Active Families – Fit for Purpose

Source: New Zealand Government

Health Minister Dr David Clark is pleased to see a growing number New Zealanders  are gaining the benefit of regular exercise and a healthy diet with the support of the Active Families programme.

The programme supports patients who have been given a “Green Prescription” by their doctor to become physically active and to eat more healthily.

A new survey has confirmed a high proportion of patients and their families are following through on their doctor’s advice with the help of Active Families.

“It’s great to see that we’re delivering nutrition and activity services to these families in a way that really works for them,” David Clark said.

“It’s particularly good to see that this is true for Māori and Pasifika whanau who make up 56 per cent of the families receiving these services.”

David Clark participated in the World Health Organisation’s Walk the Talk: The Health for All Challenge event last month in Geneva where he met champion long-distance runner Haile Gebrselassie.

“His participation sends a powerful message about the role that physical activity can play for all people to improve their health,” David Clark said.

More than 51,000 Green Prescriptions are given to adult New Zealanders each year and a growing number of children – nearly1500 – and their families take part in the Active Families programmes.

The survey found that Active Families successfully supported families to be more physically active and to eat more healthily – rated at 85 per cent and 90 per cent respectively.

In three areas the Active Families programme rated at nearly 100 per cent – having relevant and appropriate choices; understanding the benefits of physical activity and having high quality services and support.

The survey, which is now being run every two years, has shown a steady improvement in results since it started in 2007.

One Wellington woman said the highlight of participating in Active Families was “seeing my kids healthier and happier than ever before.”

Another woman, a 23 year old from Northland, describes Active Families’ role in her journey from a girl that almost gave up on life to finding hope, coming back to live, flourish and thrive.  

A Hawkes Bay man who was on crutches after a series of joint replacements attributes Active Families to playing a part in now walking each day without them.  He says being active is great for the mind and body and much better than sitting round watching TV.

Each one of the stories shows how a healthier diet and regular exercise, has had benefits in each person’s life far beyond just going for a regular walk.

The latest survey and the individual stories can be read on the Ministry website.

Funding changes to increase quality of lifelong learning opportunities

Source: New Zealand Government

Foundation level te reo Māori is one of many tertiary programmes to benefit from a funding rate increase, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said.

The rate increase of $1000 per full time equivalent place comes into effect next year and applies to a number of Student Achievement Component (SAC) level 1 and 2 programmes provided by tertiary education organisations.

“Programmes including te reo Māori, supported learning for students with high learning needs and English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) will benefit,” Mr Hipkins said.

“The changes result from my earlier decision to do away with the previous Government’s failed competitive funding model for level 1 and 2 foundation programmes.

“The move helps tertiary providers deliver better quality courses, supports lifelong learning, and helps students better prepare for employment or further education.

“In 2017, there were about 19,000 student enrolments in the programmes receiving a funding rate increase in 2019.

“Funding rates for level 1 and 2 programmes in trades and services remain unchanged. The vast majority of providers, however deliver a mix of foundation level programmes and will benefit, Chris Hipkins said.

 Below is a table with the funding rate changes


2017/2018 funding rate (per EFTS)

New funding rate (per EFTS)

Te Reo Māori



English for Speakers of Other Languages



Supported Learning









General Foundation Education



Notes to editor:                     

  • Supported learning programmes are for students with high learning needs, who are undertaking Level 1 courses to build some basic foundation education skills and gain life skills (example qualification: NZ Certificate in Skills for Living for Supported Learners, Level 1)
  • General foundation education programmes support people to gain basic foundation skills to prepare students for employment or further learning, and include the New Zealand Certificate in Foundation Skills and New Zealand Certificate in Computing.

Transport infrastructure plan backs businesses to grow, gives certainty on funding pipeline

Source: New Zealand Government

New Zealand’s largest ever 10-year plan for land transport investment announced today sends a clear message that the Coalition Government is committed to a long-term nationwide infrastructure strategy to boost productivity and support businesses to grow, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says.

“We know that productivity and economic growth in New Zealand has been held back by gridlock in our cities and under-investment in regional roads and rail. We are fixing this by ensuring that the land transport component of our economic plan supports a modern, growing economy,” Grant Robertson said.

“The 2018 Government Policy Statement on Land Transport (GPS) provides certainty to New Zealand businesses and exporters that we are backing them to become more productive. The GPS is also key to our goal of transitioning the economy to more sustainable growth, and will promote more inclusive growth by spreading increases in transport investment across every region.”

The investments made as a result of the 2018 GPS will:

  • Boost productivity by reducing congestion in our cities
  • Support our primary industries by ensuring that regional networks are better connected
  • Give our exporters easier access to international markets by making sure nationally important transport connections are maintained and improved, and
  • Support New Zealand’s tourism industry by improving transport connections on key regional tourist routes

“We are prioritising a land transport system that provides increased access to economic and social opportunities for businesses and individuals,” Grant Robertson said.

“The GPS includes a series of reporting measures to track the progress of these goals, including reliability of freight and passenger average travel times on regional networks, tourist routes and metropolitan areas.

“The Government is also providing certainty by detailing upfront how we are fully funding our transport plans.

“The GPS supports implementation of the $28 billion Auckland Transport Alignment Project (ATAP) between the Government and Auckland Council.

“We inherited an ATAP plan with a $9.7 billion funding gap, which created uncertainty over whether unfunded projects promised by the previous Government would have to be scrapped.

“We made it a priority of our first few months in Government to address this so that we could give Auckland businesses certainty that the projects we were backing were fully funded.

“This is the same with the nationwide GPS announced today. New Zealand businesses that rely on land transport, and construction firms seeking to bid for these projects, can be confident about the Government’s long-term transport infrastructure pipeline,” Grant Robertson said.

GPS 2018 can be found here:

Statement of Preliminary Issues released for Goodman Fielder/Lion yoghurt merger

Source: Commerce Commission – Press Release/Statement:

Headline: Statement of Preliminary Issues released for Goodman Fielder/Lion yoghurt merger

The Commerce Commission has published a Statement of Preliminary Issues relating to an application from Goodman Fielder New Zealand Limited (Goodman Fielder) for clearance to acquire assets related to the manufacture and distribution of ‘Yoplait’ branded yoghurt in New Zealand from Lion – Dairy & Drinks (NZ) Limited (Lion).

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Greens welcome record investment in sustainable transport

Source: Green Party

The Green Party is heralding today’s transport announcement as the start of a new era of investment in sustainable transport in our towns and cities.
The Government released the final Government Policy Statement on land transport funding today. It allocates up to $1.1 billion for new walking and cycling projects, up to $4.8 billion for rapid transit, and up to $8 billion for public transport over the next decade.
“The Greens campaigned on shifting transport funding away from 1950s-style motorway schemes into sustainable and congestion-free alternatives like light rail and safe cycling. This transport budget delivers on that promise,” said Green Party transport spokesperson Julie Anne Genter.
“In the next three years there will be double the funding for safe cycleways, a significant funding boost to make public transport more frequent and affordable, and investment in light rail and rapid bus lines in our major centres. 
“These investments will deliver truly fast, frequent, low-carbon transport alternatives to help put our towns and cities on a path to net-zero emissions by 2050.
“It will mean more people have the freedom to escape congestion by jumping on a frequent train or bus or by riding safely to work and school by bike.
“By shifting funding from away from a few costly urban motorway projects we’ll also free up investment to make critical safety improvements on rural roads right across the country.
“An annual 4 cents a litre extra on fuel will support an extra $5 billion of investment over the next decade to deliver more affordable public transport and build safer roads,” said Ms Genter

Communications alumni reconnect with AUT

Source: Auckland University of Technology (AUT)

28 Jun, 2018

In May, the School of Communication Studies and AUT’s alumni department hosted an exclusive event at the Auckland Art Gallery. Over 120 alumni attended, catching up with old friends among students and staff.

As a school famous for producing household names, the guest list included the ‘who’s who’ of the communications industry and included great graduates like Dominic Bowden.

Alumni came to connect with each other and learn about recent developments at AUT from the Vice-Chancellor Derek McCormack.

The event also featured a private showing of the Manifesto Exhibition, the New Zealand premiere of Julian Rosefeldt’s immersive 13-channel film installation Manifesto, featuring Cate Blanchett.

Alumni were enthusiastic about the evening.

“It’s fantastic AUT is investing in alumni events. There is so much value created from us graduates being connected and on board with where the university is heading,” said Joanna James, communication studies alumna (2002) and PR Director at FCB.

The event is just one of many alumni events that have taken place around the world over the past year as AUT has ramped up its alumni engagement efforts.

Head of School, Professor Berrin Yanikkaya, shared some of her vision for where the School of Communication Studies is heading during this time of rapid technological change. “The Bachelor of Communication Studies is the flagship qualification of the school, and this is a time of change for the degree.  We are moving towards a more flexible curriculum, that focuses on the digital age which, is the context our graduates enter when they leave university.”

Director Alumni Relations Sam Mickell sees a very clear benefit for AUT investing in engaging alumni. “AUT has over 100,000 graduates worldwide and staying in touch means they are more likely to advocate for us.”

New and Nearly New Sale

Source: Auckland Council


New and Nearly New Sale 2018-09-15 10:00:00 2018-09-15 12:00:00 Pacific/Auckland Takapuna Primary School, 23 Auburn Street, Takapuna, Auckland Sarah Compain New and Nearly New Sale: Sat 15 Sep 2018 10:00 AM, Cost: Gold coin entry Bookings: We’re really excited to be hosting a second Nearly New Sale for 2018 in a new location. Would you like to declutter?! Do you have any 0-10 year-olds clothing and toys that you are ready to move on? This is a perfect opportunity to have a spring clean and clear out those baby/kids clothes and toys that are no longer being used. Make some extra $$$, while supporting Plunket. Gold coin entry. Face painting on site plus Sausage Sizzle To book your table or donate any items to be sold at this event please contact Sarah Compain at the above email or phone number. Saturday 15 September 2018, 10.00am – Saturday 15 September 2018, 12.00pm


Takapuna Primary School, 23 Auburn Street, Takapuna, Auckland

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Inside the school hall


Gold coin entry


Sarah Compain

021 870 494


We’re really excited to be hosting a second Nearly New Sale for 2018 in a new location.

Would you like to declutter?!

Do you have any 0-10 year-olds clothing and toys that you are ready to move on?

This is a perfect opportunity to have a spring clean and clear out those baby/kids clothes and toys that are no longer being used. Make some extra $$$, while supporting Plunket.

Gold coin entry. Face painting on site plus Sausage Sizzle

To book your table or donate any items to be sold at this event please contact Sarah Compain at the above email or phone number.

Shameless Twyford reannounces National’s plans

Source: National Party

Not only is KiwiBuild no longer ‘Kiwi’, but it appears the ‘Build’ isn’t really happening either with Housing Minister Phil Twyford simply putting KiwiBuild stamps on houses that were built under the previous Government, National’s Housing spokesperson Judith Collins says.

“Mr Twyford’s announcement today that 400 affordable homes will be built in Northcote is nothing more than a rebranding exercise and won’t add to the supply of houses in Auckland.

“These houses had already been announced by National in 2016, when we said that we would redevelop 300 existing Housing New Zealand properties into 1200 new homes in Northcote.

“Mr Twyford has recently come to the realisation, albeit very late, that his much-hyped KiwiBuild is never going to happen and was only ever a pipedream.

“That’s why he’s not only hijacked National’s Northcote housing announcement, but he’ll also be buying houses off developers that would have been built anyway and using foreign-built flat-packs as part of ‘KiwiBuild’.

“It is also not the first time Mr Twyford has put his KiwiBuild stamps on houses that were already in the pipeline under National – the McLennan Development has been underway since 2016 with hundreds of houses built and being lived in, or under construction.

“Mr Twyford always said that his KiwiBuild houses would be over and above what was already underway but all we have seen so far is broken promises, murky details and rebranding of National’s excellent plans to deliver affordable housing.”

UN Aviation Agency Throws Lifeline to Fossil Fuels, Hampering Effectiveness of Global Emissions Deal

Source: World Wildlife Fund

In response to today’s decision from the countries on the UN International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) governing Council on a detailed set of rules to operationalize a plan to curb emissions from international aviation, World Wildilfe Fund (WWF) released the following statements:

Brad Schallert, WWF’s deputy director for international climate cooperation, said:

“Allowing airlines to get credit for lower carbon fossil fuels runs counter to the very purpose the policy: to help aviation take off towards a sustainable future.

“There’s no place for any type of fossil fuels in a climate protection policy. This aviation climate deal needs an operational plan that helps aviation transition away from fossil fuels, not one that provides a lifeline to fossil fuels interests while undermining budding new sustainable aviation fuels.”

Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, leader of WWF’s global climate and energy program, said:

“A policy is only as strong as the rules that govern it. By deciding to credit fossil fuels, the countries have weakened the aviation climate deal’s rules and jeopardized airlines’ ability to reduce carbon emissions from international aviation at the scale needed to keep global warming to 1.5°C.

“While many countries and non-state actors are ramping up climate action, it is extremely disappointing to see countries undermining this global aviation climate policy they agreed to in 2016.”

Drivers reminded to watch speed around schools

Source: New Zealand Police

To be attributed to Senior Sergeant Simon de Wit of Wellington Road Policing

Wellington Road Policing would like to remind drivers to watch their speed around schools.

On the 14th of June 2018 a speed camera van was stationed outside Solway Primary school on Ngaumutawa Road, Masterton during the morning drop off period for three hours.

During that time 1064 vehicles passed the camera with 238 vehicles being issued infringements for exceeding the posted speed limit.

This is unacceptable in an area where children are getting out of cars at the road side.

It’s really disappointing that people still continue to speed around schools putting children at risk.

It’s important to remember that children are vulnerable around roadways as they are still learning to identify risks.

We need to do everything we can to safeguard our tamariki as they walk or cycle to school – and that means slowing down.


Issued by Police Media Centre