New Zealand is on the cusp of one of the biggest advances in energy management in decades, thanks to a contract awarded to energy solutions company Control4 NZ.
The unique five-year contract awarded to Control4 NZ from Control4 US reflects the significant potential in New Zealand for energy solutions, as well as the New Zealand distributor’s dedication to the energy management industry.
Control4 offer consumer’s energy solutions such as Home Automation technology – technology that links and controls the electronics and systems in the home – lighting, security, music and entertainment – through one easy-to-use interface.
Chief Executive officer of Control4 New Zealand Dean Franklin says the company plans to bring innovative ‘smart meter’ technology to New Zealand – a simple way for consumers to manage their energy use, and enjoy the cheaper energy rate potential this technology promises to unlock.
“We look forward to offering Kiwis a greater choice when it comes to managing their home energy requirements.”
Franklin’s US counterpart Richard Walker says Control4 US is excited about the untapped energy opportunities in New Zealand.
“The work to date in building the energy management market has laid the foundations for a long-term strategy to take New Zealand into the next frontier for energy management solutions.”
“The five-year contract awarded to Control4 New Zealand recognises the work they have done to establish the brand in New Zealand while simultaneously supporting the energy management industry” he says.
For more information about Control4 energy solutions visit www.control4.co.nz
Mobile phone users will be paid for their old and unwanted handsets as part of an innovative New Zealand-first mobile phone recycling and recovery scheme.
Money4Mobiles.co.nz aims to fully recycle as many mobile phones as possible within New Zealand, and give corporations and individuals the chance to put extra money in their pockets and help the environment too.
The phones recycled within New Zealand will be on-sold to emerging and developing nations including India, Russia, South America and China.
“There are around 1.8 million unused mobile phones gathering dust in cupboards and drawers within New Zealand alone,” says Money4Mobiles.co.nz director John Wilson.
“Money4Mobiles.co.nz encourages both individuals and businesses to send in their old mobiles for recycling and eventual sale to emerging and developing countries experiencing high demand for mobile phones.
“Kiwis will be able to help stop inappropriate and dangerous waste ending up in landfills and provide developing countries with affordable access to mobile phones, and at the same time make cash,” says Wilson.
The website Money4Mobiles.co.nz offers a step-by-step guide to recycling mobiles for cash.
Mobile phone users will be asked to input their mobile make and model before grading their phone from ‘A’ (as new condition) down to a ‘D’ (poor condition, i.e. major scratching and missing battery or back cover).
Users will be given a price based on their input. Prices start from $1 for old phones and go up to $512 and payment will be made within five working days.
“When Money4Mobiles.co.nz receives an order and it meets our terms and conditions, customers receive a payment direct to their bank account,” says Wilson.
Phones beyond repair will be used for parts and the company aims to recycle 75 per cent of all phones received.
Any surplus product not returned to a working category is stripped for parts to assist the correction of future faulty products.
“Handsets contain a number of hazardous components such as plastics, cadmium, lead and mercury in the batteries which are potential environmental threats if they are just thrown away rather than recycled,” says Wilson.
Users will be asked to remove old SIM or memory cards, as well as any existing data stored on the handset, before sending their phones to Money4Mobiles.co.nz.
Kiwi men are worried about their looks with hair loss, dandruff and weight gain their three biggest concerns according to a new trans-Tasman study.
The Head & Shoulders Hair Retain Survey showed that more than a quarter of men (29%) said they were worried about having dandruff and just over a quarter (26%) were concerned about losing their hair.
The results also show that New Zealand males were anxious about their waistlines as well as their hairlines! Just under two thirds of Kiwi men (63%) were concerned about putting on weight, compared to just less than half of their Australian counterparts.
Auckland psychologist Sara Chatwin says having hair is closely aligned with many masculine characteristics so when men lose their hair, their self-esteem often plummets.
“Many men define themselves by the way they wear their hair. This may be due to traditional beliefs that suggest hair is associated with virility, social status, strength and youth,” says Chatwin.
“When their hair diminishes or gets dandruff (that is perceived as dirty) men may feel less virile, weak, older and generally less attractive,” she says.
Chatwin says with this in mind men will often go “the extra distance” to ensure their hair is full, dandruff flake free and healthy looking.
“These days men are taking more time to look after their personal grooming habits and hair maintenance is part of that package,” she says.
This may be the case for Kiwi men but when it comes to appearances it seems Australian men aren’t nearly as alarmed about certain aspects of their appearance! Only 13% of Australian men worried about dandruff and just 18% said they were apprehensive about hair loss.
Kiwi respondents said that when it came to wrinkles they were not overly concerned, with only 17% saying it was an issue for them; excess hair was even less of a worry with 13% of Kiwi men saying being overly hairy upset them.
Interestingly Kiwi women were also more concerned about men’s hair than any other appearance issues. Eight out of 10 Kiwi women said dandruff on a man’s shoulders was more of a turn-off than thinning hair! Six out of 10 women surveyed also said that unkempt hair on men was a sign of laziness.
Nearly half (47%) of Kiwi women thought men with a full head of hair are generally more attractive compared to 44% of Australian women.
When it came to males Kiwi women were generally less concerned withbaldness just 15% said bald patches were the first thing they noticed about a man, compared to 22% of Australian women.
Similarly hair was not considered a strong predictor of success with just 12% and 13% of Kiwi and Australian women respectively saying men with a full head of hair tend to be more successful.
The survey was commissioned by Head & Shoulders to launch its new Hair Retain for Men shampoo. The specially formulated product works to reduce dandruff flakes from the first wash but also smoothes the scalp, slows down hair fall due to breakage and provides hair care and protection.
Leading haircare brand Herbal Essences has signed stunning Hollywood actress Leighton Meester as its global brand ambassador.
The multi-talented star, famous for her stylish appearances both on and off the red carpet, will promote the Herbal Essences range of shampoos, conditioners and treatment products.
“I’m so happy to be working with Herbal Essences. It’s important for me that I partnered with a brand that I do use every day and I trust and love,” says Meester.
“My hairstylist Charles Baker Strahan introduced me to the range and the products are truly incredible and make a real difference to the condition of my hair. I use it personally and I want to spread the word about it,” she says.
Herbal Essences spokesperson Jolie Egan says the company is excited to be announcing the new partnership with Meester.
Egan says the diversity of Meester’s talent and her obvious enjoyment in exploring her feminine style is a truly synergistic match with Herbal Essences.
“We are thrilled that someone as vibrant and talented as Leighton has come on board as she epitomizes the Herbal Essences Girl – a modern free spirit; who is daring, witty and who loves to explore her style opportunities and make the most of her look every day,” she says.
Egan says Herbal Essences is a brand which strives to give women the ultimate freedom to play with and express themselves through different hairstyles with well prepared and cared for hair.
Meester has appeared in numerous feature films and hit TV shows for which she received a Teen Choice Award for TV actress in a Drama Series last year.
The starlet is also an accomplished singer/songwriter, with her debut album soon to be released. Meester also featured in the Cobra Starship song “Good Girls Go Bad” which reached the Top 5 on the New Zealand music charts in 2009.
A new virtual skin cancer clinic established at Waikato Hospital by Health Waikato has raised international interest with hospitals in the United Kingdom planning to implement a similar diagnostic service.
Health Waikato, Waikato District Health Board’s hospital and health services provider, introduced a pilot skin lesion clinic with MoleMap in January this year, to reduce exhaustive waiting lists and time required to examine patients with lesions of concern.
Recent data from Waikato Hospital shows that around 800 patients with benign and malignant skin lesions are referred to the dermatology department each year for diagnosis and management. Those assessed as a ‘routine priority’ could wait up to six months for a first specialist appointment.
A number of patients referred to that service are now being seen at a MoleMap clinic, where a teledermatology nurse captures images of suspect skin lesions. The lesions are then reviewed remotely by a dermatologist who diagnoses the lesions and plans appropriate treatment at the hospital if required. Efficiencies are gained by reducing the need for a dermatologist to see each patient in person at the outpatient clinic.
Waikato Hospital dermatologist, Associate Professor Amanda Oakley says the success of the MoleMap clinic has meant patients who have lesions which require more urgent treatment can receive it immediately. Similarly, those patients whose lesions are benign are able to be reassured more quickly, reducing patient anxiety and expediting the screening process.
“Our trial has clearly demonstrated that teledermatology is an effective means of reducing hospital waiting lists for those with benign and malignant skin lesions including potential melanomas,” says Oakley.
The results of the Health Waikato trial were published in the influential British Journal of Dermatology in March this year. The study compared the MoleMap system with a face-to-face consultation with a dermatologist. The results indicated overall parity and in some cases the teledermatology diagnostic technology was superior to that of a conventional in-person approach.
The new MoleMap approach to identifying melanomas with teledermatology is now being considered by other New Zealand DHBs and hospitals in the United Kingdom.
MoleMap technology is currently utilised at New York University hospital as well as other prestigious international research institutions looking for ways to fight skin cancer.
Dr Mark Gray, dermatologist and Medical Director at MoleMap, says it is encouraging to see the technology being adopted by the public health system where it has real potential to improve skin cancer diagnosis and the lives of those patients suffering from it.