Established in 2010 and now becoming more renowned, Immigration New Zealand has introduced a new type of visa known as the ’Silver Fern’ visa.
The Silver Fern visa is designed to bring young skilled overseas workers into New Zealand and to correspondingly match the skills of the workers with the need of the New Zealand economy by allowing the skilled workers to remain in New Zealand after obtaining employment.
The visa allows people to enter New Zealand for nine months to search for skilled employment. With a limit of 300 places per year, the demand for these visas are very high. In 2011 the visas were all filled within the first thirty minutes of opening.
The Silver Fern visa makes a definitive pathway for those wanting to apply for residency or work visas. It gives the visa holders flexibility to work for any employer in any occupation and a chance to decide whether or not they would like to further their time in New Zealand.
To be eligible applicants must be outside of New Zealand, be aged between 20 and 35, and meet all of the qualifications requirements, English language requirements, and have enough funds to support themselves.
For more information on the Silver Fern Job Search Visa, please visit Immigration NZ’s website.
Overall the Silver Fern visas are a valid method for younger, educated people from overseas to come to New Zealand. With the market test now being waivered with the Silver Fern visa, employers now feel more motived to hire immigrants, making the visa both beneficial to the working immigrant and the employer.
135 pays ont été passés au crible pour la grande enquête « Global Gender Gap Report » du World Economic Forum. L’objectif ? Désigner les pays où il fait bon d’être une femme ! 14 indicateurs ont été évalués, selon quatre domaines clés : Les opportunités économiques, la qualité de l’éducation, la santé et la vie politique. Une note a ensuite été attribuée pour chacun des indicateurs, déterminant une note globale et donc, un classement.
La Nouvelle-Zélande est dans le peloton de tête, à la 6eme place des pays où il fait bon dêtre une femme, derrière 1er – Islande , 2ème – Finlande , 3ème – Norvège , 4ème – Suède , 5ème – Irlande. La France arrive seulement en 57eme position...
Lannée 2014 marquera le centenaire du début de la Grande Guerre (1944 à 1918). Ce sera un moment pour découvrir les histoires - et peut-être bien de nouvelles vérités - de la façon dont cette guerre a touché nos familles, communautés et lieux de travail. Sur le site internet WW100, vous pouvez vous inscrire et partager vos idées avec dautres. Vous pouvez également connaître le programme officiel des commémorations et des projets envisagés, ainsi que la chronologie de "la Nouvelle-Zélande en guerre".
Following a series of aftershocks that struck Canterbury this afternoon, the University of Canterbury as a precaution closed its campus and evacuated both Ilam and Dovedale sites. There were no injuries on campus or in the Halls.
The University campus will stay closed for the remainder of Monday 13 June and all day Tuesday 14 June. The Halls of Residence are operating as usual after inspection.
The University is undertaking building assessments to determine whether any additional building damage has been sustained and to ensure that health and safety requirements are met prior to allowing staff and students back on campus. A decision on the timing of campus re-opening will be made as soon as possible depending on the results of building assessments.
The University understands that students will have questions about the scheduling of tests this week and the exams to follow. UC is currently assessing the best way of proceeding and will advise students prior to re-opening campus.
A major search and rescue operation is underway in Christchurch this morning where at least 100 people remain trapped under rubble.
Construction workers and search and rescue specialists toiled under floodlights to dig out survivors and the dead from buildings flattened by the earthquake that ripped the city apart.
Dozens of search and rescue and medical staff have arrived to continue with the frantic recovery effort.
Yesterdays earthquake has claimed at least 65 lives and scores more are injured in what Prime Minister John Key says "may well be New Zealands darkest day".
At least 65 people are dead after the shallow 6.3 earthquake hit 10km southeast of the city, just before 1pm. There have been constant aftershocks, as powerful as magnitude 5.7. The latest significant aftershock measured magnitude 5.0 and hit at 7.43pm.
The death toll is already the second highest from a New Zealand earthquake - outranked only by the 256 people killed in the violent 7.9 1931 Hawkes Bay quake, whose 70th anniversary was marked earlier this month.
Police have reported "multiple fatalities" at several locations in the downtown area, including in buses crushed by falling buildings.
Buildings have been destroyed with at least 100 people believed to be trapped inside. Rescuers warned some people remained trapped overnight.
More bodies were likely to be pulled from the rubble of the Canterbury Television building which collapsed in the earthquake, a man involved in assisting rescue teams in their hunt for survivors said tonight.
The Southern Demolition employee, who did not want to be named, told NZPA rescue personnel pulled bodies from the rubble while he was assisting in the recovery effort.
"We were working on one side of the building and on that side we managed to pull one person alive but we also pulled out a body. On the other side they pulled out four or five - I dont know if they were dead or alive.
"It was awful," he said.
He said rescue personnel were risking their lives to jack up parts of the building allow members of urban search and rescue to look for survivors.
"Those guys are brilliant. They get in there where they shouldnt be and if they hear anything everything is turned off while they locate where the sound is coming from," he said.
A magnitude 6.3 earthquake has occurred 10km south-east of Christchurch at 12:51, February 22, 2011. Depth (focal depth): 5km.
There have been 21 aftershocks greater than M4, with 4 greater then M5.
Considerable damage has been reported in the Christchurch CBD and in Lyttelton. A more thorough assessment of the damage will completed over the next 24 hours. Rescue work is likely to take days to complete.
Aftershocks are likely to continue and this could lead to further building damage or collapse.
See also: http://canterburyearthquake.org.nz/
The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management (MCDEM) is assessing information with the assistance of scientific advisors and Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) Groups.
The National Crisis Management Centre has been activated.
- To minimise loading on the telecommunications network, people should use txt messaging to check if friends and family are safe
- There are reports of widespread building collapse (especially in the central city).
- There are 65 confirmed fatalities and numerous reports of injuries. This figure is likely to rise.
- The earthquake was felt widely across the South Island.
- Christchurch City declared a state of emergency at 1445 hrs.
- National agencies have been activated and are being coordinated via the National Crisis Management Centre.
- The National Crisis Management Centre is anticipating a need for temporary accommodation due to the extensive building damage.
Government help line
Call the Ministry of Social Developments Government help line 0800 779 997 for information about all government services and support.
Urban Search and Rescue
All 3 Urban Search and Rescue(USAR) teams are deployed. Task Force 2 (Christchurch) is operating at near full strength and non technical teams have also been deployed. Two USAR teams are on their way from Australia. New Zealand response teams are being mobilised to support USAR teams.
Hospitals and Medical Centres
Christchurch hospital is operational (contrary to some media reports) and one ward has been evacuated. Only attend A and E at the hospital if absolutely essential. For other injuries, contact your nearest after hours medical centre.
Emergency triage centres for the injured are operating at Latimer Square, Canterbury University and the Sanitarium Building in Papanui.
The District Health Boards are communicating to coordinate support requirements.
Hospitals in other areas are prepared to receive patients if required.
The welfare centre at Addington Raceway is closed due to high numbers.
Residents are asked to go to other centres at the following locations:
- Burnside School
- Papanui High School
- Lyttelton Recreation Centre
- Brooklands Community Centre
- Akaroa Senior School
Christchurch International Airport is open for emergency flights only.
The harbour is closed for at least 24 hours. Some wharves have sustained serious damage.
All highways are open apart from Lyttelton Tunnel, State Highway 74 and Anzac Avenue Bridge for which a detour is available. There are reports of major damage to local roads in the city and liquefaction and surface flooding. There are also some road closures in the Selwyn District.
Transpower reports that all supply is back in service. Orion is restoring power where possible and continuing to assess damage.
Vodafone and Telecom are advising customers to limit their calls or to use text only.
There are reports of broken water pipes and associated flooding. Water supplies have been disrupted throughout most of the city. If it rains, residents are asked to collect water in buckets if possible.
Continue to boil water.
Waste water (sewerage)
There are reports of broken water pipes and associated flooding.
People in the affected area should:
- Expect aftershocks. Each time one is felt, drop, cover, and hold on.
- Check yourself first for injuries and get first aid if necessary before helping injured or trapped persons.
- Assess your home or workplace for damage. If the building appears unsafe get everyone out. Use the stairs, not an elevator and when outside, watch out for fallen power lines or broken gas lines. Stay out of damaged areas.
- Look for and extinguish small fires if it is safe to do so. Fire is a significant hazard following earthquakes.
- Listen to the radio for updated emergency information and instructions.
- Do not overload phone lines with non-emergency calls.
- Help people who require special assistance - infants, elderly people, those without transportation, families who may need additional help, people with disabilities, and the people who care for them.
It is recommended that people stay home, no work or school for 3 days and please keep travel to absolute minimum.
Detailed safety advice will come from local authorities and emergency services in the area. People should act on it promptly. MCDEM, local civil defence authorities and scientific advisors are closely monitoring the situation.
This advisory has been issued to all local civil defence authorities, emergency services, other agencies and media.
The 25-year stand-off with the United States over New Zealands no nukes policy is all but over.
American Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will make a "significant announcement" about a new, warmer relationship between the two countries, on her visit to New Zealand next month.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the US State Department are working on the wording of the announcement, which will be made jointly with Prime Minister John Key. It is expected to include new levels of security cooperation.
The Herald on Sunday encountered retired senior diplomat Brian Lynch - now director of Victoria Universitys New Zealand Institute of International Affairs - arriving at Washington DCs Dulles International Airport on Sunday, and he is likely to contribute to discussions with US officials and analysts.
Ernest Bower, a director of the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, said in DC today that he had been briefed on the planned announcement.
He expected it would be a significant step towards ending the chill, though it was unlikely to formalise any new military alliance. Anzus, the three-way alliance between the US, Australia and New Zealand, is not expected to be renewed.
Instead, New Zealand and the United States are likely to lift the ban on joint military exercises and operations - a ban that the two countries have already sidestepped on a number of occasions.
Mr Bowers said he would like to see Barack Obama speed up moves to free trade as well.
"Im frustrated that a guy with the communication skills of Barack Obama has not taken the opportunity to sell an issue like trade to the Americans," he said.
"If you dont engage with the world your children are going to be at a competitive disadvantage in the future."
The thaw in the chilled relationship began three years ago when George W Bush was president, but Clintons visit will formalise the new relationship.
There is no suggestion that New Zealand will agree to visits from nuclear-powered or nuclear-armed warships or submarines. Indeed, the USA removed nuclear weapons from all its surface vessels some time ago.
Mr Bower said the two countries needed to gradually build up confidence in a renewed relationship, allowing their defence forces to work together on tasks as diverse as Pacific regional maritime security, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.
"We want to move the relationship to a new level," he said. "This will be a significant announcement."
He said the relationship with Australia was already "rock solid", based on common values and common interests. New Zealand and the US needed to work towards the same goal. "But whats missing is theres a trust gap from the end of the alliance."
Prime Minister John Key announced tonight that The Hobbit movies - a $670m project - will be made in New Zealand.
Government ministers - including Economic Development Minister Gerry Brownlee and Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Chris Finlayson - and Warner Bros executives have been locked in negotiations all day.
Mr Key made the announcement at a press conference this evening. Tomorrow morning he is due to leave for Vietnam for the East Asia Summit.
"I am delighted we have achieved this result, said Mr Key. "Making the two Hobbit movies here will not only safeguard work for thousands of New Zealanders, but it will also follow the success of the Lord Of The Rings trilogy in once again promoting NZ on the world stage."
The Government will introduce legislation tomorrow to clarify the distinction between independent contractors and employees as it relates to the film industry only.
"The industrial issues that have arisen in the past several weeks have highlighted a significant set of concerns for the way in which the international film industry operates," Mr Key said.
"We will be moving to ensure that New Zealand law in this area is settled to give film producers like Warner Bros the confidence they need to produce their movies in this country.
"This will guarantee the movies are made in New Zealand," he said.
Tax rebates will also be changed for Warner Bros, which will mean up to an extra US$7.5m per movie for Warner Bros, subject to the success of the movies.
The Government and Warner Bros agreed to work together in a "long-term strategic partnership" to promote New Zealand as both a film production and tourism destination," said Mr Key.
"My Government is determined to use the opportunity that the Hobbit movies present to highlight New Zealand as a great place to visit, as well as a great place to do business," he said.
The Government will offset US$10 million of Warner Bros marketing costs as part of the strategic partnership.
New Zealand will also host one of the world premieres of the Hobbit movies.
"Its good to have the uncertainty over, and to have everyone now full steam ahead on this project," said Mr Key.
The Tutukaka Coast is one of the top three coastlines in the world, according to the prestigious National Geographic Traveler.
The coastline was named equal second best with the Pembrokeshire coast in Wales and pipped for the top spot by the remote, austere Avalon coast on Canadas Newfoundland.
Like dumb blondes and branding experts, sport is full of contradictions.
The world sees Australia as a “dumb blonde”, attractive but shallow and unintelligent, according to English branding expert Simon Anholt.
Anholt didn’t explain how he knows this. Nor did he attempt to reconcile it with his earlier claim that the movie Croco-dile Dundee made the world see Australians as “funny, courageous and clever”.
Perhaps Crocodile Dundee II and Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles undid much of the original’s good work. Or perhaps completely contradicting yourself isn’t the exclusive prerogative of dumb blondes.
Australia may be perceived as Goldie Hawn, but when it comes to sport she’s more like Sigourney Weaver in the Alien movies. Even as Anholt was dropping his dumb-blonde bombshell, his compatriots were yet again choking on Australia’s dust at the Commonwealth Games.
Delhi was the sixth Commonwealth Games in a row at which Australia topped the medal tally. Australia won exactly twice as many gold medals as England, despite having less than half the population. Canada and Australia are roughly similar in population and wealth, yet there was no comparison in their respective medal hauls: Australia won 74 golds and 177 medals overall to Canada’s 26 golds and 76 overall.
To match Australia’s performance on a per capita basis, New Zealand would have needed to win 15 gold medals rather than six, although our overall medal tally of 36 was on a par. The Silver Ferns’ victory over Australia in that epic netball final was particularly sweet, balancing out the heartbreaking loss in the women’s hockey final. But overall, this was another Games at which the other participants struggled to emerge from Australia’s shadow.
Incidentally, the Silver Ferns’ triumph would have only increased the uneasiness of those who fear that the All Blacks’ recent dominance of the Wallabies is too good to be true, and is setting us up for a karmic banana skin at next year’s World Cup. Going into the Games, the Ferns had lost 14 of their 22 encounters with the Aussies since beating them in the final at the 2006 Melbourne Games.
Like dumb blondes and branding experts, sport is full of contradictions. Momentum and psychological advantage are critical, yet history means nothing and with each successive victory a winning streak comes closer to an end.
One key to the Australian sporting psyche is that they accentuate the positive and refuse to dwell on the negative, which for their newspapers means burying adverse results in a briefs column on an inside back page.
If the final Tri Nations game in Sydney had resulted in the All Blacks’ 10th consecutive loss to the Wallabies, Messrs Henry, Hansen and Smith would have sought political asylum in North Korea rather than returning home to face the music. The stadium of four million, as we’re supposedly going to be during the World Cup, would have become a lynch mob of four million. The Aussie take was that the narrow loss was proof the Wallabies are closing the gap and on track to overtake the All Blacks by September 2011 – as has been the plan all along.
Australia’s swag of gold was deprived of some of its gloss when its cricketers lost to India in a test series that clearly engaged the man in the Indian street far more than the event into which his government had sunk billions. Australia has dropped to fifth in the international rankings, its lowest position since ratings began in 2003 and the first time it has been ranked lower than England.
But England, which begins its defence of the Ashes in Brisbane next month, would be wise to banish all that from its mind. Another key to the Australian sporting psyche is its ability to learn from failure and use it as motivation.
Our neighbour’s re-emergence as a sporting powerhouse can be traced back to the setting up of the Australian Institute of Sport after its dreadful showing at the 1976 Montreal Olympics. The respective gold-medal tallies then were New Zealand two, Australia 0.
Some enterprising New Zealand students are entering an international competition to design and build a solar-powered house.
Energy from the sun is free, clean and, with a few billions years’ life left in our star, effectively endless. Efficiently harnessing solar energy is one of the most promising solutions for a future less dependent on carbon-based or environmentally damaging energy sources. New technologies are constantly being developed to harness the sun’s energy, with innovations like photovoltaic paint and glass windows containing dye-sensitised solar cells adding to established products like photovoltaic cells and solar reflectors. But how effective are the products commercially available today? A team of young New Zealanders is finding out, with its project to heat and power a 70sq m Kiwi bach using only the sun’s energy.
New Zealand producers are trying to get Americans to splash out on their more expensive wines.
New Zealand wine is making it really big in the US, right? Nobilo Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc overtook Kendall Jackson and Clos du Bois, both from California, last year to become the biggest-selling sauvignon blanc in America. And in restaurants across the country, the most frequently poured imported sauvignon blanc is Whitehaven Marlborough.
Chris Lynch has a more sobering analysis. Formerly managing director of Pernod Ricard NZ – owner of Montana and Corbans – he returned to California in 2007 to run his own small winery, Mutt Lynch. Consumers are discovering Marlborough sauvignon blanc in grocery stores, says Lynch, but “these sales are increasingly being driven by larger New Zealand wine companies, or larger US/international wine companies selling their own New Zealand wine brand”.
Nobilo, owned by US liquor giant Constellation, is an example, as is Whitehaven, part-owned by California’s biggest winery, E & J Gallo.
The recent glut of Marlborough sauvignon blanc, combined with the economic recession, has made it difficult for our wine producers to maintain their prices. Sherry-Lehmann, a famous New York wine store, last year was given an opportunity to slash its price on Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc. The wine flew out the door, discounted from US$34.95 to US$19.95.
But at the lucrative top end of the American market, our wines are still largely unknown, says Lynch. Opinion leaders – wine writers, sommeliers, fine wine retailers – are well aware of Kiwi sauvignon blanc, and to a lesser extent pinot noir, but they know nothing of our other major varietal wines and blends, such as chardonnay, pinot gris, merlot/cabernet and syrah.
New Zealand’s conspicuous success with sauvignon blanc in the US$10-15 category actually makes it harder to stir up interest in our greatest sauvignon blancs, according to Lynch. He believes New Zealand’s best chance of cracking the top-end market is with pinot noir, since American red-wine lovers are accustomed to paying relatively high prices for pinot noir from Burgundy and Oregon.
So how should New Zealand woo the big spenders? Lynch suggests “converting key US influencers to New Zealand advocates”, by offering master classes for sommeliers and buyers and sending them on trips down under. Above all, “there is a need to develop a group of leading brands and work together …”
And that is what is happening. Gerry Brownlee, Minister for Economic Development, last month announced a Government plan to boost wine exports, including $1.2 million backing for an initiative to push high-end wine into the US.
At promotions in New York, San Francisco and Chicago, pinot noir will lead the charge. Project chairman Steve Smith, of Craggy Range, says: “We have given ourselves two years to convince the sommeliers, wine buyers, collectors and media that New Zealand makes some of the finest wines in the world.”
The 21 wineries in the initiative – all New Zealand wineries were invited to participate – will match the Government’s financial contribution. The selected producers managed to convince a panel that they had enough time and money to put into the US market, had existing distribution channels and were champions of “must-have” regions or wine styles.
Setting out to seduce America’s finest palates are: Kumeu River (Auckland); Vinoptima (Gisborne); Craggy Range, Trinity Hill (Hawke’s Bay); Ata Rangi, Escarpment, Palliser (Martinborough); Neudorf (Nelson); Cloudy Bay, Nautilus, Saint Clair, Seresin, Spy Valley, Vavasour, Villa Maria (Marlborough); Muddy Water, Pegasus Bay (Waipara); and Amisfield, Felton Road, Mt Difficulty, Quartz Reef (Central Otago).
Pernod Ricard NZ, our largest producer, is not involved, seeing better opportunities in the US$10-20 category. Nor is high-flying Te Mata Estate, in Hawke’s Bay, which finds other markets more rewarding.
Steven Spielberg recently ordered five cases of Trinity Hill Homage Syrah 2007, which sells in New Zealand for $120 a bottle. “Hopefully he’ll share some with his friends in high places,” enthuses winemaker John Hancock.
The University of Otago is one of the founding members of the Matariki Network of Universities (MNU), a select international group of outstanding universities. The seven founding partners in this network are Dartmouth College in the USA; Durham University in England; Queen’s University in Canada; University of Otago in New Zealand; University of Tübingen in Germany; University of Western Australia in Australia; and Uppsala University in Sweden. The MNU has been established to enable the universities to enhance diversity, to share ideas and expertise, and to learn international best practice from each other, recognising the shared commitment to an ethos of excellence in research, scholarship and rounded education. Members of the MNU have come together for a range of activities, including enhanced student exchange, development of joint postgraduate programmes, social responsibility projects, research collaboration, visiting fellowships, staff exchange and secondments, benchmarking and sharing of best practice, and cultural and sporting activities.
Of particular note, and in line with the theme of “Partnering for a better world”, an annual research meeting will be held with representatives from each member university, focusing on a topic of global importance.
A team from Victoria University of Wellington has taken out top honours in the worlds second largest university debating tournament. The team of three students won the 2010 Australasian Intervarsity Debating Championships by defeating Auckland University in the Grand Final on Wednesday night in Auckland. One hundred teams from all over the Asia-Pacific region took part in this years tournament.
The Victoria team comprised Stephen Whittington (a sixth-year Law and Classical Studies student), and third-year students Udayan Mukherjee (Philosophy) and Ella Edginton (Law and Politics).
Victoria successfully affirmed the motion "That the International Criminal Court should allow for the prosecution of crimes against the earth" in the Grand Final, winning in an 8-1 decision in front of nearly 500 people at the SkyCity Theatre.
This is the first time Victoria has won the tournament since 1998 and its fourth win since 1975. Victoria is the only New Zealand university to have ever won the tournament and has reached the Grand Final in three of the last four years.
The captain of the Victoria team, Stephen Whittington, was named as the second best speaker of the 300-person tournament and also won the Jock Fanselow Cup for being the best speaker in the Grand Final.
The winning Victoria team knocked a second Victoria team out in the semi-finals of the competition. The captain of the second Victoria team, Seb Templeton (a fifth-year Law/Computer Science student) was named as the tournaments eight best speaker.
Alongside the Australasian Trophy, the Victoria University of Wellington Debating Society also holds the Joynt Scroll (for prepared debating in New Zealand), the Officers Cup (for impromptu debating), and the Vice-Chancellors Cup (for British Parliamentary debating).
The Australasian Intervarsity Debating Championships (Australs) is the world’s second-largest debating tournament and is equal in prestige to the World Debating Championship. Over its thirty-year history, Australs has developed wide appeal. It regularly attracts 400 competitors from across the Asia-Pacific region, including Australia, New Zealand, Singapore,Thailand, Hong Kong, China, Japan, India, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines.
The tournament is the most intellectually demanding in the world. It is recognised for its high standards of both debating and adjudication. Teams have just 30 minutes to prepare a case on topics ranging from regional politics and international economic policy to sport, culture, and religion.
The tournament is renowned for confronting the most challenging issues in global and regional policy. For example, in the 2009 tournament held at Monash University in Melbourne, teams debated topics ranging from the right to tertiary education, to restricting the power of trade unions in response to the global financial crisis.
The cultural diversity of the teams coupled with the wide range of topics makes Australs one of the most remarkable social, intellectual and cultural exchanges available to any university student in the Asia-Pacific region.
During the eight gruelling preliminary rounds, over 100 teams will face each other. The top 16 teams will then advance to the knockout tournament rounds, commencing with the Octo-finals and progressing through to the sponsored Semi-finals. The highly anticipated Grand Final marks the conclusion of the tournament, with the winners being crowned Australasian Champions 2010.
The tournament also includes a range of social events, showcasing the best of Auckland’s nightlife. Events are planned at various iconic Auckland venues and guest speakers will include prolific regional and national personalities.
Members of the public, and students and staff of The University of Auckland are welcome to attend the following events:
Friday 2 July - Sunday 4 July: Preliminary rounds of debates, 9am-5pm
The 300 debaters will face off against each other in the nine preliminary rounds of debates held over three days. The debates will take place at The University of Auckland Business School and lecture theatres nearby. Come along to the Fisher & Paykel Lecture Theatre in the Business School at any time to find out where some great debates will be held.
Saturday 3 July: Womens debate, 7pm
The annual women’s night is a highlight event of the tournament and reflects a commitment to equality and diversity within society. The will feature the best female speakers from the tournament as well as a prominent guest speaker from the community. The debate will take place at the Holy Trinity Cathedral, Parnell and will be followed by refreshments.
Monday 5 July: Comedy debate, 7pm
The Test Debate is a comedy evening that features a debate between an Asian team and an Australia/NZ team. The Hon Rodney Hide MP will chair the debate. Six of the tournament’s most entertaining speakers will debate the motion This House Believes that New Zealand should become a seventh state of Australia. The debate will be held at Met&Code Bar on Shortland Street in Auckland’s CBD.
Wednesday 7 July: Grand final debate, 6pm.
The Skycity Theatre will host the epic final debate to decide the 2010 Champions. We expect a packed house of 700 debaters, students and members of the public. The Governor General will welcome audience members and competitors and then chair the debate. The evening will conclude with a prize giving and speeches.
The University of Auckland secured a notable victory over the visiting Stanford University mens rugby team on 22 June, winning 29-22 with a last minute try that highlighted an entertaining afternoon of sport.
The University of Auckland team comprised players from the under-85-kilogramme team, and the under-19 and under-21 age group teams from the Auckland University Rugby Football Club.
The win was secured on the back of a whole-team effort, with both the forward pack and the backs playing enterprising rugby. The man of the match was awarded to University of Auckland player Matthew Mattich, the inaugural recipient of the John Drake Memorial Scholarship. Matthew scored the first and last tries for the Auckland team on the back of strong periods of dominating forward play.
The Stanford team, playing their first game of a two-week tour of New Zealand, opened the scoring with a well-constructed try that came as the result of a strong forward pack. The team had previously been touring Fiji, playing a number of matches against local rugby sevens sides, and is now continuing its tour of New Zealand, which includes fixtures against other university club teams in Wellington and Canterbury.
Stanford Director of Rugby, Jonathan Griffin, spoke highly of the effort and attitude of both teams on the field. "Both teams played positive, high tempo rugby. Our team thoroughly enjoyed playing a quality opposition and hope that we can play more matches like this one in the future".
The curtain-raiser to the main match saw the Stanford Women’s team defeat a Women’s select XV comprising students and players from the Auckland University Rugby Football Club. The score was 20 - 14.
Sports Manager Tim Brightwell was confident that this match would be the first of many. "The University has a strong role in a number of international academic networks and there is no reason we can’t reach out to these partners on the sporting fields as well".
High waves wash over the island of Takuu and flood a classroom, photo by Jeffrey Holdaway
The feature documentary There Once was an Island: Te Henua e Nnoho directed by Elam graduate and Fulbright scholar Briar March and produced by University of Auckland staff member and FTVMS alumnus Lyn Collie will have its NZ premiere in Auckland at the New Zealand International Film Festival later this month.
The film follows the lives of three people in a unique Pacific Island community as they face the first devastating effects of climate change, including a terrifying flood. Will they decide to stay with their island home or move to a new and unfamiliar land, leaving their culture and language behind forever?
Graham Gordon, subject of alumnus Tom Reillys documentary
"Council nemesis, freedom fighter and social revolutionary; Graham Gordon is one of the unique characters of the Waitakere Ranges. Gordonia is the story of his kingdom of junk and used cars, populated by the homeless, disenfranchised and discarded. It is also a breathtaking and heartfelt account of humanity at its raw and confronting best. The West has never been wilder than in this beautifully crafted documentary." - Mayor Bob Harvey
Award winning director Tom Reilly studied English and Classics at the University, and taught himself filmmaking with gear from the Universitys AV department. His documentary is being screened as part of this years Auckland International Film Festival.
La Nouvelle-Zélande va signer laccord de Copenhague sur la lutte contre le changement climatique et entend maintenir son objectif de réduction des émissions de gaz à effet de serre, annonce le gouvernement.
Bien quaucun objectif chiffré et contraignant nait été adopté à lissue de la conférence, qui sest déroulée en décembre dans la capitale danoise, laccord constitue une étape constructive, estime Nick Smith, ministre du Changement climatique, dans un communiqué.
"Sassocier à cet accord renforce lengagement de la Nouvelle-Zélande à assumer sa juste part de la résolution de ce problème mondial", poursuit-il.
La Nouvelle-Zélande sest engagée en août à réduire ses émissions de gaz à effet de serre de 10 à 20% dici 2020, avec 1990 pour année de référence, à condition quun accord international ayant pour objectif de limiter à 2°C le réchauffement moyen de la planète par rapport à lère industrielle soit conclu et que dautres Etats prennent le même engagement.
Laccord de Copenhague invitait les Etats signataires à présenter leur plan de réduction des émissions avant le 1er février. Leurs engagements actuels ne sont pas suffisants pour limiter le réchauffement à 2°, estiment les experts.
En vue de renforcer les liens bilatéraux entre la France et la Nouvelle-zélande dans les domaines éducatif, sportif et culturel, le Fonds d’Amitié France-Nouvelle Zélande attribue une bourse d’étude de 10.000 € à un étudiant français porteur d’un projet d’étude en Nouvelle Zélande.
Elle prendre effet pour la rentrée universitaire de février 2010.
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