Arts and Royalties – Copyright Licensing NZ appointed as collection agency for Artist Resale Royalty Scheme

Source: Ministry for Culture and Heritage

“I am delighted to announce that we have appointed Copyright Licensing New Zealand as the collection agency for Aotearoa New Zealand’s Artist Resale Royalty Scheme,” said Leauanae Laulu Mac Leauanae, Tumu Whakarae Secretary and Chief Executive Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage.
The Artist Resale Royalty Scheme will ensure that creators of visual art are recognised and remunerated when their work is resold on the secondary art market. Copyright Licensing New Zealand (CLNZ) has been appointed to collect, manage and distribute royalties for the Scheme.
“The implementation of the Scheme is a major step in acknowledging the incredible work our visual artists make. It recognises the effort, time and expertise that goes into creating art.
“CLNZ has the skills, knowledge and relationships to implement a successful and sustainable royalty scheme for our visual artists. I am honoured to hand over the mantle to CLNZ’s Chief Executive Sam, and his team, who I know will continue to put artists first.
“It was crucial to the Ministry that the collection agency for the scheme has strong relationships with artists and their estates. CLNZ holds these relationships with care and mana, which I believe will ultimately result in a fantastic scheme for our visual artists.”
Manatū Taonga and CLNZ have worked together to agree the outcomes, services, reporting, monitoring and payment schedules for the collection agency under the scheme.
“The Agreement has been developed with great care. As an experienced Copyright and collection agency, we are confident that we will deliver the scheme of ongoing financial reward to artists,” said Sam Irvine, Mana Whakahaere Chief Executive CLNZ.
“The Intellectual Property system exists to both protect and reward the creativity and imagination of artists. If we neglect that protection and reward, then society will slowly run out of both new ideas and soul.
“Revered artist Ralph Hotere once said: “it is the work…the work must speak for itself”. The work can speak to all those who see it, but up to now financial reward for artwork only speaks to the creator once – when it is sold for the first time.
“With the establishment of an Artist Resale Royalty Scheme in Aotearoa, now as an artwork passes through the market, it can speak back to the artist whose imagination and craft created it in the first place.
“I’m excited to get underway with implementing the Scheme, and therefore making a real difference to how we recognise our visual artists.”
CLNZ will be engaging with the sector over the coming months on the operating details of the Scheme to prepare for the 1 December 2024 launch.
The Scheme also meets New Zealand’s obligations under the Free Trade Agreements with the United Kingdom and European Union. To align more closely to the NZ-UK FTA, the minimum sales threshold for the scheme has been increased to $2,000NZD. 

Infrastructure – Research shows how ways of charging for infrastructure impact NZ households

Source: New Zealand Infrastructure Commission

New research from the New Zealand Infrastructure Commission, Te Waihanga, reveals how different ways for charging for infrastructure affect New Zealanders.
“Whether it’s congested streets or burst pipes, New Zealand faces some significant infrastructure challenges. Overcoming them will mean taking a good look at how best to pay for infrastructure services,” says Te Waihanga Acting General Manager – Strategy Judy Kavanagh.
“To meet these challenges, infrastructure providers and decision-makers will face difficult choices about how to pay for the services New Zealanders need. Many factors will go into these decisions, such as making the best use of our current assets and raising enough revenue to pay for new investments,” says Kavanagh.
“How we pay for infrastructure currently differs by sector and location. For example, some councils charge for drinking water through rates, while others charge households mainly based on their water usage. As another example, household power bills typically include a mix of fixed charges and charges based on how much you use,” says Te Waihanga Principal Advisor Nicholas Green.
“Infrastructure services are often funded via a combination of fixed and variable charges, and both play a part in raising revenue for running infrastructure networks.
“In our ‘Understanding how infrastructure charges affect households’ research we simulated how different mixes of charging policies for electricity, transport and drinking water would affect households on different incomes,” says Green.
“This showed that lower-income households are disproportionately impacted by increasing fixed charges like daily charges for water and electricity or car registration fees. Fixed charges are the same no matter what income you’re on, so for low-income households, a fixed charge will take a larger proportion of the household income.
“The research project also looked at public transport and found that reducing public transport fares currently benefits higher-income households more than lower-income households. This is because the 8% of New Zealand households that pay for public transport tend to have higher incomes. In part, this is because public transport timetables and routes tend to support those commuting to city centres.
“Our research shines a light on the impacts of different payment methods on New Zealand households, so that infrastructure providers and the government can make informed decisions about how to price infrastructure services and assist households in need,” says Green.
The research forms the final part of the Te Waihanga research programme ‘What’s fair when it comes to paying for infrastructure’. Other research in this programme revealed how much New Zealanders spend on infrastructure services as well as what they think is fair when it comes to paying for infrastructure.
Read the ‘Understanding the impact of infrastructure charges on households’ report as well as other research from ‘What’s fair when it comes to paying for infrastructure’ on the Te Waihanga websitehttps://tewaihanga.govt.nz/our-work/key-topics/what-is-fair-providing-and-paying-for-infrastructure
Key findings from the ‘What’s fair when it comes to paying for infrastructure’ research programme include:
  • The average New Zealand household sp

Consumer Security – Join Consumer NZ’s call to stamp out scams

Source: Consumer NZ

Consumer NZ is launching a petition calling on the government to step in and force banks, digital platforms, and telcos to do more to stamp out scams.

Over the past 12 months, 50% of households reported being targeted by a scammer, totaling over 1 million households in New Zealand. As many as 185,000 households were scammed out of their hard-earned money during the same period.

Consumer’s research found that all New Zealanders are at risk of being scammed, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, income, or educational attainment.

“New Zealanders are not adequately protected against the growing threat posed by these invisible criminals who are constantly looking for new ways to part them from their hard-earned dollars,” said Jessica Walker, campaigns manager at Consumer.

According to the advocacy organisation about $200 million was stolen from scam victims in 2023.

“Scammers and scams have evolved to the point they pose a risk to everyone who uses mobile phones, email addresses, social media accounts or the internet in general.

“Many people recognise that scams are a significant problem, but no one is taking the lead and demanding action. There's power in numbers, so we're asking New Zealanders to get behind this cause and push the government to introduce greater scam protections,” said Walker.

“Countries that are taking this threat seriously include Australia, Singapore and the UK. Governments there are upping the ante to protect their citizens, and we are asking the coalition here to do the same.”

Consumer’s petition is calling for:

banks to refund scam victims unless the victim has been grossly negligent
a national anti-scam framework requiring banks, telcos and digital platforms to take action against scams and outlining their liability if they fail to meet their obligations
a centralised anti-scam centre where relevant organisations work together to keep us safe.

“Anti-scam centres are being run by governments in Singapore and Australia, but the government here has left it to businesses to regulate themselves. It’s not enough,” said Walker.

Manaaki Tāngata | Victim Support told Consumer that as scams are becoming increasingly sophisticated, it believes society's response to fraud victims needs to evolve too.

“The impact of fraud can be life-changing for victims, with devastating financial, emotional, social and psychological consequences. Yet, New Zealand's response to fraud victims lags behind our attitude towards other crime victims, including what fraud victims are entitled to under the Victims' Rights Act,” said Dr Petrina Hargrave, GM for advocacy and strategy at Victim Support.

According to Dr Hargrave, crime happens because of criminals, not because of victims.

Consumer is urging New Zealanders to sign its petition and call on the coalition to step in and stamp out scams: https://consumernz.cmail19.com/t/i-l-flyurlt-irhdjtyhkl-t/

Consumer NZ is an independent, non-profit organisation dedicated to championing and empowering consumers in Aotearoa. Consumer NZ has a reputation for being fair, impartial and providing comprehensive consumer information and advice.

Gaza – UN ceasefire resolution must be enacted immediately to protect children from further violence and starvation – Save the Children

Source: Save the Children

The UN Security Council’s decision today on a peace plan has the potential to be a welcome and long overdue lifeline for children in Gaza, said Save the Children. This resolution calls for a full and immediate ceasefire, safe and effective distribution of humanitarian assistance at scale throughout the Gaza Strip, and the release of hostages.
It is the obligation of all Member States to now turn these words into action, said the aid agency .
Tamer Kirolos, Save the Children Regional Advocacy Director for the Middle East, said:
“The resolution voted on today at the UN Security Council is a step in the right direction – the bare minimum children in Gaza expect from an institution that has fundamentally let them down.
“If today's proposal is not immediately accepted, the international community – the UN Security Council, General Assembly, and all its Member States – should take swift and robust and urgent action to ensure that a definitive ceasefire is implemented, and humanitarian access finally granted.
“It will still be too late for the tens of thousands of children who have been killed, maimed, abducted, displaced and starved, but it will save hundreds of thousands more.”

Social Issues – Radius Care Brings Elder Abuse into the Light with Powerful Art Installation

Source: Botica Butler Raudon Partners

Auckland, New Zealand – 11 June 2024 – Elder abuse is a silent crisis, affecting as many as one in ten older people in New Zealand, according to Te Tari Kaumātua, the Office for Seniors. But most cases of elder abuse remain unrecognised or ignored. Radius Care is bringing the issue of elder abuse out of the shadows and into the public eye through a confronting art installation called ‘Safety Net’ by artist Mandalina Stanisich.

The artwork provokes people into thinking about the hidden plague of elder abuse and what actions individuals can take to prevent and address it. By bringing this issue into the public eye Mandalina and Radius Care aim to foster greater awareness and intervention.

Elder abuse is rampant in New Zealand

Elder abuse manifests as everything from physical violence and financial exploitation, to psychological torment and neglect. The New Zealand Longitudinal Study of Ageing found that 10 per cent of people over 65 in our community experience abuse. Unfortunately, only one in 14 incidents are reported to agencies that can intervene and provide help. Many victims do not recognise themselves as such, making these statistics a grave underestimation of the problem.

Safety Net: An artistic call to action

Radius Care is determined to shine a light on elder abuse through the thought-provoking art installation, ‘Safety Net’ for this year’s World Elder Abuse Awareness Week.

The creator of ‘Safety Net’, artist and filmmaker Mandalina Stanisich, produces creative works that address pressing social issues. She began expressing her emotions through art following her mother’s death from a stroke.

The installation features a dummy covered in eye-catchingly bright crochet, to indicate diversity, and because many people associate crochet with the elderly. Suspended above Waitematā Britomart’s main train terminal from 10 to 16 June, the piece encourages people to look up, to take action and catch the elderly before they fall. An accompanying easel tells people how and where in the community they may be able to help.

“Radius Care is committed to ensuring that older New Zealanders age with dignity, respect, and the support they deserve. Elder abuse can be as dramatic as physical harm or as subtle as being someone who is ignored and lonely”, says Brien Cree, Executive Chair of Radius Care.

“It is challenging for older people to talk about abuse. Many obstacles prevent them from telling anyone – being socially isolated, having dementia or another illness. New Zealand is also culturally diverse, and it is especially hard for elderly people from some cultures to make complaints.”

Mandalina says: “Raising awareness for important social issues is my passion. Elder abuse is an unseen threat that affects so many New Zealanders. I am grateful for Radius Care’s support in making this project possible and for helping to spread the message of ‘Safety Net’. We are the safety net for our elderly, our loved ones. Elder abuse hides in plain sight, and we must help vulnerable Kiwis before they fall.

“Next time you see elderly neighbour or elderly loved one in your whānau, talk to them – never make assumptions that they’re doing as well as you think they might be.”

World Elder Abuse Awareness Week (15 to 22 June) is a global movement dedicated to raising awareness and combating elder abuse: ( https://boticabutlerraudonpartners.cmail19.com/t/y-l-meujjd-hljlkrlllr-i/ )

If you or someone you know is experiencing abuse or neglect, please call the free, confidential 24-hour helpline – 0800 326 6865 – to be directed to the nearest Elder Abuse Response Service.

For more images of the artwork, please click here: https://boticabutlerraudonpartners.cmail19.com/t/y-l-meujjd-hljlkrlllr-d/

Public Backlash – Giant March For Nature fills Queen Street to oppose Luxon’s fast track bill – Greenpeace

Source: Greenpeace

Over 20,000 people have turned out in Auckland today for the March for Nature to protest the Luxon Government’s fast-track bill and ‘war on nature’. The march is leaving Aotea Square now for Britomart and is being live-streamed at greenpeace.nz/live
Organisers say the protest march is one of the biggest in recent history.
Greenpeace Aotearoa executive director Russel Norman says, “Today we stood for nature. People from far and wide, from across the political spectrum marched, shoulder to shoulder, with the shared conviction that we reject this Government’s attacks on nature, on our democracy and on Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
“Aotearoa has a long history of peaceful protest. From Whina Cooper’s Land March and the Springbok Tour to the hikoi against deep sea oil and the March Against Mining, time after time, we have marched – shoulder to shoulder – and changed the course of history.
“Today, we have done that again. Christopher Luxon must now take heed of the wishes of an overwhelming majority of New Zealanders, and throw the fast track bill in the bin.
“Here on Queen Street, we see thousands of people speaking up with a single voice, but it’s just the tip of the iceberg. To ignore that would put this Government forever on the wrong side of history.”
Forest and Bird chief executive Nicola Toki, told the march, “Today people from all walks of life across Aotearoa New Zealand have come together and have collectively given nature a voice. They have made it clear that they will not tolerate precious and endangered wildlife being condemned to extinction. They won’t watch native forests be destroyed, or let rivers, lakes and oceans be polluted. They will fight for what we share as New Zealanders because it’s in our nature. They will fight for what we love.
“We have fought for te taiao nature before, and won. We care deeply because we know that nature is the foundation for everything. Nature is what makes us Kiwis. We can see a different future – one where our environment’s health protects us and lets us thrive in a climate-changed world. Where flourishing nature is our nation’s strength,” Nicola Toki said.
Mana Rākau spokesperson Zane Wedding says, “The fast track will not only affect forests in far-off places it will be the weight that forever holds the door open to the continued decimation of urban ngāhere and the destruction of our urban lakes river and Moana. The continued destruction of indigenous whenua on which you are standing right now. Mihi ki ngā mana whenua teahi kāroa o tēnei rohe whenua.
“Our government is failing us. So we will protect the whenua. We will protect Te Tiriti With kotahitanga. We will protect our forests and our birds outside and inside urban spaces, we will empower the people and fight for Papatūānuku – and that’s a fight that never

Auckland Issues – Alignment Needed for Introduction of Auckland Congestion Charges – EMA

Source: EMA

Auckland Businesses and commuters should welcome Auckland Council’s decision to progress congestion charging says the Employers and Manufacturers Association.
But the decision also highlights the alignment needed between the various central and local government agencies to take Auckland’s public with them warns EMA Head of Advocacy Alan McDonald.
“In the past month Auckland Transport and now Council’s Transport Sub Committee have made decisions around the design and implementation of congestion charging,” says Alan McDonald.
“But any scheme involving the motorways will have to have NZTA involvement and approval, Ministry of Transport has been working on how a scheme might work for several years and ultimately the decisions will have to be made at Central Government level by the Minister of Transport and for Auckland, Hon Simeon Brown.
“And so far, no-one, with the exception of Mayor Wayne Brown, has really begun the work of convincing Auckland residents why this is a good idea.”
McDonald says the EMA has long supported congestion (or Time of Use) charging as it will help maximise the use of existing motorway and arterial corridors around the slowly choking greater city area.
“An NZIER study we commissioned in 2019 put the cost of congestion to Auckland’s economy at up to $1.3 billion annually. It also found that businesses who need to travel in and around the city could benefit by getting one to two jobs per day back, rather than spending the time in traffic.
“More recently we’ve seen traffic monitoring data that indicates Aucklanders are losing 22 million hours per year out of their lives while they sit in traffic.
“That can’t continue.”
McDonald says there are significant social mobility and economic benefits to be gained by introducing these charges.
But any scheme is going to need to factor in both local roads and motorway charging, impacts on an already challenged city centre, social equity, technology challenges, costs of the scheme versus returns, what the actual charge might be, public transport alternatives and even using the charges to fund public transport.
“There’s a strong but complicated case for the charges but no-one has started the difficult task of taking Auckland’s ratepayers through that case.
“There are a number of organisations, like us, willing to support that case but someone’s got to lead and co-ordinate the case for charges. If it’s not done right this time it will be years before we can have another shot at introducing the charges.”

Government Cuts – Wellington rallying for people over profits – PSA

Source: PSA

Communities, unions, and advocacy organisations will hit the streets in Wellington on Saturday (8 June) rallying against cuts to public and community services and in support of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
This rally is for everyone who wants to see our people and planet put before private profits.
From the thousands of job losses to last week’s budget of a thousand cuts, the Government is taking resources from our communities and setting up businesses to profit from providing the services we rely on.
The rally will begin at Pukeahu War Memorial Park at 1pm. From there we will march through the city to Te Papa. This is a whānau-friendly, peaceful event.
What: Public rally – People over Profits: Stop the Cuts!
Where: Pukeahu War Memorial (marching to Te Papa)
When: 1pm, Saturday 8 June
The kaupapa of this rally are:
– Toitū Te Tiriti: Honour Te Tiriti o Waitangi
– Stop cuts to our public and community services
– Stop the corporate takeover of our government.
Supporters of the event
ActionStation, the Public Service Association Te Pūkenga Here Tikanga Mahi, The Tertiary Education Union, The Post Primary Teacher's Association, NZEI – Te Riu Roa, FIRST Union, Unite Union, Peace Action Wellington, Pōneke Anti-Fascist Coalition, Disabled People Against Cuts Aotearoa, 350 Aotearoa, Public Housing Futures, Renters United, NZ Nurses Organisation, MUNZ – Maritime Union of NZ, VUWSA, Free Fares Aotearoa, the NZ Council of Trade Unions, Unions Wellington, and fri

Lifestyle – Fung Shui expert: How to give your career the OOMPH it needs with work desk hacks

Source: Invigorate PR

Whether you are working from home or working at the office, your work desk plays a key role in your professional life.

According to Kellie Richardson, your work desk is integral to your career and financial success in more ways than you realise and it all comes down to the art of Fung Shui.

Kellie Richardson is a highly respected interior designer, creator of the term 'Botox for your home' and founder of Melbourne-based home design company Kurved by Design. Richardson emphasises that according to the principles of Feng Shui, there are simple things you can do to your work desk to create more energy and personal success.

Feng Shui is the ancient Chinese art of geomancy and it uses energy flow to harmonise and balance peace and prosperity in the home.

“As an interior designer, I am drawn to Feng Shui because integrating these elements into a home and your life creates a space that is not only harmonious but also extremely positive and aesthetic,” she said.

Trusted by clients and respected by those in the industry, Richardson is particularly well known for incorporating elements and principles of Feng Shui into her design concepts and she shares some of her tips on how to give your career the oomph it needs by changing up your work desk.

In 2020, Richardson won the global CEO Excellence award in 2020 for 'Best Property Styling and Interior Design Business'. She is regularly asked to comment on all matters relating to Feng Shui and the home.

“Organising your work desk using Feng Shui principles can help create a harmonious and productive environment,” Richardson said.

Richardson has outlined some tips to optimise your workspace according to Feng Shui.

Desk placement

“The location of your desk matters. Ideally you should position your desk so that you can see the door while working with your back to a solid wall. This is known as the 'command position' and helps you feel in control and secure. Avoid placing your desk directly in line with the door,” Richardson said.

Remove clutter

“Clutter is not good for the mind so it is good to keep your desk clean and free of clutter. Clutter can block the flow of energy (chi) and create feelings of stress and distraction. Use organisers, trays, and bins to keep everything neat and orderly,” Richardson said.

Follow the Bagua Map

“The Feng Shui Bagua Map divides your desk into nine areas, each associated with a different aspect of life. Arrange your desk items to align with these areas. Draw up an image of your desk and use a grid comprising nine areas to identify where to locate items,” Richardson said.

Wealth (upper left): Place a plant or a symbol of prosperity in this area

Fame (upper centre): Display your nameplate, awards or something that inspires recognition in this area

Relationships (upper right): Place photos or objects representing relationships in this area

Family (left centre): Use family photos or items that remind you of your support system in this area

Health (centre): Keep this area clear to represent overall well-being

Creativity (right centre): Place items related to creativity and inspiration, like art supplies or a journal in this area

Knowledge (lower left): Keep books, reference materials or educational tools here

Career (lower centre): Place your computer or items related to your career goals in this area

Helpful people and travel (lower right): Keep a phone, contact lists or symbols of travel and helpful individuals in this area of the desk.

Include natural elements

“It is important to incorporate natural elements into your workspace as this creates balance,” Richardson said.

“Look for things such as plants, wooden desk accessories or a bamboo item, a small water fountain or a picture of water, metal desk accessories or a metallic photo frame, earthy items such as stones, crystals or pottery and finally the fire element, a small lamp, candles (real or LED), or items in red or orange.”

Use colour

“Use colours that promote a calming and productive atmosphere. Light blues and greens are soothing, while shades of red and yellow can energise. Avoid overly dark or bright colours that might be distracting or overwhelming,” Richardson said.

Consider lighting

“Good lighting is essential for a positive work environment. Natural light is best, so position your desk near a window if possible. Supplement with a good quality desk lamp to avoid straining your eyes,” Richardson added.

Personalise your work desk

“Style your desk in a way that suits you. Personalise your space by adding personal touches that make you happy and motivated, such as family photos, artwork or inspirational quotes. However, keep it balanced to avoid clutter,” Richardson said.

Maintain air quality

“Clean fresh air is good for the mind. Keep the air fresh and circulating. If you are in an office and don't have control over the air flow, use air-purifying plants like spider plants, peace lilies or snake plants. Open windows when possible, or use an air purifier,” Richardson said.

Ergonomic setup

“Ensure your desk and chair are set up ergonomically to promote comfort and health. A comfortable workspace supports better energy flow and reduces physical strain,” Richardson said.

Maintain your workspace

“Regularly clean and reorganise your desk to keep the energy fresh and flowing. Remove items you no longer need and update your space as necessary to reflect your current goals and interests,” Richardson said.

Avoid a glass desk

“In Feng Shui, the choice of materials for your work desk is crucial because different materials can influence the flow of energy (chi) in your workspace. A glass work desk is generally not recommended in Feng Shui for several reasons,” Richardson said.

“Firstly, glass is considered cold and uninviting. Glass desks are seen as lacking in support and stability because glass is transparent and fragile. A solid, opaque desk provides a sense of grounding and stability, which is important for focus and productivity. If you have a glass desk, place a cloth over the top to cover the glass.

“Solid surfaces help contain and direct energy, whereas glass surfaces allow energy to pass through and dissipate. This can lead to a feeling of instability and scattered energy, making it harder to concentrate and be productive. By placing a cover over the glass, you are maintaining good energy flow which is critical for productivity and success.”

Richardson emphasised that by following these Feng Shui, you can create a work desk that enhances your focus, productivity, and overall well-being.

About Kurved by Design

Since 2016, Kurved by Design, founded by Kellie Richardson, has provided Melbourne with a range of home design services. The company umbrella comprises five different companies: interior design, property staging, retail furniture and homewares, property maintenance and its interior design academy. Its vast reach has made it a 'truly one-of-a-kind company. In 2020, Richardson won the global CEO Excellence award in 2020 for 'Best Property Styling and Interior Design Business'.

Reviews – PSA statement on Waikeria Prison riot review

Source: PSA

The PSA represents 4300 Corrections staff and is extremely proud of our members on the frontline in dealing with a serious and challenging situation which posed a significant risk to them and offenders.
The event unfolded rapidly and we want to acknowledge the efforts of staff who were directly involved in moving offenders to safety – their efforts undoubtedly saved many from serious harm.
The review recomm