Local Government – Cabinets to get colour after Chorus and Council collaboration

Source: Porirua City Council 
Local artists have the chance to put their stamp on Porirua’s neighbourhoods, as Chorus further extends its cabinet art programme.
Beginning in 2010, the Chorus programme has proved successful around the country, decreasing the frequency of tagging in areas when the cabinets have art works on them.
A number in Porirua have had a colourful makeover and six more have been earmarked in the city – cabinets on Gloucester St, Hampshire St, Martin St, outside Takapūwāhia Marae, Joseph Banks Dr, and Titahi Bay Rd.
Council Village Projects Co-ordinator Bill Inge is liaising with Chorus and says it is a great opportunity for artists to showcase their talents to not just the Porirua community but also a much wider audience.
All designs will be considered for a 2022 Chorus calendar, available nationally and internationally.
Porirua City Mayor Anita Baker says it’s a win-win for our communities.
“Not only do we get fantastic art works in our streetscape, but also it provides work and promotion of our local artists,” she says.
“These cabinets can really brighten up a neighbourhood, adding colour to something that is just a functional part of our lives, sitting by the road. I’m glad Council has partnered with Chorus in this project.”
Chorus Community Relations Manager Jo Seddon says that it makes sense to partner with local councils, as they know their communities best.
“Over the past few years we have worked with Keep NZ Beautiful and that was a great fit. That partnership has now concluded, so we extended an invitation to councils around the country to work with us on this great initiative,” she says.
“We are very pleased that Porirua City Council has answered that call and we’re really looking forward to seeing what local artists come up with.”
Submissions can be made by any member of the public and are open now, via the Chorus website, who will make the final design decisions. The work on each cabinet is likely to be carried out between September and March.
For more information, go to https://www.chorus.co.nz/community/cabinet-art-programme, or contact Bill Inge – Bill.Inge@poriruacity.govt.nz

Culture – Celebrating Matariki and Kiribati Language Week at Auckland Museum

Source: Auckland Museum

Auckland Museum is celebrating Matariki and the first official Kiribati Language Week online at Auckland Museum at Home.

See below for videos, objects we have in collections, long reads and more on both!



Kia ora koutou,
Tāmaki Paenga Hira, Auckland Museum, joins with Tāmaki and wider Aotearoa in Matariki celebrations beginning this week – from the first new moon following the winter solstice to the next new moon which is when we can all see the Matariki star cluster rise above the horizon in the pre-dawn sky. 


Matariki at Auckland Museum on this page you will find:

  • On our Matariki webpage see our video series Hauora: Matariki Conversations through Te Whare Tapa Whā.
  • Take some time to watch Amiria Puia-Taylor, Precious Clark and Pio Terei share their whakaaro (thoughts) on Matariki and this winter season of gathering, remembering and renewing.
  • Hear from Te Whai Smith about her mahi at Tāmaki Paenga Hira in te reo Māori.
  • And view Sonia Snowden’s kete reminding us Matariki is a time to honour the plants used in weaving and be mindful of the resources Papatuanuku provides.


Matariki at Auckland Museum

Hauora: Matariki Conversations through Te Whare Tapa Whā

Images HERE


Image caption: Bobby Newson, Tumu Here Iwi Relationships Manager, Maori and Pacific Development and Dion Peita, Tumuaki Māori and Pacific Development from Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum


Kiribati Language Week


This week is the first official Kiribati Language Week and to celebrate we will share Kiribati items from our collections, light up the museum walls with national colours of blue, red, yellow, white and share a video of knowledge holder visit as well as zoom panel discussion. 



On this page you will find:

  • An introduction from Charles Enoka Kiata, MNZM.
  • A selection of Kiribati objects from our collection
  • Information about Te Kun – a Pacific Golden Plover bird (Pluvialis fulva) and a downloadable Te Kun colouring page for kids.
  • A zoom talanoa about Kiribati treasures: Te kun and Taona n riri with Nei Kaetaeta Watson, Nei Louisa Humphry, Dr Janet O’Connor and Charles Enoka.
  • WWI Gilbert Islanders – online cenotaph information about Kiribati service personnel.


Images HERE


Economy – Reserve Bank of New Zealand releases Credit Conditions Survey for June 2020

Source: Reserve Bank of New Zealand

14 July 2020 – The Reserve Bank is today releasing the results of its Credit Conditions Survey for June 2020.

The March Survey was collected in early March and thus reflects the views of respondents prior to the announcement of the COVID-19 alert level system and nationwide lockdown. The Reserve Bank therefore decided to conduct an interim Credit Conditions Survey to understand how domestic credit conditions have changed post-lockdown. We do not intend to turn this into a quarterly survey on an ongoing basis.

The biannual Credit Conditions Survey asks banks qualitative questions about changes in credit conditions in bank lending markets. Banks provide separate responses for household, small and medium enterprise, corporate, commercial property and agricultural lending. The questions focus on observed changes in loan demand and credit availability over the previous six months and expected changes over the next six months. It also asks banks how their lending standards have changed over the past six months.

The next Survey will be conducted as usual in September.

More information:

$40 million to support NZ businesses a welcome relief – EMA

Source: EMA
Minister for Economic Development Phil Twyford and Minister for Small Business Stuart announced a further $40 million will be invested in the Regional Business Partner programme (RBP) today.
This is a welcome relief for businesses trying to plot a path back to a thriving business after the COVID-19 pandemic says the EMA Chief Executive Brett O’Riley.
“Financial support via the wage subsidy and small loan scheme helped businesses stay afloat, but what is going to get them back to profitability long term is good advice and mentoring around changing the way they operate,” said Brett.
The RBP offers eligible businesses help with HR, health and wellbeing, business continuity, cashflow and finance management, strategy and digital capability. In the announcement today a further $10 million of funding for tourism businesses will also be channeled through the RBP.
“One of the sectors that was hit as far back as January by COVID-19 was tourism. They were feeling the effects of dwindling tourist numbers, the China tourist ban and accommodation, hospitality, tourism, and tourism related retail were all on the decline.
“Six months later and with border closures still in place they are in desperate need of the type of support the RBP offers.” Brett said.
The fund is open to registered New Zealand businesses with fewer than 100 full time equivalent employees and provides access to up to $5000 of expert advice and support.
The RBP is a partnership between NZTE and Callaghan Innovation.
Businesses looking to register should call the Business Helpline on 0800 500 362 in the North Island or 0800 505 096 in the South Island.

Commerce – RBP funding extension will make a “critical difference” to Canterbury economy

Source: Canterbury Employers Chamber of Commerce
Today’s announcement of a $40 million funding extension for the Regional Business Partner (RBP) Network has been welcomed by Regional Partner, the Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce.
Minister for Small Business Hon Stuart Nash and Minister for Economic Development Hon Phil Twyford announced today that the national business support service jointly funded by NZTE and Callaghan Innovation will receive $37.25 million to directly fund professional advisory services and $2.75 million to increase resourcing within the Network. This is in addition to $15 million invested in March.
Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Leeann Watson says the extended funding will make a critical difference for many businesses in the region enabling them to get the right advice at the right time.
“The Regional Business Partner Network ensures businesses access the right advice from the right providers, removing barriers and ensuring they have access to expertise that helps build the capabilities they need to navigate a changing environment.
“This has never been more important as businesses navigate an unprecedented, rapidly evolving business environment and face a very uncertain future. Given the ‘new normal’ of the post-COVID-19 environment, and with stopgap funding such as the Wage Subsidy ending soon, now more than ever businesses need to think and act differently to ensure they recover and reposition moving forward.”
“As we saw after the Canterbury earthquakes, expert advice for businesses in the early days – especially for small businesses – will help to avoid business failure and protect the livelihoods of our wider community and expedite our economic recovery.”
Ms Watson says The Chamber has seen a significant spike in the number of businesses accessing the support as a direct result of the COVID-19 situation and this additional funding will ensure that those who have not yet accessed support, can now do so.
“Over the last few months, our RBP advisors have helped business across all sectors with a range of challenges, such as re-sizing and restructuring, meeting health and safety requirements, digital enablement and export disruption, while also helping businesses to make the most of opportunities, including accessing R&D funding and various training programmes in areas such as leadership and human resources.
“Along with the extension of the Small Business Loan Scheme to December, the additional RBP support will be welcomed by business and in particular small business, who we know have been significantly impacted by COVID-19 and need support to recover and respond to the new environment.”

Environment and Plastics – Face your plastic footprint – Coke told – Greenpeace

Source: Greenpeace
Tuesday, 14 July: Greenpeace NZ is challenging Coca Cola to face up to its embarrassing contribution to ocean pollution for Plastic Free July.
Coca Cola Amatil floods NZ with hundreds of millions of plastic bottles annually – the majority of which end up in landfill and the sea.
“This is the time of the year when thousands of Kiwis do their bit to minimise plastic in their lives,” says Greenpeace plastics campaigner Holly Dove.
“We want to know when Coca Cola is going to take responsibility for its huge plastic footprint that’s filling up the oceans.”
Greenpeace launched a campaign against plastic bottles last month.
It follows the terrible death of a young toroa (Royal Albatross) that swallowed an entire plastic bottle off the Napier coast and starved to death. Video here.
Tears of the Albatross video:
“Nine out of ten seabirds will eat plastic over their lifetimes and many of their lives will be cut short like this poor toroa’s.”
In New Zealand drinks companies such as Coca Cola sell an estimated one billion plastic bottles every year and the number is climbing.
“Big corporates like Coca Cola will tell you the problem will be fixed by recycling but recycling just isn’t working,” says Dove. “Only nine per cent of the world’s plastic has been recycled.”
Globally it’s estimated that Coca Cola produces 3,400 plastic bottles every second.
Greenpeace is calling on the NZ Government to become the first country in the world to ban single use drink bottles.
Plastic bottles and lids are among the top ten pieces of pollution found on surveys of New Zealand beaches.
“In the sea they break down into tiny pieces called microplastics which are eaten by fish and are rapidly entering the human food chain. We can’t let any more plastic into our seas.”
Greenpeace’s Ban the Bottle petition has more than 30 thousand signatures and comes after last year’s ban on plastic shopping bags.

Maori Settlement Negotiations – Whakatōhea enter unchartered waters with parallel negotiations

Source: Whakatōhea Pre Settlement Claims Trust

ŌPŌTIKI; Tuesday 14th July 2020: The Whakatōhea Settlement negotiations are close to completion and a key factor in getting to this stage has been the Crown's decision to allow a Waitangi Tribunal hearing to continue once the Settlement is concluded.  

Typically, a Settlement removes the jurisdiction of the Waitangi Tribunal and the opportunity for claimants to have their Wai claims heard. However, Whakatōhea is in a unique situation with the Tribunal initiating the North-Eastern Bay of Plenty District Inquiry, and the Crown agreeing it will allow Whakatōhea to recount and record their experiences.

Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations, Hon Andrew Little, is due to visit Ōpōtiki for the first time since his decision to resume negotiations last year. Minister Little will meet with senior Whakatōhea iwi and hapū leaders to discuss the Settlement negotiations and progress towards the initialling of a Deed of Settlement later this year. It is also understood that Minister Little will provide some context on his decision to allow both processes to continue.

Maui Hudson, Whakatōhea Pre Settlement Claims Trust (WPCT) Negotiator is looking forward to the visit and the chance to hear directly from the Minister about the Crowns commitment to completing the Whakatōhea Settlement.

“It will be interesting to hear his reasons for supporting both processes, but ultimately it is a win win for Whakatōhea. Some of our whānau have had almost 30 years of negotiations with the Crown, they will see ratification occur in the next year, hopefully with a positive outcome that will enable the healing to start, and the opportunity to create a prosperous future for our Whakatōhea whānau. For our whānau who wanted a Waitangi Tribunal Inquiry, they now get to tell their stories and this precious kōrero will be woven forever into our Whakatōhea History.  All of Whakatōhea will get the benefits of both processes”.


About Whakatōhea Pre Settlement Claims Trust

Whakatōhea Pre Settlement Claims Trust (the Trust) was established in October 2016 following an election and appointment process with its mandate recognised in December 2016. 91.6% of the iwi voted in favour of the Trust progressing a Whakatōhea Treaty settlement with the Crown and an Agreement in Principle was signed with the Crown in August 2017. The Trust's vision is “Whāia to pae tawhiti kia tata. Whāia to pae tata kiā maua” – Pursue the distant pathways of your dreams so they may become your reality. It aims to successfully negotiate a Deed of Settlement with the Crown to secure a robust and enduring platform for Whakatōhea into the future. For more information on the Trust and its work, visit www.Whakatōheapresettlement.org.nz

First Responders – Keep a metre from the heater

Source: Fire and Emergency New Zealand
A Gisborne house fire has prompted a reminder from Fire and Emergency to keep flammable materials at least one metre from your heater.
National Manager Community Resilience and Recovery Steve Turek says the Gisborne incident started after clothes were put on a heater to dry and caught fire.
“Always remember the “heater metre rule”.
“Clothes, bedding or anything that could catch fire should always be at least one metre away from a heat source.
“Any closer and there is a very real risk they may catch alight and start a fire.”
It also serves as a reminder to make sure you have working smoke alarms.
“It is lucky the house in Gisborne had working smoke alarms which alerted the occupant to the fire and gave them time to get to safety.”
“Fire is extremely fast and can be deadly within minutes which is why that early warning from smoke alarms is so essential.”
“Fire can be disorienting so it’s also important that you and your whānau are prepared and have an escape plan so you can get out quickly and safely.”
“If you haven’t already, press the button on your smoke alarms to check they are working and make an escape plan at www.escapemyhouse.co.nz.
“Taking a few minutes now to do these simple things could save your life.”

Political Parties – Call for govt buy-out of aluminium smelter

Source: Chris Leitch, Leader of Social Credit

Social Credit is calling on the government to step in and purchase the Tiwai Point aluminium smelter and turn it into an SOE, issuing non tradable shares to every New Zealand citizen.

It should offer just $1 for the purchase and then plough money into installing advanced emission control equipment to stop aluminium getting into the air and the food chain, and cleaning up the environment and the left over waste products.

It could also upgrade the plant to bring it up to world class standards.

That investment could be accomplished very easily and without any cost to taxpayers, by using a process similar to the $60 billion dollars the Reserve Bank is creating currently to buy government bonds off rich investors, banks and speculators.

The alternative is to spend millions in unemployment benefits for years to come as the downstream effects of the closure affect the Southland economy with many people on the dole, numbers of others moving away from Southland to find work elsewhere, and additional health costs and the other effects of unemployment.

The plan would also save a massive investment by Transpower over the next 10 years to build the capacity to transport Lake Manapouri power to other parts of the country, wasting energy in the process.

Part of the sale package would need to be long term contracts for raw material supply and sale of the finished product to international supply chains.

The shares would give every New Zealander an annual dividend, and could only be sold to a Tiwai Point Trust established to hold any unwanted shares, with dividends on those shares being used to benefit the Southland community.

An extension of the plan should be the re-purchase of the shares the government doesn’t already own in Meridian Energy, with it also being turned into an SOE, with the issue of non tradable shares to every New Zealand citizen.

The government sat on its hands and let Westland Milk Products be sold to a Chinese government owned company, with a consequential loss of co-operative New Zealand ownership, when it could easily have avoided that and it should not make the same mistake again.

Returning Meridian to New Zealand ownership would reverse the privatisation of it undertaken by National in 2013, and should be the start of more strategic assets being bought back – a process that would be undertaken by a Social Credit government.

Animal Welfare – Live export company lobbying for baby calf exports

Source: SAFE NZ
In an article published last week in Farmers Weekly, Australian live animal export company Austrex NZ advocated for the export of four-day old calves as an alternative to being ‘tapped on the head,’ referring to the use of a blunt force trauma.
SAFE Campaigns Manager Marianne Macdonald said the export company appears to be trying to influence the Government’s live export review.
“It might be news to Austrex NZ that the use of blunt force trauma is illegal except in the case of an emergency,” says Macdonald. “We’d be appalled to see baby animals, who need to be fed regularly, subjected to such long journeys.”
It appears Austrex NZ is trying to circumvent our animal welfare laws and push for approval despite limits on the export of young calves.
The Animal Welfare (Care and Procedures) Regulations 2018 states that the maximum duration of transport for calves younger than 14 days is 12 hours. Airfreight would be the only practical method of export in such a case and would be prohibitively costly for large animals like calves.
“Live export of animals is stressful enough for adult cows,” said Macdonald. “The Government would have to roll back the minimal protections that currently exist to allow exporters to ship four-day old calves by sea.”
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– Footage of live export, including from New Zealand.
– Section 34(1) of the Animal Welfare (Care and Procedures) Regulations 2018 states ‘A person in charge of a young calf must not transport the calf unless the total duration of the journey from the point of loading the calf onto the vehicle to the point of arrival at the final destination of the journey is no more than 12 hours.’ Where a regulation specifically refers to 'young calves,' this means calves up to 14-days-old that have been separated from their mother.
– Section 8(1) of the Animal Welfare (Care and Procedures) Regulations 2018 states “a person must not kill a calf by using blunt force to the head unless – the calf is in severe pain or distress and, as a result, requires immediate humane destruction; and there is no reasonably practicable alternative to the use of blunt force available.”
– 22,803 cows were exported from New Zealand between January and May 2020. During the same period last year, 12,104 cows were exported. In total, 39,269 cows were exported in 2019.
– The live export of cattle, sheep, goats and deer for slaughter was banned in 2003. However, it is still legal to export these animals for breeding purposes.
– Animals exported for breeding purposes will eventually be slaughtered, potentially by means too cruel to be legal in New Zealand.
– The Government is currently reviewing the live-export trade. Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has expressed his preference for a conditional ban on cattle exports.