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Being media again

Written By: - Date published: 12:15 pm, June 25th, 2014 - 47 comments
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Dolphin Over World 2010I’ll be in Wellington from the 4th to the 7th for the Labour party congress on the 5-6th. I’ll be on a media pass again which will relieve me of the duties that I have usually had to undergo as a delegate, like having to think too much.

This will be the first congress I have attended as media. Congresses are held during election year and don’t have the remit load and lobbying of the conferences held in non-election years. As the Labour party website 1 says

This year’s Congress is focussed on preparing and planning our nationwide election campaign, featuring training sessions for candidates, managers and organisers It’s a great opportunity to engage, learn and be inspired along with other candidates, MP’s, Party officials, activists and members. 

From my vague recollections of how we journalists 2 are treated at congress, I suspect that I will have a lot of time on my hands. We’re locked out of most of the interesting bits of a congress.

So if you can figure out who I am 3, come up and say hello. Unlike the hidden ogre/sysop persona I use on this site, I’m apparently much more social and nicer in person – at least when I’m not writing code.

If you’re around Wellington, labour or not, then you can come along to hear David Cunliffe’s speech on Sunday. The email I got today said 4

On the Sunday (July 6), I’ll be delivering my Leader’s Address to Labour Party members and other interested members of the public.

I’d love for you to join me on Sunday 6 July from 1.00pm at the Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington. Click here to join me.

This is going to be a big speech. In it, I’ll be laying out the positive vision that Labour is going to take to voters in this year’s election and some of the policies that will define the 6th Labour Government.

Hundreds of people have already RSVP’ed. Can you join us? Click here or on the button below to RSVP.

RSVP Here

I’m really looking forward to seeing you there. I’m so excited to share Labour’s positive vision with you.


David Cunliffe,
Labour Leader.

PS. We are saving special seats for Labour Party members at my speech on Sunday. If you’re a party member or a member of an affiliated union, just bring your proof of membership along and we will make sure you get the best seats!

Somehow I think that media will be getting good seats as well. If not then I’m sure that I have one of those scraps of paper around.

 


 

  1. Hey, they are finally using that new domain name from 2008 – labourparty.org.nz. I haven’t noticed that before. Reminds me that I should finally offload the labour.co.nz domain name that I got back in the early 90’s for Helen’s email to the labour party if they want it. It has been redirecting to labour.org.nz ever since they set up their website.
  2. After listening to the appeal at the high court earlier in the week, I agree with David Fisher at the Herald.  It is my opinion that the decision will make at a minimum anyone who writes and publishes regular observations on the news to be able to claim to be a journalist under s86 of the Evidence Act 2006. So Cameron Slater, the authors here, phil ure and indeed most political bloggers will be. I suspect that many of the regular commenters here may be able to as well. However the odd earlier decision make journalists writing books about politics like David Fisher, Nicky Hager, or even the rather weird works of pseudo-fantasy from Ian Wishart will not be protected in the same way despite those books often breaking news and using the same techniques as journalists in a longer format. Go figure..
  3. I really don’t like the idea of being a media personality. I’m barely coping with the shock of probably being regarded in law as a journalist. I haven’t left many photos on the various evolutions of the net over the last 3 decades.  So you’re unlikely to recognize me. But I suspect in a few weeks a decision about the law will tell me that I can at least in part legally protect my sources of information.
  4. If anyone wants to get pedantic about this, as far as I am concerned that extract is covered by the notice at the foot of this page.

 

47 comments on “Being media again”

  1. dimebag russell 1

    I hope you dont get kathrun ryun sindrum.
    she has this english Dame on just so she can copy the plum in her froat.
    hope its not catching!

    • lprent 1.1

      I seldom bother speaking at political events so there is no fear of that. And usually when I start speaking politics to other individuals, they seldom have time to notice my accent. I tend to be a bit like my comments, full of detail and opinion. 🙂

    • greywarbler 1.2

      Dimebag
      Kathryn Ryan is just fine. The whole package. The accent if any is not hard to take and if it differs as she speaks to Dame Anne?, who is quite a gal and worth listening to, just remember how good with speech some of these announcers and interviewers are – some can adopt an accent and get it spot on.

      Don’t pick the good people to bits. Feed them. don’t peck them. Save the moans for when there is something egregious.

      There are worse things on radio than a slight accent, like a heavy one. I can’t stand nasally USA ones, and Oz too. I notice Asian ones announcing at the airports recently, requires extra concentration to pick up the message.

      • Tracey 1.2.1

        except when she says “issues” . Sometimesshe forgets herself and says “ishoos” like the rest of us, but mostly that wierd pronunciation of the affected.

        • Once was Tim 1.2.1.1

          🙂
          @Tracey …. if I didn’t know otherwise, I’d suspect you as being a Vic Uni Media Studies Lecturer/
          I agree with gw in that she’s by no means the worst of them, but Rinny Ryan’s affectations are bloody amusing at times. I’m not sure whether the problem with Nine-Noon is Rinny or her producer. I suspect it’s the former because locums are always better when the work-life-balaced Rinny (complete with diverse portfolio) takes generous leave.
          Best to just have a laugh (like a helluva lot of her colleagues at RNZ when not at work)

          • greywarbler 1.2.1.1.1

            Once was Tim
            I wish you wouldn’t denigrate her by calling her Rinny. Maybe she is a relation and you call her that. But it’s a hard job that involves more than speaking in the way that suits you, and she has to know much to carry off her interviews well. Perhaps you have had a go on student radio or local free radio and can speak objectively from personal experience. But I don’t agree with doing the tall poppy on whoever does a reasonable to good job.

            • Once was Tim 1.2.1.1.1.1

              My real problem with her is that she’s very 3rd way; and acts as an enabler for the right’s growing influence in media (now in public service broadcasting media, and on our last remaining platform) and it’s done in a very slippery manner.
              NinetoNoon’s Monday segment “From the Left and From the Right” is very Fox News.

              We’ll have to agree to disagree.

              I agree many find her a very nice person (including her guests) but I do think (like many journalists) she lives in a comfortable bubble and is unable to allow a true representation of the left.

              I think she’s prone to interject/overtalk/not allow completion of answers to questions that don’t fit with her perspective or world view – fair enough if the interviewee is not actually answering the question.

              I much prefer Lynne Freeman – I can actually listen to the full 3 hours – even Dame Anne from London when Lynne Freeman is ‘in the seat’.

              It’s not at all a question of any tall poppy syndrome – I’m against anything that contributes to that cult of celebrity type journalism that’s now invading everything. (Look at the way they now promote “The Panel”. That’s not Kathryn’s doing of course, but it’s a style she appears comfortable with generally).

              There is a place for her on National Radio of course – maybe a Focus on Politics type programme, or some sort of documentary programme. I’d listen to either.

              As for the Rinny bit …. is it simply not OK because you find her OK but don’t find say Espiner not OK?
              She’s a big girl – she can take it – just like ANY journalist or politician who puts themselves out their and gets amply rewarded for doing so.

              • greywarbler

                Tim
                Can you not prioritise who you denigrate? I don’t consider Spinny worth much respect and I don’t like his mind and approach, actually someone came up with Guy Le Spinny which I think is good.

                Rinny is another matter. Kathryn is more than just a nice person. It seems to me she deserves respect for her knowledge and being thorough in her questioning. But then I thought that gardening lady Maggie was good and nice, and now she has joined NACT and seems one of the chattering classes.

                So I can’t be sure about Ryan but we shouldn’t run down the few people in media who are doing a reasonable job. Give them some slack and go for the egregious ones. It is too easy for us to sit outside the arena and throw stones at the actors. If we have to do some acting ourselves, we learn our own limitations and those imposed from the employer and the system.

                • Once was Tim

                  “Give them some slack and go for the egregious ones.”
                  I do. I give them the ultimate snub – I ignore them.

                  But that doesn’t mean I think it’s OK for the comfortably off, bubble-infected and influenced to be let off the hook.

                  You might also consider that the term ‘Rinny” might be more one of endearment.
                  (Bless her cotton socks from an ageing curmudgeon).

                  Like I said – we’ll have to agree to disagree.
                  I prefer her when she’s NOT dealing with politics – her Gallery background (naturally) kicks in.

                  When she is however, I’m tempted …. just as Lprent is with the latest (bloody good) post and the dislike of Roughan.

                  Let’s be clear also – she’s not above the cronysim she’d be so bloody quick to deny – like giving ‘spots’ to the neighbours one (I) once went to school with. One such (not a bad journalist), but one who now thinks because of his ‘fame’, he now thinks it is beneath him to even acknowledge a cordial “Good Morning”. My shit isn’t as smelly as his after all.

                  Give that man a go on FIRSTLINE, or THE NATION, or Q + A …. he’s bloody famous (whilst PSB takes another dive into the wilderness).

                  I don’t really go for people who are so far up themselves they can’t see the wood for the trees.
                  It also appears I’m not alone in my opinion amongst her peers BUT I agree – she’s by no means the worst of them. I’d even drive her to her next diving exercise….. maybe even attend a gorgeous little dinner party at my sister’s place with various movers and shakers (and retire at regular intervals to have a puke).

                  GW – let’s just agree to disagree. This is becoming a bit diversionary from what is really important

                  • greywarbler

                    @ Tim
                    Yes time to stop. But it actually is important that people who do a reasonable job in the media aren’t flayed by those with extreme prejudice and razor sharp critiques. Journalists who do a good job need to be nurtured though disagreed with sometimes.

                    People on the left can be very sharp with those who despite being left leaning, have different views. The RW are all simply focussed on money and ambition and comfort as the RW. Things are fairly straightforward for them.

      • Anne 1.2.2

        +1 greywarbler

        I think Kathryn Ryan has one of the best speaking voices on radio. She is clear, concise and very intelligent. It annoys me when some people criticise her for ‘speaking well’. I wish more journalists – and a certain individual called John Key – would follow her example. There is nothing wrong with an educated accent be it English or some other ethnicity. No doubt she had English parents.

        • Once was Tim 1.2.2.1

          I’m bloody sure you do Anne. (See above, and at the next gorgeous little gathering – maybe)
          Certainly, as you say – there’s nothing wrong with educated accents or other stuff and things you attach to Rinny. Nothing at all.
          There is something wrong with the ‘put on’ shit. We once used to call it ‘the telephone voice’ or … Mrs Bucket trying to reinvent herself as Mrs Bouquet.
          Christ! Tim ! hold yourself! hold yourself!

          Bye for now Anne and GW. I doubt we’ll re-engage

          • Anne 1.2.2.1.1

            Actually Once was Tim I agree with quite a lot you have to say. I confess I hadn’t read your comments in full. Example:

            I agree many find her a very nice person (including her guests) but I do think (like many journalists) she lives in a comfortable bubble and is unable to allow a true representation of the left.

            You’re right. My comment was in agreement with greywarbler that she does speak well and, as it was something drummed in to me as a child by my English mother, I regard it as important. But I accept she, like almost all of our broadcasting/telecasting notables, lives in a comfortable bubble far removed from the existence of those who have been forced into struggling 24/7 just to survive, let alone have any real comfort or luxuries.

            I am aware that many of these “notables” had the advantage of a private education at our various expensive private schools – almost a prerequisite for professional achievement in NZ. Its not talent, intelligence and what you know that counts, but rather who you know and where you went to school. It’s pathetic in the extreme but very true of New Zealand.

  2. Te Reo Putake 2

    See you, there, Lynn. I’m also happy to meet up with any Standardistas at congress. Lynn will be able to point me out, but if you can’t track him down, I’m easily recognisable; slim, tall and like a slightly more handsome George Clooney.

    • Anne 2.1

      I’m… slim, tall and like a slightly more handsome Goerge Clooney.

      I suggest you look for a slightly shortish guy with slightly grey/brown hair and a slightly grey beard? 😈

      • Te Reo Putake 2.1.1

        A lot closer to the mark, Anne. Was once asked if I was Tim Finn, if that helps!

        • RedBaronCV 2.1.1.1

          He’s never been tall and slim really – Tim Finn that is.

          • Te Reo Putake 2.1.1.1.1

            Me neither!

            Re: your other question way below, I think you’ll probably get in just by turning up, if it’s not packed out. Oddly enough, I attended Robert Muldoon’s final hurrah in Auckland before the ’84 election on that basis. I was just loitering around on the street, when I was asked if I wanted to go in. The joint was half full so they were getting desperate in case the TV cameras caught the lacklustre vibe. I don’t think that’ll be the case for DC 😉

            Alternatively, just give the website your details. Sure, you’ll get regular emails, but you can easily unsubscribe.

  3. karol 3

    Look forward to reading your reports hot from the congress, Lynn.

    So, I’m likely to be ungraded to journalist – something that I don’t wish for?

    Though, if I wasn’t near the end of my life of paid work, maybe it’d have looked good on my CV… or not, depending on how my op eds are judged.

    Though, is someone writing op eds for the news media actually regarded as a “journalist”?

    • lprent 3.1

      Though, is someone writing op eds for the news media actually regarded as a “journalist”?

      Yes at least with regard to the Evidence Act. The key is in s68(5) of the Evidence Act

      news medium means a medium for the dissemination to the public or a section of the public of news and observations on news

      I’m expecting the decision to come down that means in effect that if you write anything about news and publish it then you’re a journalist.

      Except if you write it in a book apparently. Quite how they they distinguish that I have no idea. I have to read the Winklemann decision on David Fisher’s book. Could have been different acts

      • greywarbler 3.1.1

        news medium means a medium for the dissemination to….a section of the public of news and observations on news

        Thinking of the various sort of mediums. They can be people who look into the future and make prognostications. They give news of future happenings. There is quite a lot of guessing and factless opinion in our daily journalism. The Speaker could be called a medium as he knows what David Parker is going to say before he says it. This approach to life (and the hereafter) brings a whole new aspect to politics. It sure is an interesting subject.

        I don’t know why anyone would bother to take an interest in fictional stories on tv or radio when they can watch the daily operas of government. However they can’t be called soap operas as politics tends to get down and dirty. Mud wrestling anyone? Now that could become a new sport in the Olympic arena. There would be some good international entrants but NZ sports would not be ashamed.

        Medium –
        google –
        the intervening substance through which sensory impressions are conveyed or physical forces are transmitted.
        free dictionary –
        6. pl. mediums A person thought to have the power to communicate with the spirits of the dead or with agents of another world or dimension. Also called psychic.
        “radio communication needs no physical medium between the two stations”

      • Tracey 3.1.2

        does this mean mccready is lawyer cos he argues cases in court?

        Well, it will lower the standard to where the herald and hoskings et al have taken it i suppose

    • ianmac 3.2

      Would be a bit odd being a media person at the congress and have delegates duck/hide in case you are Paddy in disguise.

  4. ianmac 4

    However the odd earlier decision make journalists writing books about politics like David Fisher, Nicky Hager, or even the rather weird works of pseudo-fantasy from Ian Wishart will not be protected in the same way despite those books often breaking news and using the same techniques as journalists in a longer format.
    A clever person commented that the decision re non-protection for an author was inevitable because that is the way the law was written. She could not decide otherwise. The Law needs to be rewritten regarding the Privacy Act and the Publications(?) Act.

  5. swordfish 5

    Unlike the hidden ogre/sysop persona I use on this site, I’m apparently much more social and nicer in person

    Yeah, I’ve always assumed your bark was worse than your bite, Lynn. Deep down just a big sentimental lug. I like to think of you as one of those ostensibly hard-bitten characters in a WWII movie – often called something like The Sarge with a cigar bitten down hard between their teeth and a lot of shouting at the new, young, naïve recruits, maybe with the occasional clip around the ear – but deep down you always knew they had a heart-of-gold and that the whole point of their gruffness was to stop the daft young newbies from getting themselves killed. Usually played by John Wayne. Also maybe Ernest Borgnine as the Sergeant in the remake of All Quiet on the Western Front (1979).

    My guess is you become very proud and sentimental when one of your young charges here at The Standard achieves or finds success or happiness. In fact, I can imagine the following scene: Your wife Lyn hears some quiet sobbing from the bedroom. She opens the door and finds you sitting on the bed, tears running down your cheek as you look at a photo of Lanthanide in her younger days. Lyn asks whats wrong but immediately realises these aren’t tears of sorrow but in fact tears of immense pride. Lynn: “Just heard Lanth’s got engaged. She was like a daughter to me. Bought her up almost single-handedly on The Standard, encouraging her, validating her arguments, watched the first time she rode a bike. And now my little girl’s getting married ! I couldn’t be prouder !” I bet that’s exactly the kind of thing that happens, isn’t it ? You big sentimental lug.

    I even suspect you’re deeply forgiving of the regular Tory Tr*lls here. Privately, I believe you’ve expressed to Lyn that you see them simply as irascible young scamps who, yes, are a bit misguided but basically have a heart of gold.

    • karol 5.1

      Lanth… she?

      • swordfish 5.1.1

        Always been my belief that Lanth is a she. If I’m wrong then I’ve just made shall we say a bit of a git of myself. Then again, what’s new.

        • karol 5.1.1.1

          Probably not a good idea to make judgements on the basis of the gender of a person’s partner.

          • swordfish 5.1.1.1.1

            Ahhhhh, well I really have made a complete dickhead of myself haven’t I.

            Apologies to Lanth.

            No homophobia intended. Always assumed – obviously without thinking – that you were female.

            Actually, that’s quite interesting. It suggests an underlying conservatism/conformity on my part that I had no conscious idea of. Vaguely remember Lanth talking about a boyfriend and so just assumed Lanth’s a she, read Lynn talking about his partner and just assumed they’re married. Always considered myself as liberal as I am Left. Perhaps it’s occasions like this that you discover you’re middle-aged and what was considered liberal in your 20s is now inherently conservative ?

            Nah ! I’m still a liberal-Lefty !!!

            Just one that occasionally makes a git of himself.

            • karol 5.1.1.1.1.1

              Heh. This happens to all of us on occasions, I think. Your response re-self awareness shows an ability to be self critical and self aware.

          • Colonial Viper 5.1.1.1.2

            Not bad for a flight of fancy otherwise. Have you ever tried your hand at short stories, swordfish?

            • swordfish 5.1.1.1.2.1

              Nah, can’t say I have, CV. More a non-fiction sort of a bloke. Intend to have something published on post-war New Zealand History before I die. Well, that’s the aim, anyway.

              But, for Godsake don’t mention my original comment. I honestly haven’t been able to look at it since karol linked to Lanth’s 2011 comment. That second paragraph should now officially be considered cringe-worthy.

              And anyway, I’m not sure the idea of Lynn as a hard-bitten, cigar-smokin’ Sarge who secretly nurses a heart-of-gold and a sentimental streak a mile wide (that he’s determined no-one will find out about) could be classed as a “flight of fancy” exactly.

    • Anne 5.2

      Oh Christ…

      • greywarbler 5.2.1

        @Anne I didn’t know you were religious. I might ask you to say one for me when things are turning to custard here.

        • Anne 5.2.1.1

          🙂

          It was a reaction to Swordfish’s celebration(?) of Iprent. The response turned out to be quite mild.

    • Kiwiri 5.3

      Is there a typo there or might the NZ Hypocrisy in cahoots with John Key go after the statement that Lanthanide has been “bought”? 😈

    • lprent 5.4

      Your wife Lyn

      Thats funny. I should send her that to amuse her on the return flight. Been living with her for almost as long as TS has been running. But she refuses to do those kinds of socially accepted things. I always get amused watching faces when rellies ask me when we are going to get married and I refer them to her. Myself, I have never been married despite having some rather long primary usage as a foot warmer in bed (and some other usefulness has been very occasionally been acknowledged).

      Privately, I believe you’ve expressed to Lyn that you see them simply as irascible young scamps who, yes, are a bit misguided but basically have a heart of gold.

      Yeah right….

  6. dimebag russell 6

    sokay lp.
    I used to work with this dude who got married on the day he retired.
    great party!

  7. dimebag russell 7

    have a good time in Wellington LP.

    33 1/3 rpm.
    I am sure being the general secretary of that distinguished blog ‘The Standard’ will carry some not inconsiderable cachet.

  8. RedBaronCV 8

    I need to donate to TS. Perhaps this conference will be my big opportunity to do something I have always wanted to do :

    drum roll….. to hand somebody some money in a plain brown envelope.

    • Colonial Viper 8.1

      If you want to do it proper Chinese style you need a red envelope

      • RedBaronCV 8.1.1

        Thanks CV -I’ll have to modify my approach. Do I wave the envelope around or just pass it with a small backhanded flick to the person I hope I have correctly identified as LPrent?

        • lprent 8.1.1.1

          Well you could ask CV. Of course it would have to be as his mild mannered alter-ego.

          I should go and look at getting a button made up.

  9. RedBaronCV 9

    Is there anywhere to get tickets that doesn’t involve going through a website that grabs your personal data so that they can market something to you much later on?

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    RedlineBy Admin
    4 days ago
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    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
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  • Corruption as usual
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Fairer rentals
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Another NZDF coverup
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • A loss for the Greens
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • New era for Ngāti Kuri and Auckland Museum
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    5 days ago
  • Circling vultures: Why MediaWorks TV is really in trouble
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    Briefing PapersBy Peter Thompson
    5 days ago
  • Scary Opinium Poll
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    5 days ago
  • A coward’s ploy.
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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 days ago
  • Left censorship and exclusion against gender-critical women: a Marxist critique
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    RedlineBy Admin
    6 days ago
  • “Uncertainty” can be better solved with a better grasp of life’s inherent complexities…
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    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    6 days ago
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    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    7 days ago
  • Massey University’s free speech policy double-plus-good
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    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Unacceptable
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • There is what corruption looks like
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Escape from Manus Island
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • When World’s Collide.
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    1 week ago
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    1 week ago
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: We need more trees, not less
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Holy bin chickens: ancient Egyptians tamed wild ibis for sacrifice
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • The IGIS annual report: Dead letters and secret law
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A referendum on bigotry
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Why municipal waste-to-energy incineration is not the answer to NZ’s plastic waste crisis
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
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  • Political parties and GMOs: we all need to move on
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    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    1 week ago
  • Class, Identity Politics and Transgender Ideology
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    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Irony
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • An age of protest.
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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Another captured agency
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • NZ First’s dodgy loans
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Member’s Day: The choice on End of Life Choice
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • How growth in population and consumption drives planetary change
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    1 week ago
  • The disappearing Women …
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    1 week ago
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Contemptuous
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Zero Carbon: It’s not just a good idea, it’s the law
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    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
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  • Climate Change: What happens next?
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate change will fuel bush fires
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Participation rates
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    SciBlogsBy Michael Reddell
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  • Asking for it …
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    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand’s Poor Pandemic Preparedness According to the Global Health Security Index
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    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Thank Winston
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Illicit markets and Bali Booze
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    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    2 weeks ago
  • This is not what armed police are for
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Spain’s failed electoral gamble
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The astroturf party
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • How to cheat at university
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    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    2 weeks ago
  • How NZ was put on world maps using a transit of Mercury
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    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    2 weeks ago
  • Georgina Beyer: We need to be able to talk without being offended
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • The anti-fluoride brigade won’t be erecting billboards about this study
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    2 weeks ago
  • Chosen To Rule? What Sort Of Christian Is Chris Luxon?
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    2 weeks ago
  • War of the worms
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    2 weeks ago
  • Marvelly shows us how to be a feminist without feminism
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago

  • Week That Was: Tackling child poverty
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    10 hours ago
  • New measures for wood processing boost
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    12 hours ago
  • New high tech traps will reduce the need for 1080 poison
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    2 days ago
  • Cowboy clampers will be stymied
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    3 days ago
  • Mental Health Commission back on track
    Jenny Marcroft, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First welcomes the passage of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill through its first reading in Parliament. “Today’s progress takes serious action on the mental health and addiction crisis the country is facing,” says New Zealand First Health Spokesperson Jenny Marcroft. “The re-establishment ...
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand’s key assets are not for sale: national interest test delivered
    Mark Patterson, Spokesperson for Primary Industries Today the Government announced the delivery of the promise to protect New Zealand interests by applying a new National Interest Test to the sales of our most sensitive and high risk assets to overseas buyers. This further strengthening of the Overseas Investment Act will ...
    3 days ago
  • National interest test added to protect New Zealanders’ interests
    The Coalition Government is delivering on its promise to protect New Zealanders’ interests by applying a new national interest test to the sales of our most sensitive and high-risk assets to overseas buyers. Under current Overseas Investment Act (OIA) rules, assets such as ports and airports, telecommunications infrastructure, electricity and ...
    3 days ago
  • Electoral law breach allegations
    Rt Winston Peters, Leader of New Zealand First Allegations raised this morning by Stuff Limited / Fairfax concern a party matter but I am confident that New Zealand First has operated within electoral laws, now and for the last 27 years. Declarable donations were declared to the Electoral Commission. Our ...
    4 days ago
  • Wayne Brown hits back at critics: Ports of Auckland has to move
    The chairman of the Upper North Island Supply Chain Strategy (UNISCS) working group, Wayne Brown, has hit back at critics of his group’s recommendations to relocate the Ports of Auckland cargo operations to Whangarei’s deepwater port of Northport. The working group's recommendation to close Auckland waterfront to all but cruise ...
    4 days ago
  • Week That Was: Supporting our schools
    We're setting our young people up for success, investing in education around the country.  ...
    5 days ago
  • Kiwis to have their say on End of Life Choice
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    1 week ago
  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
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    1 week ago
  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
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    2 weeks ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
    Darroch Ball, New Zealand First List MP A Member’s bill has been proposed that would provide income tax exemptions for all New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel while on operational deployment overseas. The Income Tax (Exemption for Salary or Wages of NZDF Members on Active Deployment) Amendment Bill proposed by New Zealand First ...
    2 weeks ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
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    2 weeks ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First has listened to calls to recognise paramedics as registered health professionals under the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance Act (the Act). Today, the Coalition Government announced plans for paramedics to be registered as health practitioners under the Act, and the establishment of a ...
    3 weeks ago

  • PGF approves wind turbines funding for Stewart Island
    Stewart Island/Rakiura has been granted $3.16 million from the Provincial Growth Fund to help build two wind turbines, putting the island on a path to sustainable electricity generation, Environment Minister David Parker announced today. “Stewart Island is our third largest island, after the North and South Islands, and it is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    15 hours ago
  • NZ economy in good shape amid global headwinds
    A major new report on the global economy shows New Zealand is in good shape amid increased global headwinds. The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has just released its latest Economic Outlook. It shows the OECD group of economies is forecast to grow between 1.6% and 1.7% across ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • Milestone of 1800 new Police officers
    The Coalition commitment to add 1800 new Police officers to frontline policing has been achieved with the graduation of 59 constables from the Royal New Zealand Police College today. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters say today’s graduation means 1825 new Police have been deployed all ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • PM appoints business leaders to APEC Business Advisory Council
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    1 day ago
  • PM speech notes for Trans-Tasman Business Circle
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Otago Regional Council given deadline for freshwater management plan
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • LGNZ Rural and Provincial Sector Speech
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New Zealand to attend G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Japan
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters departs New Zealand today to attend the G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Nagoya at the invitation of this year’s G20 President, Japan. “This is the first time New Zealand will attend a G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting and we are deeply honoured that it is at ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Ambassador to the European Union announced
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New inventions boost Predator Free 2050 effort
        Innovation and technology are behind five new tools to give nature a helping hand by helping eliminate predators, funded through the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), Minister for Conservation Eugenie Sage and Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. “The new tools will be trialled in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • APEC 2021 Bill passes first reading
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has welcomed the first reading of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation 2021 (APEC 2021) Bill in Parliament today. The temporary bill supports New Zealand’s security preparations for hosting the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum in 2021. “APEC is the leading economic and trade forum ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Making progress for our kids
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Māori women in business contribute to our economy, whānau and communities
    Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter has released a new report celebrating the contribution of Māori women in business across Aotearoa New Zealand. “Māori women are leaders in our communities, they employ many people and support our economy and our communities,” Julie Anne Genter said. The report, Ngā wāhine kaipakihi: ...
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  • Two schools on the way for Omokoroa
    Four parcels of land have been bought in Omokoroa, in the Western Bay of Plenty District, for an education facility that will accommodate both a primary and secondary school on a campus-like facility, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. Two parcels were acquired from private land owners and two were ...
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  • Families Package helps over 1 million New Zealanders in first year
    1 million New Zealanders warmed by the Winter Energy Payment 36,000 families bank the Best Start Payment in first year 6,000 more families received the Family Tax Credit, 220,600 in total   They receive an increase too – from an average of $117 to $157 a week for Inland Revenue clients, ...
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  • Clamp down on wheel clamping passes third reading
    New rules to clamp down on overzealous wheel clamping and extortionate fees charged in order to release a vehicle have passed their final stage in Parliament today. The Land Transport (Wheel Clamping) Amendment Bill has now passed its third reading. “These changes mean $100 will be the maximum wheel clamping ...
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  • Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill passes first hurdle
    An independent Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission is a step closer after it unanimously passed its first vote in Parliament today.  The Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill lays the groundwork for establishing the Commission as a fully independent crown entity – delivering on a key recommendation of He Ara ...
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  • Boosting border security with electronic travel authority – now over 500,000 issued
    We’ve improved border security with the NZeTA, New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority, which helps us to screen travellers for border and immigration risks off-shore before they travel to New Zealand. It was launched in August and became mandatory on 1 October 2019. More than 500,000 NZeTAs have been issued since ...
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  • Plan of action to protect seabirds
    A proposed national plan of action to reduce the number of seabirds caught in fisheries is being circulated for public feedback. Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash and Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage say New Zealand is a global centre of seabird diversity with about 145 species in our waters. It has more ...
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  • National interest test added to overseas investment rules
    The Government is delivering on its promise to protect New Zealanders’ interests by applying a new national interest test to the sales of our most sensitive and high risk assets to overseas buyers. Associate Finance Minister David Parker said under current Overseas Investment Act rules, assets such as ports and ...
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  • New housing part of support for Kaumātua
    The Government is building special housing to accommodate one of Aotearoa’s greatest taonga- our kaumātua, says the Minister for Māori Development, Hon Nanaia Mahuta.  Speaking at a National Kaumātua Service Providers Conference in Rotorua today, the Minister reinforced the importance kaumātua play in maintaining and passing on mātauranga Māori, knowledge, ...
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  • Forestry helps prisoners into jobs
    Eleven men from a pilot forestry training programme for prisoners in Northland now have full time jobs or job offers upon release, Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis and Forestry Minister Shane Jones announced today. The ‘release to work’ programme was a collaboration between Te Uru Rākau and the Department of Corrections, ...
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  • Reform of public service a step closer
    Minister of State Services Chris Hipkins today introduced into Parliament a Bill that will make it easier for the public service to tackle the biggest challenges facing Governments. The Bill represents the most significant change in the public service in 30 years. The State Sector Act 1988 will be repealed ...
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  • Donations scheme to relieve pressure on families
    The families of more than 416,000 students will be better off next year as their schools have signed up to the Government’s donations scheme, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. The scheme will see almost $62.5 million in additional Government funding go to schools nationwide next year. “I’m really pleased ...
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  • Further support for Samoan measles outbreak
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has announced further support as the Government of Samoa responds to a serious measles outbreak. “New Zealand will deploy a further 18 vaccination nurses, bringing the total to 30 working in Samoa over the next four weeks,” Mr Peters said. “A New Zealand Medical Assistance ...
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  • Speech to the Child Poverty Action Group 2019 Summit
      Fa’atalofa atu, malo e lelei, Kia ora koutou katoa Thank you to the Child Poverty Action Group for asking me to be here today to provide an update on some of the things that have been happening across my the social development portfolio.  Can I firstly acknowledge the vast ...
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  • Speech to the New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Annual Conference
    ***Please check against delivery*** Good morning everyone. It is a pleasure to be with you this morning to open this year’s New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Conference and AGM. Firstly, thank you Dr Alan Jackson, NZTR Chair for your introduction. And let us acknowledge also: The NZTR Board; Dean McKenzie, Chair ...
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  • Fairer rules for tenants and landlords
    The Government has delivered on its promise to the over one million New Zealanders who now rent to make it fairer and more secure, Associate Minister of Housing (Public Housing) Kris Faafoi has announced today. Both renters and landlords will benefit from the suite of practical changes to the Residential ...
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  • Two decades of marine protection celebrated at Te Tapuwae o Rongokako in Tairawhiti
    A marine conservation milestone - the 20th anniversary of the establishment of Te Tapuwae o Rongokako Marine Reserve - is being celebrated today at a community event in Tairāwhiti/East Coast attended by the Minister of Conservation, Eugenie Sage. “The creation of this marine reserve in November 1999 was a game ...
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  • Food industry asked to step up fight against obesity
         The Government is asking the food industry to step up work to tackle obesity including reducing sugar, fat and salt in their products, better information for consumers, and tighter restrictions on advertising to children. Health Minister David Clark and Food Safety Minister Damien O’Connor have responded to a ...
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  • Modern emergency care for Queenstown area
    ew, modern emergency department and outpatient facilities at Queenstown’s Lakes District Hospital mean better emergency care for the growing tourist mecca’s visitors and locals, says Health Minister David Clark. Today Dr Clark officially opened the hospital’s redeveloped Emergency Department and Outpatient facilities. The new facilities include: •    An extended Emergency Department ...
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  • Contraception important for New Zealanders
    Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter says today’s release of sexual and reproductive health data reinforces the significance of the Government’s commitment to providing free or very low-cost contraception. The Ministry of Health today published statistics from the Ministry of Health’s 2014/15 Health Survey. “It is important people can make ...
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  • NZ medical staff and measles vaccines going to Samoa
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced that at the request of the Samoan Government, New Zealand will be providing further support to Samoa as it faces a worsening measles outbreak. “In response to a request from the people of Samoa, New Zealand is providing 3000 measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) ...
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  • Disability Action Plan 2019 – 2023
    “The new Disability Action Plan 2019–2023 moves us towards the inclusive and accessible New Zealand that this government has committed to,” Minister for Disability Issues Carmel Sepuloni announced today.  “The Action Plan was designed by disabled people, their family and supporters, the disability sector and government agencies. It will ensure ...
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  • Joint Statement – Third Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting
    Third Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting 14 November 2019 Joint Statement 1. Defence Ministers Ron Mark and Dr Ng Eng Hen today conducted their third annual Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting in Singapore. 2. Building on the Enhanced Partnership signed between both countries in May this year, this annual meeting ...
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  • Sexual Violence Legislation Bill has its first reading
    A Bill to improve the court system’s response to sexual violence has passed its first reading in Parliament today. Justice Minister Andrew Little says the Sexual Violence Legislation Bill will reduce the trauma sexual violence complainants experience in court, while maintaining defendants’ fundamental rights and making sure the trial process ...
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  • Streamlined business invoicing a step closer
    Streamlined payment practices are a step closer for Kiwi businesses with the formal launch of New Zealand’s e-Invoicing framework. Small Business Minister Stuart Nash says the government has now established the structure to enable automated and direct data exchange between the accounting systems of buyers and sellers. “The move to ...
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  • More frontline biosecurity officers protecting NZ
    Another 51 quarantine officers and four new biosecurity detector dog teams will help protect New Zealand from invasive pests and diseases this summer, says Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor. “The Government is delivering on its commitment to strengthen New Zealand’s biosecurity system and support our valuable primary sector “New Zealand’s flora, fauna ...
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  • NZ space economy worth $1.69 billion
    A new report has found New Zealand’s space sector contributed $1.69 billion to the economy in the last financial year and employs 12,000 people, Minister for Economic Development Phil Twyford announced today. The report by Deloitte was commissioned by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and shows New Zealand ...
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  • New Chair for Royal Commission into Abuse
    Judge Coral Shaw has been appointed as the new Chair of the Royal Commission into Historical Abuse in State Care and in the Care of Faith-based Institutions, Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin announced today. "Judge Shaw, who is currently one of the inquiry commissioners, is extremely well qualified for the ...
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