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Barclay debacle recap

Written By: - Date published: 6:05 am, June 21st, 2017 - 73 comments
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Yesterday Newsroom published a series of articles from an outstanding, in-depth investigation into the allegations that Clutha Southland National MP Todd Barclay illegally recorded one of his staff and constituents during an ongoing conflict, and then subsequently lied about it.

The first article featured a 30 minute interview with the former electorate staffer Glenys Dickson, giving a run down of the history of the case over the last two years.

Some of the issues covered in the investigation,

  • the bullying of staff
  • the secret and probably illegal recording of Dickson including when she was with constituents
  • the resignation of multiple staffers or National Party members from that branch
  • the subsequent threats made to Dickson and others, including family members
  • the payout of Dickson, with an unusually large sum, paid from the Prime Ministers fund, and including a gag clause to prevent Dickson from going public
  • a police investigation into the recording allegation, that Barclay refused to be involved with and that was eventually dropped

Timeline is here.

Over the course of the day, the Prime Minister Bill English and Todd Barclay told various conflicting stories about who said what to whom, and both ended up looking like liars. Initially Barclay directly contradicted English’s story, inferring that English had lied, and then at the end of the day completely reversed this. It’s also looked more and more likely that the PM has been involved in a cover up, and that Barclay has now been thrown under a bus. It’s also possible that the National Party hierarchy has been involved in an illegal attempt to obstruct justice (here, Andrew Geddis compares National to a gang by way of example). Somewhere in amongst all that John Key’s historic involvement came out too.

In the afternoon Newsroom also published that the National Party was investigating the selection process for Clutha Southland, amongst allegations of improper votes and delegate stacking.

Questions have been raised about why the investigation was dropped. The police released their own statement during the afternoon. It now appears that members of the National Party in Southland are calling for the police to re-open the case.

At the end of the day Barclay did a brief stand up press conference where he read a prepared statement that left journalists stunned. In this statement he reversed his earlier position but refused to take any questions.

That’s not even the whole of it. At this stage someone needs to do one of those graphics thingies showing all the strands of the story. Things moved rapidly yesterday, I’m sure more will unfold today.

It’s worth keeping an eye on Newsroom’s website and twitter account.

There’s background and good questions raised by Micky here, here and here.

Natwatch’s round up of media coverage and English’s involvement here.

Update (lunchtime Weds) – 

Police are taking another look at the taping allegations

English is looking at Barclay’s resigning, announcement at 2pm.

The Privacy Commissioner is considering the matter having received a complaint.

Allegations have been made that Barclay made up complaints against Dickson.

Update 2 (1.25pm) – Barclay has stepped down as candidate at this election and will leave parliament at the end of the term.

RNZ live updates.

 

73 comments on “Barclay debacle recap ”

  1. Ross 1

    Andrew Little could of course remind voters that any Labour MP whose behaviour resembled Barclay’s would be sacked fairly quickly. Little could also state that any Labour MP found to have stuffed up in the way that Barclay has would be paying compensation out of their own pocket.

    • lprent 1.1

      Don’t be foolish. Neither Little nor English could do much in this circumstance.

      Barclay can’t be “sacked”. As far as I can see he is just a first term backbench MP elected by his electorate. He has no positions to be sacked from.

      He already has been selected, so I guess that a reselection would be possible (albeit subject to considerable legal issues).

      Realistically Barclay would have to resign or (presumably) there would have to be some agitation from the Clutha-Southland National party members to do the moral and ethical thing. Something that I haven’t generally noticed them doing.

      National voters on the other hand have been known to do nasty things when National puts up pissant clearly inadequate candidates – look at the Northland by-election.

      Alternatively the police could do their job and charge him. If the conviction is sufficient, then the house can expel him.

      • Draco T Bastard 1.1.1

        Alternatively the police could do their job and charge him. If the conviction is sufficient, then the house can expel him.

        I believe that all of the charges that may be brought against him carry a two year sentence or more. If found guilty of any one of them then he’s automatically out and can never run again.

        Probably why National has, apparently, done so much to cover this up.

      • dukeofurl 1.1.2

        Cant be sacked ?

        Well thats what effectively happened to a long line of national MPs. Gilmore, Sabin, Wong, Claudette Hauiti, Richard Worth. I understand but have no proof the party pays them to go.

        ACT expelled Donna Huata from their caucus when she refused to cooperate with police ( plus they used the then waka jumping law to have her removed from parliament)

        • Ovid 1.1.2.1

          MPs can’t be sacked. Ministers can lose their portfolios, but Barclay is just a backbencher. Aaron Gilmore, Mike Sabin, Pansy Wong, Caludette Hauiti and Richard Worth all resigned from Parliament. They probably all had a lot of pressure to do so, but they had to pull the trigger themselves.

          In terms of party expulsion, there’s a fairly broad rule in National’s constitution that says:

          “The Board or any Regional Conference or Electorate or Branch Committee may cancel or suspend the membership of the Party of any person whose actions, in their opinion, prejudice the interests of the Party.” (Section 12(a))

          But that won’t expel him from Parliament.

      • weka 1.1.3

        Presumably they could expel him from the party. But I’m guessing National’s main priority right now is maintaining their numbers in parliament, hence English’s willingness to bold face lie yesterday.

      • Ross 1.1.4

        Little couldnt do much? I recall Taito Philip Field was expelled from Labour after the Ingram report was released. The point I was making was that Little could make it very clear that any Labour MP who behaved like Barclay would have no future with Labour. Then Little could compare that response with English’s.

        • McFlock 1.1.4.1

          all the while sucking oxygen away from the nice little fire Barclay’s covered himself in.

          Shock horror, Labour’s playing politics with pservices employment matters!
          Shock horror, Little’s so desperate for attention he’s trying to make it about himself!
          Shock horror, Little did nothing when [insert beat-up here], the hypocrite!
          etc, etc, etc.

          Best to just sit back and watch it burn. Then in august go “wasn’t that a big fire”.

        • lprent 1.1.4.2

          The point is that it is all about due process. In this case neither Little nor English can sack an MP. They are employed by parliament. Even a political party can’t do it. For instance you are incorrect in your example.

          While he’d been booted out of his ministerial posts back in 2005 (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taito_Phillip_Field#Conflict_of_interest_allegations) that was as far as a parliamentary party leader like (in this case) Helen Clark could actually go. As a first time MP Todd Barclay doesn’t have any leader set positions.

          However as a back bench MP, neither couldn’t be ‘sacked’ by a parliamentary party leader because they didn’t give any positions to him. He can’t be expelled from caucus by a parliamentary party leader – ditto – that is a decision made jointly by caucus. He can’t be expelled from the party by a parliamentary leader. In Labour that is a decision made by the NZ council.

          And no political party leader can sack a MP from Parliament. That is a decision made either by Parliament as a whole under very strict legislated rules or by the voters.

          So: in your example…

          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taito_Phillip_Field#Independent

          He was expelled from the Parliamentary Labour caucus. He resigned from the Labour party (these are two different bodies). Neither decision would have been made by the Helen Clark

          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;[10]

          Basically you appear to be profoundly ignorant about politics. Perhaps you should learn something about it before making daft ill-informed and quite stupid assertions.

    • Cinny 1.2

      Just like Alpha offered to do re the Hagamans, he’s already walking the talk, Alpha has integrity, that’s proven. Alpha need not get involved, better things for him to do, the media has it well covered.

      The outgoing government seems to prefer secret payouts and coverups instead.

    • Hmmmmm,… fair enough , I’d go along with that. And guaranteed , no matter what political party is in , there will always be some character that tries it on.

      The NZ public deserves better.

      And not only because we put in them in a position to SERVE US , – but because we also bloody well pay their wages.

  2. Cinny 2

    Listening to Gower who says it is important to note that Barclay said he agree’s with the outgoing PMs statement, which effectively means that it is an admission he recorded his staff. Therefore with an admission police should be able to prosecute if they want to.

    Gower is going for gold on this will put up a link when it is available

    Good work on the recap Weka

  3. bwaghorn 3

    barclay has agreed with the police statement made by english , so in effect barclay has admitted taping his staff, its up to the police to get off their arse and do their job

  4. Keith 4

    I wonder why all the surprise now.

    Barclay is a pin up boy for the type of personality that is king in National. He appears to have few if any morals having been a lobbyist for big tobacco barely out of his teens knowing the huge harm tobacco causes, and with his very likely criminal surveillance of staff, now rumored to be CCTV, he establishes himself as unethical and even paranoid.

    But sadly the only reason he stands out in the National Party is his age, not his reprehensible behavior, which the more they go on is par for the course.

    This guy clearly liked what he saw in the John Key leadship style and to me that simply makes him a chip off the old block watching the old masters in action, not an enfant terrible.

    Will those who vote National care, I doubt it, because they’re like personalities.

    • Tamati Tautuhi 4.1

      He obviously saw what he liked in John Key’s leadership style, and was just following through on what he had observed in the Prime Ministers Office.

      Todd hasn’t actually had much real world experience, which can only be gained through age and experience ?

  5. Ad 5

    It’s definitely fun, but I don’t think this will shift National in the polls so much as 1%, or change who is elected in Clutha-Southland.

    • It says plenty about voters’ current expectations of their rulers that said rulers being caught out lying to cover up a crime can reasonably be considered unlikely to affect their poll rankings.

    • ScottGN 5.2

      I disagree with that Ad. When all the dust settles it’s the human element which has the capacity to damage the PM the most I reckon, the utterly squalid way that English stood by and let the National Party machine bully and intimidate a woman who’d been his electorate secretary for 17 years.

      • Ad 5.2.1

        Will it change your vote?

        • ScottGN 5.2.1.1

          I’m not a national voter so no, it’s not going to change my party vote. If I was national voter it might be enough to change my vote or at the very least discourage me from bothering to vote at all, which as we know from the last US election is just as effective.
          I’m registered to vote in Clutha-Southland by the way and might well change my electorate vote if I felt it was going to bloody the nose of the local, insufferable national party grandees.

      • You_Fool 5.2.2

        The problem is the average voter will just assign this to politicians acting like politicians, and fail to assign the particular party to the politician, which if people did more often would show a clear trend to which side of the political line have issues with being truthful and human

    • Rae 5.3

      You only have to tolerate 5-10 minutes of Mark Richardson on the AM show to understand how National supporters can twist and turn this in their minds, and excuse it all, even if broken laws are involved. If he is anything to go by, the stupid runs deep and wide among Nat supporters.

    • McFlock 5.4

      Pre-Northland, I would have agreed with you.

      And didn’t I read somewhere that his highly experienced former electorate secretary is now working with a nearby NZ1 MP? 👿

  6. Penny Bright 6

    Seems that Todd Barclay, National MP for Clutha/Southland is quite a liar!

    How is this acceptable behaviour for an MP?

    Seen this?

    https://www.newsroom.co.nz/2017/06/20/35010/allegations-barclay-invented-complaints

    “Further details of Barclay’s behaviour can now be revealed, which could lead to a defamation case against the young MP.

    After the allegations broke in the media, Barclay has repeatedly dodged questions, citing confidentiality around employment disputes.

    But earlier this year the NZ Heraldpublished a story based on the redacted version of the police investigation file into whether Barclay had breached a section of the Crimes Act around “use of interception devices”.

    In a statement provided to the media organisation, Barclay said there had been complaints about the staff member (Dickson), who had been reprimanded.

    “I had received complaints about the conduct of a staff member from members of the public and I referred the matter to Parliamentary Services.

    “As the legal employer of support staff, they acted as they deemed appropriate and embarked on a disciplinary process.”

    But in a letter from the Parliamentary Service to Dickson, seen by Newsroom, general manager David Stevenson said no complaints existed.

    “…Parliamentary Service has neither received any complaint about you nor has it carried out any employment investigation or taken any disciplinary action against you (Dickson).”

    Dickson told Newsroom that Barclay’s comments were misleading, defamatory, and “totally dishonest”.

    After reading Barclay’s statement, she had followed up with the Parliamentary Service as she was unaware of any problems.

    “Well I’ve actually contacted Parliamentary Services and the manager of Parliamentary Services has got nothing on record because I didn’t know about any complaints, so I thought I needed to follow up on that.

    There are no complaints, and there is no disciplinary action taken at all.”

    It was infuriating to hear that Barclay had issued such a dishonest statement in public, she said.

    “I’m very angry, very upset, and to use somebody and discredit them for your own promotion is not something that I admire at all.”

    Dickson also said she was upset with Barclay repeatedly saying he could not comment on the matter of the recording because it was an employment issue.

    “I think it’s rubbish, it’s not an employment issue, and it’s really just trying to cover up what really went on.”

  7. One Anonymous Bloke 7

    Barclay looks more arrogant and stupid by the hour, which of course is what made him perfect National Party material in the first place.

    The real damage isn’t to this shabby little crim’s career and reputation, though. English has revealed himself as a thoroughly unsavoury individual. Again, perfect National Party leader material.

    Others in the party must be aware of just what he is. Could they not prevent his election to the leader’s spot, or do they envy his low character?

    • garibaldi 7.1

      Good points OAB.
      However imo “others in the party” are just the same. They are all aware of what they are. Self aggrandising arseholes to the bitter end.

    • Skinny 7.2

      Barclay is just a boy, low fruit. English has been caught out telling porkies by back filling for him, this is the real crime.

      Meanwhile big fish like Joyce are doing the real tricky moves and seemingly getting away with it untouched.

      Thankfully there are still watch dog groups keeping the acid on National’s lead snake oil merchant;

      https://www.change.org/p/nz-prime-minister-bill-english-transport-minister-simon-bridges-must-resign/u/20597501

      • garibaldi 7.2.1

        Well, there you go. Nick Smith has just been on RNZ and confirmed what I said at7.1 !!

        • dukeofurl 7.2.1.1

          Thats the NIck Smith who was convicted by two judges of interfering with witnesses in a court case !

          never did him any harm which I could never understand. Thats the real reason Barclay is standing firm

  8. gsays 8

    What I don’t understand is why the outgoing premiere (cheers cinny) has tolerated Barclays lies and obfuscation for so long.
    Then yesterday, implying he had FORGOTTEN what he stated in a police statement about 18 months prior.

    What does he know that forces him into this sticky situation?
    Who is he covering for? Sir dear leader?

    Hmm.. jumbo bags of popcorn.

    • Good points,…

      ‘ What does he know that forces him into this sticky situation?
      Who is he covering for? Sir dear leader? ‘

      Hmmmm… the time-frame seems about right,… so,… what did we have,… Pike River , Operation Burnham , a few other assorted scandals with an ex minister of police ,and yes , as revealed over the last few days ,… the newbie from the South ,…

      Oh , and then there’s the Panama Papers, the furore over spying for Obama on China and other South Pacific neighbors… hmmmm…

      Nope, I reckon it was just good old butt covering and concealing things at all costs to push through as much of his globalist agenda as possible before we all had a gutsful of him and kicked English out.

      Wee lad must have learnt his lesson last time he was PM , then…

  9. left_forward 9

    I wonder why Barclay did this in the first place – what motivated him to record Dickson’s conversations?

      • left_forward 9.1.1

        Thanks Andre, that’s the article that caused me to think about this – for some reason he came up with a complaint against her, but it is impossible to work out why he went to all the trouble to install a CCTV system to monitor her – was he jealous of her? Was she a potential rival?

        • Andre 9.1.1.1

          You mean what caused the relationship to go downhill to begin with? Could be as simple as them both just not meshing from from the start, rather than one single incident turning things bad. Then tiny irritants turn into molehills then into mountains.

        • Carolyn_nth 9.1.1.2

          It’s here in Melanie Reid’s first article this week. Basically, Barclay was not doing his job. Dickson probably conveyed her dissatisfaction to Barclay:

          English knows most of those involved in the current skirmish.
          He enjoyed a strong working relationship with Glenys Dickson who was his Electorate Agent for 17 years.

          Dickson would often stand in for English at local events when he was busy with his duties as Minister of Finance. She was sometimes jokingly referred to as “the local MP”.

          English also enjoyed a good relationship with his electorate chair, Stuart Davie. Davie quit following Barclay’s denial of the taping at the Gore AGM.

          Dickson, who has spoken for the first time since she resigned in February last year, told Newsroom that working with Barclay became problematic not long after he was elected at the end of 2014.

          “He shouted at me and other staff and blamed us for things that weren’t our fault. But it was mainly the way he dealt with other people, especially older constituents that upset me. He just didn’t seem to have time for them.”

          She says if Barclay cancelled engagements or was late to scheduled events he blamed it on things that didn’t ring true.

          “He would say, ‘oh Google isn’t working or I had a flat tyre’.”

          Dickson says the final straw for her came in November 2015. Barclay was supposed to attend the prizegiving ceremony at the Telford Agricultural institute in Balclutha but cancelled at the last minute.

          He was the guest of honour but had stayed in Queenstown where the previous evening he had been attending a function and according to people who were present, the MP was in good spirits.

          Later, Barclay reportedly told people he had been in hospital and had a medical certificate.

        • left_forward 9.1.1.3

          Thanks Andre and Carolyn.

  10. Carolyn_nth 10

    let’s not forget, at the centre of this debacle, is a woman (Glenys Dickson), who was subjected to workplace abuse and harassment by Barclay. And then she had her reputation smeared. And English and Key were supporters and enablers of this abuse.

    • Runs in the ‘ family’ then. Much like Paula Bennett abused two beneficiary’s publicly by releasing private details.

      Disgusting bunch of cretins, really.

    • The New Student 10.2

      That’s right +1 Carolyn

      There’s a very human face behind all of this. Goes beyond Left vs. Right and who votes for who

  11. ianmac 11

    Remember the bit where Barclay was to be the guest of honour at some Agricultural Presentation event in Southland but failed to turn up at short notice. He said that he was unable to attend as he had been in hospital and had a doctor’s certificate to back it.
    However others said that he was in Queenstown that night “socialising.” No certificate was sighted by anyone. Barclay has a history of not turning up with a variety of excuses maybe including the dog ate his homework, except he is an MP not a kid.

    • dukeofurl 11.1

      He does make plenty of appearances at that flash Golf resort and at Queenstown rooftop bars.

      • WILD KATIPO 11.1.1

        Hmmmm…echoes of the ‘ Aaron ‘ complex…. these young Nats, really have to watch their intake , it seems…

        • Draco T Bastard 11.1.1.1

          The ‘Aaron Complex’ is normal for the types of people who run for National. They really do think that they’re all special snowflakes and better than everyone else.

  12. mauī 12

    Watching Sarah Dowie standing behind Barclay yesterday at questions from the media. She looked in a really bad state. She must know her political career is on the line too being the MP from the neighbouring electorate. The stink doesn’t have far to travel. And having to support Toddy all day not know what shit he was going to say next.

  13. Dorothy Bulling 13

    He can be scked in effect by the National Party cancelling his membership. He would then not be able to carry on being an electorate MP. This has been done before, most notably John A Lee. But would billyboy have the guts to do that? Barclay is not being very clever over this and I suspect his ambition to be an MP is dead in the water. Those who were sent packing that some have named were all list MPs and could be sent out easily.

  14. Anthony Rimell 14

    Radio New Zealand interview with Andrew Little this morning is worth listening to. So much in it.

    Firstly, no one from any part of the National party would speak to RNZ today. The list of people contacted and not talking left me with the impression that the only person left might of been the Clutha office cleaner.
    Second, Andrew was forthright, firm and clear: the leader that Bill English is not currently being.

    As an aside, Whaleoil was strangely silent on the issue yesterday. Not like him at all to ignore corruption allegations… 🙊

    • Carolyn_nth 14.1

      I’ve seen a comment on twitter this morning that WO was backing Todd and white anting English.

    • Adrian Thornton 14.2

      re; RNZ Little this morning.
      I thought Little made a mistake by saying he didn’t think English should step down, Little could have said something like…I can’t really comment on what Bill English should do, however in light of his previous statements on this matter to the media and the public, he will have to follow his own conscience…or something like that.

      Not aggressive, or negative, but leaving the question of Bill’s integrity hanging firmly in Bill’s court.

      One thing Little really has has going for him, is I don’t think anyone has ever questioned his honesty, or integrity, so it is completely legitimate for him to take the moral high ground on this one.

    • Gabby 14.3

      It was heartening that he avoided the sneaky invitation by Spinner to get all holier-than-thou. Laughing off a baited question works way better than blustering.

  15. roy cartland 15

    It could all be a dead cat strategy: the Southland candidate selection that Barclay won was fraught. And the candidate that stood against Barclay is Simon Flood, an ex Merryl-Lynch JK type.

    Certainly not beyond the NP to do this kind of thing.

    • Gabby 15.1

      That idea would look less Lusky if Wee Toddy hasn’t been cancelling engagements or pissing off elderly constituents.

  16. Ad 16

    Police have re-opened the file.
    It’s coming…..

  17. Reality 17

    That Bill English turned his back on his long-time electorate secretary and did not defend her reputation was disgusting. Something is definitely missing in his character.

  18. Carolyn_nth 18

    Richard Harman on Politik, reports using alleged comments from anonymous Nat insiders. Harman reports on factional disputes within Clutha-Southland Nats, that have got very bitter and convoluted. Harman also claims an involvement of NZ First:

    Barclay was 24 when he replaced English in the Clutha-Southland seat, and even some of his supporters wonder whether he was mature enough to become an MP.

    He faced an entrenched and much older office staff who had been used to filling in for English who only visited the electorate infrequently because he was Finance Minister and Deputy Leader.

    Relations between Barclay and the staff soon broke down.

    And in April last year Glenys Dickson, the staff member at the centre of the row resigned.

    Ever since Barclay has been the subject of a long-running campaign against him from Dickson and her supporters in the electorate.

    One former electorate chair, Lloyd Anderson, a Gore real estate agent, described the dissidents as the “evil six”.

    Allegations and counter-allegations flowed through the year, so the National Party sent the chair of the NZ Racing Board and a member of its board, Glenda Hughes, to investigate what was going on.

    She apparently inflamed things and seems to have ended up joining the criticism of Barclay.

    However it has agreed to have former Minister, Kate Wilkinson, run a low-key investigation into claims about delegate stacking at the selection meeting last year.

    Officials said that claims that selection meetings had been stacked with ineligible delegates were frequently made because the National Party has a very loose system of appointing delegates to its selection meetings.

    They thought it unlikely that even if some delegates were ruled ineligible in Clutha-Southland that it would have any effect on the overall vote count.

    That’s what Wilkinson is trying to sort out.

    There have also been allegations that NZ First has been involved in the machinations within the electorate, including a persistent claim that Dickson, was working with NZ First MP Ria Bond.

  19. web developer 19

    I don’t think the Party will have much trouble getting rid of him. See Payne v New Zealand National Party 2008.

  20. weka 20

    Barry Soper‏ @barrysoper

    Secret taping in Barclays Gore office wasn’t a simple dictaphone, I’ve been told CCTV cameras surreptitiously laid in by a security firm.


    Graeme Edgeler‏ @GraemeEdgeler 1h1 hour ago

    Graeme Edgeler Retweeted Barry Soper

    Secret video is legal. Only secret audio can break the interception provisions in the crimes act

    • David Mac 20.1

      I think audio would of been recorded. Todd was interested in what his staff were saying not doing.

      The Nats can’t run with the ever popular strategy ‘ Oh she is just a hard-core leftie being a hard-core leftie’ as she and Bill worked together efficiently and happily for years….Bill saying he knows nothing of what was going on down there….. the nation is thinking ‘that’s a fib isn’t it Bill?’

      At last an issue that has gone beyond the Beehive buzz and into public bars, squash courts and daycare drop off areas….”Looks like some National spoiled brat in Southland has left Bill English with his pants round his ankles.”

      The am show had their largest poll turn out ever. 55% of people said “Yes, I care.”

  21. Cinny 21

    Well, well, well, police investigation could be reopened, ongoing discussion about Barclays resignation and an announcement by the outgoing PM at 2pm.

    Best that English is back in Parliament to answer Q3 today.
    ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his answers during Oral Question No. 2 yesterday?

    Meanwhile Barclay avoided a public event last night and didn’t turn up to select committee this morning.

  22. Sacha 22

    He’ll be set up with a cushy job in the party’s business network, like Jason Ede was. Now run along, Toddy.

  23. weka 24

    Post updated, including with Barclay stepping down as candidate for the election and leaving parliament at the end of the term.

  24. Penny Bright 25

    http://i.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/93908848/backbench-mps-stand-by-barclay-ministers-less-solid

    “Embattled MP Todd Barclay to stand down at September election”

    • Red 25.1

      Well that’s that then, back to rugby and sailing, msm attempt to be Washington post is over , collective leftie mass hysteria and hypocrisy done and dusted

      • Robert Guyton 25.1.1

        Yes, Red. ‘cept, Bill English. Then it’ll be done and dusted.

        • weka 25.1.1.1

          Oh and the bit about the National Party having obstructed justice. Plus the police investigation and the Privacy Commisdooner one. But after that, sure it will be back to the rugby.

  25. Red 26

    I don’t know about that Darren Hughes affair died down quite quickly, which I suggest was a lot more serious, still to this day we don’t have the real story albeit a lot of labour MPs know what went on

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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  • Chris Luxon – Day One
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  • NZ Politics Daily: 1 December 2021
    Today’s NZPD testimonial from Leo Milani, Policy Advisor, Waimate District Council: “NZ Politics Daily offers an indispensable survey, and methodical analysis of, NZ media’s coverage of the most pertinent political issues of the day. Its format, content, and quality renders it a vital tool not only to the general reader, but also ...
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  • A strong start – but can Luxon last?
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  • A true story
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  • Māui Tikitiki a Tāranga inspires Māui Hudson’s research journey
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  • Driven to help the planet and humanity thrive
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  • Gordon Campbell on why an attack on Iran is back on the agenda
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  • NZ Politics Daily: 30 November 2021
    Today’s NZPD testimonial from Dr David Bromell, Senior Associate, Institute for Governance and Policy Studies: “While working as a public policy advisor, NZ Politics Daily was a daily “must read” as it alerted me to wider public policy issues than workplace-based media scanning, which generally covered only subject areas that related directly to ...
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  • Can genetically engineered seeds prevent a climate-driven food crisis?
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  • The Simple Thing That’s Hard To Do.
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  • Climate Change: We can do it!
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Climate Change: Cold feet?
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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  • Rating The Contenders.
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  • Gordon Campbell on Omicron, and the Bridges/Luxon dilemma
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    3 days ago
  • NZ Politics Daily: 29 November 2021
    Today’s NZPD testimonial from Dr Kevin Moore, Associate Professor in Psychology & Tourism, Lincoln University: “For me, the big advantage of NZ Politics Daily is the breadth of opinion and sources it gathers. Together. There is always a mix of news reporting, news analysis, opinion pieces and blog posts. That breadth ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
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  • National is still very much the same Party even without Collins leading it… that’s the real issu...
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    3 days ago
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  • Businessman – and Political Novice
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    3 days ago
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  • Rumour Has It: A Númenórean Character List?
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    5 days ago
  • Covid as Warriors
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  • COVID-19: the B.1.1.529 variant – what do we know?
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    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
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  • National Party board denies it unanimously agreed to Collins’ Faustian bargain with Satan
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    5 days ago
  • The cost of optimism
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on National’s less than stellar choices
    Amid all the jostling in the National caucus ranks, spare a thought for Andrew Bayly. Who? Well might you ask. Plucked from obscurity by Judith Collin, elevated from number 18 to number 3 in the caucus rankings and given the Finance portfolio – a role in which he has been ...
    5 days ago
  • Are New Zealand’s universities doing enough to define the limits of academic freedom?
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    6 days ago
  • NZ Politics Daily: 26 November 2021
    Today’s NZPD testimonial from Jean Drage, Political scientist specialist in local government: “With 78 local authorities and central government currently intent on reform, local government is a challenging area of research to keep on top of. Thank goodness for Bryce’s NZ’s Politics Daily. It is a gem, especially as it also ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    6 days ago
  • Josh Van Veen: Bridges is not the one
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    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    6 days ago
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    6 days ago
  • Judith's Last Stand.
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    6 days ago
  • Act’s Precarious Ascendancy.
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    6 days ago
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  • Labour’s Eyes Wide Shut To “Unruly Tenants”.
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    6 days ago
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  • Blowing a Hole in Your Own Wall: Idiotic Tampering with MIQ
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    6 days ago
  • Now Labour wants secret trials
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • The end of a toxic leader
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    6 days ago
  • A transformative government in Germany
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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  • Political Harakiri
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    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
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  • Thanksgiving advice, 2021: How to deal with climate change-denying Uncle Pete
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  • Gordon Campbell on the demotion of Simon Bridges
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    7 days ago
  • NZ Politics Daily: 25 November 2021
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    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    7 days ago
  • The bizarre case of the Royal Society investigating academics defending science
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    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Ian Powell: Unionism and nursing in New Zealand
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    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    1 week ago
  • Bryce Edwards: Today’s constitutional disgrace in Parliament
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    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    1 week ago
  • Vaping needs much tighter regulation as we approach Smokefree Aotearoa 2025: Two new studies
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    1 week ago
  • NZ Politics Daily: 24 November 2021
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    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Taking us for a ride
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: An industry in denial
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The “most open and transparent government ever” again
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Gordon Campbell on farmers playing the victim, plus Chile’s right turn
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    1 week ago
  • Important People
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    1 week ago
  • Parliament, the Courts and the end of three strikes (for now)
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    PunditBy Andrew Geddis
    1 week ago
  • NZ Politics Daily: 23 November 2021
    Today’s NZPD testimonial from Martyn Bradbury, Editor, The Daily Blog “’NZ Politics Daily’ is one of the most important news and political resources run in New Zealand. The expert collation of opinion and news makes it an invaluable day to day resource as well as an incredible treasure for researchers in the future. ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand’s Emission Reduction Plan
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  • Dissing The Farmers.
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  • (Lack of) Public Service Announcement: The National Library of New Zealand, Internet Archive, and Al...
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    1 week ago
  • Game over for the HRPP
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Chinese influence and American hate diffusion.
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    1 week ago
  • Good riddance
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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  • The Real Interests Of The Country.
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    1 week ago
  • NZ Politics Daily: 22 November 2021
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    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    1 week ago
  • Free speech is a people’s frank confession to itself
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    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago

  • New Zealand Response to assist peace and stability in Solomon Islands
    The New Zealand government has announced that it will deploy Defence Force and Police personnel to Honiara to help restore peace and stability. “New Zealand is committed to its responsibilities and playing its part in upholding regional security,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said.  “We are deeply concerned by the recent ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • Continued growth in volume of new home consents
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • Saddle up for summer with cycle trail funding
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • New Zealand provides additional funding to COVAX for vaccine delivery
    Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta today announced additional funding will be provided to COVAX to support vaccine delivery in developing countries. “New Zealand remains cognisant of the dangers of COVID-19, especially as new variants continue to emerge. No one is safe from this virus until we all are and this ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • COVID-19 Community fund providing support for 160 organisations focused on women and girls
    Minister for Women Jan Tinetti today announced financial support will be allocated to the 160 successful applicants for the COVID-19 Community Fund, to support organisations helping women/wāhine and girls/kōtiro in Aotearoa New Zealand affected by the pandemic. “COVID-19 has had a disproportionate effect on women around the world including in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    12 hours ago
  • Government delivers reactivation package as Aucklanders reconnect for summer
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    12 hours ago
  • Mobile services and broadband come to Chatham Islands for first time
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    12 hours ago
  • Crown accounts reflect strong economy amid pandemic
    The Government’s financial accounts continue to reflect an economy that has performed better than expected, despite the latest Delta COVID-19 outbreak. The Crown accounts for the four months to the end of October factors in the improved starting position for the new financial year. Core Crown tax revenue was $2.5 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    13 hours ago
  • Applications open for new 2021 Resident Visa
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • More Vietnam Veterans to receive compensation for Agent Orange Exposure
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Government commits to international effort to ban and regulate killer robots
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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  • New freedom camping rules – right vehicle, right place
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government invests to support a classic Kiwi summer
    Vaccinated New Zealanders can look forward to Kiwi summer events with confidence, while artists and crew will have more certainty, following the launch of details of the Arts and Culture Event Support Scheme, Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Carmel Sepuloni announced today. “The Government recognises that the arts and ...
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  • Grace period for expired driver licences cruises into 2022
    Due to the ongoing Delta outbreak and extended lockdowns, all New Zealand driver licences and licence endorsements that expired on or after 21 July 2021 will now be valid until 31 May 2022, Transport Minister Michael Wood announced today. “This further extension to the validity of driver licenses recognises that ...
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  • Delivered: 1,000 extra transitional homes
    A further 1,000 transitional homes delivered  New housing development starts in Flaxmere, Hastings  The Government has delivered the next 1,000 transitional housing places it promised, as part of its work to reduce homelessness. Housing Minister Dr Megan Woods is marking the milestone in Hastings at a new development that includes ...
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  • Traffic light levels announced
    The levels at which different parts of New Zealand will move forward into the COVID-19 Protection Framework this Friday have been announced. Northland, Auckland, Taupō and Rotorua Lakes Districts, Kawerau, Whakatane, Ōpōtiki Districts, Gisborne District, Wairoa District, Rangitikei, Whanganui and Ruapehu Districts will move in at Red The rest of ...
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  • Financial support to move to traffic light system
    A new transition payment will be made available particularly for affected businesses in Auckland, Waikato and Northland to acknowledge the restrictions they have faced under the higher Alert Levels. Transition payment of up to $24,000 as businesses move into traffic light system Leave Support Scheme and Short Term Absence Payment ...
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  • New Ambassador to Russia announced
    Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta today announced the appointment of Sarah Walsh as New Zealand’s next Ambassador to Russia. “Aotearoa New Zealand and Russia have a long-standing relationship, engaging on a range of regional and global interests including disarmament and Antarctica issues. We also work together as members of the East ...
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  • New Permanent Representative to the UN announced
    Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta today announced the appointment of Carolyn Schwalger as Permanent Representative to the New Zealand Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York. “Aotearoa New Zealand is a founding member of the UN and we have worked hard to ensure our stance on human rights, ...
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  • Further COVID-19 economic support for Cook Islands and Fiji announced
    Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta today announced a further package of support for the Cook Islands and Fiji for COVID-19 economic support and recovery. “Aotearoa New Zealand remains committed to supporting our Pacific fanau and vuvale to respond to the impacts of COVID-19 on their economies, and move towards long-term ...
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  • New law will clear the air for tamariki in vehicles
    From today, it’s illegal to smoke or vape in most vehicles carrying children aged under 18 years old - whether the vehicle is moving or not. “Second-hand smoke poses an unacceptable risk to our tamariki and rangatahi,” Associate Minister of Health Dr Ayesha Verrall said. “We know children in vehicles ...
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  • Nine countries designated very high risk
    Nine southern African countries are being added to the very high risk countries list following public health advice around the newly discovered COVID-19 variant Omicron, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said. This afternoon, a public health risk assessment was carried out to assess the emerging evidence and any risk to ...
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  • Foreign Affairs Minister concludes final stage of world trip
    Foreign Affairs Minister Hon Nanaia Mahuta today departed North America to return home to Aotearoa, concluding the last stage of her 17-day world trip. The final leg of her trip saw her visit the United States of America and Canada for a number of high-level discussions. While in Washington D.C., ...
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  • Milestone launch of Pacific Languages Unit
    Today’s official launch of the Pacific Languages Unit is a milestone for our Pacific communities, the Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio said. The Pacific Languages Unit brings together a new set of language supports within the Ministry for Pacific Peoples to provide advice, commission research, maintain standards, promote ...
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  • Public Health Lecture – University of Otago
    Public Health - Lessons from New Zealand’s COVID-19 response and opportunities for the future E nga mana, E nga reo,                                          E nga iwi. Tēna koutou katoa. Ka huri ki nga mana whenua o te rohe nei. Tēna koutou. He mihi hoki ki a tatou kua tau mai nei I raro I ...
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  • New Zealand statement on situation in Honiara, Solomon Islands
    Aotearoa New Zealand is deeply concerned by the events which have been unfolding in Honiara, Solomon Islands, since Wednesday. “New Zealand is a long-standing partner of Solomon Islands, and there are deep and enduring connections between our two countries,” Acting Foreign Affairs Minister David Parker said. “Our engagement in Solomon ...
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  • Nailed it! Over 500 apprentices get jobs boost
    Over 500 apprentices and cadets have been placed into work across New Zealand thanks to the Government’s booming build programme, that’s both constructing public houses, and maintaining older homes. Housing Minister Megan Woods announced the milestone today at a public housing construction site in Riccarton, Christchurch. “This Government’s investment in ...
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  • Investment to support maternal mental health
    Associate Minister of Health Dr Ayesha Verrall has announced an investment to help expand maternal mental health services in five District Health Boards. “Supporting parent’s mental wellbeing during their child’s first 1000 days, from conception to two years of age, is critical to the long-term emotional, mental and physical wellbeing ...
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  • Workplace vaccination requirements extended to cover Police and NZ Defence Force
    With the support of the organisations, additional vaccination requirements will cover sworn members, recruits and authorised officers of the New Zealand Police, and all New Zealand Defence Force staff. First doses of the vaccine for workers in these organisations are required by 17 January 2022, and second doses by 1 ...
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  • Aotearoa New Zealand and Canada to pursue greater Indigenous collaboration
    During her visit to Ottawa, the Honourable Nanaia Mahuta, New Zealand Minister of Foreign Affairs and Associate Minister for Māori Development, met with the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Canadian Minister of Indigenous Services, and the Honourable Marc Miller, Canadian Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, to further expand and develop the positive relationship ...
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  • Māori vaccination rates reach 80% first dose
    Associate Minister of Health (Māori) Hon Peeni Henare today confirmed that Māori across the motu have now reached 80 percent for first doses of the COVID-19 vaccination nationally. “We have seen a huge increase in vaccinations for Māori throughout November, since the beginning of the month the increase for first ...
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  • Subsequent Children legislation to change
    The Government has today introduced legislation that will reverse provisions in the Oranga Tamariki Act as part of a path to rebuild trust and confidence in the organisation. “The Oranga Tamariki Amendment Bill makes a number of changes but by far the most important is the partial repeal of the ...
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  • Security Information in Proceedings Legislation Bill introduced to Parliament
    The Minister of Justice has confirmed the introduction of the Security Information in Proceedings Legislation Bill to Parliament. National security information is information which, if disclosed, would be likely to prejudice New Zealand’s security, defence, or international relations. “This Bill adds to the Government’s work to strengthen New Zealand’s protections ...
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  • Shortcomings revealed in power cut investigation
    No household should have had their power disconnected 18 recommendations, mostly EA and Transpower related The EA must strengthen its oversight of the system operator An investigation into power cuts that left more than 34,000 households without electricity on one of the coldest nights of the year has found that ...
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  • COVID-19 Protection Framework supported by new testing and contact tracing strategy
    Wider use of rapid antigen testing from 1 December Increasing daily laboratory capacity to 60,000 PCR tests Q1 2022 A new national telehealth case investigation service with 475 investigators A nearly $1 billion investment in testing, contact tracing and case investigation A new national testing strategy will provide better protection ...
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  • Supporting New Zealanders to recover from COVID-19 in the community
    $300 million boost to Pharmac to buy new medicines to treat COVID-19 Care in the Community approach will see most cases receive initial contact from a healthcare provider wiithin 24 hours Support pack provided within 48 hours Regular health checks throughout recovery The Government is increasing the support for New ...
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  • Additional support for people isolating at home
    New regional MSD COVID-19 welfare teams to coordinate social service support for those isolating at home Regional teams working alongside other government agencies, iwi/Māori and community providers for housing, food and income support Government investment of $204.1m into welfare system support for Care in the Community Minister for Social Development ...
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  • Tax bill provides vital support for families
    A boost to Working for Families tax credits, as part of a package of financial support that will see 346,000 families better off, has been passed into law late last night.  Revenue Minister David Parker said the measures would lift the incomes of those receiving the Family Tax Credit, the ...
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  • New text service to support disabled peoples’ vaccinations
    Efforts to support disabled peoples’ vaccinations go from strength-to-strength with the launch of a new text service, Minister for Disability Issues Carmel Sepuloni announced today. The service, run by Whakarongorau Aotearoa on behalf of the Ministry of Health, is in response to feedback from the disability community and is an ...
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  • Proactive Calendar Release – October 2021
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