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Helping newcomers to NZ settle in
Love my job: Settlement Support HB's new
coordinator Renske Speekenbrink.
By CAROLYN VEEN
The attraction of living and working in
New Zealand continues to draw a wide
range of nationalities and cultures to our
fair land, and whether it s by desire or
design, it s not an easy jump to migrate
from your home, comfortable or not, into
the unfamiliar territory of a foreign land.
To help newcomers feel welcome and
settle into their new community, Settle-
ment Support Hawke s Bay provides a
wide range of free services. Local coordi-
nator Renske Speekenbrink understands
the myriad of problems migrants may
encounter, because she is one.
When I moved to Napier from the
Netherlands more than four years ago, I
made use of the Settlement Support
services, and it was very helpful.
I was able to learn the Kiwi ways and
meet a lot of people from England, South
Africa, USA, China, Holland and many
other parts of the world.
When the position of coordinator for
Settlement Support HB became available
recently, Renske, a former human
resource adviser in Holland, jumped at
the chance to apply.
I really wanted it because I saw it as
my dream job.
It was ideal, too, because I had enjoyed
the experience of being a migrant and
attending the various workshops and
networking groups, and these were very
helpful. One of the biggest challenges
migrants face is knowing where and how
to access the information they need to
become part of their new community.
Every fortnight, we have newcomers
lunches in Napier and Hastings.
While the Hawke s Bay office is on the
ground floor of the library building in
Napier, the team works in Hastings as
Next Tuesday, June 7, Settlement Sup-
port HB is holding a workshop at the
Hastings Library at 6pm for newcomers to
learn how to write CVs and cover letters
for employment in New Zealand. This is
one of many to help migrants with
For more information, phone Settlement
Support on 0800 222 733.
Hastings District Council is bracing itself for
huge insurance premium rises next
financial year, as vital underground infra-
structure assets remain effectively unin-
sured against damage in a major natural
Hastings is one 59 local bodies that con-
tribute to the Local Authority Protection
Programme (LAPP) which provides 40 per
cent of insurance for underground assets,
including sewerage, water reticulation and
Under the scheme, central government
would contribute the other 60 per cent in the
event of a disaster.
Hastings mayor Lawrence Yule, who is
also a director of LAPP, has confirmed the
$40 million fund and $200m in its re-
insurance reserves had been cleared out by
the two Canterbury earthquakes.
That s correct. It s no-one s fault, it just
so happened that the fund s biggest client,
Christchurch, suffered two major disasters,
said Mr Yule, who was appointed to LAPP
only days before the second quake.
He is president of the Local Government
Association and said one proposal was to ask
central government to increase its contri-
bution to 90 per cent until the fund
recovered, but we are still working through
Tim Sole, from fund administrator Civic
Assurance, told members that LAPP was
unable to provide any more cover for reticu-
lation and flood protection assets until at
least June 30, or suitable reinsurance and/or
government support is in place .
LAPP was also struggling to find
reinsurance from 1 July that was not unac-
ceptably priced, he said.
Mr Sole said one quote for reinsurance
had a premium of $10m for $15m of cover.
Mr Yule said that meant all LAPP
members had been warned to budget for a
four-fold increase in insurance premiums for
underground assets from July 1.
In the case of Hastings, that s a rise from
about $60,000 to $240,000 next year, he
Premiums for the council s other major
policy, for material damage and business
interruption, could rise by up to 50 per cent,
brokers Jardine Lloyd Thomson have
warned. The council is expecting to receive
firm quotes on the premiums by mid-June. A
submission on insurance will be made by
council staff to the 2011/12 draft annual
Drug home at centre
of seige to be seized
House seized: Delwyn Keefe.
The house at the centre of the Napier siege
will be seized by the Crown after a judge
found gunman Jan Molenaar and his part-
ner, Delwyn Keefe, would have earned
$650,000 in cannabis deals in the five
years before the siege.
Justice Douglas White issued his
decision last week on an application by the
solicitor-general, who was seeking forfeit-
ure of the house and cash after Keefe was
convicted in 2009 of selling cannabis with
Molenaar in the five years leading up to
the siege on May 7, 2009.
Molenaar shot himself after killing
Senior Constable Len Snee and wounding
three other men.
The Crown sought the Chaucer Rd
house, valued at $215,000; $21,000 cash
found at the house and $74,283 in bank
accounts. Keefe opposed this, saying that
would be grossly disproportionate in the
circumstances and not all the money was
She said the house had little connection
with her offending and she had gained
little from the drug sales except a few
When police searched the house, they
found cannabis valued between $77,950
Justice White said forfeiture of the pro-
perty would not be disproportionately
severe because the value of cannabis she
would have sold during five years would
have substantially exceeded her interest
in the property.
Keefe is on parole after serving nine
months of a 27-month jail term. Fairfax
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