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Colin Craig is serious

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, August 4th, 2015 - 84 comments
Categories: Dirty Politics, law - Tags: , ,

Colin Craig is serious about suing Williams, Stringer and Slater. Formal legal advice has been sent. Not only that, but Craig’s pamphlet is appearing in letter boxes. I’ve seen a report via Twitter from (presumably) Wellington. Last night there was a copy in my box all the way down here in Sunny Dunedin, which means I guess that it may well have gone to most boxes in NZ, a pretty serious commitment.

Other than being generally in favour of truth being known, I don’t have much interest in the outcome of Craig’s proceedings. But I do have an interest in dirty politics, and I thank Craig for putting it back in the public spotlight. He’s reminding NZ what a sleazy and amoral government this is, and the tactics and tools to which it will stoop. Good.


Updated: lprent 1700

This morning Cameron Slater was roaring in defiance (donotlink)

I will be resisting Colin Craig’s unfounded allegations against me, and I will be counter-suing for substantial damages as a result of his malicious defamatory lies.

Ah yeah right. How many court cases is this idiot involved with now? At a hearing late last month he was claiming that he had no money for lawyers.

Anyhow. I suspect that instead he will be reaching out to the witless fools who read his bullshit at Whaleoil again. Yep, and that was what he did.

Read Peter Aranyi’s analysis at The Paepae “Is Colin Craig ‘defaming’ Cameron Slater and his commercial attack website?“.

Like the white trash that they are, Slater Jnr and his wife and their deputy dog Pete Belt are already threatening to ‘expose’ all sorts of other embarrassing information and allegations about Colin Craig in ‘open court’. Oh yeah? Like, stuff they’ve held back? Why? Because it was too unseemly? Do they really think everyone else is an idiot?

How that looks to me: that is the sort of bullying intimidatory legend-in-their-own-lunchbox behaviour one has come to expect from these reality-challenged individuals. A lot of Slater Jnr’s, Juana’s and Pete Belt’s statements seem to me to be meremarketing — intended for consumption by the gullible ‘whale army’ — you know, the people who buy Slater Jnr’s branded sun hats, T-Shirts (and ski masks?).

Do not adjust your set. This might get interesting.

After he wrote it, the inevitable happened. Peter Belt “deputy dawg” softened up the gullible skulls, and then Cameron whined for more free money.

I can’t see any evidence on the net that the court proceedings have actually been filed yet. Slater and Stringer claim in another post that they haven’t (donotlink). But that probably just means that Slater and Stringer haven’t seen them yet and they are way too stupid to realise that a case is actually started when the court gets the documents and processes them. They could have been filed and paid for at the court, but not yet made it through the normal routes to the defendants. Perhaps they should talk to a real lawyer, like Williams?

Definitely popcorn material.

BTW: Cameron Slater opened a new front today promising a attack on the IRD.  I won’t bother linking to it. Just imagine the usual strange claims targeting the media.

I’d normally just ask myself who is paying for this attack? Junior in his boundless greed usually just snuffles up like a pig in a trough. But there could be a  different motivation…

Bearing in mind that most people who are aware of Slater jnr’s strangely obscure finances, also think that he he has been defrauding other taxpayers for years, I suspect that this is his way of announcing he is under investigation by the IRD.

84 comments on “Colin Craig is serious”

  1. Tracey 1

    Interesting times.

  2. Tiger Mountain 2

    surely not…
    “don’t call me Shirley”–Colin Craig

  3. dukeofurl 3

    Craig is just the entree, the main course will be Little. With Peters to follow as a desert.

    Dirty politics never went away, and it will be back stronger.

  4. tc 4

    go for it Colin Craig and all power to you as our law enforcers seem unable to do anything about admitted law breaches.

    Interesting times indeed as Colin has the funds and the innocent zeal to make an impression on this septic issue.

    Maybe shake the sheeple awake as to how their govt goes about its business on citizens that don’t conform to their agenda.

  5. Save NZ 5

    Go Colin.

  6. Matthew Hooton 6

    Serious is one word.
    Nuts is another.
    Distributing his “book” in Dunedin???
    Is that for real?

    • dv 6.1

      Where is Jason Eade Matthew?

      • Marvellous Bearded Git 6.1.1

        @dv +1000

        • Chooky 6.1.1.1

          +1001 Marvellous One and dv …where is Jason Eade?!… and Cactus Kate!….least we forget

          every so often you need a person to stand up and call it as it is…to make everyone else take notice…”DIRTY POLITICS” is what it is

          …and Colin Craig is saying “Enough is Enough!”

      • dukeofurl 6.1.2

        hes either selling airtime on radio telephones ( as if) or working at 50 Manners St Wellington

      • DoublePlusGood 6.1.3

        Probably tied up in Hooton’s basement.

    • Lanthanide 6.2

      It is pretty loopy. He’s throwing good money after bad; his political future as a candidate is completely shot. At best he could play some sort of party president role, but even then being associated with a fledgling party in that sort of role would be a kiss of death for the party.

      • Tracey 6.2.1

        misguided doesnt equate to nuts or loopy. it is possible he knows his mp days are gone forever but still wants to shine a light on what he considers low level behaviour which harms democracy and nz. by all means disagree but that doesnt mean he is nuts or loopy.

        • tc 6.2.1.1

          Agreed this assumption about his political carrier is pure conjecture and the right will play it up rather than talk about DP which is the issue here.

          IMO he’s driven by his Christian beliefs that the DP stylings are neither fair or legal and it’s his own crusade for some justice. Good luck to him I say he’ll need it given what he’s stacked up against.

          • Lanthanide 6.2.1.1.1

            “this assumption about his political carrier is pure conjecture”

            Given that his last public statements on the matter is that he would start another new party and lead it if he couldn’t be the leader of Conservatives, I don’t think it’s “pure conjecture” at all.

        • Anne 6.2.1.2

          tracey @ 6.2.1
          Yes. That’s always the line defendants take when they’re trying to hide the truth… brand the whistle-blowers/victims as loopy and nuts!

        • Hanswurst 6.2.1.3

          I don’t see any reason to think that he’s concerned about democracy. The simplest explanation in my view would be that he’s simply affronted. He’s made plenty of money and obviously sees himself as a successful businessman; I doubt that he would even see it as the end of the world if his political career is less than a roaring success. I imagine he just wants to look people in the eye in years to come and say, “Yeah, sure, I was taken down, but it was by court-certified wankers.”

          • Anne 6.2.1.3.1

            I agree. He wants to be vindicated from the apparent ‘trumped up charges’ leveled at him by the DP team. I’m sure that would be his primary objective. What effect it might have on his political aspirations is probably low on his list of priorities at this stage.

        • Stuart Munro 6.2.1.4

          He may be eccentric – but eccentric beats the crap out of corrupt. He plays with his own money, good luck to him.

    • Tracey 6.3

      he is pursuing his interests with zeal… and you all him nuts. he is doing it in the open, is that what makes him nuts? if he did it under layers and thru conduits or companies and so forth, would that make him sane?

      • Lanthanide 6.3.1

        Politics is about selling yourself to the public. A lot of people already thought he was nutty and a bully with his legal tactics. These latest moves are only going to make that perception worse.

        So if he has any intention of future political involvement, yes, this is nuts.

        • Pascals bookie 6.3.1.1

          He’s not selling to you tho Lanth.

          he’s selling to people who think the liberal media are hella biased against conservatives/christians, as are the main politicial parties. No one is prepared to fight against that bias because they will be crushed and ridiculed, bla blah blah.

          What he’s trying is not disimilar to Trump, tho without US specifics, but it’s the same conservative populist stick that goes back to Goldwater and Nixon, who both played themselves off against the media elite who mock good people.

          Whether there is 5 % in that for NZ I doubt, but it’s not mindless

          • Lanthanide 6.3.1.1.1

            The term ‘nuts’ used in this context is implying a value judgement, that the action being taken is out of step with social norms.

            Just like spending several million dollars on a solid gold bath tub would be considered ‘nuts’ by the general public; the person doing it may have perfectly valid (to them) reasons.

            Specifically in this case, I cannot see how these actions would engender him to reach the 5% party threshold for any future party that he had a serious contribution to; it would likely harm such future party. I also cannot see how it would help him run as an electorate candidate anywhere.

            • Hanswurst 6.3.1.1.1.1

              I suspect that you are right that it will bring no political gain for him. It may well end up denting Slater and co., however. If every party comes out the other side looking like a complete wally, I’ll be happy (not least because, to a man, that is exactly what they are).

            • Tracey 6.3.1.1.1.2

              standing up to bullies is outside social norms, I agree. perhaps we need to stop assuming that the primary motivation of his law suit is to become electable? See my comment to Hooton below.

              • Lanthanide

                Except that Colin Craig has a record of being a bully by using his money to fund legal proceedings against anyone he disagrees with.

                “perhaps we need to stop assuming that the primary motivation of his law suit is to become electable?”

                I’ve never said his ‘primary motivation’ was so he could become electable. I don’t care what his primary motivation is, I’m saying that this action will endanger his future political career more than it can help it – maybe he doesn’t care about that, but based on his public statements, it does seem like he wants to run as a party leader again in the future.

      • Matthew Hooton 6.3.2

        The sensible course for him would be to ignore what Cameron Slater says about him, and focus on rebuilding his networks with his party and the media.

        • Tracey 6.3.2.1

          unless t one of the reasons he wanted in to politics was to shine the light on standards of behaviour. In this regard he might be putting that goal ahead of his self interest in getting elected. he may also think if he succeeds in his case he could actually erase some perceptions of him.

          “sensible” is relative and subjective. To you doing something you disagree with = nuts. Doing something you agree with = sensible. We are all entitled to our opinions of course but they are still just opinions.

    • tc 6.4

      Thanks for that considered analysis Matty, I look forward to such an intelligent response from your compliant MSM soapboxes complete with the nodding poodles agreeing with you.

    • Enough 6.5

      Detest his political views, but got to respect his actions going after those abhorrent sleaze-merchants. Good on you, Colin.

    • r0b 6.6

      Distributing his “book” in Dunedin??? Is that for real?

      He calls it a “pamphlet”. All I can say is there was one in my letterbox last night. Not addressed, so hand delivered.

      Other sightings:

      • dukeofurl 6.6.1

        Imagine they have party stalwarts down south.

      • RedLogix 6.6.2

        Given Mathews crippled, short-term attention span (like most right wingers) – it probably does look like a ‘book’.

        • Tracey 6.6.2.1

          it wasnt about him so he skim read…. until someone employs hus services then it is a nutty book

      • Matthew Hooton 6.6.3

        Received it at home in Auckland today. Looks like a nationwide letterbox dump. Cost must be hundreds of thousands. And it doesn’t say much more than these guys made some allegations about me on a blog that I say are wrong. His PMnakl dump only amplifies those allegations.

        • CnrJoe 6.6.3.1

          chop chop

        • Tracey 6.6.3.2

          Slater hollers about the size of his audience… so on that basis posting stuff there goes to a large audience. craig could win but get next to nothing in damages. he is therefore unlikely to be doing this to make a financial hit on slater et al. i suspect that for craig this is foremost about the “principle” and not about getting elected to parliament. he is lucky to be able to afford to take the case. i am aware of people legally defamed and damage done but the cost of lawyer fees is higher than the potential award.

      • Tracey 6.6.4

        it has hit blockhouse bay but not mt eden.

    • Tricledrown 6.7

      Machevelian Henchman dog whistling nuts aye Mad Hater.
      For you to comment Matty boy their must be some truth in his claims.

    • dukeofurl 6.8

      Well a copy has gone to Arkles Bay, home of the Oily Orca

    • Chromophore 6.9

      Book? Were you quoting someone or did you exaggerate to be sarcastic? “Booklet” was the word used.

  7. Skinny 7

    I find it hilarious that the smart arse punk Williams from the Tax Evader Union gets a taste of dealing with a deep pocketed business man tying him up in what could be a costly legal battle.

    Keep it coming Col there is votes in it!

    • JeevesPOnzi 7.1

      None of them like it when their rules are applied to them……

      • Skinny 7.1.1

        Unions are an important part of society and in some countries being mocked like Williams does would get you a one way ride in a black Cadillac out into the desert.

        Reminding me of…Last year a Union leader friend of mine was telling me over dinner, that on a recent trip to the States for an international Union gig, he was traveling with a powerful American Union boss. Anyway as they were crusing along in the limo some where out in the country the union boss starts telling my friend how by coincidence a number of problematic people to his Union seemed to have vanished completely, and he was one of the last people seen with them. Suffice to say my friend was on edge till he got dropped back at his hotel.

        • dukeofurl 7.1.1.1

          Maybe for teamsters ?

          No need to go all the way to US, Australia has some tough ass unions and union bosses.

          • Skinny 7.1.1.1.1

            You got it brother. Personally I find some of the media hacks do the most damage. There are a number that would be on my ‘softening up/reprogramming list’ if I was still that way inclined.

            • dukeofurl 7.1.1.1.1.1

              Dont worry their bosses do that that for you.
              Imagine the humilitaion when after 20 years experience they get the ‘talk’ and find you they are replaced by the likes of Peebles Hooper.

              The advertisers always called the shots, instead of Farmers or Harvey Norman getting their way before its how many 18-36 yr female demographic click bait they get now.

    • Tracey 7.2

      has williams commented publicly cos i can only recall stringer talking on camera and slater issuing a statement many many hours after the story broke?

      • dukeofurl 7.2.1

        “Cameron Slater and Jordan Williams says they are not at all worried about Colin Craig seeking defamation damages against them.”- NBR

        Williams is lying low but I have no doubt a lot of commentary against Craig has him as the puppeteer behind the names that are talking
        http://patbrittenden.com/category/jordan-williams/

        Williams doesnt seem to have a ‘proper job’ as when the dirty politics broke he was gone from Franks Ogilvie

        • Tracey 7.2.1.1

          no income traceable to its sources you mean 😉

          • dukeofurl 7.2.1.1.1

            It seems like he uses his title as ‘executive director’ of the Taxpayers Union as his front organisation.

            Its like someone in ACT spat out an apple core and a little seed has grown into the Taxpayers Onion.
            Its still a dirty politics front for Nationals backers to hide behind. Im certain they will target Little or Peters in the next 12 months.

          • dukeofurl 7.2.1.1.2

            It seems like he uses his title as ‘executive director’ of the Taxpayers Union as his front organisation.

            Its like someone in ACT spat out an apple core and a little seed has grown into the Taxpayers Onion.
            Its still a dirty politics front for Nationals backers to hide behind. Im certain they will target Little or Peters in the next 12 months.

            As an incorp society TU has to show its revenues for 2013 it spent $11,000 on salaries and staff expenses.
            Executive directors must come cheap

  8. Tracey 8

    colin craig is getting the dotcom treatment. ..

    • tc 8.1

      With a sound media strategy that could work in his favour as people recall the dot com treatment……something along the lines of disagree with those in power and you could be next.

      Don’t like his politics but nobody deserves the crap that the DP crew dish up for the almighty dollar then hide behind the skirts of power.

      • RedLogix 8.1.1

        Where this could work is if people start to wake up to what happens to anyone, regardless of political stripeness, that this govt sees as a threat.

        First Goff and Cunliffe got the treatment. Most people would be fooled into thinking this was pretty much left-right tribalism as usual. Then Dotcom who most people could ignore as a nutty foreigner. But Craig was a target who is nominally on their side. That may well be a bigger lump to swallow.

        Now the sinister outlines of the dirty politics machine take on a much darker outline. This Key govt is about power at all costs. Mostly it’s the soft power of a compliant media propaganda machine; but the harder edge was always there.

        Damage Control Plan A will be to discredit Craig as ‘nutty’. Oh … too late.

        • tinfoilhat 8.1.1.1

          Oh for goodness sake, some on the political left must take responsibility for the electoral debacle.

          We could have sleep walked to a Green/Labour government if it wasn’t for the ego of Dotcom and the idiocy of Mana getting into bed with him, the absurd ‘Moment of Truth’ shambles in Auckland was the last straw for those wavering in the middle and all it served to do was obliterate Mana and drive swing voters from the Greens and Labour into the arms of NZ First and National.

          • RedLogix 8.1.1.1.1

            The whole Mana project was a folly from the outset. There I’ve said it.

            I can see why it’s underlying vision and principals were attractive. But as politics it was only ever going to look like fragmentation and divisiveness. And voters always punish everything touched by it.

            (Especially New Zealanders – they pathologically need ‘strong leaders’.)

            • Tiger Mountain 8.1.1.1.1.1

              don’t agree on this one, Internet Mana would now have two MPs but for the gang tackle in Te Tai Tokerau from Labour in particular, Greens, NZ1, conservatives and the Prime Minister again in particular

              • Colonial Viper

                750 more votes in Te Tai Tokerau and we would have had both Hone and Laila in Parliament as advocates for child poverty and workers rights.

                If Dotcom had kept a low profile in the last 2 months and stopped being such a show pony we could also have had Annette Sykes in there as number 3 on the list.

                Harawira, Harre, Sykes. The contrast would have made Labour look pale red and ill.

                • Olwyn

                  The Dotcom phenomenon was a sobering lesson for both him and us. We all learned that money per se does not do what rich-man’s-club approval does. None of the parties apart from Mana were willing to be seen as spitting in America’s eye by letting Dotcom sail on unopposed.

                  • Clemgeopin

                    The ‘moment of truth’ non event was one of the main reasons KDC lost some crucial credibility, benefiting Key & National. I suspect that KDC had good reasons in good faith for both , it as well as to decide against going ahead with it on the last day after legal advice.
                    Remember the strange email episode? I think he was set up by the Hollywood big wigs or the dirty politics crew.

                    Of course there were other reasons too why Nats somehow managed to win, though very narrowly.

                    • Molly

                      The Moment of Truth – was more than a political event, it was an informative one.

                      Unfortunately, given the time and intent of the media what was continually reported and discussed was Dotcom.

                      The important truths were shared by Greenwald, Snowden and Assange.

                    • Clemgeopin

                      @Molly:

                      Yes, you are correct. I phrased my comment very poorly.

                      The live cross with Greenwald, Snowden and Assange was outstanding, amazing, impressive and very important. Sadly, most of our media, being biased and of quite a low calibre, did not give it the publicity and importance it deserved. Greenwald is a superb journalist with a great intellect.

                      What diminished the evening was the absence of the ‘bombshell revelation’ about Key/Hollywood executives etc that KDC had hinted at. It was this big disappointment of the event I was alluding to in my above post.

                • Tiger Mountain

                  agree CV, in retrospect they should have taken KDC’s loot and kept him well out of sight, and as Colin Craig discovered hero to zero can be a quick trajectory

                • dukeofurl

                  Why couldnt Hone win after being the local MP for 9 years, and $110k of KDC money.

                  Normally that would be impossible to beat.! The truth was Hone was worn out after 9 years and wanted out

          • Clemgeopin 8.1.1.1.2

            +0.5 Some partly good points.

        • Tiger Mountain 8.1.1.2

          agree RL on why Colin Craig might get some traction on this, interesting he stuck with the “brand”–“Dirty Politics”, still maintain Nicky Hager’s only mistake was not including “National’s” in the book title

    • Paulie 8.2

      What do you mean by that?

  9. Old Mickey 9

    As Slater said on Garners show last week, there is “nothing illegal with dirty politics”…..I can only hope that the publicity & outcome causes the public of NZ to actually say enough. We will not accept this sort of behaviour any more.

    • Tracey 9.1

      there is a civil wrong if the dirty politics is defamatory…

      • dukeofurl 9.1.1

        Defamation is perfectly legal if its true ( or in some circumstances honest opinion)

        That is Slaters big hurdle, and as he tried with the Judith Collins affair, first he tries to say it wasnt me and then he tries plan B.
        It seems hes trying to go for plan C , now. Suing Colin Craig after saying sueing was for losers

  10. Adrian 10

    I thought the Dotcom thing was/is more about not giving the encryption codes to the FBI/CIA. ” How dare you boy! ”
    Yeah, go Colin. Never ever thought I’d hear myself say that.

  11. NickS 11

    The perfect gif for this:
    http://giphy.com/gifs/lol-wtf-anita-sarkeesian-l41lXPwHWohc2kxGg

    Here’s to Colin doing Slater and friends some serious damage.

  12. Tigger 12

    I see Hooten on here calling him ‘nuts’. Actually I think this is a smart move. The case may well throw up evidence that hasn’t yet seen the light of day.

    Also Craig’s money – he can do what he wants with it. Does the general public know who Slater is? No, they don’t. Or at least they didn’t. I question Craig’s methods but I think his general aims are fairly sound.

  13. Alpha Z 13

    Whale oil money begging cry says;

    “Any amount is fine. It all adds up”

    I weighted up sending about 1 cent. but on second thought i decided, nah. the dirty bugger don’t deserve nothing at all;
    surely his close mates key and collins will go to help him anyways.

  14. Irascible 15

    Craig’s pamphlet distributed throughout Botany-Pakuranga yesterday. Such a positioning indicates a serious determination to be heard.

  15. Charles 16

    I’m confused by the pamphlet. Is it supposed to be “balanced reporting”, unlike what is seen on the scurrilous blogsites he denounces in the opening passages; attacks led by conscience, or lack thereof, as he says? Because in the end, the total effect appears to be what Mr. X confirms,

    “Forget the term “dirty politics”. This is about smart people, who know the game, making sure they get the outcome they want. How they get there doesn’t matter, the point is they get results.”

    (“…smart people…”, not sure that’s an accurate description. Certainly, capable, in what they do.)

    The preceding “interview” on the dissolution of the Board appears to (somewhat ambiguously) demonstate the above phenomenon. You’d have to have experienced something similar to fill in the gaps, I guess. It could be true, it could just be competent pulp-fiction. That’s the problem.

    So what is the point of it all – other than encouraging blogwars to jump onto the back of snail-mail? Proof that W.O. exists? That politics is nasty, or that Dirty Politics exists? It does not prove or disprove Dirty Politics, add to or subtract from, anything. Hidden agendas, yes, but isn’t that politics since forever? Is it his pre-manifesto material, for his next Party: Politics driven not by conscience, but by a direct communion with (his) God?

    …ahhhh now I get it. Colin Craig isn’t a politician, as far as national politics goes. Looks like he missed a “turn-off” at an earlier “intersection”. I was confused by the “external volume” issue for a sec. Well, best of luck to him.

  16. JeevesPOnzi 17

    All praise the messiah!

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    SciBlogsBy Sarah-Jane O'Connor
    1 day 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? ...
    1 day 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
    1 day 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
    1 day 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
    1 day 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
    1 day 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
    2 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
    2 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #13, 2020
    2 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
    2 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
    2 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 ...
    2 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
    2 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 ...
    2 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 ...
    2 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
    2 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
    3 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
    3 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
    3 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
    3 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
    3 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
    3 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
    3 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 ...
    3 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
    4 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
    4 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 ...
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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 ...
    4 days ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #13
    Story of the Week... Toon of the Week... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Claim Review... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week... Story of the Week... ‘Misinformation kills’: The link between coronavirus conspiracies and climate denial   Grist / Rob Kim / Stringer / CSA Images  Scientific ...
    5 days ago
  • Rāhui day 4
    The kids did surprisingly well today – meltdown count was about 3, and mostly fairly short ones. (And a fourth while I was writing.) Game-wise I had a go at Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark. It’s a fairly standard RPG with turn-based combat and what they call a “mature storyline” (it ...
    The little pakehaBy chrismiller
    5 days ago
  • Letter to a friend
    by Don Franks Hi David, Nice hearing from you, I’m glad to hear you’re getting by okay in these grim times. You asked how’s it going for us back here in New Zealand. You would have heard that the whole country is locked down and with breaks for exercise and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 3
    . . Lock Down: Day 3 – A photo essay with observations . March 28: First day of the first weekend in Lock Down. It feels like it’s been weeks since only Level 3 was declared last Tuesday, only four days ago. Woke up this morning to RNZ; coffee; toast, ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    5 days ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #13
    A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Mar 22, 2020 through Sat, Mar 28, 2020 Articles Linked to on Facebook Sun, Mar 22, 2020 In Just 10 Years, Warming Has Increased the Odds of Disasters by Chelsea Harvey, ...
    6 days ago
  • Rāhui day 3
    I’m here in lockdown with my flatmate and her two girls (6 and 2) and it. is. a time. They’re usually really active so to start with the only boardgame in the house is the copy of Guess Who that the 6 year old got for her birthday. Flatmate commented ...
    The little pakehaBy chrismiller
    6 days ago
  • A test of civil society.
    The CV-19 (COVID) pandemic has seen the imposition of a government ordered national quarantine and the promulgation of a series of measures designed to spread the burden of pain and soften the economic blow on the most strategically important and most vulnerable sectors of society. The national narrative is framed ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 2
    . . Lock Down: Day 2 – A photo essay with observations . March 27 – Day 2 of our Strange New World. The Park and Ride near my suburb, usually filled with hundreds of vehicles, had just… four; . . Another drive into Wellington City on a highway nearly ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    6 days ago
  • How Do You Feel? What Do You Think?
    Fortune's Children: Under extraordinary pressure, the leader of the Government and the leader of the Opposition will each show us what they are made of. Have they been blessed with intelligence, grace, wit, poise, toughness, empathy and humour – and in what measure? More importantly, to what extent have they ...
    6 days ago
  • Landlords are NOT an essential service
    If you’ve ever had the misfortune of having to rent a property on the open market in New Zealand, which is one of the most expensive in the entire world, you’ll likely be keenly aware of just how arrogant and entitled landlords and their real estate agents can be.Unfortunately for ...
    7 days ago
  • A “new Society” post-COVID19 will definitely emerge. The question is: on what path?
    Society-wise, aside from the specific morbidity shall we say of the medically-oriented aspects of this COVID-19 crisis, what is unfolding before the world is in more than one way an instructive study of humanity and reactions to a high intensity, high stress environment in real time. Friends, we are at ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    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
  • The Warehouse – where everyone gets a virus
    . . 24 March 2020 9.46AM Number of covid19 cases in Aotearoa New Zealand: 102 . As of 11.59 on Thursday, most of New Zealand will go into “lock down”. People will be expected not to travel to work; not to socialise; and to stay home. I will not be ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • Aggressive action to address climate change could save the world $145 trillion
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections A respected research group, Project Drawdown, finds that deploying solutions consistent with meeting the Paris climate targets would cost tens of trillions of dollars globally. But crucially, those outlays would also yield long-term savings many times larger than the up-front costs. The new 2020 Drawdown ...
    1 week ago
  • After the Pandemic
    It will pass. What happens next? Not immediately, but longer term. There are many opinions, fewer certainties. Will it “change everything!” as many confidently, and contradictorily predict? In this post I look at how foresight can help bound some of the uncertainties so you can more objectively consider the future. ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    1 week ago
  • Coronavirus – Cuba shows the way
    We’ve been meaning t write something on Cuba and the coronavirus but have just discovered a very good article on the subject in the US left publication Jacobin.  The article looks at how Cuba, a poor country but one where capitalism has been done away with, is leading the way ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Using privacy law to prevent the death penalty
    In 2018, El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexanda Kotey - two British citizens who had purportedly been stripped of their citizenship by the British government - were captured while fighting for Isis in Syria. The British government then conspired to hand them over to the US, and agreed to provide evidence ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • It’s Time For Disaster Socialism.
    Transformers: The disaster of the Great Depression was transformed into a new and fairer society by the democratic socialism of the First Labour Government. The disaster of the Covid-19 Pandemic offers a similar transformative possibility to the Labour-NZ First-Green Government. Seize the time, Jacinda! You will never have a better ...
    1 week ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #12, 2020
    Tamper with The System? Well, we already are. But there's a difference between accidentally trickling sand into a precision gearbox versus formulating a plan to alter it on the fly with improvements in mind. One action is more or less innocently unscrupulous, the other amenable to earning an easy ...
    1 week ago
  • Avoidable hospitalisations: Helping our health system get through COVID-19
    Associate Prof George Thomson, Louise Delany, Prof Nick Wilson While it is possible that New Zealand can use intense public health controls to eradicate COVID-19 from the country – we must also plan for other scenarios where thousands of New Zealanders are sick – including many urgently hospitalised.1 Better resilience ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • Raise the Bar: 10 questions to ask your employer proposing redundancy
    Kia ora my name is Chloe Ann-King* and I am the founder of Raise the Bar, a campaign and non-profit that gives free legal aid, advocacy and tautoko to hospitality workers in Aotearoa. Right now all over our country hospo workers are being fired at will, having shifts cut or being ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    1 week ago
  • An equitable way to support business
    The Herald reports that the government is planning to lend billions of dollars to large businesses to keep them operating during the pandemic. As with mortgage relief, this is necessary: we need companies to stay in business, to reduce the economic damage and help things get restarted again when this ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Hard News: Together Alone
    We're about to do something unprecedented as a nation. We hope that by taking this extraordinary action before a single life in New Zealand has been lost to the deadly novel virus we will save tens of thousands of lives. Our  lives. We'll do it together, in households, in isolation ...
    1 week ago
  • Why timing is everything: ‘A time to refrain from embracing’ starts today
    “There is a time for everything,    and a season for every activity under the heavens.”So writes the author of Ecclesiastes, a book in the Old Testament that’s counted as a ‘wisdom’ book and written as if by an unnamed king of Jerusalem. But who would have thought there would be a time ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    1 week ago
  • Dealing with the Covid-19 Tsunami.
    I was surprised when the prime minister described the Economic Response to Covid-19 package as the ‘largest peacetime government spend in New Zealand's history’. Reflecting – checking through history – I realised that the term ‘spend’ was crucial and the package had no income tax cuts. Even so, it has ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    1 week ago

  • 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
    6 hours 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
    10 hours 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
    16 hours 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
    1 day 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
    1 day 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
    1 day 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
    1 day 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
    1 day 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
    1 day 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
    2 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
    2 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
    3 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
    3 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
    3 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
    3 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
    3 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
    3 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
    3 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
    3 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
    4 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
    4 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
    6 days ago
  • Clarification of modification to wage subsidy scheme
    Minister of Finance Grant Robertson has clarified that the changes to the wage subsidy scheme announced yesterday mean that employers should be passing on the full subsidy to workers, except in the case where the person’s normal income is less than the level of the subsidy. “We still want employers ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Face masks flowing to DHBs
    Medical face masks from the national reserve supply are now being distributed to District Health Boards, while at the same time local production is being ramped up. Yesterday more than 640,000 masks were sent to DHBS – that is an immediate two week supply, with more to follow in coming ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • COVID-19: Further steps to protect New Zealanders’ jobs
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