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Climate change in action

Written By: - Date published: 9:26 am, September 7th, 2009 - 43 comments
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The world’s oceans reached a record high temperature in July of 16.37 degrees, 0.59 degrees above the 20th century average. That might not sound a lot, and it wouldn’t be if we were talking about the variation in day to day temperature where you live, but we’re talking the whole world’s oceans. It takes an enormous amount of energy to increase their average temperature by such an amount. All that extra energy has a dramatic effect on the climate.

The El Nino climate system occurs when the Pacific Ocean is well above normal temperature, like now. It’s basically a breakdown in the normal flow of ocean currents and the trade winds (and all the energy they carry). For some countries this means warmer temperatures, for others colder, for some there’s more rain, for some less. For New Zealand, El Nino means drought.

NIWA predicts that El Nino conditions, presently expected to be moderate and not as severe as in 1998, will persist throughout our summer, with the odds being on below average rainfall and soil moisture for most of the country. If there is a drought, it will be very tough on the farmers and could derail any stuttering economic recovery.

This is climate change in action. The gases that we have released into the atmosphere by the billions of tonnes are trapping more heat. That heat is resulting, as the models predict, in warmer oceans leading to more frequent and more severe El Ninos. And that means more frequent and more severe droughts for New Zealand. We’re not yet at the stage of dramatic events like the ice caps melting and the rainforests burning that will happen if we allow the world’s temperature to rise by two degrees sparking runaway climate change, but we are beginning to experience the persistent and significant cost of a changing climate caused by our refusal to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions.

Our economy is inextricably linked to our climate. There is no ‘balancing of our economic opportunities and our environmental responsibilities’ as the Crosby-Textor line the National ministers mindless parrot would have us believe. Environmental problems are economic problems. We are dependent on a stable climate. And we are destabilising it.

[search google news ‘El Nino’ to see how it affects different parts of the world. Everything from a too warm winter threatening the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, to floods in Nairobi, to poor fishing in Peru, to a bumper soy crop in Argentina]

43 comments on “Climate change in action”

  1. tsmithfield 1

    The icecaps won’t melt. They haven’t through hundreds of thousands of years and during periods when temperatures have been warmer than now.

    What is not often mentioned is that the polar glaciers are mainly located in large basins. Hence the glaciers can’t flow anywhere.

    Here is an excellent article that explains the situation:

    http://icecap.us/images/uploads/OllierPaine-NoIceSheetCollapse-AIGNewsAug.2009.pdf

    • Gareth 1.1

      That would be a “paper” by this Cliff Ollier, would it? He’s an Australian denier, not a glaciologist, and you’re wrong. You confuse glaciers with ice sheets, for starters, but you are also wrong about the “large basins”. Check out Fig 7 in Chapter 3 (p46) of the new WWF Arctic report (PDF available here). Most of the West Antarctic ice sheet, and large parts of East Antarctica and NW Greenland ice sheets are grounded below sea level, and therefore vulnerable to the sort of ocean warming that’s already causing the Pine Island Glacier to thin dramatically.

      And for your further edification, during the last interglacial (the Eemian), when temperatures were a degree or two warmer than now, much of the southern Greenland ice sheet melted (and probably a good bit of the WAIS too), and sea levels were 5 or 6 metres higher than now. Not good news…

      • Andrei 1.1.1

        And for your further edification, during the last interglacial (the Eemian), when temperatures were a degree or two warmer than now, much of the southern Greenland ice sheet melted (and probably a good bit of the WAIS too), and sea levels were 5 or 6 metres higher than now.

        It was the high carbon lifestyles of Homo neanderthalensis that done it

        • snoozer 1.1.1.1

          the fact that the climate varies naturally does not preclude the fact that we are changing the climate now, rapidly and with major consequences for our economies.

          • Andrei 1.1.1.1.1

            What it really shows is the vapidity of this debate.

            The period in question coincides with the beginning of modern humans and temperatures were a degree or two warmer than now which were unquestionably natural in origin.

            Furthermore there have been several “unprecedented” climatic events since then again unquestionable natural in origin – the collapse from that benign period into the last glacial and the “unprecedented” warming that saw the earth move from that climate regime to the current more benign one. Furthermore human development and history has all taken place in the later period.

            There is no need to invoke human activity to explain all this.

            Humans do have an impact – the problem is there is no way of determining what it really is one way or another and the same thing applies to anything we do to try and ameliorate it. You are just as likely to make things worse as better – assuming anything you do has a real impact anyway.

            You cannot alter time and tide.

            • snoozer 1.1.1.1.1.1

              The climate changes you’re talking about took place over thousands of years. The change we’re causing is several degrees per decade. The rate of change will exceed the ability of human societies and economies, as well as ecosystems, to adapt.

              Look, you can continue to pretend that humanity isn’t doing it. At the end of the day, the change is happening and that’s really really bad because (even leaving aside truely catastrpohic run away climate change) our entire economic structure is premised on the current climate. We must do what we can to avoid that happening or pay the price.

            • Gareth 1.1.1.1.1.2

              Allow me to make the obvious point: if the climate system can deliver sea levels 5-6m above present and hippos in the Thames at around 310 ppm CO2 entirely naturally, without any input from humans, what’s going to happen when the system catches up with current CO2 levels – 387 ppm and rising, and all of it coming from us…?

              Just in case you miss the obvious: this is not good news.

            • lukas 1.1.1.1.1.3

              Gareth, you have always been a dooms day merchant though really haven’t you? I always turned the radio off when Paul Holmes had you on to talk about the economy, you are a depressing wee man.

              How are the book sales coming along?

            • BLiP 1.1.1.1.1.4

              Lukey-Pukey back again to throw insults around – what a chap! Science got you baffled, has it? Why don’t you go kick in some windows and relieve the tension . . .

            • felix 1.1.1.1.1.5

              Hey BliP, what’s this about wittle wukey-pukey kicking in windows?

            • lukas 1.1.1.1.1.6

              wow BLiP, you really are a piece of work aren’t you?

              Hope you never have to take a six month old baby to a hospital in the middle of the night and get locked out.

              Gareth- sorry about that mate, I assumed with the name and the link in your name that you are Mr Morgan.

              Felix- BLip seems to find amusement in people having to call 111 from the ambulance bay of a hospital to get into the emergency department.

            • felix 1.1.1.1.1.7

              So you kicked in the windows of a hospital.

              Good for you, Wukey-Pookey.

          • Gareth 1.1.1.1.2

            (replying to lukas)

            Best laugh of the day. Wrong Gareth…

  2. Nick 2

    And looking outside my window I can see the sky falling.

    HELP!

  3. StephenR 3

    I do appreciate the update but if you could stop crapping on about Crosby/Textor that’d be fabulous thanks.

  4. Jeremy 4

    Oh dear, the first three comments are all from idiots!

    • tsmithfield 4.1

      I think the idiot is the person who makes insulting comments without even addressing the arguments made.

      • Zorr 4.1.1

        I didn’t see an argument made. Just the usual crap spouted by the same denialists as last time. If you aren’t going to educate yourself then don’t be surprised when we don’t actually bother responding to your “points” any more and just relieve some of the tension you generate by going straight to the ad hominem attacks.

        As the saying goes, don’t argue with an idiot. They will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience. It is not worth our time arguing with you because you will just come back tomorrow with some more questionable science or conspiracy theory that we will just have to debunk all over again. All in all, not worth the anguish when you just close your eyes, stick your fingers in your ears and go “LALALALALALALALALA I CAN’T HEEEEEAR YOOOOOU!”

        captcha: corrections

  5. StephenR 5

    I did appreciate the update.

  6. Walter 6

    What we need is a ‘Wish(they had a)Hart Society” – where all climate change deniers can chisel their names in stone, signing a declaration like:

    “we the undersigned believe that climate change is a complete and utter hoax and support a ‘no-action’ approach to reducing carbon emissions.”

    Later, when we are looking for something to plug the cracks in the dykes, this list may prove useful.

    Personally, I’m in the: ‘Shit, this might really be happening, we better do something’ camp.

    Which is the more sensible position?

  7. StephenR 7

    May depend what exactly you mean by “do something” 😉

  8. singularian 8

    I’m still wondering why all the ‘believers’ are wasting precious resources posting on the internet about this stuff? You guys need to cut your electricity usage by at least 40%, so switch off and get smart, right?

    They need to put their carbon footprint where their mouth is.

    Speaking of carbon footprints – Keisha was in France last week for The Vinters Luck launch, Saturday night she was at the Film and Television awards. As far as I’m aware the overland/sea journey takes far longer than a couple of days, so I’m assuming she personally spewed out 5 or 6 tonnes of Co2 to go to a film launch, I mean, come on (sign on), isn’t she all worried about what sort of world her daughter is going to inherit?

    Really these people need to lead by example if they’re going to preach to the rest of us. I’m sure she has some really, really good excuses as to why she just had to be there but………

    To me that is the biggest problem with this whole AWG thing ( the legitimacy of which I am still undecided about ) is that we need to see the people pushing it as a settled thing practicing what they preach. I will look forward to our MP’s cutting their resource useage by at least 40% the moment they pass an ETS. They can hardly expect anyone else to get on the bandwagon unless they are will to do that, right?

    The irony of hundreds, if not thousands of people flying to Copenhagen to debate the pollution of our planet has not escaped me either.

    All in all, at the moment, I find the hypocrisy a little cloying in the nostrils.

    • Clarke 8.1

      Oh dear. First we have your entrenched position:

      To me that is the biggest problem with this whole AWG thing ( the legitimacy of which I am still undecided about )

      … and then we have this gem:

      All in all, at the moment, I find the hypocrisy a little cloying in the nostrils

      Here’s the thing, singularian. No-one is going to come to your door to try and convince you of the reality of climate change. There is a fundamental difference between science and Scientology – the former requires no “belief”; the Universe simply doesn’t give a rats whether you believe in fundamental physics or not.

      in other words, climate change is a little bit like an IQ test. It’s a complex, messy business with all manner of unexpected influences and subtle linkages. If you can’t be bothered working your way through the detail, educating yourself about non-deterministic systems and drawing your own conclusions, then you have yet to pay the intellectual entry cost for participating in the debate.

      So your statement that “the legitimacy of which I am still undecided about” is one of two things; it’s either a genuine inability to grasp the science and its geopolitical implications, or it’s a smoke-screen for inaction. I hope it’s the former rather than the latter, because the former implies that further education – such as Marty’s post – might help matters.

      However if it is simply an exercise in prevarication, then it’s time to call a spade a spade, and characterise your skepticism as nothing more than selfishness in a pseudo-scientific wrapper.

      • snoozer 8.1.1

        wow, that’s a gem of a comment.

      • singularian 8.1.2

        Well Clarke, like several billion other people around the world I’m trying to sort the wheat from the chaff. You appear to be suggesting that I just accept what, to me ( not being a scientist ), are not proven hypothesis. I’d rather keep an open mind thanks.

        Then the fact that I’m asking questions about the apparent insincerity of some of the media campaigners on this issue somehow means that I don’t have the intellectual rigor to participate? Hmmmm. OK.

        Do you disagree that whatever has to be done in the future will have to be done by the individual?

        Do you disagree that if people are going to be the ‘face’ for issues like these then they should walk the walk?

        Do you disagree that taxing people/business to bring about a change in habits is merely going make prices rise thereby disadvantaging those with the least money to spend?

        Do you see ANY irony in thousands of people flying into Copenhagan, pumping thousands of tonnes of Co2 into the atmosphere, to talk about how bad it is pumping out Co2 into the atmosphere?

        Can you glimpse the end game in all this? Not the end game for the planet, but the end game for us, humanity?

        Or have you over intellectualised things?

        Stephen R – 2 comments down – I call bullshit on ‘offsets’. You’re either doing it or you’re not. If you really believe then you don’t do it in the first place. The similarities to organised religion are growing by the day.

        • Draco T Bastard 8.1.2.1

          Do you really have any idea as to how much of an idiot you are?

          are not proven hypothesis.

          >90% probability of being right is, in my book, beyond reasonable doubt.

          Do you disagree that whatever has to be done in the future will have to be done by the individual?

          It will have to be done by the global community which includes individuals.

          Do you disagree that if people are going to be the ‘face’ for issues like these then they should walk the walk?

          Do you see ANY irony in thousands of people flying into Copenhagan, pumping thousands of tonnes of Co2 into the atmosphere, to talk about how bad it is pumping out Co2 into the atmosphere?

          Being the face for these issues requires something other than staying at home hiding beneath the bedsheets.

          Do you disagree that taxing people/business to bring about a change in habits is merely going make prices rise thereby disadvantaging those with the least money to spend?

          And? Prices may not rise – there’s an equal or better chance that some unsustainable products will be removed from the market.

          Can you glimpse the end game in all this? Not the end game for the planet, but the end game for us, humanity?

          I can, yes.

          Or have you over intellectualised things?

          That’s always a possibility but, as I said above, >90% probability of being right is beyond reasonable doubt.

          You’re either doing it or you’re not.

          And here you prove, with the usual RWNJ false dichotomy, that your mind is closed.

          • singularian 8.1.2.1.1

            >90% – pleeeaassseeee. Pull the other one, it may ring.

            And yes thanks, I know exactly how much of an idiot I am, do you know the same about yourself? I doubt it somehow.

            At the end of the day it will be down to the individual.

            Being the face for these issues requires something other than staying at home hiding beneath the bedsheets.

            So Keishas film launch in France was so fucken important that the planet will just have to load up with a few more 10s of tonnes of pollutant?
            HaHa, what bullshit.

            When it comes down to it very few of the people preaching are actually willing to do what they say has to be done. In fact, like you, they don’t even want to think about the reality of what they’re preaching. There’s a word for it….begins with H.

            And? Prices may not rise there’s an equal or better chance that some unsustainable products will be removed from the market.

            Fuck me and you think I’m an idiot?

            So when Food, Oil, Electricity, Clothing, pretty well all consumer goods rise by 10 -20% (at least, can’t you just see all those greedy corporates rubbing their hands together ‘ price rises and we can blame the Govt’ ?) and low wage earners really can’t afford to put food on the table what then Einstein?

            You people are unbelievable, the disconnect with reality is quite scary but of course I’m the one with a closed mind.

            Too much. I think I’ll just go to bed laughing.

            Nite.

            Edit – Nothing to say about Copenhagen?

        • roger nome 8.1.2.2

          Singularian:

          this is a problem of systems, not individuals. If you leave it down to individuals , it will just become another “tragedy of the commons” i.e. everyone wants to maximise their individual enjoyment, so, will pollute if the costs of doing so don’t outweigh the gains.

          So tax systems etc need to make it more painful for people to pollute than to not pollute. Understand?

        • roger nome 8.1.2.3

          Singularian:

          This is a problem of systems, not individuals. If you leave it down to individuals , it will just become another “tragedy of the commons” i.e. everyone wants to maximise their individual enjoyment, so, people will pollute if the costs of doing so don’t outweigh the gains.

          So tax systems etc need to make it more painful for people to pollute than to not pollute. Understand?

        • Clarke 8.1.2.4

          like several billion other people around the world I’m trying to sort the wheat from the chaff. You appear to be suggesting that I just accept what, to me ( not being a scientist ), are not proven hypothesis.

          Public awareness of the implications of climate change has been growing since the Rio Earth Summit in 1992 – that’s 17 years ago. So it’s reasonable to assume you’ve had every single one of those years to look into the issue, read the scientific literature and make some decisions about how to lead your life, given the clear and present threat to planetary ecology.

          The fact that you’ve clearly failed to do any of this doesn’t mean your more skeptical than anyone else, or more rigorous, or more scientific – it simply means you’re slower than the rest of us. Perhaps we need a course on climate change for the special needs students like you who still have “uncertainties”.

          Perhaps actually making the effort to understand the science and the issues that have been in the public domain for decades might improve your credibility when it comes to calling others hypocrites. Right now – Pot. Kettle. Black.

          • singularian 8.1.2.4.1

            So the science is settled then Clarke?

            The point of it is we have people like Kesiha spouting one thing and then doing something else. In her case she is flying all over the world to promote vapid entertainment. To me that shows she has very little understanding of what a 40% reduction in resource use will actually mean.

            All I’m saying is that the people that are calling for a 40% reduction in resource use need to reduce their use by 40%, I can not see any of them doing so and here lies the crux, all the urban liberal green handwringers are sitting in their enclaves screaming ‘won’t somebody save the children’ while waiting for someone else to do something, in this case the government. So they can sit back feeling smug that they are on the side of good but don’t really have to do anything except change their light bulbs. They need to put their lifestyle where their mouth is and they are repeatedly failing to do so.

            I have educated myself reasonably well on this subject, considering I’m not a scientist and taking into account the vast amounts of digital propaganda out there ( hence wheat from chaff ) and in my mind the failure of the current models being used to correctly predict actual real, now historical, climate change and our limited understanding of the DO’s and how the sun affects earth combined with my complete mistrust of authority to do the right thing as compared to doing whats in their best interests leads me, at the moment, to the conclusion that things are definitely not settled.

            • lprent 8.1.2.4.1.1

              Arrggh these old chestnuts. Favourites of the CCD’s – and neither are in anyway correct.

              There is no significant lack of consensus amongst scientists who know what they’re talking about – ie earth scientists in general and specifically climatologists specifically. Any other scientists outside that group trained in the discipline can be treated as being ignorant amateurs.

              The model fallacy is that models are perfect. They aren’t in any moderately chaotic system. Doesn’t matter if it is the inside of a piston of a car – something that has been massively modelled for a 100 years or so, or whatever. If you want model certainties then I suggest you get religion – they don’t exist in ANY science. They are all approximations.

              However the climate change models are deadly accurate at predicting climate changes forward and backwards within our current timeframes for which we have accurate data – ie the last couple of centuries. They are within the expected range of variance, and when you take the models as a group (because they are often quite different internally), their averages are almost bang on. That tends to indicate that in aggregate they are tracking pretty closely.

              I have a couple of posts on the way just for you tomorrow – just to help you clear the bullshit.

  9. StephenR 9

    Heard of offsets? Hard to know which of the above have or will use/d them but still.

  10. ben 10

    What has Crosby-Textor got to do with anything?

    National has just put forward a ridiculously ambitious carbon reduction by 2020, a 35% reduction in current total carbon output just 11 years from now – and you want to cite Textor Crosby as a reason for what exactly? Providing spin to make it look like National is doing enough when its not? Please.

    This blog must be among the most ludicrous collection of ideas on the internet.

  11. Martin 11

    Climate Change is the new religion.

    The key to determining this is to ask – “what would cause you to change your mind?” When you ask this question to the diehard climate change people you get responses like Nothing – there is no debate.

    Anybody who questions the new “god” is denounced.

    Just like the inquisition really….

    Oh, by the way – when you look at who makes the most money out of Cap and Tax – It’s a certain Mr Al Gore and Goldman Sacs… Now theres a coincidence…

    • Zorr 11.1

      You ask what it would take to change my mind? I’ll tell you.

      Certifiable scientific evidence that the current model is actually wrong to the extent that it is false.

      I have stated it deliberately in these terms as models are inaccurate by their very nature and therefore being constantly updated as more information is able to be added to the model.

      So basically, provide equivalently accurate and credible scientific research that shows the current issue surrounding the reality of climate change is unfounded and I will listen. However, I personally doubt your ability to provide such evidence.

      Also, I take personal offence at anyone calling a branch of science a “religion”. There are nutjobs on all sides of the spectrum, I readily admit this. However, the science at the core is not religious in nature as it is based in the observable, natural world. Next time you care to insult my chosen profession, bring an actual argument. Not this bullshit.

      • no leftie 11.1.1

        Global warming is a religion – it’s now official.

        http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change/tim-nicholson-a-green-martyr-1648388.html

        [lprent: Bullshit. That is dismissal because of a difference of opinion and belief – not religion. Read your own link.

        The same as I’m not allowed to dismiss someone for thinking changing tax rates to a flat rate is good for a society (despite all evidence to the contrary), that the Titanic would be unsinkable, that animals have feelings, that the world was created in 4004 BC, or you can make pigs fly (ie they can ignore gravity. None of those are part of a religion either. I’m sure other people will be happy to extend the list.

        Basically all you have confirmed in my opinion is that you’re a dickhead who has no idea of the basis of employment law. I’ll bet that you’d be a useless as someone to work for. ]

  12. StephenR 12

    Can you explain further please?

    Yeah sorry the moderation seems to be holding a lot back, making several comments look a bit odd. Was replying to Singularian at 12:18.

  13. no leftie 13

    What angry reaction!

    I used the article to make a point about Zorr’s precious complaint about use of the term religion when it comes to global warming.

    I don’t think you should be able to sack someone for believing the end-is-nigh regardless of how much I disagree with that belief.

    Rant away though – I especially like the part where’d I’d give you a job.


    [lprent: The link didn’t mention religion. Are you such a fuckwit that you equate belief with religion? Yeah looking at your previous comments it is evident that you would. I’m afraid I don’t work for people who are that thick. I like to be able to have a hope of explaining what I’m working on.

    But it looks more likely to me that you are just repeating something mindlessly – ie troll. Fits with your ‘comments’ over the last few weeks. I’ll pulled you up about it before. Anyway, I’m tired of ‘ranting’ – so permanent ban. I’m tired of having to leave notes on your comments. ]

  14. no leftie 14

    Thank you for the ultimate compliment. It’s been fun.

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    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    3 days ago
  • Getting in futures shape 
    “There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen.” Lenin Don’t we all know that feeling now.

    Prospect Magazine alerted me to this particularly apt quote. It is a much more evocative quote than Hemingway’s “gradually then suddenly” which is also doing ...

    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    3 days ago
  • Maybe axing Clark would be unfair. But what about any of this is fair?
    Yesterday was the day the consequences of the lockdown suddenly got very real for many. Firms have been closing and laying people off since the outset of the quarantine but this has mostly been happening out of the public eye. The mass closure of a number of iconic New Zealand ...
    PunditBy Liam Hehir
    3 days ago
  • Might a ‘Coasean’ social contract mitigate overall societal harm from COVID-19?
    Brian Williamson1, Prof Nick Wilson2 (1Economic consultant, UK; 2University of Otago Wellington) In this blog, we outline how a win-win social contract could be forged to address the major dimensions of response to the COVID-19 pandemic when using a mitigation strategy: the particular need to protect older people from high ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    3 days ago
  • Returning To “Normalcy”.
    Resuming Normal Service: The Republican Party's nominee for in 1920, Warren Harding, promised the American people: “not heroics, but healing; not nostrums, but normalcy; not revolution, but restoration”. If she wishes to remain our prime minister, then Jacinda Ardern will offer New Zealanders the same.HOW EDUCATED AMERICA snickered when the ...
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand’s Government Must Save New Zealand’s Media.
    No Free Society Without A Free And Functioning News Media: If we are to surrender our civil rights to the broader cause of defeating Covid-19, then foreign corporations must, likewise, surrender their right to inflict immense economic and cultural harm on New Zealanders simply because it improves their bottom line.I’M ...
    3 days ago
  • Corona fevers and the madness of models
    by Daphna Whitmore A third of the world is under lockdown and a clear assessment of this measure to curb the spread of COVID-19 is urgently needed.  With any high-stakes decisions it has to be asked what are we dealing with here? Are the measures warranted? Will they achieve their ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    3 days ago
  • Lockdown day 8
    I haven’t done a huge amount in the last few days. I’m reading The Poppy War and I’ve sort of poked at a couple of games – I started SOMA but I’m a wimp and I quit while in the first room after the brain scan. I might try it ...
    The little pakehaBy chrismiller
    4 days ago
  • Backstage and Theatre
    The swan politicians may be gliding on the water, occasionally snapping at one another. Meanwhile, as the Covid19 crisis illustrates, the officials are desperately paddling below providing the real locomotion. One of the most fatuous recent grandstanding comments (of about a week ago), adding to the public’s anxieties, was ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    4 days ago
  • Legal Beagle: Waiver, the singular Crown and the conduct of Crown legal business
    Much has been written about the importance of discretion in an emergency situation, and the concerns raised by the potential for it to be exercised arbitrarily. Given the quality of the discussion, there seemed little point in adding to it at any length. In particular, I point to the evidence ...
    4 days ago
  • Highlights from Bauer Media’s science-related reporting
    Today has felt surreal. I was all set to touch base online with my science communication students when a colleague shared the news that Bauer Media would be shutting down its publications immediately. The first link I saw implied it was Woman’s Weekly affected, and even that shocked me. But ...
    SciBlogsBy Sarah-Jane O'Connor
    4 days ago
  • Outsiders.
    Bogeymen, Real And Imagined: Is the number of psychopathic and sociopathic individuals in any given society truly as vanishingly small as we like to tell ourselves? Isn’t it more likely that the mass-shooters and serial-killers filling the headlines represent only the tip of a much, much larger iceberg of frightfulness? ...
    4 days ago
  • We have a right to know the rules we are expected to obey
    Outgoing Police Commissioner Mike Bush appeared before the Epidemic Response Committee today, who asked him for the rules police are using to enforce the lockdown. He refused:Police Commissioner Mike Bush has admitted the advice given to Kiwis about what they're able to do during the lockdown hasn't been clear enough. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 7 (sanitised version)
    For those folk who find my other Lock-Down Diary versions too “negative” or otherwise unpalatable… Here’s a photo of my cat, . . Better? Tomorrow’s Sanitised Version: a pretty flower. . . . =fs= ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    4 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 7
    . . April 1: Day seven of living in lock-down… This morning I had a brief chat with one of my neighbours, “D” (social distance between us, a good three or four metres). I learned he had resigned from his previous job and had been hired by another company – ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    4 days ago
  • RIP The Listener, New Zealand’s pioneering voice
    Funnily enough, my thought as I start this post is whether it will be well written enough. Or should that be well enough written? Because so much of what I know about good writing came from my two stints at The Listener, which this morning was shut down due to ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    4 days ago
  • OK, Britney: stop sniping at National for doing its job
    With normal democratic procedures in abeyance, there were two ways to go. First, it was open for the government to dissolve itself and invite the National Party to join a ministry of national salvation. That would have lessened the democratic deficit of the times by having a team of rivals without ...
    PunditBy Liam Hehir
    4 days ago
  • Helpful tips for parents during lockdown
    Dr Kirsty Ross Children and young people can respond differently in times of distress. This also varies by age and developmental stage, with younger children having more magical and imaginative thinking, and older children having more awareness and knowledge of the issues our communities are facing (which brings up ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    4 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #13, 2020
    5 days ago
  • Hungary is now a dictatorship
    Hungary has been a virtual dictatorship for a decade now, as Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has gradually eroded its democracy. But now, its official, with the passage of an indefinite emergency law allowing rule by decree:Hungary’s parliament has passed a new set of coronavirus measures that includes jail terms for ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • A new Ministry of Works
    While the economy is on pause under lockdown, the government is beginning to plan how to cope with the post-lockdown, post-tourism, post-export education world we will eventually find ourselves in. They're planning a lot of infrastructure spending as economic stimulus, and have asked for proposals which can start the moment ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Capture: Well spaced out
    It's my distraction,  setting up tiny scenes to photograph.  I've got stuck on the Babushka dolls for now.  Something about their bubble shape.  Something about their never changing, smiling features, suggesting persistent equanimity.  Can we get through everything that is being thrown at us and keep at least a tiny ...
    5 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 6
    . . March 31: Day six of living in lock-down… This time I managed to sleep a little longer and the alarm woke me at the pre-set time: 6.55am. Then remembered I was working a later shift and could’ve slept in. Oh well, there are things to do at home. ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    5 days ago
  • March ’20 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
    Image credit: Diamond Harbour School Blogs I notice a few regulars no longer allow public access to the site counters. This may happen accidentally when the blog format is altered. If your blog is unexpectedly missing or ...
    5 days 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 ...
    5 days ago
  • Why those bubbles are so important
    For almost a week now, every one of us who isn’t an essential worker has been confined to their bubble. We are allowed to go shopping for groceries, to visit the doctor, and to get a bit of exercise if we stay local. The reason we are doing this is ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    5 days ago
  • A Government System That Works
    The Covid-19 saga will no doubt produce many twists and turns for us before it is finally brought to an end. But one thing it has shown us – and what comfort it should bring us – is that our country’s government is in good hands. I am not thinking ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    5 days ago
  • Smashing down the barriers: Where are we at with COVID vaccines?
    In the absence of a vaccine or a cure for a deadly disease, staying home in your bubble is what you do, the concept is not new.  To the best of my knowledge last time we did this in NZ was for polio, in the years before a vaccine came ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    6 days ago
  • National Network on Cuba (USA): “Cuban medical solidarity is a pillar of its society and is founde...
    The following statement was released on March 28 by the National Network on Cuba, a coalition of 40 groups, based in the United States. In recent weeks, Cuba has deployed hundreds of medical providers to over a dozen countries in Europe, Asia, as well as to their neighbors in Latin ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    6 days ago
  • Alarming decrease in calves increases fears for endangered Hector’s dolphin
    This has been a terrible summer for Hector’s dolphins. The first indication was very low numbers of dolphin sightings during late spring and early summer. The Otago University Marine Mammal Research Team has carried out routine dolphin surveys at Banks Peninsula for more than 30 years. In all that time, ...
    SciBlogsBy Otago Marine Science
    6 days ago
  • Time for Grant Robertson to reveal package #2?
    On March 17, Finance Minister Grant Robertson was quick out of the blocks with an economic rescue package to help businesses through the inevitable recession resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. Robertson had pulled together a scheme in short order that so far seems to have saved many jobs. In his ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    6 days ago
  • Saving lives
    The purpose of the lockdown is to save lives, by reducing the spread of covid-19. We won't know if its really working for another week, but given the devastation that will result if it doesn't - 14,000 dead is the optimistic scenario - its definitely worth trying. But pausing the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 5
    . . March 30: Day five of living in lock-down… Woke up still in darkness. Alarm hadn’t gone off. Turn to radio clock; it’s a few minutes after 6am… I lie there in the dark, waiting to drift off to sleep… but it ain’t happening. Clock ticks over to 6.55 ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    6 days ago
  • Speaker: Les Gray: the man who told the truth
    The story of Les Gray, the public sector psychologist who told the truth about his use of cannabis and set off a storm, has a special place in the lore of cannabis reform in New Zealand.When Paul Shannon interviewed Gray for the 'Dope and Hope' issue of Planet magazine in ...
    6 days ago
  • Why now? Historical specificity and the perfect storm that has created trans identity politics
    by Phil Duncan For Marxists, a key concern about social trends is their context – not just their causes, but why they happen when they do.  Events and phenomena have causes, but they also are time or period-specific. While much of the left have capitulated recently to postmodernism, most notably ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    7 days ago
  • Time for a living wage for supermarket workers
    Since the lockdown began, we've all suddenly been reminded who the actually essential workers in our society are: not the people at the top who pay themselves the big bucks and rort the perks, but the people at the bottom they screw over and squeeze: cleaners, warehouse staff, truck drivers ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Hard News: MUSIC: Lockdown Grooves
    Kia ora! As I've watched nearly all my remaining work vanish over the past couple of days, it has occured to me that one good way to keep me away from arguing with fools on Twitter all the time (in the knowledge that all we're really doing is processing our ...
    7 days ago
  • A place of greater safety?
    Aotearoa New Zealand has committed to trying to extirpate the virus that causes COVID-19 from its shores. To do that, as a society we’ve moved to “Level 4”. That means adapting to unprecedented restrictions on our personal freedoms, particularly to our rights to move freely and associate with friends and ...
    PunditBy Andrew Geddis
    7 days ago
  • The police and public trust
    When the Prime Minister declared a state of emergency last week, she handed the police powers to enforce it. And almost immediately, we started hearing about heavy-handed, arbitrary "enforcement" by police who (at best) cared more about order than law, or (more likely) had no idea what the rules were ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 4
    . . Lock Down: Day 4 – A photo essay with observations . March 29: Usual wake up routine as RNZ snaps on my radio-clock. Jim Mora’s voice slowly enters my conciousness; there’s talk of a second wave of covid19 taking hold in South Korea; the week in Parliament – ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    7 days ago
  • COVID-19 vs New Zealand
    Yesterday, New Zealand recorded its first Covid-19 related death on the West Coast. Unfortunately this is unlikely to be the only fatality, with the virus now being found in every region of the country.However despite the significant danger, people are still unfortunately breaching lockdown rules.There’s really only one main very ...
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #13
    Story of the Week... Toon of the Week... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Claim Review... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week... Story of the Week... ‘Misinformation kills’: The link between coronavirus conspiracies and climate denial   Grist / Rob Kim / Stringer / CSA Images  Scientific ...
    1 week ago
  • Rāhui day 4
    The kids did surprisingly well today – meltdown count was about 3, and mostly fairly short ones. (And a fourth while I was writing.) Game-wise I had a go at Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark. It’s a fairly standard RPG with turn-based combat and what they call a “mature storyline” (it ...
    The little pakehaBy chrismiller
    1 week ago
  • Letter to a friend
    by Don Franks Hi David, Nice hearing from you, I’m glad to hear you’re getting by okay in these grim times. You asked how’s it going for us back here in New Zealand. You would have heard that the whole country is locked down and with breaks for exercise and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 3
    . . Lock Down: Day 3 – A photo essay with observations . March 28: First day of the first weekend in Lock Down. It feels like it’s been weeks since only Level 3 was declared last Tuesday, only four days ago. Woke up this morning to RNZ; coffee; toast, ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #13
    A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Mar 22, 2020 through Sat, Mar 28, 2020 Articles Linked to on Facebook Sun, Mar 22, 2020 In Just 10 Years, Warming Has Increased the Odds of Disasters by Chelsea Harvey, ...
    1 week ago
  • Rāhui day 3
    I’m here in lockdown with my flatmate and her two girls (6 and 2) and it. is. a time. They’re usually really active so to start with the only boardgame in the house is the copy of Guess Who that the 6 year old got for her birthday. Flatmate commented ...
    The little pakehaBy chrismiller
    1 week ago
  • A test of civil society.
    The CV-19 (COVID) pandemic has seen the imposition of a government ordered national quarantine and the promulgation of a series of measures designed to spread the burden of pain and soften the economic blow on the most strategically important and most vulnerable sectors of society. The national narrative is framed ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 2
    . . Lock Down: Day 2 – A photo essay with observations . March 27 – Day 2 of our Strange New World. The Park and Ride near my suburb, usually filled with hundreds of vehicles, had just… four; . . Another drive into Wellington City on a highway nearly ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • How Do You Feel? What Do You Think?
    Fortune's Children: Under extraordinary pressure, the leader of the Government and the leader of the Opposition will each show us what they are made of. Have they been blessed with intelligence, grace, wit, poise, toughness, empathy and humour – and in what measure? More importantly, to what extent have they ...
    1 week ago
  • Landlords are NOT an essential service
    If you’ve ever had the misfortune of having to rent a property on the open market in New Zealand, which is one of the most expensive in the entire world, you’ll likely be keenly aware of just how arrogant and entitled landlords and their real estate agents can be.Unfortunately for ...
    1 week ago
  • A “new Society” post-COVID19 will definitely emerge. The question is: on what path?
    Society-wise, aside from the specific morbidity shall we say of the medically-oriented aspects of this COVID-19 crisis, what is unfolding before the world is in more than one way an instructive study of humanity and reactions to a high intensity, high stress environment in real time. Friends, we are at ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • Raise the Bar: Everything you need to know about the wage subsidy
    Right now low waged and insecure workers are feeling the economic brunt of the looming #Covid19 Recession. In response legal advocate Toby Cooper* and hospitality and worker’s rights advocate Chloe Ann-King, are putting together a series of legal blogs about your employment rights: In this legal blog we outline some ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    1 week ago
  • The massacre of prisoners in Modelo jail, Bogota, March 21
    by Equipo Jurídico Pueblos and Gearóid Ó Loingsigh (25/03/2020) An escape plan in question On the night of March 21st and the early morning of the 22nd, the forces of the Colombian state stormed into the Modelo prison in Bogotá, murdering 23 prisoners and injuring 83, in response to the ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • We are not America
    When the government banned semi-automatic weapons in response to a terrorist atrocity, gun-nuts were outraged. Mired in toxic American gun culture, they thought owning weapons whose sole purpose was killing people was some sort of "constitutional right", a necessity for "defending themselves" against the government. Now, the Court of Appeal ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • When will we know the lockdown is working?
    Just before midnight on Wednesday March 25, Aotearoa New Zealand entered a countrywide alert level four lockdown. For at least the next four weeks, everyone who isn’t an essential worker is confined to their bubble. We are doing this to stop the explosive growth in people contracting and dying from ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    1 week ago
  • Lock Down: Day 1
    . . Lock Down: Day 1 – A photo essay with observations . Day one of the Level 4 nationwide lock-down (or, DefCon 4 as I sometimes cheekily call it) started at 11.59PM on 25 March. For a moment, most of the nation held it’s collective breath. In that brief ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • A Compelling Recollection.
    Broad, Sunlit Uplands: How those words fired my young imagination! Or, perhaps, it is more accurate to say: how those words fused, in my young mind, with the image printed on every packet of Fielder’s Cornflour. Always fascinated by history, especially modern history, I cannot hear Churchill’s wonderfully evocative words, even ...
    1 week ago

  • Further measures to support businesses
    The Government will be introducing legislation to make changes to the Companies Act to help companies facing insolvency due to COVID-19 to remain viable and keep New Zealanders in jobs. The temporary changes include: Giving directors of companies facing significant liquidity problems because of COVID-19 a ‘safe harbour’ from insolvency ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Govt’s COVID plan, economic strength recognised
    The Government’s plan to cushion the blow of COVID-19 by supporting incomes, jobs and businesses, and position the economy to recover has been backed by another international report. International credit rating agency Moody’s today reaffirmed its highest Aaa credit rating on New Zealand, saying the economy is expected to remain ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Funding certainty for sports through COVID-19
    National sports organisations have been given certainty of funding to ensure they can remain viable through the COVID-19 pandemic, Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson announced today. “The global spread of COVID-19 has had a significant impact on sport and recreation in New Zealand, including the cancellation or postponement of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Butchers now allowed to process pork
    Changes have been made to allow butchers to process pork, only for supply to supermarkets or other processors or retailers that are open, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has announced. “We carefully weighed the risk of allowing butchers to open their shops for retail customers, but the risk of spreading COVID-19 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Essential workers leave scheme established
    Essential workers who take leave from work to comply with public health guidance are being supported with a leave scheme to ensure they will continue to receive income, say the Minister of Workplace Relations and Safety Iain Lees-Galloway and Minister for Social Development, Carmel Sepuloni. A number of essential businesses ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Govt WhatsApp helps share COVID-19 information
    A Government WhatsApp channel has been launched to help make information more easily accessible and shareable in the fight against COVID-19. Govt.NZ, which is free to use on any mobile device, will carry information and news for the public, businesses, healthcare providers, not for profits and local government. It can ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Managed departure plan for stranded foreign nationals enables safe, orderly exit
    The Government has announced a plan to enable the safe, orderly exit of tens of thousands of stranded foreign nationals from New Zealand during the current COVID-19 Alert Level 4 restrictions, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Winston Peters has said. “When we moved into lockdown a week ago, the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government delivers COVID-19 support to GPs and Pharmacies
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says the Government is delivering on its commitment to support general practice doctors and nurses, and pharmacies on the front-line of our fight against COVID-19. "For us to overcome COVID-19, we need community health services such as general practice and community pharmacy to step up ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Susan Thomas the new Chief High Court Judge
    Justice Susan Thomas has been appointed Chief High Court Judge, Attorney-General David Parker announced today.  She replaces Justice Geoffrey Venning who has resigned from the position.   David Parker paid tribute to Justice Venning, who he said had stewarded the High Court very capably over the last five years.   “On behalf ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days 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
    5 days 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
    5 days ago
  • Advance payments to support contractors
    Advance payments will be made to transport construction industry contractors to retain the workforce and ensure it is ready to quickly gear up to build projects which will be vital to New Zealand’s COVID-19 economic recovery, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. He said keeping the workforce required to build ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government seeks infrastructure projects
    The Government has tasked a group of industry leaders to seek out infrastructure projects that are ready to start as soon as the construction industry returns to normal to reduce the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford and Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones say. The Infrastructure ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Health system scaled up to prepare for COVID-19
    Work to scale up the health system in preparation for COVID-19 was today outlined by Health Minister David Clark, as he reported back to the new Epidemic Response Committee. “We are well placed to contain the spread of COVID-19. We have taken early and decisive action at our borders, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Essential media COVID-19 guidelines refined
    The Government is refining its COVID-19 essential business guidance to include the distribution of news publications for communities which are hard to reach. The Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media, Kris Faafoi, said the move was in recognition of the importance for New Zealanders who might be harder to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Supermarkets able to open on Easter Sunday
    The Government is ensuring supermarkets can open on Easter Sunday so we can buy groceries, but stay closed on Good Friday allowing workers to take a break. This provides a balanced approach and ensures we avoid large queues that two days closure may cause. “Supermarkets will be able to open ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 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
    6 days ago
  • State of National Emergency extended
    The State of National Emergency to help stop the spread of COVID-19 has been extended for a further seven days, Minister of Civil Defence Peeni Henare said. The initial declaration on March 25 lasted seven days and can be extended as many times as necessary. “Since we went into isolation ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 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
    6 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
    7 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
    1 week 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
    1 week ago
  • Clarification of modification to wage subsidy scheme
    Minister of Finance Grant Robertson has clarified that the changes to the wage subsidy scheme announced yesterday mean that employers should be passing on the full subsidy to workers, except in the case where the person’s normal income is less than the level of the subsidy. “We still want employers ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Face masks flowing to DHBs
    Medical face masks from the national reserve supply are now being distributed to District Health Boards, while at the same time local production is being ramped up. Yesterday more than 640,000 masks were sent to DHBS – that is an immediate two week supply, with more to follow in coming ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • COVID-19: Further steps to protect New Zealanders’ jobs
    The Government has made modifications to the wage subsidy scheme to ensure people don’t lose their jobs during the national lockdown. These changes will soften the impact of COVID-19 on workers, families and businesses, and position them to exit the lockdown and look to recovery, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Tax relief for Mycoplasma Bovis farmers
    Farmers whose herds were culled in response to the outbreak of Mycoplasma bovis will be able to minimise the tax treatment of their income in some circumstances. Revenue Minister Stuart Nash says Cabinet has agreed to change the law. It means farmers may be eligible to spread their income over ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • $27 million for NGOs and community groups to continue providing essential services
    A $27 million dollar package, effective immediately, is being provided to social sector services and community groups to ensure they can continue to provide essential support to communities as we stay at home as a nation to stop the spread of COVID-19, Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni announced. “At ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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  • Statement on guilty plea of March 15 terrorist
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