Filmmaker Taika Waititi, former Police Commissioner Mike Bush and former All Blacks captain Kieran Read have been named 2020 Queen's Birthday Honours recipients. Hannah Peters/Kevin Stent/Gareth Cattermole Ex-All Black captain, Kieran Read, director Taika Waititi and former Police Commissioner Mike Bush. In 2006, he was made an Additional Member of the New Zealand order of Merit during the New Year Honours. AP Taika Waititi will direct and co-write a new Star Wars film. BAUER These are the reasons why Taika Waititi deserves our aroha.
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The Diamond Princess cruise ship arrives at Yokohama, Japan, in mid February. OPINION: Diamond Princess – two words to make travel agents and virologists alike break out in a sweat. Under quarantine in Yokohama harbour, passengers and crew diligently checked their temperature and reported any flu-like symptoms. By the time extensive swab testing for coronavirus was under way on the Diamond Princess, it was too late. That’s a crucial remaining question to answer to determine just how big a problem silent spreaders are.
READ MORE:* Auckland drought: Drier winter expected as businesses cut water use* Auckland drought: Little sign of relief for declining water supply* Auckland drought: Family shocked to see water levels at Waitākere Ranges damThis time it is worse. Auckland's water supply standard was upped after the nineties, when levels fell to 32 per cent in 1994. Then there is de-salination, turning salt water into pure drinking water, with six major plants nearby in Australia. Dominico Zapata/Stuff Around 30 per cent of Auckland's water is taken from the Waikato River through the Tuakau treatment plant. Watercare is taking non-drinking standard water from Western Springs to deliver to commercial users for cleaning or construction, big building firms are tapping into previously ignored small supplies.
Dame Karen Poutasi talks about the secret behind her successes. When Karen Poutasi found out she was being made a dame, it was a left-field surprise during lockdown. The former director-general of health, Poutasi has been awarded the honour for services to education and the state, for her work in health and as chief executive of the New Zealand Qualifications Authority. Robert Kitchin/Stuff Karen Poutasi has been honoured for her service to education and the State. In 2006, Poutasi was appointed Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to health administration.
So is now a good time to mention the D-word? Yet little – if anything – is mentioned directly about the terror that comes from this heightened awareness of death. The freedom that comes from accepting death. So freedom comes from accepting that we are going to die. But this unexpected and increased awareness of death in the Covid-19 world may fill us with terror.
The Government is going to fund only 10 Centres of Research Excellence. OPINION: The New Zealand Centres of Research Excellence (CoREs) are the creme de la creme of our research landscape. My own Bio-Protection Research Centre delivers pioneering research to reduce the impacts of pests, weeds and plant diseases on our country. Supplied New Zealand under-invests in blue sky research, writes Professor Philip Hulme of the Bio-Protection Research Centre. * Professor Philip Hulme is a project leader at the Bio-Protection Research Centre, and a distinguished professor of plant biosecurity at Lincoln University.
Will Rickerby stopped counting after he had built "well over 1000 traps" for community conservation groups in the top of the south. Rickerby started the restoration work in 1999 and now a "great little team" of around eight volunteers work in Wills Gully, maintaining tracks, planting trees and checking traps. The native bush has been regenerated, weeds and pests eradicated, new native trees planted and tracks built to enable walking access. A well-maintained section of native bush, thanks to the hard work of Will Rickerby and a number of other volunteers. "It's only 20 minutes up from suburbia and you can be in real, native bush, it is quite amazing really."
The Ōpārara Basin is just one of the many tourist attractions on the West Coast. It’s an incursion into the heart of public conservation law and values. Supplied The tan waters of the Ōpārara Basin, north of Karamea, on the West Coast. A 2018 application by Tourism West Coast, Development West Coast, and a local guided tours organisation secured the PGF money. They’ve been working in the official-sounding Ōpārara Arches Project Governance Group, which also hosts the economic development agency’s representatives.
Dannevirke stalwart Suresh Patel has been awarded a Queen's Service Medal for his services to the community and sport. A Tararua man devoted to sport and business in his community has been recognised in the Queen's Birthday honours. Dannevirke man Suresh Patel has been awarded a Queen's Service Medal for services to community and sport, having been involved in both for years. This weekend was to have been the 38th New Zealand Indian Sports Association national Queen's Birthday hockey tournament he'd attended, but it was cancelled due to Covid-19. He got into club cricket administration, became chairman of Dannevirke Cricket Association from 2002 to 2010 and had a short stint as chairman of Southern Hawke's Bay.
OPINION: You know things are getting back to normal when Winston Peters breaks coalition rank and starts agitating for trans-Tasman travel, and for the Government to go straight to level 1. Kevin Stent/Stuff Winston Peters' pleas to get straight to level 1 are an effort to distinguish NZ First from the Government. Hagen Hopkins/Getty-Images Shane Jones, Peters' sidekick in NZ First, shares a taste in baseball caps with new National Party leader Todd Muller. Kevin Stent/Stuff Jane Bowron: "Practising social distancing from your coalition partner in times like this is a risky option." National Party MPs bouncing off corridor walls to chime in with a miasma of misspeak made a mockery of the long-held belief that the Nats have a hardline adherence to the party faithful.
Peter Smale, of Motueka, has been appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to seniors, the community and horticulture. Abbeyfield New Zealand life member Peter Smale remembers the crippling effects of loneliness one woman faced before she moved into a home run by the non-profit organisation. In 2018, he received the Royal Patron's Award for his services to Abbeyfield. "You don't have to buy in and you don't have to sell at the end – it's a beautiful model." As well as a long link with Abbeyfield nationally, Smale has been heavily involved in the Motueka community.
Netball legend and real estate advocate Joan Harnett-Kindley says it was “always a battle’’ championing women in male-dominated worlds, but she's proud her work has been recognised. She has now been made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) for services to netball and the real estate industry in the 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honours. “The greatest moment for me was winning the World Cup in 1967.’’After her sporting career, she moved into real estate and again became a champion for women. “Similarly, in real estate it was a man’s world and there were just a handful of women. She has advocated for women’s health issues, represented Ngāi Tahu and influenced the rebuild of Christchurch after the 2011 Canterbury earthquakes.
Jim Thomas has been awarded a Queen's Service Medal for services to victim support and the community. Whether it's a 2am phone call to provide victim support or delivering firewood to families in need, Jim Thomas has been supporting the Marlborough community for 30 years. Thomas has been awarded the Queen's Service Medal for services to victim support and the community. He was employed with Victim Support Marlborough from 2001 to 2007 as a service co-ordinator and continued his involvement with the organisation as a volunteer and homicide specialist volunteer thereafter. From left, Charles Riley, Neville Lawson, Geoff Brown and Jim Thomas.
Dave Butler, founding chair of the Brook Waimarama Sanctuary Charitable Trust, has been recognised for services to conservation in the Queen's Birthday Honours. (File photo)Brook Waimarama Sanctuary founder David Butler says his Queen's Birthday award for his services to conservation is an honour and recognition of the other people behind the project. Butler, the founding chair of the Brook Waimarama Sanctuary Charitable Trust in 2004, was granted a Queen's Service Medal in the weekend's honours. READ MORE:* Brook Sanctuary boss stepping down but leaves with an enduring legacy* Brook Sanctuary to re-open to the public* Supporting sanctuaries close to homeButler was the chair of the trust for 15 years, finally stepping down in 2019, and was made a life member of the sanctuary. He said it was "lovely" to see national recognition for the sanctuary, which is the second-largest wildlife sanctuary in New Zealand and the largest in the South Island.
Many people want to continue working from home, at least part-time, following the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions but communication and workload issues must be addressed, a new study suggests. The survey showed organisations had successfully introduced working from home after little warning or preparation time, given the coronavirus pressures. And workload expectations and successful communication and collaboration would need to be addressed for working from home to continue. The survey results show that working from home was new to most people, and that 65% were optimistic they could continue some form of remote working, representing a big shift in work behaviour. The lack of traffic and the daily commute was seen as the biggest advantage of working from home.
Source:Otago Daily Times
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