web analytics

Blindingly obvious – but secret

Written By: - Date published: 8:22 am, June 17th, 2011 - 119 comments
Categories: disaster, Gerry Brownlee - Tags: , ,

What is Christchurch supposed to make of Gerry Brownlee?

Residents of trashed suburbs want to know what is happening. They want to know which areas are going to be written off, and which can be rebuilt. Their lives, their emotions, in many cases their finances, are all stuck in limbo. Even before Monday’s quakes it had reached the point where there was talk of street protests. Brownlee was telling people that they had to wait:

I had initially hoped we would be able to give an indication on the state of the land and options for some of the worst-affected suburbs by the end of May. The size, scale and complexity of the issues we are facing means it will take a little more time.

While this argument was unacceptable to many in Christchurch, there was at least some logic to Brownlee’s position. But after the new events on Monday, his line was unchanged:

Announcements on the long-term viability of quake-hit parts of Christchurch will not be delayed by yesterday’s aftershocks, Brownlee said. …. “These two events have simply confirmed the degree of damage in the worst parts of the city.” When asked if the new quakes meant some areas were no longer viable or sustainable, Brownlee said he could not say.

Brownlee needs to recognise that the latest quakes changed the game (see Vernon Small’s excellent piece). People that were on the edge are being pushed over it. There now needs to be certainty for the many, even if mistakes are made for a few. Brownlee then went on to really put his foot in it:

However, he added: “There are some things that I think that are blindingly obvious.”

That is adding insult to injury. It’s blindingly obvious, but the people affected can’t be told? Could he have thought of a stupider way to increase people’s anger and frustration? The blog Action for Christchurch East speaks out:

Brownlee, the EQC and CERA have been awarded the greatest level of authority, they are the judge, jury and executioner of the Canterbury Plains. They have now admitted they know what area’s have to be bulldozed with maps drawn out months ago; the Government, Fletchers, dozens of insurance companies and who knows who else have been aware of what’s staying and what’s going

Why hold on to this information? Why not give us an idea what we can expect and let us move forward?…instead we have a smug Brownlee telling us in recent days, it “should be blindingly obvious” which suburbs will be targeted. We’ve known it, for many since September, for many more since February and yet we’re still waiting to see what’s behind the closed doors. We are simply left to guess. It stinks conspiracy. The recent shakes and the Government’s indifference to people’s concerns may just prove to be the straw that broke the camel’s back.

Brownlee’s response yesterday? “Quake complainers are being simplistic”. Yes that’s right, the people of quake ravaged Christchurch are “simplistic” now…

119 comments on “Blindingly obvious – but secret ”

  1. Andy-Roo 1

    In other words, the interests of insurance companies, and reinsurers are being put ahead of the needs of the residents of eastern Christchurch.

    These companies have no interest in speeding up the process of payouts. Every day of delay saves them money.

    We should not be surprised by this of course.

    Maybe those of us who voted for “Change” last time around, should have looked more carefully at the “Change” we were voting for.

    • ghostwhowalksnz 1.1

      Exactly right – delay delay. and especially delay any result until after the books are closed before the election.

    • Jim Nald 1.2

      Hmm … ‘loose change’ … they are looking for that and will take yours too.
      These are the people in government who gave you Warner Bros, Sky City, and now the overseas reinsurers.

      • burt 1.2.1

        Jim Nald

        If you think National are to blame for overseas reinsurers then you clearly have no concept of reinsurance in which case you probably shouldn’t be commenting on insurance at all. Now tell me again what was so different for how National handled overseas movie making companies compared to how Labour treaded them ?

        That leaves you Sky City – is that it?

  2. gingercrush 2

    And there lives will still be stuck in limbo even if the government said what land wasn’t getting built and what is. And half of these people complaining will continue to complain about everything and anything because their whole lives revolve around complaining. Hence, why there has been such a bloody delay in the first place. So when those who live under land that can’t be rebuilt will have their answers answered at once.

    And when that happens they still won’t be happy. Its the same with the CBD. Had they gotten their way and businesses were moving again, how many people would have been in danger on Monday? Quite a few I think.

    • McFlock 2.1

      Nice victim-blaming there: the delay goes on for freaking ages, then as soon as people complain you blame their complaints for causing the delay.
      And then you claim Brownlee’s delays save lives. That, my man, is serious spin.

    • Andy-Roo 2.2

      Ginger – as one of the people living with this in the eastern suburbs, I cannot even begin to describe the utter contempt that I feel for your comments.

      Who the hell do you think you are? What is it that you think that you know?

      How much patience do you think you would have if you lived (for example) in Keller St in Avonside where the land is shattered, and shit is flowing through your house for the third time in a year, with every prospect that it will happen again in a few months time?

      Am I connecting in any way here?

      To call the residents of eastern Christchurch people who’s “whole lives revolve around complaining” is hugely insulting. And quite franky the act of a pig ignorant arsehole.

      Thought a long time before I wrote the sentence above, so please know that this is a considered response.

      • gingercrush 2.2.1

        And please tell me how are you going to be comforted if the government said Avonside will not be rebuilt. And that is essentially what many on the eastern side expect to be told. It doesn’;t. Doesn’t answer your insurance problems, doesn’t tell you what you’ll be paid out at, doesn’t say where you’ll live. It’ll just give you a thousand more questions and the frustration will just grow. Though according to you lot, that will allow you to move on. Yeah right.

        • Andy-Roo 2.2.1.1

          Ginger – for a start, you actually don’t know a lot about me, so please try to avoid generalisations like “you lot”. There are a range and diversity of views expressed in this forum. You might be surprised at where I stand on some of them.

          Now, it might also surprise you to find out that most people actually understand that getting answers about which areas will be rebuilt and which not will not answer all or even most of their questions.

          This is because most people are not stupid. Most people. (I am keeping things simple for you)

          But it is a necessary start to the process of getting those answers.

          OK?

          And this process needs to start.

          For people.

          Who live there.

          OK?

          Got that?

          Want me to say it again?

          • mickysavage 2.2.1.1.1

            GC gets the Cameron Slater award for sensitivity displayed in a post.

            • Andy-Roo 2.2.1.1.1.1

              Yeah, thanks MS

              I need to calm down now, but my buttons well and truly got pushed.

              Right now they seem to pushable!

              • calltoaccount

                Good comments AR, spoken to a one-eyed idiot who’s just playing politics with personalised insults. I have family in the east, and know Keller Street well. Best possible luck from here on buddy!!

  3. Just Right 3

    Totally agree Gingercrush. There are no winners in this… People are sick to death of waiting, but everyone affected is going to lose something in this whole situation. The Government is not going to save the day – ain’t going to happen.

    • Andy-Roo 3.1

      And the relevance of this to the conversation is ????

      Do you think that people in Eastern Chrsitchurch are just waiting for the government to save them???

      Because – I seem to remember some time spent on the end of a shovel this week.

      The vast majority of the actual work that is being done to improve peoples lives in Christchurch is being done by the people of Christchurch, and don’t you forget that.

      They have shown that they are capable, willing and tough. Round 3 and counting.

      The issue here is that we are being told to sit on our hands and wait, while men in suits sort their shit out.

      Thats a hard call to make. We have been patient. No more.

      Take a look at the implicit message in your comment above mate. I call bullshit.

      • burt 3.1.1

        Andy-Roo

        I’ve read this thread and I with you pretty much with you all the way but I think that Just Right makes a good point , somewhat untactfully.

  4. Jim Nald 4

    “What is Christchurch supposed to make of Gerry Brownlee?”

    Brownlee knows many things and you don’t!

  5. Janice 5

    The other day when the donkey was acting like a schoolboy in the playground, saying, “I have secret information, but i am not telling any of you yet, you will have to wait,” was a classic example of how stupid the man is. Surely all he had to say was that they were still working things out, not try to act like the big man with knowledge to keep from the affected people. My heart went out to the people whose lives he was playing with.

  6. tsmithfield 6

    Rob, I think your article is a bit misguided.

    I feel a lot for those who are having to endure liquifaction again. I have family and friends in that situation. In fact, I will be going out to help clear a bit tomorrow. So, I too hope for an answer as quickly as possible for these people.

    The reason that the insurance side of the equation is so important in making decisions about where or where not to rebuild is that anything that is rebuilt will have to be insurable. If the government was simply to declare areas that were rebuildable and those that weren’t, it could be that a lot of people may discover that they can’t in fact rebuild because the insurers won’t cover them. Hence, the government can’t really make definitive statements until the question of insurance going forward is settled.

    • Draco T Bastard 6.1

      If the government declares an area rebuild-able then the insurance company goes along with it. It doesn’t really have a choice unless they want to pay to get the engineers in and dispute the governments own engineers before the decision goes live and if they want to do that then they had better already have their engineers here already

      Although, considering that a lot of Chch will be a salt water swamp by the end of the century if not sooner, I wouldn’t be building there any way and the government should be telling people the same thing. People may not want to hear it but that’s what 0.9m to 1.6m rise in sea levels due to climate change means.

      • infused 6.1.1

        yawn

        • burt 6.1.1.1

          Not so.

          The recent rethink on predictions for solar activity will shake a few scientific trees if people have any memory and cognitive ability. See recently the prediction that solar activity was due to increase was the first time the believers of high priest Gore actually started to play solar fluctuation in their hand. Earlier IPPC models had solar forcing as a reasonable constant, probably due to no observed longer cycles in sun behaviour and what was perceived as a regular cycle every few decades.

          (lprent shows the graphs here and discusses the previous position on solar activity. )

          So will be interesting to see the models allowing for a downgrade of solar activity, that beats a constant followed by an increment as used in earlier analysis.

          • Draco T Bastard 6.1.1.1.1

            See recently the prediction that solar activity was due to increase was the first time the believers of high priest Gore actually started to play solar fluctuation in their hand.

            WTF are you talking about? Solar activity has always been calculated into Climate Change.

            If we are going into another Maunder Minimum it will certainly mean that the climate models will have to be adjusted to take into account any differences that it will make to the climate. Of course, we don’t know if the Little Ice Age was caused by the last Maunder Minimum or not. Just not enough information to be able to say.

          • lprent 6.1.1.1.2

            Burt, do you ever read the posts? Try it some time, you may be surprised what you find out.

            The post you linked to was about the effects of the solar cycle on electrical and electronic equipment. That is the main known effect of sunspots. It has been known to fry electrical grids, satellites, cause auroras, and I was speculating on it’s effects on modern electronics.

            There is an effect on climate, but it has been hard to quantify because we only started looking at it after we started to modify our climate – so the effect has been swamped. The largest effect would happen at the poles because that is where the earths magnetic field lets in the high energy particles into the atmosphere.

            Unfortunately that is also where we didn’t start systematically measuring until the late 50’s, and where the effects of atmospheric climate change are most pronounced and where the changes in the ozone layer have happened.

            There are numbers in the climate models, but they are low because of the uncertainties.

            I personally think that there is a reasonable effect at the poles, and it influences medium to longer term climate – mostly at the poles in the short term, but with some quite strong lags for the global climate. But at present there isn’t enough data to be sure one way another.

  7. William Joyce 7

    I found it strange when I heard, on NZ breakfast, (from the new CEO of CERA I think it was) that some of this negotiation/planing going on between the insurers, the reinsurers, CERA etc. would be resolved after June 30.
    Why is a specific date important and not just “when it’s ready”?
    Why June 30 specifically?
    Could it be that this whole recovery plan  is being held up by end of year/quarter reporting considerations?
    Are people, literally, living in shit bso some unaffected people can make their reports and accounts look good?

    • tsmithfield 7.1

      Might be the case William.

      However, I don’t think a few days/weeks either way is going to make much difference to whether people are living in shit or not. I have heard numbers of 50000 having to relocate. If that is the case, many people won’t have much option but to stay where they are at the moment, even if they do have some certainty about the long-term outcome for their properties.

      Even if the government were to build that many temporary houses, there is still the issue of where to locate them and the need for supporting infrastructure.

      • John D 7.1.1

        The logistics are a nightmare. I heard from a builder that even if you relocated all of the builders in NZ into Christchurch, and set them the task of building homes full time, it would take at least two years to build the homes we know about already.

        The easiest solution might be to give the people of ChCh a one way plane ticket to Australia and a large cheque each.

        Maybe that’s what Bill English has been borrowing this money for.

        • christih 7.1.1.1

          Sad to say but I think there would be a long queue for the cheques and plane ticket to Oz! There are a lot of people affected and badly for some. A work colleague had just started getting the back yard sorted after the february one and once again had an extremely large murky swimming pool to look at. I only had a little bit of liquefaction but my heart sunk at the thought of moving it.
          My main comment from watching Mr Brownlee being interviewed was relief I did’t have his job but couldn’t he at least explain the process being followed? He may have done in the past but repeating it would not hurt him and may help some people deal with the current situation.

        • prism 7.1.1.2

          I read recently of a plan to bring in preconstructed houses from China and then I think they might be assembled here. In the circumstances that would be a good idea if properly controlled.

      • Colonial Viper 7.1.2

        I have no doubt you are correct and tens of thousands of Christchurch people will need to be permanently relocated.

        But when you say that people have to stay put “for the moment” it’s coming 4 months now. Is this moment lasting for just a few more weeks? Or another 4 months?

        Will tens of thousands people have to spend the RWC inside their crapped out shitty homes?

        Will people be in proper long term accomodation by Christmas time?

        • Lanthanide 7.1.2.1

          “Will tens of thousands people have to spend the RWC inside their crapped out shitty homes?”
          Yes.
          “Will people be in proper long term accomodation by Christmas time?”
          No.

  8. MB 8

    tsmithfield, I totally get where you are coming from, but I think the government knows for sure which areas cannot and will not be built on, they could release that information and give some relieve to some residents. Yes it would suck if you were on the edge of that in the undecided zone but even knowing it was undecided would be new information to them. I think this is the biggest issue, all the insurance and packages etc can be worked out later, it’s the total blanket silence approach that has been taken that is wearing these residents down. I don’t seem to recall the people of Kaiapoi being kept this out of the loop when the land decision were being made up here, their seemed to be a lot more consultation go on than there ever has been in the eastern suburbs. I mean has anyone even given them the information on exactly what the engineers are doing? even knowing that would probably eliviate some of the anxiety or make them feel included in the process, have any of them been asked if they want to stay or go, if they could put that forward to those deciding surely that information would help as well letting the residents make it clear in writing where they stand with wanting to go or wanting to stay.
    I’m not in the eastern suburbs but I really do feel for those that are, and I also feel that until these decisions are made the whole of the quake zone, including those of us not even in chch are having to wait as well because of the huge impact that this decision is going to have on chch and the surrounding districts.

    I really hoped that if something good would come of Feb 22nd it would be that things would hurry up, that all the faffing about that happened after Sept would come to an end and a realisation would set in that things have to be sorted out quickly. These were even views expressed at the time by the likes of John Key and Gerry Brownlee and the EQC and so on, that they had learnt from their mistakes and would not repeat them but in fact what is happening now is so much worse, most of us are more than capable of withstanding the aftershocks, it’s the governments handling of the situation that is causing so much stress to us all.

    • I don’t see why announcements cannot be staged.  Declare the bleedingly obvious areas now and the marginal areas later.  The whole situation does appear to be going around in circles.
       
      And if insurance companies are waiting for the end of financial year before wanting a decision to be made then this is utterly appalling.
       

      • ianmac 8.1.1

        Yes MS. It seems that certain houses/streets are blindingly obvious but they could be told that X marks the spot. It may not be so obvious to the house owner. A sort of Category 1, 2, 3. Administrativly probably easier to do one fell swoop and there is always the bully aspect. I am the Power and I am not telling you peasants.

      • Blighty 8.1.2

        and why can’t we know what the process will be for different categories of land/houses, even if not all the properties can yet be given a classification within that system?

      • Inventory2 8.1.3

        Micky; I’ve been to visit one of our Chch staff today. Her home has been systematically trashed with each quake sine September. On either side of her, neighbour’s homes of similar vintage and construction style are undamaged. There is so much randomness to the damage in parts of the eastern suburbs that a blanket “tear ’em down” order is impossible. We’ve been here for less than 24 hours but in that time alone there have been four quakes of magnitude 4.4 or larger. Everything is totally unstable, and the landscape changes just a little with each aftershock. The decisions that Brownlee and CERA have to make will affect Christchurch for generations; if a few more days or weeks will produce a better decision, isn’t that a price that should be paid?

        • Colonial Viper 8.1.3.1

          if a few more days or weeks will produce a better decision, isn’t that a price that should be paid?

          You’re saying that we will have firm decisions in 3-4 days or 3-4 weeks?

          Then why doesn’t Brownlee say so.

  9. grumpy 9

    Comments here from people who have only seen the Eastern suburb’s devastation on TV are amazing.

    The insurers are digging their toes in, not because of some “bloody mindedness” but because the overeas reinsurers (who nobody has any influence over) are looking at minimising/avoiding payment. The insurance companies have bugger all resources to pay out.

    EQC only pay out the first 100k on damage to the house, the balance comes from insurance (reinsurers) with a probable Govt top up for loss of land.

    The insurance companies will pursue the least cost option. Imagine the Govt saying whole areas cannot be lived on and the insurers saying”…no, we think we can repair”.

    Who wants to negotiate that…….???? Make the Arab/Israeli thing look mild.

    • Colonial Viper 9.1

      So foreign reinsurers are holding tens of thousands of New Zealanders in disaster limbo?

      Nice. What is the Government doing about this?

      • grumpy 9.1.1

        Nobody has any influence over these (mainly German) guys.

        That is the problem.

        • Draco T Bastard 9.1.1.1

          Then why were they operating here?

        • Colonial Viper 9.1.1.2

          grumpy, sure we have influence. For starters, insurers who do not get results for their policy holders face increased taxes and penalties.

          Then the Government enters the insurance market using the infrastructure of KiwiBank to replace non-performing private insurers. Perhaps we could name the new provider “KiwiSure”.

          Thirdly the Govt passes laws which say that it will payout on private policies itself within the next 90 days, but if it is later found that the private insurers should have paid out instead, they will face additional liabilities in addition to being liable for the original payout.

          Its a market, so structure the market to get the result you want for your citizens.

          • grumpy 9.1.1.2.1

            Even if we had a benevolent locally owned insurance co. they would still need reinsurance cover. This is a wake up call for those who think NZ actually counts as a country.

            • Draco T Bastard 9.1.1.2.1.1

              Even if we had a benevolent locally owned insurance co. they would still need reinsurance cover.

              Nope, We already have all the resources we need. Money is not a resource.

              This is a wake up call for those who think NZ actually counts as a country.

              NZ does count as a country. A very rich country in fact. It just gets belittled by the RWNJs all the time in their efforts to sell off our assets.

          • infused 9.1.1.2.2

            Yeah, CV I think you need a wake up call. Govt can’t create a company to solve every problem.

            • Draco T Bastard 9.1.1.2.2.1

              Actually, it can. The wrong belief is the one held that we actually have to wait on capitalists to do it for us.

            • Colonial Viper 9.1.1.2.2.2

              Govt can’t create a company to solve every problem.

              Wrong. Because it’s quite clear now that it’s the private sector which can’t solve our problems.

  10. tsmithfield 10

    The problem is that where it is “blindingly obvious” people would already know the outcome without having to be told, because it is so “blindingly obvious” (think Bexley). These people are going to want options, not just told the obvious. Those options may not be available yet because the insurability of the replacement land is also undoubtably up for discussion between the government and the insurers. So, rather than just tell them what they already know, it would be better to give them the options.

    Those in marginal situations won’t have their situation determined until there is agreement between the government and insurers about whether their land is insurable or not.

    • Colonial Viper 10.1

      Those in marginal situations won’t have their situation determined until there is agreement between the government and insurers about whether their land is insurable or not.

      And if it takes 12 months to come to this agreement?

      What if things go to court and the process takes longer than that?

      Just ask people to put the next year or two of their lives on hold?

      What kind of “free choice” is this?

      • tsmithfield 10.1.1

        So, put yourself in the place of the government dealing with international re-insurers. What would you do? Pass a law that forces them to behave? 🙂

        • Draco T Bastard 10.1.1.1

          Well, pass a law that holds them to the contract that they signed.

        • Colonial Viper 10.1.1.2

          ts its a market, set up the incentives and costs to make the players in the market behave.

          Any players who continue to fail to serve your peoples – squeeze them out of the market and replace them with NZ’s own public Government owned insurance company.

    • Blighty 10.2

      It’s now over 9 months since the first quake and nearly four since the second one.

      How can Brownlee not have those insurance/process issues sorted yet?

      That’s the easy part. Far simpler than which actual land will be abandoned, which requires geotechnical work.

      • Lanthanide 10.2.1

        Um, what?
         
        You can’t actually have a conversation with insurance people unless you actually have some solid data on the scale of the problem. Until that time, the insurers won’t make any binding agreements – they’re all about risk management (and minimisation), remember.

        • tsmithfield 10.2.1.1

          I agree with you.

          The government is dealing with people they can’t wave a big stick at.

          • r0b 10.2.1.1.1

            So I guess foreign control of our important assets is not a good idea then?

            • tsmithfield 10.2.1.1.1.1

              The government can wave a big stick at foreign owned assets within NZ. However, it is a bit harder to do so with reinsurers who are based overseas and not covered by NZ law.

              • Andy-Roo

                In order for that to happen, we would have to have a Government.

                That governed.

                In the interests of New Zelanders.

              • If it’s all about the reinsurers then why doesn’t Brownlee say that?

                That would get him off the hook – though it would make people realise that their government is powerless to help them.

                It would demonstrate where decision making power really lies. It would obliterate silly notions about countries being democratically in charge of their own destinies. That’s always been one of those childish emotional consolations sold to the ‘bewildered herd’.

          • Colonial Viper 10.2.1.1.2

            The government is dealing with people they can’t wave a big stick at.

            you’re not using your imagination re: the different kinds of big sticks the Government has in it’s wardrobe.

            of course, you need a Government which is willing to lead in the interests of its people, instead of having no plan and no vision.

            • Lanthanide 10.2.1.1.2.1

              The government surely does have big sticks it can wave at foreign companies. The problem is that many of those big sticks might isolate us from the international community at large.

              • Colonial Viper

                Well it just takes creativity and not timidity to get the balance right for the benefit of our citizens 🙂

  11. prism 11

    I remember a comment from a speaker for the Bexley residents heard recently on Radionz – he said that it seemed that the authorities were ‘indifferent’ to the east-side people’s difficulties and needs. That says it all I think. The idea of not providing information on the government’s plans for the unstable area until the whole plan can be provided on reams of glossy paper, is unsuitable. An explanation of what is being considered, and an official start made on the areas that are ‘blindingly obvious’ is essential. I think that Browncoal is floundering and the role of government decision-making has been delegated to businesses like Fletchers who haven’t any mandate like our ‘caring responsible’ government to serve the people including supporting and advancing our lives, in lieu of us being dissociated individuals pretending to be part of a society of totally self-sufficient people, which is an oxymoron.

    What interests Browncoal is buildings, he doesn’t seem to understand the need for commerce which provides employment and circulation of money. There has been no respect for the importance of sustaining business from the start. The military-type control and isolation of the central area without including business owners in the risk assessments for the dangerous areas, individual buildings and the neighbouring ones, kept business owners ignorant. With more advice they would have been able to make informed decisions about the possibility of recovering resources. They should have been invited to meetings with the civil engineers and other experts, and been able to discuss the likelihood of risks in recovering their equipment and records. A waiver could have been given by business owners to the authorities confirming that they were informed of dangers, and limited numbers then able to look in the apparently stable areas for five minutes at a time checked in and out, always with the knowledge that there would be further shocks. The lack of information and advice to business owners resulted in confusion, wasted time and assets. These are a further great financial loss to the damaged buildings.

    • Colonial Viper 11.1

      Daily protests in front of Gerry Brownlee’s electorate offices will do the trick. Everyone turn up with a bucket of liquefaction to dump in front of his door step.

      • The Voice of Reason 11.1.1

        If I can repeat a question I asked on Open Mike, would Brownlee’s refusal to engage with the affected residents be different if was Fendalton or Merivale under threat?
         
        I have a terrible feeling that, like Bush with New Orleans, because they are left leaning areas, the Tories don’t a give a flying one about them and, in fact, hold these people in contempt. Why would National want to be open and honest with people they have no respect for?

        • tsmithfield 11.1.1.1

          Merivale has actually been hit quite hard. Brownlees house in Fendalton has also been quite badly damaged.

          • The Voice of Reason 11.1.1.1.1

            Not the point, TS. I was referring to the suburbs Gerry is going to bulldoze flat, which appear to all be in Labour electorates.

            • mickysavage 11.1.1.1.1.1

              Aye TVOR Port Hills (Ruth Dyson), Christchurch East (Lianne Dalziel) and Christchurch Central (Brendan Burns) are all labour strongholds.

  12. Blighty 12

    Gerry Brownlee is just the worst possible person for this job. He has never achieved anything significant.

    He lost the mining debate, at the height of the government’s popularity and with a saleable economy line, mostly due to his attitude.

    He couldn’t even run the government’s legislative schedule right. You would have Parliament running out of legislation to debate one day then going into Urgency the next. And remember when he let Labour debate Steven Joyce’s school record for half an hour because he forgot to object?

    He is pig-headed. He takes criticism as proof that the people criticising are just his political opponents and decides it is all the more reason to keep on doing what he is doing.

  13. ianmac 13

    Much of this appears to be about reluctance from Insurance Companies to pay out. (My son’s modest contents claim dated from just after 22 Feb has not yet been paid.)
    Does this reluctance give a good insight to what will happen the privatised ACC? Perhaps they make it as difficult as possible in the hope that the insured will either give up, or accept the lesser amount.

    • William Joyce 13.1

      Good point, ianmac!
      This is a point that should be “Laboured”. This situation in Chch just exposes the myth of Private Insurance GOOD – State Insurance BAD.
       

  14. ianupnorth 14

    People will probably be angry with me for saying this, but I reckon it is what a fair few people are feeling – and it is because of how this is being portrayed in the media.
     
    The eastern suburbs are buggered beyond repair; we have a government in denial and a group of residents in limbo. In the meantime we get the two minute sound bite on the news of how many homes have power, water, etc and don’t have toilets – with the token video clip of a bloke suctioning a portaloo.
     
    What has happened is that the rest of the country are now conditioned to ChCh, in such a way that it is almost forgotten. We have a national disaster and frankly the leadership of this is lacking and nobody is jumping up and down complaining about this!!

    • Treetop 14.1

      In spite of June 13 adding to the plight of those in Christchurch it was a big wake up call. Yes I agree that the state of Christchurch was falling off the radar for the unaffected.

      According to numerology every main earthquake or aftershock occurred on a 4 or tallied up to a 4.

      • Lanthanide 14.1.1

        Depends what numbers you choose to use, doesn’t it? Sure, if you only use the numeral day of the month.
         
        What happens if we use day and month? 04-10, 22-02, 13-6.
         
        Numerology is a complete crock of shit.

        • Colonial Viper 14.1.1.1

          Numerology is a complete crock of shit.

          Hmmmm given that most people perceive somewhat less than the ten spacial dimensions that physicists think exist, it may be a bit early to make pronouncements like that.

        • William Joyce 14.1.1.2

          Personally, I am fully in touch with all ten dimensions ( including the extra one that only those of us who are more evolved are allowed to know about – opps, bugger!)…..and I can confidently say that in all *ahem* ten dimensions numerology is resoundingly considered a crock of shit.
           
          A little factoid: in fact, the term “Crock of Shit” comes from the 6th dimension where it is served as a welcome dish among the Gormless people when they break their 79.6 day spiritual fast in honour of their God who bears a remarkable resemblance to Gerry Brownlee.

        • Treetop 14.1.1.3

          I did not say that you cannot have your point of view regarding numerology. My comment on the 4 was that the day of the month of the quakes and after shocks over 5.7 (the 5.7 added today) all tally up to, when broken down to the single digit 4.

          Please note that I am not making any predictions, merely it was an oberservation.

  15. John D 15

    Here’s a video made from CCTV footage from last Monday’s quake, taken at Dyer’s Rd ITM (Linwood)

    The shaking starts at around 1:00

    • ianmac 15.1

      That youtube clip has to be the most effective report ever. Fantastic. Thanks for the link John D.

  16. randal 16

    looks very much like shakey key and rockey brownlee are gunna rock on out of here in November.

  17. Treetop 17

    A disaster relief package to relocate is required in the interim for those who have have no where else to go but need to get out for there well being. I cannot imagine what it is even like to live in Christchurch inspite of shifting a house lot three times in 13 months 10 years ago. First shift was 45 minutes away, second shift was 45 minutes back to the same suburb I left in shift one and third shift was two hours away. I was left feeling very drained. First shift, a change was required. Second shift, I could not cross the winding steep road safely from right to left, (4500 cars used the road daily) and third shift a life was put at high risk.

    To have to live in shit, damp, draft, pools of liquid and then it hardening, seeing destruction, constant movements of the earth, worry about the toll the situation is taking on children in particular, no working loo in the home, power cuts, restricted or no water flow…

    For those who cannot go due to the cost, this should be remedied. The government need to assist people who can recognise that they need to go else where, because until the vulnerable go to where it is safe they will not feel safe and they will stay feeling vulnerable.

  18. ianmac 18

    I think that Campbell Live is going to have more on the saga on the EQC tonight. He has been trying to get a spokesman for ages and maybe tonight they will front up.

  19. prism 19

    The EQC must be desperate to find acceptable responses to the urgent questions. I think the only one left is Blame it on Canada!

    • William Joyce 19.1

      Those bloody Canadians! With there low number of gun related deaths and their pinko socialised medicine.

      • Colonial Viper 19.1.1

        Hmmmm then there are the tar sands and the way that their Right Wing government is using that revenue to entrench power.

  20. M@tt 20

    As a Christchurch resident myself; I can tell you that it is no simple job of simply writing off certain suburbs and areas. It is far more complex than any writer on this site could understand and being impatient about it doesn’t actually help the situation here in the slightest.

    and here is a pretty good rebuttal:
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10732826

    • Colonial Viper 20.1

      Bullshit.

      Leaving people waiting through the RWC in crapped out housing, freezing cold, not knowing which way is up and when things are happening, is not “complex” it is incompetent.

      It is not having a plan, it is not having a vision, it is not having an ability to move forwards, it is a market failure in progress.

      • M@tt 20.1.1

        Clearly you don’t know what’s going on in Christchurch.

        • Colonial Viper 20.1.1.1

          Clearly Brownlee, Key and English know – but they don’t give a shit. you must think that an improvement.

    • Colonial Viper 20.2

      and here is a pretty good rebuttal:
      http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10732826

      What a hopeless rebuttal. More like a list of excuses for the no-plan no-idea National Party.

      Firstly, money is no problem. Country has plenty of it. Last I looked the Reserve Bank counts almost $200B in circulation. That’s not even looking at the value of many assets classes held in private hands.

      English could apply an annual levy on each person earning over $50,000 p.a. for the next three years, and reverse the decrease in company taxes for the next five years. Right, that’s Christchurch paid for.

      • M@tt 20.2.1

        So the only solution you have is to tax the very people you’re pretending to help? Great, thank goodness you’re not power.

        • Colonial Viper 20.2.1.1

          Yes raise taxes on those who can most afford it.

          Because if you don’t you then have to:

          a) Borrow from the Chinese to pay for rebuilding Christchurch (perhaps we could give them naming rights over the city, what’s Chinese for Christchurch?)

          b) Sell the family silver to the Chinese. Then they can rename all our nice dams.

          • happynz 20.2.1.1.1

            “Borrow from the Chinese to pay for rebuilding Christchurch (perhaps we could give them naming rights over the city, what’s Chinese for Christchurch?)”

            I just learned it the other day. ‘基督城’ – jīdū chéng. The way things are going we’d better get used to it.

    • Treetop 20.3

      Matt first of all I am sorry that you live in Christchurch in its present state. Secondly people looking in from the outside see things differently than those who are ground down having to endure conditions which have been prolonged due to incompetence by the government.

      You all deserve a weeks holiday at Disneyland/an island paradise.

    • ianupnorth 20.4

      Like the others here M@tt I sympathise with your plight, but using DPF as a response to the criticism raised here is  pretty naive.
       
      I would go as far as saying the points raised in the article (where he does the 1 – 4 of reasons why Tubby Brownlee hasn’t acted) have been spoon fed to him
      In point one he says

      Have specific information down to the individual house level on whether their house must be demolished, may be demolished or is not affected. One can’t just refer generally to suburbs – you need to be able to give certainity (his and the Herald’s typo, not mine) about individual houses.

      I’m sorry, but you cannot and should not leave single houses in isolation, nor can you leave derelict or vacant land; now is the time to act, to identify appropriate land for rebuilding and to sort the mess out.
       
      And in point three he adds

      Just telling home owners their suburb is condemned without being able to tell them what will happen next would be somewhat cruel.

       
      I’d say keeping the suspense is far crueler!

      • Lanthanide 20.4.1

        “I’m sorry, but you cannot and should not leave single houses in isolation, nor can you leave derelict or vacant land; now is the time to act, to identify appropriate land for rebuilding and to sort the mess out.”
         
        I don’t think anyone has suggested that, except DPF. After 4th September it seemed plausible that some houses on some streets, or some streets, might be abandoned. But with the scope of the damage now, they simply can’t leave some houses dotted around on otherwise empty streets – the property value would plummet and there’d be no end of complaints, both from the residents and others.
         
        They do still have that problem around the borders of whatever areas they do write-off, though. It is going to come down to “this street is abandoned, but this street next to it is not” and the residents in that second street are probably going to want to have a damn good explanation why not.

    • Andy-Roo 20.5

      Thats a pretty paternalistic / nanny state attitude you have going on there M@tt…

      Why can we not give individuals the information that they need in order to allow them to make the decisions that can be made now, for themselves?

      Some of them will make bad decisons because the issues are complex. But many will not.

      And while we are talking about bad decisions, just remember that the people dealing with this stuff which is all too complex for the likes of me, are the same geniuses that came up with the idea of 16 square meter campervans for $200 a week as emergency accomodation. For which a grand total of ONE person applied.

      The connection may not seem to be immediately obvious. But there is an issue here of a fundamental lack of respect. I know that CERA were told by community housing organisations in Christchurch that no one would use these campervans, well in advance of any deals being signed or announcements being made. But why the hell should they listen to us?

      Or give us the information that we need.

      Or allow us to vote for our reigonal council.

      Or allow us to manage our own water resources.

      All these things are too complicated for the citizens of Christchurch.

      We would probably just whine and screw it up anyway, right?

      • Colonial Viper 20.5.1

        Why is the Government not giving Christchurch residents good information and good options?

        Why make people live in the cold unknown?

        What is this, some kind of tinpot developing country?

        • Draco T Bastard 20.5.1.1

          What is this, some kind of tinpot developing country?

          Well, it’s a country that the neo-liberals have been turning into a tinpot developing (into a poor) country. They’ve been quite successful at it so far as well. They actually have a majority of us believing that we can’t afford anything when we have all the resources needed to do pretty much anything we choose to do – if those resources were allocated rationally.

    • William Joyce 20.6

      It seems that Gerry wants to present a “Total Solution” all at once, like Moses coming down from the mountain with the tablets. (and the people will feast on orangutangs and anchovies and say what a great chap that Gerry is).
      What a pompous, incompetent git!
      Why was it not possible to develop a project timeline with the various milestones?
      You then develop a communication strategy that is inclusive and takes people with you.
      And then with each milestone you engage in a series of community meetings in which you tell people what has happened over the last phase and what they can expect over the next one.
       

      • Draco T Bastard 20.6.1

        That would require competent management of which NZ seems to be seriously lacking in. Especially in the managers on the right of the political spectrum.

    • prism 20.7

      Matt – Don’t be a doormat. Someone was saying recently that NZs have a tendency to follow authoritarian leaders. Don’t sit and wait for the nice man to get round to you or the people who are worse off than you, assert yourself, insist on timelines, the available information being provided and then updated so you know you are being treated as a responsible adult trying to make sensible decisions.

      • Colonial Viper 20.7.1

        Matt’s gonna be staunch and suck up the shit which is handed to him on a plate.

        Don’t worry Matt, Brownlee has your best interests at heart, really he does. In fact he’s having a sleepless night tonight wondering how he can help your family out ASAP.

  21. Lets pretend EQC have 5-? billion invested around the world. Once they start calling it in the value of their funds will plummet, so it is smarter to just pretend the paper money is worth something, and keep some sucker paying interest (which has to be borrowed) so who are ‘we’ investing in? what global fund is worth what it was 2-3 years ago? how damaged was EQC over this time? Do they hope to weather this storm with delay tactics and paying the minimal?
    Just wait to see this govt (or any for that matter) come clean on peak oil, like no we are not capable of rebuilding Chch , and no road is of significances going forward, except maybe old coach roads?
    And no investment is worth a fuck in this or any ponzi scammed economy, especially one built on growth
    Kiwi Saver is our Moai .
    We pretend to be so advanced, yet the Easter Islanders left more evidence of their existence than we will with our Moai
    Must be some Tui ads or t-shirts with EQC on them coming out.
    The system is broken, this is what collapse looks like.

  22. William Joyce 22

    Every trades person should add a late payment fee to every account they put into EQC that should be a punitive amount plus cost of obtaining finance until the bill is paid.
     
    Every overdue account should be filed as a separate claim in the small claims tribunal and the courts should be flooded with claims until Wellington (and in particular the responsible minister Bill English).

  23. HC 23

    As I wrote in another thread, the government should set up a special agency dealing with all insurance claims that home and business owners have as a result of the earthquakes. Affected insured people should be enabled to sign over their claims with EQC, AMI and other insurers to that special agency, which will follow up the individual claims in due course and get the compensation from the insurers. In the meantime they could issue government backed loans to the affected persons, so they can use these funds to rebuild in safer areas. This way things could be sped up. Sooner or later the government will have to inform the people affected, so this kind of delay is unacceptable, bearing in mind that most information is already available. People want certainty, and if whole areas are declared as unsuitable for development, then alternative areas must be opened up for re-settlement. Only the government in co-operation with the councils in the region can properly address all these needs. I am sure that there is a practical way to deal with the problems, but the government is using a laissez faire approach and lets individuals fight matters out with their various insurers. The claim that re-insurers are not coming up with the money is just an excuse for the government not to step in and hurry things up a bit. This is certainly not necessary, as I suggested above. It was a great mistake to let Brownlee get responsibility to oversee the affairs of cleaning up, repairing and rebuilding Christchurch. He could not organise a piss up in a brewery that man.

  24. john 24

    The Key media machine has come and gone with all its pomp and flutter
    Now Gerry’s arrived and to date bugger all alse
    Go luck Christchurch I think your going to need it

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • A strong start – but can Luxon last?
    The first thing Chris Luxon did publicly after being elected as the 15th leader of the National Party was thank his colleagues. It was the proper thing to do. For it is only thanks to the cloak and dagger politics that they’ve engaged in over the past three years that ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    5 hours ago
  • Air New Zealand flight attendant named CEO after one year on job
    A 51-year-old flight attendant has completed a swift and stunning rise to CEO of Air New Zealand. New Zealand’s national carrier, Air New Zealand, has expressed great enthusiasm in announcing its new CEO today: 51-year-old Nathan Guy, a flight attendant who has spent about 1200 hours on the job. Guy ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    7 hours ago
  • A true story
    by Daphna Whitmore In a recent debate on free speech I closed with a true story. A woman I know – a writer – tweeted a joke in response to a man having just insulted her on the platform. The joke featured some violent imagery, but it also featured absurdist ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    8 hours ago
  • Māui Tikitiki a Tāranga inspires Māui Hudson’s research journey
    Māui Hudson says the characteristics of his namesake, the Māori diety Māui Tikitiki a Tāranga, enables and inspires him to confidently walk into new spaces of research. He hails from Te Whakatōhea, Ngāruahine and Ngāpuhi. Māui is a trained physiotherapist but is well-known for his leadership in creating guidelines and ...
    SciBlogsBy Rosemary Rangitauira
    10 hours ago
  • Driven to help the planet and humanity thrive
    Mihi mai ki a Dr Te Kīpa Kēpa Morgan, a professional engineer, who’s inspiring a different value system that he says can help humanity thrive and safeguard the sustainability of our planet. Kēpa affiliates to Ngāti Pikiao (Te Arawa), Ngāti Kahungunu and Ngāi Tahu. For more than a decade, Kēpa’s main ...
    SciBlogsBy Rosemary Rangitauira
    11 hours ago
  • Gordon Campbell on why an attack on Iran is back on the agenda
    Reportedly, Christopher Luxon has the edge on Simon Bridges in National’s leadership contest although there is no firm evidence for that hunch. So, one hesitates about joining a media echo chamber that amplifies Luxon’s chances ahead of the 3pm caucus meeting today. You know how it goes: Luxon doesn’t quite ...
    13 hours ago
  • NZ Politics Daily: 30 November 2021
    Today’s NZPD testimonial from Dr David Bromell, Senior Associate, Institute for Governance and Policy Studies: “While working as a public policy advisor, NZ Politics Daily was a daily “must read” as it alerted me to wider public policy issues than workplace-based media scanning, which generally covered only subject areas that related directly to ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    13 hours ago
  • The Simple Thing That’s Hard To Do.
    What's Not To Like? There’s a reason why the self-evident benefits of a “one world government” arouse such visceral opposition from those with a vested interest in both the local and the global status quo. A world run for the benefit of all human-beings strikes at the very heart of the ...
    16 hours ago
  • A Stay of Execution: The National Library of New Zealand Caves to Authors
    Well, well. Looks like Christmas has arrived early, with a victory over vandalism. You may recall this little furore about the future of the National Library of New Zealand’s Overseas Published Collection: https://phuulishfellow.wordpress.com/2021/11/22/lack-of-public-service-announcement-the-national-library-of-new-zealand-internet-archive-and-alleged-digital-piracy/ Well, those outrageous plans to digitise and pirate copyrighted works have got enough negative attention ...
    1 day ago
  • Climate Change: We can do it!
    RNZ reports on the other story to come out of the government's emissions budget Cabinet paper: the scale of the changes we need to make: The massive scale of the nationwide changes needed quickly to cut climate gas emissions is laid bare in newly-released government documents. [...] The number ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • Climate Change: Cold feet?
    Ministry for the Environment has dumped more cabinet papers related to its recent initial consultation on the emissions reduction plan. The key document is an August cabinet paper on Emissions Budgets for 2022-2025, 2026-2030 and 2031-2035, which made the dubious in-principle decision to increase the first period's emissions budget (which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • Rating The Contenders.
    There Can Be Only One: Some might ask why National MPs would install yet another “successful business person” at the helm of their party? Isn’t one Todd Muller enough? Especially when Simon Bridges could become the first National politician of Māori descent to become Prime Minister.LET’S GET SOMETHING out of ...
    1 day ago
  • Gordon Campbell on Omicron, and the Bridges/Luxon dilemma
    At this early stage, the Omicron variant seems to be more infectious, and more able to bypass the protection offered by vaccines and by the antibodies generated by previous infection. The fact that it is being spread around the globe by travellers who were all presumably fully immunised and had ...
    2 days ago
  • NZ Politics Daily: 29 November 2021
    Today’s NZPD testimonial from Dr Kevin Moore, Associate Professor in Psychology & Tourism, Lincoln University: “For me, the big advantage of NZ Politics Daily is the breadth of opinion and sources it gathers. Together. There is always a mix of news reporting, news analysis, opinion pieces and blog posts. That breadth ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    2 days ago
  • National is still very much the same Party even without Collins leading it… that’s the real issu...
    Judith Collins regarded Thatcher as “a personal hero” of hers. But like her hero though, it took the UK Conservative Party and their ideological counterparts here to get rid of both of them, from the inside. There’s a sort of bizarre symmetry to that really. Both were rather messy ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 days ago
  • 2021 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #48
    Listing of articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week: Sun, November 21, 2021 through Sat, November 27, 2021 The following articles sparked above average interest during the week: To Breed or Not to Breed?, The Vaccine for Fake News, Ten ways to confront the climate ...
    2 days ago
  • A professor without honour in his own country
    Michael Corballis just three months before his death appeared in an interview on the Hui with Mihirangi Forbes. She made no effort to conceal her disdain for his defence of science and proceeded to lecture him on not knowing enough about mātauranga Maori to comment on it and accused him ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 days ago
  • Businessman – and Political Novice
    The drums are beating – see Heather Du Plessis-Allan in today’s Herald – for Christopher Luxon’s bid to become National’s new (and latest) leader. It is conceded that he is a political tyro but – such is National’s current plight – it is suggested that he is a risk worth ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    3 days ago
  • No, Elizabeth Stuart Would Not Have Stopped the English Civil War (Probably)
    As you might have noticed, A Phuulish Fellow is a fairly eclectic blog. Even an organic one. I have my interests, and write about them as the fit takes me. And sometimes I stumble across an article I feel the need to comment on. Today, I ran across a ...
    3 days ago
  • Rumour Has It: A Númenórean Character List?
    Today we have another Amazon rumour on our hands. And for a change, it is not coming out of Fellowship of Fans. No, instead we have the following tweet doing the rounds, ostensibly listing (mostly) Númenórean characters and their code names. It’s an interesting leak, if true. And that’s ...
    4 days ago
  • Covid as Warriors
    The book I am currently working on – tentative title ‘In Open Seas’ – looks at the current and future New Zealand. One chapter describes the policy towards Covid using the trope of warfare. It covers an important period in our history but show how policy evolves and why, as ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    4 days ago
  • COVID-19: the B.1.1.529 variant – what do we know?
    There’s a lot of news about a new variant originally reported in southern Africa. Early signs have prompted calls for immediate precautionary blocks on travel from the region to restrict its spread. The WHO has called an emergency conference on this variant. Here’s a round-up of what we know so ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    4 days ago
  • National Party board denies it unanimously agreed to Collins’ Faustian bargain with Satan
    Sources close to party president Peter Goodfellow say he was totally blindsided by Collins’ claims he was party to this particular satanic ritual. National Party president Peter Goodfellow is today issuing a strong denial on behalf of the party’s board, saying they did not, at any point, agree to the ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    4 days ago
  • The cost of optimism
    Yesterday the National Party imploded in a messy knife-fight that cost it its leader and probably one of the contenders. So naturally, the government has taken the opportunity to do a dump of its pandemic advice, including the Cabinet papers on its controversial decisions to repeatedly lower the Auckland alert ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on National’s less than stellar choices
    Amid all the jostling in the National caucus ranks, spare a thought for Andrew Bayly. Who? Well might you ask. Plucked from obscurity by Judith Collin, elevated from number 18 to number 3 in the caucus rankings and given the Finance portfolio – a role in which he has been ...
    4 days ago
  • Are New Zealand’s universities doing enough to define the limits of academic freedom?
    Matheson Russell, University of Auckland   The news last week that University of Auckland public health researcher Simon Thornley was retracting a co-authored paper about supposed vaccination risks during pregnancy raised deeper questions about the limits of academic freedom. Thornley’s own head of department had called for the paper to ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    5 days ago
  • NZ Politics Daily: 26 November 2021
    Today’s NZPD testimonial from Jean Drage, Political scientist specialist in local government: “With 78 local authorities and central government currently intent on reform, local government is a challenging area of research to keep on top of. Thank goodness for Bryce’s NZ’s Politics Daily. It is a gem, especially as it also ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    5 days ago
  • Josh Van Veen: Bridges is not the one
    Simon Bridges failed to bluff Judith Collins out of the leadership. A campaign to rehabilitate his image began shortly after the election and culminated in the publication of a memoir in August. There were persistent rumours of a deal with rival Christopher Luxon and MPs from the ‘liberal’ wing of ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    5 days ago
  • Smokefree cars – an important step towards protecting children from the hazards of smoking
    Richard Edwards, Jude Ball, Janet Hoek, George Thomson, Nick Wilson*  On November 28 new legislation to protect children from smoking and vaping in cars will come into force. This blog sets out the background and rationale for the new law, and discusses implementation, evaluation and the next steps to protect ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    5 days ago
  • Judith's Last Stand.
    Going Out With All Guns Blazing: Why didn’t Judith Collins stick with the strategy that had kept her, National’s most improbable of leaders, in power for more than a year? One might just as well ask why Rob Muldoon (that other unforgiving right-wing populist National Party leader) got drunk and ...
    5 days ago
  • Act’s Precarious Ascendancy.
    On The Lookout: It is easy to imagine how closely Seymour has been watching the National Opposition for the slightest sign of a Clark figure emerging. A respected politician, who enjoys broad support across the party and, much more importantly, who impresses the ordinary centre-right voter as having what it ...
    5 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #47, 2021
    104 articles by 574 contributing authors Physical science of climate change, effects Delayed impacts of Arctic sea-ice loss on Eurasian severe cold winters Jang et al. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres 10.1029/2021jd035286 Observations of climate change, effects Divergent responses of terrestrial carbon use efficiency to climate variation from 2000 ...
    5 days ago
  • Labour’s Eyes Wide Shut To “Unruly Tenants”.
    Not Seeing The Problem: They say there are none so blind as those who will not see. And, right now, Kāinga Ora is studiously not looking. It is clear to everyone that the Minister responsible, Poto Williams, has (like so many of her colleagues) been entirely captured by her officials. ...
    5 days ago
  • Is the mob coming for Charles Darwin?
    Richard Dawkins recently noted the giants of the past are being sanctimoniously judged by nonentities of the present whose only qualification is still being alive to do so. How will the future judge our own time when we are not around? Peter Franklin from Unherd examines whether the woke can ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    5 days ago
  • Blowing a Hole in Your Own Wall: Idiotic Tampering with MIQ
    Managed Isolation/Quarantine has been a fact of life for New Zealand for eighteen months. It’s not popular – there are only so many spaces available at any given time, and the process is famously opaque – but it is the key to saving New Zealand from rampant Coronavirus. That, ...
    5 days ago
  • Now Labour wants secret trials
    Today, the government introduced the Security Information in Proceedings Legislation Bill to the House. The Bill would allow the government to use classified information in civil or criminal proceedings and keep it secret from the other party. So people suing the government for human rights abuses could lose, and defendants ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • The end of a toxic leader
    If there's one thing that Judith Collins is usually good at, it's using scandalous information about other people to her advantage. Not above undermining her own political party, Collins has been known to even leak against her own fellow MPs, particularly those who posed a threat to her as the ...
    5 days ago
  • A transformative government in Germany
    Back in September Germans went to the polls, and handed the politicians a tough job, with no easy majorities for anyone. The Social Democrats, Free Democrats, and Greens agreed to work together in a "traffic light" coalition, but given their political differences (its basicly ACT/Greens/Labour), expectations for real change were ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Political Harakiri
    The National party must always have known that they were taking a risk when they elected Judith Collins as leader. There were, after all, good reasons why they repeatedly declined to accept her candidature when she offered herself – as she frequently did. She was always an inappropriate person to ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    5 days ago
  • Thanksgiving advice, 2021: How to deal with climate change-denying Uncle Pete
    This is a re-post from the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists by Richard Somerville “Birds of a feather flock together,” so I am sure that nearly all of those reading this article accept the main findings of climate science. Yet many people don’t. Instead, they believe a variety of climate ...
    6 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the demotion of Simon Bridges
    So Simon Bridges has been bounced from the front bench and stripped of his shadow portfolio responsibilities for the crudely “inappropriate” comments that he allegedly made to a female colleague, Jacqui Dean – and personally apologised for – about five years ago. After years of mocking Labour for its supposed ...
    6 days ago
  • NZ Politics Daily: 25 November 2021
    Today’s NZPD testimonial from Dr Rosemary Wette, Associate Professor, Applied Linguistics, University of Auckland: “I’ve been browsing regularly through NZ Politics Daily for several months now. It gives me access to a range of views on current issues (helpfully organised by topic) that I wouldn’t otherwise have time to look up, or ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    6 days ago
  • The bizarre case of the Royal Society investigating academics defending science
    The Royal Society has begun a disciplinary investigation against a group of academics. The academics were defending science and in the past would have expected support from the Royal Society. The Free Speech Union has launched a campaign to defend the academics and academic freedom. Māori professor under investigation for ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    6 days ago
  • Ian Powell: Unionism and nursing in New Zealand
    In the around 35 years I worked for unions (over 30 with the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists and earlier with the New Zealand Educational Institute) I often cogitated over the distinction between unions and unionism. They are intertwined but not inseparable. I associate unionism with collective consciousness able to ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    6 days ago
  • Bryce Edwards: Today’s constitutional disgrace in Parliament
    This Government has a problem with urgency. Critics from both left and right have long complained about their lack of urgency on issues such as climate change, housing, and inequality. Likewise, in terms of the Covid response, there’s been a chorus of criticism that Labour has been complacent and sluggish ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    6 days ago
  • Vaping needs much tighter regulation as we approach Smokefree Aotearoa 2025: Two new studies
    Nick Wilson, Janet Hoek, Jennifer Summers, Driss Ait Ouakrim, Andrew Waa, Richard Edwards, Tony Blakely* Two recent studies provide new insights into the impact vaping may have on public health. The first estimates that use of modern vaping devices could be around a third as harmful to health as smoking. ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    6 days ago
  • Strange Defeat: A Guest Post By Dr. Chris Harris.
    They Did Things Differently Then: And we might still be doing things differently, if the world these "Country Lads" were fighting for, and which endured for nearly 30 years after World War II, had not been supplanted by the world we inhabit now. In spite of its reality, New Zealand's ...
    6 days ago
  • More than 147km – the transformative potential of the Wellington bike network plan
    Feature image by Luke Pilkinton-Ching, University of Otago Wellington   Caroline Shaw, Anja Mizdrak, Ryan Gage* Wellington City Council is currently consulting on a cycle network for Wellington. This is a big deal. WCC are proposing a 147km cycle network around the city, the vast majority of which is new. ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    7 days ago
  • NZ Politics Daily: 24 November 2021
    Today’s NZPD testimonial from Liz Brown, Senior communications advisor, Association of Salaried Medical Specialists: “The NZ Politics Daily is a fabulous resource providing a comprehensive one stop shop on what’s making news and how stories are being covered. I look forward to seeing it pop into my inbox every morning.” Anyone can sign ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    7 days ago
  • Climate Change: Taking us for a ride
    Agricultural emissions has been an oozing sore in our climate change policy for over a decade. Exempted from the ETS in 2008, farmers were meant to be brought in and start paying for their emissions in 2012. Of course, National put a stop to that, and exempted them forever. When ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: An industry in denial
    Over the past few years it has become clear that coal has no future in Aotearoa. Rising carbon prices, a ban on new boilers and a legislated phase-out for existing infrastructure are going to drive it out of the market. To reinforce this, the government signed up for an anti-coal ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The “most open and transparent government ever” again
    The government is about to pass new vaccination mandate legislation under urgency. So obviously, they'd want to ensure it gets the best possible scrutiny in the limited time available by releasing the supporting policy documents, right? Of course not: On the eve of legislation to enable vaccination passes being ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Gordon Campbell on farmers playing the victim, plus Chile’s right turn
    Among the farming lobby groups, the good cop/bad cop routine has been working a treat. It suits Federated Farmers to keep daylight between itself and the Groundswell movement. Month in, year out the Federation continues to engage with the government over the very same water degradation/climate change regulations that Groundswell ...
    1 week ago
  • Important People
    The Herald has returned to form with a vengeance. In today’s issue, Barry Soper snipes at Jacinda’s handling of her regular press conferences. It seems that she did not give him an early chance to ask his very important question and took no account of his need to depart immediately ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • Parliament, the Courts and the end of three strikes (for now)
    Last week, Parliament embarked on the process of repealing the so-called “three strikes” provisions in the Sentencing Act 2002. Given that Labour, the Greens and Te Paati Māori all supported this repeal Bill at first reading (and that NZ First no longer is in government to block the move), three strikes’ eventual legislative demise seems ...
    PunditBy Andrew Geddis
    1 week ago
  • NZ Politics Daily: 23 November 2021
    Today’s NZPD testimonial from Martyn Bradbury, Editor, The Daily Blog “’NZ Politics Daily’ is one of the most important news and political resources run in New Zealand. The expert collation of opinion and news makes it an invaluable day to day resource as well as an incredible treasure for researchers in the future. ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand’s Emission Reduction Plan
    By Paul Callister and Robert McLachlan Fifty years ago, on 26 November 1971, the film “Notes on a New Zealand City: Wellington”, directed by Paul Maunder, premiered on Wellington TV. The narrator asks if Wellington’s future will involve suburban sprawl, traffic, motorways, suburban shopping malls, and the decentralization of employment; ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Dissing The Farmers.
    Neale vs The Revolting Farmers: One has to admire the way Capital Government Relations CEO, Neale Jones, covers-off all the bases of the current political zeitgeist. In a masterfully composed tweet, he lambasts the Groundswell protesters as sexists, racists and reactionaries, clinging for dear life to “a purely extractive economic ...
    1 week ago
  • How will carbon pricing impact inflation?
    This is a re-post from the Citizens' Climate Lobby blog Inflation — the decline of purchasing power as prices rise — is currently at its highest level in 30 years. This has led to concern among the public and policymakers about the rising costs of many important products like food, shelter, gasoline, ...
    1 week ago
  • (Lack of) Public Service Announcement: The National Library of New Zealand, Internet Archive, and Al...
    The National Library of New Zealand has not covered itself in glory in recent times. The decision to axe most of the Overseas Collection (some 600,000 books) in order to make way for more New Zealand items (which it collects already, and which amounts to some 3,000 items ...
    1 week ago
  • Game over for the HRPP
    Since its election loss earlier this year, Samoa's Human Rights Protection Party has been pinning its hopes on the upcoming by-elections to regain power. That was a pretty forlorn hope - with 18 seats, they would have had to win all seven by-elections and have two additional women appointed to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Chinese influence and American hate diffusion.
    Over the last decade concerns have been raised about Chinese “influence operations” in NZ and elsewhere. Run by CCP-controlled “United Front” organisations, influence operations are designed to promote PRC interests and pro-PRC views within the economic and political elites of the targeted country as well as Chinese diaspora communities. The ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • The Real Interests Of The Country.
    Off Message: Into the extremely fraught relationship between Town and Country, the Groundswell organisers have blundered like an Aberdeen-Angus steer in an organic vege-shop. Unreasonably proud of their rural economic virtues, and dangerously forthright in their enumeration of the cities’ political vices, these Kiwi equivalents of America’s “good ole boys” ...
    1 week ago
  • NZ Politics Daily: 22 November 2021
    Today’s NZPD testimonial from Minna Reid, Law student, Victoria University of Wellington “As a Uni student, staying up to date with current affairs is always important. The Daily Politics & Democracy Project by Bryce Edwards is of great service for this. It offers varying news sources I would not have found myself ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    1 week ago
  • Free speech is a people’s frank confession to itself
    by Daphna Whitmore The government is devising new “Hate Speech” laws to save New Zealand from something that has not been defined. When asked what is hate speech the Prime Minister replied “You know it when you see it”. The Human Rights Commission is supporting the law change and sees ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • 2021 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #47
    Listing of articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week: Sun, November 14, 2021 through Sat, November 20, 2021 The following articles sparked above average interest during the week: Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheeple? A.I. Maps 20 Years of Climate Conspiracies, COP Negotiators Demand Nations ...
    1 week ago
  • The F Words, by Barbara Gregorich
    Book review Barbara Gregorich is a writer and long time anti-capitalist in the US. She and her husband were interviewed for Redline about the social movements of the 1960s. Her latest book The F Words, has been reviewed by Guy Miller for Redline. The F Words by Barbara Gregorich bears ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • The Scourge of the Aimless Kick
    The below-par All Black performance against France was – sadly – afflicted, again, by what has become a feature of New Zealand rugby – the scourge of the aimless kick. It is surely a truism that, to win a rugby match, you must have the ball. But time and time ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • Delta Rocks Gibraltar: Lessons to be learned from Covid-19’s global resurgence.
    Hard To Beat: Perhaps the most important lesson to be drawn from what is happening in Gibraltar is that vaccination is not a magic bullet. Yes, it makes it harder to contract the virus, and significantly ameliorates its worst effects, but it does not confer absolute immunity to Covid-19 – ...
    1 week ago
  • I’ll take the masks and vaccines, thank you
    From Stuff:I don't want to be pedantic, but I'm pretty sure neither masks nor vaccines figure much in the Gospel of Saint John; nor has Jesus shown much efficacy in protecting people from anything. ...
    1 week ago
  • Hell To Pay: The alarming similarities between the Anti-Vaccination Movement and the creators of the...
    Never Let Go: If the violent prejudices of the Jim Crow South, echoing through contemporary struggles, teach us anything, it is that the defence of rationality, science and progressivism must never be allowed to falter. Those pre-modern night-riders, filled with unrelenting hate, are still out there. If the troops of ...
    2 weeks ago
  • A Peak Out of Auckland? + Other Covid Musings
    At last, we have some cause for optimism out of Auckland’s interminable Covid outbreak. Knowing our luck, it might be a false dawn… but there are some signs that we have seen the peak:
    2 weeks ago
  • Sing Song about Hard Times
    Celebrating Poet Anne KennedyThe 2021 Prime Minister's Award for Literary Achievement for Poetry went to Anne Kennedy. I have enjoyed her work since her first collection Sing Song. The poems’ setting is in the domestic life of a family of four, told from the mother’s perspective: moving house, the gruelling ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    2 weeks ago
  • A good problem to have
    Norway is the global success story on electric car uptake, with early policy and a well-signalled 2025 cutoff point for fossil vehicles resulting in 77% of new cars being EV's. But now they have a problem: not enough dirty cars to tax: Norway’s electric dream has been credited to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the politics of anger, plus a music playlist
    Angry? Are you talkin’ to ME? Of late, the Code Red levels of resentment inspired by the government’s Covid policy almost make one hanker for the days when people could write best-selling books about New Zealanders being The Passionless People. Not anymore. A hissy fit arms race seems to be ...
    2 weeks ago

  • More Vietnam Veterans to receive compensation for Agent Orange Exposure
    Minister for Veterans, the Hon Meka Whaitiri announced today that two new conditions associated with Agent Orange exposure have been added to the Prescribed Conditions List. Under the 2006 Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Crown and representatives of Vietnam veterans and the Royal New Zealand RSA. Vietnam veterans in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • Government commits to international effort to ban and regulate killer robots
    Minister of Disarmament and Arms Control Phil Twyford announced today that New Zealand will push for new international law to ban and regulate autonomous weapons systems (AWS), which once activated can select and engage targets without further human intervention. “While the evidence suggests fully autonomous weapons systems are not yet ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    11 hours ago
  • New freedom camping rules – right vehicle, right place
    Tougher freedom camping laws will be introduced to prevent abuse which has placed an unfair burden on small communities and damaged our reputation as a high quality visitor destination. Tourism Minister Stuart Nash has confirmed that new legislation will be introduced to Parliament following an extensive round of public consultation ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    12 hours ago
  • Government invests to support a classic Kiwi summer
    Vaccinated New Zealanders can look forward to Kiwi summer events with confidence, while artists and crew will have more certainty, following the launch of details of the Arts and Culture Event Support Scheme, Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Carmel Sepuloni announced today. “The Government recognises that the arts and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    12 hours ago
  • Grace period for expired driver licences cruises into 2022
    Due to the ongoing Delta outbreak and extended lockdowns, all New Zealand driver licences and licence endorsements that expired on or after 21 July 2021 will now be valid until 31 May 2022, Transport Minister Michael Wood announced today. “This further extension to the validity of driver licenses recognises that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    12 hours ago
  • Delivered: 1,000 extra transitional homes
    A further 1,000 transitional homes delivered  New housing development starts in Flaxmere, Hastings  The Government has delivered the next 1,000 transitional housing places it promised, as part of its work to reduce homelessness. Housing Minister Dr Megan Woods is marking the milestone in Hastings at a new development that includes ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    13 hours ago
  • Traffic light levels announced
    The levels at which different parts of New Zealand will move forward into the COVID-19 Protection Framework this Friday have been announced. Northland, Auckland, Taupō and Rotorua Lakes Districts, Kawerau, Whakatane, Ōpōtiki Districts, Gisborne District, Wairoa District, Rangitikei, Whanganui and Ruapehu Districts will move in at Red The rest of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Financial support to move to traffic light system
    A new transition payment will be made available particularly for affected businesses in Auckland, Waikato and Northland to acknowledge the restrictions they have faced under the higher Alert Levels. Transition payment of up to $24,000 as businesses move into traffic light system Leave Support Scheme and Short Term Absence Payment ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • New Ambassador to Russia announced
    Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta today announced the appointment of Sarah Walsh as New Zealand’s next Ambassador to Russia. “Aotearoa New Zealand and Russia have a long-standing relationship, engaging on a range of regional and global interests including disarmament and Antarctica issues. We also work together as members of the East ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • New Permanent Representative to the UN announced
    Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta today announced the appointment of Carolyn Schwalger as Permanent Representative to the New Zealand Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York. “Aotearoa New Zealand is a founding member of the UN and we have worked hard to ensure our stance on human rights, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Further COVID-19 economic support for Cook Islands and Fiji announced
    Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta today announced a further package of support for the Cook Islands and Fiji for COVID-19 economic support and recovery. “Aotearoa New Zealand remains committed to supporting our Pacific fanau and vuvale to respond to the impacts of COVID-19 on their economies, and move towards long-term ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New law will clear the air for tamariki in vehicles
    From today, it’s illegal to smoke or vape in most vehicles carrying children aged under 18 years old - whether the vehicle is moving or not. “Second-hand smoke poses an unacceptable risk to our tamariki and rangatahi,” Associate Minister of Health Dr Ayesha Verrall said. “We know children in vehicles ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Nine countries designated very high risk
    Nine southern African countries are being added to the very high risk countries list following public health advice around the newly discovered COVID-19 variant Omicron, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said. This afternoon, a public health risk assessment was carried out to assess the emerging evidence and any risk to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Foreign Affairs Minister concludes final stage of world trip
    Foreign Affairs Minister Hon Nanaia Mahuta today departed North America to return home to Aotearoa, concluding the last stage of her 17-day world trip. The final leg of her trip saw her visit the United States of America and Canada for a number of high-level discussions. While in Washington D.C., ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Milestone launch of Pacific Languages Unit
    Today’s official launch of the Pacific Languages Unit is a milestone for our Pacific communities, the Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio said. The Pacific Languages Unit brings together a new set of language supports within the Ministry for Pacific Peoples to provide advice, commission research, maintain standards, promote ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Public Health Lecture – University of Otago
    Public Health - Lessons from New Zealand’s COVID-19 response and opportunities for the future E nga mana, E nga reo,                                          E nga iwi. Tēna koutou katoa. Ka huri ki nga mana whenua o te rohe nei. Tēna koutou. He mihi hoki ki a tatou kua tau mai nei I raro I ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New Zealand statement on situation in Honiara, Solomon Islands
    Aotearoa New Zealand is deeply concerned by the events which have been unfolding in Honiara, Solomon Islands, since Wednesday. “New Zealand is a long-standing partner of Solomon Islands, and there are deep and enduring connections between our two countries,” Acting Foreign Affairs Minister David Parker said. “Our engagement in Solomon ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Nailed it! Over 500 apprentices get jobs boost
    Over 500 apprentices and cadets have been placed into work across New Zealand thanks to the Government’s booming build programme, that’s both constructing public houses, and maintaining older homes. Housing Minister Megan Woods announced the milestone today at a public housing construction site in Riccarton, Christchurch. “This Government’s investment in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Investment to support maternal mental health
    Associate Minister of Health Dr Ayesha Verrall has announced an investment to help expand maternal mental health services in five District Health Boards. “Supporting parent’s mental wellbeing during their child’s first 1000 days, from conception to two years of age, is critical to the long-term emotional, mental and physical wellbeing ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Workplace vaccination requirements extended to cover Police and NZ Defence Force
    With the support of the organisations, additional vaccination requirements will cover sworn members, recruits and authorised officers of the New Zealand Police, and all New Zealand Defence Force staff. First doses of the vaccine for workers in these organisations are required by 17 January 2022, and second doses by 1 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Aotearoa New Zealand and Canada to pursue greater Indigenous collaboration
    During her visit to Ottawa, the Honourable Nanaia Mahuta, New Zealand Minister of Foreign Affairs and Associate Minister for Māori Development, met with the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Canadian Minister of Indigenous Services, and the Honourable Marc Miller, Canadian Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, to further expand and develop the positive relationship ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Māori vaccination rates reach 80% first dose
    Associate Minister of Health (Māori) Hon Peeni Henare today confirmed that Māori across the motu have now reached 80 percent for first doses of the COVID-19 vaccination nationally. “We have seen a huge increase in vaccinations for Māori throughout November, since the beginning of the month the increase for first ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Subsequent Children legislation to change
    The Government has today introduced legislation that will reverse provisions in the Oranga Tamariki Act as part of a path to rebuild trust and confidence in the organisation. “The Oranga Tamariki Amendment Bill makes a number of changes but by far the most important is the partial repeal of the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Security Information in Proceedings Legislation Bill introduced to Parliament
    The Minister of Justice has confirmed the introduction of the Security Information in Proceedings Legislation Bill to Parliament. National security information is information which, if disclosed, would be likely to prejudice New Zealand’s security, defence, or international relations. “This Bill adds to the Government’s work to strengthen New Zealand’s protections ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Shortcomings revealed in power cut investigation
    No household should have had their power disconnected 18 recommendations, mostly EA and Transpower related The EA must strengthen its oversight of the system operator An investigation into power cuts that left more than 34,000 households without electricity on one of the coldest nights of the year has found that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • COVID-19 Protection Framework supported by new testing and contact tracing strategy
    Wider use of rapid antigen testing from 1 December Increasing daily laboratory capacity to 60,000 PCR tests Q1 2022 A new national telehealth case investigation service with 475 investigators A nearly $1 billion investment in testing, contact tracing and case investigation A new national testing strategy will provide better protection ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Supporting New Zealanders to recover from COVID-19 in the community
    $300 million boost to Pharmac to buy new medicines to treat COVID-19 Care in the Community approach will see most cases receive initial contact from a healthcare provider wiithin 24 hours Support pack provided within 48 hours Regular health checks throughout recovery The Government is increasing the support for New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Additional support for people isolating at home
    New regional MSD COVID-19 welfare teams to coordinate social service support for those isolating at home Regional teams working alongside other government agencies, iwi/Māori and community providers for housing, food and income support Government investment of $204.1m into welfare system support for Care in the Community Minister for Social Development ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Tax bill provides vital support for families
    A boost to Working for Families tax credits, as part of a package of financial support that will see 346,000 families better off, has been passed into law late last night.  Revenue Minister David Parker said the measures would lift the incomes of those receiving the Family Tax Credit, the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New text service to support disabled peoples’ vaccinations
    Efforts to support disabled peoples’ vaccinations go from strength-to-strength with the launch of a new text service, Minister for Disability Issues Carmel Sepuloni announced today. The service, run by Whakarongorau Aotearoa on behalf of the Ministry of Health, is in response to feedback from the disability community and is an ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Proactive Calendar Release – October 2021
    ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Pacific community reach vaccination milestone
    Pacific communities across the nation have rolled up their sleeves and played their part to reach a major vaccination milestone, 90 percent  have now had their first vaccination, Aupito William Sio, Minister for Pacific Peoples and Associate Minister of Health said. “Reaching this milestone reflects the work Pacific Health Providers ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Reconnecting New Zealand – the next steps
    Fully vaccinated Kiwis and other eligible travellers can travel to NZ from Australia without staying in MIQ from 11.59pm Sunday, 16 January 2022 Fully vaccinated Kiwis and other eligible travellers can travel to NZ from all other countries from 11.59pm Sunday, 13 February 2022 All fully vaccinated individuals will be ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Shot in the arm for Canterbury tourism
    A brand new tourism attraction launched in the Canterbury high country is designed to transform the regional economy from seasonal peaks and troughs of past visitor trends. Regional Economic Development and Tourism Minister Stuart Nash has officially opened the Ōpuke Pools at Methven, which received government backing from the Provincial ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Combined efforts connecting locals to nature
    A Government investment in six community and iwi-led projects across the Hawke’s Bay district will provide nature-based jobs for more than 60 locals, Conservation Minister Kiri Allan says. “Combined, these projects are contributing to a really ambitious conservation effort across the region, while at the same time up-skilling and offering ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Empowering Diverse Communities
    Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence and Sexual Violence Marama Davidson has approved five funding grants to support national-level family violence and sexual violence prevention initiatives for LGBTQIA+ people, disabled people, older people and new migrant communities. “Local community initiatives are a key lever in reducing violence. The Government ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Moriori Claims Settlement Bill passes Third Reading
    The Moriori Claims Settlement Bill has passed its third reading at Parliament, marking the completion of the historical Treaty of Waitangi settlement process for Moriori. “This is the final milestone for Moriori and the Crown and is a new beginning in our relationship,” Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Andrew ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Permanent drug-checking law passed and new providers appointed
    Drug-checking services will continue to operate legally at festivals, pop-up clinics, university orientation weeks and other places this summer and beyond, thanks to a law passed today, Health Minister Andrew Little says. The services have been legal since last summer under temporary legislation that expires next month. The Government’s Drug ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Pacific communities supported to transition to the COVID-19 Protection Framework
    The Government has agreed to support Pacific health providers and communities’ transition to the new COVID-19 Protection Framework, Minister for Pacific Peoples and Associate Minister of Health, Aupito William Sio said. The Government recognises that there is a clear need to prepare new systems and healthcare approaches, to protect and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government helps Pasifika Festivals to ride the COVID wave
    As we transition into a new way of managing COVID and take steps towards giving vaccinated New Zealanders more freedoms to enjoy Aotearoa’s arts and culture, 19 Pasifika festivals across the motu are receiving funding through the Pasifika Festivals Initiative, Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Carmel Sepuloni said. These ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago