‘State actor’ makes cyber attack on Australian political parties

Source: The Conversation (Au and NZ) – By Michelle Grattan, Professorial Fellow, University of Canberra

“A sophisticated state actor” has hacked the networks of the major political parties, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has told Parliament.

Recently the Parliament House network was disrupted, and the intrusion into the parties’ networks was discovered when this was being dealt with.

While the government has not identified the “state actor”, the Chinese are being blamed.

Morrison gave the reassurance that “there is no evidence of any electoral interference. We have put in place a number of measures to ensure the integrity of our electoral system”.

In his statement to the House Morrison said: “The Australian Cyber Security Centre recently identified a malicious intrusion into the Australian Parliament House computer network.

“During the course of this work, we also became aware that the networks of some political parties – Liberal, Labor and the Nationals – have also been affected.

“Our security agencies have detected this activity and acted decisively to confront it. They are securing these systems and protecting users”.

The Centre would provide any party or electoral body with technical help to deal with hacking, Morrison said.

“They have already briefed the Electoral Commissions and those responsible for cyber security for all states and territories. They have also worked with global anti-virus companies to ensure Australia’s friends and allies have the capacity to detect this malicious activity,” he said.

“The methods used by malicious actors are constantly evolving and this incident reinforces yet again the importance of cyber security as a fundamental part of everyone’s business.

“Public confidence in the integrity of our democratic processes is an essential element of Australian sovereignty and governance,” he said.

“Our political system and our democracy remains strong, vibrant and is protected. We stand united in the protection of our values and our sovereignty”.

Bill Shorten said party political structures were perhaps more vulnerable than government institutions – and progressive parties particularly so.

“We have seen overseas that it is progressive parties that are more likely to be targeted by ultra-right wing organisations.

“Political parties are small organisations with only a few full-time staff, they collect, store and use large amounts of information about voters and communities. These institutions can be a soft target and our national approach to cyber security needs to pay more attention to non-government organisations,” Shorten said.

ref. ‘State actor’ makes cyber attack on Australian political parties – http://theconversation.com/state-actor-makes-cyber-attack-on-australian-political-parties-111993

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Health check: will eating nuts make you gain weight?

Source: The Conversation (Au and NZ) – By Elizabeth Neale, Career Development Fellow (Lecturer), University of Wollongong

The Australian Dietary Guidelines recommend we eat 30g of nuts – a small handful – each day. But many of us know nuts are high in calories and fat.

So should we be eating nuts or will they make us gain weight?

In short, the answer is yes, we should eat them, and no, they won’t make us gain weight if eaten in moderate amounts. The fats in nuts are mostly the “good” fats. And aside from that, our bodies don’t actually absorb all the fat found in nuts. But we do absorb the nutrients they provide.

Read more: Five food mistakes to avoid if you’re trying to lose weight

Dietary fat: friend or foe?

Nuts do contain fat, and the amount of fat varies between nut types. For example, a 30g serving of raw cashews or pistachios contains around 15g of fat, whereas the same amount of raw macadamias contains around 22g of fat.

There are different kinds of fats in our diet and some are better for us than others. Nuts contain mainly monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. These types of fats are known as “good fats”. They can help lower cholesterol when we eat them in place of saturated fats.

The type of fats present varies between nuts. For example, walnuts are rich in polyunsaturated fats, whereas other types of nuts such as hazelnuts and macadamias have more monounsaturated fat.

What the evidence says

Even if the type of fat in nuts is good for us, they are still high in fat and calories. But this doesn’t mean we should be avoiding them to manage our weight.

Studies that looked at people’s eating habits and body weight over a long period have found people who regularly eat nuts tend to gain less weight over time than people who don’t.

Nuts are a healthier option for a snack than many processed alternatives. From shutterstock.com

We see a similar pattern in clinical studies that asked people to include nuts in their diets and then looked at the effects on body weight.

A review of more than 30 studies examined the effects of eating nuts on body weight. It did not find people who ate nuts had increased their body weight, body mass index (BMI), or waist circumference, compared to a control group of people who did not eat nuts.

In fact, one study found that when people ate a pattern of food aimed at weight loss, the group of people who ate nuts lost more body fat than those who didn’t eat nuts.

Read more: Got high cholesterol? Here are five foods to eat and avoid

Let’s nut this out

There are several possible explanations for why eating nuts doesn’t seem to lead to weight gain.

  1. We don’t absorb all of the fat in nuts: The fat in nuts is stored in the nut’s cell walls, which don’t easily break down during digestion. As a result, when we eat nuts, we don’t absorb all of the fat. Some of the fat instead is passed out in our faeces. The amount of calories we absorb from eating nuts might be between 5% and 30% less that what we had previously thought.

  2. Nuts increase the amount of calories we burn: Not only do we not absorb all the calories in nuts, but eating nuts may also increase the amount of energy and fat we burn. It’s thought this may partially be explained by the protein and unsaturated fats in nuts, although we don’t yet know exactly how this occurs. Increases in the number of calories burnt can help us maintain or lose weight.

  3. Nuts help us feel full for longer: As well as fat, nuts are rich in protein and fibre. So, nuts help to keep us feeling full after we eat them, meaning we’re likely to eat less at later meals. Recent studies have also suggested providing people with nuts helps improve the overall quality of the types of foods they eat. This may be because nuts replace “junk foods” as snacks.

  4. People who eat nuts have healthier lifestyles in general: We can’t rule out the idea that eating nuts is just a sign of a healthier lifestyle. However, randomised controlled trials, which can control for lifestyle factors like eating habits, still find no negative effect on body weight when people eat nuts. This means the favourable effects of nuts are not just the result of nut eaters having healthier lifestyles – the nuts themselves play a role.

Read more: Want to improve your mood? It’s time to ditch the junk food

Overall, the evidence suggests nuts are a healthy snack that can provide us with many of the nutrients our bodies need. We can confidently include the recommended 30g of nuts a day in a healthy diet, without worrying about the effect they will have on our waistlines.

ref. Health check: will eating nuts make you gain weight? – http://theconversation.com/health-check-will-eating-nuts-make-you-gain-weight-108491

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Curious Kids: what makes a shooting star fall?

Source: The Conversation (Au and NZ) – By Lisa Harvey-Smith, Professor and Australian Government’s Women in STEM Ambassador, UNSW

Curious Kids is a series for children. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, send it to curiouskids@theconversation.edu.au You might also like the podcast Imagine This, a co-production between ABC KIDS listen and The Conversation, based on Curious Kids.

What makes a shooting star fall? – Katelyn, age 7, Adelaide.

Hi Katelyn,

Thanks for asking your fantastic question.

I’ll bet you’ve looked up at the night sky and seen lots of stars. They are beautiful aren’t they? Each star is a huge glowing ball of gas, just like the Sun. Stars look much smaller and fainter than our Sun because they are very far away.

Despite their name, shooting stars are not stars at all. They are tiny space adventurers who accidentally wander into our sky and get sucked toward us by the Earth’s gravity.

Let’s look at the journey of one of these adventurers. I’ll call her Gemma.

Read more: Curious Kids: Why do stars twinkle?

Once upon a time there was a tiny speck of dust — space dust — called Gemma. For many years she had spent her time wandering carefree through space and dancing around the planets and the stars.

One day, Gemma noticed a light in the distance. “What’s that?”, she wondered to herself. As she got closer, she saw a beautiful vision of a blue planet, hanging in space like a marble, covered with swirling colours of blue and white. “Wow! That’s the planet Earth,” she said to herself. “Just like I have read about in my books!” (In this story, specks of space dust read books just like you and me).

Gemma, is that you? Ralph Arvesen/Flickr, CC BY

After spending so long floating through the darkness of space, Gemma felt a strange attraction towards this beautiful new distraction.

It wasn’t just the fascination of Earth. It felt like an invisible force was bringing her slowly closer and closer to this bright globe of light.

The pull of gravity

As Gemma flew closer, she realised that she was being pulled towards the Earth by the force of gravity. “I’ve read about this in my books,” she thought, remembering that gravity is the same force that keeps humans standing on the Earth instead of floating away. The bigger the planet, the stronger its gravity.

As she neared the planet, Gemma could now see the outline of the oceans and the clouds and the sun glinting off the sparkling water.

Suddenly, she noticed the blackness of space was turning into a beautiful blue sky. She had entered the atmosphere of Earth! She had read that the atmosphere was a thick blanket of air, more than 100 kilometres thick that wraps around the surface of our planet and allows all the animals and people to breathe.

As she encountered the air, Gemma felt the chill of deep space subside. She started to feel as warm as a summer’s day. As she jostled and bounced through the air like an aeroplane, she started to glow with an energy and light that she had not felt before. “This must be friction, making me warm — just like the friction when I rub my hands together!” she thought to herself. A lot of friction can make things glow, and Gemma started to glow brighter and brighter.

As her speed increased, Gemma felt like she was on a roller coaster. “Wheeeeeeee!!” she called out with excitement, as she rocketed towards the blue planet, shining like a beautiful, bright star.

All the children on Earth looked up and were very excited to see Gemma, the shooting star from outer space, racing down to join them on Earth. She was just as excited to see them, and to have new friends on this beautiful planet Earth.

Next time you see a shooting star, say hello to Gemma!

Read more: Curious Kids: what’s it like to be a fighter pilot?

Hello, curious kids! Have you got a question you’d like an expert to answer? Ask an adult to send your question to curiouskids@theconversation.edu.au


Please tell us your name, age and which city you live in. We won’t be able to answer every question but we will do our best.

ref. Curious Kids: what makes a shooting star fall? – http://theconversation.com/curious-kids-what-makes-a-shooting-star-fall-111068

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Poll wrap: Labor’s lead narrows to just 51-49 in Ipsos, but is it an outlier?

Source: The Conversation (Au and NZ) – By Adrian Beaumont, Honorary Associate, School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Melbourne

An Ipsos poll conducted for Nine newspapers – previously Fairfax papers – gave Labor just a 51-49 lead, a three-point gain for the Coalition since the last Ipsos poll in mid-December. Primary votes were 38% Coalition (up two), 33% Labor (down four), 13% Greens (steady) and 16% for all Others (up two). The poll was conducted February 12-15 from a sample of 1,200.

This is the narrowest lead for Labor in any national poll since Scott Morrison replaced Malcolm Turnbull. The movement towards the Coalition will be attributed to Labor’s support for the Medevac bill, which saw the Coalition defeated in the House of Representatives on February 12.

Ipsos has a reputation for being volatile, and it always has the Greens too high. Both the volatility and the high Greens vote may be explained by Ipsos being the only live phone pollster in Australia – Newspoll, Essential and ReachTEL use either robopolling, online methods or a combination.

49% approved of Morrison’s performance (up two), and 40% disapproved (up one), for a net approval of +9. Bill Shorten’s net approval was down three points to -12. Morrison led Shorten by 48-38 as better PM (46-37 in December). Ipsos gives incumbent PMs far better ratings than Newspoll.

Labor’s Chris Bowen was preferred as Treasurer over incumbent Josh Frydenberg by a narrow 31-30 margin – a strong result for Bowen on an issue that is usually perceived to favour the Coalition. Voters trusted Labor by a 49-34 margin over the Liberals to respond to the banking royal commission. Labor’s proposal to abolish franking credit cash refunds was opposed by 43-40; last week’s Newspoll had opposition at 44-35.

Read more: Poll wrap: Labor maintains Newspoll lead but Morrison’s ratings up, and Abbott behind in Warringah

While the Medevac bill could have assisted the Coalition, a Queensland YouGov Galaxy poll, conducted February 13-14 – at about the same time as Ipsos – gave federal Labor a 52-48 lead.

At the 2016 election, the Coalition’s Queensland two party vote was 3.7% higher than its national vote, and in 2013 the difference was 3.5%. Even in 2007, when Queenslander Kevin Rudd was very popular, the Coalition still performed 2.3% better in Queensland than nationally.

If the Queensland Galaxy result is correct, Labor is very likely ahead nationally by at least 55-45, in contrast to Ipsos. YouGov Galaxy is the pollster that conducts Newspoll.

While the Queensland Galaxy suggests that Ipsos is an outlier, we cannot know until we get more polls. Next Sunday night’s Newspoll release will be keenly anticipated.

Queensland Galaxy: 52-48 to federal Labor

A Queensland Galaxy poll for The Courier Mail, conducted February 13-14 from a sample of 810, gave federal Labor a 52-48 lead, a two-point gain for Labor since November. Primary votes were 35% LNP (down three), 34% Labor (steady), 10% Greens (up one), 8% One Nation (down one) and 5% for Clive Palmer’s United Australia Party (up four).

The Coalition holds eight Queensland seats by margins of 4% or less. This poll implies a 6% swing to Labor in Queensland since the 2016 election.

The Coalition led Labor by 44-29 on best plan for border security and asylum seekers. This question did not ask about the medevac bill. It is a general question on an issue where the Coalition is perceived to have an advantage.

In the state politics part of this poll, primary votes were 35% Labor (down one since November), 35% LNP (up one), 11% Greens (steady), 8% One Nation (down two) and 4% Katter’s Australian Party (steady). No two party estimate was given, but Labor was ahead by 52-48 or 53-47.

48% approved of Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s performance (steady) and 38% disapproved (up one), for a net approval of +10. Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington’s net approval fell ten points to -4. Palasczuk had a 47-27 lead as better Premier (43-26 in November).

At the November 2017 Queensland election, One Nation contested 61 of the 93 seats and won 13.7% of the statewide vote – their vote would probably have been about 18% had they contested every seat.

Read more: Labor wins a majority in Queensland as polling in Victoria shows a tie

In both the state and federal polls, One Nation is down to 8% in Queensland. I believe One Nation has been identified as a right-wing party, not a populist party. Under Turnbull, there was space to the Coalition’s right, but with Morrison that space has been reduced.

National Essential: 55-45 to Labor

Last week’s national Essential poll, conducted February 6-11 from a sample of 1,067, gave Labor a 55-45 lead, a three-point gain for Labor since Essential’s late January poll. Primary votes were 38% Labor (up two), 34% Coalition (down four), 10% Greens (steady), 7% One Nation (steady) and 11% for all Others (up two). This poll was taken before the medevac bill passed the House.

28% thought the banking royal commission would lead to significant changes in the way banks operate, 47% thought it would lead to minor changes and 25% no real difference.

Showing disillusion with both sides of politics, 27% trusted Labor to implement the royal commission’s recommendations, 23% the Liberals and 35% thought there was no difference, with another 15% undecided.

By 59-11, voters agreed that Morrison should not end parliament before it deals with the royal commission’s recommendations. By 55-15, they agreed that the banks have more power than politicians, and will find a way to block meaningful reform.

Newspoll economy questions

In additional questions from last week’s Newspoll, Morrison led Shorten by 48-33 on more capable of handling the economy (50-32 in October). In general, incumbents benefit from this type of question, and the economy is perceived as a strength for the Coalition. The 15-point gap is narrower than any Turnbull lead over Shorten on this question in the six times it was polled while Turnbull was PM.

33% thought the government should prioritise increased funding of government services, 30% paying down government debt and 27% cuts to personal income tax.

The Westpac February consumer confidence rebounded to 103.8, up from 99.6 in January – the first month since late 2017 the index had fallen below 100. While Australian economic data for December has been weak, stocks have continued to rise.

NSW Essential: 51-49 to Labor

The New South Wales election will be held on March 23. An Essential poll, conducted February 6-11 from a small sample of 544, gave Labor a 51-49 lead. Primary votes were 39% Coalition, 36% Labor, 9% Greens and 8% One Nation. Premier Gladys Berejiklian had a 35% positive rating, 25% negative. Opposition Leader Michael Daley had a 27% positive rating, 20% negative.

ref. Poll wrap: Labor’s lead narrows to just 51-49 in Ipsos, but is it an outlier? – http://theconversation.com/poll-wrap-labors-lead-narrows-to-just-51-49-in-ipsos-but-is-it-an-outlier-111980

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[Events] New Zealand Cultural Sector – Nominations are open for the 2019 Prime Minister’s Awards for Literary Achievement

Source: Creative New Zealand | Toi Aotearoa

Nominations are now welcome for the 2019 Prime Minister’s Awards for Literary Achievement.

Creative New Zealand is inviting nominations for writers who have made an outstanding contribution to New Zealand literature in the categories of non-fiction, poetry or fiction. Writers can also nominate themselves. $60,000 is awarded in each genre.

Those nominated must be New Zealand citizens or residents.

This year Creative New Zealand has improved the process for nomination and selection to give greater transparency and accuracy of information. Nominators must now include a statement of up to 500 words about why they are nominating a writer. Please refer to our website for all the information regarding the new nomination process.

The nominations are assessed by an external panel of literary experts who then forward their recommendations to the Arts Council of Creative New Zealand for approval.

The awards are presented by the Prime Minister in a formal ceremony later in the year.

In 2018 poet, publisher and librettist Michael Harlow received the award for Poetry; critic,curator and poet Wystan Curnow for Non-Fiction; and dramatist and fiction writer Renée for Fiction.

As Renée says, “Shine a light e hoa, nominate a writer for this amazing award.

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Papuans plan to boycott Indonesian elections, say independence activists

Indonesian People’s Front for West Papua spokesperson Surya Anta (centre) speaking at LBH Jakarta last week. Image: CNN Indonesia

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West Papuan people will not take part in Indonesia’s 2019 presidential and legislative elections, say the Indonesian People’s Front for West Papua (FRI-WP) and the Papuan Student Alliance (AMP).

This is because they accuse the Indonesian government of illegal political practices in Papua, of failing to uphold the rights of the Papuan people and because both presidential candidates have a bad track record on Papua.

“Indonesia is a state which since the declaration of the Trikora operation on December 19, 1961, has conducted illegal political activities in the territory”, said FRI-WP spokesperson Surya Anta at the Jakarta Legal Aid Foundation (LBH Jakarta) offices in Central Jakarta last week.

READ MORE: Surprise at no mention of Papua in presidential hopefuls’ speeches

“Because of this we are taking a position and declaring that we will not take part in the 2019 presidential or legislative elections,” he said.

Anta explained that what they mean by the territory of West Papua was an area extending from Numbai to Merauke, Raja Ampat to Baliem and Biak Island to Adi Island.


The groups also believe that the contestants in the 2019 election on April 17 are the same as those in previous elections where candidates are only interested in gathering votes from the Papuan people.

However, there has been no effort by the legislative, presidential or vice-presidential candidates to uphold the rights of the West Papuan people, they say.

Maintaining colonialism
Speaking in the same vein, Student Struggle Center for National Liberation (Pembebasan) national collective secretary-general Samsi Mahmud said that the Papuan people were not interested in the 2019 elections.

Aside from Indonesia’s illegal political activities, according to Mahmud none of the political parties are articulating the wishes of the Papuan people and the elections are only aimed at maintaining the practice of colonialism.

“[The elections] are a tool for the colonial government to put local power holders in place to safeguard their interests”, said Mahmud.

AMP member Erepul Sama said there was no difference between the two presidential candidates, incumbent President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Prabowo Subianto, particularly in their handling of human rights violations.

“Prabowo himself has a bad track record in Papua such as the Mapenduma incident. But this doesn’t mean that Jokowi is any better”, said Sama.

“Jokowi has allowed human rights violations to occur again and again, for example in the bloody Paniai case which has still not been resolved”, he added.

Aside from declaring that they will not take part in the 2019 elections, the FRP-WP and the AMP made three other demands:

  • West Papuans be given the right to self-determination,
  • All organic and non-organic troops be withdrawn from Papua, and
  • Journalists be given free access to Papua.

Operation Trikora was declared by Indonesian founding President Sukarno in the Central Java city of Yogyakarta on December 19, 1961.

It was an Indonesian military operation aimed at harassing and forcing the Dutch out of Netherlands New Guinea in 1961-62 rather than one intended to suppress a nascent independence movement.

The Mapenduma operation was a botched rescue operation in the remote Mapenduma area of West Papua led by then Kopassus commander Prabowo Subianto in 1996 to secure the release of World Wildlife Fund researches taken hostage by the Free Papua Movement.

The attempt ended in a military attack on Geselema village resulting in the death of up to eight civilians.

On December 8, 2014, barely two months after Widodo was sworn in as president, five students were killed and 17 others seriously injured when police and military opened fire on a group of protesters and local residents in the town of Enarotali, Paniai regency.

Shortly after the incident, Widodo personally pledged to resolve the case but four years into his presidency no one has been held accountable for the shootings.

Translated by James Balowski for the Indo-Left News Service. The original title of the article was “Golput, Aktivis West Papua Tuding Jokowi Prabowo Sama Saja”.

Article by AsiaPacificReport.nz

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New Zealand Events – GHOSTEMANE Announces New Zealand Tour 2019

Source: LiveNation

AUCKLAND, NZ (Feb 18, 2019) – GHOSTEMANE has been infecting his rap with his stark industrial darkness since he first started releasing music. That darkness lands in Auckland for his first ever New Zealand show on May 21.
The rapper and producer is known for fusing together hip hop, industrial, and metal, most recently on his 2018 album N / O / I / S / E. He’s racked up hundreds of millions of streams across songs such as “Nihil,” “Mercury:Retrograde,” “Andromeda,” “1000 Rounds” (w/ Pouya),” and “Flesh.”
Tickets for all shows go on sale at 11am, Thursday February 21.
My Live Nation members can secure tickets first during the exclusive pre-sale beginning 10am Wednesday 20 February, until 10am Thursday, February 21.
Growing up in Florida, Ghostemane (Eric Whitney) was originally a guitar player for hardcore and doom metal bands. Whitney moved to Los Angeles, California after starting his career as a rapper and eventually finding success in the underground.
Whitney was introduced to rap music when he was the guitarist in the hardcore punk band Nemesis and a bandmate introduced him to Memphis rap.
Whitney graduated from university after studying astrophysics. In 2015, Whitney moved to Los Angeles, California due to his music not thriving in Southern Florida, giving up his employment at the same time.
Meeting up with JGRXXN, Whitney joined his collective Schemaposse which included artists such as the now-deceased Lil Peep and Craig Xen.
In April 2016, Schemaposse disbanded leaving Whitney not associated with any group. Whitney eventually began to associate with fellow Florida rapper Pouya. Their friendship resulted in “1000 Rounds” a song that has amassed over 50 million streams across platforms.
In 2018 Whitney released his 10th album, N / O / I / S / E (No One Is Safe from Evil). The album has a very dark and aggressive style and it deals a lot with self-harm, self-mutilation, agoraphobia, and many other issues Ghostemane has dealt with personally.
Ghostemane draws his influences from a vast array of content including psychedelics, Nine Inch Nails, OutKast, medieval magic, occultism, and Ancient Egyptian books.
See Ghostemane’s mesmerizing blend of lyrical, machine-gun flows and catchy mantras this May.


Live Nation pre-sale begins 10am Wednesday, February 20 until 11am Thursday, February 21.
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New Zealand Recreation Sector – The great outdoors and safety go hand in hand – Get Outdoors Week (15-22nd February 2019)

Source: Water Safety New Zealand (WSNZ)

The inaugural Get Outdoors Week (GO Week) led by the Mountain Safety Council (MSC) and Water Safety New Zealand (WSNZ) is about encouraging families to get out and enjoy the great outdoors well prepared and informed.

While concerns around safety may put some parents off heading out on an adventure, GO Week is about making sure people get the information they need so they can get out and enjoy the natural beauty of Aotearoa safely and with confidence.

GO Week is an annual week-long initiative jointly developed by New Zealand’s outdoor recreation, outdoor safety and tourism community. We are truly blessed in this country with stunning natural landscapes and waterways and GO Week is about encouraging families to get out and see their country.

When it comes to enjoying the outdoors with your children around our beaches, lakes and rivers Water Safety New Zealand’s key water safety message is – constant active adult supervision at all times. If you are in or near the water always keep your little ones within arms reach.

Ameliaranne Ekenasio, mother, Central Pulse and Silver Fern netballer and WSNZ ambassador is an advocate of getting outside and enjoying the water with your children.

“The number one thing is just being present. Always being alongside your child enjoying each other’s company, enjoying these experiences together. That is the best way to keep them safe” says Ameliaranne.


CEO Jonty Mills says while the focus of WSNZ is drowning prevention people should be encouraged to get out and enjoy New Zealand’s beautiful waterways safely.

“New Zealand has such stunning outdoor environments. It’s about being aware of the risks and being well informed and prepared so that you make smart safe decisions.”

Mike Daisley, CEO of MSC says it’s all about enabling the best outdoors experience for the participant. “At the heart of the week is ensuring participants explore the great outdoors, especially those who might have been a bit unsure how to go about planning for an outdoor adventure.”

There are Go Week events being held around the country to educate and inform people about how to enjoy the outdoors safely.

Go Week has a s big social media element so you can share your adventures using the hashtag #GOWeekNZ and using GOWeekNZ stickers, gifs and you can also earn badges.

Head to www.goweek.org.nz for all the detail.
@GetOutdoorsWeek on Facebook
@getoutdoorsweek on Instagram
@GetOutdoorsWeek on Twitter

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New Zealand Social Media Sector – Social media can improve lives post-disaster – new research

Source: University of Canterbury

Newly published research has shown the important role social media can play supporting health and wellbeing following a disaster.

The All Right? wellbeing campaign was created in 2013 to support people’s mental health and wellbeing following the devastating Canterbury earthquakes in 2010 and 2011. Research on the impact of the campaign’s social media activity was recently published in the journal Health Promotion International.

Paper co-author, University of Canterbury Associate Professor of Marketing Ekant Veer, of the College of Business and Law, says the All Right? campaign’s approach to social media ticked all the right boxes.

“While social media provides a great platform to have a conversation with a community, a lot of the time it can fall flat or feel preachy,” says Assoc Prof Veer.

“What All Right? has shown is that by getting the tone right, tapping into people’s everyday experiences, and alternating between engaging and specialised content, social media can be a force for good.”

According to the research, 85% of respondents to an online survey had taken action as a result of what they had seen on the All Right? Facebook page.

Almost all respondents agreed that the All Right? Facebook posts:

·         were helpful (98%)

·         made respondents think about how they are feeling (97%)

·         gave respondents ideas of things they can do to help themselves (96%)

·         regularly made them think about their wellbeing (93%).

“The Facebook page goes far beyond simply telling people what’s good for them. It’s led to actual behaviour change that is improving the wellbeing of people in Canterbury,” he says. “The level of behaviour change that All Right? has achieved is phenomenal.”

All Right? manager Sue Turner says Facebook has helped to open up and normalise conversations about health and wellbeing.

“Everyone is an expert in their own wellbeing, and Facebook enables us to gather people’s own ideas on what makes them happy, and amplify these wide and far. It’s created a community of people who feel more connected, more accepted and more informed.”

The research demonstrates the importance of mental health promotion, Ms Turner says.

“Facebook is one of many tools All Right? uses to grow understanding of how people can look after their wellbeing. Growing emotional literacy can encourage you to do more of the things that make you feel good, improve your quality of life, and help to reduce the need for service-level care.

“Social marketing can never replace specialist mental health services, but it can play a much bigger role in building resilience and promoting mental health and wellbeing across a population.

“As the evaluation shows, when done properly, social media can make a really positive difference in people’s lives,” says Ms Turner.

About All Right?

The All Right? campaign was established in response to the impacts of the Canterbury earthquakes on the wellbeing of Cantabrians. The campaign is a joint project between the public health unit of Canterbury District Health Board and the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand.

Calder K., D’Aeth L., Turner S., Begg A., Veer E., Scott J. and Fox C. (2019); ‘Evaluation of the All Right? Campaign’s Facebook intervention post-disaster in Canterbury, New Zealand’, Health Promotion InternationalDOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/heapro/day106

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New Zealand Online Sector – Vodafone Smart N9 products help parents keep kids safe online

Source: Vodafone

As another school year starts, Vodafone is helping parents by offering smart devices which will allow children to explore the internet and enjoy their device safely and securely.

The Vodafone Smart N9 and Vodafone Smart N9 lite devices have a range of parental controls that will allow children to use their devices while staying safe online.

Vodafone Consumer Director, Carolyn Luey explains the need for these capabilities in smart devices today.

“Keeping kids safe online is one of the most difficult tasks for parents these days. There are a lot of single-feature parental control apps out there, but there are very few solutions that are robust enough to cover the growing needs of parents in terms of online child safety. We’re proud to be one of the few.

“In this day and age, children are digital natives and are able to access content on the internet. With the Vodafone Smart N9 range, we’re giving parents the ability to do things like restrict access to certain apps and set time restrictions so that their children are safe,” Luey said.

Along with the restriction capabilities, these devices also have a range of emergency and safety controls. Children are able to share their location with parents or family members when travelling alone using the Google Maps location feature, and can even set up Emergency Mode which allows users to quickly contact friends or family members in emergency situations.

“Vodafone is about keeping Kiwis connected but we also want to give everyone peace of mind by ensuring the safety of our more vulnerable customers. These devices address the common concern of a child having access to inappropriate content, and are perfect first phones,” Luey said.

List of product features on the Vodafone Smart N9 and the Vodafone Smart N9 lite are:

·         Application access control: Allows parents to restrict access to installed apps such as the apps store, games or the Internet

·         Device access control: Allows parents to completely disable access to the device for a specific time period each day (without restricting calls)

·         Force ring: Allows incoming calls from specified contacts to ring at full volume, even if the child’s phone is on silent

·         Share My Journey: Allows the child to share their location with parents or family members when traveling alone, using the Google Maps location feature.

·         Emergency mode: Emergency distress messaging in times of need (e.g. SOS messages which can be sent to up to five pre-selected emergency contacts)

To find out more about the Vodafone Smart N9 range, head tohttps://www.vodafone.co.nz/vodafone-smart/

About Vodafone NZ:

Vodafone is a leading digital services and connectivity company, with the ambition to bring digital inspiration and innovation to all New Zealanders. For more information, please visit:http://www.vodafone.co.nz.

MIL OSI – Source: MIL Tech and Events