New Guidance Note on Identification of Advertisements Released

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has released its new Guidance Note on Identification of Advertisements The nature of advertising is constantly evolving and recently there have been calls to help consumers identify advertising. The ASA Code of Ethics states that all advertising content controlled directly or indirectly by the advertiser should be identified as such,…

Good Employer data released

Data released today by the Human Rights Commission shows a positive shift from Crown entities to meet their obligations as good employers but demonstrates more needs to be done to incorporate employees with disabilities.

Hurricanes stamina outlasts the Crusaders

Travel fatigue, what travel fatigue, the Hurricanes could ask after playing more than six minutes of second half injury time to beat the Crusaders for the fifth consecutive time in Wellington when claiming a 29-19 victory on Saturday.

Opinion: Alcohol harm – who pays?

Emergency room doctors who regularly bear the brunt of alcohol intoxication have become frequent advocates for alcohol policy, Professor Sally Casswell says in her letter to the New Zealand Medical Journal.

E. coli reported at Frankton Bay

Otago Regional Council (ORC) water quality samples taken from Frankton Bay at Lake Wakatipu have shown high levels of the bacteria E. coli. Frankton Bay is one of the 25 sites monitored on a weekly basis for bacteria levels as part of its Contact Recreation monitoring programme.

ORC receives approval to release rabbit virus in Otago

Land owners around Otago will be breathing a sigh of relief that the application to import and release a rabbit virus has been approved.

The RHDV1 K5 (K5) virus is a Korean variant of a strain that is already in New Zealand, and could reduce the rabbit population by over 40%.

Otago Regional Council (ORC) director environmental monitoring and operations Scott MacLean said the approval of K5 is good news for Otago.

“Rabbits are the number one pest in Otago,” he said. “Ten rabbits can eat as much grass as one sheep. They are a threat to our biodiversity, not to mention the soil degradation and loss of soil caused by rabbit holes and warrens.

Frankton Bay and Lake Hayes – contact recreation results

Otago Regional Council (ORC) water quality samples taken from Frankton Bay at Lake Wakatipu have returned a reduced level of the bacteria E. coli, and also following two successive weeks where cyanobacteria levels have reduced, swim warning signage will be removed from Lake Hayes today.

Studying midget octopus

Erica Donlon is in her second year of her Masters in Marine Sscience at the University of Otago studying aging and developmental rates in the lesser known midget octopus.

México, primer mercado de América Latina para Nueva Zelandia

Nueva Zelandia se desempeña como el Depositario del Tratado Integral y Progresista de Asociación Transpacífico o CPTPP. El gobierno de Nueva Zelandia recientemente ha difundido los textos finales del acuerdo en inglés, español y francés el día 21 de febrero. El CPTPP se firmará el día 8 de marzo, en la ciudad de Santiago, en Chile.

Interested in working at MFAT?

Have you ever considered a career as a diplomat, negotiator or adviser to the New Zealand government on foreign policy or humanitarian issues? Then the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade could be the start of your career.

Come and find out more about what we can offer you at university presentations in March.

SPCA announces worst cases of animal cruelty in New Zealand

The SPCA List of Shame has been released today, highlighting 11 of the most shameful cases of animal cruelty in 2017. The list includes a five year old Lab starved to death, a duck with its beak blown up by a firecracker and a neglected horse left in pain with a deformed eye and engorged head injury. 

The List of Shame is being released ahead of the 2018 SPCA Annual Appeal from 9th to 11th March, which aims to raise awareness and funding to support the 15,000+ animal welfare complaints SPCA receive each year, along with ongoing education to prevent animal cruelty.  SPCA Chief Executive Andrea Midgen, says, “We need the public’s support to end this shameful cruelty in New Zealand. We receive almost no government funding to run the SPCA Inspectorate, which costs approximately $9 million every year.” 

The face of this year’s campaign is Sully, a spaniel-poodle cross owned by a woman previously prosecuted by the SPCA and disqualified from owning animals. While in her care, Sully experienced psychological trauma that led to severe anxiety and the inability to make eye contact. Melissa, the inspector who rescued Sully, said: “I found him locked in a garage where he was living with his owner and another dog. There is evidence to support the dogs were never let outside, and never interacted with anyone other than his owner, resulting in serious emotional trauma and severe separation anxiety.”

The story of Sully

SPCA Inspector Melissa will never forget the day she first met Sully. He was locked in a dark room, cowering in the corner. Sully’s spirit was broken. He was frightened and anxious. 

RealMe scam alert

People have been targeted by a phishing email stating that the user has a private message and they need to access their RealMe account.

Young women urged to make their voices heard

Make your voice heard because no country can truly prosper without you, is the message Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has given to female school students on International Women’s Day at the opening of new buildings at Tereora College in the Cook Islands.

Rare bat on the road to recovery

One of New Zealand’s rare bats is on its way to recovery after successful large-scale predator control in Fiordland, according to a new science report released by Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage today.

Homicide inquiry launched into Wainuiomata death

Hutt Valley Police have launched a homicide investigation following the discovery of a man’s body at an address in Wainuiomata late on Wednesday night.  The man has been identified as 40-year-old, Paul Te Hiko, from Wainuiomata. Emergency services were called to the Jack Vaughan Grove address around 11pm on 7 March 2018.