Summer Heatwave Helps Drive Record Sparkling Water Consumption

Source: Press Release Service – New Zealand

( Soaring summer temperatures of up 38.4 degrees in parts of the country have contributed to record sparkling water consumption according to new figures.

Last month was the third hottest January since records began in 1906 with two of our main centres (Hamilton and Wellington) reaching their highest ever temperatures – the first time two main centres broke their all-time maximum temperature records in the same day.

The latest NIWA stats also showed another nine townships from Kaitaia to Tekapo broke temperature records within a four day period.

New figures from SodaStream, which have supplied sparkling water machines to more than 400,000 Kiwi households, show a consumption increase of 27% over the previous January.

Nutritionist Claire Turnbull says when the weather gets warmer, we need to be drinking more to prevent ourselves from dehydration and its negative effects.

“Thirst is our bodies inbuilt mechanism to encourage us to seek out water in response to dehydration and listening to this signal is really important to ensure we keep ourselves well and are able to function properly.

“Water accounts for 50-80% of our body mass and is required for digestion, absorption, transportation, dissolving nutrients, elimination of waste products and temperature regulation,” says Turnbull.

“The amount people need can vary hugely and will be influenced by things such as your activity level and how much time you spend inside versus outside, but around 2.5 litres a day would be the minimum,” she says.

SodaStream NZ spokesperson Shannon Zaloum says their 2018 data suggests Kiwis consumed around 24.5m litres of sparkling water which they made themselves – and during January alone, around 472,000 litres more than the same time last year.

She says at around two litres per annum, New Zealand has a comparatively low per capita consumption of sparkling water by international standards but says that the brand has a substantially higher market share here than any other country they distribute in.

“Our analysis suggests local consumption of our sparkling water products has more than doubled over since 2014 with 30% of all Kiwi families now making beverages this way.

“Global consumption of sparkling water is expected to continue to grow over the next five years but we expect New Zealand to continue to outpace this as more consumers see the environmental and health benefits of making sparkling water at home,” says Zaloum.

Media Release 6 March 2019.


DLA Piper Strengthens the Future of Law in the Pacific.

Source: Press Release Service – New Zealand

( Pacific Island law students learn from top New Zealand lawyer.

DLA Piper has a longstanding pro bono commitment to supporting the rule of law in Pacific Island nations. As part of this, the firm develops the legal knowledge and skills of lawyers from countries including Fiji, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and Tonga to help them better assist their local communities’ access legal help.

In January, 21 Fijian (and Tongan) law students gathered at the University of the South Pacific (Suva) for a week-long seminar with Iain Thain, a DLA Piper litigation partner from Auckland, along with DLA Piper Sydney lawyers, Michael Gill (Pro Bono Consultant) and Catriona Martin (Asia Pacific Pro Bono Director). The emphasis of the course was on both pro bono work and improving access to justice, as well as legal ethics and working with vulnerable clients.

For many law students in the Pacific, their only opportunity to study law is online so these kinds of face-to-face seminars are invaluable. The students meet experienced practitioners from different jurisdictions and are given the chance to discuss social justice issues and practice legal drafting and interviewing skills in an interactive setting.

“There are always gaps in communities’ ability to access justice,” says Iain Thain, “and these young people were keen to fill them, to learn more and make effective contributions to their own communities.”

It is intended that these Pacific law students will take their enthusiasm for pro bono work back to their local and wider communities and, when they graduate, contribute to a generational shift as they change conservative attitudes in their local firms.

As a responsible business and large international firm, DLA Piper feels a deep responsibility to contribute to social justice in the Pacific and is currently the only law firm doing this.

In New Zealand, pro bono work is formalised within DLA Piper, to give it the status it deserves.

“Young graduates expect nothing less now,” says Iain Thain, “The personal satisfaction that comes from pro bono is immense. Lawyers have always done this work, but often privately. Sometimes in the past you would never know the scope of a lawyer’s pro bono commitment until you read their obituary!”

He says, “That ad hoc approach of the past meant that access to justice with pro bono legal help was often a matter of luck”.

“Now, by openly embedding and rewarding pro bono work at firms, it becomes a more important part of legal life, and by setting targets for it, as we do, you can measure the power of it as a force for good.”

Some countries – like Fiji – have had their legal processes interrupted in recent times; any initiatives that practically assist human rights and strengthen societies are important. Just as vital, for these Fijian law students, is being able to help individuals locally, in their own neighbourhoods.

“Pro bono publico” means “for the public good”, not just “free legal advice”. Thousands of New Zealand lawyers are seriously committed to that idea. DLA Piper is finding as many ways as possible to strengthen that commitment.


Lone Kauri Offers Sustainable Outdoor Products

Source: Press Release Service – New Zealand

( New Zealand-based company Lone Kauri Road Ltd recently announced the official launch of its first ecommerce site. was created to provide outdoor enthusiasts with premium quality products that minimise environmental impact by employing brilliant natural, biodegradable or recycled materials, and by reducing product and packaging waste.

The online retail store offers a variety of products in different categories for surfing, sun, camping and nature.

Core to the range is a wide selection of surfing and beach accessories. The line-up includes ecoPro, widely regarded as the eco-friendliest tailpad on the planet, constructed from 100% cork agglomerate and a wonderful alternative to traction pads produced from petroleum materials that negatively impact our environment. ecoPro was chosen as a finalist in the ISPO BrandNew awards – which identify the most promising newcomers to the sports industry.
The ecoFin is another popular addition, the world’s first surfboard fin created using recycled waste (from Indonesia) and is constructed to the highest quality to satisfy surfers throughout the planet. Other products include organic surf waxes, recyclable leashes, 100% handmade turkish peshtemals – a natural alternative to heavy beach towels, designer wooden sunglasses and much more.
Natural sunscreens from suppliers .essone, Surf Yogis, SurfMud and Solimara, will protect beachgoers from the sun’s harsh rays, and a wide range of natural after-sun products include moisturisers, lip balms, and lotions.

For the camping or travelling enthusiast, offers various personal care products perfect when you are away from home, including natural deodorants, organic shampoo bars, biodegradable bamboo toothbrushes and soap-free cleansers.

Customers can shop for the latest in eco-friendly outdoors products from the comfort of their home. The site is easy to navigate, allowing anyone to easily locate their favourite products. offers Paypal and credit payment methods as well as worldwide shipping of goods – so you can shop sustainable no matter where you are around the globe. For assistance, contact their friendly, helpful and professional customer service team. is proud to partner with innovative brands that work hard to protect our planet. Many of partners directly contribute funds to charities that help conserve our fragile ecosystem, including One Percent for the Planet. One Percent for the Planet is an international organization whose members contribute at least one percent of their annual sales to environmental causes.

At Lone Kauri, 5% of revenues on selected products are donated to Lone Kauri conservation.

Media Release 27 January 2019.


NZ National Club Sevens Championships

Source: Press Release Service – New Zealand

( Take in the Action! FREE EVENT!

The New Zealand National Rugby Club 7s Championships will be held at Fearon Park in Auckland on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th February 2019.

Join us for live Rugby where 16 teams from around New Zealand compete for the William Wavell Wakefield Middlesex County Cup.

On Pitch Excitement. Food Fair. Garden Bar. Playground for Kids.

Each team will host a Jonesy Youth Foundation Boy during the tournament.
Brought to you by Eden Rugby.
Commencing from 9am – 5pm..
See you there!


Biochar – Putting Carbon Back into Soil

Source: Press Release Service – Auckland

( In a world having too much carbon in the atmosphere and obsessed about expensive and dangerous technologies for it’s removal, it is comforting to know that a form of charcoal has now been accepted by the IPCC as a useful tool in the fight against climate change.

Biochar is charcoal which can be used to lift productivity in agriculture and as a long-lived carbon store in soils. It can be used to enhance water quality and as a bioremediation tool for contaminated soils. The production of biochar can also deliver secondary bioenergy benefits and deal with many types of ‘liability’ biomass. Biochar has attracted worldwide attention as a Negative Emissions Technology (NET) in the latest IPCC report, presented at COP24. Biochar has been identified as having positive impacts on 12 of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals.

A growing number of New Zealand farmers are becoming interested in making and using Biochar, leading to a new organisation is being formed, Biochar Network New Zealand (BNNZ), which will have its Inaugural General Meeting in Pukekohe on 14 February.

BNNZ is planning to promote and support activities that provide widespread awareness, understanding and acceptance of Biochar in New Zealand, leading to a diverse range of production and application scenarios for the benefit of New Zealand’s agriculture, industry and environment.

The BNNZ IGM will take place at 10am on 14 February 2019 at the Reid Anderson Lounge, 18 Wesley Road, Pukekohe.

If you wish to attend, or participate via remote access, please email your request to:

Media Release 29 January 2019.


Body of missing Waiau man believed to be found

Source: New Zealand Police

Police have found a body which is believed to be that of missing man Kenneth Kidd.

The 94-year-old, of Waiau, was reported missing yesterday.

His body was found at Waiau River, near Lower Flat Road, Waiau, late last night.

It is believed Kenneth was fishing at the river.

Police extend their sympathies to Kenneth’s family and friends.

The matter has now been referred to the Coroner. 


Issued by Police Media Centre


Serious crash, Ngaere

Source: New Zealand Police

Tuesday, 22 January 2019 – 10:48pm

Police are attending the scene of a serious crash in Ngaere, near Stratford.

The single-car crash occurred at 10:20pm on Cheal Road.

One person has been critically injured.

Motorists are asked to avoid the area.


Issued by Police Media Centre



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We have a number of social worker positions available now and invite dedicated and passionate social workers to play their part in helping change the way New Zealand protects children.

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Teddies for tamariki

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Pay equity ratification

A pay equity deal delivering significant pay increases to Oranga Tamariki social workers has now been ratified.

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Gráinne’s update – October 2018

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Remand Options Investigation Tool – Evaluation

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Man seriously injured after incident in Panmure

Source: New Zealand Police

Police are investigating after a stabbing in Panmure late last night, Tuesday 22 January.

Police were called around 11pm to reports of a man stabbed outside a Tripoli Road address.

A man was taken to hospital in a serious condition.

Enquiries are ongoing.


Issued by Police Media Team


Update – incident in Queenstown

Source: New Zealand Police

A mother and son remain in Dunedin Hospital after the incident at Shotover Jet base in Queenstown yesterday afternoon.

The pair, from Wellington, are both in a serious but stable condition.

Emergency services were called to the area around 1pm yesterday when a tree fell on the group.

Police continue to make enquiries into the incident.


Issued by Police Media Team