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announced a series

of measures which

she said would strengthen the

existing Managed Isolation

and Quarantine System for

New Zealanders arriving from

overseas.

The move followed a review

commissioned by the government

about ten days ago on the

face of public criticism that the

procedures followed for managed

isolation and quarantine

were lax and inadequate.

The government was also

attacked for lethargy in testing.

Dr Woods, who has been

placed in additional charge

of Managed Isolation and

Quarantine, said that a review

found that the existing system

was ‘not broken but needed

additional resources to respond

to the increasing demands.’

Increasing Covid-19 cases

Hundreds of New Zealanders-

citizens and permanent

residents- have returned home

on special flights during the

past five weeks and hundreds

more are expected in July

and August. Since most of the

arriving New Zealanders are

from countries which have

high incidence of Covid-19, the

number of cases has also been

rising.

As of today, there are 20

active cases. One person is in

hospital.

Dr Woods said that there was

no playbook for Covid-19.

“We are one of only a handful

of countries in the world to

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their spouses in New Zealand

Venkat Raman

Partners and other

first-time visitors

whose visas have

expired may have

to wait for a length of time

before seeking to enter

New Zealand, Immigration

Minister Iain Lees-Galloway

has said.

“Immigration rules do not

permit reissue of visas to

applicants who are unable

to travel to New Zealand.

My sympathies are with

both New Zealanders in

New Zealand and their

partners and members of

their families overseas. We

as a government want to be

honest and upfront. It will

take some more time before

we consider reissuing visas,

especially those who have

not been in New Zealand

earlier,” he told Indian

Newslink last night during

a telephonic interview.

As per the directives of

host governments, New Zealand’s

diplomatic missions

(that include Trade missions

and Immigration) in most

countries (including India)

have been shut down due

to Covid-19 lockdown and

immigration issues are now

being handled from five

centres in New Zealand.

The exact number of such

people waiting overseas is

not known but it is likely to

be in thousands. Based on

current pressures, it may

take years for partners to

arrive in New Zealand.

These include those under

Immigration Minister

Iain Lees-Galloway (Photo Supplied)

‘Culturally Arranged Visas.’

Obligation to Kiwis

Mr Lees-Galloway said

that the government has an

obligation towards New Zealand

citizens and permanent

residents who are keen to

return to this country.

“We are in extremely

uncertain times and the

Covid-19 pandemic continues

to grip the world. Thousands

of people are dying every

day. New Zealand is seen

as a safe country since we

have been able to contain the

virus and there has been no

community transmission for

many weeks. An increasing

number of New Zealanders

living overseas are therefore

keen to return to their

homeland,” he said.

“It may be possible at a

later stage to allow partners

and family members. But this

is not possible in the shortterm.

It is a medium-term

solution,” he said.

Migrant Workers

Mr Lees-Galloway said

that Prime Minister Jacinda

Arden has been regularly

following up with him on

the measures that are being

taken to facilitate the return

of an estimated 10,000

migrant workers (a majority

of them from South Asian

countries) with valid work

visas.

“I feel for migrant workers

caught up overseas.

We are developing a policy

but it can be implemented

only when our Managed

Isolation and Quarantine

capacity is increased. We

are unable to provide a

time-frame but it is obvious

that bringing back all of

them would take considerable

time,” he said.

It is understood that

the quarantine capacity is

being increased from 200 to

500 a day with the overall

capacity moving up to 7000.

Mr Lees-Galloway advised

migrant workers stranded

overseas to carefully

consider their options.

“We are experiencing

the adverse impact of

Covid-19. Thousands of

people have lost their jobs

and many more are likely to

follow. Those affected could

include migrant workers

since employers in New

Zealand would be required

to provide jobs to New

Zealanders first,” he said.

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Tougher procedures to

manage international arrivals

Additional medical and defence staff at airport and facilities

Venkat Raman

Health Minister Dr Megan Woods and Air Commodore Darryn Webb at a media

conference (Screenshot)

require managed isolation at

the border with compulsory

testing, making our system

one of the strictest globally.

The report shows how we can

strengthen the managed isolation

system, reduce the room

for error and continue to keep

Covid-19 at the border and out

of our communities,” she said.

More staff

She said that the Health Ministry

will increase the number

of clinical and non-clinical staff

including nurses at each facility

to ensure that health checks,

testing and other health services

are consistently delivered to

the standards required.

“This will see the introduction

of a dedicated model of

care to service the wide-ranging

public health, physical

health and mental health needs

of people returning to New

Zealand in the facilities. Service

standards will be incorporated

into a proposed regulatory

framework and will be subject

to review,” Dr Woods said.

Air Commodore Darryn

Webb, who is leading the Defence

team, said that significant

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changes have been introduced

and work is underway to

address other issues raised in

the report.

As of today, there are 168

New Zealand Defence Force

personnel across 21 facilities

providing round-the-clock

coverage. There are also more

government and defence staff

across the end-to-end system.

This increased resourcing has

had an immediate impact on

the ground in terms of making

sure our people are well supported

to carry out their roles

and ensure the safe transfer

of returnees into managed

isolation,” he said.

Mr Webb said that the

increase in resourcing will

form the backbone of further

changes that are being made to

ensure the system is robust and

fit-for-purpose.

“We have also increased

oversight of the transfer of

returnees from aircraft through

to Managed Isolation and Quarantine

facilities so that they are

escorted by government staff,”

he said.

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JULY 1, 2020

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Ethnic communities mourn death of police officer in West Auckland

Shooting in West Auckland

leaves another officer injured

Venkat Raman

Representatives of ethnic communities

serving on the Police

Commissioner’s Ethnic Advisory

Board have mourned the death

of police officer Constable Matthew

Dennis Hunt on Friday, June 19, 2020,

expressing their solidarity with the New

Zealand Police, its management and

officers.

The incident

Constable Hunt was one of the two

police officers who stopped a vehicle in

the West Auckland suburb of Massey

at about 1030 am on that day received

gunshot injuries from a person in the

vehicle. He died on the spot and the

other officer, who was admitted to the

hospital following serious injuries from

another gunshot was later discharged.

He is stated to be recovering; he is off

duty and receiving appropriate police

support.

Another member of the public, hit

by the fleeting car, sustained injuries,

apparently not serious.

An armed police team along with

investigating officers were on the

scene, which was cordoned off, with

public movements within the area were

restricted for most of the day.

Police Commissioner Andy Coster

Police Commissioner Andy Coster

described the incident as ‘absolutely

devasting and the worst thing to deal

with.’

“We have lost a colleague and friend

in our Police whānau. Our thoughts are

with the officer’s family and loved ones,

and with the other officer and member of

the public who were injured in the same

incident and their loved ones,” he said.

Slain Constable Matthew Hunt (Police Photo)

Richard Leung, Paul Patel, Ranjna Patel, Dr Anwar Ghani

Gregory Fortuin, Pancha Narayanan, Arif Saeid, Rosa Chow

The offender, who had absconded

was later arrested and produced before

the Waitakere District Court on July

20, 2020, when he was remanded to

custody until he appears in Court this

month.

Daily ordeal

Mr Coster said that the incident

was indicative of real risks that police

officers face every day.

“Staff safety and welfare are our

Police Commissioner Andy Coster (INL Photo)

absolute priority and our whole

organisation is in a state of shock after

these horrific events,” he said.

Deputy Police Commissioner (Maori,

Pacific and Ethnic Services) Wallace

Haumaha said that when police officers

leave home to go to work, they respond

to every incident from the cradle to the

grave.

“But they also expect to return home

at the end of their day. Unfortunately

Deputy Police Commissioner Wallace

Haumaha (INL Photo)

one of our officers did not make it home

that day and another is in hospital with

serious injuries,” he said.

The Police Commissioner’s Ethnic

Advisory Board has expressed their

condolences.

Sad Day for New Zealand

Richard Leung, National President of

the New Zealand Chinese Association

said, “This is a sad occasion for the New

Zealand Police. We send our thoughts to

them and the concerned families.”

Pancha Narayanan, President of the

Wellington based Multicultural New

Zealand said that the dangers faced by

frontline people face on a daily basis

often go unrecognised until tragedy

strikes.

“We express our sadness,” he said.

Ranjna Patel, Director of Tamaki

Health and Chairperson of Gandhi Nivas

said, “Our thoughts and prayers are with

the families, as well as the Ambulance

staff and others involved.”

Paul Patel, President, New Zealand

Indian Central Association said that

the killing of the police officer was a

devastating loss.

“We never hope to see tragedies such

as this occur in New Zealand,” he said.

Anwar Ghani, Spokesperson for the

Federation of Islamic Associations of

New Zealand (FIANZ) said, “We stand

together with the New Zealand Police

both as stakeholders and partners to

provided whatever support is needed.”

Source of endearment and respect

Former Race Relations Conciliator

and current National Director of

Salvation Army Gregory Fortuin said

that communities, irrespective of their

ethnicity stand by the Police in every

moment of their work, especially at

such times of tragedy.

“Our Police family will always be in

our hearts and minds. There is no other

place in the world where the relationship

with communities are so special

and strong. We strongly condemn this

evil act and are sure the perpetrators

will be brought to swift justice,” he said.

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Manager Venkat Raman expressed the

solidarity of all members of the Board.

“Our Police go out and perform

duties so that all of us can remain

and feel safe. Policing has become

dangerous and our police officers are

our cherished heroes. This is a terrible

tragedy not only for the New Zealand

Police but to all of us,” he said.

Rosa Chow, Chairperson, Asian Council

on Reducing Crime Charitable Trust

said, “ We offer our sincere condolences

and prayers”

Arif Saeid, President of Refugee

Council of New Zealand said, “This is

shocking. Our Thoughts and prayers

are with the families and we wish a

swift recovery for the injured.”

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JULY 1, 2020

Police officers throughout

New Zealand joined

forced to observe

one minute silence in

memory of their fellow officer

Constable Matthew Hunt on

Friday, June 26, 2020.

While wreaths, flowers and

other tributes were the order of

the day for the past week at the

Henderson Police Station, the

headquarters of the Waitemata

District Police to which the late

Constable belonged, colleagues

and many of us connected with

the Police in various capacities,

joined the prayers from our own

homes and offices at 1037 am.

All Police flags at all Police

buildings and officers were

flying half mast as a mark of

respect.

Such was the pensive mood

that attendees at most gatherings

were speechless.

Twenty-seven-old Constable

Matthew Hunt was shot by a

man as he approached his car at

about 1030 am on Friday, June

19, 2020 in the West Auckland

suburb of Massey.

Please read related reports

here and here.

Ultimate Sacrifice

A special meeting held at

the Memorial Wall at the Royal

Police College in Porirua in Wellington

saw hundreds of officers

led by Police Commissioner

Andy Coster mourning the death

of the young officer.

“A week on from an event that

none of us ever want or should

experience, Police is pausing to

remember the ultimate sacrifice

Homelink

Police pause to honour murdered Constable Matthew Hunt

Venkat Raman

Murdered Constable Matthew Hunt (NZ Police Photo)

Deputy Commissioner Wallace

Haumaha at the Police Headquarters

in Wellington on Friday, June 26, 2020

(RNZ Photo by Samuel Rillstone)

of one of our own. I encourage

every (Police) District to mark

the occasion appropriate to

them,” he said.

Deputy Commissioner (Maori,

Pacifica and Ethnic Services)

Wallace Haumaha led a small

group of Officers by the flagpole

outside the National Headquarters.

Among them was National

Ethnic Advisor to the Police

Inspector Rakesh Naidoo.

Inspector Rakesh Naidoo with other

officers at the Remembrance Gathering

on Friday, June 26, 2020 (RNZ Photo

by Samuel Rillstone)

Sad occasion for all

“It is a very sad occasion for

all of us, and to come together

all around the country in

remembrance of Matthew, is a

part of the healing process for a

lot of our staff, who are feeling

the loss and thinking about the

tragedy as it occurred at 10.37

am last Friday. I am really proud

of our communities from Northland

to Southland. The messages

Flowers outside the Henderson Police Station

in West Auckland (RNZ Photo by Sarah

Robson)

of support, the outpouring of grief,

the anger, the respect has just been

enormous, from all four winds of

this country,” Mr Haumaha said.

He said that it would be up to the

family of Constable Hunt to decide if

they wanted the involvement of the

Police in his funeral.

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JULY 1, 2020

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Covid testing system failures bring negative impact

Sam Sachdeva

The strength of New Zealand’s

borders have been a critical

part in the country’s claims to

Covid-19 success - so it is no

wonder a high-profile failure there

has led to such strong criticism.

Facing the cameras, (Prime Minister)

Jacinda Ardern’s expression

was as stony as the stretch of State

Highway 1 that has caused her so

much trouble this week.

Significant error

It is little wonder that the Prime

Minister looked so displeased, as

she prepared to outline her Government’s

response to perhaps its most

significant Covid-19 error since New

Zealand went into lockdown.

That the country’s 24-day streak

without a new case of the virus was

broken by two women returning

from the United Kingdom to visit a

dying family member is not the fault

of officials.

That the pair were allowed, on

compassionate grounds, to leave

their 14-day quarantine period in an

Auckland hotel early - and without

returning a negative test - travelling

the length of the North Island only to

test positive in Wellington, is far less

defensible.

More than 300 people are now set

to undergo Covid-19 tests after the

news came to light, while gaping

holes seemed to be exposed in the

border procedures so critical to our

strategy of elimination.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at a media briefing

A saving grace

One saving grace appeared to be

the women’s strict adherence to the

rules of their isolation plan, both

Ardern and Director-General of

Health Ashley Bloomfield praising

them for avoiding all contact with

people and public facilities on their

way south (secluded stretches of

road apparently providing the venue

for bathroom breaks).

Yet there was a twist at Question

Time on Wednesday (June 17) afternoon,

as National Health Spokesman

Michael Woodhouse claimed that the

pair had initially taken the wrong

route out of Auckland, and “the good

Samaritans who assisted them were

rewarded with a kiss and a cuddle.”

The Ministry of Health eventually

confirmed the basic facts of Woodhouse’s

story, although there was

still some dispute over the extent of

physical contact between the pair

and the friends who helped them on

their way.

But while the breach would

certainly undermine the reputation

of the travellers, the story as has

already been confirmed is more than

enough to give Ardern and her team

cause for serious concern.

Anger over failure

New Zealand’s extraordinarily

stringent lockdown was in part lightened

by the hope and eventual truth

that we would regain our freedom

by “going hard and early,” destroying

the virus and leaving our shores as

the last, and best, line of defence.

As it happens, that last line is not

so secure, and there is some justified

anger at the Government’s failure to

successfully preserve our gains, as

Ardern has repeatedly asked of us.

Bloomfield revealed new arrivals

were not being tested at day three,

despite that being government

policy, while others at the quarantine

hotel in question complained about

a lack of rigorous health checks and

other sanitary measures.

Predictably, the screw-up has

led to calls for the scalp of Health

Minister David Clark.

But this is the rare case where

the criticism headed his way is not

entirely deserved (strange as that

may seem).

While the concept of vicarious

responsibility does exist within the

New Zealand political system, ministerial

resignations as a direct result

of officials’ errors are vanishingly

rare.

Clark’s role now should be to

watch his officials’ work like a hawk

and ensure their system’s flaws are

fixed - although it is easy to see why

some may not trust his ability to do

so.

Attack on the attacker

As National leader Todd Muller

pressed Ardern on how the mistake

had happened and who would be

held to account, she tried to turn defence

into attack by contrasting that

criticism with his desire to open up

the border to international students

and visitors from Australia.

Yet in doing so, the Prime Minister

created a false dichotomy: it is

possible to make a case for widening

the criteria for those who are

allowed on our shores, while also

insisting on rigorous health checks

and quarantine procedures for those

who do enter the country.

Of course, with a greater flow of

people would come greater risk, and

the apparent inability of health officials

to properly oversee a far more

modest intake of returning New

Zealanders has done no favours to

the case for a trans-Tasman bubble.

But government incompetence in

overseeing the current rules is not

an adequate justification for failing

to consider widening them.

So much of New Zealand’s success

to date has relied on trust: the

public’s trust that ministers would

not abuse the extraordinary powers

they granted themselves, and the

trust that we would all follow the

rules without the need for soldiers to

line the streets.

Enter the Defence Force

Yet trust is not enough by itself

at the border - and so Ardern has

appointed Assistant Chief of the New

Zealand Defence Force, Air Commodore

Digby Webb, to review and

oversee our border management

processes.

“We need the rigour, we need the

confidence and we need the discipline

that the military can provide,”

she said.

In reality, any military presence

will most likely be in backroom

roles, with the logistical rigour of

personnel what is most appealing to

the Government.

It is still a significant escalation,

but not unmerited in the circumstances.

There are surely political considerations

at play in the show of strength

- Wednesday was possibly Muller’s

best and easiest as Opposition leader,

finding it all too easy to take free hits

at the Government.

But the more salient issue is the

inherent importance of keeping our

border airtight.

Succeed, and we secure a place

atop the list of the world’s best

performers; fail, and we could easily

fall back into the pack.

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Water crisis compounds Auckland’s problems

Phil Goff

Now that we are

in Covid-19 Alert

Level 1 and enjoying a

return to more normal

activity after the long weeks

of lockdown, we can celebrate

the success of Auckland and

New Zealand in halting the

transmission of Covid-19.

It was a collective effort

that saved hundreds if not

thousands of lives, something of

which we can all be proud.

Our next challenge will be

dealing with the economic

fallout of Covid-19 and the

lockdowns.

While the earlier than

expected move to Level 1 is

encouraging, the virus has

nevertheless had a severe

impact on our economy.

Jobs have been lost and

businesses have gone under.

Heavy loss for Auckland

For Auckland Council, it will

mean an estimated revenue

loss of $525 million in the

coming year.

This loss is a result of reductions

in non-rates revenue,

including the loss of dividends

from the airport and port, loss

of income from public transport

fares and parking revenue, and

reduced income from venues

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leisure centres.

With the economic downturn,

development contribution

and regulatory income will also

slow.

We have committed to supporting

those who are unable

to pay their rates because of

Covid-19 by allowing them to

postpone their rates payment

without penalty. While this

means a loss of $65 million in

revenue over the year, to be

recovered later, it is the right

thing to do.

We want to give those who

have lost their jobs or income a

chance to get back on their feet.

Reduced spending

Because there is less money

coming in, we need to reduce

spending wherever possible.

We have frozen recruitment

and staff numbers are likely to

reduced, already we have had

to lay off more than 700 temporary

and contract workers.

Staff and elected members

including myself have accepted

voluntary pay reductions of up

to 20 per cent of salaries.

As a result of these losses,

some services will be reduced,

and some investment in

transport, housing and environmental

construction will be

deferred for a year.

Continued investments

However, we know

Aucklanders put great value on

key services such as transport,

water, waste collection, libraries,

parks and playgrounds

and street cleaning, and we are

committed to maintaining the

services Aucklanders need.

We also want to continue

investing where possible in

our infrastructure building

programme, which provides

capital works in important areas

such as transport, housing,

and the environment, as well as

helping to maintain and create

jobs and stimulate economic

recovery.

Consultation on the

Emergency Budget is open until

19 June, and I encourage you

to visit www.akhaveyoursay.

nz/emergency-budget to have

your say.

Water crisis

Compounding the difficulties

caused by Covid-19 is the worst

drought that Auckland has ever

experienced. Lake levels which

were up to 90% in October are

now down to 44%.

Normally, at this time of year

the lakes would be 75% full.

Watercare will soon use

emergency powers under the

Resource Management Act that

will enable it to draw an extra

25 million litres of water a day

from the Waikato River.

I have instructed Watercare

to explore every avenue to

increase water supply to combat

the emergency situation

that will arise this summer if

winter and spring rainfall is

not enough to replenish water

supply.

With water levels critically

low, it is important to save

water around the house

wherever possible. Please visit

waterforlife.org.nz to find out

more and for tips on how to

save water.

Phil Goff is Mayor of Auckland.

He writes a regular column in

Indian Newslink.

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JULY 1, 2020

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Ardern spurns National Party critics on border management

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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

has pushed back at National

Party claims that the mismanagement

of the country’s borders

will hit growth and cost jobs during the

recovery from Covid-19.

National has been criticising the government’s

mishandling of the border,

saying that it will cost New Zealanders

jobs, by damaging the economy and

delaying the reopening of the country.

Economists generally agree that

unemployment could spiral to unprecedented

levels if New Zealand were to

enter lockdown again.

National’s Finance Spokesperson

Paul Goldsmith told Morning Report

that an effective testing scheme at the

border is linked to improving the state

of our economy.

“If people are fearful that the border

is not well managed then that will be

delayed and of course every week and

every month that is delayed will cost

jobs,” he said.

Bring back foreign students

Mr Goldsmith said that bringing back

foreign students is crucial and he wants

to see the borders open as safely and

quickly as possible.

“What I am talking about is the need

for confidence and New Zealanders will

be naturally fearful if they do not think

it was properly managed and they keep

hearing stories of the rules not being

followed ... for goodness sake restore

the confidence,” he said.

Jacinda Ardern on National Party criticisms (NZME Photo)

Ms Ardern told Morning Report that

all the way through the pandemic,

the Opposition has called on the

government to be more liberal about

letting people in at the borders and she

has pushed back against that.

Growing pandemic

She disagreed that the recent

revelations about a slack approach to

supervising managed isolation was

costing the country jobs. She said

Covid-19 is still a pandemic that is

growing internationally with eight

million cases and over 100,000 cases

emerging a day around the world. We

have to continue to take a rigorous

approach so I make no apology for that.

Their calls for opening the borders and

being more liberal at the borders - now

is not the right time. Most countries

continue domestically to battle this

virus. We happen to be seeing it in

Professor Michael Baker (University of Otago, Wellington Photo by Luke Pilkinton-Ching)

our quarantine facilities as opposed to

our general community, so we are in a

privileged position,” she said.

Increasing returnees

Ms Ardern said that there is no need

to reduce the number of countries

people are returning to New Zealand

from other countries.

The number of people returning has

doubled since last month and there are

flights from countries that had not been

connected earlier, including high-risk

countries.

There are now around 4270 people in

20 facilities, Ms Ardern said.

She said that a large number of staff

overseeing them, with a doubling of

Defence Force staff in recent days,

more police and also aviation security

staff. Tests were being carried out at

day three and 12 and there were daily

health checks on all those in isolation.

The country still had under 10 positive

cases in a week, while Australia had just

announced 19 in one day.

“We are seeing them in quarantine

where we are set up for cases to

emerge. ...We treat all those 4000 as if

they have it,” Ms Ardern said.

Facility in Rotorua

Some travellers were bussed to a hotel

in Rotorua because Auckland hotels

are now full. It was always the plan to

look at other centres, Ms Ardern said,

however, there were robust criteria

applied to any facility that is chosen.

“We do not take over a facility

until we absolutely consider it to be

appropriate which is one of the reasons

we didn’t take one over in Auckland

recently. It didn’t meet Commodore

[Digby] Webb’s expectations,” she said.

Ms Ardern said that she was expecting

to see the results of Air Commodore

Todd Muller to keep New Zealand First out, for now

Latest Opinion Poll brings

the much-needed cheer

Venkat Raman

National Party Leader Todd

Muller has said that New

Zealand First will not be part

of a National government if

elected in the General Election 2020.

Speaking to Morning Report of

Radio New Zealand, he reflected the

mood of his Caucus.

Good news for National

His stance could have been encouraged

by the 1 News Colmar Brunton

Poll which lifted his Party by nine

percentage points since he took office

on May 22, 2020.

The Poll, announced last night took

National to 38%, while brining down

Labour to 50%.

It was a significant loss for Labour,

a clear indication of public ire over the

management of Covid-19 pandemic,

with an increasing feeling of being let

down over testing.

Although the Poll still gave

Labour the chance to form the next

National Party Leader Todd Muller

(Picture Supplied)

government on its own with 62 seats

in Parliament, the stride taken by

National is considerable.

The Poll wiped out New Zealand

First, which placed the Party at 2%,

far below the threshold of 5% need

to make it to Parliament. The Green

Party was at 6% and Act at 3%.

Expediency the Master

But expediency is often the master

of circumstances, and if New Zealand

First matters and if National needs

that Party, Mr Muller would not let go

of the opportunity.

But how that combination will

shape up would depend on the

outcome and it is still early days.

“My position has always been that

our Caucus said in February 2020 that

we cannot see a way that we would

work with them. That remains our

position. But I have said all along, my

final pronunciation on all of this will

be before the campaign starts,” he told

Morning Report.

Mr Muller said that he would discuss

the issue of working with ACT Party

post-election.

Traditional Strategy

Politicians and political observers

know better than to write-off New

Zealand First and its Leader Winston

Peters because both have proved that

they can bounce back.

Mr Peters has ‘Gray Power,’ the

support of seniors and considerable

clout in Northland. He has consistently

proved opinion polls wrong.

However, University of Auckland

Politics Professor Jennifer Curtin

believes that New Zealand is following

its traditional strategy, which is clearly

not working.

“I think it is partly because this has

been a different kind of coalition for

New Zealand First than what they’ve

experienced before.

“What I think they have done wrong

here is that they have not made the

most of the Provincial Growth Fund.

They have not spent all the money that

they have been allocated and Labour

gave New Zealand First an opportunity

to be the champion of the regions

and to shore up their vote through a

positive campaign and they have gone

back to this traditional negative way of

working. And actually, it looks like it is

not going to work for them,” she said.

National’s future bright

Public Press Relations Consultant

and former National government Press

Secretary Ben Thomas told Morning

Report that National’s long-term future

is best - looks best - if New Zealand

First is out of Parliament.

“On the other hand, they might be

tempted. Muller has a background

and a history with Winston Peters

going back to the 1990s in the Beehive.

I think that they will be tempted to

at least keep that option open. New

Zealand First has a lot of headwinds

coming into this election. The first one

is their very low polling rate now, the

second one is immigration, their usual

go-to policy is just off the table right

now because no-one is coming into

the country. And the third thing is that

National Party selects Bala Beeram for Kelston

But good ranking on the

Party List imperative

Venkat Raman

The National Party has

done well in choosing Bala

(Venugopal) Beeram as its

candidate to contest in

General Election 2020 (Saturday,

September 19, 2020) but whether

it would do better in terms of

ranking him on their List remains

to be seen.

For, Kelston belongs to Labour

and with Carmel Sepuloni being

the candidate would make it

almost impossible for Mr Beeram

to win through electoral votes.

His passion for community service

and the energy to engage with

people have helped National over

the past three years to enhance its

image in the electorate.

Mr Beeram helped National

to get 10456 Party votes, slightly

Bala Beeram (Photo Supplied)

more than Chris Penk did as the

candidate in this Constituency in

2014 (9924 votes).

Since 2017, he has interacted

well with all the communities in

Kelston and relates well to their

aspirations, issues and challenges.

The issue therefore is ranking.

National Party should reward him

with a winnable position on its List

for General Election 2020.

About the Candidate

Bala Beeram is from the

Telugu-speaking community of the

South Indian State of Telangana

which was once a part of Andhra

Pradesh. A resident and citizen

since the past 21 years, he understands

the Nation, its people and its

future; and over the past few years,

the policies and programmes of the

National Party.

Born and raised in a family

of farmers, he obtained his

postgraduate (MSc) qualification in

Chemistry from Bhopal University

in Central India. He worked as a

Chemistry teacher at a secondary

school.

Migrating to New Zealand in

1999, Mr Beeram became an active

member of the New Zealand

Telugu Association and became its

Executive Committee Member and

its President.

He was among the main organisers

of the first Indian Newslink

Festivals of South India held in

2019 and works closely with the

New Zealand Telugu Association

and Telangana Association of New

Zealand. Among the programmes

with which he has been involved

is Tree Plantation, Blood Donation,

Badminton Tournament and

fundraisers.

He is seen at events organised by

various associations in the greater

Auckland region, Hamilton and

beyond.

Webb’s audit of the way facilities were

being managed this week.

National MP objects

National Party Rotorua MP Todd

McClay said the government is showing

no respect for people in the city by

sending international passengers there

for isolation without notice.

Some aviation security staff had

arrived in Rotorua at midday on

Saturday to make arrangements and

less than seven hours later seven

busloads arrived.

“The Jacinda Ardern government

has shown no understanding or

respect for the people of Rotorua. They

woke on Sunday morning to find out

their city is being used for quarantine.

It was not until midday that we started

to get any assurance that actually the

government was thinking about public

health and safety,” he said.

Robust system needed

Epidemiologist Professor Michael

Baker told First Up the review of

border processes announced last week

should look at whether the protocols

are robust and whether there are there

systems to ensure they are applied

consistently.

“Once the number of facilities and

the number of people in these isolation

and quarantine areas increases then

the risks of errors happening also rises

because you’ve just got a lot more

staff involved, a lot more things can go

wrong.”

Published under a Special Agreement

with www.rnz.co.nz

SFO (Serious Fraud Office) inquiry,”

he said.

Growth Fund advantage

Mr Thomas said that the benefits for

New Zealand First is that they may not

have made the most of the Provincial

Growth Fund.

“(Regional Economic Development

Minister) Shane Jones has $3 billion

to spend in the lead-up to the election

on shovel-ready projects. So, let us not

count them out yet, but things are not

looking good,” he said.

Mr Thomas said that the latest Poll

results were what the base voters of

National Party needed.

“This election would be different

because of Covid-19, and that meant

health would be front and centre - and

so would Clark. That plays into

National’s strategy which is knowing

that it is unlikely they can match

Leader versus Leader ... they are going

for the strategy of saying ‘We have got

a better team, look behind the leader.

Muller’s approach is a tack back

towards the Centre with less hard-line

rhetoric,” he said.

Editor’s Note: Quotes in the above Report

were taken from Morning Report, under a

Special Arrangement with www.rnz.co.nz

A Supervisor at a Food and

Pharmaceutical testing company,

Mr Beeram spends almost all his

after-hours in serving the communities

in Kelston and beyond.

Vibrant electorate

“Kelston is a vibrant and diverse

part of Auckland, filled with so

many hard working families who

are trying to get ahead. With a

serious economic crisis looming

ahead, Kelston needs a National

government with the experience

and knowhow to put jobs back

into our economy and guide our

community through,” he said.

Mr Beeram said that he would

campaign hard and get out and

about the Kelston electorate.

“I will be focused on the issues

that Kelston is facing, and ensuring

that we see change this Election,

because Kelston cannot afford

another Labour Government, not

in these times,” he said.


JULY 1, 2020

International Students Hardship Fund fully paid out

But another $37.6 million

Programme opens on July 1

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Education New Zealand

(ENZ) has approved a

total of 105 applications,

assisting about 11,000 international

students in temporary

hardship.

The fund first opened for applications

on May 21,2020. It was met

with immediate interest by a wide

variety of education institutions

and community groups.

Tangible Support

A cross-ENZ team named Kāhui

Oranga was charged with the

Fund’s administration.

They met twice weekly to go

through applications and ensure

a balanced allocation of funds

between regions, sectors and

institutions.

Education providers and

community organisations are disseminating

grants from the Fund

to international students in the

form of cash grants, food parcels

and accommodation support.

ENZ Director of Student Experience

and Global Citizens, Sahinde

Pala, led Kāhui Oranga.

She said that the government

was glad to be able to offer international

students tangible support

in such an uncertain time.

“At ENZ, we talk a lot about

manaakitanga – the offering of

hospitality and respect to guests.

We really want every student

that comes to New Zealand to feel

valued. It was obvious that once

the impacts of Covid-19 began to

be felt here that we needed to offer

our international students most in

need extra support during these

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difficult times, she said.

New Fund on July 1

Deputy Prime Minister Winston

Peters and Minister for the

Community and Voluntary Sector

Poto Williams announced the

Assistance for Foreign Nationals

impacted by Covid-19 Programme.

This $37.6 million Fund will

open on July 1, 2020 and will be

administered by the Department

of Internal Affairs. International

students experiencing serious

hardship will be able to apply to

this programme to receive support

with basic needs such as food and

accommodation.

“There are a number of foreign

nationals in New Zealand on

temporary visas who, due to

Covid-19 have found themselves in

a tight spot. Nearly 60,000 foreign

nationals have departed New

Zealand since March 2020. We

have been working with foreign

missions since April 2020, asking

them to assist their citizens, including

with repatriation efforts, and

the New Zealand Government has

an expectation that they provide

ongoing support for their citizens,”

he said.

Ms Williams said that due to the

exceptional circumstances created

by the pandemic, this Programme

will continue the assistance

provided by the Civil Defence and

Emergency Management Groups.

“This programme is will provide

short-term assistance until they

find means of supporting themselves

in New Zealand or are able

to return home. The community

and voluntary sector has played

a key role in the COVID-19

emergency response and involving

an NGO to deliver the Programme

leverages the capability and

networks of the sector,” she said.

Advise to international students

Mr Peters said that foreign nationals

should be seeking to depart

New Zealand as soon as possible

if they cannot support themselves

here, and should contact their

Embassy, High Commission or

Consulate for assistance in the first

instance.

”The Ministry of Foreign Affairs

and Trade will continue to work

closely with foreign missions

to help them provide consular

support for their citizens who

remain in New Zealand.”

Criteria for support

Where returning home is not

immediately possible, assistance

will be provided under the Programme

to temporary visa holders

where it has been established

that (a) the person is experiencing

serious hardship, and (b) all other

avenues of potential support have

been exhausted, such as access to

savings or other assets, insurance

cover, consular assistance from

their own foreign missions, or help

from family and friends.

This assistance mirrors support

a number of countries have given

to New Zealand citizens.

The Department of Internal

Affairs is currently identifying

a suitable provider and an

announcement on who that is will

be made soon.

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Free holiday programme for school children ready

It runs from July 4,

to July 19, 2020

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Parents, grandparents

and anyone who needs

an action-packed adventure

for children during

the forthcoming (July) school

holidays would be pleased to

read this report.

A holiday programme valued

at more than $20,000 will

be available at Kelly Club and

Kelly Sports Club throughout

the country during the School

holidays from July 4 to July 19,

2020.

Kelly Group New Zealand

Founder and Managing

Director Paul Jamieson said

that the Programme aims to

help families that are reeling

under the impact of Covid-19

pandemic.

“Childcare during the school

holidays is always tricky

whether the grown-ups are

working or not and we want

to make this time a bit easier

on the bank balance, while

ensuring children have fun,”

he said.

Encouraging response

He rallied the teams at all

69 Kelly Clubs and 36 Kelly

Sports Zones in New Zealand

and secured their approval to

help our Tamariki and their

whānau.

“They jumped aboard

straight away and now families

that enrol in a Kelly Club

or Kelly Sports programme

for July can win a free week

of holiday care for their child.

The children will have a blast

Paul Jamieson, Founder -MD, Kelly Group NZ

Children at play at Kelly Club

doing anything from baking

a treat, creating works of art,

discovering science to playing

sports – all while the big people

focus on their workday,” he

said.

Kelly Group is no stranger to

collaborating with others.

During Covid-19 Alert Level

4, Kelly Club and Kelly Sports

worked with the government

and the Ministry of Social

Development to support New

Zealanders performing essential

work by providing them

with free in-home childcare.

The Group has invested

more than $3 million over

the past 20 years in partner

schools.

The team has also donated

more than $65,000 to Cure Kids

and love sharing time with the

Charity’s child ambassadors.

About Kelly Club

Established in in 2009,

Kelly Club provides before and

after-school care and holiday

programme care for five to

13-year-olds at 69 locations

throughout New Zealand.

The aim is to provide not just

a childcare facility, but to create

a safe, fun, and supportive

environment where kids can

learn and build relationships

while doing things they love.

Kelly Club programmes give

children time to engage in

sports and games, cooking, arts

and crafts, discovery time, and

homework activities.

There are also opportunities

for free play and relaxation

around a busy school life.

All Kelly Clubs are approved

by the Ministry of Social

Development as fulfilling their

health and safety requirements.

Kelly Club is a Work and

Income, Out of School Care and

Recreation (OSCAR) subsidy

approved provider.

About Kelly Sports

Kelly Sports has instilled

Kiwi children with a lifelong

love of sports since 2007.

Kelly Sports programmes

are delivered to thousands of

primary and intermediate kids

every week.

With more than 36 offices

and hundreds of coaches,

Kelly Sports is the leading

independent provider of

physical literacy programmes

in New Zealand.

Physical activity enables

children for a better life by

improving fitness, building

confidence, developing

communication skills, teaching

respect and empathy, and

giving them a positive outlet to

channel their energy.

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08

JULY 1, 2020

Fijilink

New Zealand-Fiji bubble could ease the Pacific pain

Jill Herron

Opening a ‘business bubble’

between Fiji and New Zealand

would be a positive initial

step to help relieve hardships in

the Pacific, according to a business

leader.

Manager of Trade and Investment

for Fiji Trade Commission Peter

Rudd said that opening up trade

channels would have a positive

impact on the struggling Fijian

economy hard hit by the loss of

international tourism.

“A business bubble could

definitely be workable with the right

processes in place,” he said.

Many large Kiwi companies

operated in the island nation

including Fulton Hogan and Fletcher

Construction, some of this in tourism

developments and infrastructure

projects like bridge works.

“Business travel represents 15% of

traffic, a lot of it is repeat visits and

it’s a two-way street between New

Zealand and Fiji,” Mr Rudd said.

About the Trade Commission

The Fiji Trade Commission to New

Zealand is a part of the Fijian Ministry

of Commerce, Trade, Tourism

and Transport and deals with trade

and investment across all sectors in

Fiji.

The island nation is the hub of

the Pacific region for a range of

industries.

“During the pandemic we

supported investments in sectors

including agriculture, ICT, education,

construction and infrastructure,

Audio Visual such as Film & TV

Peter Rudd, Manager, Trade & Investment

Manager, Fiji Trade Commission, Auckland

and manufacturing. As borders are

closed and Covid has been eliminated

in Fiji, many investors are eager

to return to Fiji and continue their

operations.”

Fiji is New Zealand’s largest

Pacific Island trading partner, with a

growing number of Kiwis travelling

there, he said.

Life during Covid-19

Fiji has not had any new cases

of Covid-19 for two months, after

quickly shutting down those that did

appear back in March. There have

been no deaths and a total of 18

cases recorded.

“They managed to act quickly

when they first identified a case,

shutting down the area where the

case was identified and actively

stopping the spread and community

transmission,” he said.

The people had endured some

“hard curfews and enforcement” but

were now Covid-19-free.

Business there had the added

difficulty of not having the same capabilities

as New Zealand to quickly

switch to working from home to

keep things going.

“We need staff on the ground over

there.”

Pacific Islands viable

Mr Rudd said it was critical to keep

With its exotic beaches, food and friendly people, Fiji is a favourite tourism destination for New

Zealanders (Newsroom Picture)

Covid-19 out as an outbreak could be

devastating, but he believed opening

up a ‘business bubble’ could be

achievable.

In terms of managing any bubble

arrangements, he believed that New

Zealand should look to the Pacific

first, as Australia was still presenting

with new Covid-19 cases.

“When you have various states

and authorities to deal with, some

with internal borders closed and

others not, how do you manage

that? I think this is an opportunity to

look at not just Fiji but other Pacific

nations like the Cooks too.”

Being open for tourism travel

would of course be of much greater

benefit, with 24,000 Kiwis normally

visiting each month between June

and September, but he felt business-only

traffic was now possibly a

more realistic first step.

Boosting Tourism

“We are Fiji’s second-largest tourism

market after Australia. While

it is unlikely that the number of

tourists would reach pre-Covid levels

soon after reopening, 10% to 15% of

New Zealand visitors go to Fiji for

business or employment reasons and

most likely will be the first returning

visitors once the borders reopen,” Mr

Rudd said.

He said it was disappointing to

see new Covid-19 cases appearing

now in New Zealand.

Business consultant Marcus

Langford-Lee believed that a

business bubble would ease the

increasingly serious economic

situation in Fiji, but only opening

up to tourism would provide real

relief.

“Fiji is doing it tough at the

moment because they’ve lost

all their tourism. They are very

worried. People are saying that by

September things are really going to

start to bite for a lot of businesses. A

business bubble would be great, it

would help, but would it really help

the tourism?” he said.

Currently stuck in New Zealand,

he was keen to get back to Fiji

and resume work in advising on

systems, structures and processes

on various developments. Housing

and island resorts made up the bulk

of the multi-million dollar projects

the consultancy dealt with.

Langford-Lee said that he believed

it made sense to try and keep

people in New Zealand, especially

over the school holidays to spend

on domestic travel. However, he

did not believe restrictions on

travel should be retained solely to

influence where Kiwis spent their

holiday dollars.

Trans-Tasman Safe Zone

“It feels like being controlled;

people should have a free will. If the

country’s got no Covid there [Fiji] ...

they can’t put restrictions on for the

sake of putting restrictions on.”

In a statement, the Ministry of Foreign

Affairs and Trade said Australia

and New Zealand’s Prime Ministers

had committed to introducing a

trans-Tasman Covid-safe travel zone

as soon as it was safe to do so.

The Ministry would not be drawn

on whether this commitment

involved that zone opening first,

before any other, but reiterated that

investigations were ongoing in the

Pacific.

“Alongside this, officials continue

to investigate and build engagement

with the Realm and Pacific nations

about a safe travel zone. New Zealand

has close connections with the Pacific,

particularly the Realm countries as

they are New Zealand citizens. We

will be very mindful of this as we

explore options for our border. The

potential for a travel zone has been

discussed at a high level with some

Pacific partners. We are very aware

that safe travel zones could be a way

to soften the economic and social

impacts of Covid-19 in the Pacific

through reconnecting on tourism,

work, education and family connections.

However, it remains imperative

that we avoid the spread of Covid-19

within the region,” he said.

The Fijian Sun newspaper this

week reported calls for the nation to

be considered in any regional travel

arrangements.

Made with the support of NZ on Air

Jill Herron is a freelance journalist

based in Cromwell. The above article

and pictures, published by Newsroom,

have been reproduced here under a

Special Arrangement.

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Wellington takes a cautious approach to ‘Bula Bubble’

Christine Rovoi

The New Zealand government

says that it is taking a

cautious approach to Fiji’s

‘Bula Bubble’ proposal.

Wellington’s response follows

Fiji’s announcement last week that

it was hoping to establish a tourism

bubble with Australia and New

Zealand, to attract visitors.

Fiji Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe

Bainimarama said that tourists

could be contained and prevented

from mixing with locals.

“VIP lanes - starting on the

airplane, then from Nadi Airport

onto designated transport to their

designated resort or hotel where

they’ll remain throughout their

stay,” Mr Bainimarama said.

Fiji was identifying geographically-isolated

resorts best suited for

the Bula Bubble, he said.

New Zealand said it was

exploring opportunities to expand

the concept of a Trans-Tasman

Covid-19 “travel safe zone.”

Managing risks

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

said that while her government

was talking with Pacific nations, it

was imperative New Zealanders

avoided spreading or contracting

Covid-19 within the region.

“Fiji are in a position where they

have seen lower numbers than

many others (but) they have not

been entirely Covid-free though.

Fiji’s Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama with Jacinda Ardern at Nausori Airport on

February 27, 2020 (Fiji Government Photo)

We have set up our own criteria for

what we would expect in the event

of opening up bubbles. It is fair to

say that at the moment, of course

the border remains the biggest

vulnerability so it is the area where

we will be the most cautious,” she

said.

New Zealand’s Opposition Leader

Todd Muller said that the criteria

should be shared with Pacific

nations like Fiji.

“They have been without a Covid

case for many, many weeks now.

They are, I am sure, putting huge

pressure on New Zealand and

Australia to be innovative in the

way holiday travel could be opened

up to that market,” he said.

Fiji contains Covid-19

Fiji has not had a Covid-19 case in

more than 60 days and it has been

more than 90 days since its first

case was reported.

The Fiji government said while

the country was not yet Covid-free,

it was “Covid-contained.”

“Contained is the key word here

because as the pandemic rages

around the world and until we

have a globally-available vaccine,

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country. We can aim for the next

best thing: absolute containment.

So long as those entering Fiji pose

no risk to the public at large we

will remain Covid-contained,” Mr

Bainimarama said.

He said that Bula Bubble

travellers would have to present a

certificate from a recognised medical

institution certifying 14 days of

quarantine in their home country,

along with proof of a negative

Covid-19 test result within 48 hours

of their departure to Fiji.

Alternatively, upon arrival in Fiji,

travellers could complete “Fourteen

days of quarantine, at their own

New Zealand Inc should prepare for a long lockdown

Bernard Hickey

Tourism and education businesses

hoping for the borders to reopen to

visitors, students and guest workers

within months should challenge

their assumptions.

There were just six minutes of sunshine

in Wellington in all of last week, and it

certainly felt that way for New Zealand Inc.

Prolonged Winter

A long winter is coming for those parts

of the economy that depend on tourists,

international students and a plentiful

supply of cheap guest workers.

The events of recent days both here and

overseas have effectively dashed any vague

hopes or pleadings about a return to some

sort of normality any time this year.

International educators, the tourism

sector and the Opposition had been seriously

talking in recent weeks about both

a Trans-Tasman travel bubble and mass

quarantining of international students

within months. It was an understandable

act of desperation from a set of managers

and owners who cannot afford their businesses

to be idle until the next academic

year or summer.

But their dreams are now dashed and

they, along with voters, policymakers and

bankers, should revisit their assumptions

and start assuming and planning for a

re-opening only once large swathes of the

world are vaccinated. That could be years,

rather than months.

Breaches reinforce risks

Our politicians and media have also

understandably focused on the breaches at

the border.

They have only served to reinforce just

how hard it is to open back up again safely

when a pandemic is raging beyond our

borders and the science of this virus does

not respect the way our globalised society,

politics and businesses operate.

The government has scrambled to shore

up the arrangements for quarantining

arrivals, which shows how hard it is to

humanely and safely isolate people in

buildings designed for leisure and making

social connections, not the other way

around.

But the real action is overseas and none of

those things are within the government’s or

New Zealand Inc’s control.

Second waves overseas

Second waves are now crashing through

America and the pandemic is catching fire

in India. Australia’s internal borders are

locked down and Victoria has reversed

some of its opening up.

The Australian government is now talking

about 2021 for re-opening its borders.

China is desperately trying to contain

second waves bouncing back in from

Europe and elsewhere.

Europe and Britain have barely begun to

reopen their economies.

Even Germany, which appeared to have

crushed its outbreak, is now seeing rising

infection rates and is considering halting or

reversing its opening up.

Essentially, only very limited numbers

of tourists, students and guest workers will

be allowed in until there is either some

fool-proof and very fast test available at

international airports before someone gets

on a plane, or everyone is vaccinated.

The government acknowledged this

week that it is trying to build extra quarantine

capacity at a rate of four percent per

fortnight, but is being overwhelmed and

surprised by the number of New Zealand

residents wanting to come home, who are

at the front of the queue ahead of visitors,

students and guest workers.

It is also understandable that New

Zealanders in Australia, Britain, India,

Europe, China and America are desperate

to return to a Covid-free country that has at

least some chance of social and economic

stability amid the waves of the infection

crashing around the global economy.

Right of entry for Kiwis

Anyone trying to calculate how many

New Zealanders could be at the front of

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Fiji is a popular tourist destination for New Zealanders (RNZ Picture by Rebekah Parsons-King)

that queue and how much space might

be available for the ‘rest’ should know

there’s around one million people

living overseas, including at least half a

million in Australia, who have the right

to simply turn up and expect re-entry.

The new ‘fix-it’ Minister Megan

Woods told me this week that less than

5% of the places will be available for

non-residents. That means less than

a couple of dozen people a day. That

is a far cry from the 250,000 students

and guest workers arriving each year

pre-Covid-19, and the five million

visitors a year forecast within a couple

of years.

Any business model depending on

those numbers is dead until either a

The Financial Markets Authority

(FMA) has updated its online

KiwiSaver tracker tool, featuring

quarterly fund information for

March 2020, reflecting the volatility

that hit markets in the first quarter of

the year.

The tracker allows comparisons over

both a five-year and one-year period.

The five-year period shows that over

99% of funds were positive from April

2015 to March 2020.

Comparing funds over a five-year

period provides a longer term

perspective of investing though periods

of volatility.

Aggressive funds hit hard

There are about 270 KiwiSaver

funds, 143 of which had negative

returns for the year to end of March

2020. Looking at the one year data,

funds in the higher risk ‘growth’ and

‘aggressive’ categories were hit hardest

by the Covid-19 market falls: 92 of these

funds went into negative territory,

while 18 funds in this risk profile were

positive for the year to March 2020.

In the ‘balanced’ fund category,

39 funds were negative for one year

returns, while 16 funds were positive.

As expected, the conservative and

defensive funds were mostly positive,

however 12 funds in these categories

were negative over the one year period.

109 funds had positive returns after

fees for the year to March. Of these, 25

funds lost 50% or more of their gross

return to fees.

The FMA encourages members to

cost, in a Fijian government-designated

quarantine centre or a hotel

of their choosing, after which they

would have to undergo a Covid-19

test.”

“If either Australia or New Zealand

becomes Covid-contained, the

quarantine requirements for travellers

from that country will be lifted,

and movement can expand beyond

these bubbles to everywhere else in

Fiji,” Mr Bainimarama said.

Christine Rovoi is Pacific Journalist at

Radio New Zealand. The above story

and pictures have been published

under a Special Arrangement with

www.rnz.co.nz

very fast and very reliable test is available,

or the parts of the world that provide

the bulk of our tourists and students and

guest workers are vaccinated. That means

China, India and the Philippines, which

have a combined population of almost

three billion.

Demands from universities, the Opposition

leader, the Deputy Prime Minister

and the tourism industry to quickly reopen

our borders are simply unrealistic, unless

New Zealand takes a collective decision to

sacrifice its nanas for the sake of rescuing

a less-than-10% chunk of the economy.

It is not about politics or economics. It is

simple biology.

Bernard Hickey is the Managing Editor of

Newsroom Pro based in the Parliamentary

Press Gallery in Wellington. The above

story has been published under a Special

Arrangement with www.rnz.co.nz

Financial Markets Authority updates KiwiSaver Tracker

Information now shows Covid-19 impact

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look at the fees as well as the investment

performance of their fund. Returns were

strong and markets were rising up to

February this year, so, the amounts paid in

fees could have been less noticeable.

Data from Disclose Register

The FMA Tracker presents data from

the Disclose Register, analysed by the FMA,

to enable investors to see how much of

their funds’ investment performance was

absorbed by fees.

There is a range of information taken

from KiwiSaver providers’ quarterly fund

updates, to help people compare and

contrast different funds.

It is expected that data for the next

quarter, ending June 30, 2020, will show

the rebound that has happened in the

markets, beginning in early April.

The FMA KiwiSaver Tracker allows

people to arrange and sort the data. It

shows (a) The risk profile, returns and

fees for each fund (b) A percentage figure

for how much of the gross return is paid

to the fund manager in fees (excluding

fixed membership fees) and how much is

paid to investors. Most KiwiSaver funds

charge a percentage management fee, plus

a fixed monthly member fee in dollars (c)

Data that currently covers the past year

and average five-year returns before tax

and (d)

Funds that have been invested for less

than a year and restricted schemes are

excluded.

Source: Financial Markets Authority,

Wellington


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JULY 1, 2020

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Stranded migrant workers overseas to get $37.6 million

Scheme comes to effect on July 1, 2020

Venkat Raman

Foreign nationals holding

temporary visas issued by the

New Zealand government will

be provided with short-term

support in addition to help in their

return to New Zealand, Foreign Minister

Winston Peters and Community

and Voluntary Sector Minister Poto

Williams have said.

In a statement, they said that the

Programme, which will come into effect

from July 1, 2020, aims to provide

temporary, in-kind assistance to those

eligible to meet their immediate needs

including basic food supplies and

accommodation.

Mr Peters said that about 60,000 foreign

nationals have left New Zealand

since March 2020.

“We have been working with foreign

missions since April this year, asking

them to assist their citizens (meaning

temporary visa-holders of New Zealand)

including repatriation efforts. Our government

expects that they will provide

ongoing support to their citizens,” he

said.

Ms Williams said that the financial

and other support will be provided

through the Civil Defence and Emergency

Management Groups, since

the Programme relates to Covid-19

pandemic.

Support to return home

“This Programme will provide shortterm

assistance until they find means

of supporting themselves in New

Zealand or are able to return home.

The Community and Voluntary Sector

has played a key role in the Covid-19

Emergency Response and involving

an NGO to deliver the Programme

leverages the capability and networks

of the sector,” she said.

Mr Peters said that foreign nationals

in New Zealand, unable to support

themselves should be seeking to depart

New Zealand as soon as possible if

they cannot support themselves here,

and should contact their embassy, high

commission or consulate for assistance

in the first instance.

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and

Trade will continue to work closely

with foreign missions to help them

provide consular support for their

citizens who remain in New Zealand,”

he said.

Migrant workers in New Zealand

Foreign nationals who are not able to

return home immediately (not because

of their volition but because of border

restrictions elsewhere) will receive

financial and other assistance.

However, they should prove that

they are experiencing serious hardship

and all other avenues of potential

support (such as access to savings or

other assets, insurance cover, consular

assistance from their own foreign

missions, or help from family and

friends) has been exhausted.

“This assistance mirrors support a

number of countries have given to New

Over-reacting journalists should calm down

Jack Vowles

Journalists slamming the government

over new cases of Covid-19 are

over-reacting.

In the wake of a scattering of new

cases from overseas, Stuff journalist

Andrea Vance has slammed the government

for setting “allegedly unrealistic

expectations” that Covid-19 would be

eliminated in New Zealand.

She believes that the public feel they

have been lied to.

Fellow Stuff journalist Tracy Watkins

said that the “border fiasco” has caused

“incalculable damage” and “a massive

breach of trust.”

John Armstrong, in a column for the

1 News website, describes the situation

as “calamitous.”

All are over-reacting.

No systematic evidence

First, there is no systematic evidence

yet about what ‘the public’, in general,

feel.

Big attendances at recent sporting

events suggest little sign of concern.

However, what the public may end

up feeling is being shaped by current

negative journalistic coverage, because

journalists are as much opinion leaders

as opinion followers.

Second, elimination has been carefully

defined: it refers to no new cases

of local transmission – “no new cases

for a specified period, such as 28 days,

and that a high-performing national

surveillance system was testing a cer-

tain number of people per day, across

the country,” including “exemptions for

new cases among travellers arriving

at the border, so long as they were

quarantined until they recovered.”

Prime Minister’s warning

When I watched the Prime Minister

declare on television that we would

move from Level 2 to Level 1, I distinctly

remember her saying new cases would

emerge at the border and we should remain

vigilant. Statements of this nature

have been repeated regularly since.

Some people have apparently been

unkindly critical of returning travellers

who have briefly breached quarantine.

During Level 4 lockdown, we were all

expected to play our part, stay at home,

minimise social contact and stay within

our local area.

Police did what they could to

discourage and penalise those failing to

comply, but the vast majority followed

the rules. Is it not too much to expect

returning travellers, put into hotels at

great expense to the taxpayer, should

not do the same?

However, we must understand their

situation better.

Increasing number of returning Kiwis

Because of New Zealand’s success

in eliminating community transfer

of the virus, more and more Kiwis

are returning home. Managing those

in quarantine is becoming more

challenging.

It is obvious that hotels are far from

ideal places to maintain quarantine.

The number available and marginally

suitable is limited.

Anyone who has stayed in these sorts

of hotel will understand the problems.

Away from the main concourses,

corridors are narrow. Lifts are designed

to fit people in together. Keeping people

apart in a crowded hotel lobby through

which in many cases everyone has to

pass is not always easy. People fail to

read the signs, end up in the wrong

place, and so on.

We can all remember in Level 4 being

in situations where it was physically

impossible to follow the two-metre

rule and we had to pass someone more

closely, if only briefly.

Problem at hotels

Being stuck in a small hotel room

with few opportunities to get out

Royal Commission imperative to probe quarantine lapses

Alexander Gillespie

The anger and frustration at New

Zealand’s border quarantine

failure have been palpable.

Two women, recently arrived

in New Zealand, were granted compassionate

leave from quarantine to

be with grieving family after a parent’s

death. But they were not tested for

Covid-19 before being allowed to travel

the length of the North Island by car.

Both later tested positive.

Since news of the failure broke, other

examples of mismanagement and

claims of an overly relaxed quarantine

regime have emerged.

No more exemptions

Having endured lockdown and

now nursing an ailing economy back

to life, the “Team of five million” has

not been forgiving. Nor has Prime

Minister Jacinda Ardern, who directed

her Director-General of Health to

immediately suspend compassionate

exemptions for anyone in quarantine.

The fact that she has also called in the

military to oversee quarantine facilities

and strengthen border control speaks

volumes. The deployment of our armed

forces was always an option during the

emergency. The government wisely

chose not to do so in any highly visible

way.

Now it is different. But rather than

being a move against non-compliant

New Zealand citizens or visitors to the

country, it is a last resort in response to

the failed bureaucracy that allowed the

mistakes to happen.

Legal uncertainty

While the specific point of breakdown

in the chain of command governing

quarantine management has yet to be

pinpointed, one thing is beyond doubt:

this is not a matter of legal uncertainties.

The powers of the government in

times of infectious and notifiable disease

are vast under the Health Act. With the

paramount goal of protecting public

health, the obligation to direct people

for medical examination and contact

tracing is clear.

If there was any doubt about those

existing powers during the Covid-19

crisis, two other pieces of legislation

cleared it up.

First, specific laws were introduced

with the Immigration (COVID-19

Response) Amendment Act.

This gave the government additional

powers to add conditions to all forms

of visas as is “reasonably necessary to

manage the effects, or deal with the

consequences, of […] Covid-19.”

Second, the much-disputed Covid-19

Public Health Response Act 2020 established

orders that could be made to

“require persons to refrain from taking

any specified actions that contribute or

are likely to contribute to the risk of the

outbreak or spread of Covid-19.”

Those orders extend to requiring

people to be isolated or quarantined,

report for medical examination or

testing, and provide any information

needed for contact tracing.

Question of compulsion

At the core of this debate is a

is tedious and for some people a

challenge to their mental health. We

need to have sympathy for the people

in this situation.

Some breach the conditions and

congregate socially, but probably a

small minority. Security staff cannot be

everywhere in a hotel, and if they were,

someone would complain about that.

We have heard the voices of several

complaining returners. The vast majority

are presumably coping, tolerating

their situation and doing what they are

asked to do.

We should also have more

understanding and sympathy for the

staff, officials and security managing

the quarantine. In the circumstances,

breaches and errors can happen: they

do not mean ‘a flawed system’ or a

catastrophe.

Some reasonable and necessary

measures have been ignorantly

denounced, such as moving people

in quarantine who have not yet been

tested to hotels in other cities while

maintaining strict protocols. New

management and administrative

processes and security systems have

been set up quickly. There has been

a temporary shortfall in meeting

recently established higher standards

for testing the growing number of

those in quarantine; probably because

doing a test requires training and

people with the skills to take on the job

are badly needed everywhere. But the

general increase in capacity to test and

contact-trace has been remarkable. If

there are errors, they are reviewed and

corrected, systems improve, resources

are shifted.

question of compulsion.

The challenge lies in finding a path

between the continuing global emergency

and a domestic situation that

is largely controlled but vulnerable.

Enforced quarantine, mandatory testing

and contact tracing are the logical

solutions in protecting our borders,

and the current legislation provides for

them.

Longer term – especially if and when

a vaccine is developed – this will be a

difficult debate.

Kiwis (rightly) do not like the idea of

compulsion, unless there is a clear and

declared emergency.

Furthermore, the right to refuse

to undergo any medical treatment

became part of our Bill of Rights. This

has been interpreted as the right to

object to a range of medical practices,

vaccinations being most notable. The

question will be whether this interpretation

is correct and, if so, whether it

can be overridden for the public good.

Regardless, the existing pieces of

legislation should have been ample to

protect the population from exposure

to the two women in question.

Royal Commission of Inquiry

There is now an immediate need to

Zealand citizens. The Department of

Internal Affairs is currently identifying

a suitable provider and an announcement

on who that is will be made soon,”

Mr Peters said.

What the Programme covers

There would be no financial support

but the Programme provides for (a)

food and household goods required to

meet urgent and immediate needs (b)

blankets, hot water bottles and basic

clothing to meet urgent and immediate

needs (c) over-the-counter medication

to meet urgent and immediate needs (d)

accommodation including rent, boarding

costs and rent arrears (e) utilities

(electricity, gas). The support scheme

excludes internet and broadband

connection and plans

if required, pre-paid phone cards

to enable emergency communication

and communication with consulate/

embassy; petrol/travel (limited to travel

required to shift to new location for

employment purposes or to airport to

leave New Zealand).

We are assured New Zealand is in a

good position to manage and contain

any local outbreak, if it occurs. Nearly

6000 tests were conducted on June 20.

Only two were positive, both sourced

offshore. Another hard lockdown is

extremely unlikely.

Impressive performance

Compared with the failure to manage

Covid-19 in many other countries,

New Zealand’s performance remains

impressive. Our short sharp lockdown

has enabled a return to near normality.

Only a few other countries are in our

position.

What happens in the future is still

uncertain. More needs to be learned

about the virus and from the experiences

of other countries.

Is there any such thing as ‘immunity’?

Will there be a vaccine? Will

Covid-19 evolve into a less dangerous

form? Will more effective treatments

for those worst affected be found?

Calls for ‘a plan’ and a timetable are

premature; scenario scoping is what is

required.

This is no time to lose faith in the

government’s response.

Political criticism from journalists

and the Opposition is all well and good.

It does not serve the country well if it

undermines the trust, confidence, compliance

and cooperation and ‘kindness’

necessary for New Zealanders to work

together against Covid-19.

Let’s all calm down, and carry on.

Professor Jack Vowles is in the

Political Science programme at Te

Herenga Waka—Victoria University

of Wellington. The above article

and pictures which appeared on the

Newsroom website, have been reproduced

under a Special Arrangement.

assign accountability to the individuals

or groups responsible for putting the

community at risk.

And this leads to the greater need

for a royal commission to critically

examine this current problem and

many others, in the overall way that

Covid-19 had been dealt with.

From the first national diagnosis of

the Covid-19 crisis all the way to the recovery

processes, a Royal Commission

should be tasked with reviewing it all:

the health, scientific, economic, constitutional,

legal and cultural elements of

the event.

This would provide a public record

of what worked, what did not, what

gaps were apparent and what could

be improved next time. And it is the

next time we have to be particularly

worried about. Pandemics are an

intergenerational problem, and what

we are enduring will not be the last

such experience.

Alexander Gillespie is Professor of

Law at University of Waikato based

in Hamilton. The above stories and

pictures have been published under

Creative Commons Licence.


JULY 1, 2020

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Timely response puts the economy on path of recovery

Michael Wood

A

strong health approach was

our best economic response to

the Covid-19 pandemic.

However, we have also

invested heavily in a direct economic

response to the pandemic.

This response has softened the blow

of the effects Covid-19 had on the New

Zealand economy and has saved many

job losses as well as kept many small

businesses going.

Still, we have many more challenges

ahead of us to overcome.

We are making major investments to

grow our economy and create tens of

thousands of new jobs. We recognised

that this is not a time for business as

usual and we are driving a relentless

focus on jobs, on training, on education

and the combined role of all this can

play to support our environment, our

people and rebuild New Zealand.

With the dedication and hard work of

our Team of Five Million, we have been

successful in stamping out Covid-19.

Our economy is opening up again and

our immediate focus is on jobs, jobs,

jobs.

We want to protect existing jobs,

create new ones and provide support

for employers to retain their workers.

Financial help to all

Our Government took decisive action

when Covid-19 hit, by swiftly implementing

the Wage Subsidy Scheme,

which has provided over $12 billion in

support to businesses up and down the

country.

Then, we extended the subsidy to

businesses hardest hit and also helped

businesses with our business support

package which included the Small

Business Cash Flow Loan, Business

Finance Guarantee Scheme, business

cash flow and tax changes as well as

insolvency relief.

We are creating jobs via major

investments through the delivery of

8000 new public houses, extending the

Food In Schools Programme across the

country and about 11,000 environmental

jobs in the regions by creating new

opportunities while we clean up our

environment.

Major investments

We are also investing in skills and

training, particularly for young people

by making targeted trades training and

apprenticeships free. This will allow us

to have the skills we need to rebuild the

country post Covid-19 and also make

sure that people have the ability to

re-train and build a new career if they

have lost their jobs.

When Covid-19 hit New Zealand, our

economy was strong and growing.

Government debt was at 19% of the

GDP, which was lower than in most

OECD countries. This positioned us well

for an economic shock we faced and

enabled us to make these investments.

The largest investment in infrastructure

to which we committed, the

New Zealand Upgrade, to prepare our

country for the future is now more

New Zealand pays tributes to Refugees

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The government is playing its part

in international humanitarian

work by providing support

and protection to refugees and

recognises their contributions to the

society, Immigration Minister Iain

Lees-Galloway has said.

In a message marking World Refugee

Day on Saturday, June 20, 2020, he said

that New Zealand is proud to welcome

and support refugees who have

escaped extreme situations to settle in

this country build a new life with other

New Zealanders.

He issued the following Statement:

Significant contributions

Former refugees contribute to our

committees culturally, economically

and socially.

Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway

They bring with them their experiences,

cultures, skills and their strong

desire to participate in employment,

community activities, volunteering and

education.

Many former refugees have played

a part as essential workers during

Levels 3 and 4 of the Covid-19 response.

We thank them and continue to be

impressed by the work they do in our

communities.

Although the United Nations High

Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

has suspended its Refugee Resettlement

Programme due to the Covid-19

pandemic work is underway to support

the resumption of refugee resettlement

once the UNHCR is ready, and our

border restrictions are lifted.

This includes ensuring that safe

travel routes are available to facilitate

refugee movements and the appropriate

health measures and controls are

in place.

Five Projects of support

Five projects to increase the

important than ever now.

These infrastructure projects will

create new jobs across the country and

leave a positive legacy that will support

our economy into the future.

Our investments are in upgrading of

roads and rail, schools and hospitals,

upgrading child, maternity and mental

health facilities, and green investment

such as replacing coal heaters with

clean energy in schools and hospitals.

Contributions to Superannuation

Fund

We have also restarted contributions

to the Superannuation fund, backed

new start-ups with the Venture Capital

Fund and invested in our regions

through the Provincial Growth Fund.

We need to also fix the essential

public services that have fallen into disrepair

while the previous governments

prioritised tax cuts.

While some at the top did well

under National, our schools became

overcrowded, children were learning in

hallways and school halls and hospitals

were falling to pieces.

wellbeing of our refugee community

were supported in Budget 2020. They

include helping former refugees reunite

with family, supporting community

settlement, and increasing security and

processing.

Refugee family support includes the

following:

Increases the support provided to

former refugees in sponsoring family

members and settlement support provided

to sponsored family members

Increases the cap on the Refugee

Family Support Category from 300 people

per year to 600 people per year from

2021-2022 to $22.2 million over three

years, commencing from Financial Year

2021-2022

Community Organisations Refugee

Sponsorship Programme extends

the pilot for three years (from 202122)

to gather more information on its

effectiveness.

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Over the previous nine years,

funding changes did not keep pace with

the combined effects of inflation and

population growth. The health system

faced massive cuts amounting to over

$2 billion and the housing crisis saw

offshore speculators buying our houses

while the house prices increased 10%

every year and 6,000 state houses were

sold.

As we recover and build from the

shock of Covid-19, we have a focus not

just on the short-term challenge, but

also the long-term investments needed

to support the prosperity and wellbeing

of all New Zealanders.

With the leadership of Jacinda

Ardern, Labour in government led a

decisive health response that stamped

out Covid-19 and now gives us the best

possible opportunity to create a truly

sustainable and inclusive recovery and

rebuild.

Michael Wood is Member of Parliament

elected from Mt Roskill in Auckland. He is

the Chief Government Whip.

The Pilot settled 24 refugees through

four NGOs. The extended pilot will

enable up to 50 sponsored refugees to

be resettled in New Zealand in each

of the three financial years from July

1, 2021 to June 30, 2024 (a total of 150

sponsored refugees over the three

financial years); $5.4 million over three

years from 2021-2012.

Addressing security needs after

independent security assessment post

March 15 attacks: Security technology,

design work and security staffing

increase; $8.5 million over four years;

Capital $1.9 million.

Increase processing for refugee and

protect person claims: Supports a

forecast increase in claims from a total

of 600 in 2019-2020 to 700 in 2021-2022

Boosts capacity to address fraud, integrity

issues and strengthen processes:

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The Police should also

be and feel safe

Communities

together’ is the

slogan that more

than 14,000

‘Safer

officers of the

New Zealand Police. Together,

they form a community that is

known for friendship, partnership

and understanding. Be it

at an office, police station or

out in the streets, our brothers

and sisters in the blue are the

guardians of peace.

A few of us have the privilege

of being more closely associated

with the Police Commissioner,

Deputy Commissioners,

their immediate lieutenants,

District Commanders and

many officers and we feel

gratified of the humaneness

that they exhibit.

Fear comes true

There are times when we

sincerely fear that some harm

may come to them as they go

about ensuring our safety.

That fear came true on

June 19, 2020 when Constable

Matthew Dennis Hunt was

shot as he approached a car in

the West Auckland suburb of

Massey. His murder brought to

an end the dream of the young

man to make a difference in

safeguarding New Zealanders.

It also brought to light a

cruel reality: that our Police

too are vulnerable to attacks

and worse, murder. The tragic

incident had the whole Nation

in a state of shock.

Let us think and act

It is fortunate that murder

of police officers is not common

in New Zealand. The last

was eleven years ago. Even so,

the killing of Constable Hunt

was cruel.

Like thousands of men and

women, he too went through

a tough selection and even

tougher training process as a

Member of the New Zealand

Police Recruit Wing 312 in

October 2017.

Less than three years

later, his dead body is a stark

reminder of the violence that

continues to rage along our

streets, endangering the lives

of those who work to make

our lives safer.

It also brings to the fore

the need to make our police

officers too safer.

Let us think and act appropriately.

Negative politics and

media do no good

While the rest of

the world looks at

New Zealand and

New Zealanders

with admiration and respect,

our politicians and media seem

to have gone berserk over the

past few weeks, ‘over-reacting to

the border and testing lapses.’

As Professor Jack Vowles is in

the Political Science programme

at Victoria University of

Wellington says in an article

under Businesslink in this issue,

there is no systematic evidence

yet about what ‘the public’, in

general, feel. Big attendances at

recent sporting events suggest

little sign of concern.

“However, what the public

may end up feeling is being

shaped by current negative

journalistic coverage, because

journalists are as much opinion

leaders as opinion followers.

Elimination has been carefully

defined: it refers to no new

cases of local transmission – “no

new cases for a specified

period, such as 28 days, and

that a high-performing national

surveillance system was testing

a certain number of people

per day, across the country,

including exemptions for new

cases among travellers arriving

at the border, so long as they

were quarantined until they

recovered.”

Empathy and politeness

Writing in The Conversation,’

Nelly Martin-Anatias, a Lecturer

at AUT, has analysed the linguistic

contents of the statements

made by the government and

businesses under Lock Down

Alert Levels 4, 3 and 2 in their

social, cultural and political

contexts.

“While demonstrating hierarchical

power, the government

is also showing empathy. The

terms used to show compassion

are visible and hearable, such

as ‘kind’ in be kind and to

‘check in on’ the elderly and

the vulnerable. The terms were

frequently used by the Prime

Minister in her speeches and also

in the government brochures

distributed in residential areas

and public places, such as parks,

shopping centres and bus stops,”

she said.

It is important to hold the government

account. We are all for

that. But to condemn everything

that government does, especially

amidst a pandemic situation

is misuse of the position.

Afterall, governments are

also run by people who are not

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Isolation must be free for Kiwis

But is Ok to ask others to pay

for Covid-19 management

Peter Dunne

New Zealand’s collective

smugness at apparently

beating Covid-19 earlier

than most took quite a hit

when new cases started to appear

at the very time separate questions

were arising about the efficacy

of current border control and

quarantine practices.

Some of the national sense of

relief felt when the country moved

to Alert Level 4 a couple of weeks

ago dissipated suddenly, harming

the restoration of confidence that

was becoming a critical part of

the economic and social recovery

needed to restore a sense of the

normality that so many have been

yearning.

Fresh challenges

Now, there are fresh challenges

to be met. Amongst the most

dramatic of these is the likelihood

of even stricter measures to control

who is coming into the country.

Rather than looking forward to

a relaxation of border controls and

the possible establishment of travel

bubbles with other countries or

regions, it now appears we have to

put up with a much longer period

of international isolation than was

previously considered reasonable

or desirable.

And this brings us hard up

against a hitherto unquestioned

reality.

New Zealand citizens and

residents, wherever they may be

in the world at present, have an

inalienable right to return to the

country they call home. Just as we

accept the international obligation

to support those who hold a

New Zealand passport, whatever

political or legal strife they may be

in and wherever they are, so too

do we have an obligation to ensure

those citizens and residents who

wish to return here are able to do

so.

Mandatory isolation

Now that we require all those

coming to New Zealand, including

citizens and permanent residents,

to go through a period of managed

isolation or quarantine before

being released to their homes,

families and friends, a serious issue

has arisen regarding the costs of

managed isolation and quarantine.

As these escalate, and show no

signs of reducing any time soon, it

is being suggested that the price of

managed isolation and quarantine

should shift to a user pays basis.

Who should pay?

Cabinet is reported to be about to

consider the proposition within the

next few weeks.

It is time to draw a line in the

sand here.

Any New Zealand citizen or

permanent resident returning to

this country and being required to

enter a period of managed isolation

or quarantine because of government

policy on the management

of Covid-19 should not be required

to pay for the costs of that period

of effective detention, under any

circumstances.

The commitment New Zealand

makes to protecting those to whom

it accords citizenship or permanent

residence cannot be compromised

in this way, and it is intolerable that

the issue is even being considered.

Making New Zealanders pay in

such circumstances would be the

start of a very slippery slope.

However, given the nature of

the current national emergency

it would not be unreasonable for

the government and authorities to

expect there to be full co-operation

from all those returning, and for

some sanctions to be applicable

when that co-operation is not

forthcoming. But that is quite

different from charging citizens

and residents directly for being

quarantined upon arrival.

Inalienable rights

While the rights of citizens and

residents are virtually inalienable

in these circumstances, the same

does not necessarily apply in the

case of other people coming here,

especially those whose visits are for

private reasons, not directly related

in some way to New Zealand’s

national interests.

In such circumstances, it may

be quite appropriate to consider

some form of payment to help

defray the costs of their isolation

or quarantine, although even then

full cost-recovery is unlikely to be

entirely appropriate.

But a measure of reciprocity

would need to be considered.

Many countries are presently

facing similar questions. At the very

least, it would be prudent for us to

be keeping an eye on what they are

contemplating and then making

sure any actions we take on this

score are at least consistent with

those being taken elsewhere.

The last thing we would want

is for costs to be imposed on a

retaliatory basis – if you impose

these costs on our people entering

New Zealand, then we will do

likewise to your people entering

our country. That would be a very

silly and short-sighted approach on

the part of both countries, and one

we would be best to avoid.

As with so much of Covid-19 the

question of what to do about the

costs of managed isolation and

quarantine sounds easy.

The complexities become more

apparent when it comes to actually

doing something.

It appears we fell into that trap

originally regarding managing

the border, and now we have to

extricate ourselves from what has

become a messy, inconsistent and

generally unsatisfactory situation.

We should learn from that when

it comes to the questions of the

costs of managed isolation and

quarantine and avoid populist and

apparently solutions likely to bite

us very hard a little later on.

Peter Dunne was a Minister of the

Crown under the Labour and National-led

governments from November

1999 to September 2017. He lives in

Wellington.

Crown to meet Isolation and Quarantine costs

But a Longer-Term Border

Management Strategy is being

developed

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The following are a

part of the Document

Dump released by the

Department of Prime

Minister and Cabinet on June

27, 2020 as the second tranche of

documents relating to the government’s

response to Covid-19.

Isolation costs

Government officials flagged the

possibility of requiring people to

contribute to their own isolation

costs back in April, as they

anticipated the return of tens of

thousands of New Zealanders.

Figures released today show

that a number of New Zealanders

flew out of the country during

lockdown and returned within

weeks, many staying at managed

isolation hotels.

Sixty people left the country

after Level 4 restrictions were

introduced and returned before

May.

Those who returned after April

9, would have stayed at managed

isolation hotels on their return.

The reasons for travel varied

with 20 visiting friends and relatives

and 14 travelling in and out

of New Zealand for business.

A briefing from the Prime

Minister’s Office, dated April 9,

said until a “longer-term border

management strategy” had been

The Navy has been posted outside a Novotel being used as a managed isolation facility in

Auckland (RNZ Photo by Chen Liu)

developed, the cost of providing

managed isolation and quarantine

facilities “will be met by the

Crown.”

However it said that officials

would “consider cost recovery and

cost sharing approaches ... particularly

for people who are seeking

to repatriate after an extended

absence.”

The government has so far

spent about $80 million on border

isolation facilities, with a budget of

a further $300 million to see out the

rest of the year.

Deportees from Australia

Australia has started deporting

New Zealanders again, after that

had been suspended due to the

lockdown. Officials have been

planning how to best manage

Australian deportations when they

began again.

The policy to deport New

Zealanders with a criminal history

or those not seen as meeting a good

character test has been a point of

strong contention between the two

countries.

The documents released this

morning include a report to

Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis

in April which said, like all overseas

arrivals, deportees will be required

to stay in managed isolation for at

least 14 days. It said that Corrections

was aware of the safety risks

deportees may pose if they were put

up in the same accommodation as

other arrivals.

A team of six people at Manukau

Community Corrections will

manage arrivals at the Auckland

Airport. A police spokesperson said

deportations were postponed from

March, but a “small” number of

individuals are currently scheduled

to be returned to New Zealand from

Australia.

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The never-ending merry-go-round circus of health organisation

Peter Dunne

In a distant corner of the national

fairground sits an old piece of

equipment that has been around for

years, but only gets turned on every

decade or so.

It never quite manages to do all the

things it was supposed to, and so, in

frustration, it is closed down after a

while, and put aside for years, until

someone decides it is worth having another

attempt to make it work properly.

It is called the health sector reorganisation

merry-go-round, and it has just

been wheeled out again this week.

Historic perspective

Prior to 1983, health services in New

Zealand were primarily structured

through 19 District Health Offices and

29 elected Hospital Boards.

A further 230 Territorial Local

Authorities had basic responsibility for

wider environmental health and town

planning issues.

By 1980, there were over 180 public

hospitals in New Zealand and a further

163 private hospitals offering a total of

just over 31,000 hospital beds.

It was a bureaucratic and financial

nightmare, and the heavy emphasis on

hospital-based approaches dealt poorly

with the growing challenges in public

How we do help young people

who are “off the grid” and

have lost connection with

the world of work? Some

70,000 to 90,000 young people are not

in Employment, Education, or training

(NEET) in a given year in New Zealand.

Around 10% of New Zealanders ages

15-24 are long-term NEET, having been

disconnected for six months or longer.

The Tauranga Example

The suburb and peninsula of Matapihi,

nestled in the heart of Tauranga,

provides an example of how difficult

and community health and general

diversity. So, from 1983 the process was

streamlined through the establishment

of 14 Area Health Boards to replace the

Hospital Boards and District Health Offices,

and to deliver a wider focus than

the previous intensively hospital-based

system had proven capable of.

The Boards were still elected, to

ensure there was sufficient regional and

cultural diversity.

Non-starter Gibbs model

However, financial constraints in

the wake of the 1980s economic restructuring

followed by the 1987 Share

market Crash and the slow pace of

change meant that the new model never

quite worked. In 1990, for example, the

Minister of Health was forced to sack

the Auckland Area Health Board and

replace it with a Commissioner to try to

get it back on track.

At that time, there was a brief

focus on getting a more business-like

approach to the provision of health and

hospital services, and more integration

between the public and emerging

youth employment can be – as well as a

possible solution.

Government measurements tell

one story: high employment, low

incomes, limited internet access, and a

significant population of young NEETs.

Yet, for its community, Matapihi is a

beautiful and safe place to live. Te Kura

o Matapihi is a thriving immersion

school and whānau networks provide

housing and other forms of support.

Confounded by this divide between

government NEET statistics and the

community’s aspirations for their

youth, kaumatua Tio Faulkner worked

with his community to create a training

and work programme for 18 young

men.

A one-week block course provided

forestry skills training and accreditation,

followed by twelve weeks of work

private sector healthcare providers, but

the Gibbs Report – which was supposed

to lay out a pathway for meeting these

goals – went too far. Its recommended

virtual American-style privatisation

scared the politicians, who ran a mile

from it.

However, the problems identified

by the Gibbs Report and the failure

of the Auckland Area Health Board

could not be ignored indefinitely. So,

the merry-go-round was unveiled in

the early 1990s and produced, after a

few splutters, the centralised Health

Funding Agency, four Regional Health

Authorities, 23 Crown Health Enterprises,

and a stand-alone Public Health

Commission.

None of these agencies was publicly

elected, with the Minister of Health

making all the board appointments. A

split between the provision of funding

and services was established, with

public hospitals funded on the basis of

the volume and quality of services that

they had been contracted to provide by

the funding agencies.

However, once again the model

did not work out quite as intended.

Arguments quickly arose over the

Public Health Commission. Its autonomy

brought it into conflict with the

government, irritated by its advocacy

for various public health issues, and

the autonomous Regional Health

Authorities who saw the Commission’s

role duplicating and cutting across

experience. In return, the young men

had to commit to paying back the costs

as they worked.

Preparing the youth

Ranging from 18 to 28, these were

young men deemed “unemployable.”

They were disengaged from employment

and welfare, subject to various

social problems, and “off the grid.”

Getting them “work ready” meant

setting up a whole “life infrastructure” –

digging up birth certificates, registering

for bank accounts, and learning to fill

out time sheets. Faulkner found himself

as the head of a whānau – cooking their

meals, driving them to work, equipping

them with PPE, and checking in on

them.

There were immediate differences.

Participants started to take responsibility

for themselves and their work. They

their own responsibilities. So, it was

abolished in 1995.

Restoring local democracy

As Crown Health Enterprises started

closing down small, usually rural, hospitals

that were often poorly attended

and financially troubled, there was

mounting public pressure to restore

local democracy through directly elected

local boards. Therefore, out came

the merry-go-round once more after

1999, and the Health Funding Agency

and the Regional Health Authorities

were replaced by initially 21 (now 20)

partially elected District Health Boards.

By 2000, the numbers of hospitals had

risen to around 400, but the numbers of

beds provided had reduced about 25%

from those available in 1980.

Over the last twenty years, complaints

about the adequacy and fairness

of the funding model, the duplication

inherent in a large national system of

autonomous District Health Boards,

the unevenness in workforce planning

across a number of key disciplines have

intensified.

Innovative and flexible

In short, although the health system

has grown immensely, is generally better

funded and resourced than it was,

and has become far more innovative,

flexible and capable of ensuring people

have access to the best care available

to ensure that they can maintain a

decent quality of life, the challenges that

have bedevilled it for almost the last

walked taller.

After the first month, they talked

about having a sense of purpose each

day.

They cared for their own equipment

and looked out for each other, taking

turns, for example, giving the health

and safety “toolbox talk” each shift.

At Christmas, they were able to give

money to their families and Faulkner

says the regular work helped connect

these young men back to their whānau

and community.

Sense of belonging

The programme succeeded where

the government’s array of social

policy and data had failed because of

“the whānaungatanga of work” – the

relationships that come from shared

experiences which provides people

with a sense of belonging.

half-century remain.

Therefore, the merry-go-round has

been cranked into life again and has

produced the Health and Disability

System Review which released its final

report this week.

In many ways, its diagnosis of the

system’s weaknesses is not all that

removed from the findings of the Gibbs

Report, over thirty years ago, although

its solutions differ markedly.

The real question, however, is what,

if anything of substance will emerge

once the government has had a chance

to consider the Review’s recommendations.

If history is any guide, the decisions

eventually reached will fall well short of

the problems identified by the Review,

so will fail to get to heart of the problem.

Add to that, this government’s serial

incapacity to get any reform process

right or underway, and the likelihood

of significant change diminishes even

further.

Meanwhile, the merry-go-round has

been given a good clean, wrapped in its

tarpaulins, and shifted back to the edge

of the fairground, to rest quietly, until

next time.

Peter Dunne was a Minister of the Crown

under the Labour and National-led governments

from November 1999 to September

2017. He lives in Wellington.

Life Infrastructure essential to lift youngsters off the grid

Rowan Light

Bloomfield wanted longer time

to quit Alert Level Two

Sourced Content

Director General of

Health Dr Ashley

Bloomfield advised

the government to

stay in Alert Level Two for

most of June, according to

a review released by the

government in a second

tranche of documents

relating to the Coronavirus

response.

As part of the document

dump, the Department of

the Prime Minister and

Cabinet released the review

of Covid-19 Alert Level Two

controls on June 27, 2020.

Dr Bloomfield recommended

that at least 28

days (two transmission

cycles) are spent at the full

version of Alert Level 2,

before considering a move

to Alert Level 1. Of the three

options in the document,

the earliest date to consider

the move to Alert Level One

was June 22, 2020.

However, the country

entered Alert Level 1 on

June 8, 2020.

Restrictive Approach

On May 11, 2020, the

government received a report

which outlined measures

that were being considered

to reduce the risk of Covid-19

spreading. It included potentially

putting all people with

Covid-19 in managed isolation

facilities, as it is now being

done at the border.

The document said that such

a more restrictive approach

might be justified at lower

alert levels to prevent the risk

of onward transmission to

other family members and the

wider community to prevent a

return to Alert Levels 3 or 4.

“There is strong evidence

that these people, who are

meant to self-isolate and

maintain physical distancing

measures, are actually doing

so, but we cannot be 100%

sure,” the report read.

In another report on May 1,

2020, Dr Bloomfield

indicated that he

wanted anyone with

Covid-19 during

Alert Level 2 to be

placed into managed

isolation until they

had recovered.

“Because of the

increased range of

movement’ under

Level 2, a stronger

approach would

be required. In the

event of a case being

confirmed, I intend to

require that person

to enter managed isolation

until such time

they have recovered

(shown no symptoms

for 48 hours at least

10 days after onset).

Similarly, their contacts

will be required

to enter self-isolation

and will be actively

monitored including

up to twice daily

visits to monitor their

location and any

symptoms,” he said.

Details of other

issues discussed in

the Document Dump

follow.

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The Anglosphere’s international

education success stories of

Canada, Australia and New

Zealand can look forward to

a foreign enrolment windfall as they

brush off the Covid-19 pandemic’s effects

more quickly than heavyweights the US

and UK, a Report says.

An analysis by consultants EY predicts

that New Zealand will increase its share

of globally mobile students by 1%,

around 10,000 additional enrolments,

thanks to its rapid suppression of the

Coronavirus.

Building global connections

Australia, which has also largely

contained the epidemic, will increase its

share by 2%.

Federal Education Minister Dan

Tehan seized on the forecast during an

address to the National Press Club.

“We are taking our first cautious

steps towards international students

returning much earlier than anyone

would have predicted. This is important

because international education builds

our connections to the rest of the world,”

he said.

The EY Report synthesises findings

from surveys of more than 40,000

prospective international students by

groups including IDP Connect and the

British Council.

The Report paints a generally upbeat

picture of international student flows

regardless of the pandemic’s duration.

Significant decrease

It estimates that only about 330,000

foreigners are studying in the five destination

countries this year, down from

1.09 million in 2019. But 2021 will see up

to 1.85 million people starting degrees in

foreign countries, as those who deferred

this year resume their studies.

New international student enrolments

will remain at 1.1 million or more for the

next three years, even if the pandemic’s

effects persist half a decade.

The optimistic forecasts stem from

survey results suggesting that prospective

students adapted rapidly as Covid-19

became entrenched around the world.

In February 2020, some 10% of

surveyed students vowed to cancel

their study plans and only 37% were

considering deferral.

By April 2020, this figure had risen

to 65%, with another 30% saying that

they were prepared to modify their

plans in other ways. Only 5% said that

they would abandon their international

studies.

The Report also highlights the

resilience of students from the Indian

subcontinent as a reason for confidence.

Surveys have found that most prospective

Indian students are keen to proceed

rapidly with their overseas degrees.

Indian students show interest

This could help the UK, EY says,

citing a claim that interest from Indian

students in April was higher than a

year earlier – notwithstanding Covid-19

The block course was run out at Waikari

Marae in Matapihi, a familiar and

safe place for them to learn without the

stigma of failure.

As a part of the training and work

experience, Faulkner included a

module on tikanga Māori and local

hapū history. This holistic approach

was intensive, personal, and targeted

– something virtually impossible to

replicate with large-scale government

initiatives.

Matapihi and Tio Faulkner show that

resilient communities who hold out

hope and aroha for their young people

and their futures are well placed to do

the difficult job of getting our young

people reengaged with learning and

work.

Rowan Light is a Researcher at Maxim

Institute based in Auckland.

Indian student numbers slated to rise in New Zealand

John Ross

– because of the British government’s

liberalisation of post-study work rules.

And while Chinese students are more

“cautious about their health,” this could

benefit New Zealand and Australia,

which are perceived as particularly safe

destinations.

But the Report says that the big

winner will be Canada, which will

capture an extra 6% share of the global

international education market at the

expense of a southern neighbour that is

perceived to have handled the pandemic

very poorly.

The Report predicts that international

postgraduate enrolments, particularly at

doctoral level, will rebound strongly as

current undergraduates opt to continue

studying rather than take their chances

on a suppressed jobs market.

But international bachelor’s

enrolments will recover slowly, partly

because final-year school exams have

been postponed in many parts of the

world.

Digital education snowballs

The Report says that foreign students’

interest in digital education has snowballed

despite “suboptimal” experience

with university courses that were

rapidly migrated online. This could open

up new markets for higher education

providers, particularly in “the rising

lower middle class”.

john.ross@timeshighereducation.com

John Ross is Asia Pacific Editor of

‘Times Higher Education’ based in

Sydney, Australia. He was earlier Higher

Education and Science Correspondent at

The Australian.


JULY 1, 2020

Investor confidence steady despite Covid-19 volatility

Venkat Raman

Contrary to public perception

and opinions expressed by

some politicians, investor

confidence in New Zealand

remains steady, according to the

annual Investor Confidence Survey,

The Study, commissioned by the

Financial Markets Authority (FMA)

was conducted by Buzz Channel

between May 5 and 14, 2020 during

Covid-19 Level 3 lockdown.

The Survey had 1003 respondents

weighted by age, gender,

region, and ethnicity to ensure that

results are representative of the

New Zealand population.

Perception of confidence

The margin of error on this sample

is +/-3% at the 95% confidence

level.

The Survey found that 66% of the

respondents were confident in New

Zealand’s financial markets, in line,

marginally higher compared to

65% the Survey conducted in 2019.

The proportion of investors

saying that they did not know

about confidence in the markets

shrank to 8% (from 15% in 2019)

indicating that New Zealanders are

taking more interest to form a view.

The proportion of investors very

confident is now at an eight-year

high of 10%.

“While overall investor confidence

held up, those who were not

very confident has risen from 16%

to 22%. Of these people, four in ten

said that Covid-19 was the main

reason for their lack of confidence,”

the Survey said.

FMA Chief Executive Rob Everett (Picture

Supplied)

Noting that investors were

better informed this year, the

study revealed a strong increase

in the proportion of investors who

are confident that markets are

effectively regulated, rising from

60% last year to 68% in 2020.

Rising popularity of KiwiSaver

The rise in confidence in effective

regulation has been driven by a

steep increase in confidence levels

among KiwiSaver investors over

the last two years, up from 56% in

2018 to 67% in 2020.

FMA Chief Executive Rob Everett

said, “It is pleasing to see confidence

remaining steady over the

past 12 months given the market

conditions. Further, the level of confidence

in regulation shows people

are reassured that New Zealand is

a good place to invest their money,

and that there are protections for

investors.”

For those who increased their

investments in the past year,

buying shares or managed funds

were the most popular. Confidence

scores across the survey are highest

among those with these investment

types.

According to the FMA Study,

about eight out of ten New Zealanders

aged 18 or over had some form

of investment in 2020, a consistent

finding over the past three years of

research.

This equates to 3.2 million people

in 2020.

KiwiSaver accounted for 35%

of the investments although for

about a third of New Zealand

investors, that was the only form of

investment.

Such exclusive investors are

typically younger with half aged

under 40. They are significantly

more likely than average to identify

as Māori (19%) or Pacific Peoples

(12%). There is a high incidence of

children in the household (44%)

and the majority are employed; just

4% are retired, significantly lower

than average (19%).

The investor landscape

“The investor landscape is fairly

steady when it comes to uptake

of the most common forms of

investment, although there have

been significant shifts among less

common investments, with the

proportions holding residential

property investments or ‘other’

superannuation schemes falling

significantly (to 9% and 8% respectively

in 2020) and the proportions

holding personally-bought bonds or

taking part in peer-to-peer lending

both doubling in 2020 (rising to 6%

and 4% respectively),” the Survey

said.

Those in the non-investor group

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15

are older with 22% aged 70 or over

compared to 14% of the sample

population (average) overall.

Their household income is significantly

lower than average: over half

(52%) report an annual household

income of under $50,000. They are

also more likely than average to be

divorced, separated or widowed

(27% vs 13% on average) and twice

as likely as average to identify as

older, single and living alone (24%).

Need to know high

The Survey found evidence that

people are generally taking more

interest in and becoming better

informed on the country’s financial

markets and hence are more likely

to have an opinion on the markets.

While the proportion of ‘not very

confident’ increased significantly

in 2020 (up 6 percentage points on

the result for 2019 to reach 22%),

the proportions ‘fairly’ or ‘very’

confident saw little change (and in

fact the latter was at an eight-year,

record high of 10% following yearly

growth since 2016).

“So, the increase in those ‘not

very confident’ was not at the expense

of those confident, but rather

a result of more people having an

opinion and fewer selecting ‘don’t

know’. It is also worth considering

that the slight fall in confidence

was driven by investors being

significantly more likely to state

that they were ‘not very confident’,

although two-thirds still identify

as confident, similar to in 2019.

Among non-investors, confidence

actually rose slightly in 2020: nearly

half identify as confident compared

to 38% in 2019,” the Survey said.

FIFA 2023 Women’s World Cup: Some questions here and there

Michelle O’Shea,

Edward Mariyani-Squire and Sarah Duffy

In the early hours of the morning,

we learned that Australia and

New Zealand won their historic

joint bid to host the FIFA 2023

Women’s World Cup.

It is the first time that two nations

from different Football Confederations

(Asia and Oceania) will co-host

a World Cup. And it is an especially

sweet victory for Australia after its

expensive failed bid for the 2022

men’s World Cup, which resulted in

just one vote.

No doubt the smile on Matildas star

Sam Kerr’s face extends from ear to

ear.

Australia’s Matildas celebrating their victory over Brazil last year (Photo Courtesy: Deutsche Welle)

Experienced Partnership

In an increasingly fractious world,

the symbolism of Australia and New

Zealand’s “As One” bid collaboration

ought not be dismissed.

Both countries have experience

with this kind of partnership, having

successfully co-hosted the 2015

Cricket World Cup and 2017 Rugby

League World Cup.

But as the Covid-19 pandemic continues

to rage globally and Australia

wrestles with recession, it is worth

asking: do we really want this win

from a financial perspective?

Brazil certainly had similar

concerns, which is why it pulled out

of the running just weeks ago.

Significant questions

Whether it is a good investment

in an economic downturn requires

weighing the benefits against the

costs. And while some benefits are

evident – the World Cup will no doubt

be a huge boost for women’s football

in both countries, as well as women’s

sport overall – there are significant

questions about the expected revenues

and long-term economic benefit.

Costs and Benefits

Football Federation Australia (FFA)

remains confident the World Cup will

be a money-maker.

In fact, the FFA forecasts a A$460

million social and economic benefit

from hosting the tournament. It is

expected serious money will flow

through the economy – everything

from tourist revenue and ticket sales

to infrastructure investment.

Major cities will not be the only

beneficiaries; regional centres like

Launceston and Dunedin are also expected

to host games, to considerable

economic benefit.

The FIFA bid evaluation report

estimated the cost of running the

tournament would be about A$150

million, with just over A$100 million

of that coming from governments.

So, if FFA’s forecast of economic

and social benefits is roughly accurate

and projected costs do not blow out,

net benefits could well exceed A$200

million.

Such an outcome is not without

precedent. Canada enjoyed a stunning

net economic gain of C$493.6 million

(A$525 million) from hosting the

2015 Women’s World Cup, much of it

coming from spending by tourists.

Governments’ contributions

FIFA agreed with the commercial

potential of an Australia-New Zealand

bid, saying in its bid evaluation report:

The high organising costs projected

for the Australia/New Zealand bid

are significantly offset by substantial

government contributions. … Strong

revenue projections, driven by

significant local attendance figures

and sponsorship income at national

support level, have also helped to

place the bid in a strong financial

position.

Replicating Canada’s success,

however, is far from assured, perhaps

more so now than ever.

The pandemic has made planning

for major events much more difficult –

just ask the Tokyo Olympic organisers.

For starters, if federal and state

governments do not engage in new

infrastructure investment for the

tournament, or do so by diverting

money that would have been spent

elsewhere in the economy, the

immediate economic stimulus is likely

to be negligible.

Recovering from Covid-19

And governments might not be in

the mood to spend on these projects

when the Covid-19 recovery is plunging

their budgets into deficits.

The planned A$810 million redevelopment

of Sydney’s ANZ Stadium (otherwise

known as Stadium Australia),

which is expected to host the World

Cup final, now appears unlikely due

to the crisis. Perhaps this is justifiable,

given the overstated economic benefits

of stadium investments.

On top of this, revenue from

international tourism is an extremely

uncertain proposition. FFA and

Football New Zealand have projected

they can sell about 1.5m tickets for the

World Cup.

But this projection was presumably

made before coronavirus.

While pandemic fears may have

evaporated by 2023, it remains a

big question whether international

tourists will want to travel overseas

again so soon, or be able to afford.

Then there are the growing diplomatic

tensions with China, which may

further curtail tourist dollars.

Even if these issues can be resolved,

the tourism benefits for host countries

of World Cups have been shown to be

temporary at best.

Unfortunately, Australia and New

Zealand will not share in potential

revenue from TV broadcast rights

and sponsorships. These benefits go

almost exclusively to FIFA – this is

the “non-profit” organisation’s main

source of income.

Advantage Women’s Sport

Despite all this, hosting the Women’s

World Cup would certainly result in a

massive celebration of women’s sport

in both countries.

While difficult to quantify, the social

benefits from large-scale sporting

events should not be overlooked,

particularly for women’s sport. An

estimated 1 billion television viewers

watched the 2019 World Cup in

France, for instance, a jump from 750

million four years earlier. This trend is

expected to continue.

Hosting a large sporting event can

also lead to a “trickle-down effect” in

grassroots sports participation in host

countries.

The FFA president believes the

World Cup will “supercharge“

women’s football in Australia and

New Zealand, though such post-event

participation boosts are not always

easily realised.

Women’s professional sport has

also been experiencing increased

commercial and public interest in

both countries.

In Australia, a record-setting crowd

of more than 86,000 fans watched the

Australian women’s cricket team win

the T20 Women’s World Cup earlier

this year.

Improving gender equality

Weeks later, Australia also won the

rights to host the FIBA 2022 Women’s

Basketball World Cup.

Of course, there is still room for

improvement on gender inequality

in the game. Research shows it is a

barrier to female participation. It was

only last year, for example, that the

Matildas achieved pay equity with the

men’s team.

There are important gains to be

made in gender equality off the pitch,

too.

Our research shows how

entrenched sexism in Australian

sports organisations continues to limit

women’s sports management careers.

The sporting world clearly needs

more women in public-facing and

influential governance roles. The

president of New Zealand Football,

Johanna Woods, was the only woman

leader among the World Cup bidding

countries.

Gender equality was a major part

of the Australia-NZ bid. Both countries

pledged to use the World Cup to

support their goals of achieving 40%

female representation in football

governance bodies.

In the end, this is where we are

likely to see the biggest benefits from a

World Cup – improving gender equality

in sports, not a boost in household

incomes or employment.

With the 2023 Women’s World Cup

event happily secured, let us start

working toward this goal.

Michelle O’Shea, Edward Mariyani-Squire

and Sarah Duffy are

respectively Senior Lecturer Sport

Management, Lecturer in Economics and

Lecturer, School of Business at Western

Sydney University. The above article

and pictures have been published under

Creative Commons Licence.


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JULY 1, 2020

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Christchurch massacre verdict due this month

Supplied Content

The Royal Commission into

the Attack on Christchurch

Mosques on March 15, 2019 is

moving into the final phases of

producing its report.

Its object is to provide authoritative

answers to the public about the attack.

In March this year, the individual

charged over the attack pleaded guilty

to, and was convicted of, 51 charges

of murder, 40 charges of attempted

murder and a charge of engaging in a

terrorist act.

As a result, there will be no trial.

The Royal Commission understands

Flowers placed outside Al Noor Mosque in

Christchurch soon after the massacre on March

15, 2020 (Photo: AFP)

that Justice Mander is expected to set a

date for sentencing in July.

Terms of Reference

The Terms of Reference set by the government

direct the Royal Commission

to investigate the individual’s activities

in the lead up to the March 15, 2019

attacks.

“We can confirm that we have interviewed

the individual as part of our

inquiry. While the Royal Commission

had undertaken extensive investigations

with the benefit of material

provided by the New Zealand Police

and other agencies, there were some

areas of uncertainty. In addition, the

Terms of Reference and the Inquiries

Act 2013 require the Royal Commission

to observe the principles of natural

justice in respect of any person who

may be the subject of adverse comment

in the Royal Commission’s report.

That includes the individual,” Royal

Commission Inquiry Chair Justice Sir

William Young said.

“This was a carefully considered

decision driven by the need to observe

natural justice and the ultimate goal of

providing answers to the New Zealand

public through an authoritative final

report. We have given a commitment

to the public that we would leave no

stone unturned and interviewing the

individual is another way we have

sought to fulfil that commitment,”

Commissioner Jacqui Caine said.

Pink Ribbon event to promote Breast cancer Research

Coffee Club, Broadway,

Newmarket Auckland at

2 pm on July 5

Venkat Raman

New Zealanders who are

keen on promoting study,

understanding and treatment

of breast cancer will have an

opportunity to support a worthy cause

next week.

The Pink Ribbon Afternoon Tea,

hosted by Legal Associates Partner

Ashima Singh at the Coffee Club,

located at 2/176 Broadway, Newmarket

in Auckland, will be a knowledge-gathering

experience, with three women

and their inspiring speeches.

The Speakers

Among them would be Labour

Party Candidate contesting in the

forthcoming General Election at the

Manurewa Constituency, Dr Padmaja

Koya, a renowned Gynaecologist &

Laparoscopic Surgeon practicing in

Central Auckland and Robert Harris

Roaster Franchise Owner Bhavna

Singh Chahal.

Tickets to the event, priced at $35

per person, can be obtained from

Ashima Singh on Phone 021-02417161

or (09) 2799439. Email: office@

legalassociates.co.nz

Ashima Singh said that bookings

should ideally be made by June 30,

2020.

“As well as raising funds for the Breast

Cancer Foundation New Zealand, the

Pink Ribbon Afternoon Tea Event will

also enable attendees to understand

the fact that early detection is the best

protection against this terrible ailment

and mobilise financial resources for the

Foundation, which is doing excellent

work in this field,” Ashima said.

About Breast cancer

According to the Ministry of Health,

breast cancer is the third most common

cancer in New Zealand, claiming 600

lives a year.

“The risk of being diagnosed with

Ashima Singh

breast cancer increases with age. It is not

common in women under the age of 50

but 70% of women who are diagnosed

with breast cancer and about 80% of

women who succumb to the ailment are

50 years or older,” the Ministry website

says.

It said that some women are at greater

risk of breast cancer because there is a

history of close family members having

the disease.

“Most women who develop breast

cancer have no relatives with the

disease. Even among women who have

relatives with breast cancer, most never

St John Samaritans bring solace to the suffering

Venkat Raman

For almost two decades,

patients in the emergency

department at

Middlemore Hospital in

Auckland have had the support

of volunteers to provide comfort

and support to them and their

families.

Thanks to dedicated people

like Ravee Patel, St John Friends

of the Emergency Department

(FED) volunteers have made the

often-daunting experience of

waiting in a hospital emergency

department more comfortable.

You will find Mr Patel at

Middlemore Hospital on a

Wednesday evening, supporting

the nurses, fetching warm blankets,

delivering meals, making

cups of tea, and listening and

talking with patients. He is one

of more than 850 St John FEDs

and Hospital Friends (volunteers

in smaller hospitals with no

ED) in 27 hospitals across New

Zealand.

Giving back to the community

was his motivation for signing

up.

Painful experience

“My father was in hospital for

heart surgery and I had cellulitis

in my legs and ended up in the

Emergency Department at Auckland

Hospital. I was drugged up

on pain killers at the time when

a FED stopped by and talked to

me. I was not in the mood for

chatting, but they spoke with

my parents. When I recovered, I

St John Volunteer Ravee Patel in front

of Middlemore Hospital

(Picture Supplied)

wanted to do something to give

back,” he recalls.

During the past six years of

volunteering as a St John FED,

Ravee Patel has not only overcome

a childhood fear of going

to hospital, he is gained the

satisfaction of meeting people he

would not usually come across

and putting a smile on people’s

faces.

“Everyone keeps saying we do

a really marvellous job and it is

so good to be in a place where

we can be there to talk to people,

especially elderly people, who

are often alone and waiting for a

long time, and wanting someone

to talk to,” Mr Patel said.

Unforgettable moments

Volunteering has also come

with many unforgettable

moments that are embedded in

his memory.

“There was one time when

a visitor came to Auckland

from Brisbane and had a bad

fall on the plane. She ended up

in Middlemore Hospital with

nothing, no luggage, no change

of clothing, no phone. She told us

at ED that she needed to contact

her family, but she did not have

their numbers. We managed

to get hold of her daughter so

she could let her family know

what happened. She was over

the Moon. It gave us a sense of

fulfilment to have been there to

help,” Mr Patel said.

According to him, it is

occasions like these that make

volunteering as a FED rewarding

and something others can do in

their spare time.

“It benefits the patients’

morale. When patients need

attention, we are able to be

there for them and it helps the

hospital staff by relieving some

of the pressure. I am always recommending

others to volunteer,

and I’ll carry on doing this as

long as I can,” Mr Patel said.

National Volunteer Week

Ravee Patel is one of St John’s

more than 8500 volunteers who

were honoured during National

Volunteer Week held from June

21 to 27, 2020, celebrating the

contribution of all volunteers

who enhance Aotearoa. St John

estimates that its volunteers contribute

more than two million

hours a year to New Zealand

communities.

For more information about St

John Friends of the Emergency

Department and how to volunteer,

visit

join.stjohn.org.nz/volunteer-jobs.

develop the ailment,” the website said.

About Breast cancer Foundation

In the early 1990s, five New Zealand

doctors decided it was time to talk about

breast cancer.

They were sick of seeing patients turn

up too late with cancers that could have

been cured if they had been found earlier.

One of the big problems was that

women were embarrassed to talk about

breast cancer, even with each other.

In 1994, they founded The New

Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation,

and launched the first Annual October

Pink Ribbon Breast Cancer Awareness

Campaign supported by Estée Lauder.

Since then, thousands of lives have

been saved, thanks to education about

breast cancer signs and symptoms, the

introduction of Mammogram Screening

Programme (enabling earlier diagnosis),

and advances in treatment.

The name was changed from The

New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation

to Breast Cancer Foundation New

Zealand (BCFNZ) in 2017.

Key milestones

BCFNZ has played a key part in many

milestones in breast cancer awareness

and treatment, through funding

research and medical grants, education

and patient support programmes and

advocacy.

The Foundation is governed and

guided by two professional bodies,

As with all interviews undertaken by

the Royal Commission, the interview

with the individual was conducted

in private. It took place at Auckland

Prison, Paremoremo.

The individual, and his lawyers, as

is the case with others who have been

interviewed by the Royal Commission,

have been made the subject of confidentiality

orders under the Inquiries

Act 2013 and are not at liberty to

discuss the content of the interview.

Source: Royal Commission of Inquiry

into the Attack on Christchurch Mosques,

Wellington

The Board of Trustees and the Medical

Advisory Committee.

Members, who are all leaders in

their respective fields, are dedicated

to achieving the Foundation’s vision of

zero deaths from breast cancer.

They dedicate their time and

expertise voluntarily, and BCFNZ owes

its existence to the commitment of these

hard-working individuals.

The Foundation also has three

diligent and highly respected patrons,

without whom, the Foundation would

not have been able to achieve such

success in advocacy, awareness and

education, research and support.

About Ashima Singh

Ashima Singh is Barrister and Full

Partner at Legal Associates, a law firm

based in the South Auckland suburb of

Papatoetoe.

Her firm won the ‘Supreme Business

of the Year,’ ‘Business Excellence in

Marketing,’ ‘Best Employer of Choice’

and ‘Best Medium Sized Business’

Awards at the Indian Newslink Business

Awards in 2018 and she won the ‘Best

Businesswoman of the Year Award’ in

2016.

Ashima heads the Property and Commercial

Law side of the business and

has been responsible for exceptional

practice growth, developing quality systems

within the practice, and building

a team of legal experts who cater to the

many ethnic groups in South Auckland.

Ban on tobacco products import from July 1

Katie Todd

Tweaks to tobacco laws will see stricter rules

at the border from next week and it is hoped

that will help snuff out cigarette smuggling

and tobacco tax evasion.

From Wednesday, July 1, 2020, tobacco products,

leaf and refuse will become prohibited imports,

meaning that people on the receiving end must

obtain a permit.

The permit is free but must be obtained first,

failing which the products will be seized and

destroyed by New Zealand Customs.

The permits are available from New Zealand

Customs.

Customs hopes that the change will allow

officials to act “quicker and more efficiently” on

parcels containing cigarettes, because it will be able

to see which are not going to legitimate retailers.

Licence and tax checks

Northern Ports manager Mark O’Toole said it

will also allow Customs to check manufacturers

are licensed, and paying excise tax on tobacco leaf,

after the government missed out on an estimated

$10.8 million in the past year.

“To manufacture tobacco, companies actually

need a licence that needs to be issued by Customs.

But a number of importers would say that the

product was for pesticides, things like that, to

think that we would move on. People have seen an

opportunity, a loophole in the law if you would like.

The government has become aware of that and

closed that loophole,” he said.

However, travellers bringing tobacco across the

border in their luggage would not need a permit,

nor would people importing cigars, cigarillos,

water-pipe tobacco, chewing tobacco, snuff and

snus.

Receiving tobacco leaf and refuse through

international mail would be banned, for anyone

without a manufacturing licence.

Parliament approves Amendment

The change comes after the government debated

the Customs and Excise (Tobacco) Amendment Bill

with urgency in May 2020. Parliament approved

the Amendment Bill.

Customs Minister Jenny Salesa said that there

had been a rising tide of illicit tobacco through

international mail and freight in recent years,

“often with organised crime involved.”

Director of Action for Smokefree 2025 Deborah

Hart agreed, saying that the cost of cigarettes

was proven to be a major factor in determining

whether someone smokes or not.

That meant a permit system to stymie the sale of

low-cost black market cigarettes would likely result

in less smokers, she said.

But Hart said if there was now more excise tax

being paid, it should go towards getting the whole

country smoke-free.

Eliminating black market

“The best way to thwart the black market is to

get New Zealand to Smokefree 2025. About 500,000

people in this country are still smoking. What we

need to do is find ways to help them stop smoking.

The tax money should be used to help people

quit smoking, to less harmful alternatives such as

vaping and snuff, and to go cold turkey if people

can do that,” she said.

ACT Party disagrees

However, ACT Leader David Seymour

maintained that the new permit system was “bureaucratic

activity,” which failed to acknowledge

why the tobacco black market existed - the cost of

cigarettes.

He had voted against the law change and said

that people operating in the black market were not

following the rules by definition, so any effect of the

new permit system would be marginal.

“What we have here is a failure to admit the

tobacco tax policy has failed. The government is

addicted to the revenue. Now, instead of admitting

that it is wrong and reducing tobacco taxes, it is

scaling up enforcement activities to try and protect

that revenue base,” he said.

Katie Todd is a Reporter at Radio New Zealand.

The above Report and Picture have been published

under a Special Arrangement with www.rnz.co.nz


JULY 1, 2020

Online platform opens new avenues for Yogasanas

Global Launch of Mobile App

‘myyodaa’ commemorated

International Yoga Day

Venkat Raman

Practitioners, learners and

enthusiasts of Yoga will now be

able to understand the ancient

gift of India better and practice

various Asanas through a new Mobile

App, launched on June 21, 2020 as the

world marked ‘International Yoga Day.’

An initiative of three New Zealand

women- Ziena Jalil, Erin Leuschke

and Gina Beck, the Mobile App, called,

‘myyodaa,’ can be downloaded through

Apple Store and Google Play Store

for access on iPhone and Android

smartphones.

Personalised and flexible

Stated to be the first of its kind, the

App aims to connect and Yoga and Meditation

students and teachers around

the world, offering personalised, live

and one-to-one video classes.

“This would at a time, place and price

at the choice of users according to their

individual choice, budget and needs,”

Ziena said.

Yoga has become international

business, valued at a whopping US$100

billion every year. It does not carry

any copyright but it should at least be

practiced as prescribed.

Ziena said that she and her two

friends were keen to find ways and

means of enabling people to maintain

healthy lifestyles while balancing work

and family commitments.

That need has only grown in the

wake of Covid-19, she said.

“This is an Airbnb for wellness.

Unlike existing Apps which offer

The National Trust of Trinidad

and Tobago has been

strangely silent on the rowdy

and relentless campaign

to remove the historical statue of

Christopher Columbus in the capital

city of Port of Spain.

I was the Vice Chairman of the

Trust from 2013 to 2015.

The Trust seems to place its

current Afro-centric agenda above

and beyond the public and national

interest.

On Labour Day (June 19, 2020), the

Trust chose to highlight only trade

unionist Tubal Uriah ‘Buzz’ Butler

on its Facebook page.

There was a mere one-word

reference, and no photo of Rienzi

(Krishna Deonarine, 1905 -1972) who

founded the Oilfields Workers’ Trade

Union (OWTU) and the All Trinidad

Sugar Estates and Factory Workers’

Union (ATSEFWU), and was the first

President General of the former.

Citizens for Conservation

The Trust is genetically connected

to the Citizens for Conservation of

Trinidad & Tobago (CFC) with some

members having footholds in both

organisations at the executive level.

CFC has a long a long history

of fighting to protect the natural

and man-made heritage in the

twin-island republic. Just before the

Covid-19 pandemic, the Trust and

the CFC were jointly hosting exhibitions,

tours and lectures to better

educate people to appreciate and

protect heritage sites and statues,

monuments, churches, plantation

houses and cemeteries.

The Statue of Columbus

Columbus’s life-sized bronze

Myyodaa for all: Founders Ziena Ali, Erin Leuschke and Gina Beck

pre-recorded videos, one-to-many

online classes, or a small number of

teachers from a specific studio teaching

their specific school of yoga online,

‘myyodaa’ provides an open platform,

on which qualified teachers can deliver

personalised classes to students,” she

said.

As working mothers, Ziena, Erin

and Gina were aware of the difficulty

in maintaining mental and physical

fitness. As well as the pressures on time,

money and childcare, finding the right

teacher continues to be major challenge

and difficulty.

Yoga for everyone

Ziena said that they process of

constructing ‘myyodaa’ as a Mobile App

began in January 2019 but the lockdown

forced by Covid-19 accelerated its

development.

“Using ‘myyodaa,’ instructors from

Auckland to New Delhi will be able

teach students from their homes, studios

or even outdoors. Students, including

absolute beginners, can browse teachers

(called Yodaas) and book personalised

sessions based on class type, ratings,

availability, language or cost. Live video

classes can take place within the app

saving users from having to navigate

through a multitude of platforms.

Andrew Melville, a Meditation Teacher

on ‘myyodaa,’ said, “Using the App

means that I can select times and accept

student bookings that work around my

other commitments.”

Cost-effective solution

Ziena said that Covid-19 has forced

many Yoga studios to reduce class sizes,

encourage students to bring their own

mats and change scheduling to allow for

disinfecting studios.

This has pushed up costs, leaving

teachers out of work.

“At a time when people need

Yoga and Meditation more than ever,

Covid-19 has cut discretionary incomes.

Columbus statue under threat in Trinidad & Tobago

It could be the Statue of

Mahatma Gandhi next

Dr Kumar Mahabir

The Christopher Columbus statue in Port of Spain

statue is located in Columbus Square in Port of

Spain on the corner of Independence Square and

Duncan Street, just east of the Cathedral of the

Immaculate Conception.

The site is on the Heritage Asset Register of the

National Trust which designates the square and

the statue as “worthy of notation and preservation.”

Despite the horrendous history of Columbus, his

statue represents a tangible historical link to the

Europe, Africa and Asia since 1498. It is one of the

few statues of Columbus in the Caribbean and is a

destination site for local and foreign tourists.

As part of the Black-Lives-Matter protest, activists

defaced the bronze statue a few nights ago.

They wrapped it with red “Danger” caution tape.

They covered the bust with a black garbage bag

and hung a sign with the word “Murderer” on it.

National Monument

The Columbus statue is a national monument

defined by the National Trust Act (1991, last

amended in 2015) as “any building, structure or

other work of man or nature, whether above or

below the surface of the land or the floor of the

sea, of national architectural, aesthetic or historic

interest.”

Section 27 of the Act states that any person who

(a) “alters, damages, injures or defaces any listed

property” or (b) “demolishes or destroys or causes

to be demolished or destroyed” such property is

liable on summary conviction to a fine, and the

Court may, in addition, “order him to pay to the

Trust by way of compensation such sum as the

Court thinks fit for the purpose of repairing or

Affordable online classes, with pay-asyou-go

systems like ‘myyodaa’ help meet

this new need. For teachers, the App

provides an income stream,” she said.

”Covid-19 showed us how interconnected

the world is: ‘myyodaa’ allows

teachers and students from around the

world to connect in a common purpose

centred on better health and wellbeing

while supporting livelihoods,” she

added.

About Yoga

Yoga is a Hindu spiritual and ascetic

discipline, a part of which, including

breath control, simple meditation, and

adoption of specific bodily postures,

is widely practised for health and

relaxation. It is one of the most precious

gifts of India to humanity.

The global Yoga market has been

growing strongly over the last few

years, with some reports saying that

there are more than 200 million Yoga

practitioners around the world.

According to Exercise New Zealand,

Yoga is one of New Zealand’s most

popular forms of physical and mental

discipline and therefore wellness.

Harvard University has advocated

Yoga, Meditation and Controlled

Breathing as ways to deal with anxiety

related to Covid-19.

Yoga reduces stress levels, lowers

blood pressure and improves lung

capacity.

A new study from researchers at the

Boston University School of Medicine,

New York Medical College, and Harvard

and Columbia Universities, found that

Yoga, including breath exercises, leads

to improved mental health.

According to the Harvard Business

Review, Meditation is particularly useful

during times of crisis and stress such as

the world is facing presently.

Practicing meditation has been

shown to reduce anxiety, calm the

restoring the property.”

Mahatma Gandhi statue next

The leading figure behind the fascist, extremist

and warring campaign to remove the

Columbus statue in Port of Spain is Shabaka

Kambon. His father, Kafra Kambon, was one

of the leaders of the Black Power Movement.

On February 26, 1970, many people stormed

the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

in Port of Spain and draped black cloth on the

sacred statues.

In a letter entitled “Is the Black Power protests

repeating itself?”, Imaam Iqubal Hydal

wrote: “The statue of Columbus was defaced in

a similar manner as the statues in the church

were blackened during the march of the Black

Power movement … If such a protest should

get out of hand, next would be the church

itself and animosity to names such as Chacon,

Christopher, Martinez et al. (Newsday 20/6/20,

Express 18/6/20, Guardian 16/6/20).

Kambon is being aided and abetted by

retired history Professor Dr Brinsley Samaroo

who claims that he was one of the leaders of

the 1970 Black Power revolt.

It would not be surprising if Samaroo

supports Kambon in his next move, which is to

remove all Mahatma Gandhi statues in public

places in Trinidad, particularly the one in Kew

Place, Gandhi Square, Port of Spain.

In 2018, African lecturers at the University

of Ghana relocated a statue of Gandhi because

they claim that he was “racist.”

Campaign for name change

Samaroo is expected to also support Kambon

in campaigning to change the name of the

soon-to-be-opened Mahatma Gandhi Institute

cultural complex in Mt Hope, located near

the Arthur Lok Jack campus. This imminent

protest by Samaroo and Kambon may again

stall the progress of this project, started 21

years ago when then Prime Ministers Basdeo

Panday and Atal Bihari Vajpayee turned the

sod at Mt Hope.

The solution to this Columbus crisis is a compromise.

The monument should be left alone

but the inscription in the plaque can change.

Samaroo, Kambo and the Warao Queen

can be free to write “Monster and Murderer”

permanently in bronze at the bottom of the

explorer’s statue.

Dr Kumar Mahabir is an Anthropologistwith 11

books to his credit. He lives in San Juan, Trinidad &

Tobago, West Indies. He is a regular contributor to

Indian Newslink. Email: dmahabir@gmail.com

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amygdala, increase our ability to think

creatively and empathetically take other

people’s perspective.

About International Yoga Day

India’s great contribution

While Yoga is being practiced

throughout the world (in some places

erroneously followed as aerobics and

workouts), it channelises energy

through positive vibes. In essence, Yoga

is a Science that provides for healthy

thoughts which translate into healthy

actions, turning into a healthy world.

India’s Prime Minister Narendra

Modi, who started the Movement with

a suggestion during his speech at the

UN General Assembly on September 27,

2014 (the world body adopted a Resolution

on December 11, 2014 making June

21 as the International Yoga Day), leads

thousands of people in Rajpath, New

Delhi on that day.

Mr Modi said that Yoga is an invaluable

gift of India’s ancient tradition.

“It embodies unity of mind and

body; thought and action; restraint and

fulfilment; harmony between man and

nature; a holistic approach to health

and well-being. It is not about exercise

but to discover the sense of oneness

with yourself, the world and the nature.

By changing our lifestyle and creating

consciousness, it can help us deal with

climate change. Let us work towards

adopting an International Yoga Day,”

he said.

In suggesting June 21, which is the

Summer Solstice, as the International

Day of Yoga, Mr Modi had said that the

date is the longest day of the year in the

Northern Hemisphere and has special

significance in many parts of the world.

For more information on the ‘myyodaa’

App please write to Ziena Ali.

Email: ziena@myyodda.com

Website: www.myyoddaa.com

Former Defence

Force employee

sentenced for fraud

Venkat Raman

A

former Defence Force administrator has

been sentenced to 12 months home detention

and 250 hours of community work for

stealing funds managed by the New Zealand

Defence Force (NZDF) while she was employed by the

organisation.

Paniparewhakaro Elizabeth Rangiuia (60) embezzled

approximately $225,000 over seven years from

accounts holding funds raised by NZDF members

for the health, wellbeing and retention of army

personnel.

Ms Rangiuia was sentenced on June 24, 2020 in the

Palmerston North District Court.

She had pleaded guilty previously to one

representative charge of ‘Theft by person in a special

relationship’ and one representative charge of ‘False

accounting’ brought by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO).

SFO Chief Executive Julie Read said that Ms Rangiuia

abused her position of trust to steal a significant

amount of charitable funds while she was employed

at Waiouru.

“The defendant stole the funds which were raised

by army personnel for her own benefit, spending

most of the money on gambling. This was not spur of

the moment offending but a course of conduct which

continued over years,” she said.

Army Non-Public Funds

Ms Rangiuia was employed by NZDF from 1987

until her dismissal in September 2018.

She worked as a financial administrator of club

related non public funds at Waiouru Military Training

Facility from 2009.

Non-public funds are raised by army personnel

through fundraising and other activities, as well as

direct deposits by personnel.

The funds are intended to be spent on services and

amenities for the health, wellbeing and retention

of army personnel. The funds are administered via

multiple bank accounts and represent money from

multiple clubs funded by army personnel money as

opposed to public taxpayers’ money.

The Army Non-Public Funds are a registered charity

under the Charities Act 2005.


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Chai-Wai and Rangmanch 2020

gains momentum virtually

Staff Reporter

Coconut Theatre has taken an ambitious

and challenging project during

this World-wide lockdown.

The company has come up with

an Intellectual Property, Chai-Wai &

Rangmanch 2020.

It organises daily Online Session at 6 pm

(IST) with one theatre expert from India

and various other countries on its official

Coconut Theatre Facebook Page.

The expert could be a veteran actor,

award-winning playwright, director,

makeup specialist, music composer,

designer, choreographer, or a technician,

sharing their golden experiences, personal

life inspiration. These can be useful to an

aspiring theatre student, amateur theatre

artiste, writer, director, composer, choreographer,

and the entire theatre fraternity.

These sessions are open for all and no

A

small Hamilton-based

media streaming company

is punching above its

weight on the global stage

by playing a big part in the Cannes

Film Festival and other similar

events this year.

The Cannes Film Festival, which

has just opened, is an on-line virtual

event, like many other festivals,

thanks to Covid- 19.

Hamilton-based SHIFT72 has

become the go-to people for

festivals around the world, not only

in Cannes but also in Melbourne,

Copenhagen, New Zealand’s Doc

Edge and upcoming International

Film Festival.

SHIFT72 Director John Barnett

said that the firm’s business has

more than doubled in size over the

past three months since lockdown.

New clients knock

After saving a documentary

event in Copenhagen by putting it

online when Denmark went into

its own lockdown, new clients had

come knocking at the door.

The Video-On-Demand platform

provider has been in the business

for years, established by its Chief

Executive David White, a leading

expert in digital film distribution.

It provides secure video on

demand platforms to the entertainment

industry and its technology

enables clients to distribute content

directly to a global audience

through its own branded online

storefront.

“It began in 2012 with David

White... I got involved in 2013 along

with a group of investors. The company

has grown considerably since

then. David has been very much at

the forefront of both strategy and

development of the company,” Mr

Barnett said.

Industry authority

White has become a leading

authority on VOD distribution,

digital film marketing and the film

industry’s paradigm shift from

physical to digital.

Streaming festivals have been a

big focus for the company, which

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Coconut Theatre plans 100 online

sessions to connect global fraternity

Darshan Jariwala, Nadira Babbar, Anupam Kher (Courtesy; Midday, Mumbai)

registration is required.

Devastating Covid-19

Due to Covid-19 and worldwide

lockdown, 2020 has been a

devastated year for everyone,

especially for the theatre industry

which believes in live acts.

Chai-Wai & Rangmanch 2020

has set a benchmark through

online sessions.

Daily informative sessions

keeping the theatre audience

entertained, with growing offline

viewers.

Inspite of different time zones,

has been with the Cannes film

market for several years.

Mr White has been in various

markets and talked about the

secure platform that he has been

developing. The contacts and trust

that he built has led the firm to sign

up big clients who put security as

top priority.

“What people needed to know

was that it was secure and that it

would operate no matter what.

Security is an enormous issue because

most of the films that turn up

at the Cannes market as opposed to

the Festival, have not been seen by

anybody before,” Mr Barnett said.

Commercial needs

“Each of Festivals has a slightly

different issue that they have to

face. With South by Southwest,

there with the films they are

screening, but there is still so much

more going on. So much great

music and other events that many

people can get to see, obviously at

the same time. So, if you have the

right tickets you can watch the film

at a time that suits you.

“At the Cannes and American

film markets, there are so many

titles. Whether you went to Cannes

or Los Angeles, you race from

one cinema to another but watch

only ten minutes of a film. Then

you come back, negotiate and

determine whether your market,

the platform that we have given

allows the buyers and the sellers to

put up their content. But the buyers

can look at all the titles before they

negotiate. They would have seen

the whole film.”

Excitement mounts

Jasmin McSweeney of the New

Zealand Film Commission said

that establishing a virtual Cannes

Festival has generated excitement,

even though an online version

cannot capture the magic of the

real thing.

“We will have a delegation of

100 producers attending virtually

this year. They do not have to pay

for their travel or accommodation.

Nothing can ever replace the

one-on-one meeting because

the industry is about creating

viewers prefer to watch these

sessions live.

For an example, an enthusiast

in California wakes up at 5

am everyday to attend the live

sessions.

International theatre experts

approached Coconut Theatre with

a request to host their sessions.

The participants

Among the celebrities who have

participated in the sessions are

Rita Ganguly, Bansi Kaul, Manoj

Joshi, Neelam Mansingh, Satish

Alekar, Dadi Pudumjee Dolly

Ahluwalia, Ashok Bhagat, Suresh

Sharma, Amod Bhatt, Anjana

Puri, Sanjay Upadhyay, Rohini

Hattangady, Nadira Babbar and

Himani Shivpuri.

Theatre stalwarts include

Makarand Deshpande, Mahesh

Dattani, K K Raina, Lillete Dubey,

Rakesh Bedi, Ananth Mahadevan,

Raghubir Yadav, Lubna Salim,

Darshan Jariwala, Siddharth

Randeria, Ila Arun, Aanjjan

Srivastava, Alok Chatterjee,

Salim Arif, Saif Hyder Hasan, Asif

Ali Beg, Tiku Talsania, Sachin

Khedekar, Sandip Soparrkar,

Vijay Kenkre, Jayati Bhatia, Nina

Kulkarni, Jayati Bhatia, Suchitra

Pillai, Vipul Mehta, Jimit Trivedi,

Rajoo Barot, Ramesh Talwar and

Chandrkant Kulkarni.

Theatre stalwarts

Currently, Global Theatre experts

have been added to Coconut

Theatre’s repertoire.

They are writer-director

David Woods from Australia,

international production designer

Neil Patel (Production Designer

of Mughal-E-Azam, The Musical),

Megan Furniss (Playwright from

South Africa), actor-director

Glenn Hayden from Australia,

writer-director Ana Candida

Carneiro, three times Tony

Award winner Scott Pask and

world-renowned writer-director

Jeff Baron (all from USA).

Post sessions with international

speakers and line-up with Indian

theatre experts is also scheduled.

They include theatre legends M

S Sathyu and Prasanna, theatre

and Bollywood Actress Sonali

Kulkarni, music director Kuldeep

Singh, Saumya Joshi, eminent

writer Ranjit Kapoor, Sumeet

Raghavan, Waman Kendre and

Parvez Akhtar.

Indian Theatre Industry

has minimal support from the

audience, corporates and other

bodies compared to Bollywood,

sports, music, and other digital

entertainment platforms.

But Coconut Theatre has

showcased phenomenal success

during this pandemic.

It has received enthusiastic

response from Indian and international

theatre fraternity.

The objective is to connect

the theatre fraternity locally

and globally on one platform to

emphasise the avenue of learning

and build a career.

Its vision is to achieve more

than 100 sessions before July 31,

2020.

This archive will be available

shortly on Coconut Theatre

YouTube Channel with no cost.

Hamilton media streamer goes to Cannes and the world

Sourced Content

(Top) David White, Founder-Chief Executive SHIFT72

(Bottom) SHIFT72 provides solutions for Film Festivals

relationships and trust and a bond,

if you can work with those people

because there is a lot of money, a

lot of time that goes in to creating a

film. But using the expertise from

SHIFT72 has created an online

version of Cannes that everyone Is

excited about,” she said.

SHIFT72 is currently working

with 150 festivals to stream their

content.

Mr Barnett said that the Cannes

film titles will go up, starting with a

movie premiere, followed in some

instances Questions and Answers.

Thereafter, the film will remain

online for people to watch at their

leisure.

You can buy a Festival Pass, or

entry to a particular movie.

It was a format that received

praise after it was used at short

notice to save a big Festival in

Denmark earlier this year.

Documentary Festival

“This came about in part because,

earlier this year in Copenhagen,

there was a big documentary

Festival called CPX DOX and they

were due to go physically live from

March 24, a few days before which

they were shutdown like everybody

else,” Mr Barnett said.

“We were able to give them a

solution within 48 hours and it all

went really well and they told the

whole world how good it had been

and how easy it was. People just

kind of flooded through.”

Such has been the success of

these events during Covid-19

restrictions that events such as the

Cannes Film Festival are seeking

to make the streaming side of the

events a permanent dimension.

“The Festival aspect is very interesting

because most of the Festivals

have come to us and said, whilst the

demand this year is clearly evident,

they want to keep using it next

year so that they can offer more

tan the premium screenings and

they can offer the Q&As and the

interaction.”

It also means that smaller Festivals,

which have smaller budgets,

can now afford to bring many

directors to participate online,

instead of paying for only a few to

come over and take part physically.

The Hamilton company has

partnered with global giant Vista,

which is expected to open more

streaming avenues and prospects

for growth.

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Sportslink

The goal is to excel at 2023 Women’s Football World Cup

Trans-Tasman sporting

ties would get a boost

Players and government

officials have labelled New

Zealand and Australia’s

successful bid to host the

2023 Women’s Football World Cup a

huge success.

The joint proposal from the

Trans-Tasman countries beat a rival

bid from Colombia to host the tournament

which is being expanded

from 24 to 32 teams.

It is the third major women’s

sporting event secured by New

Zealand in recent years, with both

the Cricket World Cup and Rugby

World Cup to be held here in 2021.

New Zealand found out the news

in the early hours of Friday, July 26,

2020 during FIFA’s Council meeting.

New Zealand and Australia won the

vote 22-13.

Long wait

For New Zealand Football (NZF)

Chief Executive Andrew Pragnell

and Football Fern Annalie Longo

it was a long night, but well worth

the wait.

Longo told Morning Report that

she sat up all night with some

teammates to watch the announcement

and celebrated with a bit of

champagne.

She said that she was quite nervous

in the lead-up to the unveiling.

“A little bit of relief if I am honest,

you kind of never know what is

going to happen with those things

... just really proud with the efforts

and a big thank you to everyone

behind the scenes that have worked

really hard to make the dream

come true for many of us.”

FIFA President Gianni Infantino announces New Zealand and Australia as the hosts of the 2023

FIFA Women's World Cup (Screenshot)

While still coming to grips with

the reality of the news, Longo said

that it will be a fantastic.

“It is absolutely amazing, the

opportunity that it brings for the

exposure to New Zealand and as a

player you couldn’t have a bigger

dream as a kid to play in a World

Cup in your country. I am over the

Moon to have it go our way and

looking forward to the experience

and the next couple of years of

preparation and getting ready to

host the best world cup there’s ever

been for women.”

A long time coming

NZF Chief Executive Andrew

Pragnell told Morning Report that

New Zealand had been eyeing a

tournament of this size since 2015,

back when it hosted the Under-20

men’s tournament for the first time.

“It has been a long time in

the making. I think one of the

critical moments though was the

tournament expanded from 24 to

32 teams and that actually made it

largely impossible for New Zealand

to host it on its own, so that formed

a really important partnership with

Australia and one we both got in

behind and was founded on a true

sense of partnership,” he said.

Mr Pragnell said that the backing

from both the Asian and Oceania

federations was also critical to the

joint bid’s success.

He said that while FIFA would

give final signoff on the split of the

games, New Zealand should get

roughly 45% to 50% of the matches

and a semi-final.

The Matches and audience

The matches will be held in

Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington,

Christchurch and Dunedin,

with training grounds for teams

scattered throughout the country

as well.

Pragnell said roughly 30,000

NZ Football CEO Andrew Pragnell with Michele Cox, players Claudia Bunge and Rosie White,

Barbara Cox at Eden Park. (Photo: Photosport)

women and girls played football

throughout New Zealand and that

was growing year on year.

He said there was also a legacy

programme behind that helping

develop female administrators,

coaches and referees.

Financial package

The New Zealand government is

providing a support package of $25

million to support the tournament,

with $14 million going directly to

NZF. The remaining $11 million will

go towards leveraging the event as

much as the government can with

initiatives such as publicity for the

event, as well as promoting football

in New Zealand and a focus on

women and girls’ participation in

sport.

Sports Minister Grant Robertson

told Morning Report that the government’s

spending over the next

few years would give the Football

Ferns the best possible chance to

be competitive in the tournament

when it kicks off.

“Tournaments like this are just

great opportunities to engage future

generations of players, not just girls

either but boys as well ... we saw

with the tournament in France last

year what a drawcard it is, over a

billion viewers of the World Cup

last year, that was more than the

Rugby World Cup had, so this is just

a fantastic opportunity for New

Zealand,” he said.

Mr Robertson said that the

government would look at whether

the Women’s Football World Cup

would fall under the major events

legislation that applied to the Rugby

World Cup and upcoming America’s

Cup.

He is optimistic that Covid-19

would not interrupt the tournament

in three years’ time.

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