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Fair Go: Wednesday October 10

Published: 5:16PM Wednesday October 10, 2012 Source: Fair Go

Seeking pots of gold in Oz
Reporter: Libby Middlebrook
Stacey and Hayden Cullen went to Perth with big dreams: to pay off their debts and save up enough money to buy a house back home in Whitianga.
They heard about a Kiwi recruitment officer, Ana Te Nahu, working for a big mining company in Western Australia, helping New Zealanders into good jobs.
Hayden paid her AU$3200 up front - on the expectation she would book him into health and safety courses and find him work on an oil rig.
Around a dozen other friends followed suite, each paying Te Nahu around AU$3200 each.
But she never found any of them jobs. Months later, most of the money has now been repaid by Te Nahu's family.
Te Nahu did not respond to questions from Fair Go.

Your personal information - how safe is it?
Reporter: Amy Kelley
Every day we give away a marketer's treasure trove of information - without even knowing it. Doug Wilson found out when he recently moved from Tauranga to New Plymouth. He went to his local NZ Post shop to arrange to get his mail redirected - but he missed the "opt out" box on the form - which meant his details wouldn't be passed on to third parties. He was outraged to receive personalised "junk mail" from Placemakers, welcoming him to his new home. Privacy law specialist Gehan Gunasekara says so-called "data brokering" is more common that we might think. He says your personal information has tremendous value - so be aware of who you're giving it away to.
You can opt out of unwanted mail or calls by visiting the Marketing Association website:http://www.marketing.org.nz/MainMenu
Click "get removed" to be added to a database of households that the organisations 500-odd members have agreed not to approach.
New Zealand Post is a member of the Marketing Association - it checks the Association's database before adding people to the lists it sells. (Placemakers is too.)
The company says information has been "commercially available" for 22 years, it's a useful way on connecting companies and households, and people can be removed from the mailing lists by contacting NZ Post customer services.
But they are now now redesigning their form to make the "opt out" box more visible.