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Christine Rankin is standing in Epsom

Written By: - Date published: 10:13 am, August 4th, 2014 - 86 comments
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The Epsom seat may be the difference between National winning or losing the next election.  So the recent announcement that Christine Rankin will be standing there adds an extra degree of chaos which National may or may not appreciate.

She declared confidently this morning on Morning Report that she will win the seat but I regret that her confidence is misplaced.  She referred to Conservative Party polling and said that the results gave her a chance of winning.  She declined to release the numbers.  She also claimed that ACT does not have a chance of winning.

I sensed a large amount of bravado in what Rankin said.  The decision is a long shot, obviously the Conservatives think that they can beat a John Key message to the voters of Epsom to support ACT and somehow come through the centre.  To be honest barring some sort of divine intervention there is not a chance that she will win.  But she may affect the election in a way that I suspect is not intended.

There are three main groups of voters in the Epsom seat, National supporters who are willing to give their electorate vote to ACT, National voters who are not willing to give their electorate vote to ACT even if this means that they have to vote for Paul Goldsmith and Labour and Green voters, most of who would rather walk on broken glass than vote for anyone but their candidate.  There are other groups such as people who actually support ACT but for current purposes I think that these can be ignored.

How much will Christine Rankin appeal to these groups?  Briefly very little, some, and none whatsoever.  National supporters willing to vote for the ACT candidate are obviously doing this at the request of John Key.  Rankin and the Conservative party will have little if no appeal to them and I doubt she will be able to shift them.  National supporters not willing to shift may be more likely to support Rankin, particularly those with a deeply conservative possibly religious view of the world.  The number of Labour and Green supporters who would vote for Rankin you can probably count on the fingers of one hand.  The best that can be hoped is that they will hold their nose, do a sign of the cross and vote for Goldsmith.  A few people who have done this in the past have described

Will this save ACT?  I doubt it.  David Seymour is no Rodney Hide or John Banks in terms of his public persona and apart from his claim to fame in relation to his door knocking prowess has no discernible appeal.  Michael Wood and Julie Anne Genter will show up his limited political skills big time.

So Rankin may increase Seymour’s chances.  But at the end of the day I suspect that there will be a sufficient number of National supporters who refuse to go along with National’s dirty deal to prevent this deal from working.

This will be significant.  Effectively marooning 3 to 4% of right wing vote may be the difference between National winning or losing.  On election night I am sure that all eyes will be on Epsom.

86 comments on “Christine Rankin is standing in Epsom”

  1. vto 1

    The billboards need the Act logos swapping with the Conservatives logos. Mix them all up so Act and Conservatives billboards have bits of each on them …..

  2. Ennui 2

    Expect new earrings, heals and micro mini skirt! Dont you just love “conservatism”.

  3. Sanctuary 3

    I hear that Cristine Rankin had an [sorry Sanctuary but Craig is litigious and we need to be careful – MS].

    How does Colin Craig square that sort of morality of one his headline candidates with his supposed commitment to marriage and “family values”?

    • Ennui 3.1

      Morality and similar social judgments are not supposed to apply to religious conservatives! Should I ever wish to spice up my sex life and go extramarital I am going to become a televangelist, wear a grey suit, white shirt and blue tie, scream “Hallelujah” and pontificate on “family values”. Its a sure winner, check the track record, cant lose!

    • AmaKiwi 3.2

      Surveys show active church going Christians are more likely to cheat on their taxes, steal from their employers, and cheat on their partners than people who are not regular church goers.

      It was first documented in the book “Good Guys and God Guys” by Professor Robert Tapp of the University of Chicago, published in the 1960’s. Contemporary surveys confirm not much has changed.

      • Lanthanide 3.2.1

        Although I’d take any research done on church-goers with a grain of salt as not being applicable to other cultures.

        Some American church goers are very radical and very hypocritical.

    • Once was Tim 3.3

      “How does Colin Craig square that sort of morality?”

      Maybe he dresses up in a nurses uniform, gets with 2 other holier-than-thou ‘conservatives’ and takes a vote (2 outa 3 ain’t bad).

      mmmm – except that’d be a triangle rather than squaring it Christ – I dunno – ask Kerry and Rex

  4. Sanctuary 4

    I was wondering if that was in field or not…

    • mickysavage 4.1

      Close. What Sanctuary was referring to was something detailed in this report from the Herald in 2010.

      “High-profile Wellington real estate agent Margo McAuley killed herself while “very much under stress” from the breakdown of her marriage, a coroner ruled yesterday.

      Ian Smith said that although Ms McAuley had a “dangerous” level of the prescription sleeping pill zopiclone in her system when she took her life, it was unlikely to have contributed to her death.

      Ms McAuley, 42, was found dead by her husband, Kim MacIntyre, at her Miramar home on October 29, 2008, a day after he told her he was ending the relationship. She believed he was leaving her for another woman.

      Mr MacIntyre married Families Commissioner Christine Rankin about two months later – Ms Rankin publicly denied having an affair with Mr MacIntyre at the time of Ms McAuley’s death.”

      http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10676531

      • weka 4.1.1

        Well it’s possible that they weren’t having an affair. That they realised they wanted to be together but waited until after he left his existing marriage. Can’t see a problem with that in terms of family values (unless Craig’s church doesn’t allow divorce).

        • Clemgeopin 4.1.1.1

          I agree. It is an unjust distraction. An unnecessary unproven below the belt unfair speculation in the present election context.

          • Malcolm 4.1.1.1.1

            Far more useful and relevant to look back at her time as head of WINZ. I especialy remember one year there was a massive student loan and allowance screw up under her watch.

          • Rodel 4.1.1.1.2

            As I recall Ms McAuley’s daughter had a different opinion.

  5. heather tanguay 5

    This may be the time for Michael Wood, with all the scrapping over the seat of Epsom Michael is confidently going about his work and impressing people. He is a great candidate and I am sure people are changing their minds to support him. The vote will be so split, he may just do it – just saying…

    • Tiger Mountain 5.1

      No, he won’t “just do it” if past performance is any guide to future performance and there is again just several thousand votes between the actual National candidate and the ‘as nominated by John Key’ National candidate.

      2011 Election Results – Epsom Electorate
      BANKS, John (ACT) 15,835
      GOLDSMITH, Paul (NAT) 13,574
      PARKER, David (LAB) 3,751
      HAY, David (GP) 2,160
      KAN, Simon (CNSP) 342
      BRIGHT, Penny (IND) 124
      O’DEA, Pat (MANA) 66
      GOODE, Matthew (IND) 59

      No matter how much you don’t want to; vote actual National candidate in Epsom to help defeat the National led government.

      • jaymam 5.1.1

        Look at it this way, the only candidates who could possibly win Epsom are Goldsmith and Seymour. A vote for anyone else is a complete waste, and could let Act, and therefore National, to win again.
        I dispute that most Epsom Labour and Green voters “would rather walk on broken glass than vote for anyone but their candidate”. I believe that many Labour and Green voters sensibly voted for Goldsmith, and they should do so again.
        Get rid of ACT this time and maybe they will give up completely. THEN you can all vote for your pary’s candidate if you want.

        • Rodel 5.1.1.1

          It’s sad but I’d walk on broken glass to get rid of ACT especially if there was the possibility of 4 or 5 of them entering parliament.
          (I like the ‘Association of Crooks and Thieves ‘acronym – thanks whoever thought that up.)

          • Clemgeopin 5.1.1.1.1

            Roger Douglas, Ruth Richardson and Richard Prebble originally I think. Notice the three big R’s!

            • Tiger Mountain 5.1.1.1.1.1

              And ex Nat Derek Quigley, with people like Allan Gibbs, Roger Kerr and Diane Foreman in the background.

              The Business Round Table was an ACT sympathetic organisation too (clone). In top business circles there was a revolving door between Labour Rogernomes, National and Act Parties. When the USSR broke up they had Rog Douglas advising how to split up and flog off the state assets.

          • Tracey 5.1.1.1.2

            Started as association of citizens and ratepayers in auckland local body politics… Became Association of Citizens and Taxpayers… Hence the recent, just in time for elections, emergence of the taxpayers union.

            • Anne 5.1.1.1.2.1

              Actually it had its initial origins in an outfit called the 20/20 club in the early 1990s. It was largely populated by people from the 1980s Backbone Club. It then evolved into the Association of Consumers and Taxpayers which in turn morphed into the ACT political party late in 1994.

          • Steve Wrathall 5.1.1.1.3

            4 or 5? Oohhh, you’ve made my day

            • Clemgeopin 5.1.1.1.3.1

              0 in my opinion, because Goldsmith will royally gazump him with a little help from friends and foes from many unexpected quarters, including Key and Harre! That is two votes, right there!

              • Steve Wrathall

                The last person to make a serious wager on ACT getting zero MPs was Keith Locke. I presume you’re making the same wager?

      • Rosie 5.1.2

        Those coupla thousand votes between Banks and Goldsmith in 2011, it ain’t that much is it? So is it not possible that with some effort from those opposed to ACT winning Epsom, National could win the seat?

        The question is Epsom, do you have an organised grassroots movement that can actively promote an electorate vote for the bag o flour? If not, don’t leave it to fate, get organised, get your collective power going and do it!

        • Graeme 5.1.2.1

          Which is what Rankin is there to prevent, or try to.

          She’s only going to pull votes from the core National support, which will counter any tactical voting from the left.

          There were about 4700 left leaning voters who voted for Goldsmith in 2011, or half the combined Labour / Green vote in the electorate. To get enough to upset the teacups would have needed almost all the left voters to vote for Goldsmith.

          • Steve Wrathall 5.1.2.1.1

            What you fail to realise is that large numbers of what you term “left” voters actually have some sympathy for ACT’s core principles, namely the removal of privilege and the right of low income NZers to have the choice, that only rich NZers now have: to choose the provider or their or their children’s education, health or superannuation.

    • Tracey 5.2

      I think alot of people who post here have rose tinted glasses about Epsom.

      Epsom wont go left. It has NEVER gone left. For left voters in epsom you vote for goldsmithor throw awayyour vote on labour or green candidate.

      I think rankin could create some minimal drag on national but i believe ACT will win the seat.

      • mickysavage 5.2.1

        Labour almost won Remuera in 1987 and lost it by about 1,600 votes. But those were really strange times …

        • Tracey 5.2.1.1

          Yes, the times when labour began to look like national and turned out to be ACT?

        • Jilly Bee 5.2.1.2

          Remember it well MickyS – I was living in the area at the time and got quite excited about it, naive as I was at the time, though I have remained in contact with the Labour candidate of the time. I lived in Mt St John Avenue for 21 years and we were tossed between Onehunga, Remuera, Eden electorates as far as I can recall over that time, well not so much Eden, but we were in the Bermuda Triangle from Manukau/Great South Road through to Greenlane Road. Interesting and strange times indeed. I can remember campaigning for Fred Gerbic and Frank Rogers (both Onehunga).

  6. adam 6

    So Epsom, is now a vote between a con, or crooks and thieves?

  7. Yo! Christine! Colin called!

    He wants to know if you’ve done his laundry yet?

    And he wants dinner on the table by 6, smartly.

    Carry on with your campaigning, now…

    • weka 7.1

      now, now, certain women are allowed to be exempt in this day and age, when they serve the cause in other ways.

    • Clemgeopin 7.2

      Not much different from,

      Yo! Key! Obama called!
      Yo! Key! FBI called!
      Yo! Key! Hollywood called!

    • tricledrown 7.3

      Christine don,t forget to remind people just quietly about those nasty vapor trails also the moon-landings were faked in a Hollywood basement.
      one stiletto step forward for nasty Christine Rankin one giant leap backwards for women kind!

  8. anker 8

    Any thought about how things will look if National pull Paul Goldsmith??????
    strategically this is what the need to do………

    • Clemgeopin 8.1

      He is known and seen in the middle of the night pulling his own bills boards away during the last erection. I swear I saw a photo somewhere!

  9. Steve Wrathall 9

    Haven’t you heard, chemtrail boy is now on #teamcunliffe.This will help ACT in Epsom.

    • Weepus beard 9.1

      Oooooh, the right wing are getting bitchy with each other. The claws are out.

      Meow!

    • Pascals bookie 9.2

      “Haven’t you heard, chemtrail boy is now on #teamcunliffe.This will help ACT in Epsom.”
      Haven’t you heard, methamphetamine man is now on #teamKey.This will help ACT in Epsom.

    • mickysavage 9.3

      Ha Steve you are such a crack up. I bet you believe in chemtrails too …

      • Steve Wrathall 9.3.1

        Anyone know the formula of this chemical they’re spraying? I’ll have a crack at synthesising it. Just think of all the great uses I could put it to.

  10. Clemgeopin 10

    Vote the ACT fellow in Epsom=Get National and ACT=Self inflicted wound into our Nation.

    If I was there, I would watch which of the other candidates, Michael Wood (Lab),
    Paul Goldsmith (Nat), Julie Anne Gentre (Greens) or any other non-ACT, non-CONS candidate is leading, and would give my electorate vote to THAT particular candidate. I suspect that would most likely be Goldsmith, the cunningly silent very reluctant shy bride!

    Vote the National man, GOLDMITH in Epsom=Kick ACT and National out of Government! How cool is that!

    [In some other special electorates I would most likely do as follows:

    Epsom: To keep ACT out, most likely the sad puppy, Nat’s poor Golsdsmith.
    Ohariu: Leading non-UF candidate, most likely, the Labour candidate, Virginia Andersen.
    Te Tai Tokerau: To help get Mana in, the Mana candidate, Hone Harawira.
    East Coast Bays: To keep Cons/Collin out, most likely the National candidate, McCully.
    Hellensville: Consolidate all non-Key votes to the Internet party candidate, Laila Harre.

    So some of us progressives get a chance to vote, one way or another, for LOTS of very very important and crucial electoral candidates : National, Labour, Mana and Internet candidates! How cool is that? Life is beautiful!

    Epsom voters in this election are very spoiled for choice with so many cats and some dogs, some rich pricks and some ordinary folk as their electorate candidates, some of whom are given strong coat tails, some with long legs and huge ear bangles, and some have just the smell of an oily rag.

    I am glad that Harre AND Key are voting for Goldsmith!

    Here is a potential Epsom theme song. Specially dedication to the EPSOM electorate. Enjoy!

  11. Rodel 11

    Not Christine Rank! Epsom people must feel insulted at the way they are being played with by politicians.

  12. Sable 12

    Good. Let them eat each other alive…

  13. Tracey 13

    Has anyone noticed how easy National has made it to deface their billboards

    I have seen working for

    Wall street
    Ourselves
    America
    The 1%

    Ive also noticed the indignation of many who dont think it matters how often Key lies, over,messed up billboards

    Funny old world

    • Us2Olds 13.1

      Love it, that’s the best part about billboards. Do you remember the 1/2 Nats 1/2 Labour ones when Helen got in – superb.

    • tricledrown 13.2

      Yeah Tracy
      we are Lying
      fogetting
      bullying
      cheating
      wasting
      spying
      for theUSA

  14. greywarbler 14

    Conservative slogan on flyer –
    If you’ve had a GUTS FULL of a GOVERNMENT who [which] DOESN’T do what [it’s] THEY’RE TOLD.
    (But we’ll cosy up to them and hope our nobility rubs off and makes them better people?)

    On the Conservative Party subject. This is from a report from end July meeting in Nelson where Craig spoke and introduced 81 year old orchardist Nelson candidate, and one from the west coast who is a drug counsellor. It seemed that most in the audience were very mature.

    The journalist captured these gems of commonsense and decency.
    In a 30-minute speech Craig focused on referendums, “one law for all New Zealanders”, law and order, and tax

    and on racism and one law for all sort of stuff:
    “Apparently saying that we want to remove segregation is racist to some people. Absolute nonsense.”
    The people of New Zealand did not want Maori spirituality written into law.
    I know quite a few Maori, and none of them buy into it. But we have an issue where we are writing those sorts of laws. We are opposing that – if we have to, we’ll take it to court.” The party also wanted the Maori seats abolished.

    “We need to embrace the idea in this country that we play together, we work together and we vote together. I believe that’s the basis on which to build a great nation.”

    and using the environment to benefit all NZs etc
    If you think that all the gold on the West Coast should stay there forever, bless. I have a slightly different view – if you dig hole in the ground and plant a tree you’re a Greenie. If you dig a big hole in the ground, take the gold out and plant a native forest, apparently you’re an eco-terrorist.”

    and
    ‘Bottom-end tax cuts’! The Conservatives believed in a tax cut at the bottom end.
    “I benefited from the tax cut at the top end but frankly, I wasn’t the one that needed the help. There are people out there who are working 40 hours a week and then going out and working a second and third job to make life work for them financially. Those are the people that needed a tax cut.”

    He was against early release of prisoners and did not believe they should “sit around” when they could be working.

  15. Once was TIm 15

    Can someone remind me what happened to Bette Lynche?. My sister is a Coro addict and unavaliable for verification – but I had this feint recollection that she’d hooked up with a nutter and retired to NZ – travelling on a luxury cruiser with toilet earings intact. I imagined she’d changed her name from Lynch to Rankin a while back and used the usual over-embellished CV, lost her accent, and was standing for Parliament (having first taken advantage of transferring her retirement funds of course).

    Or am I getting confused with that once was an adonis who hooked up with Leesa Gibbons -Entertainment Tonight bimbo – during that telethonny thingy out in the colonies.

    I’m sure I’m dreaming though because I heard Krussy protesting this morning on Mourning Report with the sage e-Spinner and Susie (darling) Fergusson that she wuz seary iss en she wuz gunna won Espom. (Let me know if was a dream because a courier load of those special salts and a chit to the Caci Klunk could be wasted.

    Good luck Krussy – Oim right behind you – you’ve earned Epsom. There’s a neck-pull in it with a load of colagen thrown in (off the back of a long distance artic – but I’m sure you won’t mind)

    • greywarbler 15.1

      @ Once Was Tim 3.43
      You got the coffee over-strength again! Did you hear Matthew Hooton, I think it was, this morning on Radionz saying that he told Rankin that her standing in Epsom would result in more votes going to Labour? He said she then went and put her name down for the seat!

      Brian Edwards criticised Rankin.
      http://brianedwardsmedia.co.nz/2009/05/meeting-christine-rankin/

      It’s interesting thinking back to that suitable clothing business and the Court case about it. The idea that women should not have a clothing standard, although men do, shows a remarkable amount of arrogance. And lack of respect for their employment position, and their colleagues, and the people they communicate with during their day.

      http://tvnz.co.nz/content/46104/423466/article.html (Thanks Anne above for this one)
      Margaret Bazley had ‘trained’ her but they had disagreed on some matters. So Rankin must be more arrogant than Bazley. But Bazley, was a gummint fix-it person and took over Rankin’s job.
      Rankin talked in her evidence about receiving threats and abuse, but Dame Margaret says that comes with the territory. [being WINZ boss.]
      “I have had bullets in the mail, I’ve had death threats, threats of gang rape, effigies burnt of me, and I would not be alarmed in the senior ranks of the public service, they’re not issues we talk about, we just get on with it,” she told the court.

      And Mark Prebble showed a particular lack of training in how to deal with a woman without understanding of any public service ethos. And the careful use of chat with those foreign to such understanding. The advice would be, eep your trap shut as much of the time as possible, there is too much lost in translation. Look at the mess he got into wittering on about earrings.
      “It’s complete nonsense… I was not talking about flamboyance, style and specifically not talking about earrings, I did say that I had a recollection that Desmond Morris did seem to think that ears and earrings had some sexual connotation,” Prebble said.

  16. lurgee 16

    Wonder if someone could persuade Louis Rawnsley to stand against Rankin?

  17. Anne 17

    I saw this comment on Dim Post:

    I remember when Christine Rankin went on Paul Henry’s breakfast show and, talking about child abuse, said “we do have a problem with Maori in this country” (something she was unqualified to talk about, and of course far more white kids are abused in this country, but, y’know, Paul Henry breakfast). A TVNZ security guard, who’d been with the company 24 years, spoke to her after the interview, telling her that it was “a bit harsh to blame all Maori for the actions of four idiots.” She complained to TVNZ and got him fired. I always thought that spoke volumes about the sort of person she is. It’s fine for her to denigrate and slander an entire people, but how dare anyone politely tell her she might be wrong. Fuck you, Christine.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/14824/TVNZ-defends-firing-employee-over-Rankin-comment

    I remember that incident. Apart from exposing Rankin for the obnoxious woman she is, what sort of an outfit is TVNZ who are apparently happy to sack someone who had worked for them for 24 years on her say so!

    • Rodel 17.1

      That’s incredible! She would represent the Epsom/ Remuera conservatives well. Vote wankin’ Rankin!

    • lurgee 17.2

      Not on her say so.

      On the say so of TVNZ human resources.

      Where her son – Matthew Rea-Rankin – had worked as an HR manager until a couple of years before the Rawnsley incident. And presumably still had some contacts with people working there.

      Which was, I am sure, entirely coincidental.

      • Anne 17.2.1

        That’s interesting lurgee.

        Years ago, I worked for AKTV2 (TVNZ’s fore-runner) as a technical operator specialising in audio. One thing I discovered is that the broadcasting/telecasting industry is a very incestuous place. So much so, that the public were commonly referred to as “the peasants”. That culture is still there. In fact it’s probably even worse than it used to be.

  18. Tanz 18

    The Conservatives may well win this seat. That’s better than Key gifting them one. This is the best election in years, can’t wait to see how it plays out.

  19. Penny Bright 19

    errrr….. the sensible. strategic ELECTORATE vote in Helensville – in my considered opinion (and of course I would say this, wouldn’t I 🙂 is PROVEN anti -corruption/ anti-privatisation Public Watchdog Penny Bright.

    If Helensville folk like candidates attached to any of the political parties – give them the PARTY vote (which is what their parties want).

    FYI – the response I’m getting as I go around the shops / businesses / gatherings in the Helensville electorate (Piha/ Helensville / Kumeu/ Huapai) is very favourable.

    This Wednesday night I’ll be attending my second meeting in Helensville which is being organised by locals – for locals , in order to hear more about corrupt corporate control of NZ, locally, nationally and internationally.

    As I talk to people I’m finding that many are very concerned about John Key’s current shareholding in the Bank of America.

    So – whose interests are being served by this ”poodle of Wall St’?

    Follow the dollar …..

    Penny Bright

  20. Penny Bright 20

    FYI – in 2011 when I stood against John Banks in Epsom and got 124 votes, I used the electorate process to focus on how ACTs ‘one law for all’ hadn’t applied to Banks over Huljich Wealth Management,

    http://www.pennybright4epsom.org.nz

    (Scroll down to see photos of ‘piggy-backing’ my (duly authorised) electoral messages on to John Banks & John Key’s hoardings.

    REALLY upset Cameron Slater at the time – so must have done something right 🙂

    Penny Bright

  21. Instauration 21

    Our household of E5+1 eligible East Coast Bays voters have discussed the options fireside @ dinner this evening.
    Consensus – ABC – (anyone but C) – we will likely all electorate vote for Murray – he has been okay, even responded finely when challenged as electorate MP and MFA.
    We all aspire a Left outcome.
    The Left aspirants of Epsom must remember the Girl was Once a Leftie – but nah !

  22. Populuxe1 22

    It’s breathtaking audacity. First the Conservatives lambast New Zealand women for their lack of modesty – and then they run Christine Rankin!

  23. tricledrown 23

    Its colon Craigs vapourized entrails no doubt the next ewe turn will be an incestuous relationship (space ship) with ACT!

  24. Clemgeopin 24

    EPSOM: ACT’s SEYMOUR CAN SNEAK THROUGH…..unless…..MOST OF LABOUR and GREEN votes go to Goldsmith. Here is why:

    2011 Election
    BANKS(ACT)=44%
    GOLDSMITH(NAT)=38%
    PARKER(LAB)=10%
    HAY(GP)=6%
    REST=2%

    RESULT=ACT’s BANKS won!

    2014:
    This time around, some previous votes cast for Goldsmith and Seymour, (I am assuming 4%+4%), may shift to Rankin and the result may look like this:

    SEYMOUR(ACT)=44-4=40%
    GOLDSMITH(NAT)=38-4=34%
    RANKIN(CONS)=8%
    WOOD(LAB)=10%
    GENTER(GP)=6%
    REST=2%

    RESULT=ACT’s Seymour wins!

    The only way for the progressives to be more sure of defeating ACT and NATIONAL would be for MOST, if not all, of Labour and Greens voters to give their candidate vote to GOLDSMITH.

    Assuming there is a 50% improvement in the Labour and Green strategic voting tactics, (5% and 3% rather than the previous election’s 10% and 6% ) the result could look like this:

    SEYMOUR(ACT)=40%
    GOLDSMITH(NAT)=34+5%+3%=42%
    RANKIN(CONS)=8%
    WOOD(LAB)=5%
    GENTER(GP)=3%
    REST=2%

    RESULT=NATIONAL’S Mr PAUL GOLDSMITH MP!…Now, who wouldn’t want such a lovely result!

  25. All Ican say is I thank my lucky stars that I do not live in Epsom .It seems to be populated with a ghastly ,greedy racist population.The good thing is that they deserve Rankin and her sleazy supporters .

  26. Michael 26

    I am a registered Epsom voter. I will be ticking a box for Labour and a box for Goldsmith.

    Others I know who are National voters are planning on voting for Goldsmith too. They have had enough of propping up Act and are betting that National will have enough to win without him.

    I wonder what the atmosphere will be like at the National Epsom Electorate office when Goldsmith wins?

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    23 hours ago
  • Hard News: Poll Pot and the partisans
    Yesterday's Horizon poll showing support for a "Yes" vote in this year's cannabis referendum sliding into the majority for the first time in a year looked like good news for reformers – and it probably is. But the result warrants some scrutiny.The poll is the fifth in a series commissioned ...
    1 day ago
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    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
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    2 days ago
  • Alarming decrease in calves increases fears for endangered Hector’s dolphin
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  • Time for Grant Robertson to reveal package #2?
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  • Saving lives
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 5
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    2 days ago
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Hard News: MUSIC: Lockdown Grooves
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    3 days ago
  • A place of greater safety?
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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  • Life in Lock Down: Day 4
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  • COVID-19 vs New Zealand
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    3 days ago
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  • Rāhui day 4
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    4 days ago
  • Letter to a friend
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    4 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 3
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    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
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  • Rāhui day 3
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    5 days ago
  • A test of civil society.
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    5 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 2
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    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    5 days ago
  • How Do You Feel? What Do You Think?
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    5 days ago
  • Landlords are NOT an essential service
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    5 days ago
  • A “new Society” post-COVID19 will definitely emerge. The question is: on what path?
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    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    6 days ago
  • Raise the Bar: Everything you need to know about the wage subsidy
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    6 days ago
  • The massacre of prisoners in Modelo jail, Bogota, March 21
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    6 days ago
  • We are not America
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • When will we know the lockdown is working?
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    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    6 days ago
  • Lock Down: Day 1
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    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    6 days ago
  • A Compelling Recollection.
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    6 days ago
  • The Warehouse – where everyone gets a virus
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    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    6 days ago
  • Aggressive action to address climate change could save the world $145 trillion
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    7 days ago
  • After the Pandemic
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    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    7 days ago
  • Coronavirus – Cuba shows the way
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    RedlineBy Admin
    7 days ago
  • Using privacy law to prevent the death penalty
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • It’s Time For Disaster Socialism.
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    1 week ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #12, 2020
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    1 week ago
  • Avoidable hospitalisations: Helping our health system get through COVID-19
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    1 week ago
  • Raise the Bar: 10 questions to ask your employer proposing redundancy
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    1 week ago
  • An equitable way to support business
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    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
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  • Dealing with the Covid-19 Tsunami.
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  • What about renters?
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Living within our means.
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    1 week ago
  • Transparency and the pandemic
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • ‘Overjoyed’: a leading health expert on New Zealand’s coronavirus shutdown, and the challengin...
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    1 week ago
  • One way to solve the housing crisis
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    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 ...
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    1 week ago
  • Lifting our game against COVID-19
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    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    1 week ago
  • The maths and ethics of minimising COVID-19 deaths in NZ
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    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • All aboard the Covid Train
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    PunditBy Phil Vine
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #12
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  • We are all socialists now
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    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
    2 weeks ago
  • Enlightenment when?
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    SciBlogsBy Michael Corballis
    2 weeks ago
  • What the Crisis Can teach Us
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    2 weeks ago
  • Hammering home measures to stop COVID-19
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    PunditBy Andrew Geddis
    2 weeks ago
  • What does ‘level two’ mean – and why does it matter?
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    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    2 weeks ago
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    2 weeks ago
  • Is the Guardian becoming  a real newspaper again?
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    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
    17 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
    19 hours ago
  • Advance payments to support contractors
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Government seeks infrastructure projects
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Health system scaled up to prepare for COVID-19
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Essential media COVID-19 guidelines refined
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days 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
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    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
    3 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
    5 days ago
  • Clarification of modification to wage subsidy scheme
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    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 ...
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    6 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. ...
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    6 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 ...
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    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 ...
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    7 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, ...
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    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 ...
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    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. ...
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    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 ...
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    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 ...
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    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 ...
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    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 ...
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    1 week ago
  • COVID-19: Rent increase freeze and more protection for tenants
    Immediate freeze on rent increases Tenancies will not be terminated during the lock-down period, unless the parties agree, or in limited circumstances Tenants who had previously given notice can stay in their if they need to stay in the tenancy during the lock-down period Tenants will still be able to ...
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    1 week ago
  • Working together to protect businesses and workers
    As New Zealand unites to lock-down in the fight against COVID-19, the Finance Minister is urging all businesses and workers to stay connected over the next four weeks. “We understand the extreme pressure many businesses are under right now. I know most business owners think of their workers as family ...
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    1 week ago
  • State of National Emergency declared to fight COVID-19
    A State of National Emergency has been declared across the country as the Government pulls out all the stops to curtail the spread of COVID-19. “Today we put in place our country’s second ever State of National Emergency as we fight a global pandemic, save New Zealanders’ lives and prevent ...
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    1 week ago
  • Prime Minister’s statement on State of National Emergency and Epidemic Notice
    Mr Speaker I wish to make a Ministerial Statement under Standing Order 347 in relation to the recent declaration of a State of National Emergency. Having considered the advice of the Director Civil Defence Emergency Management, the Minister of Civil Defence declared a State of National Emergency for the whole of ...
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    1 week ago
  • Deadline for domestic travel extended
    People needing to travel on domestic flights, trains and Cook Strait ferries to get home before the country moves into level 4 lock-down tomorrow night will be able to continue using the passenger services until midnight on Friday, Transport Minister Phil Twyford said today. Domestic passenger services, particularly ferries, have ...
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    1 week ago
  • Mortgage holiday and business finance support schemes to cushion COVID impacts
    The Government, retail banks and the Reserve Bank are today announcing a major financial support package for home owners and businesses affected by the economic impacts of COVID-19. The package will include a six month principal and interest payment holiday for mortgage holders and SME customers whose incomes have been ...
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    1 week ago
  • Government working to keep air freight moving
    Minister of Transport Phil Twyford has today announced details of the Government’s support package to keep key air freight moving and ensure New Zealanders retain access to essential goods during the four-week level 4 lockdown. “The Government is working with airlines and air freight operators to ensure New Zealand’s key ...
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    1 week ago
  • New Zealand moves to COVID-19 Alert Level 3, then Level 4 in 48 hours
    New Zealand moved up to COVID-19 Alert Level 3 – Restrict New Zealand to move up to COVID-19 Alert Level 4 – Eliminate, in 48 hours Two-staged approach to give people and businesses time to prepare  Level 3, from tomorrow Non-essential businesses must close All events and gatherings must be ...
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    1 week ago
  • Prime Minister: COVID-19 Alert Level increased
    Good afternoon  The Cabinet met this morning to discuss our next actions in the fight against COVID-19.  Like the rest of the world, we are facing the potential for devastating impacts from this virus. But, through decisive action, and through working together, do we have a small window to get ...
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    1 week ago
  • Govt takes significant economic decisions as NZ readies for Alert Level 4 in COVID-19 fight
    The Government is announcing significant further support for the economy, workers and businesses as the country unites to prepare for Alert Level 4 in the fight against COVID-19. Cabinet today agreed to remove the cap on the Government’s wage subsidy scheme, which will inject a further $4 billion into the ...
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    1 week ago
  • Govt backs RBNZ move to support economy with lower interest rates
    The Government is backing the Reserve Bank’s latest action to support the economy by reducing longer-term interest rates, meaning lower costs for businesses and mortgage holders, and a lower currency to help our exporters. The Minister of Finance has signed a memorandum of understanding and a letter of indemnity with ...
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    1 week ago
  • Government statement on commercial cooperation during COVID-19
    The Government has asked the Commerce Commission to take account of the exceptional circumstances created by COVID-19 when monitoring business behaviour in coming weeks.   “The purpose of my request to the Commerce Commission is to make sure businesses can work together in ways that will allow them to provide ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand temporarily closes diplomatic posts in Barbados and Myanmar due to COVID-19
    The New Zealand Government has temporarily closed its High Commission in Bridgetown, Barbados and its Embassy in Yangon, Myanmar due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “Due to the increasing scarcity of air links in and out of Bridgetown and Yangon, and the pressure COVID-19 is placing ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Supporting Māori communities and businesses through
    Associate Health and Whānau Ora Minister Peeni Henare has today announced the Government’s plan to support Māori communities and businesses in the face of COVID-19. “Our Government’s $12.1 billion economic package will help many Māori whānau, workers and businesses, whether it’s through wage subsidies, income support and worker redeployment, or ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Guidelines for hospitality establishments released
    The Government and the hospitality industry have worked together to produce guidelines to assist with managing and reducing transmission of COVID-19, Health Minister David Clark announced today.  The guidelines developed between the Government, Hospitality New Zealand and SkyCity Entertainment Group, set out how the new restrictions on physical distancing and ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Nation steps up to COVID-19 Alert Level 2
    Four stage Alert System for COVID-19 announced New Zealand moved up to COVID-19 Alert Level 2 – Reduce Contact New Zealanders over 70 and those with certain medical conditions told to stay at home as much as they can to reduce risk of contact with the virus Workplaces to implement ...
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    2 weeks ago