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AUCKLAND, NZ (April 9, 2019) – Vocal prodigy RUEL is returning to New Zealand for one show in Auckland at the Bruce Mason Centre on May 24. Counting Elton John and Khalid among his fans, RUEL is taking the globe by storm, smashing show records, and he’s only 16 years old.

Tickets go on sale at 11am Friday, April 12.

My Live Nation members can secure tickets first during the exclusive pre-sale beginning 4pm Thursday April 11 until 9am Friday, April 12.

Fans who sign up to the Audience Republic pre-sale beginning 4pm Thursday April 11 until 9am Friday, April 12 will get the chance to win a meet and greet + tickets.

A transcendent new star on an unstoppable trajectory, the London-born, Sydney-based songwriter found himself on the ARIA podium as he took out the 2018 Breakthrough Artist gong for his soul-soaked banger ‘Dazed and Confused’, which landed in in triple j’s Hottest 100 alongside ‘Younger’, the youngest ever artist to win the coveted award.
Both tunes, taken from his ubiquitous debut EP Ready (+ 100 million global streams), were released amongst a tidal wave of hype which began to swell almost immediately around this young singer-songwriter as his extraordinary soul-tinged voice began to filter out.
His Like a Version rendition on triple j of Jack Garratt’s ‘Weathered’ alongside world-class producer and longtime mentor ‘M-Phazes’, showcased his undeniable singing chops and forced folks in the know, like Sir Elton John and Khalid to tip their hats.
With these five-star endorsements, it was inevitable that fanbases would start mobilising worldwide and, with the help of ARIA platinum certified single ‘Younger’ and most recent heartbreaker Not Thinkin’ Bout You (check out the remix featuring Grammy nominated rapper GoldLink), shows have been selling out all over the globe.
In fact, Ruel’s first ever show in New York City late last year also became his first ever sold out NYC appearance, such is the demand for his addictive blend of glitchy electro-soul beds and vocals reminiscent of James Blake, Frank Ocean or even Khalid himself.
Last seen in New Zealand in October for an intimate show, RUEL is moving up quickly and will hit the Bruce Mason Centre in Auckland on Friday May 24 in peak form, after completing a run of his first headline shows through Asia and Australia where he’ll be the youngest male artist to headline the iconic Sydney Opera House…twice. Ruel’s raw talent is giving the industry a much-needed shakeup – don’t miss seeing this record-breaker live!




New Zealand Books – Māori views on European colonisation, through French eyes

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Source: Canterbury University Press

A new book published by Canterbury University Press brings to life a crucial period in the history of Aotearoa New Zealand, when European settlers were mixing with Māori people, and gives compelling insight into Māori customs, values and beliefs of the time from a French perspective.

Living Among the Northland Māori: Diary of Father Antoine Garin, 1844–1846 is the first full English translation of the surviving Mangakāhia journals and letters of French Marist priest Father Antoine Garin – known to Māori as Perekara or Père Garin – who was sent to run the remote Mangakāhia mission station on the banks of the Wairoa River.

Garin’s diaries are a human-centred record of life in a Māori community – he describes the relationships he formed with Māori men, women and children, including the chiefs who offered him protection while he lived among them, and also with his European neighbours. Garin came dangerously close to the action of the Northern War – he provides vivid accounts of contemporary events, and writes of prominent figures such as Hōne Heke and Kawiti. Father Garin moved to Nelson in 1850 and died there 39 years later. Nelson’s Garin College is named after him.

After the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, European colonisation of New Zealand accelerated rapidly. In the 1840s, European settlers, including French missionaries, were spreading out over the country, reaching remote places such as Northland’s Wairoa River. However, the role of the French in New Zealand’s colonisation has been a neglected theme in our written histories, largely because of the challenge of dealing with French language material.

What did Māori think of this encroaching culture? How were the daily lives and thoughts of tangata whenua influenced by European activities and relationships? As a fluent te reo Māori speaker and astute observer Garin offers a fascinating first-hand account of his conversations with the Māori people he met and lived among. The three years of Garin’s diary have been translated into English and annotated by Peter Tremewan and Giselle Larcombe, making this valuable primary source accessible to historians and general readers.

“We came across French missionary Antoine Garin’s diaries many years ago,” Tremewan says. “I discovered some of his writings in Rome and Giselle wrote a biography on him in 2009. All his writing was in French, of course. Over the course of four to five years, we translated his diaries covering 1844-1846 so that English speakers can benefit from these resources.”

 Living Among the Northland Māori will be launched on 14 April, the 130th anniversary of Garin’s death, at the University Bookshop, Ilam.

About the authors:

Peter Tremewan is a retired University of Canterbury academic who has written widely about the French in New Zealand and the Pacific in the 19th century. He was awarded the John Dunmore Medal (1991) and JM Sherrard Award in New Zealand History (1992) for his research in this area. His publications include French Akaroa (CUP, 1990, revised 2010). In 2007 the French government made him a Chevalier de l’ordre des Palmes académiques.

Giselle Larcombe is a historian whose publications have focused on the French in New Zealand, especially the written records in French of the early French missionaries; her doctoral thesis, completed in 2009 under the tutelage of Dr Peter Tremewan, was on Antoine Garin. She was awarded the John Dunmore Medal (2010) for her contribution to the study of the French in the Pacific.

Living Among the Northland Māori: Diary of Father Antoine Garin, 1844–1846, Translated and edited by Peter Tremewan and Giselle Larcombe, published by Canterbury University Press, March 2019,ISBN: 978-1-98-850302-8, RRP $89.99


Asia Pacific Human Rights – Humanitarian crisis in Nduga West Papua – Open Letter to New Zealand Foreign Minister

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Source: West Papua Action Auckland

West Papua Action Auckland has sent an appeal- see below –  to the Minister of Foreign Affairs calling on him to use his good offices to persuade the Indonesian authorities to allow an independent investigation of the humanitarian crisis in Nduga West Papua.

West Papua Action Auckland spokesperson, Maire Leadbeater, claims the local people of Nduga continue to be at grave risk of disease and malnutrition.  As always in these circumstances pregnant women, babies and elderly people are especially vulnerable.  Without media access it is difficult to give accurate figures for those displaced and of deaths etc, but the reports from local human rights defenders are alarming.
6 April 2019
Rt Hon Winston Peters
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Parliament Buildings

Dear Winston Peters,

Nduga West Papua is the location of a major joint military and police operation involving a large deployment of Indonesian security forces personnel.   Nduga became the focus of conflict in December 2018 after the killing of 19 road construction workers, for which local armed groups have claimed responsibility.    

There is now a grave humanitarian crisis as over 30,000 displaced people (IDP)  have fled the conflict area and are  experiencing harsh living conditions.   According to local investigators from a team  appointed by the Nduga regional government,  displaced people are living in neighbouring districts where they struggle to access  health services, food and other essential resources.  Many children cannot go to school.  Among the displaced people are hundreds of babies and pregnant women as well as elderly and other especially vulnerable people.  Hundreds are living in the forests.

A  Jakarta Post article on April 3 reported that ‘at least nine mothers had given birth in the forests without proper medical treatment, risking their lives’.   Up to thirty-four churches have been damaged and one Church was taken over by military for use as its headquarters.

On the 13th and 19th March the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva  heard representations concerning the deteriorating human rights situation in Nduga West Papua. Speaking for the NGO Geneva for Human Rights, Viktor Yeimo, urged the Council to encourage the Indonesian government to provide access to independent human rights investigations as well as humanitarian assistance. The Council also heard from Indonesian human rights lawyer Veronica Koman who described how the ongoing Indonesian military operation in Nduga has resulted in the death of more than 25 people.  

Community leaders including Father John Djonga  and the Governor of Papua, Lukas Enembe, are calling on Indonesia to withdraw its troops from the Nduga regency,  because of the trauma already experienced by the villagers and the ongoing threats they face.   Human rights defenders are also calling for international backing for their call on the Indonesian Government to allow access to media and humanitarian organisations to West Papua.

We urge you to add New Zealand’s voice to the call on the Indonesian authorities to respect the rights of civilians, withdraw its forces from the area  and  allow urgent access to media and humanitarian organisations.

Yours sincerely,
Maire  Leadbeater
For West Papua Action Auckland


New Zealand Economy – Fake banknote spate in Canterbury

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Source: Reserve Bank of New Zealand

The Reserve Bank is urging Canterbury retailers to check banknotes’ security features after up to 50 counterfeits of different values were accepted at businesses over the past fortnight.

“People need to check notes they receive over the counter using the look, feel, tilt technique,” says Reserve Bank Head of Banking Steve Gordon. “These fakes don’t pass any of these tests which can be done quickly and easily as money is accepted and put in the till.”

“Looking at a genuine note you should see a window with the bird and value matching what’s on the note, the note and window will feel like plastic and smooth except for the denomination printing, and when you tilt the note a coloured bar will appear to move up and down the smaller printed bird,” Mr Gordon explained.

“If someone offers you a fake note politely decline it and urge the person concerned to contact the police. Then contact Christchurch police yourself and hold any security video,” he advised.

Mr Gordon said the counterfeits that had been accepted were picked up as they hit retailers’ back offices or the banking system, so there were no issues with ATMs.

The Reserve Bank’s website has videos and posters teaching the counterfeit detection technique. The Bank first got the word out to Christchurch business networks last week, but has now activated online advertising across Canterbury and issued this media statement as the spate continued.

“New Zealand’s banknotes and coins are among the most secure in the world, and counterfeit rates are extremely low,” Mr Gordon says. “We typically see one or two fakes a month hit the banking system, and the last time we had a counterfeit spate like this was in Palmerston North a year ago.”

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New Zealand Health Sponsorship – Joseph Parker puts his (heavy)weight behind the Middlemore Foundation

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Boxing star Joseph Parker, who grew up in Mangere, is putting his (heavy)weight behind the work of the Middlemore Foundation.

He’s signed on as an Ambassador for the Foundation, which partners with communities to raise funds to initiate and support key projects in health, homes and education within Counties Manukau.

“I had a lot of fun growing up in South Auckland and I love the work the Middlemore Foundation is doing in the community so I wanted to jump on board and support a good cause,” says Joseph. “I want to make South Auckland better for my kids, for their future and all the other kids who live here.”

South Auckland is home to 13% of Kiwi children, making it the nation’s youngest region. About 40% of its residents were born overseas and the area is core to New Zealand’s bicultural and multicultural identity, with 12% of tangata whenua, a third of the country’s Pacific people and a fifth of the Asian population calling South Auckland home.

Joseph’s first ambassadorial duties included visits to Edmund Hillary School and Red Hill Primary School, both in Papakura, where the kids chatted excitedly with their ‘local hero’ about his boxing career and asked him about his time growing up in their neighbourhood. Joseph’s effortless rapport with the kids is evident in videos of the school visits and, at one point, he even tests his strength by performing some easy bicep curls using giggling kids as weights.

Joseph has also been involved in supporting the Mana-ā-Riki programme which focuses on education, health and whānau capability.

And he has close family connections to Middlemore Hospital; his mum worked at the hospital for five years as a ward clerk and his younger brother John was born there (and ended up in Middlemore quite often with various injuries from his youthful exploits). His grandparents also spent time in the hospital during various illnesses.

Joseph’s sister, Elizabeth Fuavao, says the family’s ties to Middlemore stretch back over generations. “All of these events, injuries, stays covered many years. We have a strong family and community base in Mangere, so Middlemore Hospital is our hospital.”

Joseph agrees and says: “It’s an integral part of our community and holds a lot of memories – sad memories of loved ones being unwell or suffering injuries, but also happy memories of times spent together with family and of awesome doctors, nurses and staff who take good care of our loved ones.”

Middlemore Foundation chief executive Sandra Geange says the organisation is delighted to have Joseph on board as an ambassador.

“He is much-loved and so well-known in South Auckland. And, with so many long-standing and deep connections to Middlemore, he was the ideal choice to join us. Joseph has really thrown himself into our work, getting out into the schools and community and had even filmed some cool videos with us.”


Antarctica New Zealand Environmental Issues – Research Shows Youthful toothfish abound in Antarctic waters

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Source: Antarctica New Zealand

They live more than 1000 metres below the surface in the coldest darkest parts of the Southern Ocean, but the elusive juvenile Antarctic toothfish hold some of the most important insights into the future of the Ross Sea population.

This year’s toothfish survey supported by Antarctica New Zealand shows juvenile stocks are up.

NIWA Principal Fisheries Scientist Dr Steve Parker has led the research project for the past eight years and says the survey is the perfect early warning signal for change in the Ross Sea ecosystem.

“What we found this year is there were more juveniles around, or more kids in the kindergartens, which means in 10 years there will be lots of adolescents in the open waters of the continental slope.

“Everybody wants to have plenty of fish around, so it is good news so to speak,” he says.

The annual survey is carried out from a ship and is focused on the area just north of the Ross Ice Shelf. It looks specifically at the age composition of the toothfish populations there, interactions with predators like Weddell seals and Killer Whales as well as generally surveying the ocean environment – from zooplankton to whales.

By focusing on juvenile toothfish populations scientists get an insight into adult populations in years to come. Toothfish surveyed are between five to 10-years-old.

“Commercial fisheries target college age fish (about 15-20 years of age) along the continental slope, so if all of a sudden the juvenile population drops we’ve got about 10 years to understand why it changed and adapt fishery management,” he says.

This year 4,207 fish were surveyed with more than 250 tagged and released. An additional 15 will be monitored via satellite over the next year in collaboration with American scientists.

Antarctica New Zealand Chief Scientific Advisor Dr Fiona Shanhun says the annual toothfish survey provides important data for sustainably managing the fishery.

“This research is a priority element of the monitoring program for the new Ross Sea region Marine Protected Area and contributes to an international ecosystem-based management approach,” she says.


Asia Pacific Human Rights – New Zealand journalists feel force of Fiji’s contempt for human rights – Amnesty International

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Source: Amnesty International New Zealand

The arrest and detention in Fiji of three journalists from New Zealand’s Newsroom website highlights the grim situation for press freedom in Fiji, Amnesty International said today, as it called on authorities to urgently adopt measures to end the harassment of journalists and human rights defenders.

Mark Jennings, Melanie Reid and Hayden Aull were arrested on the evening of 3 April by police in Suva, Fiji. They had been trying to interview a company called Freesoul Real Estate Development, which Newsroom had previously linked to environmental devastation in Fiji, and which accused them yesterday of criminal trespass. The journalists spent the night in jail before being freed on the morning of 4 April. Fiji’s Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama apologised for the treatment that the three journalists received, saying it was an ‘isolated incident’.

“In reality, the arrests of these journalists are the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Fiji’s intolerance of freedom of expression. Fiji’s government regularly harasses and arrests activists and journalists who take part in protests or express criticism of the authorities. Where is the apology for Fiji’s own journalists, many of whom go to work every day fearing harassment and prosecution under draconian laws for doing their jobs?” said Roshika Deo, Amnesty International’s Pacific Researcher.

“While we welcome the release of these three journalists, we hope this incident will shine an international spotlight on the shocking extent of media censorship in Fiji. We are calling on the Fijian authorities to amend their draconian laws on freedom of expression and commit to protecting human rights in law and in practice.”

In November 2018 Amnesty International published a Human Rights Agenda for Fiji ahead of national elections. The organization highlighted the cases of several media workers who had been arrested for doing their jobs, as well as the increasing use of sedition laws and other criminal provisions to target activists and journalists.

Amnesty international is calling on Fiji to adopt measures set out in the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders to ensure the safety of journalists who act to promote and protect the rights of others, including the safety of other human rights defenders. These measures should include issuing a public statement recognizing the status and role of human rights defenders and the legitimacy of their activities, and adopting policies to protect the rights of human rights defenders.



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AUCKLAND, NZ (April 4, 2019) – Later this month, American megastar, POST MALONE will commence his whopping big 10-date Australian arena tour on April 26, before landing in Auckland for two mammoth shows at Spark Arena on May 11 and 12.
The Saturday, May 11 show is sold-out, however limited tickets are still available for Sunday, May 12.

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In readiness for the history-making, multi-platinum selling superstars arrival, ‘Posty’ has today confirmed that JADEN SMITH and TYLA YAWEH will join him across all Australian and New Zealand tour dates – taking the excitement level of fans up a notch, or two.
Last spotted ringing up customers groceries at Woolies in Melbourne just last month, fashion icon, talented actor and musician, JADEN SMITH, returns down under to join Post Malone on his Australian and New Zealand tour dates. Making his big screen acting debut in “The Pursuit of Happyness” in 2006 starring opposite his father, Smith’s performance won him an MTV Movie Award in 2007 for “Breakthrough Performance” and gathered universal acclaim for his nuanced and heartwarming performance. In November 2017, Smith released his album “SYRE” via his own MSFTS Music/Roc Nation label. The album debuted in the Top 10 on Billboard’s Rap Chart, Hip Hop / R&B Chart and as #23 on the Billboard 200 and recently surpassed 100 million streams on Spotify worldwide. Smith was named one of TIME’s ‘Top 30 Influential Teens’ of 2017 and one of Pandora’s Artists to Watch of 2018. Smith dropped his album “Cool Tapes Vol. 2” in November 2014 exclusively on his app; Jaden Experience. The app is the first to be released in a new platform that allows artists to distribute their music directly to their fans creating an album-like experience through a dedicated platform. Next up Smith will release his latest album ERYS in the top of Q2. Serving as the face of Louis Vuitton’s Spring/Summer 2016 collection, Smith’s greatest endeavour has been his own clothing/lifestyle brand, MSFTSrep. Smith is a passionate advocate for a cleaner world and has been honoured for his leadership and action on environmental issues, which includes cofounding ‘JUST Water’, the most environmentally conscious, commercially sold water bottle.
With a ockstar attitude and a creative wingspan that encompasses pop, rap and R&B, TYLA YAWEH has rocketed to ubiquity in a relatively short period of time, bringing his diverse spate of tracks to life with Post Malone while on tour with him across the UK and USA. His debut project “Heart Full of Rage”, released February 2019, was the culmination of bottling up emotions while on the road and capturing those sentiments on a 10-track collection of songs that are introspective and insightful, matched by a club-ready sound. His recent success may be a blur, but it’s been a gradual ascent for Yaweh. Growing up in Florida, his family life exposed him to everything from church music to area rappers like Lil Boosie and Trick Daddy. He began performing at only 14 years of age and after his first track ‘Alone’ took flight on a file-sharing site “Hulkshare” Yaweh was tasting the beginnings of where is career might be headed. After moving to California on a dollar and a dream, nineteen year old Yaweh caught the attention of managers Tes Siyoum and Bobby Greenleaf, as well as Post Malone’s manager Dre London, setting his career on a slingshot path ever since.
Post Malone stirs hip-hop, R&B, and alternative into his own sonic “sauce” that’s both intoxicating and invigorating. “I describe what I do as sauce,” he affirms. “You can turn up to it. You can chill to it. You can do anything to it. It makes you feel some type of way, or it makes you want to party. It just comes naturally.”
His recipe has yielded massive success so far. The Dallas native grew up listening to his dad’s Metallica, Johnny Cash, UGK, and The Notorious B.I.G. records before trading his Guitar Hero controller for an electric guitar at eleven-years-old. After graduating high school and releasing his first mixtape online, he picked up and headed west to Los Angeles, which would become his current home. Despite “partying too much” and not “having any money for cigarettes or Ramen,” the 19-year-old met production duo FKi and started making music.
“I wanted to create something everybody can get down to and get drunk to,” he continues. “People who like hip-hop will like it. People who like folk will dig it. People who like pop will be into it.”
One day, Post created the beat for “White Iverson” in his bedroom, laid down the vocals, and uploaded it to Soundcloud. The response proved overwhelming. Before he knew it, the budding star had Wiz Khalifa and Mac Miller tweeting him, Complex, Noisey, The Fader, and Hypebeast singing his praises, 14 incendiary SXSW performances under his belt, and major labels knocking at his door.
The ethereal soundscape of “White Iverson” gives way to a charismatic and catchy declaration for Post. “The first time I got braids I was like ‘I feel like I’m the White Iverson’; I made the beat and recorded it. The vibe was right, and the stars aligned. The song itself is about confidence. I used to be really shy, and I started to develop this new swagger. ‘White Iverson’ was when we knew we had something people would fuck with.”
His uncanny ability to cook up a 21st century “sauce” of genres transformed the multi-platinum Dallas, TX maverick into the “#1 Debut Hip-Hop Artist of 2016,” following the release of his RIAA double-platinum certified full-length debut album, “Stoney”.
After signing to Republic Records in August 2015, Post immediately hit the studio to work on more music. Incorporating not only his inimitable voice but his production and instrumentation, it’s as enigmatic and enthralling as he is. His sophomore release “beerbongs & bentleys” arrived earlier this year and broke Spotify’s streaming records, clocking up more than 78.7 million streams on its release day – crushing the previous mark set by Drake’s “More Life” with a comparable 61.3 million hits – and consequently set fire to chart records everywhere, including one held by The Beatles since 1964.
With “beerbongs & bentleys” string of bonafide hits including ‘Psycho’ and ‘Rockstar’, the latter of which hit No.1 on the NZ Singles Chart, went four-times platinum and accumulated over 1 billion streams on Spotify – Posty has totally captivated New Zealand fans. His highly anticipated return to Auckland following his sold-out debut show in January 2018 will see him take over the stage at Spark Arena for two solid nights and is surely not to be missed.





New Zealand Health Sector – Youth smoking in New Zealand continues to fall as ASH survey of 30,000 students also shows less than 2% use an e-cigarette or vape daily

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Source: Hapai Te Hauora

Associate Health Minister Jenny Salesa released new data showing that daily smoking among students (aged 14-15) has dropped below 2% for the first time. Only 1.9% of students reported daily smoking.
Since 2015, the survey has also asked about youth vaping. The latest results found that only 1.8% of students use e-cigarettes or vape daily. A slight decrease from 1.9% in 2017. Less than 0.5% of students who had never smoked vape daily.
Minister Salesa is speaking to a gathering today of New Zealand and international experts who have come together for an inaugural policy forum on vaping and e-cigarettes. The forum was organised in response to government plans to improve access to vaping products, while protecting children from the risk associated with them.
“This is the first time the rate has fallen below 2 per cent. That’s a dramatic drop from the 15.2 per cent of students twenty years ago who said they smoked on a daily basis,” says Jenny Salesa.
“More than 81 per cent of those surveyed haven’t smoked at all – not even a few puffs.”
“This is really good news but we still have more work to do to achieve equity amongst all New Zealand teenagers.”
“Almost 6 per cent of Māori girls who took part in the survey tell us they smoke daily and while that rate has decreased, it’s still higher than the overall rate of 1.9%.”
The Minister’s plans for tobacco harm reduction have been met with praise from vising expert Professor Alex Wodak, President of the Australian Drug law Reform Foundation who said “New Zealand’s plans to legalise vaping and less harmful tobacco products are among the most progressive in the world.”
Speaking at an event at Parliament, Dr Alex Wodak, President of the Australian Drug law Reform Foundation said that New Zealand’s plans to legalise vaping and less harmful tobacco products are among the most progressive in the world.
Dr Wodak said: “Vaping is less 5% of the harm of smoking cigarettes. There is an increasing body of evidence that these harm reduction products are helping vast numbers of smokers to get off tobacco, and substantially reduce their risk of chronic disease and deaths from smoking”.
The government has announced amendments to current smoking laws that will support smokers to switch to significantly less harmful alternatives. Plans include improved access to quality vaping and smokeless tobacco products and improve publicly available information on vaping.
Speaking to an audience of policymakers, NGOs, health professionals and officials, Wodak praised New Zealand for their proposed approach to vaping.
“New Zealand’s policy makers are taking a glass half full approach to vaping and are very clear the proposed legislation is an opportunity to reduce the harms of smoking. This is in contrast to many countries who approach vaping as a problem, not an opportunity”.
Wodak, who is based in Sydney, Australia gave his own country as an example of a country getting it wrong: “Australia has put over-zealous controls on vaping products that essentially ban them. The danger of this approach is that it further protects cigarette smoking because people are denied access to a far, far safer alternative”.
“Many governments and regulators around the world would benefit from looking at the evidence based, and compassionate approach to tobacco harm reduction lead by New Zealand” concluded Wodak.
The event in parliament is hosted by Associate Minister Jenny Salesa and jointly organised by ASH, Hāpai te Hauora and Tala Pasifika.
Hāpai Tobaco Control manager, Mihi Blair said: “It is the nicotine in cigarettes that addicting people, and the smoke that kills. Given a third of wahine Māori still smoke, we need to take the opportunity vaping has to replace many of thing people like about smoking, but with a fraction of the harm.
ASH Chairman, Emeritus Professor Robert Beaglehole emphasised that the opportunity to help people switch from smoking to vaping also needed balance against any unwanted effect like youth uptake, or poor-quality vaping products entering New Zealand.
“To date, our surveys suggest non-smoking youth have been very unlikely to take up vaping in New Zealand compared to those who already smoke. We have the opportunity to get a win-win on vaping if we can continue this trend whilst shifting smokers to safer nicotine by providing meaningful information on risk, making safer alternates much more affordable and protecting people with sensible product safety standards.”


New Zealand Employment Sector – Government Education Reform Consultation Inadequate – Industry Leader

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With the closure of the six week vocational education sector consultation period tomorrow (Friday), a key industry leader has called the process inadequate with dire consequences for the economy.

The Government’s proposed changes include the replacement of regional polytechnics with a new, national tertiary training organisation – the NZ Institute of Skills and Technology.

The responsibility for the arrangement of training and work-based learning, such as trade apprenticeships, would no longer be delivered by industry owned Industry Training Organisations.

Garry Fissenden CEO of The Skills Organisation, New Zealand’s largest Industry Training Organisation (ITO) which represents 22 industries, 4,400 employers and over 10,000 apprentices, is critical not just of the proposed changes but the length of the consultation process offered to employers and the trade education sector.

“The Government is currently spending longer consulting on raising the proportion of egg in imported mayonnaise and reviewing the current import standards for Asian zoo elephants coming in from Australia and Sri Lanka than on its total overhaul to the vocational education system!

“We are concerned that so little time has been dedicated to better understanding industry needs and reservations about the proposed changes – which would have a dramatic effect on the career prospects of the next generation of young New Zealanders as well as having an immediate impact on business.

“Despite seeing the results of research from more than 900 employers which found the majority say they will hire fewer apprentices if the proposal to move the managing of apprentices away from ITOs is implemented, the Government remains resolute in its desire to fast track this reform through,” he says.

Theresa Rongonui, Maori and Pasifika development manager, from The Skills Organisation says Maori to have been critical of the lack of consideration given to cultural protocols around consultation during the process.

“Iwi need time and space to facilitate meaningful conversations with our people.

“They need to be afforded the respect that they deserve to allow them the opportunity to conduct hui kanohi ki te kanohi,” she says.

“Maori youth will be significantly disadvantaged under the proposed restructure of apprentice training,” says Rongonui.

According to latest statistics, apprenticeships are a key employment pathway for Maori – who make up around 17% of all industry apprentices/trainees. In contrast, Maori make up just under 15% of the general population which suggests they will be disproportionately more affected by the proposed changes.

Rongonui says the Government proposal undermines the efforts of the industry which focuses on successfully training and placing Maori youth into long term employment and that the six week consultation process ignores the cultural needs of Maori.

“Reducing choice for Maori and Pasifika, particularly young people, removes the opportunity to empower them to choose their preferred learning style and will likely restrict the length of their learning,” she says.

Fissenden says the proposed model is flawed and has been universally condemned by employers who are in essence the ‘customer’ of the education sector.

He says while consultation has been limited – it is his job to speak out at what industry believes are poor new alternatives.

“Employers are consistently telling us that Polytechs are too far removed from industry to be able to turn out work-ready trainees.

“Polytechs have a bums-on-seats mentality, with restrictive semester based training programmes. This does not align with the flexibility and responsiveness required to support business.

“In contrast, the current industry training system was specifically designed by industry to meet their needs and any reform the sector undergoes should focus on the issues today’s businesses are facing,” he says.

“New Zealand businesses need greater access to more affordable training, an increase in the number of trade apprenticeships and better incentives for businesses to take on trainees,” says Fissenden.