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Daily Review 09/06/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 pm, June 9th, 2016 - 93 comments
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If nobody is president and we all promise to be cool

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

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93 comments on “Daily Review 09/06/2016”

  1. 3 news 5 items in, each item showing a govt minister stuffing up and looking bad. The end of the gnats is underway, we need the opposition, the left to keep the pressure on. We DON’T deserve this incompetent government, we really don’t.

    • Little bit of exageration but my point still stands – forgot about missing people – hope they are found safe

      • infused 1.2.1

        It’s bullshit. It’s free marketing. As if Westpac/ANZ have many foreign buyers.

        They come here with money from China.

        That was stupid coming from gower.

        • McFlock 1.2.1.1

          not just free marketing – the first thing industries do to avoid regulation is to pretend to self-regulate.

          They seem to be worried that a near-future government will start getting serious about the housing crisis.

          • Anne 1.2.1.1.1

            They seem to be worried that a near-future government will start getting serious about the housing crisis.

            With the slowly increasing prospect of a change of government next year, I expect you are on the button there McFlock. Very interesting response from two of our largest banks – owned by the Aussies but domiciled in NZ.

            Btw, I had impression from that newsclip that poor old Nicky Smith was in a serious fit of pique. 😉

          • Graeme 1.2.1.1.2

            I’d be a bit cynical and go with self preservation. They want someone they can pursue / bankrupt to get their money back when it all turns to shit.

            This came out earlier (I think) in the Herald http://www.nzherald.co.nz/personal-finance/news/article.cfm?c_id=12&objectid=11653661
            It’s got to go bad, and maybe quite soon, so the banks will be making sure they’re protected. To bad for the borrower who did something that in hindsight was a bit silly, they’ve just got 10 years servitude to the bank.

  2. ScottGN 2

    Good piece by Andrew Little in the Herald on housing.
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=11653530

    • Draco T Bastard 2.1

      New Zealand can be a country that restores the Kiwi dream of homeownership.

      Why do we have this dream?
      Is it one that applies to all people?
      What if we were to change it to a dream of somewhere where you know you’ll be able to go to at the end of the day for the rest of your life?
      What if we not only did that but made it so that owners couldn’t parasite off of the lives of the renters?

  3. weka 3

    Nice juxtaposition of comments 1 and 2

  4. Draco T Bastard 4

    Talley’s ordered to pay $94,000 after death of crewman

    “In this case, the rope had already broken once, but the reasons for that had not been considered. The rope had been repaired, not replaced, and it broke again. The dangers of the snapback zone had been identified but crew were still required to work in that area.

    “This is a tragic case which will live with the family of Leighton Muir forever.”

    In 2015 Talley’s was found guilty of the same charge after crewman Cain Adams died after falling 6.9m through an open hatch on the Capt. M.J. Souza, when the vessel was in port in Nelson.

    The company was fined $48,000 and ordered to pay $35,000 in reparations.

    Why do I get the feeling that copping the fine and paying reparations is far cheaper than doing what’s right?

    • 100% correct. Talley’s simply don’t give a shit about their wage slaves. You’ve got to admire their attempt to blame the ship’s senior crew, who have rather conveniently disappeared. It would make some sense if there wasn’t already a culture of bullying at Talley’s that means even their management staff operate in an atmosphere of constant fear.

      • McFlock 4.1.1

        The questions the captain and bosun would answer would go beyond their own immediate culpability, and might include pressures from head office to maximise catches, budgetary pressures on replacements/repairs (at the very least, knots are quicker than splices), and work hours.

        the cynic in me wonders how much of their decision to leave their jobs and skip town was fear of personal liability as opposed to an incentive package from higher up. But I’m sure that would be tremendously out of character for such a respectable company…

    • mauī 4.2

      Less than $100,000 for taking a life, and I assume practices can carry on as normal..

    • miravox 4.3

      A three strikes law? Kill 3 employees (more likely ‘contractors’) and you have to sell your company?

      • McFlock 4.3.1

        heh.
        Sell? Give to the state for operation or resale. Iwi have first dibs on resale, operational profits while owned by government go to government, if resold within five years of nationalisation then half of proceeds go to former owners.

        That’ll put it up ’em…

        • miravox 4.3.1.1

          Sounds fair. I can see you’ve thought about this longer than I have.

        • Draco T Bastard 4.3.1.2

          if resold within five years of nationalisation then half of proceeds go to former owners.

          Nope, the former owners get nothing from the nationalisation of the business but they do get to keep the debt that they incurred to set up the business.

          And instead of selling it on the state turns it into a self-owned cooperative. A business that the state has no say in the running of and is run by the workers.

        • te reo putake 4.3.1.3

          I think you just spiked a post, McFlock! I just got home and was mulling over a post suggesting immediate nationalisation for the safety of the workers; not just physical, but psychological safety. Then I spotted your comment, which is a far better expression of the idea than I had in mind.

          I’ve always wanted to ask what first attracted the National Party to the millionaire Peter Talley. Perhaps we’ll never know.

          • Don't worry. Be happy 4.3.1.3.1

            What attracted the Nats to Talley? It may have been they recognised that like them Talley had a kind and gentle heart and was dedicated to improving the lives of ordinary people. Or it was his vast fortune and his willingness to slip lots of it to them to get elected/stay elected and get their own fat little faces snout down in the trough? We will never know. Yeah, right.

          • McFlock 4.3.1.3.2

            It’s not something I’ve really thought through beyond the initial idea and the standard followups (what about the Treaty? what about if bolstering the ghost-surplus was part of the excuse to nationalise? etc)

            I’d forgotten the concept of corporate manslaughter, for example.

            But the problem with solutions that focus solely on fines and prison is that sooner or later a perfectly good, if poorly run, company would go to the wall and workers would lose their jobs for want of a slight change in management.

            The workers coops idea is interesting, but ends up giving workers a theoretical vested interest in poor safety cultures.

            And again, if iwi get first dibs on ownership, what if the local iwi was the shit employer in the first place.

            Lots of fodder for a post, is my general drift 🙂

      • Colonial Viper 4.3.2

        Boards of Directors need prison time. That usually sorts things.

  5. Stuart Munro 5

    Nick Smith: Poor education behind falling rates of Maori and Pasifika home ownership – yes indeed Nick you ignorant slob – back to school with you!

  6. Paul 6

    Another day in John Key’s neo-liberal nightmare.
    We have become a cruel, greedy, uncaring and selfish nation under his wretched leadership.

    Homelessness.
    Our ‘brighter future’

    Some families already thousands in debt to WINZ for emergency motel housing remain in the same accommodation block, with their loans mounting.

    • Sabine 6.1

      she has got a kid in a wheelchair in that dump.
      200 bucks a night.

      One can’t actually make that shit up. This is loan sharking. Winz has been turned into a payday lender.

      • Chris 6.1.1

        The AAAP said on RNZ the other day they’re taking this issue through the courts.

      • Draco T Bastard 6.1.2

        WINZ, under this government, has obviously turned into a massive subsidy for National’s mates.

        The amount that WINZ are paying they should just buy the flats and be done with it. Be a lot cheaper.

        Of course, that would mean that rich, greedy bastards aren’t getting massive income for doing nothing.

        • Chris 6.1.2.1

          They’re obviously panicking with off the hoof policy like $5k to get out of Dodge and renting whole motels and it stinks of poor law thinking. $60-70K plus of debt for families with no money must be irking even the most neo-liberal within the National party, but only because it might cost them votes. The risk is that their responses will intensify the shifting of responsibility for core services to the community. Those ideas are already well and truly here and it’s a short step to locking them in. IH-fucking-C is full of National party arsewipes who are more than ready to help decimate social housing. Welfare will be next.

    • Anne 6.2

      What a wonderful job JC and Checkpoint are doing bringing these personal stories to us. And JK and PB in particular want everyone to think most of these people are down and out P-users. They are not! I guarantee the so-called p-users would represent less than 10% of the homeless.

  7. Chris 7

    This is unbelievable stuff. An $8k debt going up $2k a fortnight for a family with no money. Others with $60-70k plus. Key and Bennett et al must be shitting their pants. It’s still likely that Key could eat a baby and go up in the polls, but this issue just might have the legs to halt that trend. The AAAP group in Auckland and John Campbell are doing a great job.

    • Wensleydale 7.1

      I feel bad for them. They must feel as though they’re digging a hole as fast as they can, and some bastard from WINZ is just kicking the dirt back into it every week. It’s madness. It makes no logical sense.

  8. Tautoko Mangō Mata 8

    ISDS- Australia’s Labor Party have made the following commitment.

    Labor is promising to review three of the major free trade agreements signed by the Abbott and Turnbull governments in the hope of removing a controversial clause that allows foreign corporations to sue the Australian government.

    It will also make Australia’s involvement in a proposed huge free trade zone in the Asia Pacific – dubbed the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) – subject to stricter entry conditions than those the Coalition demanded.

    The opposition’s trade spokeswoman, Penny Wong, said Labor would try to remove so-called investor state dispute settlement (ISDS) clauses from every trade agreement, and every bilateral investment treaty, that Australia has signed.

    http://www.bilaterals.org/?labor-pledges-to-review-trade

  9. Richardrawshark 9

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/personal-finance/news/article.cfm?c_id=12&objectid=11653661

    Front page herald at the top. Doesn’t get much poignant than that!

  10. Pat 10

    “Once fully operational, the team should inspect 80 houses a week.

    Repairing faulty work would cost about $1000 per repair, he said. Contractors or Fletcher would bear the cost.”

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/business/the-rebuild/73205717/More-than-6500-homes-need-fix-after-faulty-EQC-repairs

    “The Earthquake Commission’s (EQC) home repair programme project manager can not be held responsible for shoddy quake repairs, its contract suggests.”

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/71124031/no-responsibility-on-fletcher-eqr-for-shoddy-quake-repairs-contract-suggests

    “Second-time repairs to Canterbury homes damaged by the earthquakes could cost up to $70 million.”

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/80873207/remedial-home-repairs-could-cost-eqc-up-to-70m.html

    I imagine that 70 mil (plus) could have been better used elsewhere.

  11. Muttonbird 11

    Oh, God. The government bring in an anti-vaxxer in place of Grosser. She seems all over the place, to be honest.

    I think there’s a real opportunity for us to save the country millions of dollars in pharmaceuticals by treating the whole person and the environment they live in, which is all about healthy eating and healthy living.

    -Pugh

    Her first thought is about money (of course). If only her political party of choice considered ‘treating people and the environment they live in’ with any respect…

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/80884541/national-mp-maureen-pugh-doesnt-believe-in-pharmaceutical-drugs

    • Colonial Viper 11.1

      Prescription drugs are almost all inevitably toxic to the liver and to the kidneys, as well as to other tissues of the body.

      They should be avoided wherever possible, in favour of supporting and assisting the natural healing faculties of the human body.

      There will be some instances of course where there is a need to use pharmaceutical drugs, but especially in the case of polypharmacy the boundary between what is helpful and what is harmful, can quickly be crossed.

      Pugh is of course spot on that health doesn’t come from a pill bottle, it comes from a person’s environment, food and life style.

      It appears to me that Pugh knows the difference between true healthcare and expensive modern sickness care.

      • Muttonbird 11.1.1

        Interesting.

        How then does she, or you, reconcile this nurturing approach to the person and their environment with regard to healthcare to the ambulance at the bottom of a cliff approach to the actual environment and to the disenfranchised of society in general?

        • Colonial Viper 11.1.1.1

          Feed’m Aropax and Zopiclone and it’ll be OK

        • weka 11.1.1.2

          They’re antithetical to each other. If you want healthy people you need a healthy environment and that includes social engagement.

      • McFlock 11.1.2

        lol

        Everything on the planet is “inevitably toxic” if you do enough. Drinking far too much water can kill you, so at a certain level even homeopathic “remedies” are toxic.

    • ianmac 11.2

      An odd caption for the photo of Key and Pugh.
      “National MP Maureen Pugh, who lives in the West Coast-Tasman electorate, with Prime Minister John Key. ” Tut tut.

    • weka 11.3

      What makes you think she is an anti-vaxxer?

      • Muttonbird 11.3.1

        Mate, she doesn’t even like antibiotics so I assume the rubella vaccine is off limits. A privileged upbringing and Kale smoothies are all her kids needed, apparently.

        • weka 11.3.1.1

          I know heaps of people who have raised their kids without using antibiotics. Doesn’t make them an anti-vaxxer. Sorry, but your ignorance and prejudices are showing. Not everyone that uses alternative medicines is anti-vaccine (even where they choose to not vaccinate themselves). It’s pretty interesting watching parts of the political commentariat be so arrogant on this issue when they really have no clues about the very large numbers of people who want the govt to better on health promotion beyond the ambulance model, because they know it’s worked in their own lives. I’m guessing you don’t know such people, based on your comment. Which means you are arguing from a place of not really knowing.

        • Colonial Viper 11.3.1.2

          There are some instances when antibiotics need to be used. But there is not much to like about the current use of antibiotics in society, and more importantly, in the last 10 years conventional medicine has finally started cottoning on to the damage that antibiotics cause to the human biome.

  12. Richardrawshark 12

    FLASH!!!!

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11653723

    Nick and Paulas reply to Andrew just popped up on the Herald!

    • Richardrawshark 12.1

      I read it, too little too late. The faithful will be pleased though.

      • Paul 12.1.1

        No opportunity to comment below it.

        • Richardrawshark 12.1.1.1

          I commented to that post through Andrews, lets hope it passes a kind censor.

          It’s was a good piece in reply by them. It will negate much of Andrews damage and that of the homeless plight on all National Key supporters. It’s just what they want to hear. Labours telling lies we are doing a lot, here’s the statistical proof. they won’t poke any further.

          Well done PB and Nick, though your hemoraging swing voters still I suspect!

          • Paul 12.1.1.1.1

            Interesting we are given the right to comment on Little’s comment, yet have no right to reply to Bennett and Smith.
            What a crock.

            • M. Gray 12.1.1.1.1.1

              Interesting to that John key said in Fiji that a healthy democracy is about being challenged by both opposition and the media thats what makes democracy stronger. What a load of BS.

    • Muttonbird 12.2

      They are scrambling.

      A reactionary government in action.

      Thanks to Nicky Hager the use of dirty politics by the government has been exposed and its effect diluted. Ministers must now do damage control by media rather than paid operatives.

      That is simply a PR piece from those two minister’s grab bag of ill-conceived and piecemeal policy.

    • Paul 12.3

      So not that busy, then….

      Time to write a puff piece for the Herald.
      Not enough time to visit Te Puea Marae.

      • Muttonbird 12.3.1

        No, she would have demanded her staff work late without pay to pull together all sorts of disparate bits from previous media releases.

    • Sabine 12.4

      but but

      they are building 40 houses a day.

      nick smith and paula bennet say so.

      40 a day!

      someone should ask nick smith to hire a bus and show us the houses.

      • Richardrawshark 12.4.1

        Big butt but

        When they say they, who is THEY exactly? mm huh mmm

        Is that 40 houses a day nationally, by rich pricks? See with national you need a front end loader to clear the shit away so you can see the truth.

    • ianmac 12.5

      Andrew’ words must be hurting them. So good news that they feel the need to shout out and explain and justify. Their problem is that by splurging out with far too many responses, the water is just plain muddied.
      Well done Andrew!

      • Muttonbird 12.5.1

        Explaining is losing. Bennett has been explaining a lot lately. Smith just doesn’t care.

  13. Colonial Viper 13

    NATO runs a 31,000 soldier exercise on Russia’s doorstep. (14,000 of them US soldiers).

    How aggressive and provocative of Russia to keep placing her country right next to all these NATO and US forces.

    http://www.popularmechanics.com/military/weapons/news/a21229/us-nato-exercise/

    • Draco T Bastard 13.1

      Saw that the other day. As far as I can make out the West seem to be pushing for a war.

      • Paul 13.1.1

        John PIlger seems to think so.

        ‘Clinton, the “women’s candidate”, leaves a trail of bloody coups: in Honduras, in Libya (plus the murder of the Libyan president) and Ukraine. The latter is now a CIA theme park swarming with Nazis and the frontline of a beckoning war with Russia. It was through Ukraine – literally, borderland – that Hitler’s Nazis invaded the Soviet Union, which lost 27 million people. This epic catastrophe remains a presence in Russia. Clinton’s presidential campaign has received money from all but one of the world’s ten biggest arms companies. No other candidate comes close.’

        http://johnpilger.com/articles/silencing-america-as-it-prepares-for-war

    • Kiwiri 13.2

      Hah. And about halfway round the globe, there’s that other big country getting uppity and needs to be kept in place or taught some lessons. Perhaps the name of that body of water should be changed from South China Sea to something more appropriate like North Philippines Sea.

    • At least the NATO effort is just an exercise. Russia does the invasion thing for real.

      • Colonial Viper 13.3.1

        Libya was NATO for real. Syria was NATO for real. Iraq was NATO for real. Yugoslavia was NATO for real.

        Note that none of these countries are anywhere near the USA.

        NATO is America’s European tool for spreading the Empire of Chaos.

        • te reo putake 13.3.1.1

          Two wrongs don’t make a right.

          • Colonial Viper 13.3.1.1.1

            That’s four wrongs from NATO/US.

            • te reo putake 13.3.1.1.1.1

              Makes no difference at all. And I don’t think anyone reckons Yugoslavia was a wrong, CV. The intervention was late, but not wrong.

              • Colonial Viper

                good to know you are ok with NATO attacks against civilian targets without a UN mandate. Same story in Libya. Thanks in large part to Killary.

                • You’re pretty happy with Russia annexing it’s neighbour’s territory, which is certainly worse behaviour than NATO’s sensible intervention to swiftly end the Balkan war. As I said, two wrongs don’t make a right. However, there’s little point you moaning about war warmongering if you are in fact in OK with it when its your favoured nation doing the bullying. Hypocritical, in fact.

  14. Paul 14

    TA’s story hits the MSM.

    ‘Homeless family: The realities of living in a van
    A family who lived for four months in their van kept going to work and school throughout their ordeal – and their daughter almost won a scholarship to St Cuthbert’s College.
    The two parents and six children aged 7 to 17 got up early every day to shower and eat breakfast at the mother’s workplace.
    Their 11-year-old daughter has posted on Facebook under the pseudonym “TA” about how she made lunches for all the children – “but sometimes there’s barely anything”.
    “It’s hard to do my homework with my family around,” she wrote.
    But despite being homeless, she just missed out on winning one of four scholarships offered by elite St Cuthbert’s College to Year 7 Maori and Pacific students each year.
    Favona Primary School deputy principal Heather Harvey, who encouraged her to apply and drove her to the test, said the college offered “fabulous resources” that the girl would never have access to at Mangere’s Decile 1 high schools.
    “She’s a very lovely, capable girl,” she said. “She was the head of our kapahaka team.”
    Mrs Harvey also wrote a letter supporting the family’s application for social housing, but had no response.
    “Things have been very hard for them. I just can’t understand how they lived,” she said.’

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11653678

  15. Rosemary McDonald 15

    Michelle Boag appears to have told big porkies during her stint as a member of Gentle Jim’s Panel on Natrad this afternoon.

    I listened for a nanosecond before walking off in disgust…but felt it only fair that I actually hear her out on the subject of Student Loans.

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/audio/player/201803888

    …at around about 2 minutes she states that when she went to varsity there was some funding but she had to pay quite a bit….

    She graduated in 1977….

    Perhaps faulty memory is a National trait?

    • Paul 15.1

      Why does Brian Edwards tolerate her nonsense?
      Too much time spent in Herne Bay?

      • Rosemary McDonald 15.1.1

        I kinda see Te Panel as a repository for just- about- has- beens. It allows them some profile, I guess…but they’re all a bit desperate. (With maybe the exception of Dita Di Boni) I should listen more often, but I’m a recovering masochist….;-)

    • ianmac 15.2

      The nice Michelle Boag insisted that her son had no Student Loans. He worked you see. Virtuous lad.
      Two of my sons worked too and gained a degree or two each. Unfortunately they did not live in Christchurch so borrowed a Living Allowance and worked and studied and ended up with a big debt each. She scorns the parents who despair of their children’s debts.
      Planetary travel is obviously her forte.

      • Anne 15.2.1

        Michelle Boag insisted that her son had no Student Loans. He worked you see
        I heard that too and thought: oh yeah, and who used her many influential contacts to get him the work in the first place?

        It would be nice if every son/daughter was lucky enough to have a parent who could conjure up a good, well paying job for their children with a snap of their fingers.

      • Rosemary McDonald 15.2.2

        “Planetary travel is obviously her forte”

        Bullshitting is obviously her forte….and I wrote as much to Gentle Jim…

        I know it is a smallish misrepresentation of the truth….a trifle in the greater scheme of things…but it pisses me off. Its typical of her and her right wing friends to lie and deny….but these are parasites who got their education for fucking free….and they then denigrate today’s betrayed youth.

    • Pat 15.3

      she graduated???!!!

  16. weka 16

    More from the they’re so arrogant it’s unfuckingbeleivable file.

    The farm was originally owned by Landcorp — a state owned enterprise.

    In 2013 it decided to sell. Bay of Plenty iwi Ngāti Whakahemo wanted to buy it and it was part of their original Treaty claim.

    Landcorp sought advice from the Office of Treaty Settlements, who said Ngāti Whakahemo’s claims had been settled.

    The Supreme Court says that advice was wrong.

    Ngāti Whakahemo wrote to numerous Ministers seeking help.

    The Supreme Court ruled the decision by Ministers not to intervene was “a wrongful exercise of a public power”, and the decision by Landcorp to sell the farm was also “a wrongful exercise of a public power”.

    Not only are there no legal consequences, but Mr Finlayson is refusing to apologise.

    “Of course I won’t apologise because that’s a finding of law. It’s not as though I’ve done something grievous that requires me to get down on my knees and apologise.”

    He says Ngāti Whakahemo didn’t miss out on the opportunity to buy the land because the farm was too expensive.

    “They couldn’t have afforded to purchase it on their own, I know that.”

    “We’re one of the longest farming families in this district, everyone knows that,” says Mita Ririnui from Ngāti Whakahemo. “We had the means to purchase.”

    http://www.newshub.co.nz/politics/minister-refuses-to-apologise-after-botched-land-deal-2016060918#axzz4B4EM3hJP (autoplay and text).

  17. Muttonbird 17

    Two interesting moves today by banks. Both in response to the government’s hands off approach to social policy.

    One by Westpac and ANZ very, very unusual as far as I am aware.

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/305996/westpac-and-anz-stop-lending-to-foreign-buyers

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/business/306011/rbnz-considers-property-investor-crackdown

    The brighter future, where John Key drinks Kava with despots while private banks do the government’s work for them.

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    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    4 days ago
  • Simon’s Philippine jaunt: #LittleBoysPlayingToughguys
    Not too far back, Simon Bridges the Leader of the Opposition and National Party, went on an excursion to China. This was arranged not by MFAT (NZ’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade), but by their MP Jian Yang – a man who also just happened to “forget to mention” ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    4 days ago
  • Will Turia ever forgive Labour?
    Dame Tariana Turia with former PM John KeyWhat is it about Tariana Turia’s grudge against the Labour Party? Not content with attacking the Government over Whānau Ora funding, which was increased by $80 million in 2019, she has now made it personal by saying that Jacinda Ardern is out of her ...
    4 days ago
  • What are the recent fluoride-IQ studies really saying about community water fluoridation?
    Scaremongering graphic currently being promoted by Declan Waugh who is well known for misrepresenting the fluoride science This graphic is typical of current anti-fluoride propaganda. It is scare-mongering, in that it is aimed at undermining community ...
    4 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #3, 2020
    Biography of a policy metric Bård Lahn performs a sweeping literature review to present the history of our notion of a "global carbon budget" and how this number has come  to encapsulate a massive amount of scientific research into a useful, easily grasped tool in our policy skill set.  A ...
    4 days ago
  • Oxfam Report: Time to Care – Unpaid and underpaid care work and the global inequality crisis
    January 2020 Economic inequality is out of control. In 2019, the world’s billionaires, only 2,153 people, had more wealth than 4.6 billion people. This great divide is based on a flawed and sexist economic system that values the wealth of the privileged few, mostly men, more than the billions of ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    5 days ago
  • How to avoid being a cunt to hospo workers’
    Working hospo is hard mahi for many reasons, from long hours and gruelling high-volume weekends to customers who treat us as their servants. There are always lovely and polite customers who treat hospo workers with respect and kindness but, throughout my 15-years in the biz, I’ve collected a number of ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    5 days ago
  • 2019-nCoV (the new coronavirus): Should we be concerned, and will there be a vaccine?
    Probably yes to both but don’t panic yet. There is a plan. What is this virus? 2019 novel coronavirus, aka 2019-nCoV, belongs to a family of viruses called coronavirus. These are very common viruses that infect a wide range of animals including humans and can cause mild to severe disease, ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    5 days ago
  • The Chinese coronavirus outbreak: what are the options for vaccines and treatments?
    By now you’ve probably heard of the coronavirus outbreak that started in Wuhan City, China. The number of cases is rising, up to about 300 with six deaths. Cases have been reported in several more Chinese cities, including Beijing and Shanghai, as well as in Japan, Thailand, and South Korea. ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    5 days ago
  • Educating New Zealand’s future workforce
    Judy Kavanagh Do you remember your first day at school? The education I received was for a very different world than the world of today. Along with huge social shifts there have been big changes in the New Zealand economy and the work people do. There are occupations unheard of ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    5 days ago
  • A casual attitude towards transparency
    Back in December, when the government was introducing new secrecy legislation on an almost daily basis, I posted about the Infrastructure Funding and Financing Bill. The Bill establishes a new class of public entity, "special purpose vehicles", which collect and spend public money and enjoy statutory powers. Despite this, they ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Against a carbon bailout
    If we are to avoid making the planet uninhabitable, we need to cut carbon emisisons fast. Which basicly means putting the fossil fuel industry - coal, gas, and oil - out of business. But this means that the banks and other lenders who have bankrolled the industry's environmental destruction will ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Still a criminal industry
    More evidence that the fishing industry suffers from pervasive criminality, with Forest & Bird highlighting some odd numbers in the annual statistics:The Annual Review Report For Highly Migratory Species Fisheries 2018/19 (Pg 4, Table 4) showed only 4% of commercial long lining trips for tuna and swordfish reported non-fish bycatch ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Controversy? Or Manufactroversy?
    A few days ago, New Zealand’s Minister of Education announced the wider release of a resource on climate change, which was initially trialled at a Christchurch school during 2018. According to the Minister, children will learn about “the role science plays in understanding climate change, aids understanding of both the response ...
    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    5 days ago
  • The emerging coronavirus outbreak in China
    By now you’ve probably heard of the new virus causing an outbreak of severe pneumonia in China. The question on most people’s minds is, how worried should we be, especially as hundreds of millions of people will soon be travelling across China and beyond to visit family for the Lunar ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    6 days ago
  • How did climate change get so controversial?
    An excerpt from the book Cranky Uncle vs. Climate Change, released Feb 25. Our human brain is poorly equipped to deal with a threat like climate change. Over millions of years, we’ve evolved to avoid life-threatening dangers like predators jumping out of bushes. We’ve survived by quickly detecting and avoiding immediate, short-term ...
    6 days ago
  • Farmers are ruining Canterbury’s rivers
    Its summer, so people naturally want to go for a swim. But in South Canterbury, you can't, because the rivers are full of toxic goo:As of Monday, the Waihi River at Wilson Street footbridge, Geraldine, the Waihao River at Bradshaws Bridge, and three spots on the Opihi River - at ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Sack Shane Jones
    Late last year, NZ First was caught trying to enrich itself from public office, with a dodgy forestry company linked to a number of NZ First figures sticking its hand out repeatedly for government money. Regional Economic Development Minister shane Jones' "explanations" were patently unconvincing, and his recusal from deciding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • BIG idea physics
    This morning I’ve been having a quick look through some documentation from The Ministry of Education on proposed changes to NCEA Level 1 Science. For those not familiar with the NZ secondary education system, a typical student would complete NCEA level 1 at the end of year 11.  In this ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    6 days ago
  • Revolution in New Zealand? Not Even Close!
    No Fires Thanks, We're Kiwis: For the moment, in those close-to-home places where revolutions are born, there may be tetchiness and resentment, frustration and complaint, but nowhere is anybody uttering the cry that will bring a New Zealand revolution into being: “We have found the way to make tomorrow better ...
    6 days ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #3
    Story of the Week... Editorial of the Week... Toon of the Week... Quote of the Week... Graphic of the Week... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Claim Reviews... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week... Story of the Week... 'It's heart-wrenching': 80% of Blue Mountains and 50% of ...
    1 week ago
  • Britain exits the European Union and takes a sharp right turn
    by John Smith  Britain’s exit from the imperialist bloc known as the European Union (EU) is now irreversible. The crushing electoral defeat of the Labour Party has dismayed many workers and youth who had placed their hopes in Jeremy Corbyn, its left-wing leader. This article assesses these historic events, neither of which ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #3
    A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Jan 12, 2020 through Sat, Jan 18, 2020 Editor's Pick The Past and the Future of the Earth’s Oldest Trees Bristlecone pines have survived various catastrophes over the millennia, and they ...
    1 week ago
  • How climate change influenced Australia’s unprecedented fires
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections, and has been adapted into a new myth rebuttal on climate-wildfire connections with the short URL sks.to/wildfires Australia’s frightening bushfires, which kicked off an early fire season in September 2019, have already had cataclysmic effects, and the continent is still just in the early ...
    1 week ago
  • Gender Identity Ideology – A Partial Bibliography of Online Coverage
    This great resource has been contributed to Redline by Janie Doebuck. Janie made some notes on the bibliography: 1) It is by no means exhaustive. There are tons more gender critical posts, essays, articles, podcasts, youtube videos, etc. online. 2) There are links in the bibliography that are behind paywalls. There ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • About those biased Oscar Nominations
    There’s been a lot written about the 2020 Oscar Nominations and their apparent lack of diversity. It’s true, there are in fact no women nominated for the Best Director and very few nominees of colour across the board. But is this a result of a biased process or a symptom ...
    1 week ago
  • How New Zealand media reports chronic pain
    Hemakumar Devan Around three million New Zealanders access news media (both paper and online) every week. Yes, you heard that right! So, the potential for news media to shape public health beliefs is common sense. As chronic pain affects one in five New Zealanders, we wanted to find out how ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Still Waiting For American Democracy.
    Unfinished Republic: Though the United States' crimes against democracy are legion, most Americans are blissfully unaware of them. The brutal realities of American life: the officially sanctioned violence; the refusal to hold racists accountable for their actions; the seemingly endless tragedy of African-American suffering; of which White America is the ...
    1 week ago
  • In Outrage Over Its Bunk Science, Goop Finds Fuel for Growth
    Michael Schulson For years, experts have said that Goop, the wellness and lifestyle brand founded by the actor and entrepreneur Gwyneth Paltrow, markets pseudoscience and overblown cures. And for years, despite the criticism, Goop has just kept growing. Now the company, which was valued at $250 million in 2018, ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Tobacco Excise Taxes and the Smokefree 2025 Goal: Some Ways Forward
    Janet Hoek, Richard Edwards, George Thomson, Andrew Waa, Nick Wilson Debate over tobacco tax increases has intensified as research indicates potentially conflicting policy directions. On the one hand, excise tax increases continue to stimulate quit attempts among smokers yet, on the other hand, they may lead to financial hardship for ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    2 weeks ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #2, 2020
    Conflation and how to fix it VIa AMS,  Raul Lejano looks at what in a layperson's thinking would be called conflation— confusion and blending of entirely different topics— when people think about climate change. Ideology and the Narrative of Skepticism  (open access) starts with some arguably frightening false connections between the science and ...
    2 weeks ago
  • ‘Cranky Uncle’ smart phone game will show you how to disarm climate deniers
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Bud Ward (Image: Courtesy of John Cook) When it comes to climate change, it seems every family has its own version of the proverbial Cranky Uncle. An uncle, cousin, grandparent, in-law, neighbor, whatever. Just think back to the recent holiday season’s large ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Science in the ’20s – part 1
      Outrageous, immoral or downright dangerous. That’s a description of the lifestyle of women “flappers” in the 1920s. Could it apply to science (and scientists) in the 2020s? Actually, you could look back at the past decade and see those, or similar terms, used about some science and scientists. Sometimes ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    2 weeks ago
  • Postscript: Citizenship Granted.
    I am pleased to say that I have been granted NZ citizenship. I need to do the ceremony for things to be official, but the application was a success. I now join my son as a dual NZ-US citizen. To be fair, very little will change other than the fact ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 weeks ago
  • Hard News: Music: Morales is coming
    It will be no secret to longtime readers that I, Russell Brown, love the disco.   So I'm pretty excited by the fact that one of the greats of the game is returning this summer – and also pleased to say I have tickets to give away.Legendary mixer and DJ ...
    2 weeks ago
  • The WHO Vaccine Safety Summit – from someone who was actually there
    The conspiracy I saw a new conspiracy theory flying around the other day. According to the conspiracy (that seems to originate from Del Bigtree), the World Health Organization have been ‘caught on camera’ questioning the safety of vaccines. Gosh this sounds as though someone was a mole at a ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    2 weeks ago
  • The timely death of the British Labour Party
    Below is an article submitted to Redline by Alec Abbott  At its inception, the British Labour Party was a vehicle for the propagation of racist and imperialist views within the working-class. Such views are still widespread in the party, as they are in Europe’s Social-Democratic parties, though, in the case of ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Mystery China pneumonia outbreak likely caused by new human coronavirus
    Connor Bamford, Queen’s University Belfast Since December 2019, there has been a cluster of 59 cases of pneumonia in Wuhan, eastern China. The pneumonia is associated with a previously unidentified coronavirus related to the deadly SARS virus. Seven of those cases are thought to be serious, and one person – ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Yes, koalas are cute – but should we bring them to NZ? Errm, no
    It’s been hard to miss the extreme fires raging across Australia and the tragic plight of the animals – human and otherwise – affected by the fires’ insatiable spread. I know I’ve been captivated and concerned by the tales of how Australia’s famous wildlife has been coping. Koalas approaching cyclists ...
    SciBlogsBy Sarah-Jane O'Connor
    2 weeks ago
  • National’s negative campaigning
    Anybody who looked into the Dirty Politics saga knows all too well that honesty is often in short supply within the National Party. You would think that after the exposure the John Key government received over their untruthful attack politics, the National Party would learn from its "mistakes" and leave ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Ending the government’s charade over water
    For the past decade, the government has been responding to the obvious Treaty issues raised by water allocation with the mantra that "no-one owns water". But last year, the Waitangi Tribunal ruled that actually, Māori owned it, and that those rights had never been extinguished. They recommended that iwi bring ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Northern Ireland joins the civilised world
    Same-sex marriage has finally become legal in Northern Ireland. But not through any decision of the Northern Irish Executive or Assembly, which has only just reformed after a three year walkout by the DUP; instead, Westminster made that decision for them. I've talked before about the constitutional impropriety of this, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • I had an intense conversation at work today.
    Claire Cohen-Norris volunteers with Citizens Climate Lobby as a chapter founder and leader in rural New York. Her climate advocacy sprung from her drive to provide a secure, joyful and fulfilling life for her two wonderful children. It has become a life’s mission, shared with her like-minded husband and partner. Claire ...
    2 weeks ago
  • French transport workers take on Macron over pension reform
    by John Edmundson Starting on December 5th, 2019 workers in the Parisian rail network commenced an open-ended strike in opposition to French President Emmanuel Macron’s proposed changes to their pension scheme. Rail workers in the Metro Underground have, for decades, had retirement conditions that compensate them for the low wages, ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • What a difference the decimal point makes
    I’m back at work following a nearly three-week break over Christmas. We were fortunate to be offered a house to stay in for a week over Christmas, which enabled us to have a holiday in Dunedin and see the extended family reasonably cheaply. But the house came with a catch:  ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    2 weeks ago
  • Who’s Going To Stop Him?
    Blank And Pitiless: Having ordered the assassination of the Iranian General, Qasem Soleimani, President Donald Trump promised to reduce the cultural monuments of Iran’s 3,000 year-old civilisation to rubble if a revenge attack was mounted. A breach of international law? Certainly. A war crime? Indisputably. Who’s going to stop him? Nobody.WHAT ...
    2 weeks ago
  • A worker’s story
    This interview is from Aotearoa Workers Solidarity Movement (AWSM) and is the first of an ongoing series of interviews they plan to do with workers from various sectors who are having their well being and livelihoods damaged. They begin with an educator in Southland. Due to the attitude and actions ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #2
    A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Jan 5, 2020 through Sat, Jan 11, 2020 Editor's Pick Debunked Australian Bushfire Conspiracy Theories Were Pushed by Alex Jones, Murdoch Media   As unusually intense and widespread bushfires have ...
    2 weeks ago
  • J.K. Rowling, the Seattle Library, and the Issue That Must Not Be Named
    This article was submitted to Redline by Seattle-based activist Lucinda Stoan J.K. Rowling recognizes repression when she sees it.  That’s why the author of the wildly popular Harry Potter books recently tweeted in defense of Maya Forstater. Forstater lost her job for stating that sex is real and immutable. A judge ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Rules of Empire: Laws simply do not apply and “National Security” excuses all else.
    Empires rise and fall, and the American Empire is absolutely no different. But while an Empire, in order to further the footprint, it seems to pay to do one primary thing above all else: project that everything – everything – is “simply for the good of the world” at large, ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 weeks ago
  • Indian lessons for NZ workers – the January 8 general strike
                    by Phil Duncan On Wednesday (January 8) another massive general strike took place in India.  Some 250 million industrial workers, white-collar workers, agricultural labourers struck against the government’s economic policies and attacks on the Muslim population through new proposed citizenship rules. This ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: The action that counts
    Over on Newsroom, Professor Jacqueline Beggs writes about the action she is taking on climate change. Its the usual list: reduce meat, don't fly, consume less. I'm doing some of this myself, and none of it hurts - but the way our economic system is constructed means the impact of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Fossil fuel political giving outdistances renewables 13 to one
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Karin Kirk Corporations, special interest groups, and individuals inject billions of dollars into the American political system every year. Much of the financial support in politics is concealed from public view, as some rules – and loopholes – allow “dark money” and ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Animal response to a bushfire is astounding. These are the tricks they use to survive
    Dale Nimmo, Charles Sturt University Have you ever wondered how our native wildlife manage to stay alive when an inferno is ripping through their homes, and afterwards when there is little to eat and nowhere to hide? The answer is adaptation and old-fashioned ingenuity. Australia’s bushfire season is far from ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    3 weeks ago
  • Should I ditch my fossil-fueled car?
    Yes. Reducing the number of cars in your household, or switching from petrol/diesel to electric, will dramatically reduce your greenhouse gas emissions. It’s one of the easiest and highest-impact climate steps you can take. New Zealand is being flooded with cars The New Zealand vehicle fleet is increasing rapidly. In ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    3 weeks ago
  • Speaker: Planet History: Taking Tea with Quentin
    This interview with Quentin Crisp is part of a series of articles republished from Planet, the independent magazine I edited in the early 90s from a base at 309 Karangahape Road, along with Grant Fell, Rachael Churchward, Fiona Rae, David Teehan, Mere Ngailevu and others.Inevitably, you forget things, and over ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #1, 2020
    Supply Side How are we doing with CO2 emissions? It's an important question, increasingly posed to a mixed bag of CO2 contributors who may or may not provide accurate reportage. Liu et al present a new, additional means of measurement based on satellite observations of nitrogen dioxide co-emitted from ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Donald Trump’s strategic gamble
    There’s a meme going around the Internet at the moment claiming that Donald Trump is a bit of an idiot. To outside eyes it does seem as though the President of the United States thumbs his nose at his own countries laws and administration far too often to be taken ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Is the prostitute the seller or the sold?
    Excerpts from Being and Being Bought, by Kajsa Ekis Ekman, Spinifex Press, 2013. Ekman, a Swedish journalist and critic, brings together a Marxist and feminist analysis of prostitution and surrogacy in this groundbreaking book. This is the third part of a synopsis and brief commentary of the book by Daphna Whitmore. Part 1 was ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    3 weeks ago
  • The climate crisis is also a biodiversity crisis
    Dr Andrea Byrom Like many of us, the summer break has seen me transfixed with horror at the scale and magnitude of the bushfire crisis in Australia. As an ecologist, I can’t help but be appalled at the loss of some of Australia’s most beautiful ecosystems and landscapes. And ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    3 weeks ago

  • Week That Was: 2020
    We are back for 2020! From changes to Family Funded Care, to a record high number of Kiwis in construction in the trades - we're already back making progress on those long-term challenges. Read all about it and more ...
    3 days ago
  • Winston Peters: “Ihumātao deal still a long way off”
    Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters told Mike Hosking that a settlement deal regarding Ihumātao in Auckland is still a long way off. The Maori King's flag was lowered at the site near Auckland Airport yesterday, sparking suggestions an announcement of a deal could be made by Waitangi Day. Pania Newton, ...
    4 days ago
  • Winston Peters accuses Gerry Brownlee of ‘politicising’ Holocaust memorial
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters is accusing Gerry Brownlee of "politicising" a Holocaust memorial event after the National MP questioned the lack of Kiwi representation there. The Yad Vashem World Holocaust Remembrance Centre in Jerusalem, Israel, is holding the World Holocaust Forum on January 23 to mark 75 years since ...
    4 days ago
  • Provincial Growth Fund to help Waipukurau Pā sites attract thousands of tourists
    The Ngā Ara Tipuna - Waipukurau Pā Site Interpretation project is receiving $2.798 million from the Provincial Growth Fund. It is is expected to boost the town's employment and tourism, creating sixteen new jobs once completed and attract up to 15,000 visitors a year. Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development ...
    5 days ago
  • “Common sense will prevail, not extremism” Winston Peters backs Shane Jones’ pro-meat stance
    New Zealand First leader Winston Peters is backing his MPs who have spoken out against a new climate change teaching resource that advises students to eat less meat to save the planet. The new teaching resource, announced by Education Minister Chris Hipkins and Climate Change Minister James Shaw, tells students ...
    6 days ago
  • Violent assault on paramedic highlights need for law change
    Darroch Ball MP, Spokesperson for Justice Today’s horrific violent assault of an on-duty female paramedic which rendered her unconscious is truly unsettling. “Our thoughts are with the paramedic, her loved ones and the St John’s team at Warkworth Station,” says New Zealand First Justice Spokesperson Darroch Ball. “Harsher penalties for perpetrators ...
    1 week ago
  • Acting PM Winston Peters confirms NZDF troops in Iraq not hit by Iranian attacks
    Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters called for calm and diplomacy following Iranian missile strikes on bases housing United States troops in Iraq, but confirmed New Zealand's base in the country was not hit. The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) was earlier today investigating claims New Zealand's base in Iraq had ...
    1 week ago
  • Kaikōura $10.88 million boost in tourism & business
    Fletcher Tabuteau MP, Parliamentary Undersecretary for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10.88 million to boost business and tourism opportunities in Kaikōura, Parliamentary Undersecretary for Regional Economic Development, Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. As part of the Kaikōura Marina Development Programme, the following two projects will receive ...
    1 week ago
  • Delivering a stable water supply to Wairarapa
    Hon. Ron Mark, New Zealand First List MP based in Wairarapa The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $7.11 million to create a sustainable water supply for the Wairarapa. The PGF will provide a $7 million investment to Wairarapa Water Limited to progress the Wairarapa Water Storage Scheme towards procurement, consenting, ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Housing consents hit highest level since 1974
    Housing consents have hit a 45-year high, as Statistics NZ data shows a total of 37,010 residential consents were issued in the year to November --- the first time they have breached the 37,000 mark since the mid-1970s. Statistics NZ said the trend had been rising since late 2011, when ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Darroch Ball MP: “Violence against first responders is a problem on the rise”
    New Zealand First MP Darroch Ball says that a paramedic being kicked unconscious last night in an attempted burglary in Warkworth, north of Auckland, is a symptom of a larger problem. "Incidents like this are becoming more and more frequent...and it’s getting worse," Mr Ball said. The MP is pushing for ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Minister Ron Mark asks NZDF to conduct fire risk assessment from defence point of view
    Defence Minister Ron Mark said there was nothing to prevent similar large-scale bushfires seen in Australia from also happening in New Zealand, and has asked the New Zealand Defence Force to conduct a nfire risk assessment from a defence point of view. The defence assessment would help prevent a disaster ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Defence Minister Mark expresses “absolute confidence” in NZDF forces stationed in Iraq
    While feeling worried about increased Middle East tensions, Defence Minister Ron Mark said he had "absolute confidence" in New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) leadership. His statements come as the fate of Kiwi troops stationed in Iraq comes under intense scrutiny. Forty-five Defence Force personnel were thought to be in the ...
    3 weeks ago

  • Minister pays tribute to journalist, author and broadcaster, Gordon McLauchlan
    The Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media, Kris Faafoi, has paid tribute to well-known New Zealand author, journalist and broadcaster, Gordon McLauchlan, following Mr McLauchlan’s death today. “Gordon held a statesman-like place in New Zealand’s media, which was fittingly acknowledged in last year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours, when he was ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 hours ago
  • Minister wishes best of luck to those heading back to school
    As Kiwi kids and teachers return to classrooms over the coming weeks, the families of around 428,000 students will feel a bit less of a financial pinch than in previous years, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “The Government’s decision to increase funding for schools that don’t ask parents for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 hours ago
  • Health staff to meet flights from China as precautionary measure
    Public health staff will begin meeting flights from China from tomorrow, to actively look for signs of the novel coronavirus and provide advice, information and reassurance to passengers. Health Minister Dr David Clark says the additional measures are being taken following the arrival of the disease in Australia, via flights ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • National Yearling Sales 2020
    National Yearling Sales at Karaka   26 January 2020    [CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY] Good morning. It is a pleasure to be here on opening day of the 2020 National Yearling Sales Series. Let us all acknowledge Sir Peter Vela and the Vela family for their outstanding contribution to the New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Government and construction industry to build big, lift productivity with Transformation Plan
    Delivering the workforce and productivity gains required to build the houses, schools, roads, rail and hospitals New Zealand needs will become easier with the Government-industry Construction Sector Transformation Plan launched today, Minister for Building and Construction Jenny Salesa says. “The action plan launched today delivers on the Government’s Construction Sector ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Log trains to begin on Wairoa-Napier line
    Log trains are about to start running between Wairoa and Napier following Provincial Growth Fund investment to reopen the rail line, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says. The Government invested $6.2 million to reopen the mothballed rail line which was closed after significant storm damage in 2012. “With PGF ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Minister of Defence concludes successful visit with his US counterpart
    Minister of Defence Ron Mark met with United States Secretary of Defense Mark Esper today. “This was an excellent opportunity to meet with one of our closest security partners,” Ron Mark said. “The main focus of the meeting was to discuss challenges that New Zealand and the United States share ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New Zealand acknowledges ICJ decision on Myanmar
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters today acknowledged the ruling of the International Court of Justice in relation to the Rohingya people in Myanmar. The ruling ordered the Government of Myanmar to take all measures within its power to prevent the commission of acts of genocide in relation to members of the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • NZ’s trade aims advanced at Davos meetings
    A proposal to cut “trade and production-distorting subsidies” in the agricultural sector by 2030 has set out important measures to ensure a fair agricultural trading system.  Speaking after attending meetings of trade ministers in Davos, Switzerland, Minister for Trade and Export Growth David Parker welcomed the joint proposal from the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Great news for New Zealanders with cystic fibrosis
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says he is delighted that PHARMAC has struck a provisional deal to fund Kalydeco – a medicine which is set to improve the quality of life for about 30 New Zealand children and adults with cystic fibrosis. “While rare, cystic fibrosis is an awful inherited ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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