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Published: 15 July, 2019

Vehicle social leasing scheme

I am getting in contact because we are looking for participants for research around a vehicle social leasing scheme. We are hoping to find suitable participants by the end of this week.


The Consumer Protection team from MBIE are testing out an idea for preventing debt. It would be a solution to the cycle of unaffordable and unreliable motor vehicles on expensive finance.


We are looking to speak with people who would be a good fit for a social leasing scheme. People would lease a car– this means not owning the car, but there is no debt to pay off. All repairs, WOF and insurance would be covered under the flat weekly/monthly fee. We are looking for people who have had or are currently having to take out loans for car repairs, or have an unreliable or old car. We are particularly keen to speak with people who are in situations of hardship, find it difficult to access transport and really need a vehicle for their everyday life (for example, they are single parents, they have or live with people with disabilities, they need a car for their job or for other obligations).


The time period we will be meeting with people is between 15 - 19 July. A researcher can meet them at their home, workplace or wherever they feel comfortable for 1.5 hours, to talk about their experience with transport and thoughts on the details of a social leasing scheme. They will be compensated $150 for their time.


If they have any questions, or are interested in participating you may pass their information back to us, or pass our information on to them. The primary contact for this work is:

Taylor Ferrari

+64 27 628 1739

Published: 15 July, 2019

Te Uru Rākau opens second round of Forestry Scholarships

Te Uru Rākau opens second round of Forestry Scholarships


Applications have opened for the second round of Te Uru Rākau’s (Forestry New Zealand) Ngā Karahipi Uru Rākau scholarships.

The scholarships provide $8,000 a year to Māori and female students enrolling in either a Bachelor of Forestry Science or Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Forest Engineering at the University of Canterbury.

Scholarship recipients also receive a paid internship with Te Uru Rākau or other forestry employers.

“We developed the scholarships to encourage young and talented individuals into New Zealand’s growing forestry industry. In awarding our inaugural scholarships in 2018, we were delighted with the high calibre of applications we received and as a result of this, we ended up awarding double the number of scholarships planned last year,” says Julie Collins, head of Te Uru Rākau.

“This year we have a further 6 scholarships to award, and I strongly encourage anyone with a passion for forestry, who meets our criteria, to apply.”

“These scholarships are an investment in the future of our sector. We need to ensure we have the right skills in place to increase sustainability, productivity, and value in the forestry sector in the future and these scholarships are an integral part of achieving this,” says Ms Collins.

Te Uru Rākau will award 6 scholarships for the 2020 academic year. The inaugural round of scholarships saw 8 scholarships awarded. A further 8 will be awarded, next year, for the 2021 academic year.

Published: 15 July, 2019

Kaipupu Newsletter





Dear Rohe Management Office,


We are thrilled to have Imagine Films in Picton this Thursday (4th July) screening "Fools and Dreamers: Regenerating a Native Forest".  This 30-minute documentary tells the story of Hinewai Nature Reserve, on Canterbury’s Banks Peninsula, and its kaitiaki/manager of 30 years, botanist Hugh Wilson. We learn about the commitment of Hugh and the Maurice White Native Forest Trust to regenerate marginal, hilly farmland into native forest, using a minimal interference method that allows nature to do the work, giving life to over 1500 hectares of native forest, waterways, and the creatures that live within them.  You can view the trailer here: and book your tickets click here.


Also just a reminder that the Kaipupu AGM is coming up on Sunday 25th of August, 10 am at Picton Library.  Pete Hamill will be our guest speaker this year, talking on the recently launched Kotahitanga mō te Taiao Alliance, a collaboration of Nelson, Tasman, Marlborough, Buller and Kaikōura councils, the West Coast Regional Council, a number of iwi in the region and the Department of Conservation, all providing environmental leadership and co-ordination to protect and enhance the wider region's diverse flora and fauna.

If you are planning on attending please RSVP, Rachel - 027 692 3488 or or if you are interested in joining the management committee please also get in touch with me.  An official agenda will be sent out later this month, we look forward to seeing you there.


Kind regards,

Rachel Russell

Project Coordinator


Published: 15 July, 2019

Governance Bites Session 6: The Role of the Chair & Getting People Engaged

Session 6 of the popular Governance Bites series is coming up on Wednesday 3 July. This will take place in the Stubbs Lounge, Wesley Centre, 3 Henry Street from 5:30 to 7:30.


The Role of the Chair, and Getting People Engaged


Participation is the purpose. Otherwise you may as well send an email. Sounds good in theory, but how do you actually do it when there are so many barriers and habits conspiring to get in the way? 

This session will give you handy tips to get things done while you are having fun, overcome some of the most common barriers to participation, and use consensus in practice (without falling into 'group think').


This session will be led by Garth Nowland-Foreman, an experienced trainer and facilitator, and not-for-profit governance expert. Garth is a director of LEAD Centre for Not-for-Profit & Leadership



To register for this event, please visit the following link:


Future sessions:

  • Wednesday 7 August
  • Wednesday 4 September
  • Wednesday 2 October
  • Wednesday 6 November
  • Wednesday 4 December



Ngā mihi

Meg Martin

Room 5
25 Alfred Street, Blenheim 7201

Ph: 03 577 9388     


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