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Anti-MMP group white supremacist link

Written By: - Date published: 8:39 am, July 4th, 2011 - 59 comments
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A good piece of detective work by Martyn “Bomber” Bradbury at TUMEKE! has revealed that one of the founding members of the anti-MMP group “Vote for Change” is a white supremacist:

So the usual list of National and ACT Party right wing money men are in the list of founding members of this anti-mmp front group, but so is the name of Alex Fogerty. …

Ummmm – this isn’t the same Alex Fogerty who was associated with various ultra fascist and racist organizations is it? The same Alex Fogerty who was the site admin for the white supremacist online group, Australia New Nation?

Contributions in our Open mike yesterday gave a link to some of Fogerty’s writings (Google cache here). It’s pretty vile stuff, I’m not going to repeat it here.

“Vote for Change” responded quickly to this development, with a post on Facebook:

Vote for Change is investigating allegations made about a member of its organisation. The allegations of Mr Fogerty’s previous membership of a white supremacist group appear to be true and he will be asked to resign his membership immediately, or have his membership revoked if he chooses not to resign. …

Vote for Change will not be commenting on this unfortunate matter further.

Too late, damage done. The organisation which is working to undermine the most democratic electoral system for NZ is now tainted by association with one of its founding member’s extreme white supremacist beliefs. Want yet another reason to support MMP? “Just look at who opposes it”.

As a quick postscript to this tawdry affair, bonus points if you can guess which National Party MP pops up on Alex Fogerty’s friend list. Labour Party candidate for Dunedin North, David Clark, asks “Please explain”

59 comments on “Anti-MMP group white supremacist link”

  1. I cannot think of a less suitable person being a founding member of an organisation dedicated to advocating for change of our democratic system than a white supremacist.
     
    Just saying.

  2. KJT 2

    MS. Totally appropriate considering who the other members are.

  3. kriswgtn 3

    haha Kerry Prenderghastly-Act no surprise

    Isnt she working for Environmental Protection Authority (EPA)-appointed by whom? I wonder

    • Blighty 3.1

      hey, she’s a public servant isn’t she? She can’t be publicly representing of a political organisation like this.

  4. Peter 4

    “There are many things wrong with this. SM, the group’s real favourite, would be grossly unfair to the voters. Under it, 90 electorate seats would be chosen by FPP, and 30 list seats by PR. This means that the winning party gets a huge and unfair advantage, which is why SM – such an unfortunate acronym! – is known as a “winner’s bonus” system.

    At the last election, for instance, National would have won 57% of the seats with only 45% of the votes. The Greens, on the other hand, would have won only 1.6% of the seats although they got 6.7% of the votes. Under MMP, on the other hand, the usual pattern is for a party’s share of the seats to reflects its share of the votes. ”

    Quote from the SST which explains what these guys are really after, an unfair proportion of the seats allowing them to rule without regard for anything apart from their own interests.

    • Jim Nald 4.1

      So SM is disproportionate & unfair.
      And MMP is proportionate & fair.

      • Colonial Viper 4.1.1

        If the Greens and Mana want to survive they better turn out for MMP. And Labour needs to be completely unequivocal about pushing MMP every day. (Unlike Labour in the UK who were totally half hearted about their recent piddly attempt at improving proportionality).

  5. Colonial Viper 5

    I reckon Bomber could possibly have waited another month before blowing the lid. All in the timing for maximum effect 🙂

    • Lanthanide 5.1

      Yeah, he should have sat on it. Waited until this group had a bigger media profile, so that when the lid was blown off it would end up on the 6 o’clock news, instead of just being blog material like it is now.

      I would see nothing wrong with that approach whatsoever – this group would be going out to get a large media profile, and the fact that they didn’t bother to background check their own members (founding members even!) would be their own fault.

      • jackal 5.1.1

        I disagree. I think Bomber plucking out the weed before it had a chance to grow bigger was the best thing to do. He would be playing a cat and mouse game otherwise with a chance that the mouse hides the cheese, if you know what I mean.

        The story is mainstream media news worthy. The fact that they have not picked up on it says more about media bias than it does about the story being big enough. There will be more dirt to dig on these idiots who oppose MMP, therefore a metered and sustained campaign is required.

        Bomber’s precision marksmanship is going to be hard to match.

  6. joe90 6

    Looks to me like most of the founding members would fit right in here.

  7. bomber 7

    Grin @ Colonial

  8. grumpy 8

    Yep, read the link. Just sounds like a white Hone, I thought you guys approved of that……….?

    [lprent: Don’t be stupid. Writing broad brush statements like that means that you even include yourself (you’re around here about as much as I am :twisted:). I hardly think that you approve of Hone. Actually, coming to think of it, it is really hard to think of anyone you do approve of….. Apart from yourself of course. ]

    • KJT 8.1

      No. Don’t think Hone is really racist.The mouth overtakes the brain sometimes.
      I don’t think Hone is really a brown supremacist either, though Titiwhai may be.

      • Gosman 8.1.1

        Yes Hone isn’t really racist. He just makes racist statements for political effect. Nothing wrong with that is there?

    • The Voice of Reason 8.2

      Bullshit, grumpy. You’ve been around here long enough to know that Hone’s racism has been rejected by many commenters at The Standard, myself included. I appreciate it’s a monumental task for the dull witted to understand that there are many strands of thought on the left and that there is no one overiding political philisophy, but I would have thought you could have at least slipped your brain out of neutral before making such a stupid comment.

      • grumpy 8.2.1

        Sorry, VoR, but you were not uppermost in my mind when I wrote the comment. Of course I remember your principled views on this issue……now for the other 13 of you……

    • Gosman 8.3

      What is the definition of irony again?

      I’m pretty sure that lprent criticising someone for making broad generalisations about a group of people when the whole point of the attack on the anti-MMP crowd in this article is pretty much doing just that.

      You guy’s do provide a mine of comedy material.

    • grumpy 8.4

      lprent, actually there are heaps of people I approve of, some of who you probably do too.

      At the moment I am nursing a deep and abiding hatred for those who rip off the elderly in the “Resthome” industry. – We might have that in common too?

  9. PeteG 9

    Why the surprise? Hasn’t most organised anti-MMP campaigning been with minority white supremacist motives?

    Labour Party candidate for Dunedin North, David Clark, asks “Please explain”…

    Can David explain all the associations with 455 “likes” on his own Facebook?

    • Colonial Viper 9.1

      Can David explain all the associations with 455 “likes” on his own Facebook?

      Apart from the fact your comment is a derail, I’m pretty sure they are almost all Labour supporters. Also pretty sure that as such they support Labour’s ‘broad church’ approach to encouraging diversity, participation and equality in NZ.

      • McFlock 9.1.1

        The other point being that there’s a difference between somebody liking what you do versus letting a white supremacist be a founding member of your richboy club.

    • bbfloyd 9.2

      that’s just silly pete… i’m starting to wonder if you have any principles at all.. defending the dregs of society just so that you can wave the party flag at all costs… really pathetic…

      so you’d best keep that up… people need reminding why they need to remove any trace of nationals influence from the political landscape.. the fact that they are supported by such dross is ample evidence of their unfitness to govern.

  10. Whistleblower 10

    The fact that he is facebook friends with a National MP is barely worth a mention.

    However, the fact that he is on the National Party Ohariu Electorate executive, and that he used to be employed as out of parliament staff by Katrina Shanks may require some explaining..

  11. Gosman 11

    I like MMP. I think it is great. However I dislike the tactics being used by many members of the pro-MMP lobby in this debate.

    Why can’t you just debate the merits of MMP versus the alternatives rather than enagaging in gutter personality politicking as if that makes a difference to the overall debate?

    • Blighty 11.1

      the merits of the system have been debated to death.

      there have been numerous posts here and elsewhere on that.

      But, if you want to raise the merits of an alternative system over MMP, go ahead and make that argument I’ll happily debate you.

      Right now, the anti-MMP group isn’t even making a serious case against MMP, let alone arguing one of the alternatives would be better.

    • Colonial Viper 11.2

      However I dislike the tactics being used by many members of the pro-MMP lobby in this debate.

      We learnt from the Right. Get used to it.

      • lprent 11.2.1

        Exactly. I even wrote a post just after the election about how we’d have to use the tactics of the right if only to rub their noses in how disgusting and stupid those tactics are. We’d just have to do them better.

        Not to mention the tactics used by Shirtcliffe and co in the 90’s which resulted in us having this stupid referendum based on a fictitious ‘promise’ to have another referendum. Quite frankly identifying that the anti-MMP idiots crap on their own feet is simply identifying why they like FPP – they are too stupid to squat when the situation demands it.

    • KJT 11.3

      Because we already thrashed out the pros and cons ad infinitum when it was first voted in.

      I think we have already established that it is more democratic.

      As someone said “one of the best arguments for MMP is the quality of the people who oppose it”.

      • Gosman 11.3.1

        Ummmmm… I think the term is Bovine Scatology.

        Whether you like it or not we are having a vote on the Electoral system. Just ecause we had a vot on the electoral system around 15 years ago doesn’t mean that we should now be able to dismiss having a rational debate about the merits of the current and other systems.

        Put forward the case for MMP or find fault with the alternatives. Don’t be lazy simpleton’s by engaging in the purile witch hunting nonsense.

  12. randal 12

    why indeed?
    mmp speaks for itself but the anti group needs to be exposed for their motivation.

    • Gosman 12.1

      Why does the anti-MMP group need to be exposed for their motivation?

      And how do you know what this guy’s motivation is anyway? It isn’t clear just from his background activities.

      For example, as stated I support MMP. If I joined a pro-MMP group does my background make a difference to the merits of MMP? Does it mean that MMP is more likely to be supported by right leaning people? Of course it doesn’t make a blind bit of diffence.

      • Colonial Viper 12.1.1

        In a proportional electoral system, cheeky darkie DPB mums, the Maori and Pasifika with huge families and the Asians who are turning up in droves are going to take over the NZ Government don’t you know.

        Pure blood whites are an endangered minority in the future, and in a proportional electoral system they have less and less power.

        That’s why white white supremacists want to get rid of MMP.

        • Gosman 12.1.1.1

          Ummmm… no that is just your paranoid conspiracy theory over why YOU think white supremacists want to get rid of MMP.

        • Vicky32 12.1.1.2

          Pure blood whites are an endangered minority in the future,

          I would add “males” to that…

      • Draco T Bastard 12.1.2

        Why does the anti-MMP group need to be exposed for their motivation?

        Well, considering the fact that they don’t actually have an argument against MMP then we need to check their motivation for getting rid of it. Asking the question Are these guys after democracy or power? will give a better understanding of why they want to get rid of a proportional, more accountable system for an elected dictatorship system that allows a specific minority to govern with no checks or balances. In fact, I think you’d want to do that even if they did have an argument. Same goes for the pro-MMP lobby groups as well.

        Nothing happens in a vacuum and often it’s the motive that will show you the true reason for why something happened.

  13. Craig 13

    Note how hard the anti-MMP lobby is not really campaigning for SM. Why do I suspect it really wants to get FPP back due to the donkey vote factor of nostalgic conservatives? Whereupon, they’ll shrug, dust off their shoulders and campaign for the restoration of FPP as they originally intended.

  14. I just checked out some of Alex Fogerty’s other friends: David Bennett (Nat.), David Farrar, Celia Wade-Brown (:P), Garth McVicar (Nut), Hekia Parata (Nat.), Judith Tizard (Lab.), Melissa Lee (Nat.), Nikki Kaye (Nat.), Paula Bennett (Nat.), Stephen Franks (Nat.).
    I probably missed some, but I imagine they will not be ‘friends’ for much longer,

    • Colonial Viper 14.1

      Ah, FaceBook friends, the most loyal kind :mrgreen:

      • Rich 14.1.1

        That’s why Google+ adds the circle concept as in:
        – Friends
        – Acquaintances
        – Who the fuck are they?
        – Nazi scum

  15. twgmbd 15

    One a side note, whoever made that poster on Tumeke is a dipshit – http://bit.ly/lVokWW – the poster says that if you want MMP that the current system needs to be changed. In fact if you want MMP, the current system needs to be retained. Big difference. Was that poster created by the the FPP lobby to create further confusion? Joe Bloggs doesn’t know how many MPs are currently in our parliament. He just knows there are a lot and they get paid too much.

    • Colonial Viper 15.1

      +1

      C.T. is going to be playing the ‘change’ meme a lot this year, neglecting to mention that ‘change’ can be for the better OR for the worse.

    • Pascal's bookie 15.2

      twgmbd, that poster was one of the main ones from the referendum which got us mmp. Bomber is just showing his age, and assuming everyone will recognise it I think.

  16. BR 16

    “Well, considering the fact that they don’t actually have an argument against MMP then we need to check their motivation for getting rid of it.”

    The worst aspect of MMP is the fact that political parties are able to determine who gets into parliament based on their list rankings. List MPs therefore put the interests of the party before those of their constituents. This is an appalling situation. It could be easily fixed by having FPP type elections, with proportionality being made up out of constituents who lost their seats, starting with those who lost by the smallest margin. MMP in it’s current form allows people into parliament with no public mandate at all.

    Bill.

    • Draco T Bastard 16.1

      List MPs therefore put the interests of the party before those of their constituents.

      Bollocks

      If a list MP pisses off the electorate then the electorate (the entire friggen country) can make enough noise so that the party will remove them. As we found out with Philip Fields though, it’s actually impossible for an electorate to remove an electorate MP.

      As it stands, List MPs are more accountable than electorate MPs.

    • Pascal's bookie 16.2

      Parties determine who electorate mps are as well though BR. The size of the margin in seats is also fairly predictable, so parties would just make sure that the candidates they really want in parliament will be in either safe or close seats.

    • lprent 16.3

      BR: Except that any election based around just geographical seats is also highly susceptible to gerrymandering, and has been gerrymandered throughout our history. It really doesn’t matter if lots of people in the electorate dislike a MP, so long as enough do, and the seat can be twisted like a pretzel to ensure that those wanting a change are rendered ineffective. Almost every electorate MP is voted in by a minority of their electorate.

      Besides, the candidates are still picked by the parties. It is pointless doing what you are advocating unless there are no parties. The politics of selection largely happen inside the party simply because there are relatively few people interested enough in politics to be bothered.

      Is pretty easy to get rid of list MP’s. They serve at the displeasure of the party. If you want to get rid of one, then be a member to exert significiant pressure inside the party, or exert less pressure on that party from outside.

      But it is really really hard to get rid of electorate MP’s.

      I guess that you simply know bugger all about politics from your comment.

      • Draco T Bastard 16.3.1

        Almost every electorate MP is voted in by a minority of their electorate.

        Which is why electorate voting needs to be changed to STV.

        I guess that you simply know bugger all about politics from your comment.

        From reading BR’s comment I figure he only knows what he’s been told over at places like Kiwiblog etc. Hasn’t actually studied or thought about the electoral system and how it works.

        • lprent 16.3.1.1

          From reading BR’s comment I figure he only knows what he’s been told over at places like Kiwiblog etc. Hasn’t actually studied or thought about the electoral system and how it works.

          Yep. That would also tie in with his inability to deal with such complex notions as the Reply button and threaded comments. He replied here. I really can’t be bothered pointing out how superbly stupid his idea is.

          Suffice to say that I’d prefer giving MP’s with safe seats unattainable list rankings as an incentive to win the frigging seat. If they can’t and they’re not in the top tier in cabinet then they should be out of parliament. The people I want to see in the attainable listings are people who I’d want in parliament to try out. If they don’t work out then as a party member, then I’d like to drop them down next time.

          What I don’t want to see is dead wood coming in on the list. We’re slowly getting rid of that idea in Labour. We don’t want some VfC-wits coming up with an idea last used for weaning FPP MP’s to MMP from the 1990’s and trying to say it’d be a good idea.

    • The Voice of Reason 16.4

      List MP’s don’t have constituents, but they do have a public mandate. That mandate is earned by being ranked by party members to fill the positions on the list. The public then choose to endorse those candidates or some other party’s candidates. There are two democratic votes held before a list candidate becomes an MP. Party, then public.
       
      It’s a pretty good system and delivered some excellent MP’s who wouldn’t otherwise be in the house. Ok, it’s also given us David Garrett and Richard Worth, but every system has its flaws.

  17. felix 18

    Ever notice how in the upside-down world of Cameron Slater, David Farrar and their mates, everyone is a racist except for white supremacists?

    • Pascal's bookie 18.1

      Silly felix. Racist is bad, and whites are supreme. It just doesn’t work!

      And anyway, this poor Foggitty chap was quoted OUT OF CONTEXT when he congratulated Australian groups for the increasing attacks on Jews, and when he said that “I’d love to get rid of all Jews, blacks, gypsies, retards and social degenerates, I would love to have genetic cleansing.”

      Out of context see.

      And what’s more, he only thinks that some of the Nazis’ ideas were good.

      “Some” geddit? What’s wrong with that? Of course some of their ideas were good. Who doesn’t think that?

      Racists, that’s who!

      What a beat up.

      http://www.fightdemback.org/2005/09/07/nz-press-investigates-dos-attack/

  18. BR 19

    “Parties determine who electorate mps are as well though BR. The size of the margin in seats is also fairly predictable, so parties would just make sure that the candidates they really want in parliament will be in either safe or close seats.”

    Perhaps, but constituent MPs are accountable to their constituents. A high ranking list MP in either major party risks being thrown onto the opposition benches, a constituent MP risks being thrown out of parliament.

    “But it is really really hard to get rid of electorate MP’s.”

    It is hard for the party to get rid of electorate MPs. It is harder for the voters to get rid of list MPs.

    Some MPs can be both, and this makes MMP even more absurd. Who can forget Chris Carter, who as a high ranking opposition list MP and also a constituent MP, went on a spending spree courtesy of the NZ taxpayer. When this was discovered, he hid from the press for four days. When he was finally flushed out from his spider hole, the only thing he had to say in his own defence was that he was a loyal Labour MP. It seems that Carter was more preoccupied with not annoying the party hierarchy than keeping his constituents happy. He obviously placed a higher value on his list placing than his electorate majority.

    Like I said earlier, and this is not an original idea, it would be better to go back to FPP and correct any lack of proportionality by allowing a few constituent MPS who lost their electorate votes a seat in parliament, starting with the ones who came closest to winning. That way the party could not directly appoint it’s own MPs. The current system is not compatible with a representative democracy. List MPs represent only their parties, and that is where their loyalties lie.

    Bill.

    • Pascal's bookie 19.1

      People vote for parties br. true fact. You know that saying about how a dog could win that seat for party x? Versions of that saying are found in all democracies for a reason. People vote for parties. So those list mps that are representing the party, are therefore representing the people that vote for that party. This is not difficult.

      And anyway, your fix is even more absurd than your problem. If your problem is real, then why should mps that have been chucked out get back in? Isn’t that the problem you are trying to fix?

    • Draco T Bastard 19.2

      It is harder for the voters to get rid of list MPs.

      No you friggen moron. It’s easier to get rid of list MPs as we can kick them out during the term and they won’t be coming back next election because no party is stupid enough (except possibly Act) to put them back on the list or put them in an electorate seat to try and win. Can’t do that reliably with an electorate MP.

      Like I said earlier, and this is not an original idea,

      No it’s not – you’re too stupid to come up with an original idea. What you’re describing is, of course, SM or, as it’s been described as, FPP in drag.

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    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    4 days ago
  • Aggressive action to address climate change could save the world $145 trillion
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections A respected research group, Project Drawdown, finds that deploying solutions consistent with meeting the Paris climate targets would cost tens of trillions of dollars globally. But crucially, those outlays would also yield long-term savings many times larger than the up-front costs. The new 2020 Drawdown ...
    4 days ago
  • After the Pandemic
    It will pass. What happens next? Not immediately, but longer term. There are many opinions, fewer certainties. Will it “change everything!” as many confidently, and contradictorily predict? In this post I look at how foresight can help bound some of the uncertainties so you can more objectively consider the future. ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    5 days ago
  • Coronavirus – Cuba shows the way
    We’ve been meaning t write something on Cuba and the coronavirus but have just discovered a very good article on the subject in the US left publication Jacobin.  The article looks at how Cuba, a poor country but one where capitalism has been done away with, is leading the way ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    5 days ago
  • Using privacy law to prevent the death penalty
    In 2018, El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexanda Kotey - two British citizens who had purportedly been stripped of their citizenship by the British government - were captured while fighting for Isis in Syria. The British government then conspired to hand them over to the US, and agreed to provide evidence ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • It’s Time For Disaster Socialism.
    Transformers: The disaster of the Great Depression was transformed into a new and fairer society by the democratic socialism of the First Labour Government. The disaster of the Covid-19 Pandemic offers a similar transformative possibility to the Labour-NZ First-Green Government. Seize the time, Jacinda! You will never have a better ...
    5 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #12, 2020
    Tamper with The System? Well, we already are. But there's a difference between accidentally trickling sand into a precision gearbox versus formulating a plan to alter it on the fly with improvements in mind. One action is more or less innocently unscrupulous, the other amenable to earning an easy ...
    5 days ago
  • Avoidable hospitalisations: Helping our health system get through COVID-19
    Associate Prof George Thomson, Louise Delany, Prof Nick Wilson While it is possible that New Zealand can use intense public health controls to eradicate COVID-19 from the country – we must also plan for other scenarios where thousands of New Zealanders are sick – including many urgently hospitalised.1 Better resilience ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    6 days ago
  • Raise the Bar: 10 questions to ask your employer proposing redundancy
    Kia ora my name is Chloe Ann-King* and I am the founder of Raise the Bar, a campaign and non-profit that gives free legal aid, advocacy and tautoko to hospitality workers in Aotearoa. Right now all over our country hospo workers are being fired at will, having shifts cut or being ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    6 days ago
  • An equitable way to support business
    The Herald reports that the government is planning to lend billions of dollars to large businesses to keep them operating during the pandemic. As with mortgage relief, this is necessary: we need companies to stay in business, to reduce the economic damage and help things get restarted again when this ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Hard News: Together Alone
    We're about to do something unprecedented as a nation. We hope that by taking this extraordinary action before a single life in New Zealand has been lost to the deadly novel virus we will save tens of thousands of lives. Our  lives. We'll do it together, in households, in isolation ...
    6 days ago
  • Why timing is everything: ‘A time to refrain from embracing’ starts today
    “There is a time for everything,    and a season for every activity under the heavens.”So writes the author of Ecclesiastes, a book in the Old Testament that’s counted as a ‘wisdom’ book and written as if by an unnamed king of Jerusalem. But who would have thought there would be a time ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    6 days ago
  • Dealing with the Covid-19 Tsunami.
    I was surprised when the prime minister described the Economic Response to Covid-19 package as the ‘largest peacetime government spend in New Zealand's history’. Reflecting – checking through history – I realised that the term ‘spend’ was crucial and the package had no income tax cuts. Even so, it has ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    6 days ago
  • What about renters?
    The government today announced the latest part of its pandemic relief package: a six-month mortgage holiday for people whose incomes have been affected by the pandemic. Which is great, because these people are going to need help, and that's what the government should be doing. At the same time, it ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Living within our means.
    Years ago the Argentine sociologist Carlos Weisman wrote a book titled “Living within our Means.” It was a critique of Argentine society that focused on the paradoxical question of why, in a land of plenty, there was so much economic instability, inequality, corruption and political turmoil. His conclusion was basically ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    7 days ago
  • Transparency and the pandemic
    Parliament will be leading by example and adjourning tomorrow after a special sitting to consider an epidemic notice and state of emergency. Day-to-day oversight of the government will be delegated to a select committee. But that's not the only overight mechanism. The OIA will still be law, and (so far) ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • ‘Overjoyed’: a leading health expert on New Zealand’s coronavirus shutdown, and the challengin...
    Michael Baker, University of Otago Overjoyed. That’s not a word epidemiologists normally use, but that’s how I felt after hearing Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s announcement about New Zealand’s COVID-19 shutdown of everything except essential services for at least four weeks from midnight on Wednesday. More than anything, I just ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    7 days ago
  • One way to solve the housing crisis
    How much homelessness is caused by house hoarding? We're about to find out. The pandemic has destroyed tourism, which means that house hoarders who put their hoarded properties up as short-term tourist rentals are now offering them on the ordinary rental market:Property investors are pulling properties from Airbnb to offer ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • The pros and cons of planting trees to address global warming
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Bruce Lieberman It seems like such a simple, straightforward, empowering idea: plant trees – a lot of trees – all over the world, and watch the planet’s temperature fall. Who doesn’t love a tree or two, even far more – the right ...
    7 days ago
  • Not a grand coalition, but a government of national salvation
    According to Newshub, Simon Bridges is open to joining a “grand coalition” with Labour as we hunker down to go into a month long lockdown. The idea is sound. Before now, the role of the opposition was to scrutinise and oppose. In the context of what almost amounts to a ...
    PunditBy Liam Hehir
    1 week ago
  • Raise the Bar: hospitality workers & wage subsidy entitlements
    Kia ora my name is Chloe Ann-King* and I am the founder of Raise the Bar, a campaign and non-profit that gives free legal aid, advocacy and tautoko to hospitality workers in Aotearoa. Right now all over our country hospo workers are being fired at will, having shifts cut or ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    1 week ago
  • Lifting our game against COVID-19
    We need to be lifting our game against COVID-19. You and I need to help those working to prevent the spread of COVID-19 while they’re trying to lift the testing and treatment efforts. We don’t want to be playing this game running backwards. Best to play it solidly forward, from ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    1 week ago
  • The maths and ethics of minimising COVID-19 deaths in NZ
    Prof Tony Blakely, Prof Michael Baker, and Prof Nick Wilson The NZ Government must do more to clearly articulate its COVID-19 strategy: eradication or ‘flattening the curve’ mitigation. But to do so means understanding the maths and ethics of both these strategies. In this blog, we adapt our work for ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • All aboard the Covid Train
    A few days ago I was starting to write something about the pandemic, which now seems unconscionable. It took the form of a letter to an agony aunt:“Dear Deidre, I have an ugly confession. I am quite excited by Covid-19.”This is how the piece went:“I’m not a psychopath, honest. Although the ...
    PunditBy Phil Vine
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #12
    Story of the Week... Toon of the Week... Climate Feedback Article Review... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Claim Reviews... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week... Story of the Week... In Just 10 Years, Warming Has Increased the Odds of Disasters The likelihood of extreme events ...
    1 week ago
  • We are all socialists now
    Last week, the government announced a $12 billion initial package to support people during the pandemic. Today, the Reserve Bank is buying government bonds - effectively printing money - to keep up the money supply during the crisis. Normally such moves would have the right apoplectic. Instead, the National Party ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A plea to experts: safeguard your role in public life
    I am a pundit, somebody who opines and comments on the news. There are no real qualifications to punditry though having a rudimentary way with words and good general knowledge helps. That is one reason there is a constant oversupply of would-be pundits and why it is quite hard to ...
    PunditBy Liam Hehir
    1 week ago
  • Enlightenment when?
    I recently encountered the following prescription from a Faculty of Education at a leading New Zealand University. At first I wondered if it was another product of the postmodern generator (http://www.elsewhere.org/journal/pomo/), designed to create gibberish in the postmodern form, but I’m told it is real: The “schooled” society: Towards the ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Corballis
    1 week ago
  • What the Crisis Can teach Us
    The coronavirus pandemic has of course had a major impact on individual lives and on societies as a whole. But, long after the crisis has passed (assuming it does), we will begin to realise that its real and lasting significance lies in the lessons it has taught us, if only ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • Hammering home measures to stop COVID-19
    COVID-19 has plunged Aotearoa New Zealand (indeed, the world) into territory that, while maybe not totally unprecedented, certainly hasn’t been seen during the lifetimes of most of us here today. Our borders are closed to non-citizens, we’re being told not to gather in groups of more than 500 outside/100 inside, ...
    PunditBy Andrew Geddis
    1 week ago
  • What does ‘level two’ mean – and why does it matter?
    For the last few weeks, I’ve been urging you to prepare yourself, your family, business, and community for Covid-19. Now it’s time for real action.  Yesterday the director-general of health Dr Ashley Bloomfield announced another 13 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand, bringing our total to date to 52. ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #12
    A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Mar 15, 2020 through Sat, Mar 21, 2020 Editor's Pick Now Isn’t the Time to Forget About Our Climate Change Efforts   Tasha Tilberg, Lindsey Wixson, and Liu Wen photographed ...
    1 week ago
  • Is the Guardian becoming  a real newspaper again?
    by Jan Rivers The article has been corrected to show that it was Ewen MacAskill, former Guardian journalist and not Luke Harding who travelled to meet Edward Snowden with journalist Glenn Greenwald and filmmaker Laura Poitras.  Some of the Guardian’s well-known journalists who did not sign the protest letter are ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Life asserts itself regardless
    by Cultural Worker Late March 2020 amidst the virus. With gigs crashing and burning all around it was without much hope that I called a long standing rest home booking: “ Hi, I’m supposed to be entertaining at your place this afternoon – is it still on?” “”If you don’t ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Politics, the possible, and the pandemic
    Whenever people demand real change from their politicians, we're told that "politics is the art of the possible". The implication is that change isn't possible, so we'd better just get used to the sucky status quo. But now that there's a pandemic, a lot of things we were previously told ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The Only Way Through This Crisis Is Together.
    Together: In leading New Zealand through the Covid-19 Pandemic, the Prime Minister could do a lot worse than allow herself to be guided by the spirit of collective sacrifice and co-operation that animated the New Zealanders of 80 years ago. Most Kiwis alive today have had no opportunity to prove their ...
    2 weeks ago
  • GFC vs Covid-19
    It is said that generals fight the last war. In the case of the early stages of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) they had learned from the Great Depression of the 1930s and they fought intelligently and successfully. Later their advice would be ignored in favour of the Austerians who ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    2 weeks ago
  • Nobody Left Behind.
    Solidarity Forever: All over the world, the arrival of the Covid-19 virus has exposed the fragility of the walls we erect around ourselves and our loved ones. It has shattered our illusions of autonomy and revealed to us how utterly dependent we all are on other human-beings. Finally, we see ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Rebuilding a truly “Democratic” counter, or a “moderate Republican” bolt-hol...
    Looking across the various arguments for/against the leading candidates to take the Democratic Nomination, you might honestly be very hard pressed to tell. There are a number of things that have now started happening since Amy Klobuchar and “Mayor Pete” Buttigieg both threw the towel in and immediately (and ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 weeks ago
  • Abortion law reform a win for women
    by Daphna Whitmore Abortion is no longer in the Crimes Act in New Zealand. The law reform passed yesterday and now abortion is a medical matter between a woman and her doctor. Many women’s groups and progressive people have campaigned for reform for decades. The women’s liberation movement and some ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • How to spot bogus science stories and read the news like a scientist
    Doug Specht, University of Westminster and Julio Gimenez, University of Westminster When fake news, misreporting and alternative facts are everywhere, reading the news can be a challenge. Not only is there plenty of misinformation about the coronavirus pandemic, climate change and other scientific topics floating around social media, you also ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Why New Zealand needs to continue decisive action to contain coronavirus
    Michael Baker, University of Otago and Nick Wilson, University of Otago With some of the toughest border restrictions and a newly-announced NZ$500 million boost to health services, New Zealand is among a small number of countries with a strategy to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. New Zealand is also fortunate in ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    2 weeks ago
  • Parliament and the pandemic II
    As expected, the government has introduced a sessional order to allow Parliament to operate during the pandemic. You can read it on the Order Paper here, but the short version is that questions and motions can be filed electronicly, select committees can work remotely, and the the Business Committee can ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • When a virus goes viral: pros and cons to the coronavirus spread on social media
    Axel Bruns, Queensland University of Technology; Daniel Angus, Queensland University of Technology; Timothy Graham, Queensland University of Technology, and Tobias R. Keller, Queensland University of Technology News and views about coronavirus has spread via social media in a way that no health emergency has done before. Platforms like Twitter, Facebook, ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • How to survive 14 days of self-isolation
    So you’ve recently returned from overseas, come into contact with someone who tested positive, got a bit of a dry cough yourself or perhaps just want to self isolate for 14 days to avoid other people who might have COVID-19. Here are a few tips and tricks to help get ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Abortion Legislation Bill passes third reading
    Some fave speeches:     ...
    Boots TheoryBy Stephanie Rodgers
    2 weeks ago
  • Why Leadership Matters – More Than Anything.
    Our Good Fortune: Precisely because she has never been an ideologue (she calls herself a “pragmatic idealist”) Jacinda Ardern has a political nimbleness and spontaneity which, when infused with her exceptional emotional intelligence, produces spectacular demonstrations of leadership. Jacinda's empathic political personality contrasts sharply with the less-than-sunny ways of her ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #11, 2020
    2 weeks ago
  • 68-51
    The Abortion Legislation Bill has just passed its third reading, 68-51. NZ First MPs bailed because their referendum amendment didn't pass, but there were plenty of MPs to provide a majority without them. The bill is a long way from perfect - most significantly, it subjects pregnant people who need ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The ‘herd immunity’ route to fighting coronavirus is unethical and potentially dangerous
    As most of the world tries to suppress the coronavirus spread, some countries are going it alone – trying to manage the pandemic through so-called “herd immunity”. Herd immunity means letting a large number of people catch a disease, and hence develop immunity to it, to stop the virus spreading. ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Eight new COVID-19 cases today. It’s no surprise when you look at some numbers
    So, as I sit at home with a very, very slight headache (i.e. not at work when I would otherwise be so), the now familiar figure of Ashley Bloomfield reports eight new confirmed cases of COVID-19  including two in Waikato. A surprise, given that we had just twelve yesterday? No. ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    2 weeks ago
  • The WINZ Paradox versus the new COVID-19 Reality: Get real people, seriously…
    Many who advocated for, and voted for, the current Coalition – particularly those who voted Labour and the Green Party – expected to see a sea change in the reality of social services. A real, deep change of attitude, approach of process through which the system negotiates the difficult and ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 weeks ago

  • Christchurch Hospital Hagley ICU to open to support COVID-19 response
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says 36 new intensive care beds at Christchurch Hospital’s new Hagley building are being fast tracked so they are available for treatment of COVID-19 patients.   The Ministry of Health is working with contractor CPB and Canterbury DHB to enable access to the hospital’s ICU, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • Government supports Air NZ freight flights
    The Government has fast-tracked up to $1 million to help Air New Zealand move urgent freight to and from New Zealand, with the first flight to Shanghai leaving tonight, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. Phil Twyford says it’s crucial that trade in vital goods such as medical supplies and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • Tariff concessions on COVID-19 related products
    New Zealand will temporarily remove tariffs on all medical and hygiene imports needed for the COVID-19 response. Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker and Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi said today that the New Zealand Customs Service will apply tariff concessions to all diagnostic reagents and testing ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Clarification of modification to wage subsidy scheme
    Minister of Finance Grant Robertson has clarified that the changes to the wage subsidy scheme announced yesterday mean that employers should be passing on the full subsidy to workers, except in the case where the person’s normal income is less than the level of the subsidy. “We still want employers ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Face masks flowing to DHBs
    Medical face masks from the national reserve supply are now being distributed to District Health Boards, while at the same time local production is being ramped up. Yesterday more than 640,000 masks were sent to DHBS – that is an immediate two week supply, with more to follow in coming ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • COVID-19: Further steps to protect New Zealanders’ jobs
    The Government has made modifications to the wage subsidy scheme to ensure people don’t lose their jobs during the national lockdown. These changes will soften the impact of COVID-19 on workers, families and businesses, and position them to exit the lockdown and look to recovery, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Tax relief for Mycoplasma Bovis farmers
    Farmers whose herds were culled in response to the outbreak of Mycoplasma bovis will be able to minimise the tax treatment of their income in some circumstances. Revenue Minister Stuart Nash says Cabinet has agreed to change the law. It means farmers may be eligible to spread their income over ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • $27 million for NGOs and community groups to continue providing essential services
    A $27 million dollar package, effective immediately, is being provided to social sector services and community groups to ensure they can continue to provide essential support to communities as we stay at home as a nation to stop the spread of COVID-19, Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni announced. “At ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Statement on guilty plea of March 15 terrorist
    “The guilty plea today will provide some relief to the many people whose lives were shattered by what happened on March 15,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. “These guilty pleas and conviction bring accountability for what happened and also save the families who lost loved ones, those who were injured, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • COVID-19 updates
    The Prime Minister is holding daily press conferences to update New Zealanders on the Government's response to COVID-19. Links to videos and transcripts of these updates below. These transcripts also include All of Government press conferences led by Director Ministry of Health's Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield. 25 March: Live update from the Prime ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Police numbers break through 10,000 mark
    Frontline Police numbers have broken through the 10,000 mark for the first time in history as officers step forward to keep the community safe during the COVID19 lockdown. “Two Police graduations in Auckland and Wellington in the past week have been conducted in unprecedented circumstances,” Police Minister Stuart Nash said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Urgent tax measures for economic recovery
    Urgent legislation has been passed to support the package of economic and social measures needed to recover from the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. “The COVID-19 Response (Taxation and Social Assistance Urgent Measures) Bill will cushion New Zealanders from the worst economic impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak,” said Revenue Minister ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Further support for farmers and growers as drought persists
    From tomorrow, Government support for farmers and growers affected by drought will be expanded and extended across the country, with access to Rural Assistance Payments (RAPS) available throughout the North Island, parts of the South Island and the Chatham Islands, Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni announced. “These challenging conditions have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • COVID-19: Temporary changes to Education Act
    Parliament has passed amendments to legislation that give the Secretary of Education stronger powers to act in the fight to limit the spread of COVID-19, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “They are part of a suite of changes passed under the COVID-19 Response (Urgent Management Measures) Legislation Bill,” Chris ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Canada, Australia, Chile, Brunei and Myanmar join NZ and Singapore in committing to keeping supply a...
    Canada, Australia, Chile, Brunei and Myanmar have joined forces with New Zealand and Singapore by committing to keep supply chains open and remove any existing trade restrictive measures on essential goods, especially medical supplies, in the face of the Covid-19 crisis.  Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker today welcomed ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • COVID-19: Rent increase freeze and more protection for tenants
    Immediate freeze on rent increases Tenancies will not be terminated during the lock-down period, unless the parties agree, or in limited circumstances Tenants who had previously given notice can stay in their if they need to stay in the tenancy during the lock-down period Tenants will still be able to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Working together to protect businesses and workers
    As New Zealand unites to lock-down in the fight against COVID-19, the Finance Minister is urging all businesses and workers to stay connected over the next four weeks. “We understand the extreme pressure many businesses are under right now. I know most business owners think of their workers as family ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • State of National Emergency declared to fight COVID-19
    A State of National Emergency has been declared across the country as the Government pulls out all the stops to curtail the spread of COVID-19. “Today we put in place our country’s second ever State of National Emergency as we fight a global pandemic, save New Zealanders’ lives and prevent ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Prime Minister’s statement on State of National Emergency and Epidemic Notice
    Mr Speaker I wish to make a Ministerial Statement under Standing Order 347 in relation to the recent declaration of a State of National Emergency. Having considered the advice of the Director Civil Defence Emergency Management, the Minister of Civil Defence declared a State of National Emergency for the whole of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Deadline for domestic travel extended
    People needing to travel on domestic flights, trains and Cook Strait ferries to get home before the country moves into level 4 lock-down tomorrow night will be able to continue using the passenger services until midnight on Friday, Transport Minister Phil Twyford said today. Domestic passenger services, particularly ferries, have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Mortgage holiday and business finance support schemes to cushion COVID impacts
    The Government, retail banks and the Reserve Bank are today announcing a major financial support package for home owners and businesses affected by the economic impacts of COVID-19. The package will include a six month principal and interest payment holiday for mortgage holders and SME customers whose incomes have been ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Government working to keep air freight moving
    Minister of Transport Phil Twyford has today announced details of the Government’s support package to keep key air freight moving and ensure New Zealanders retain access to essential goods during the four-week level 4 lockdown. “The Government is working with airlines and air freight operators to ensure New Zealand’s key ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • New Zealand moves to COVID-19 Alert Level 3, then Level 4 in 48 hours
    New Zealand moved up to COVID-19 Alert Level 3 – Restrict New Zealand to move up to COVID-19 Alert Level 4 – Eliminate, in 48 hours Two-staged approach to give people and businesses time to prepare  Level 3, from tomorrow Non-essential businesses must close All events and gatherings must be ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Prime Minister: COVID-19 Alert Level increased
    Good afternoon  The Cabinet met this morning to discuss our next actions in the fight against COVID-19.  Like the rest of the world, we are facing the potential for devastating impacts from this virus. But, through decisive action, and through working together, do we have a small window to get ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Govt takes significant economic decisions as NZ readies for Alert Level 4 in COVID-19 fight
    The Government is announcing significant further support for the economy, workers and businesses as the country unites to prepare for Alert Level 4 in the fight against COVID-19. Cabinet today agreed to remove the cap on the Government’s wage subsidy scheme, which will inject a further $4 billion into the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Govt backs RBNZ move to support economy with lower interest rates
    The Government is backing the Reserve Bank’s latest action to support the economy by reducing longer-term interest rates, meaning lower costs for businesses and mortgage holders, and a lower currency to help our exporters. The Minister of Finance has signed a memorandum of understanding and a letter of indemnity with ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government statement on commercial cooperation during COVID-19
    The Government has asked the Commerce Commission to take account of the exceptional circumstances created by COVID-19 when monitoring business behaviour in coming weeks.   “The purpose of my request to the Commerce Commission is to make sure businesses can work together in ways that will allow them to provide ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand temporarily closes diplomatic posts in Barbados and Myanmar due to COVID-19
    The New Zealand Government has temporarily closed its High Commission in Bridgetown, Barbados and its Embassy in Yangon, Myanmar due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “Due to the increasing scarcity of air links in and out of Bridgetown and Yangon, and the pressure COVID-19 is placing ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Supporting Māori communities and businesses through
    Associate Health and Whānau Ora Minister Peeni Henare has today announced the Government’s plan to support Māori communities and businesses in the face of COVID-19. “Our Government’s $12.1 billion economic package will help many Māori whānau, workers and businesses, whether it’s through wage subsidies, income support and worker redeployment, or ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Guidelines for hospitality establishments released
    The Government and the hospitality industry have worked together to produce guidelines to assist with managing and reducing transmission of COVID-19, Health Minister David Clark announced today.  The guidelines developed between the Government, Hospitality New Zealand and SkyCity Entertainment Group, set out how the new restrictions on physical distancing and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Nation steps up to COVID-19 Alert Level 2
    Four stage Alert System for COVID-19 announced New Zealand moved up to COVID-19 Alert Level 2 – Reduce Contact New Zealanders over 70 and those with certain medical conditions told to stay at home as much as they can to reduce risk of contact with the virus Workplaces to implement ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • PM Address – Covid-19 Update
    Kia ora koutou katoa I’m speaking directly to all New Zealanders today to give you as much certainty and clarity as we can as we fight Covid-19. Over the past few weeks, the world has changed. And it has changed very quickly. In February it would have seemed unimaginable to ...
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    1 week ago
  • NZ and Singapore commit to keeping supply and trade links open, including on essential goods and med...
    New Zealand and Singapore have jointly committed to keep supply chains open and to remove any existing trade restrictive measures on essential goods, especially medical supplies, in the face of the Covid-19 crisis. Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker welcomed the commitment. “This is an important collective response, and ...
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    1 week ago
  • Joint Ministerial Statement by Singapore and New Zealand -Covid-19 situation
    JOINT MINISTERIAL STATEMENT BY SINGAPORE AND NEW ZEALAND AFFIRMING COMMITMENT TO ENSURING SUPPLY CHAIN CONNECTIVITY AMIDST THE COVID-19 SITUATION  The COVID-19 pandemic is a serious global crisis.  As part of our collective response to combat COVID-19, Singapore and New Zealand are committed to maintaining open and connected supply chains. We ...
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  • Transit between Australia and New Zealand
    Travel restrictions, closing our border to almost all travelers came into force from 23:59 on Thursday 19 March 2020 (NZDT).  All airlines were informed of these restrictions before they came into force. Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says “The transit of passengers between Australia and New Zealand has been agreed upon and ...
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  • $100 million to redeploy workers
    The Government has allocated $100 million to help redeploy workers affected by the economic impact of COVID-19, with the hard-hit region of Gisborne-Tairāwhiti to be the first helped, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford, Forestry and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Employment Minister Willie Jackson announced today. Phil Twyford ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • More support for wood processing
    The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is ramping up support for Tairāwhiti’s wood processing sector to bolster the region’s economy at a time of heightened uncertainty, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. Following earlier announcements today of a regional support package for Tairāwhiti, Minister Jones has also announced a ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Govt steps in to protect Air New Zealand
    The Coalition Government has stepped in to protect Air New Zealand with a significant financial deal that protects essential routes and allows the company to keep operating. The Government and Air New Zealand have agreed a debt funding agreement through commercial 24-month loan facilities of up to $900 million*. The ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Stronger border measures to protect NZers from COVID-19
    The Government has taken further measures to protect New Zealanders from the COVID-19 virus, effectively stopping all people from boarding a plane to New Zealand from 11:59pm today, except for returning New Zealanders, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today.  New Zealanders’ partners, legal guardians or any dependent children travelling with ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Action on indoor gatherings and events to protect public health
    The Government has reinforced its commitment to protecting the health of New Zealanders from COVID-19 through the cancellation of indoor events with more than 100 people.  “Protecting the health of New Zealanders is our number one priority, and that means we need to reduce the risks associated with large gatherings,” ...
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