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Child crime and bullying

Written By: - Date published: 6:43 am, April 5th, 2011 - 41 comments
Categories: child discipline, crime, education, families, john key - Tags: ,

One of the Nats’ minor propaganda lines at the last election was drumming up hysteria about crime, particularly youth crime. John Key said they would “act now to defuse these unexploded human time-bombs, who are on the fast-track to Paremoremo”. It was mostly just rhetoric, and Key’s favoured solution of boot camps are having no effect. Instead, what we are seeing under Key’s government is an escalation of violence at an even earlier age, violence committed by children:

Crime shock: NZ’s little thugs

Criminal assaults by children of primary school age soared last year, and police were called to more than one case a week. Crime statistics show the number of children under 9 apprehended for assaults last year was 64, almost double the 33 recorded in 2009. … There were also more assaults in the 10-13 age group – there were 827 apprehensions last year, against 770 in 2009.

Houston, we have a problem. So what’s going on?

Psychologist Sara Chatwin said it was clear that exposure to violent television programmes led to more aggressive and violent behaviour in children. “More and more, we’re seeing this kind of stuff on the screens and children and young people have more access to it. A large percentage of this behaviour is copycat stuff.”

Yes, TV violence is a factor in the big picture, but it doesn’t explain a sudden increase last year.

Ms Chatwin said another reason children were more readily committing assaults was a breakdown in parental control. “Families under stress, parents under stress, parents working hard to feed their families, not having enough time to put into discipline, and kids being left to their own devices.”

That seems more likely. Families have certainly been under stress lately, and will be more and more so as National keeps hacking away at early childhood education, and punishing those at the bottom of the economic heap with ever increasing prices, GST increases, derisory increases in the minimum wage, anti-worker employment law and the like. Children are the canaries in the coal mine. When life gets tough for families, all too often it is the children that suffer first.

John Key doesn’t like to look bad. In particular, he needs the illusion that everything is just smile and wave fine in NZ to hold until the November election. Probably aware of these stats on child crime, he has used a couple of high profile cases of brutal bullying incidents to call for schools to crack down. Trouble is, Key wasn’t telling schools anything they didn’t already know, and weren’t already acting vigilantly on. Consequently, Key’s useless posturing didn’t go down too well:

Backlash at Key’s instructions on bullying

Prime Minister John Key’s order to schools to stamp out bullying has been slammed by parents and experts as a publicity stunt. One educational psychologist labelled his response an act of bullying itself. …

“The government modelled one of the most brazen acts of bullying I have witnessed outside of the schoolyard. Prime Minister John Key ordered boards of trustees and principals to be reminded of their responsibilities, threatening to bring the wrath of ERO on them if they do not act appropriately.

“Instead of asking what additional resources were needed to handle the issue or consulting with schools and families about why [current initiatives] are not being effective with bullying, they engaged in the same blame and shame policy they’re asking schools to use with families.”

While trying to push the blame on to school boards the Nats are, as per clueless usual, actually working to make the problem worse. Not only by the big picture economic attack on the poor, but with specific bungling such as cuts to early childhood education, and cuts to family violence funding.

Expect to see this problem getting worse. Expect to see John Key looking for new ways to try and pass the blame…

41 comments on “Child crime and bullying”

  1. Nick K 1

    …but with specific bungling such as cuts to early childhood education, and cuts to family violence funding.

    …..and repeal of s59 of the Crimes Act.

    • r0b 1.1

      So you think the cause of violent behaviour in children is that we’re not beating them enough?  Interesting theory.

  2. higherstandard 2


    As far as words and terms cou’d go.

    All which he understood by rote,

    And, as occasion serv’d, would quote;

    No matter whether right or wrong,

    They might be either said or sung.

    His notions fitted things so well,

    That which was which he could not tell;

    But oftentimes mistook th’ one

    For th’ other, as great clerks have done.

    He could reduce all things to acts,
    And knew their natures by abstracts;

  3. chris73 3

    Backlash at Key’s instructions on bullying

    The fact they thought that John Key was bullying suggests they may not actually know what bullying is

    • ianmac 3.1

      Interesting chris. Were the girls featured on TV examples of bullying or straight out violent assault? Perhaps you could define bullying/assault in a black and white way.

      • chris73 3.1.1

        Violent assault so charges should be laid

        • joe90 3.1.1.1

          About the assault that was posted on youtube, there’s lots more to it than has been reported and from what I’ve been told the who did what to who parallels the Casey Heynes incident.

      • chris73 3.1.2

        (Wouldn’t let me edit my previous)
         
        The problem is of course that any time a union/govt department etc etc doesn’t like/approve of something the PM says then they claim bullying.
         
        However, like the boy that cried wolf, use it too many times and people start to realise whats what (like Chris Carter)

        • Draco T Bastard 3.1.2.1

          When the PM says that he will use the full weight of the law against an institute without even checking to see what needs to be done from his position within the government then it is clearly bullying.

        • Deborah Kean 3.1.2.2

          Bullying is not always physical! Did you not realise that?

  4. ianmac 4

    Psychologist Sara Chatwin said it was clear that exposure to violent television programmes led to more aggressive and violent behaviour in children.

    No Sara. There has been research done on this for years. There is very little evidence to support the argument. By far the greatest influence is the family and if positive family examples are missing, then example by peers, perhaps junior gangs, become the norm. (People who watch pornography are less likely to commit sex crimes.) And since violence on TV and film has been around for a generation or more it does not explain the events now.
     

    • M 4.1

      Concur, ianmac. In Japan there are many violent comics and video games but Japanese people do not seem to be axe murderers on the rampage. As indicated in ‘The Spirit Level’ the more and equal and cohesive a society, the better outcomes there are in almost every category. In NZ society, such high ideals I’m afraid are more fond memories. 

  5. vto 5

    “Miss Chatwin said another reason children were more readily committing assaults was a breakdown in parental control.”

    Well well well, is that a direct hit on Sue Bradford’s anti-smacking law?? It is clear that parents options for child control were reduced by her law. Perhaps the consequences have arisen rather rapidly? If so, lets just hope that child control measures that should fill the gap Bradford created will become part of our culture quickly. Perhaps Bradofrd herself could deal with this given it is her creation..

    Smacking as a child control measure has been removed from NZ society creating a gap. Simple.

    And it is naive in the extreme to expect that physical sanction should play no part in our society. It has done in near every society in near every century since the dawn of manwomankind. Our current situation in NZ (except that allowing such physical sanction by the State of course) is an anomoly. Perhaps it is then no surprise that other anomolies such as increasing child assaults have arisen..

    • r0b 5.1

      As above (1.1). Violence breeds violence, and beating children more makes them more violent not less.

      It’s much more likely, as per post, that family violence is on the increase, due to the economic stress that families are under in this brave new world.  Children follow role models – my guess is violence at home is creating more violent children.

      • vto 5.1.1

        I don’t know if it is that simple r0b. I understand your point but suspect that this may have arisen simply because child control measures, rightly or wrongly, have had a huge gap created in them by Bradford’s law. And that gap is putting out a smell until such time that it is repaired or filled or something..

        Or perhaps in combination with your point about tough times.

        • r0b 5.1.1.1

          “A huge gap” – do you really think so? Have parents really changed their behaviour?

          My guess is no. The only thing that has changed is that in the most extreme cases, when the police decide to prosecute, the accused parents have one less legal defence option than they used to have. My guess is that for the overwhelming majority of parents, the overwhelming majority of their behaviour hasn’t changed at all.

          I’ve got no data on this, and I’m interested in any data / links of course…

          • vto 5.1.1.1.1

            Yes I do think parental behaviour has changed. In my experience most would have used smacking to some extent and now they cannot, and don’t (most of the time). We are parents who have had to change a little and without doubt at times struggle with an alternative. Most parents struggle with child control without the smacking option, or rather without a useful alternative that they know and trust to work as well as smacking.

            Imo there is a gap (perhaps not “huge”) and as we all know nature abhors a vacuum. What is filling it? Well I don’t know but the subject of this thread offers a possibility.

            Links? Sorry, only links I have are to my wobbly opinions and anecdotes. (and fwiw its worth the anti-smacking law was a good move imo, it just has consequences thats all).

            • r0b 5.1.1.1.1.1

              My child raising experience was long long ago and I don’t know many young families these days, so you certainly have more personal and anecdotal evidence to draw on than me.

              But I’m sure I’ve seem some data on parental behaviour since s59 somewhere. No chance to chase it today, but will at some future time perhaps…

              • PeteG

                I doubt if it’s got much if anything to do with s59. The seeds of violence are much longer term, generational, and often ingrained in kids when they are young.
                 
                The sort of violence we are seeing is possibly stress related, parents taking their stress out by bashing their kids, and those are the kids most likely to be bashing other kids, thugs tend to look for targets they think they won’t get a backlash from.
                 
                It’s harder to be sure what is causing the stress that may be causing more violence. Job loss and money problems are known, as are seasonal influences like Christmas. Earthquakes may be another.
                 
                We could blame nature for the earthquakes, or we could blame world finances for the recession, or we could blame the DPB for fragmented families, or we could blame people turning their backs on religion, but it’s easier to just blame the current government.
                 
                 
                 

                • Colonial Viper

                  but it’s easier to just blame the current government.

                  Its easy to blame this Government for abandoning those families on less than $40,000 p.a. (the median wage) since that is what they are actually doing.

                   

                • Draco T Bastard

                  We’re blaming the current government for not doing anything about the recession by helping those most in need and, in fact, making it even harder on those people by giving tax cuts to the rich and increasing taxes on the poor.

                • RobC

                  Pete, I will try and keep my criticism constructive (I will probably fail). Look at your post. It starts off with “I doubt if” … followed by “…is possibly related…”, then “it’s harder to be sure”, a couple of “may be” references, and ending up with a whole lot of “we could” statements.

                  Over the last couple of days, I’ve stated my opinion you “piss in the wind”. Look at your post. To try and keep this post short, basically you couch your opinions in language that allows you to express opinions without actually expressing them. That gives you the ability to deny you actually expressed an opinion in the first place.

                  If by design, I understand why others jump on you the way they do. If that is your intention, congratulations. However, I will draw the attention of moderators to this practice and ask they keep a close eye on it.

                  If by chance it is accidental, my respectful suggestion is to grow some balls and express what you actually believe in without using the language of a spineless snake.

                  [lprent: It isn’t part of the policy. Personally it rather amuses me as being poor technique because it gives rather a lot of room for sarcastic replies. It also tends to reveal someone as not knowing much worth listening to. They have few opinions worth arguing. Their style is that of those bloody silly debaters waffling about pointlessly. ]

                  • PeteG

                    I don’t call myself a viper.
                     
                    I’m aware the way I express things pisses some people off. It may be an annoying manner. But often there are no definitive good/evil, yes/no, black/white answers that some seem to prefer and try and insist on. More often than not there are many shades of grey, and varied nuance,  if some people don’t think that way then too bad, I won’t go extreme just to keep them happy.
                     
                    What I find amusing, this has happened on KB too, those who grizzled about me “sitting on the fence” were also those who grizzled when I stood up to their crap. Don’t worry, I can do strong when I feel like it. I’ve even had the occasional strong disagreement with DPF.
                     
                    I have sometimes thought about what you’re getting at, and I think part of it is different ways people like to use blogs. You get one extreme like Redbaiter who always wanted to state his piece and would never debate it, that was his final word and he could only follow up with avoidance and abuse. I guess I’m the other side of that scale, I blog to learn, to discuss and to provoke thought and discussion, so I often don’t open with my final word, but an opening idea. Sure, sometimes it’s provocative and designed to push some buttons. But is it a discussion blog or a soapbox? It can be interesting and informative to see how a subject can progress, and I sometimes change my mind as I hear other views.
                     
                    Some people using blogs start with a fixed and final view and hate  being challenged. And obviously some don’t like it when I challenge my own and other views on an ongoing basis. I am how I am, if I piss the wrong people off and they kick me off here then so be it. I won’t try and fit a mold.
                     
                    One of the best things I’ve learnt on blogs is it’s very easy to ignore what you can’t be bothered with. If you so choose.

                    So I guess, taking your closing advice, pull your head in or get me kicked off.

                    • RobC

                      Upon reflection, my last sentence was overly-provocative and deserved your last sentence in reply.

                      I also accept that many issues are not black and white. I guess what annoys me (and perhaps others) is your approach adds to the hues of gray.

                      A good blog is a discussion forum, not a soapbox, I agree. I guess my point is too much vacillation at the expence of expressed opinion detracts, rather than contributes, to that ideal.

                      I have to pass the computer over to the stepdaughter, to be continued another time.

                    • PeteG

                      Something I have just been reminded about on another thread – a degree of pussyfooting may be a symptom of the ever felt presence of targeted moderation. You may not have had to experience it but it can be a real factor here.

                    • lprent []

                      Yep it is targeted alright. Comes down to our pure dislike of trolls, people who waste our time, and reading crap comments. To see why we do it, just look back to posts in late 2007 and early 2008. That was when I couldn’t be bothered reading comments here because thru were so boring. It was just like usenet when I had to give up reading the alt and later comp newsgroups.

                      But I can’t remember particularly targeting you as a moderator apart from your bad habit of quoting without linking. Which you seem to have corrected your behavior on these days

                    • ianmac

                      If it wasn’t for the contrary point of view we would all agree and the discussion would be over. It is helpful to know what the “others” think and sometimes the others such as Tsmithfield and Pete contribute ideas that give pause even if the socialist democrats disagree.
                      In the end though, it is them v us so tough. Up the Workers!  Workers Unite. Down with the NAct Government!

                    • felix

                      Pete. It’s nothing to do with actually sitting on the fence or actually not taking a binary position.
                       
                      It’s nothing to do with expressing an opinion that’s unpopular here.
                       
                      It’s nothing to do with being a victim of moderation (you’re not).
                       
                      It’s that, as RobC said, you phrase things in a way that allows you to express quite extreme positions while pretending you haven’t.
                       
                      And you know it.
                       
                       

                    • PeteG

                      No felix, you try to apply extreme meanings to what I say, and you know it. You just don’t want to accept that I’m not what you want to portray me as. You’ll get sick of the charade long before I stop being myself.
                       
                      If you want to understand what hovering moderation is like try a stint somewhere like http://truebluenz.wordpress.com/ – you might also learn the difference between debate and berate from the other side of the coin, and get to experience having extreme interpretations (aka bullshit) applied to what you post. I managed to do a week there before I got bored with it.

                • Deborah Kean

                  “we could blame the DPB for fragmented families,”
                  I think you’ve got cause and effect muddled up there, Petey.

                  • felix

                    Perfect example of Pete’s duplicity.
                     
                    See he didn’t actually say he believed that.
                     
                    He slipped it in there with a bunch of givens, the context clearly indicating that he considers it a foregone conclusion.
                     
                    But if you question him, he didn’t actually say it, did he?
                     
                    His next move isn’t to deny it though, his next move is to argue the point as if he had said it.
                     
                    Eventually he’ll contradict himself, and you’ll point it out, and then all of a sudden he never said any such thing to begin with.
                     
                    And then everybody’s picking on him. Yawn.

        • Draco T Bastard 5.1.1.2

          I think you’re grasping at straws.
          Considering the lowering wages and increased stress of the last few years it’s likely that there has been an increase of violence (financial stress has been proven to be a driver of domestic violence) and also that people may be working longer hours and so no longer have the time to control the children.

          • vto 5.1.1.2.1

            hmmm, some straws all through this post methinks. Probably likely that this increase is a combination of factors, including the one you mention dtb. However, weren’t there some stats a few back indicating that violent crime had in fact dropped?

            It would be fascinating to know the true reason with some certainty. Combo of s.59, tough financial times, increased screen violence, increased child independence (e.g. cellphone), increased antipathy towards traditional authority, P, etc etc I suspect.

  6. randal 6

    bullying is not only endemic in our society it is epidemic too.
    it starts the moment anyone turns the telly on where nearly everyone uses interrogatives in both scripted and unscripted  conversation.
    this is a form of emotional bullying right at the heart of our culture and the rest follows.
    it is as common as coronation street and in daily use by politicians who want to others to agree with them.
    lie nise in our society start with the small things and the rest will follow but our society is so shallow and so flibbertygibbet that the prospect about doing anything positive is very remote. 

  7. joe90 7

    Off topic but a nephew and niece of mine really do behave like this.

  8. ianmac 8

    Crime statistics show the number of children under 9 apprehended for assaults last year was 64, almost double the 33 recorded in 2009. …

    A question has arisen on the validity/importance of the numbers of child violence in relation to the number of children.
    64 out of a child population of about 365,000 is not quite as bad as it seems. About .00017. However any kid exercising violence is a symptom of concern.

  9. fabregas4 9

    As to basic stress levels rising for families I think I live and work in a real bell weather community. Small, largely Maori community, rural, decile 1. The school breakfast club tells me a lot.  Two years ago I was thinking that it was no longer required – now just under one quarter of the school uses it every day.  Lunches are getting smaller and less healthy.  No surprise that our normally calm and learning focussed school has had a few more problems behaviour wise this term.  Additionally several families have returned to Northland from Auckland through lack of work and transience which had reduced to nil is back on the table. We usually ask for $20 school donation each year – this year very few have paid.  I brought a pair of my sons jeans that he had grown out of to give to someone at school and there was a whole heap of children after them.

    Times are harder that is surely true, my job has got harder because of it and we get reminded of our obligations!  I would love to remind Key and Tolley about their obligations.    

    PS: Thinking of getting a cardboard cut out of Key to overlook the playground saying “I demand that there shall be no bullying” – that should ensure that it never happens.

  10. randal 10

    hey if we talk about it long enough it will just go away!

  11. Samuel Hill 11

    Bullying levels could be lowered. The fact of the matter is that THERE HAS to be government leadership on this, because either way you are asking either a teacher or a parent to ‘control’ the behaviour of a child. If the government doesn’t do anything, then we will just have to pick up the tab later when these kids are robbing and bashing people down at the local shopping mall, rather than each other at school. This is basically what is happening right now. The government needs to start intervening to see children are being brought up to understand a differet set of morals, one different to the violent lives so many children are subjected to.

    Are we underestimating the event of corporal punishment being abolished? I don’t know, but Teachers are now helpless in the face of school violence. I remember seeing teachers punched and kicked at my school in the early 2000s. I was involved in one brawl at our school in 2003 where our two school security guards broke us up. I don’t know how many people realise that these kind of things have been going on for a long time, and just like the “P Epidemic” which gripped the media’s attention 3 years ago, they’re probably 10 or more years behind the eight ball. Fighting is always going to happen, just like drug use, but now with these American influenced gangs and cultures which have emerged over the last 10 or 15 years, and a Government so obsessed with adopting the American system in so many areas, it appears that these groups are being accepted as part of our being. We should have annihilated this culture before it could have entered our realm.

    How did you older generations let this happen? Why is the Baby Boomer generation so pussy?? Now they want everyone of Generation X,Y,Z to pay for their mistakes of debt and pollution, and neo-liberal economics. I don’t see many middle aged men standing up to say what they are doing to stop the problems youth have. Accept for that one silly prick asking students to pay back their loans. YOU PAY YOURS BACK CALLAGHAN.. Oh wait, thats right. You didn’t get one.

    Where are these middle aged men, people like John Key who got a free ride, with his STATE house and STATE education. Sure he might not have been born with a silver spoon in his mouth, but I bet his mother atleast was a good woman and I doubt he was subjected to eating cockroaches for lunch. They want to sell our country off. Key dreams of neo-pioneer spirit in our country, of entrepreneurship and a growing economy. We need capital to create financially viable ideas Mr. Key. We should just tick up as much debt as we can to get things doe. Really WHO CARES ABOUT DEBT. I’m not paying my Student Loan back, if National get rid of the interest-free loans, they may as well say goodbye to half that money owed to them, because most students will leave and won’t be back. Seriously, you think people won’t? And nevermind the people who will choose NOT to study and go to Aussie where they CAN get apprenticeships and better wages.

    People are falling through the cracks because the floorboards are rotten. How can we build a strong structure for our future when our base (the youth) are experiencing an experimental system of individualism which became the status quo. We have become passive consumers rather than hands on teachers and learners. I am not knocking teachers here, I am simply stating that the decay of community involvement has seen an alienation of certain values. There is a problem in our work places where young people can’t go out and get an apprenticeship. Firstly, there are no jobs, and secondly a lot of older people aren’t willing to help train these young ‘know-it-alls”  It is time for the real men and woman of New Zealand to stand up and lend a helping had, or offer their support to those with the resources to do so. Where are our role models standing up to tell people what is wrong and what is right. “Oh no we can’t tell people whats wrong and right” Bullshit. 

    All of you with a point of view should stand up and express it. You don’t have to be a genius to see where the problems are coming from in this country. When we choose to band together and address these issues directly, through action, instead of arguing with each other, then things might get done in this country.

  12. PeteG 12

    Bullying levels could be lowered. The fact of the matter is that THERE HAS to be government leadership on this…

    How? There is a lot of bullying in parliament, in politics generally, and on political blogs. There’s bullying on the roads. There’s bullying in homes. There’s widespread intolerance of anyone who’s different.
     
    All we need to do is convince kids they should do as some of us say, not as most of us do?
     

    • Samuel Hill 12.1

      Bullying when it comes to senseless attacks on weaker children is what I refer to. We should be defining to our children what constitutes a battle that should be fought, as compared to abusing your strengths via picking on the weak. Violent aggression against innocent participants in every day society is what I define as bullying. Bullying in parliament? Well thats to be expected, with grown men and women in a competitive democratic system. Bullying in blogs? Thats free speech, if they are bullying certain innocent individuals than we should call these people out and expose them for the bigoted dickheads they are. Bullying on the roads? Of course, thats why we have such incredibly bad statistics of road accidents and road deaths. Indeed we can looking to our driving, I would suggest, as a fair reflection of the immature responses and attitudes we use towards problems in this country. 

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    RedlineBy Admin
    2 days ago
  • Time for a living wage for supermarket workers
    Since the lockdown began, we've all suddenly been reminded who the actually essential workers in our society are: not the people at the top who pay themselves the big bucks and rort the perks, but the people at the bottom they screw over and squeeze: cleaners, warehouse staff, truck drivers ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Hard News: MUSIC: Lockdown Grooves
    Kia ora! As I've watched nearly all my remaining work vanish over the past couple of days, it has occured to me that one good way to keep me away from arguing with fools on Twitter all the time (in the knowledge that all we're really doing is processing our ...
    2 days ago
  • A place of greater safety?
    Aotearoa New Zealand has committed to trying to extirpate the virus that causes COVID-19 from its shores. To do that, as a society we’ve moved to “Level 4”. That means adapting to unprecedented restrictions on our personal freedoms, particularly to our rights to move freely and associate with friends and ...
    PunditBy Andrew Geddis
    2 days ago
  • The police and public trust
    When the Prime Minister declared a state of emergency last week, she handed the police powers to enforce it. And almost immediately, we started hearing about heavy-handed, arbitrary "enforcement" by police who (at best) cared more about order than law, or (more likely) had no idea what the rules were ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 4
    . . Lock Down: Day 4 – A photo essay with observations . March 29: Usual wake up routine as RNZ snaps on my radio-clock. Jim Mora’s voice slowly enters my conciousness; there’s talk of a second wave of covid19 taking hold in South Korea; the week in Parliament – ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    3 days ago
  • COVID-19 vs New Zealand
    Yesterday, New Zealand recorded its first Covid-19 related death on the West Coast. Unfortunately this is unlikely to be the only fatality, with the virus now being found in every region of the country.However despite the significant danger, people are still unfortunately breaching lockdown rules.There’s really only one main very ...
    3 days ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #13
    Story of the Week... Toon of the Week... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Claim Review... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week... Story of the Week... ‘Misinformation kills’: The link between coronavirus conspiracies and climate denial   Grist / Rob Kim / Stringer / CSA Images  Scientific ...
    3 days ago
  • Rāhui day 4
    The kids did surprisingly well today – meltdown count was about 3, and mostly fairly short ones. (And a fourth while I was writing.) Game-wise I had a go at Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark. It’s a fairly standard RPG with turn-based combat and what they call a “mature storyline” (it ...
    The little pakehaBy chrismiller
    3 days ago
  • Letter to a friend
    by Don Franks Hi David, Nice hearing from you, I’m glad to hear you’re getting by okay in these grim times. You asked how’s it going for us back here in New Zealand. You would have heard that the whole country is locked down and with breaks for exercise and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    3 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 3
    . . Lock Down: Day 3 – A photo essay with observations . March 28: First day of the first weekend in Lock Down. It feels like it’s been weeks since only Level 3 was declared last Tuesday, only four days ago. Woke up this morning to RNZ; coffee; toast, ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    4 days ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #13
    A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Mar 22, 2020 through Sat, Mar 28, 2020 Articles Linked to on Facebook Sun, Mar 22, 2020 In Just 10 Years, Warming Has Increased the Odds of Disasters by Chelsea Harvey, ...
    4 days ago
  • Rāhui day 3
    I’m here in lockdown with my flatmate and her two girls (6 and 2) and it. is. a time. They’re usually really active so to start with the only boardgame in the house is the copy of Guess Who that the 6 year old got for her birthday. Flatmate commented ...
    The little pakehaBy chrismiller
    4 days ago
  • A test of civil society.
    The CV-19 (COVID) pandemic has seen the imposition of a government ordered national quarantine and the promulgation of a series of measures designed to spread the burden of pain and soften the economic blow on the most strategically important and most vulnerable sectors of society. The national narrative is framed ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    4 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 2
    . . Lock Down: Day 2 – A photo essay with observations . March 27 – Day 2 of our Strange New World. The Park and Ride near my suburb, usually filled with hundreds of vehicles, had just… four; . . Another drive into Wellington City on a highway nearly ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    5 days ago
  • How Do You Feel? What Do You Think?
    Fortune's Children: Under extraordinary pressure, the leader of the Government and the leader of the Opposition will each show us what they are made of. Have they been blessed with intelligence, grace, wit, poise, toughness, empathy and humour – and in what measure? More importantly, to what extent have they ...
    5 days ago
  • Landlords are NOT an essential service
    If you’ve ever had the misfortune of having to rent a property on the open market in New Zealand, which is one of the most expensive in the entire world, you’ll likely be keenly aware of just how arrogant and entitled landlords and their real estate agents can be.Unfortunately for ...
    5 days ago
  • A “new Society” post-COVID19 will definitely emerge. The question is: on what path?
    Society-wise, aside from the specific morbidity shall we say of the medically-oriented aspects of this COVID-19 crisis, what is unfolding before the world is in more than one way an instructive study of humanity and reactions to a high intensity, high stress environment in real time. Friends, we are at ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    5 days ago
  • Raise the Bar: Everything you need to know about the wage subsidy
    Right now low waged and insecure workers are feeling the economic brunt of the looming #Covid19 Recession. In response legal advocate Toby Cooper* and hospitality and worker’s rights advocate Chloe Ann-King, are putting together a series of legal blogs about your employment rights: In this legal blog we outline some ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    5 days ago
  • The massacre of prisoners in Modelo jail, Bogota, March 21
    by Equipo Jurídico Pueblos and Gearóid Ó Loingsigh (25/03/2020) An escape plan in question On the night of March 21st and the early morning of the 22nd, the forces of the Colombian state stormed into the Modelo prison in Bogotá, murdering 23 prisoners and injuring 83, in response to the ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    5 days ago
  • We are not America
    When the government banned semi-automatic weapons in response to a terrorist atrocity, gun-nuts were outraged. Mired in toxic American gun culture, they thought owning weapons whose sole purpose was killing people was some sort of "constitutional right", a necessity for "defending themselves" against the government. Now, the Court of Appeal ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • When will we know the lockdown is working?
    Just before midnight on Wednesday March 25, Aotearoa New Zealand entered a countrywide alert level four lockdown. For at least the next four weeks, everyone who isn’t an essential worker is confined to their bubble. We are doing this to stop the explosive growth in people contracting and dying from ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    5 days ago
  • Lock Down: Day 1
    . . Lock Down: Day 1 – A photo essay with observations . Day one of the Level 4 nationwide lock-down (or, DefCon 4 as I sometimes cheekily call it) started at 11.59PM on 25 March. For a moment, most of the nation held it’s collective breath. In that brief ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    6 days ago
  • A Compelling Recollection.
    Broad, Sunlit Uplands: How those words fired my young imagination! Or, perhaps, it is more accurate to say: how those words fused, in my young mind, with the image printed on every packet of Fielder’s Cornflour. Always fascinated by history, especially modern history, I cannot hear Churchill’s wonderfully evocative words, even ...
    6 days ago
  • The Warehouse – where everyone gets a virus
    . . 24 March 2020 9.46AM Number of covid19 cases in Aotearoa New Zealand: 102 . As of 11.59 on Thursday, most of New Zealand will go into “lock down”. People will be expected not to travel to work; not to socialise; and to stay home. I will not be ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    6 days ago
  • Aggressive action to address climate change could save the world $145 trillion
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections A respected research group, Project Drawdown, finds that deploying solutions consistent with meeting the Paris climate targets would cost tens of trillions of dollars globally. But crucially, those outlays would also yield long-term savings many times larger than the up-front costs. The new 2020 Drawdown ...
    6 days ago
  • After the Pandemic
    It will pass. What happens next? Not immediately, but longer term. There are many opinions, fewer certainties. Will it “change everything!” as many confidently, and contradictorily predict? In this post I look at how foresight can help bound some of the uncertainties so you can more objectively consider the future. ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    6 days ago
  • Coronavirus – Cuba shows the way
    We’ve been meaning t write something on Cuba and the coronavirus but have just discovered a very good article on the subject in the US left publication Jacobin.  The article looks at how Cuba, a poor country but one where capitalism has been done away with, is leading the way ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    6 days ago
  • Using privacy law to prevent the death penalty
    In 2018, El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexanda Kotey - two British citizens who had purportedly been stripped of their citizenship by the British government - were captured while fighting for Isis in Syria. The British government then conspired to hand them over to the US, and agreed to provide evidence ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • It’s Time For Disaster Socialism.
    Transformers: The disaster of the Great Depression was transformed into a new and fairer society by the democratic socialism of the First Labour Government. The disaster of the Covid-19 Pandemic offers a similar transformative possibility to the Labour-NZ First-Green Government. Seize the time, Jacinda! You will never have a better ...
    7 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #12, 2020
    Tamper with The System? Well, we already are. But there's a difference between accidentally trickling sand into a precision gearbox versus formulating a plan to alter it on the fly with improvements in mind. One action is more or less innocently unscrupulous, the other amenable to earning an easy ...
    7 days ago
  • Avoidable hospitalisations: Helping our health system get through COVID-19
    Associate Prof George Thomson, Louise Delany, Prof Nick Wilson While it is possible that New Zealand can use intense public health controls to eradicate COVID-19 from the country – we must also plan for other scenarios where thousands of New Zealanders are sick – including many urgently hospitalised.1 Better resilience ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • Raise the Bar: 10 questions to ask your employer proposing redundancy
    Kia ora my name is Chloe Ann-King* and I am the founder of Raise the Bar, a campaign and non-profit that gives free legal aid, advocacy and tautoko to hospitality workers in Aotearoa. Right now all over our country hospo workers are being fired at will, having shifts cut or being ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    1 week ago
  • An equitable way to support business
    The Herald reports that the government is planning to lend billions of dollars to large businesses to keep them operating during the pandemic. As with mortgage relief, this is necessary: we need companies to stay in business, to reduce the economic damage and help things get restarted again when this ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Hard News: Together Alone
    We're about to do something unprecedented as a nation. We hope that by taking this extraordinary action before a single life in New Zealand has been lost to the deadly novel virus we will save tens of thousands of lives. Our  lives. We'll do it together, in households, in isolation ...
    1 week ago
  • Why timing is everything: ‘A time to refrain from embracing’ starts today
    “There is a time for everything,    and a season for every activity under the heavens.”So writes the author of Ecclesiastes, a book in the Old Testament that’s counted as a ‘wisdom’ book and written as if by an unnamed king of Jerusalem. But who would have thought there would be a time ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    1 week ago
  • Dealing with the Covid-19 Tsunami.
    I was surprised when the prime minister described the Economic Response to Covid-19 package as the ‘largest peacetime government spend in New Zealand's history’. Reflecting – checking through history – I realised that the term ‘spend’ was crucial and the package had no income tax cuts. Even so, it has ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    1 week ago
  • What about renters?
    The government today announced the latest part of its pandemic relief package: a six-month mortgage holiday for people whose incomes have been affected by the pandemic. Which is great, because these people are going to need help, and that's what the government should be doing. At the same time, it ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Living within our means.
    Years ago the Argentine sociologist Carlos Weisman wrote a book titled “Living within our Means.” It was a critique of Argentine society that focused on the paradoxical question of why, in a land of plenty, there was so much economic instability, inequality, corruption and political turmoil. His conclusion was basically ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Transparency and the pandemic
    Parliament will be leading by example and adjourning tomorrow after a special sitting to consider an epidemic notice and state of emergency. Day-to-day oversight of the government will be delegated to a select committee. But that's not the only overight mechanism. The OIA will still be law, and (so far) ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • ‘Overjoyed’: a leading health expert on New Zealand’s coronavirus shutdown, and the challengin...
    Michael Baker, University of Otago Overjoyed. That’s not a word epidemiologists normally use, but that’s how I felt after hearing Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s announcement about New Zealand’s COVID-19 shutdown of everything except essential services for at least four weeks from midnight on Wednesday. More than anything, I just ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • One way to solve the housing crisis
    How much homelessness is caused by house hoarding? We're about to find out. The pandemic has destroyed tourism, which means that house hoarders who put their hoarded properties up as short-term tourist rentals are now offering them on the ordinary rental market:Property investors are pulling properties from Airbnb to offer ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The pros and cons of planting trees to address global warming
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Bruce Lieberman It seems like such a simple, straightforward, empowering idea: plant trees – a lot of trees – all over the world, and watch the planet’s temperature fall. Who doesn’t love a tree or two, even far more – the right ...
    1 week ago
  • Not a grand coalition, but a government of national salvation
    According to Newshub, Simon Bridges is open to joining a “grand coalition” with Labour as we hunker down to go into a month long lockdown. The idea is sound. Before now, the role of the opposition was to scrutinise and oppose. In the context of what almost amounts to a ...
    PunditBy Liam Hehir
    1 week ago
  • Raise the Bar: hospitality workers & wage subsidy entitlements
    Kia ora my name is Chloe Ann-King* and I am the founder of Raise the Bar, a campaign and non-profit that gives free legal aid, advocacy and tautoko to hospitality workers in Aotearoa. Right now all over our country hospo workers are being fired at will, having shifts cut or ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    1 week ago
  • Lifting our game against COVID-19
    We need to be lifting our game against COVID-19. You and I need to help those working to prevent the spread of COVID-19 while they’re trying to lift the testing and treatment efforts. We don’t want to be playing this game running backwards. Best to play it solidly forward, from ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    1 week ago
  • The maths and ethics of minimising COVID-19 deaths in NZ
    Prof Tony Blakely, Prof Michael Baker, and Prof Nick Wilson The NZ Government must do more to clearly articulate its COVID-19 strategy: eradication or ‘flattening the curve’ mitigation. But to do so means understanding the maths and ethics of both these strategies. In this blog, we adapt our work for ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • All aboard the Covid Train
    A few days ago I was starting to write something about the pandemic, which now seems unconscionable. It took the form of a letter to an agony aunt:“Dear Deidre, I have an ugly confession. I am quite excited by Covid-19.”This is how the piece went:“I’m not a psychopath, honest. Although the ...
    PunditBy Phil Vine
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #12
    Story of the Week... Toon of the Week... Climate Feedback Article Review... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Claim Reviews... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week... Story of the Week... In Just 10 Years, Warming Has Increased the Odds of Disasters The likelihood of extreme events ...
    1 week ago
  • We are all socialists now
    Last week, the government announced a $12 billion initial package to support people during the pandemic. Today, the Reserve Bank is buying government bonds - effectively printing money - to keep up the money supply during the crisis. Normally such moves would have the right apoplectic. Instead, the National Party ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A plea to experts: safeguard your role in public life
    I am a pundit, somebody who opines and comments on the news. There are no real qualifications to punditry though having a rudimentary way with words and good general knowledge helps. That is one reason there is a constant oversupply of would-be pundits and why it is quite hard to ...
    PunditBy Liam Hehir
    1 week ago
  • Enlightenment when?
    I recently encountered the following prescription from a Faculty of Education at a leading New Zealand University. At first I wondered if it was another product of the postmodern generator (http://www.elsewhere.org/journal/pomo/), designed to create gibberish in the postmodern form, but I’m told it is real: The “schooled” society: Towards the ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Corballis
    1 week ago
  • What the Crisis Can teach Us
    The coronavirus pandemic has of course had a major impact on individual lives and on societies as a whole. But, long after the crisis has passed (assuming it does), we will begin to realise that its real and lasting significance lies in the lessons it has taught us, if only ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago
  • Hammering home measures to stop COVID-19
    COVID-19 has plunged Aotearoa New Zealand (indeed, the world) into territory that, while maybe not totally unprecedented, certainly hasn’t been seen during the lifetimes of most of us here today. Our borders are closed to non-citizens, we’re being told not to gather in groups of more than 500 outside/100 inside, ...
    PunditBy Andrew Geddis
    2 weeks ago
  • What does ‘level two’ mean – and why does it matter?
    For the last few weeks, I’ve been urging you to prepare yourself, your family, business, and community for Covid-19. Now it’s time for real action.  Yesterday the director-general of health Dr Ashley Bloomfield announced another 13 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand, bringing our total to date to 52. ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    2 weeks ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #12
    A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Mar 15, 2020 through Sat, Mar 21, 2020 Editor's Pick Now Isn’t the Time to Forget About Our Climate Change Efforts   Tasha Tilberg, Lindsey Wixson, and Liu Wen photographed ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Is the Guardian becoming  a real newspaper again?
    by Jan Rivers The article has been corrected to show that it was Ewen MacAskill, former Guardian journalist and not Luke Harding who travelled to meet Edward Snowden with journalist Glenn Greenwald and filmmaker Laura Poitras.  Some of the Guardian’s well-known journalists who did not sign the protest letter are ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Life asserts itself regardless
    by Cultural Worker Late March 2020 amidst the virus. With gigs crashing and burning all around it was without much hope that I called a long standing rest home booking: “ Hi, I’m supposed to be entertaining at your place this afternoon – is it still on?” “”If you don’t ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Politics, the possible, and the pandemic
    Whenever people demand real change from their politicians, we're told that "politics is the art of the possible". The implication is that change isn't possible, so we'd better just get used to the sucky status quo. But now that there's a pandemic, a lot of things we were previously told ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

  • Business Finance Guarantee – applications open
    Businesses can start applying to their banks for loans under the Business Finance Guarantee Scheme set up to support the New Zealand economy during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’re moving quickly to protect New Zealand businesses, jobs and the economy during this unprecedented global economic shock,” Finance Minister Grant Robertson said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    8 hours ago
  • Work starts on ways to fast-track consents to boost recovery from Covid-19 downturn
    Work is underway looking at measures to speed up consents for development and infrastructure projects during the recovery from COVID 19, to provide jobs and stimulate our economy.  Environment Minister David Parker said the COVID-19 pandemic is a serious global crisis that will have a wide ranging and lasting impact ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • Advance payments to support contractors
    Advance payments will be made to transport construction industry contractors to retain the workforce and ensure it is ready to quickly gear up to build projects which will be vital to New Zealand’s COVID-19 economic recovery, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. He said keeping the workforce required to build ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • Government seeks infrastructure projects
    The Government has tasked a group of industry leaders to seek out infrastructure projects that are ready to start as soon as the construction industry returns to normal to reduce the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford and Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones say. The Infrastructure ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Health system scaled up to prepare for COVID-19
    Work to scale up the health system in preparation for COVID-19 was today outlined by Health Minister David Clark, as he reported back to the new Epidemic Response Committee. “We are well placed to contain the spread of COVID-19. We have taken early and decisive action at our borders, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Essential media COVID-19 guidelines refined
    The Government is refining its COVID-19 essential business guidance to include the distribution of news publications for communities which are hard to reach. The Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media, Kris Faafoi, said the move was in recognition of the importance for New Zealanders who might be harder to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • New Zealand defence personnel conclude mission at Taji
    Following the successful conclusion of the Building Partner Capacity (BPC) mission at Taji, New Zealand defence personnel are returning to New Zealand from Iraq, in accordance with the Cabinet decision made in June 2019, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today. “New Zealand is very ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • State of National Emergency extended
    The State of National Emergency to help stop the spread of COVID-19 has been extended for a further seven days, Minister of Civil Defence Peeni Henare said. The initial declaration on March 25 lasted seven days and can be extended as many times as necessary. “Since we went into isolation ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Strong Govt books support ‘go hard, go early’ response
    New Zealand’s ability to go hard and go early in the fight against COVID-19 has been underpinned by strong Government finances and the growing economy heading into this global pandemic, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. The Treasury today released the Crown financial statements for the eight months to the end ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Christchurch Hospital Hagley ICU to open to support COVID-19 response
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says 36 new intensive care beds at Christchurch Hospital’s new Hagley building are being fast tracked so they are available for treatment of COVID-19 patients.   The Ministry of Health is working with contractor CPB and Canterbury DHB to enable access to the hospital’s ICU, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government supports Air NZ freight flights
    The Government has fast-tracked up to $1 million to help Air New Zealand move urgent freight to and from New Zealand, with the first flight to Shanghai leaving tonight, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. Phil Twyford says it’s crucial that trade in vital goods such as medical supplies and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Tariff concessions on COVID-19 related products
    New Zealand will temporarily remove tariffs on all medical and hygiene imports needed for the COVID-19 response. Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker and Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi said today that the New Zealand Customs Service will apply tariff concessions to all diagnostic reagents and testing ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Clarification of modification to wage subsidy scheme
    Minister of Finance Grant Robertson has clarified that the changes to the wage subsidy scheme announced yesterday mean that employers should be passing on the full subsidy to workers, except in the case where the person’s normal income is less than the level of the subsidy. “We still want employers ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Face masks flowing to DHBs
    Medical face masks from the national reserve supply are now being distributed to District Health Boards, while at the same time local production is being ramped up. Yesterday more than 640,000 masks were sent to DHBS – that is an immediate two week supply, with more to follow in coming ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • COVID-19: Further steps to protect New Zealanders’ jobs
    The Government has made modifications to the wage subsidy scheme to ensure people don’t lose their jobs during the national lockdown. These changes will soften the impact of COVID-19 on workers, families and businesses, and position them to exit the lockdown and look to recovery, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Tax relief for Mycoplasma Bovis farmers
    Farmers whose herds were culled in response to the outbreak of Mycoplasma bovis will be able to minimise the tax treatment of their income in some circumstances. Revenue Minister Stuart Nash says Cabinet has agreed to change the law. It means farmers may be eligible to spread their income over ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • $27 million for NGOs and community groups to continue providing essential services
    A $27 million dollar package, effective immediately, is being provided to social sector services and community groups to ensure they can continue to provide essential support to communities as we stay at home as a nation to stop the spread of COVID-19, Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni announced. “At ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Statement on guilty plea of March 15 terrorist
    “The guilty plea today will provide some relief to the many people whose lives were shattered by what happened on March 15,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. “These guilty pleas and conviction bring accountability for what happened and also save the families who lost loved ones, those who were injured, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • COVID-19 updates
    The Prime Minister is holding daily press conferences to update New Zealanders on the Government's response to COVID-19. Links to videos and transcripts of these updates below. These transcripts also include All of Government press conferences led by Director Ministry of Health's Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield. 25 March: Live update from the Prime ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Police numbers break through 10,000 mark
    Frontline Police numbers have broken through the 10,000 mark for the first time in history as officers step forward to keep the community safe during the COVID19 lockdown. “Two Police graduations in Auckland and Wellington in the past week have been conducted in unprecedented circumstances,” Police Minister Stuart Nash said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Urgent tax measures for economic recovery
    Urgent legislation has been passed to support the package of economic and social measures needed to recover from the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. “The COVID-19 Response (Taxation and Social Assistance Urgent Measures) Bill will cushion New Zealanders from the worst economic impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak,” said Revenue Minister ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Further support for farmers and growers as drought persists
    From tomorrow, Government support for farmers and growers affected by drought will be expanded and extended across the country, with access to Rural Assistance Payments (RAPS) available throughout the North Island, parts of the South Island and the Chatham Islands, Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni announced. “These challenging conditions have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • COVID-19: Temporary changes to Education Act
    Parliament has passed amendments to legislation that give the Secretary of Education stronger powers to act in the fight to limit the spread of COVID-19, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “They are part of a suite of changes passed under the COVID-19 Response (Urgent Management Measures) Legislation Bill,” Chris ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Canada, Australia, Chile, Brunei and Myanmar join NZ and Singapore in committing to keeping supply a...
    Canada, Australia, Chile, Brunei and Myanmar have joined forces with New Zealand and Singapore by committing to keep supply chains open and remove any existing trade restrictive measures on essential goods, especially medical supplies, in the face of the Covid-19 crisis.  Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker today welcomed ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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