Convoy protest aftermath 4/3/22

Written By: - Date published: 6:05 am, March 4th, 2022 - 83 comments
Categories: covid-19 - Tags: , , ,

Day 2

Front page photo from RNZ, In photos: Removing the debris of a protest that ended in chaos

Clashes a catalysing moment for NZ’s fringe (Marc Daalder, Newsroom)

Parliament protest aftermath: Police enter ‘significant investigation phase’ (RNZ)

PM Jacinda Ardern on violence outside Parliament: ‘We will restore these grounds’ (RNZ, Weds)

 

83 comments on “Convoy protest aftermath 4/3/22 ”

  1. The "peace and love" Covid Convoy has decided to threaten a community Marae in Wainuiomata… what a classy bunch.

    https://twitter.com/SpeakerTrevor/status/1499318143130697728?s=20&t=S-ToOku12jiiX0wbgNhDKg

  2. NoRightTurn sharp as ever. "Like no protest I have ever seen". And, Trevor Mallard's clumsy comments about installing big fuckoff gates are not really hopeful for the future of our open democracy. But, I like the idea of pedestrianising the parliamentary precinct so that no future convoy of arsewipes can try and repeat this debacle.

    No Right Turn: Thoughts on a riot

    • Dennis Frank 2.1

      NRT has this titbit:

      Speaker of the House Trevor Mallard is already talking about turning it into a walled fortress

      Toss in a moat & drawbridge & everyone would be delighted. Why stop at the 19th century when you can retro back to the 14th?

      Just rename the Beehive the Citadel, and allocate the grounds to the Barbarians. The duck has the right idea, let's hope he isn't too minimalist about it…

      • Hongi Ika 2.1.1

        Hope the Duck is going to contribute to the resowing and reinstatement of the grass at Parliament after having turned the sprinklers on the Protestors and turning the place into a guagmire,

        • Nic the NZer 2.1.1.1

          The sprinklers did sweet FA compared to the torrential rain over that weekend.

          • Incognito 2.1.1.1.1

            Sprinklers were tormential rain cheeky

            • Robert Guyton 2.1.1.1.1.1

              It flies up your trouser legs and skirt, rather than falling upon your head.

              • Incognito

                So, sprinklers are reverse tinklers, which is disturbing and confusing at the same time.

                Makes for good crowd control though.

          • Hongi Ika 2.1.1.1.2

            So why did the silly c*** turn the tinklerss on in the first place when he knew it was going to rain, maybe he wanted to turn it into a Duck Pond ?

            • Nic the NZer 2.1.1.1.2.1

              Its a media beat up. The sprinklers may have got a couple of people slightly wet for a few moments and were then covered and subsequently dug out (all within an hour).

              This is the sort of tid bit you throw into your article to keep it interesting for the reader. The key point at the time was Trevor Mallard has responsibility for parliament, not the government, and its up to him if/when tress-pass notices are delivered. But that's a bit boring unless you can identify hero's and villain's in your narrative.

              Objectively Parliament lawn would have been destroyed after that first weekend even if the sprinklers were never turned on.

              • Incognito

                Hang on, Trev the Groundsman manually turned on the tinklers!? Surely, they’re set on an automatic timer.

        • ianmac 2.1.1.2

          The sprinklers were not the "sprinkler in the air" sort. I believe they were the "Underground" sort.

      • Ed1 2.1.2

        Someone had to suggest a firm reaction – by playing the Laura Norder card early, Mallard was being true to his job which is to keep all of our MPs (including the delicate Opposition MPs) safe – that it was so quickly responded to negatively merely reinforces the ''We will not be affected by the tin hat brigade" spirit so well picked up on behalf of the team of 5 million by our esteemed Prime Minister. What can any opposition MP do but agree?

    • Robert Guyton 2.2

      NRT addresses the issue of high-profile supporters of the occupation (but neglects to mention Winston Peters):

      "Finally, I hope the "celebrities", media figures, and politicians who enabled and excused this shitshow are taking a good, hard look at themselves at the moment. Today's events may not have been what people like David Seymour or rich white boat dude intended, but its how it ended up, and the public are fully entitled to judge them for their role in it, both politically and socially. If you were a friend to the occupiers, you should expect to have no friends now, because that stench sticks. And if they don't like that, well, maybe they should have shown a bit more care in their choice of friends."

    • Tony Veitch (not etc.) 2.3

      No, no, never pedestrianise parliament grounds.

      If that is done, how the hell will Luxon drive 200 metres to work?

  3. Hongi Ika 3

    Who are we going to invoice for the damage caused and reinstatement costs at the Parliament Grounds in Wellington, lets start a list ?

    Destiny Church

    Antifa

    Winston Peters & NZF

    David Seymour & ACT

    Various Alt Right Groups

    • DukeEll 3.1

      That's a dangerous precedent. Greenpeace won't want to foot the bill for the numerous illegal protests

      • Jenny how to get there 3.1.1


        “….Greenpeace won’t want to foot the bill for the numerous illegal protests” DukeEll

        That’s for sure.

        That bird has long flown the coop.

        With the [secret] disposal of the Taitu Greenpeace effectively ended their campaign of civil disobedience against deep sea oil drilling on the high seas.

        In fear of legal action targeting their funding Greenpeace have also distanced themselves from any other protesters engaged in civil disobedience against deep sea oil drilling.

        “….Greenpeace has distanced itself from activists who had to be helped off an oil rig in Taranaki, amid calls by business leaders for anyone who supported the move to be prosecuted.”

        Calls for prosecution after climate protesters helped from OMV oil rig

        5 Mar, 2020 05:41 PM

        https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/calls-for-prosecution-after-climate-protesters-helped-from-omv-oil-rig/CU4KBT3PC53VXPLSPMGM5N45HI/

        What the government should do now, is to do to the Right what they have been doing to Left for a long time. And that is recover the costs from all the businesses and doners that were backing and prolonging and this protest with their funding.

        Hit the Right where it hurts them most, in their pocket book.

        They might think twice about financing Right Wing rioters next time.

  4. Robert Guyton 4

    Did Winston Peters really say this??

    "The fact of the matter is the terminal rioting we saw was as predictable as it was avoidable."

    Yet there he was, on-site, grinning from ear to ear, posing with all and sundry, all the while knowing, he claims, that there was a riot coming??

    The full statement is here:

    https://www.facebook.com/winstonpeters

    • observer 4.1

      It's been hilarious to see a bunch of grandstanding "lock 'em up and throw away the key" pollies suddenly join those of us in the PC wet-bus-ticket wimpy liberal club, by actually experiencing what happens in reality.

      Leighton Baker (New Conservatives) claims police actions were not justified.

      "I got smacked in the side of the head with something," Baker told Newstalk ZB's Andrew Dickens. "I just didn't think that would happen in New Zealand." (NZME)

      Here is their 2020 election policy:

      "Police have been disempowered and are now subjected to verbal and physical abuse, spitting, swearing, and hitting with little or no recourse available to them. We will investigate ways to re-empower police to deal with minor misdemeanors instantly and effectively."

      https://www.newconservative.org.nz/policy/justice-policy/enforcement-policy/

      But it was verbal and physical abuse, spitting, swearing, and hitting for freedom, right?

      • Robert Guyton 4.1.1

        Got some sense knocked into him?

        • Hongi Ika 4.1.1.1

          Hopefully Coster and the NZ Police will start sorting the Gangs out here in New Zealand now they have had some practice and have their confidence up ?

          • Nic the NZer 4.1.1.1.1

            As far as I heard the Police had to sit by for days while a gang member was clearly hawking his wares to the protesters. I think they acted with great discipline, but its really not in their nature to allow law breakers to carry on.

            • Hongi Ika 4.1.1.1.1.1

              So there were meth dealers on site, I must admit some of them looked pretty wide eyed ?

              • Nic the NZer

                I expect any of the front line cops would answer yes to that. There were separate reports of some protestors being off their heads on P some days. And there were at least a couple of gang members walking about in the crowd.

        • Hongi Ika 4.1.1.2

          Not a lot of sense in Leighton's head in the first place.

    • weka 4.2

      Please provide a direct link

  5. Hongi Ika 5

    Don't think he did himself and NZF a lot of favours going to the Protest in Wellington, he is missing all the media opportunities he no longer gets, can't see NZF getting 5% in the next Election.

  6. Ad 6

    Good post from Bowalley Road today on the security implications of the siege+riot.

  7. Sanctuary 7

    How about we stop having entire posts dedicated to this pointless and ultimately meaningless event?

    It was giant petri dish made up of various combinations of the stupid, the narcissistic, anti-science crackpots and a shit ton of people with varying degrees of mental health issues all of whom in normal times exist in varying degrees of comfort on the margins of the rational world.

    A pandemic and the strong state action that has required has flushed these turgid masses of the superstitious, the indulged and the crazy into the light and into contact with wider society and has demanded a compliance they don't like. That's it. Well boo hoo. Tough shit. No one is firing cruise missiles at them.

    Stop looking for patterns and deeper meanings that don't exist. There are none. All the tedious pseudo intellectual attempts from the huffing and puffing pearl clutchers on the left will not make that any different. Once the pandemic is over in a few years this tiny minority of people will recede back to the margins of the alleys of our CDBs or their Reiki studios in the bush or their Golden Bay commune or being that strange uncle where we can all ignore each other again without consequence.

    Until the next pandemic.

    • Dennis Frank 7.1

      Although you appear to be circling around the point – that it was the state defining them as second-class citizens which achieved the miracle of disparate delusional folk uniting in political solidarity.

      Also Trump proved that mental illness is no impediment to ascending to the top of a mainstream political party. So all the folk once put in looney bins have learnt that the left and right were correct to pretend that they can function liberated as normal citizens.

      • Incognito 7.1.1

        The State defined them (??) as “second-class citizens”!? Really? Or a stretch of your imagination?

        • Dennis Frank 7.1.1.1

          Well I suggested as much when the legislation went into effect. I saw the parallel with apartheid immediately but didn't say so due to feeling it would over-stretch the point – and since their response to the legislation was via using their freedom to choose. They seemed to feel that their beliefs around freedom of choice were paramount, which was obviously unrealistic.

          So translating those feelings into mass political action in solidarity became their choice of expressing their revolt against being made to feel like second-class citizens. Turned out they weren't all that good about expressing them via intellect, so we end up having to interpret their political stand.

          • McFlock 7.1.1.1.1

            Nah bollocks.

            There is no "parallel with apartheid".

            If I can easily afford a movie ticket but can't be bothered buying one, it's not a "parallel with apartheid" or segregation if the usher doesn't let me in.

            If I can't be bothered wearing the proper safety equipment at work, there's no "parallel with apartheid" when I get fired.

            If I can't be bothered filling in a timesheet at work, there's no "parallel with apartheid" when wages don't get paid.

            If I refuse to do any of those things because some internet shill told me the Ancient Celts had a law that makes all those trivial demands illegal, that's still on me. It's not society pushing me into an invented category in order to deny me access to entertainment or work, it's me being a stupid moron against my own best interests.

            The sad thing is the utter astonishment that some of these people express when the world doesn't revolve around their misapprehensions.

            • Dennis Frank 7.1.1.1.1.1

              Well the parallel hinges on civil rights. You can tell from their political action that they believed their rights were being infringed by the govt. The right place to test such beliefs is in court but one can't expect mentally ill folk to even realise that let alone get a lawyer to do a class action for them.

              I mean that rw feller who stood unsuccessfully for parliament & went down to the protest to support them probably could organise court action for them. It would be a good test of his credibility. Likewise whoever gave them significant funding.

              It's all in the balance between the right of the state to legislate for the common good & any civil rights that get over-ridden in consequence. I've posted my opinion that Labour did the right thing often enough here in the past but one can't expect mentally ill folk to see it…

              • McFlock

                You can tell from their political action that they believed their rights were being infringed by the govt.

                Oh, please. Every wanker I ever kicked out of a gig believed their rights were being grievously infringed. That's why they were ejected, rather than leaving of their own volition. They all wanted various govt mandates rescinded: the prohibition on having pissed people on premises was always a big one. Even the businesses wanted to look the other way on that mandate for as long as they could.

                Fact is, even "not getting drunk" took more effort in a bar than the clownvoyers avoided by not getting the damned vaccination pass. The weren't discriminated against, they chose to take risks with the safety of themselves and, yes, others.

                I think better of most of the students I dragged out than I do of the recently-ejected mob.

                • Dennis Frank

                  Yeah but you seem to be missing my point. They get it wrong because they are incapable of getting it right. They are mentally defective.

                  • McFlock

                    Some, maybe.

                    Others, maybe it's more a case of dicks finding validation in a community of dicks, which reinforces their inherent dickishness and they turn into extremist dicks.

                    Sovereign citizens come to mind.

                    • Dennis Frank

                      Yeah that's the other reason. Rightists with a twisted agenda promoting paranoia. I think that's what gives the other lot the view that the govt is wrong. Neither crowd admits that state sovereignty prevails over civil rights – the sovereign citizens promote their ideology as superior, others are impressed even if they don't really know if its true.

                      What was missing from the saga was an official response that addressed the cause of protestors' paranoid delusion that they were in the right. No point refraining from asserting state sovereign rights to those who either don't know they exist or are in denial – when the cost of disengagement is so high.

                    • McFlock

                      What was missing from the saga was an official response that addressed the cause of protestors' paranoid delusion that they were in the right.

                      They were told. They were trespassed. They were warned. They were evicted.

                      The cause of the protestors being so far aligned from reality is pretty common, and has nothing to do with official responses. It's people being told stuff that aligned with their inflated ego or whatever problems they had, and once that process starts they can drift way down a rabbit hole.

                      Nothing the PM or Speaker could say was going to change that.

                      Could it have been handled better? Probably. But we seem to have come out of it without a death, let alone several.

          • Incognito 7.1.1.1.2

            So, you go from the State defining them as second-class citizens to the State making them feel like second-class citizens. ‘kay

            The comparison with apartheid is flawed. People (i.e. employees) refusing to adhere to mandates made a choice and didn’t want to accept the consequences. They were not discriminated against because of the colour of their skin.

    • Peter 7.2

      The funny thing is those thinking there is no pandemic, it's a put up political job.

      Maybe you could be on the lookout and get in touch with the tiny minority of people who recede to the margins of the alleys, Reiki studios in the bush, their Golden Bay commune or being that strange uncle.

      When you think there' a pandemic get in touch with them to tell them there's not a pandemic to get excited about or a 'not pandemic' they can come out and protest about.

    • Shanreagh 7.3

      Once the pandemic is over in a few years this tiny minority of people will recede back to the margins of the alleys of our CDBs or their Reiki studios in the bush or their Golden Bay commune or being that strange uncle where we can all ignore each other again without consequence.

      I am really concerned that you have limited this to Golden Bay.

      As a nutty 'essential oils to save the world practitioner' in East Auckland, with relations in the the communities of Northland practising crystal healing I predict you won't get far with your geographic-isms. wink

    • mpledger 7.4

      I agree somewhat about the people. However, I am more concerned about the money behind it, be it overseas interests wanting to start a beachhead or local business interests who saw it as a way to pressure the govt into relaxing the rules for their personal profit.

    • Incognito 7.5

      So far, 19 dedicated Posts under NOTICES AND FEATURES that attracted 3,651 comments and counting. Wishful thinking to call this a “pointless and ultimately meaningless event”.

      • Sanctuary 7.5.1

        Proof positive of the ability of the internet to generate a lot of heat and very little light and not much else.

        • Incognito 7.5.1.1

          Proof positive of the ability of the internet to connect together a lot of people and allow them to have meaningful as well as pointless conversations about stuff that’s on their minds. One commenter made one of the most meaningful contributions under one of these dedicated posts:

          Who knew 2022 was a leap year?

          cheeky

          • Nic the NZer 7.5.1.1.1

            That one gave me complete cognitive dissonance. I couldn't even process the post title until hours later as programmers are systematically trained in Gregorian calendar rules from birth.

            • Incognito 7.5.1.1.1.1

              I thought it was mildly funny and memorable; I did toy with the idea of correcting the date of the Post but what would be the fun in that?

          • Sanctuary 7.5.1.1.2

            Thing is I got married on February 29th so I am acutely aware of what years we can celebrate our wedding anniversary on the exact day it falls on.

            • Incognito 7.5.1.1.2.1

              Sounds like there’s a nice wee story there. My rule of thumb is whether a year is dividable 4. I forget dates, names & faces, places, times, etcetera.

        • Bearded Git 7.5.1.2

          Sanc-I know what you mean, but I happened to be at home in front of my PC when the police action started on Wednesday. It was an entirely compelling two and a half hours that will be replayed again and again in the future.

          PHD's will be written on this.

    • Barfly 7.6

      "It was giant petri dish made up of various combinations of the stupid, the narcissistic, anti-science crackpots and a shit ton of people with varying degrees of mental health issues all of whom in normal times exist in varying degrees of comfort on the margins of the rational world."

      yes

  8. Adrian 8

    There is an irony in the tweet at the top purportedly coming from Craig Turner of Sleepyhead about Jacinda being a communist, ( maybe he is supplying the Kool-Aid ), but his family fortune was started by a Labour government underwriting the expansion of the family mattress business in the 1930s to supply the big housing build. I also wonder how much “ communist “ money Sleepyhead took in 2020.

    • Nic the NZer 8.1

      There is at least a little bit of evidence further down that twitter thread that Sleepyhead or Craig Turners involvement made up.

  9. Shanreagh 9

    How about we stop having entire posts dedicated to this pointless and ultimately meaningless event?

    Perhaps if we stop the daily threads on the Convoy after today.

    We could have specific threads such as those like Mickey's.

    • weka 9.1

      that puts an additional burden on authors to write a post ever day. I will keep putting up the daily posts until they stop being used (the system allows me to clone the post so it's a 5 minute job). If I don't, people will use OM.

      I think we need a space to work out our responses in the aftermath too, kind of what you were talking about under micky's post, people sorting through their response and feelings, having a political space to do that is useful imo.

      • weka 9.1.1

        besides Sanctuary is wrong. There are patterns and deeper understandings beyond their man up position.

      • Shanreagh 9.1.2

        Yes point taken……you are correct about the 'Convoy' posts being a daily clearing house. This is valuable to continue to it.

        Also I like to have OM 'clean'. That is mainly my daily learning area & springboard to look at links etc on other topics.

        • weka 9.1.2.1

          Same. Good for mental health too I think to have OM kept for other discussions, so people can step away from the convoy stuff if they want.

          • weka 9.1.2.1.1

            and looking just now at Te Taipo's twitter thread above, there's still a lot going on 🙁

          • Anne 9.1.2.1.2

            It should also be remembered that TS provides all of us with an outlet for our reactions and concerns re – topical issues. That is important for our mental health even if no-one agrees with what we might choose to say. 😉

            I note Wagstaff isn't around anymore. Always enjoyed his short and invariably on the button pithy comments. Have I got his moniker correct?

            No I haven’t.

            • Incognito 9.1.2.1.2.1

              Hah! Some days I do wonder if reading the comments here on TS is good for mental health wink

              bwaghorn copped a controversial ban earlier this year for 6 months until 17 July, but this has been overturned as far as I can see, so he’s been free to comment. Whether he knows this IDK.

  10. Adrian 10

    Dennis you could not be more wrong, they defined themselves by their actions as second class citizens even by demonstrably showing they had no idea what it means to be a citizen.

  11. weka 11

    and now for some light entertainment.

    https://twitter.com/wekatweets/status/1499323100244021250

    (apparently the rubbish bin is full of drug gear).

  12. Shanreagh 12

    Now all along my 'spidey' sense, intuition has been saying that there is something wrong with this idea of, 'the PM needs to talk then they will go home etc etc', 'if only the PM had spoken'….. Have not been able to put a finger on why this call is not what it seems.

    People have free will. People could have gone at anytime during the protest and even during the riot. They did not need a negative to stop them acting positively.

    https://twitter.com/minnieprickle/status/1499278234693046272

    • Coventrie 12.1

      Toddler stuff. "Look what you made me do", etc. Which often does devolve into an abuser's line… It's a classic denial of responsibility.

    • Anne 12.2

      Yep. That is how narcissistic sociopaths operate. Always load the blame on the victim for supposedly provoking them into violent and/or unlawful behaviour. Was on the receiving end many years ago.

  13. ianmac 13

    Read somewhere this morning that the original fire starter was identified as a "security" guard from Destiny Church. He was named in the report but someone else might find a link to it. Sorry.

  14. Shanreagh 14

    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2022/03/covid-19-omicron-outbreak-leading-surgeon-says-kiwis-blissfully-unaware-about-importance-of-vaccine-mandates.html

    Richard Stubbs says

    "I don't think New Zealanders quite appreciate the magnitude of the gains we've made here. New Zealand's ability to maintain a 'normal' healthcare service through the last two years of this pandemic is what government mandates have delivered, whereas most healthcare systems around the world will never be able to catch up."

    He also urged everyone not to become complacent as Omicron cases rise, saying the pandemic isn't over yet.

    "Omicron is going to be a real problem for the next six weeks or so. Maybe after then, we can think about relaxing. But we cannot let the brake off now."

  15. georgecom 15

    The left has long had forces and causes to fight and fight against. If you line up alongside the working classes, the fair distribution of wealth and building the social wage there have always been causes, 'isms 'and group who oppose you. In times past working people in NZ battled Masseys Cossacks and overseas company police forces and hired goons. In the 1930s leftists fought on the streets and in Spain against the fascists. In more recent times we have fought against the greedy and self entitled who sought to capture an increased share of a nations wealth under the banner of neo-liberalism.

    We believe in collective action, we endorse getting organised, pickets and protests, strikes and civil disobedience. Occasionally even the need for physical confrontation. Protest and action, solidarity and collectivity is the the dna of the left wing. This has left me wondering about the protest in wellington.

    I support peoples right to protest, even sit ins or camp ins and occupations at times. I looked at the infrastructure the protestors fairly quickly built and have been impressed by parts of it – kitchens, ablutions, provision of communal facilities. Amongst the vicious, the manipulators, the political opportunists and the down right tin foil hat nuts, there were genuine normal people with (to them anyway) genuine normal complaints. So whilst I support such peoples right to protest, why do I not support their cause.

    First the science. Covid is a real virus and it does make people seriously ill and put them in coffins. Vaccinations are safe and effective, masks do reduce transmission and lockdowns do slow and halt it's distribution. MIQ did really well to buffer us from covids incursion. Vaccine mandates do work to push people toward being inoculated.

    People do have a choice in that regards, a choice that you might argue is not free from some coercion or negative implications of not being vaccinated, but a choice nonetheless. In negotiating or relationships is called compromise, do we continue the strike for a 10% wage increase or do we settle for the 7% we have been offered. At the last election many National Party supporters probably held their nose and voted Labour in an attempt to keep the Greens out of power. If I lived in the Epsom electorate I would vote for and maybe even campaign for Goldsmith if it meant Seymour and ACT were gone from parliament.

    Lockdowns are gone, at least whilst we remain under the traffic light system. MIQ looks like it will be a very selective entity in future times. Mask wearing will likely continue for some time yet as a simple and effective method of limiting individual transmission. If Omicron represents the zenith/nadir of the virus then likely vaccine mandates can go, for most anyway, fairly shortly. Vaccine mandates were strongest during the Delta outbreak as (1) 2 shots was very effective at limiting transmission and (2) it greatly limited hospitalisation and pressure on our health system. The former is not so with Omicron, although 3 shots has a useful effect on transmission, so the remaining benefit of 2 shots is limiting pressure on our hospital system.

    I would have had no problem had the protestors staged a long weekend or extended weekend love in, smoke in, bitch and moan in etc and then went home. A few days of disruption for the folk of central Wellington would have been annoying for them, I no doubt would have moaned had I been inconvenienced. twenty three days though, that's too long and the time to go home was long before day 23, the point had been made.

    I am no great fan of vaccine mandates. I have no issue being vaccinated, but the choice under the shadow of some compulsion does not automatically sit easily with me.

    However I will not be standing alongside those in Wellington. Covid 19 has hurt working people. It has reduced income, it has resulted in increased workloads, it has lost some jobs, it has caused grief and distress, it has separated families and has forced people to isolate. I do believe most health professionals do not want to pass covid onto the sick and convalescing in our hospitals, they would far rather use their skills and expertise helping those back to health than have wards full of covid cases. I am sure most teachers would feel bad if they were to pass on covid to students and would rather be in a classroom teaching kids than remotely via IT. I am sure most retail or hospitality workers would like to go to work and have minimised the risk of contracting covid from customers.

    So in essence I line up with those who have done the hard times and continue to do them and who, even if through gritted teeth, have stuck with the rules of the game to try and get us all through covid times.

    • georgecom 15.1

      and this is also pertinent:

      Peace Action Wellington spokesperson Valerie Morse​, who helped organise a gathering in Kilbirnie, stressed the need for social cohesion in the wake of the occupation.

      “The occupation itself was fuelled by ideology which comes out of the United States – this idea that freedom is an individualised thing.

      “If people don’t have houses, or food to eat at night, we can’t even begin to have a conversation about wider democratic participation and equality.”

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    Another week, another roundup of things that caught our eye on our favourite topics of transport, housing and how to make cities a little bit greater. This Week in Greater Auckland On Monday, Connor wrote about Kāinga Ora’s role as an urban development agency Tuesday’s guest post by ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    17 hours ago
  • The Hoon around the week to June 14
    Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers features co-hosts and talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent about the National-ACT-NZ First Government’s moves this week to take farming out of the ETS and encourage more mining and oil and ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    17 hours ago
  • Climate policy axed in broad daylight, while taxpayer liabilities grow in the dark
    In 2019, Shane Jones addressed the “50 Shades of Green” protest at Parliament: Now he is part of a government giving those farmers a pass on becoming part of the ETS, as well as threatening to lock in offshore oil exploration and mining for decades. Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: Here’s the ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    18 hours ago
  • Rage Bait!
    Hi,Today’s newsletter is all about how easy it is to get sucked into “rage bait” online, and how easy it is to get played.But first I wanted to share something that elicited the exact opposite of rage in me — something that made me feel incredibly proud, whilst also making ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    18 hours ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Friday, June 14
    Seymour said lower speed limits “drained the joy from life as people were forced to follow rules they knew made no sense.” File Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Friday, June 14 were:The National/ACT/NZ First ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    19 hours ago
  • Friendly but frank talks with China Premier
    It sounded like the best word to describe yesterday’s talks between Chinese Premier Li Qiang and his heavyweight delegation of Ministers and officials and Prime Minister Christopher Luxon and New Zealand Ministers and officials was “frank.” But it was the kind of frankness that friends can indulge in. It ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    20 hours ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #24 2024
    Open access notables Wildfire smoke impacts lake ecosystems, Farruggia et al., Global Change Biology: We introduce the concept of the lake smoke-day, or the number of days any given lake is exposed to smoke in any given fire season, and quantify the total lake smoke-day exposure in North America from 2019 ...
    1 day ago
  • Geoffrey Miller: China’s message to New Zealand – don’t put it all at risk
    Don’t put it all at risk. That’s likely to be the take-home message for New Zealand Prime Minister Christopher Luxon in his meetings with Li Qiang, the Chinese Premier. Li’s visit to Wellington this week is the highest-ranking visit by a Chinese official since 2017. The trip down under – ...
    Democracy ProjectBy Geoffrey Miller
    1 day ago
  • The Real Thing
    I know the feelingIt is the real thingThe essence of the soulThe perfect momentThat golden momentI know you feel it tooI know the feelingIt is the real thingYou can't refuse the embraceNo?Sometimes we face the things we most dislike. A phobia or fear that must be confronted so it doesn’t ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on how moderates empower the political right
    Struth, what a week. Having made sure the rural sector won’t have to pay any time soon for its pollution, PM Christopher Luxon yesterday chose Fieldays 2024 to launch a parliamentary inquiry into rural banking services, to see how the banks have been treating farmers faced with high interest rates. ...
    2 days ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Thursday, June 13
    In April, 17,656 people left Aotearoa-NZ to live overseas, averaging 588 a day, with just over half of those likely to have gone to Australia. Photo: Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Thursday, June 13 ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • Our guide to having your say on the draft RLTP 2024
    Auckland’s draft Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP) 2024 is open for feedback – and you only have until Monday 17 June to submit. Do it! Join the thousands of Aucklanders who are speaking up for wise strategic investment that will dig us out of traffic and give us easy and ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    2 days ago
  • The China puzzle
    Chinese Premier Li Qiang arrives in Wellington today for a three-day visit to the country. The visit will take place amid uncertainty about the future of the New Zealand-China relationship. Li hosted a formal welcome and then lunch for then-Prime Minister Chris Hipkins in Beijing a year ago. The pair ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    2 days ago
  • Fossil fuels are shredding our democracy
    This is a re-post of an article from the Climate Brink by Andrew Dessler published on June 3, 2024. I have an oped in the New York Times (gift link) about this. For a long time, a common refrain about the energy transition was that renewable energy needed to become ...
    2 days ago
  • Life at 20 kilometres an hour
    We are still in France, getting from A to B.Possibly for only another week, though; Switzerland and Germany are looming now. On we pedal, towards Budapest, at about 20 km per hour.What are are mostly doing is inhaling a country, loving its ways and its food. Rolling, talking, quietly thinking. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    2 days ago
  • Hipkins is still useless
    The big problem with the last Labour government was that they were chickenshits who did nothing with the absolute majority we had given them. They governed as if they were scared of their own shadows, afraid of making decisions lest it upset someone - usually someone who would never have ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Exercising with the IDF.
    This morning I did something I seldom do, I looked at the Twitter newsfeed. Normally I take the approach of something that I’m not sure is an American urban legend, or genuinely something kids do over there. The infamous bag of dog poo on the front porch, set it on ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • Helm Hammerhand Anime: First Pictures and an Old English ‘Hera’
    We have some news on the upcoming War of the Rohirrim anime. It will apparently be two and a half hours in length, with Peter Jackson as Executive Producer, and Helm’s daughter Hera will be the main character. Also, pictures: The bloke in the middle picture is Freca’s ...
    3 days ago
  • Farmers get free pass on climate AND get subsidies
    The cows will keep burping and farting and climate change will keep accelerating - but farmers can stop worrying about being included in the ETS. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Wednesday, June 12 were:The ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Six ideas to secure Te Huia’s Future
    This is a guest post by our friend Darren Davis. It originally appeared on his excellent blog, Adventures in Transitland, which features “musings about public transport and other cool stuff in Aotearoa/ New Zealand and around the globe.” With Te Huia now having funding secure through to 2026, now is ...
    Greater AucklandBy Darren Davis
    3 days ago
  • The methane waka sinks
    In some ways, there may be less than meets the eye to the Government announcement yesterday that the He Waka Eke Noa proposal for farmers to pay for greenhouse gas emissions has been scrapped. The spectre of farmers still having to pay at some point in the future remains. That, ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    3 days ago
  • At a glance – Does positive feedback necessarily mean runaway warming?
    On February 14, 2023 we announced our Rebuttal Update Project. This included an ask for feedback about the added "At a glance" section in the updated basic rebuttal versions. This weekly blog post series highlights this new section of one of the updated basic rebuttal versions and serves as a ...
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change: Farmers get what they wanted – for now
    Since entering office, National has unravelled practically every climate policy, leaving us with no effective way of reducing emissions or meeting our emissions budgets beyond magical thinking around the ETS. And today they've announced another step: removing agriculture entirely. At present, following the complete failure of he waka eka noa, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Presumed Innocent?
    The blue billionaireDistraction no interactionOr movement outside these glazed over eyesThe new great divideFew fight the tide to be glorifiedBut will he be satisfied?Can we accept this without zoom?The elephant in the roomNot much happens in politics on a Monday. Bugger all in fact. Although yesterday Christopher Luxon found he ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on our doomed love affair with oil and gas
    What if New Zealand threw a fossil fuel party, and nobody came? On the weekend, Resources Minister Shane Jones sent out the invitations and strung up the balloons, but will anyone really want to invest big time in resuming oil and gas exploration in our corner of the planet? Yes, ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    4 days ago
  • Building better housing insights
    This is a guest post by Meredith Dale, senior urban designer and strategist at The Urban Advisory. There’s a saying that goes something like: ‘what you measure is what you value’. An RNZ article last week claimed that Auckland was ‘hurting’ because of a more affordable supply of homes, particularly townhouses ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    4 days ago
  • Putin would be proud of them
    A Prime Minister directs his public service to inquire into the actions of the opposition political party which is his harshest critic. Something from Orban's Hungary, or Putin's Russia? No, its happening right here in Aotearoa: Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has announced the Public Service Commission will launch an ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Resources for debunking common solar and wind myths
    This is a repost from a Yale Climate Connections article by SueEllen Campbell published on June 3, 2024. The articles listed can help you tell fact from fiction when it comes to solar and wind energy. Some statements you hear about solar and wind energy are just plain false. ...
    4 days ago
  • Juggernaut
    Politics were going on all around us yesterday, and we barely noticed, rolling along canal paths, eating baguettes. It wasn’t until my mate got to the headlines last night that we learned there had been a dismayingly strong far right result in the EU elections and Macron had called a ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • Numbers Game.
    Respect Existence, Or Expect Resistance? There may well have been 50,000 pairs of feet “Marching For Nature” down Auckland’s Queen Street on Saturday afternoon, but the figure that impresses the Coalition Government is the 1,450,000 pairs of Auckland feet that were somewhere else.IN THE ERA OF DRONES and Artificial Intelligence, ...
    4 days ago
  • Media Link: AVFA on post-colonial blowback.
    Selwyn Manning and I discuss varieties of post colonial blowback and the implications its has for the rise of the Global South. Counties discussed include Palestine/Israel, France/New Caledonia, England/India, apartheid/post-apartheid South Africa and post-colonial New Zealand. It is a bit … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    4 days ago
  • Policy by panic
    Back in March, Ombudsman Peter Boshier resigned when he hit the statutory retirement age of 72, leaving the country in the awkward (and legally questionable) position of having him continue as a temporay appointee. It apparently took the entire political system by surprise - as evinced by Labour's dick move ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • PSA: NZ's Richest Company, Zuru, Sucks
    Hi,Today the New Zealand press is breathlessly reporting that the owners of toy company Zuru are officially New Zealand’s wealthiest people: Mat and Nick Mowbray worth an estimated $20 billion between them.While the New Zealand press loses its shit celebrating this Kiwi success story, this is a Webworm reminder that ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    5 days ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Monday, June 10
    TL;DR: The six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty in the past day to 8:36 pm on Monday, June 10 were:20,000 protested against the Fast-track approval bill on Saturday in Auckland, but PM Christopher Luxon says ‘sorry, but not sorry’ about the need for ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • In Defence of Kāinga Ora
    Given the headlines around the recent findings of the ‘independent’ review of Kāinga Ora by Bill English, you might assume this post will be about social housing, Kāinga Ora’s most prominent role. While that is indeed something that requires defending, I want to talk about the other core purpose of ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    5 days ago
  • Baby You're A Rich Man
    “How does it feel to beOne of the beautiful peopleNow that you know who you areWhat do you want to beAnd have you traveled very far?Far as the eye can see”Yesterday the ACT party faithful were regaled with craven boasts, sneers, and demands for even more at their annual rally.That ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Stopping a future Labour government from shutting down gas exploration
    A defiant Resources Minister Shane Jones has responded to Saturday’s environmental protests by ending Labour’s offshore oil exploration ban and calling for long-term contracts with any successful explorers. The purpose would be to prevent a future Labour Government from reversing any licence the explorers might hold. Jones sees a precedent ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    5 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #23
    A listing of 32 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, June 2, 2024 thru Sat, June 8, 2024. Story of the week Our Story of the Week is Yale Climate Connection's Resources for debunking common solar and wind myths, by ...
    5 days ago
  • Fission by the river
    This is where we ate our lunch last Wednesday. Never mind your châteaux and castles and whatnot, we like to enjoy a baguette in the shadow of a nuclear power plant; a station that puts out more than twice as much as Manapouri using nothing more than tiny atoms to bring ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • Fact Brief – Is the ocean acidifying?
    Skeptical Science is partnering with Gigafact to produce fact briefs — bite-sized fact checks of trending claims. This fact brief was written by John Mason in collaboration with members from the Gigafact team. You can submit claims you think need checking via the tipline. Is the ocean acidifying? Acidification of oceans ...
    6 days ago
  • 20,000+ on Queen St.
    The largest protest I ever went on was in the mid 90s. There were 10,000 people there that day, and I’ve never forgotten it. An enormous mass of people, chanting together. Stretching block after block, bringing traffic to a halt.But I can’t say that’s the biggest protest I’ve ever been ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Josh Drummond's Columns
    Hi there,I wanted to put all of Josh Drummond’s Webworm pieces all in one place. I love that he writes for Webworm — and all of these are a good read!David.Why Are So Many “Christians” Hellbent on Being Horrible?Why do so many objectively hideous people declare themselves “Christian”?Meeting the Master ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    6 days ago
  • Bernard’s Saturday soliloquy and weekend Pick ‘n’ Mix for June 8/9
    Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: On reflection, the six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty this week were:The Government-driven freeze in building new classrooms, local roads and water networks in order to save cash for tax cuts is frustrating communities facing massive population ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • The no-vision thing
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    7 days ago
  • When Journalists are Disingenuous
    Hi,One of the things I like the most about Webworm is to be able to break down the media and journalism a little, and go behind the scenes.This is one of those times.Yesterday an email arrived in my inbox from journalist Jonathan Milne, who is managing editor at Newsroom.I don’t ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    7 days ago
  • Me, elsewhere: Just say you’ll do the thing
    Wrote something over at 1/200 on a familiar theme of mine: The way we frame the economy as a separate, sacred force which must be sacrificed to, the way we talk about criminals as invaders who must be repelled, the constant othering of people on the benefit, people not in ...
    Boots TheoryBy Stephanie Rodgers
    1 week ago
  • A Voyage Among the Vandals: Accepted
    A nice bit of news today: my 4600-word historical fantasy-horror piece, A Voyage Among the Vandals, has been accepted by Phobica Books (https://www.phobicabooks.co.uk/books) for their upcoming Pirate Horror anthology, Shivering Timbers. This one is set in the Mediterranean, during the mid-fifth century AD. Notable for having one of history’s designated ...
    1 week ago
  • Ministerial conflicts of interest
    Since the National government came to power, it has been surrounded by allegations of conflicts of interest. Firstly, there's the fast-track law, which concentrates power in the hands of three Ministers, some of whom have received donations from companies whose projects they will be deciding on. Secondly, there's the close ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The 2024 Budget Forecasts Are Gloomy Prognosis About The Next Three Years.
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    PunditBy Brian Easton
    1 week ago
  • A government that can't see twenty feet ahead
    There are two failings that consistently characterise a National government. One is a lack of imagination, the other is their willingness to look after their mates, no matter what harm it might do to everyone else.This is how we come to have thousands of enormous trucks carving up our roads. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • A post I hope is incorrect
    In May, we learned that National MP David MacLeod had "forgotten" to declare $178,000 in electoral donations. Filing a donation return which is false in any material particular is a crime, and the Electoral Commission has now referred MacLeod to police, since they're the only people who are allowed to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Māori Cannot Re-Write New Zealand’s Constitution By Stealth.
    The Kotahitanga Parliament 1897: A Māori Parliament – at least in the guise of a large and representative body dedicated to describing the shape of New Zealand’s future from a Māori perspective – would be a very good idea.THE DEMAND for a “Māori Parliament” needs to be carefully unpicked. Some Pakeha, ...
    1 week ago
  • Cowpats and Colonials.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Gordon Campbell on cutting the sick leave of vulnerable workers
    Should sick leave be part and parcel of the working conditions from Day One on the job, just like every other health and safety provision? Or should access to sick leave be something that only gradually accumulates, depending on how long a worker has been on the payroll? If enacted ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    1 week ago
  • Nobody Move: Ageing Boomers, Laurie & Les, Talk Politics.
    So long as we live in a democracy, economic policy can never be anything other than social-democratic.“HEH!”, snorted Laurie, as he waved his debit card over the EFTPOS machine. “Same price as last week. I guess budgets aren’t what they used to be.”“I wouldn’t know,” replied the young barman, wearily, ...
    1 week ago
  • In Search Of Unity.
    Kotahitanga: New Zealand’s future belongs to those who do not fear a nation carved out of unity and solidarity, and are willing to trust the carvers. Some New Zealanders will be required to step up, and others, perhaps for the first time in their lives, will be expected to step ...
    1 week ago
  • Weekly Roundup 7-June-2024
    Welcome to another Friday roundup! Here are some recent links and stories that caught our eye, perfectly timed for your watercooler discussions and weekend reading. As always feel free to share more in the comments. Our header image this week is by Patrick Reynolds, and shows Te Komititanga from above. ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    1 week ago
  • The Hoon around the week to June 7
    As Workplace Relations and Safety Minister, ACT’s Brooke van Velden is fronting proposed changes to sick pay regulations and The Holiday Act. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers features talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent talking about the ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Did we boil the oceans by cutting pollution?
    Lowering aerosol emissions from shipping has altered clouds, with potentially drastic effects. Photo: Getty ImagesTL;DR: Here’s the top six news items of note in climate news for Aotearoa-NZ this week, and a discussion above between Bernard Hickey and The Kākā’s climate correspondent Cathrine Dyer:New evidence is increasingly pointing at efforts ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #23 2024
    Open access notables Abrupt reduction in shipping emission as an inadvertent geoengineering termination shock produces substantial radiative warming, Yuan et al., Communications Earth & Environment: Human activities affect the Earth’s climate through modifying the composition of the atmosphere, which then creates radiative forcing that drives climate change. The warming effect ...
    1 week ago
  • Fragments
    The best observation I’ve read this week about the deep, profound harm Trump is doingTrump has hurled threats and smears at witnesses, jurors and the judge (including his family)... [he] has tried to intimidate witnesses and delegitimize the New York courts as corrupt. In continuing to incite his mob (that ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • March for Nature
    Do do do do do do do doDo do do do do doDi di di di di di di di di di diNature enter me…In 2018 the Labour lead government banned new oil and gas exploration in Aotearoa. A change welcomed by those who care deeply for our environment and ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Bernard’s Dawn Chorus and pick ‘n’ mix for Thursday, June 6
    The Transport Minister is trying to push through urgent legislation that would allow him to change emissions standards for car imports without approval from Parliament, after only consulting car importers. Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: Just as two major reports showed fossil fuel burning was warming the planet to dangerous levels and ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • A Better Broadway: Act 2
    This is a guest post by reader Grant A, the second of a pair about how to fix Broadway. If you missed the beginning of the show, here’s the link to Act 1 from yesterday. Yesterday, I discussed changing traffic circulation around Broadway in Newmarket. This included implementing a car-free ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    1 week ago
  • National breaks another health promise
    National has broken another manifesto health promise, apparently to save only $550,000. It will now train an additional 25 med students next year rather than the 50 it promised. This comes on top of the delays caused by National’s coalition partners in pushing ahead with the Waikato Medical School and ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • Climate Adam: Coping as the world’s best known climate scientist
    This video includes conclusions of the creator climate scientist Dr. Adam Levy. It is presented to our readers as an informed perspective. Please see video description for references (if any). Katharine Hayhoe is quite possibly the world's most famous climate scientist. She's produced wide ranging research, and communicated climate change with ...
    1 week ago
  • SIS “evidence” isn’t, again
    Back in 2016, then-Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne cancelled a New Zealand woman's passport, claiming she was a terrorist. The basis for his decision was a secret briefing by the SIS, which claimed that if she was allowed to travel, the woman would "engage with individuals who encourage acts of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • As Low As You Go
    Taking you as low as you goAs low as you goA sense of Déjà vu this morning. How many times have I begun a newsletter, “just when you thought they couldn’t go any lower…” Only for the groundhog to reappear, more pissed off than the day before.Another day with headlines ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Wednesday June 5
    TL;DR: The public health costs of human-caused air pollution in Aotearoa-NZ is estimated at $38.8 billion a year because it kills 3,300 people each year, which is almost ten times more than the death toll on roads from accidents. Yet the Ministry for the Environment has just one staff member ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago

  • High Court Judge appointed
    Attorney-General Judith Collins today announced the appointment of Auckland King’s Counsel Gregory Peter Blanchard as a High Court Judge. Justice Blanchard attended the University of Auckland from 1991 to 1995, graduating with an LLB (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts (English). He was a solicitor with the firm that is now Dentons ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • Health workforce numbers rise
    Health Minister Dr Shane Reti says new data released today shows encouraging growth in the health workforce, with a continued increase in the numbers of doctors, nurses and midwives joining Health New Zealand. “Frontline healthcare workers are the beating heart of the healthcare system. Increasing and retaining our health workforce ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • Government to overhaul firearms laws
    Associate Justice Minister Nicole McKee has today announced a comprehensive programme to reform New Zealand's outdated and complicated firearms laws. “The Arms Act has been in place for over 40 years. It has been amended several times – in a piecemeal, and sometimes rushed way. This has resulted in outdated ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    12 hours ago
  • Government delivers landmark specialist schools investment
    The coalition Government is delivering record levels of targeted investment in specialist schools so children with additional needs can thrive. As part of Budget 24, $89 million has been ringfenced to redevelop specialist facilities and increase satellite classrooms for students with high needs. This includes: $63 million in depreciation funding ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    15 hours ago
  • Major health and safety consultation begins
    A substantial consultation on work health and safety will begin today with a roadshow across the regions over the coming months, says Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Brooke van Velden.  This the first step to deliver on the commitment to reforming health and safety law and regulations, set out in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    15 hours ago
  • Growing the potential of New Zealand’s forestry sector in partnership
    Forestry Minister Todd McClay, today announced the start of the Government’s plan to restore certainty and confidence in the forestry and wood processing sector. “This government will drive investment to unlock the industry’s economic potential for growth,” Mr McClay says. “Forestry’s success is critical to rebuilding New Zealand’s economy, boosting ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    15 hours ago
  • Government cancels forestry ETS annual service charges for 2023-24
    Annual service charges in the forestry Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) will be cancelled for 2023/24, Forestry Minister Todd McClay says. “The sector has told me the costs imposed on forestry owners by the previous government were excessive and unreasonable and I agree,” Mr McClay says. “They have said that there ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    15 hours ago
  • Speech to the LGNZ Infrastructure Symposium
    Introduction Thank you for having me here today and welcome to Wellington, the home of the Hurricanes, the next Super Rugby champions. Infrastructure – the challenge This government has inherited a series of big challenges in infrastructure. I don’t need to tell an audience as smart as this one that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • Government boosts Agriculture and food trade with China
    Trade and Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard welcomed outcomes to boost agricultural and food trade between New Zealand and China. A number of documents were signed today at Government House that will improve the business environment between New Zealand and China, and help reduce barriers, including on infant formula ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • NZ and China launch Services Trade Negotiations
    Trade Minister Todd McClay, and China’s Commerce Minister Wang Wentao, today announced the official launch of Negotiations on Services Trade between the two countries.  “The Government is focused on opening doors for services exporters to grow the New Zealand’s economy,” Mr McClay says.  As part of the 2022 New Zealand-China Free Trade Agreement Upgrade ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Prime Minister Luxon meets with Premier Li
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon met with Chinese Premier Li Qiang at Government House in Wellington today.  “I was pleased to welcome Premier Li to Wellington for his first official visit, which marks 10 years since New Zealand and China established a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership,” Mr Luxon says. “The Premier and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Government and business tackling gender pay gap
    The coalition Government is taking action to reduce the gender pay gap in New Zealand through the development of a voluntary calculation tool. “Gender pay gaps have impacted women for decades, which is why we need to continue to drive change in New Zealand,” Acting Minister for Women Louise Upston ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Funding Boost for Rural Support Trusts
    The coalition Government is boosting funding for Rural Support Trusts to provide more help to farmers and growers under pressure, Rural Communities Minister Mark Patterson announced today. “A strong and thriving agricultural sector is crucial to the New Zealand economy and one of the ways to support it is to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Latest data shows size of public service decreasing
    Spending on contractors and consultants continues to fall and the size of the Public Service workforce has started to decrease after years of growth, according to the latest data released today by the Public Service Commission. Workforce data for the quarter from 31 December 23 to 31 March 24 shows ...
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