web analytics


Written By: - Date published: 7:09 am, December 20th, 2011 - 104 comments
Categories: defence, International - Tags: , ,

Kim Jong Il’s dead. Kim Jong Un’s next in line. Could there be a succession crisis in the only nuclear-armed monarchy? I reckon it’s an opportunity. Jong Un’s a 27 year-old computer nerd now stuck running a broke-arse, backwards country. If Obama really wants rid of nukes, he should cut the kid a deal and get rid of some of his own at the same time.

104 comments on “Crisi-tunity”

  1. joe bloggs 1

    Unfortunately there are a lot of obstacles in the way of detente with North Korea.

    Kor a start there’s the North korean concept of juche, or self-reliance. The idea being that all North Korean problems should be solved by North Koreans.

    With the death of Kim Jong Il, there’s a real possibility that that negotiating with Pyongyang could become much tougher in the absence of his hand on the diplomatic steering wheel. If North Korea collapses, that would create a political, security, humanitarian, and economic nightmare for the region. That would surely lead to a loss of control by the North over its WMD stockpile, technology and work force.

    There’s also a significant regional barrier – the Japanese consider Washington’s disarmament talks with PyongYang to be far too conciliatory – and without the support of China and Russia, Washington will not move to cut a disarmament deal.

    Of course the North Korean government would also need to cease flooding the world with methamphetamine and counterfeit US currency for any serious discussions to take place.

    The West (not just USA) would be better to undertake a broad diplomatic engagement beyond the nuclear issue through bilateral and multilateral negotiations, covering political, economic, and social assistance, such as full normalization of relations and large-scale energy assistance.

    • Pascal's bookie 1.1

      Good comment Joe.

      You might find this piece from Steve Clemons interesting http://t.co/TQql0OSZ

    • Gosman 1.2

      “The West (not just USA) would be better to undertake a broad diplomatic engagement beyond the nuclear issue through bilateral and multilateral negotiations, covering political, economic, and social assistance, such as full normalization of relations and large-scale energy assistance.”

      Ummmmmm….. you do realise that this was basically the heart of the nuclear negotiations that have been undertaken to date. The West gave large amounts of finacial aid and support to the energy sector, (in the form of funding and building light water reactors), with a promise of normalisation of relations going forward in return for North Korea dismantling it’s nuclear weapons programme. North Korea reneged on every deal agreed. Why do you think it would be any different in the future?

      • joe bloggs 1.2.1

        I don’t.

        Frankly the twin concepts of juche and deep-seated suspicion of the West are too deeply engrained in the North Korean political culture to allow them to change.

    • insider 1.3

      SO Juche is like ‘number 8 wire’ thinking gone mad?

      • Ari 1.3.1

        It’s like if the ACT party actually believed in what it said. 😉

      • Matthew Hooton 1.3.2

        That’s a brilliant comment – best description of juche I’ve ever heard. There is a lesson for NZ there (somewhere).

        • insider

          I expect royalties if it turns up in print or on radio… 🙂

        • Populuxe1

          We called it Think Big. A lot of people, including myself, have been very rude about it then or since – but putting it in the context of the Oil Crisis of 1973, and looking forward to Peak Oil now, its legacy might have an entirely different flavour.

  2. Gosman 2

    Perhaps the US could agree to get rid of the same number of Nuclear weapons as the North Korean’s have in their arsenal. Half a dozen will make a real difference – not.

    • higherstandard 2.1

      Well it would make a big difference to the South Koreans.

      • Gosman 2.1.1

        Agreed. However my point was that there is no way that North Korea is going to agree to dismantle it’s weapon programme on the basis that the US will dismantle a handful of nuclear weapons from their massive stockpile as suggested by Zetetic. What they probably would want is if the US forces were withdrawn from South Korea and possibly Japan. However they would most likely renege on that deal as they have on all the others.

    • Lanthanide 2.2

      The US was apparently on the verge (ie, this week) of starting more talks with North Korea over their weapons programme (after being on hold for 3 years) as well as announcing a new food aid programme. These announcements have now been postponed.

  3. The United States and the broader democratic world doesn’t really have an incentive to encourage political change in North Korea, because if they were successful it would lead to the collapse of the regime and any social stability in North Korea requiring South Korea to absorb the failed socialist experiment in the north. It can’t afford it.

    When West Germany was forced to absorb the failed socialist experiment to its east, the cost to the west was enormous – but East Germany’s population was only a quarter of the west’s and its economy wasn’t a total basket case with GDP per capita more than half of that in the west (see this table: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economy_of_the_German_Democratic_Republic#Comparison_with_the_West_German_economy ) This meant West Germany (ie its taxpayers) could pay relatively easily for the reunification and the social and economic gap between eastern and western Germans wasn’ massive (western radio and TV had been illegally watched in the east and travel wasn’t impossible).

    In contrast, North Korea’s population is about half of the South’s while its per capita GDP is something like only 5% of the South’s, and the population (presumably given the nature of the regime) totally socially unprepared for living in a free society. Reunification would be a catastrophe for the South, which would be bankrupted and need to be bailed out by its US and western allies (who currently can’t afford it).

    So the best strategy for Obama is to do nothing that will change the geo-political situation for the time-being (which is not to say he should be hostile to the new lad, just that he better hope he is not a Gorbachev). This is very bad news for the people of North Korea (not that they are likely to know it) but probably good news for most of the rest of the world.

    • higherstandard 3.1

      That’s a rather depressing view Matthew.

      • In Vino Veritas 3.1.1

        Socialism is a depressing thing higher.

        • mac1

          And I have my doubts with a system that puts 200,000 children in poverty, nearly 7% officially out of work (actually about 10%), where 100,000 leave for Australia and there is nett outwards migration, where illiberal employment laws apply and where unions are discouraged, and where the gap between rich and poor is growing. That, too, is depressing- especially where the elite of the now ruling party choose the successor to Party Leader from successful money traders……..

          • alwyn

            Cheer yourself up Mac.
            Try having a look at
            It includes things like –
            “New Zealand has one of the fastest growing Western economies”.
            “The United States and Europe are in complete disarray”.
            There. Doesn’t that make you feel better?

            • Lanthanide

              Other countries are worse off so we should count our blessings?

              Defeatist, and again, depressing.

            • mac1

              It doesn’t make me feel better when a large percentage of my fellow citizens, friends, compatriots do not join in with joy at your glad tidings, alwyn.

              Fairness, equality, and the application of the Golden Rule -“Do unto others as you would have do unto you”- that would make me feel better. Thanks for asking, though.

        • Ari

          North Korea doesn’t have socialism, it has authoritarianism.

      • Lanthanide 3.1.2

        It’s also realistic.

        People make the mistake of thinking South Korea is a high-tech developed country because they have big companies like Samsung and they have amazing cities full of high rise buildings.

        On the GDP per capita tables it’s in the bottom half of the middle bloc of developed countries.

        • Rusty Shackleford

          GDP figures (and all official measures) for SK are misleading because they have a massive (something like 30% of the total) grey economy. It’s largely unregulated, untaxed and unmeasured. So you could probably add 10-20% to GDP per capita for SK. Pushing it up closer to NZ standard of living.

          • Rusty Shackleford

            And they are kind of high tech. You can get almost anywhere in the country (about the size of the South Island) in under 5 hours due to bullet trains and highways. It costs 45 NZD and take 3 and a half hours to get from Busan to Seoul. About the distance of Invercargill to Timaru.

            The entire country is wired for 100Mb internet. That includes little podunk towns and islands. They just opened the second longest submerged tunnel in the world and the world’s deepest immersed roadway tunnel.

            Having said that, a great many of those fancy high rise apartments and office buildings are made from the cheapest materials in the shortest amount of time. And the units within them are some of the most expensive in the world. So, there is that.

            • Tiger Mountain

              Thanks for that description of hell on earth RS.

              • Rusty Shackleford

                I’m not sure what you find hellish about fast internet and fast transport.

                • McFlock

                  I’m sure it’s fine, right up until a department store falls on your head for no reason.

                  • Rusty Shackleford

                    That was pre-fast internet. ; )

                  • DavidW

                    Oh there was a reason for the collapse of the department store and it sure as hell wasn’t divine intervention.

                    • Rusty Shackleford

                      My understanding is, it was corrupt city bureaucrats.

                    • McFlock

                      More that it was “made from the cheapest materials in the shortest amount of time.” 
                      Yeah, the inspectors looked the other way, but it’s not like they expected the building to fall down – nobody did. Everyone just took the cheapest and easiest course of action, with a healthy dose of “didnae think aboot that” thrown in.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Not just city inspectors who looked the other way. Builders, supervisors, shift managers, project managers, architects, site engineers,…the list goes on.

                      Once you build a society which works like this, well you turn into Greece.

                    • Rusty Shackleford

                      “Once you build a society which works like this, well you turn into Greece.”

                      Public Debt as % of GDP.
                      Korea: 22%
                      Greece 116%

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Ahem. As an example. The UK looks great if you just consider just its sovereign debt. Once you include private sector debt its carrying up to 10x (9.5x actually) its GDP in debt.

                      The UK is fucked, it just doesn’t know it yet. IMO you have to count all debt, not just sovereign debt (and not just net debt).

                      At least the UK has already recapped its banks, which is one saving grace.

            • Draco T Bastard

              The entire country is wired for 100Mb internet.

              Yep and it was the government who put it in place. Just think, if we’d kept our telecommunications instead of giving it away to the capitalists we would have had the same or even better.

              • Rusty Shackleford

                ermm…. That would have been a financial disaster. NZ is probably twice the size of Korea with one 20th the population density. Wiring all of NZ for cable internet would likely bankrupt the country.

                • DavidW

                  If you take away the sharp hilly bits, the population density is very high in what is left.

                  • Rusty Shackleford

                    Which country are you talking about? Korea is probably 80% sharp hilly bits.

                    • DavidW

                      Exactly my point, last time I looked there were bugger all people living on the sharp hilly bits which concentrates the population on the benign flatter bits somewhat.

                      Re Sampoong Department Store it was a total clusterfuck from the day it was first built with corners cut in construction etc but the kicker was that they later put a large (I think Olympic size but might be wrong) swimming pool in the Gym on the top floor then loaded the roof with a couple of hundred tons of evaporative aircon equipment. The supporting pillars had been downsized AND reduced in number during construction to gain floor space for the store.

                      re Apartment blocks, I understand that they are working their way through the duds which were built when the real boom was on in the ’70s and ’80s and materials were scarce so some smartasses used unwashed beach sand in the concrete. This resulted in what you might term “fast corrosion” and rendered thousands of apartments uninhabitable after 10-15 years or so. Largely the result of an economy growing so fast that the infrastructure could not keep up.

                      That is a hard one if you think about how you would manage it better without slowing the pace so much that you defeated the energy and impetus.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Largely the result of an economy growing so fast that the infrastructure could not keep up.

                      I guess that’s another term for blatant profiteering and graft.

                  • jbc

                    Population densities:

                    Auckland Supercity: 304 /km2
                    Singapore: 7,315 /km2
                    Seoul: 17,288 /km2

                    Singapore has 5M population in about the same area as the former Manukau City, and Singapore is less than half the population density of Seoul.

                    Which flat piece of NZ has very high population density? (not counting the 4m2 around where you now sit)

                • Colonial Viper

                  Wiring all of NZ for cable internet would likely bankrupt the country.

                  I don’t understand your attitude. We managed to get powerlines to every part of the country (eventually) did we not?

                  You could cover 97%-98% of the population in a Government project stretching out 8-10 years, selling bandwidth to ISPs around the country as you go.

                  Sure its not 100% coverage but you would get close at a practical price, and you wouldn’t try to do it all in 24 months.

                  • Rusty Shackleford

                    A. The Koreans didn’t do it that way. They deregulated the telecommunications industry, encouraged competition. Then subsidized the marginal areas (I could be forced into agreeing with that).

                    B. I don’t believe you.

                    • Draco T Bastard

                      A) It wasn’t competition that did that but government intervention. Quite simply, the government led.

                      B) That’s because you don’t believe in reality. Anything that goes against your delusional ideology you disbelieve as a matter of course and reality goes against that ideology.

                    • McFlock

                      ooo hell, why not look at some reference material? Wikipedia will do, and has some good links.
                      A billion dollars in loans from the government at preferential rates is neither getting out of the way, nor does it really count as “marginal”. Yes, deregulation occurred in the 80s and 90s, but it seems that you’re cherry-picking your contributing factors, Rusty.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Rusty also hasn’t commented what the impact of massive cut price competition and infrastructure duplication has meant for the profitability of the private enterprises. Or if the government is keeping operations afloat with direct and indirect subsidies of various kinds.

                • Draco T Bastard

                  That would have been a financial disaster.

                  Considering that Telecom was running a $310m ($472m in today’s dollars) profit while putting in brand new digital exchanges and running thousands of kilometres of cabling when we sold it I suspect the chances of it being a financial disaster would be about zero.

                  • Rusty Shackleford

                    A. The Korean govt took the lead by getting out of the way? Interesting. I’m not even really disagreeing with you. Just pointing out that they didn’t build any of it themselves.

                    B. This isn’t really an argument. It’s too easy just to just say “I know you are, but what am I?”, when you spout stuff like that.

                    • Draco T Bastard

                      They didn’t get out of the way but actively involved themselves (PDF).

                      Government support. The government has facilitated broadband development through an early commitment to high-speed infrastructure with specific programs. This has included a positive and supportive relationship with the private sector, low interest loans and a certification program for apartment complexes with high-speed access (for more detail on the government’s support see Box 3.1).

                      If they’d just gotten out of the way then they would have had the same mess that we have. Billions gone overseas and having to cough up billions more through taxpayer funding to get what we’ve already paid for (The perfect proof that profit is a dead weight loss).

          • Lanthanide

            Ok, wasn’t aware of that. That does make a bit more sense.

          • mik e

            Every other country has a grey economy to .Use your grey matter

            • Rusty Shackleford

              My understanding is that Korea’s underground economy is large relative to its standing in the world economy.

    • Gosman 3.2

      That stated Matthew I seem to remember the same argument being used back in the mid 1990’s at the time of the last transition from Father to Son. At the time it was stated that South Korea didn’t want a rapid collapse of the North as they wanted time to prepare a plan for absorbing the country. I would hope that in the intervening 15 odd years that they have something solid in place in terms of planning for dealing with this. One solution to a rapid collapse might be to quarrantine the country to a degree using UN and South Korean troops and for the UN to manage the transition to democracy. Kind of like what happened in Cambodia and East Timor.

    • Pete 3.3

      At present, the only way to engage with NK is via China and China’s interests are regional stability, (not freedom, democracy and all that good stuff). They don’t want a lot of refugees crossing the border. The odds of reunification are slim at best. I think the best we can hope for is getting some food aid through to the population at large and maybe a Burma-style baby-step rapprochement.

      • insider 3.3.1

        Or China could play an increasing role to drag NK out of the mire through trade and tech transfer. That said, they may be happy having that buffer there. Improvement in NK economy would probably promote more thoughts of reunification.

    • Draco T Bastard 3.4

      When West Germany was forced to absorb the failed extreme capitalist experiment to its east…


      None of the so-called communist countries of last century were socialist. They were all state-capitalist which is, of course, why they failed as the entire global economy is now also failing.

    • Bored 3.5


      Does the name East Germany mean anything to you? You must know it, it is the formerly run down Communist basket case next doors to the former economic powerhouse called West Germany. I recall clear as crystal the same doom mongers saying it would wreck Germany, you know the same place that is the current powerhouse of Europe. Could never be done they said, but, well it all turned out differently.

      Then there were those other Communist basket cases that did not stand a show, Russia, Poland and wait for it….China. Ye Gods Matthew you must get out more.

      • Populuxe1 3.5.1

        Bored, I think that if you spoke to some Germans (I’m not, but it’s an area of interest for me) you might get a different opinion on that. Germany is still lumbering on under the burden of a 7% tax (the Soli) to fund infrastructure in the former GDR even though 65% of former East Germans have moved west for jobs. Something like €1.25 trillion was transferred east by 2005 and even now the East is only around 70% at parity with the West. As early as 1991, Die Zeit reported former Chancellor Helmut Schmidt saying “The worst mistake was that the government gave the impression that German unity could be more-or-less financed out of petty cash.” There will be no second Wirtschaftswunder like that born of the reconstruction funded by the Marshall Plan after the war. I think you also have an overly rosy picture of, say, Poland – it’s fairly dire there – hence all the plumber jokes in the UK. I hope I haven’t wittered on too long – peace and Season’s Greetings.

        • Colonial Viper

          However, Germany is the wealthy centre of Europe of the day. They’ve achieved this in the last 10 years by forcing their neighbours on the periphery of Europe to become poorer via fixed exchange rate policies while organised labour has demanded its fair share of GDP. German exports to Greece, Italy, Spain etc. have risen dramatically, increasing German wealth but causing industries in those countries to struggle.

          German taxes are high yes, but that gives the German government fiscal muscle and the ability to provide excellent social services; the infrastructure building in the former East Germany you speak of provides many jobs skilled and unskilled. Unemployment is low and per capita incomes are very good.

          The only problem is that German banks are impossibly leveraged, if their assets were marked to market they would all be immediately insolvent, and they are going to send the German economy underwater shortly. But that’s a problem for 2012.

          Froehliche Weihnachten!!!

          • Populuxe1

            Herzliche Weihnachtsgrüße CV! I agree to a point, but as you said, the banks are leveraged to the hilt. Worker burn-out is at an all time high in Germany right now – it’s a major public concern according to their news reports. Also reunification is causing a lot of problems with a particularly ugly neo-Nazi revival in the old east spreading west. Unification was always going to happen, German national identity wouldn’t allow otherwise, but it isn’t all milk and honey, and Deutsche Wiedervereinigung took place back in ’89/’90 when West Germany was already one of the top performing European economies and East Germany was probably the most efficient of the Warsaw Pact economies. This hardly compares with the situation on the Korean Peninsula where South and North are rather unique. Also one must factor in China and Japan, and what they want – I doubt anything other than a stable and compliant North would suit either of them.

            • Colonial Viper

              No problem at all with your comments. I hear that sentiment against Turkish, Iranian and other immigrants in Germany is not friendly in some quarters, and getting less so progressively.

              I hold fears if there is a Europe wide economic slowdown, neo Nazi groups always do well during economic strife – just as Hitler did originally.

              Re: east asia – Japan is in deep deep demographic and debt driven economic do-do. That society is enroute to a gradual failure and with at least 25% of its population already over 60 their prospects are grim in the next 20 years.

        • billy fish

          Re Poland being “pretty dire” I think you will find that was in the late 90’s early 2000’s. Since then Polands economy has grown signinficantly and a lot of the diaspora had returned home. There were some excellent docos on the Beeb about it.
          Can’t speak to its current state but from what I have read it wasn’t a borrow and pray state. Will look into it.
          And brits tend to cling to cliches about people a lot longer than anyone else “two world wars and one world cup” anyone?

          • Populuxe1

            Point taken, Billy – I was basing that on what I had heard from the Polish community here in NZ, and from friends in Central/Eastern Europe. The Czechs, for example, are quietly slightly pleased that they hadn’t gotten around to joining the Eurozone just yet.

    • drongo 3.6

      It won’t be the young man who’ll be calling the shots in the north and the level of support in the south for reunification is overwhelming. If the south’s government don’t listen to that support watch out for mayhem in Seoul.

      • insider 3.6.1

        “calling the shots…”

        I hope you don’t mean that literally.

        • McFlock

          Sadly it probably will be literal – but hopefully restricted to offshore islands and unidentified submarines.
          As an aside, the phrasing that always distracts me is “an exchange of [often artillery] fire”. Provokes imagery of courtesy or business cards. Probably one of the earlier military euphemisms, preceding “collateral damage” or “harrassment and interdiction fire”.

          • insider

            I think it’s because they take turns 🙂 ‘After you Mr Kim.’ ‘No, please, I insist after you Mr Kim.’ ‘Well that’s very good of you Mr Kim. don’t mind if I do.’ ‘My pleasure sir.’ Boom! ‘Oh good shot Mr Kim.’

    • mik e 3.7

      Mathew maybe the world could come together and get a Marshall type plan going and not leave it to South Korea most likely scenario.
      As per usual Mad Hatter you have been navel gazing to long it can make you very ill mentally ill.

  4. Armchair Critic 4

    Ignoring your childish jibes, your argument is that it’s necessary for the people of NK to live appallingly poor lives because the alternative is a negative financial outcome. We can’t afford for them not to live in poverty, they have to or it would ruin the rest of us. Other people’s freedom is not as valuable as yours? No one should even try to help, the consequences are too expensive?
    That’s a disgusting attitude, a pathetic argument and you should be ashamed to have thought it.

    • Craig Glen Eden 4.1

      Its Mathew Hooton you are talking to AC! Enough said really

      • tc 4.1.1

        Yup it’s that old ….I have more than enough and you don’t have enough so screw you neighbour I don’t care just keep to your side of the fence.

        The more things change the more they stay the same, it’s rather scary the US is seen as a leader in such issues……mmmm that’s working well so far around the globe.

  5. Ianupnorth 5

    I feel I have wandered in to a parallel universe, where Gossy, HS, IVV and all the regular RWNJ’s are having their Christmas tea party.
    Whilst not admonishing Kim Jong Il I do find it rather distasteful that everyone seems to be feasting on humour rather than letting the bloke rest in peace.

  6. Leverett 6

    It’s that kind of self-righteous moral display – “damn the expense! Where’s your humanity?” – that made North Korea, North Korea, East Germany, East Germany, Tanganyika into Tanzania. For, despite the scientific pretensions of state socialism, it’s lifeblood was the (mostly noble) moral allure of a world where the immediate needs of the massses demonstrably trump economic imperatives.

    If there is any lesson that we can all take from the failures of the Marxist crop wherever sown, it is that we must have regard to the consequences of our choices, over and above our good intentions in demanding action.

    After more than half a century chasing the mirage of repressive state autarky, North Korea cannot be turned around by the power of good intentions – not without bankrupting South Korea. The only thing that can be done is the exertion of external pressure on the regime to abandon economic centralism in favour of liberalisation.

    South Korea started with less than North Korea has now – it started out as poorer than sub-Saharan Africa. North Korea can follow that path, but it will have to do so itself. Being bailed out by the South won’t cut it.

    • McFlock 6.1

      Being bailed out by the South won’t cut it.

      Why not? the south were bailed out by the US.

      • DavidW 6.1.1

        Maybe you should read a bit more. South Korea was given aid as an extremely poor country but in terms of building a productive economy the Korean people can rightly claim the prize for doing it themseklves. It is a fascinating story starting with Sygman Rhee and progressing through the development of the Chaebol to become what they are today. Unlike trhe Marshall Plan in Europe(particularly Germany) theer was no great financial “rebuilding aid” given to Korea after 1954

        • Colonial Viper

          Yes but don’t wholly discount the US military spending large amounts of hard currency into the South Korean nation directly and indirectly with the stationing of bases and huge numbers of skilled personnel in country over decades.

        • McFlock

          While I tend to agree that the success of South Korea’s economy is largely self-directed, South Korea still received billions of dollars in aid from the US in the two decades after the ceasefire began. While it was spread over four or five times the period of the Marshall Plan, the values were comparable or greater than the amounts givien to individual nations in the MP. 
          One would hardly expect the reconstruction aid to South Korea to equal the amount given to all of Western Europe.

          • McFlock

            damn – missed the edit window. Knock yourself out with   this. Figure 2 is a kicker – includes US economic and military aid in the chart.

          • DavidW

            At the time, Korea was largely an agricultural economy with a GDP per capita less than the North. Much of the aid was in the form of humanitarian assistance, rice, seeds, milk powder and the rebuild of institutions such as schools and universities. Interestingly quite a bit of the infrastructure built by the japanese survived and railways were always efficient. The breweries grew from what the Japanese left behind as well so at least the trains run on time and the beer is not half bad.

            The rest – well have a look at the life story of Chaiman Chung of Hyundai, and the Kims (or was it the Lees – I get confused sometimes) of Samsung. Fascinating stories about how men with vision harnessed the desire of large numbers of poor uneducated but willing people who really really wanted to do better for their families after experiencing the horrors of a brutal and bloody war conducted in their own backyards.

            The result is both South Korea’s curse and the source of its great and vibrant economy.

            • Rusty Shackleford

              “…the beer is not half bad.”

              You just disqualified yourself from ever being allowed to comment on South Korea again. ; )

              SK has some of the worst beer in the world. My understanding is the Americans gave them their beer which is why it all tastes like Budweiser. On the other hand, NK bought a whole factory off the Germans which is why they actually have better beer than the South.

              The main beer company Hite, makes a big deal about it’s special edition it brings out once a year that actually contains hops. This year it was Nelson hops. Last year it was South African hops for the World Cup. Both of the main companies, Hite and Oriental Breweries (OB) have more “premium” lagers that are drinkable. Probably on par with and Export and Export Dry.

              The only beer I’ve had that is worse is Mongolian beer.

              • DavidW

                OB and Hite on Seoul Summer’s evening go down rather well (after cricket especially). The NK beer I was served in Pyonyang was crap of the first order. Our intelligence officer “minder” took us to his “pub” which was a boat moored in the river and there they served Asahi which was a bit old but tasted like nectar after a few rounds of “dipshida” on whisky with the hosts – thank goodness no Soju in sight.

                • Rusty Shackleford

                  This is true. It seems to complement fatty meat also.

                  I bought my NK beer from the DMZ tour shops. The NK soju had a weird faux whiskey type flavor. Perhaps it was made from the real recipe. My favorite joke is when people ask what soju is made from is to say it’s made from the household food scraps that Korean people are so fastidious about separating from their regular trash collection. I’ve never found a definitive account of what it is made from.

                • Colonial Viper

                  Soju 🙂

                  I dont like it myself but the Korean girls all seem to disappear it rapidly 🙂

                  • DavidW

                    Aaah Soju … dangerous stuff
                    It doesn’t really matter where the alcohol comes from (rice, potatoes are common even from Fonterra’s ethanol production from lactose but that more commonly goes to Kapan for Sochu -v similar stuff). The key point is that it is generally 25% ethanol and the rest variously water and volatiles – phenols etc. Thing to watch is the more fragrant it is the worse the hangover. I seem to recall Jinro Green as one of the more pure (ie it will still wipe you out but you feel better in the morning)

            • McFlock

              Yes indeed – and having authoritarian dictators also helped.

              But isn’t the point of economic aid to “teach a man to fish”? Part of what helped SK become the 3rd country in the world to develop a 1Mb chip in the 1980s was the education system and infrastructure developed 30 years before. It’s a bit rich to claim that South Korea turned itself into a productive economy and that the billions in aid it received leading up to that point had nothing to do with it.

            • Populuxe1

              Those “men with vision” basically ran unregulated and corrupt dynastic fiefdoms in symbiosis with equally corrupt military Juntas. Never raise that with a Korean, though, it is a matter of national faith that it was all good and absolutely necessary – and perhaps it worked for them.

    • Ari 6.2

      You’d think some other countries would be willing to chip in to see North Korea transition into part of South Korea instead of remaining a rogue state.

  7. insider 7

    Kim Jong Un? I thought he was Kim Jong Trois…

  8. lostinsuburbia 8

    The real decisions on North Korea’s engagement with the West will be made in Beijing. I can’t see the Chinese wanting to lose a buffer state on their northeast boundary.

    China isn’t undergoing glasnost so there won’t be a peaceful disengagement from its satellite a la the USSR in 1989/1990.

  9. Tiger Mountain 9

    North Korea is still a player. If an awful degraded bizzare player. Not under the finance capital thumb, and not participating in the global 24 hr digital money go round.

    Which is what gets the usual suspects here rabbiting on. Oh that the “Hollowmen” were as concerned over other (capitalist) nations with hard done by populations.

    Get it straight, the right wingers here want even deficient “socialist states” extinguished.

  10. joe90 10

    Vice takes the Trans-Siberian to visit North Korean labour camps in Russia.

    NORTH KOREAN LABOR CAMPS – PART 1.(auto play through seven parts)

    Also: http://edition.cnn.com/2011/12/15/world/asia/north-korean-labor-camps-in-siberia/index.html

  11. Tiger Mountain 11

    Be nice if you posted an opinion now and again rather than usually just linking joe90. Do you have some sort of expression impediment? no probs if that is the case. What are you alluding to here anyway?

    The “misleaders verses misled or subjugated” remains an important distinction when looking at what many western analysts regard as the basket case of N Korea.

    Labor (USA sp.) camps, what a joke, we have Pacific Island/back pack euro trash labour camps all around this country (ie horticulture picking). All over the world willing, duped, coerced nationals go to where they can get an earner. Some forced by personal circumstance, others by governments.

  12. DavidW 12

    lostinsuburbia gets it – but it is bigger than that.

    China doesn’t want to see Korea unified because that would give it a west-sympathetic capitalist neighbour on a land boundary.

    Japan doesn’t want to see Korea unified because it would potentially create another economy that would be further capable of displacing Japan than South Korea is currently.

    The South are both publicly keen on re-unification but privately scared shitless at the prospect of what it would do to the South Korean economy to unify (although a fair number of South Koreans get excited at the prospect of cheap, ignorant housemaids and factory workers).

    The US – just really wants the Korean conflict to go away because it costs a fortune to keep 30,000 combat ready troops there on constant rotation.

    The Russians are quite happy for the US to be kept in a state of tension on the Korean Peninsula – it is both amusing to watch and distracting for the US.

    The rest of the world is just pissed off at the constant reneging on deals, the drug trafficking and the arms trade (potentially nuclear) emanating out of North Korea and would do something to bring unification about but doesn’t know what to do and anyway the locals (above) will make the decisions.

    In short there is really no great enthusiasm for a sudden collapse of the Pyonyang regime. The best the west can hope for is gradual opening up though the special industrial and trade zone at Kaesong and internal revolution as a result of the population finally realising that they have been played all these years.

    • lostinsuburbia 12.1

      The other fear is that if North Korea goes tits up there could be the mother of all arms bazaars. After all what terrorist/freedom fighter wouldn’t want some of the NK army’s arsenal (albeit antiquated), especially the likely caches of biological and chemical weapons.

      While any international force could secure most of their weapons, batshit crazy nations like North Korea like to hoarde weapons all over the place and given the number of weapons it has, even a few leaking outcould be very bad news.

  13. lostinsuburbia 13

    In addition, many of the elite are implicated in crimes against humanity one way or another that an easing of control or democracy would risk them ending up at the Hauge.

    Remember that the USSR had almost 40 years to get over Stalinism before it dissolved itself. North Korea has never left that style of governance.

  14. randal 14

    nice spotting tiger 90.
    when the red angel comes and the teevee is gone.
    and hey mr.
    you can tell the whole wide sky.
    my name is johnny.
    johnny pissoff.
    the village fugs.
    river of shit or johnny pissoff meets the red angel of death.
    merry christmas.

  15. Tiger Mountain 15

    Heh. Go randal. Point taken.

    “Merry syphilis and a Happy gonorrhea” my partners Dad used say to all and sundry. Seemed archaic and mildly subversive at the time. WII vet and all. “Merry Bollocks” does it for me.

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Green Party unveils Clean Energy Plan
    The Green Party is today unveiling part one of its plan for a fossil-fuel free Aotearoa, including an immediate ban on new industrial coal boilers. ...
    15 hours ago
  • New Zealand First calls for tahr cull halt
    Mark Patterson MP, Spokesperson for Primary Industry New Zealand First is supporting calls by hunters and the New Zealand Tahr Foundation (NZTF) to halt a large scale cull of Himalayan Tahr by the Department of Conservation in National Parks. The calls are supported by a 40,000 strong petition and the ...
    5 days ago
  • Response to Spin-off allegations
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Leader of New Zealand First New Zealand First leader Winston Peters today scoffed at suggestions that a team of six political operatives have been dispatched to New Zealand to assist his campaign. ‘As President Ronald Reagan once said, ‘there they go again.’ ‘The clickbait journos can’t ...
    5 days ago
  • Jenny Marcroft MP to represent New Zealand First in Auckland Central
    New Zealand First is pleased to announce Jenny Marcroft as the party’s election 2020 candidate for the Auckland Central electorate. Jenny spent years working in Auckland Central, having spent a vast proportion of her broadcasting career there. She says she, "knows the place and knows the people." Ms Marcroft says ...
    7 days ago
  • Creating jobs and cleaning up our rivers
    New Zealanders deserve healthy rivers and lakes that are safe to swim in - but they have been getting worse for decades. That's why, with our latest announcement, we're investing in projects that will help clean up our rivers and lakes and restore them to health, within a generation. ...
    1 week ago
  • Jacinda Ardern: 2020 Labour Congress Speech
    Jacinda Ardern's speech to the 2020 Labour Party Congress. ...
    1 week ago
  • Kelvin Davis: 2020 Labour Congress Speech
    Kelvin Davis' speech to the 2020 Labour Party Congress. ...
    1 week ago
  • Week That Was: Another week of major progress
    This week we moved into the second half of 2020 - and our Government delivered another week of big changes and major progress for New Zealanders. Read below for a wrap of the key things moments from the week - from extending paid parental leave, to making major investments in ...
    1 week ago
  • Green Party opposes RMA fast-track bill that cut corners on environmental safeguards and public cons...
    The Green Party has opposed the COVID-19 Recovery Fast-track Consenting Bill which shortcuts normal consenting processes under the Resource Management Act (RMA), reduces public participation and narrows environmental considerations. ...
    1 week ago
  • Site of new freight hub revealed
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister of Regional Economic Development A regional freight hub for the lower North Island will be built just northeast of Palmerston North, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The Government is investing $40 million through the Provincial Growth Fund to designate and buy land and design ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Greens call for Guaranteed Minimum Income to alleviate skyrocketing debt with MSD
    Green Party Co-leader Marama Davidson is calling for the introduction of a Guaranteed Minimum Income to lift hundreds of thousands of people out of poverty and prevent more families entering into further debt with the Ministry of Social Development.  ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Winston Peters: Facts matter when taxpayer money is on the line
    There has been renewed focus on New Zealand First acting as a handbrake on the Government after our decision to not support Auckland light rail. We are a handbrake for bad ideas, that is true, but our track record since 2017 has seen New Zealand First constructively also serve as an ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Bill raising minimum residency requirement for NZ Super passes first reading
    Mark Patterson MP, New Zealand First List MP New Zealand First’s Fair Residency for Superannuation Bill passed its First Reading in Parliament today. The Bill makes a significant change to NZ Super by raising the minimum residency requirement from 10 to 20 years, after age 20. “Currently, a migrant of ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Harsher penalties for assaults on first responders one step closer
    Darroch Ball MP, Spokesperson for Law and Order A New Zealand First member’s bill in the name of Darroch Ball introducing a six-month minimum prison sentence for assaults on first responders has passed its second reading in Parliament. The new offence of "injuring a first responder or corrections officer with ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Criminal Cases Review Commission delivers Coalition promise
    Fletcher Tabuteau MP, Deputy Leader of New Zealand First New Zealand First welcomes the launch of the new Criminal Cases Review Commission, gifted with the name from Waikato-Tainui - Te Kāhui Tātari Ture, announced in Hamilton today by Justice Minister Andrew Little. “New Zealand First has long believed in and ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Greens welcome huge new investment in sustainable projects
    The Green Party is celebrating over $800m in new funding for green projects, which will get people into jobs while solving New Zealand’s long-term challenges. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand First demands answers from Meridian Energy
    Mark Patterson MP, Spokesperson for Primary Industries New Zealand First is appalled that Meridian seems to have been unnecessarily spilling water from its dams to drive up its profits."While New Zealanders have been coming together in some of our darkest hours, we don’t expect power gentailers to waste water and ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Getting New Zealand moving again: June 2020
    We wrapped up the first half of 2020 with a busy month, taking additional steps to support New Zealanders as we continue with our economic recovery. We rolled out targeted packages to support key industries like tourism and construction, helped create jobs in the environmental and agriculture sectors, and set ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Māori union leader appointed to Infrastructure Commission board
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Infrastructure Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones has welcomed the appointment of Maurice Davis and his deep infrastructure and construction experience to the board of the Infrastructure Commission. Mr Davis (Ngāti Maniapoto), is the seventh and final appointment to the board led by former Reserve Bank Governor ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Click-bait journalism at its worst
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Leader of New Zealand First New Zealand’s click bait journalism is taking a turn for the worse, with yet another example of sensationalist, wilful-misrepresentation of the facts. “New Zealand First has worked constructively with its Coalition partner on hundreds of pieces of legislation and policy, and ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Green Party proposes transformational Poverty Action Plan
    The Green Party is today unveiling its Poverty Action Plan, which includes a Guaranteed Minimum Income to ensure people have enough to live with dignity.     ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF accelerates Rotorua projects
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister Fletcher Tabuteau MP, Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development The Rotorua Museum redevelopment and Whakarewarewa and Tokorangi Forest projects will be accelerated thanks to a $2.09 million Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) boost, Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Week That Was: Getting people into jobs
    This week, we rolled out the next steps of our recovery plan, with new infrastructure investment, extra support for tourism operators, and a new programme to get Kiwis into agriculture careers. The global economic consequences of COVID-19 will continue to be a challenge, but we have a detailed plan to ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Coalition commitment establishing Mental Health Commission delivered
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First welcomes the passage of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill through its final reading in Parliament today fulfilling a coalition agreement commitment. “This is an important step in saving the lives of New Zealanders and delivers a key coalition commitment ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Whakatāne gets a $2.5m ‘turbo boost’
    Whakatāne has been given a $2.5 million boost to speed up previously funded projects and create more than 450 jobs in the next decade. Of those, the equivalent of 160 full-time jobs could be delivered in the next six weeks. Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters is in town to make ...
    2 weeks ago
  • $2.5m PGF funding to speed up economic recovery in Whakatāne
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister Fletcher Tabuteau MP, Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $2.5 million to accelerate three infrastructure projects in Whakatāne, Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. “This package is about ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Shane Jones calls out those holding drought-stricken Auckland ‘to ransom’ over water
    Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones is throwing his weight behind a bid by the Auckland Council to fast-track the more than doubling of the city's water allowance from the Waikato River. And he's coming out strongly against anyone who plans on getting in the way of this campaign. "It is my ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Another Green win as climate change considerations inserted into the RMA
    The Green Party is thrilled to see changes to the Resource Management Act (RMA) that mean consents for large projects can be declined if they will have significant climate change implications that are inconsistent with the Zero Carbon Act and Aotearoa New Zealand’s Paris Agreement obligations.  ...
    2 weeks ago
  • New Navy vessel Aotearoa to arrive in New Zealand
    Hon Ron Mark, Minister of Defence The Royal New Zealand Navy’s new ship, Aotearoa, set sail for New Zealand on 10 June from the Republic of Korea, and is due to arrive in Auckland tomorrow, announced Minister of Defence Ron Mark. “Aotearoa is the Royal New Zealand Navy’s new fleet ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Racing Industry Bill passes third reading
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Racing Racing Minister Winston Peters has today welcomed the Racing Industry Bill passing its third reading, creating the legislative framework for revitalising the racing industry while limiting the need for future government intervention. “For too long our domestic racing industry has ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Green Party seek amendment to ensure all prisoners can vote
    The Green Party has today put forward an amendment to the Electoral (Registration of Sentenced Prisoners) Amendment Bill to ensure all people in prisons can vote in general elections. ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Green Party welcomes new approach to delivering light rail
    The Green Party welcomes the decision to not proceed with Public Public Investment (PPI) delivery of Auckland’s light rail project and to instead run the process through the public service. ...
    3 weeks ago
  • New Zealand First welcomes PGF investment in Wairarapa Water
    Hon Ron Mark, New Zealand First List MP based in the Wairarapa New Zealand First List MP Hon Ron Mark welcomes the announcement of Provincial Growth Funding investment of $1.4 million to help secure the Wairarapa’s water supply. The funding boost will allow the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC), and ...
    3 weeks ago
  • New Zealand First MP Mark Patterson selected as candidate for Taieri
    New Zealand First list MP Mark Patterson has been selected to represent the party in the newly formed Taieri electorate at the upcoming election. Mr Patterson, his wife Jude and two daughters farm sheep and beef at Lawrence and Waitahuna. He previously stood in the Clutha-Southland electorate however boundary changes ...
    3 weeks ago

  • Inaugural launch of Kiribati Language Week
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio is pleased to announce the inaugural launch of Kiribati Language Week as part of the 2020 Pacific language Weeks programme. “I am so pleased that this year we are able to provide resourcing support to the Kiribati community in Aotearoa which will ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New support package for wildlife institutions
    Wildlife institutions affected by a loss of visitor revenue during the COVID-19 lockdown are set to receive government support with nearly $15 million of funding available announced Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage.  “Eco-sanctuaries, zoos, aquariums, wildlife parks, and wildlife rescue, hospital and rehabilitation facilities provide crucial support for the recovery ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • 300,000 students to benefit from free mental health services
    The Government is expanding and accelerating frontline mental health and wellbeing services at tertiary education institutes (TEI) to help students manage ongoing stresses related to COVID-19. “The lockdown has been hugely disruptive for students. Many of them have had to relocate and move to online learning, isolating them from their ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Gang crime, meth harm targeted in Waikato
    The Minister of Police says a major operation against the Mongrel Mob in Waikato will make a big dent in drug harm and violent offending linked to organised crime networks. “Senior leadership of the Waikato Mongrel Mob has been taken out as a result of Operation Kingsville, which resulted in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Supporting victims and families to attend mosque attack sentencing
    The Government is extending the border exception criteria to enable some offshore victims and support people of the Christchurch mosque attacks to attend the sentencing of the accused beginning on 24 August2020, says Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway. “We want to support our valued Muslim brothers and sisters who were directly ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Boost for community freshwater restoration projects
    A project to support volunteer efforts to look after streams and rivers is getting a boost thanks to support from DOC’s Community Conservation Fund announced Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage today.  “The government is backing efforts to look after waterways with $199,400 for the Mountains to Sea Conservation Trust from ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • More support for women and girls
    Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter today announced that funding for the COVID-19 Community Fund for women and girls will be doubled, as the first successful funding applications for the initial $1million were revealed. “Women and girls across the country have suffered because of the effects of COVID-19, and I ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Crown accounts stronger than forecast with higher consumer spending
    The Government’s books were better than forecast with a higher GST take as the economy got moving again after lockdown, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. The Crown Accounts for the 11 months to the end of May indicate the year end results for tax revenue will be stronger than forecast. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Govt releases plan to revitalise wool sector
    A plan to revitalise New Zealand’s strong wool sector and set it on a new, more sustainable and profitable path was unveiled today by Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. The newly-released report - Vision and Action for New Zealand’s Wool Sector - was developed by the Wool Industry Project Action Group ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Funding for Predator Free Whangārei
    Community efforts to create a Predator Free Whangārei will receive a $6 million boost, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage announced today. The new funding, through Government company Predator Free 2050 Ltd, will create around 12 jobs while enabling the complete removal of possums over ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand to review relationship settings with Hong Kong
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has announced that the New Zealand Government is reviewing the settings of its relationship with Hong Kong. “China’s decision to pass a new national security law for Hong Kong has fundamentally changed the environment for international engagement there,” Mr Peters said. “New Zealand remains deeply ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Funding for Whangārei’s infrastructure projects revealed
    Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced details of a multimillion-dollar investment in Whangārei for infrastructure projects that will help it recover from the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 200 jobs are expected to be created through the $26 million investment from the Government’s rejuvenation package ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Managed isolation and quarantine update
    Following a second incident in which a person escaped from a managed isolation facility, security is being enhanced, including more police presence onsite, Minister Megan Woods said. “The actions of some individuals who choose to break the very clear rules to stay within the facilities means that more resourcing is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Funding for Kaipara district community waste programmes
    Waste reduction and recycling programmes in Kaipara are set to get a boost with Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage today announcing a $361,447 grant from the Ministry for the Environment’s Waste Minimisation Fund (WMF) Sustainable Kaipara. “The new funding will allow Sustainable Kaipara to partner with local schools, kura, community ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government will support the people and economy of Southland
    The Government will support the Southland economy in the wake of multinational mining company Rio Tinto’s decision to follow through with its long signalled closure of the Tiwai Point aluminium smelter. “This day has unfortunately been on the cards for some time now, but nevertheless the final decision is a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New transformational tools for the Predator Free 2050 effort
    New tools being developed to help boost Aotearoa’s Predator Free 2050 effort were unveiled today by Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage and Under Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau. A new rat poison, a camera with predator recognition software to detect and report predators, a new predator lure and a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New Armoured vehicles for New Zealand Army
    The Coalition Government has approved the purchase of a fleet of Bushmaster vehicles to replace the New Zealand Army’s armoured Pinzgauers, Defence Minister Ron Mark has announced today. The new fleet of 43 Australian-designed and built Bushmaster NZ5.5 will provide better protection for personnel and improved carrying capacity. “The age ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Community-led solutions to prevent family violence
    The Government’s three prevention frameworks to reduce family violence in Aotearoa were launched this week by Associate Minister for Social Development Poto Williams.   The frameworks were developed in partnership with communities around New Zealand, and build on the work the Government has already begun with its new family violence prevention ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Govt confirms investment in better radiology and surgical services for Hawke’s Bay
    The Government is pleased to confirm funding for improvements to radiology and surgical services at Hawke's Bay DHB, Health Minister Chris Hipkins says.     "The Minister of Finance the Hon Grant Robertson and former Health Minister Dr David Clark approved funding for Hawke's Bay DHB’s redevelopment of their radiology facilities ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Specialist alcohol and drug addiction services strengthened across New Zealand
    •    New funding for four beds at Napier’s Springhill Residential Addiction Centre •    A new managed withdrawal home and community service, and peer support before and after residential care at Tairāwhiti DHB  •    A co-ordinated network of withdrawal management services throughout the South Island •    Peer support in Rotorua and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Coastal Shipping Webinar
    Introduction, seafarers and POAL Good morning everyone, I am delighted to be online with you all today. Before I begin, I have to acknowledge that COVID-19 has disrupted the maritime sector on an unprecedented scale. The work of seafarers and the maritime industry is keeping many economies around the world ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Support for resilient rail connection to the West Coast
    A $13 million investment from Government will create jobs and improve the resilience of the rail connection between Christchurch and the West Coast, Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones and Regional Economic Development Under-Secretary Fletcher Tabuteau say. The funding comes from the tagged contingency set aside in Budget 2020 for infrastructure projects ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Major investment in safe drinking water
    The Government is investing $761 million to assist local government upgrade under-pressure water services across the country, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta announced today.  The announcement was made at the site of the water bore that was found to be the source of the fatal ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Supporting stranded seasonal workers to keep working with more flexible options
    Recognised Seasonal Employers and migrant seasonal workers stranded in New Zealand will be able to continue working and supporting themselves with more flexible hours and roles, says Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway. The time-limited visa changes are: Stranded RSE workers will be able to work part-time (a minimum of 15 hours ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Relief for temporary migrants, employers and New Zealanders who need work
    The Government is making immediate short-term changes to visa settings to support temporary migrants already onshore in New Zealand and their employers, while also ensuring New Zealanders needing work are prioritised, Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. We are: Extending temporary work visas due to expire by the end of 2020 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Freshwater commissioners and fast-track consenting convenor appointed
    Professor Peter Skelton CNZM has been appointed as Chief Freshwater Commissioner and Alternate Environment Court Judge Craig James Thompson as Deputy Chief Freshwater Commissioner for the newly established Freshwater Planning Process (FPP). Environment Minister David Parker today also announced the appointment of Chief Environment Court Judge Laurie Newhook as the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Appointment of Judge of the High Court
    Auckland Queen’s Counsel Neil Campbell has been appointed a Judge of the High Court, Attorney‑General David Parker announced today. Justice Campbell graduated with a BCom and LLB (Hons) from the University of Auckland in 1992. He spent two years with Bell Gully Buddle Weir in Auckland before travelling to the United ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Feedback sought – Commercial Film and Video Production Facilities
    The Associate Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration, Poto Williams, is seeking feedback on a proposal to better enable the development and operation of commercial film and video facilities in Christchurch. The Proposal, developed by Regenerate Christchurch in response to a request from Christchurch City Council, asks that powers under section ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Govt launches bold primary sector plan to boost economic recovery
    The Government has launched a bold plan to boost primary sector export earnings by $44 billion over the next decade, while protecting the environment and growing jobs. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today released Fit for a Better World – Accelerating our Economic Potential, a 10-year roadmap to unlock greater value ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Wellbeing of whanau at heart of new hub
    A new approach to prevent family harm that encourages greater collaboration across government and community groups is being celebrated at the opening of a new facility in Auckland. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today opened the Multi-Disciplinary Family Harm Prevention Hub Te Taanga Manawa in Lambie Road in Manukau. The facility ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New Report on Auckland Port Relocation
    The Government has released a major new report on the options for relocating the Port of Auckland’s freight operations while deferring any decision on the issue. “That decision needs to be informed by policy analysis that is still to be completed. As a result it will be up to a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Dual place names for Te Pātaka-o-Rākaihautū / Banks Peninsula features
    The history of Rāpaki is being restored through the inclusion of te reo in thirteen official place names on Te Pātaka-o-Rākaihautū / Banks Peninsula and around Lyttelton Harbour/Whakaraupō, the Minister for Land Information, Eugenie Sage, announced today.   “I am pleased to approve the proposals from Te Hapū o Ngāti ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government and Air New Zealand agree to manage incoming bookings
    Bookings for seats on Air New Zealand flights into New Zealand will be managed in the short term to ensure the Government is able to safely place New Zealanders arriving home into a managed isolation or quarantine facility, says Housing Minister Megan Woods.  “Last week Air Commodore Darryn Webb and I ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • $80 million for sport recovery at all levels
    Grant Robertson has today announced the first major release of funding from the $265 million Sport Recovery Package announced at Budget 2020.  “Today we’re setting out how $80 million will be invested, with $54 million of that over the 2020/2021 financial year for organisations from community level through to elite ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Keeping ACC levies steady until 2022
    The Government is maintaining current levy rates for the next 2 years, as part of a set of changes to help ease the financial pressures of COVID-19 providing certainty for businesses and New Zealanders, ACC Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. “New Zealanders and businesses are facing unprecedented financial pressures as a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Extended loan scheme keeps business afloat
    Small businesses are getting greater certainty about access to finance with an extension to the interest-free cashflow loan scheme to the end of the year. The Small Business Cashflow Loan Scheme has already been extended once, to 24 July. Revenue and Small Business Minister Stuart Nash says it will be ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New investment creates over 2000 jobs to clean up waterways
    A package of 23 projects across the country will clean up waterways and deliver over 2000 jobs Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Environment Minister David Parker announced today. The $162 million dollar package will see 22 water clean-up projects put forward by local councils receiving $62 million and the Kaipara ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Speech to Labour Party Congress 2020
    Tena koutou katoa  Nga tangata whenua o tenei rohe o Pōneke, tena koutou Nau mai, haere mai ki te hui a tau mo te roopu reipa Ko tatou!  Ko to tatou mana!  Ko to tatou kaupapa kei te kokiri whakamua  Tena koutou, tena koutou, tena tatou katoa   Welcome. I ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • PGF top-up for QE Health in Rotorua
    The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $1.5 million to ensure QE Health in Rotorua can proceed with its world class health service and save 75 existing jobs, Under Secretary for Regional Economic Development, Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. The PGF funding announced today is in addition to the $8 million ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Building a more sustainable construction sector
    A new programme, which sets a firm course for the Building and Construction sector to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, has been announced by the Minister for Building and Construction Jenny Salesa. “A significant amount of New Zealand’s carbon emissions come from the building and construction sector.  If we’re serious ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago