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Awatere-Huata & Garrett, what’s the difference?

Written By: - Date published: 9:24 pm, September 19th, 2010 - 74 comments
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Having a List MP leave the party is not a new situation for ACT. In 2003, Donna Awatere-Huata was evicted from the caucus and let her membership lapse after the fraud that would later see her sent to jail were revealed. After being kicked out of ACT, Awatere-Huata refused to step down as an MP.

What did ACT do? Understandably, they demanded she resign from Parliament so they could get the next person on their list, Kenneth Wang, in instead. They invoked the now-lapsed Electoral Integrity Act (the Waka-jumping Act) to force her out of Parliament. Rodney Hide was one of the appellants against Huata in the court case.

That’s a bit of a contrast with how Hide is acting now. He says it’s up to David Garrett whether he wants to leave Parliament and he’s not putting any pressure on Garrett either way.

Why the difference? Why would Hide forgo a vote in his caucus? What could be worth more to him?

His leadership – out goes Garrett, in comes Hilary Calvert, goodbye Hide’s leadership.

It shows how much ACT has devolved under Hide’s leadership. It used to be a party of warped principles. Now, it is egos at war. Hide and his weird mate John Boscawen on one side. Heather Roy’s camp – who obviously leaked the stories that led to Garrett’s downfall – in the other. Both sides are willing to destroy the Party to put the knife into the other lot.

Grab some popcorn. This ain’t over.

PS. In researching this post I found a press release from Tariana Turia backing Awatere-Huata with a ‘us Maori have to stick together‘ line. Jesus, Tariana.

PPS. the image is from a reader who thinks Garrett is a Hide with a hairpiece and asks ‘has anyone ever seen them in the same room together?’ Of course, Hide hopes we’ll be seeing them in the same chamber together for some time to come.

74 comments on “Awatere-Huata & Garrett, what’s the difference?”

  1. George.com 1

    Can some please put a stop to this ACT in fighting, temporarily. Gives me time to go and grab a chair and make a thermos of tea and some sandwiches to enjoy the spectacle.

  2. Outofbed 2

    How things have changed in 7 years, now its more likely to be : Us right wingers have to stick together

  3. Bob Stanforth 3

    Maybe the difference is that Garret didn’t employee a tiler who needed / wanted a work permit.

    Deniability, CIA, hey, who knows, it could be the reason. No, really, it could.

  4. RobertM 4

    No it about more than ego. How many supporters did the bolsheviks have in l913 (400?) or the National Socialists workers party have in l928. Bank robbing is an established way of financing left wing political movements and I regard Act as an extreme left wing party rather than an extreme right wing party. Donna Awatere’s crimes can be seen in this light like Stalins method of financing his party before WW1 or Christopher Boyce hitting 40 banks in Oregon and Washington state in the late l970’s.
    The war within Act is about two modes of applying a more severe social control to NZ. The Garrett sensible trust is you need social control through a severe judicial system, executions and tough prisons- essentially the method in Texas, the USA and China. It is arguable you need a pratorean guard and severe judicial system if you are going to allow a free 24hr society which Rhiana, Lady Ga Ga and Christopher Hitchens are shock troops driving towards.
    The alternative Act idea is social control through psychiatry and social workers. The social worker mass medication model of society campaighed for by the Roys and Murel Newman. It could be argued this is a far crueller method which restrict far more people.
    Neither Act faction really stands for capitalism of even creative destructive or Chicago school . The polices or Douglas and Richardson were basically stalanist in there pure destructiveness and really beyond in the same school as Sue Bradford and Keith Locke. Sort of the ultimate socialist levelling on a variant of the Soviet or North Korean model

  5. Rex Widerstrom 5

    Why the difference? Why would Hide forgo a vote in his caucus? What could be worth more to him?

    His leadership – out goes Garrett, in comes Hilary Calvert, goodbye Hide’s leadership.

    Could happen in any small party. It’s why Lhaws got rid of so many of the NZF originals and stacked the 1996 list with his lickspittles like Deborah Morris.

    Yet one of the benefits on which MMP was sold to us (and is currently being re-sold to us) is the encouragement of small parties. Ironically, as I write this a free ad to the right is exhorting me to “campaign for MMP” and “vote for electoral stability” and calling STV, which would ensure an electorate had the final say on the likes of Garrett, “a gerrymander”.

    Stability? This? Oh the satire is coming thick and fast today.

    • Outofbed 5.1

      Nothing wrong with MMP
      less middle aged white males like you Rex 🙂
      I just needs tweaking so a few thousand voters in Epsom can’t wreak havoc on the country

      • mcflock 5.1.1

        My current speculative thought is to set the threshhold at either 5% or the percentage of the vote that the lowest polling party to gain an electorate achieved.

        Yes, Winston would have been back in this term, which is not necessarily a bad thing: he won’t get my vote, but he does tend to shake things up a bit. But more importantly for the long term it gives parties another avenue to cross the parliamentary boundary and create a bit more positive fluidity into parliament. At the moment under-performing parties can slip below 5% and get kicked out, but it’s more difficult for emerging parties to reach 5% and get in.

        And to be fair, more people voted Winston1st than ACT.

        • Lanthanide 5.1.1.1

          While an interesting solution to the problem, it is too complex and really leaves election results completely up in the air – the results of a single electorate can change the outcomes of the party vote for other, completely unrelated parties.

          As it currently stands, it would be Dunne or Anderton that would be setting the lower threshold value, not Act.

          What would be better, IMO, is lower the threshold to 4% or maybe 3.5%, and alter the rules for “brings extra list MPs through” to something where only a single additional MP can be brought through, but only if that they get sufficient party votes for 80% of that MP. Eg if Anderton won Wigram and got party votes worth 1.4 MPs, only he would be seated. If he got party votes sufficient for 1.81 MPs, he would get a list MP in addition. If he got votes sufficient for 2.81 MPs and still under the 4% (or 3.5%) threshold, he would still only get himself and a second list MP.

          This rule would have the effect of ‘wasting party votes’ if the small party failed to achieve more than 1 electorate or more than the 4% threshold, as they would only get 2 MPs yet might, on straight party vote, have been entitled to 4. This is essentially saying that while the party did achieve some national success in the party vote, it is mostly the members from a single electorate that got them in, so removes the excessive drift-net effect from a single electorate while still giving them more standing than an electorate winner that had low party vote. It also gives a bit of a boost to smaller parties that manage to poll very well in a single electorate (like Anderton and Dunne) to the point where they can get a list MP seated at a slight discount.

          • Rex Widerstrom 5.1.1.1.1

            Just playing with numbers, but 2,233,146 party votes were cast in the 2008 general election. If I’m doing my maths roght (and believe me, there’s every chance I’m not) then 1/120th of that vote is around 18,609.

            If that were the criteria for one list MP, then NZF would definitely be in Parliament with 5 MPs and Bill and Ben would have come relatively close and even the Kiwi Party would see itself with a chance next time.

          • Draco T Bastard 5.1.1.1.2

            IMO, the problem is the electorate seat combined with the threshold. A party with less than 5% support doesn’t get in unless it gets an electorate seat and then the number of seats it has is boosted to it’s full representation. This results in parties with more overall support than others missing from parliament just because the lesser party won an electorate.

            The only way to prevent this is to drop the threshold down to 1/120 of the total number of votes but that would still have the problem that an electorate seat can be won with less than 1/120 of the total vote meaning that electorate votes would have more power than party votes. The answer to that, of course, is to get rid of electorates or to have the electorates be voted for after the general election from the pool of 120 parliamentarians (which I think is just more unnecessary complication – we just don’t need the electorates).

            • mcflock 5.1.1.1.2.1

              As a Dunedinite, I reckon electorates are highly important. People tend to forget that the South Island exists when they’re talking policy.

              Another way-out option is to have list MPs in the general election and local MPs voted on at the time of local body elections. I.e. you vote for mayor and MP. Especially if electorates were a bit smaller, say 1:15-20000. That should ameliorate the “yay we’re dictators for three years” factor a bit, because it would enable people to shuffle MPs around if they don’t like how it’s going. Wouldn’t affect the overall vote, but it would reshuffle the parties a bit, and maybe make the opposition a bit keener if it was underperforming.

              • Draco T Bastard

                I reckon electorates are highly important. People tend to forget that the South Island exists when they’re talking policy.

                That’s why you have city and regional councils. Just need to have them to be heard by the parliamentarians which doesn’t appear to be the case ATM.

                • mcflock

                  A direct line to parliament for the citizenry has got to be a good thing – not of this “list MP responsible for…” crap.

    • Draco T Bastard 5.2

      Take note of the unstable periods thus far:

      1996-1999 and 2008-ongoing…

      It’s not that MMP is unstable but that the right of the political spectrum are.

  6. M 6

    What’s the difference?

    Could it be Donna was a woman and brown and more likely to stir up Rodder’s favourites, wealthy rednecks?

  7. The Act party is founded by members who had gutted out the labour party by treacherously infiltrating it and turning it from within.

    With it’s modus operandii, then it is no suprise that it is attracting the criminal element.

    Their philosophy is extreme and danerously flawed in a number of ways (1) to privatize as much of the government as possible and (2) giving tax breaks to their rich buddies at the expence of workers.(3) breaking of promises like putting a cap on local body rates (4) establishing phoney lobby groups; the two in question Sensible sentencing Trust???? and No More Rates???????

    Their backers are the worst sort of employers.

    No, I won’t be sorry to see the end of the ACT party.
    Yes, I will be getting out the bottle of wine and celibrating their demise I hope the whole house of cards collapse (including National)
    Well here it is, bottoms UP! (have you all got your glasses?)
    CHEERS!!!!

    • Jum 7.1

      I hoped you checked the glass bottom of your modern version of the ale tankard or you may have unwittingly accepted the King’s/Queen’s shilling and will be bounced on to some ship complete with parrot – aargh, I see blood, blood… and off to the slave market, the modernised version being the unemployment line for any non-unionised worker.

      captcha: contents

  8. The difference? How about, Awatere was facing serious criminal charges and Garrett isn’t?

    You’re right though, a party leader without principle will pull shit like sheltering a criminal for the sake of remaining in power – just look at how Helen Clark handled Field and Peters…

    • lprent 8.1

      Or that Garrett had already been convicted and all of the others hadn’t? What he is getting done for is hiding previous convictions, especially in debates where those convictions were highly relevant.

      In each of the other cases people were stood down or stood aside from their positions of responsibility when the accusations arose. When charges were laid by the police was when they were forced to leave their party and/or parliament.

      There is this interesting legal principle called a presumption of innocence that you seem to avoid looking at. But of course the members of lynch mobs such as yourself don’t need such niceties. All you braying morons need is an assumption of guilt without going through the exercise of proving it. Probably because that would involve work of judgment that you’re pretty much incapable of doing.

    • There is this interesting legal principle called a presumption of innocence that you seem to avoid looking at.

      There are also interesting legal artifacts called “discharge without conviction” and “name suppression” that you seem to avoid looking at, when it comes to “braying lynch mobs.”

      • lprent 8.2.1

        …“name suppression”…

        Which Garrett abrogated by speaking in parliament ….

        Discharge without conviction means exactly what it says – that he was found guilty by a court – but the court wasn’t going to impose a conviction. It is pretty clear from the transcript of the judgment that I looked at, that the only reason he got a discharge and name suppression was because he’d concealed previous convictions.

        • Psycho Milt 8.2.1.1

          Which Garrett abrogated by speaking in parliament ….

          You want it both ways. When he was correctly observing name suppression he was “hiding previous convictions,” but when the media publishes the story and breaches name suppression, suddenly it’s his fault because he then addresses the issue in Parliament. This is just partisan bullshit.

          • lprent 8.2.1.1.1

            Nope, we’re not having it both ways. You’re just acting like a legally illiterate dork.

            We’re simply following the legalities. We’re pretty careful doing that – even when we disagree with them (for instance with the suppression orders on the ‘terrorism’ trials that I suppressed rocky on earlier this year).

            We didn’t publish any posts until after Garrett himself addressed the suppression order issue in parliament.

            1. The one person that can break a suppression order (without the courts getting too upset) is the person on whose behalf it is made. There are probably a number of legalities involved in that. But certainly I’ve never seen any cases where that has been overturned. However it is probably a bit dicey if a judge chooses to get irritated.
            2. Anything that is stated under parliamentary privilege is public domain and is able to be commented on despite any suppression orders made in a lower court. If it hadn’t been Garrett doing it himself then I’d have probably been a bit more cautious.

            Since Garrett himself did the details under parliamentary priv, it is completely trashed the suppression order.

            I don’t really care much about what the MSM did. They would have argued public interest in that they were exposing that the suppression order was granted on the basis of invalid information. I’m interested in what this site and its authors did, not what whoever broke the story did. I suspect that you’re confuting the two without bothering to engage your brain.

            What you’re appear to really be saying is that you don’t understand the legal principles involved and/or have not real respect for the legalities. Perhaps you should examine them so you don’t look quite so dorkish.

          • Psycho Milt 8.2.1.1.2

            You seem to be arguing with someone else now. I can’t really relate any of that back to what I’ve posted.

            • lprent 8.2.1.1.2.1

              Or as I suggested – you simply have no idea what you’re talking about… Empty phrases on your part and the legalities of the situation from me.

              Or you’ve simply moved on to stirring.

            • Psycho Milt 8.2.1.1.2.2

              Yeah, those are certainly possible. However, you left out a third possibility: that you have (yet again) jumped immediately to the conclusion that someone who disagrees with you is either stupid or a troll. My money’s on number three.

              For the record: the post author asked “Awatere-Huata & Garrett, what’s the difference?” I pointed out the rather obvious difference that one was facing serious criminal charges and the other isn’t.

              I also pointed out the difference between the author’s attitude to this incident and the lack of similar outrage from lefty bloggers to similar incidents involving Taito Philip Field or Winston Peters. Sure it was a cheap shot, but it served to highlight the partisan nature of the attacks on Garrett from left-wing blogs. You find the “legalities of the situation” very different between these cases. Well duh, every political scandal is different – but the partisan nature of the responses from various quarters certainly seems uniform.

              • lprent

                Yep, and I pointed out that the most significant difference was that Garrett is being pilloried over concealing two existing guilty verdicts and one conviction that were directly relevant to his area of responsibility in ACT. Whereas the others hadn’t been even charged at the time they were being pilloried. They were stood down from their responsibilities while the investigation proceeded. Field and Awatere got charged and eventually convicted. In the case of Winston he was never charged with anything (apart from the partisan kangaroo court at the privileges committee). Benson-Pope was never charged. Worth was never charged etc etc…

                My point was that while there are obviously partisan attitudes, the real difference is in the presumption of innocence. You aren’t considered to be guilty in a legal framework until you are found guilty. IMHO, generally the left tends to respect that and gets pilloried by the wingnuts for not wanting to lynch people on accusation. The idiots in the sewer are just a lynch-mob who don’t respect the legal system and the process of law. That is the ‘partisan’ difference.

                It was particularly noticeable for me during the Worth affair.

                • mcflock

                  Suppression counts towards publication, I can see that. But does it apply to private conversations, e.g. Garrett telling his mum or the party leadership about his past?

                  Didn’t Hyde say he knew beforehand about Garrett’s wrongdoing (although he ummed and ahhhed on the details when saying this)?

                  If it doesn’t apply to 1:1 conversations, all they had to do was say “oh we’ll pretend we never offered you the job, because this could blow up in all our faces. Let’s get someone else from the SST and hire you as an advisor”.

      • Jum 8.2.2

        you and your ilk, milt, have a nerve telling anybody off about lynch mobs – being the natural form of attack by the lying parties of the right – fanatics in a fit.

    • bbfloyd 8.3

      Psycho…..you’re gonna need much stronger arms to pull that bow sonny.

  9. HitchensFan 9

    My two cents’ worth is as much as I loathe the hypocrisy of the whole stinkin’ thing (Rodders admitted yesterday on TV1 that the whole caucus and the senior ACT board knew about the passpost scam! They’re all as revolting as each other), I hope Garrett DOES stay in Parliament. Every time he opens his mouth the opposition can shout something about “dead babies” or “hypocrisy” at him, he’s completely lost any credibility. And ACT will be tarred by association, so that will ensure their demise (which couldn’t make me happier).
    But if he goes, in will come Hilary, Rodders will get rolled, they’ll go back to their scary, dangerous Douglas neo-lib roots, the country will forget in a year and the nasty party of rich white bullies will remain.
    Personally I think Garrett leaving Parliament is the worst possible outcome for those of us who hate ACT.

  10. Tigger 10

    When talking to Holmes Hide actively volunteered the fact that the board knew. He is spreading the blame to dilute the pressure on him. All he’s done is turn the SS ACT into the Titanic.

  11. kerry 11

    Looking at some comments its nice to see the right are still intimidated by Helen Clark…..the right so hate intelligence and decency and good political management.

    • Tigger 11.1

      Not to mention women who don’t know their place is in the kitchen…

    • burt 11.2

      the right so hate intelligence and decency and good political management.

      And that relates to Helen Clark how ?

      • Blighty 11.2.1

        3 election victories.
        4 years of below 4% unemployment.
        Record pay increases.
        Unbroken growth.
        Working for Families.
        The Cullen fund.
        Interest-free student loans.
        Modern apprenticeships.
        20Free ECE.
        Keeping NZ out of Iraq.
        More doctors, nurses, teachers.
        An ETS.
        Government net debt below zero.

        I can go on….

        • burt 11.2.1.1

          Do go on, it’s great to see just one side of the story. I bet you wet your pants with excitement everytime you heard the phrase ‘Not in the pulic interest to prosecute’.

          • Blighty 11.2.1.1.1

            I don’t even know what you’re referring to. Let alone how it negates all this proof of the Fifth Labour Government and Clark’s intelligence and good political management

            • The Voice of Reason 11.2.1.1.1.1

              C’mon, Blighty, leave Burt alone. You know how badly facts confuse and annoy him. Just pat him on the head, tell him it’ll be alright and leave him to his fantasy world in which he restrospectively changes history to suit his own beliefs.

          • Jum 11.2.1.1.2

            learn to spell sonny. It was too close to ‘pubic’ and then I would start to worry about your reasons for outing yourself on public blogs.

      • bbfloyd 11.2.2

        Burt… don’t be silly. if you want to indulge yourself in a hate session, then it’s kiwiblog for you son…

  12. Umm, I’d thought the difference was that the Electoral Integrity Act expired. When Huata left, there was a legal mechanism in place by which ACT could get her expelled from Parliament so the next one on the list could come in. That would have taken a vote in caucus. Now, there’s no such mechanism. No matter what ACT says or does, the decision is Garrett’s.

    As nice as the conspiracy theory sounds, it’s not the binding constraint.

    • Blighty 12.1

      Um. Hide is not even pressuring Garrett to leave. He is happy for him to stay.

      Hide doesn’t need the Electoral Integrity Act to be able to call on Garrett to resign.

      Muppet.

    • Draco T Bastard 12.2

      IIRC, Act was instrumental in getting that act into law so that they could throw Huata out.

    • bbfloyd 12.3

      is it just my imagination, or are all the right leaning apologists writing on this site indulging in more than the usual semantic game playing?

      • Draco T Bastard 12.3.1

        The usual semantic game playing from the right has been increasing for some time in direct proportion to how far right National have deviated from their Labour Lite election campaign. Now that National are showing themselves to be hard-right authoritarians they have gone into DDD (drastic disinformation and distraction) mode.

  13. Why the difference?

    A buckletload of reasons:

    1. He expects David Garrett will resign.
    2. The law now states it is solely David Garrett’s decision. When Donna was around, it didn’t.
    3. Donna’s matter was more serious.

    etc.

    • Blighty 13.1

      Missing the point young fella. Hide could call on Garrett to resign if he wanted but he isn’t.

      • Missing my point: if David Garrett decides to stick around, Rodney may well publicly call on him to resign. Giving him a few days to publicly come to that conclusion himself is, well, humane. David Garrett won’t come out of this well, allowing him to be seen to “do the decent thing” off his own bat is the least Rodney can offer a loyal MP whom Rodney completely dicked around.

        • bbfloyd 13.1.1.1

          Graham…you’re getting yourself tied up here son. an argument based on what you would like to happen is actually not an argument. it is wishful thinking. your affection and loyalty is commendable, if misplaced, and a little naive.

          garrett has discredited himself, and the right wing cause in the process. is he so slow witted as to need days/weeks to come to the obvious conclusions that he has no credible alternative to resignation from parliament? i don’t think so, do you?

        • Eric Crampton 13.1.1.2

          Mr Hide said he was not putting pressure on Mr Garrett in terms of whether he should quit Parliament. “But it seems to me the people elected five ACT MPs — not four and an independent,” he said. The allocation of five MPs came after Mr Hide’s successful Epsom electorate win and will only be retained if Mr Garrett quits Parliament.

          It’s gentle for now, would be less gentle in a month’s time.

          Just for fun, I hit “taito” in the search field here. Amazing how loud the calls are for Garrett’s immediate departure compared to how little shows up in searches on a minister who was engaged in corruption as part of his portfolio.

          • lprent 13.1.1.2.1

            …compared to how little shows up in searches…

            Probably because you searched on a first name compared to a surname. If you searched for Garretts first name you’d be amazed at how many other people there are with the same first name. If you read your own comment I notice that you didn’t use Garretts first name yourself.

            The sign of someone who doesn’t know how to conduct a relevant search…. I think that you should relegate yourself to the ranks of the technically incompetent?

            • Eric Crampton 13.1.1.2.1.1

              First off, Taito wasn’t his first name, it was his title. Also searched on “Philip Field” and didn’t find it. But I picked Taito as most likely unique identifier. Just “Field” could bring up anything, “Philip Field” would miss anything that didn’t have the name in that exact order, (Philip AND Field) would be too broad. I’ll trust you can point me to your post arguing that Field ought to have been booted both from Labour and from Parliament…preferably something before he came out saying he’d stand as independent.

              A straight google search on Taito, no modifiers, gives a Herald piece on the corruption and bribery investigation as sixth hit. Only stuff I find here on searches on Taito is comments from folks mad about Field.

              I’ll agree with y’all that Garrett ought to be out of Parliament. But I’d have the amp turned up to like 2 when saying that; the amp ought to have been up to about 8 or 9 for Field.

              • lprent

                There is of course a pretty simple reason why there were few posts on Field. Apart from the conviction, everything was done and dusted long before this site started in August 2007. Read the timeline from wikipedia

                In 2005, Field was stood down from his ministerial posts following controversies around allegations that he had improperly used his influence as an MP to receive material gain. In particular, it was alleged that he had used his position as a Member of Parliament to obtain a work permit for a non-resident who had worked as a tiler at reduced hourly rates on his home in Samoa. It was also alleged that Field had used his position to obtain a discounted price for a property deal he had constructed with low-income welfare beneficiaries in his electorate. An inquiry cleared him of any conflict of interest, but did criticise his judgement over the events.[4]
                Further allegations of improper behaviour were made by the Television New Zealand Sunday program on 27 August 2006, which led to Prime Minister Helen Clark saying that Field should reconsider his future as an MP.[5] Police launched an investigation the following day into claims that Field had benefited from helping people with immigration applications. Field was put on indefinite paid leave from Parliament by the Labour Party.[6] After Field made comments to the media that he might run against the Labour Party in a future election, steps were taken on 13 February 2007 by Labour to expel Field from the party.

                On 14 February 2007, Field was formally expelled from the Parliamentary Labour Party. This was announced by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Margaret Wilson. To forestall moves to expel him from the Labour Party, Field resigned on 16 February 2007, returning to Parliament as an independent, but promising to support the Government’s legislative programme;[7] However, on 21 February, he voted against the Labour Party on Green MP Sue Bradford’s Members’ Bill to amend Section 59 of the Crimes Act 1961 (see Child Discipline Act 2007).

                The Sunday Star-Times reported on 15 April 2007 that Field would form a new political party based on family values.

                On 24 May 2007, police announced that they would seek the leave of the High Court to lay corruption charges against Field (a necessary procedural step when such are laid in New Zealand). The offence, corruption and bribery of a member of Parliament, carries a maximum sentence of 7 years’ imprisonment. If Field was convicted while still a member, his Parliamentary seat would be vacated.[12][13]

                It was pretty clear that he wasn’t going to get before the high court before the election and the probability of him winning either his electorate seat or 5% were minimal. So he simply wasn’t that interesting to the writers here…. Furthermore he was before the courts, and our authors don’t tend to second-guess the judicial process without a particularly good reason. That piece of idiocy we leave up to the seriously deranged, the idiots in the lynch mob at the sewer and other lawless RWNJ blogs.

                There have been quite a few posts on Garrett because he has of current interest to the authors when the site has been running. Most of the posts were about his connections to the sensible sentencing trust or the self-evident fact that the guy was monumentally not suitable to be an MP.

                Now the question is really how much of an idiot are you? Do I have to explain this in any more depth? What is the bet that you have problems counting between dates?

  14. randal 14

    garret is a faiure as human being yet hide persists in treating him as a morally upright person.
    so therefore there is a failure of ethics and morals permeating the whole party.

  15. Treetop 15

    Whats the difference: The Act Party are part of the coalition. Hide is not yet off the hook. To the person who had the guts to expose Garrett good job, well done! Does this person know what Garrett told Hide? I want to hear from Garrett what he actually told Hide about the identity theft?

    • bbfloyd 15.1

      Treetop… good question… i assume you already know that we won’t get an answer on that until act are already in the dustbin of history

  16. Nick K 16

    There is no comparison.

    When a MP, Donna stole taxpayer funds destined for maori charities and used it for stomach stapling operations.

    Twenty six years before becoming a MP Garrett performed a stupid student prank.

    • mcflock 16.1

      … when he wasn’t a student, was sober and in his (late?) twenties. He didn’t nick a pie from the late night dairy! Then he campaigned on “law & order” after an assault conviction and applying for name suppression when he finally got caught.

      • Draco T Bastard 16.1.1

        And also not telling the court 2005 that he did have that 2002 conviction.

        Garretts forgery of a passport was no prank – you just don’t do something that bad and involved as a prank.

    • felix 16.2

      Nick K,

      If by “student prank” you mean “serious crime committed by a 28 year old adult” then yep.

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    The University of Waikato and New Zealand Law Foundation have released a report today on the law around encryption in New Zealand. There's stuff in there about principles and values, and how proposed government policies to provide for "lawful access" by creating backdoors would destroy the trust which makes encryption ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 hours ago
  • Drawn
    A ballot for two Member's Bills was held today, and the following bills were drawn: Insurance (Prompt Settlement of Claims for Uninhabitable Residential Property) Bill (Stuart Smith) Social Security (Exemption for Ex Gratia and Compensation Payments) Amendment Bill (Willow-Jean Prime) Neither bill seems likely to be particularly controversial. This is ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 hours ago
  • Bougainville votes for independence
    Earlier in the month, Bougainvilleans went to the polls in a landmark referendum to decide on whether they would remain part of Papua New Guinea or become independent. Yesterday, the results came in, with over 97% support for independence. The referendum wasn't binding - instead it means negotiations with the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    8 hours ago
  • Bus strikes, suspensions and solidarity
    by Daphna Whitmore This week 800 unionised bus drivers in Auckland were suspended from work after they refused to collect fares as part of a campaign of industrial action. Drivers working for Auckland’s largest bus company NZ Bus are asking for more pay and better working conditions after being offered ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    10 hours ago
  • How to support after the Whakaari/White Island volcanic eruption
    As details emerge about what unfolded on Whakaari / White Island two days ago, my thoughts go out to all the families affected by this terrible event. My thoughts are also with the first responders who worked in perilous circumstances to assist and protect those affected. Both local and ...
    SciBlogsBy Sarb Johal
    10 hours ago
  • Final BMG poll – nothing to see here
    BMG research have unleashed their final poll of the 2019 campaign:Westminster voting intention: CON: 41% (-)LAB: 32% (-)LDEM: 14% (-)GRN: 4% (-)BREX: 3% (-1)via @BMGResearch , 06 - 11 Dec Chgs. w/ 06 Dec That's a bit of a "Dunno why we bothered" sort of poll. "Phillip, I'm afraid I've been a ...
    11 hours ago
  • Grant Robertson Spends Up Large – On The Establishment!
    Grant Keeps On Trucking: Out of the $12 billion Robertson has announced for infrastructure investment, $8 billion will be allocated to specific projects, with the balance of $4 billion held in reserve. What does it say about this Government's "transformational" ambitions that 85 percent of that $8 billion is to ...
    12 hours ago
  • Boris Johnson … Hides … In a Fridge
    I am not making this up.First few lines of the Dail Mail write up:Boris Johnson's exasperated media minder swore on live TV today as the PM refused to speak to Good Morning Britain before trotting into a fridge as he started an early milkround in Yorkshire. Piers Morgan was visibly ...
    20 hours ago
  • Shy Labour Voters?
    In previous elections pollsters have bemoaned the 'shy Tory' - the respondent who is so fearful of being judged as a cruel and heartless bastard by an anonymous pollster, or their spouses, workmates and friends, that they lie about their intention of voting Conservative, skewing the poll figures in Labour's ...
    23 hours ago
  • Seven reasons to be wary of waste-to-energy proposals
    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 I was in Switzerland recently and discovered that they haven’t ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 day ago
  • Reviewing the whitewash
    Back in 2015, then Ombudsman Beverley Wakem conducted a review of the OIA, Not a game of hide and seek. The "review" was a whitewash, which found no need for legislative change, and instead criticised the media and requesters - which destroyed Wakem's reputation, and undermined that of the Office ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • You Gov MRP Poll Out
    So, You Gov's MRP poll - the weird one that tries to reflect what will happen at a constituency level and which pretty much nailed the hung parliament in 2017 - is not looking too good for Labour:
    UK #GE2019 MRP seat projection:CON: 339 (-20)LAB: 231 (+20)SNP: 41 (-2)LDEM: 15 ...
    1 day ago
  • Climate Change: Accountability?
    We've known about climate change for over forty years now,and it has been a major political issue for twenty. And yet fossil fuel companies have kept polluting with impunity, while government have looked the other way and twiddled their thumbs and refused to do anything because "the economy", or just ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • Delusional And Irrational: The Rise Of Paranoid Politics In New Zealand.
    Sheer Loopiness: Many of those expressing bemusement at the antics of these #turnardern effacers, were convinced that they were yet another expression of the National Party’s increasingly spiteful anti-government propaganda campaign. They marvelled at the oddness of the perpetrators’ mindset and questioned the common-sense of allowing the rest of New Zealand ...
    1 day ago
  • Things to know about Whakaari/White Island
    Brad Scott, GNS Science VolcanologistThis post was originally published by GeoNet. Following the 9 December devastating eruption at Whakaari/White Island we have put together some information about the island. New Zealand’s most active volcano Whakaari/White Island is currently New Zealand’s most active volcano, it has been since an eruptive episode ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 days ago
  • Status quo supports status quo
    The Justice Committee has reported back on its Inquiry into the 2017 General Election and 2016 Local Elections, with a host of recommendations about how to improve our electoral systems. Some of their recommendations are already incorporate din the Electoral Amendment Bill currently before Parliament, but there's also a recommendation ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • The Greens abandon NeoLiberalism
    Back in 2017, in order to make themselves "electable" in the eyes of rich people who oppose everything they stand for, the Greens signed up for NeoLiberalism, adopting a restrictive set of "Budget Responsibility Rules" which basicly prevented them from using government to make things better. Now, they're finally abandoning ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Lying about a failed war
    Since invading in 2001, the US has consistently claimed that their war in Afghanistan has been going well, even when it continued year after year after year. Of course, they were lying, and thanks to the Washington Post and the US Freedom of Information Act, we get to see just ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Artificial Intelligence and You
    How should we think about artificial intelligence and the implications that it has for our work and leisure? There are many articles on artificial intelligence and its potential impacts on jobs, and the ethics of applications. These are important topics, but I want to focus on some less discussed aspects, ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    2 days ago
  • Statistical manipulation to get publishable results
    I love data. It’s amazing the sort of “discoveries” I can make given a data set and computer statistical package. It’s just so easy to search for relationships and test their statistical significance. Maybe relationships which ...
    2 days ago
  • More lies on the Twitter (Dan Hodges edition)
    The other big story concerning Leeds Hospital is Boris Johnson's bizzare behaviour at Leeds Hospital, where he was confronted by a journalist and challenged about a four year old boy with suspected pneumonia who was left sleeping on the floor, rather than getting  abed like a sick kid would in ...
    2 days ago
  • LabourActivistPunchedMattHancock’sSPADGate
    So, for a brief period of history, it was alleged that a protester had punched Matt Hancock's SPAD (not a euphemism; special adviser) when Hancock visited Leeds Hospital.This was reported by the likes of Robert Peston and Laura Keunssberg, as well as the less credible Guido Fawkes.  It also quickly ...
    2 days ago
  • France’s anti-Zionism is anti-liberté
    by Daphna Whitmore Last week France passed a law that equates anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism. It is based on a definition of anti-Semitism that includes criticism of Israel such as: “Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, e.g., by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    3 days ago
  • Another bus lockout
    Over the past year we've seen major bus problems in Hamilton and Wellington, as drivers have sought better wages and an end to the bullshit of split shifts, which basicly see them "married to the job". And now its Auckland's turn. When NZBus's drivers planned low-level strike action of not ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change: Showing us how its done
    The government has been congratulating itself over the passage of the Zero Carbon Act, which sets out long-term emissions targets. But those targets are insufficient. Meanwhile, Denmark is showing us how its done:Denmark’s parliament adopted a new climate law on Friday, committing to reach 70% below its 1990 emissions in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Public sector dysfunction should not be allowed to undermine freedom of information
    Another day, another piece of legislation with a secrecy clause. This time its the innocuous-seeming Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill, which (after establishing a new body and making it subject to the OIA in three different ways) includes the rapidly-becoming-standard clauses enabling it to request information from other public ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • “This is England, this knife of Sheffield steel…”
    The state of the United Kingdom is fractured, torn up, shredded. The Empire is gone, it died a long time ago. And yet, the country is still tracking with a lead in favour of the ones who play to the ingrained, class-bound division for political gain. It is a disgrace ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    5 days ago
  • CORSIA, coming soon to an airport near you
    On 27 September, Greta Thunberg addressed a crowd of 500,000 at the School Strike for Climate in Montreal, saying: “You are a nation that is allegedly a climate leader. And Sweden is also a nation that is allegedly a climate leader. And in both cases, it means absolutely nothing. Because ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    5 days ago
  • Cloaking hate speech and fake news in the right to free expression.
    It should be obvious by now but let’s be clear: The same folk who regularly traffic in disinformation, misinformation and “fake news” are also those who most strongly claim that their freedom of expression rights are being violated when moves are made to curb hate speech (as opposed to protected ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    5 days ago
  • The Physics (and Economics, and Politics) of Wheelchairs on Planes
    Michael Schulson When Shane Burcaw flies on an airplane, he brings along a customized gel cushion, a car seat, and about 10 pieces of memory foam. The whole arsenal costs around $1,000, but for Burcaw it’s a necessity. The 27-year-old author and speaker — who, alongside his fiancée, Hannah ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    5 days ago
  • To Advance Civil Rights, Oppose Transgender Extremism
    We are very pleased to publish this submission is from Lucinda Stoan. She is a social justice activist, mother, and educator, based in Washington State in the  US.   This detailed and comprehensive source-linked overview of trans issues and what is at stake will be useful for many people, especially in ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • Faafoi should be fired
    Newshub last night reported that Broadcasting Minister Kris Faafoi had apparently promised to help out a mate with an immigration issue. While its normal for people to approach MPs for assistance in this area, when you're a Minister, the rules are different: as the Cabinet Manual says, Ministers must "at ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Adrian Orr – The Reserve Bank’s Revolutionary Governor?
    New Zealand's Underarm Banker: It bears recalling that the “independence” of the Reserve Bank Governor was for decades held up by neoliberal capitalists as the most compelling justification for passing the Reserve Bank Act. Interesting, is it not, how the ruling class’s support for the Bank’s independence lasted no longer than ...
    7 days ago
  • Driving Us Up The Poll.
    Rubbish In, Rubbish Out: Put all this together, and it’s difficult to avoid the conclusion that anyone who responds positively to a pollster’s request to “answer a few questions” is just ever-so-slightly weird. Desperately lonely? Some sort of psephological train-spotter? Political party member primed to skew the poll for or against ...
    7 days ago
  • Jordan Williams, Colin Craig podcast series announced
    “Free at last, Free at last, Thank God almighty we are free at last.” ― Martin Luther King Jr. A long and bitter court feud between former Conservative Party leader Colin Craig and Jordan Williams has been settled, with an apology and compensation from Williams. On Tuesday, Craig sent out ...
    The PaepaeBy Peter Aranyi
    7 days ago
  • How plant-based meat is stretching New Zealand’s cultural and legal boundaries
    Samuel Becher, Victoria University of Wellington and Jessica C Lai, Victoria University of Wellington Earlier this year, the New Zealand-based pizza chain Hell Pizza offered a limited-edition “Burger Pizza”. Its customers weren’t told that the “meat” was plant-based. Some customers complained to the Commerce Commission, which enforces consumer law in ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Scientific integrity requires critical investigation – not blind acceptance
    Some people seem to want to close down any critical discussion of the current research into the relationship between water fluoride and child IQ. They appear to argue that claims made by researchers should not be open to critical review and that the claims be accepted without proper consideration ...
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: The shameful reality
    The government has been congratulating itself over the passage of the Zero Carbon Act, which sets out long-term emissions targets. Meanwhile, Climate Action Tracker has the shameful reality: those targets are insufficient:While New Zealand is showing leadership by having passed the world’s second-ever Zero Carbon Act in November 2019, under ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • More secrecy
    The government introduced a Racing Industry Bill today. As an urban who horse racing as pointless-to-cruel, and gambling as a tax on stupidity and/or hope, this isn't normally a bill which would interest me in the slightest, beyond grumpiness at more government money for a dying industry. But there is ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Unlikely online bully, Liam Hehir
    Check. Check. One, two, three, four. Is this thing ON? Hello readers, I logged in last night (yeah, it’s been a while) to mark THE END of the landmark legal case, Jordan Williams v Colin Craig, which (gulp) reached The Supreme Court, in which New Zealand’s most-defamed man was suing the politician he ...
    The PaepaeBy Peter Aranyi
    1 week ago
  • The Birth Of Israel: Wrong At The Right Time.
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    1 week ago
  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the Year 2019: Korero phase
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    1 week ago
  • Generalist to specialist
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • A “coincidence”
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Member’s Day
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Worse than I thought
    The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee has reported back on the government's odious and tyrannical control orders bill. As expected, the fraudulent select committee process has made no significant changes (partly because they couldn't agree, but mostly because it was a stitch-up from the start, with no intention of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The cannabis bill and the referendum
    Yesterday, the government released its draft Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill, which will be put to a non-binding referendum at the next election. I'm not a drug policy expert, but Russell Brown is, and he thinks its pretty good. And pretty obviously, it will be a massive improvement on the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Hard News: The Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill: pretty good so far
    As you're probably aware, the draft bill outlining the proposed legal cannabis regime to be put to a referendum late next year was published yesterday, and has already attracted a flurry of comment. It's notable that a good deal of the comment is about proposals that aren't actually new.A minimum ...
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Alignment
    One of the big problems in New Zealand climate change policy is the government working at cross-purposes with itself. It wants to reduce fossil fuel use, but encourages oil and gas exploration. It wants to reduce transport emissions, but then builds enormous new roads. The problem could be avoided if ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • How climate change will affect food production and security
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • More bad faith
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Banning foreign money from our elections
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Reforming the Education Acts
    The government introduced the Education and Training Bill to Parliament yesterday. Its a massive bill, which replaces both existing Education Acts, as well as various other bits of legislation (including some which are still proceeding through the House). I'll leave the serious analysis to teachers and people who actually know ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Bite-sized learning
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • “Not The Labour Party We Once Knew.”
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    1 week ago
  • Marxist versus liberal methodology on transgender ideology/identity politics
    While much of the NZ left has transitioned to postmodern and identity politics in relation to transgender ideology, there are some very good articles about that deploy Marxist methodology in relation to this subject.  The one below is from the British marxist group Counterfire and appeared on their site here ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Book review: The Farm by Joanne Ramos
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Loosening the purse strings
    When Labour was running for election in 2017, it felt it needed to demonstrate "fiscal responsibility" and signed itself up to masochistic "budget responsibility rules". It was a fool's errand: the sorts of voters who demand fiscal responsibility are also the sorts of voters who believe that labour can never ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: How to get there
    Writing in Stuff, Joel MacManus looks at what we need to do to meet the Zero Carbon Act's targets. The core of it:1. Convert 85 per cent of vehicles on the road to electric. 2. Eliminate fossil fuels from all industrial heating up to 300 degrees Celsius. 3. Double our ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • anti-vaxxers in a measles epidemic: so many ways to be untruthful
    “Anti-vaxers are a pro-death movement,” those comments from Dr Helen Petousis-Harris speaking about six more Measles related deaths in Samoa over the past twenty-four hours. “Anti-vaxers are a pro-death movement,” those comments from Dr Helen Petousis-Harris speaking about six more Measles related deaths in Samoa ...
    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    1 week ago
  • Is Youth Vaping a Problem in New Zealand?
    Professors Janet Hoek and Richard Edwards, Emeritus Professor Phil Gendall, Jude Ball, Dr Judith McCool, Anaru Waa, Dr Becky Freeman Recent media reports have presented conflicting evidence on youth vaping in NZ. While some NZ school principals report concerns about increasing vaping on school grounds and confiscating vapes, ASH Year ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • In pursuit of “Freedom and Democracy”: Forever Wars in “America’s backyard”.
    “America the Beautiful!”, staunch defender of democracy, freedom and… a whole lot of despotic tyrants that play nice with what is called “the Washington Consensus.” America is indeed capable of immense good, but like any Nation, and most assuredly any aspirant to the mantle of Empire, great, immense evil. All ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 weeks ago
  • November ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
    Image credit: The beginner’s guide to blogging 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 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Whodunnit? Finding the mystery 1080 testing lab
    1080 is used to control pests in NZ. Its use is contested by a noisy few. A new report claims high levels of 1080 in rats washed up on a beach. Flora and Fauna of Aotearoa (F&F) won’t name the laboratory that did their testing. It has sparked a hunt ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    2 weeks ago
  • Authoritarian Friends, Democratic Enemies.
    What Kind Of Empire? The thing for Kiwis to decide is what kind of empire they want to belong to. The kind that, while offering its own citizens democratic rights, demands absolute obedience from its “friends”? Or, the kind that, while authoritarian at home, takes a relaxed attitude to the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Boris Johnson Goes Down
    It hasn't been a good week for the Conservatives, pollwise.  All major recent polls are showing their lead shrinking.Comparing each pollster's current (between 29/11 and 22/11) and previous most recent poll.Com Res - Conservative lead down 3 points.You Gov - Conservative lead down 1 point.Kantar - Conservative lead down 4 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Interesting
    Within quick succession, Countdown maths wizard and twitterer Rachel Riley, alleged comedian David Baddiel and prominent lawyer Andrew Julius have all expressed very similar opinions / ideas:
    These #3billboards are going round London today, organised by ex-Labour people, horrified by what their party has become. Their principles haven’t changed, they’re ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Damn the Polls
    So, there have been a bunch of bad polls out for Labour, and even the Leftie's friend, Survation, have recently given the Conservatives a rip-snorting 11% lead.  You Gov's much vaunted MRP poll - which pretty much nailed the result in 2015 - is currently predicting a comfortable majority for ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Europe declares an emergency
    The European Parliament has voted overwhelmingly to declare a climate emergency:The European parliament has declared a global “climate and environmental emergency” as it urged all EU countries to commit to net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The vote came as scientists warned that the world may have already crossed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • A Bi-Partisan Commitment To X-ing “P”.
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    2 weeks ago
  • Advice about measles: when ignorance is definitely not a virtue
    As the rate of measles infection, and of deaths, continues to climb in Samoa, antivaccination activists infectious disease proponents seem intent on doubling down on their claims about vaccination. (Check pretty much any news-media FB post about measles & you’ll see exactly what I mean.) Unfortunately, some of them have ...
    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    2 weeks ago

  • Government takes bite out of loan sharks
    The days of vulnerable consumers falling victim to loan sharks, truck shops and other predatory lenders are numbered, following the Credit Contracts Legislation Amendment Bill passing its third reading tonight. “Too many Kiwis are being given loans that are unaffordable and unsuitable, trapping them in debt and leaving their families ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 hours ago
  • New Zealand safer as Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders Bill) becomes law
    A Bill that prevents terrorism and supports the de-radicalisation of New Zealanders returning from overseas has passed its third reading, Justice Minister Andrew Little says. The Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill is a carefully targeted response to manage the risk posed by a small number of New Zealanders who have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 hours ago
  • Foreign Minister and Pacific Peoples Minister to visit Samoa
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio will travel to Samoa on Friday, where New Zealand medical teams are helping Samoa respond to an outbreak of measles. “New Zealand has been working closely with the Government of Samoa and offering our assistance from the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 hours ago
  • New Pastoral Care Code will support tertiary students in 2020
    The Government has changed the law to improve student safety and welfare in university halls of residence and other student accommodation. The Education (Pastoral Care) Amendment Bill passed its third reading this afternoon and details of an interim Code of Practice setting out the Government’s expectations of tertiary providers have also been released. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 hours ago
  • New infrastructure funding tool to build housing developments faster
    A new tool to help councils fund and finance infrastructure could mean some housing developments happen a decade earlier than currently planned, Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford said today. “This new tool, developed by the Government in partnership with industry and high-growth councils, will allow councils to access private debt ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • Vision to unite the primary sector launched today
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has welcomed the release of a bold new vision for the country’s vital food and fibre sector. “I’m delighted that New Zealand’s major farmer and grower organisations are today supporting the Primary Sector Council’s vision – Fit for a Better World,” he said. “The international consumers ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 hours ago
  • NZ congratulates PNG and Autonomous Bougainville Government on referendum
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has congratulated the Government of Papua New Guinea and the Autonomous Bougainville Government for completing a well-conducted referendum on the future political status of Bougainville. “New Zealand supported the referendum process by providing technical advice through the New Zealand Electoral Commission and leading a Regional Police ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    8 hours ago
  • Next steps for Upper North Island logistics
    In light of Cabinet’s position that freight operations on prime land in downtown Auckland are no longer viable, the Government will now embark on a short work programme to enable decision-making in the first half of next year, Associate Transport Minister Shane Jones says. Minister Jones is today releasing the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    8 hours ago
  • Surgical mesh restorative justice report received
    Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter has received the report back from a surgical mesh restorative justice process undertaken by Victoria University. The process heard stories, either in person or online submission, from more than 600 people affected by surgical mesh. “The report made for heart-breaking and confronting reading,” says ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • The Water Services Regulator Bill – Taumata Arowai a milestone for drinking water safety
    The Water Services Regulator Bill – Taumata Arowai , introduced to Parliament today, is a milestone for drinking water safety in New Zealand and will help improve environmental outcomes for urban waterways, rivers and lakes.  “This is a breakthrough for New Zealanders in terms of providing safe drinking water throughout ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • Speech to new direction for criminal justice reform announcement
    Kia ora koutouE ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā matā wakaTēnā koutou katoaHaere ngā, moe maiKoutou ma ngā Rangatira Ko Anaru ahauKo au te Minita mo ngā TureHe Honore tino nui kei roto I ahau No reira tena koutou katoa Today, we are releasing two reports that are the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    11 hours ago
  • New direction for criminal justice reform
    The Government is looking to turn around the long-term challenges of criminal justice by taking a new approach to break the cycle of offending to ensure there are fewer victims of crime. Justice Minister Andrew Little released two reports today, Turuki! Turuki! from Te Uepū Hāpai I te Ora, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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