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A fish rots from the head down

Written By: - Date published: 1:50 pm, September 25th, 2012 - 51 comments
Categories: accountability, Ethics, john key - Tags: , , , ,

There is something well and truly stinky wafting from the 9th floor of the beehive.

I think the rot set in with Key’s TranzRail lies, and was well and truly established after Bill English’s housing rort. When the Nats were allowed to get away with these scott free, Key knew he could ride out anything. So he does. But now the warnings are coming thick and fast. From John Armstrong:

The farce grows with every day

If ridicule is the price of preserving the Government’s thin majority, however, John Key will continue to wear it – even if less than willingly.

Key is fairly confident of the direction in which the Banks donations scandal is heading: nowhere. He is gambling on his fig-leaf defence of his refusal to boot Banks from his ministry outlasting the capacity of Opposition parties to keep the story alive.

…Planet Key would be a place where prime ministers would not have to defend the indefensible.

And more directly from Tapu Misa:

Politicians think it’s fine to lie

… Are we headed in the same direction [as America], where lying to the public is no longer as politically damaging as it once was? The Prime Minister seems to be banking on it.

… Banks lied to reporters; he misrepresented the truth and misled the public on more than one occasion. All while a minister of the Key Government. One would have thought this would constitute a fatal failure to “behave in a way that upholds, and is seen to uphold, the highest ethical standards”, as the Cabinet Manual requires. But, no, says John Key. Whether or not Banks lied to the public is a matter of opinion, rather than of verifiable evidence. …

Key’s Banksian contortion is cynical and insulting – perhaps we’ll be too apathetic and stupid to notice.

… and Bryan Gould:

Banks affair should ring alarm bells

… There are two aspects of the case that worry me but which have attracted little attention so far. First, we are told, in Kim Dotcom’s sworn evidence, that he was asked by John Banks for anonymous donations because that would allow him to “help” Dotcom more effectively. This seems perilously close to an overt proposition that the mayoral candidate was willing to use his power, if elected, to offer differential “help” to a particular interest, and that this exercise would be aided if the financial help being solicited could be kept secret.

I am surprised that so few seem to have grasped the unacceptable nature of this proposed arrangement. The sale of favours by politicians should be anathema to any system of fair and open democracy.

The second issue is a mystery at the heart of the Prime Minister’s continued defence of his ministerial colleague. Whatever one may think of John Banks, there will be surprise that the Prime Minister has maintained such indifference to the compelling evidence that his minister was less than truthful in his treatment of supposedly “anonymous” donations.

Key’s arrogant disdain for ethical standards is clear.

Now we have the latest example, the GCSB spying scandal, a story which is breaking so fast, in so many directions, that I can’t even begin to keep up with it. Key is the Minister in charge, but (as usual) is denying all knowledge and all responsibility for the illegal spying – despite the fact that Bill English signed off on an agreement for the NZ taxpayer to pick up the bill if Dotcom sues.

Key says that the spying – illegal because Dotcom is legally a resident – was a “mistake”:

“If the people were New Zealand residents or citizens and met the test of requiring a warrant I would have to sign that warrant,” he said”. “But it was not believed any of those individuals met that category.”

Somehow the GCSB spooks managed to miss a $500,000 fireworks display that Dotcom threw to celebrate his residency? Yeah right:

Prime Minister John Key is defending granting Kim Dotcom New Zealand residency after a split in his Cabinet…

For New Year’s Eve 2010, Dotcom shouted Auckland $500,000 worth of fireworks. There was plenty to celebrate – he’d just been granted New Zealand residency.

Key is in trouble. John Armstrong again:

PM needs to come clean on bugging

A genuine mistake? Or a deliberate flouting of the law?

The fact that a true Nat fan like Armstrong has to ask that question shows how low Key has fallen.

John Key was at pains yesterday to stress that the unlawful eavesdropping by the GCSB on Kim Dotcom was in the category of error rather than conspiracy. And a very isolated error at that.

Well, the Prime Minister would try to downplay this rather large embarrassment, wouldn’t he? Especially given he is the responsible minister. Or is supposed to be.

Yesterday he was taking no responsibility for the illegal bugging on the basis that he was not informed of the operation until a week ago.

However – contrary to Key’s assurances – this is not the first time the GCSB’s exercising of its powers has recently come under question.

Key is the Minister responsible and this fiasco is on his watch. Bomber Bradbury sets out some questions that need answers. A fish rots from the head down. There is something well and truly stinky wafting from the 9th floor of the beehive.

51 comments on “A fish rots from the head down”

  1. vto 1

    Right, that’s it. Fuck the State. Fuck the police, the ird, winz doc, fuck the lot of ’em. No more playing by the rules. From now on it is only ever a mistake that is made, nothing intentional, and when it comes to any defence in any court we can simply stand behind the precedents being set by the highest court in the land (yeah right) – just opinion, can’t recall, etc.

    Farce.

    • r0b 1.1

      Don’t give up yet. There is still a mechanism to change the government, and it is worth putting your efforts in to that…

      • vto 1.1.1

        Yes I know r0b. But ffs it seems to me that the problem is the system and how do you change that? I have seen for donkeys that the system / the state / government has been steadily concentrating more power into its own hands. It is still an expanding bubble of power and control. It has a way to go yet. Sure, change the govt but the system remains open to abuse by humans and their flawed nature. What is the solution? Well I have always said that the power should be devolved away from large organisations like govts and spread throughout the populace.

        Give the power back to the people!

        • r0b 1.1.1.1

          There are problems in the system for sure – many of which I think would be fixed by a complete ban on donations, and state funding of political parties.

          But there also a bunch of problems that it seems to me are always worse under Nats than under Labour.

        • lefty 1.1.1.2

          The only way to get change is to stop obeying the rules.

          As long as the majority of us follow the laws and conventions put in place and owned by the ruling class we will continue to be treated like serfs.

          Parliamentary democracy is a great idea but has been totally bought and paid for by the rich, so the rest of us have to find other ways to rule ourselves.

          The rule of law is a brilliant concept but it depends on who is making and administering the laws as to whether or not we live in a just society.

          Ordinary people need to start breaking any law they want to at any time they feel like it for a while.

          All workers who can afford it need to stock up with food then just stay home for a while.

          We all need to stop paying our mortgages and any other bills.

          We need to flood the talkbacks and letters to the editors with hundreds of people calling for change.

          We need to refuse to turn up to vote at elections.

          We need to treat bosses with the same overt contempt they treat workers.

          We need to stop being reasonable and fair in an unreasonable and unfair world.

          It wouldn’t actually take long and the likes of Key, Shearer, Peters and Norman would disappear up their own arses, never to be seen again.

          And politicians of the future would know to behave themselves or get the same treatment.

          Ah well – its good to dream now and then.

          • Colonial Viper 1.1.1.2.1

            Nonviolent civil disruption and disobedience eh.

            • SpaceMonkey 1.1.1.2.1.1

              Meaningful change comes from grass-roots… perhaps the best way to change the system is from the inside – a coordinated “cultural hacking” of government ministeries and departments. Transparency should be the first goal… then at least we start to get a picture of the size of the problem.

    • Pete 1.2

      I know public servants. I’ve been in the public service myself. Most of them, I’d hazard, are frustrated that they can’t give people the help they need and are cowed from speaking out based on the Public Service Code of Conduct. When they do make mistakes (show me a private sector org that hasn’t made one), they catch an unreasonable amount of crap both from the politicians who view them with as much disdain as something you’d find on the bottom of your shoe, and the public at large who demand perfection. The ones who are good at what they do, you never hear about. It’s a tough gig.

      Edit: Of course those in positions of power, the cops, intelligence services etc merit extra scrutiny, but some poor fellow maintaining walking tracks or working at a museum doesn’t deserve that kind of ire.

  2. Macro 2

    So it’s just a “mistake” – and that makes it alright?
    I wonder if the bank robber, or the murderer could use the same defence? “It was just a mistake your honour!” Nah didn’t think so.
    Key’s lack of ethical fibre brings into doubt his fitness for the task of the leader of the Nation.
    The GCSB has wide ranging powers of surveillance. It is paramount for the security of our nation that they use these powers ethically and responsibly and within the law that has been proscribed. They know the law that pertains to their operation and to willingly go beyond that is an overwhelming abuse of their power and those responsible must be called to account. Key is the minister responsible and he must be held to account as well.

  3. burt 3

    Convenience before principles…. think we have had this discussion before rOb, but this time we agree – must be the blue team acting offensive, damn shame you don’t have one position on this sort of shit but hey – lets put that behind us till next time you are defending the same from the red team.

    Nail em rOb – blog this stuff hard out and get people talking about it – ignore the self serving idiots who make excuses for their team because it’s convenient to look the other way so the self serving munters can stay in power.

    • r0b 3.1

      It matters whether accusations are true, or not, don’t you think?

      Just as a matter of interest, who do you support politically these days Burt? Still backing ACT? It’s always easy to say what we’re against, eh, but what do you stand for?

      TTFN

      • Colonial Viper 3.1.1

        Five hours later and still not a peep?

      • burt 3.1.2

        It matters whether accusations are true, or not, don’t you think?

        Apparently not… The Chief Electoral Office (Davvid Henry) warned Labour (in writing) that the pledge card spending would be treated as electioneering before the election… yet they still said “move on” with retrospective validations when the AG said they broke the law. Remember the AG made a bad call… You supported that convenience rOb – so apparently the accusations being true or not have piss all to do with partisan supporters.

        ACT – forget it. Dead burger. I don’t support National or Labour – how many times do I need to tell you this – it’s also not relevant to this discussion with regard to me, I’ve not defended my team while being outraged over similar circumstances when it was the other team.

        • felix 3.1.2.1

          And yet I don’t see you here railing against Key and National late into the night like you did when Labour was in power.

          I don’t see you making it your life’s work to change the govt.

          I guess you don’t see the situations as being as similar as you say.

          • burt 3.1.2.1.1

            felix

            This bit;

            Nail em rOb – blog this stuff hard out and get people talking about it

            That’s a call to action … surely you haven’t wasted your entire time on this blog not understanding how promoting discussion on certain topics equals exposing them…. what are you here for felix ?

            • felix 3.1.2.1.1.1

              Is that it, burt? A nod of support for someone else to pursue the matter, but no interest in jumping up and down yourself? Like you did for years when Labour were in govt?

              I mean to say, if you:

              A) believe the situations to be comparable (which you certainly seem to), and
              B) are genuinely “non-partisan” about it all (which you always insist you are)

              then I can’t see any reason why your reactions now versus then should be so different.

              • burt

                Let me guess felix; if National shoot down a court case against Key using the power of parliament you and I will go hard out at logger heads for years with you saying it’s OK because they are just doing what they always did while I get progressively septic about it… But you want that now – before it’s happened…. Is that what’s going on here felix?

                • felix

                  Why would I do that, burt?

                  You’re the one saying the situations are comparable – aren’t you?

                  Perhaps it would help if you were to state your position on that clearly, without analogy or irony.

        • lprent 3.1.2.2

          That old chestnut again.

          http://publicaddress.net/hardnews/itunes-yes/ from 2006 a year after the 2005 election. The election was in October from memory.

          Lewis agreed that Labour was warned last September by the chief electoral officer David Henry that the pledge card would be considered electoral spending.

          “And we continued to contest that, saying we know this is normal spending that we’d done in 2002, 1990 and 1996. It wasn’t seeking votes as such, it was putting out information.”

          So why would David Henry think the situation had changed?

          “I don’t know – you’d have to ask David Henry that.”

          For that matter how was it different from the pledge card tha National did using the same mechanisms in 2002.

          As far as I am awar I have never seen an explanation from David Henry to say what changed. He warned Labour after the cards and the campaign were effectively in operation and right before the election on something that was established practice.

          Quite simply I think he was wrong on both his retrospective interpretation of the law and his timing. The timing to me appeared more designed to interfere in the political and electoral outcomes than anything else. The time to lay down general rules about what and was not permissible for established techniques was the year before an election. Not to make stuff up on the hoof during the election campaign.

          In the end, parliament had to legislate to fix his cockup. He’d effectively said that every major party down to wieners like Act had been breaking electoral law all the way back into the 1990s, thereby invalidating the interpretations of all of the previous people in his position and casting aspersions on all of the elections in which that parliamentary money had been used for publicity campaigns of various kinds.

          In my opinion, someone should have pulled David Henry into the supreme court to validate his position against thee relevant legislation. but instead they were too gutless. From memory all of the parties in parliament then voted for legislation to clarify what the rules were and to leave less room for a future electoral commissioner to interprete parliaments legislation the way that they chose to do.

          • burt 3.1.2.2.1

            lprent

            They were too gutless indeed to haul Henry into court, they didn’t have the balls to take the hit if he was right. So.. how sure are we of the integrity of our political parties – not so much. One thing we do know, they don’t like being pulled into court !

            Now, lets talk about how likely it is that the striking resemblance’s between Key & Banks v Clark & Peters ( or Banks & DotCom v Peters & Owen Glenn for that matter) could be played out to the satisfaction of the opposition party supporters rather than at the pleasure of the governing parties.

            No sugar coating of Labour’s position is required here lprent, what IMHO is required is that we the voters and tax payers should be able to expect the highest ethical standards from our representatives.

            Drag this out, call it dotcome-gate or some other catch name and live it up. Just don’t be surprised if you need to throw your last leader under the bus to get any real traction. You can’t have it both ways and be credible all at the same time. All you end up with is a battle of arguing circumstances, technicalities and timing of events 7 years ago with it still happening around you.

            • RedLogix 3.1.2.2.1.1

              Well then in the interests of moral consistency burt, can hear from you advocating the same consequences for Key and Banks that you were insisting five years ago had to be applied to the Clark govt?

              • burt

                Yep, watch this space…. So how about you RedLogix – in the interests of moral consistency are you calling for us to move on giving Key a free pass on this ? Perhaps have Banks excused his deeds as others were doing it too…

                • Redlogix

                  Nope … you are the one making the direct equivalence between the two issues. You spent the best part of five years demanding that the Helen Clark govt should fall over it.

                  Therefore I’m waiting for YOU to spend the next year or two at least, hollering blue murder over this Banksie/Dotcom affair.

                  Fair’s fair burt … retrospectively that is.

                  • burt

                    RedLogix

                    What I’m really saying at this time is;

                    Key is fairly confident of the direction in which the Banks donations scandal is heading: nowhere. He is gambling on his fig-leaf defence of his refusal to boot Banks from his ministry outlasting the capacity of Opposition parties to keep the story alive.

                    …outlasting the capacity of Opposition parties to keep the story alive.

                    This is the key to it, I don’t have an opposition party blog. I’ll get going when this takes a turn even remotely close to the bollox you defended from your team RedLogix. Be sure of that.

                    But if you lot want to keep this going you might need to face the fact that what you defended in your team, the level of ethics and the total lack of accountability under the law, is going to bite you in the ass. Like I said to lprent;

                    Just don’t be surprised if you need to throw your last leader under the bus to get any real traction.

                    Is “taking a minister at his word” acceptable when it’s bloody obvious to all watching the minister is full of BS. ?

                    Is using a “we always did it this way” justification acceptable ?

                    Should the voices of senior government officials calling “foul” be tested in court or should they be denigrated for making bad calls while we all move on ?

                    This is where Labour and it’s supporters have no high ground – so, having been a good soldier for your team how do you feel knowing that behaviour is probably exactly what will give National a free ride on this BS self serving behaviour ?

                  • burt

                    RedLogix ( and felix )

                    There is a tacit “you won” in that over my belly aching with Labour’s behaviour.

                    You and your team got away with shit as abhorrent as National are up to now.

                    However I’m still claiming a moral victory on standing on the right side of a principle. We are on the same side this time, is that telling you enough to stop thinking you should be telling me how I should respond to this and when.

                    • Redlogix

                      I’ll get going when this takes a turn even remotely close to the bollox you defended from your team RedLogix.

                      In other words you are still ‘tacitly’ defending Key and Banks. Oh well so much for the bluster.

  4. Arthur 4

    One aspect of this affair which does not seem to get any coverage is the way that Mr Sensible continues to prop up the whole rotten edifice. I seem to remember he has in the past mentioned integrity.

  5. infused 5

    Bomber, really…

  6. Dr Terry 6

    I hate to admit this, but I doubt anything above will trouble smug old Key at all, let alone his large number of blinded devotees (who probably get a kick out of his misdeeds!) What does he have to do to earn the displeasure of his disciples? There is little worse that he could do really, but never fear, he will find a way!
    Tapu worries that she might be “too apathetic and stupid to notice”. In fact, Tapu HAS NOTICED very, very clearly. We have to think of all those silly sheep, excluding her, who bleat Key to his victories.
    Gould says, on Banks and Key (how tiring this topic has become, but Key will depend on that) he is “surpised that so few seem to have grasped the unacceptable . . . ” Well, this is New Zealand Bryan, how come anything surprises you anymore?
    Gould continues, “there will be surprise that the PM has maintained such indifference . . . ” Bryan, does anything at all surprise you about Key’s behaviour? Most of his faithful are positively endorsing it!!
    And, of course, Key on Dotcom, “the spying was a MISTAKE”. Even the most stout English Tory would be staggered by that understatement! As Armstrong (this time agreeable) asserts, “Key is the Minister responsible . . . ” Remember the famous words of Harry Truman, “the buck stops here” (sitting at his desk). I suspect that what we are seeing much of the time is a “passing of the buck”.
    But how many truly care a damn?

    • karol 6.1

      Yeah, Dr Terry. And I just watched the TV3 news team repeating the government line that Key “knows NUTTINK” and everyone else kept the truth from him. This, in spite of the massive stretch of credibility – it was all the fault of the police getting their facts wrong, and GCSB & English not keeping Key informed.

      http://shanghaiist.com/attachments/catherinelewis22/Ministry-of-Truth.jpg

      • ianmac 6.1.1

        I thought that segment on Campbell Live ended abruptly. JC said when talking about all those who knew, “Remember this because I want to come back to it in a moment.” But didn’t. Something more is brewing there I reckon. I at least, will watch this space.

      • mike 6.1.2

        “Organised and Financial Crime Agency New Zealand (OFCANZ) wrongly told GCSB agents the pair were foreigners….

        The documents state “GCSB sought assurance that all the persons of interest were foreign nationals. OFCANZ gave that assurance”.

        The advice on the immigration status of Dotcom and Van der Kolk was “incorrect.””

        http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/7723520/Spies-given-wrong-information-on-Dotcom-court-papers

        Bit confused here. So either the GCSB incompetently asked OFCANZ the wrong question, (they are foreign nationals, GCSB should have asked about their residency status), or OFCANZ gave incorrect information, (in a big deal international operation), about their residency status even though Dotcom had been an NZ resident for more than 12 months. Neither is credible.

        Oh yeah and Bill English decided that it wasn’t worth mentioning this FBI/GSCB mission on NZ soil to the PM. Right. The key word in ‘plausible deniability’ is plausible.

        John Key is telling journalists to “be careful” and is talking about Tom Clancy plots. Who said ‘never believe anything until it’s officially denied’? John Key’s Transrail eyes say ‘cover-up’.

        http://www.3news.co.nz/defaultStrip.aspx?tabid=213&articleID=270535

  7. jack 7

    I see a pattern with Key.. When there is anything that exposes his own lies, he immediately has to start an investigation. That way he doesn’t have to answer the hard questions. Or, like Bank’s police report, will not purposely read it. I think the teflon is wearing off fast with Key and those in doubt are going to start running fast.

    • mike e 7.1

      Jack you see it in the herald stuff and here the tide has definitely turned against nACTional with right wingers bagging Banks Keys lack of integrity!

  8. illuminatedtiger 8

    Is it too early yet to say he should probably resign?

    • mike e 8.1

      He’ll want a cup of tea first who with Colin Craig ,Winston Peters!
      Who will he throw to the wolves to get Craig a safe seat!

    • Tracey 8.2

      If he doesnt think Banks needs to resign, he wont be resigning while he has a useful stooge in English.

      Is English a knowing stooge? Or will he be furious behind the scenes for having to take this one for the PM??

  9. Adrian 9

    Watch English. He has been shafted by Key before and pay back time can’t be far away. The complicating factor is that in any other administration anywhere in the world, except for a few obvious places, what English allegedly did would see him down the road in an instant.

    • felix 9.1

      I think English would make an excellent National Party Leader and would easily win many elections as PM.

      For the sake of the party, all National supporters should get behind him and back a winner.

      • mike e 9.1.1

        They could get Michelle Boag to run the campaign!

      • Dv 9.1.2

        >English would make an excellent National Party Leader

        already been there in 2001?

        • felix 9.1.2.1

          And the sooner he’s back in the driver’s seat the better for National.

          The party has been slowly losing its way under the post-modernist, anything-can-mean-anything, populist leadership of Key, and the base are starting to feel it. The shine has come off the golden child.

          English represents an opportunity for the party to return to its roots, to its traditional values. Back to an earlier time, a simpler time, a time when National knew what it stood for and knew what it was.

  10. JonL 10

    “I see a pattern with Key.. When there is anything that exposes his own lies, he immediately has to start an investigation.”
    He’s a sociopath, that’s why! It’s always someone else’s fault!

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    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    5 days ago
  • The Chinese coronavirus outbreak: what are the options for vaccines and treatments?
    By now you’ve probably heard of the coronavirus outbreak that started in Wuhan City, China. The number of cases is rising, up to about 300 with six deaths. Cases have been reported in several more Chinese cities, including Beijing and Shanghai, as well as in Japan, Thailand, and South Korea. ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    5 days ago
  • Educating New Zealand’s future workforce
    Judy Kavanagh Do you remember your first day at school? The education I received was for a very different world than the world of today. Along with huge social shifts there have been big changes in the New Zealand economy and the work people do. There are occupations unheard of ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    5 days ago
  • A casual attitude towards transparency
    Back in December, when the government was introducing new secrecy legislation on an almost daily basis, I posted about the Infrastructure Funding and Financing Bill. The Bill establishes a new class of public entity, "special purpose vehicles", which collect and spend public money and enjoy statutory powers. Despite this, they ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Against a carbon bailout
    If we are to avoid making the planet uninhabitable, we need to cut carbon emisisons fast. Which basicly means putting the fossil fuel industry - coal, gas, and oil - out of business. But this means that the banks and other lenders who have bankrolled the industry's environmental destruction will ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Still a criminal industry
    More evidence that the fishing industry suffers from pervasive criminality, with Forest & Bird highlighting some odd numbers in the annual statistics:The Annual Review Report For Highly Migratory Species Fisheries 2018/19 (Pg 4, Table 4) showed only 4% of commercial long lining trips for tuna and swordfish reported non-fish bycatch ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Controversy? Or Manufactroversy?
    A few days ago, New Zealand’s Minister of Education announced the wider release of a resource on climate change, which was initially trialled at a Christchurch school during 2018. According to the Minister, children will learn about “the role science plays in understanding climate change, aids understanding of both the response ...
    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    5 days ago
  • The emerging coronavirus outbreak in China
    By now you’ve probably heard of the new virus causing an outbreak of severe pneumonia in China. The question on most people’s minds is, how worried should we be, especially as hundreds of millions of people will soon be travelling across China and beyond to visit family for the Lunar ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    6 days ago
  • How did climate change get so controversial?
    An excerpt from the book Cranky Uncle vs. Climate Change, released Feb 25. Our human brain is poorly equipped to deal with a threat like climate change. Over millions of years, we’ve evolved to avoid life-threatening dangers like predators jumping out of bushes. We’ve survived by quickly detecting and avoiding immediate, short-term ...
    6 days ago
  • Farmers are ruining Canterbury’s rivers
    Its summer, so people naturally want to go for a swim. But in South Canterbury, you can't, because the rivers are full of toxic goo:As of Monday, the Waihi River at Wilson Street footbridge, Geraldine, the Waihao River at Bradshaws Bridge, and three spots on the Opihi River - at ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Sack Shane Jones
    Late last year, NZ First was caught trying to enrich itself from public office, with a dodgy forestry company linked to a number of NZ First figures sticking its hand out repeatedly for government money. Regional Economic Development Minister shane Jones' "explanations" were patently unconvincing, and his recusal from deciding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • BIG idea physics
    This morning I’ve been having a quick look through some documentation from The Ministry of Education on proposed changes to NCEA Level 1 Science. For those not familiar with the NZ secondary education system, a typical student would complete NCEA level 1 at the end of year 11.  In this ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    6 days ago
  • Revolution in New Zealand? Not Even Close!
    No Fires Thanks, We're Kiwis: For the moment, in those close-to-home places where revolutions are born, there may be tetchiness and resentment, frustration and complaint, but nowhere is anybody uttering the cry that will bring a New Zealand revolution into being: “We have found the way to make tomorrow better ...
    7 days ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #3
    Story of the Week... Editorial of the Week... Toon of the Week... Quote of the Week... Graphic of the Week... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Claim Reviews... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week... Story of the Week... 'It's heart-wrenching': 80% of Blue Mountains and 50% of ...
    1 week ago
  • Britain exits the European Union and takes a sharp right turn
    by John Smith  Britain’s exit from the imperialist bloc known as the European Union (EU) is now irreversible. The crushing electoral defeat of the Labour Party has dismayed many workers and youth who had placed their hopes in Jeremy Corbyn, its left-wing leader. This article assesses these historic events, neither of which ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #3
    A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Jan 12, 2020 through Sat, Jan 18, 2020 Editor's Pick The Past and the Future of the Earth’s Oldest Trees Bristlecone pines have survived various catastrophes over the millennia, and they ...
    1 week ago
  • How climate change influenced Australia’s unprecedented fires
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections, and has been adapted into a new myth rebuttal on climate-wildfire connections with the short URL sks.to/wildfires Australia’s frightening bushfires, which kicked off an early fire season in September 2019, have already had cataclysmic effects, and the continent is still just in the early ...
    1 week ago
  • Gender Identity Ideology – A Partial Bibliography of Online Coverage
    This great resource has been contributed to Redline by Janie Doebuck. Janie made some notes on the bibliography: 1) It is by no means exhaustive. There are tons more gender critical posts, essays, articles, podcasts, youtube videos, etc. online. 2) There are links in the bibliography that are behind paywalls. There ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • About those biased Oscar Nominations
    There’s been a lot written about the 2020 Oscar Nominations and their apparent lack of diversity. It’s true, there are in fact no women nominated for the Best Director and very few nominees of colour across the board. But is this a result of a biased process or a symptom ...
    1 week ago
  • How New Zealand media reports chronic pain
    Hemakumar Devan Around three million New Zealanders access news media (both paper and online) every week. Yes, you heard that right! So, the potential for news media to shape public health beliefs is common sense. As chronic pain affects one in five New Zealanders, we wanted to find out how ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Still Waiting For American Democracy.
    Unfinished Republic: Though the United States' crimes against democracy are legion, most Americans are blissfully unaware of them. The brutal realities of American life: the officially sanctioned violence; the refusal to hold racists accountable for their actions; the seemingly endless tragedy of African-American suffering; of which White America is the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • In Outrage Over Its Bunk Science, Goop Finds Fuel for Growth
    Michael Schulson For years, experts have said that Goop, the wellness and lifestyle brand founded by the actor and entrepreneur Gwyneth Paltrow, markets pseudoscience and overblown cures. And for years, despite the criticism, Goop has just kept growing. Now the company, which was valued at $250 million in 2018, ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Tobacco Excise Taxes and the Smokefree 2025 Goal: Some Ways Forward
    Janet Hoek, Richard Edwards, George Thomson, Andrew Waa, Nick Wilson Debate over tobacco tax increases has intensified as research indicates potentially conflicting policy directions. On the one hand, excise tax increases continue to stimulate quit attempts among smokers yet, on the other hand, they may lead to financial hardship for ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    2 weeks ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #2, 2020
    Conflation and how to fix it VIa AMS,  Raul Lejano looks at what in a layperson's thinking would be called conflation— confusion and blending of entirely different topics— when people think about climate change. Ideology and the Narrative of Skepticism  (open access) starts with some arguably frightening false connections between the science and ...
    2 weeks ago
  • ‘Cranky Uncle’ smart phone game will show you how to disarm climate deniers
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Bud Ward (Image: Courtesy of John Cook) When it comes to climate change, it seems every family has its own version of the proverbial Cranky Uncle. An uncle, cousin, grandparent, in-law, neighbor, whatever. Just think back to the recent holiday season’s large ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Science in the ’20s – part 1
      Outrageous, immoral or downright dangerous. That’s a description of the lifestyle of women “flappers” in the 1920s. Could it apply to science (and scientists) in the 2020s? Actually, you could look back at the past decade and see those, or similar terms, used about some science and scientists. Sometimes ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    2 weeks ago
  • Postscript: Citizenship Granted.
    I am pleased to say that I have been granted NZ citizenship. I need to do the ceremony for things to be official, but the application was a success. I now join my son as a dual NZ-US citizen. To be fair, very little will change other than the fact ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 weeks ago
  • Hard News: Music: Morales is coming
    It will be no secret to longtime readers that I, Russell Brown, love the disco.   So I'm pretty excited by the fact that one of the greats of the game is returning this summer – and also pleased to say I have tickets to give away.Legendary mixer and DJ ...
    2 weeks ago
  • The WHO Vaccine Safety Summit – from someone who was actually there
    The conspiracy I saw a new conspiracy theory flying around the other day. According to the conspiracy (that seems to originate from Del Bigtree), the World Health Organization have been ‘caught on camera’ questioning the safety of vaccines. Gosh this sounds as though someone was a mole at a ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    2 weeks ago
  • The timely death of the British Labour Party
    Below is an article submitted to Redline by Alec Abbott  At its inception, the British Labour Party was a vehicle for the propagation of racist and imperialist views within the working-class. Such views are still widespread in the party, as they are in Europe’s Social-Democratic parties, though, in the case of ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Mystery China pneumonia outbreak likely caused by new human coronavirus
    Connor Bamford, Queen’s University Belfast Since December 2019, there has been a cluster of 59 cases of pneumonia in Wuhan, eastern China. The pneumonia is associated with a previously unidentified coronavirus related to the deadly SARS virus. Seven of those cases are thought to be serious, and one person – ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Yes, koalas are cute – but should we bring them to NZ? Errm, no
    It’s been hard to miss the extreme fires raging across Australia and the tragic plight of the animals – human and otherwise – affected by the fires’ insatiable spread. I know I’ve been captivated and concerned by the tales of how Australia’s famous wildlife has been coping. Koalas approaching cyclists ...
    SciBlogsBy Sarah-Jane O'Connor
    2 weeks ago
  • National’s negative campaigning
    Anybody who looked into the Dirty Politics saga knows all too well that honesty is often in short supply within the National Party. You would think that after the exposure the John Key government received over their untruthful attack politics, the National Party would learn from its "mistakes" and leave ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Ending the government’s charade over water
    For the past decade, the government has been responding to the obvious Treaty issues raised by water allocation with the mantra that "no-one owns water". But last year, the Waitangi Tribunal ruled that actually, Māori owned it, and that those rights had never been extinguished. They recommended that iwi bring ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Northern Ireland joins the civilised world
    Same-sex marriage has finally become legal in Northern Ireland. But not through any decision of the Northern Irish Executive or Assembly, which has only just reformed after a three year walkout by the DUP; instead, Westminster made that decision for them. I've talked before about the constitutional impropriety of this, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • I had an intense conversation at work today.
    Claire Cohen-Norris volunteers with Citizens Climate Lobby as a chapter founder and leader in rural New York. Her climate advocacy sprung from her drive to provide a secure, joyful and fulfilling life for her two wonderful children. It has become a life’s mission, shared with her like-minded husband and partner. Claire ...
    2 weeks ago
  • French transport workers take on Macron over pension reform
    by John Edmundson Starting on December 5th, 2019 workers in the Parisian rail network commenced an open-ended strike in opposition to French President Emmanuel Macron’s proposed changes to their pension scheme. Rail workers in the Metro Underground have, for decades, had retirement conditions that compensate them for the low wages, ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • What a difference the decimal point makes
    I’m back at work following a nearly three-week break over Christmas. We were fortunate to be offered a house to stay in for a week over Christmas, which enabled us to have a holiday in Dunedin and see the extended family reasonably cheaply. But the house came with a catch:  ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    2 weeks ago
  • Who’s Going To Stop Him?
    Blank And Pitiless: Having ordered the assassination of the Iranian General, Qasem Soleimani, President Donald Trump promised to reduce the cultural monuments of Iran’s 3,000 year-old civilisation to rubble if a revenge attack was mounted. A breach of international law? Certainly. A war crime? Indisputably. Who’s going to stop him? Nobody.WHAT ...
    2 weeks ago
  • A worker’s story
    This interview is from Aotearoa Workers Solidarity Movement (AWSM) and is the first of an ongoing series of interviews they plan to do with workers from various sectors who are having their well being and livelihoods damaged. They begin with an educator in Southland. Due to the attitude and actions ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #2
    A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Jan 5, 2020 through Sat, Jan 11, 2020 Editor's Pick Debunked Australian Bushfire Conspiracy Theories Were Pushed by Alex Jones, Murdoch Media   As unusually intense and widespread bushfires have ...
    2 weeks ago
  • J.K. Rowling, the Seattle Library, and the Issue That Must Not Be Named
    This article was submitted to Redline by Seattle-based activist Lucinda Stoan J.K. Rowling recognizes repression when she sees it.  That’s why the author of the wildly popular Harry Potter books recently tweeted in defense of Maya Forstater. Forstater lost her job for stating that sex is real and immutable. A judge ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Rules of Empire: Laws simply do not apply and “National Security” excuses all else.
    Empires rise and fall, and the American Empire is absolutely no different. But while an Empire, in order to further the footprint, it seems to pay to do one primary thing above all else: project that everything – everything – is “simply for the good of the world” at large, ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 weeks ago
  • Indian lessons for NZ workers – the January 8 general strike
                    by Phil Duncan On Wednesday (January 8) another massive general strike took place in India.  Some 250 million industrial workers, white-collar workers, agricultural labourers struck against the government’s economic policies and attacks on the Muslim population through new proposed citizenship rules. This ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: The action that counts
    Over on Newsroom, Professor Jacqueline Beggs writes about the action she is taking on climate change. Its the usual list: reduce meat, don't fly, consume less. I'm doing some of this myself, and none of it hurts - but the way our economic system is constructed means the impact of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Fossil fuel political giving outdistances renewables 13 to one
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Karin Kirk Corporations, special interest groups, and individuals inject billions of dollars into the American political system every year. Much of the financial support in politics is concealed from public view, as some rules – and loopholes – allow “dark money” and ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Animal response to a bushfire is astounding. These are the tricks they use to survive
    Dale Nimmo, Charles Sturt University Have you ever wondered how our native wildlife manage to stay alive when an inferno is ripping through their homes, and afterwards when there is little to eat and nowhere to hide? The answer is adaptation and old-fashioned ingenuity. Australia’s bushfire season is far from ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    3 weeks ago
  • Should I ditch my fossil-fueled car?
    Yes. Reducing the number of cars in your household, or switching from petrol/diesel to electric, will dramatically reduce your greenhouse gas emissions. It’s one of the easiest and highest-impact climate steps you can take. New Zealand is being flooded with cars The New Zealand vehicle fleet is increasing rapidly. In ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    3 weeks ago
  • Speaker: Planet History: Taking Tea with Quentin
    This interview with Quentin Crisp is part of a series of articles republished from Planet, the independent magazine I edited in the early 90s from a base at 309 Karangahape Road, along with Grant Fell, Rachael Churchward, Fiona Rae, David Teehan, Mere Ngailevu and others.Inevitably, you forget things, and over ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #1, 2020
    Supply Side How are we doing with CO2 emissions? It's an important question, increasingly posed to a mixed bag of CO2 contributors who may or may not provide accurate reportage. Liu et al present a new, additional means of measurement based on satellite observations of nitrogen dioxide co-emitted from ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Donald Trump’s strategic gamble
    There’s a meme going around the Internet at the moment claiming that Donald Trump is a bit of an idiot. To outside eyes it does seem as though the President of the United States thumbs his nose at his own countries laws and administration far too often to be taken ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Is the prostitute the seller or the sold?
    Excerpts from Being and Being Bought, by Kajsa Ekis Ekman, Spinifex Press, 2013. Ekman, a Swedish journalist and critic, brings together a Marxist and feminist analysis of prostitution and surrogacy in this groundbreaking book. This is the third part of a synopsis and brief commentary of the book by Daphna Whitmore. Part 1 was ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    3 weeks ago
  • The climate crisis is also a biodiversity crisis
    Dr Andrea Byrom Like many of us, the summer break has seen me transfixed with horror at the scale and magnitude of the bushfire crisis in Australia. As an ecologist, I can’t help but be appalled at the loss of some of Australia’s most beautiful ecosystems and landscapes. And ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    3 weeks ago

  • Week That Was: 2020
    We are back for 2020! From changes to Family Funded Care, to a record high number of Kiwis in construction in the trades - we're already back making progress on those long-term challenges. Read all about it and more ...
    3 days ago
  • Winston Peters: “Ihumātao deal still a long way off”
    Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters told Mike Hosking that a settlement deal regarding Ihumātao in Auckland is still a long way off. The Maori King's flag was lowered at the site near Auckland Airport yesterday, sparking suggestions an announcement of a deal could be made by Waitangi Day. Pania Newton, ...
    5 days ago
  • Winston Peters accuses Gerry Brownlee of ‘politicising’ Holocaust memorial
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters is accusing Gerry Brownlee of "politicising" a Holocaust memorial event after the National MP questioned the lack of Kiwi representation there. The Yad Vashem World Holocaust Remembrance Centre in Jerusalem, Israel, is holding the World Holocaust Forum on January 23 to mark 75 years since ...
    5 days ago
  • Provincial Growth Fund to help Waipukurau Pā sites attract thousands of tourists
    The Ngā Ara Tipuna - Waipukurau Pā Site Interpretation project is receiving $2.798 million from the Provincial Growth Fund. It is is expected to boost the town's employment and tourism, creating sixteen new jobs once completed and attract up to 15,000 visitors a year. Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development ...
    5 days ago
  • “Common sense will prevail, not extremism” Winston Peters backs Shane Jones’ pro-meat stance
    New Zealand First leader Winston Peters is backing his MPs who have spoken out against a new climate change teaching resource that advises students to eat less meat to save the planet. The new teaching resource, announced by Education Minister Chris Hipkins and Climate Change Minister James Shaw, tells students ...
    6 days ago
  • Violent assault on paramedic highlights need for law change
    Darroch Ball MP, Spokesperson for Justice Today’s horrific violent assault of an on-duty female paramedic which rendered her unconscious is truly unsettling. “Our thoughts are with the paramedic, her loved ones and the St John’s team at Warkworth Station,” says New Zealand First Justice Spokesperson Darroch Ball. “Harsher penalties for perpetrators ...
    1 week ago
  • Acting PM Winston Peters confirms NZDF troops in Iraq not hit by Iranian attacks
    Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters called for calm and diplomacy following Iranian missile strikes on bases housing United States troops in Iraq, but confirmed New Zealand's base in the country was not hit. The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) was earlier today investigating claims New Zealand's base in Iraq had ...
    1 week ago
  • Kaikōura $10.88 million boost in tourism & business
    Fletcher Tabuteau MP, Parliamentary Undersecretary for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10.88 million to boost business and tourism opportunities in Kaikōura, Parliamentary Undersecretary for Regional Economic Development, Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. As part of the Kaikōura Marina Development Programme, the following two projects will receive ...
    1 week ago
  • Delivering a stable water supply to Wairarapa
    Hon. Ron Mark, New Zealand First List MP based in Wairarapa The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $7.11 million to create a sustainable water supply for the Wairarapa. The PGF will provide a $7 million investment to Wairarapa Water Limited to progress the Wairarapa Water Storage Scheme towards procurement, consenting, ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Housing consents hit highest level since 1974
    Housing consents have hit a 45-year high, as Statistics NZ data shows a total of 37,010 residential consents were issued in the year to November --- the first time they have breached the 37,000 mark since the mid-1970s. Statistics NZ said the trend had been rising since late 2011, when ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Darroch Ball MP: “Violence against first responders is a problem on the rise”
    New Zealand First MP Darroch Ball says that a paramedic being kicked unconscious last night in an attempted burglary in Warkworth, north of Auckland, is a symptom of a larger problem. "Incidents like this are becoming more and more frequent...and it’s getting worse," Mr Ball said. The MP is pushing for ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Minister Ron Mark asks NZDF to conduct fire risk assessment from defence point of view
    Defence Minister Ron Mark said there was nothing to prevent similar large-scale bushfires seen in Australia from also happening in New Zealand, and has asked the New Zealand Defence Force to conduct a nfire risk assessment from a defence point of view. The defence assessment would help prevent a disaster ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Defence Minister Mark expresses “absolute confidence” in NZDF forces stationed in Iraq
    While feeling worried about increased Middle East tensions, Defence Minister Ron Mark said he had "absolute confidence" in New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) leadership. His statements come as the fate of Kiwi troops stationed in Iraq comes under intense scrutiny. Forty-five Defence Force personnel were thought to be in the ...
    3 weeks ago

  • Minister pays tribute to journalist, author and broadcaster, Gordon McLauchlan
    The Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media, Kris Faafoi, has paid tribute to well-known New Zealand author, journalist and broadcaster, Gordon McLauchlan, following Mr McLauchlan’s death today. “Gordon held a statesman-like place in New Zealand’s media, which was fittingly acknowledged in last year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours, when he was ...
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    10 hours ago
  • Minister wishes best of luck to those heading back to school
    As Kiwi kids and teachers return to classrooms over the coming weeks, the families of around 428,000 students will feel a bit less of a financial pinch than in previous years, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “The Government’s decision to increase funding for schools that don’t ask parents for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    13 hours ago
  • Health staff to meet flights from China as precautionary measure
    Public health staff will begin meeting flights from China from tomorrow, to actively look for signs of the novel coronavirus and provide advice, information and reassurance to passengers. Health Minister Dr David Clark says the additional measures are being taken following the arrival of the disease in Australia, via flights ...
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    1 day ago
  • National Yearling Sales 2020
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    1 day ago
  • Government and construction industry to build big, lift productivity with Transformation Plan
    Delivering the workforce and productivity gains required to build the houses, schools, roads, rail and hospitals New Zealand needs will become easier with the Government-industry Construction Sector Transformation Plan launched today, Minister for Building and Construction Jenny Salesa says. “The action plan launched today delivers on the Government’s Construction Sector ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Log trains to begin on Wairoa-Napier line
    Log trains are about to start running between Wairoa and Napier following Provincial Growth Fund investment to reopen the rail line, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says. The Government invested $6.2 million to reopen the mothballed rail line which was closed after significant storm damage in 2012. “With PGF ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Minister of Defence concludes successful visit with his US counterpart
    Minister of Defence Ron Mark met with United States Secretary of Defense Mark Esper today. “This was an excellent opportunity to meet with one of our closest security partners,” Ron Mark said. “The main focus of the meeting was to discuss challenges that New Zealand and the United States share ...
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    3 days ago
  • New Zealand acknowledges ICJ decision on Myanmar
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters today acknowledged the ruling of the International Court of Justice in relation to the Rohingya people in Myanmar. The ruling ordered the Government of Myanmar to take all measures within its power to prevent the commission of acts of genocide in relation to members of the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • NZ’s trade aims advanced at Davos meetings
    A proposal to cut “trade and production-distorting subsidies” in the agricultural sector by 2030 has set out important measures to ensure a fair agricultural trading system.  Speaking after attending meetings of trade ministers in Davos, Switzerland, Minister for Trade and Export Growth David Parker welcomed the joint proposal from the ...
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    3 days ago
  • Great news for New Zealanders with cystic fibrosis
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says he is delighted that PHARMAC has struck a provisional deal to fund Kalydeco – a medicine which is set to improve the quality of life for about 30 New Zealand children and adults with cystic fibrosis. “While rare, cystic fibrosis is an awful inherited ...
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    3 days ago
  • New Zealand least corrupt country in the world
    New Zealand has regained its position as the least corrupt country in the world for the second time under this Coalition Government, says Justice Minister Andrew Little. “New Zealanders can be proud that our reputation as one of the least corrupt countries in the world has been restored,” says Andrew ...
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    4 days ago
  • Boost for Rēkohu/Wharekauri/Chatham Islands Community Conservation
    Community conservation in Rēkohu/Wharekauri/the Chatham Islands is receiving a boost, with grants to support local projects announced today by Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage. “Rēkohu/Wharekauri/ the Chatham Islands are home to 20 per cent of New Zealand’s threatened bird species and 11 per cent of New Zealand’s threatened plant species. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Rātana Pā goes high-tech with UFB
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Govt’s strong financial management acknowledged
    The Government’s strong financial management and plan to future proof the economy with new infrastructure investment has gained further recognition from an international ratings agency. Credit rating agency Fitch has upgraded one of its main metrics assessing the Government’s books, lifting its foreign currency AA rating outlook to ‘positive’ from ...
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    4 days ago
  • Boost in Whānau Ora funding to keep changing lives
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    4 days ago
  • More people getting into work
    The December quarter benefit numbers released today show the Government’s plan to get people off the benefit and into work is starting to pay off,” Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni said.   “Nearly 19,000 people cancelled their benefit and went into work in the last few months of the year – ...
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