web analytics

Daily review 12/03/2020

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, March 12th, 2020 - 40 comments
Categories: Daily review - Tags:

Daily review is also your post.

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

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

Don’t forget to be kind to each other …

40 comments on “Daily review 12/03/2020 ”

  1. A 1

    If there was one thing this government could do to drastically benefit the people of NZ it would be to tell people to start gradually forward buying of food/essential items as a precautionary measure.

    Beneficiaries should all be given the ability to access additional money (recoverable as which means basically a loan, payable at the minimum $1/week rate) in order to do this and cover approximately 3 weeks of quarantine + a bit extra) . Wide spread quarantine is the best way to avoid overrunning our health system and vastly preferable to the state that virus stricken areas of Italy now find themselves in.

    Strong leadership that can act without advice from WHO/CDC is needed.

    https://threader.app/thread/1237142891077697538

    • Anne 1.1

      Strong leadership that can act without advice from WHO/CDC is needed.

      Which A is precisely what we're getting.

      As for the gradual building up with supplies (not the stupid panic buying of course) well, that is something most citizens should be able to work out for themselves.

      You seem to have something against the WHO. In my view they are acting in an impeccable manner. They are putting the facts out there on a regular basis which is their job, but it is up to individual countries to pick them up and take appropriate action. Some are… some aren't. It is not the fault of the WHO if some countries are dragging their heels but NZ is not one of them.

      • A 1.1.1

        That's because WHO are directly responsible for this mess getting out of control.

        They spread incorrect information early on and prioritized the economy over human life, delayed the declaration of a pandemic over 40 days for a virus that showed exponential growth. Eventually the documentary will come out showing just how badly they let the world down.

        • Macro 1.1.1.1

          🙄

          You do realise that the WHO is not a regulatory body and has no input whatsoever in the global economy. It's function is to research, advise, and assist

          Governments (who) have a responsibility for the health of their peoples which can be fulfilled only by the provision of adequate health and social measures.

          For more info on the role of the WHO you can find it here:

          http://apps.who.int/gb/bd/

      • weka 1.1.2

        "As for the gradual building up with supplies (not the stupid panic buying of course) well, that is something most citizens should be able to work out for themselves."

        Anne, I'm sure you appreciate that many beneficiaries aren't in a position to do this. They simply don't have the spare cash.

        • Anne 1.1.2.1

          I was thinking broadly weka but you are right. Thank-you for reminding me.

          This is a time when Minister Carmel Sepuloni needs to instruct Winz to loosen the purse strings and provide a means by which beneficiaries can receive a boost to their allowance so that they can make such provision for themselves.

          • weka 1.1.2.1.1

            I think so. I'm wondering if they will do it if we end up with widespread infection, but the time to do it would be now so that people can afford extra soap and handwash, and to self isolate (yes, this costs beneficiaries too).

    • Sabine 1.2

      The government could simply send to every beneficiary a food voucher over 200 and be done with it. Non of that 'refund' bull of $ 1 per week. If we can bail out huge corporation we can protect our poorest and most vulnerable from outright starvation.

      The government could also make sure that all beneficiaries are given the heating allowance (unless this is already done), thus making sure that people might not have the usual respiratory illness that they have every winter due to cold, uninsulated and rather moldy houses.

      The government could also offer a mortgage/rent holiday should there be a. a total shut down, or b. 'self isolation'. And if only to prevent people from loosing their homes because they don't have any income.

      The government could also increase base benefits by $1.20 per hour for 40 hours a week, which would be a really nice touch for our beneficiaries, cause the 3% ain't gonna cut it.

      The government could set up a grant for small – owner occupied – businesses so that they may apply for a grant to cover leases if they have to close, or loose business because no one leaves the house anymore.

      the government could do so many things and hopefully someone in the beehive will wake up and tell the government to finally do something.

      • A 1.2.1

        If it's not recoverable there may be pushback which will cost time.

        Additionally many workers will need assistance too.

    • Cinny 1.3

      Yet another reason to have an edible garden.

      • Sabine 1.3.1

        i have a edible garden, and i would really like to not having to survive of that. Cause this summer was a bad summer for crop, too hot, not enough water and all that jazz.

        But i have lots of herbs. They did well.

        • Cinny 1.3.1.1

          Herbs = medicine, so that's all good 🙂

          Our vege garden wasn't that flash this year either. But we've loads of pumpkin's, figs and grapes. Happy to share. Mental note, if we are going to live off of figs we will need to stock up on toilet paper lolololz 🙂 🙂

          • mpledger 1.3.1.1.1

            My garden wasn't that great either. My bought tomato plants had minimal growth until midway through Feb when they took off.

  2. Muttonbird 2

    Farrar watch:

    FDP has produced a list of what National will be announcing tomorrow he would do about Coronavirus.

    It includes, of course, stopping the minimum wage hike which prevents $1650K/year after tax reaching low income families where one parent is working 40 hours a week.

    Farrar also wants a tax cut for all by dropping the bottom tax rate from 10.5% to 5% giving everyone, including wealthy people, $750/year extra.

    I'm no mathematician but it looks like under David's plan, rich people who will be least impacted by Coronavirus related economic pressure will be better off $750.

    Meanwhile, those at the working low end of the economic spectrum, who will be greatly affected by Coronavirus related economic pressure, they will be $900 worse off.

    This is typical right wing thought. Hammer the poor and protect the rich, particularly in times of crisis. And this is beside the other usual corporate welfare ideas in National’s his list like subsidising employer profits with taxpayer cash, etc.

    • Cinny 2.1

      Reminds me of Q2 yesterday.

      https://www.parliament.nz/mi/watch-parliament/ondemand?itemId=211459

      simon: Has the advice on the number of job losses as a result of the minimum wage increase on 1 April been updated to reflect the additional impact of coronavirus, which will mean many more thousands of job losses?

      Rt Hon JACINDA ARDERN: I already answered that, and if the member listened, I said no.

      simon: Does she understand her top priority is to keep New Zealanders in jobs and off the dole?

      Rt Hon JACINDA ARDERN: Actually, my top priority is keeping New Zealanders healthy, and that is the best thing that we can do for our economy as well.

      The nat's response to Covid19 has been revolting, they've always put money above people, but to do so during a pandemic, in my eyes that's a type of genocide.

      • A 2.1.1

        Puts a smile on my face reading JA's second response, thanks.

        • alwyn 2.1.1.1

          If she really meant what she said she wouldn't also be saying she was going to be happily shaking hands with anyone she happens to meet at Pacifika would she?

          https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12316063

          It's all very well to say that she washes he hands frequently. What about the people she shakes hands with after she has shaken the hand of someone who is infected? They will just have to put up with it if they get infected because they don't have ready access to hand sanitisers. Remember Judith Tizard? There was a joke about her that she was the Minister in Charge of looking after Helen Clark's handbag. I wonder if Ms Ardern has a Minister in Charge of looking after her hand wipes?

          If she really wants to take care of New Zealanders' health she should stop being so silly and should discourage hand shakes until the pandemic is over. How hard is that to understand?

          • Peter 2.1.1.1.1

            I get all that. I'll file it with all the stuff I've seen over the past couple of years about all the terrible things she does and all the examples of bad leadership and non-leadership she's displayed. Like having a baby, wearing a hijab, saying anything about Australia, breathing …

            • Muttonbird 2.1.1.1.1.1

              Nothing Jacinda Ardern does is good enough for some people simply because she is Jacinda Ardern. This is similar to the way some of us saw John Key.

              The difference being of course that JA's, "having a baby, wearing a hijab, saying anything about Australia", was John Key's pulling ponytails, wearing a bathrobe, doing prison jokes on the radio.

              I think there's a huge difference in the integrity of the two people. Ardern is sincere, professional and compassionate. And John Key is bumbling, contrived and indifferent.

              Some people will always believe bumbling, contrived and indifferent makes the best leader. They like Donald Trump.

              • adam

                Sheesh mutton bird talk about downplaying it – the issue was fetishist nature of his ponytail pulling (as it involved younger women) and the rape based prison jokes.

                My issue is labour party supports not being able to handle criticism of the labour led government essentially being national with a nicer face.

                Which, as always, comes back to the coalition being economically hard right. The criticism I had of labour before the last election still holds – when you embrace hard right economics you end up doing the same as the last guys.

                • alwyn

                  We can see that KDS remains very strong in Muttonbird and yourself.

                  Now, perhaps you could address the point I was making? Why is the PM, for no good reason, risking exposing everyone she shakes hands with to the possibility of getting this infection?

                  Why does she have to do such a stupid thing?

                  • Incognito

                    Why does she have to do such a stupid thing?

                    This blows your mind, doesn’t it 😉

                    • alwyn

                      Can you think of any good reason to ignore reality?

                      Do you know why she is doing it? And please don't tell me that it is just for a photo-op. Even I wouldn't believe that.

                      Perhaps Forrest Gump was right?

                    • Incognito []

                      You’ll have to ask the PM what her reasoning is although some of it is in plain sight in the media.

                      Indeed, why would a mother of a young child and the PM of a small country do these things?

                      I can think of a few reasons and I’d encourage you to do some lateral thinking before I’ll give my thoughts, which undoubtedly will be pooh-poohed – you’ve already started doing this 🙁

                  • David Mac

                    She walks the thin line of a role model that wants to be careful yet not panic inducing.

                    If adopting the position you suggest "Oh no, I'm not touching any other human beings."

                    Our petrol stations would be dry by Monday.

                  • adam

                    I thought your little brain alwyn would have worked I was not responding to you.

                    Indeed i was responding to muttonbird.

                    You are a waste of time debating with, as your tiny little brain can not even work out how a thread works.

                    If you want to know my opinion of Ardern she is a fine corporate lick spittle – I know not grovlly, nor fubar enough sexually for the likes of you alwyn but she OK. At least she is recognised by international journalist – unlike our last PM.

                    • alwyn

                      Oh dear. I have upset His Excellency Lord Adam. I replied to one of his comments without having obtained his permission to do so.

                      Still he has reconfirmed his delusions about other commenters here. Exactly what he means by " I know not grovlly, nor fubar enough sexually for the likes of you alwyn but she OK." is I think best ignored as it appears to come from the deepest, darkest recesses of his imagination.

  3. Muttonbird 3

    Thought now might be a good time to re-read Camus, The Plague.

    More countries appear to be entering the phase described by Part Two of this very important classic:

    The town is sealed off. The town gates are shut, rail travel is prohibited, and all mail service is suspended.

  4. Exkiwiforces 4

    I may fight for my freedom, but I’m making sure you will never take my toilet rolls.

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Protect seamounts and ban bottom trawling right now
    The Green Party is renewing its call for Minister for the Environment, David Parker to immediately ban bottom trawling on seamounts. ...
    18 hours ago
  • Building Auckland’s transport future
    We’re making sure Auckland has the infrastructure it needs for the future, so Aucklanders can get around safely and efficiently as our biggest city grows. The new, linked-up transport system we’re building will include partially tunnelled light rail between the CBD and the airport, as well as another Waitematā Harbour ...
    20 hours ago
  • Build Auckland light rail for benefit of everyone
    The Government’s decision on light rail in Auckland is the first step towards building the climate friendly, accessible city our communities deserve. ...
    21 hours ago
  • Put our most vulnerable first
    Don’t forget whānau and communities most at risk, says the Green Party, as the Government lays out its three-phase plan for Omicron. ...
    3 days ago
  • Boosting our immunity against Omicron
    With Omicron in the community, it’s vital we all do our bit to help to slow the spread, keep each other safe and protect our health system. One of the most important ways we can reduce the risk of Omicron is to get a booster dose as soon as we’re ...
    3 days ago
  • Equitable response to Omicron vital
    The Green Party supports the Government’s decision to move Aotearoa New Zealand to traffic light level Red at 11.59pm tonight, but says its success will depend on the support that is made available to the most vulnerable. ...
    6 days ago
  • How we’re preparing for Omicron
    As countries around the world experience Omicron outbreaks, we’re taking steps now to ensure we’re as prepared as possible and our communities are protected. ...
    1 week ago
  • What’s Labour achieved so far?
    Quite a bit! This Government was elected to take on the toughest issues facing Aotearoa – and that’s what we’re doing. Since the start of the pandemic, protecting lives and livelihoods has been a priority, but we’ve also made progress on long-term challenges, to deliver a future the next generation ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Tackling the big issues in 2022
    This year, keeping Kiwis safe from COVID will remain a key priority of the Government – but we’re also pushing ahead on some of New Zealand’s biggest long-term challenges. In 2022, we’re working to get more Kiwis into homes, reduce emissions, lift children out of poverty, and ensure people get ...
    2 weeks ago

  • Tupu Tai graduation-It’s time to step up
    Greetings: Kia orana, talofa lava, Noa’ia e mauri, malo e lelei, taloha ni, fakaalofa lahi atu, ni sa bula vinaka, talofa, kia ora, tena koutou katoa.  I would love to begin by acknowledging everyone here in attendance, especially the families and friends of the 2021/22 Tupu Tai cohort, and those ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • Building and shaping a city: Future-proofing Auckland transport infrastructure
    The Government is bringing Auckland’s transport infrastructure into the future by moving forward with an additional Waitematā Harbour crossing, progressing light rail from Auckland’s CBD to the airport, and creating a linked-up rapid transport network as part of a 30-year plan. Key decisions on additional Waitematā Harbour crossing to be ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • Penguin rehab and native forest restoration get helping hand
    A long-running penguin rehab facility which has been hard hit by the tourism downturn, and work to restore native forest habitats in the Catlins are being supported through Jobs for Nature funding, Conservation Minister Kiri Allan says. Otago’s Penguin Place and The Hokonui Rūnanga Catlins Biodiversity Project will receive combined ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Resilient economy reflected in Crown accounts
    The Government’s financial accounts continue to reflect a resilient economy that has performed better than expected and puts the country in a strong position to respond to Omicron, Grant Robertson said. The Crown Accounts for the five months to the end of November were more favourable than forecast in the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government announces three phase public health response to Omicron
    Reducing isolation period for cases and close contacts at Phase Two and Three to 10 and seven days Definition of close contact required to isolate changes to household or household like contacts at Phase Three Increased use of rapid antigen tests with test to return policy put in place for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New Ambassador to Thailand announced
    Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta today announced the appointment of Jonathan Kings as New Zealand’s next Ambassador to Thailand. “Aotearoa New Zealand has a long-standing relationship with Thailand, celebrating the 65th anniversary of diplomatic representation between our countries in 2021. We also share much in common at regional and multilateral levels ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government’s Family Package continues to deliver for New Zealanders
    The Families Package helped around 330,000 families in its first year - more than half of all families with children in NZ These families received an estimated $55 per week more from Families Package payments in 2018/19 than in 2017/18, on average Families Package increases to the maximum possible Accommodation ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand retains top spot in global anti-corruption rankings
    Justice Minister Kris Faafoi has welcomed news of New Zealand’s ongoing position as top in the world anti-corruption rankings. The 2021 Corruption Perceptions Index released by global anti-corruption organisation, Transparency International, ranks New Zealand first equal with Denmark and Finland, with a score of 88 out of 100. “This is an ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Testing improvements see New Zealand well prepared for Omicron
    New Zealand’s PCR testing capacity can be increased by nearly 20,000 tests per day to deal with a surge in cases as part of our wider COVID-19 testing strategy, Associate Minister of Health Dr Ayesha Verrall said. “We have continued to adapt our public health response to safeguard the health ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • 5,000 portable air cleaners for schools on their way
    As schools are preparing to return, Education Minister Chris Hipkins has announced 5,000 air cleaners have been ordered for New Zealand schools. “As we know, along with vaccination, testing, good hygiene and physical distancing, good ventilation is important in minimising the risk of airborne transmission of the virus that causes ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New Zealand to move to Red from 11.59pm today
    All of New Zealand will move to the Red setting of the Covid Protection Framework (CPF) at 11:59pm today as Omicron is potentially now transmitting in the community, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says. “Nine COVID-19 cases reported yesterday in the Nelson/Marlborough region are now confirmed as Omicron, and a further ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Mandatory boosters for key workforces progressing well
    More than 5,785 (82%) border workers eligible for a booster vaccination at 6 months have received it so far, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says. “That’s a really strong uptake considering we announced the requirement the week before Christmas, but we need to continue this momentum,” Chris Hipkins said. “We ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • NZ to move to Red
    Nine COVID-19 cases reported yesterday in the Nelson/Marlborough region have now been confirmed as the Omicron variant, and a further case from the same household was confirmed late yesterday. These cases are in a single family that flew to Auckland on 13 January to attend a wedding and other events ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New Zealand to provide further help for Tonga
    Aotearoa New Zealand is giving an additional $2 million in humanitarian funding for Tonga as the country recovers from a volcanic eruption and tsunami last weekend, Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta and Defence Minister Peeni Henare said today. This brings Aotearoa New Zealand’s contribution to $3 million. “This support will ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Quarterly benefit numbers show highest number of exits into work
    The Government’s strong focus on supporting more people into work is reflected in benefit figures released today which show a year-on-year fall of around 21,300 people receiving a main benefit in the December 2021 quarter, Minister for Social Development and Employment Carmel Sepuloni said. “Our response to COVID has helped ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Northland to move to Orange, NZ prepared for Omicron 
    Northland to move to Orange Rest of New Zealand stays at Orange in preparedness for Omicron All of New Zealand to move into Red in the event of Omicron community outbreak – no use of lockdowns Govt planning well advanced – new case management, close contact definition and testing rules ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • RNZAF C-130 Hercules flight departs for Tonga as Navy vessels draw nearer to Tongatapu
    A Royal New Zealand Air Force C-130 Hercules has departed Base Auckland Whenuapai for Tonga carrying aid supplies, as the New Zealand aid effort ramps up, Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta and Defence Minister Peeni Henare said today. “The aircraft is carrying humanitarian aid and disaster relief supplies, including water ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand prepared to send support to Tonga
    New Zealand is ready to assist Tonga in its recovery from Saturday night’s undersea eruption and tsunami, Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta and Defence Minister Peeni Henare said today. “Following the successful surveillance and reconnaissance flight of a New Zealand P-3K2 Orion on Monday, imagery and details have been sent ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Aotearoa New Zealand stands ready to assist people of Tonga
    The thoughts of New Zealanders are with the people of Tonga following yesterday’s undersea volcanic eruption and subsequent tsunami waves, Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta says. “Damage assessments are under way and New Zealand has formally offered to provide assistance to Tonga,” said Nanaia Mahuta. New Zealand has made an ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Record high of new homes consented continues
    In the year ended November 2021, 48,522 new homes were consented, up 26 per cent from the November 2020 year. In November 2021, 4,688 new dwellings were consented. Auckland’s new homes consented numbers rose 25 per cent in the last year. Annual figures for the last nine months show more ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Report trumpets scope for ice cream exports
    Latest research into our premium ice cream industry suggests exporters could find new buyers in valuable overseas markets as consumers increasingly look for tip top quality in food. Economic Development Minister Stuart Nash has released a new report for the Food and Beverage Information Project. The project is run by ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Honouring the legacy of legendary kaumātua Muriwai Ihakara
    Associate Minister for Arts, Culture, and Heritage Kiri Allan expressed her great sadness and deepest condolences at the passing of esteemed kaumātua, Muriwai Ihakara. “Muriwai’s passing is not only a loss for the wider creative sector but for all of Aotearoa New Zealand. The country has lost a much beloved ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Have your say on proposed changes to make drinking water safer
    Associate Minister for the Environment Kiri Allan is urging all New Zealanders to give feedback on proposed changes aimed at making drinking water safer. “The current regulations are not fit for purpose and don’t offer enough protection, particularly for those whose water comes from smaller supplies,” Kiri Allan said. “This ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago