Agriculture Minister announces members of winter grazing taskforce

Source: New Zealand Government

Minister of Agriculture Damien O’Connor today announced the members of the newly established taskforce to respond to the animal welfare issues associated with the practice of winter grazing.

The 10 members are:

  • Independent Chair: Dr John Hellstrom, ONZM
  • Dr Arnja Dale, Chief Scientific Adviser, SPCA
  • Dr Helen Beattie, Chief Veterinary Officer, NZ Veterinary Association
  • Dr Stephen Hopkinson, dairy cattle vet & NZ Veterinary Association
  • Angus Robson, environment campaigner
  • Dr Ross Monaghan, Senior Scientist, AgResearch
  • Elaine Cook, Dairy NZ
  • Dave Harrison, Beef+Lamb NZ
  • Ewen Mathieson, dairy farmer, Southland
  • Pania King, sheep & beef farmer, Gisborne

“My expectation of this group is to do a stocktake of the multiple initiatives that are already underway to promote good winter grazing practices and identify why these are not currently working for all. Then we need to come up with actions as to how we can get farmers where they should be.

“The taskforce will draw on advice and expertise from various groups and individuals across the country who can inform and challenge the taskforce’s thinking”.

The group will provide an initial report back to the Minister by the end of August and will work on a plan of action by the end of September.

Aggravated robbery – Ferry Road, Woolston

Source: New Zealand Police

Police are appealing for information following the aggravated robbery of a Night & Day dairy on Ferry Road, Woolston.

Around 2.30am yesterday three men armed with hammers entered the store.

All three offenders wore masks and dark clothing.

They left on foot with cash and cigarettes.

While the victim was not injured in the incident, they are understandably very shaken and receiving support.

Anyone who saw the alleged offenders in the area at the time, or has any other information that may assist this investigation is urged to call 105 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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Minister announces appointments to Te Māngai Pāho Board

Source: New Zealand Government

Minister for Māori Development, Nanaia Mahuta, today announced the appointment of Paraone Gloyne, and the reappointment of Vanessa Clark to the Te Māngai Pāho Board.


Mr Gloyne brings a wealth of experience from his background as a Māori language advocate, teacher, composer, mentor, and broadcaster. His appointment to the Board will be welcome news to te reo advocates in the media sector.


“Paraone Gloyne has made incredible contributions to the revitalisation of te reo Māori, most notably through his creation of Mahuru Māori, his leadership of Mōtai Tangata Rau, and his work on Taringa, a bilingual podcast.


“I am confident that he will provide a valuable insight to the work of the Te Māngai Pāho Board,” said Hon Nanaia Mahuta.


Ms Clark has been reappointed as a member of the Board for a further three year term. She brings with her over 20 years of business and management experience specialising in the information and communication technology sector.


“Vanessa Clark is a conscientious and highly valued member of the Board. I thank her for the years of service she has already provided and welcome her back to this role. I know she will continue to contribute significantly to the work of Te Māngai Pāho,” said Nanaia Mahuta.


The Te Māngai Pāho Board consists of five members appointed by the Minister. Members serve three year terms and may be reappointed, as was the case for Ms Clark.



Notes to the Editor:


Paraone Gloyne (Ngāti Raukawa)


Mr Gloyne is a Māori language advocate, teacher, composer, mentor, and broadcaster, with a focus on language, custom, ceremonial calling, oratory and traditional songs. He has taught for more than 10 years at the national Kura Reo, and tutors at Te Whare Kōrero o Raukawa.


Mr Gloyne is a former student, and advocate, of Te Panekiretanga o te reo Māori (the Institute of Excellence in the Māori language), and works as the Pou Tikanga and Pou Reo Matua at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa campus in Te Awamutu, facilitating the internal Māori language strategy Reo Ora.


He was instrumental in the creation of Mahuru Māori, and is the announcer and programmer of Taringa, a bilingual podcast of Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.


Mr Gloyne is currently the Chairperson of the Tainui Waka Cultural Trust, delegate for Tainui to the National Committee of Te Matatini, member of the executive committee or Te Ara Wai: Te Whare Taonga Hou o Waipā. He is also the chairperson of the Te Taumatua of Mōtai Tangata Rau, and the Marae Committee of O-Tāwhao and is currently the organisers of the executive group of Te Ahu o Te Reo ki Tainui.


Vanessa Clark (Waikato-Tainui)


Vanessa Clark is an IT Professional with over 20 years of business and management experience with 15 years global experience in the Information and Communication Technology industry. She has extensive governance experience, and is a current member of the Māori ICT Development Fund Expert Advisory Group and an Associate Member of the Institute of Directors.


Ms Clark specialises predominantly in the information and communication technology sector, working to support Māori in ICT particularly, with innovative ICT solutions and start-up ICT businesses.


Kua pānui te Minita i ngā kopounga ki te Poari o Te Māngai Pāho

I pānuitia e te Minita Whanaketanga Māori, a Nanaia Mahuta i te rangi nei te kopounga, arā, te whakatūnga o Paraone Gloyne, rāua ko Vanessa Clark ki te Poari o Te Māngai Pāho.


Haramai nei te tautōhito me ōna matatau, he kaitaunaki reo Māori, he kaiako, he kaitito waiata, he tauira, he kaipāpāho. Ka nui te pakipaki a ngā kaimanako reo i te rāngai pāpāho i te rongo kua riro i a ia tēnei tūranga ki te Poari.


“He whakamīharo ngā mahi a Paraone Gloyne ki te whakarauoratanga o te reo Māori, he mea nui te kaupapa Mahuru Māori nāna i tīmata, āna mahi tātaki i te rōpu o Mōtai Tangata Rau, me ana mahi i runga Taringa, he paohorangi reorua.


“E tino whakapono ana ahau e tino whai hua ai ngā mahi a te Poari o Te Māngai Pāho i ana mātau ki ēnei āhuatanga.


Kua whakahokia anō a Vanessa ki te Poari hei mema mō ngā tau e toru anō e tū mai nei. Mauria mai ana e ia te mātau o te rua tekau tau e mahi ana i roto i ngā pakihi me ngā mahi whakahaere, he mātanga ia i te rāngai hangarau mōhiohio, whakawhitiwhiti kōrero.


“He mema ihupuku he mema tino kura nei o te Poari a Vanessa Clark.  Kei te mihi ki ngā tau i a ia e whakapeto ngoi ana ki ngā mahi nei, e tāwhiri nei taku reo ki tana hokinga mai ki tēnei tūranga. Mōhio kē au ka haere tonu ana whakapau kaha, tana whakaheke werawera ki ngā mahi a Te Māngai Pāho te take me ōna hua katoa,” te kī a Nanaia Mahuta.


E rima ngā mema o te Poari a Te Māngai Pāho nā te Minita rā i whakatū. E toru tau te roa o ngā wāhanga ki ia mema, ā, e āhei ana kia kopoungatia anōtia, pērā i a Vanessa.



He taipitopito kōrero ki te Ētita:


Paraone Gloyne (Ngāti Raukawa)


He kaimanaaki reo Māori a Paraone, he kaiako, he kaitito, he tauira, he kaipāpāho, e aronui ana ki te reo, ki ngā tikanga, ngā karanga, te whaikōrero me ngā waiata tawhito. He kaiako ia i ngā kura reo mō te tekau tau ki ngā Kura Reo ā-motu, he kaiako hoki ia ki Te Whare Kōrero o Raukawa.


He ākonga i mua ia, he kaimanaaki hoki ia o Te Panekiretanga o te reo Māori, ā, kei te mahi ia hei Pou Tikanga, hei Pou Reo Matua ki Te Wānanga o Aotearoa ki Te Awamutu, e whakahaere ana i te rautaki reo Māori ā-roto a Reo Ora.


Nāna te kaupapa o Mahuru Māori i tīmata, ko ia te kaipāpāho, te kaiwhakarite hōtaka hoki o te kaupapa Taringa, he paohorangi reorua nā Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.


I tēnei wā ko te Heamana a Paraone o te Tainui Waka Cultural Trust, he māngai mō Tainui i runga i te Komiti ā-Motu o Te Matatini, he mema hoki ia o te komiti matua o Te Ara Wai: Te Whare Taonga Hou o Waipā. Ko ia hoki te heamana o Te Taumatua o Mōtai Tangata Rau, me te Komiti Marae o O-Tāwhao, ā, ko te kaiwhakarite hoki ia i tēnei wā o te rōpū matua o Te Ahu o Te Reo ki Tainui.


Vanessa Clark (Waikato-Tainui)


He Mātanga Hangarau a Vanessa Clark 20 tau ia e mahi ana i ngā pakihi me ngā mahi whakahaere me te 15 tau e mahi huri noa ana i te ao i te ahumahi Hangarau Mōhiohio, Whakawhitiwhiti Kōrero.  He tino taunga ia ki ngā mahi mana poari, he mema ia i tēnei wā o te Māori ICT Development Fund Expert Advisory Group, ā, he Mema Whakahoa o te Institute of Directors.


He mātanga a Vanessa i te rāngai hangarau mōhiohio, whakawhitiwhiti kōrero, e mahi ana ki te tautoko i ngā Māori i te ao Hangarau, ina koa, ki ngā rongoā Hangarau auaha, ki te whakatū pihinga pakihi Hangarau anō hoki.


Powering up community wellbeing

Source: New Zealand Government

Minister of Local Government Hon Nanaia Mahuta has announced a far-reaching programme to support New Zealand communities realise their ambitions, goals and potential.

“This year  we introduced the four well-beings — social, economic, environmental and cultural priorities — into the fabric of local government. We will now be working closely with councils and communities to power up the ways they can articulate and realise the things that matter most to them,’’ Nanaia Mahuta says.

Specific options to be explored as part of the programme include:

  • Increasing local government’s involvement in the design and targeting of public services provided by central government;
  • Placing more emphasis on the ongoing relationship between councils and communities as the basis for community participation; 
  • Innovative ways of conducting community participation and building the capability to support it;
  • Aiming for more effective and meaningful council relationships with Māori;
  • Ensuring council plans prioritise community wellbeing and are driven by robust data.


“We know that councils never stopped working on these critical aspects of community life, but we believe there is more that can be achieved by focusing on some key aspects of local decision-making.’’

The range of outcomes that could follow would depend on individual community preferences, but could include regional growth, socially inclusive and resilient communities, a healthier environment and support for appropriate community infrastructure.

“Our Government is committed to a strong, robust local government sector focused on wellbeing. 

 “Although there are good examples of innovative practices in the system already, we want to work with local government to broaden and accelerate their uptake.

“We recognise that beyond certain ‘universal’ needs, different communities have different priorities. This work will ensure our communities are empowered to enrich, not only their own lives, but to strengthen local democracy and make it more relevant,” says Nanaia Mahuta.

Related Cabinet paper and minute:



Questions and Answers

Q: Why is this programme necessary?

A: To achieve maximum wellbeing for our communities, we must encourage best practice across some key aspects of local decision-making.  We need:

  • better alignment between central and local government in the provision of public services;
  • to facilitate the inclusion of wellbeing priorities and good data in council planning; and,
  • importantly, we need to promote effective community participation and partnership with Māori on the decisions and issues that impact their own wellbeing.
    Q: What outcomes do you expect to achieve through it?
    A: Ultimately, there are a wide range of outcomes that we would expect to see including regional growth, socially inclusive resilient communities and increased environmental responsiveness but these will depend on community preferences.
    Q: How do you intend to work with local government on this?
    A:  Over the next few months, we intend to establish working groups with local government practitioners to help develop policy options.  I would then look to discuss these options with local government leaders early in 2020.
    Q: What happens then, and what are the anticipated timelines?
    A:  We are hoping to refine the policy options during the early part of 2020 and announce specific initiatives in partnership with the local government sector by May next year.
    Q: How does this relate to the Government’s other local government work programmes?
    A: All our local government programmes are about working with local government to improve intergenerational wellbeing and make New Zealand a better place for all New Zealanders. This includes having a fit-for-purpose local government financing and funding system, working together to build community resilience and mitigate the effects of climate change, making sure all New Zealanders have access to safe drinking water, ensuring high-growth councils have the tools to provide necessary infrastructure, supporting councils to achieve more effective relationships with Māori, and developing strategies to assist communities impacted by high tourism demand.  
    Q: Does this programme take account of Local Government New Zealand’s “Localism’’ project and if so how?
    A: Many of the aims and goals of this programme coincide and overlap with LGNZ’s localism project. In many respects we are on the same page. We do not believe, however, that formal devolution is an effective answer to the challenges we all face at the local level. There is much more we can do to broaden and accelerate the excellent work that most councils already do towards community wellbeing.

Police appeal for information following Queenstown incident

Source: New Zealand Police

Please attribute to Detective Senior Sergeant Malcolm Inglis, Officer in Charge of Central Otago-Lakes CIB: 
Police are appealing for information after two men were seriously injured in central Queenstown early this morning. 
Police were called to reports of a fight in Camp Street at around 2.20am. 
The fight followed some sort of confrontation between two groups and is reported to have involved up to 15 people. 
Two men received stab wounds and were flown to Dunedin Hospital. One is reported to be in a critical condition and one is serious. 
One other man was hit by a bottle during the fight and may be injured. He is yet to make himself known to Police. 
There were a considerable number of people and vehicles passing through the area at the time.
Police would like to hear from anyone who either witnessed or was involved in this incident. 
If you can help, please call 105. Information can also be provided anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. 
Police are also asking for anyone who locates a knife in the Queenstown CBD to notify us immediately on 111. 

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More measures to help those facing homelessness

Source: New Zealand Government

The Government has announced additional measures to prevent and reduce homelessness focused on ensuring at-risk individuals and whānau have access to stable housing and continue to stay housed.

Associate Minister of Housing, Kris Faafoi, and Minister of Social Development, Carmel Sepuloni, have announced $54 million in Government funding for initiatives which will support at-risk individuals and whānau to stay in their existing tenancies.

The funding will also provide additional wrap around services.

Strengthening ways to reduce homelessness and prevent it complements the Government’s existing investment in the Housing First Programme which supports people with multiple, high and complex needs who have been, or are already homeless.

“These initiatives are part of this Government’s pledge to end homelessness and improve the wellbeing of New Zealanders and their whānau through safe, warm, dry homes,” Minister Faafoi said.

“As part of our work on homelessness we are expanding the Sustaining Tenancies programme. It ensures that tenants who may be at-risk of losing their tenancy receive practical support to help them get back on track.

“That support includes budget advice, property maintenance, and mental health and addiction support, with the goal of helping people remain in their existing homes.

“Sustaining Tenancies is a key prevention initiative and we are keen to see it continue with the support of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development,” Minister Faafoi said.

“The Ministry of Social Development (MSD) will be giving targeted support for families with children and people with mental health needs who are living in emergency motel accommodation, or who are at high risk of homelessness, says Minister Sepuloni.

“MSD has identified a distinct group of people that face a range of complex issues that are a barrier to finding and keeping a home of their own, such as mental health and addictions, criminal history, or family violence.

“We will be supporting these people building their resilience and wellbeing, to break the cycle of homelessness through targeted on the ground support.

“The Government is investing $31 million over the next four years for 67 intensive case managers and navigators to work with these people and a further $16 million for increased social services,” Minister Sepuloni said.

Ministers Faafoi and Sepuloni described these Government initiatives as pragmatic steps towards ending homelessness in New Zealand, which will be taken in partnership with the wider sector.

“We are stepping in where we see an immediate need to support vulnerable people, while we develop a longer-term approach to see homelessness prevented, or at least rare, brief and non-recurring,” they said.

Housing First is a proven, internationally recognised approach to house and support people experiencing homelessness, who have multiple, high and complex needs. The approach is to provide housing quickly then offer tailored support for as long as it’s needed to help people stay housed and help deal with the issues that led to their homelessness.

Budget 2019 provided $197 million funding to strengthen the Housing First programmes in Whangarei, mid Far North, Auckland, Hamilton, Rotorua, Tauranga, Hawkes Bay, Wellington and the Hutt, Nelson, Blenheim, and Christchurch.

At the end of June 2019 – 806 households have been housed through the Housing First programme. So far, 1,216 households have been accepted into the programme.

Sustaining Tenancies is a prevention programme which provides practical support to households to help them retain their tenancies. Currently it is only available for public housing tenants in three locations. However, as part of the increased investment, we will be expanding the service to support five new regions and we will also be rolling it out to private market rentals.

The Sustaining Tenancies programme has been trial funding eight providers in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch to support approximately 550 public housing tenants.

The trial helped to reduce reliance on transitional and emergency housing support, prevent rates of homelessness from increasing, which improves wellbeing for individuals, families and whānau – including positive outcomes on employment, relationships, education and health. It also reduces pressures/costs on other parts of the state care system, such as Health and Corrections.

In the short-term, the Government is investing $6.6 million over 2 years year to support up to 550 at risk households per year.

Intensive case managers will be dedicated to supporting families experiencing homelessness who have children, people with mental health needs experiencing homelessness, and people with a history of cycling in and out of emergency housing. An intensive case manager will be an MSD staff member and take an holistic approach to people’s needs to reduce housing instability.

The Government is investing $31.28 million over four years into this wrap around support.

Navigators will assist where people need more support than an intensive case manager can offer.

Navigators will co-ordinate services and provide on-going support for people with housing needs.

Navigators will work with providers, health professionals, and government agencies and community organisations.

Navigators will be from a local community organisation contracted by MSD.

The Government is investing $16.10 million over four years into this programme.

Update: Raglan homicide

Source: New Zealand Police

Attributable to Detective Inspector Graham Pitkethley:

Waikato Police investigating the murder of 33-year-old Sean McKinnon continue to piece together the events of early Friday morning.

Police are still working in the Waikato area gathering forensic evidence.

The firearm used in the shooting has not yet been recovered, and locating it remains a priority for Police.

Officers have also been conducting reassurance patrols in the Raglan and Gordonton areas to ensure the public is safe and feels safe.

Mr McKinnon’s partner and his family continue to be supported by Police and Victim Support.

They do not wish to speak to media at this stage and request privacy.

The Coroner and Police are working to ensure that Mr McKinnon is returned to his family in accordance with their wishes.  

As part of our ongoing inquiries, Police are looking for anyone who may have seen any hitchhikers in the Gordonton – Whitikahu area during daylight hours on Friday.

Particularly, if any motorists that travelled this route on Friday have dashcam footage, Police would like to hear from you.


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Media note: D.I Pitkethley will not be giving interviews on this statement.

Police seek to identify man in relation to stabbing

Source: New Zealand Police

Police are appealing for information to help us identify the man pictured, who we wish to speak to in relation to a stabbing at a service station in Edgeware, Christchurch this morning.
At around 6.30am today a man and woman entered the service station, on the corner of Edgeware Road and Cranford Street. 
Two men entered the service station a short time later, and walked to the seating area.
As the man and woman left the service station, one of the men in the seating area made an offensive gesture towards them.
The man and woman continued on their way, but the man returned shortly after with another associate.
He was then approached by one of the men in the seating area, and stabbed twice with a small knife. 
The man was transported to hospital in a serious but stable condition.
The offender, who was unknown to the victim, was initially wearing a black top and black pants but later put on a red t-shirt with ITALIA on the back.
Police would like to hear from anyone who can help us identify the offender, or anyone who has information which could assist our enquiries.
Anyone who can help is asked to call 105. Information can also be provided anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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Time for leadership on Ihumātao

Source: National Party

After three weeks of inaction, a hikoi to the Prime Minister’s electorate office this week by the Ihumātao protestors is an opportunity for the Prime Minister to finally show some leadership, Leader of the Opposition Simon Bridges says.

“Jacinda Ardern needs to undo the damage she did when she halted construction of much needed houses at Ihumātao. When the hikoi reaches her office on Thursday, she should tell them that leaving Ihumātao was the right thing to do and they should keep walking.

“It’s been three weeks since Jacinda Ardern inserted herself into the Ihumātao dispute. She has set an appalling precedent and has brought into question full and final Treaty of Waitangi settlements. 

“The Prime Minister should clearly tell the protestors when they reach her office not to go back.

“It’s time for some leadership.”

Homicide investigation, Kapiti

Source: New Zealand Police

Attributable to Detective Senior Sergeant Warwick McKee:

A homicide investigation is underway following the death of a woman on the Kapiti Coast last night.

Police remain at an address on Marine Parade and at an address in Raumati today conducting scene examinations.

A man in his 40s taken into custody shortly after the woman’s body was located has not yet been formally charged, but is expected to face serious charges.

The arrested man and the deceased woman were known to each other, and Police would like to reassure the community this was an isolated incident.


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