'It's just hard' – worker shortage threatening future of some Kaikoura businesses

A shortage of workers is threatening the future of some Kaikoura businesses as the rebuild of State Highway 1 continues in earnest following last year's earthquake.

The rebuild of State Highway 1 just north of Kaikoura is New Zealand's largest ever roading challenge, and the number of workers required for the job is creating a headache for more than just construction bosses.

Thirteen hundred staff are working on the SH1 repairs, but more are needed and Kaikoura businesses are feeling the effects of their own increasing demand for employees.

"The people that work for me are a bit blinded by that. It's just hard to hold employees so my staff are moving around a bit," Kaikoura business owner Sam Baker says.

"So when staff leave I have to try and replace them quite quickly or scale my business back or worst case close."

However, Minister of Finance Steven Joyce, who was touring the quake affected region today, chose to focus on the positives for the Kaikoura work force.

"The good news is six months ago they were all worried about what staff were going to do and now we're in this situation where they haven't got enough staff," Mr Joyce said.

My Joyce was nevertheless receptive to requests from Kaikoura business owners for financial help, whose revenue is being hit hard by road closures and reduced tourism.

"Yup we're ready to do what's needed to get this job finished and get the town up and going again," Mr Joyce said.

An additional $500,000 is also coming for local paua fishers, who face years without stock due to the nearby seabed being pushed out during the quake.

"We realise that this fishery is really important for the paua fishers but we know it's going to be severely impacted for years to come," Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy said.

It’s hoped the Kaikoura section of the SH1 will reopen at Christmas, and the rail line earlier than that.

Until then, the Government is encouraging anyone who wants a job in construction to head Kaikoura’s way.

Some owners says more financial assistance is needed as the massive roading rebuild continues. Source: 1 NEWS



School principal says not learning names in different languages racist, as kids tackle mispronunciation

The principal of a Porirua school where students are tackling mispronunciation of their names says there's racism in not bothering to learn a name in a different language.

One 10-year-old at Holy Family School, Kahurangi, was in tears as she told Seven Sharp it made him feel "sad" when people mispronounce her name.

The school students are tackling the issue head on, supporting the country-wide campaign titled 'Giving Nothing To Racism'.

“I believe there is racism in the New Zealand education system and that manifests itself in lots of different ways,” said Chris Theobald, Principal of Holy Family School.

“If you have simply not bothered to learn that name because it's a language different to your own then I think that's where the racism issue comes into it,” he said.

“Talking about racism is a taboo subject. It is something that we like to not touch because it might offend someone.”

The students are starting their campaign in the classroom, demanding teachers get name pronunciations right.

Meanwhile Seven Sharp asked people in the street to pronounce Kahurangi’s name - and they got it right.

That news made Kahurangi feel much better, and she had a message for all Kiwis.

“Giving nothing to racism is cool,” she said.

Kids at Holy Family School in Porirua want their teachers - and everyone else - to make the effort to say their names correctly. Source: Seven Sharp

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UK's plan to stop kids viewing online pornography not being considered by NZ

The Government says it's not considering any new restrictions on accessing pornography, as the UK moves to make people enter their credit card details to prove they're over 18 before viewing porn online.

The proposed radical law change is designed to stop children accessing porn sites.

The Government here says it's not considering any new restrictions, but will keep an eye on the UK where the changes are due to kick-in next April. 

Experts in New Zealand say the credit card plan won't work.

While it's illegal in this country to supply sexual material to anyone under 18, most websites have few ways to check this.

Netsafe Director Of Outreach Sean Lyons told 1 NEWS that enforcing those legal safeguards is always difficult, and there are privacy and security issues when you ask people to supply credit card details. 

It’s virtually totally parents’ responsibility - Former Kiwi porn king Steve Crowe

"There's a potential for us to build data bases of people who are accessing adult content, which could then be a target for hacking attacks," Mr Lyons said. 

Former Kiwi porn king Steve Crowe says the UK plan is a waste of time because if children really want to see porn they can steal their parents’ credit cards.

Mr Crowe, who made his living from adult entertainment for years, says there’s no easy solution to the issue of children accessing porn. 

“I think it’s virtually totally parents' responsibility," he said.

Recent studies show a third of all internet bandwidth is used to view pornography, and nine out of 10 men admit to watching porn in the last year. 

Associate Professor Jan Jordan of Victoria University says there has always been a market for pornography.

"But what the internet has done has made it so easily, quickly, globally accessible that anyone can just dial up the most sadistic pornography just from their own home any night," she said.

It's illegal to supply sexual material to those under 18, but most websites have few ways to check this. Source: 1 NEWS