Sporting legend, academic and life coach Sir Peter Snell is to become patron of New Zealand’s SuperSeniors Champions programme and help raise awareness of senior’s issues such as elder abuse and neglect.
The Minister for Seniors, Maggie Barry, has enlisted Sir Peter’s support to spread the word to as many people as possible that elder abuse is not OK.
“Today is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day and is a chance to send a message to all New Zealanders about the need to respect older people and to make it clear that elder abuse should never be part of our society,” Ms Barry says.
“Sir Peter is an inspirational role model to older New Zealanders and many people feel they know him through his sporting success, his books and his life’s work. He is also a distinguished academic with published research on exercise and ageing.”
“I’m delighted he has agreed to join the 13 other articulate advocates for seniors who are all lending their voices to raising awareness of elder abuse.”
Sir Peter says he was very pleased to be offered the opportunity to contribute to the SuperSeniors Champions programme and enthusiastically accepts the challenge.
“Our elderly citizens have contributed a great deal to the development of our society and standard of living. The least we can do is to try to ensure that they do not suffer physically, mentally and financially from abusers who prey on their vulnerability,” Sir Peter says.
Ms Barry says addressing elder abuse is one of her main priorities as Minister for Seniors.
“Statistics worldwide tell us too many cases are unreported and go unnoticed and here in New Zealand there are 2,000 reported annually. With an ageing population it’s time to bring this difficult issue into the open,” Ms Barry says.
“We’ve re-organised prevention and intervention services to have a more positive outcome focus and from 1 July there will be a new Elder Abuse Response Service - EARS. These new services are spread throughout New Zealand and will ensure older people from a variety of ethnic backgrounds will have access to help and advice when and where they need it.”
“The focus will be on swift intervention and measurable positive outcomes for seniors in their own communities. From July 1 there will be a free phone number – 0800 EA NOT OK (0800 32 668 65) - to ensure vulnerable older people can get help.”
For more information on Elder Abuse prevention services or Super Seniors Champions go to http://www.superseniors.msd.govt.nz/
Our SuperSeniors Champions are:
Lance Girling-Butcher QSM
Dame Kate Harcourt DCNZ
Precious McKenzie MBE
Dame Malvina Major ONZ GNZM DBE
Peter Hayden MNZM
Sir Jon Trimmer KNZM MBE
Margaret Austin CNZM
Donald and Jennie Sew Hoy QSM
Peter Chin CNZM
Seung-jae Yu QSM
Nanette Nathoo QSM
Sir Pita Sharples KNZM CBE
Minister for Seniors Maggie Barry is calling for everyone to bring the issue of elder abuse and neglect out in to the open and speak out about it whenever possible.
“Elder abuse is not ok and must never be tolerated. We need to show our respect for seniors and today, World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, is an ideal opportunity to start the conversation,” Ms Barry says.
“Addressing elder abuse is one of my main priorities as Minister for Seniors. Research indicates around one in 10 seniors will experience some form of abuse, however only a third of those cases will be reported. For too long it’s been a difficult and sometimes shameful issue to discuss openly. It is time for that to change.”
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is marked around the world by individuals and groups who stand together to show their respect for seniors.
“This year our SuperSeniors Champions are at the forefront of the campaign and will be joined by the first Super Seniors Patron Sir Peter Snell.”
From 1 July a new nationwide Elder Abuse Response Service (EARS) and a new 24/7 free-phone helpline will improve the speed and effectiveness of how elder abuse cases are dealt with.
Ms Barry says this new service will have the potential to make a significant difference to vulnerable seniors’ lives.
“We can raise awareness of the help available for victims of elder abuse from all parts of New Zealand, and from any cultural background or ethnicity. We must confront this issue, get it out of the shadows and make it clear it is never acceptable “
More information about World Elder Abuse Awareness Day and the EARS services can be found at www.superseniors.msd.govt.nz
Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry has congratulated the New Zealand Film Commission for its video-on-demand platform, NZ Film On Demand, which has just passed a milestone 100 titles.
“NZ Film On Demand offers New Zealanders a unique portal to view our film history and has a broad range of films, from recent cinema releases to newly digitised classics, short films and documentaries,” Ms Barry says.
NZ Film On Demand was launched in 2014 and is currently available in New Zealand, Australia and the UK.
“There is no subscription fee for users who can choose to watch one film or all of them. Viewers can rent or buy any of the movies from the online viewing platform and watch them wherever and whenever they want to – even on their mobile phone or tablet.”
“Film is one of the ways we share our culture with others, and by making this platform available to viewers outside New Zealand, we open a window so they can see and understand what makes New Zealand unique.”
Included in the online selection are:Feature films – Goodbye Pork Pie, Once Were Warriors and Boy. Documentaries – The Ground We Won (War), Antarctica. Short Drama – Coffee and Allah, Cold Snap.
To sign up for NZ Film On Demand, visit https://ondemand.nzfilm.co.nz
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.
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.
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.
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.