Warning over bikes sold online after thefts in Christchurch

Warning over bikes sold online after thefts in Christchurch

Source: New Zealand Police (District News)

Attributable to Detective Senior Sergeant Damon Wells:

Christchurch Police are asking people to be vigilant when looking to buy bicycles online, after a number of bike thefts in the area over the past few weeks.

Two people responsible for a large number of the thefts have been arrested, and other thefts are being actively investigated.

The majority of these stolen bikes are being sold via Facebook Marketplace, and Police would remind people to take care when purchasing online.

We’d recommend you purchase from authentic sellers and genuine retailers, and websites based in New Zealand.

If you’re purchasing from an individual, we suggest you request proof of ownership, or perhaps some form of ID.

If the seller is not able to or refuses to provide these, it’s possible the item may be stolen.

Generally speaking, if the deal is too good to be true, it often is.

If you own a bike, please ensure you record the serial number, keep a copy safe, and upload to www.snap.org.nz

If you purchase a bike, please ensure you record these details as well.

Also consider a high-quality D-lock or similar to deter would-be thieves.

ENDS

Issued by the Police Media Centre

Obituary – Caritas remembers founding Director – Manuka Henare RIP

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Source: Caritas

E tangi ana, e tangi ana, e tangi apakura ana mōu.  
Kua hū te wao tapu nui a Tāne, kua ngū te iere ō tōu reo.  
E te Mānuka tūtahi, e hoki ki ōu maunga kārangaranga,  
e hoki ki ōu awa, ou maungatapu ki Hokianga,
ki Ngāti Haua o Whangape.
Haere, haere, tukuna atu kia rere.

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand joins with the whānau, friends and associates of Manuka Henare in mourning the passing of this social justice Rangatira. He was a great advocate, academic, and champion of indigenous rights.

Manuka was Executive Officer of the Catholic Commission for Justice, Peace and Development in the 1980s. He became founding director of Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand in 1992, following a restructure of Church justice, peace and development structures. After his time as Director, he continued to serve on the Caritas Board until 2005.

Manuka was instrumental in shaping the identity and purpose of Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand. This was as an agency grounded in this land, concerned about issues of poverty and injustice at home as well as abroad, and drawing the links between them.

“As a man of great mana, his words and wisdom continue to resonate with and influence our work today,” says current Caritas Director Julianne Hickey. “When we sought him out in 2019 for a reflection on 50 years of Catholic justice, peace and development structures, Manuka reminded us of our responsibility to read ‘the Signs of the Times’ in responding to social issues. This was a phrase from the Second Vatican Council, which he continued to apply to his then role as an academic.

In the 1970s and 1980s, he was one of several Māori Catholic leaders who helped the Church deepen its understanding, responsibility and commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi (The Treaty of Waitangi).

While Director of Caritas, he wrote his PhD thesis on Māori understandings of He Whakaputanga o te Rangatiratanga o Nu Tireni (1835 Declaration of Independence) and Te Tiriti o Waitangi. He contributed to the writing of two statements by the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference on Te Tiriti, as well as numerous statements and submissions on issues such as employment law and international development aid.  

Manuka’s commitment to dialogue is summed up by his advice to new Caritas staff: “Always look for the truth in your opponent’s argument and the flaw in your own.” A true scholar, he embraced knowledge wherever it was to be found.

We mourn his passing, but are grateful for the legacy he has left us to uphold and protect.

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is the New Zealand Catholic Bishops’ agency for justice, peace and development. We are working for a world free of poverty and injustice through community development, advocacy, education, and emergency relief.

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is a member of Caritas Internationalis, a confederation of over 165 aid, development and social justice agencies active in over 200 countries and territories.

Housing Market – 2021 the year of property politics as investors surge to 27% market share

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Source: CoreLogic

CoreLogic NZ’s latest Property Market & Economic Update released today cements evidence from a number of market indicators that investor demand has surged back to 2016 levels, prompting speculation that further intervention by government and regulators might be needed to rebalance buyer activity.

Kelvin Davidson, CoreLogic’s Senior Property Economist, says there is a rising possibility that a 40% deposit requirement for investors could be officially mandated later in the year.

“CoreLogic’s Buyer Classification series shows that mortgaged investors surged to a 27% market share in the final quarter of 2020, up from 24% in Q2. This growth coincided with a 6.1% increase in property values in the quarter; a rise not seen since the three months to February 2004 at 6.6%.

“The last time that mortgaged investors had a market share near this high was 28% back in Q3 2016 when the Reserve Bank imposed a 40% deposit requirement. While we’ve already seen the Reserve Bank move to reinstate LVR speed limits at 30% from March 1st, the question is, will this be the end point? We think a move to 40% is possible if investor participation continues to push higher.”

Davidson says an extension to the current five-year hold period for the Bright-line test could be on the cards too, while the Reserve Bank has also requested the ability to use debt-to-income ratio caps if and when they deem it necessary.

“With property politics heating up and affordability pressures re-emerging, it looks likely that heightened regulation could be a key feature of the market in 2021. Supply (or lack thereof) is also a critical issue affecting the market and igniting much of the heat. This is both a shortage of available listings on the market but also a simple lack of newly constructed residential properties too,” says Mr Davidson.

CoreLogic’s Buyer Classification data shows that first home buyers made up 23% of purchases in Q4. “Given that FHBs don’t have anything to list or sell before they buy and that very few investors aren’t selling much at present either, their continued buying presence is likely to keep the pressure on the supply/demand balance in the market.

“Looking at movers (including upgraders and downsizers), their share of purchases dipped to just 26% in Q4, an historically low level. In some cases, existing owner-occupiers are choosing to stay where they are due to already high debt levels and the extra costs associated with moving. But in other cases, people aren’t moving because they simply can’t find the ideal next property, given the tight supply of available listings. In turn, that is feeding back into an even tighter listings picture.

“Despite housing construction staying steady at recent high levels, New Zealand’s housing supply deficit following the GFC is still ultimately a key factor behind recent strong house price growth and stark lack of housing stock. In the end, government policy needs to be firmly focused on building more houses. We just need more properties,” says Mr Davidson.

Key Facts from the CoreLogic Property Market & Economic Update:

A key support for the recent strength in the residential property market has been the stronger than forecast performance of the economy, especially with unemployment remaining lower than anticipated. From its current level of 5.3% (up from the recent low of 4.0%), the unemployment rate may only rise by another 1% or so. Meanwhile, timely indicators such as the NZ Activity Index show that the wider economy continues to recover, and sectors such as construction are still growing steadily (despite previous fears of a collapse).
 
Mortgage credit has continued to flow in the past few months after the slump in activity in April and May. The rise in activity over the second half of 2020 was so strong that it far outweighed the lockdown-related hiatus, and left the value of mortgage lending by the banks up by almost 10% for the calendar year, reaching new record highs over the final months of 2020.
 
Property sales volumes also picked up strongly in the final few months of 2020 and could have been even higher still were it not for the lack of listings on the market. Combined with low mortgage rates, that lack of choice for buyers has been a key contributor to the sharp growth in property values lately.
 
The CoreLogic House Price Index showed that average property values across NZ as a whole rose by 6.1% in Q4 – a figure not seen since the 6.6% rise in the three months to February 2004. Tauranga (10.2%), Wellington (8.1%), and Dunedin (6.4%) were all above that national average, with smaller areas such as Masterton and Whanganui also recording strong growth. Hamilton (4.1%) and Christchurch (3.4%) were slightly more subdued in Q4, but those growth figures were still fairly solid, especially for Christchurch (which has seen little change at all in property values for a number of years now).

“The main economic figures suggest things are progressing relatively well for NZ’s post-COVID recovery, with labour markets performing better than expected and economic activity rebounding well. Strengthening economic conditions point to continued momentum in the property market, backed by historically low interest rates which look set to stay at record lows for the year. However, after an 11% gain in housing values in 2020, growth in 2021 could be a little slower, as potential regulatory changes in the property market and affordability challenges start to take effect,” concludes Mr Davidson.

For more information or to read the CoreLogic Property Market and Economic Update, visit www.corelogic.co.nz/reports.  

Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Awards – Ngā Tohu Pou Kōhure o Aotearoa Semi-Finalists Announced for Six Categories

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Source: Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year

The New Zealander of the Year Awards Office is pleased to announce the semi-finalists in six categories for the 2021 Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Awards ­­– Ngā Tohu Pou Kōhure o Aotearoa set to take place on 31 March 2021.

The Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year – Te Pou Whakarae o Aotearoa semi-finalist for 2021 are:

Farid Ahmed (Christchurch)
Tiny Deane (Rotorua)
Chris Farrelly (Auckland)
Masjid An-Nur Imam Gamal Fouda (Christchurch)
Craig Hudson (Auckland)
Scotty Morrison (Auckland)
Ranjna Patel (Auckland)
Dr Sean Simpson (Auckland)
Melissa Vining (Southland)
Dr Siouxsie Wiles (Auckland)

Miriama Kamo, Te Koruru – Patron of the Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Awards says, “It has been an extraordinary past year – one which has challenged us beyond what we thought possible. Despite that, New Zealanders across Aotearoa have stepped up to act as ‘pou,’ as support and strength for whānau, for communities, for our country and beyond. It’s an honour and a privilege to play a role in acknowledging the achievements of our semi-finalists. Ngā mihi nunui ki a koutou katoa.”

The annual Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Awards are in their 12th year. The Awards celebrate Kiwi from all walks of life; those who inspire, give hope and lead across the six different Award categories. The Awards encourage New Zealanders to honour extraordinary Kiwi; those who use their passion to make Aotearoa a better place.

The Awards Office received a record number of nominations in 2020 to be rigorously evaluated by at least two rounds of independent and diverse judging panels. A significant number of these nominations were for Dr Ashley Bloomfield, Director-General of Health, however when contacted, Dr Bloomfield’s office responded to say although humbled, he wishes not to be considered for the Award given his primary role as a public servant. In a statement from his office he said, “He wishes the candidates well and says he will be watching with interest on the night.”

Three finalists will be announced for the six Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Awards ­­– Ngā Tohu Pou Kōhure o Aotearo categories on Monday 1 March, with winners announced at the New Zealander of the Year Awards Gala Dinner in Auckland on Wednesday 31 March 2021.

Previous winners of the New Zealander of the Year award are: Jennifer Te Atamira Ward-Lealand (2020), Mike King (2019), Kristine Bartlett (2018), Taika Waititi (2017), Richie McCaw (2016), Sir Stephen Tindall (2015), Dr Lance O’Sullivan (2014), Dame Anne Salmond (2013), Sir Richard Taylor (2012), Sir Paul Callaghan (2011) and Sir Ray Avery (2010).

Other Category Semi-Finalists for 2021:

University of Canterbury Young New Zealander of the Year – Te Mātātahi o Te Tau

Dr Zhiyan Basharati (Christchurch)
Lucy Blakiston (Wellington)
Sarah Colcord (Auckland)
Madeleine de Young (Auckland)
Brianna Fruean (Auckland)
Arizona Leger (Auckland)
Pania Newton (Auckland)
Alana Scott (Waikato)
Chlöe Swarbrick (Auckland)
Jazz Thornton (Auckland)

Ryman Healthcare Senior New Zealander of the Year – Te Mātāpuputu o Te Tau

Robert Tuahuru Edwards (Ōpōtiki)
Graham Roy Falla (Auckland)
Jacqueline Grant (Hokitika)
Nigel Hampton QC (Canterbury)
Alexandra Mary Raine (Lexie) Matheson (Auckland)
Desmond Smith (Wellington)
Alison Nan McLellan (Auckland)
Hare Williams (Auckland)
Dr Doug Wilson (Taupō)

Trade Me New Zealand Innovator of the Year – Te Pou Whakairo O Te Tau

Canaan Aumua (Auckland)
Emily Blythe (Christchurch)
Sarah Colcord (Auckland)
Kami: Bob Drummond, Alliv Samson, Jordan Thoms, Henjie Wang (Auckland)
James Hayes (Christchurch)
Shama Lee (Auckland)
Ranjna Patel (Auckland)
Craig Piggott (Auckland)
Hīria te Rangi (Wellington)
Carmen Vicelich (Auckland)

Mitre 10 New Zealand Community of the Year – Ngā Pou Whirinaki o Te Tau

Baby Loss NZ (Auckland)
Christchurch Mosque Victims Group (Christchurch)
I Have a Dream Charitable Trust (Whangarei)
Manaaki (Auckland)
Queenstown Lakes District Covid-19 Welfare (Otago)
Seasons For Growth (Nationwide)
SuperGrans Western Bay of Plenty Charitable (Bay of Plenty)
Te Puea Memorial Marae Indigenous Homeless Service Delivery Model (Auckland)
Trees That Count (Wellington)
University of Canterbury Student Volunteer Army (Christchurch)

Kiwibank New Zealand Local Hero of the Year – Te Pou Toko o Te Tau

Amal Abdullahi (Wellington)
Jignal Bhagvandas (Auckland)
Mataio Brown (Christchurch)
Aigagalefili Fepulea’i-Tapua’i (Auckland)
Josh Hickford (New Plymouth)
Carolyn Press-McKenzie (Wellington)
Danika Revell (Auckland)
Mustafa Sheikh (Auckland)
Shannon Te Huia (Waikato)
Makasini Tulimaiau (Auckland)

For more information on the 2021 Kiwibank New Zealander of the Awards – Ngā Tohu Pou Kōhure o Aotearoa semi-finalists please visit www.nzawards.org.nz.

Background

 Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Award ­­– Te Pou Whakarae o Aotearoa honours the achievements and contributions of an inspirational Kiwi who has made a big, positive contribution to our country this year. Their pursuit of excellence can be in any area; science, business, the arts, cultural or community involvement, te Ao Māori, sport, education, and health. Their achievements have positive effects on how we feel about our nation and ourselves.

Previous winners of the New Zealander of the Year Award are: Jennifer Te Atamira Ward-Lealand (2020), Mike King (2019), Kristine Bartlett (2018), Taika Waititi (2017), Richie McCaw (2016), Sir Stephen Tindall (2015), Dr Lance O’Sullivan (2014), Dame Anne Salmond (2013), Sir Richard Taylor (2012), Sir Paul Callaghan (2011) and Sir Ray Avery (2010).

Trade Me New Zealand Innovator of the Year Award – Te Pou Whakairo o te Tau recognises a person or group who, in the spirit of Kiwi inventiveness and resourcefulness, have created a better New Zealand.

Mitre 10 Community of the Year Award – Ngā Pou Whirinaki o te Tau recognises a rōpū – group of people that together have made an outstanding difference to their community this year. They foster a strong sense of Kotahitanga – community spirit and their achievements enhance the social, economic, cultural or environmental prosperity of their rohe – region making it stronger and more vibrant.

 University of Canterbury Young New Zealander of the Year Award – Te Mātātahi o te Tau recognises a young person brimming with the potential to bring about change and produce a bright future for Aotearoa, striving across the last year to improve themselves and their whole community.

Ryman Healthcare Senior New Zealander of the Year Award – Te Mātāpuputu o te Tau recognises those who have made a positive contribution to our great nation later in their life. This award gives New Zealanders of all ages the opportunity to express their appreciation and admiration for the achievements of our Senior New Zealander’s over the past year.

 Kiwibank New Zealand Local Hero of the Year Award – Te Pou Toko o te Tau recognises everyday people doing extraordinary things in their local hapori – communities over the past year. This award acknowledges the enormous contribution, sacrifice and commitment of kiwi who have selflessly worked to make their local hapori a better place.

Economy – Māori economy thriving and diverse – Reserve Bank of New Zealand

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Source: Reserve Bank of New Zealand

The Māori economy is increasingly diverse and opportunities remain for it to continue growing and reach its full potential, a report produced by Te Pūtea Matua – The Reserve Bank of New Zealand in partnership with Business and Economic Research Ltd (BERL) concluded.

Released today, Te Ōhanga Māori provides a richer picture of the Māori economy, including asset holdings, business and employment as of 2018 – not long before the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are proud to work with Te Pūtea Matua in producing this major report on the Māori economy. Te Ōhanga Māori encompasses activity and enterprise additional to, and far beyond, Treaty settlements, and more and more is an engine of growth in the economy of Aotearoa” says BERL Chief Economist, Hillmarè Schulze.

Among the many key findings of Te Ōhanga Māori are:

The Māori population and labour force are growing more rapidly than the general population and it is projected to be a rising proportion of the future workforce;
The Māori economy’s asset base is now $68.7 billion in value;
Since 2013 Māori businesses activity has increased in a range of industries, including construction, retail trade, and services such as information media; and
Access to capital is a barrier for Māori businesses.

The research will form the basis for ongoing engagement over the coming years as Te Pūtea Matua, looks to better understand the perspective of the Māori economy, including the diversity, drivers, challenges and opportunities; with a view to incorporating more closely into its core decision-making.

“We are committed at Te Pūtea Matua to follow through on the findings of this report – to develop a better knowledge of the Māori economy; to see how it could influence the impact of our policies and how our policies affect Te Ōhanga Māori in return; and to be part of ongoing korero among the public sector to better partner with Māori,” says Assistant Governor/General Manager Economics, Financial Markets and Banking, Christian Hawkesby.

More generally, Te Ōhanga Māori is a tool for Māori, iwi, central and local government agencies to use in creating policies and approaches with and for Māori and the future of Aotearoa New Zealand.

“We hope this report will help decision-makers in the public, private and community sectors to be empowered to make sound, collaborative decisions to ensure that Māori and all New Zealanders prosper into the future,” says Mr Hawkesby.

“The work on this report shows us that Māori contributions to the economy of Aotearoa are multi-faceted. Māori engage in economic activity both in and out of the labour force and there is more to learn and understand about the rich and many roles Māori play in our economy.”

Mā te rongo ka mōhio, mā te mōhio ka mārama, mā te mārama ka mātau, mā te mātau ka ora. – Through information comes awareness, through awareness comes understanding, through understanding comes knowledge, through knowledge comes life and wellbeing.

More information:

UPDATE: Fatal car v train crash, South Wairarapa

Warning over bikes sold online after thefts in Christchurch

Source: New Zealand Police (District News)

Police can confirm one person has died following the car v train crash at Speedy’s Crossing in South Wairarapa.

The single occupant of the car sadly died at the scene.

Police remain at the scene investigating.

Diversions remain in place and motorists are asked to avoid the area.

ENDS

Issued by Police Media Centre

Energy sector – Investigation into natural gas supply welcomed

Source: MIL-OSI Submissions

Source: PEPANZ
A new investigation into the security and certainty of New Zealand’s natural gas supply has been welcomed by the Petroleum Exploration and Production Association of New Zealand (PEPANZ).
“Natural gas is a vital energy source for New Zealand but there is real pressure on our long-term supply. It is a good move by Energy and Resources Minister Dr Megan Woods to request this work from the Gas Industry Company (GIC),” says PEPANZ chief executive John Carnegie.
“Natural gas provides over 20% of New Zealand’s total energy, powering our key industries and keeping electricity prices down. It also enables renewable electricity by providing an affordable back-up for when demand is high and supply can’t keep up.
“There are no clear affordable alternatives ready yet, which means we could end up importing LNG from Australia instead of producing our own local natural gas.
“PEPANZ members are continuing to invest in their existing assets to enhance supply in the short and medium term, but beyond that exploration is required.
“Like other forms of energy, natural gas requires ongoing investment to maintain existing supply let alone add new reserves. For this to happen we need the right regulatory and commercial conditions.
“These are important issues for the GIC to consider. We look forward to engaging with them and helping the Government ensure we have affordable, reliable and sustainable energy.”
Further information on the GIC’s investigation is available here.

Education – More than trades included in Government’s free study fund

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Source: UCOL

Learners in the Manawatū, Whanganui, Wairarapa, and Horowhenua regions are flocking at the chance to take up free study covered by the Government’s Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF) – but many parents and students are unaware of the range of programmes that are included.

Since launching last year, the Government has this month expanded what qualifications are eligible for its funding. Across UCOL’s campuses, 34 programmes are now covered by free trades training, including qualifications in health and wellbeing, information technology, conservation, enrolled nursing, community support, and agriculture.

“Obviously when the community heard about free trades training, there’s been a lot of interest in our extensive trades’ schools,” says Dr Linda Sissons, UCOL’s Acting Chief Executive. “It’s the wider qualifications that people missing out on – things they don’t realise are covered. With fees funded until 31 December 2022, we want to make sure our community is making the most of this once in a lifetime opportunity that’s open to all ages.”

For UCOL, the results are clear – there’s been a 40% increase in enrolments for TTAF funded qualifications in comparison with enrolments this time last year. Plus, the semester hasn’t even started yet, with learners having another three weeks to enrol.

“Across the board the growth has been really consistent – there’s been increases on each campus, in every faculty. Against this time last year, we’ve had 191 more students enrolled, and we expect to see that grow even further.”

“With 2020 NCEA results now published, we want to ensure that school leavers and their whanau are fully informed about this unique opportunity. For those well out of school, no matter what you’ve studied before, you can access this funding. It’s a chance for young – and not so young – people to get a fully-funded head start in rewarding, in demand careers.”

Of all the courses on offer at UCOL’s Manawatū campus, the most popular ones so far have been the Bachelor of Nursing, Level 3 Certificate in Automotive Engineering, and the Certificate in Early Childhood and Care. Automotive Engineering in particular has had to launch a second cohort to accommodate demand.

Meanwhile newer programmes that have been recently launched include the Bachelor of Social Services and the Certificate in Plumbing, Gasfitting and Drainlaying.  

Across the Whanganui, Wairarapa and Horowhenua campuses, qualifications in nursing, business, cookery, early childhood care, and beauty therapy are particularly popular.

Students interested in UCOL’s programmes can check out what’s available on www.ucol.ac.nz. If they have any questions about free trades training funding, they can call 0800 GO UCOL.

Farming – Road care and courtesy needed at harvest time

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Source: Federated Farmers
Harvest season is in full swing and Federated Farmers is urging motorists and the operators of agricultural machinery to show each other some care and understanding.
“Not everyone has appreciated the recent sweltering temperatures but for arable farmers in the middle of harvesting, the golden weather is both a bonus and a race to get crops in before Mother Nature switches moods,” Feds Vice-President and transport spokesperson Karen Williams says.
New Zealand’s $2.1 billion arable industry is an important part of our export earnings, economy and employment. During harvest, combine harvesters, large tractors towing implements and other over-size agricultural vehicles often need to use public roads to move between different parts of the farm.
“They’re bulky and of necessity – and by law – move at lower speeds than other motorists.
“Farmers are asking other drivers to show a bit of patience and common sense,” Karen said.
“If a tractor or harvester does pull over to the edge of the road, take your opportunity to pass if you can do so safely. Most of them will be moving no faster than 30-40kph or so, so it’s not essential to have the same several hundred metres of clear road ahead needed when overtaking much faster moving vehicles.”
Refusing to pass can result in a long line-up of vehicles and that’s when some drivers’ patience frays and they do something risky, Karen said.
Federated Farmers is also urging the operators of farm vehicles to keep traffic flows in mind, and to remember their responsibilities in terms of protruding implements/headers and, where required, use of beacons and hazard panels.

Health – Community voices needed for Vaping regulations public consultations

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Source: Hapai Te Hauora
Public consultation on the vaping regulations opened on Monday, seeking feedback from all New Zealanders to ensure the regulations have the right attributes to best support and protect communities.
Hāpai Te Hauora strongly encourages whānau, hāpu, iwi, Pacific and all communities to have their say and give feedback to ensure the vaping regulations are shaped by community.
Hāpai Te Hauora CEO, Selah Hart says ‘We support and encourage our whanau and communities to use this as an opportunity to have a say on regulations that will affect our most impacted communities. It is important that the public consultation activities are accessible for Māori and Pacific communities and we believe our experience in these processes will support this to happen.
Smoking rates have declined over recent decades but are still unacceptably high for young adults, Māori and Pacific communities.
Tobacco Control Advocacy Service, GM Stephanie Erick says “we plan to engage with young adults, Māori, and Pacific communities across the country, to ensure their views are included and that we also hear from local and rural voices. Their views and insight can indicate what measures are acceptable or not on the proposed regulations.
Hart says ‘This legislation is an important step to better support our whanau to switch to regulated products that areless harmful than smoking, and to protect children, young people and non-smokers.
“With everyone working together we can move faster towards achieving a Smokefree 2025”, says Hart.