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Published: 31 July, 2020

Aorere Predator Control - Notification of Imminent Commencement of Aerial Prefeed Application

25 July 2020
Vector Free Marlborough Limited (VFML) wishes to advise landowners and other interested parties that it will be commencing the aerial application of non-toxic prefeed bait to the Aorere portion of the Kahurangi predator control project area from dawn on 27/07/2020.
The aerial application of non-toxic prefeed bait is expected to take up to two days to complete subject to weather.  Should conditions on the day prove unsuitable, work will begin on the first fine day thereafter.  Further notification will be provided in the event of an extended delay occurring.
Non-toxic prefeed bait will be aerially applied onto the following walking tracks in the operational area:

  • Heaphy Track between Aorere road-end and Lewis Hut
  • Shakespeare Flat Track

All tracks will remain open for public use while prefeeding takes place, but the track users should exercise care when aircraft pass overhead as bait may be aerially sown without warning.  As a precaution do not look up when aircraft are passing overhead.
The Aorere operation is being carried out on behalf of the Department of Conservation as part of its Tiakina Ngā Manu programme to control a range of introduced predators threatening vulnerable native species.  These species include whio, rock wren, kea, kaka, great spotted kiwi, Powelliphanta snails and long-tailed bats.  Additional information and maps of the project area may be obtained from the DOC and VFML websites or by contacting VFML per the details below.
Further notification will be provided prior to the aerial application of toxin beginning.
For more information please contact:
Operation Controller - Aorere
Vector Free Marlborough Limited
PO Box 5171, Springlands, Blenheim 7241
Free phone:  0508 548 008
Vector Free Marlborough Limited (VFML) is proud to work alongside the Department of Conservation to deliver the 2019/20 Kahurangi project.  To learn more about our work please visit the VFML website.
Copyright © 2020 Vector Free Marlborough Limited, All rights reserved.

Published: 31 July, 2020

Te Pātaka

Tēnā koutou e ngā iwi o Te Tauihu o te Waka-ā-Māui

We all know whānau-led initiatives provide the best solutions, and in Waitohi and Wairau it’s plain to see.

Josh Joseph and the team around him at Te Pātaka Inc have been hard at work for months now, making sure no whānau goes hungry or cold. And in Waitohi, a rōpū at Waikawa Marae have also joined the cause, holding noho to prepare kai for distribution to whānau.

These are some great initiatives that build on the strong show of kotahitanga and manaakitanga demonstrated during the Covid-19 lockdown. Please find below further information that you might like to send out as a pānui to your membership. Let’s celebrate the good people working behind the scenes and also help spread the word so whānau know that help is on hand.
Nāku noa nā  

Dave Johnston
General Manager, Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Kuia


Kia ora Te Pātaka and Waikawa Marae!

Kai pai tō mahi alright! E te whānau, check out some of the great work happening across Te Tauihu.
In the Wairau, Josh Joseph and the team around him at Te Pātaka Inc have been hard at work for months now to make sure no whānau goes hungry or cold.

Last week, Te Pātaka was featured on Stuff and what a great and heartening story it was - you can have a look here

As Josh says, “Covid has illuminated the issues in our society and those whānau who were already struggling. Our mandate is that no whānau go hungry and this was backed by the [Te Tauihu] iwi chairs. Our ongoing vision is ‘Ka ora ai te iwi’ as it reflects us sustaining our people. It’s just not good enough that children in our community are going hungry, regardless of what the reasons are.”

Te Pātaka are now working to incorporate Whakatū Marae in Nelson and Te Āwhina Marae in Motueka as distribution centres as well.

Meanwhile in Waitohi, a rōpū at Waikawa Marae are also going hard catering for our most vulnerable and are working in with Te Pātaka as well. Last week kaimahi, rangatahi, whānau, whānui mā came together for part one of a series of noho to support them in planting, preparing, cooking and packaging kai for distribution to whānau. And already more than 130 meals have been made!

Allanah Burgess, Kaiwhakahaere at Waikawa Marae, said it was a kaupapa they strongly believed in, even in the reduced Covid-19 alert levels.

“We want to continue to show our people that we are here for them, we will support them through these unknown waters and ensure they have the means to stay strong and healthy for their whānau and the future generations of our people,” she says.

To get in touch with the team at Te Pātaka, you message them via Facebook. Go to

To get in touch with the team at Waikawa Marae, you can email or phone Allanah direct on 021 0838 0835.

Mauri ora!

Published: 21 July, 2020



Kia ora,


You may have read about the paracetamol tablet shortage already. This email message gives you more detail about the shortage and how it is being managed. Please forward on to your teams and health professionals within your organisations.



Paracetamol 500 mg tablet in short supply

The supplier API Consumer Brands has advised us that they continue to have a supply issue for paracetamol 500 mg tablets. These stock issues are due to the impact of COVID-19, which has decreased capacity at international manufacturing plants and made it difficult to obtain flights out of India to transport stock to Aotearoa, New Zealand.

COVID-19 is likely to have global impacts on medicine manufacturing and supply chains for the remainder of 2020 and beyond.


How much stock is available in New Zealand?

The supplier has advised us that stock for dispensing on prescription is likely to run out at the end of July. We are working with the supplier to source alternative stock. We have no visibility of stock levels in the retail sector, including in supermarkets.


What this means for whānau

This means some patients may find their pharmacy is unable to immediately fill their prescription for paracetamol 500 mg tablets.


Currently, Pharmacare paracetamol is the only contracted brand of funded paracetamol for prescription in the community. 


What PHARMAC-Te Pātaka Whaioranga is doing

We are working with the supplier on securing stock or alternative brands of paracetamol 500 mg tablets and will provide a further update when we have more information.


We restricted the dispensing of paracetamol 500 mg tablets in March because of ongoing supply issues caused by COVID-19, which means that Pharmacists can only dispense one month’s supply of paracetamol 500mg tablets.  We put this restriction in place on 9 March 2020. Many other medicines are returning to all-at-once dispensing on 1 August 2020  but paracetamol 500mg tablets will remain on one-month dispensing.


Information for pharmacists

We understand that some pharmacies may have already run out of stock of paracetamol 500mg tablets for prescriptions. The supplier is releasing the remaining stock they currently hold to the wholesalers. 


Pharmacists have asked if they can dispense loose tablets of paracetamol (pharmacode 2524147) from the 500mg tablet bottles instead of from the 500mg tablet blisters.  Pharmacists can only dispense the loose tablets from bottles if they comply with the requirements in Medicines Regulations relating to the labelling of safety containers. This means that they are required to have written authorisation from the authorised prescriber.

PHARMAC is not responsible for labelling requirements, so if you have any questions about labelling please contact Medsafe at the Ministry of Health by email,

Further information

Keep up to date via our website  If your question is not covered on the website please email

Published: 8 July, 2020



Members of your community now have the opportunity to learn those skills you realised you did not have during lockdown.

Available now

Mini Courses

We are offering 1:1 or group 2-hour sessions on subjects of your choice

Let’s know what interests you and we will arrange a tutor, venue and time with you free and in your community.

To book or enquire, contact Senior Net  Marlborough Sounds Secretary Ian Cameron  or 021 059 8713. (03) 574 2558

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