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Ashcroft’s donations a worry

Written By: - Date published: 6:32 pm, September 6th, 2008 - 54 comments
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Lord Ashcroft is a worry.

Not just to John Key, who had to admit that he didn’t know why Ascroft had met him at Key’s home: it just happened to be in his diary.

According to an article in the Daily Telegraph, he is also a worry to many in the Conservative Party.

Ashcroft “does not just give donations, he is also responsible for the Party’s polling and target seat strategy. When the shadow cabinet is briefed on focus group or poll results, it is Lord Ashcroft who presents the results. That puts him in an extraordinarily powerful position.”

He is also a generous donor. “According to the Electoral Commission website, he has given almost L2.6 million to the Conservatives since 2003.”

“About half of this comes in donations in kind – polling, focus group work, consultancy work and at one point last year, rather bizarrely, L5,927.88 for ‘bottle openers'”.

Both John Key and Lord Ashcroft were at pains to tell TV3’s Duncan Garner that Lord Ashcroft had given no money to the National Party. But nobody asked Key were there any donations in kind of the sort mentioned above – polling, focus group work, consultancy services such as those provided by Crosby/Textor, who were also used by the Conservative Party.

Kiwis wouldn’t need the bottle openers.

Donations of such kind are significant because Lord Ashcroft is not just the Deputy Chairman of the British Conservative Party, he is also the Treasurer of the International Democratic Union. This was founded several years ago by Margaret Thatcher and George HW Bush to give political and organising assistance to right-wing parties around the world. John Howard is its current President.  As has been noted, Ashcroft gave the Liberals in Australia $1million for the 2004 election.

So Ashcroft’s job is also to provide such help to their member parties. He didn’t fly halfway around the world just to give Key the latest news from Britain.

What Key should be asked is whether or not any political services to the National Party were discussed or arranged at the meeting? Donations of services are expressly described as party donations in the Electoral Finance Act, and as John Key himself noted when ruling out donations of cash, they cannot be made by overseas persons if they are valued at more than $1,000.

The law also says that if a donation – say of a service – of more than $1,000 in value is received from an overseas person that person must within 20 working days of receipt return the donation, less $1,000, or pay it to the Electoral Commission.

The deadline is September 26th.

Plenty of time for questions. Watch out for slippery answers.

54 comments on “Ashcroft’s donations a worry”

  1. Anita 1

    Not just to John Key, who had to admit that he didn’t know why Ascroft had met him at Key’s home: it just happened to be in his diary.

    I have to say I really feel for John; I know one of the toughest things in my life is when my staff arrange meetings for me with men who want to give me lots of money. It’s such an annoyance I try to just forget all about it three days later!

  2. Another fair and balanced post.

    [lprent: Thank you on behalf of the poster (taking your statement at face value). I’m glad you enjoyed the post. Hopefully we can provide more of the same in the future. It is better than the ranting that goes on in some blogs. ]

  3. The PC Avenger 3

    Quite so Brett, quite so. Fair and balanced is exactly what should be expected from an openly partisan blog.

    Oh wait no it’s not, and you’re an idiot if you have that expectation.

  4. Anita 4

    Brett Dale,

    Does it bother you at all that Key evaded to the point of dishonesty when asked about Ashcroft? However unbalanced you may think John A’s post is there is a real issue here.

  5. Janet 5

    On TV3 Linda Clark commented that she thought the whole Lord Ashcroft story was a ‘beat up’. She must have lost her political instincts in her years away from the Press Gallery, but fortunately Duncan Garner hasn’t. And now it appears that he was tipped off by a Nat. I hope the mainstream media will do some real investigative work now the Standard has given them the lead.

  6. John 6

    I think you will find that if Ashcroft paid advisers like Crosby Textor to advise National from Australia, there would be no way for New Zealand law enforcement agencies to prosecute such an illegal donation. The key to Key is to watch his slippery use of words.

    Key said Ashcroft did not discuss money with him. That does not mean that Ashcroft did not discuss arrangements for assistance to National that Ashcroft paid for outside of New Zealand.

  7. Janet: Linda Clark never really had any political instincts. Like Sean Plunket, Linda Clark has a bad habit of missing the point….not asking the question that REALLY needs to be asked. Not at all surprising she has failed to appreciate the possibilities inherent in a UK power player like Ashcroft making time to travel 18,000km to talk to John Key a couple months out from an election.

    How would anyone know what Ashcroft did, in kind, if he paid the money to a 3rd party who then contracted the “in kind” services?

  8. higherstandard 8

    Pathetic – now resorting to smearing a man who was generous enough to front up with a reward to help our authorities recover the stolen VCs.

  9. Bill 9

    John Key has adopted a “what would I know about Political donations” stance. This seems disingenuous when we consider his background. For years he was a highly placed executive with Merrill Lynch.

    In 2004, the CEO of Merrill Lynch ordered his executives to contribute to the Bush/Cheney campaign. They stumped up to the tune of almost half a million.
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A50364-2004May23.html

    As for his “But it wouldn’t be possible for him to give anyway – he’s an offshore entity.” –

    Does he really expect us to believe that a currency trader and the proprietor of numerous offshore tax haven companies could not or would not covertly transfer funds?

    In my view, not nearly enough attention is being paid to the culture from which Mr Key and his fortune have sprung.

    A search on “Merrill Lynch Fraud” turns up nearly a million items – many proven cases such as
    “SEC Charges Four Merrill Lynch Executives with Aiding and Abetting Enron Accounting Fraud”
    http://www.sec.gov/news/press/2003-32.htm

    In 1998/9 when Enron and Merrill Lynch set up the entities that were to defraud millions, 97 Merill Lynch executives put up 16.6 million to buy in and profit from them.
    http://books.google.co.nz/books?id=fxWOLU2ZNOAC&pg=PA200&lpg=PA200&dq=Merrill+Lynch+history+corruption&source=web&ots=dC7nAiEXb0&sig=NKD0uJLtVGJKDX2W2WgtAA4imFI&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=3&ct=result

    This monumental fraud was perpetrated during Key’s tenure with the firm.

    H/T http://www.tumeke.blogspot.com/ “The Lord Ashcroft Files ” 2/9/08

  10. Lord Hyperbole 10

    Can you spot me a grand Lord?

  11. Ah, the stench emanating from Wall street finally reaches the nostrils of the average Kiwi but none dare call it a Conspiracy. LOL.

    Bill, have you noticed how John Key never talks about how he used to live in New York off and on for the six years he worked for Merrill lynch.Hmmm, I wonder why?

    Being the global head for forex for Merrill lynch and upon invitation only adviser of the Federal Reserve should be a massive boon for someone who has to prove his leadership skills. yet nothing in the puff piece in the 19 july nzherald.

    HS

    You should Google Asfhcroft’s name. He is definitly not a nice guy.

  12. higherstandard 12

    MMMMMM yes Eve

    Clearly the IDU is a front for the real 911 bombers and John Key is Osama Bin Slipperin.

  13. Bill 13

    Nice to see that the standard of trolls is somewhat higher on this blog than on Tumeke.

  14. Lord Hyperbole 14

    My masonic friends like flying planes into tall buildings.

  15. r0b 15

    Pathetic – now resorting to smearing a man who was generous enough to front up with a reward to help our authorities recover the stolen VCs.

    Smearing? No – smearing is what has been done to Owen Glenn, a man who was generous enough to front up with a huge donation to Auckland University (and incidentally supports a number of international charities through The Glenn Foundation).

  16. higherstandard 16

    Agreed r0b – Glenn has been very poorly treated.

    I would point out that Ashcroft has also been fairly generous over the years.

  17. Lord Hyperbole, (So sad you have to come up with something so crappy for a name)

    No, Simple carbon fires bring down massive steel framed buildings in perfect symmetry into their own footprint in 6.5 seconds according to NIST. Didn’t you know that? Oh oops, That is the same NIST that pioneered in the development of Nanothermite. The same Nanothermite found by independent laboratories with state of the art equipment in the dust of all three towers.

    Yes, Hyperbole three towers collapsed that day. All in freefall speed (11, 10 and 6.5 seconds), all symmetrical and all into a pyroclastic flow of dust into their own footprint which is now killing 70.000 first responders and New Yorkers. One tower hit in the middle of the tower, one tower hit sideways and the third tower not hit at all. The only three Steel framed buildings to ever collapse in that peculiar way due to carbon fires. They even came up with a brand spanking phenomenon for building three “thermal expansion”. LOL.

    This is what a group of fire fighters have to say about it.

    HS
    So yawn.

    And to get back to the thread;

    1/ A political party having contact with known power brokers and lying about it is conspiring.

    2/ A political party that does not want to tell us, the voters how they are going to govern the country while meeting with characters with a known history of corrupting the democratic process is up to no good.

  18. IrishBill 18

    Thanks John, I particularly liked the fact the Tories call Ashcroft “Blofeld”. I wouldn’t have thought they’d have that good a sense of humour.

  19. gobsmacked 19

    Speaking of Owen Glenn, why is the National Party trying to contact this young woman? What do they want to “chat” about?

    From today’s Sunday Star-Times:

    “WHILE WINSTON Peters’ troubles seem to go from bad to worse, billionaire benefactor Owen Glenn has been sailing the Mediterranean with a single white female aged 31.

    This demoiselle is an expatriate New Zealander called Mandii Pope. Christened Amanda Grace, Ms Pope is an attractive artiste now living in London, whose MySpace page says: “Would you love a hand painted image??? I can paint a small painting of family and friends or anything in any style for that matter in a few hours, or a larger detailed painting in a week. Interested???? Call me.”

    Which is just what Owen must have done. Mandii has just spent not one but two weeks on his superyacht, the Ubiquitous. Her MySpace page doesn’t mention why Owen’s portrait took so long.

    Curiously, Ms Pope is also sought by National MP Craig Foss. A google of Mandii Pope’s name brought up the following listing: “We would like to chat to former Aucklander, now Londonite Mandii Pope. Anyone knowing of her whereabouts or more details please forward … craigfossmp.blogspot.com.”

    Perhaps he’s a fan of her painting skills too … or is he trying to involve her in all the political mudslinging that’s going on?”

    (ENDS)

  20. deemac 20

    When the Tory Party first put Ashcroft forward for a peerage, he was turned down as he was a tax exile (in Belize). He promised to return to the UK and pay taxes; he got his peerage; his tax status however is still “unclear”.
    The British govt would fid it very embarrassing to remove his peerage as that would be to admit he duped them. Standard practice from the type who believes they can buy anything.

  21. Tim Ellis 21

    I don’t understand the purpose of this post, other than smearing by association, and a lot of unsubstantiated innuendo and speculation. So the claim is that John Key is getting some kind of services in kind from Ashcroft, despite this breaking the law.

    It really does seem quite breathtaking that people on the left have said for the last two years that National is sitting on millions of dollars, is cash rich, has plenty of money to throw at a big campaign, and that this was one of the reasons why the electoral finance act was necessary, to stop big money buying elections. Now, despite this claim, and no evidence that National has broken the electoral finance act, and plenty of evidence that parties of the Left have repeatedly breached the EFA, the allegation here is that National has broken the EFA, because John A can’t work out any other reason why Ashcroft would be in New Zealand. That’s right. The only reason he can think of Ashcroft’s presence in New Zealand is to take part in an act that would break the law. This is despite no evidence that Ashcroft has ever been a party to breaking electoral law.

    Next, we have the claim that Ashcroft has to be one of National’s bagmen, despite it being illegal for him to act in this capacity. This is despite no evidence of foreigners giving very large sums of money to the National Party, ever, while Labour’s biggest donor, a froeigner, that the Labour Party approached in the last couple of months requesting money, is only allowed to donate money because the Labour Party specifically amended the EFA to allow him to do so.

    John A, I know you are capable of interesting analysis. This isn’t such a thing. It isn’t a constructive, left-wing view. It is a partisan smear.

  22. gobsmacked 22

    What was Craig Foss looking for? What does he mean by “we”? Was he acting as a loose cannon, or for the National Party?

    Or is there an “innocent explanation”?

  23. What bothers me is the hypocritical nature of this blog, you accuse the right of the same behavior that the left does. Your the mirror image of Bill O’Reilly.

    Take a lesson from a newbie blogger, try to see both sides, and everything is not black and white, all people on the left are the great saviors while all people on the right aren’t these bad oil barons who just want your money and vise versa.

    As the great Garth Brooks once said “The more sides we see the better decisions we make”

  24. forgetaboutthelastone 24

    Brett Dale:

    protip: as a self-described “newbie blogger” you get to learn lessons not teach them.

  25. Disagree, there are some blogs that are fairly new that are brilliant, and some that have been hanging around for years that are useless.

    The length of time doesn’t make something good.

  26. Pascal's bookie 26

    “As the great Garth Brooks ”

    Garth ‘stadium’ Brooks isn’t great. He’s a popular pedestrian.

    Steve Earle’s great.

  27. Felix 27

    “there are some blogs that are fairly new that are brilliant”

    Yes Brett but yours is neither.

  28. higherstandard 28

    There are also some blogs that are brilliantly fair.

  29. Pascal’s bookie:

    The comment “Stadium Brooks” relates to his 1993 US tour, where he sold out stadiums in minutes.

    His last tour 1996-1998 was played in arenas, so a more intimate setting.

    A lot his songs are about Gay rights, social equality, racial harmony, womans rights the environment, he is a democrat, and understated songwriter, just because he has had massive success doesn’t mean he is a sellout or a bad artist.

    When you have artists like David Bowie, James Taylor, George Michael, Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson crediting him as being a great artist, then you can kind of figure out he’s something special.

    Agree with you about Steve Earl.

  30. fleix:

    What is wrong with my blog? 🙁

  31. Pascal's bookie 31

    Yeah I know Brett, Garth has achieved a lot, all power to him and I’m sure he’s a top bloke. Just not to my taste. Maybe he’ll mellow as his career develops and I’ll end up a big fan. If you had to recommend one album as a showcase what should I get?

    Sorry for the wind up, but I could tell you’d bite.

  32. 2001: Scarecrow
    1997: Sevens
    1989: Garth Brooks

    They are his least overproduced albums and have a lot of songs that wouldnt make mainstream radio, you could always try his Chirs Gaines album.

  33. Pascal's bookie 33

    cheers Brett

  34. Felix 34

    I never meant to suggest that there is anything wrong with your blog Brett.

  35. Bill 35

    Conspiracy theory is the new magic bullet designed to end all argument in this age of internet debate. Just as “anti-Semitism’ became the standard response to all who would criticise the Israeli Government, “conspiracy theory’ has become the weapon of choice for the intellectually lazy in other matters. On closer examination however, both of these terms reveal themselves as emotive nonsense.

    Anyone who has lodged a protest at the policies of the Israeli Government has been accused of anti-Semitism but what does this mean? What does the label anti-Semite tell us about someone that the term racist does not? Why is an act of oppression or slander against blacks “racism” whilst the same act against Jews has its own special term?
    It is tempting to believe that it is simply the usefulness of the term that has lead to its widespread adoption. During the late, unlamented apartheid era in South Africa, protestors against the Nationalist regime were never labeled racist for obvious reasons. Today, however, those whose protest against a “Jewish State’ is based on those very same principles can and are labeled anti-Semite. In my view this is due to an emotive power the term acquired in the post WWII era. Unfortunately the genocidal crimes against the black races of South Africa during the era of slavery had passed from living memory before “racism’ entered the lexicon. For this reason, though the terms are exactly equivalent, “anti-Semitism’ in some minds, carries a voodoo-like power.

    Likewise now with “conspiracy theory’. The very usefulness of the term has given it wide currency despite it’s obvious fallacy. “Conspiracy’ is legitimate but add “theory to it and it becomes another hex.
    Law enforcement agencies spend most of their time investigating conspiracies.
    Ah but those are small conspiracies do I hear you say?
    How big was Enron? Here we have a fraudulent conspiracy that involved sums of money larger than the GNP of many countries.
    But that didn’t involve elected representatives do I hear you say?
    Personally I would not agree but we don’t need to go there. How about the assassination of Martin Luther King Jnr?
    It is a testament to the power of suppression of truth that many of you will not have heard of the 1999 court case initiated by the King family which resulted in this statement:

    ” After hearing and reviewing the extensive testimony and evidence, which had never before been tested under oath in a court of law, it took the Memphis jury only 1½ hours to find that a conspiracy to kill Dr. King did exist. Most significantly, this conspiracy involved agents of the governments of the City of Memphis, the state of Tennessee and the United States of America. The overwhelming weight of the evidence also indicated that James Earl Ray was not the triggerman and, in fact, was an unknowing patsy.’
    http://www.thekingcenter.org/news/trial.html

    Now I do not have an opinion on 911 but I suggest that those who dismiss dissent, purely on the basis that it is “conspiracy theory’, should maybe get one of their own to use in rebuttal rather than invoking an irrational curse.

    To those who consider speculation that John Key may have known about and possibly participated in a huge conspiracy to defraud that was perpetrated by the company in which he was a highly placed executive (and from which 97 of his fellow executives profited) is a baseless smear should perhaps concern themselves with probability rather than conspiracy theory.

  36. Swampy 36

    Yawn, travellerev and others, can we stick to the topic please, I’m sure there are other blogs you can post this stuff to.

    As for the MSM, the Winston Peters-Helen Clark thing has much more legs to it right now. I’m sure this post is an attempt to distract from that, but I wonder how much longer Clark will continue to sycophantically prop up Peters given the damage that is being done by association.

  37. Bill 37

    I beg your pardon. It must be the fault of this computer. On my screen, the topic at the head of this thread reads

    “Lord Ashcroft is a worry. Not just to John Key, who had to admit that he didn’t know why Ascroft had met him at Key’s home: it just happened to be in his diary.”

    …to which posters leveled sneers of conspiracy theory.

    If my posts are appearing on a “Winston Peters-Helen Clark ” thread by some mischance, I apologise.

  38. Swampy 38

    Dear Bill, a bit of your own conspiracy theory

    A search on “Merrill Lynch Fraud’ turns up nearly a million items – many proven cases such as
    “SEC Charges Four Merrill Lynch Executives with Aiding and Abetting Enron Accounting Fraud'”

    What is a “proven case”? Were you unable to write “Four Merrill Lynch Executives Convicted of Aiding and Abetting Enron Accounting Fraud” because no such convictions were obtained? Is that the truth of this matter?

    Is it therefore the case that by insinuation you are smearing Key with some other activity that took place during a period when he worked for Merrill Lynch, but you can’t prove that he was involved or that there was anything untoward about it, it is just your opinion isn’t it.

    There is a lot of hot air opinion on the internet these days – like this blog and many other blogs and web sites.

  39. Lord Hyperbole 39

    Google is ten years old and hot air blogs are everywhere. It stinks.

    Where has dad4justice gone as I wanted to wish him a happy fathers day?

  40. Bill 40

    Five executives convicted of fraud in Enron-Merrill trial

    By Our City Staff
    Thursday, 4 November 2004

    A US jury convicted four former executives from the Wall Street bank Merrill Lynch and a former Enron finance executive of conspiracy and fraud yesterday for helping push through a sham deal to pad the energy company’s earnings.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/five-executives-convicted-of-fraud-in-enronmerrill-trial-531977.html

  41. Felix:

    Cool, thanks. 🙂

  42. forgetaboutthelastone 42

    Bill – here’s an example for you regarding National’s leaks:

    “Cockup usually wins over conspiracy for me, and it’s far more likely they were dropped or left somewhere by mistake in my opinon.”

    Link.

    Its all very well if one has a preference for “cockup over conspiracy” but there is evidence to consider here.

  43. Bill 43

    But wait…..there’s more.

    Merrill’s Enron imbroglio couldn’t come at a worse time. Less than four months ago, Merrill paid $100 million to settle charges with New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer that its Internet analysts issued biased research reports to win investment-banking deals.
    http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/02_37/b3799097.htm

  44. darryl 44

    Brett Dale @ Pascalls Bookie,

    You may not believe this but in the early 90’s after Steve Earle came to NZ, we hooked up with him for a beer and actually sang Garth Brooks songs. From all accounts Steve and Garth get on like a house on fire.

    There’s a time for “The Other Kind” and there’s a time for “I’ve Got Friends in Low Places”.

    🙂

  45. Tara 45

    See also

    MICHAEL ASHCROFT is a powerful man. A former treasurer of the Conservative Party, he is now its deputy-chairman. He is also a very wealthy man—the 65th richest in Britain, according to a rough-and-ready ranking by the Sunday Times. Through one of his companies, he has given over £3m ($6m, at ..

    https://www.economist.com/displayStory.cfm?story_id=11377008

    Belize has two parallel societies: a native economy which struggles to make a living from agriculture, and a vibrant offshore financial sector dominated by foreign businessmen who fund and control the political system. The country is almost feudal, dominated by magnates such as Lord Ashcroft, Baron of Belize, who has used his financial muscle to gain influence in the ruling People’s United Part (PUP). Ashcroft’s eagerness to protect his offshore interests threatened vital British debt relief in 2002. This came after Hurricane Iris devastated Belize’s poor fishing communities and indigenous villages, which would have benefited from the freeing up of spending that debt relief could have brought.

    Ashcroft’s extensive business interests are inseparable from the nation’s political and economic fabric. The US ambassador to Belize, George Bruno, claimed ‘Belize government officials realise that he [Ashcroft] has financial resources equal to the Belize government, that his contacts exceed the government’s in the international community and that he is prepared to litigate all the way to the privy council on any issue’. He was the main protagonist in the establishment of the country’s offshore financial sector, which has achieved infamy in recent years, and has entrenched his interests by forming a powerful grouping within the PUP. As such, Ashcroft has locked horns with several foreign governments over the county’s tax laws, which have granted his Carlisle Holdings a 30-yr moratorium worth up to US$20 million, ending in 2028. .. snip ..

    http://www.scoopit.co.nz/shakeit.php

    British billionaire Michael Ashcroft, owner of Belize Telemedia Ltd (BTL) took over Channel 5 TV on Tuesday, June 17, 2008. and Amalia Mai, former Belize Times editor and close friend of People’s United Party leader Johnny Briceño, is replacing Stewart Krohn as the company’s Chief Executive

    http://www.huntingtonnews.net/columns/080620-kinchen-columnsbelizediary.html

    She tells the tale of
    one Michael Ashcroft, Belizean citizen, owner of various banks and Treasurer
    of the UK Conservative Party. Ashcroft was reported in The Times of London
    as under investigation by the US Drugs Enforcement Agency. He sued The
    Times, but dropped the case after ‘direct discussions with Rupert Murdoch,
    owner of the parent company News International’ (p. 136). Now wouldn’t
    that have been an interesting conversation to overhear
    According to Duffy (p. 137) ‘tourism is often associated with an increase in
    crime, prostitution and drugs.’ When the US Counter-Narcotics Unit visited
    Customs at the Port of Belize, their ‘sniffer dogs were so overwhelmed by the
    smell of drugs that they suffered sensory overload and were unable to func-
    tion’ (p. 138). And there are various reports of individuals buying island
    resorts using cash from drug trafficking. Fishermen near the Mexican border,
    apparently, not uncommonly encounter floating bodies or if they are luck-
    ier, floating bales of cocaine. This is known locally as ‘winning the sea lotto’
    (p. 141). Presumably, the floating bodies have lost the sea lotto.
    The core of Duffy’s thesis is developed on pp. 141153, ‘The Impact of the
    Shadow State on Ecotourism Policy,’ which describes a series of dubious
    development approvals and similar events. Duffy’s conclusion (p. 159) is that
    tourists visit Belize to see reefs, rainforests and ruins, and also to drink, take
    drugs and have sex; but because of links between tourism and the shadow
    state, their mere presence creates a spiral of impacts on the social and natural
    environment of which they are not aware and over which they have no
    control. Ecotourism in Southern Belize, she says, can only be analysed in the
    context of international financial institutions, environmental NGOs, logging
    companies, and illegal traffic in drugs and wildlife.

    http://209.85.141.104/search?q=cache:q4sg4zRcsWQJ:www98.griffith.edu.au/dspace/bitstream/10072/8430/3/atriptoo.pdf+ashcroft+belize+americas+review&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=20&gl=nz

    [lprent; Pleeezeeeee – quote less monumentally. More links. ]

  46. Iprent,

    Sorry, I know you need to read everything but Tara is another much needed sentinel. Give her space.

  47. Tara 48

    [lprent; Pleeezeeeee – quote less monumentally. More links. ]

    Its a developing story. If Keys vision for NZ is anything like Ashcrofts Belize .. agrarian feudalism with an urban hi-tech financial sector based largely in Auckland .. it marks a radical break with past bipartisan consensus. Such as it is ..

  48. higherstandard 49

    agrarian feudalism – I’m sure Fonterra shareholders want to go down that path.

    Is there a breeding farm for nutters somewhere in NZ other than parliament seems their posts are becoming more frequent.

  49. Tara 50

    “agrarian feudalism – I’m sure Fonterra shareholders want to go down that path.”

    .. while vineyard and orchard owners consider “creating their own labour force” from the outer Pacific Islands.

    In Nth. Queensland it was called “blackbirding” – as slavery was being abolished in the US.

  50. Tara 51

    Have a look at

    http://www.scoopit.co.nz

    9.13 AM 8/9/08

  51. Phil 52

    “About half of this comes in donations in kind – polling, focus group work, consultancy work and at one point last year, rather bizarrely, L5,927.88 for ‘bottle openers”.

    Apparently, the Daily Telegraph has never heard of branded merchandise.

    Top quality “Waiters friends” could probably be sourced for about 5 pound each in bulk. Add another pound each for the cost of branding with a company or party logo, and you’ve got an excellent product.

  52. Tara,

    Don’t bother with HS. He’s a numbskull troll. Encountering anything resembling females with intelligence and he goes of on the nutter angle. Must be his age.

  53. Was Mr Adam Dudding from the Sunday Star Times never taught it’s not polite to involve innocent people in assuming slander?
    Surely Sherlock must be due a promotion for his fact finding skills?

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    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    1 day ago
  • Getting in futures shape 
    “There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen.” Lenin Don’t we all know that feeling now.

    Prospect Magazine alerted me to this particularly apt quote. It is a much more evocative quote than Hemingway’s “gradually then suddenly” which is also doing ...

    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    1 day ago
  • Maybe axing Clark would be unfair. But what about any of this is fair?
    Yesterday was the day the consequences of the lockdown suddenly got very real for many. Firms have been closing and laying people off since the outset of the quarantine but this has mostly been happening out of the public eye. The mass closure of a number of iconic New Zealand ...
    PunditBy Liam Hehir
    1 day ago
  • Might a ‘Coasean’ social contract mitigate overall societal harm from COVID-19?
    Brian Williamson1, Prof Nick Wilson2 (1Economic consultant, UK; 2University of Otago Wellington) In this blog, we outline how a win-win social contract could be forged to address the major dimensions of response to the COVID-19 pandemic when using a mitigation strategy: the particular need to protect older people from high ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 day ago
  • Returning To “Normalcy”.
    Resuming Normal Service: The Republican Party's nominee for in 1920, Warren Harding, promised the American people: “not heroics, but healing; not nostrums, but normalcy; not revolution, but restoration”. If she wishes to remain our prime minister, then Jacinda Ardern will offer New Zealanders the same.HOW EDUCATED AMERICA snickered when the ...
    1 day ago
  • New Zealand’s Government Must Save New Zealand’s Media.
    No Free Society Without A Free And Functioning News Media: If we are to surrender our civil rights to the broader cause of defeating Covid-19, then foreign corporations must, likewise, surrender their right to inflict immense economic and cultural harm on New Zealanders simply because it improves their bottom line.I’M ...
    1 day ago
  • Corona fevers and the madness of models
    by Daphna Whitmore A third of the world is under lockdown and a clear assessment of this measure to curb the spread of COVID-19 is urgently needed.  With any high-stakes decisions it has to be asked what are we dealing with here? Are the measures warranted? Will they achieve their ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 day ago
  • Lockdown day 8
    I haven’t done a huge amount in the last few days. I’m reading The Poppy War and I’ve sort of poked at a couple of games – I started SOMA but I’m a wimp and I quit while in the first room after the brain scan. I might try it ...
    The little pakehaBy chrismiller
    2 days ago
  • Backstage and Theatre
    The swan politicians may be gliding on the water, occasionally snapping at one another. Meanwhile, as the Covid19 crisis illustrates, the officials are desperately paddling below providing the real locomotion. One of the most fatuous recent grandstanding comments (of about a week ago), adding to the public’s anxieties, was ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    2 days ago
  • Legal Beagle: Waiver, the singular Crown and the conduct of Crown legal business
    Much has been written about the importance of discretion in an emergency situation, and the concerns raised by the potential for it to be exercised arbitrarily. Given the quality of the discussion, there seemed little point in adding to it at any length. In particular, I point to the evidence ...
    2 days ago
  • Highlights from Bauer Media’s science-related reporting
    Today has felt surreal. I was all set to touch base online with my science communication students when a colleague shared the news that Bauer Media would be shutting down its publications immediately. The first link I saw implied it was Woman’s Weekly affected, and even that shocked me. But ...
    SciBlogsBy Sarah-Jane O'Connor
    2 days ago
  • Outsiders.
    Bogeymen, Real And Imagined: Is the number of psychopathic and sociopathic individuals in any given society truly as vanishingly small as we like to tell ourselves? Isn’t it more likely that the mass-shooters and serial-killers filling the headlines represent only the tip of a much, much larger iceberg of frightfulness? ...
    2 days ago
  • We have a right to know the rules we are expected to obey
    Outgoing Police Commissioner Mike Bush appeared before the Epidemic Response Committee today, who asked him for the rules police are using to enforce the lockdown. He refused:Police Commissioner Mike Bush has admitted the advice given to Kiwis about what they're able to do during the lockdown hasn't been clear enough. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 7 (sanitised version)
    For those folk who find my other Lock-Down Diary versions too “negative” or otherwise unpalatable… Here’s a photo of my cat, . . Better? Tomorrow’s Sanitised Version: a pretty flower. . . . =fs= ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    2 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 7
    . . April 1: Day seven of living in lock-down… This morning I had a brief chat with one of my neighbours, “D” (social distance between us, a good three or four metres). I learned he had resigned from his previous job and had been hired by another company – ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    2 days ago
  • RIP The Listener, New Zealand’s pioneering voice
    Funnily enough, my thought as I start this post is whether it will be well written enough. Or should that be well enough written? Because so much of what I know about good writing came from my two stints at The Listener, which this morning was shut down due to ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    2 days ago
  • OK, Britney: stop sniping at National for doing its job
    With normal democratic procedures in abeyance, there were two ways to go. First, it was open for the government to dissolve itself and invite the National Party to join a ministry of national salvation. That would have lessened the democratic deficit of the times by having a team of rivals without ...
    PunditBy Liam Hehir
    2 days ago
  • Helpful tips for parents during lockdown
    Dr Kirsty Ross Children and young people can respond differently in times of distress. This also varies by age and developmental stage, with younger children having more magical and imaginative thinking, and older children having more awareness and knowledge of the issues our communities are facing (which brings up ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #13, 2020
    3 days ago
  • Hungary is now a dictatorship
    Hungary has been a virtual dictatorship for a decade now, as Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has gradually eroded its democracy. But now, its official, with the passage of an indefinite emergency law allowing rule by decree:Hungary’s parliament has passed a new set of coronavirus measures that includes jail terms for ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • A new Ministry of Works
    While the economy is on pause under lockdown, the government is beginning to plan how to cope with the post-lockdown, post-tourism, post-export education world we will eventually find ourselves in. They're planning a lot of infrastructure spending as economic stimulus, and have asked for proposals which can start the moment ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Capture: Well spaced out
    It's my distraction,  setting up tiny scenes to photograph.  I've got stuck on the Babushka dolls for now.  Something about their bubble shape.  Something about their never changing, smiling features, suggesting persistent equanimity.  Can we get through everything that is being thrown at us and keep at least a tiny ...
    3 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 6
    . . March 31: Day six of living in lock-down… This time I managed to sleep a little longer and the alarm woke me at the pre-set time: 6.55am. Then remembered I was working a later shift and could’ve slept in. Oh well, there are things to do at home. ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    3 days ago
  • March ’20 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
    Image credit: Diamond Harbour School Blogs I notice a few regulars no longer allow public access to the site counters. This may happen accidentally when the blog format is altered. If your blog is unexpectedly missing or ...
    3 days ago
  • Hard News: Poll Pot and the partisans
    Yesterday's Horizon poll showing support for a "Yes" vote in this year's cannabis referendum sliding into the majority for the first time in a year looked like good news for reformers – and it probably is. But the result warrants some scrutiny.The poll is the fifth in a series commissioned ...
    3 days ago
  • Why those bubbles are so important
    For almost a week now, every one of us who isn’t an essential worker has been confined to their bubble. We are allowed to go shopping for groceries, to visit the doctor, and to get a bit of exercise if we stay local. The reason we are doing this is ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    3 days ago
  • A Government System That Works
    The Covid-19 saga will no doubt produce many twists and turns for us before it is finally brought to an end. But one thing it has shown us – and what comfort it should bring us – is that our country’s government is in good hands. I am not thinking ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    3 days ago
  • Smashing down the barriers: Where are we at with COVID vaccines?
    In the absence of a vaccine or a cure for a deadly disease, staying home in your bubble is what you do, the concept is not new.  To the best of my knowledge last time we did this in NZ was for polio, in the years before a vaccine came ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    4 days ago
  • National Network on Cuba (USA): “Cuban medical solidarity is a pillar of its society and is founde...
    The following statement was released on March 28 by the National Network on Cuba, a coalition of 40 groups, based in the United States. In recent weeks, Cuba has deployed hundreds of medical providers to over a dozen countries in Europe, Asia, as well as to their neighbors in Latin ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    4 days ago
  • Alarming decrease in calves increases fears for endangered Hector’s dolphin
    This has been a terrible summer for Hector’s dolphins. The first indication was very low numbers of dolphin sightings during late spring and early summer. The Otago University Marine Mammal Research Team has carried out routine dolphin surveys at Banks Peninsula for more than 30 years. In all that time, ...
    SciBlogsBy Otago Marine Science
    4 days ago
  • Time for Grant Robertson to reveal package #2?
    On March 17, Finance Minister Grant Robertson was quick out of the blocks with an economic rescue package to help businesses through the inevitable recession resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. Robertson had pulled together a scheme in short order that so far seems to have saved many jobs. In his ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    4 days ago
  • Saving lives
    The purpose of the lockdown is to save lives, by reducing the spread of covid-19. We won't know if its really working for another week, but given the devastation that will result if it doesn't - 14,000 dead is the optimistic scenario - its definitely worth trying. But pausing the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 5
    . . March 30: Day five of living in lock-down… Woke up still in darkness. Alarm hadn’t gone off. Turn to radio clock; it’s a few minutes after 6am… I lie there in the dark, waiting to drift off to sleep… but it ain’t happening. Clock ticks over to 6.55 ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    4 days ago
  • Speaker: Les Gray: the man who told the truth
    The story of Les Gray, the public sector psychologist who told the truth about his use of cannabis and set off a storm, has a special place in the lore of cannabis reform in New Zealand.When Paul Shannon interviewed Gray for the 'Dope and Hope' issue of Planet magazine in ...
    4 days ago
  • Why now? Historical specificity and the perfect storm that has created trans identity politics
    by Phil Duncan For Marxists, a key concern about social trends is their context – not just their causes, but why they happen when they do.  Events and phenomena have causes, but they also are time or period-specific. While much of the left have capitulated recently to postmodernism, most notably ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    5 days ago
  • Time for a living wage for supermarket workers
    Since the lockdown began, we've all suddenly been reminded who the actually essential workers in our society are: not the people at the top who pay themselves the big bucks and rort the perks, but the people at the bottom they screw over and squeeze: cleaners, warehouse staff, truck drivers ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Hard News: MUSIC: Lockdown Grooves
    Kia ora! As I've watched nearly all my remaining work vanish over the past couple of days, it has occured to me that one good way to keep me away from arguing with fools on Twitter all the time (in the knowledge that all we're really doing is processing our ...
    5 days ago
  • A place of greater safety?
    Aotearoa New Zealand has committed to trying to extirpate the virus that causes COVID-19 from its shores. To do that, as a society we’ve moved to “Level 4”. That means adapting to unprecedented restrictions on our personal freedoms, particularly to our rights to move freely and associate with friends and ...
    PunditBy Andrew Geddis
    5 days ago
  • The police and public trust
    When the Prime Minister declared a state of emergency last week, she handed the police powers to enforce it. And almost immediately, we started hearing about heavy-handed, arbitrary "enforcement" by police who (at best) cared more about order than law, or (more likely) had no idea what the rules were ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 4
    . . Lock Down: Day 4 – A photo essay with observations . March 29: Usual wake up routine as RNZ snaps on my radio-clock. Jim Mora’s voice slowly enters my conciousness; there’s talk of a second wave of covid19 taking hold in South Korea; the week in Parliament – ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    5 days ago
  • COVID-19 vs New Zealand
    Yesterday, New Zealand recorded its first Covid-19 related death on the West Coast. Unfortunately this is unlikely to be the only fatality, with the virus now being found in every region of the country.However despite the significant danger, people are still unfortunately breaching lockdown rules.There’s really only one main very ...
    5 days ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #13
    Story of the Week... Toon of the Week... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Claim Review... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week... Story of the Week... ‘Misinformation kills’: The link between coronavirus conspiracies and climate denial   Grist / Rob Kim / Stringer / CSA Images  Scientific ...
    5 days ago
  • Rāhui day 4
    The kids did surprisingly well today – meltdown count was about 3, and mostly fairly short ones. (And a fourth while I was writing.) Game-wise I had a go at Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark. It’s a fairly standard RPG with turn-based combat and what they call a “mature storyline” (it ...
    The little pakehaBy chrismiller
    6 days ago
  • Letter to a friend
    by Don Franks Hi David, Nice hearing from you, I’m glad to hear you’re getting by okay in these grim times. You asked how’s it going for us back here in New Zealand. You would have heard that the whole country is locked down and with breaks for exercise and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 3
    . . Lock Down: Day 3 – A photo essay with observations . March 28: First day of the first weekend in Lock Down. It feels like it’s been weeks since only Level 3 was declared last Tuesday, only four days ago. Woke up this morning to RNZ; coffee; toast, ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    6 days ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #13
    A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Mar 22, 2020 through Sat, Mar 28, 2020 Articles Linked to on Facebook Sun, Mar 22, 2020 In Just 10 Years, Warming Has Increased the Odds of Disasters by Chelsea Harvey, ...
    6 days ago
  • Rāhui day 3
    I’m here in lockdown with my flatmate and her two girls (6 and 2) and it. is. a time. They’re usually really active so to start with the only boardgame in the house is the copy of Guess Who that the 6 year old got for her birthday. Flatmate commented ...
    The little pakehaBy chrismiller
    7 days ago
  • A test of civil society.
    The CV-19 (COVID) pandemic has seen the imposition of a government ordered national quarantine and the promulgation of a series of measures designed to spread the burden of pain and soften the economic blow on the most strategically important and most vulnerable sectors of society. The national narrative is framed ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    7 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 2
    . . Lock Down: Day 2 – A photo essay with observations . March 27 – Day 2 of our Strange New World. The Park and Ride near my suburb, usually filled with hundreds of vehicles, had just… four; . . Another drive into Wellington City on a highway nearly ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • How Do You Feel? What Do You Think?
    Fortune's Children: Under extraordinary pressure, the leader of the Government and the leader of the Opposition will each show us what they are made of. Have they been blessed with intelligence, grace, wit, poise, toughness, empathy and humour – and in what measure? More importantly, to what extent have they ...
    1 week ago
  • Landlords are NOT an essential service
    If you’ve ever had the misfortune of having to rent a property on the open market in New Zealand, which is one of the most expensive in the entire world, you’ll likely be keenly aware of just how arrogant and entitled landlords and their real estate agents can be.Unfortunately for ...
    1 week ago
  • A “new Society” post-COVID19 will definitely emerge. The question is: on what path?
    Society-wise, aside from the specific morbidity shall we say of the medically-oriented aspects of this COVID-19 crisis, what is unfolding before the world is in more than one way an instructive study of humanity and reactions to a high intensity, high stress environment in real time. Friends, we are at ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • Raise the Bar: Everything you need to know about the wage subsidy
    Right now low waged and insecure workers are feeling the economic brunt of the looming #Covid19 Recession. In response legal advocate Toby Cooper* and hospitality and worker’s rights advocate Chloe Ann-King, are putting together a series of legal blogs about your employment rights: In this legal blog we outline some ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    1 week ago
  • The massacre of prisoners in Modelo jail, Bogota, March 21
    by Equipo Jurídico Pueblos and Gearóid Ó Loingsigh (25/03/2020) An escape plan in question On the night of March 21st and the early morning of the 22nd, the forces of the Colombian state stormed into the Modelo prison in Bogotá, murdering 23 prisoners and injuring 83, in response to the ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • We are not America
    When the government banned semi-automatic weapons in response to a terrorist atrocity, gun-nuts were outraged. Mired in toxic American gun culture, they thought owning weapons whose sole purpose was killing people was some sort of "constitutional right", a necessity for "defending themselves" against the government. Now, the Court of Appeal ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • When will we know the lockdown is working?
    Just before midnight on Wednesday March 25, Aotearoa New Zealand entered a countrywide alert level four lockdown. For at least the next four weeks, everyone who isn’t an essential worker is confined to their bubble. We are doing this to stop the explosive growth in people contracting and dying from ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    1 week ago
  • Lock Down: Day 1
    . . Lock Down: Day 1 – A photo essay with observations . Day one of the Level 4 nationwide lock-down (or, DefCon 4 as I sometimes cheekily call it) started at 11.59PM on 25 March. For a moment, most of the nation held it’s collective breath. In that brief ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • A Compelling Recollection.
    Broad, Sunlit Uplands: How those words fired my young imagination! Or, perhaps, it is more accurate to say: how those words fused, in my young mind, with the image printed on every packet of Fielder’s Cornflour. Always fascinated by history, especially modern history, I cannot hear Churchill’s wonderfully evocative words, even ...
    1 week ago
  • The Warehouse – where everyone gets a virus
    . . 24 March 2020 9.46AM Number of covid19 cases in Aotearoa New Zealand: 102 . As of 11.59 on Thursday, most of New Zealand will go into “lock down”. People will be expected not to travel to work; not to socialise; and to stay home. I will not be ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week 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
    1 week ago

  • Further measures to support businesses
    The Government will be introducing legislation to make changes to the Companies Act to help companies facing insolvency due to COVID-19 to remain viable and keep New Zealanders in jobs. The temporary changes include: Giving directors of companies facing significant liquidity problems because of COVID-19 a ‘safe harbour’ from insolvency ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    21 hours ago
  • Govt’s COVID plan, economic strength recognised
    The Government’s plan to cushion the blow of COVID-19 by supporting incomes, jobs and businesses, and position the economy to recover has been backed by another international report. International credit rating agency Moody’s today reaffirmed its highest Aaa credit rating on New Zealand, saying the economy is expected to remain ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Funding certainty for sports through COVID-19
    National sports organisations have been given certainty of funding to ensure they can remain viable through the COVID-19 pandemic, Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson announced today. “The global spread of COVID-19 has had a significant impact on sport and recreation in New Zealand, including the cancellation or postponement of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Butchers now allowed to process pork
    Changes have been made to allow butchers to process pork, only for supply to supermarkets or other processors or retailers that are open, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has announced. “We carefully weighed the risk of allowing butchers to open their shops for retail customers, but the risk of spreading COVID-19 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Essential workers leave scheme established
    Essential workers who take leave from work to comply with public health guidance are being supported with a leave scheme to ensure they will continue to receive income, say the Minister of Workplace Relations and Safety Iain Lees-Galloway and Minister for Social Development, Carmel Sepuloni. A number of essential businesses ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Govt WhatsApp helps share COVID-19 information
    A Government WhatsApp channel has been launched to help make information more easily accessible and shareable in the fight against COVID-19. Govt.NZ, which is free to use on any mobile device, will carry information and news for the public, businesses, healthcare providers, not for profits and local government. It can ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Managed departure plan for stranded foreign nationals enables safe, orderly exit
    The Government has announced a plan to enable the safe, orderly exit of tens of thousands of stranded foreign nationals from New Zealand during the current COVID-19 Alert Level 4 restrictions, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Winston Peters has said. “When we moved into lockdown a week ago, the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government delivers COVID-19 support to GPs and Pharmacies
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says the Government is delivering on its commitment to support general practice doctors and nurses, and pharmacies on the front-line of our fight against COVID-19. "For us to overcome COVID-19, we need community health services such as general practice and community pharmacy to step up ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Susan Thomas the new Chief High Court Judge
    Justice Susan Thomas has been appointed Chief High Court Judge, Attorney-General David Parker announced today.  She replaces Justice Geoffrey Venning who has resigned from the position.   David Parker paid tribute to Justice Venning, who he said had stewarded the High Court very capably over the last five years.   “On behalf ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Business Finance Guarantee – applications open
    Businesses can start applying to their banks for loans under the Business Finance Guarantee Scheme set up to support the New Zealand economy during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’re moving quickly to protect New Zealand businesses, jobs and the economy during this unprecedented global economic shock,” Finance Minister Grant Robertson said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Work starts on ways to fast-track consents to boost recovery from Covid-19 downturn
    Work is underway looking at measures to speed up consents for development and infrastructure projects during the recovery from COVID 19, to provide jobs and stimulate our economy.  Environment Minister David Parker said the COVID-19 pandemic is a serious global crisis that will have a wide ranging and lasting impact ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Advance payments to support contractors
    Advance payments will be made to transport construction industry contractors to retain the workforce and ensure it is ready to quickly gear up to build projects which will be vital to New Zealand’s COVID-19 economic recovery, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. He said keeping the workforce required to build ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government seeks infrastructure projects
    The Government has tasked a group of industry leaders to seek out infrastructure projects that are ready to start as soon as the construction industry returns to normal to reduce the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford and Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones say. The Infrastructure ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Health system scaled up to prepare for COVID-19
    Work to scale up the health system in preparation for COVID-19 was today outlined by Health Minister David Clark, as he reported back to the new Epidemic Response Committee. “We are well placed to contain the spread of COVID-19. We have taken early and decisive action at our borders, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Essential media COVID-19 guidelines refined
    The Government is refining its COVID-19 essential business guidance to include the distribution of news publications for communities which are hard to reach. The Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media, Kris Faafoi, said the move was in recognition of the importance for New Zealanders who might be harder to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Supermarkets able to open on Easter Sunday
    The Government is ensuring supermarkets can open on Easter Sunday so we can buy groceries, but stay closed on Good Friday allowing workers to take a break. This provides a balanced approach and ensures we avoid large queues that two days closure may cause. “Supermarkets will be able to open ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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  • New Zealand defence personnel conclude mission at Taji
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