Conservation Minister Maggie Barry says New Zealand has made clear our long-term commitment to protecting, conserving and sustainably using oceans and marine resources at the United Nations Ocean Conference in New York this week.
“Healthy and productive oceans are enormously important to New Zealand and I’m pleased to have had the opportunity to showcase to the world what we are doing in New Zealand and the Pacific to protect them for generations to come,” Ms Barry says.
“There is great optimism and hope among countries at the conference that we can turn the tide and reverse the degradation of our marine spaces worldwide.”
“I’ve reiterated the Government’s commitment to establishing the Kermadec/Rangitahua Ocean Sanctuary. At 620,000 square kilometres, it will be one of the largest and most significant fully protected areas in the world.”
The Minister has also highlighted its work towards banning the manufacture and sale of products containing microbeads and announced this week the Sustainable Coastlines project which will focus on research to support action on combatting litter.
”New Zealand is seeking ambitious and effective rules on harmful fisheries subsidies which contribute to illegal fishing and to overfishing. New Zealand will be working for this as an outcome from the World Trade Organization Ministerial Conference in December in Buenos Aires,” Ms Barry says.
“The amount of marine debris caused by lost and discarded fishing gear is a significant problem and we were pleased to sign a statement of support for the Global Ghost Gear Initiative to address this issue.”
“New Zealand is investing an additional $54 million over five years to improve Pacific Island led sustainable fisheries management and to reduce illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing in the Pacific.”
“We are funding science advice on setting sustainable limits of key Pacific tuna stocks. We are also funding improvements in monitoring and enforcement at Pacific ports where transhipment and unloading of catches occur,” Ms Barry says.
‘We are also partnering with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) to identify and implement practical solutions to ocean acidification in the Pacific caused by climate change.”
The Minister says New Zealand will be undertaking a programme of science in the Antarctic to support the implementation the Ross Sea Region Marine Protected Area it helped establish. It’ll be the world’s largest marine protected area when it comes into effect on 1 December.
“At the start of the conference, I was particularly pleased to host the launch of the landmark United Nations World Ocean Assessment which will ensure that policy makers have access to the best available science on the state of the ocean,” Ms Barry says.
“The conference was about galvanising support to implement Sustainable Development Goal 14 on conservation and sustainable use of the ocean and New Zealand has lodged commitments in all areas covered by the goal,” Ms Barry says.
Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry says Hawke’s Bay Opera House in Hastings will receive $4 million in funding for seismic strengthening from the Regional Culture and Heritage Fund.
“The Opera House is an important venue for touring performers and this major investment, announced in Hastings by Prime Minister Bill English today, will help future-proof it as a cultural hub for the Hawke’s Bay region,” Ms Barry says.
“The Opera House survived the 1931 Hawkes Bay earthquake but has been closed since 2014 when found to be an earthquake risk and the Government’s grant is contingent on the Hastings District Council ensuring the seismic strengthening work achieves a minimum of 75 per cent of the current New Building Standard.”
“The council also needs to raise some additional funding but I am confident this will be achieved so it can attract further arts, cultural and heritage events to Hawkes Bay. A reopened theatre represents a wonderful economic opportunity.”
Ms Barry also acknowledged the advocacy of Hastings Mayor Lawrence Yule and outgoing local MP Craig Foss.
The Opera House has national significance as a Category One Heritage Site.
This grant is the first to be announced in the second round of the Government’s Regional Culture and Heritage Fund (RCHF). More announcements will occur in coming weeks.
For further information www.mch.govt.nz/RegionalCultureHeritageFund
Note for editors:Hawke’s Bay Opera House, previously known as Hastings Municipal Theatre, opened in 1915. Seating 1600 people the theatre is an important example of the work of eminent Australasian theatre designer Eli White with its Spanish Mission style and Art Nouveau interior, including a hand-painted ceiling. The Regional Culture and Heritage Fund (RCHF) was established in 2016 with $29.527 million for allocation over three years to help fund capital projects benefitting regional arts, culture and heritage institutions. These regional institutions attract the economic and social benefits of new visitors, businesses and residents to New Zealand’s smaller towns and cities. The first funding round for the RCHF resulted in $13.878 million of grants to six projects. These projects included major seismic strengthening and refit projects at the Sarjeant Gallery in Whanganui ($10million) and the Nelson School of Music’s public auditorium ($1.5 million); and completion of the Eastern Southland Gallery’s Muka Studio Wing at its new Arts Centre in Gore ($110,000)
Conservation Minister Maggie Barry says she fully supports Fish and Game’s decision to phase out lead shot for waterfowl hunting.
Fish & Game’s New Zealand Council voted last month to end the exemption which allowed several thousand firearms owners to use lead shot.
“By the 2021 shooting season, shotgun owners will have to use non-toxic shot when they’re hunting ducks, swan and pukeko over water,” Ms Barry says.
“In many parts of the world, hunters are already banned from using lead shot for wildfowl hunting because it was poisoning ducks which accidentally ate it as grit.”
“In the US and Canada non-toxic shot must be used for all waterfowl hunting, and in some cases for hunting pheasant and quail. In England, non-toxic shot must be used when hunting any waterfowl, even over land.
“Lead is toxic - so much so that there is no level of exposure which is considered safe. New Zealand has already banned its use in paint and petrol.”
Non-toxic shot doesn’t contain lead and there is a wide range of alternative shotgun shells available for waterfowl hunting which are lead free. The most common is steel.
The new requirement will be phased in over the next four game bird seasons, beginning with the 2018 season.
A national commemoration to mark the heavy price paid by New Zealand troops at Messines a hundred years ago will be streamed online tomorrow so all Kiwis can pay their respects to the 700 who died in the battle on 7 June 1917.
Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry says the ceremony will reflect on the desolation at Messines Ridge and New Zealand’s enduring relationship with Belgium.
“The New Zealand Division was one of twelve to take part in the attack. It was a successful but costly battle with 700 New Zealanders killed and 3000 wounded,” Ms Barry says.
“The people of Messines have not forgotten the significant role of New Zealanders and there are reminders of it all around the town. Most prominently a square in front of St. Nicholas Church features a map of New Zealand with Featherston marked on it.”
About 60,000 New Zealanders trained at Featherston Military Camp before serving on European battlefields, including Messines, between 1916 and 1918.
“Space is at a premium inside the Hall of Memories for the national commemoration so it will be live streamed at 11am tomorrow on the WW100, First World War Centenary Programme’s website and its Facebook page so all New Zealanders can share in the experience,” Ms Barry says.
“In Belgium, New Zealand will mark its involvement in the Battle of Messines with two Services - the National Commemorative Service will take place at Messines Ridge British Cemetery at 8am and the Sunset Ceremony will take place at the New Zealand Battlefield Memorial at 7.30pm.”
Governor General Dame Patsy Reddy will attend services in Belgium while Veterans’ Affairs Minister David Bennett will attend the Wellington ceremony.
Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry has congratulated the recipients of the 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours announced today.
“There are inspiring and committed people working hard every day to help tell New Zealand’s stories through art, music, theatre, ballet, opera and broadcasting,” Ms Barry says.
“The founder of TV production company Touchdown is to become Dame Julie Christie. Dame Julie is being honoured for her TV work but also for her work organising Rugby World Cup 2011 and her time as a board member of NZ Story Group which protects the intellectual property of the Silver Fern.”
‘Receiving a CNZM for services to ballet and business is Candis Craven, chair of the Royal New Zealand Ballet from 2011 until last year. She steered the ballet through a very busy schedule that included critically acclaimed tours to China, the US, Canada the UK. She also developed a successful bid for an increase in baseline funding, an increase I was pleased to announce last year.”
“Mark Hadlow has been made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) for services to the arts over 35 years. He performed his critically acclaimed one-man show S.N.A.G. throughout New Zealand and at the Edinburgh Festival. He’s also acted in the Hobbit trilogy and King Kong.”
“Simon O’Neill has received an ONZM for services to opera. He’s one of the world’s finest heroic tenors and is a principal artist with the company’s such as the Metropolitan Opera and Covent Garden. He regularly returns to New Zealand to perform at home with the NZSO, the Auckland Philharmonia and the New Zealand Opera’” Ms Barry says.
“Peter Hayden has been made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his film and television work. He was a key member of the documentary production company Natural History New Zealand and his programmes have been shown in more than 280 countries and have won more than 350 international awards. He’s also a SuperSeniors Champion and is raising awareness about elder abuse.”
“Congratulations to everyone who has been honoured this Queen’s Birthday weekend. Savour the honour and celebrate this award from your country in recognition of your service and talent,” Ms Barry says.
Julie Christie, ONZM, for services to governance and the television industry.
Mary Ama for services to the arts and the Pacific community.
Candis Craven, OBE, for services to ballet and business.
Mark Hadlow for services to the arts.
Rachel House for services to the performing arts.
Simon O’Neill for services to opera
Deborah White for services to art
Frances Wilson-Fitzgerald for services to opera
Anne Crummer for services to music.
Sharyn Evans for services to music.
Peter Hayden for services to film and television.
Robert Khan for services to broadcasting and the Indian community.
Rachel Lang for services to television.
Allen McLaughlin for services to sports broadcasting.
Fiona Pardington for services to photography.
Emily Perkins for services to literature.
Linda Webb for services to music education.
Timothy Bray for services to children and theatre.
Linda Chalmers for services to art.
Fraser Faulknor for services to children, education and music.
Lois Finderup for services to the fashion industry and theatre.
Richard Madden for services to music.
Shirley May for services to music and the community.
Gair McRae for services to theatre and youth.
Prabha Ravi for services to ethnic communities and dance.
Peter Simmonds for services to theatre.
Daphne Stevens for services to music.
Valerie Thorburn for services to music education
Cara Watson for services to music.
Randal Heke for services to New Zealand interests in Antarctica and historic preservation.
The achievements of dedicated conservation workers and volunteers have been recognised in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours list released today.
Conservation Minister Maggie Barry has congratulated the recipients and says everyone on the list has been recognised for the exceptional work they do for their local communities and New Zealand.
“They should all be very proud of their achievements and the work they are doing to save our threatened species, improve biodiversity, remove invasive weeds, control predators and fight disease such as kauri dieback,” Ms Barry says.
Ross Aitken is made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) for services to conservation.
“He’s been involved in raising awareness of kauri dieback and promotes biosecurity in the Hauraki Gulf. He’s also an accredited supervisor for groups visiting Little Barrier Island and is chair of the Auckland Conservation Board,” Ms Barry says.
“Robin McNeill has also received the MNZM for his longstanding advocacy for conservation values and the public’s right to access and use public conservation land. He’s a former president of the Federated Mountain clubs.”
Ken Bradley has been awarded the Queen’s service Medal for work including the development of the Kepler track and his management of a sizeable conservation volunteer network throughout the Fiordland National Park.
Jude Gilbert also receives a QSM for her work on the Windy Hill Sanctuary.
“The sanctuary is an exemplar on how private landowners can collaborate to create biodiversity and local employment opportunities. She’s raised funds and employed locals on Great Barrier Island to systematically remove invasive plants and animals,” Ms Barry says.
“Te Kei Merito has been honoured with the MNZM for services to maori and conservation. He was instrumental in establishing the nationwide cultural competency training programme for DOC and also implemented and established DOC’s maori language policy.”
James Guild has received MNZM for services to the deer industry and he is also the current chair of the Queen Elizabeth ll National Trust which helps private landowners to protect special natural and cultural features on their land.
Dave Hansford is a photographer, writer and blogger and whose work has been published in National Geographic News and DOC’s annual reports. He has received a QSM for services to the environment.
“The dedication and achievements of everyone honoured inspires others and gives conservationists confidence that we can achieve our Predator Free 2050 goal,” Ms Barry says.
A woman who has given more than 45 years’ service to older New Zealanders has been made a Dame in the Queen’s Birthday Honours released today.
The Minister for Seniors, Maggie Barry, has congratulated Dame Peggy Koopman-Boyden on being made a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit.
“Dame Peggy has for many years led major research on active ageing and has given policy advice for Seniors. She also chairs a steering group in Hamilton which is working towards World Health Organisation ‘Age Friendly’ accreditation,” Ms Barry says.
“Clarice Anderson has received the Queen’s Service Medal for her longstanding involvement with the Royal New Zealand Blind Foundation in central Hawkes Bay. She has organised many street day appeals and founded a local singing group ‘Sing Along With Us’ which regularly entertains at rest homes.”
Also receiving a QSM are Matamata woman Elizabeth Donaldson who runs weekly fitness classes for seniors to help them maintain a healthy lifestyle; and Auckland woman Keita Dawson who is involved in the development of the Kaupapa Maori Elder Abuse and Neglect Prevention service.
Super Seniors champion Peter Hayden has also been honoured, and made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to film and television. He is one of 12 articulate older New Zealanders who advocates for Seniors.
“Congratulations to all the honours recipients who’ve been recognised for the exceptional work they do for their local communities and New Zealand,” Ms Barry says.
Conservation Minister Maggie Barry is to attend the United Nations Ocean Conference in New York this week and will host the UN Secretary General’s launch of ‘The World Ocean Assessment’.
“New Zealand and Barbados co-chaired the process which led to the publication of this landmark document that will help inform the discussion around how we save our oceans,” Ms Barry says.
The Ocean Conference will be the first time all 193 UN nations have come together to compare notes on how the world is implementing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 14; to conserve, protect and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources.
‘New Zealand has a reputation as a leading voice on oceans and fisheries issues at the United Nations. We plan to highlight our international and domestic activities, our investments in the Pacific’s oceans and fisheries and our effective management of our own marine areas,” Ms Barry says.
“A healthy ocean is vital to all our livelihoods and our economy, and attending the conference means we will have an active and visible role in this discussion.”
As a strong supporter of the adoption of Sustainable Development Goal 14 New Zealand was one of a core group of countries that supported the convening of the conference.
The UN Ocean Conference runs from 5 – 9 June
Communications Minister Simon Bridges and Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry have welcomed the announcement of a safe, interactive ad-free space for primary school age children to explore and enjoy online local media content.
The new media initiative is a collaboration between NZ On Air and TVNZ. The interactive curated website will be run by a newly formed team at TVNZ, utilising the company’s expertise and technology.
Communications Minister Simon Bridges says it is a first for New Zealand and is possible thanks to the Government’s extensive roll-out of communications infrastructure.
“The roll-out of Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) is making internet more accessible to New Zealanders of all ages with more than 1.1 million households now able to connect. This project will ensure there is quality local content readily available to children in a safe online environment,” Mr Bridges says.
“This project is also a great example of convergence, known as the reduction in barriers between sectors, and shows the new opportunities businesses and consumers alike can gain from the greater choice and accessibility it affords,” Mr Bridges says.
Minister Barry says NZ On Air will invest $1.5m in the site, targeted at 5-9 year olds.
“New Zealand children need to see and hear themselves and their own accents in the media they consume. This project will ensure our culture is alive and well in screen content for our youngest viewers,” Ms Barry says.
“The site will be designed for children and they will be involved at every stage from development through to when it’s ready to go live. It will be easy to navigate and be commercial free with a huge range of content.”
“NZ On Air will commission content through its September funding round and is about to start working with children’s content producers on ideas for new material.”
It is expected to go live around March 2018.
Economic Development Minister Simon Bridges, Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman and Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry welcome the kick-off of the DHL NZ Lions Series 2017.
The New Zealand Lions Series 2017 will take place from 3 June to 8 July 2017, and will see the British & Irish Lions rugby team play ten matches against New Zealand in seven host cities, including three test matches.
The series starts tomorrow night when the Lions take on the New Zealand Provincial Barbarians at Whangarei’s Toll Stadium.
“The NZ Lions Series is an iconic rugby event which has significant local and international interest,” says Mr Bridges.
“The Government has committed $3 million from the Major Events Development Fund to support the series. This is going towards a range of leveraging opportunities including a school curriculum programme and Rugby 2017 Festival which will help host cities showcase New Zealand culture.”
“The last Lions Series in 2005 was hugely successful, attracting more than 20,000 international visitors staying more than 431,000 nights in total. The overall positive impact on GDP was estimated at $135 million.
“This is international competition at the highest level, and New Zealand Rugby has done an outstanding job in organising a series that will reinforce our capability to host major sporting events,” says Dr Coleman.
“With no tickets left on public sale for the Crusaders match or the three tests, and at least as many international visitors expected as in 2005, this year’s series will again be a remarkable economic boost for New Zealand.”
“The Rugby 2017 Festival includes a series of rugby club ‘Legends at the Local’ events across the host cities, Matariki programmes and arts events all designed to engage fans in the days around the matches,” says Ms Barry.
“It also includes the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra’s ‘Lands of Hope and Glory’ concert, a world record haka attempt before the Maori All Blacks game in Rotorua and a ‘Dunedin Sounds’ music event.
“To help further enhance the fan experience there will be a fan zone on Queens Wharf in Auckland to coincide with the test matches, with live match screenings, performances, exhibitions, food and beverage showcases. Some of the other host cities will also have their own fan zones.”
The Festival programme is available online at www.rugby2017festival.com