Q+A Business Podcast Episode 10: The state of NZ's fast growing tech industry

In this week's Q+A Business Podcast Corin Dann interviews NZTech boss Graeme Muller about the state of New Zealand's fast growing tech industry.

TVNZ1’s Q+A host Corin Dann interviews NZTech boss Graeme Muller this week. Source: Q+A

Automated phone scam claims to be DHL with goods for you but all they really want is your personal information

Police are warning of an automated phone scam in which the caller claims to be DHL with goods for the person who answers and then asks for personal information.

Police say they have received a number of calls reporting the scam.

The automated call is in a Chinese accent claiming to be from DHL said Senior Sergeant Charles Ip.

The automated call tells the phone user that DHL has goods waiting for them and that they need to press nine to talk to somebody to discuss and if they press nine the call goes to a person who will ask for personal information.

These calls follow a spate of similar scam calls reported around November last year pretending to be from the Chinese Embassy, in which people were called by a number, seemingly identical to that of the embassy, and asked to provide personal information, Senior Sergeant Ip said.

If you believe you may be on the receiving end of one of these calls, police advise:

  • Hang up immediately.
  • If it doesn't seem right, be cautious and double-check details first.
  • Look after your personal details in the same way you would your wallet and other possessions.  Your personal details are very valuable to scammers, they will use your details to take out loans or run up debts if they can.
  • Be aware of common scams.  For example, banks, Immigration New Zealand or Inland Revenue never email, call or text customers to ask for money to be sent using money transfer services. If you receive a request like that, it's a scam.
  • Don’t trust anyone who calls you and asks for your financial related information, such as your account details and password. 
  • Simply hang up, call them on their published contact 0800 number or arrange a meeting at the relevant agency branch.
  • If you have been targeted by a scam, report it immediately by visiting Consumer Protection's Scamwatch website.
  • Anyone who believes they are a victim of any crime, in person or online, should report the matter to their local police.
  • Netsafe also provides helpful advice and information.
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Agricultural contractor fined in first fatigue-related case after worker dies in tractor crash following 197-hour fortnight

WorkSafe is warning employers long hours must not compromise worker safety after a man died in a tractor crash at the end of a nearly 17-hour day, having worked almost 200 hours in the two weeks leading up to the accident.

In Huntly District Court, Agricultural contractor Micheal Vining Contracting Limited has been fined $10,000 and ordered to pay reparation of $80,000 and costs.

It's the first sentencing for fatigue-related failings since the introduction of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015.

A worker for the company had been assisting with harvesting operations on a farm in Pukekawa in October 2016. 

He logged a 16.75 hour day before departing the farm, taking a tractor home in preparation for the next day's work.  

At 2.45am he crashed the tractor and died as a result of injuries sustained during the accident.

WorkSafe's investigation found that the worker had worked 197.25 hours in the two weeks leading up to the incident.  

Fatigue was identified as the most likely cause of the accident. The worker was also not wearing a seatbelt.

The company had a health and safety document prepared for them in January 2016 which identified fatigue as a high rating hazard and outlined management steps including the monitoring of work hours and break times. 

"This document had not been reviewed or implemented," said Simon Humphries, WorkSafe deputy general manager, investigations and specialist services.  

"The warning was there and the company did nothing about it," he said.

"Seasonal work and tasks like harvest can put a huge amount of pressure on everyone involved.  Managing the risks is essential. The life, health and wellbeing of your workers must be your number one priority."

Mr Humphries said: "Getting the job done is important, but not if the hours required to do it put workers at risk of injury or death."

Micheal Vining Contracting Limited was charged under the Health and Safety at Work Act that it failed to ensure so far as was reasonably practicable, the health and safety of workers, and that failure exposed the workers to a risk of serious injury or death, arising from fatigue.

The court indicated that a fine of $325,000 could have been appropriate but suppressed the reasons why a final fine of $10,000 was imposed.

The maximum penalty is a fine not exceeding $1,500,000.