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Christchurch four years on

Written By: - Date published: 12:41 pm, February 22nd, 2015 - 42 comments
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It will soon be four years to the minute since the most destructive and deadly Canterbury / Christchurch earthquake. Condolences to the friends and families of the dead. Greetings to all who lived through it and remember.

As far as I know none of The Standard authors live in Christchurch, so instead you get me. I grew up there. We (my family) were there visiting my parents when the first 7.1 quake hit on the morning of Sept 4th 2010. I was not there for the February quake, but my wife and I arrived the next morning with a trailer full of water, roofing and building supplies. We spent the following week at my parents trying to clean up and make the damaged house secure, caring for my mother (who was injured and trapped under fallen furniture), living through the aftershocks, sleeping in the car, and crapping in a hole in the back garden. When we got back to Dunedin the world seemed utterly surreal.

Over the last four years we’ve been vicariously living through my parents’ struggles with insurance and EQC. I could write a very long, very angry post about that – the insanity and inefficiency the process. And yet, within it, a few wonderful individuals who are really trying to help (our thanks to them). My parents are nearing the end of this process, other relatives in Christchurch have yet to begin their repairs. The quakes have changed our lives forever.

There has been plenty written on the madness of the Christchurch rebuild. I follow the blog Rebuilding Christchurch, see for example The best and worst of the Rebuild in 2014:

In the last year, there have been a number of projects which have been celebrated as the “best thing to happen since the quakes”. The cricket oval and the Isaac Theatre Royal are two examples that spring to mind. These are good things, no doubt. But they also speak volumes about who the rebuild is serving. Cricket and opera are two of the most rich, white people pursuits on the face of the planet. Everyone living in Christchurch has had a rough time in the last few years, including the rich white people. If they feel like it’s time to put the rebuild behind them, to enjoy the cricket and the ballet, that’s great. But there’s a danger in forgetting that as the north and west of the city move into a post-rebuild phase, some parts of the city have barely been touched. If you go out to New Brighton, you’d be forgiven for thinking the quakes were 4 weeks ago, not 4 years ago. As we approach the anniversary, prepare for the government to tell us that we’re moving on, that the hard work has been done. Prepare for many, many people to agree with them. But also spare a thought for the people who rarely have a voice, the mute underclass of National’s burgeoning have-nots.

There are many other blogs and resources. Apparently the documentary When a City Falls is on Maori TV tonight at 8.30 (ht trp in comments).

Final word to someone who really was there – ex Press reporter Olivia Carville. The most moving thing I have read on the Christchurch quakes, it brought tears to my eyes. No extracts, go read the whole thing: Christchurch: My first quake anniversary away from home.

42 comments on “Christchurch four years on”

  1. Visited my mates in Aranui/Shirley/New Brighton in January. Got lost because whole suburbs are missing (Avonside,Burwood) and roads cut off. It’s taken 4 years but finally Pages Road is getting fixed up (the main road to New Brighton).

    I’m glad about the Hagley cricket oval “good news”, but sad about the people left out of National’s glorious plans and left behind by CERA and insurance companies.

    • millsy 1.1

      …not to mention those who have been priced out of rental acommodation in Christchurch.

    • greywarshark 1.2

      I can remember there was some contention in Oz about housing around the 70’s and a spoof spokeswoman was named to be the butt of frustrated criticism by the name of Gloria Somes.

  2. cronezone 2

    It is always so easy to pick when a commentator doesn’t come from ChCh. I live there, I am living through this and we are making steady progress. Many of those still not sorted are the carpers and moaners that are demaanding their old broken down shacks are replaced with million dollar mansions. Our biggest handbrake is Lianne Dalziel. Everything must first go out to her consultant mates in Wellington before any decision is made. Everything has been put on hold since she got the Mayoralty.

    • r0b 2.1

      I am living through this and we are making steady progress.

      So happy for you.

    • Colonial Rawshark 2.2

      I notice that cronezone:

      1) Starts with comment that Christchurch is making “steady progress.”
      2) But follows with the comment – since Dalziel “everything has been put on hold.”
      3) Sidelines everyone else with “Many of those still not sorted are the carpers and moaners”

      In other words, no idea, no empathy and gives the National Government a big pass mark.

    • greywarshark 2.3

      oh cronezone
      That is very good satire. It’s just the sort of thing that some daft bugger talking down the real problems driving many people round the bend would write. That know it all, smug self satisfied tone is well done and so is the curling lip at those who persist on breaking through the safety tape around the bones of contention which are marked move along nothing to see here. If they don’t keep agitating, by the time they are granted an audience with somone who has some authority to expedite it will be their bones there.

      A group of six old women (I’m not being ageist, it is a factual description – for the benefit of Super-sensitive Woman) interviewed in March 2014 agreed that it seemed that EQC were ‘waiting for us to die’. They were all over 80 years and were waiting for something to be done for them hoping it would be soon as they had been assessed three years earlier, and then got advised that their homes would need to be reassessed again.

      It’s that sort of thing and delays that happened because contractors isolated and worked on one aspect of their duties in a block, instead of attempting to have a stream of finalised claims going through, that have stirred and shaken the residents long after the earthquake.


      You’ve got to accentuate the positive (by Johnny Mercer)
      Eliminate the negative
      And latch on to the affirmative
      Don’t mess with Mister In-Between (ie get through to EQC)

      And those bones of contention –

      edited

    • Paul 2.4

      Which part of Christchurch do you live in?
      Do you own rental properties?

      You don’t appear to have a lot of empathy for those whose houses were destroyed or badly damaged or have been waiting for the insurance companies to pay up.

    • Unicus 2.5

      I spent significant time in Christchurch after the quake – I also experienced it . Many letters were published in “The Press” an ugly theme soon developed emanating from writers from affluent western suburbs where damage to property was virtually non-existent . directed at the destroyed communities of their fellow citizens in eastern Christchurch . That correspondence vividly illustrated the repugnant recesses of the tory psyche – prejudice fear bigotry and classicism – the very instincts the National Party relies apron to remain in office

      That theme followed the same sickening drone evident in your post – That somehow the destroyed communities in eastern Christchurch got what they deserved . At the time I believed it was simply people reacting out of distress but it soon became clear that it was a pattern of prejudice widely held among residents west of the city . It was shameful at the time but four years on to express such a view is despicable .

      In the earthquake the people of eastern Christchurch not only lost their homes they lost their world . Work places schools clubs churches friends neighbors everything which provided their sense of belonging was destroyed . To then be the target of vitriol and insult from the self satisfied petty-bourgeoisie of Fendalton was devastating .

      In an almost instant response lightly damaged property west of the city was repaired first .Homes re- painted pools re-tiled and driveways re sealed mostly within two years . There is no doubt CERA – stacked as it is with National Party insiders – prioritised its response to National Party voters .

      When the story of Christchurch is finally told this governments cynical and cruel response to the needs of medium income people after the quake will be recognized as it should be – one of the darkest stains on our country’s history

      • ropata 2.5.1

        +1 very well said

        • greywarshark 2.5.1.1

          I noted that they seemed to be tackling the easier and often unimportant things first in Chch west, and that the hard job of the East proceeded more slowly because there were more complex problems and greater numbers overall. They needed 90$ of the funding and action but may have averaged out at 60% say.

  3. This song captures the positive vibe of people living through the rebuild. A nice counterpoint to the grim memories.
    Christchurch City (My Hometown)

  4. Rob 4

    Crone zone you are not the only person living in Christchurch
    I would say the recovery will take all of 25 or more years
    The forecasts of recovery have been so overrated
    That reality is slowly dawning
    However of $45B that may be spent our govt will collect at least $15B from that
    Think on it.

    • Paul 4.1

      Looks like crone zone was a hit and run commentator.

      • Puddleglum 4.1.1

        I found cronezone’s comment quite bizarre. It doesn’t relate to anything I’ve observed.

        Whiners who want shacks replaced with mansions? This is a very odd claim.

        And the outburst against the current Council is not remotely an objective assessment so far as I can tell.

  5. Thanks for the post Anthony.

    There are so many stories of drawn out hardship that will never be known beyond friends and family. There have been winners – many people I know, for example, have bought up very cheap TC3 houses (which are on the worst land classification) and rented them out at the current ‘market rate’. Those I know who are doing that are young to middle aged, middle class people with the wherewithal to take advantage of the opportunity.

    Others have rented out their existing rentals (e.g., very modest family homes in very ‘modest’ suburbs) to the rebuild workers on a room by room basis for higher rates than they would be able to get from any family. Tradies have done very well but all of those I’ve spoken to have mentioned the epidemic of cowboys doing shoddy work here.

    My sister finally received the EQC decision for her house just before Christmas. She was lucky to have a well known local businessman acting for her in the last year or so. EQC finally said her claim was ‘over cap’ which now means she starts the negotiations from scratch with her insurer. I don’t know how long that will take.

    The central city plan has been fraught with problems. Delays, changing goalposts, disappointing levels of investor interest have dogged it. Much of the centre remains utterly featureless – empty sections and the ubiquitous Wilson’s rough and ready car parks. I have no idea how much longer it will take to see anything approaching a contiguous central city emerging. Maybe a further 5-10 years?

    Roads remain sites of constant upheaval and many are extremely rough even after being dug up numerous times. They haven’t been ‘smoothed’ presumably because more underground work still needs doing.

    It is often said that humans are very adaptive. They are but what is usually not added to that observation is that adaptation to adverse events carries a physical and psychological cost. (There’s no such thing as a ‘free lunch’ even with the much vaunted capacity for ‘resilience’ and adaptability.) Levels of stress and mental ill health since the quakes are now higher than prequake levels.

    I’m not sure what picture of the ‘recovery’ is being presented to other New Zealanders but this has been a hard place to live in the last four years even for someone like me whose 100 year old little workers cottage just shook itself in February 2011 then stopped shaking without seeming to have been damaged. (It’s wooden, sits close to the ground and probably just has paint cans filled with concrete for piles – I can’t see under it .)

    That has meant I’ve had no EQC or insurers to deal with.

    • CERA had way too much power and precious heritage sites (and even boring old buildings) that were part of the fabric of the lovely old city were torn down with indecent haste, essentially looted by demo companies with dollar signs in their eyes. There are so many heart breaking stories of precious things that could have been retrieved with minimal risk. People lost their livelihoods and life’s work with no recourse to even rescue a few dregs. I hope there is an inquiry into CERA’s orgy of destruction that was worse than the original quakes.

      • Once was Tim 5.1.1

        +1
        But you might recall that was always Gerry’s intention (i.e. to completely level and start again)
        I’m not sure why in some instances, damaged structures could not have been taken down to a safe height, and then rebuilt (or not) using at least some of the structure in the rebuilds. (Rome has some attractive ruins – history is retained).
        We all know ChCH will never be the same but it’s no longer a place I can feel is home.

        I’m also still unclear as to why simple land swaps could not have been done . That is council/government land for land deemed unsuitable/unsafe to rebuild with insurance simply picking up the tab for rebuild/relocation of structure.
        All that shit about the inadequate compensation could have been avoided in many cases. Can anyone explain why not to me? (serious question – maybe I’m being naive but it just strikes me that after the Queensland floods, an entire town was relocated without all the insurance buggerisations that have gone on in ChCh)

        • Once was Tim 5.1.1.1

          ….. oh yes, then the missed opportunities – such as incorporating rail closer to the city. There are already corridors out north, south and west that could be made greater use of for the future. I understand some have recognised the potential somewhat belatedly (north to Rangiora, etc.) but it took a while. They should be thinking about City to airport (perhaps a loop); City to Lytteton; City to Rolleston (and beyond); etc.

          • ropata:rorschach 5.1.1.1.1

            After WW2 the Germans rebuilt many important buildings in Dresden back to their original splendour. But Christchurch wasn’t firebombed by a relentless war machine, it was ripped apart from within and King Gerry couldn’t be bothered trying to put it together again.

            • greywarshark 5.1.1.1.1.1

              King Gerry couldn’t be bothered trying to put it together again. Sounds like, looks like Humpty Dumpty.

        • Brendon Harre 5.1.1.2

          Re; “I’m also still unclear as to why simple land swaps could not have been done . That is council/government land for land deemed unsuitable/unsafe to rebuild with insurance simply picking up the tab for rebuild/relocation of structure.
          All that shit about the inadequate compensation could have been avoided in many cases. Can anyone explain why not to me?”

          There is no reason not to do this, the creation of a new urban area is 90% done by local or central government actions. I think the reason Brownlee and co didn’t do this is it would have exposed the neoliberal BS that free markets are the solution and governments are the problem. Also house and rents would not have gone up some much for all those NatZ voters.

        • Unicus 5.1.1.3

          First tenet of disaster capitalism – the big easy money is made cleaning up the mess . In New Orleans demo contractors were paid per sq cube of rubble – or anything else they and their bosses could get their grimy hands on – no room for salvage there .

          Given that Key didn’t have a clue how to deal with this situation its a fairly safe bet the Americans were immediately asked to “advise” on how to manage it . From the first day of military occupation till the last load of dust the Christchurch “clean up ” replicates New Orleans to the letter – including its unprecedented levels of corruption .

      • greywarshark 5.1.2

        @ ropata rorschach
        I feel for people who have lost irreplaceable things that could have been recovered. Houses abandoned because they had insurance payouts, where goods had to be left yet were not going to be used or wanted by anyone. A safety first approach that resulted in immobility being the order of the day, so no-one took charge and was given responsibility to co-ordinate recovery of wanted goods where possible.

        It has been an eye opener watching how corporate-think operates when people lose their autonomy and are just pawns in the maw of a machine that ignores them and looks over their heads to distant plans and opportunities.

    • r0b 5.2

      Cheers Puddleglum. Glad to hear about your place, and best of luck to your sister.

      adaptation to adverse events carries a physical and psychological cost

      Yes, perfectly put. That cost will never be known or acknowledged.

  6. Here’s an article by one “John McCrone” that asserts that CERA and the CCDU should have just forced the Christchurch council to comply with directives from the Beehive. I am guessing he doesn’t pay rates???
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/business/the-rebuild/9805314/Christchurch-rebuild-A-city-stalled

    Some people don’t believe in democracy.

    • Paul 6.1

      Maybe the same ‘crone zone.’

    • I think Mc crone is a good journalist.

      He has done numerous features in the Mainland section of the Weekend Press over the past few years. He always presents a thoughtful analysis that goes beyond the usual reporting on an issue.

      I first came across his writing when I was in the UK in 1997. I read a popular science book by him that laid out the, then, new approach to the mind as a social, neurologically embedded process. He used the work of people like Rom Harre of Oxford University (from Auckland originally and, I think, relative of Laila and Nikki Harre).

      What impressed me was that he seemed to really understand the approach and ‘get’ the inherent sociality of the mind that it assumes.

      I remembered his name from that book and then was surprised to find him writing feature articles in my local newspaper. (And, yes, it’s the same person.)

      While I have no idea what his politics are I’d be very surprised if he was an unreconstructed neoliberal.

  7. Venezia 7

    Have just watched “When a city falls” again on Maori TV. Gerard Smythe who made it, points out that people from the wealthier suburbs who were able to leave the city soon after the 22 February quake did so in large numbers. Those in the hardest hit lower income eastern suburbs did not have that choice and have had to ride it out as best they can. My own observations four years down the track are similar to the points made in this article. There is still significant stress for those who may be called resilient, but have had few choices in the rebuild/repair/ recovery process. If you can afford to engage lawyers to advance your claims, you get the outcome you want. The poorer majority have to wait and hope. The government focus has been on helping the business community to get the CBD back on its feet and the developers of the new housing suburbs to fasttrack their interests. The residential rebuild/repair is far from satisfactory for many, and there will be books written about the antics of the EQC and insurance companies blocking and delaying and denying residents their rightful compensation which they did after all pay for over many years through their insurance. Vested interests have had a field day on the backs of ordinary citizens of Christchurch.

    • Do a search for “disaster capitalism in Christchurch“; there are tons of results.

      Books have already been written; see “The Christchurch Fiasco” by Sarah Miles.

      The slow and confused recovery phase led me to examine the insurance industry, locally and globally. This has revealed a clear pattern of corporate greed at the expense of citizens and has shown that the profit-driven model of private insurance can, and very often does, fail those who have paid-up policies based on “good faith” responses that are their due. This is not a book about idealistic sociological concepts, but a revelation of actual Government administrative failure and financial risk-taking, in concert with corporate malfeasance.

      The opportunistic behaviour of the insurance companies together with the lack of transparency and integrity within these corporations, is compounded by the failure of corporate watch-dogs, such as government, the legal system and regulators, all of whom have failed to protect the public interest after the recent events. In the background, behind closed doors, are the strategic alliances and the networked relationships between Government, corporates, professionals and other major stakeholders with the object of profit.

      Endorsed by Garry Moore, Lianne Dalziel, and other luminaries.

    • Some stories on Christchurch Voices

      Rev. Mike Coleman on Sarah Miles’ hard-hitting book

      Garry Moore on CERA

      Adrian Cowie on cheapo repairs and skinflint insurers

  8. Some excellent blog posts from the quake anniversary:
    http://publicaddress.net/speaker/stuck-inside-the-great-disruption/
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/opinion/blogs/chez-cecile/11221639/This-ghost-town-could-be-great

    James Dann is most eloquent in “No City to Love“:

    None of the positive connotations we associate with a metropolis – vibrancy, change, bustle, convenience, choice, innovation – can be found here at the moment. While in the time after the quakes, cities such as Melbourne were frequently mentioned as to what Christchurch could be; those sort of calls aren’t heard any more. Sadly, future Christchurch is more likely to look like a Turbo Timaru or a Hefty Hamilton – a rural service town on steroids. It’s not what the people asked for in Share an Idea, but it’s what we’re getting. While the central city is bogged down with grand government visions (and their nonsensical attempt to prop-up property prices), the suburbs haven’t looked backwards.

    A couple of months after the big quake, there was a daft “Love Christchurch” advertising campaign. Four years on and sadly, there is no city to love. Christchurch is a collection of a mega malls and their feeder suburbs, with a better-than-average rugby team. There is no better symbol for the neglect the government has paid to the central city than their treatment of the Cathedral and the Town Hall – buildings of religious and civic togetherness respectively, which the authorities would happily see wiped off the street maps of any future city. I’d love to see a vibrant, bustling, liveable central city – but after 4 years, it has become clear that that won’t be happening in this city under this government.

  9. Paul 9

    The Herald says we should plug the gap in Insurance…after 4 years
    Better still nationalise the insurance industry
    And deal to the media in this country.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11406133

  10. Dorothy 10

    to @cronezone
    Disingenuous comment.
    Why did you say I live there ? instead of I live here in Christchurch,
    was it a slip up ? I think you are a troll.

  11. exStatic 11

    As a Christchurch resident I have something to say on this……
    “Insurance is a bloody good industry – until there’s a claim!”

  12. Brendon Harre 12

    As someone who fortunately missed the earthquakes but has lived inside the 4 Aves and is currently living in North Canterbury and commutes to work in a Christchurch hospital I would say the mistake that Brownlee, Key, CERA and co made is they have no clear concept of where the public sphere ends and private sphere starts.

    The paucity of neoliberal theory has given them no conceptual idea of how to plan a mixed economy of public and private enterprise. So when the earthquakes destroyed the Christchurch ‘market’ they didn’t know what to do. This resulted in some instinctive authoritarian National party DNA reasserting itself, something that would not be out of place in the 1950s or Muldoon’s period.

    National needed someone like Bertaud (former head planner for the World Bank who did a speaking tour of NZ last year) giving clear advice on the importance of planning without mission creep.

    The government should have concentrated on getting the publicly provided networks up and running -the roads, the public transport systems and the underground horizontal infrastructure -the three waters -sewerage, fresh and storm. Plus repairing or replacing damaged government buildings, maybe assisting in getting a few key historic/cultural buildings repaired like the Cathedral.

    They should have left everything else to the owners and the marketplace. They should have taken their regulatory role between the insurance companies and claimants more seriously. CERA should have been an agency that instead of adding another hurdle between the private sphere getting on with it, should have simplified the regulatory requirements between CCC and the CBD developers.

    All this BS about anchor projects being needed to give confidence and attract business/people back has been proven WRONG.

    Where are the anchor projects in fast growing Addington and Victoria St? These areas are booming because they are outside of CERA’s control and despite lacking government provided convention centres, stadiums… not because of them.

    New Zealand needs to realise that on both sides of our political spectrum we are dominated by conservative authoritarian politicians who instinctively want to take control. What we actually need is humble politicians who know their place, at the end of the day, after they have put in place institutions and rules they need to realise when to hand power over to us -the people.

  13. greywarshark 13

    @ Brendan Harre
    Yep. This bit resonates with me
    New Zealand needs to realise that on both sides of our political spectrum we are dominated by conservative authoritarian politicians who instinctively want to take control. What we actually need is humble politicians who know their place, at the end of the day, after they have put in place institutions and rules they need to realise when to hand power over to us – the people.

  14. greywarshark 14

    Politicians job is to fund things they might like to do. Rekindle is an example of what some of the people can do using their skills when they get fired up with an idea and not greatly tied to external philanthropy.
    http://www.rekindle.org.nz/
    Originally started in Christchurch to use the lovely rimu etc. being piled on rubbish tips, they are still strongly there but have also branched out with an Auckland initiative as well. This is a pop-up shop in a shipping container in auckland near the waterfront on Te Wero Island.

    Initially focused on diverting timber from waste within residential demolition in postearthquake Christchurch, Rekindle’s work has now expanded beyond timber to a much wider scope of undervalued materials, including construction and industrial waste. Rekindle sees design as the tool that unlocks the qualities of resources which are so often ignored when viewed as waste. Rekindle also works to create a market for these products. As a social enterprise the majority of profits are dedicated to furthering development of this work….

    The time has come where the first range of limited edition products we’ve been lovingly making here in Christchurch has sadly come to and end. We’ve found over the last while the supply of material has changed as demolition practices have changed. Working with waste as our supply means we have to be ready to change tack and respond to what is available or needs to be addressed, and so it is time to look at new waste streams, and that means new materials and designs….we’ll be waiting for the new collection of products to appear from the Christchurch workshop, and we’re very excited about that.

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    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    5 days ago
  • Will Turia ever forgive Labour?
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    6 days ago
  • What are the recent fluoride-IQ studies really saying about community water fluoridation?
    Scaremongering graphic currently being promoted by Declan Waugh who is well known for misrepresenting the fluoride science This graphic is typical of current anti-fluoride propaganda. It is scare-mongering, in that it is aimed at undermining community ...
    6 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #3, 2020
    Biography of a policy metric Bård Lahn performs a sweeping literature review to present the history of our notion of a "global carbon budget" and how this number has come  to encapsulate a massive amount of scientific research into a useful, easily grasped tool in our policy skill set.  A ...
    6 days ago
  • Oxfam Report: Time to Care – Unpaid and underpaid care work and the global inequality crisis
    January 2020 Economic inequality is out of control. In 2019, the world’s billionaires, only 2,153 people, had more wealth than 4.6 billion people. This great divide is based on a flawed and sexist economic system that values the wealth of the privileged few, mostly men, more than the billions of ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    6 days ago
  • How to avoid being a cunt to hospo workers’
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    PosseBy chloeanneking
    6 days ago
  • 2019-nCoV (the new coronavirus): Should we be concerned, and will there be a vaccine?
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    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    6 days ago
  • The Chinese coronavirus outbreak: what are the options for vaccines and treatments?
    By now you’ve probably heard of the coronavirus outbreak that started in Wuhan City, China. The number of cases is rising, up to about 300 with six deaths. Cases have been reported in several more Chinese cities, including Beijing and Shanghai, as well as in Japan, Thailand, and South Korea. ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    6 days ago
  • Educating New Zealand’s future workforce
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    6 days ago
  • A casual attitude towards transparency
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Against a carbon bailout
    If we are to avoid making the planet uninhabitable, we need to cut carbon emisisons fast. Which basicly means putting the fossil fuel industry - coal, gas, and oil - out of business. But this means that the banks and other lenders who have bankrolled the industry's environmental destruction will ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Still a criminal industry
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Controversy? Or Manufactroversy?
    A few days ago, New Zealand’s Minister of Education announced the wider release of a resource on climate change, which was initially trialled at a Christchurch school during 2018. According to the Minister, children will learn about “the role science plays in understanding climate change, aids understanding of both the response ...
    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    7 days ago
  • The emerging coronavirus outbreak in China
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    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    1 week ago
  • How did climate change get so controversial?
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    1 week ago
  • Farmers are ruining Canterbury’s rivers
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Sack Shane Jones
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • BIG idea physics
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    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    1 week ago
  • Revolution in New Zealand? Not Even Close!
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  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #3
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    1 week ago
  • Britain exits the European Union and takes a sharp right turn
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #3
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    1 week ago
  • How climate change influenced Australia’s unprecedented fires
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    1 week ago
  • Gender Identity Ideology – A Partial Bibliography of Online Coverage
    This great resource has been contributed to Redline by Janie Doebuck. Janie made some notes on the bibliography: 1) It is by no means exhaustive. There are tons more gender critical posts, essays, articles, podcasts, youtube videos, etc. online. 2) There are links in the bibliography that are behind paywalls. There ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • About those biased Oscar Nominations
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    2 weeks ago
  • How New Zealand media reports chronic pain
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Still Waiting For American Democracy.
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    2 weeks ago
  • In Outrage Over Its Bunk Science, Goop Finds Fuel for Growth
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Tobacco Excise Taxes and the Smokefree 2025 Goal: Some Ways Forward
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    2 weeks ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #2, 2020
    Conflation and how to fix it VIa AMS,  Raul Lejano looks at what in a layperson's thinking would be called conflation— confusion and blending of entirely different topics— when people think about climate change. Ideology and the Narrative of Skepticism  (open access) starts with some arguably frightening false connections between the science and ...
    2 weeks ago
  • ‘Cranky Uncle’ smart phone game will show you how to disarm climate deniers
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    2 weeks ago
  • Science in the ’20s – part 1
      Outrageous, immoral or downright dangerous. That’s a description of the lifestyle of women “flappers” in the 1920s. Could it apply to science (and scientists) in the 2020s? Actually, you could look back at the past decade and see those, or similar terms, used about some science and scientists. Sometimes ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    2 weeks ago
  • Postscript: Citizenship Granted.
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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 weeks ago
  • Hard News: Music: Morales is coming
    It will be no secret to longtime readers that I, Russell Brown, love the disco.   So I'm pretty excited by the fact that one of the greats of the game is returning this summer – and also pleased to say I have tickets to give away.Legendary mixer and DJ ...
    2 weeks ago
  • The WHO Vaccine Safety Summit – from someone who was actually there
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    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    2 weeks ago
  • The timely death of the British Labour Party
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Mystery China pneumonia outbreak likely caused by new human coronavirus
    Connor Bamford, Queen’s University Belfast Since December 2019, there has been a cluster of 59 cases of pneumonia in Wuhan, eastern China. The pneumonia is associated with a previously unidentified coronavirus related to the deadly SARS virus. Seven of those cases are thought to be serious, and one person – ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Yes, koalas are cute – but should we bring them to NZ? Errm, no
    It’s been hard to miss the extreme fires raging across Australia and the tragic plight of the animals – human and otherwise – affected by the fires’ insatiable spread. I know I’ve been captivated and concerned by the tales of how Australia’s famous wildlife has been coping. Koalas approaching cyclists ...
    SciBlogsBy Sarah-Jane O'Connor
    2 weeks ago
  • National’s negative campaigning
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    2 weeks ago
  • Ending the government’s charade over water
    For the past decade, the government has been responding to the obvious Treaty issues raised by water allocation with the mantra that "no-one owns water". But last year, the Waitangi Tribunal ruled that actually, Māori owned it, and that those rights had never been extinguished. They recommended that iwi bring ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Northern Ireland joins the civilised world
    Same-sex marriage has finally become legal in Northern Ireland. But not through any decision of the Northern Irish Executive or Assembly, which has only just reformed after a three year walkout by the DUP; instead, Westminster made that decision for them. I've talked before about the constitutional impropriety of this, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • I had an intense conversation at work today.
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    2 weeks ago
  • French transport workers take on Macron over pension reform
    by John Edmundson Starting on December 5th, 2019 workers in the Parisian rail network commenced an open-ended strike in opposition to French President Emmanuel Macron’s proposed changes to their pension scheme. Rail workers in the Metro Underground have, for decades, had retirement conditions that compensate them for the low wages, ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • What a difference the decimal point makes
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    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    2 weeks ago
  • Who’s Going To Stop Him?
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    2 weeks ago
  • A worker’s story
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #2
    A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Jan 5, 2020 through Sat, Jan 11, 2020 Editor's Pick Debunked Australian Bushfire Conspiracy Theories Were Pushed by Alex Jones, Murdoch Media   As unusually intense and widespread bushfires have ...
    2 weeks ago
  • J.K. Rowling, the Seattle Library, and the Issue That Must Not Be Named
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Rules of Empire: Laws simply do not apply and “National Security” excuses all else.
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    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    3 weeks ago
  • Indian lessons for NZ workers – the January 8 general strike
                    by Phil Duncan On Wednesday (January 8) another massive general strike took place in India.  Some 250 million industrial workers, white-collar workers, agricultural labourers struck against the government’s economic policies and attacks on the Muslim population through new proposed citizenship rules. This ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    3 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: The action that counts
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 weeks ago
  • Fossil fuel political giving outdistances renewables 13 to one
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Karin Kirk Corporations, special interest groups, and individuals inject billions of dollars into the American political system every year. Much of the financial support in politics is concealed from public view, as some rules – and loopholes – allow “dark money” and ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Animal response to a bushfire is astounding. These are the tricks they use to survive
    Dale Nimmo, Charles Sturt University Have you ever wondered how our native wildlife manage to stay alive when an inferno is ripping through their homes, and afterwards when there is little to eat and nowhere to hide? The answer is adaptation and old-fashioned ingenuity. Australia’s bushfire season is far from ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    3 weeks ago
  • Should I ditch my fossil-fueled car?
    Yes. Reducing the number of cars in your household, or switching from petrol/diesel to electric, will dramatically reduce your greenhouse gas emissions. It’s one of the easiest and highest-impact climate steps you can take. New Zealand is being flooded with cars The New Zealand vehicle fleet is increasing rapidly. In ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    3 weeks ago
  • Speaker: Planet History: Taking Tea with Quentin
    This interview with Quentin Crisp is part of a series of articles republished from Planet, the independent magazine I edited in the early 90s from a base at 309 Karangahape Road, along with Grant Fell, Rachael Churchward, Fiona Rae, David Teehan, Mere Ngailevu and others.Inevitably, you forget things, and over ...
    3 weeks ago

  • Week That Was: 2020
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    5 days ago
  • Winston Peters: “Ihumātao deal still a long way off”
    Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters told Mike Hosking that a settlement deal regarding Ihumātao in Auckland is still a long way off. The Maori King's flag was lowered at the site near Auckland Airport yesterday, sparking suggestions an announcement of a deal could be made by Waitangi Day. Pania Newton, ...
    6 days ago
  • Winston Peters accuses Gerry Brownlee of ‘politicising’ Holocaust memorial
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters is accusing Gerry Brownlee of "politicising" a Holocaust memorial event after the National MP questioned the lack of Kiwi representation there. The Yad Vashem World Holocaust Remembrance Centre in Jerusalem, Israel, is holding the World Holocaust Forum on January 23 to mark 75 years since ...
    6 days ago
  • Provincial Growth Fund to help Waipukurau Pā sites attract thousands of tourists
    The Ngā Ara Tipuna - Waipukurau Pā Site Interpretation project is receiving $2.798 million from the Provincial Growth Fund. It is is expected to boost the town's employment and tourism, creating sixteen new jobs once completed and attract up to 15,000 visitors a year. Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development ...
    7 days ago
  • “Common sense will prevail, not extremism” Winston Peters backs Shane Jones’ pro-meat stance
    New Zealand First leader Winston Peters is backing his MPs who have spoken out against a new climate change teaching resource that advises students to eat less meat to save the planet. The new teaching resource, announced by Education Minister Chris Hipkins and Climate Change Minister James Shaw, tells students ...
    1 week ago
  • Violent assault on paramedic highlights need for law change
    Darroch Ball MP, Spokesperson for Justice Today’s horrific violent assault of an on-duty female paramedic which rendered her unconscious is truly unsettling. “Our thoughts are with the paramedic, her loved ones and the St John’s team at Warkworth Station,” says New Zealand First Justice Spokesperson Darroch Ball. “Harsher penalties for perpetrators ...
    1 week ago
  • Acting PM Winston Peters confirms NZDF troops in Iraq not hit by Iranian attacks
    Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters called for calm and diplomacy following Iranian missile strikes on bases housing United States troops in Iraq, but confirmed New Zealand's base in the country was not hit. The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) was earlier today investigating claims New Zealand's base in Iraq had ...
    1 week ago
  • Kaikōura $10.88 million boost in tourism & business
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    2 weeks ago
  • Delivering a stable water supply to Wairarapa
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    2 weeks ago
  • Housing consents hit highest level since 1974
    Housing consents have hit a 45-year high, as Statistics NZ data shows a total of 37,010 residential consents were issued in the year to November --- the first time they have breached the 37,000 mark since the mid-1970s. Statistics NZ said the trend had been rising since late 2011, when ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Darroch Ball MP: “Violence against first responders is a problem on the rise”
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    2 weeks ago
  • Minister Ron Mark asks NZDF to conduct fire risk assessment from defence point of view
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    3 weeks ago

  • PM announces election date as September 19
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • Provincial Growth Fund supports Waikato youth into construction
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • New Zealand to support Pacific Public Sector Hub
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • Minister pays tribute to journalist, author and broadcaster, Gordon McLauchlan
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    2 days ago
  • Minister wishes best of luck to those heading back to school
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    2 days ago
  • Health staff to meet flights from China as precautionary measure
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  • National Yearling Sales 2020
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  • Government and construction industry to build big, lift productivity with Transformation Plan
    Delivering the workforce and productivity gains required to build the houses, schools, roads, rail and hospitals New Zealand needs will become easier with the Government-industry Construction Sector Transformation Plan launched today, Minister for Building and Construction Jenny Salesa says. “The action plan launched today delivers on the Government’s Construction Sector ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Log trains to begin on Wairoa-Napier line
    Log trains are about to start running between Wairoa and Napier following Provincial Growth Fund investment to reopen the rail line, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says. The Government invested $6.2 million to reopen the mothballed rail line which was closed after significant storm damage in 2012. “With PGF ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Minister of Defence concludes successful visit with his US counterpart
    Minister of Defence Ron Mark met with United States Secretary of Defense Mark Esper today. “This was an excellent opportunity to meet with one of our closest security partners,” Ron Mark said. “The main focus of the meeting was to discuss challenges that New Zealand and the United States share ...
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    4 days ago
  • New Zealand acknowledges ICJ decision on Myanmar
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters today acknowledged the ruling of the International Court of Justice in relation to the Rohingya people in Myanmar. The ruling ordered the Government of Myanmar to take all measures within its power to prevent the commission of acts of genocide in relation to members of the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • NZ’s trade aims advanced at Davos meetings
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    5 days ago
  • Great news for New Zealanders with cystic fibrosis
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  • New Zealand least corrupt country in the world
    New Zealand has regained its position as the least corrupt country in the world for the second time under this Coalition Government, says Justice Minister Andrew Little. “New Zealanders can be proud that our reputation as one of the least corrupt countries in the world has been restored,” says Andrew ...
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    5 days ago
  • Boost for Rēkohu/Wharekauri/Chatham Islands Community Conservation
    Community conservation in Rēkohu/Wharekauri/the Chatham Islands is receiving a boost, with grants to support local projects announced today by Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage. “Rēkohu/Wharekauri/ the Chatham Islands are home to 20 per cent of New Zealand’s threatened bird species and 11 per cent of New Zealand’s threatened plant species. ...
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  • Rātana Pā goes high-tech with UFB
    Iwi, hapu and visitors to Rātana Pā near Whanganui now have access to ultra-fast broadband following its connection, completed in time for annual Rātana celebrations, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says. The connection and associated hardware were funded from the Provincial Growth Fund’s $21 million Marae Digital Connectivity programme, ...
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    5 days ago
  • Govt’s strong financial management acknowledged
    The Government’s strong financial management and plan to future proof the economy with new infrastructure investment has gained further recognition from an international ratings agency. Credit rating agency Fitch has upgraded one of its main metrics assessing the Government’s books, lifting its foreign currency AA rating outlook to ‘positive’ from ...
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  • Boost in Whānau Ora funding to keep changing lives
    Whānau throughout New Zealand are set to benefit from an extra three million dollars that will go directly to Whānau Ora Commissioning Agencies, the Minister for Whānau Ora Peeni Henare announced today.  Including previous funding boosts, the Agencies will now receive $87 million this year between them.  In Budget 2019 ...
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    6 days ago
  • More people getting into work
    The December quarter benefit numbers released today show the Government’s plan to get people off the benefit and into work is starting to pay off,” Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni said.   “Nearly 19,000 people cancelled their benefit and went into work in the last few months of the year – ...
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  • Wairoa gets up to $6.1m to rebuild heart of CBD
    The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing up to $6.1 million to revitalise business and tourism opportunities in Wairoa, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. The PGF is funding: Up to $4.8 million for the Wairoa Integrated Business and Tourism Facility Up to $960,000 for the ...
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    7 days ago
  • Major Events support for creative and cultural events
    Creative and cultural events that highlight New Zealand’s diverse culture and build national pride are set to get a funding boost through the Major Events Fund, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford said today. The new Creative and Cultural Events Incubator, which is funded through the Major Events Fund, will open ...
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  • Classroom internet in hundreds of schools to get a boost
    The Government has begun a massive IT upgrade to provide more seamless internet access to 200 schools around the country. Te Mana Tūhono – Technology in Schools work programme will launch with a pilot of 10 smaller state schools early this year. IT equipment that gives students access to the ...
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  • Construction workforce, apprenticeships hit record highs
    Working with industry and committing to rebuild New Zealand’s infrastructure has produced a record high number of Kiwis working in the construction industry and learning trades, says Minister for Building and Construction Jenny Salesa. New figures available today from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and the Tertiary Education ...
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  • NZ concludes digital economy trade talks with Singapore and Chile
    A new trade agreement concluded today helps New Zealand exporters and consumers take advantage of opportunities from digital trade.    Minister for Trade and Export Growth David Parker together with Chile’s Vice Minister of Trade Rodrigo Yañez and Singapore’s Minister of Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing, have announced conclusion of ...
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  • Provincial Growth Fund to fund Waipukurau cultural development and tourism
    The Ngā Ara Tipuna -  Waipukurau Pā Site Interpretation project will receive $2.798 million from the Provincial Growth Fund to create an authentic cultural tourism experience, Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau announced today “The project will inform visitors about the history of six pā sites in Waipukurau with a combination ...
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    1 week ago
  • 21 new judges boost diversity, improve access to justice
    Twenty-one new District Court judges have been appointed in a move that will improve access to justice and boost diversity on the bench. The new judges include replacements for retirements and 10 new positions. Attorney-General David Parker today announced the 14 judges who can immediately be named, with the remainder ...
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    1 week ago
  • Puhinui to Auckland Airport in 10 minutes
    Aucklanders are another step closer to getting rapid transit to the airport, with the start of construction to upgrade State Highway 20B to the airport, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. SH20B will be upgraded with additional lanes in each direction, dedicated to bus and high-occupancy vehicles between Pukaki Creek ...
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    1 week ago
  • Advancing New Zealand’s trade agenda focus of Europe meetings
    World Trade Organisation reform, agricultural trade and a free trade agreement with the United Kingdom will be the focus of Minister for Trade and Export Growth David Parker’s visit to Europe this week. David Parker leaves on Tuesday for a series of meetings in the UK and Switzerland that aim ...
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  • Minister of Defence to visit counterparts in US and Canada
    The Minister of Defence, Ron Mark, departed today for the United States and Canada where he will meet with his counterparts.  While in Canada Minister Mark will meet with his counterpart, Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan.  “New Zealand and Canada are close friends, and share an instinctive like-mindedness on ...
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  • Government to deliver family carers $2000 pay rise, expand scheme to spouses this year
    The Coalition Government is delivering this year the changes to Funded Family Care the disability sector has long-asked for, says Associate Minister of Health Jenny Salesa. “Today we are announcing the details of our big changes to Funded Family Care, including an annual average pay boost of $2,246.40 for funded ...
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  • Ko te reo kua mū: Piri Sciascia
    Minister for Māori Development Nanaia Mahuta joins te ao Māori in their sorrow as they learn of the loss of one of the great orators and spokespersons of a generation – Piri Sciascia.  “The son of Pōrangahau was a staunch advocate for Māori development and served his people for over ...
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  • Minister opens new ecosanctuary at Cape Farewell
    A new ecosanctuary with a predator proof fence on Golden Bay’s Cape Farewell, which will restore a safe home for sea birds, rare native plants, giant snails, and geckos, was officially opened today by the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage. “There has been a fantastic community effort supported by the ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Pacific partners work together to provide additional support to Australia
    The NZDF continues to support the Australian Defence Force (ADF) as it battles fires in Victoria and New South Wales, including by transporting Republic of Fiji Military engineers from Nadi to Australia, announced Defence Minister Ron Mark. On Saturday morning a NZDF Boeing 757 will depart New Zealand to uplift ...
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  • Kaikōura $10.88 million boost in tourism & business
    The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10.88 million to boost business and tourism opportunities in Kaikōura, Parliamentary Undersecretary for Regional Economic Development, Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. As part of the Kaikōura Marina Development Programme, the following two projects will receive PGF funding: A $9.88 million investment to begin the ...
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  • Govt accounts in surplus, debt remains low
    The Government’s books are in good shape with the accounts in surplus and expenses close to forecast, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. The Treasury today released the Crown accounts for the five months to November. The operating balance before gains and losses (OBEGAL) was above forecast by $0.7 billion resulting ...
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  • Auckland focus for first Police graduation of 2020
    The number of Police on the Auckland frontline is increasing with the graduation today of a special locally-trained wing of new constables. Police Minister Stuart Nash says the graduation of eighteen officers from Recruit Wing 333-5 means that more than 1900 new Police have been deployed since the Coalition Government ...
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  • Wairarapa gets $7.11m PGF water boost
    The Provincial Growth Fund is putting $7.11 million into creating a sustainable water supply for Wairarapa, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. The following two projects will receive Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) funding: A $7 million investment in Wairarapa Water Limited for the pre-construction development of ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Progress with new Police station in Mahia
    Community safety and crime prevention in the East Coast community of Mahia has moved forward with the opening of a new Police station to serve the growing coastal settlement. Police Minister Stuart Nash has officially opened the new station, which was relocated almost 20 kilometres along the coast from the nearby ...
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  • Plans to protect the future of whitebaiting announced
    With several native whitebait species in decline the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage has today released proposals to standardise and improve management of whitebait across New Zealand. “The need for action for a healthy whitebait fishery has never been greater,” Eugenie Sage said.  “Four of the six whitebait species are ...
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