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Johny on ice

Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, January 14th, 2013 - 55 comments
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After four weeks holiday in Hawaii, John Key will briefly land in New Zealand this week before popping off on a junket to Antarctica. Now, you won’t hear a lot about this in the media – because half the press gallery is going with him and they’re just excited to go to Antarctica – but there’s all kinds of buzz coming out of the public service about how and why Key set up this trip.

For now, take a look at the itinerary, and you’ll see it’s pretty, um, light: ‘promote’ a PPP, host a dinner, unveil a pou whenua, return some whisky … not traditionally the kind of stuff that we spend hundreds of thousands of dollars sending the PM and a retinue of reporters to the frozen continent for.

It seems like a strange set of cobbled together activities for the PM to be doing at a  time when he really ought to be doing some actual bloody work on the economy.

It’s interesting that Bronagh’s coming along. I’m sure she and John will enjoy seeing the sights.

55 comments on “Johny on ice”

  1. karol 1

    The itinerary includes a lot of sucking up to hobnobbing with US entities, also.

    Flying in a US aircraft, visiting the US Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, including the prime minister will host a US dinner at Scott Base, and the PPP is for an enterprise supported by donations from a US “philanthropist”.

  2. geoff 2

    Johnny and the missus just want to see the polar ice cap before it’s all gone… Something to boast about at dinner parties in 2050.

    • higherstandard 2.1

      In Antartica in 2050 will still be there plenty of ice – copious wads of it in fact.

      Statistics also suggest Key’ll be well decomposed by 2050 just like many of us.

    • lprent 2.2

      They can always go to East Antarctica ice sheet. I’d expect that to have a significant increase in volume as more moist air breaks in and deposits as snow (eventually causing it to melt as well).

      However the NZ claim is in West Antarctica, where it looks likely that we’ll lose a big chunk of the ice mass over the next 40 years. I still think that they’ll have quite a lot of ice there, and some of it should be close to wherever they have to move the Ross base to.

      • Akldnut 2.2.1

        So Johnny and the Cook are scooting down to Scott to get a handle on how much lands gonna be available for his progeny to pilfer once the ice is gone, nice.

        Oh and it’s good how he takes his mates with him, would hate for any of them to think their tax dollars are being splurged – now they get suck up to him while he’s sucking up to the yanks.

  3. handle 3

    Maybe they will fit in some drilling negotiations as well.

  4. Nick 4

    I take it you were all similarly outraged when Helen Clark went to Antarctica in 2007 to smooze with Americans and conduct some ceremonies? http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0701/S00055.htm

    • higherstandard 4.1

      Just another slow news day.

    • Anne 4.2

      PM to visit Antarctica for Scott Base 50th anniversary

      Prime Minister Helen Clark will visit Antarctica from 18 to 22 January, accompanied by Sir Edmund Hillary, to mark the fiftieth anniversary of Scott Base, New Zealand’s Antarctic research station.

      Yeah the 50th anniversary. Usually a date to be celebrated. Can’t see what’s special about the 56th though. Note she took an ailing Sir Edmond Hillary with her on his last chance to visit Antarctica.

      I doubt she visited the Antarctica based CIA out-post – assuming it’s still there.

    • galeandra 4.3

      Scott Base 50th anniv and Ed Hillary going….. yeah, just the same kinda junket. And, of course, back in 2007 the financials were such shock horror catastrophe that the country couldn’t afford it. Pin your badge a bit higher bro.

    • David H 4.4

      Yeah but she didn’t take half an army of guys in dark sunnys, and darker suits!

      • Ed 4.4.1

        The TV3 article linked from teh post says:
        “Thirteen mainly New Zealand-based reporters and television crew are also being taken along.”

        Does that mean that the government is paying the costs for the journalists?

        Thirteen sounds a much larger group than I would have expected – are there diplomatic protection officers as well?

        • Anne 4.4.1.1

          Yeah well, some of those penguins are a bit suspect you know. It’s the way they stand there watching. Who knows what they might do if given a chance. A bit of protection detail wouldn’t go amiss. Anyway they make him look real important…

  5. end o times viper shorts 5

    What is the obsession with returning whiskey to the pole?

    I’d be happy for the media scrum to be left behind but what a waste of what is possibly a very nicely aged drop

    Yet another example of this governments priorities being all wrong

    • David H 5.1

      They took it to get it analysed and remade

    • David H 5.2

      It’s the ultimate Scotch on the Rocks..

    • Herodotus (CV Supporter) 5.3

      I think you will find that the whisky had to be returned given refer Quote and link to Cant Museum we must follow international agreements we have signed don’t you think? …
      “Many people have asked why we aren’t drinking the whisky. Or why we aren’t keeping it in New Zealand.
      The Antarctic Heritage Trust manages a programme of heritage conservation in Antarctica, which involves the heroic-era expedition bases of Scott, Shackleton, and Carsten Borchgrevink. Each of these sites is protected under the Antarctic Treaty System and New Zealand is one of the 46 nations which abides by the Treaty System. Areas of biological or historical significance are called Antarctic Specially Protected Areas, and are governed by a management plan. The ASPA management plan for Cape Royds states:”
      http://whiskythaw.canterburymuseum.com
      But do not worry there is an opportunity to taste an impression of what was found
      http://www.whyteandmackay.com/blog.aspx?s=shackleton

  6. fustercluck 6

    A NZ/USA lovefest to celebrate the territorial (and natural resource) claims that come with the ongoing militarization of Antarctica. A little mutual admiration that would not have happened were it not for the military base the USA maintains in Christchurch that is key to its military occupation/operation in Antarctica.

    Seeing those drab gray carriers of war materiel hulking at Christchurch Airport makes me sick every time I fly into Canterbury.

    Send the warplanes home and close the Waihopai spy base now!

  7. Populuxe1 7

    FFS this is almost as desperate as the Hawai’i holiday beat up.

    (1) New Zealand is responsible for one of the largest Antarctic territories and part of the Realm of New Zealand – PMs are supposed to visit it from time to time.

    (2) It’s especially important that the PM makes a diplomatic visit to the Americans because the US doesn’t actually recognise the claims of any countries to Antarctic territories.

    (3) An official drop in (as opposed to a private holiday) highlights New Zealand’s commitment to Antarctic research and ecological preservation, and it’s a nice gesture to the boffins at Scott Base. It’s hardly his fault if it doesn’t coincide with a significant anniversary.

    (4) For all fustercluck’s whinging, the US planes in Christchurch also come in very handy searching for lost ships and people lost at sea – something they very generously do for us.

    (5) Whether you like it or not, the US is the world’s apex superpower and we are a tiny little country at the arse end of nowhere – a strategic relationship with the US is ultimately very important to us.

    (6) Tripe like this which as a matter of conscience forces me to defend PM dipstick, really annoys me because there is so much else that he is actually doing WRONG.

    • fustercluck 7.1

      Maybe it would be better to focus on the ascendent empire with which we actually have a free trade agreement, i.e., China, rather than focusing on the tottering, warmongering and collapsing empire that refuses such an agreement, i.e., the USA. Maintaining bases that are part of the USA encirclement strategy vis a vis China will do nothing to help and may well hinder our long term interests.

      And describing comments as whinging, i.e., ad hominem attacks, reveals the paucity of your own arguments’ strength.

      • Populuxe1 7.1.1

        That would be totalitarian, human rights abusing, invade Tibet and “test” missiles over Taiwan China, would it?

        • Murray Olsen 7.1.1.1

          You got that right, Populuxe. It’s definitely not the human rights abusing, invade Iraq and Afghanistan, kill with drones anywhere they feel like it, undertake cyber war in Iran China would it? Shit, my bad, that’s the US and A, which also wants to do away with our commercial sovereignty and destroy Pharmac. They’re pretty much the same as each other, but in terms of threatening world peace, I’d say the US and A wins hands down at the moment.

          • Colonial Viper 7.1.1.1.1

            Don’t forget 11 years of Guantanamo Bay and forced renditions, along with newly approved unlimited eavesdropping and indefinite detention without charge of their own citizens. Militarisation of the police and use of 100% military capable drones in civilian law enforcement.

            • Populuxe1 7.1.1.1.1.1

              My point being that one hardly being more desirable in that regard than the other, our security interests are best represented by the devil we know.

    • Enough is Enough 7.2

      Agree with you Populxe1

      It is boy who cried wolf bullshit. This post shows how Key is criticised for anythingand everything he does. As I see it the problem with this negative whinging approach to opposition is the voice of opposition loses its effect and will not be heard when Key really does deserved to be slammed.

      The Hawai’i rubbish and this story distract from the real things which Key is doing to damage this country.

      If we cry “Key” everytime he opens his mouth, noone will be listening to us when he actually removes more rights from ordinary kiwis.

      • tracey 7.2.1

        pop over to the jobs thread and see the list of things he can “legitimately” be criticised for. Would be interested in any defence you offer on his behalf.

    • up2u 7.3

      bit dubious about your claim #4. the large grey american planes at christchurch that fustercluck was refering to are the C17 globemasters, heavy transport planes not outfitted for SAR. The (also grey) P3 Orions which belong to our own airforce tackle the task of patrolling the largest SAR regions for the size of our airforce (3 Orions), between peru to australia. The US takes no responsibility in patrolling outside its region in the north pacific.

  8. How about leaving him there, I’m sure we will not miss him.

    • Bill 8.1

      what in gods name did the penguins ever do to deserve such a fate? Although…the thought of one passing leopard seal taking one less penguin….

      • Andre 8.1.1

        Just drifted of to dreamland at the thought of the airplane making a forced landing and being’ Lost’ Then Pat Gower eats John Key He …He ..

    • TighyRighty 8.2

      You may not. But others will. What an appalling statement to make about a loved husband and father. Same to bill below. You lot really are just plain nasty.

      • Murray Olsen 8.2.1

        It’s nasty to joke about one guy getting killed while he dismantles the welfare state, health services for our kids and any remnants of sovereign independence? But motivated by total altruism when kids scream from glue ear, miss out on education because they can’t hear straight and have a much greater chance of ending up in a privatised prison system. Fuck you arseholes who call us nasty because we can see through your plastic hero. Go back to WhaleSpew and laugh at Jacinda Arden’s teeth or wank on about how autistic kids should be gut shot and left to die. Or how anyone with emotional or psychological problems is a weak panty waist except for your tough and macho Cam. I am not convinced by neanderthal protestations, save them for the KKK bar of your local pub.

        • TightyRighty 8.2.1.1

          I don’t agree with his carry on in those directions either. I just don’t like the hypocrisy, if you think those things are bad then you should think maggies statement is bad. Classic new “liberal” traits. The inability to sense your own hypocrisy is breathtaking. It smacks of intellectual dishonesty or just a lack of intelligence.

          • tracey 8.2.1.1.1

            “liberals” dont have a monopoly on “The inability to sense your own hypocrisy is breathtaking. It smacks of intellectual dishonesty or just a lack of intelligence.” although Lil johnny howard, sheriff of the south pacific fits the bill nicely.

      • mike e vipe e 8.2.2

        to many visits to whale oil!

      • NoseViper (The Nose knows) 8.2.3

        TR
        You are a great satirist. Someone cannot be criticised if that person is loved and is a loved parent. Many people criticising here are no doubt in that category. So apply your own strictures – stop attacking us and stop your own ‘nasty appalling statements’.

        • TightyRighty 8.2.3.1

          When have I advocated death, violence or the the abandonment on a desolate continent of someone who I am opposed to?

          • Colonial Viper 8.2.3.1.1

            It’s not desolate. There’s lots of oil there, which can be securitized and sold.

            • TightyRighty 8.2.3.1.1.1

              Desolate as in a normal human being could not survive there. But hey, agree with the sentiment of abandoning someone there. just because john key is the captain of the opposing football team that you cheer for. I suppose that’s all right if you are “progressive”

              • McFlock

                Key can stay with the Yanks. They’ll support him for services rendered.
                Call it “Southern Hawaii”.

              • felixviper

                Key’s a big boy I’m sure he can look after himself in a well equipped antarctic base. Plenty of other people do.

    • Maybe if he leaves his heart down there, it might save the ice?

    • Roy 8.4

      Aw damn Maggie, you beat me to it…

  9. Tom 9

    Nice pic, Maggie !

  10. xtasy 10

    When the ship is sinking – best way to keep the fools happy and entertained is to do just something like this.

    The media “court jesters” have been invited along, there is talk of three bottles of whiskey to be “returned”, but who knows, in those cold climes, more whiskey may well be “downed” ON ICE, which there is an abundance of down there, in Antarctica.

    TV pictures will be transmitted via satellite into our living rooms, the print and online media will report about the event, and Key can “pocket” a few more “media greasers” that will be happy to be allowed along.

    The progaganda machine is working full-steam.

    Next after that: A major policy announcement – on employment or education. Win, win, for Key, who is the greatest “entertainer” in the eyes of many from the press galery.

  11. Bronagh and John Key are the Pacific’s Asma and Bashar Hafez al-Assad, or think they are?

    In reality he isn’t even a skinny white Bainimarama 😉

  12. Headline from Antartica (Spoofy)

    ‘Johny on the skids, he dipped his toes into the freezing cold water,his protection squad
    was unimpressed’
    Johny doesn’t know why he did such a foolhardy thing, but he assured his protection
    squad his bright pink shirt would have saved him and to create attention he would just do
    the gangnam dance, cos they worked before.

  13. tc 13

    Get used to such diversioanary events with the MSM riding along

  14. A couple of years ago my husband found an interesting ad for electricians to apply for work in the Antarctic. The company? Raytheon Polar services who were at the time building a “research” Center!
    I believe that to be the Mc Murdo Station which of course has been in use for many years but with the ability to house a staggering 1258 residents (that we know off) I reckon it’s a hell of a lot more than that. I wonder if John Key has shares in Raytheon?

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    Councils around New Zealand have an opportunity to improve their consultation with Iwi Māori by following Rotorua District Council’s Te Arawa Partnership Model, Labour’s Māori Development spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta says. “The Rotorua District Council will today decide whether to adopt… ...
    17 mins ago
  • Labour mourns Dame Dorothy Fraser
    Labour Leader Andrew Little said the party is today mourning the loss of the youngest person to join the Labour Party, Dame Dorothy Fraser, who went on to be a stalwart of the Dunedin community and tireless worker for others.… ...
    19 hours ago
  • The ultimate scapegoat: PM blames fruit fly for new tax
    The Prime Minister has found the ultimate scapegoat for breaking his promise not to introduce a new tax – the Queensland fruit fly, Labour’s Biosecurity spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “John Key’s first policy upon taking office and assigning himself the… ...
    22 hours ago
  • How many victims missing out on protection?
    Hundreds of domestic abuse victims could be missing out on getting protection orders because they are unable to get legal aid, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.“In the last two years some 351 people who applied for legal aid for… ...
    3 days ago
  • Government kicks hardworking whanau
    A major incentive to help young Kiwis and people on low incomes to start saving has been kicked out from under them with the National-led Government ramming through short-sighted legislation under Urgency today, Labour’s Maori Development Spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta says.… ...
    3 days ago
  • Speculator tax political stunt gone wrong
    Bill English’s admission he doesn’t know whether National’s new speculator tax will have any effect shows last weekend’s announcement by the Prime Minister was a desperate political stunt, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “This Government is so desperate to… ...
    3 days ago
  • The value of parenting
    This week, as part of the Budget, the government introduced a bill to address child poverty. This bill will require parents receiving income support to look for part-time work once their youngest child is three years of age rather than… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    3 days ago
  • Another new tax, another broken promise
    National has unveiled yet another new tax in this budget – a rural broadband levy that will almost certainly result in an immediate price hike for internet and telephone connections across New Zealand, Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran said “The… ...
    4 days ago
  • Anniversary of Sri Lankan Tamil Massacre
    This is not going to be a happy story but if the Green Party of Aotearoa doesn’t want to know who else will? May 18th marks the anniversary of what is known as the ‘Mullivaikal massacre’ of Tamils in 2009 at… ...
    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty MP
    4 days ago
  • Labour MPs join youth to take part in 40 hour famine
    A team of Labour MPs took part in the 2015 World Vision 40 hour famine and we were told by World Vision and the young people, that it was the first time MPs had joined them and how appreciative they… ...
    4 days ago
  • Rodeo: ‘Family entertainment’ or animal abuse?
    Recently  TVNZ ran a story with confronting footage showing rodeo animals being punched, repeatedly shocked with electronic prods and having their tails violently twisted over their backs. It was clear that significant force was being used behind the scenes to make… ...
    GreensBy Mojo Mathers MP
    4 days ago
  • Budget puts the squeeze on police
    The Government has cut funding to the New Zealand police force in the latest Budget, says Labour’s Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis. “The reduction is a whopping $15.3 million that could put front line officers at risk. ...
    4 days ago
  • Crucial social services take another hit
    The Government looks set to slash half a million dollars of funding for critical social services, including Women’s Refuge and Barnados, says Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni “Taking $500,000 from organisations aimed at improving the lives of vulnerable families… ...
    4 days ago
  • Saying it Loud on Climate in Christchurch
    The Government’s Christchurch consultation meeting on New Zealand’s emission targets was inspiring – not for what was in the Ministry for the Environment’s (MFE’s) defeatist video about the obstacles to changing to a low carbon future, but for what the… ...
    GreensBy Eugenie Sage MP
    4 days ago
  • Budget silent on small business
    The Government has completely ignored one of the most important sectors of the economy – small and medium-sized enterprises – in Budget 2015, Labour’s Small Business spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. "A stunning 41 per cent of jobs were created by… ...
    4 days ago
  • Thank you John, it’s been bloody marvellous
    The departure of John Campbell is a blow to current affairs investigative journalism, Labour’s Broadcasting Spokesperson Clare Curran says. “Campbell Live stood out in its field. Its axing comes as local broadcasting in New Zealand remains in a state of… ...
    4 days ago
  • KiwiSaver cut shows no long-term plan
    National’s cutting of the KiwiSaver kickstart is incredibly short-term thinking, typical of a Budget that is woefully short on ideas to generate wealth and opportunity, Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “New Zealand’s savings rate is far too low. KiwiSaver… ...
    4 days ago
  • National hits the panic button for its 7th Budget
    National has hit the panic button for its 7th Budget in a desperate attempt to look like they’re taking action to reduce our shameful child poverty rates, but they are giving with one hand and taking with the other, Opposition… ...
    5 days ago
  • Panic and back-flips can’t hide twin deficits
    National’s token measures to fight fires they have left burning for seven long years can’t hide a Budget that is long on broken promises, short on vision and fails to reach surplus, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “After being… ...
    5 days ago
  • Auckland land measure seven years too late
    National are so desperate to look like they are doing something about the Auckland housing crisis they have dusted off Labour’s 2008 inventory of government land available for housing and re-announced it, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Despite National… ...
    5 days ago
  • Access to gender reassignment surgery essential
    I was frankly disgusted to hear the Minister for Health say that funding gender reassignment surgeries is a “nutty idea”. A recent study found that in New Zealand 1% of young people identified themselves as transgender, and 3% were unsure… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    6 days ago
  • Global milk prices now lowest in 6 years
    The latest fall in the global dairy price has brought it to the lowest level in six years and shows there must be meaningful action in tomorrow’s Budget to diversify the economy, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “Dairy prices… ...
    6 days ago
  • Big risks as CYF checks stopped
    Revelations that Child, Youth and Family is no longer assisting home-based early childhood educators by vetting potential employees should set alarm bells ringing, Labour Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “Doing away with an extra mechanism for checking potential new employees… ...
    7 days ago
  • Housing crisis about real people not numbers
    The Government’s continued failure to tackle the housing crisis is seeing thousands of vulnerable Kiwis being kept off social housing waiting lists, while others, who are on the list, are being forced to live in cars and garages, says Labour’s… ...
    7 days ago
  • Housing crisis about real people not numbers
    The Government’s continued failure to tackle the housing crisis is seeing thousands of vulnerable Kiwis being kept off social housing waiting lists, while others, who are on the list, are being forced to live in cars and garages, says Labour’s… ...
    7 days ago
  • State of origin
    Kiwis are increasingly concerned about the food they give their families. New Zealand consumers have the right to know where their food has come from, particularly when it involves animals, and should be able to expect our Government to label… ...
    GreensBy Steffan Browning MP
    7 days ago
  • Relationships Aotearoa
    It is disturbing that Relationships Aotearoa, a voluntary organisation set up in 1949 to help couples struggling with their relationships following the upheavals of World War II, may be forced to close, says Acting Spokesperson for the Voluntary and Community… ...
    7 days ago
  • An economy that is just working for some is an economy that is not working
    The National Party presents itself as a great manager of the economy, but if the economy is only working for some we really need to question that assertion. Alongside the perpetually elusive surplus, the levels of risk in our economy are… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    7 days ago
  • An economy that is just working for some is an economy that is not working
    The National Party presents itself as a great manager of the economy, but if the economy is only working for some we really need to question that assertion. Alongside the perpetually elusive surplus, the levels of risk in our economy are… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    7 days ago
  • House prices to a crack $1 million in 17 months
    The average Auckland home is on track to cost $1 million in 17 months’ time if nothing substantial is done to rein in soaring price rises, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “Auckland’s house prices have skyrocketed 63 per cent… ...
    1 week ago
  • Vital support services can’t be left in lurch
    The National Government has big questions to answer about how a provider of services to thousands of vulnerable New Zealanders is set to fold, Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says. Relationships Aotearoa which provides support and counselling to families, individuals… ...
    1 week ago
  • Treasury and IRD on a capital gains tax
    Both the Treasury and IRD have been advising the National Government on the benefits of a capital gains tax. Documents released to the Green Party under an Official Information Act request show that John Key has been selective with the… ...
    GreensBy Russel Norman MP
    1 week ago
  • Charity legislation needs review
    It is unacceptable that the big corporate based charities claim  millions in annual income tax exemptions, while small community based and operated non-profit organisations  struggle to gain official charity status, Labour’s acting spokesperson for the Voluntary and Community Sector Louisa… ...
    1 week ago
  • John’s panic-Key response to housing crisis
    John Key needs to tell New Zealanders what caused his sudden change of heart that led to the Government’s scrambled and last-minute housing measures, Opposition Leader Andrew Little says. “The Prime Minister’s sudden rush of blood to his head followed… ...
    1 week ago
  • Keep our Assets Christchurch Campaign: An update
    I recently presented my submission to keep Christchurch Council assets at the Christchurch City Council’s public hearings on its 10 year plan on 13 May. The hearings are live-streamed and recorded so you can watch them on www.ccc.govt.nz. The Council’s… ...
    GreensBy Eugenie Sage MP
    1 week ago
  • John Key finally admits there’s a housing crisis
    John Key’s weak measures to rein in the astronomical profits property speculators are making are an admission – finally – that there is a housing crisis, Labour Leader Andrew Little says. “But yet again National is tinkering with the housing… ...
    1 week ago
  • Government stifles voices in CYFs review
    The Government’s exclusion of the Māori Women’s Welfare League in a panel on the future of CYFs is a cynical ploy to stifle views, says Labour’s Māori Development Spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta. “It's unbelievable that a significant review on the future… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Speech to the Otago Chamber of Commerce
    Thank you very much for the opportunity to be here today. It’s a pleasure as always to be back in the town that raised me. Growing up in St Kilda meant that there was one thing that was a big… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Key can’t just be Prime Minister for Parnell
    John Key must show New Zealanders in next week’s Budget that he is more than the Prime Minister for Parnell, and is also the Prime Minister for Pine Hill, Putararu and Palmerston North, Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says. In… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Stop the conversions
    This week, some Waikato locals took me and intrepid photographer Amanda Rogers on a tour of some  lakes and waterways in their region, and up to the massive dairy conversions in the upper catchment of the Waikato River. It… ...
    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty MP
    2 weeks ago
  • More regional jobs go in Corrections reshape
    News that 194 Corrections staff are to lose their jobs will have ramifications not only for them and their families but for the wider community, Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. Prison units at Waikeria, Tongariro and Rimutaka face closure… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Government’s climate meetings off to a bumpy start
    On Wednesday, I attended a hui and an evening meeting that the Government had organised in Nelson as part of its climate change consultation tour, to support the Nelson community telling the Government to take meaningful action on climate change.… ...
    GreensBy Steffan Browning MP
    2 weeks ago
  • Taxpayers the only ones left feeling blue
    Ministry of Social Development bosses could have saved themselves thousands of dollars in consultants’ fees by providing staff with rose-tinted spectacles, Labour’s State Services spokesperson Kris Faafoi says. A report out today reveals the Ministry is spending over half a… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Why are the regions still facing restrictions?
    Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford is questioning why the regions should continue to be saddled with LVR lending restrictions announced by the Reserve Bank today. “Labour has been calling for the regions to be exempted from LVRs for the best… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • The high costs of weak environmental regulation
    Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere is described on the Department of Conservation website as “Canterbury’s largest and New Zealand’s fifth largest [lake], and an internationally important wildlife area.” But the lake is also polluted by nutrients leaching from farms in the catchment.… ...
    GreensBy Eugenie Sage MP
    2 weeks ago
  • Submissions to Wellington City Council on their Gambling Venues Policy
    Every three years Councils across the country are required to check that their gambling venue policies are still fit for purpose and they can choose to consult on their policy if they are thinking of making changes. Councils don’t have… ...
    GreensBy Denise Roche MP
    2 weeks ago
  • Reserve Bank action shows Govt out of touch and out of ideas
    The Reserve Bank’s unprecedented measures today show it understands the serious risks of the overheating housing market – in complete contrast to John Key’s refusal to acknowledge the crisis, Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “The Bank is right to… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Send us your snaps: 25 Years of the Green Party
    This year we've hit a milestone. We're turning 25.To help celebrate a quarter of a century, please send us your photos from the last 25 years of the Green Party Aotearoa New Zealand! Note: Photos must be jpg, gif or… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • 25 Years of the Green Party
    This year the Green Party sends 25. To help us celebrate a quarter of a century please send us you photos of 25 years of the Green Party!Photos must be jpg,gif or png and smaller than 2MB. If you are… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Bay growth plan too little too late
    Today’s Bay of Plenty growth study from MBIE is another example of Government spin - lots of talk but little action, says Labour’s Regional Development spokesperson David Cunliffe.  “This is a region that desperately needs to develop the downstream processing… ...
    2 weeks ago

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