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Butterfly Diaries Launched: Order Online

The Butterfly Diaries Volume 1 was launched on the 13th of October at Fiesta in the Park – a free book of four true stories of recovery from the experience of being suicidal.

Engage Aotearoa set up a tent and invited people to take a book, decorate a butterfly with a coping tip and leave it on the tent to share with others. Sixty free books were handed out on the day and The Butterfly Diaries tent finished up covered in colourful butterflies and heaps of helpful tips people wanted to share.

Online orders flew in thick and fast since the release was first announced and another 2 00 books were posted out to across the country in the days following the launch. Books have been sent to Kaitaia, Kohukohu, Kerikeri, Whangarei, all across Auckland, Hamilton, Raglan, Thames, Tauranga, Timaru, Wellington, Lower Hutt, Christchurch, Dunedin, Invercargill and a range of towns the team had never heard of before. Orders even came in from as far afield as Glasgow and The Netherlands in the first few days. There are now only 20 copies of the first print run left and the team at Engage Aotearoa are in the process of ordering more.

As soon as the books flew out into the world, the first comments started flying in…

I’ve read my copy of the Butterfly Diaries and think it’s excellent – you must be really pleased with the end result, as I imagine the participants are. I’d be keen to get a box of them so we can take them with us when we present around the country.” 

Order Online

The Butterfly Diaries is free for individuals in the community. A small donation is requested to cover the cost of postage and handling ($2.50 p/bk). If you cannot donate, simply email Engage Aotearoa with your address and you’ll be sent a copy anyway. 

Organisations can order copies online by making a donation to cover the cost of printing and posting the copies ordered ($5 p/bk). This allows Engage Aotearoa to keep free copies available for individuals in the community who may not use services.

Share the poster with the people you know and help make recovery stories easy for Kiwis to find.


The Public Law Toolbox Book Launch

You are invited to the Auckland launch of Mai Chen’s book, The Public Law Toolbox. Mai is the Business School’s Adjunct Professor in Commercial and Public Law and will be talking about how The Public Law Toolbox makes business more successful with government (and profitable).

  • Date: Thursday 7 June 2012
  • Time: 6pm for a 6.15pm start. Refreshments will be available after the presentation
  • Venue: The University of Auckland Business School, Level 0, Owen G Glenn Building, 12Grafton Road,Auckland
  • Please RSVP online by Tuesday 5 June.

The business case for working with government

The Public Law Toolbox helps to “level the playing field for businesses dealing with government and makes them more successful, ultimately benefiting the bottom line”. With more than 25 years’ experience in public law, Mai has created what will be an indispensable resource for business people, lawyers, advocates, industry associations, citizens, Maori and non-governmental organisations to more successfully interface with government.

Often working with government can be a daunting process but Mai has created an entire “toolbox” of public law mechanisms that sit alongside traditional commercial law remedies, which can help businesses successfully resolve government, regulatory or policy and law reform issues.

The Public Law Toolbox will assist those wanting to influence policy and law reform issues for business by describing the tools available for them to make the most of these avenues. It will also help those wanting to resolve disputes around administrative and government decision-making, and advise businesses on how to use the toolbox to resolve disputes with competitors. The book sets out the government’s unique legal, transparency and accountability obligations and the risks that they face, taking political and public opinion factors into account, when interfacing with business.

“The book provides formidable evidence of the depth of Mai’s knowledge and experience and the examples cited are relevant and topical. I believe it is not only a ‘must read’ for business people in New Zealand but it is also a ‘must keep’ in that it is unmatched as an ongoing reference tool on the subject.” Joan Withers, Chair Auckland International Airport Ltd, Chair Mighty River Power Ltd, Deputy Chair TVNZ Ltd, Director The Treasury Advisory Board

“An appropriately named book and ‘must have’ for directors and CEO’s to increase their understanding of the dynamics of Government. The book is diverse and all encompassing. An easy read, and a great reference tool as well, that establishes the history and framework of decision making, and offers a set of directions for all to traverse the Government maze.” Janine Smith, Chair of AsureQuality and Cerno NZ Limited, Director of Warehouse Group and Steel and Tube Limited, Principal The Boardroom Practice Limited