Commerce Sector – New Board announced for The Canterbury Employers Chamber

Source: MIL-OSI Submissions

Source: Canterbury Employers Chamber of Commerce
The Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce Board for 2019/2020 was announced at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Wednesday 23 October 2019.
The successful candidates are:
– Benjamin Badger, KPMG (re-elected)
– Melissa Davies, SilverDelta Ltd
– Paul Deavoll, Orion New Zealand Ltd
– Matthew Mark, Christchurch City Mission
– Charlotte Sullivan, Auburn Marketing
They will join the incumbent Board members:
– Erin Black, Beca
– Jenni Callaghan, EY
– Trevor Edwards, Superheat 
– Shaun Hubbard, AECOM
– Olivier Lacoua, Novotel Christchurch Airport
– Craig Latimer, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise
– Andrew Logie, Andrew Logie Ltd
“We are extremely grateful to our Board members who provide their time and expertise to support The Chamber and our members,” says Chief Executive Leeann Watson. “In particular I would like to thank those Board members who are stepping down – Past-President Hugh Lindo, previous Vice-President Stephen Bateman, Carl Davidson, and Amy Carter – whose combined years’ experience and contribution is much appreciated.”
Ms Watson says the organisation was also proud to announce a new honorary life member at the AGM. “We are very pleased to bestow an honorary life membership on former Reserve Bank chairman and University of Canterbury Vice-Chancellor Dr Rod Carr. Dr Carr has led a very distinguished career to date – not least of which is his recent appointment as the country’s most powerful climate leader, Chair-designate for the Climate Change Commission. Dr Carr was also a valued and engaged member of our Chamber Board from 2006-2018.
“This year has been a very positive one for The Chamber, both in terms of strong engagement with our members and financial performance. Along with our continued position as the home and voice of Canterbury business, I am greatly heartened that our organisation goes from strength to strength, and we continue to be seen as an important stakeholder in Canterbury and indeed nationally, with a strong voice on the issues that matter most to our members and our region.”

Health Sector – Leadership strong in Public Health Advocacy Group

Source: MIL-OSI Submissions
Source: Public Health Association of New Zealand

The Public Health Association of New Zealand (PHA) celebrates the leadership capital within its membership this week as it farewells outgoing President Lee Tuki and welcomes new President Dr Fran McGrath from 1 November 2019.

Lee Tuki has served a two year term as President during a time when the PHA had a complete change of staff at national office level. She has been responsible for updating the organisation’s governannce policies, introducing an annual te Tirit o Waitangi workshop for governanace training and has been a champion of the PHA’s values.

“Thank you PHA for the amazing ROLLERCOASTER ride, I will be forever grateful for those who have left and gave generously of their time.  Together we made a magnificent difference paving the way for an exciting future” Ms. Tuki said. “He iti hau marangai, e tū pāhokahoka – a little storm, but then a rainbow appears.  We leave a solid foundation for a completely new Executive to continue PHA’s collective vision of equity for all.”

Dr Fran McGrath has previously served two terms as President of the PHA, and had other governance positions at national and branch level. She started her public health work as a GP, then as a volunteer in rural and low income communities, and has had a distinguished career in the health sector, including service to the World Health Organization on various expert groups and has represented New Zealand several times at the World Health Assembly.

“The PHA has a particular contribution to make alongside our members, in being strongly evidence-based and working with other groups to achieve progress on key public health challenges” Dr McGrath said. “Internally we will focus, with our strength coming too from the large voluntary contribution of branches and caucuses.”

The PHA also welcomes two newly elected  Executive Council members, Fran Kewene and Hineira Hamiora, to represent the PHA’s Māori Caucus on Council.

Francis Kewene was nominated by the PHA’s Otago Branch. Her whakapapa is to Waikato, Maniapoto and Britain. She works as a Hauora Māori Professional Practice Fellow in the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine at the University of Otago in Dunedin. Fran has worked in public health since 2000, first as a health promoter, then health protection officer before her current academic role.

“With fresh eyes I come to this position along with my whānau and communities. I am open to opportunities that arise when you least expect them and am driven by kotahitanga through love and peace. Staying focused is about staying grounded to Papatūānuku, Tangaroa and atua katoa. Equity, social justice and human rights are about having positive relationships and making connections” said Fran of her new role.

Hineira Hamiora was also nominated by the PHA’s Otago Branch, her whakapapa is to Tauranga and Katikati, she is one of the Kuia of the Marae in Te Rereatukahia. With over 30 years’ experience working in the health and education sectors, including governance experience as a board member on the Ngaitamawhariu Runanga Health and Social Services,  managing their cultural portfolio. She is currently employed with Bay of Plenty DHB as the Te Pou Kokiri for its CAMHS programme.

“He aha te mea nui o te Ao maku e ki He Tangata he Tangata he Tangata” Hineira said.

PHA’s CEO Dr Stone said members could feel confident the organisation had continuity of strong leadership with Dr McGrath coming on as President.

“The PHA is blessed with active, motivated members, many with governance experience, willing to step forward and volunteer their time. I have been very lucky starting in my role while Lee has been here as President and I look forward to the fresh eyes Fran will bring,” Dr Stone said.

Māori members too, Dr Stone said, could feel certain their representation was strong on Council, with the election of Ms Kewene and Ms Hamiora.

Transport – Bus drivers continuing free fares protest in South Auckland

Source: MIL-OSI Submissions

Source: First Union
Go Bus drivers in South Auckland will continue refusing to collect fares tomorrow as their protest continues with the intent of avoiding disruption to passengers while highlighting the need for fair wage negotiations with their employer, FIRST Union said today.
“We started our free fares protest this morning and passengers have been very supportive,” says a Go Bus driver and FIRST Union member in Auckland, who wished to remain anonymous due to fear of retribution from the company.
“People are interested in why we’re protesting, and lots of them already understand that we work hard for low wages when we have the responsibility of keeping our passengers safe and the buses running on schedule – it’s not an easy job.”
“With the fire still burning in the central city, we aren’t causing unnecessary disruption to commuters, but the company needs to show us that they’re willing to sit down and talk seriously about why some of us are struggling to make ends meet on such low wages.”
“Compared to similar roles in other industries, and compared to other bus operators, we have been consistently underpaid and are now being singled out for being members of a union who are standing up for fair wages.”
Bargaining between over 110 FIRST Union members and Go Bus was initiated in May 2019, but the employer was unprepared to hold a first bargaining meeting until last week, almost six months later. During that meeting, Go Bus cancelled further bargaining with FIRST Union members, and members argue that the employer has been covertly referring drivers to a “yellow union” in order to limit any upward movement on wages.
FIRST Union recently resolved a long-standing stoush with the company in Hamilton, requiring the Waikato Regional Council and Minister of Transport to get involved after the company refused to pass on funds the council had agreed with the union to fund drivers’ wages.
“The Minister of Transport has put a huge investment into public transport, and it is being abused by companies like Go Bus, who are trying to enjoy the benefits of this funding while keeping wages low to pad their bottom lines,” said Jared Abbott, FIRST Union Secretary for Transport, Operations, Logistics and Manufacturing.
“Go Bus have been difficult to work with and intentionally obstructive during a very ordinary bargaining period that you would have in any unionised workforce.”
“Wages at Go Bus currently range from minimum wage to around $22.11 per hour, and drivers want to see a significant rise that compensates for increased living costs, poor wage growth and the increasing stress and strain of the job.”

Sport Sector – Iwi of Origin goes from strength to strength

Source: MIL-OSI Submissions

Source: Aktive
More than 2000 players representing whanau, iwi and hapu joined in the fun at the recent Iwi of Origin, with participants vowing to return next year.
Hosted by Aktive’s He Oranga Poutama ki Tāmaki team for the 13th year, the event saw a new inclusion of the Te Hiku o Te Ika Māori Rugby Tournament. Participants also enjoyed tag, rugby league, touch, kī-o-rahi and netball.
Event coordinator Ngawai Rewha says the event numbers, participation and enthusiasm were high.
“The event provided positive experiences for all participating whanau, iwi and hapu to connect with not only their culture, but also in a Māori focused and led sporting event. It also gave Māori from all over Tāmaki Makaurau and even Aotearoa to connect through sport.”
The Kī-o-rahi team from Danniverke also spoke highly of the event.
“We loved being part of Iwi of Origin and will definitely be back next year with more teams!”
Iwi of Origin will continue next year with event information available mid 2020.
Part of Aktive, He Oranga Poutama ki Tāmaki Makaurau is focused on increasing participation of Māori in sport and traditional physical recreation in Tāmaki Makaurau.

Minister of Finance and Sport and Recreation to visit Japan and Vietnam

Source: New Zealand Government

Finance Minister Grant Robertson departs tomorrow for events and meetings in Japan and Vietnam. 

While in Japan, he will discuss economic and fiscal issues including meeting with the Minister of Finance, Taro Aso, and Minister of Economic and Fiscal Policy, Yasutoshi Nishimura.

He will meet with the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Koichi Hagiuda and the Minister for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, Seiko Hashimoto.

Grant Robertson will also be attending the final stages of the Rugby World Cup.

In Vietnam, Grant Robertson will meet with the Minister of Finance Dinh Tien Dung, the Chair of the Communist Party Central Economic Commission Nguyen Van Binh, and the Governor of the State Bank, Le Minh Hung, with whom he will discuss regional economic trends as well as opportunities to reinforce and build on the bilateral relationship. 

“I look forward to visiting two of our important partners in the region,” Grant Robertson says.

“This trip will provide insights into how these major Asian economies are addressing the current global economic instability. 

This visit will allow me to share the innovative work New Zealand is doing on issues such as wellbeing and the future of work, and to showcase our positive growth outlook and the quality of our business environment.”

Grant Robertson returns to New Zealand on November 3.

The power of positive expectations

Source: Auckland University of Technology (AUT)

23 Oct, 2019

Māori media studies and creative writing Lecturer Jani Wilson.

A “stand-out” lecturer in Māori media studies and creative writing at Auckland University of Technology is paying forward an opportunity given to her 19 years ago – and is now helping to change the lives of her students for the better.

Jani Wilson was a first-year student in a tutorial with 25 of her Māori and Pacific peers when tutor Sam Cruickshank of Ngāpuhi said, “We’re here and we’re allowed to be excellent”.

Sam’s statement was contrary to the usual expectations of ‘just to pass was enough’ given to Māori and Pacific students when Jani was going through school.

“I will never forget when Sam gave us permission to be better than that – to be excellent,” she says.

That was 19 years ago. Today Jani is a lecturer in Māori media and creative writing at Auckland University of Technology. Teaching is her way of paying it forward. She says Māori students respond best when someone believes in them, expects the best from them and acknowledges their dreams.

“Why are Māori and Pasifika students failing classes? Why did I recently have 70 Polynesian students come to my class, unable to get into their courses, and now over 60 of them have access to degree programmes? “

Self-belief important

“Half the job is getting students to believe in themselves, telling students they can do it,” says Jani.

“I grew up in an overalls-and-white-gumboot, predominantly Māori town, in a one-income whānau. I did all of my post-grad study on the DPB and I’m in a city that isn’t my home with a child on my own, still paying off a student loan.

“But these elements of my journey neither define or limit me. That speaks to our tauira because they can relate and take strength from someone who contests stereotypes.”

Connecting with students and building relationships helps Jani to understand where they are coming from. Being Māori herself, she relates to those students who don’t have strong academic expectations.

“Some teachers believe that some students aren’t going to improve so they don’t bother.”

Jani encourages students to bring their personal experience to class discussions to create a sense of belonging and to demonstrate they can achieve academically.

She has seen some of her students overcome massive obstacles, including homelessness, and still turn up to class and graduate.

Talking about the responsibilities of a Māori vs non-Māori producer, the students were given a script and asked what they would do and why it’s important. One student had an epiphany and said, “We’re the ones who have to go back to the marae”.

Setting up for success

Setting her students up for success in whatever career they choose is Jani’s aim. She has redesigned the Māori media papers so students can have the experience she didn’t have and wants to shift the future of Māori screen production so Māori can create and tell their own stories.

She always reflects on how far her tīpuna (ancestors) have come in terms of theory and technology in coming to New Zealand.

“I always approach things in that way; my students aren’t any less because they are Māori.

“Being Māori, being Pasifika… my students are so proud of their cultures. When we engage in tautohetohe (debates), many take the opportunity to speak their truths about perceptions of Māori and Pasifika in the media. It is important to have these conversations and to approach them through analysis and critique to move the media forward.”

The extra effort she puts into students is worth it when her students achieve success, despite the lack of belief by other parties.

“There’s an idea my students won’t be as technical or theoretically sound as others. I enjoy wiping the smiles off their faces when my students are better.”

Fostering Māori leadership

To shift the narrative on Māori, it’s also important to foster excellent Māori leadership, whether it is academic or practical, Jani says.

“I’m into the 99.9 per cent who are doing well for themselves. It’s important they become leaders to foster Māori aspirations in future generations.”

Student Stasia Tongatule says of Jani: “She’s a stand-out lecturer and doesn’t leave any students behind if they’re struggling. If I give her something, she’ll say ‘you can do better than that’; she’s always pushing us.”

Last year, Jani put student Micah Thompson’s name forward as part of a youth delegation at the APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) summit in Papua New Guinea.

“If she hadn’t, I wouldn’t have done it,” says Micah. “It was a life-changing experience.”

Jani says, “For me, the most noticeable change in Micah following the trip was his confidence and belief in his skills and abilities. He’s begun talking about postgraduate study which is really exciting.”

Listening to students

Jani’s advice for other teachers is to pay close attention to students and listen.

“Three things I do very deliberately are: I learn their name and I say it, even out of class. I remember a detail about each student and drop these into our classroom conversation so they know I listen. It has a reciprocal effect, and they listen too.

“If they’re engaged, I can do my job better and they can learn better. I do kapa haka and play sports, and it’s amazing how much my students respond to these conversations.”

Students pick up on this attentiveness and respond in kind.

“In class it shows how much attention she pays to us, throughout the course and since we’ve been here, we try and respond in the same way,” says Micah.

Jani likes to facilitate conversations creating a model where students and teachers are on the same level.

“Gone are the days where you can get up and just say stuff; the kids are googling as you’re teaching to check if what you’re saying is legit.”

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Traffic switch to enable final surfacing for southbound Longswamp lanes

Source: New Zealand Transport Agency

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency advises work will begin on laying the final asphalt surface on the Longswamp section of the Waikato Expressway from Tuesday next week.

Waikato Portfolio Manager Darryl Coalter says the surfacing works, to take place on the southbound lanes, will require all traffic to move to the northbound lanes.

“The existing 70km/h speed restriction will remain in place and motorists may encounter delays on Tuesday as the switch is made.

“We expect to have the final surface completed on southbound lanes by early December, with traffic using all four lanes at 100km/h ahead of the holiday season.”

The northbound lanes will get their final surface in February and March next year.

The 5.9km Longswamp section of the Waikato Expressway has involved widening the existing State Highway 1 route from 2-3 lanes to four, installing side and central barriers, and strengthening local road networks. The works have also included extending Whangamarino Road to include a bridge across the expressway, connecting the eastern and western sides of SH1.

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Dashboard tracks housing progress

Source: New Zealand Government

The Government’s Housing Dashboard released today confirms record numbers of state houses are under construction and shows the Government build programme is gaining momentum. 

“After nine years of inaction, and a hands-off attitude from the previous government we’re starting to see things move in the right direction for housing,” says Housing Minister Megan Woods.

The September dashboard shows that in the previous month:

  • 3,402 homes under construction in the Government build programme across New Zealand
  • 80 new public houses built , and over 2,300 currently under construction
  • 1,340 homes were bought using the First Home Grant
  • 61 KiwiBuild homes sold, driven by demand for the popular Monark and Fraser Ave developments coming to market
  • 967 households are engaged in Housing First

“We’ve got over 2300 public houses currently being built. If the previous government had been building at that pace, rather than selling state houses off, we wouldn’t even have a waiting list.

“We’re also seeing a year on year increase in the number of consents issued with 35,658 in the last 12 months. That’s an increase of 8.8% on last year.

“We made a commitment when we reset the KiwiBuild programme that we would deliver a monthly dashboard of housing measures to show New Zealanders how we’re tracking. This dashboard sets the baseline for the Government build programme.

“As I said at the time of the reset, some statistics won’t always improve month on month and we’ll be upfront about those in this monthly dashboard.

“Overall we’re starting to make good progress with the Government build programme gathering momentum but the size of the housing issues we inherited from the previous government means there is still plenty to do,” says Megan Woods.

Notes to Editors

SkyCity Convention Centre fire

Source: Worksafe New Zealand

There is currently a major fire burning at Auckland’s SkyCity Convention Centre.

Civil Defence has advised people to not come into central Auckland today to avoid the smoke from the fire, which has been burning since yesterday afternoon. Emergency services continue to fight the fire today, hampered by strong winds.

Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015, workplaces are required to manage the risks to workers as far as is reasonably practicable. In this situation the fumes from the fire may be a risk to people’s health.

As an employer some things to consider include:

  • Ensure workers stay away from the fire site and smoke.
  • Where possible allow workers to work from home, or at another site within your company, outside of the Auckland CBD.
  • Risk will vary depending on workers’ proximity, personal susceptibility, variation in materials burning, and ventilation conditions at your place of work.
  • If you work in an air-conditioned building or office, seek advice from your building maintenance advisor or a competent person as to whether to turn the air conditioning off, or any other actions to take to prevent smoke entering the building.

If your workers have to come into the CBD, follow the advice from the Auckland Public Health Service(external link).

Next Generation of Entrepreneurs Flourish

Source: Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology

The entrepreneurial spirit in the next generation of business leaders is flourishing with sustainable products and practices on the minds of many of those who participated in the YES Rotorua regional final at Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology this week.

As a key sponsor of the Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) , Toi Ohomai hosted the event at its Mokoia Campus with four teams from Rotorua and Taupō competing in the final stage. 

At the end of the night Top That! meal toppers owned by Olivia Moore was announced as the overall winner of the regional section and will compete in the National Finals of the YES competition.  In addition it was announced that Wrapt, owned by Brooke Moore, will receive a national award and will also be attending National Finals to collect her award. 

Before the winner was announced, the four teams made their last pitches to a panel of judges consisting of Chairperson Business Chamber Taupō Catie Noble, Associate Director at Deloitte Owen Mitai-Wells, Toi Ohomai Head of Marketing and Communications Jessica Barnett and Jack Keogh, who is the Group Manager for Business at Toi Ohomai.

The four teams consisted of  Soy Fresh – Western Heights High School, Wrapt – Tauhara College,  Ataahua Ora – Taupō nui a Tia and Top That! Meal Topper! – Tauhara College.

Their business ideas included luxury candles, an alternative to plastic wrap, natural Kawakawa skincare and gourmet food toppers.

Executive Director of Māori Success and Strategic Partnerships at Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology Ana Morrison says she is impressed by the entrepreneurial spirit among the students and Toi Ohomai looks forward to continuing its partnership with YES to grow the numbers of youth entrepreneurs in the region.

 “This is exactly why Toi Ohomai are sponsors of the YES programme. The future of work is becoming increasingly more difficult to accurately predict or even imagine. Determining and focusing on the types of skills and knowledge young people need from educators is more important than ever. What is clear is that it will not be the same skills that have served us during the last century or even the last decade.

“At Toi Ohomai, we are keen on helping to grow our student minds and give them skills that are practical and will lead them in to employment so they can give back to their communities and these finalists are already doing through their businesses.

“We saw a range of pitches that showcased the talent of our future business leaders and I am in awe of their potential. Their businesses are innovative and it is obvious that so much thought has been put into them.”

YES Regional coordinator Atawhai Gillies says last night was a great celebration for the hard work by the four teams.

“I am proud of all our amazing YES students who I have had the privilege of engaging with this year.  The four teams who pitched last night was just a small representation of the huge potential of our youth.  

“They are entrepreneurial and were dedicated to learning the foundations of running their own businesses.  The YES programme is the perfect opportunity for our students to gain this vital business experience.”

Toi Ohomai Head of Youth and Community Engagement Olivia Dhanjee says the products were absolutely mind-blowing.

“Their ability to understand market trends, consumer preferences and target markets as well as their commitment to an environmentally sustainable future was just outstanding.”