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Bennett up in flames in Rotorua

Written By: - Date published: 1:49 pm, July 14th, 2010 - 48 comments
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The protest rally held in Rotorua, held its slogan high with nearly a hundred people in tow. “Kill the Future Focus Bill, or it will kill you!” was out in front along with cut outs of Paula Bennett, complete with fangs, risque cleavage and that famous leopard skin trenchcoat -all the props of an actor satirising the working class as she attacks us.

When Jenny Shipley was in, they went out and burnt an effigy of her and made TIME magazine. This time Paula made front page of the Daily Post, page 5 of the Herald and a snippet on TV One news. But make no mistake, this government’s policies are hurting people up and down this country, and they’re fighting back.

48 comments on “Bennett up in flames in Rotorua”

  1. tsmithfield 1

    Immature. Vindictive. Any arsons in the area recently?

    • loota 1.1

      Immature? Vindictive?

      Never quite thought of Bennett in those terms but, yes, they do fit perfectly.

      • tsmithfield 1.1.1

        Nah. I was talking about the dick-wit who seems to like burning things.

    • felix 1.2

      I’ve noticed this guy who (some of the time) calls himself tsmithfield making quite stroppy posts on blogs.

      Been any serious death threats received lately? Probably the same guy.

      • tsmithfield 1.2.1

        Well he actually was burning something in public, Felix. Can’t recall I’ve ever made any comments on blogs about killing anyone or anything. So I don’t think your analogy quite works.

        • felix 1.2.1.1

          Ever burned anything Tony?

          • tsmithfield 1.2.1.1.1

            I have never burned anything in breach of council regulations, or for the purpose of attacking someone I didn’t like.

            The person in the photo is coming close to committing revenge-motivated arson which is described as:

            “A revenge motivated fire is set in retaliation for some injustice real or imagined perceived by the offender. This offense may be a well-planned one time event compared with the other categories of arson or the offender may be a serial arsonist taking revenge against society with little or no pre-planning”

            In the picture he is burning an effigy of Bennett. If he gets even more pissed off he might end up burning her house down.

            • Armchair Critic 1.2.1.1.1.1

              If he gets even more pissed off he might end up burning her house down.
              Righto. Next you will be suggesting the chinese army will invade. Ridiculous.

            • felix 1.2.1.1.1.2

              So far you’re just writing mildly offensive bullshit on the internet and accusing people of being dangerous criminals. But what if you get any stupider? You might start sending people death threats.

              (p.s. this is where a stupid person would put a definition of a death threat as if that somehow made the preceding statement more true)

              • tsmithfield

                Lets tick the boxes for that definition in my previous post:

                1. “A…fire set in retaliation for some injustice real or imagined.”

                Tick. A fire was set. The protest was about a perceived injustice. The person lighting the fire was retaliating against Bennett because he was burning her effigy.

                2. “This offense may be a well planned one time event”

                Tick. It was obviously well planned as he had both the effigy and a means to light it with him. It was obvious he was intending to take this action.

                Hmmm….starting to sound a lot like revenge motivated arson to me.

                • felix

                  If it were arson. But it wasn’t.

                  As usual you’ve made up the first bit and used it to “prove” the second bit.

                  It’s a cunt’s trick for sure but not a particularly clever one. Don’t know why you bother really – literally no-one falls for it.

                  BTW your tone is getting more and more psychotic. I think you could be on the brink of a serious crime spree. Like me to prove it?

                  • tsmithfield

                    Yes I know it didn’t quite reach the threshold for criminal arson in NZ, which is why I was careful to qualify my position in my previous post: “The person in the photo is coming close to committing revenge-motivated arson…”

                    However, if he had done this in Australia it definitely would have qualified as arson and could have earned him up to 10 years in jail.

                    They know how to write laws over there. 🙂

                    My first question was “Any arsons in the area recently?”. I didn’t specifically accuse this guy of being an arsonist. However, he has definitely shown a willingness to use fire as a means of making a point. If the answer to my first question had been “yes”, and particularly if those arsons had an anti-National flavour to them, do think the police might at least be interested in having a chat to this guy?

                    • felix

                      And I didn’t say you’ve actually committed murder, but you’re getting dangerously close to threatening it.

                      See this is why no-one takes you seriously, Tim. It’s entirely up to you that the focus of your writing is to make offensive and accusatory statements in such a way that most people couldn’t be bothered trying to hold you to them, but don’t act all surprised when someone decides to address your ugly meaning rather than your slimy words.

                      Very cowardly really. No surprise that you might send nasty death threats, it fits your M.O.

                    • tsmithfield

                      “And I didn’t say you’ve actually committed murder, but you’re getting dangerously close to threatening it.”

                      I see you are fantasizing as usual Felix. On hallucinatory drugs again?

                    • tsmithfield

                      Anyway Felix, here is what can happen when protesters go crazy with fire, so there is a reason for concern.

                • deeeer

                  lets tick the box for gives a shit,

                  nope

            • Ryan 1.2.1.1.1.3

              Excuse me buddy. I light it. I’m behind the smoke in the picture. If your paid right wing antics want an answer? I’ll give you one. We got permission from the police before she went up. Now go back to making money from private prisons filled with people who steal to eat or feed their kids.

  2. michaeljsavage 2

    Bennetts a common as muck femme fatale who believes she made good and can now save the rest of NZ who are unfortunate enough to need welfare assistance.

    What she fails to see – is that she is still just a femme fatale no talent …. when she talks on TV it reminds me of “shirl from down thu hairdressas – yu know”

    Dirty player – no ethics or morality when it comes to interpreting her role. Bet she doesnt get invited to plush dinner parties at Keys house too often – they probably have to lay in extra “cold duck” for Paulas refined palate …

    Barn dance anyone …

    • Rob 2.1

      and the follow up from MJS is just the same. I feel sorry for anybody who does not quite measure up to your obviously high standards. What’s wrong with Shirl the hairdresser anyway.

      • michaeljsavage 2.1.1

        Well now that you mention it … shirl does cook a decent pavlova. what are your standards rob .. or do you rent an opinion …

        • Rob 2.1.1.1

          My standards are my own and I do not feel I am superior to Shirl the hairdresser or Paula Bennet because of her dress sense or her assumed taste in wine.

          I think the real Michael Joseph Savage would not worry too much about those things and would also value Shirl the Hairdressers contribution to our community. Maybe you should change your name to something more fitting your intended snobbery.

          • michaeljsavage 2.1.1.1.1

            I think you need to acquire a sense of humour – you take yourself too seriously Rob – dont you realise these new pollies have changed the rules … in MJS’s day people like paula bennett wouldnt have done what this one has done …. and the situations wouldnt have existed.

            How do you know my name isnt actually michael j savage .. it might be.

            lighten up mate … i grew up with shirl the hairdresser – but she wasnt a poncy shit all over people person like our Paula ….

            • Rob 2.1.1.1.1.1

              I’ll acquire a sense of hmour when I read something humerous.

              BTW what was the world like in the 1930’s .

              • michaeljsavage

                It was a blast – lots of black uniforms – marching music – queueing for soup – revolutionary fervour … the usual

                And its all coming again courtesy of the absolute “kirkups at duncock” of the Freemarket profiteers and prophets/seers.

                Best part was marlene dietrich … “underneath the lamplight … in the barrack square …” you have to imagine that with a lovely husky north german accent –

                Now Rob … lighten up a little – it could be worse … Rodney could be prime minister and banksy could be supercity mayor wearing a twinset and pearls to mark the occasion.

                • Alexandra

                  I accept that you may think you are bringing something unique to the debate in the form of humour, but can you accept for a minute that maybe you are just not funny? Im sure we can all lighten up, if only your contribution was original and witty, instead of stale and rancid.

                  • michaeljsavage

                    Opinion noted Alexandra – but theres room for all of us i think?

                    Wasnt trying to be witty or unique …. honestly.

                    Appreciate the feedback…

      • felix 2.1.2

        Hey retard, there’s nothing wrong with Shirl the hairdresser that’s any of my business, but we haven’t put Shirl in charge of the biggest budget in the country, now have we?

  3. tc 3

    A waste of time….Bennett thrives on this sort of behaviour like her powder room caucus mates crusher & trolley they see this as a sign of being tough and pioneering whilst they drag their knuckles along the ground behind them and ask Blinglish what’s next on the business rountable agenda.

    • joe bloggs 3.1

      …they see this as a sign of being tough and pioneering whilst they drag their knuckles along the ground behind them and ask Blinglish what’s next on the business rountable agenda

      and clearly the knuckle-dragging strategy is working … ‘cos the lumpen proles are sure signing up to it:

      http://www.roymorgan.com/news/polls/2010/4505/

      The latest New Zealand Roy Morgan Poll shows support for John Key’s National-led Government has strengthen considerably to 57.5% (up 3.5%)…

      …Support for Opposition Parties has fallen to 42.5% (down 3.5%); Labour Party 30% (down 3.5%)…

      …If a National Election were held today the National Party would be clearly returned to Government….

      …63.5% (up 4%) of New Zealanders saying New Zealand is ‘heading in the right direction’ compared to 26% (down 2.5%) that say New Zealand is ‘heading in the wrong direction.’…

      • michaeljsavage 3.1.1

        JB JB JB old fruit …. the polls are like a window on the fickle nature of human behaviours.

        Why quote these figures .. w’eve all seen them – but most people who talk to other people etc etc have developed a feel for the mercurial nature of the voting public.

        Are you trying to convince yourself bloggy ….

  4. ianmac 4

    And whoever heard of a leopard coat changing its spots?
    It is a bit like a plan to harass beneficiaries and teachers. Wonder why?

  5. Tiger Mountain 5

    Go guest, I like a good protest, keeps the tories on their toes… “Burn Shipley Burn!’ type actions are never too far away when you have a National government, whose main task in life, lest anyone forget, is to transfer wealth upstairs. Graphs published on this very site have confirmed where the money goes when the Nats hold office.

    Sue Bradford’s new “Alternative Welfare Working Group’ looks like doing some good work, unlike Paula Rebstock’s ‘show trial’ forum. Even Gareth Morgan, no left winger, even if a bit of a philanthropist, apparently sees sense in the concept espoused by Sue’s group of a Universal Basic Income. UBI could see the end of the stigma of welfare. It would be nice to farewell the other Paula rather than symbolically too.

  6. Craig Glen Eden 6

    Bennette’s a bully and while we might be our equal I have no time for a person who pulls down others for her own agenda. Bennett is a public servant and she should behave accordingly and treat voters with respect. Bennette’s nothing special and she should remember it, she should stop the bulling and stop breaching peoples privacy.

    • Craig said

      Bennette’s a bully and while we might be our equal I have no time for a person who pulls down others for her own agenda.

      So ypou’re not fond of Trevor Mallard either then Craig?

  7. tc 7

    “and clearly the knuckle-dragging strategy is working ‘cos the lumpen proles are sure signing up to it:…”

    with a non-existent MSM anything is possible before we get into the margin of errors in Roy’s poles or any phone based measure.

    • Tiger Mountain 7.1

      Agree tc, the pollsters often claim “random phone’ as their sampling tool, but there are many permutations of this, probability sampling, judgement sampling, quota samples, convenience samples.

      Until they come clean on what they actually run I retain a healthy suspicion of their findings.
      Polling companies help manufacture both consent and perception. Flawed or manipulative methodology does not totally explain poll results but it has to be a factor when you try and match alledged satisfaction rates etc. with the real world material and social circumstances of New Zealanders.

  8. big bruv 8

    Fancy that, a protest in Rotorua, one of the bastions of welfare dependency.

    Perhaps the real reason these parasites decided to protest was that they are scared, scared that the free ride they have enjoyed on the back of the tax payer may be coming to an end soon.

    I can only hope that we see more and more of these protest’s in the coming months, if welfare bludgers and DPB slappers are upset then it means that at least the Nat’s are getting something right.

    • loota 8.1

      No no, get it right, its those whom are capital wealthy at the top of the hierarchy whose sole aim is to gather in more capital off the backs of their workers while sharing as little as possible with society at large who are the parasites

  9. felix 9

    Once you start paying your own way in this world instead of stealing and cheating and taking advantage of the good faith of others, then we’ll listen to what you have to say about free rides.

  10. michaeljsavage 10

    I think its a case of who has been getting a free ride off whom …. i thought neanderthals had died out as a result of natural selection … but then up pops big bruv and paula bennett. Are you related to shirl the hairdresser bruv? a hint – lift the elbows and you dont graze your knuckles … tilt your head and the dribble oozes out equally on both sides.

    Glad i could assist.

    Ecce Homo …

  11. Pundit X 11

    It has got everyones attention but the sight of a Maori women being burnt in effigy leaves me feeling we’ve lost the argument.

  12. tc 12

    Exactly TM…despite what the telco’s would have you believe using phones to poll doesn’t give you anthing like a ‘representative sample’ unless you consider the crackberry/iphone/media device brigade to be that sample when in fact that will more than likely to skew towards the NACT’ophiles responses.

  13. tsmithfield sounds like a good National supporter to me, there to hold support up for their good leader.

    Why waste your time replying to him.

  14. Santi 14

    These protesters must be beneficiaries not seeking paid employment. Too much time, nothing to do.

    • loota 14.1

      Well you’ve touched on a classic tactic, put people in debt up to their eyeballs, make them fear for the loss of their homes, work them hard in multiple jobs just to make a basic living, and they will become fearful, compliant and too fatigued to give the ruling class any trouble.

      captcha touched

  15. michaeljsavage 15

    Its called new feudalism. I think they’ve taken advice from beijing on running good sweatshops.

    Work the peasants hard – make the merchant class (who employ the peasants) pay through the nose and distrust the peasants … keep the ersatz class war going so the middle class cant see the ground slipping away beneath them and you’ve got the world the way Fay and Richwhite Brierly and the Nathan dynasty always wanted it.

  16. Ryan 17

    Nice to see intelligent life out there. Obviously there is no shortage of people who can’t spell and rant on in a grandiose manner, and believe the thieves in office to be good people.

    But of those of you who know what the species are up to, good luck, were going to need it to survive, too much of their kind have held on to “The BOMB” and “The Official Secrets Act” to keep the big companies and secret societies in power that make us pay for there “derivitive” corruption.

    I like this site, and I’m sure the grandiose rant from right wingers will fill the comments on this page for a while. Solidarity people.. It’s coming, were not that uneducated and entertained are we?

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  • PGF funds tourism boost in Northland
    The Provincial Growth Fund is investing more than $7.5 million in Northland ventures to combat the economic impact of the COVID-19 virus, Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones have announced. The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) investment is going to the Northern Adventure Experience and ...
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    3 days ago
  • Four new projects announced as part of the biggest ever national school rebuild programme
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Education Minister Chris Hipkins today announced significant funding for Auckland’s Northcote College as part of the first wave of a new nationwide school redevelopment programme to upgrade schools over the next 10 years. The $48.5 million project brings the total investment in Northcote College to ...
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    3 days ago
  • COVID-19: Support to improve student attendance and wellbeing
    The Government has opened an urgent response fund to support schools and early learning services to get children and young people back on track after the Covid-19 lockdown. “While we are seeing improvements in attendance under Alert Level 1 Ministry of Education data shows that attendance rates in our schools ...
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    3 days ago
  • Fast-track consenting law boosts jobs and economic recovery
    The law to boost the economic recovery from the impact of COVID-19 by speeding up resource consenting on selected projects has passed its second and third readings in the House today. “Accelerating nationwide projects and activities by government, iwi and the private sector will help deliver faster economic recovery and ...
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    4 days ago
  • Whanganui Port gets PGF boost
    Five port-related projects in Whanganui will receive a $26.75 million Provincial Growth Fund investment to support local economic recovery and create new opportunities for growth, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “This is a significant investment that will support the redevelopment of the Whanganui Port, a project governed ...
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  • More support for Sarjeant Gallery
    Whanganui’s Sarjeant Gallery will receive an investment of up to $12 million administered by the Provincial Growth Fund to support its redevelopment, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. The project is included in a $3 billion infrastructure pipeline announced by Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Shane Jones yesterday. ...
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  • Funding for training and upskilling
    The Provincial Growth Fund is investing nearly $2.5 million into three Te Ara Mahi programmes to support Manawatū-Whanganui jobseekers and employees to quickly train and upskill, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “Up to 154 local people will be supported into employment within the first year by these ...
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  • Statement from the Minister of Health Dr David Clark
      This morning I have formally tendered my resignation as Minister of Health, which was accepted by the Prime Minister. Serving as Minister of Health has been an absolute privilege – particularly through these extraordinary last few months. It’s no secret that Health is a challenging portfolio. I have given ...
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  • Scholarship placements for agricultural emissions scientists doubles
    Scholarships for 57 early-career agricultural emissions scientists from 20 developing countries is another example of New Zealand’s international leadership in primary sector sustainability, says Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. Mr O’Connor, announcing the scholarships today, says hundreds of applications were received for this fourth round of the CLIFF-GRADS programme (Climate, Food ...
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  • Funding for Foxton regeneration
    A project to help rejuvenate the Horowhenua town of Foxton will receive a Provincial Growth Fund investment of $3.86 million, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “This funding for the Foxton Regeneration project will be used to make the well-known holiday town even more attractive for visitors and ...
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    4 days ago
  • Plan to improve protection of moa bones
    Moa bones and other sub-fossil remains of extinct species are set to have improved protection with proposals to prevent the trade in extinct species announced the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage today. “We have lost too many of our native species, but these lost species, such as moa, remain an ...
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  • Free lunches served up to thousands of school children in the South Island
    The Government’s free and healthy school lunches programme moves south for the first time creating jobs for around 30 people in Otago and Southland. “Eighteen schools with 3000 students are joining the programme – 11 have already begun serving lunches, and seven are preparing to start during Term 3. This is ...
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  • Screen Sector recovery package protects jobs, boosts investment
    Thousands of Kiwi jobs and investment in New Zealand productions will be protected through a screen sector support package announced today by Associate Minister for Arts Culture and Heritage Carmel Sepuloni, Minister for Economic Development Phil Twyford and Minister for Broadcasting Kris Faafoi. The package also includes investment in broadcasting ...
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    5 days ago
  • New fund to help save local events and jobs
    The Government has established a new $10 million fund for the domestic events sector to help save jobs and protect incomes as it recovers from the impacts of COVID-19, Minister of Economic Development Phil Twyford announced today. This funding from Budget 2020 follows talks with the event sector designed to ...
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    5 days ago
  • Bill to improve fuel market competition
    The Government has taken another step in its commitment to making sure New Zealanders get a fairer deal at the petrol pump with the introduction of legislation to improve competition in the retail fuel market, says Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods. “The fuel market study that this Government ordered ...
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    5 days ago
  • New Zealand joins global facility for pre-purchase of COVID-19 Vaccine
    New Zealand has joined a global initiative that aims to enable all countries to access a safe and effective Covid-19 vaccine, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters announced today. The COVAX Facility was recently launched by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. The Alliance includes the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the World Bank ...
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    5 days ago
  • Right to legal representation in Family Court restored today
    From today new legislation takes effect to both restore the right to legal representation at the start of a Care of Children (CoCA) dispute in the Family Court, and allow parties to those proceedings to access legal aid where eligible. During a visit to the Family Court in Auckland today, ...
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  • Transitioning to a fully-qualified home-based ECE workforce
    Home-based early childhood education (ECE) subsidised by the government will transition to a fully qualified workforce by 2025 to ensure better and more consistent quality, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. “Quality early learning helps provide children with a strong foundation for their future,” Chris Hipkins said. From 1 January ...
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    5 days ago
  • Criminal Cases Review Commission gets to work
    The new Criminal Cases Review Commission | Te Kāhui Tātari Ture (CCRC) has started work and can now independently investigate claimed miscarriages of justice. “Even though we have appeal rights and safeguards against unsafe convictions, from time to time our justice system does get things wrong. The design of the ...
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  • Speech by the Minister of Defence to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs
    E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā karangatanga maha, tēnā koutou Ki a koutou Te Āti Awa, Taranaki Whānui, Ngāti Toa Rangatira, ngā mana whenua o te rohe nei, tēnā koutou Ko Te Whare Wānanga o Aotearoa ki ngā take o te Ao (NZIIA), Ko te Rōpū Tohu Tono ...
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  • Six months with baby and $20 more a week for new parents
    The Government’s increase to paid parental leave kicks in today with another 4 weeks taking New Zealand up to a full 6 months (26 weeks, up from 22 weeks) leave for new parents, and the maximum weekly payment will increase by $20pw, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. ...
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    5 days ago
  • Infrastructure investment to create jobs, kick-start COVID rebuild
    A new package of infrastructure investments will help kick-start the post-COVID rebuild by creating more than 20,000 jobs and unlocking more than $5 billion of projects up and down New Zealand. Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones today outlined how the $3 billion infrastructure fund in the ...
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    5 days ago
  • Statement on passage of national security law for Hong Kong
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today expressed the New Zealand Government’s deep disappointment at the passage by China’s National People’s Congress Standing Committee of a national security law for Hong Kong. “New Zealand has consistently emphasised its serious concern about the imposition of this legislation on Hong Kong without inclusive ...
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    5 days ago
  • July 1 marks progress for workers, families
    More jobs and more family time with newborns are the centrepiece of a suite of Government initiatives coming into effect today. July 1 is a milestone day for the Government as a host of key policies take effect, demonstrating the critical areas where progress has been made. “The Coalition Government ...
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    5 days ago
  • Auckland water consent referred to Board of Inquiry
    Environment Minister David Parker has today “called in” Auckland’s application to the Waikato Regional Council to take an extra 200 million litres of water a day from the lower reaches of the Waikato River for Auckland drinking water and other municipal uses.  The call-in means the application has been referred ...
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    6 days ago
  • New Zealand to host virtual APEC in 2021
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker announced today that New Zealand’s hosting of APEC in 2021 will go ahead using virtual digital platforms. Mr Peters said the global disruption caused by COVID-19, including resultant border restrictions, had been the major factor in the ...
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    6 days ago
  • Matakana Link Road construction kicks off and drives jobs
    The start of construction on a new link road between Matakana Road and State Highway 1 will create jobs and support the significant population growth expected in the Warkworth area, Transport Minister Phil Twyford and Mayor Phil Goff announced today. Transport Minister Phil Twyford said construction of the Matakana Link ...
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    6 days ago
  • PPE supplies secured as COVID-19 response focuses on border
    The Government is prioritising its latest investment in PPE for frontline health workers, including staff at managed isolation and quarantine facilities, Health Minister David Clark says. “With no community transmission of COVID-19 our response now has a firm focus on keeping our border safe and secure. “We must ensure that ...
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    7 days ago
  • PGF funding for Parihaka settlement
    The Parihaka Papakāinga Trust in Taranaki will receive up to $14 million for a new visitor centre and other improvements at the historic settlement that will boost the local economy and provide much-needed jobs, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Andrew Little have ...
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    1 week ago
  • Protections for workers in triangular employment
    Protections for workers who are employees of one employer but working under the direction of another business or organisation have come into force, closing a gap in legislation that  made the personal grievance process inaccessible for some workers, says Workplace Relations Minister Iain Lees-Galloway. “This Government is working hard to ...
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    1 week ago
  • Government strengthens managed isolation system
    A range of improvements are already underway to address issues identified in the rapid review of the Managed Isolation and Quarantine system released today, Housing Minister Megan Woods said. The review was commissioned just over a week ago to identify and understand current and emerging risks to ensure the end-to-end ...
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    1 week ago
  • Whakatāne to go predator free with Government backing Ngāti Awa led efforts
    The important brown kiwi habitat around Whakatāne will receive added protection through an Iwi-led predator free project announced by Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage and Under Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau. “The Government is investing nearly $5 million into Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa’s environmental projects with $2.5 ...
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    1 week ago
  • Growing Goodwood: Expanding wood waste recycling plant in Bay of Plenty, Waikato
    An extra 4,000 tonnes of offcuts and scraps of untreated wood per year will soon be able to be recycled into useful products such as horticultural and garden mulch, playground safety surfacing and animal bedding as a result of a $660,000 investment from the Waste Minimisation Fund, Associate Environment Minister ...
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    1 week ago
  • Scott Watson’s convictions to be referred to Court of Appeal
    The Governor-General has referred Scott Watson’s convictions for murder back to the Court of Appeal, Justice Minister Andrew Little announced today. Mr Watson was convicted in 1999 of the murders of Ben Smart and Olivia Hope. His appeal to the Court of Appeal in 2000 was unsuccessful, as was his ...
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  • Protecting Kiwis with stronger financial supervision
    A new five-year funding agreement for the Reserve Bank will mean it can boost its work to protect New Zealanders’ finances, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. “New Zealand has a strong and stable financial system. Financial stability is an area that we are not prepared to cut corners for, particularly ...
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