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Daily Review 11/05/2017

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, May 11th, 2017 - 57 comments
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Daily review is also your post.

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

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57 comments on “Daily Review 11/05/2017”

  1. The decrypter 1

    Tempted.-heading.

    • These days, whenever I hear Paula Bennett’s voice, I’m reminded of the music of Steely Dan.
      Disconcerting…

    • Some consider cars to be sex toys. Chester, by driving his at a woman, confuses the issue and the roles of those involved.

    • The decrypter 1.3

      Be brave decrypter, be brave.– Any way, wonder how cinny is getting on these days, been a while.

    • Cinny 1.4

      Way tempting, especially with the aggressive manner in which the article has been cropped.

      • The decrypter 1.4.1

        Why – oh if its not Cinny,– well I never.– some body a while ago mentioned you, and up you popped . Things are getting a bit heated further down ,–I’m hiding back up here. James was down there somewhere probably amongst it? Great drying weather up here in the north . looked up cropped —
        [in case I weakened} Seems like you could have been trying to steer me towards say paulas leopard tops.–Awake up to your tricks. He he

  2. ianmac 2

    A bizarre defence, surely!

  3. james 3

    Ugh – I hate it when I agree with the greens. Hope that this gets drawn and is successful.

    http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2017/05/medicinal-marijuana-bill-in-the-ballot.html

    Personally I was against it until I read the stuff from Helen Kelly, whilst I did not agree with a lot of her views, this is one area where she changed my views, sadly under tragic circumstances.

    • mickysavage 3.1

      It is the curse of left wing ideas. They tend to be bitterly opposed by right wingers until eventually they realise the idea is good and then change occurs.

      • One Anonymous Bloke 3.1.1

        Nope, they don’t “realise” it. They have good ideas forced upon them, generation after generation, and still they cling to authority and lies.

        • mickysavage 3.1.1.1

          They sometimes get there eventually. Like Auckland’s City Rail Link. Shame it took six years more than it should have.

          • DoublePlusGood 3.1.1.1.1

            I believe ‘six’ should be ‘fourty-five’ in your sentence there. A little bird told me…

    • One Anonymous Bloke 3.2

      Everything else you believe is bullshit too.

      • The decrypter 3.2.1

        Bit tough OIA. I once voted, of all things, for the Values party.

    • Cinny 3.3

      Good to hear James.

    • Muttonbird 3.4

      And there it is again.

      A RWNJ simply cannot mention Helen Kelly without stating they they don’t agree with her views. Disagreement with her views is constantly at the forefront of their morally corrupt thinking, even after her death.

      • Alan 3.4.1

        “morally corrupt thinking’, ffs you sound stupid

        [Can’t you do better than this? Argue the point otherwise your ability to comment will be limited – MS]

        • Muttonbird 3.4.1.1

          Great contribution. Must have been a big effort.

          RWNJs are not interested in community wellbeing and ideas which benefit a whole society. They are only interested in themselves as individuals. It’s socially and morally corrupt.

          • Alan 3.4.1.1.1

            that is the worst generalisation I have read on this site, you do your cause no good whatsoever by making such sweeping,inaccurate comments.

            • Muttonbird 3.4.1.1.1.1

              It is a very accurate observation in my opinion. RWNJs all think like this to a greater or lesser extent. That society and community aren’t really things to be nurtured or protected or managed in any way and that individuals’ independent self-centred decisions will benefit all eventually. They deny increasing inequality and believe the powerful and able are voluntarily benevolent enough to paper over the cracks without having an agreement between all people about what the future should look like.

              I remember you, Alan. You’re the one who wanted people to think Andrew Little and Jacinda Ardern were a romantic item.

              • Alan

                you need to get out more

                [You need to learn how to argue persuasively. Last warning – MS]

                • Muttonbird

                  And you need to put more effort into your comments. I think you’ve had one two warnings already. Don’t expect another.

                  What about telling the forum how RWNJs like yourself are very invested in the health of society top to bottom? How about even explaining how RWNJ amateur property investors help stable, healthy communities through house flipping, and their inherent distrust of tenants?

                  Just a couple of ideas to get you started.

                  • Alan

                    I am very interested in the health of society, i fully subscribe to providing a hand up to those in need.

                    • Ed

                      So you are appalled by the levels of inequality in the country?
                      So you are appalled by the levels of homelessness in the country?
                      So you are appalled by the state of the health system in the country?

            • McFlock 3.4.1.1.1.2

              Thanks for your concern about our cause.

              Muttonbird’s comment didn’t seem to be too far off the mark to me, but whatevs. It’s not like you neglected to provide a list of selfless tories that proves how inaccurate MB was /sarc

              But really, the worst generalisation on this site? Ever? That’s a big call, dude. I mean, people have picked up bans for anti-semitism or saying protestors should be shot. Even the list that didn’t pick up a ban has some bold positions, like the rich are all a blight on society or all imports should be banned. Aren’t you being just a wee bit precious?

              • Alan

                MBs assertion that only the left has a heart is whats precious – utter delusion

                • mickysavage

                  Back it up. Provide proof and arguments. Go on, knock yourself out.

                • McFlock

                  Case for the prosecution: our child poverty rates.
                  Case for the defense: “utter delusion”.

                • Ed

                  Yes denying there’s a housing crisis shows real heart.
                  Underfunding mental health services shows real heart.
                  Underfunding our hospitals shows real heart.

                  This extreme right wing government is so full of heart.

      • james 3.4.2

        And there you go again. I think what I said regarding Helen Kelly was very respectful.

        Yes – my views differ greatly from her on almost everything, but I can also point out where she has caused me to change my views (one that I disagreed with to start).

        But – hey you want to make it a pissing match and make it insults to people who simply disagree with you politically.

        I think your behaviour is way more ‘morally corrupt’ than what I said.

        • mickysavage 3.4.2.1

          Im pleased that you have stated your respect for Helen. Muttonbird expressed the frustration of many of us that people like Helen accurately analyse the issues and the solutions from an early stage, get opposed by conservatives, and then eventually, way too late, their ideas become mainstream.

        • Muttonbird 3.4.2.2

          Lol. The first thing you said was ‘I hate the Greens but here’s one thing…’
          The second thing you said was ‘I disagree with Helen Kelly on everything but here’s one thing…’

          I just pointed out that for you the hate for the Greens and the disagreement with HK is more important to you than their progressive ideas.

          How about next time you just say what a good idea it was instead of saying first how much you dislike the person with the idea?

          • James 3.4.2.2.1

            Actually why don’t you learn to read. I never said I hated the greens as you say.

            I said I hate agreeing with them.

            pathetic attempt at starting a false narrative.

            • Draco T Bastard 3.4.2.2.1.1

              I said I hate agreeing with them.

              Which, in context, means that you hate the Greens.

  4. You were against it?
    Why, pray tell?
    Pleased, btw, that you support it now.

    • The decrypter 4.1

      Good on you james, at least you’re an honest tory . Not one eyed like Smith and co. Two sides to everything I always say.

    • james 4.2

      – Yes,
      – Because I am pretty much against all drugs.
      – Because – because Reading the Helen Kelly story, I can see the difference it made to somebody who desperately needed it, and how it was (simply put) wrong and inhumane to not make something available to somebody in need.

      • mpledger 4.2.1

        Do you drink alcohol?

        • James 4.2.1.1

          Very rarely. And when I do very little.

          • gsays 4.2.1.1.1

            Hi James, well done on yr contribution to this thread.
            I would like to know why you are against all drugs.
            Cheers.

        • Sabine 4.2.1.2

          he states,

          Because I am pretty much against all drugs. @ James

          so i think we can safely assume that he is not against the drugs that he takes, be that alcohol or heavy duty pain killer that his doctor prescribes for back pain or headaches. just to name two of the legal drugs.

          But hey, if you are dying he is generous enough to let you have what ever gets you through the day. He is generous.

          • James 4.2.1.2.1

            It takes a bitter person to try and turn what I said into a personal attack.

            It’s quite a laugh that you even try to make pissing comments at or about me when my views have changed and actually agree with you.

            Here I am saying I hope the greens bill gets drawn – and I’m a prick.

            some of you are so bitter and twisted it’s laughable.

            • Sabine 4.2.1.2.1.1

              its not a personal attack.

              you stated…… a. you hate to disagree with the Greens on that,

              but in saying that, many many people other then the Greens have argued for years now to make medicinal mj legal. So frankly you used your comment for a cheap shot against the Greens, as if agreeing with the greens would give you the hives. Are you a bitter fellow?

              you stated…..b. that you disagree literally with everything Helen Kelly stood by, but in reading her history you would have given her the right to use medicinal MJ. That is mighty generous of you, is it not?

              you then state that you are against almost all the drugs there are, to which I simply state that i assume these to be all the illegal drugs that you are against, but would possibly be ok with Alcohol or legal pain killers (and i am sure on occasion you have used alcohol and pain killers as most of us have).
              Nothing bitter about that. Just an observation that i think might even be accurate.

              What is bitter about your comment is that you need to make sure we all know that you ‘hate to agree with the Greens’ and that ‘you disagree with literally everything Helen Kelly stood for”.

              Which has got nothing to do with anything, as the debate about medicinal MJ has been going on now for years, and Helen Kelly very much like many others is just the latest to have been vocal about the fact that a. our procedures are not adequate to deal with end of life pain care, b. that someone is criminalizing him/herself in order to procure Helen Kelly and others with a pain medication that works for them, and that c. if we were to look at amending our current laws we could a. clear out our prisons of inhabitants, b. create a cash crop, c. create jobs, d. create tax revenue.

              You could just have stated that you agreed with making medicinal MJ available to those that get relieve from it. Full stop. And maybe now you would be bathing in love instead of the cynicism that you yourself use.

            • Robert Guyton 4.2.1.2.1.2

              James: “Here I am saying I hope the greens bill gets drawn – and I’m a prick.”

              QFT

  5. Muttonbird 5

    Wow. MSD either has no control of its regional managers or an unofficial directive was issued by one particular regional manager which MSD would have not wanted to be known.

    In both cases the current government has no idea what its ministry is doing, or (and I suspect this is the case) that simply don’t care because there are no votes in it for them.

    The poster known as Alan would applaud this as good politics, of course.

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/checkpoint/audio/201843510/emergency-housing-providers-instructed-not-to-talk-to-media

    • weka 5.1

      Interesting. I heard a bit of this on the radio earlier but didn’t catch the whole thing, just the bit about NGO staff feeling intimated by being told not to talk to the media. And I thought that makes total sense, this is National.

      • Rosemary McDonald 5.1.1

        Sadly, also Labour.

        http://www.communityresearch.org.nz/research/fears-constraints-and-contracts-the-democratic-reality-for-new-zealands-community-and-voluntary-sector/

        “Fears, constraints, and contracts: The democratic reality for New Zealand’s community and voluntary sector
        The important role of community and voluntary sector organisations to democratic debate and policy development is widely acknowledged by governments, academics, and the sector itself. However, our survey of 153 NZ community and voluntary sector groups shows that democratic engagement has been constrained under both Labour-led and National-led governments in the last decade. The ‘contract’ environment dominating funding for social service providers; a lack of understanding and appreciation of those who work in the sector; and, disparaging remarks and treatment of ‘dissenters’ by political elite were major factors constraining democratic debate in NZ.

        Citation: Grey S. and Sedgwick C. (2013)”

        The paper itself is well worth a read.

        Answered more than a few questions I had after futilely seeking support from NGOs and Advocacy groups over certain disability/carer issues.

  6. mauī 6

    On Tv3’s the Project tonight Minister Paula was the guest. She was questioned by ordinary citizens about being able to afford housing in queenstown if you’re on $15 an hour and feeding kids in schools as one of the other guests was doing it. Should have seen the evils she briefly gave after the shouldnt the gov be feeding kids question.

  7. Muttonbird 7

    Hmmkay. After being accused of promoting property porn stories in an attempt to prop up the government’s narrative that there is no housing crisis, the MSM have dig up this guy who bought a house in Masterton for 190K. Excuse me? How is this non-story relevant to young Auckland families, also on minimum wage, facing a deposit of 190K if they are lucky?

    It seems Stuff just dug up the cheapest house in one of the most remote towns in the country in order to push Bill English’s agenda.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/home-property/92430862/homeowner-at-19-mortgage-almost-paid-off-at-24

    • Ed 7.1

      More fake news from the corporate mainstream media.
      Muppets and puppets.

    • McFlock 7.2

      Yeah but look at the funny thing about the deposit – I mentioned this this afternoon.

      He says he haggled the price down 20k and “He was able to use the difference as the effective deposit for the loan.”. So… wtf does that even mean? He had a mortgage for 190k but flipped the 20k back to the bank thus making the 10% deposit? And of course this was all five years ago. The same house today is probably 250k lol.

    • aerobubble 7.3

      Aussie visionary builds tree house to show kiwis yes they can build higher than one story. Kiwi land owner wad so incensed he got the chainsaw out. Wandeing round i see new builds but they are all one story high, even when set in suburds with two story homes. It should be, in a functioning market, an incentive to build up to the limit. But our market isn’t functioning, a third of Nat MP are housing investors. Thats the consequence of having so few MPs, they can align easily behind a rort to our economy.

  8. JC 8

    More GPs needed!

    “50 new doctors were needed to allow primary care to keep up with the demands posed by a growing population.

    College of General Practitioners chair Tim Malloy said most GPs were aged 50 or older, and many intended to retire within the decade.

    He said many felt burnt out, but were increasingly busy managing populations boosted by 70,000 immigrants.

    Urgent action was required, he said”…

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/political/330602/labour-would-spend-$43m-on-mental-health-teams

  9. Chris 9

    You know the left’s fucked when you’ve got Labour MPs saying “MPs who have some money to invest are just making the most sensible investments they can.”

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/92480280/politicians-putting-money-into-property-because-of-incentives

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  • PGF funds tourism boost in Northland
    The Provincial Growth Fund is investing more than $7.5 million in Northland ventures to combat the economic impact of the COVID-19 virus, Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones have announced. The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) investment is going to the Northern Adventure Experience and ...
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    3 days ago
  • Four new projects announced as part of the biggest ever national school rebuild programme
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Education Minister Chris Hipkins today announced significant funding for Auckland’s Northcote College as part of the first wave of a new nationwide school redevelopment programme to upgrade schools over the next 10 years. The $48.5 million project brings the total investment in Northcote College to ...
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    3 days ago
  • COVID-19: Support to improve student attendance and wellbeing
    The Government has opened an urgent response fund to support schools and early learning services to get children and young people back on track after the Covid-19 lockdown. “While we are seeing improvements in attendance under Alert Level 1 Ministry of Education data shows that attendance rates in our schools ...
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    3 days ago
  • Fast-track consenting law boosts jobs and economic recovery
    The law to boost the economic recovery from the impact of COVID-19 by speeding up resource consenting on selected projects has passed its second and third readings in the House today. “Accelerating nationwide projects and activities by government, iwi and the private sector will help deliver faster economic recovery and ...
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    4 days ago
  • Whanganui Port gets PGF boost
    Five port-related projects in Whanganui will receive a $26.75 million Provincial Growth Fund investment to support local economic recovery and create new opportunities for growth, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “This is a significant investment that will support the redevelopment of the Whanganui Port, a project governed ...
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  • More support for Sarjeant Gallery
    Whanganui’s Sarjeant Gallery will receive an investment of up to $12 million administered by the Provincial Growth Fund to support its redevelopment, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. The project is included in a $3 billion infrastructure pipeline announced by Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Shane Jones yesterday. ...
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  • Funding for training and upskilling
    The Provincial Growth Fund is investing nearly $2.5 million into three Te Ara Mahi programmes to support Manawatū-Whanganui jobseekers and employees to quickly train and upskill, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “Up to 154 local people will be supported into employment within the first year by these ...
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  • Statement from the Minister of Health Dr David Clark
      This morning I have formally tendered my resignation as Minister of Health, which was accepted by the Prime Minister. Serving as Minister of Health has been an absolute privilege – particularly through these extraordinary last few months. It’s no secret that Health is a challenging portfolio. I have given ...
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  • Scholarship placements for agricultural emissions scientists doubles
    Scholarships for 57 early-career agricultural emissions scientists from 20 developing countries is another example of New Zealand’s international leadership in primary sector sustainability, says Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. Mr O’Connor, announcing the scholarships today, says hundreds of applications were received for this fourth round of the CLIFF-GRADS programme (Climate, Food ...
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  • Funding for Foxton regeneration
    A project to help rejuvenate the Horowhenua town of Foxton will receive a Provincial Growth Fund investment of $3.86 million, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “This funding for the Foxton Regeneration project will be used to make the well-known holiday town even more attractive for visitors and ...
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    4 days ago
  • Plan to improve protection of moa bones
    Moa bones and other sub-fossil remains of extinct species are set to have improved protection with proposals to prevent the trade in extinct species announced the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage today. “We have lost too many of our native species, but these lost species, such as moa, remain an ...
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  • Free lunches served up to thousands of school children in the South Island
    The Government’s free and healthy school lunches programme moves south for the first time creating jobs for around 30 people in Otago and Southland. “Eighteen schools with 3000 students are joining the programme – 11 have already begun serving lunches, and seven are preparing to start during Term 3. This is ...
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  • Screen Sector recovery package protects jobs, boosts investment
    Thousands of Kiwi jobs and investment in New Zealand productions will be protected through a screen sector support package announced today by Associate Minister for Arts Culture and Heritage Carmel Sepuloni, Minister for Economic Development Phil Twyford and Minister for Broadcasting Kris Faafoi. The package also includes investment in broadcasting ...
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    5 days ago
  • New fund to help save local events and jobs
    The Government has established a new $10 million fund for the domestic events sector to help save jobs and protect incomes as it recovers from the impacts of COVID-19, Minister of Economic Development Phil Twyford announced today. This funding from Budget 2020 follows talks with the event sector designed to ...
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    5 days ago
  • Bill to improve fuel market competition
    The Government has taken another step in its commitment to making sure New Zealanders get a fairer deal at the petrol pump with the introduction of legislation to improve competition in the retail fuel market, says Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods. “The fuel market study that this Government ordered ...
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    5 days ago
  • New Zealand joins global facility for pre-purchase of COVID-19 Vaccine
    New Zealand has joined a global initiative that aims to enable all countries to access a safe and effective Covid-19 vaccine, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters announced today. The COVAX Facility was recently launched by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. The Alliance includes the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the World Bank ...
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    5 days ago
  • Right to legal representation in Family Court restored today
    From today new legislation takes effect to both restore the right to legal representation at the start of a Care of Children (CoCA) dispute in the Family Court, and allow parties to those proceedings to access legal aid where eligible. During a visit to the Family Court in Auckland today, ...
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  • Transitioning to a fully-qualified home-based ECE workforce
    Home-based early childhood education (ECE) subsidised by the government will transition to a fully qualified workforce by 2025 to ensure better and more consistent quality, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. “Quality early learning helps provide children with a strong foundation for their future,” Chris Hipkins said. From 1 January ...
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    5 days ago
  • Criminal Cases Review Commission gets to work
    The new Criminal Cases Review Commission | Te Kāhui Tātari Ture (CCRC) has started work and can now independently investigate claimed miscarriages of justice. “Even though we have appeal rights and safeguards against unsafe convictions, from time to time our justice system does get things wrong. The design of the ...
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  • Speech by the Minister of Defence to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs
    E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā karangatanga maha, tēnā koutou Ki a koutou Te Āti Awa, Taranaki Whānui, Ngāti Toa Rangatira, ngā mana whenua o te rohe nei, tēnā koutou Ko Te Whare Wānanga o Aotearoa ki ngā take o te Ao (NZIIA), Ko te Rōpū Tohu Tono ...
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  • Six months with baby and $20 more a week for new parents
    The Government’s increase to paid parental leave kicks in today with another 4 weeks taking New Zealand up to a full 6 months (26 weeks, up from 22 weeks) leave for new parents, and the maximum weekly payment will increase by $20pw, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. ...
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    5 days ago
  • Infrastructure investment to create jobs, kick-start COVID rebuild
    A new package of infrastructure investments will help kick-start the post-COVID rebuild by creating more than 20,000 jobs and unlocking more than $5 billion of projects up and down New Zealand. Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones today outlined how the $3 billion infrastructure fund in the ...
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    5 days ago
  • Statement on passage of national security law for Hong Kong
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today expressed the New Zealand Government’s deep disappointment at the passage by China’s National People’s Congress Standing Committee of a national security law for Hong Kong. “New Zealand has consistently emphasised its serious concern about the imposition of this legislation on Hong Kong without inclusive ...
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    5 days ago
  • July 1 marks progress for workers, families
    More jobs and more family time with newborns are the centrepiece of a suite of Government initiatives coming into effect today. July 1 is a milestone day for the Government as a host of key policies take effect, demonstrating the critical areas where progress has been made. “The Coalition Government ...
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    5 days ago
  • Auckland water consent referred to Board of Inquiry
    Environment Minister David Parker has today “called in” Auckland’s application to the Waikato Regional Council to take an extra 200 million litres of water a day from the lower reaches of the Waikato River for Auckland drinking water and other municipal uses.  The call-in means the application has been referred ...
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    6 days ago
  • New Zealand to host virtual APEC in 2021
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker announced today that New Zealand’s hosting of APEC in 2021 will go ahead using virtual digital platforms. Mr Peters said the global disruption caused by COVID-19, including resultant border restrictions, had been the major factor in the ...
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    6 days ago
  • Matakana Link Road construction kicks off and drives jobs
    The start of construction on a new link road between Matakana Road and State Highway 1 will create jobs and support the significant population growth expected in the Warkworth area, Transport Minister Phil Twyford and Mayor Phil Goff announced today. Transport Minister Phil Twyford said construction of the Matakana Link ...
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    6 days ago
  • PPE supplies secured as COVID-19 response focuses on border
    The Government is prioritising its latest investment in PPE for frontline health workers, including staff at managed isolation and quarantine facilities, Health Minister David Clark says. “With no community transmission of COVID-19 our response now has a firm focus on keeping our border safe and secure. “We must ensure that ...
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    7 days ago
  • PGF funding for Parihaka settlement
    The Parihaka Papakāinga Trust in Taranaki will receive up to $14 million for a new visitor centre and other improvements at the historic settlement that will boost the local economy and provide much-needed jobs, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Andrew Little have ...
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    1 week ago
  • Protections for workers in triangular employment
    Protections for workers who are employees of one employer but working under the direction of another business or organisation have come into force, closing a gap in legislation that  made the personal grievance process inaccessible for some workers, says Workplace Relations Minister Iain Lees-Galloway. “This Government is working hard to ...
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    1 week ago
  • Government strengthens managed isolation system
    A range of improvements are already underway to address issues identified in the rapid review of the Managed Isolation and Quarantine system released today, Housing Minister Megan Woods said. The review was commissioned just over a week ago to identify and understand current and emerging risks to ensure the end-to-end ...
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    1 week ago
  • Whakatāne to go predator free with Government backing Ngāti Awa led efforts
    The important brown kiwi habitat around Whakatāne will receive added protection through an Iwi-led predator free project announced by Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage and Under Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau. “The Government is investing nearly $5 million into Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa’s environmental projects with $2.5 ...
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    1 week ago
  • Growing Goodwood: Expanding wood waste recycling plant in Bay of Plenty, Waikato
    An extra 4,000 tonnes of offcuts and scraps of untreated wood per year will soon be able to be recycled into useful products such as horticultural and garden mulch, playground safety surfacing and animal bedding as a result of a $660,000 investment from the Waste Minimisation Fund, Associate Environment Minister ...
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    1 week ago
  • Scott Watson’s convictions to be referred to Court of Appeal
    The Governor-General has referred Scott Watson’s convictions for murder back to the Court of Appeal, Justice Minister Andrew Little announced today. Mr Watson was convicted in 1999 of the murders of Ben Smart and Olivia Hope. His appeal to the Court of Appeal in 2000 was unsuccessful, as was his ...
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  • Protecting Kiwis with stronger financial supervision
    A new five-year funding agreement for the Reserve Bank will mean it can boost its work to protect New Zealanders’ finances, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. “New Zealand has a strong and stable financial system. Financial stability is an area that we are not prepared to cut corners for, particularly ...
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