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Greymouth artist Barbara McQuarrie stands beside her textile artwork, One Green Leaf, on display at
the Left Bank’s Friends of the Gallery exhibition which opened yesterday evening. The exhibition, titled
New Works, runs until July 5 and is open from noon to 4.30pm daily.
PICTURE: Viv Logie
Friends host Greymouth exhibition
Climate change action could help New Zealand’s clean green reputation
Taking action on climate change could
give New Zealand a chance to demonstrate
its green clean reputation, a group of top
Auckland University academics have told
the Government as it sets its new climate
Twenty-five faculty members of the
university made the call in its submission to
the Government on its proposed Intended
National Determined Contribution
(INDC), or climate change target, ahead of
global December talks in Paris in that aim
to set new emissions reduction goals post-
When the public submissions period
closed this week, more than 10,000 had been
received, while 1700 people had attended
meetings around the country.
The Government, which released a
discussion document addressing the goal-
setting ahead of its consultation period, has
a current unconditional emissions target of
five per cent below 1990 levels by 2020, and
50 per cent below 1990 levels by 2050.
The university researchers said that while
New Zealand may be less vulnerable than
some countries to the physical effects of
climate change, it had more opportunities
than many countries to show leadership on
this issue, “and it is in our best interests to do
so”. This was due to New Zealand’s image
on the world stage as a socially progressive
nation with a “clean green environment ”.
“ Taking leadership on this issue would
enable us to demonstrate that this image
reflects modern NZ and our priorities for a
healthy, vibrant population and land that is
well cared for,” they said.
“ We are also aware that climate change
will have a severe impact on many of our
Pacific neighbours and believe it is vital we
demonstrate leadership as a relatively large
South Pacific nation.”
They argued that targets should be set
not by would could be managed, but what
must be managed if we were to take
appropriate cautionary action given the
scientific evidence on climate change and
its relationship to greenhouse gas (GHG)
production and other anthropogenic causes.
The planet would warm because of human
actions, they said, and it would not wait for
a transition in a non-urgent fashion that
preserved all aspects of “business as usual”.
“The absolute minimum target we should
set is that required on a per capita basis
to have a reasonable chance of avoiding
warming greater than 2degC.”
New Zealand would need to carefully
consider its built environment, transport
system, dependence on dairying, and use of
“ We would also like to see a much
greater emphasis on protecting New
Zealand’s biodiversity and increasing
areas of native tree cover that will provide
carbon sinks as well as other environmental
The researchers wanted to see a series of
national discussions hosted by schools,
universities, cities and other regional
authorities to consider how the challenges
“Businesses should be involved in
these discussions as they can be leaders in
new, sustainable innovations and will no
doubt rise to the challenge of supporting
New Zealand ’s identity as a leader in this
“It is also crucial that young people
are included as they will need to manage the
effects of the climate change created by the
choices of today ’s adults.”
New Zealand Herald
Children are more likely to be in
material hardship relative to the rest of the
population in New Zealand than in any
European country, the Ministry of Social
A ministry report prepared for the child
poverty package in last month’s Budget,
published on-line yesterday, found that 18%
of New Zealand children lacked at least
five out of 13 items of material wellbeing in
2008, compared with only 11% of the whole
population and 3% of the elderly aged 65-
New Zealand’s ratio of child deprivation to
the whole population average, with children
suffering at 1.6 times the average, was higher
than in any of the 20 European countries for
which the same data was available.
Although the figures are based on a living
standards sur vey which is now seven years
old, there were no significant changes in
New Zealand policies which are likely to
have improved New Zealand ’s ranking in the
meantime. The data was used in formulating
the Budget decisions to raise benefits for
families with children by $25 a week, and
family tax credits for working families by up
to $12.50 a week, from next April.
The 13 measures of material wellbeing
included “having a meal with meat, fish or
chicken every second day ”, “keeping the
home adequately warm”, “having two pairs
of properly fitting shoes”, and “having one
week’s annual holiday away from home”.
The report also looks at New Zealand data
for a wider list of 17 items including measures
of hardship such as “postponed visits to the
doctor”, “put up with feeling cold to save on
heating costs”, and “borrowed money from
family or friends more than once in the last
12 months to cover everyday living costs”.
Again children were more likely than the
general population to live in households
with these hardships.
For example, 19% of children lived in
homes that borrowed to cover everyday
living costs, compared with 13% of the
Across all 17 items, 21% of all children
(220,000) lived in homes suffering at least
six hardships, compared with 14% of the
However, the report also reveals the basis
of claims by Prime Minister John Key that
the numbers in severe hardship are much
lower than that.
Only 60,000 children (6% of all children)
lived in homes suffering at least 11 of the 17
hardships, compared with 3% of the general
Using another list of 25 hardship items
measured in the annual household economic
sur vey, the report shows that hardship rates
based on those suffering only a few hardships
jumped when the recession hit from 2008 to
2010-11, and fell back in 2011-12 but were
still above pre-recession levels.
But those in the most severe hardship,
suffering multiple hardships, increased
much less in the recession.
“A large proportion of those in less severe
hardship and those ‘ just getting by’ are in
households where there are adults in paid
employment. When employment for the
second earner disappears or hours diminish,
these households feel the pinch very rapidly,”
the report said.
“Those in deeper
predominantly those in receipt of a main
working-age benefit, with some in working
households on low wages. Benefit rates
were maintained in real terms during the
recession, so the deeper hardship rates were
more steady.” — NZME
NZ children suffer higher relative
hardship than European countries
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An elderly Mosgiel man was fatally
injured when a van knocked him from
his mobility scooter on a pedestrian
crossing earlier this year, the D unedin
District Court heard yesterday.
The accident happened at the corner
of Gordon and Bush Rds shortly after
2.30pm on April 10, police prosecutor
Tim Hambleton told the court.
The victim, 88-year-old Rex Sheldon,
was riding across the light-controlled
pedestrian crossing on a green signal
when he was struck by a light Toyota van
driven by William Wilds McDonald,
another retired Mosgiel man.
McDonald (78) was doing about
20kph as he turned left from Gordon
Road into Bush Road. He failed to see
Mr Sheldon’s mobility scooter, which
was a couple of metres out from the
kerb. His van hit it and Mr Sheldon was
thrown to the ground, hitting his head
and suffering fatal injuries.
When asked why he thought the
accident happened, McDonald said he
believed it was because he did not see
Had he seen it he would have stopped,
he told police.
He admitted causing Mr Sheldon’s
death by driving carelessly.
Judge Kevin Phillips convicted
McDonald and remanded him for
restorative justice and for sentence on
Otago Daily Times
Man convicted after
mobility scooter death
An unattended bag which was
discovered in an Inland Revenue
building was blown up by the bomb
squad in an operation which saw people
forced out of shops and businesses in
Hamilton for nearly five hours.
Police were alerted to a “suspicious
bag” left in the public foyer of the IRD
building in the city around 2.45pm
After initial inquiries failed to locate
or identify the owner of the bag, police
“took the precautionary approach” and
made the decision to treat the bag as a
potentially dangerous item, police said.
Staff were evacuated from the building
and from nearby buildings on the corner
of Victoria Street and Bryce Street, and
cordons put in place around the area.
The New Zealand Defence Force
bomb disposal unit was called in, and
using a robot destroyed the bag.
The blast, at around 7.30pm, “may have
alarmed some people”, police said.
“ We are grateful to the public for their
cooperation as we took the necessary
steps to ensure any possible risk was
kept to a minimum,” police said in a
The remainder of the bag and its
contents was taken away for forensic
examination, to try to identify who left
it in the building. CCTV footage would
also be examined.
However, police said they were
“satisfied” the bag contained no explosive
Bomb squad blows
up suspicious bag
A Westport man who caused over
$10,000 worth of damage to a house
in Greymouth after consuming a
large amount of vodka and smoking
cannabis has no recollection of
having done it.
James Donald McBride, 20, was
convicted and sentenced on charges
of wilful damage and intentional
damage in Westport District Court
He pleaded guilty at an earlier
According to the summary of
facts, on January 11, McBride was
drinking vodka with two friends
at the Marsden Road house where
they lived. Between them they
consumed two bottles.
At about 10pm that evening,
McBride took a hammer and began
smashing things around the house,
including the television, glass doors
and the stovetop. He also smashed
holes in dry wall and a number of
doors. He then proceeded to upturn
furniture and throw it around. In
total, he caused $10,363.43 worth
Defending, George Linder said
McBride had no recollection of
causing the damage or why he
did it. In addition to drinking a
large amount of vodka, McBride
had also smoked cannabis, he said.
His behaviour was “totally out of
character” and he showed great
remorse for his actions.
Since the offence, McBride had
taken some positive steps for ward,
Mr Linder said.
He had completed a Limited
Ser vice Volunteer programme at
Burnham Military Camp and was
keen to move away from Westport
to seek employment. The pre-
sentence report was “glowing” and
reflected the fact McBride was
unlikely to re-offend, Mr Linder
Paying reparation was on its own a
substantial penalty, he said.
Judge Noel Walsh warned
McBride that an intentional damage
conviction carried a maximum
penalty of seven years in prison.
The aggravating feature was the
extent of the damage, he said.
However, that was mitigated by
McBride’s young age, his high
level of remorse and low risk of re-
He convicted him and sentenced
him to 100 hours of concurrent
community work and ordered him
to pay reparations of $10,363.43,
which could be paid off weekly.
Man caused $10,000
worth of damage to
Westport ’s schools will have to
make do with less funding after
their challenge of new decile
ratings was unsuccessful.
St Canice’s principal Peter
Knowles, who was speaking
on behalf of all of Westport ’s
schools, said the outcome was
very disappointing. He could not
understand why the schools did not
meet the criteria to get their decile
ratings dropped back down.
“ We are absolutely gutted.
“ We can’t see how we should
remain the same.”
Last year, the Ministry of
Education announced changes in
decile ratings across the country.
One third of schools’ ratings went
up, one third went down and the
rest stayed the same.
All of Westport’s schools — St
Canice’s, South School, North
School and Buller High School
(BHS) moved up. The three
primary schools moved from four
to five while BHS moved from
three to five.
That meant less funding — a
loss of about $15,000-$25,000 per
annum for each of the primary
schools and $37,000 for BHS.
Mr Knowles said the initial
calculations for the new ratings
were based on the 2013 Census,
when Westport was in a far better
financial position than what it was
To invoke a review of the ratings,
all four schools were required
to submit sur veys conducted of
students’ households. Parents and
caregivers were asked questions
employment, whether they were on
a benefit, and the number of people
living in their household.
considerably,” Mr Knowles said.
It had even changed since the
schools submitted their case for
the first review in March, he said
in reference to Stockton’s latest job
“ We certainly do not deser ve to
be the decile that we are. ”
Yesterday Ministry of Education
deputy secretary for student
achievement Dr Graham Stoop
said 160 schools asked for a review
following last year’s recalculation.
Of that, 85 were moving to a lower
rating and 75 were staying put.
The review outcome wasn’t
unexpected, he said. The majority
asking for a review were primary
schools, many with smaller rolls
making them more susceptible to
changes in their local communities.
“ We were able to establish
that some circumstances in their
communities had changed since
2013, so weren’t fully reflected. ”
The Government had made
around $8 million in transitional
funding available over 18 months
to help schools with higher ratings
to adjust to their new funding
levels, he said.
opportunity for review at the end
of the year.
Schools that had applied for a
review of their decile recalculation
would be advised of the outcome
over the next 10 days.
Mr Knowles said Westport’s
schools would be pursuing other
avenues to try and lobby the
Government to reduce the ratings.
One such avenue was through
Damien O’Connor, the West
The schools would also be taking
the opportunity for a second review
in six months’ time, he said.
If that did not work either, the
schools would likely have to wait
until after the 2018 Census for any
change to occur.
Less money for Westport schools
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