The mascara which could help cure blindness in the Pacific

Two young Kiwi women are selling mascara with the help of a Kickstarter campaign in the hopes of cureing avoidable blindness in the Pacific.

Hannah Duder and Bonnie Howland, both in their early 20s, met a few years ago on a trip to Kenya for young entrepreneurs.

"Obama was co-hosing this conference it was about entrepreneurship. It was just so fun," says Bonnie.

Now the pair are going beyond their wildest dreams and are launching their beauty company Indigo&Iris with the first product - Levetate mascara.

"This mascara is the best mascara I've ever used," says Bonnie.

"It's vegan, doesn’t test on animals, has coconut oil from Samoa, but it’s just the product – the product is insane."

Not only is the mascara sustainable, it's also socially responsible, with half of the profits going to The Fred Hollows Foundation NZ which helps restore eyesight.

"Every time we sell one we're helping someone gain their sight which is just an incredible change to someone's life," says Hannah.

"So as you're putting on the mascara in the mirror you know you can really think, 'wow we've helped someone restore their sight', which changes someone's life."

It's a feel-good project which Indigo&Iris want Kiwis to support through crowdfunding.

"Kickstarter is our way of kick-starting our business," says Hannah.

"We need our crowd to go on, prove they want the product and purchase the mascara and we have to reach our target of $75,000.

"If we don't get the money, no one gets mascara, and we don't get to help end avoidable blindness."

So far the pair have exceeded their goal of $75,000 and have currently raised $113,990.

The business partners' hard work is already getting international attention, securing them an invitation to one of the fashion world's biggest events.

"Yeah, basically we've been invited to New York Fashion Week. One of the most amazing events of the entire year in fashion to launch Indigo&Iris globally," says Hannah.

Two Wellington women are attempting to change the cosmetics world with their new beauty brand. Source: Seven Sharp



Two Destiny Church charities stripped of charitable status for missing financial records filing deadline

Two Destiny Church charities have been stripped from the charities register – and the controversial church led by Brian and Hannah Tamaki could now face a big tax bill.

1 NEWS producer Simon Plumb can reveal the Department of Internal Affairs has decided to remove the two charities for persistently failing to file annual financial records, which had been missing for two years.

In revealing its decision, Internal Affairs’ independent Charities Registration Board said it was in the public interest to deregister.

The board said that persistent failure to meet the requirements of the Charities Act was a key factor in the decision.

“The independent Charities Registration Board has decided to remove Destiny International Trust and Te Hahi o Nga Matamua Holdings Limited from the Charities Register on 20 December 2017 because of the charities’ persistent failure to meet their annual return obligations,” Roger Holmes Miller, chair of the Charities Statement Board said in a statement.

Destiny could now face a significant tax bill as a result of being removed from the register.

On top of being subject to income tax, deregistered charities can also be subject to tax on accumulated assets.

“Recent changes to tax legislation means that a deregistered charity may also need to pay a one-off tax on the accumulated assets that are held as at the date of deregistration. A deregistered charity has twelve months to distribute those assets to another registered charity or give assets to charitable purposes. Assets which have not been distributed within twelve months of deregistration will be taxed,” states the Charities Services website.

Earlier this month 1 NEWS reported that instead of filing annual returns, Destiny instead lodged a late objection with the Department of Internal Affairs in a last-gasp bid to hold on to tax-free privileges for the two charities.

1 NEWS NOW reporter Luke Appleby said in July 2017 that the church tells him they’re working to file as soon as possible. Source: Breakfast

Under the Act, the charities concerned have the option to lodge an appeal against the Board’s decision with the High Court by 20 December 2017, and will remain on the register until that time.

INTERNAL AFFAIRS STATEMENT IN FULL:

“The independent Charities Registration Board has decided to remove Destiny International Trust and Te Hahi o Nga Matamua Holdings Limited from the Charities Register on 20 December 2017 because of the charities’ persistent failure to meet their annual return obligations.

“The role of the independent Charities Registration Board (“the Board”) is to maintain the integrity of the Charities Register (“the Register”) by ensuring that entities on the Register qualify for registration and meet their obligations under the Charities Act 2005 (“the Act”).

“The Board can direct charities to be removed from the Charities Register when they persistently fail to meet their obligations under the Act and it is in the public interest to remove them.

“The Department of Internal Affairs (“the Department”) sent notices to Destiny International Trust and Te Hahi o Nga Matamua Holdings Limited advising the charities of the Department’s intention to remove them from the Register for their persistent failure to file annual returns. The notices were part of the Department’s standard practice for charities that have persistently failed to file annual returns.

“The charities filed formal objections to the Department’s notices. These objections were considered by the independent Board at its meeting on 21 November 2017.

“The Board considered the objections but was satisfied that it is in the public interest to proceed with the removal of the charities from the Register. The Board was also satisfied that the grounds for removal have been met as there has been a persistent failure by the charities to meet their obligations under the Act. The Board in particular noted the history of non-compliance with annual return obligations. The Board considered that the integrity of the Charities Register would not be maintained if charities persistently fail to meet their obligations to file annual returns under the Act.

The church has missed its final deadline to file financial records. Source: 1 NEWS

“Under the Act, the charities concerned have the option to lodge an appeal against the Board’s decision with the High Court by 20 December 2017, and will remain on the register until that time.”

- By 1 NEWS producer Simon Plumb

Brian and Hannah Tamaki's church could now face a substantial tax bill as a result of the deregistration. Source: 1 NEWS

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Watch: 'Smoking on P, collecting fees' – man claiming to be Mongrel Mob member raps about illegal lifestyle in online video

A video posted online of a man rapping about smoking P and claiming to be a member of the Mongrel Mob has sparked a police investigation.

The video has now been taken down from Facebook, after being viewed nearly 30,000 times since it was posted on Saturday.

In it a man is seen blowing out smoke as he raps about "selling drugs" and his lifestyle as a Mongrel Mob member in Rotorua.

"Cause I'm smoking on P, collecting fees, rolling through the city, feeling the summertime breeze. 

"Low riding, sun shining, another day another dollar team dog grinding," the man raps into a camera while sitting on a couch.

Before being removed the video was posted with the caption: "THIS IS ME DAILY 26/13 SMOKING DRUGS COMMITTING CRIME BUSTING FREESTYLES ROTOVEGAS DOGLIFE."

The NZ Herald say police are aware of the video and have begun an investigation into the matter.


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