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Clean Up Our Coast programme
What do a car bumper, a syringe, a toothbrush, a cow tag and half a sponge mattress have in common? They have all been cleared away from New Zealand’s coastline through the ‘Clean Up Our Coast’ programme, an environmental initiative of the Sir Peter Blake Trust.
Having turned two years old in October, this enormously important initiative celebrates the collaboration of the Sir Peter Blake Trust and the Spirit of Adventure Trust. Volunteers choose a coastal region and clear away rubbish while logging the results. Although the majority of the clean-ups are done by crews onboard the Spirit of New Zealand sail training ship, other community groups and schools are beginning to take part.
Rubbish facts – did you know?
There have been 41 clean-ups conducted in the period August 2004 to April 2006. More than 455,670 square metres of coast have been cleared from areas varying in size from 240 to 60,000 square metres.
With summer and the holiday season almost upon us, the Trust hopes that the data gathered during cleaning will help educate people to become more responsible with their waste.
How can you become more involved?
Sir Peter Blake Trust – What’s happening in 2007
2 April – Nominations for the Blake Medal and the Sir Peter Blake Leadership Awards open
4 May – Applications close for the Antarctic Youth Ambassador Award
31 May – Nominations for the Blake Medal and the Sir Peter Blake Leadership Awards close
11 July – Applications close for the Sir Peter Blake Environmental Educator Award
28 July – The Sir Peter Blake Leadership Awards dinner
28 July-3 August – New Zealand Leadership Week
NBR New Zealand Opera 2007 season
The 2007 opera season looks to take its audience on a fantastical journey spanning time and continents; from the wilds of the Scottish highlands to the mystery of ancient Peking.
The NBR New Zealand Opera calendar will be offering two main stage productions in 2007. The first, Gaetano Donizetti’s Lucia Di Lammermoor explores the age-old adage of star-crossed lovers based on Sir Walter Scott’s The Bride of Lammermoor. Lucia has fallen in love with Edgardo, whose family are the bitter enemies of her own. When her brother learns of the secret love affair, the wheels of fate are set in motion, the lovers are tricked and Lucia must agree to an arranged marriage to another man … driving Lucia to a desperate act.
The second production, Giacomo Puccini’s Turandot, takes the audience into the twisted world of the icy princess Turandot, who ensures potential suitors’ defeat by demanding they answer three impossible riddles on pain of death. Upon solving the riddles, a young foreign prince decides to undertake a battle of wits with Turandot, with thrilling results.
With 2006 seeing a total of 35 staged opera performances, 2007 promises to be just as spectacular, with The NBR New Zealand Opera continuing their commitment to musical and artistic excellence.
On 26 October 2006 a small contingent of Chapman Tripp staff headed out to Manurewa East School to meet Principal Phil Palfrey, and the CEO of the Kiwi Can Trust, Di Palfrey, and to see the kids participating in the programme.
Phil explained how the school has come back from the verge of closure with the support of committed staff, and the influence of the Kiwi Can programme.
"School is a safe, loving, enjoyable place to be – and for most of these kids it’s their only source of love, structure, and routine. I couldn’t be anywhere else!" says Phil.
It’s clear that the kids want to be there. Who wouldn’t? There’s a vege garden, chickens, a worm farm, and a giant sandpit. Weekly visits from the Kiwi Can leaders see the kids taking part in life skill classes promoting self-esteem, respect for their peers, parents, the community and the environment.
The Kiwi Can youth programme is the first and only full-time, privately operated, needs-based life skills and values programme, which operates in decile 1–10 primary and intermediate schools in New Zealand. It’s characterised by being a "prevention" programme in contrast to an "intervention" programme.
The "I Can" principle is the key to Kiwi Can. It was established to help children develop a positive approach to their life, their future and that of their community, enabling them to face and deal with challenges in everyday life.
Shares for Good
Philanthropy is not often associated with securities markets, unless of course you happen to live in Omaha and are called Warren Buffett. Until now …
With Chapman Tripp’s pro bono team providing legal advice, Shares for Good is a collaboration between Goldman Sachs JBWere, NZX and the Robin Hood Foundation.
Simply put, the Trust takes donations of shares, bundles them into a marketable parcel, and sells the shares on-market (with Goldman Sachs JBWere donating their custodial and brokerage services). Proceeds from the sale of these shares go to New Zealand registered charities, with an emphasis on those working in the social services sector.
The Trust is primarily targeting donations from two sources. First, the Trust wants people to donate unmarketable shares; those small parcels of securities sloshing around at the bottom of their portfolio. Second, corporate activity such as mergers, acquisitions and share splits can generate odd lots of shares representing hundreds of thousands of dollars. The cost to the individual or company in servicing these small shareholders and maintaining registers is significant. Shares for Good can work with companies to help them identify these small shareholders and encourage them to donate their shares. Companies may add Shares for Good information to their annual reports, normal shareholder correspondence or undertake a specific "Shares for Good" communication to tell their shareholders about this initiative.
Shares for Good spokesperson Michael Jeffs of Goldman Sachs JBWere acknowledges that small shareholdings are often overlooked by their owners as they are simply uneconomic to sell.
"Although its early days, 2007 will see us conducting a series of company visits to discuss what aspects of their register they may wish to donate", says Michael.