web analytics

Daily Review 03/02/2017

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, February 3rd, 2017 - 39 comments
Categories: Daily review - Tags:

Daily review is also your post.

This provides Standardistas the opportunity to review events of the day.

The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy).

Don’t forget to be kind to each other …

(Graphic credit of the incredibly talented @Megapope and @Coleytangerina)

39 comments on “Daily Review 03/02/2017 ”

  1. Paul 1

    Do you need another reason to stop eating beef?
    Ractopamine

    Ractopamine is a feed additive to promote leanness in animals raised for their meat. Pharmacologically, it is a TAAR1 agonist and β adrenoreceptor agonist that stimulates β1 and β2 adrenergic receptors. It is the active ingredient in products known as Paylean for swine and Optaflexx for cattle, developed by Elanco Animal Health, a division of Eli Lilly and Company, for use in food animals for growth promotion.

    Ractopamine use has been banned in most countries, including the European Union, mainland China and Russia while 27 other countries, such as Japan, the United States, Canada, and South Korea, have deemed meat from livestock fed ractopamine safe for human consumption.

    The Russians understand its dangers

    Russia plans to temporarily ban imports of beef and beef products from New Zealand from February 6 after finding the feed additive ractopamine in some samples, Russia’s agriculture safety watchdog said in a statement on Thursday.

    The watchdog, known as Rosselkhoznadzor in Russian, said it was also considering banning fish imports from New Zealand due to traces of mercury in some supplies.

    Ractopamine, which is used to promote muscle growth, is prohibited for use in beef cattle in New Zealand, which promotes its reputation as a safe, natural producer in marketing its food products – particularly dairy – overseas.

    “New Zealand did not receive prior notification and officials are seeking further clarification about the announcement,” a spokesman for the Pacific nation’s Ministry for Primary Industries said in an email.

    If this has not persuaded you already….

    [link fixed – weka]

    • weka 1.1

      How to eat meat ethically

      Before she was a butcher, Meredith Leigh was a vegetarian. She was fascinated by plants and loved vegetables—how they grew, the way they tasted right out of the field, how they changed color and texture as they cooked.

      But during a trip to Vietnam in 2004—after Leigh had been a vegetarian for nine years and a vegan for two—a woman named Loi served her water buffalo. Aware that Loi had raised and slaughtered the animal herself, the act of eating it became an act of connecting, and Leigh began to consider the idea of ethical meat.

      “Eating gained new meaning,” she writes of that experience in The Ethical Meat Handbook: Complete Home Butchery, Charcuterie, and Cooking for the Conscious Omnivore. It was then, she says, “I began my journey into the meaningful consumption of animals.”

      Concerned that her previous choice to forego meat had had little effect on the systems by which animals are raised—and virtually no impact on the lives or deaths of those animals—Leigh started to identify with the concept of ethical meat.

      Leigh considers meat “ethical” if certain factors hold true: if the animal enjoys a good life and experiences a humane death, if the butcher uses each part of the body, and if the cook prepares or preserves the food to maximize its nutrition and taste. In talking about ethical meat, Leigh describes a system of relationships that involve exchanges of purpose and skill between animal, farmer, butcher, and cook.

      My emphasis.

      http://civileats.com/2016/05/27/how-a-former-vegetarian-became-a-butcher-and-ethical-meat-advocate/

      • Paul 1.1.1

        Many see no such thing as ethical meat…..

        The Organic and ‘Free-Range’ Myths

        Morrissey – Meat is Murder
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_FC1GRpYA-Q

        [link fixed – weka]

        • weka 1.1.1.1

          The website I linked to, while it encompasses organic and free-range is in fact a different thing. Organic and free-range are not necessarily ethical, although they generally are more ethical than conventional and many are very ethical depending on who the farmer is. This is why it’s good to know who grows your meat, because that’s where you have the most influence over the wellbeing of animals.

          People who think meat is murder are obviously not going to think it’s possible to eat meat ethically, but as pointed out, they’ve left the fate of animals to the corporates who will treat them very badly.

          As for using PETA as a source, let’s just pick one of their comments apart,

          Cows on organic farms often aren’t given antibiotics—even when they’re sick or when their udders become infected, something that happens often—because medicated animals lose their “organic” status.

          Here’s the NZ Biogro standard from the above link,

          f. BioGro’s requirement to treat
          Certified livestock producers must never allow diseased or severely infected stock to go untreated in order that it may be classed as certi ed. Any BioGro licensee, who is proven to be keeping, or selling, or have recently kept or sold, stock that would not comply with the Animal Welfare Act will face immediate loss of certi cation of the whole property.

          Not all ‘organic’ is the same. It pays to understand which certifications can be trusted and why. PETA could of course have pointed this out and helped meat eaters make better choices that ensure better welfare for animals, but it doesn’t because it’s a vegan propaganda machine and would rather promote dogma than effective animal welfare.

      • Gabby 1.1.2

        The russkies may have got some beef confused with one of their athletes.

    • weka 1.2

      NZ Biogro organic standards for animals,

      v. The following products must not be included in or added to feed, or in any other way be given to farm animals:
      • artificial colouring agents;
      • all types of excrements including droppings, dung or other manure are prohibited in the
      diet of all species;
      • farm animal by-products and abattoir waste products such as meat meal, bone meal,
      and blood products to ruminants;
      • feed, such as soy and rape seed meal, that has been subjected to solvent extraction,
      e.g. hexane, or the addition of other chemical agents;
      • genetically engineered organisms or products thereof;
      • preservatives, except when approved as a processing aid;
      • pure amino acids;
      • synthetic appetisers;
      • synthetic growth promoters or stimulants; or
      • urea and other synthetic nitrogen compounds.

      x. Hormones and growth promotants
      The use of substances to promote growth or production, (including antibiotics, coccidiostats and other arti cial aids for growth promotion purposes) and the use of hormones or similar substances to control reproduction, e.g. induction or synchronisation of oestrus, or for other purposes, is prohibited.

      y. Growth promotants
      Production stimulants, suppressants and growth promoters are prohibited.

      http://www.biogro.co.nz/s/Module_5_Livestock-y83j.pdf

  2. I must note that credit for the excellent Waitangi Day bingo board above goes to @Megapope and @Coleytangerina, two excellent human beings.

    [I am very embarrassed. Graphic now credited appropriately – MS]

  3. Paul 3

    George Monbiot always writes thought provoking articles.

    Visible text

    How corporate dark money is taking power on both sides of the Atlantic.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/feb/02/corporate-dark-money-power-atlantic-lobbyists-brexit

    • weka 3.1

      what’s that first link suppose to be?

      • Paul 3.1.1

        The Guardian article.
        I was busy answering your point about meat and forgot to place text inside.

    • Carolyn_nth 3.2

      It kind of is depressing to read. Dark money and power, like a hydra, spreading its tentacles since WWII.

      It’s like, no matter what the left attempts to do, these shadow networks throw up their representatives.

      I have long wondered how it’s possible in NZ that disgraced, cabinet ministers return to power a few years down the tracks. The story of Liam Fox explains. Dark money and power are behind the scenes, manipulating, pulling the strings.

      Monbiot has claimed there is group working on a plan for a way forward for the left. Still waiting….?

      Only more bad news of the shadow powers, the hydra behind the scenes, pushing, leading, directing.

    • Pat 3.3

      “In April 1938, President Franklin Roosevelt sent the US Congress the following warning: “The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic state itself. That, in its essence, is fascism.” It is a warning we would do well to remember.”

      sadly we are too late, FDR’s lesson was not heeded …..corporate power has been greater than the state itself for quite some time…..the kickback, when it comes will not be pleasant.

  4. Paul 4

    Philip Wollen : Animals Should Be Off The Menu

    Animals must be off the menu because tonight they are screaming in terror in the slaughterhouse, in crates, and cages. Vile ignoble gulags of despair.
    I heard the screams of my dying father as his body was ravaged by the cancer that killed him. And I realised I had heard these screams before.
    In the slaughterhouse, eyes stabbed out and tendons slashed, on the cattle ships to the Middle East and the dying mother whale as a Japanese harpoon explodes in her brain as she calls out to her calf.
    Their cries were the cries of my father.
    I discovered when we suffer, we suffer as equals.
    And in their capacity to suffer, a dog is a pig is a bear. . . . . . is a boy.
    Meat is the new asbestos – more murderous than tobacco……….

    Animal Rights is now the greatest Social Justice issue since the abolition of slavery.
    There are over 600 million vegetarians in the world.
    That is bigger than the US, England, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Canada, Australia combined! If we were one nation we would be bigger than the 27 countries in the European Union!!
    Despite this massive footprint, we are still drowned out by the raucous huntin’, shootin’, killin’ cartels who believe that violence is the answer – when it shouldn’t even be a question.
    Meat is a killing industry – animals, us and our economies.
    Medicare has already bankrupted the US. They will need $8 trillion invested in Treasury bills just to pay the interest. It has precisely zero!!
    They could shut every school, army, navy, air force, and Marines, the FBI and CIA – and they still won’t be able to pay for it.
    Cornell and Harvard say’s that the optimum amount of meat for a healthy diet is precisely ZERO.

    Water is the new oil. Nations will soon be going to war for it.
    Underground aquifers that took millions of years to fill are running dry.
    It takes 50,000 litres of water to produce one kilo of beef.
    1 billion people today are hungry. 20 million people will die from malnutrition. Cutting meat by only 10% will feed 100 million people. Eliminating meat will end starvation forever.

    If everyone ate a Western diet, we would need 2 Planet Earths to feed them. We only have one. And she is dying.
    Greenhouse gas from livestock is 50% more than transport . . . . . planes, trains, trucks, cars, and ships.
    Poor countries sell their grain to the West while their own children starve in their arms. And we feed it to livestock. So we can eat a steak? Am I the only one who sees this as a crime? Every morsel of meat we eat is slapping the tear-stained face of a starving child. When I look into her eyes, should I be silent?
    The earth can produce enough for everyone’s need. But not enough for everyone’s greed.
    We are facing the perfect storm.
    If any nation had developed weapons that could wreak such havoc on the planet, we would launch a pre-emptive military strike and bomb it into the Bronze Age.
    But it is not a rogue state. It is an industry.
    The good news is we don’t have to bomb it. We can just stop buying it.
    George Bush was wrong. The Axis of Evil doesn’t run through Iraq, or Iran or North Korea. It runs through our dining tables. Weapons of Mass Destruction are our knives and forks.

    So tonight I have 2 Challenges for the opposition:
    1. Meat causes a wide range of cancers and heart disease. Will they name one disease caused by a vegetarian diet?
    2. I am funding the Earthlings trilogy. If the opposition is so sure of their ground, I challenge them to send the Earthlings DVD to all their colleagues and customers. Go on I DARE YOU.
    Animals are not just other species. They are other nations. And we murder them at our peril.

    Hear it all here…….

    [link fixed – weka]

  5. Peter Swift 5

    Looks like Paul has found a new vegetarian hobby horse.
    Lucky he’s not in France posting on le standarde or he’d soon be eating his words.

  6. Muttonbird 6

    Russia to ban New Zealand beef

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11794354

    Perhaps Trump’ll buy it?

  7. Carolyn_nth 7

    Enjoying some of the inventive #DressLikeAWoman tweets.

    I think it’s a response to Trump saying his female staff should dress like a woman.

    Always remember to #DressLikeAWoman when working on active volcanoes, everybody.

    Photo with above link and the ones below:

    #dresslikeawoman dragging a wookie, with a grenade. #badass #CarrieFisher

    I’m not ashamed to #dresslikeawoman because I don’t think it’s shameful to be a woman. – @IggyPop

    Shirley Ann Jackson. Nuclear Physicist, Engineer, College President, #DressLikeAWoman

    Loads more at the hash tag – Friday night fun, with a serious twist.

  8. JanM 8

    Love the Waitangi Day Bingo 🙂

  9. Paul 9

    Good news.

    South Pacific islands ban western junk food and go organic

    A group of south Pacific islands are banning foreign junk food imports in favour of an all-local, organic diet as a way to combat future health problems.

    Torba province, part of Vanuatu, aims to impose restrictions on the import of western foodstuffs and instead take advantage of its productive agricultural land and rich natural resources.

    Located in the northern part of Vanuatu, Toba is often described as the “forgotten province” and the majority of its 10,000 people are subsistence farmers.

    Father Luc Dini, a community leader and head of the local tourism council, said a ban on foreign food imports would improve the health and wellbeing of islanders.

    “At the moment we have an infiltration of junk food from overseas,” he said.

    “It is easy to boil noodles or rice, but they have almost no nutritional value and there is no need to eat imported food when we have so much local food grown organically on our islands.”

  10. dukeofurl 11

    I see Trump has signed an executive order making the day of his inauguration
    National day of Patriotic Devotion

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/01/23/trump-names-his-inauguration-day-a-national-day-of-patriotic-devotion/
    I kid you not, its something that Kim Jong Un would dream up.

    This is going to be big next week as how truly mad Trump is, its far worse than we could ever have dreamed

    ” The novelist Robert Harris drew comparison to the Nazi “day of awakening” to celebrate Hitler’s election in 1933.
    http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/shortcuts/2017/jan/24/all-missed-trump-national-day-of-patriotic-devotion-sad-inauguration.

  11. Muttonbird 12

    National’s brighter future is here to stay. Shit-house infrastructure everywhere…

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/manawatu-standard/news/89091778/muddy-water-prompts-boil-water-notice-for-levin

  12. joe90 14

    So, Arkansas is hell.

    .

    Arkansas Act 45, signed by Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson last Thursday, bans dilation and evacuation abortions, the most common abortion procedure during the second trimester of pregnancy. Rushed from filing to law in less than two months, the legislation effectively blocks abortions after 14 weeks by making the safest procedure a felony. The earliest current abortion bans block the procedure after 20 weeks.

    With no exception for rape or incest, and a clause that allows a woman’s spouse or parent to sue an abortion provider, the law potentially allows the fetus’s father to sue even in cases of spousal rape or incest, abortion rights activists say. The law could go into effect as early as spring.

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/02/02/new-law-lets-dads-veto-abortions.html

  13. Muttonbird 15

    PN’s going off with the brighter future. These guys went to the hospital and were told to go back to the GP which they couldn’t afford.

    I’m not entirely certain what a GP can do for a skin cancer patient that an actual hospital cannot do but then this is Bill English’s New Zealand.

    According to Bill it’s about growth. Any kind of growth will do.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/manawatu-standard/news/88813708/future-snatched-away-from-manawatu-couple

    • weka 15.1

      That’s a very sad story, and angry-making. BE tweeted this the other day,

      Bill English ‏@pmbillenglish Feb 1

      We’ll back people who work hard to manage their health issues or disability so they can live independently.

      Bill English ‏@pmbillenglish Feb 1

      We’ll back people who bravely leave behind welfare dependency to move into work.

      Bill English ‏@pmbillenglish Feb 1

      We’ll back hard-working people who get up early to milk the cows or to catch the bus to work, so they can raise their families.

      Which is exactly why that man is dying in poverty and his partner is looking after him in poverty. Because everyone should work or be treated like a bludger and god help you if you are too ill to work.

      btw, GP would probably have a better idea of how to respond to a potential skin carcinoma than an A and E doctor, and can do mole removal in the clinic.

  14. greywarshark 16

    They were both cleaners so probably didn’t have spare cash. Then you have to be accepted by a GP. Was there one they could get to nearby? Then it would be helpful
    if the government brought in a health referral that the A&E could give to the patient so that they could get their problem looked at by a GP free and that would make it less likely that the visit would be put off. The GP would of course claim the fee from the health authority.

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Government to review housing settings
    New Zealand’s stronger-than-expected economic performance has flowed through to housing demand, so the Government will review housing settings to improve access to the market, the Finance Minister Grant Robertson announced today. “Our focus is on improving access to the housing market for first home buyers and ensuring house price growth ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 hours ago
  • Crown accounts reflect Govt’s careful economic management
    The better-than-expected Crown accounts released today show the Government’s careful management of the COVID-19 health crisis was the right approach to support the economy. As expected, the Crown accounts for the year to June 2020 show the operating balance before gains and losses, or OBEGAL, was in deficit. However that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 hours ago
  • Community launch marks next step in addressing racism in education
    The launch of Te Hurihanganui in Porirua today is another important milestone in the work needed to address racism in the education system and improve outcomes for Māori learners and their whānau, Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis says. Budget 2019 included $42 million over three years to put Te Hurihanganui ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 hours ago
  • Government to consider recommendations on DNA use in criminal investigations
    The Minister of Justice has received the Law Commission’s recommending changes to the law governing the way DNA is used in criminal investigations. The report, called The Use of DNA in Criminal Investigations – Te Whahamahi I te Ira Tangata I ngā Mātai Taihara, recommends new legislation to address how ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • Speech to Wakatū Nelson regional hui on trade
    First, I want to express my thanks to Te Taumata for this hui and for all the fantastic work you are doing for Māori in the trade space. In the short time that you’ve been operating you’ve already contributed an enormous amount to the conversation, and developed impressive networks.  I ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    11 hours ago
  • Speech to Primary Industries Summit
    Thank you for the opportunity to speak to you today about the significant contribution the food and fibres sector makes to New Zealand and how this Government is supporting that effort. I’d like to start by acknowledging our co-Chairs, Terry Copeland and Mavis Mullins, my colleague, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    11 hours ago
  • Fast track referrals will speed up recovery and boost jobs and home building
    The Government is taking action to increase jobs, speed up the economic recovery and build houses by putting three more projects through its fast track approval process. “It’s great to see that the fast-track consenting process is working. Today we have referred a mix of potential projects that, if approved, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Papakāinga provides critically needed homes in Hastings
    A papakāinga opened today by the Minister for Māori Development the Hon Willie Jackson will provide whānau with much needed affordable rental homes in Hastings. The four home papakāinga in Waiōhiki is the first project to be completed under the ‘Hastings Place Based’ initiative. This initiative is a Government, Hastings ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand ready to host APEC virtually
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern took over the leadership of APEC earlier today, when she joined leaders from the 21 APEC economies virtually for the forum’s final 2020 meeting. “We look forward to hosting a fully virtual APEC 2021 next year. While this isn’t an in-person meeting, it will be one ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Revival of Māori Horticulturists
    The rapid revival of Māori horticulture was unmistakeable at this year’s Ahuwhenua Trophy Awards, with 2020 marking the first time this iconic Māori farming event was dedicated to horticulture enterprises. Congratulating finalists at the Awards, Māori Development Minister Willie Jackson said growing large-scale māra kai is part of Māori DNA. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Emergency benefit to help temporary visa holders
    From 1 December, people on temporary work, student or visitor visas who can’t return home and or support themselves may get an Emergency Benefit from the Ministry of Social Development, Social Development and Employment Minister Carmel Sepuloni announced today. Previously, temporary visa holders in hardship because of COVID-19 have had ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • School sustainability projects to help boost regional economies
    Forty one schools from the Far North to Southland will receive funding for projects that will reduce schools’ emissions and save them money, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. This is the second round of the Sustainability Contestable Fund, and work will begin immediately. The first round announced in April ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Farmer-led projects to improve water health in Canterbury and Otago
    More than $6 million will be spent on helping farmers improve the health of rivers, wetlands, and habitat biodiversity in Canterbury and Otago, as well as improving long-term land management practices, says Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. Four farmer-led catchment group Jobs for Nature projects have between allocated between $176,000 and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Tupu Aotearoa continues expansion to Pacific communities in Nelson, Marlborough, Tasman & Northl...
    Pacific communities in Nelson, Marlborough, Tasman and Northland will benefit from the expansion of the Tupu Aotearoa programme announced today by the Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio. The programme provides sustainable employment and education pathways and will be delivered in partnership with three providers in Northland and two ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New primary school and classrooms for 1,200 students in South Island
    Education Minister Chris Hipkins unveiled major school building projects across the South Island during a visit to Waimea College in Nelson today. It’s part of the Government’s latest investment of $164 million to build new classrooms and upgrade schools around the country. “Investments like this gives the construction industry certainty ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Minister of Māori Development pays tribute to Rudy Taylor
      Today the Minister of Māori Development, alongside other Government Ministers and MP’s said their final farewells to Nga Puhi Leader Rudy Taylor.  “Rudy dedicated his life to the betterment of Māori, and his strong approach was always from the ground up, grassroots, sincere and unfaltering”  “Over the past few ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Prime Minister to attend APEC Leaders’ Summit
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will attend the annual APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting and associated events virtually today and tomorrow. “In a world where we cannot travel due to COVID-19, continuing close collaboration with our regional partners is key to accelerating New Zealand’s economic recovery,” Jacinda Ardern said. “There is wide ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Speech to Infrastructure NZ Symposium
    Tena Koutou, Tena Koutou and thank you for inviting me to speak to you today. This is a critical time for New Zealand as we respond to the damage wreaked by the global COVID-19 pandemic. It is vital that investment in our economic recovery is well thought through, and makes ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Pike River 10 Year Anniversary Commemorative Service
    Tēnei te mihi ki a tātau katoa e huihui nei i tēnei rā Ki a koutou ngā whānau o te hunga kua riro i kōnei – he mihi aroha ki a koutou Ki te hapori whānui – tēnā koutou Ki ngā tāngata whenua – tēnā koutou Ki ngā mate, e ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Huge investment in new and upgraded classrooms to boost construction jobs
    Around 7,500 students are set to benefit from the Government’s latest investment of $164 million to build new classrooms and upgrade schools around the country. “The election delivered a clear mandate to accelerate our economic recovery and build back better. That’s why we are prioritising construction projects in schools so more ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Keeping Pike River Mine promises 10 years on
    Ten years after the Pike River Mine tragedy in which 29 men lost their lives while at work, a commemorative service at Parliament has honoured them and their legacy of ensuring all New Zealand workplaces are safe. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern attended the event, along with representatives of the Pike ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Additional testing to strengthen border and increase safety of workers
    New testing measures are being put in place to increase the safety of border workers and further strengthen New Zealand’s barriers against COVID-19, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “These strengthened rules – to apply to all international airports and ports – build on the mandatory testing orders we’ve ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • More public housing delivered in Auckland
    The Government’s investment in public housing is delivering more warm, dry homes with today’s official opening of 82 new apartments in New Lynn by the Housing Minister Megan Woods. The Thom Street development replaces 16 houses built in the 1940s, with brand new fit-for-purpose public housing that is in high ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Agreement advanced to purchase up to 5 million COVID-19 vaccines
    The Government has confirmed an in-principle agreement to purchase up to 5 million COVID-19 vaccines – enough for 5 million people – from Janssen Pharmaceutica, subject to the vaccine successfully completing clinical trials and passing regulatory approvals in New Zealand, says Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods. “This agreement ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Jobs for Nature funding will leave a conservation legacy for Waikanae awa
    Ninety-two jobs will be created to help environmental restoration in the Waikanae River catchment through $8.5 million of Jobs for Nature funding, Conservation Minister Kiritapu Allan announced today. “The new funding will give a four-year boost to the restoration of the Waikanae awa, and is specifically focussed on restoration through ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New Dunedin Hospital project progresses to next stage
    As the new Dunedin Hospital project progresses, the Government is changing the oversight group to provide more technical input, ensure continued local representation, and to make sure lessons learnt from Dunedin benefit other health infrastructure projects around the country. Concept design approval and the release of a tender for early ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Jump in apprentice and trainee numbers
    The number of New Zealanders taking up apprenticeships has increased nearly 50 percent, and the number of female apprentices has more than doubled. This comes as a Government campaign to raise the profile of vocational education and training (VET) begins. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • ReBuilding Nations Symposium 2020 (Infrastructure NZ Conference opening session)
    Tena koutou katoa and thank you for the opportunity to be with you today. Can I acknowledge Ngarimu Blair, Ngati Whatua, and Mayor Phil Goff for the welcome. Before I start with my substantive comments, I do want to acknowledge the hard work it has taken by everyone to ensure ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New Zealand's biosecurity champions honoured
    Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor has paid tribute to the winners of the 2020 New Zealand Biosecurity Awards. “These are the people and organisations who go above and beyond to protect Aotearoa from pests and disease to ensure our unique way of life is sustained for future generations,” Damien O’Connor says. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Tourism Industry Aotearoa Conference
    speech to Tourism Industry Aotearoa annual summit Te Papa,  Wellington Introduction Nau mai, haere mai Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, Ka nui te mihi, ki a koutou. Thank you Tourism Industry Aotearoa for hosting today’s Summit. In particular, my acknowledgements to TIA Chair Gráinne Troute and Chief Executive Chris Roberts. You ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Supermarkets announced as Government’s second market study
    The Government has today launched a market study to ensure New Zealanders are paying a fair price for groceries.   “Supermarkets are an integral part of our communities and economy, so it’s important to ensure that Kiwis are getting a fair deal at the checkout,” Minister of Commerce and Consumer ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Masks to be worn on Auckland public transport and all domestic flights
    Masks will need to be worn on all public transport in Auckland and in and out of Auckland and on domestic flights throughout the country from this Thursday, Minister for COVID-19 Response Chris Hipkins said today. “I will be issuing an Order under the COVID-19 Response Act requiring the wearing ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand signs Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership
    Increase to New Zealand’s GDP by around $2 billion each year Increase opportunities for NZ exporters to access regional markets Cuts red tape and offers one set of trade rules across the Asia Pacific region New government procurement, competition policy and electronic commerce offers NZ exporters increased business opportunities Prime ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Minister acknowledges students as exams begin
    Education Minister Chris Hipkins has recognised the extraordinary challenges students have faced this year, ahead of NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship exams which begin on Monday. “I want to congratulate students for their hard work during a year of unprecedented disruption, and I wish students all the best as ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Prime Minister meets with key ASEAN and East Asia Summit partners
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today attended the ASEAN-New Zealand Commemorative Summit and discussed with Leaders a range of shared challenges facing the Indo-Pacific region, including: The ongoing management of the COVID-19 pandemic; The importance of working collectively to accelerate economic recovery; and Exploring further opportunities for partners to work more ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Veterans Affairs Summit held in Korea
    A Ministerial Summit on Veterans’ Affairs was held in the Republic of Korea this week. Ministers with veteran responsibilities were invited from all 22 countries that had been part of the United Nations Forces during the Korean War (1950 – 1953). The Summit marked the 70th anniversary of the outbreak ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Clear direction set for the education system, skills prioritised
    The Government has released a set of priorities for early learning through to tertiary education and lifelong learning to build a stronger, fairer education system that delivers for all New Zealanders. “The election delivered a clear mandate from New Zealanders to accelerate our plan to reduce inequalities and make more ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • A Progressive Agenda
    Speech to the Climate Change + Business Conference, November 12, 2020 Tena koutou katoa Thank you for inviting me to speak here today. It is great to see us all come together for a common cause: to redefine our future in the face of unprecedented times.  Covid-19 and climate change are ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Wellington Pasifika Business Awards
    Thank you for having me join with you as we celebrate the success of Pacific businesses tonight, and recognise the resilient and innovative entrepreneurs who lead them. Equally important to me is, that we are also able tonight to offer up our gratitude to those leaders who have organised and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Commemorative address at Act of Remembrance for Armistice Day
    Tuatahi māku  Ka mihi tu ki a koe Pita E pīkauria ana i te mana o Ngā tūpuna o te whenua nei. Thank you Bernadette for your warm introduction. I would also like to reflect on your acknowledgments and welcome Peter Jackson, Taranaki Whānui; Members of the National War Memorial ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago