Big quake hits Christchurch

Written By: - Date published: 1:16 pm, February 22nd, 2011 - 106 comments
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Christchurch has been hit by another serious earthquake. Reports are pretty thin on the ground but it seems to have been 6.3. I’ve been told by family down south that it felt bigger than the September quake.

Here’s hoping that everyone is okay.

update: not everyone was okay, at least 65 dead. This is one of those horrible and defining moments in New Zealand history. Our hearts go out to Christchurch and its citizens.

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lprent: Update page from the NZ HeraldRadio NZ page. Google Search live. Photos at NZ Herald. TV3 video in square. TV3 story. TVNZ Live stream. Christchurch Star.

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It looks like the major civil defense structure in in place. If anyone notes anything important on the civil defense side then comment it at the end of the comments. I’m going to get back to doing some actual work.

But in a word of warning. This post has been politics free with no comment on any political figure apart from Bob Parker declaring a state of emergency. I’d be quite irritated (and not averse to expressing it) if I find political bickering in the comments on this post. Until a political post is written on the subject, confine your political commentary to OpenMike.

RNZ ~4:00pm

Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker declared a local state of emergency for at least the next five days.

He says the damage in the city is “immense” and the city will need help from other areas of New Zealand.

Mr Parker says the central city around the four avenues is being cordoned off for the foreseeable future and the central city area was being evacuated, though he asked people not to travel unnecessarily.

An emergency operations centre has been set up in the Christchurch Art Gallery.

Mr Parker urged people to do their best to stay calm, and said people should conserve water, and should boil water before using it.

NZH 3.40pm

Civil Defence and Emergency Management has made contact with the Environment Canterbury Civil Defence, but has yet to make communication with Christchurch City Council Civil Defence.

Christchurch Hospital is now operational, with only one ward was damaged.
Christchurch Airport is still closed pending an inspection of the runway.

TVNZ 3.38pm:

Contact Energy says is has had reports of gas leaks and is preparing to shut off the gas supply as a precaution. It also warns consumers to turn off all gas appliances and their gas mains if they can locate them.

TV3 3.25pm

Police are arresting people who are getting in the way of emergency services trying to help those trapped and injured.

TV3 3.24pm

The emergency 111 system is not working; people should call 03 211 3044.

TV3 3.13pm

Six aftershocks have hit Christchurch this afternoon. A 3.4 hit at 2.37pm, a 4.0 hit at 2.39 and a larger 5.5 hit at 2.50pm within 5km of Lyttelton.

TV3 3.11pm

Eighty percent of Christchurch is without power.

NZH 3.09pm

Christchurch-based Herald reporter Jarrod Booker said the southern suburbs appeared to be particularly badly hit.

Liquefaction is forcing tarmac up in the middle of the road and water and sand are spewing out of chasms

NZH 3.04pm

The 111 phone system in Southland is out of action following today’s earthquake in Christchurch.

Anyone needing urgent assistance from the police must phone their local police station direct – this number is in the BLUE pages at the front of the Southland phone book.

Anyone needing an ambulance in Southland must phone 03 211 3044.

Anyone needing assistance from the Fire Service must phone the police, who may be able to redirect your call.

NZH 2.58pm

Civil Defence has alerted all Urban Search and Rescue teams in the city, and an Australian team is on call.

Temporary accommodation is being organised for those who have been displaced, with tents possibly to be erected in Hagley Park.

The hospital has been evacuated and several rest homes are also being considered for evacuation.

TV3 2.55pm

There are reports 60 percent of Lyttelton has been virtually demolished.

TVNZ 2.54pm:

All AM radio frequencies are out in Christchurch. Newstalk ZB is broadcasting on 91.3FM, 97.7FM and 106.5FM Christchurch.

TVNZ 2.53pm:

New pictures show a great deal of liquefaction in the central city.

CS 2.47pm

MFAT says people in Australia with fears for relatives can call: 1300 555 135.

NZH 2.42pm

Geonet reports a second magnitude 4.4 aftershock at 1.46pm, centred 10km east of Lyttelton at a depth of 5km.

NZH 2.34pm

Herald reporter Jarrod Booker says there is still massive gridlock in the streets. Emergency services are struggling to get through the queues of traffic and are having to slowly manoeuvre their way through the traffic.

Some people are standing on the footpath just staring into space in shock.

NZH 2.32pm

“Multiple fatalities have been reported at several locations in the central city, including two buses crushed by falling buildings. A doctor and emergency services are attending,” police said. There have been reports of fires in buildings and people trapped inside buildings.

RNZ ~2:20

The quake on Tuesday was centred 10km south-east of the South Island city and struck at 12.51pm. It was felt as far south as Dunedin.

The Fire Service has confirmed that some people have been killed.

National Civil Defence Controller David Coetzee says the damage is worse than the 7.1-magnitude quake on 4 September last year and “significant” aftershocks should be expected.

TVNZ 2.13pm:

Defence forces have been called in to assist, police said.

NZH 2.13pm

Police report Christchurch Hospital has not been evacuated and is in operation. Triage centres for the injured have been set up at Latimer Square (Central City) Spotlight Mall (Sydenham) and Sanitarium (Papanui).

NZH 2.07pm

The police have confirmed multiple fatalities from today’s quake.

NZH 1.50pm: (partial)

Civil Defence advice:

Listen to the radio for updated emergency information and instructions.

Do not overload phone lines with non-emergency calls.

NZH 1.48pm

National Business Review reporter Chris Hutching told the NBR website: “The roads are running with water. It’s like rivers everywhere. The shakes are happening every minute. There are constant aftershocks.”

TVNZ 1:43pm:

McRae says he believe there must have been people killed and major injuries. TVNZ building has been severely damaged.

NZH 1.20pm:

Civil Defence spokesman Vince Cholewa said the National Crisis Centre has been triggered and was preparing what Government response there would be.

“The quake is significantly smaller than the previous Christchurch earthquake, however it was very shallow and might have been very close to the centre of the city,” he said.

Mr Cholewa was not aware of any casualties or the extent of the damage.

“We are still getting a picture of what has happened and we are aware of the details.”

NZH 1.10pm

The quake was magnitude 6.3 at a depth of 5km, centred 10km southeast of Christchurch.

TVNZ 1.10pm:

According to Christchurch police, the Cathedral has taken a big hit. There are no further details yet.

106 comments on “Big quake hits Christchurch ”

  1. Bunji 1

    5km depth, 10km SE of Christchurch. Initial reports say the cathedral is down, along with many buildings around the square.

  2. Blighty 2

    so shallow and so close to the city. The other one was 4 times the distance and twice the depth. the proximity could easily make this worse than the larger september quake. especially with all the damage buildings have taken.

    and this one during the day, not at night when everyone was relatively safe in bed.

  3. Eclipse 3

    Tvnz seems to be getting overwhelmed, any other suggestions for live updates other than Stuff, RNZ and The Herald?

  4. Anthony C 4

    Reports of houses and buildings down.

    • Colonial Viper 4.1

      Damn I hope we can get emergency teams and other help to the city fast.

    • neoleftie 4.2

      my wife on 7th floor building at a hui texted in, power out, damage everywhere, people in the streets, windows coming down, water main burst again…

  5. Bunji 5

    This annoys me:

    1.24pm
    The BusinessDesk news agency reported that the kiwi dollar dropped almost half a US cent from US76.32 cents immediately before the quake to US75.79 cents immediately afterwards.

    I don’t want to know about the dollar herald, I want to know if people are okay!

    • Banter 5.1

      with you on that, why tell us this –

      4.24 pm: The New Zealand dollar has dropped by more than a cent against the US dollar this afternoon, as traders bet that the Reserve Bank may cut interest rates to prop up the economy in the aftermath of the quake.

      it just blows my mind that there are people out there whose first thought is how they can make a buck out of it.

      All thoughts with my canterbury buddies right now..

  6. just saying 6

    TV 3 streaming unedited footage.

    All the best to everyone affected.

    • William Joyce 6.1

      Congrats to tv3 – streaming unedited on tv3 and SKY News Australia while tvnz showed emerdale and commercials.
      A lot of tvnz vision reduced in size so we all can stare at a graphic of a telephone.

    • William Joyce 6.2

      Also live fed from tv3 to ABC Aust

  7. kriswgtn 7

    I have sister in chch- have tried texting her-no reply- she works in central city
    am stressed out to fukin max

    • pete 7.1

      The mobile networks will be overloaded at the moment; I’m not getting any text messages from Christchurch either.

      • billy fish 7.1.1

        Phone networks are overloading wih voice calls. Texting better option tho I know the not knowing and not hearing is hellish.

  8. Apparently the hospital is really badly damaged. And the cathedral is destroyed.

    This is so scary. I hope the people are ok – this must be terrifying, especially so soon after the September quakes.

    It must be awful for parents with kids at school – who don’t usually have cellphones with them – not sure if it’s a futile exercise but I just said a prayer for them all

    • Colonial Viper 8.1

      Stress and anxiety reactions from people affected by this quake are going to be worse. But that’s a problem for the day after tomorrow.

  9. just spoke to mate – he okay but many not – radio reporting confirmed deaths and dozens trapped. Arohanui to all.

  10. Colonial Viper 11

    My phone has started to fail sending txts. Just like New Years Eve. Vodafone.

  11. Lanthanide 12

    I’m fine.

    I was in the car at the lights when the big one hit, and again in the car when the smaller aftershock about 15 minutes later hit. I didn’t witness any real damage myself, although a community center across one of the streets had a big hole with bricks falling down.

    The quake was under Lyttleton. They’re probably going to be crushed by this, but haven’t seen anything about it on TV yet.

    This is the bullet that we dodged in September.

    • lprent 12.1

      Good to see that you’re OK.

      I haven’t noticed any particular silences from our Christchurch commentators yet apart from vto. Has anyone seen him?

    • just saying 12.2

      Glad you’re ok.
      I know there are quite a few regulars here from Chch. Will be glad to hear news of them too.
      God this is awful. My heart goes out to Cantabrains and their loved ones.

  12. this is really bad and serious – buses crushed under falling debris, the Christchurch civil defence leaders are in Wellington

  13. IrishBill 14

    RNZ is reporting two buses crushed by buildings.

  14. Colonial Viper 15

    Looking at the above post I think that they need to keep Civil Defence’s Vince Cholewa away from any nearby microphones.

    • billy fish 15.1

      Sorry – can you explain that one CV ? Just a bit confused as to the Vince reference

      • Colonial Viper 15.1.1

        Referencing this –

        “The quake is significantly smaller than the previous Christchurch earthquake”

        …but only from a very narrow technical viewpoint. He does go on to say that its more shallow etc, but it was the wrong message to send.

        • billy fish 15.1.1.1

          Got it – I know Vince – he’s a good sort – maybe given bad/incomplete info? Often an issue in the immediate flow from a crisis situation

        • RedLogix 15.1.1.2

          You are exactly correct CV. This quake is almost identical to the 1987 Edgecumbe quake that I was in the middle of. Magnitude 6.3 and about the same depth.

          Very violent and hell of a frightening. I still have a small legacy of post-traumatic stress from it all these years past…and news of this event is bringing it back right now as I type.

          I’m thinking this is far worse than the September event.

          • ianmac 15.1.1.2.1

            Sep 7.3 is a very much bigger than 6.3. Exponential and all that. The damage however this time has to do with location/depth. Perhaps Vince should have concentrated on degree of damage?

  15. gingercrush 16

    Its very scary and the aftershocks are very shaky. The unit here is fine but the garage next door has had the old concrete blocks knocked out. I haven’t dared venture anywhere just way too dangerous. My brother was in Gloucester and he said it was just clouds and dust.

    I wasn’t here for the boxing day aftershock as down south with family but it felt way different to Sep 4. Sep 4 was rolling this one was just crash, crash, crash.

    • lprent 16.1

      Good to see that you’re ok. The boxing day quake was pretty mild (I was there). This sounds like there were more P waves.

      • Lanthanide 16.1.1

        I was in my car (stopped at traffic lights) so I can’t really say what it felt like, other than very strong wind.

        Dad said it felt more like it was going up and down rather than side to side.

  16. Treetop 17

    The Canterbury region needs to be a top priority for the government and handled differently to the last earthquake in some aspects as some people were left in turmoil. There is SO much need down there, physically/psychologically, economically, socially and environmentally.

    Just getting through today and the next few days in particular is going to be horrible for those who are caught up in the devastation.

    My heart felt thoughts are with those who yet again are faced with many day to day differculties resulting because of another major earthquake.

  17. gingercrush 18

    another huge aftershock

    • Colonial Viper 18.1

      it just came up on geonet. Magnitude 5.5 @ 5km deep. That’s considered a bad one on its own. Damn its going to be a long night for Christchurch folk.

  18. kriswgtn 19

    Heard from sister- CHCH has been flattened
    Her and her kids and hubby all good
    Thank the maker or whatever
    told her time to leave

  19. kriswgtn 20

    my dad in Rakaia

    told her to go there and forget her stuff in house

  20. Janice 21

    Did I hear that the Minister of Earthquake Recovery was in Saudi Arabia? Why isn’t he here doing the job he is paid for, no wonder people are waiting so long for information about their the holdup to get their initial damage repaired. I havn’t been able to get through to my friends hope all is OK.

  21. kriswgtn 22

    as someone mentioned vodafone- i have also telecom and it got thru=vodafone isnt working

    I feel for all cantabrians @ this time

  22. ianmac 23

    As the Ch Ch Airport is closed I wonder how Key will get to CH Ch ?
    Perhaps since Goff is already at the Airport he could delegate Goff to Represent The Government?

    • Bunji 23.1

      TV3 reports:

      3.23pm – Christchurch Airport has two runways operational but only for medical evacuations and medical assistance and for the Prime Minister.

    • Carol 23.2

      Just hearing a live report from Goff on RNZ. It all sounds as bad as every other report.

  23. lprent 24

    Before anyone starts getting into political issues. Read my comment about them in the post.

    • ianmac 24.1

      I regret the slant I may have put at 4:08. Sorry.

      • Tigger 24.1.1

        To be honest surely the worst thing anyone ‘unnecessary’ can do is rush into Chch. And by ‘unnecessary’ I mean anyone whose job doesn’t involve actually saving lives or digging out rubble, protecting buildings etc.

        • lprent 24.1.1.1

          At times like these with casualties on the ground, the CD, NZDF, and other emergency staff will tend to get a bit abrupt. I suspect that politicians will be given some pretty clear guidelines.

          The police have started arresting people who are getting in the way of the emergency efforts.

          But if you want to discuss this then do it in OpenMike.

  24. swordfish 25

    Bloody awful.

    A few things I’ve heard over the last 2 hours from RNZ:

    – one RNZ journalist looked across Chch during earthquake from highspot and says he just saw a huge dustbowl as buildings fell.

    – RNZ’s Mary Wilson is Excellent. Greatly clarified things with some very important questions.

    – Some official in Chch (not sure who) has suggested that the central city may now have been geologically undermined. This is an awful human catastrophe.

    – Major communication problems between Beehive (Emergency Cabinet meeting) and Chch Emergency Services. Half an hour after RNZ reported multiple casualties, Beehive journalists were still being briefed that there was no information on any fatalities. Cabinet apparently relying on TVNZ/TV3 coverage. RNZ journalist Jane Patterson said journalists were quite shocked by this. (Note: The above passage isn’t intended as some sort of political comment. I absolutely agree that now is not the time).

    – Bloke on RNZ just said Lyttelton looks like it’s been bombed.

    • Colonial Viper 25.1

      Damn it. In the post mortem of this event we will have to look at putting in better, highly hardened communications systems between every major city. Our leaders must be able to talk to the front lines and must be able to get first hand reports from the ground. Even a back up network of sat phones would be a start.

  25. I have spent the afternoon trying to reach more than a dozen staff in christchurch. Thankfully everybody is accounted for and airport willing will be on the ground in the morning.
    I was down there a week ago and the ongoing stress on everybody is incredible. This will tip a few of them over for good.
    The first hand stories are horrible. One of my guys was in a car behind the colombo street bus. He is sleeping in Hagley park tonight.

    • lprent 26.1

      Yeah. The worst possible scenario. It sounds like these quakes were close enough to cause stronger P waves or vertical S waves causing significantly more damage. It was also during the day when people were out of their relatively safe wooden framed structures.

      I’m expecting the disaster shock from this episode to be more extreme than we saw in September.

      • Colonial Viper 26.1.1

        Yep the stressors are cumulative. For those who have had ongoing stress from not having their housing situation, insurance payouts, (un)employment etc resolved from the first quake this is just more.

        A reminder why we need to build resilient communities and resilient families during the better times.

    • Draco T Bastard 26.2

      I was down there a week ago and the ongoing stress on everybody is incredible. This will tip a few of them over for good.

      I’m expecting a few people to up and leave. The place hasn’t stood still since the Sept. quake and this now will just make their minds up. With winter coming on and very little chance that all buildings will be fixed we’ll probably see even more leaving as the stress builds.

      This won’t kill Chch but I’m expecting it to take a major population hit.

      • M 26.2.1

        Draco, been thinking the same thing this evening. With more severe damage this time I don’t know that the city or surrounds and their people can ever really recover and maybe rebuilding will have to take place at points north, south or west.

        • Colonial Viper 26.2.1.1

          Depopulation is one possibility. A lot of that hinges on the prospects for economic recovery of the city.

          I remember how people who could, fled Christchurch for weeks after the earthquake in September, to stay with friends and relatives hundreds of kms away.

  26. Todd 27

    If you can’t locate somebody, enter their details here: http://christchurch-2011.person-finder.appspot.com/

  27. Todd 28

    This simulation will give you an idea of the magnitude of these quakes: http://www.christchurchquakemap.co.nz/

  28. Pascal's bookie 29

    Glad to hear from them that are fine, still waitin on a few.

    I’m not one for the prayin’ but yall are in my thoughts, obvs. Stay safe. Look out for the neighbours. Do as you’re told by them what know.

    All the missing are equal, and loved.

    Apparently Dick Armitage is missing:

    http://twitter.com/DavidHuebner/status/39896492714115072#

    and there may have been tourists in the cathedral tower.

  29. Vicky32 30

    My son who is a nurse at Welly Hospital phoned a while back and said that heaps of his colleagues who have rellies in Christchurch are climbing walls with anxiety!
    Also, they are preparing to receive patients from Christchurch hospital which is being evacuated.
    Deb

    • Pascal's bookie 30.1

      There has been a higher than usual level of helicopter activity overhead. (in wellies)

  30. lprent 31

    TV3 5.10pm

    Telecom says 111 services are now stable and available for use. The Christchurch 111 calls centre has been successfully diverted to Wellington and 111 calls are being prioritised.

  31. lprent 32

    NZH 5.21pm

    Telecom says its telephone boxes in Christchurch are going to have free calling enabled so people in the city can call for free.

  32. lprent 33

    TVNZ 4.44pm:
    The government helpline is 0800 779 997.

  33. Pascal's bookie 34

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    http://twitter.com/johnreader/status/39862229977268224

  34. weka 35

    why are people sleeping in Hagley Park tonight? There must be buildings they could walk to and shelter in.

    • QoT 35.1

      Probably don’t want to. I wouldn’t.

    • Carol 35.2

      I understand the tents were in Hagley Park for the Ellerslie Flower Show. So they just decided to use them for people with nowhere else to go.

      • weka 35.2.1

        Ok, I didn’t realise there were tents there.

        Parker has just advised people to go to Addington Raceway or Burnside High School instead of Hagley Park.

        • Blondie 35.2.1.1

          Think a lot of people want to be as far away from any buildings as possible. Don’t blame them. A tent collapsing on top of you is rarely fatal. Can’t say the same for bricks and mortar.

          • weka 35.2.1.1.1

            Fair enough Blondie. It’s been awhile since I was at Hagley Park, I can’t remember what it’s like going away from the city. I’m not blaming the people there, I’m sure most are in huge amounts of shock and are unsure what to do, or really feel their best option is to stay put, or just feel safer outside. Just trying to understand.

  35. Todd 37

    What about somewhere people can offer billets on the internet for all these displaced people?

    • QoT 37.1

      I don’t have one for Christchurch but Wellington International Airport has put a call out for billets for Christchurch folk stuck at Wellington.

    • weka 37.2

      I would think most people needing a billet don’t have internet access. TV1 is still reporting that people are expecting to sleep in Hagley Park. The tents there are on top of liquefaction, so not sure how that will work. The toilets have been closed too (too full). Isn’t it meant to rain there tonight? Most of those people will be able to walk, so why aren’t they? I know it’s hard to understand a situation from watching it on TV, but still, I would expect many of those people to be able to get to some shelter.

      chaptcha – complexitys

      • QoT 37.2.1

        Plenty of people will have cellphones with net access. There is a lot of uncertainty, there’ll be a lot of fear, minor injuries, exhaustion, stress, and frankly I don’t know how “well I know nothing about this situation but I would totally do blah…” comments are meant to help.

        • weka 37.2.1.1

          “Plenty of people will have cellphones with net access.”

          I’m not sure how many will have such cell phones (most people I know don’t have web access via their phones but I don’t live in a city with good coverage). But some of those phones will be running out of power and accessing the web may not be the best usage of remaining battery.

          “There is a lot of uncertainty, there’ll be a lot of fear, minor injuries, exhaustion, stress, and frankly I don’t know how “well I know nothing about this situation but I would totally do blah…” comments are meant to help.”

          Maybe, but I do know alot about trauma and for many of those people who have been traumatised being safe and warm tonight will be important to their ability to recover.

          I’m holding back from being critical of what’s happening on the ground. I’m just very surprised to see kiwis having to spend a night outside when large parts of the city are intact.

          • QoT 37.2.1.1.1

            weka … some people may have fucking died because they went back into a building to check it after the first quake. This isn’t an intellectual fucking exercise.

            • weka 37.2.1.1.1.1

              QoT, I’m not being intellectual. I’m actually feeling alot, possibly as much as you. I’m aware of people dying, some people who are still dying because rescue won’t come in time. I spent most of the afternoon trying to figure out if close friends who work in the CBD were alive.

              I’m not sure wht is wrong with being concerned about other people too.

            • Colonial Viper 37.2.1.1.1.2

              I think a lot of people will be deliberately spending the night under the Milky Way. Nothing to fall on you except a shooting star or two.

  36. the sprout 38

    best wishes for all those in CHCH
    a terrible day

  37. Marty G 39

    A 6.3 earthquake releases about a tenth of the energy of a 7.1 but the focal point of this quake was 11km from the cbd, as opposed to 35km with the previous quake (that’s direct line, the hypotenuse of distance and depth). If you imagine the sphere of energy propagating from that focal point, the surface of the sphere would be tens times smaller and the energy ten times as dense at 11 km as at 35. So, the smaller magnitude was canceled out by the closeness. Not to mention the energy would be more concentrated into a big hit, rather than spread P and S waves, and not so much would have dissipated over the shorter journey.

    Add in the damage already sustained to buildings, the time of day, and maybe different geological formations between the epicentre and cbd and you can see why this is so much worse.

    • Colonial Viper 39.1

      Shit your math is good Marty.

      Add in the damage already sustained to buildings,

      Unfortunately I think some of the buildings which fell today will have been checked and certified ‘safe’ after Sept. There is an exercise required down the track to review if all that was done properly, as all new checks will be required now.

  38. Salsy 40

    Frightening, I was listening to Ken Ring on the national program last year and this earthquake make me think of his predictions, based on the moon position. He was right on:
    predict-weather
    He also predicts theres more to come – March 20.

  39. Colonial Viper 41

    Damage from the Sept quake was costed at just NZ$3B-$4B.

    Today has got to be three or four times as bad (conservatively). Including all the damage from Sept still left to be done, $15B-$20B will be required to rebuild.

    That doesn’t include helping the businesses, families and workers affected.

    • RedLogix 41.1

      I’m also picking that a lot of larger buildings that although standing at present will on closer engineering inspection prove to require a lot of structural remedial work, or perhaps demolition. This event will have stressed and damaged a lot of hidden connections and components designed to withstand the earthquake forces and repairing them is usually very expensive.

      And so far no news from the water supply and sewerage guys… they must be tearing what little remains of their hair out. Already the water supply was marginal due to unrepairable damage to various wells and aquifiers and this will not have helped one little bit.

  40. Drakula 42

    I have been trying to figure out how to get safe water to friends in Christchurch, that is going to be the big challenge tomorrow.

    Would it not help if the civil defence/triage centers had phone numbers? decentralise the process?

  41. Marty G 43

    [any mention of political ramifications is being moved to the day’s open mike post. It’s not that we’re going to stop them being discussed but we want this post and subsequent posts on the immediate impact of the quake to remain focused]

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  • Govt prescribes stiff medicine for some beneficiaries while easing access to drugs containing pseudo...
    Buzz from the Beehive One of two new announcements on the government’s official website  – given plenty of publicity by the mainstream media over the past 24 hours – has been pitched as the first steps in a “reset” of the welfare system.  Stiff medicine for beneficiaries, in effect. The ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    9 hours ago
  • We’re not as fragile or as lazy as Luxon says
    Luxon says his government is one that is “prepared to make those hard decisions”. File Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has adopted the language of Ruth Richardson before her 1991 ‘Mother of All Budgets’ in arguing for benefit sanctions to bolster the Government finances, which ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    10 hours ago
  • Talking over the Silence.
    Please open the doorNothing is different, we've been here beforePacing these hallsTrying to talk over the silenceIf I was to describe what I do, or at least the way it sometimes feels, then talking over the silence wouldn’t be a bad way to do so.Not that there aren’t other voices ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    11 hours ago
  • LINDSAY MITCHELL: National needs to go further
    Lindsay Mitchell writes – In today’s State of the Nation speech Christopher Luxon talked repeatedly about getting young people off welfare. It seems that National has devised a traffic light system which will use increasing levels of sanctions – welfare deductions – when beneficiaries fail to meet their ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    13 hours ago
  • Gordon Campbell on National spreading panic about the economy
    It is a political strategy as old as time. Scare the public with tales of disaster and stampede them into supporting your ideological agenda because they believe There Is No Alternative. Yet, if the NZ economy truly is as “fragile” as PM Christopher Luxon says it is… Then how come ...
    14 hours ago
  • The promise of passive house design
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    14 hours ago
  • Deep in the Uncanny Valley of AI
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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    15 hours ago
  • Introducing: Big Worm Farm
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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    16 hours ago
  • Why Massey is broke
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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    18 hours ago
  • You keep Luxin' when you oughta be thruthin'
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 day ago
  • The PM spoke of the need for tough choices – and then opted to beat a retreat when gays and Gaza a...
    Buzz from the Beehive The PM’s State of the Nation speech – according to a Newshub headline – was a ‘buffet of buzzwords’ and full of ‘nonsense’. Fair to say, the quoted words were attributed to Opposition politicians, who were unlikely to say the speech was visionary and inspiring: PM ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    1 day ago
  • Keynesian Wisdom.
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    1 day ago
  • BRIAN EASTON: Puffing policy
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    1 day ago
  • Is 2.8% per year population growth too much?
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 day ago
  • Tough Choices & Tough Love.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 day ago
  • Will the 2024 RLTP be yet another debacle?
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    2 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #07
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    2 days ago
  • Immigration Issues.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • Trust us, we know what we’re doing
    The best trick the National Party ever pulled was to fabricate their reputation as the responsible ones.This would be the National Party that denied us the New Zealand Superannuation Scheme that—Brian Gaynor wrote back in 2007would be worth more than $240 billion today and would have transformed the New Zealand ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    3 days ago
  • The Left’s Timidity
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    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    3 days ago
  • OLIVER HARTWICH: Absurd – NZ courts can now decide on climate change
    Oliver Hartwich writes – The World Justice Project ranks New Zealand 7th out of 142 countries on its ‘Rule of Law Index’, narrowly ahead of Australia’s 13th place. However, Australia still has hope – if only because of a recent decision by the Supreme Court of New Zealand. The ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    3 days ago
  • Still waiting on that turnaround
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • Mihi Forbes and the great Atlas conspiracy
    Graham Adams writes — Last week, Mihingarangi Forbes made an extraordinary claim while interviewing David Seymour on Mata Reports, a taxpayer-funded current affairs programme which, she says, looks at events through an “indigenous lens”. She asked him about Act’s links to the Atlas Network, which fosters connections between centre-right ...
    Point of OrderBy gadams1000
    4 days ago
  • Puffing Policy
    Public policy towards tobacco consumption remains politically sensitive. In 1983, a young researcher was told by a medium-level Treasury official that Treasury policy was to abandon excise duties on tobacco. The senior Treasury economist that I consulted, famed for his commonsense, snorted ‘we need the money’. He explained that no-excise-duty ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    4 days ago
  • Luxon is one of three prime ministers pressing for a ceasefire in Gaza – but the two-state solutio...
    Buzz from the Beehive Two days after hundreds of people rallied outside the New Zealand parliament and the US embassy in Wellington to protest against what they maintain is genocide in Gaza,  Prime Minister Chris Luxon joined with the Prime Ministers of Australia and Canada to express their  concerns that ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    4 days ago
  • All jellied up with possum grease
    1. Shane Jones, addressing the energy industry, called climate concern what?a. The only sane responseb. Undeniably valid c. Our last best hope d. A "religion" 2. Shane Jones’ demeanour in mocking and deriding climate activists can be observed in what other realm of human behaviour?a. Gleeful little boys pulling wings off fliesb. Gleeful ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • Equality comes to Greece
    The Greek Parliament has voted for marriage equality: Greece has become the first Christian Orthodox-majority country to legalise same-sex marriage. Same-sex couples will now also be legally allowed to adopt children after Thursday's 176-76 vote in parliament. Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said the new law would "boldly abolish a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • CHRIS TROTTER:  Iron in her soul.
      “Battle not with monsters, lest ye become a monster, and if you gaze into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.” – Friedrich Nietzsche   Chris Trotter writes – TELEVISION NEW ZEALAND is to be congratulated for inviting Chloe Swarbrick onto its Q+A current affairs show. The Green MP ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    4 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to Feb 16
    Net emigration of New Zealanders overseas hit a record-high 47,000 in the 2023 year, which only partly offset net immigration of 173,000, which was dominated by arrivals from India, the Philippines and China with temporary work visas. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The five things that mattered in Aotearoa’s ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Stop Whispering.
    There's nothing to sayAnd there's nothing to doStop whispering, start shoutingStop whispering, start shoutingYesterday our government surprised a few of us by standing up for something. It wasn’t for the benefit of people who own holiday homes and multiple investment properties. Neither were there any tobacco companies or fishing cartels ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • “I'm Not Keen on Whataboutism, But What About…”
    Hi,Not sure how your week is going, but I’ve had a pretty frustrating one. I’ve been trying to put my finger on it, and I think it’s perhaps distilled in this message I got on Twitter:What got me a bit riled up is that it was a response to the ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    4 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on National passing bad policies under urgency
    If National really had faith in its welfare policies, it wouldn’t be ramming them through Parliament under urgency – a step that means the policies can’t be exposed to select committee debate, public submissions, expert commentary, media scrutiny and all the normal democratic processes that this coalition appears to hold ...
    5 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 16-February-2024
    It’s Friday so once again here”s our roundup of some of the articles that caught our attention this week. This Week in Greater Auckland On Monday Matt looked at the Government’s war on Auckland. On Tuesday Matt covered the ongoing issues with the rail network. On Thursday Matt ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    5 days ago
  • The Dawn Chorus for Friday, February 16
    The six things to note in my view at 6.30 am on Friday, February 16 in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy are: Read more ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Iron In Her Soul.
    “Battle not with monsters, lest ye become a monster, and if you gaze into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.” – Friedrich NietzscheTELEVISION NEW ZEALAND is to be congratulated for inviting Chloe Swarbrick onto its Q+A current affairs show. The Green MP for Auckland Central is the odds-on ...
    5 days ago
  • Dig this
    Resources Minister Shane Jones yesterday told a breakfast hosted by Energy Resources Aotearoa precisely what they wanted to hear. “We campaigned to rehabilitate relegitimise and stand up for working families who derive their income,  derive their hope and derive purpose in regional New Zealand through a flourishing, growing, forward-leaning energy ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    5 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #7 2024
    Open access notables Physics-based early warning signal shows that AMOC is on tipping course, van Westen et al., Science Advances: Here, we show results of the first tipping event in the Community Earth System Model, including the large climate impacts of the collapse. Using these results, we develop a physics-based and ...
    5 days ago
  • A rejection of the rule of law
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Shrugging-Off The Atlas Network.
    Upholding The Status-Quo: The Left’s election defeat is not the work of the Atlas Network. It is not even the work of David Seymour and Act. It is the work of ordinary citizens who liked the Right’s stories better than they liked the Left’s. If the Right’s stories were made ...
    5 days ago
  • BARRIE SAUNDERS: Treaty Principles – all rather problematic
    Barrie Saunders writes – When ACT’s leader said they wanted legislation to state what the Treaty principles mean, my first thought was this will be controversial and divisive.  Clearly it is. The first reference to the principles of the Treaty were contained in the 1975 Act establishing the Treaty of ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    5 days ago
  • Luxon Rejects The “Rejection Election” At His Peril.
    Fitting Right In: National retailed a reactionary manifesto of right-wing, racially-charged policies to the electorate throughout 2023. No talk back then of ignoring the overwhelming political preferences of the voting public and making a strong stand on principle. If Luxon’s pollsters and focus-groups were telling him that the public was ...
    5 days ago
  • Valentine’s Day went unnoticed on the Beehive website – but it is not “baa, humbug” to celeb...
    Buzz from the Beehive None of our ministers – a quick check with the Beehive website suggests – found cause to mention, let along celebrate, Valentine’s Day. But two ministers – Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Rural Communities Minister Mark Patterson – ensured that National Lamb Day did not pass ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    5 days ago
  • Are You A Leftist?
    Nothing To Lose But Our Chains: The emancipatory movement which the Left, understood correctly, has always been, cannot accommodate those who are only able to celebrate one group’s freedom by taking it from another. The expectation, always, among leftists, is that liberty enlarges us. That striking-off a person’s shackles not ...
    5 days ago
  • An unlawful directive
    An interesting question in the Parliamentary written questions feed today, from Jan Tinetti to the Minister of Education: Has she or her Office directed the Ministry of Education to not release Official Information Act material prior to the full twenty working days, if so, why? Given that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • I’ve been doing this all wrong
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • New study suggests the Atlantic overturning circulation AMOC “is on tipping course”
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    5 days ago
  • Valentines from ACT.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Tax cuts paid for by 13k more kids in poverty
    MSD advised the government that the indexation change it passed under urgency last night is likely to put around 7,000 extra children (and potentially up to 13,000) into poverty. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The Government has reverted indexation for main beneficiaries to price inflation from wage inflation under ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Fuel Tax Fight and Rail Fail update
    The two stories we covered at the start of the week continue to be in the headlines so it’s worth looking at the latest for each of them. Regional Fuel Tax Mayor Wayne Brown promised some ‘argy-bargy’ over the government’s decision to cancel the Regional Fuel Tax and he’s ...
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: Arsonists
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • I don’t know!
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    6 days ago
  • Fresh thinkers
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    More than a fieldingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • It is not about age, it is about team.
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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 days ago
  • ROBERT MacCULLOCH: Fletcher Building – it is time to break up NZ’s most useless company.
    Robert MacCulloch writes –  Gosh, the CEO of Fletcher Building, Ross Taylor, says today’s announcement of a half-year loss of $120 million for the company is “disappointing” and was “heavily impacted” by the Convention Centre losses. He must be crying all the way to the bank (to quote Las ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    6 days ago
  • Mortgage rates seen high for even longer
    Government and borrower hopes for early mortgage cost relief look likely to be thwarted. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: Stronger-than-expected US inflation data out overnight is expected to delay the first US Federal Reserve rate cut into the second half of 2024, which in turn would hold mortgage rates ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Member’s Day
    Today is a Member's Day, the first of the new Parliament. And to start the Parliament off, there's a bunch of first readings. A bunch of other bills have been postponed, so first up is Duncan Webb's District Court (Protecting Judgment Debtors on Main Benefit) Amendment Bill, followed by Katie ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Three Waters go down the legislative gurgler – but what should we make of Local Water Done Well?
    Buzz from the Beehive Local Government Minister Simeon Brown – it seems fair to suppose – was flushed with success after the repeal of Labour’s divisive and unpopular Three Waters legislation. As he explained, repealing this legislation is a necessary first step in implementing his government’s Local Water Done Well ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    6 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on five of Luxon’s Gaza absurdities
    Earlier this week, PM Christopher Luxon met with 48 public service CEOs to make sure they were on board with his plans to cut spending on public services so that National can proceed to give the revenue away to those New Zealanders least in need. This wasn’t the only absurdity ...
    6 days ago
  • Love and the Fairer Sex.
    This morning I woke early with many thoughts in my head of things said, events of the week, things that matter. I’m afraid none of them involved Seymour, Willis, or Luxon so if you’re looking for something political maybe take the day off and come back tomorrow. You won’t find ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    7 days ago
  • He stood up to Muldoon and Lange and the Fji army
    Gerald Hensley, who died aged 88 on Saturday, was the key official who presided over the tumultuous events that followed the election of the Lange Labour Government in 1984. He was also instrumental in helping a key Fijian official escape the country during one of the 1987 coups. A diplomat ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    7 days ago
  • At a glance – Has Arctic sea ice returned to normal?
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    1 week ago
  • Halo dunia!
    Selamt datang di WordPress. Ini adalah pos pertama Anda. Sunting atau hapus, kemudian mulai menulis! ...
    1 week ago
  • The PM wants a turnaround
    As a treat today I have lined up a favourite in the music slot. I love Turnaround, I cannot hear it too often, and I feel in need of a treat when I make myself listen to the Prime Minister the way I did this morning.He too, has favourites that ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • The PM wants a turnaround
    As a treat today I have lined up a favourite in the music slot. I love Turnaround, I cannot hear it too often, and I feel in need of a treat when I make myself listen to the Prime Minister the way I did this morning.He too, has favourites that ...
    More than a fieldingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • ELE LUDEMANN: Trusting locals
    Ele Ludemann writes- A government-knows-best and predilection for central control was another unfortunate feature of the 2017-2023 Labour governments. One of the worst polices as a result of that was what started as Three Waters and became several more. The National-led government is much more trusting of locals ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    1 week ago
  • Legislation to flush away Three Waters has become a certainty – but we must wait for details on th...
    Buzz from the Beehive A  three-day information drought was broken, just after Point of Order published yesterday’s Buzz from the Beehive, and two significant ministerial announcements were made. First, the Budget will be delivered on 30 May, telling us which genuine savings have been made by eliminating waste and which ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    1 week ago
  • Rise of the Lobbyists.
    An unpopular opinion, I love Auckland.Not so much the transport or the house prices - those are pretty dire. But there’s a lot to like. We’ve a vibrant, multicultural city in a beautiful location with, mostly, friendly locals. From the native bush of the Waitakeres to the Gulf islands, it’s ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • The holes in National’s water reform pipes
    Young renters just have to watch on as pipes keep failing and the Government and councils point fingers at each other, because all the incentives are for ratepayers to block rates increases, water meters, water charges and the creation of new entities. File Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: The National-ACT-NZ First coalition ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago

  • Greater support for social workers
    The Coalition Government is enhancing the professionalism of the social work sector and supporting the vulnerable people who rely on them, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says.  The Social Workers Registration Legislation Amendment Bill passed its third reading in Parliament today. It amends the Social Workers Registration Legislation ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 hours ago
  • Government delivers greater freedom and choice for sick New Zealanders
    The coalition government is delivering on its commitment to making principled decisions by getting rid of red tape that doesn’t make sense and allowing sick New Zealanders greater freedom and choice to purchase effective cold and flu medicines. A bill amending the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975 is being introduced, and changes to the Medicines ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    12 hours ago
  • Government begins reset of welfare system
    The Coalition Government is taking early action to curb the surge in welfare dependency that occurred under the previous government by setting out its expectations around employment and the use of benefit sanctions, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says. In 2017, 60,588 sanctions were applied to beneficiaries who ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • State of the Nation
    Ka nui te mihi kia koutou. Kia ora, good morning, talofa, malo e lelei, bula vinaka, da jia hao, namaste, sat sri akal, assalamu alaikum. Thank you for coming to my first State of the Nation as Prime Minister. Thank you for coming to a speech where I don’t just ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • West Coast tourism attractions officially open
    Regional Development Minister Shane Jones will attend the official opening of two highly anticipated tourism projects on the West Coast today – Pike29 Memorial Track, dedicated to the memory of the Pike River miners, and Pounamu Pathway. “The Pike29 Memorial Track is a way to remember and honour the men ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Independent ferry service advisory group in place
    Appointments to the Ministerial Advisory Group tasked with providing independent advice and assurance on the future of KiwiRail’s inter-island ferry service have been made, State Owned Enterprises Minister Paul Goldsmith says. “It’s important for New Zealand that KiwiRail is focused on ensuring safe, resilient, and reliable ferry services over the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Joint statement from the Prime Ministers of Australia, Canada, and New Zealand
    The Prime Ministers of Australia, Canada and New Zealand today issued the following statement on reports of Israel’s planned military operation in Rafah. We are gravely concerned by indications that Israel is planning a ground offensive into Rafah.   A military operation into Rafah would be catastrophic. About 1.5 million Palestinians ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Govt will deliver on expanded breast screening
    The coalition Government has made the first steps in delivering on its promise to  extend free breast screening to women aged 70-74, Health Minister Shane Reti says. “As part of the 100 day plan, the Government has now met with officials and discussed what is needed in order for the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government announces woolshed roadshows in support of sheep farmers
    The Government celebrates National Lamb Day (15 February 24) and congratulates sheep farmers on the high-quality products they continue to produce. Agriculture Minister McClay hosted bipartisan celebrations of National Lamb Day with industry representatives at Parliament this week to mark the anniversary of the first frozen lamb exports that left ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Speech: Address to the NZ Economics Forum
    It’s great to be back at the New Zealand Economics Forum. I would like to acknowledge everyone here today for your expertise and contribution, especially the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Head of the Waikato Management School, economists, students and experts alike. A year has passed since I was last before you, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government tackling high construction costs
    The Government is focused on reducing sky-high construction costs to make it more affordable to build a home, Building and Construction Minister Chris Penk says.  Stats NZ data shows the cost of building a house has increased by 41 per cent since 2019, making housing even more unaffordable for Kiwi ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Labour’s Three Waters legislation repealed
    The Coalition Government’s legislative plan to address longstanding issues with local water infrastructure and service delivery took an important step today, with the repeal of Labour’s divisive and unpopular Three Waters legislation, Local Government Minister Simeon Brown says. “Repealing this legislation is a necessary first step in implementing our Local ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Cost of living support for beneficiary households
    The Coalition Government is delivering on its commitment to ease the cost-of-living by increasing main benefit rates in line with inflation and ensuring the Minimum Family Tax Credit threshold remains aligned with this change, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says. The Social Security (Benefits Adjustment) and Income Tax ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Government announces agriculture delegations to better support Primary sector
    The coalition Government has announced ministerial delegations to support key areas across the Primary sector to deliver for New Zealand’s food and fibre sector, Agriculture Minister Todd McClay announced today. “I will be supported in my roles as Minister of Agriculture, Trade, Forestry and Hunting and Fishing, by three Associate ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Waikato MoU reinforces Govt’s commitment to increase NZ doctors
    The Government has taken an important step forward in addressing a critical shortage of New Zealand-trained doctors, with today’s signing of a Memorandum of Understanding for a third medical school, Minister of Health Dr Shane Reti has announced.  “Today’s signing by the Ministry of Health and the University of Waikato ...
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