Excerpts From Rural Women Newsletter

August 2010

New Drink-Driving Penalties

Legislation setting up the following penalties is timed for early next year:

  • a zero drink drive limit for recidivist drink drivers;
  • a zero drink drive limit for drivers under 20 years of age;
  • and introduction of alcohol interlocks for repeat drink-drivers.

The government will decide on whether or not to lower the legal blood alcohol limit after carrying out a two-year, New Zealand-specific research programme on the level of risk posed by drivers with a blood alcohol limit of between 0.05 and 0.08. As part of this the actual number of serious and fatal crashes caused by those drivers with a blood or breath alcohol level between 0.05 and 0.08 will be established.

Connecting Volunteers with Events

A new website helping connect volunteers with event volunteering opportunities has gone live. VolunteerNet provides free online volunteer recruitment and help with management for event organisers – as well as giving people who want to get involved easy access to volunteering opportunities.

It was created by NZ Major Events (part of the Ministry of Economic Development), and it is based on ‘VolWeb’ technology. This was developed by a Canadian not-for-profit organisation called 2010 Legacies Now, which was established to create community legacies from hosting the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Visit VolunteerNet at www.volunteernet.org.nz

More Women on NZ Boards?

The Shareholders’ Association (NZSA) has decided to make increasing the participation of women on NZ company boards one of its three priorities. NZSA’s decision fits with the Australian Securities Exchange’s (ASX) new requirement that listed companies set and report on gender diversity targets from January 2011 The percentage of women on ASX boards in Australia has increased in the first six months of 2010, from 8.3 to 9.2%. Some NZ company chairs have indicated they are hampered by a lack of women candidates with the right skills and experience, but a number of NZ’s leading board recruitment specialists advise that there is an adequate supply of suitably qualified NZ women available for company boards.

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