Culture of secrecy

Written By: - Date published: 6:31 pm, July 18th, 2008 - 58 comments
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It’s 4.45 on a Friday afternoon and National has just released its Outdoor Recreation policy. It’s another one page wonder, only this time they haven’t even managed to fill the page. But that’s not what interests me. What interests me is the manner in which National has chosen to release it.

See, if you’re trying to kill media coverage of a policy and avoid any awkward questions then just before 5pm on a Friday is the perfect time to do it. In fact, the only time anyone does do it is when they’re trying to bury a story.

This isn’t the first time National’s tried to put out policy under the radar and with a minimum of detail, and others have started to notice this pattern too.

You have to ask yourself, what is it that National is trying to hide?

58 comments on “Culture of secrecy”

  1. Monty 1

    Culture of Secrecy? you bunch of Clowns – it is not secret or hidden – this is a relatively minor policy – I have read through it – and as a keen Fisherman (fresh and salt water) as well as an occassional hunter (mmmmmm bambi for dinner) it contains pretty much all the useful information I need. If I want the detail then I can always ring Eric Roy or send him an email asking additional questions – but this tells me what I ned to know – so great – another National Policy I agree with.

    I, like 99% of the population, do not want pages of detail – the executive summary is fine for me.

  2. Tane 2

    Monty. The general theory is that when you release a policy you’re doing so because you think it’s going to benefit the country and make people want to vote for you. You’ll certainly want to get some positive media coverage so you can explain your plan to the voters. Y’know, organise a press conference, take some questions, make sure you leave plenty of time for the telly to get you smiling and repeating your key messages for the six o’clock news.

    I’m just interested in why National would decide to release its policy via press release just as journalists are knocking off on a Friday afternoon, and well after the deadline for the 6pm bulletin. Media are interested too. Aren’t you?

  3. Tane 3

    I also think you may be guilty, Monty, of taking my question as applying only to this policy release.It’s not. This isn’t the first National policy to be released under the radar and with the minimum of publicity – pretty much all of them have been. For a party that invests so much in PR this has to be a conscious decision. Again, why?

  4. sweeetd 4

    Tane, interesting bit in the back pages of the business herald today. Clark has been holding the monday press gallery later and later, so much so its after the 6pm news. Pot kettle black et tu Tane?

  5. frog 5

    Hey Tane, good post. I reckon the answer is these two bits:

    Change the focus of Conservation Boards and rename them Conservation & Recreation Boards. Membership of these boards will reflect the diversity of recreation pursuits.

    What does this mean for the current conservation focus? Should a conservation board really be filled with fishermen and hunters rather than conservationists?

    Ensure that public access is achieved through negotiated agreements between landowners and local Conservation & Recreation Boards.

    Public access across private land is always a tricky issue. Putting the issue in the hands of the wrong type of negotiation process could lock up a lot of land from public access?

    I’ll be interested to see what debate you raise.

  6. sweeetd 6

    Frog

    “What does this mean for the current conservation focus? Should a conservation board really be filled with fishermen and hunters rather than conservationists?”

    Yes, why not?

  7. frog 7

    Currently DOC says of a conservation board’s membership:

    Members may have knowledge of nature conservation, natural earth and marine sciences, cultural heritage, recreation, tourism, the local community and Maori perspectives.

    and

    An interest in conservation is the first requirement[expected of a board member].

    National’s proposed changes could mean, and it’s hard to tell I admit, ignoring “nature conservation, natural earth and marine sciences, cultural heritage… tourism, the local community and Maori perspectives” in favour solely of recreation. It seems like there might still be a lot of babies in that dirty bath water you’re about to throw out there Sweeetd.

  8. Monty 8

    So Tane – You bitch and moan when National release policy and then you bitch and moan when they don’t – If National don’t release a positive policy such as this (Plenty of recreational fishers and hunters will like it) then that is their loss.

    I like the idea that the Greenies are not going to be the only people making decisions on conservation boards – thanks frog for pointing that out = maybe we will see a more balanced approach in the future.

    By the way – when is Labour going to start releasing their policy – you demand policy from the Nats, why not demand policy from your mates on the 9th floor? Or has it not yet been written by Labour’s (and Winston’s) wealthy covert backers?

  9. sweeetd 9

    Frog

    Your assumption is that fisherman and hunters do not have a vested interest in conservation. If this is you attutude, than maybe its a good idea that ‘conservationists’ not in the board. BTW, WTF is a conservationist? What qualifications or skills do you need to be a ‘conservationist’? And why should only ‘conservationists’ have any say over the environment?

  10. frog 10

    No, you’re missing my point. The boards ARE already diverse. The proposed National policy appears to want to make them less diverse so that the focus is primarily on recreation. I’m not saying the boards should only contain conservationists, but it does seem a good starting point for a conservation board?

  11. sweeetd 11

    Frog

    You haven’t answered my question. What is a conservationist?

  12. Quoth the Raven 12

    I enjoy fishing Monty (though I don’t get enough time for it) and I could criticise National’s policy here but there just isn’t anything here. There is FA detail. A focus on conservation is important for fisheries unless you want to be fishing where the stocks are depleted. Recreational fishers have nothing to fear from conservationists. I beleive National policies will really only regress the progress that has been made in marine conservation in favour of commercial not recreational fishers (as big business is always National’s focus). The same commercial fishers who deplete fish stocks making it harder for recreational fishers such as myself to catch anything worthwhile. Though I do agree with their opposition to the introduction of recreational sea fishing licences.

  13. RedLogix 13

    Monty,

    This isn’t policy. It’s vague feel good apple pie stuff so lacking detail that it’s almost meaningless.

    The taxpayer has been paying quite a few National MP’s and staffers to function as the largest portion of HM Loyal Opposition for almost 9 years now. Do you think this the best they can hand in just months before an election? Really?

  14. sweeetd 14

    Tane

    On on a friday night Winston releases the fact the he did get $100,000 from Owen Glen. Pot kettle black et tu Tane?

    [Tane: Of course that’s what Peters was doing. But, um, I’m not Winston Peters, nor do I have anything to do with Winston Peters. So what’s your point?]

  15. Macro 15

    Red
    Actually for those who say they will be voting National – probably this is about all the policy they can handle!
    They don’t seem to be able to think beyond – “WHAT’S IN IT FOR ME!” and a nice vague statement saying “Everything is gonna be fine!!” is about all they want to know!

  16. Ari 16

    BTW, WTF is a conservationist? What qualifications or skills do you need to be a ‘conservationist’? And why should only ‘conservationists’ have any say over the environment?

    A conservationist is someone who works or has worked to conserve our natural resources, such as unspoiled environments like our national parks, endangered animal species or plants, prevent the pollution or unnecessary development of such areas, etc…

    As to why it is important that conservationists have the ability to overturn use of those resources- simple. Much of our society is invested in using up these types of resources as fast as possible. Conservationists want to make sure there are enough left to create a stable ecosystem, and so in generations to come New Zealanders can still find the distinctive plants and animals that their parents enjoyed while walking in the bush.

    Giving environmentalists a right of refusal on some decisions means we have some checks and balances against not only corporate, but also recreational interests damaging or endangering important natural resources that we might want to save for future generations.

  17. Hey Ari Fairy – Do DOC conservationists put 1080 in their cuppa tea at smoko time ?
    Hypercritical tree hugging bastards.

  18. Tane – are you going to apply the same strict test to Winston Peters for his revelation tonight (well after 5pm) that Owen Glenn DID donate $100k to the NZ First leader?

    http://keepingstock.blogspot.com/2008/07/peters-did-receive-100k.html

    [Tane: Yes. It’s the exact same principle at work.]

  19. sweeetd 19

    Ari,

    A ‘conservationist’ according to your explantion sounds just like a farmer.

    What right gives you ‘right of refusal’? What makes you a better protector of the environment than anyone else?

    What makes corporate, or recreational interests ‘bad’?

  20. Macro 20

    Sweeetd

    “A ‘conservationist’ according to your explantion sounds just like a farmer.”

    IF ONLY!!! Our lakes and rivers might not be so polluted, Our wetland areas would be returned to their original state and not run over by cattle for the little feed they do give. Our hillsides might be returned to natural forest and the erosion from marginal farm land might cease. – I could go on…

  21. sweeetd 21

    Marco

    Where do you think all our monies come from to fund this socialist paradise, if not from these farmers?

  22. Draco TB 22

    I’ve got a new moto for National

    National – Government by Stealth

  23. Macro 23

    lol!
    Oh god!! NOT the “Farmers are the backbone of the country!” arguement again – I thought that was dead and buried long ago!
    Just ask yourself how much money does a cattle beast standing in mud earn? – how much is the sheep in the marginal hillside earning?
    Our biggest overseas earner at the moment is tourism. And I don’t think overseas visitors come to see land slides, boggy paddocks and mud filled rivers.
    Actually our economy moved on from an agriculture based economy years ago – but you probably haven’t noticed. Hey I’m not saying that agriculture isn’t important. I do own a farm as it happens. But I don’t see myself as any more important or better than anyone else.

  24. sweeetd

    Ari,

    A ‘conservationist’ according to your explantion sounds just like a farmer.

    What right gives you ‘right of refusal’? What makes you a better protector of the environment than anyone else?

    What makes corporate, or recreational interests ‘bad’?

    Except conservationists are dealing in a wider perspective than 1 properties boundy fence, and one financial year.

  25. Lew 25

    QTR: There’s no such thing as `enough time for fishing’ 🙂

    Yes, I like to fish and hunt, too – been doing so since I could walk, though access to hunting territory is hard for townie kids. To be honest this policy release is motherhood and apple pie. There’s nothing in here to vote against – nothing which is even remotely controversial.

    What this means is that people tend to revert to their preconceptions about National policy – Frog gets suspicious about their conservation credentials; Tane presumes they’re being sneaky devious bastards, sweeetd asks people to prove counterfactuals as to why everything won’t be just swell, and D4J rails against special interest groups for no particular reason. Nothing to see here.

    What I’d like to see in an outdoor rec policy isn’t too far beyond this – the main things I’d want to see different are in resource management and land access. is stricter enforcement of bag limits, more frequent local rahui or closed seasons in order to maintain stocks (like at Cockle Beach in south Auckland), and some sort of system to incentivise hunting `pest’ animals like rabbits, goats and possums. None of this is going to happen because TBPFH it’s small beer compared to real political issues, but wouldn’t it be nice if this policy made a point of difference?

    L

  26. Lew hear you can get pretty good prices for possum fur these days

  27. Razorlight 27

    Macro

    And how would we survive. Honestly, who do you think earns the bacon in New Zealand.

  28. sweeetd 28

    KITNO

    “Except conservationists are dealing in a wider perspective than 1 properties boundy fence, and one financial year”

    And farmers can’t think beyond their boundry fence?, beyond one financial year? They run a farm FFS, projecting returns beyond one year, and taking into acount issues happeing outside the boundry fence are what happens on a daily basis. Do you think they want to ruin their financial futures, for themselves and their children?, who, more than likely will inherit the farm? Farmers also have a montery investment in the land, how much money have conservationists invested?

    Marco

    show me the figures that tourism brings more than farming. Fontera has 23% of the worlds dairy trade.

  29. John 29

    They did the same thing yesterday at about the same time. They released two old policies and packaged between them a new one about trades in schools. Talk about under the radar. There is something very odd a foot. Why is John Key so ashamed of his policies?

  30. How many years till unsustainable diary farming on the canterbury planes pollutes Christchurch’s underground drinking water?

  31. sweeetd 31

    John

    How is it under the radar if you picked up on it?

  32. Razorlight 32

    John, why do you think Key is ashamed of his policies?

  33. sweeetd 33

    KITNO

    “How many years till unsustainable diary farming on the canterbury planes pollutes Christchurch’s underground drinking water?”

    I don’t know. How many?

  34. NX 34

    Honestly… Tane, one page is all you need to detail your policy.

    They can’t exactly describe the mechanisms for how to achieve their objectives because they don’t have access to government departments.

    Plus, it would make an otherwise boring document even more dry – something you don’t want when promoting your policies.

  35. sweeetd

    KITNO

    “How many years till unsustainable diary farming on the canterbury planes pollutes Christchurch’s underground drinking water?’

    I don’t know. How many?

    I think I know where the information is but will take me some time so I’ll do it in the morning, for now I’ll just say its X years, you can reply that its communist propaganda, ivory tower self interest or what ever way you plan on denying it and ill get back to you with the numbers.

  36. Razorlight 36

    KITNO

    If that is the case then Christchurch has x years to find a new water source or way of keeping the pollution out.

    Fonterra and its farmers are responsible for money pouring into Christchurh. Fix the water, don’t kill the cow.

  37. Innocent bystander 37

    None of this is particularly controversial and National has been signalling it for a while. Conservation Boards already have a diverse membership that is beyond just tree huggers and recreation is already part of their mandaate. All they are proposing to do is add representation from hunting and fishing groups to the wide mix that is already there. Existing groups include tourism, local government, iwi, trampers, particular communties as well as conservation. This does not mean that hunting and fishing will be running the show they will have to sit around a table and vote or acheive consensus like everyone else.

    There are two areas where National may come unglued. The negotiation of access over private land needs to be with either DOC or local government because Conservation Boards currently do not have funding, expertise or even a mandate to maintain access ways. They are just an advisory body (with some actual powers also e.g. signing off management plans) that meets every couple of months so that DOC can front up to the community.

    Secondly, its all very well giving hunting groups management over conservation land but the law will need to be changed for them to be able to do much with it…and I’d be interested to know which areas they have in mind…do we want any significant public land controlled by one narrow interest group?

    It does sound a bit motherhood and apple pie at the moment and they may have other surprises in store that they aren’t talking about.

  38. Felix 38

    Razorlight

    You think money is more important than water?

    You’ve just shown why people like yourself should never be allowed near a conservation board.

    And for that matter why you have no business discussing this issue with adults. Just a waste of electricity responding to you really.

  39. Razorlight 39

    Felix that is not what I said at all. Typical leftist spin.

    Learn to read. I was suggesting fixing the problem, not cutting the water off. Thats right, first approach from left handbook is attack attack attack.

    Some clown has come up with an unsubstantiated claim that Christchurch water is at threat due to Dairy Farming. If there is such a threat we need to work out a solution so the water is not at threat. That solution is not and cannot possibly be taking away the Dairy Farming.

    Lets work together on this one. We should not cut off the source of economic prosperity because there is a potential environmental problem. We should work with the economic source to ensure there will not be the problem.

  40. RedLogix 40

    Razor,

    Public water supply is something I happen to know about. To give some perspective here, about half of all your current rates bill goes towards all aspects of water supply, treatment, distribution, waste and stormwater. The actual cost of producing bulk water supply is fairly low, usually around the 3-6 cents/m3 mark, but by the time you include fixed overheads and capital costs the total cost is in the range of to 30-80 cent/m3. (A lot depends on the age, nature and size of the system in question.)

    Bulk water supply is therefore a capital intensive business. The problem in Cantebury is that dairy farming puts huge amounts of nitrates and other undesirables into the water table. Some of that will eventually reach the unsealed aquifers that ChCh currently relies upon for it’s public bulk water supply. Once it reaches a certain level you either have to build new treatment plants in order to filter these new contaminants, or find a new raw water supply source. Both of these options would be expensive to build and operate.

    If we do nothing about dairy farming, and allow it unrestrained expansion on the Canterbury Plains, then no doubt a lot of farmers will make a lot of money; but the ChCh ratepayers will finish up picking up a big tab to pay for the resulting costs. And when that day arrives no doubt you would be here moaning about ‘out of control’ local govt spending and record rate rises.

  41. vto 41

    re the original post – releasing things just before the weekend to avoid media scrutiny is common. EVERY party does it.

    Just like Winston admitted late Friday afternoon that he had received $100,000 from Glenn.

    Its a bloody joke, a lot of political theatrics. Every politician is caling out every other politician at the moment for naughty things and then those politicians go and do the exact same things themselves some short time later. Bunch of fools – do they think the public don’t notice their CONSTANT hypocrisy and double standards? And they wonder why they are rated lower than second hand car dealers for integiry and credibility? (apologies to second hand car dealers).

    [Tane: Yes, that is what every political party does with issues they’re trying to bury. Winston proved my point. The question is, why is National trying to bury its policies?

  42. vto 42

    Oh, and I see a favouriute topic of mine – dairying in Canterbury.

    Clever aren’t they the old farmers – take some dry dirt and add water to get growth. Bloody smart. Deserve a prize for innovation.

    At some point in the future though in order to get growth, which is what this is about nothing else, they will have to think outside the square and achieve growth by some other means than adding water. So with that absolute truth there are then two options…

    1. Use every single drop of water available until it is all used and the rivers etc f&*##@ed, then think outside the square, or;

    2. Think outside the square now and leave the waterways as they are.

    Only one difference between the two unavoidable options – f%&*ed rivers. Good one.

    BTW, exact same argument and logic applies to hydro power.

    Also, remember the good old days – you know – plunder every resource until there is none left. Used to be whales, kauri, seals, forest cover everywhere. Our history is that of over-exploitation. It is happenning again right now, when we think we know more than they did in the good old days.

  43. Note to Tane, You might be interested in Barry Soper’s little piece to camera on Sky News yesterday where he points out that all of the policy releases have been distributed to the press gallery by email, the leader has not been on hand to answer questions, and in fact was boarding a plane as a recent one was released.

  44. Canterbury Rivers are dying but the cows and local tribe are thriving!!

    What a f##ked up country run by dumb bells !!Proud to be a kiwi – f##k off mate !!!

  45. lprent 45

    What I’d be interested in is the details about the composition of the Conservation boards.

    My immediate impression was that it was a handy way to stack the boards with tourism operators. They’d love to get access to more of the national parks for instance. Similarly the opening up more campsites (and presumably cabins etc) – perhaps in the national parks for the benefit of the tourism operators?

    In the absence of detail about who National are planning on putting on the boards, you’d have to take that as a possibility. There is a presumption from the comments above that they’d put in hunters and fishers, but they don’t say that.

    I make the presumption that if something is not explicitly stated as being disallowed, then it is possible. Which is why lawyers, engineers, policy makers, effective managers and programmers are not interested in executive summaries. Those are things that you give to the idiots to keep them happy (and out of the way), but should not be allowed to form a basis for decisions.

  46. Sorry I’m pretty sure there is and exact number out but cant seem to find it, redlogix explains it all very well. And tell you what, ECAN looks like a pretty good example of what happens when you put farmers in charge of conservation.

    Just like Winston admitted late Friday afternoon that he had received $100,000 from Glenn.

    Its a bloody joke, a lot of political theatrics. Every politician is caling out every other politician at the moment for naughty things and then those politicians go and do the exact same things themselves some short time later. Bunch of fools – do they think the public don’t notice their CONSTANT hypocrisy and double standards? And they wonder why they are rated lower than second hand car dealers for integiry and credibility? (apologies to second hand car dealers).

    I think its kind of telling over on kiwiblog that they have absolutley no conception of a blind anonymous donation. Not defending Peters, haven’t kept up with the sortry, just saying.

  47. vto 47

    Hey Standardites, how come no post on Winston Bjeikle-Peterson? All very quiet. There some BIG issues. Come on, crank it up!

    The hypocrisy (unless there is more bullshit to come out) is screaming at an ear-splitting pitch.

    [lprent: You know the standard response to that. But I’d also point you to the About. Exactly how does this concern the broad labour movement?]

  48. ak 48

    vto: The hypocrisy…. is screaming at an ear-splitting pitch.

    You’re right veets.

    For months, the FatNact party and its scungy rat-pack have been fighting tooth and claw to allow their wealthy mates to fund their propaganda barrages (as they have forever).

    Now they’re suddenly foaming with rage because another party has (allegedly, for a piffling amount) done exactly what they’ve been desperately screaming to do themselves!

    Hypocrisy indeed.
    But what they’re forgetting is, Winston is likeable – unlike their own effete insurance salesman with all the gravitas of a used tissue, Winnie has the charisma and credibility of experience.

    Enough people remember the Winebox – the disgusting tory payback to their rich mates after privatising our assets – and the way Winnie staunched-out the moguls: this episode will be seen as NatAct bashing a good man when his mother’s just passed away.

    The tories have once more reminded voters of the power of Big Money, Winnie will now rise again in the polls, and the possibility of a post-election deal with the Nactoids just got even slimmer.

    By all means veets, crank it up!

  49. ak, Too right! One right-wing blog today was banging on about how Owen Glenn would not have had any conversation with Peters without making sure the donation came up — as though they could prove this. But what about all those large donations going to the National Party through the Waitemata Trust? Are we supposed to believe that donors to the Nats are different?

  50. Rex Widerstrom 50

    You know the standard response to that.

    What a pity. And you’ve got the perfect title for it too, right above this post. It’s concerned the “broader labour movement” for days, when you thought you could “spinbust” it. Now suddently it doesn’t?

    If you’re too busy, or have suddenly lost interest, I’ll write one for you.

    And might I suggest that if the “broad labour movement” is at all concerned about its credibility, it had better get concerned. Because with Winston in mourning it’s your political leadership that’s about to get covered in buckets of odium on this.

  51. QoT 51

    National “values families” and wants to “build opportunity for all”? How amazingly original! This’ll definitely set them apart from all the “hate families and think opportunities suck” parties.

  52. higherstandard 52

    Ak

    In relation to the “winebox” enquiry I seem to remember that at the end of the day it didn’t disclose a single illegal act. What it did expose was a damn unethical rorting of the tax system, where basically the Cook Islands supplied false tax certificates for a fee, allowing tax to be avoided in NZ.

    Have you also forgotten that this occurred during the last Labour government in NZ and was not as you suggest some sort of ‘Tory’ payback.

    And as for Winston he is and he remains contemptible…. but he is a political survivor and I wouldn’t bet my house against him getting back in yet again. I’d love both Labour and National leadership come out and say that NZ First would be the last cab of the rank if they need a coalition partner – but neither will.

  53. randal 53

    I think Winnie is a top bloke. whatever his foibles and peccadilloes he has managed to keep the tight underpants brigade on the verge of apoplexy for many years. he needs a medal…go winnie!!!!

  54. Rex Widerstrom 54

    randal, I know a bloke who, years ago, had 50 high-gloss photos of Winnie printed at his own expense, hoping to sell them to his supporters and donate the money to the party.

    He still has 49 of them left (he took the first one for himself – I think it now graces a dartboard). According to the bloke Winnie agreed to refund him the cost if they didn’t sell. He’s still waiting for the money (hey, maybe that’s what Owen Glenn wanted for his $100k! 100,000 autographed photos! Get signing, Winnie!).

    I’m sure for $50 you can have the lot of them. Would you like me to put you in touch? Just think, you could have one in each room of the house, one in your wallet, one glued to one of those bobbleheads on the car dash, and still have enough left over to make laminated placemats and coasters.

    Unfortunately the weight of the paper and the glossy finish makes them unsuitable for stitching together in a strip to be made use of in the obvious manner 😀

  55. lprent 55

    Rex:
    I don’t read the posts a lot – too busy with other code and the comments. But what I have seen has essentially been the posters asking why National has been asking Labour to look at the finances of NZ First.

    It is a question (as a NZLP member) I’d like an answer to myself. While I’m at it, I’d also like a look at the finances of National on the same basis. Unfortunately a Act written by national, the Electoral Act 1993, forbids me from doing so. It is illegal to look at anonymous donations to either party.

    Now it turns out that they were looking in the wrong place anyway. Winston received a donation that he didn’t know about (on the same kind of basis) for his legal fees – it wasn’t to NZF. I still fail to see why I, or for that matter the posters, should be that interested. It was done under exactly the same kind of Chinese wall as the EA.

    The only reason I’m interested is because I am personally of the opinion that all donations around politics should be fully public. But that was the law, and parts of it were also carried through into the ERA, damnit. I hope that one of the posts will be about that because I still think that allowing anonymous donations of any size or type sucks. But that is my opinion and I still haven’t gotten a good idea about exactly why it wasn’t in the ERA.

    If you want to write a guest post – then have a talk to the other e-mail address on the Contacts page. I don’t do that type of decision.

  56. vto 56

    Try Peters’ excuse with the IRD and see how far you get.

    The guy is a joke

  57. amk 57

    I would have thought that ramming massively flawed EFB legislation through just prior to Christmas should take the timing cake.

    Well, it did until Winnie decided to make an embarrassing public admission about his ‘pick prick’ donation/lie/deceive/defection … within hours of his mothers’ passing. Disgraceful. And he props up this government. Speaks volumes.

  58. Quoth the Raven 58

    I think you’re the disgrace for saying that. I don’t like Winston but I wouldn’t say shit like that.

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    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    20 hours ago
  • Paying For Our Pakeha “Guilt” And “Privilege”.
    Shouldn't That Be: "Wrong White Crowd"? Rather than apportion guilt, would it not have been wiser for the makers of Land Of The Long White Cloud to accept that the Pakeha of 2019 are not – and never will be – “Europeans”? Just as contemporary Maori are not – and ...
    21 hours ago
  • A Bodyguard of Truths.
    One, Two, Many Truths: With the collapse of “actually existing socialism” in 1991, the universities of the West found themselves saddled with a new mission. With their ideological competitors now soundly defeated they were no longer required to demonstrate the superiority of capitalist values. Their job now was to cement ...
    22 hours ago
  • A call to unionists
    by the Council of Disobedient Women   We call on the Council of Trade Unions to show some fortitude and take a stand with your sisters. Unionists know that there is a material world, otherwise workers could simply identify out of poverty. They could declare themselves Well Paid. Why stop ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 day ago
  • Sophistry and bullshit
    I spent some time reading the Regulatory Impact Statement and Bill of Rights Act advice for the government's odious control order scheme today. I am not impressed with either of them. Starting with the RIS, it is built on some pretty questionable assumptions. For example:Unless individuals have been convicted of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • I’m so fly, I’m #NoFly!
    #NoFly: Walking the talk on climate change, by Shaun Hendy. BWB Texts, 2019. Reviewed by Robert McLachlan In June 2018, Swede Maja Rosén founded We stay on the ground with a pledge not to fly in 2019, and a goal of persuading 100,000 other Swedes to join her. In August, ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 days ago
  • Punishing the young
    We all know that NZ First is a party of and for old people who hate the young. But they've topped their previous pedophobia with a proposal that all young people be forced to do 100 hours community work:NZ First wants all young people to do 100 hours of community ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Journalism, clickbait, & ideas of classical beauty – but not science
    A couple days ago the NZ Herald published a story with the headline, “Science says Bella Hadid is world’s most beautiful woman“, and followed up with the ridiculous statement that Supermodel Bella Hadid has been declared as the world’s most beautiful woman following a scientific study into what constitutes as ...
    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    2 days ago
  • Is Simon’s Smile Sustainable?
    A Sustainable Proposition: With as much as 18 percent of the electorate declaring itself “undecided” about who to vote for, there is obviously plenty of space for a party like former Green Party member, Vernon Tava's, about-to-be-launched "Sustainable NZ Party" to move into. The most hospitable political territory for such ...
    2 days ago
  • What the actual Hell?
    Keir Starmer has hinted that Labour might vote in favour of the Johnson government's shoddy deal, with the proviso that a second referendum is attached:Speaking to BBC One’s The Andrew Marr Show, he said: “We will see what that looks like but it makes sense to say that by whatever ...
    2 days ago
  • Hard News: Dealer’s Choice, an oral history from Planet 1994
    In 1994, I was the editor for an issue of Planet magazine focused on cannabis, its culture and the prospects for the end of its prohibition. Part of that issue was an interview with 'Ringo', an experienced cannabis dealer.I recently posted my essay from that issue, and I figured it ...
    4 days ago
  • The invasion of women’s sports by men: some facts
    Dr Helen Waite, sports sociologist and former elite athlete, on the invasion of women’s sport by men and the anti-scientific and misogynist ideology used to rationalise it.   ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    4 days ago
  • Remainers starting to sound like fascists
    As Brexit comes to a grisly conclusion (perhaps) people on all sides are saying intemperate and uwise things.  Some, like the Daly Mail, have been doing it for years.People as normally level headed as Jon Lansman are calling for automatic deselection of MPs who vote against a (likely) Labour three ...
    4 days ago
  • Labour MPs supporting Johnson’s turd-sandwich deal?
    I find this unbelievable:
    I've got one source saying more Labour MPs than expected are mulling whether to vote for the deal - including names who were not on the letter to Juncker and Tusk— Emilio Casalicchio (@e_casalicchio) 17 October 2019 I've compiled a list of possible reasons why Labour ...
    5 days ago
  • Why do we need control orders again?
    On Wednesday, the government was loudly telling us that it needed to legislate to allow it to impose "control orders" - effectively a parole regime, but imposed without charge, prosecution, conviction or real evidence - on suspected terrorists because they couldn't be prosecuted for their supposed crimes. Today, it turns ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Bullshitting the Minister
    On Monday, the Hit and Run inquiry heard from NZDF's former director of special operations, who claimed that the defence Minister knew everything about the Operation Burnham raid. Today, the inquiry heard from that (former) Minister - and it turns out that he didn't know nearly as much as NZDF ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Speaker: Extinction Rebellion is not a cult (but ecstasy for the people)
    Yoga gurus and cult leaders – I’ve seen a few. Two weeks ago, I unknowingly joined an alleged new-age cult at the Kāpiti coast, together with a giant kraken and some neatly dressed pensioners who would make any book club proud.They were among the two hundred people of all ages ...
    5 days ago
  • We need to bring the police under control
    The last decade has seen a trend of increasing weapons availability to police. Assault rifles. Tasers on every hip. Guns in cars. And following the march 15 massacre, pistols on every hip, all over the country. At the same time, its also seen an increase in the abuse of force: ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • If you can’t measure it, does it exist?
    In the last couple of weeks, I’ve been busy preparing for our summer paper on Science Communication. Looking for something amusing about ‘risk’ in science, I came across this neat xkcd.com cartoon about why so many people come knocking on my door (or phoning me, or emailing me) desperately wanting ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    5 days ago
  • Swinson’s swithering
    Jo Swinson is doing even worse at this Being Sensible lark that I'd thought.  I've just become aware of the following utterance
    .@KayBurley presses Lib Dem leader @joswinson on whether she would agree to a #Brexit deal 'no matter how bad a deal it is' as long as it had ...
    5 days ago
  • Women’s rights, trans ideology and Gramsci’s morbid symptoms
    by John Edmundson The International Socialist Organisation (ISO) have recently reposted a February article, by Romany Tasker-Poland, explaining ISO’s position in the “trans rights” debate.  It is available on their website and on their Facebook Page.  The article sets out to explain why “socialists support trans rights”.  It reads more ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    6 days ago
  • We need to take guns off police
    Today's IPCA report of police criminality: a police officer unalwfully tasered a fleeing suspect who posed no threat to anyone:The police watchdog has found an officer unlawfully tasered an Auckland man who broke his ankle jumping off a balcony to escape arrest. [...] To avoid arrest, the man jumped over ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • “Bringing kindness back”
    "Auckland City Mission: 10% of Kiwis experiencing food insecurity", RNZ, 16 October 2019:About half a million people are experiencing food insecurity, according to new research from the Auckland City Mission. Food insecurity, or food poverty, is defined as not having enough appropriate food. The City Mission said over the last ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Press Release: “Fake News” from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance b...
    Media Statement for Immediate Release 16th October 2019 “Fake News” from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance bonuses for top managers Despite comments from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance bonuses for top managers—Herald Newspaper Tuesday Oct 15th–there is very little evidence ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    6 days ago
  • Ever-So-Slightly Bonkers: Simon Bridges Plays To His Base.
    Would You Buy A Used Propaganda Video From This Man? Bridges and the National Party’s strategists have discovered that the ideas and attitudes considered acceptable by today’s editors and journalists are no longer enforceable. The rise and rise of the Internet and the social media platforms it spawned means that ...
    6 days ago
  • Asking for food
    There is plenty of evidence of the way the business mentality has permeated every level of society since the recrudescence of market liberalism 35 years ago. You only need to think of how citizens in need of help from their government, their state, their country, are now routinely described as ...
    Opposable ThumbBy Unknown
    6 days ago
  • Forty years of change in the jobs Kiwi do and the places they call home
    John MacCormick Over the last 40 years, New Zealanders – and people in other countries – have experienced big changes in the jobs they do and where they live and work. These changes include: a decline in manufacturing jobs an increase in jobs in ‘information-intensive’ industries (which are better paid ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    6 days ago
  • Protecting Fresh Waterways in Aotearoa/NZ: The Strong Public Health Case
    Nick Wilson, Leah Grout, Mereana Wilson, Anja Mizdrak, Phil Shoemack, Michael Baker Protecting waterways has the benefits of: (1) protecting water from hazardous microbes; (2) minimising cancer risk and other problems from nitrates in water; (3) avoiding algal blooms that are hazardous to health; (4) protecting mahinga kai uses (cultural ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    6 days ago
  • Massey University triggered to rebrand
    by The Council of Disobedient Women In a press release today Massey University announced it has decided to rebrand and reorientate after struggling to be a University for grown-ups. For some time the University has wanted to be a safe play space for wee-woke-misogynists who have been really badly triggered ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • Swinson backing calls for a second referendum (again)
    After a brief dalliance with 'hard Revoke' it looks like the Lib Dems are changing ground on on Brexit, with leader Jo Swinson reverting to calling for a second referendum on Johnson's deal.The party has tabled an amendment to the Queen’s speech requesting that any deal brought back from Brussels ...
    6 days ago
  • An odious bill
    The government has decided that someone has done Something Bad. But despite their belief, there seems to be no evidence that they have actually broken the law. So the government's solution is to pass a retrospective law allowing them to be punished anyway, on a lower standard of proof. If ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • National is now the party of climate arson
    So, Judith Collins has done a Facebook rant about climate change, peddling the same shit National has been shovelling for the past twenty years: the impacts are overstated, there's no need to do anything about it, and its too hard anyway (oh, and its so unfair that people who peddle ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • The environmental footprint of electric versus fossil car
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz There is a lot of discussion on the benefits of ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    7 days ago
  • “Manifest” by Andrew Bird – A Song For The Times.
    I came across this song quite by accident. If it isn't one of Greta Thunberg's favourites - it should be.Video courtesy of YouTube.This post is exclusive to Bowalley Road. ...
    7 days ago
  • Passing the buck
    Last month, NZDF's shoddy coverup of what it knew about civilian casualties in Operation Burnham began to fall apart, with the revelation that a report on the matter, which NZDF claimed not to have, had been sitting in an NZDF safe for the past nine years. Yesterday, the man responsible ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • India a major player in Earth observation satellites
    While many imagine that countries like the USA and Europe dominate space activities, in fact India is now a major player on this stage. It launches satellites for its own purposes and also commercially, and has constellations orbiting our planet and returning data of vital importance to that nation in ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    1 week ago
  • The rot at the top (2).
    Thanks to a report from the Acting Inspector General of Intelligence and Security following a complaint by Nicky Hager, we have come to find out that the SIS illegally spied on Mr. Hager on behalf of the NZDF after publication of Hager’s 2011 book, Other People’s Wars. The NZDF justified ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Common misconceptions about “Global Warming”
    COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING MYTH 1: Global temperatures are rising at a rapid, unprecedented rate. FACT: The HadCRUT3 surface temperature index, produced by the Hadley Centre of the UK Met Office and the Climate Research Unit of the University of East Anglia, shows warming to 1878, cooling to 1911, ...
    An average kiwiBy admin@averagekiwi.com
    1 week ago
  • A climate of tyranny
    For the past week, Extinction Rebellion has been peacefully protesting in London to demand action on climate change. The British government's response? Ban their protests:Police have banned Extinction Rebellion protests from continuing anywhere in London, as they moved in almost without warning to clear protesters who remained at the movement’s ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Collins crushes climate
    An essay by Judith Collins MP reported on Carbon News yesterday seems to show an alarming shift in attitude within the National Party. Collins argues against the Zero Carbon Bill, the Paris Agreement, and downplays the magnitude of climate impacts. The Paris Agreement was adopted in December 2015 and ratified ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    1 week ago
  • More disappointment
    When they were running for election, Labour promised to overhaul the Employment Relations Act and introduce fair pay agreements to set basic pay and conditions on an industry level, preventing bad employers from undercutting good ones. They followed this up by establishing a working group, which reported back in January ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • What do these mother-child studies really say about fluoridation?
    A list of indicators of bad science – many of these are found in articles promoted by anti-fluoride activists. Anti-fluoride activists have been pouring money into a scaremongering campaign warning pregnant women not to drink fluoridated water. They claim fluoride will lower the IQ of their future child. Fluoride ...
    1 week ago
  • Losing Labour’s Mills-Tone.
    Nothing Left To Say: Labour's pollster, Stephen Mills, remains swaddled-up in the comforting myths of the 1980s. As if the experience of Roger Douglas’s genuinely radical post-Muldoon policy agenda was literally a once-in-a-lifetime thing – as much as the party could possibly absorb for at least the next 50 years.MEMO ...
    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Disability and the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse
    The Royal Commission on abuse in care is very significant for the disability community. For many decades last century, thousands of disabled children, and adults who managed to survive, were locked away from families and communities. This was not for anything they had done, but for the perceived threat their ...
    1 week ago
  • Spain is not a democracy
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • UK Conservatives hate democracy
    With an unfair voting system, uneven electorates and an un-elected upper house, the UK's "democracy" is barely worthy of the name. But now the government wants to make it worse:The government has been accused of suppressing voters’ rights with the potential disenfranchisement of tens of thousands of people after plans ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • What is wrong with our building industry?
    Back in the 90's and early 2000's, the building industry was building leaky homes which should never have been granted consent. Now it turns out they've been building dodgy office blocks as well:New imaging technology has revealed hundreds of major buildings nationwide have defective or missing concrete or reinforcing steel. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Local bodies
    Local body election results were released over the weekend, to joy or despair depending on where you live. In Auckland, Phil Goff trounced John Tamihere, who is muttering darkly about running for Parliament again (but which party would want him?) Wellington is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Weta Workshop, except ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A future of government
      How could government evolve over the next decades? Reports of democracy’s imminent demise are greatly exaggerated.  However, satisfaction with political systems in many countries is low, so there is much to do for governments of all political stripes to improve relevance and trust. Digital technologies are seen as one ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    2 weeks ago
  • Speaker: Catalonia, interrupted
    Two years have now gone by since the Friday afternoon when my university-student son and I headed out of our Barcelona flat to a nearby primary school, designated as a polling station for the vote that was to be held the following Sunday: the referendum on Catalonia’s independence from Spain ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Sage Decisions Unwisely Over-Ruled.
    Overruled: The joint decision of Finance Minister, Grant Robertson (Labour) and his Associate Minister, David Parker (Labour) arguably the two most powerful ministers in Jacinda Ardern’s government, to grant OceanaGold the consents which Land Information Minister, Eugenie Sage (Greens) had earlier denied them, offers bitter proof of how hard fighting ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Government may ban voting in effort to get more people to do it
    More than double the number of people who will vote in this year’s local body elections have tried marijuana or urinated somewhere they shouldn’t have. As local elections look set for the lowest turnout in decades, with many regions falling well short of 40%, the Government is exploring a number ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Woman: Deleted.
    A Statement on Abortion Law Reform by the Council of Disobedient Women   On the eve of bringing an end to antiquated, anti-women abortion laws Green MP Jan Logie intends to write women out of the Bill. With a stroke of the pen, the woke are aiming for total erasure ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • The Hollowest of Men Ride Again… SURPRISE!
    Musings continue apace about “the experienced businessman!” soon to be taking up a National Party MP position. Or to be more accurate, being parachuted into a seat to shut down their former MP Jamie-Lee Ross, who despite his own shortcomings shed at least some more light on the inner workings ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 weeks ago
  • Barbaric
    The Ugandan government wants to murder gay people:Uganda has announced plans to impose the death penalty on homosexuals. The bill, colloquially known as “Kill the Gays” in Uganda, was nullified five years ago on a technicality, but the government said on Thursday it plans to resurrect it within weeks. The ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Is this study legit? 5 questions to ask when reading news stories of medical research
    Hassan Vally, La Trobe University Who doesn’t want to know if drinking that second or third cup of coffee a day will improve your memory, or if sleeping too much increases your risk of a heart attack? We’re invested in staying healthy and many of us are interested in reading ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Fighting Monsters.
    Freedom Of Speech? The Säuberung (cleansing by fire) was the work of the German Student Union which, on 10 May 1933, under the watchful eye of the Nazi Reichminister for Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, consigned 25,000 books to the flames in a ritual exorcism of “un-German thought”. According to the logic of the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • The next wave of kaupapa Māori politics: its constitutional, it must be.
      “There can be no such thing as kaupapa Māori political parties or politics in Aotearoa” (Willie Jackson, Labour Party (2017). Māori TV, General/List Election Special) I begin with that claim because at the time, I was confounded at first that it fell out of Willie Jackson’s mouth, and then ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    2 weeks ago
  • Night lights of NZ from orbit
    New Zealand has prided itself for decades with regard to its lack of pollution, and all will be aware that the ‘100% Pure New Zealand‘ meme is under threat through land, water and air pollution of various causes. There is another type of contamination that the country also faces: light ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    2 weeks ago
  • Reporters deliver uplifting news to fleeing Japanese residents: they won’t miss any rugby
    New Zealand’s media is doing its part in Japan, reassuring those in the path of the storm that they won’t miss any rugby while away from their flooded homes. New Zealand sports reporters stationed in Japan for the Rugby World Cup have had the rare and heartwarming opportunity to inform ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Government in contentious discussions about whether to put surplus on red or black
    Regional Development Minister Shane Jones is the only Cabinet member in favour of putting it all on green. As Finance Minister Grant Robertson finds himself with an enormous $7.5 billion surplus, the Government has begun intense, at times contentious conversations about whether to put the money on red or black at ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Jordanian teachers’ successful strike has lessons for here
    by Susanne Kemp At the start of September close to 100,000 school teachers went on strike in Jordan.  They demanded a 50% pay rise.  A pay rise actually agreed to by the regime back in 2014. In early October, however, in the face of government repression and threats, the teachers’ ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Why some people still think climate change isn’t real
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz Why do people still think climate change isn’t real? David ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • The SIS unlawfully spied on Nicky Hager
    Back in 2011, journalist Nicky Hager published Other People's Wars, an expose on NZDF's activities over the previous decade of the "war on terror". NZDF didn't like this, and especially didn't like the fact that it was base don leaks from their own. So, they had the SIS investigate him ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • October 2019 – Newsletter
    https://mailchi.mp/7d9133add053/closing-the-gap-october-2019-newsletter ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    2 weeks ago
  • And they wonder why we think they’re environmental vandals…
    The Zero Carbon Bill is due back from select committee in two weeks, and will likely pass its final stages in November. So naturally, farmers are planning a hate-march against it. But they're not just demanding lower methane targets so they can keep on destroying the planet; they're also demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Paying the price in California
    Last year, California burned. This year, to stop it happening again (or rather, to stop themselves from being found liable if it happens again), Pacific Gas and Electric is cutting power to half the state for a week:Schools are closed. Traffic lights down. Tunnels dark. Businesses unopened. Hospitals running on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Let’s Hear It For Up-Close-And-Personal, Hard-Copy Democracy!
    The Best Way: Missing from the on-line voting debate is any reference to the voting system that produces turn-out figures ranging from 77 to 93 percent of registered voters. The voting system used to collect and count the votes cast in our parliamentary elections. The system that involves citizens making ...
    2 weeks ago
  • 10/10: World Day Against the Death Penalty
    Today, October 10, is the world day against the death penalty. Out of 195 UN member states, 84 still permit capital punishment. Today is the day we work to change that. This year's theme is children. Having a parent sentenced to death or executed causes long-term trauma and stigmatization which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Talking Freer Lives: a Marxist gender-critical perspective from Australia
    Among the great new bunch of political friends we have been making recently is the excellent Australian-based Marxist gender-critical site, Freer Lives.  So we asked the comrade who set up that blog to write something for Redline on the blog, himself, his analysis of the rise of gender politics and ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago

  • Corrections Amendment Bill passes third reading
    A Bill to improve prison security and ensure the fair, safe, and humane treatment of people in prison while upholding public safety has passed its third reading. Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis says the Corrections Amendment Bill makes a number of changes to ensure the Corrections Act 2004 is fit for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    12 hours ago
  • Ngāi Tahu CEO appointed to NZ-China Council
    Minister for Māori Development, Nanaia Mahuta, has selected Arihia Bennett MNZM, Chief Executive Officer of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, as the Te Puni Kōkiri appointed representative on the New Zealand-China Council. The New Zealand-China Council (the Council) was established in 2012 as a New Zealand led and funded organisation ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    15 hours ago
  • Southern Response claims move to EQC
    Responsibility for processing the small number of Southern Response claims still to be settled will be transferred to EQC by the end of the year. “As claim numbers reduce, it no longer makes sense for the Crown to have two organisations processing the remaining Canterbury claims,” Grant Robertson says. “Since ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • Bowel screening starts in Whanganui
    Health Minister David Clark is encouraging Whanganui residents to take up the opportunity for free bowel screening, which can detect cancer early when it’s easier to treat.   Over the next two years 12,000 Whanganui locals, aged 60 to 74 will be invited to participate in the National Bowel Screening ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • Pacific Peoples Minister to attend Our Ocean Conference in Norway
    Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio, heads to Oslo today to represent New Zealand at the sixth Our Ocean Conference, which is being hosted by the Norwegian Government from the 23-24 October. “The Our Ocean Conference mobilises real action on issues like marine plastic pollution and the impacts of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government announces 27 percent increase in Trades Academy places
    Two secondary-school initiatives are being expanded as part of the Government’s plan to see more young New Zealanders take up a trade to help close the skills gap.   This includes the largest single increase in Trades Academy places in recent years. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Education Minister Chris ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, Pacific Futures Conference: Connection...
    Session 4: Pacific Connectivity – Youth, Media and New Opportunities   Kia ora tatou katoa and Warm Pacific greetings to one and all. Representatives of Tainui, the local people of the land, or manawhenua – the indigenous peoples of this area – have welcomed you this morning in accordance with ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Methane reducing cattle feed one step closer
    The Government today announced its support for a project that could substantially reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions from cattle. The announcement was made as part of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor’s visit to Nelson’s Cawthron Aquaculture Park. The Cawthron Institute will receive $100,000 from the Government’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Bill to refresh superannuation system passes first reading
    Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni has welcomed the first reading of the New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension Legislation Amendment Bill. “Every New Zealander has a stake in New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension,” says Carmel Sepuloni. “They are our most common form of social assistance – nearly 800,000 New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government announces next steps in fight against measles
    Babies in Auckland aged six months and over can receive a free vaccination and children will all have access to vaccines, Associate Minister of Health Julie Anne Genter announced today at Papatoetoe High School.   The move comes as part of Government efforts to step up the fight against measles. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, Pacific Futures: Connections, Identity...
    ***Check against delivery*** Good morning. It is a pleasure to be here, and to have the honour of opening this important conference on behalf of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs. Let us take the opportunity to acknowledge all the people who have helped make today possible, including our special ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Police trial new response to high risk events
    Police Minister Stuart Nash says the safety of frontline officers and members of the public will be the focus of a new trial of specialist Police response teams in three of our largest urban centres. Police have this morning released details of an initiative to be trialled in Counties Manukau, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New awards celebrate fisheries sustainability
    The Minister of Fisheries is calling for entries for a new public award to celebrate innovation in our seafood sector. “I have established the Seafood Sustainability Awards to recognise and celebrate those throughout industry, tangata whenua and communities who demonstrate outstanding dedication and innovation towards the sustainability of New Zealand’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • More progress for women and we can do more
    Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter welcomes leaders in the private sector taking action on closing their gender pay gaps to ensure a fairer workplace for all New Zealanders. Ms Genter today launched a new report, Addressing the gender pay gap and driving women’s representation in senior leadership, from the Champions for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Proposals to curb environmental damage help our coasts and the oceans
    Government Ministers today welcomed the release of a marine environment report highlighting the four key issues affecting our oceans, estuaries and coastlines.  The release underlines the importance of government proposals to combat climate pollution, ensure clean freshwater, protect biodiversity, make land use more sustainable, and reduce waste and plastic.    Environment ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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