions for 25 years, running a fundraiser with all proceeds going towards the Taneatua Volunteer Fire Brigade. She has been a member of the Eastern Bay of Plenty Justices of the Peace Association since 1994, has been a Council member since 2002 and Registrar since 2004. She was a volunteer librarian for Taneatua School from 1981 to 1984 and Treasurer for the Taneatua Squash Club from 1994 to 2000. Mrs Yalden also volunteered with the Taneatua Athletic and Tennis Clubs until they were incorporated into larger clubs in Whakatane in 2001.

Agriculture – Research funded to unlock seaweed’s potential as new `superfood’

 Source: AgResearch

It is far from a staple on most Kiwi dinner tables, but AgResearch scientists are aiming to unlock the potential of seaweed as a go-to food with proven health benefits. And they have enlisted the services a of a world-class chef to help them do it.  

The scientists are joining counterparts in Singapore in a project funded by New Zealand government, in the amount of $3.3 million, alongside parallel funding from the Government of Singapore. The New Zealand funding is from the Catalyst Fund:Strategic – New Zealand-Singapore Future Foods Research Programme.

The research, focused on the Undaria pinnatifida species of seaweed abundant in waters around New Zealand and Singapore, also involves partners the University of Otago, University of Auckland, A*STAR, AgriSea NZ, Ideas 2 Plateand AMiLi.

“People around the world have been eating seaweed for centuries, includingMāori,” says AgResearch senior scientist Dr Linda Samuelsson.

“But despite it being easily grown and rich in important nutrients, it is not a staple in most peoples’ diets. Partly that is because it isn’t to many people’s taste, but also because many of these important nutrients are locked inside the seaweed and aren’t readily absorbed by our bodies when we eat it.”

“What we are aiming to do with this research is develop ways to cook or process the seaweed so that we have flavours and textures that appeal to people, but we also want to look at the health aspect. Seaweed proteins are typically less digestible than animal proteins, so we will be looking at in what form the seaweed can better deliver the nutrients to the person eating it. We’ll also be looking at how the seaweed proteins interact with peoples’ gut microbiome (the collection of microorganisms that live in the digestive tract).”

Development chef Dale Bowie, whose career has included working at Heston Blumenthal’s Michelin three-star restaurant The Fat Duck in the UK, brings his culinary knowledge, recipes and ideas to the seaweed project. Dale says: “I look forward to the possibility of creating amazing products and flavours from seaweed”.

Project partner AgriSea NZ is a family-owned seaweed business making a range of products for farmers and growers, and general manager Tane Bradley says they are excited about taking part: “Recently AgriSea has focused on increasing the value of seaweed to New Zealand's economy while recognising the huge role seaweeds play ecologically”.

Undaria pinnatifida is listed as one of the 100 most invasive species worldwide, and past eradication programmes in NZ have failed. The proposed research could also potentially encourage an interest in wild harvest of the seaweed from infested coastlines, allowing for re-establishment of native seaweed species.

The first year of this three-year research project will focus on unlocking the nutritional value of seaweed, and towards the end of the second year the scientists expect to have developed a flavourful and nutritious seaweed prototype food.

*AgResearch is a New Zealand crown research institute. It works with a wide range of partners in science, education and agri-business to deliver the well-rounded, authoritative research that supports agriculture in New Zealand, and its exports to the world.