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pain relief will
no longer need
a minister, the
As of today, the responsibility
for approving applications has
been delegated to the Ministry of
Associate Health Minister Peter
Dunne announced the policy
change this morning following a
review of the approval process.
The change was hinted at
yesterday by Health Minister
Jonathan Coleman, who hinted
that the approvals process could
be delegated to specialists.
But Dunne said today that
responsibility would instead lie
with the ministry.
Doctors will apply to the
ministry for approval if a patient
requests access to cannabis-based
As part of the policy change,
Dunne also planned to create a
list of internationally available,
pharmaceutical grade cannabis-
based products “to prodive
additional clarity on the issue”.
Dunne said: “Last week I
wrote to the Director-General
of Health, advising him that as
of 8 February 2017, applications
from specialists to the Ministry
to prescribe non-pharmaceutical,
cannabis-based products will no
longer need Ministerial approval.
Approval for pharmaceutical-
grade cannabis products was
similarly delegated some years
ago. As I stated in my delegation
letter to the director-general,
when applications first began to
be received it was my view that
the final decision appropriately
lay at Ministerial level, rather than
exposing officials to risk, given
the complicated and contentious
nature of the issue -- that is to say
the buck stopped with me.
application that has come
before me with a positive
recommendation -- within a
matter of minutes once the
application came across my desk.
“Since the first application was
approved, guidelines have been
developed, consulted on and
simplified to allow specialists
who are interested in accessing
such products for their patients a
clear, straight-for ward and unob-
structed pathway to acquiring the
“I am satisfied that with the
development of these guidelines,
and with a number of successful
applications having been
subsequently completed, any
risk associated with the early
processes has largely abated and
I have confidence in the Ministry
of Health to handle the process in
its entirety from now on.”
Dunne said he intended to write
to organisations representing
doctors and pharmacies to
outline his expectation that they
considered the prescribing of
cannabis-based products “with an
Some pro-cannabis groups
have expressed concerns that
most doctors were being too
conservative in their consideration
of patients’ requests for medical
The Government has come
under pressure to relax the rules
around medical cannabis after
several high-profile cases drew
national attention to the issue.
Former trade union boss Helen
Kelly campaigned to be able to
use cannabis legally for pain relief
before her death in October.
Rose Renton, mother of the
first person to get approval
to use medicinal cannabis
in New Zealand, presented
in favour of legalisation to
Parliament late last year.
Renton’s son, Alex, was given
approval to use medicinal cannabis
to treat seizures before his death
last July. - - New Zealand Herald
Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 5
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Dunedin sailor Robert Free, aboard Kotuku during the Port Chalmers Yacht Club 125th
Anniversary Regatta at the weekend.
The first time Robert Free saw her, he knew
he had to have her.
She was a 1950s English-built Heron class
yacht and she was in a bad way.
“It was about 10 or 15 years ago. She was
in a rough state — she had holes in her and
needed some repair,” he said.
The thing that caught his eye was that she
So he bought her and fixed her up, making
sure to preser ve as many of her original parts
as possible, including her sails. He gave her a
paint job, aptly called her Kotuku, and now
she is one of his great loves in life.
“I think it was built in the late 1950s. I
don’t know the exact date, so I just say 1957
because that ’s the same year I was built. She’s
about the same age as I am.”
Kotuku was very different from modern
yachts, Mr Free said.
“S he’s very slow, but it’s a very versatile little
boat. I can take the sails off fairly quickly and
put an outboard motor on the back, and so I
can use it for motoring around and fishing.
“Or I can take the motor off and just row it.
It ’s small enough to row, and it’s good enough
for sailing and motoring — you can do all
three with it.”
Kotuku was one of the oldest yachts taking
part in the Port Chalmers Yacht Club 125th
Anniversary Regatta at the weekend.
“ Because it’s old and slow, it gets a good
handicap for racing, and so I’ve managed to
get a couple of cups over the years.”
Unfortunately, he had no such luck during
races at the Port Chalmers Yachting Club
anniversary. Despite not being a member
of the club, Mr Free was among about 130
people who celebrated the anniversary.
Club commodore Richard Hawkins said
the celebrations included a get-together on
Friday night for sailors to share yarns and
photos of their yachting action; a regatta on
Saturday of 44 boats on Otago Harbour; a
race from Port Chalmers to Landfall Tower
at the heads and back on Sunday; and a
dinner and dance at the D unedin Town Hall
on Sunday night.
“ We were very lucky with the weather. It ’s
been perfect for yachting,” he said.
— Otago Daily Times
A case of love at first sight
of the New Zealand Herald
Graeme Wheeler will be
remembered for the moves he
made to try to curb the property
boom, Westpac chief economist
Michael Gordon said.
Joyce confirmed yesterday that
Wheeler would not seek a
second term and will step down
on September 26.
“ Wheeler did come in and he
said, ‘I lived in the US when the
housing market collapsed and I
don’t want to live through that
here’.’’ Gordon said. “ He was very
much in favour of policies that
would try and head a housing
bubble off at the pass.’’
In partnership with deputy
Grant Spencer — who will take
over the top job on an interim
basis — Wheeler introduced
a series of loan-to-value ratio
(LVR) restrictions in an effort to
dampen the speculative activity
in the heated property market.
“In terms of getting the policy
implemented that ’s certainly his
legacy,’’ Gordon said.
In his preview of this Thursday’s
Monetary Policy Statement,
Gordon highlighted uncertainty
over the governor’s future as one
of the most notable risks around
monetary policy this year.
The other risk being the general
The first of those risks had been
resolved by the Government
appointing Spencer in the
caretaker role for six months to
March 2018, he said.
Markets took the news in their
stride with the New Zealand
dollar largely unmoved.
The renegotiation of the
Reser ve Bank’s Policy Target
Agreement has also been delayed
for the six-month period.
While the key risk was a new
Government that wanted to
overhaul Reser ve Bank policy,
ANZ chief economist Cameron
Bagrie speculated that the
current Government may also
be considering some sort of
“It could be a close election so
it makes sense to give yourself
some wriggle room and ensure
a seamless process,’’ Bagrie said.
“ But I do wonder if there could
be a little bit more going on
here.’’ The Government might
look to formalise a committee-
based decision-making process,
“ We have a single decision-
making model in theory, but
in practice it (the interest rate
call) has been a group decision.’’
Bagrie said he felt Wheeler had
done a good job as governor.
“He’s been prepared to take
a stand,’’ he said. “ Like a lot
of central bankers he’s had to
negotiate some very difficult
waters. Hitting the inflation
target is a real stretch when you
have the New Zealand dollar
up around these levels. But we
have good growth and we have
booming employment. We have
seen a housing boom but he’s
been a lot more proactive in
managing the excesses of that.
It’s been a really tough balancing
Wheeler has faced criticism
during his term for the length
of time inflation has been below
the Reser ve Bank’s official target
band of 1-3% .
December data showed it had
moved back above 1% for the
first time in two years.
He has also faced criticism
for moving too early to raise
the official cash rate in 2014
a track that was eventually
However, most economists
now expect the rate to stay at its
current level of 1.75% for at least
Wheeler will deliver a full
In a statement yesterday he said
it was his “intention, when I was
appointed, to ser ve one term,
and then to take on governance
Spencer will not seek the
Governor’s role on an ongoing
basis. He had indicated his
intention to retire this year but
has agreed to defer in order to fill
the acting role.
Wheeler’s legacy will be
property lending rules
Govt confirms medical cannabis policy change
The government will introduce
pay equity legislation this year,
Prime Minister Bill English has told
It last year accepted recommendations
from a joint working group which set out
principles for raising and resolving pay
equity claims through bargaining.
The Council of Trade Unions said it
was “a huge win for working women” and
praised the government for accepting
In his statement yesterday Mr English
gave details of the government ’s agenda,
which he said would include. —
stronger tax rules to clamp down on
simplification of border clearance
improving the quality of rivers and
more money for infrastructure
progressing legislation to reform the
Resource Management Act
paying for more social and emergency
continuing to settle Treaty claims.
American pale ale has taken
out top spot in the inaugural
GABS 100 Hottest Kiwi Craft
It edged out Epic Brewing’s
double IPA Hop Zombie, while
Garage Project ’s Pernicious
Weed double IPA took third
GABS,the Great Australasian
Beer SpecTAPular beer and
food festival, began its poll
of Australian craft beers nine
years ago. Co-founder Steve
Jeffares says more votes were
received in the first New
Zealand voting, which involved
550 individual beers, than
in the four first years of the
Australian edition. “It really
demonstrates the vibrancy and
diversity of craft beer.” — NZN
New Zealand’s best beer found
ABB says a decision to close its
distribution transformer manufacturing
operations in New Plymouth is based on
challenging market conditions.
The closure of the manufacturing
facility means the loss of 59 jobs.
The factory will close by April 28, the
company said in a statement.
“After careful consideration, this
decision is based on challenging market
conditions making it difficult for the unit
to be competitive.”
The employees were told on Friday.
ABB said it would try to relocate
employees where possible to other
businesses its owns. ABB makes digital
industrial equipment and systems. It
operates in more than 100 countries and
employs about 135,000 people. — N ZN
59 factory jobs go
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