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School support staff begin union meetings over pay equity – NZEI

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More than 10,000 school support staff around the country have begun two weeks of paid union meetings to discuss progress on pay equity, and next steps following the Ministry of Education’s failure to present a collective agreement offer.

Ally Kemplen, an Auckland teacher aide on the NZEI Te Riu Roa pay equity negotiation team, said there had been several days of negotiations and it was disappointing that the ministry had not put forward an offer in time for the meetings.

“We’ll be discussing the lack of progress and voting on next steps to get movement on this issue,” she said.

Alongside collective agreement negotiations, NZEI Te Riu Roa is also progressing pay equity processes for teacher aides, school administrative staff and kaiarahi i te reo*. Pay equity processes for other school support staff groups are being planned.

The pay equity claim that has been progressed first is the teacher aide claim, and it is hoped that a settlement offer can be agreed on for teacher aides to vote on before the end of the year.

Admin and kaiarahi i te reo claims have been lodged, and claims for other support staff groups are in planning.

“Support staff are on the front line of student support. They’re the glue that holds our schools together. Despite their considerable skills and responsibilities, 90% of teacher aides earn less than the Living Wage of $21.15 an hour and have very insecure employment, sometimes from term to term, with many having to hold down second jobs just to make ends meet,” said Ms Kemplen.

“That’s an appalling injustice, and it’s through these pay equity processes that we have the potential to make significant movement on some of the longstanding issues for school support staff. We need the government to move as quickly as they can to correct this. In these meetings we’ll be talking about how we can apply the pressure to make that happen.”

The key teacher aide issues are:

• the need for significant increases in pay,

• security of employment,

• career development,

• school funding changes to support these

*Kaiarahi i te reo are fluent in Māori language and have an indepth knowledge of Māori traditions and beliefs. They work alongside a teacher supporting Māori language.

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Revamp of guidelines for meth sentencing welcomed

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The New Zealand Bar Association welcomes a Court of Appeal decision which gives detailed guidance on sentencing people convicted of offences related to the importation, manufacture and supply of methamphetamine.

The court accepted submissions by both the New Zealand Bar Association and the New Zealand Law Society that rather than solely focusing on the quantity of meth involved, there should be greater focus on the role of the offender.

James Rapley QC, who led the submissions for the NZBA, notes that this is a significant change to the way that offenders are sentenced. In the past offenders with relatively low level of blame and responsibility for a meth crime have had to be sentenced to prison time. This was because a previous Court of Appeal decision, R v Fatu, introduced a series of sentencing bands that equated blame to the quantity of methamphetamine involved in the offending, and whether the offending related to supply, importation or manufacture.

“Courts now have a greater flexibility when sentencing for this kind of offending, and judges can now take into account a range of personal factors in drug sentencing and consider more rehabilitative sentencing options,” says Mr Rapley. “This is important because it reflects a greater awareness that methamphetamine addiction is a serious health concern that cannot be addressed by traditional ways of punishment.”

Mr Rapley cautions against people seeing this judgment as going easy on drug offending. “The decision is about assessing the real culpability in each case and it reflects the need to find more effective ways of dealing with serious drug offending. Those who are involved at the very top levels, where there is commerciality, involvement by organised crime or exploitation of others, will still be dealt with severely and receive lengthy terms of imprisonment.”

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EDS: Second working paper on resource management reform

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EDS has released its second working paper as part of Phase 2 of its Resource Management Law Reform Project. The project is taking a first-principles look at how New Zealand’s resource management system could be improved.

Phase 1 of the project outlined three potential models for what a future system could look like. Phase 2 is now looking at designing a single preferred model.
“This working paper describes the core features of what we think an ambitious future system could look like,” said senior researcher Dr Greg Severinsen.

“We start by adopting a set of high-level criteria to drive reform choices, and describe the system we currently have. That’s our starting point for change. We then consider the future of the Resource Management Act – whether or not it should be split, what we should do with Part 2, and how to approach central and local government planning. We see an integrated RMA –with significant changes and perhaps even renamed – as remaining at the heart of a future system that protects the environment and supports wellbeing.

“But the RMA isn’t everything. In the paper we also explore the notion of having a dedicated Oceans Act, embedding climate change in the system, changes to how we approach aspects of urban and infrastructure development, and an overarching piece of legislation under which we would have meaningful strategic and spatial planning.

“From an institutional perspective, we are also floating the idea of an independent “Futures Commission” to have key roles under the RMA and other legislation.

“There are other key areas we are continuing to examine including funding and better integration. We envisage substantial change that will need to happen in a staggered and planned way over the next several years.

“We are looking forward to seeing the government’s independent review panel on system reform also ruminating on these types of questions. Now is certainly the time to grasp the nettle,” concluded Dr Severinsen.

The project is being supported by the New Zealand Law Foundation, the Michael and Suzanne Borrin Foundation, the Employers & Manufacturers Association (Northern), Property Council New Zealand and Infrastructure New Zealand. Further work focusing on urban issues will follow in 2020.

Feedback is being sought on the working paper, which can be sent to RMProject@eds.org.nz. A final synthesis report is to be launched later in the year. For more information on the project, and to download the report and working papers, see RM Reform Project.

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The Top Dos and Don’ts of Hair Loss that Men Need to Know

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Early-onset hair loss can be quite traumatic and the stress that’s experienced while trying to figure out what to do can actually exacerbate the problem. 

Hair loss is natural but only when you’re losing the normal amount of 50 – 100 strands per day. If you are starting to realise your hair is thinning and that hair loss might be a reality for you, here are a few things you should know. 

4 Important Hair Loss Don’ts

  1. Don’t stop washing your hair. Many men tend to stop washing their hair as often because they fear it will start falling out more rapidly. However, doing so may actually give you the impression that you’re losing more hair than you really are. This is because the hair that’s meant to shed naturally starts building up, so when you do eventually wash your hair, it will seem like you’re losing a lot more strands. Use a gentle shampoo and keep washing your hair every 2 – 4 days.
  2. Don’t panic. Stress and anxiety will only make your hair loss worse. According to the best hair transplant clinic in Melbourne, Dr Spano, if you feel that hair loss might be a problem, rather speak to a professional before you start making assumptions.
  3. Don’t wait and see. In many instances, your hair is being affected by poor eating habits, stress, medical issues or smoking. So, the minute these underlying issues are addressed, your hair will resume a healthier growth cycle. Rather be proactive instead of waiting to see what happens.
  4. Don’t use too much product on your hair. Something as simple as over-styling your hair can cause long-term damage, so be more mindful about the products you use and how you style your hair. 

5 Important Hair Loss Dos

  1. Do be gentle when drying your hair. When you vigorously dry your hair, it eventually weakens the hair and causes it to break. It can also damage any new hair follicles that have formed, so opt for a gentler approach when drying your hair and scalp.
  2. Do practice stress management. Stress is one of the leading causes of hair loss, which is why stress management is so important. While exercise, mindfulness and meditation can all reduce your stress levels, if you feel that your stress and anxiety have become unmanageable, it might be wise to see a professional GP or a psychologist. 
  3. Do keep your hair shorter. If your hair has started to thin, keeping it short will help hide the areas that are being affected. 
  4. Do use the right hair care products. There are tons of hair care products on the market but many of them contain ingredients that damage your hair follicles, alcohol being one of them. Check the ingredients in the products you are currently using – you may find that you need to buy a new selection if you want to protect your strands.
  5. Do rethink your diet. Your hair relies on the vitamins and nutrients that you take in to stay strong and healthy. Being more mindful of the food you eat during the week can benefit your hair in the long run.

Hair loss is not necessarily something that needs to affect your confidence or your appearance, not when you’re aware of the right steps to take.

 

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Unexpected Reasons Your Relationship is Struggling – For the Gentleman

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Do you find yourself struggling with your relationship, with no apparent causes for these issues between you and your special someone? While it’s always best to communicate openly and honestly with your partner, in order to work through those concerns in your relationship.

However, there are some unexpected concerns that might be contributing to the difficulties that you are having in your relationship. Exploring them and working through them can help you to better approach your relationship from a position of emotional and mental strength.

Feeling inadequate in your intimate life

An estimated 60% of men are thought to be dissatisfied with one or more aspects of their intimate life, with the primary focus being on the size of the penis. Just as women can see a decrease in their self-confidence and body image when bombarded with images in the media, men can feel that they simply don’t measure up. This can lead to a reluctance to pursue your intimate relationship with your partner. This can then, in turn, result in difficulties within your relationship.

According to the male augmentation professionals offering the Calibre procedure, penis enhancement procedures can help to restore some of that lost confidence. Men who undergo the procedure, which is a non-invasive procedure using dermal fillers, are reported to have an increase in overall satisfaction. While the procedure is not a cure-all for the dissatisfaction men may be feeling, it can certainly help to improve quality of life.

Unresolved issues from previous relationships

Whether we’re aware of it or not, each of our relationships can bring with them a set of issues that simply don’t get resolved when the relationship dissolves. What this means for you is that you may be feeling anger, bitterness or resentment that is interfering with your relationship today.

The best way to resolve this is to have an open and honest discussion with your partner, and work through each of the concerns as they become a reality. Couple’s counseling and other therapy options can also help both of you work through these types of concerns.

Stress from family and friends

We all know just how much stress from work can impact our relationship with our significant other. But what we might not always be aware of is that stress and drama coming from those around us can make its way into our romantic relationship. Even issues that have nothing to do with you can have an impact on how you feel.

While it is important to maintain your relationships with your family and friends, it’s important that you learn how to disconnect from these areas of stress. Maintaining your honest communication with your partner will definitely have a positive impact on how you handle this stress.

Forgetting to work on the relationship

Sometimes it can feel that established long-term relationships don’t need as much work and effort as they did when you were first courting your partner. The truth is that all relationships require a lot of work in order to stay healthy. This could include date nights away from the kids or simply enjoying cooking dinner together while rekindling your love for quiet conversations.

The key to getting your relationship back on track is to keep those lines of communication open, while being aware of the emotional needs of your partner.

 

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Essential Facial Self-Care Treatments for the Guy

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How much time do you spend taking care of your skin? You shower, you shave and you might rub a bit of sunscreen on your nose before a day out on the water. You may find that as you grow older, your face will be the first place that signs of ageing will become noticeable. While you may not yet be ready for weekly spa day treatments, there are a few essential facial self-care treatments that you should consider in order to keep your face looking and feeling it’s absolute best.

Many of the most common skin concerns men face can be treated with non-invasive treatments.

The basic facials for guys

According to the skincare experts at men’s facial clinic in Sydney, a good introductory basic facial will buff and exfoliate and polish your skin. The treatment will remove the dead cells that sit on top of your skin and leave it looking less than glowing and healthy. Skin will be softened, smoothed and hydrated.

There are, of course, many types of facials to consider. Once you get comfortable with the idea of facials, you should explore more of your options.

Treating acne and other blemishes

We can all find ourselves fighting acne and other skin blemishes at any age, which can be frustrating. Undergoing a detoxifying facial can help to reduce the oil production and also leave your skin feeling refreshed after treatment.

Over-the-counter creams and gels can give you some level of improvement but they can also be very harsh on your most sensitive facial areas. You may wind up with dried out and damaged skin. Allowing skincare professionals to treat your acne-prone face is a much better option to preserve the health of your skin.

A facial peel, safely

There are many types of chemical peels, which all resurface the skin on your face. There are many options that can purchased just about anywhere, but they are not all created equally. Some peels contain a large percentage of chemicals that can have a really harsh impact on your face. There are also safe, natural and chemical-free options that will exfoliate and offer dramatic improvements to issues like acne, scarring, dry or damaged skin and also for those fine lines that we all start to get over time. Visiting a skincare clinic that specializes in these types of peels will assure you of the best in aesthetic results from your treatment.

Rehydrating your skin

You know how important it is to drink plenty of water, to keep each part of your body hydrated and healthy. You’ll notice that you face will start to look dry and irritated if you are lacking in hydration, so be sure to always drink plenty of water. Beyond hydrating from the inside, you should consider self-care treatments that can nourish and hydrate the skin on your face.

Visiting a skincare clinic that focuses on beautiful and healthy skin will allow you to benefit from these types of therapies. They could include moisturising face masks or compounds of nutrient-dense herbs gently massaged into your skin.

Keeping your face looking and feeling refreshed will go a long way towards minimising the signs of ageing, and also help you to feel your confident best.

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A Guide to Shopping for the Best Hair Extensions

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It seems like every celebrity, social media influencer and mom in your neighborhood is wearing hair extensions these days. Hair extensions are a great way for you to change up your look in almost no time at all. You can rely on your extensions to restore missing volume and length, which will go a long way towards making you feel like your best self if you’ve been losing hair or have suffered a bad haircut.

But how do you ensure that you are shopping for the best in hair extensions? There are so many options, particularly if you are shopping for them online, that it can be difficult to find the best options to meet your hair extensions needs. This guide will help to make your shopping just a little bit easier.

Considering the type of extensions

Broadly speaking, there are two types of hair extensions: temporary and permanent. Technically speaking, all extensions can be considered temporary but permanent hair extensions can be worn in place for up to 3 months prior to needing to be adjusted. Short-term, or temporary extensions, can be work as and when needed, and can be removed at the end of the day. According to the information at https://ehhairextensions.com.au/what-are-the-best-hair-extensions/, the type of extensions that you invest in will be impacted by your budget and by your personal preference.

Temporary hair extensions

Clip-in hair extensions can give you a boost in length and volume when you need it. They can be attached in just a few minutes and are ideal for special occasions. They are a good alternative to their permanent extension counterparts.

Clip-in extensions can range in price from the really affordable to the really costly, based upon the quality of the pieces. They can be found in synthetic hair options and natural hair options, which will of course tend to be the more expensive choice.

Permanent hair extensions

While not truly permanent, these types of extensions don’t need to be removed at the end of the day like their clip-in counterparts do. These extensions can be attached to your natural hair using a variety of methods, including glue, tape and more. They can last for up to 3 months if they are well cared for.

Considering length and texture

What kind of length are you looking for in extensions? It should go without saying that longer extensions will cost a bit more, so give some thought as to the type of length that will help you to meet your hair goals. Also give some thought as to the texture you’re looking for in your extensions. If you have straight hair and just love the way that your straight hair looks, opt for straight extensions. If, on the other hand, you have curly hair or would prefer curls, then opt for extensions that have more bounce to them.

Determining your budget

Before you start researching all of your options be sure that you know how much you are willing to spend on your hair extensions. While there are wide variations in pricing, it’s important to note that cost doesn’t always indicate quality. Some hair extensions may be priced fairly reasonably and offer you the top quality that you’re looking for.

With your budget in mind, start to do a bit of comparison shopping so that you can get a good idea as to what your allotted budget can afford you.

 

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Roblox Mod APK Download Unlimited Robux

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Just because of technology advancement and the more usage of mobile phones, playing video games are in trend. The digital market is full of games, but there would be few which you like the most and want to play over and over. On the other hand, lack of diversity will take you away even from your favorite game but have you ever think about the game which has a lot of new stuff to offer, and you will never get tired of it. It might sound ridiculous now, but you will get surprised later. 

Are you a physics lover or a gaming freak? Where you sometimes don’t like some elements, and you think that I wish I could place something else here. Now, this is possible via Roblox studio which allows you to customize games with your favorite themes such as a park, burger shop, night club, and many more which can grab your attention. Roblox mod apk is a fun and exciting gaming search engine which will let you buy the clothes, face accessories, hats and many more things to make your avatars look beautiful. 

The Roblox games list is the wider then you can imagine, games such as build a Hideout and Fight, bird simulator, meep city, the stalker, design it and many more with a huge range user controls. The time has changed a lot you don’t need to go to your friend’s house to play games as you can play online with your friends and family even while being at your home. You can sell out your stuff to the others, like cloths and many more but only Roblox builders club members can use this feature.

Roblox Studio is the vast platform for the gaming developers, where you can create your games and let the people decide how good your game is for the audience. The different developers develop the majority of the games from around the world. Join the Roblox builders club today and sell out your items and make your earning source a fun place.

 

There are several packages available on Roblox builders club which you can attain as per your desires. Classic, turbo, outrageous are different builder’s club packages which you can avail on different prices. You can grab monthly and also annually packages; it all depends on your choice. By using all of these packages, you can get free robux stipend which you can spend later to buy anything virtually.

It will prevent all the annoying ads which can be a hurdle between you and your audience. Parents have excellent access when it comes to kid’s security and proper content sharing for the minors. To avoid the explicit content access to the youngsters, parents can create mini games with all the suitable elements and interface. According to different surveys, a vast number of gaming development lovers are earning from Roblox studio. More importantly, no doubt it gives the authority to different users, but it doesn’t mean it will let its game quality got down. There is a regular security check which will automatically work as the shield for your kids. 

There are games with the same concept, but the lack of diversity is pushing them back from the Roblox mod apk. Other platforms will offer you the majority of stuff only in the paid version, but Roblox mod apk will let you do a lot of things even in the free version. When it comes to user’s feasibility, Roblox won it again because it will not force you to sign in to play the games, but you can also play it as a guest without sharing your data. 

The graphics of Roblox mod apk are far better than the other games with the same concept. You will see the remarkable clarity in the game graphics. Gaming servers will allow you to add your desired people if you don’t want to play with random players. The sound effects, along with graphics, will make you confused that you are in-game or in reality. You can change these sound effects to add yours to make it suitable for you or to your targeted audience. 

You wouldn’t have to get confused about the quality of games which are new to you because the rating option is something you would love to. During the gameplay, the chat option is the most significant source to communicate, which can double the fun for you. In case, someone annoying tries to talk bad with you or with your kids, then the system will automatically block that person by identifying the wrong words in conversation.

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Proposals to curb environmental damage help our coasts – Citizens Environmental Advocacy Centre

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“Proposals to curb environmental damage help our coasts and the oceans
Government Ministers today welcomed the release of a marine environment report highlighting the four key issues affecting our oceans, estuaries and coastlines.
We at CEAC also welcome and support Government with this set of proposals but recommend more focus on road transport pollution emissions especially from the ‘leaching of road runoff pollution’ quote; “Road dust; an overlooked pollutant.” .
During a review of the Government policy “Our marine environment 2019”
CEAC uses bullet points to highlight those four key issue proposals from I to 4.
At CEAC we regard that ‘land transport’ activities is a large cause of pollution to our ‘natural and built’ environment and coastal waters, and was not adequately considered during the planning of this coastal proposal, even in the key issue 1/ under “OUR ACTIVITIES ON LAND ARE POLLUTING OUR MARINE ENVIRONMENT”.
Hence our amendments were called for here as we are advised by The Ministry of Transport studies into “road vehicle pollution runoff” that this is a significant environmental pollution issue to consider, with our amendments to be added below in red.
“Our marine environment 2019”
Key issues.
1/ “OUR ACTIVITIES ON LAND ARE POLLUTING OUR MARINE ENVIRONMENT”
2/ “OUR ACTIVITIES AT SEA ARE AFFECTING THE MARINE ENVIRONMENT
3/ CLIMATE CHANGE IS AFFECTING MARINE ECOSYSTEMS, TAONGA SPECIES, AND US
4/ ISSUES ARE NOT ISOLATED, BUT BUILD ON EACH OTHER AND CAUSE MORE HARM

CEAC amendments; to key policy.
1/ OUR ACTIVITIES ON LAND ARE POLLUTING OUR MARINE ENVIRONMENT
3/ CLIMATE CHANGE IS AFFECTING MARINE ECOSYSTEMS, TAONGA SPECIES, AND US

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OUR ACTIVITIES ON LAND ARE POLLUTING OUR MARINE ENVIRONMENT
“Our activities on land, especially agriculture and forestry, and growing cities, increase the amount of sediment, nutrients, chemicals, and plastics that enter our coasts and oceans.”

This issue must include; https://ec.europa.eu/environment/integration/research/newsalert/pdf/277na4_en.pdf
According to the European Commission Environmental Integration Research the road dust (tyre dust) evidence is confirmed under the heading “Road dust; an overlooked pollutant.” Unsustainable high use of 90% truck freight carried must be lowered and rail encouraged to balance land transport use to lower these Greenhouse gas emissions for a more sustainable land transport in future. Micro-plastics from truck tyre dust would also be reduced while restoring water quality and lowering climate change.

3/ CLIMATE CHANGE IS AFFECTING MARINE ECOSYSTEMS, TAONGA SPECIES, AND US
Global concentrations of atmospheric greenhouse gas are increasing because of activities like burning fossil fuels for heat, transport, and electricity generation.
• On ‘land transport’ better consideration must be made to use rail as ‘common sense’ policy to combat land transport emissions/pollution.
This is causing unprecedented change in our oceans. The rate of sea-level rise has increased: the average rate in the past 60 years (2.44 millimetres per year) was more than double the rate of the previous 60 years (1.22 millimetres per year).

A key issue ‘road pollution runoff’ from transport of truck freight activities to port cities, causing an increase in the amount of sediment, nutrients, chemicals, and micro-plastics that enter our coasts and oceans”
https://ec.europa.eu/environment/integration/research/newsalert/pdf/277na4_en.pdf

While many scientific facts are emerging around our future regarding ‘micro-plastics’ are now entering our environment, being found in both artic regions of snow and ice causing alarming increases in the ice/snow melt that are responsible for increasing ‘Climate Change’
https://www.stuff.co.nz/science/115098866/exceptionally-rare-warming-above-antarctica-may-be-affecting-nzs-weather

https://ec.europa.eu/environment/integration/research/newsalert/pdf/277na4_en.pdf
According to the European Commission Environmental Integration Research the road dust (tyre dust) evidence is confirmed under the heading “Road dust; an overlooked pollutant.”

Plastic/micro- plastics are found throughout the ocean including inside shellfish, fish, and birds. Seabirds and other animals that eat plastic can get sick or die. Citizen science data collected at 44 sites showed more than 60 percent of beach litter was plastic. Pollution affects our ability to harvest kaimoana, swim, and fish in our favourite local places.

Original wording of “Our marine environment 2019”

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OUR ACTIVITIES ON LAND ARE POLLUTING OUR MARINE ENVIRONMENT

Our activities on land, especially agriculture and forestry, and growing cities, increase the amount of sediment, nutrients, chemicals, and plastics that enter our coasts and oceans.

Inter-tidal sedimentation rates have generally increased and become highly variable since European settlement. In estuaries and harbours across the Waikato region, historical sediment accumulation rates were less than 0.5 millimetres per year.

After European settlement, rates became unstable, reaching almost 200 times historical rates. Thick deposits of sediment can smother animals and degrade habitats.

Coastal water quality is variable but generally improving nationally although very site dependent. Some pollutants, like pharmaceuticals and cleaning products, end up in the marine environment and the impacts of this are not well understood.

Plastic is found throughout the ocean including inside shellfish, fish, and birds. Seabirds and other animals that eat plastic can get sick or die. Citizen science data collected at 44 sites showed more than 60 percent of beach litter was plastic. Pollution affects our ability to harvest kaimoana, swim, and fish in our favourite local places.

OUR ACTIVITIES AT SEA ARE AFFECTING THE MARINE ENVIRONMENT

Our activities on coasts and in oceans like fishing, aquaculture, shipping, and coastal development, provide value to our economy and support growth.

Since 2009, the total commercial catch has remained stable at less than 450,000 tonnes per year. In 2018, 84 percent of routinely assessed stocks were considered to be fished within safe limits, an improvement from 81 percent in 2009.

Of the 16 percent that were considered overfished, 9 stocks were collapsed. Fishing has long-term and wide-ranging effects on species and habitats. The accidental capture (bycatch) of seabirds and marine mammals is decreasing but remains a significant pressure on some populations.

Seabird deaths in the 2016/17 fishing year were estimated at 4,186. Seabed trawling and dredging have decreased in the last 20 years.

About 24 percent of the fishable area has been trawled since 1990. Shallow areas are trawled more extensively than deeper areas, with varying impacts depending on fishing intensity, gear type, and vulnerability of habitat.

As an island nation, 99.5 percent of our imports and exports move by sea, and shipping traffic and vessel size has increased. Boat traffic is associated with the spread of non-native species and pollution and requires further construction of wharves and coastal infrastructure.

Most of our activities in the marine environment tend to increase in intensity towards the coast and, on top of the pressure from coastal development, this results in coastal environments being most impacted. Coastal waters tend to hold the greatest diversity of species.

CLIMATE CHANGE IS AFFECTING MARINE ECOSYSTEMS, TAONGA SPECIES, AND US

Global concentrations of atmospheric greenhouse gas are increasing because of activities like burning fossil fuels for heat, transport, and electricity generation.

This is causing unprecedented change in our oceans. The rate of sea-level rise has increased: the average rate in the past 60 years (2.44 millimetres per year) was more than double the rate of the previous 60 years (1.22 millimetres per year).

Recent data suggests an even faster rate of sea level rise. Extreme wave events may be becoming more frequent. Roads, bridges, coastal communities, and habitats are at risk from flooding and sea-level rise. Our seas are warming.

Satellite data recorded an average increase of 0.2° Celsius per decade since 1981. Years with an average temperature above the long-term average are more frequent.

An unprecedented marine heatwave occurred in the Tasman Sea and near the Chatham Islands from November 2017 to February 2018 during our hottest summer on record.

Warmer seas affect the growth of even the smallest things in the ocean like plankton which can impact the whole food web.

Some temperature-related changes in individual species and fish communities have been observed and tohu (environmental indicators that identify trends in the natural world) have changed.

Long-term measurements off the Otago coast show an increase of 7.1 percent in ocean acidity in the past 20 years.

Oceans will continue to become more acidic as more carbon dioxide is absorbed. Shellfish, including oysters, pāua and mussels, are vulnerable to increasing ocean acidity and this poses a risk for the shellfish-farming industry.

ISSUES ARE NOT ISOLATED, BUT BUILD ON EACH OTHER AND CAUSE MORE HARM

The pressures associated with biodiversity loss, activities on land, our activities at sea, and climate change have many effects on coasts and oceans.

These can interact and lead to cumulative effects.

This is one of the most urgent problems we face in our oceans.

Given the complexity of the marine environment and lack of long-term data, the nature of cumulative effects is difficult to predict.

This report looks at the individual and cumulative pressures on kuku (green-lipped mussel).

This is illustrative only and helps to build a picture of what the messages in this report mean within the context of a single species.

The ability to report on the impacts of changes in the marine environment on species and habitats is often limited by a lack of baseline data, understanding of tipping points, and connections between domains.

Working together across mātauranga Māori and other science disciplines is improving our holistic place-based knowledge that is crucial in understanding cumulative effects.

For Māori the whenua and moana are inextricably linked and there is a complement or balance for everything on land in the oceans.

End of Page six of MfE Our marine environment 2019
• On ‘land transport’ better consideration must be made to use rail as ‘common sense’ policy to combat land transport emissions/pollution.

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Courage yes – but do the Silver Ferns have character?

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This Saturday, 26 October, marks the second International Day of Action against PUMA because of its sponsorship of the Israel Football Association (IFA).

Across New Zealand, and around the world, there will be protests encouraging the public to boycott PUMA goods and this will include calls for the Silver Ferns to join the boycott of PUMA by ending the sponsorship agreement you have with them. (In case you haven’t noticed – the Silver Ferns wear the PUMA logo on court)

The boycott is not because it’s the Israel Football Association but because the IFA includes football clubs based in illegal Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian land and despite many appeals from human rights organisations, in Israel and around the world, it has refused to dissociate itself from these illegal settlements.  

Meanwhile PUMA continues to sponsor the IFA (its only international sponsor) which helps legitimise the association’s policy of support for illegal Jewish-only settlements and the appalling Israeli policies towards Palestinians which goes with them.

It’s important to understand that the issue of settlements goes to the heart of the Israeli government’s racist, apartheid policies towards the indigenous people of Palestine. The establishment and expansion of these settlements, illegal under international law, involves driving Palestinian families from their homes and off their land. This is an ongoing part of the Nakba (“catastrophe”) under which Palestinians have suffered ethnic cleansing every day since 1948.

In addition, the settlements are an integral part of Israel’s military occupation which robs Palestinians of natural resources and denies them their right of movement.

In contrast to the behaviour of the IFA in recognising sports teams from illegal settlements, Palestinian sportspeople are often forced to abandon practices, games and tournaments due to Israeli Defence Force harassment at checkpoints and Israeli government policies to make them refugees in their own land.

When young Palestinians protest to demand an end to the theft of their land many have been murdered by Israeli snipers and many more lose their legs, also from sniper fire, and the chance to play sport. Many young Palestinians have had their sports careers ended in this way over many years.

The international campaign against PUMA is asking people to boycott the company till it stops supporting the IFA.

For this reason the Palestine Solidarity Network Aotearoa is asking Netball New Zealand to end their sponsorship deal with PUMA until PUMA ends its support for the IFA.

The Silver Ferns represent the best values associated with womens’ sport – high skill levels associated with tenacity, courage and commitment on the netball court. 

This campaign is asking that they show the same character and values off the court – standing with Palestinian sportspeople who face apartheid in sports as awful as that faced by black South Africans suffering under apartheid. 

 

 

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Waatea News Column: If Jacinda wants to win a second term, she needs to tell us her new 100 day vision

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Pihopa Kingi

Last election, Andrew Little looked at the slumping polls 3 moths out from the 2017 ballot and said, ‘I can’t lead this Party to victory’, and in the most unselfish, most progressive political move in NZ history, stood aside to allow Jacinda Ardern to become leader.

Talk about putting your privilege aside.

Jacinda exploded onto the political stage with an energy and excitement that propelled her into a position to form a Government, but we also need to acknowledge that Labour’s energy was spent on winning and with little executive oversight, with no plans to reform the neoliberal public service who stymied any direct application of services and an inexperienced front bench, Jacinda has not been able to be transformative in the way her rhetoric was.

If Jacinda wants to win a second term, she needs to articulate her vision of the first 100 days of a next Government. She now knows what is possible and what isn’t, she now sees the hopelessness of public services that are management heavy and service lite. She has the room to sideline underperforming Ministers.

With those ingredients she must now be able to construct her vision of what needs to be done and what she can promise.

The Budget Responsibility straight jacket Grant Robertson signed her Government into must be dumped for a wholesale mass investment into transformative infrastructure, a mass state housing build and real work to get peoples wages higher while giving business huge tax rebates into R&D.

Jacinda has to sell us a vision and give us the time scale of the first 100 days to create the perception of momentum.

She has to be bold, confident and authentically credible in providing hope to NZers that there can be a better way forward. She must do something that makes life directly better each week for her electorate. From a sizeable increase in welfare payments; to the first $20 000 being tax free; to GST being removed from fresh fruit and vegetables – she has to implement an idea that people can feel in their pocket each week.

If she cannot sell us her vision in the first 100 days, voters she warmed with the power of hope in 2017 will turn away cold in 2020 like frost in winter.

The humiliation of a one term Government or the roots of a political legacy that entrenched the politics of kindness into the foundations of our culture.

Those are the only two options going into election 2020 for her and Labour.

First published on Waatea News.

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Another John Key idea up in smoke.

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Wednesday – 23rd October 2019

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Announce protest actions, general chit chat or give your opinion on issues we haven’t covered for the day.

Moderation rules are more lenient for this section, but try and play nicely.

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Dear Andrew Little – there are some really, really, really big problems with your Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill

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For reasons known only to them, the bloody Greens decided to attack this Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill from the perspective of identity politics…

Ghahraman is worried that the legislation employs foreign nations’ definitions of what terror is. She said countries like Iran – where she was born – consider feminists and political activists as terrorists. 

“We are literally doubling down on oppression that foreign nations might be employing to define dissidence as terrorists, and we’re not employing New Zealand law in this… There is no place for it.”

The law might affect Mark Taylor, known as the “Kiwi Jihadist”, a New Zealander who lived with IS extremists in Syria for around five years, and earlier this year surrendered to local forces and was jailed in a Kurdish prison. 

Ghahraman said Taylor could be tried if he made it back to New Zealand, and agencies like the Government Security Communications Bureau (GCSB) could watch him closely. 

“There’s no place for this extra sort of dog-whistle law-making.”

Ghahraman said what’s “frightening” about the new law is that New Zealand would be relying on evidence collected by “foreign agencies that may have employed torture and we know that’s not going to be reliable information”. 

“We know that they may be relying on convictions that are completely unsafe, or are actually targeted at political dissidence rather than actual terrorists.”

Ghahraman said the proposed law panders to “that tough on crime, war on terror language that especially in a post-Christchurch New Zealand has no place here”. 

“We know that it will rile up fear and anxiety about something that isn’t a problem… We do need terrorism to be a crime, but we need to try it in appropriate circumstances.”

…lovely, but beyond all the alienating identity politics rhetoric are same fundamental issues  at stake here that the entire population needs to be concerned about and Andrew Little needs to re-evaluate.

Look, the idea that we have some type of safety net for the likes of this Mark Taylor clown is admirable. Electronic monitoring, restricted internet use, stopping association with some people, meeting with police twice a week and rehabilitation are all very worthwhile goals in attempting to reintegrate lonely people like Taylor back into the community, because you can’t just allow them to walk around without some attempt to rehabilitate them.

Taylor joined an Islamic death cult who is accused of some truly horrific acts, but his bumbling incompetence showed him up more as a lonely bloke who got caught up in online propaganda and realised very quickly that the dream of a Caliphate was a dreadful reality.

So sure, let’s have a law that entrenches a response to the Mark Taylor’s amongst us that builds an infrastructure of processes that helps rehabilitate him.

So far, so dandy.

But like with anything the bloody Government suggests, it’s not until you have a deep dive into the fine print that you start seeing a law that has a terribly large amount of worrying holes in it.

So you will be guilty of future terror acts that you don’t know anything about and it seems to rely on lots of secret evidence that you as the accused won’t be able to challenge.

Worst of all, the evidential standards for this are, let’s say, woeful…

…balance of fucking probabilities? The same evidential threshold in civil disputes?

The Government want to allow secret evidence to find people guilty of future terror attacks they didn’t know happened using the balance of probabilities as the evidential threshold?

As someone currently fighting the NZ Police from domestically adopting secret evidence and secret trials, I find them wanting to enshrine it here pretty chilling.

We want an infrastructure that helps rehabilitate the Mark Taylor’s of the world and this aspect should be welcomed, but scratch the surface and there are some very worrying aspects to this new law that have very little check and balance built in.

If the Greens could reframe this as a civil liberties issue, which it most certainly is,  they would get a lot more support.

Dear Andrew Little – you need to have a long hard look at some of these loopholes because you could fly a plane through some of them.

 

 

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I don’t want to sound racist about these roaming armed Police Officer Teams b-u-u-u-u-u-u-t

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About these new roving armed police units.

Look, most New Zealanders would agree that when a cop pulls a trigger, you want the best trained cop do it. The truth is that the vast majority of our police are ill trained in using firearms and you don’t want garden variety Mr & Ms Plod getting their guns out of the locked box in their car and getting involved in a shoot out.

You want specially trained Police in these circumstances and the current situation of the AOS being called into HQ and suited up and equipped and then sent out is a genuine time lag on being able to respond, so again, roving units that are specially trained and are already in the field to deal with firearm threats is a legitimate tactical decision.

Now in terms of the threat? Well, I don’t want to sound racist b-u-t, all those angry white loners out there, like the Christchurch terrorist, are very, very, very emotional about their favourite machine guns getting banned and are saying all sorts of angry erratic nonsense. Don’t get me wrong, some of my best friends are white men, but as the old Māori proverb goes, ‘When cracker go cray cray, he goes full cray’.

So roving armed cops specially trained in tackling angry white male gun owners is a step in the right direction.

Facetiousness aside, the Police keep telling the media these roving armed cops are a response to Christchurch – but that’s only partly true – this has been offered up as a policy response to the simmering gang war between the 501s and the domestic gang faction. It seems Stuart Nash has woken up to the reality of a gang war erupting on the streets of NZ and these roving units are part of the solution.

So, roving armed police who can immediately respond to gang violence when a gun has been presented (or when a white male goes on a rampage) actually on the face of it sounds like smart policing, but the ink wasn’t even dry on the press release before the Police immediately begun to expand the events these roving Police units would be called to and suddenly Efeso Collins’ and Tim Mckinnel‘s criticisms became very acute.

It went from an incident where a fire arm has been presented (which most would agree is a threshold that requires this sort of armed Police response) to ‘suspected’ of having a gun.

‘Suspected’? Oh no you don’t, ‘suspected’ is the worst of all worlds, but it won’t just be those who are ‘suspected’, it will also be arrest warrants and drug raids.

Notice the mission creep is immediate.

We all get needing specially trained cops to attend an incident where a firearm has been presented, but that immediately slips to ‘suspected’ of having a firearm and arrest warrants and drug raids.

I don’t want pumped up ninja cops kicking in doors with guns drawn, that is just a bloody recipe for disaster. We have a containment policing philosophy where the Police contain a situation and then talk the person down, militarising our police force to kick in doors with guns drawn and questions get asked second will result in more people being needlessly shot.

Look, we let the NZ Police kill at will with their deeply flawed police chase policy, do we need to expand that to shootings as well?

Don’t the NZ Police get to kill enough citizens? Why let them have more?

See, this started out reasonably, went racist in a way you weren’t expecting, gave you some insight into how the gang war is really shaping this policy and ends damning the cops for killing New Zealanders.

It’s a rollercoaster of a blog.

In short, roving specially trained armed cops only turning up to incidents where a firearm has been presented as a response to the looming gang war – good!

Roving specially trained armed cops turning up to every single event they can possibly ram into justify the cost of having these units on call 24-7 that results in more young poor brown Kiwis getting shot – bad, very bloody bad!

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