The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-07-16T06:31:28Z Helping thousands of Victorians with their home building and renovation projects. 2019-07-16T06:31:28Z helping-thousands-of-victorians-with-their-home-building-and-renovation-projects Australia’s longest running building and renovation event, The Melbourne Home Show, is set to inspire and assist thousands of Victorian homeowners, builders, renovators and local trade over three days from 16 - 18 August at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre, South Wharf. With over 250 leading brands under one roof, The Melbourne Home Show will be packed to the rafters with the latest building products, kitchens and cabinetry, bathroom fixtures and fittings, heating and cooling, interior and outdoor solutions, free seminars and expert advice! Visitors will be inspired to ‘live a little’ as they take a walk down the inaugural Tiny Houses Expo, where the latest compact and tiny homes will be on display. Whether you’re on the hunt for a cost-effective new home, looking to reduce your carbon footprint, tight on space or simply on the search for a simpler life, a stroll through the Tiny House Expo is sure to inspire. For those looking for outdoor inspiration, a visit to the Open Garden designed by Full Potential Landscapes and FormBoss, is a must. With a theme of Australian Made and Built to Last, the garden display is energy efficient, water conscious, spacious and smart. With flowing lines, this practical and functional design adheres to Australian climates and conditions and will showcase just how you can utilise Australia’s best in your backyard. Visitors can also learn to bring their bathroom to life or create their dream cooks kitchen with a FREE 20-minute design consultation with one of the Kitchen & Bathroom Designers Institute’s very best designers at the KBDi Ask an Expert hub. Visitors are encouraged to bring their plans and design ideas for a personalised consultation with the experts. Pre-bookings can be made online and walk-ups are welcome. Find new products, great savings and the biggest names in renovating and building including Australian Outdoor Living, Bora, BlockOut Blinds, Clover Kitchens, European Kitchen Group, Melbourne Polytechnic, Mondella, NextGEN Decking, Spa World, Stratco, Tesla, Vergola, Victoria Government and more. Discount tickets are available to purchase online at melbournehomeshow.com.au. Kids under 14 are free. - ENDS - For all media enquiries, interviews, images, media passes and promotions, please contact: Alana Hawthorne - Marketing Manager 03 9276 5539 | alanahawthorne@eea.net.au CNH Industrial announces new structure for Australian ag machinery market 2019-07-15T02:37:30Z cnh-industrial-announces-new-structure-for-australian-ag-machinery-market Hi Prominent ag machinery brands Case IH and New Holland have a new man at the helm with the appointment of Brandon Stannett to a new position as CNH Industrial Agriculture Segment Leader for Australia/New Zealand. Brandon has been leading CNH Industrial Capital for Australia/New Zealand for the past four years, providing a robust knowledge of the local market and existing relationships with the Case IH and New Holland teams. “Taking a fresh look at our engagement with both dealers and customers will be a priority. The local ag sector has had more than its share of challenges in recent times, so the time is right to refocus and re-invigorate our approach to products, services and support, together with business and network efficiencies,” he said. A release is attached on the appointment, along with an image of Brandon, and for further information or interview requests, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Kind regards, Kylie Galbraith Seftons Tamworth NSW 2340 Ph. 0411 480 208 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ CAPTION: Brandon Stannett has taken on a new role heading up the Case IH and New Holland brands. MEDIA RELEASE CNH Industrial announces new structure for Australian ag machinery market CNH Industrial has announced a restructure of its agricultural machinery business in Australia and New Zealand, with the appointment of a new leader across both the Case IH and New Holland Agriculture brands. Brandon Stannett has been appointed the Managing Director – Agriculture, Australia and New Zealand, assuming responsibility for CNH Industrial’s Agriculture Segment from Michele Lombardi, in a new position created as part of a global restructure announced in January. At that time CNH Industrial revealed changes to its organisational structure across the five segments of its operations, in a bid to become closer to its customers, streamline decision-making processes and encourage faster and more market-focused innovations. Brandon has been leading CNH Industrial’s captive finance business in Australia and New Zealand for the past 4 years, which he said offered the advantage of a strong knowledge of the local market when it came to his new role. “It’s certainly an advantage already knowing the Case IH and New Holland Agriculture teams and having those existing relationships, and I look forward to the opportunities this new structure offers both brands, our dealers and our customers,” he said. “Taking a fresh look at our engagement with both dealers and customers will be a priority. The local Ag sector has had more than its share of challenges in recent times, so the time is right to refocus and re-invigorate our approach to products, services and support, together with business and network efficiencies. “CNH Industrial, through our Case IH and New Holland Agriculture brands, are global leaders in the agricultural equipment and products sector and are always looking to the future with advances such as automation, connectivity and alternative fuels that will be the foundations for the next generation of advances in farm productivity and efficiency. This restructure has come about because our industry is experiencing a period of accelerated change – automation and digital technology being key examples – so we need to make the changes that will secure our reputation for innovation and excellence into 2020 and beyond. “I’m privileged to be leading this process across Australia and New Zealand for CNH Industrial and know that we have the teams in place with the knowledge, passion and foresight to make some real differences where it matters: innovative products and market-leading agricultural solutions.” Brandon has a strong financial background, working in senior roles in some of Australia’s largest banks, and founding a financial consultancy practice and leasing business, before joining CNH Industrial. Brisbane artist Jane James named finalist in 2019 National Still Life Award 2019-07-12T08:37:10Z brisbane-artist-jane-james-named-finalist-in-2019-national-still-life-award MEDIA RELEASE Date: Friday 12 July 2019 For immediate release BRISBANE, QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA - 12 JULY 2019 Brisbane artist Jane James has today been announced as a finalist in the 2019 Biennial National Still Life Prize.   Artist Jane James, who is currently in the studio working on a entry for the Brisbane Portrait Prize, was notified by email last Friday and said, “I’m thrilled to be chosen as a finalist, and very humbled to be in the company of so many fine artists.”   Her work ‘ L,O,V,E - Semaphore’ was selected by a panel of art professionals to be included in the 2019 STILL exhibition of short-listed works which opens on Friday 20 September at the Coffs Coast Regional Gallery. James joins a list of high profile previous finalists including Australian artists such as Tony Albert, Guy Gilmour, Laura Jones, Susan O’Doherty, Vipoo Srivilasa, Greg Weight and Prue Venables. Her work was originally part of an exhibition to celebrate the Yes vote on same-sex marriage legislation.  James said about the works, "Each is a comtemplative stil life. A single part of a discourse, and a piece of history. Just as each survey vote cast was an individual signal, collectively creating meaning. Semaphore is the visual language employed here, to spell out LOVE. The element of balance references the principle of Justice, and the tenuousness of it." The $20,000 acquisitive national art prize run by the Coffs Coast Regional Gallery is a biennial award open to artists at all stages of their career and the winner will be announced at the official opening on Saturday 21 September.  It seeks to highlight the diversity and vitality of still life Australian contemporary art practice. James's most recent solo exhibition, Seven-Tenths, which included daily artist guided tours of the works, closed on 7 July in Brisbane, and James has been busy completing an entry for the upcoming Brisbane Portrait Prize in August.  She has a work in progress for the ANL Maritime Art Prize in Melbourne in September, and is also completing works for another solo show, 'Evanesce', developed in partnership with CSIRO scientists and researchers, which will highlight the loss of the giant kelp forests off Tasmania's coastline and opens at the Colville Gallery in Hobart, Tasmania on 23 October. A link to the original exhibition of 'L,O,V,E - Semaphore', and the full artist statement can be found here: https://spark.adobe.com/page/6ulVvmKob6EZh/ PROVIDED IMAGES MAY BE DOWNLOADED FOR MEDIA USE ONLY Access Downloadable Images: Jane James headshot  ‘L,O,V,E - Semaphor' - Polymer on Linen  Contacts  Jane James - 0438311530 Raylene Symons - raylene@saltwaterwords.com.au   About Jane James Jane currently lives and works in Brisbane, Australia. She received her degree in fine art from the university of Tasmania. Jane has a lifelong involvement with the sea and marine conservation. She is an exhibiting member of the Australian Society of Marine Artists, and travels teaching marine art. With work held in private collections internationally, Jane has won many awards for her work both in Australia and overseas. Please see www.janejames.com.au for more information. How a teacher refinanced their old home loan to pay for school fees 2019-07-12T05:38:40Z how-a-teacher-refinanced-their-old-home-loan-to-pay-for-school-fees Your small bank delivering big value Shopping around for a better home loan rate and your own personal banker? It turns out that the same place where you park your retirement savings is the one-stop shop for your banking needs too. Low rates exclusive to Catholic Super members Borrowers chasing a better home loan on the back of the latest Reserve Bank interest rate cuts can now secure preferential and low rates through MyLife MyFinance – the bank 100% owned by the Catholic Super fund. If you’re a first home-buyer, the rate is even better. Mark Sawyer, General Manager with MyLife MyFinance, shared a good news story to explain how refinancing can help Catholic Super fund members: “A new customer came to the bank looking for a sharper home loan rate. Their old bank offered a loan of more than 5.00%. But we delivered a dramatic rate cut with our home loan offer. The customer saved tens of thousands of dollars over the loan term. They were thrilled with the savings as they directed them towards paying for their kids’ school fees. We’re talking about one very happy customer,” he explained. A challenger to the bigger banks “We’re a small bank with a personal banker service that takes pride by acting ethically and fairly towards our customers. Our mission is to deliver our Catholic Super fund members better value through preferential lending rates. Our customers are typically teachers looking to refinance to get a better deal. We’re putting up a real challenge to the big banks by offering a huge amount of value to our members. That included passing on the two full interest rate reductions handed down by the Reserve Bank on 5 June and 2 July 2019. No commissions. No bonuses “We don’t have brokers and we don’t pay or receive commissions or bonuses. Our personal bankers are committed to a bigger cause. They understand what’s important to our customers and valued members and their financial goals – such as paying down their loans sooner to free up more funds for retirement planning. On top of that, if our customers are already receiving a good rate from their current lender, we’ll tell them. In short, we don’t ‘sell’ products that customers don’t need. Huge value for new customers “We offer customers their own personal banker. Unlike some of the big banks, they don’t need to be part of a ‘millionaires club’ to qualify. Independent research^ shows that we’re listening. Our customers have said they’d recommend MyLife MyFinance to their family and friends ahead of CBA, NAB, Westpac, ANZ and Bendigo Bank. On the back of this loyalty we’re enjoying strong home loan growth.” But why is there such a big gap with what some banks offer? Mark explains that rates are often not properly explained to the public. “For example, people are often drawn to what’s called ‘honeymoon or introduction’ rates – not aware that the opening offer will eventually convert to a much higher variable rate. When these deals end it can take a bit of time to sink in that better rates can be found by refinancing with another bank. Our personal bankers work hard behind the scenes helping to boost our customers’ financial knowledge and to explain why we’re different. That’s paying off as our customers are saying ‘my super is invested with one of the six top funds – as flagged by Australia’s biggest financial comparison site Canstar – and now I can look to the same fund for preferential lending rates that beat many of the big banks rates.  Personal service “Even our younger customers are engaged when it comes to the high-touch service we offer. We’re seeing more first-time home-buyers. No matter what age group people come from they still want the same high standard – sitting down with us to better understand what’s involved in the home buying process – with the home loan only one part of their journey. We’re working hard to ensure everything we do is designed to support our customers. Easy-to-understand savings and loans. No hidden fees. No surprises “Our sharp interest rates will appeal to customers who want good rates for savings and term deposits and some of the best priced home loans on offer. We’re very much a savings and loan bank and one of the few that offers a competitive interest rate for parking everyday savings. With MyLife MyFinance we offer fee-free banking through our mobile app and internet banking, and we cover our customers’ costs to set up their home loan with us. There are no catches. It’s banking like it should be. We keep it simple and easy to understand with basic online savings accounts, attractive term deposits, owner-occupied and investment home loans and personal lending. Accredited bankers committed to fair banking “With teachers making up a large proportion of Catholic Super’s members, they’re in a good position to understand the benefits of education and transparency. All our bankers are professionally trained with the necessary accreditation. We want everyone – customers and the wider public – to know that we have an ethical mindset and are committed to fairer banking.” Get the most out of your money Catholic Super members can take advantage of competitive home loan rates by emailing info@mylifemyfinance.com.au  Baby sleeping bag giving more than a warm night’s sleep 2019-07-11T07:20:39Z baby-sleeping-bag-giving-more-than-a-warm-night-s-sleep When Jessica’s daughter, Mackenzie, was diagnosed with hip dysplasia at 8-weeks old, she found it hard to keep her warm during Melbourne’s winter. Understanding the trials and tribulations of life with a baby in a Pavlik Harness Jessica, together with her mum Kathy, created Hipsleepers in 2017, catering for the special needs of babies who are receiving treatment for hip dysplasia. In September 2018, they launched their much anticipated extra wide 2.5 tog sleeping bag, filling a gap a in the market for a winter weight sleeping bag catering for children receiving treatment for hip dysplasia.   Healthy Hips Australia is pleased to announce Hipsleepers has joined their Hip Wise program as a product partner with their extra wide 2.5 tog sleeping bag.    Hip Wise, a community service program, is an initiative of not-for-profit organisation Healthy Hips Australia. Working to improve awareness, support and early diagnosis for hip dysplasia, Healthy Hips Australia hopes the initiative will aid consumers, especially parents and parents-to-be, as well as older individuals living with hip dysplasia, to make wiser choices about the products they select with respect to healthy hip development and maintenance.   Approximately 11 infants a day are being diagnosed with hip dysplasia in Australia. It is the most common abnormality in newborns worldwide, yet community awareness of the condition remains low. Left undiagnosed, it’s one of the leading causes of early-onset arthritis of the hip, which often leads to a hip replacement, and is a significant public health issue.  Hip dysplasia, also known as developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH), occurs when the ball and socket of the hip do not fit together in their 'normal' position. Sometimes this is due to abnormal development and/or lack of growth of the hip joint. It can result in months — and in some cases years — of medical treatment.  While the Hip Wise program and the product partners do not claim to offer cures or treatment for hip dysplasia, we facilitate people make wiser choices, and take the hassle of finding treatment friendly products for those impacted by the condition as well. The support of Hip Wise partners enables Healthy Hips Australia to further our support and awareness initiatives in Australia.   For more information on hip dysplasia visit: www.healthyhipsaustralia.org.au For more information about the Hip Wise program visit: www.healthyhipsaustralia.org.au/services/hip-wise-program/   For more information about Hipsleepers visit: www.hipsleepers.com.au PARENTS WARNED OF TEMPORARY TATTOO DANGER 2019-07-09T03:33:31Z house-call-doctor-marks-four-years-of-providing-after-hours-care Families travelling overseas these school holidays are being warned of the dangers of some temporary henna tattoos, which can cause painful skin reactions and permanent scarring, particularly in children.   House Call Doctor’s Dr Ryan Harvey said parents need to be cautious of ‘black henna’ because it contains paraphenylenediamine (PPD), a hair dye that can cause allergic reactions, open sores and scarring.   “Unlike here in Australia, there may not be any regulation of what goes into the dye, and children in particular can have extreme reactions that can cause blistering, open sores and a chemical burn,” Dr Harvey said.   “While many parents think getting a temporary henna tattoo is harmless holiday fun, it can lead to permanent scarring”.   Photos posted online show the extreme reaction in some people, and plenty of Australians have commented on a post on House Call Doctor’s Facebook page saying they and their children suffered similar skin damage from black henna tattoos they had done in popular holiday destinations like Bali.   “It looks like the patient has suffered an extreme allergic reaction to something in the dye and it’s caused a chemical burn to the skin,” Dr Harvey said.    “Treatment would be to immediately run the area under cool water to treat the chemical burn.  If it is an allergic reaction, the patient may need antihistamine, a topical steroid cream or a steroid tablet to treat the burn.   “It depends on the extent of the burn but if it covers a large percentage of the body, particularly in children, they may need to be observed in hospital, so they don’t go into shock. Keep up your fluid intake and stay hydrated because all the fluid in your body will rush to the burn site.”   Some of the symptoms to look for include: ·        Discomfort ·        Burning, tingling or a painful sting ·        Swelling ·        Skin redness ·        Blisters   Natural henna, as opposed to black henna, does not contain PPD and is made of plant-based ingredients. It is never black and has a more orange colour with a red or brown tint.   House Call Doctor is Queensland’s largest after-hours healthcare provider, operating from Cairns to the Tweed.   Images sourced online showing scarring from black henna tattoos can be viewed here.  MOVUS on a winning growth streak since securing $4.8m investment injection 2019-07-08T23:41:42Z movus-on-a-winning-growth-streak-since-securing-4-8m-investment-injection Twelve months on from securing $4.8M in Series A funding, MOVUS, the developer of Industrial IoT (Internet of Things) sensor and machine monitoring solution, FitMachine® ‘the Fitbit for machines’, has marked several major milestones delivering on its intention to scale the business using the investment.   During this time MOVUS has more than doubled its team from 12 to 25, expanded its R&D lab facilities and moved into new dedicated two story facility in Brisbane’s CBD, all while keeping manufacturing of its FitMachine wireless IoT sensor local to Queensland.   The funding round by Blackbird Ventures, Telstra Ventures and Skip Capital (Atlassian co-founder Scott Farquhar’s private investment fund) has allowed MOVUS to also move into international markets, including the US by partnering with ALS Global.   “It’s incredibly motivating to reflect on what we’ve achieved in the past twelve months since we received the investment injection, and I’d like to congratulate our team on its commitment to delivering on these business-changing goals,” said Brad Parsons, Founder and CEO at MOVUS. “This relentless traction confirms that we now operate with confidence with a game-changing capability that disrupts laggard incumbents and delivers real value to our customers and partners.”    MOVUS has continued to win new customers and now has more than 50 global and regional enterprises including Asahi Beverages, Wesfarmers business CSBP, and The University of Queensland.   To prepare for the international scale-up, MOVUS has successfully outsourced the contract manufacture of FitMachine to IntelliDesign, a Brisbane based industrial sensor manufacturer. Significantly, MOVUS has achieved certifications with the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and CE which is similar for Europe. Both certifications now ensure that FitMachine can be sold in the US and Europe.   “It’s impressive to see the laser focus Brad and the team at MOVUS have maintained, to deliver on the strategy and objectives they communicated during the investment round,” said Rick Baker, Co-Founder of Blackbird Ventures. “These achievements all combine to demonstrate enterprise scale and customer value. We look forward to seeing what the next twelve months bring for MOVUS and the IIoT industry.“   Earlier this year, the company was invited into the National Energy Resources Australia’s (NERA) SME ConnectER program and featured in NERA’s Innovation Station at the Australasian Oil and Gas (AOG) Conference in Perth. The Innovation Station is the hub for NERA's AOG activities and networking events and showcases innovators and collaborators who are transforming the Oil and Gas industry in the fields of data and digitisation, automation and robotics, artificial intelligence and machine learning. This supported the company’s launch of its newest innovation, FitMachine EX, an intrinsically safe solution to continuously monitor equipment in explosive and sensitive environments, such as Oil and Gas, in a bid to reduce maintenance costs. FitMachine EX was debuted at AOG.   MOVUS was also awarded Startup of the Year 2019 by the Future of Mining, following its FitMachine EX launch. The Future of Mining conference brings together global mining leaders to share their vision of how mining will evolve and embrace emerging technology like Artificial Intelligence, IIoT, Autonomous Vehicles, and Augmented Reality.   Finally, the company has won a Federal Government Business Growth Grant from the Entrepreneurs Programme and recently announced a joint project with AMGC (Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre) to support Australian manufacturing SMEs become more competitive. Both initiatives will help the company expand domestically and internationally.   For more information please visit the MOVUS website. Beam rolls out the next-generation e-scooter designed for operating in the Asia-Pacific Region 2019-07-07T19:22:57Z beam-rolls-out-the-next-generation-e-scooter-designed-for-operating-in-the-asia-pacific-region Media Release Beam rolls out the next-generation e-scooter designed for operating in the Asia-Pacific Region The Saturn from Beam - powered by Segway  - offers a safe, more controlled ride and will be rolled out progressively across Beam’s operating cities Singapore, 5 July 2019 – Beam, Asia Pacific’s leading homegrown micromobility provider, is today introducing its next generation of e-scooters when it deploys the Saturn - powered by Segway - across Asia-Pacific markets in the coming months. “At Beam, we believe that safety is a critical element of every e-scooter journey, which is why we focus on leveraging the latest tech, software and hardware to deliver safe, comfortable and convenient rides,” said Deb Gangopadhyay, Chief Technology Officer and co-founder, Beam Mobility. Safer, Tougher, Stronger  Beam’s Saturn e-scooter is designed to deliver safe, tougher and stronger rides, across Asia’s diverse range of urban terrains.  It features a larger aviation-grade aluminium alloy frame with a bigger, wider base and floorboard, and upgraded 10-inch tubeless pneumatic tyres which offer improved shock-absorption. Riders will experience a smoother and more stable ride, even on rough surfaces or over speed bumps.  A powerful 350W rear-drive helps the e-scooter climb slopes in a sustainable manner, and a waterproof rating of IPX5 for the whole scooter makes the Beam Saturn tougher and stronger. The Beam Saturn will also include swappable batteries in addition to a standard built-in charger. This means that the Beam will have greater operating efficiency, and provide a more consistent available fleet on the streets. The Saturn will be rolled out progressively across the Asia-Pacific region, gradually replacing Beam’s fleet of e-scooters. Together with Beam’s recently announced rider protection programme - which provides personal accident insurance coverage for all eligible Beam riders in Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand and Singapore - this is another step in Beam’s commitment to delivering a safer, more comfortable ride. Innovating across hardware, software rider behaviour The adoption of the latest generation of e-scooters is aligned with the extensive work that Beam has already completed in localising rides for Asian users in an intuitive, natural way.  Beam has created innovative parking features that provide greater value for the rider and help ensure a cleaner city and a steady, reliable supply of e-scooters in high volume areas. Gangopadhyay explained: “Beam is focused on using technology to make sharing easier. We strive to make it  possible for people to use and share our e-scooters in new and creative ways that benefit both the riders and the community” Next Rider Incentive Beam has pioneered a different kind of rider incentive. In specific Beam cities, riders will be rewarded by parking properly in high traffic areas. If a Beam Saturn is parked appropriately and used by another rider in under 2 hours the original rider will get Beam credits. This encourages proper parking in high volume areas and incentives the user to park the e-scooter efficiently. Geo-fencing for a safer ride Beam has developed a leading ability to control the e-scooter to suit the needs of communities. This includes the ability to remotely slow the e-scooter in parks and walking malls, stop the e-scooter when it enters dangerous locations and restrict the ability of the rider to end a trip in locations not suitable for parking. These features are designed to be implemented in with input and consultation from communities to ensure the best shared-mobility experience for both pedestrians and riders. - End - About Beam Founded with a passion for new mobility, Beam is changing the way cities flow and optimising the movement of people, goods and services for the betterment of cities and the way of life for everyone.  Beam is focused on improving the accessibility of cities via better first-and-last mile connectivity and providing short-distance transport solutions, starting with an escooter sharing platform that is now serving riders in Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and South Korea.  Learn more @ www.ridebeam.com.  Honey Birdette Calls Out “Gender-Biased” & “Unjust” Lingerie Regulation Guidelines From Ad Standards Australia 2019-07-03T19:29:37Z honey-birdette-calls-out-gender-biased-unjust-lingerie-regulation-guidelines-from-ad-standards-australia MEN & WOMEN ARE NO LONGER EQUAL ACCORDING TO NEW STANDARDS IN LINGERIE ADVERTISING. HONEY BIRDETTE HAVE RECEIVED AN EXCLUSIVE COPY OF THE NEW LINGERIE REGULATION GUIDELINES FROM AD STANDARDS. THESE SPECIFICALLY TARGET WOMEN. Global lingerie retailer, Honey Birdette have received an exclusive copy of the new lingerie regulation guidelines from Ad Standards Australia. The new standards, which will further limit lingerie advertising in all public spaces specifically and unfairly targets women, women’s sexuality and the gay female community. Honey Birdette Founder, Eloise Monaghan said the rampant double standards towards women and their sexuality are clearly reflected throughout the guide in which they utilize multiple advertisements from Honey Birdette alongside other brands in order to provide context for the new rules. In one example Ad Standards compare an ad featuring a heterosexual couple and a lesbian couple alongside one another. The image which depicts a same-sex female couple embracing is called out for being inappropriate, while the image of Bras and Things ‘husband and wife’ kissing is considered appropriate. Models standing to the side with their bottoms or torso pushed forward, their back arched with their eyes closed or sitting down with their legs apart are shown in the guide as unacceptable. Ad Standards now considers these poses to be highly sexualized stating that the models appear to be ‘PRESENTING’. Ad standards have previously imposed guidelines regarding the censorship of nipples, however under the new stricter regulations even fully covered nipples adorned with pasties will be deemed unacceptable and highly sexualized as they draw attention to the breasts and therefore are not suitable in a public space. High-cut bodysuits and G-strings are also considered to have high levels of nudity and would be in breach of the new regulations. Women in lingerie can also no longer appear in advertising alongside men in clothes. In response to the new guidelines Managing Director of Honey Birdette Eloise Monaghan stated - “This has to stop! Why are men allowed and women not allowed to show their bodies? Why are we teaching young girls and women to be ashamed of their bodies? The female form not a matter of vulgarity or indecency.” “The changes to these guidelines are a frightening development for the modern woman and Ad Standards should be ashamed of themselves. These standards are highly archaic and repugnant to all women not just across Australia, but globally.” “I won’t be silenced and let this go. We are here to empower women and we are going to continue to do that.” What’s next? Two weeks ago, Honey Birdette revealed their latest campaign, Red Alert. Featuring censorship banners across the front of every image, the campaign responded to claims that the Australian and Victorian Government were giving in to the radical views of a conservative Christian group who want to enforce stricter guidelines in advertising specifically targeting women. Managing Director of Honey Birdette, Eloise Monaghan said the brand decided to launch a campaign to highlight the discrimination that women face for being exactly what they are; women. “I certainly won’t let conservative fringe groups, (male politicians and female hating woman) blame women’s bodies for domestic violence and we are gearing up to create a movement with contemporary women and men around the world. Our bodies are not up for discussion, how “appropriate” our breasts are for display in lingerie advertising. Nor does lace underwear consent rape.” Alongside this campaign, Honey Birdette launched a petition calling for customers to help protect women against double standards in advertising. The petition reached 52,000 signatures in just two weeks, while the conservative group lobbying against Honey Birdette have taken two years to collect 70,000 signatures. “If Collective Shout think they have a voice, mine will be a viral speaker phone to every person out there. I have avoided this action, but they are now threatening what we stand for.” Now that the new Ad Standard guidelines have been revealed, Honey Birdette will share the gender-biased and unjust regulations in a bid to highlight the gender disparity in current advertising censorship and reveal how they aim to strip away women’s rights and representation with regressive policies. “Women should have the right to set their own boundaries and identities around sexuality. We need a revolution which allows women reclaim sexual independence and the gay female community freedom to express themselves as they wish, where they are not objects of gender-bias rules, ridicule, shame or the patriarchy.” Help us reach 100,000 signatures and protect women from outrageous double standards in advertising. Sign the petition at https://www.honeybirdette.com Disclaimer: All signatures captured by this petition remain separate from the commercial operation of the Honey Birdette brand. They will not be used for marketing or commercial gain in any form or format. This petition has the sole purpose of bringing attention to and creating a counter movement to resist the regression of women's rights in Australia and around the world. STILL #NOTASKINGFORIT Bendigo Writers Festival 2019 program 2019-07-03T02:22:51Z bendigo-writers-festival-2019-program-1 Bendigo Writers Festival has unveiled the full three-day program for August 9 to 11, with a galaxy of stars and a supernova of sessions set to light up the end of winter. “We’ve dusted off the mirror balls, for a bit of retro party-time,” Capital Venues and Events manager David Lloyd says. “With a new venue to add to our constellation, the Festival Precinct will now be even more accessible and welcoming, so audiences will enjoy hearing all the absolutely brilliant writers on this year’s program.” The Festival launch was held at Bendigo Bowls Club, which will host sessions throughout the day, and then become the Festival Club on Friday and Saturday nights. Festival director Rosemary Sorensen announced the international writers on the program, as well as some of the 150 Australian speakers heading to Bendigo in August. Festival guest Greg Fleet spoke about the writing life, as a comedian, memoirist and novelist. Feature events in Ulumbarra Theatre at the Festival this year include Friday night’s World of Food with Food Safari presenter, Maeve O’Meara. On Saturday night, world-renowned astrobiologist Paul Davies tackles the biggest question of them all - What Is Life? And for a dazzling finale, the internationally acclaimed surgeon Munjed Al Muderis will present the Closing Address on Sunday at 4.30pm, talking about how hope and courage can change lives. “Gastronomy is big on this year’s program,” Ms Sorensen said. “We are keen supporters of the City of Greater Bendigo’s bid to become a UNESCO City of Gastronomy, so we have food writer Jill Dupleix, sustainable farmer Charles Massy and food-and-mood expert Felice Jacka, on the program. “We’re welcoming British philosopher AC Grayling for discussions about democracy, criminal psychologist Julia Shaw, to talk about evil, and from New York, Min Jin Lee, to talk about Korea.” Also on the program: Clementine Ford on Boys Will Be Boys Louise Milligan on Cardinal John Marsden on Parenting Alan Kohler on Money and Ethics Benjamin Law on Growing Up Gay Ranjana Srivastava on A Better Death Speakers include Peter Doherty, Chloe Hooper, Kerry O’Brien, Ginger Gorman, Kate Forsyth, Jessica Rowe, Don Walker, Greg Fleet, Jane Caro and Don Watson. The Text Marks the Spot free schools program takes place on Friday, and a new series of Entrée Events on Friday morning give audiences a chance to get out and about in Bendigo. “We’re delighted to be collaborating with the Great Stupa of Universal Compassion, for an event with the “bad Buddhist”, Meshel Laurie,” Ms Sorensen said. “And in the heart of Bendigo, at the beautiful Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum on Pall Mall, there’s a first-time event about the women poets of Central Victoria writing during the First World War. “There’s a special launch too, of a new book about Bendigo, called Sludge, to be launched by John Brumby, Chancellor of La Trobe University.” Bendigo Writers Festival is presented by the City of Greater Bendigo in partnership with La Trobe University and supported by Bendigo Tourism. https://www.bendigowritersfestival.com.au/ RBA cuts rates: Crunch time for savers, boom time for borrowers 2019-07-02T05:45:05Z rba-cuts-rates-crunch-time-for-savers-boom-time-for-borrowers The board of the Reserve Bank of Australia has met today and announced a cut in the official interbank cash interest rate (OCR) of 0.25 percentage points. The OCR is now 1.0 per cent.   The first lender to announce that it will be matching the RBA’s full 0.25 percentage point cut is online non-bank lender Athena. Athena’s advertised variable home loan (for refinancers) has already been cut by 0.25 percentage points, matching the RBA cut, from 3.34 per cent p.a. (comparison rate 3.30 per cent)* to just 3.09 per cent p.a. (comparison rate 3.05 per cent).   Vadim Taube, chief executive of leading Australian financial comparison site InfoChoice, said other lenders are expected to announce cuts to their variable loan rates in coming days.   “As rates get lower and lower, more banks will be reluctant to pass on the full RBA rate cuts.   “If your lender withholds rate cuts, you don’t need to accept that, you can compare other lenders and find a better rate.   “There are now so many lenders offering variable headline home loan rates under four per cent it really is the perfect time to look at your mortgage and find a deal that could save you thousands of dollars.   “The squeaky wheel gets the oil,” said Vadim Taube, “Often if you find a better rate and ask your lender, they will turn around and offer you a better deal, just to keep you.   “Refinancing and switching to a new lender is not as hard as you might think and if you are on a variable rate loan product the exit fees are required to be reasonable.”   For savers, Vadim Taube said now really is “crunch time.”   “It really is crunch time for savers,” said Vadim Taube   “Everyone with money in the bank needs to check their rate as soon as possible to ensure they are at least keeping up with inflation, otherwise you are effectively losing money.   “The inflation rate is 1.30 per cent, so that is the minimum rate your money needs to be earning in order to just keeps its current value.   “The best introductory savings rates are now about 2.75 per cent and the best ongoing maximum bonus rates in the savings account market are paying around 2.60 per cent p.a.”   Retirees and other term deposit users need to act now to find a reasonable rate and lock it in now before more cuts erode returns even further.   “The best term deposit rates in the market now about 2.50 per cent p.a. for 12-month terms, so there is no need to leave your money in a savings account earning a base rate of 0.30 per cent.   “The best two-year term deposits are paying a little bit more than that – up to around 2.60 per cent p.a. and if you can put your money away for longer than that you can find even better rates.   “Rates are heading down, the signs from the RBA have been very clear so savers need to take action to lock in a reasonable term deposit rate now before they fall again.”   Vadim Taube is available for commentary around the RBA rate decision next week and the daily movements in savings and loan rates.   InfoChoice can provide all the data, commentary, research and market information you need for your story.   Please contact InfoChoice’s Jason Bryce on 0428 777 727 or Vadim Taube 0403 580 794 or email media.manager@infochoice.com.au.   *The comparison rates in this release are based on a loan amount of $150,000 and a term of 25 years. WARNING: These comparison rates apply only to the example or examples given. Different amounts and terms will result in different comparison rates. Costs such as redraw fees or early repayment fees, and costs savings such as fee waivers, are not included in the comparison rate but may influence the cost of the loan.   About Us InfoChoice is a leading Australian comparison website for retail banking and personal finance products. We’ve been helping Aussies find great offers on credit cards, home loans, personal loans, term deposits and savings accounts for over 25 years. Our mission is to help consumers make an informed purchasing by bringing together the most comprehensive list of financial products on the market today. At InfoChoice, we strive to be: Comprehensive. We compare more than 3500 individual products from 145 providers within Australia to offer you the best value. Informative. We know how important it is for you to crunch the numbers before buying. Our calculators help you understand the cost of different products over the long term and show you the potential savings.     Sincerely,   Jason Bryce Journalist & Content Manager   m 0428 777 727 a Level 13, 10 Queens Road Melbourne VIC 3004 e Jason.bryce@infochoice.com.au infochoice.com.au            This email is confidential. If received in error, please delete it from your system. No confidentiality, privilege or intellectual property rights are waived or lost by any mis-transmission. To the extent permitted by law, InfoChoice does not assume responsibility or duty of care for any use or reliance upon this email by anyone other than the intended.   GRAVE FEARS FOR THE FUNERAL INDUSTRY ON THE HORIZON 2019-07-02T03:49:41Z grave-fears-for-the-funeral-industry-on-the-horizon Only two things in life are supposed to be certain: death and taxes. Such certainty has seen Australia’s largest funeral services providers making a killing for investors by delivering high growth annual returns for the last decade. With more than 160,000 Australians dying this year, most of these deaths bring not just grief to many, but also profit to others. In many ways, the death care industry has been regarded as being an investors dream: there is unending demand, the customers are often too emotionally stressed to shop around and there is a cultural taboo against spending too little on a loved one. The fact that most people are only ever likely to organise one or two funerals in their lifetime also means that there's a huge power imbalance in favour of the big funeral chains, who are selling to unsophisticated customers.   Baby boomers are moving against the traditional business model The current situation in the funeral industry can only be understood by first looking at the historical context in Australia. Up until the mid-1990s, most funeral homes in Australia were independently owned. Then two US multinational firms, Service Corporation International (SCI) and Stewart Enterprises Inc. entered the Australian market. By 1998, the largest of these firms, SCI had acquired 123 funeral homes, 11 crematoria and 7 cemeteries in three eastern states in Australia. Then in 2001, SCI sold 80% of its ownership in the Australian funeral industry to a consortium led by the Macquarie Bank. This entity listed on the ASX in 2003 as InvoCare Limited, which is now Australia’s largest publicly listed funeral company. InvoCare currently controls more than 34% overall share of the Australian funeral market and continues to acquire small and medium size funeral homes. So, if you’ve ever searched for a funeral director, you’ve probably come across one of their funeral brands. Although the names on signs outside InvoCare’s funeral homes are well known, the revenues and profits from them flow to corporate shareholders, not the community. The logic behind the InvoCare’s business model is simple: funeral homes and cemeteries are an inherently local business, so combining hundreds of sites from multiple cities will result in a more diversified location base, increased funeral volumes, stable revenue and higher profits. With fat profit margins, steep mark-ups and funeral cost increases (above inflation), it is only a matter of time before consumers switch en masse back to family owned and independent funeral homes, with a more compelling value proposition. And that's what appears to be happening. The largest threat to profits for the big funeral chains is the rise of direct cremation. Currently, about 70 per cent of people, responsible for organising the funeral, will choose a cremation. The figure is about 56 per cent in non-urban areas. This number will continue to rise as Baby boomers, who are now less religious compared to previous generations, choose alternative ways of saying goodbye. The rise of direct cremation and resulting loss of revenue is a serious threat to the big end of town. Let's work through the numbers. If a funeral home has a hundred customers per year and it charges an average funeral cost $7,449 per customer (finder.com.au), it would have annual revenues of $700,449. But if 40% of customers switch to direct cremation at $3,000 each, then annual revenue drops to $522,489, a 26% decrease in revenue. If direct cremations get even more popular, those numbers look even worse. Given that funeral homes' costs are mostly fixed, that is of serious concern for the big funeral chains.   Which funeral companies are most at risk The funeral industry in Australia is dominated by two listed funeral stocks, InvoCare Limited and Propel Funeral Partners. Between them they currently control over 40% market share nationally (…and growing). These big chains are reporting higher and higher profits as they continue to increase their footprint and buy out small operators to increase their market share. InvoCare (IVC:ASX) InvoCare, which is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (IVC:ASX), is Australia’s largest provider of funeral, cemetery, crematoria and related services. It now operate over 290 funeral locations and 16 cemeteries and crematoria, across Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. InvoCare, owns well known funeral home brands such as White Lady Funerals, Guardian Funerals and Simplicity Funerals. It also owns related services and products HeavenAddress; LifeArt coffins; Guardian Funeral Plans, MyGriefAssist, MyMemorial and Funeral Planner. InvoCare’s business model has traditionally been based upon acquisitions of existing funeral businesses in the major cities of Australia and above average sales to drive high single digit Earnings per share (EPS) growth. This strategy has delivered InvoCare investors an average return of 16% since listing in 2003. InvoCare profits also rely on charging customers much higher prices than independent funeral homes. In a recent story by the ABC 7.30 Report (10/6/2019), it was reported that on average, InvoCare funeral brands are up to 22 per cent more expensive, than at independent rivals. This strategy appears to have been working out well so far, but there are very subtle signs of trouble looming on the horizon. The company appears healthy for now, but with a large decline in funeral home revenue looming due to a more informed consumer and direct cremation trends, that may not be the case forever. Propel Funeral Partners (PFP:ASX) Propel Funeral Partners was established in FY12 and is now the second largest private provider of death care services in Australia and New Zealand. Propel was founded and is managed by Propel Investments Pty Ltd. The company listed on the Australian Stock Exchange in late November 2017 as it sought to emulate InvoCare by buying up smaller family owned funeral homes. They own funeral homes, cemeteries, crematoria and related assets in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia, Western Australia and New Zealand. Propel performed over 10,000 funeral services in FY18 and the Company’s portfolio currently comprises 108 locations (54 freehold and 54 leasehold) in Australia and New Zealand, including 24 cremation facilities and 7 cemeteries. It’s recent acquisitions include Seasons Funerals in Western Australia and Norwood Park in New South Wales, Newhaven Funerals in Queensland. Tobin Brothers Although they may not be listed on the ASX, Tobin Brothers Funerals are one of the largest funeral brands in Victoria with over 24 locations across Melbourne. They currently operate in Ashburton (Herbert King Funerals), Berwick, Brighton, Cheltenham, Cranbourne, Diamond Creek, Doncaster, East Burwood, Echuca, Frances Tobin (Funerals by Women), Frankston, Glenroy, Malvern, Moonee Ponds, Mount Martha, Noble Park, North Melbourne, Ringwood, Rosebud, South Morang, St Albans, Sunbury, Sunshine, Thomastown (Abbey Funerals), Werribee. In Summary In summary, InvoCare’s sheer size and higher price positioning leaves it more exposed to Propel and Tobin Brothers, when it comes to the threat of direct cremation. Just like other industries in the past, the funeral industry will affected by the evolution in consumer preferences. Add to this, the debt-fueled acquisition binge that InvoCare and Propel Funeral Partners love to partake in, it is likely this will be their undoing when the hard times come.   Learn more about the funeral industry in Australia Request a Funeral Quote Find an Independent Funeral Director Read our FREE funeral guides View our BLOGS & ARTICLES Get your FREE Book: ‘What Kind of Funeral’   About eziFunerals eziFunerals supports individuals and families cope with end of life decisions, death and funerals. We are an independent, Australian-owned and operated company, and are not a subsidiary of any other corporation. We do not conduct funerals and we are not part of any other funeral company. Live-streaming is booming in China: How will it change the E-commerce industry? 2019-06-28T00:39:18Z live-streaming-is-booming-in-china-how-will-it-change-the-e-commerce-industry The liver-streamer who made such a great success is just the tip of the iceberg in the Chinese live-streaming industry, which has become a new e-commerce retail model that can make huge profits. The astounding market momentum from the Chinese e-commerce live-streaming industry has led to a ton of foreign enterprises to take advantage of this opportunity to enter the Chinese Market. The Lipstick Boy is just the tip of the iceberg in the Chinese live-streaming industry Austin Li (Li Jiaqi in Chinese) is a millennial young boy in China – he is a famous live-streamer who could test nearly 400 lipsticks per day during the live-streaming. Most products he introduced would be quickly sold out.  How strong is the sales ability of Li? His had the records of transaction volume amounted to 70 million yuan in a single live-streaming. During the live-streaming on women’s day in 2019, Li sold 7000 sets of facial masks, 30 thousand bottles of essence from an obscure local brand, and he even made the lipsticks he promoted sold out in 3 minutes.    Justin li is estimated to have the annual income of 15 million, ranks the third place in Taobao live broadcasting history.   How E-commerce Live-streaming Go Viral in China Not only Li has such astonishing sales performance, but there are also numerous talented live-streamer in China. Taobao Live created hundreds of billions of sales, with a target of 180 billion in 2019. Comparing with live-streaming e-commerce, the traditional e-commerce has lost its advantage gradually due to its simplex merchandise display mode and lack of social behaviour, although users can shop without leaving home, they still cannot have an augmented interactive shopping experience.   However, live-streaming take back the realistic and engaged interaction back to e-commerce now, that would solve the bottleneck of traditional e-commerce. That’s the reason why live streaming is in the spotlight, becoming a rapid growth retail mode in China. On Taobao, a leader in the trend, e-commerce live streaming generated a sales volume of RMB 100 billion in 2018, growing nearly 400% year-on-year based on the report of Yicai.com Financial Review.    PEdaily.cn stated Taobao's conversion rate of entering pertinent e-stores exceeded 65%, the number of daily live broadcasting exceeded 60,000 times in 2018. Eighty-one live-streamer earned more than 100 million-yuan GMV.     The director of the world's largest B2C platform Taobao’s content e-commerce department, Wen Zhong, claimed Taobao will invest more budget on the construction of live-stream virtual shopping rooms with an annual transaction value of RMB 100 million (around AUD 20 million) each. Live streaming is accelerating the e-commerce effect on traditional retail, bringing vary physical products of different categories online to the Chinese consumers.   Shopping Festival Can Be the Best Trigger Point Large shopping festivals such as “618 mid-year sales” hold significant potential for foreign businesses looking to sell their products in China. As an added bonus, shopping festivals stimulate the Chinese consumers’ incentive of shopping that have a great impact on the e-commerce industry as a whole. According to the Sina Technology’s report, the cumulative amount of orders placed by JD.com reached 180.9 billion yuan during “618 shopping festival” in 2019 that increased 14% compared with last year.    E-commerce in China is highly competitive and can be difficult for new participants to penetrate. Online shopping festivals provide an opportunity for foreign businesses to entice Chinese consumers, market themselves, and boost brand presence. The general manager Kevin Zhang from Australian marketing agency ConnectX indicated “We are the pioneer of Australia marketing industry who seizes the market opportunity… so this year’s mid-term shopping festival, we hold a live broadcast called “LIVE! Australia We Love” on 18thJune in Australia. Four influential KOLs we invited are the top live-streamer in Australia and New Zealand, some of them even won the Taobao Excellent Live-streamer Award.”    The live-streaming event held by ConnectX has taken off successfully. They cooperated with the leading brands of Australia and introduced the Australian best-seller products to the Chinese end-consumers; they offered enticing opportunities for foreign brands to raise brand awareness, market towards Chinese consumers, and achieve higher sales.    Zhang mentioned that this event was just a beginning…they are planning to corporate with Chinese top-tier KOLs like Austin Li to come to Australia to join their future events later this year. Foreign businesses would do well to study China’s e-commerce festivals. Detailed marketing strategies to navigate China’s competitive e-commerce landscape allow them to reach valuable consumers in a country where many are turning to e-commerce for all their shopping needs.         Zena Zhong| Media Executive M: 0426 688 015 W: www.sydneyconnectx.com E:  zena.zhong@sydneyconnectx.com   Couch surfing or homeless? Homeless shelter says we’re sugar coating Australia’s homeless issue 2019-06-27T00:04:07Z couch-surfing-or-homeless-homeless-shelter-says-we-re-sugar-coating-australia-s-homeless-issue Couch surfing or homeless? Homeless shelter says we’re sugar coating Australia’s homeless issue Winter for the more than 116,000* Australians living homeless often means the rough conditions they are living in are about to become rougher, but one homeless charity says this number is likely a lot higher with a growing number of people unaware they are affected by homelessness and glossing over the issue.   Jason Loakes of Sheltered By Grace says it’s time Australians stop assuming they will not be touched by homelessness and look closely at friends and family who are ‘couch surfing’ or ‘crashing at a mates’.   “When people think of the homeless they think of the stereotypical person dressed in rags suffering from mental health or substance abuse problems, but the reality is we have sugar coated what it actually means to be homeless resulting in an unknown number of Australians who are homeless and don’t think they fit the definition,” he said.   “Everyone knows a friend or a relative who is ‘couch surfing’ or ‘crashing at a mates’ and they aren’t really considered to be homeless but in actual fact, with no fixed address, they are.”   Since late 2015, Sheltered By Grace has helped more than 400 homeless men and women to restore dignity and independence by addressing not just the need for accommodation, but providing support from doctors, psychiatrists, personal trainers, nutritionists and drug and alcohol counsellors.   Recently Sheltered By Grace was one of ten recipients from a field of 800 to receive a grant through the Gambling Community Benefit Fund which will allow for the organisation to expand its operations and help many more people who are homeless or facing the prospect of becoming homeless.   Mr Loakes said they are honoured to receive the grant but understand the reality is while this will help some of the people coming to them for support, this grant will only be able to help a handful of the thousands who are homeless.   “We are very appreciative of the support from the Queensland Government and this grant will go towards increasing our capabilities helping those affected by homelessness, but we do need the continual support of the community to help address the issue further into the future,” Mr Loakes said.   “Like most charity groups, we are reliant on the donations from the public and in-kind support from the business community, a simple $40 donation a month means someone who is facing the dangers of homelessness can come in and stay with us in a safe supportive environment” he said.   “We want to break the stigma associated with homelessness and are urging everyone to rethink how they view the issue; this can be as simple as checking in on someone at risk or even donating as little as $40 to allow someone a night off the street.”   Sheltered By Grace is eager to receive support from the South East Queensland business community to help bring to life a two storey building that will dramatically increase the number of beds they can offer as well as an increase in the additional support services they offer.   Sheltered By Grace is a not for profit organisation that provides 24 hour accommodation and support for domestic violence, mental health issues, physical disability and drug and alcohol dependency for men and women experiencing homelessness.   For more information about Sheltered By Grace visit – www.sbg.org.au or www.facebook.com/ShelteredByGrace/   ENDS   Notes to the Editor: *Census of Population and Housing: Estimating homelessness, 2016 - https://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/mf/2049.0   For interview requests or more information and images please contact: Mark Smith House of Publics, Principal Consultant Mark.smith@houseofpublics.com.au +61 421 417 925 Awhi Yoga and Wellbeing’s Jase Te Patu Honoured with a 2019 Absolutely Positively Wellingtonian Award in New Zealand 2019-06-26T03:49:01Z whi-yoga-and-wellbeing-s-jase-te-patu-honoured-with-a-2019-absolutely-positively-wellingtonian-award-in-new-zealand WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND June 20, 2019: Awhi Yoga and Wellbeing’s co-founder, Jase Te Patu, was recognised at a recent event honouring examples of outstanding service to the Wellington community at the 2019 Absolutely Positively Wellingtonian Awards. “What a privilege and an honour to be nominated and consequently selected as a recipient for an Absolutely Positively Wellingtonian Award,” said Jase. “I take pride in being a Wellington citizen and deeply appreciate the recognition of my work here in the community. This award, to me, enforces the fact I’m on the right path and will continue doing this great work for HAUORA, in particular mental health and wellbeing.” Jase was recognised as a tireless advocate for mental health and well-being and using his skills as a yoga teacher, mindfulness and meditation instructor. Originally from Whanganui, Jase is of Ngāti Apa, Ngāti Ruanui and Ngāti Tūwharetoa descent.  Certificates were issued in a special ceremony with Mayor Justine Lester at City Gallery Wellington on the evening of Thursday June 20.  About Awhi Yoga and Wellbeing Awhi Yoga and Wellbeing have made it their mission to empower and support the Wellington community on their journey to wellbeing through the practice of yoga, mindfulness and Te Ao Māori teachings. Based in the heart of Wellington’s CBD, co-owners Justine Hamill and Jase Te Patu have created a space that is focused on whānau and community. www.awhiyoga.co.nz