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Daily Review 21/12/2018

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, December 21st, 2018 - 64 comments
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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 …

And this post will be back some time in the new year. Have a very hipster christmas!

64 comments on “Daily Review 21/12/2018”

  1. Kat 1

    “Immigration NZ was told in 2012 that Czech drug-smuggler Karel Sroubek had been back to his home country in 2009, but this was not included in the original file to the Immigration Minister because the information was somehow overlooked”

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12180971

    What a complete waste of parliaments time and energy with Simon Bridges so called “holding the govt to account” and the opposition baying for the minister to be “sacked”.

    Now, about the National opposition’s leaker……..

    • Chris T 1.1

      Not sure what your point is?

      Apart from bosses blaming staff, when it is irrelevant.

      He wouldn’t have seen it anyway, given he didn’t actually bother reading the whole thing.

      • Gabby 1.1.1

        I wonder who ‘somehow overlooked’ it christy. Some kickpuncher fanboi maybe.

      • Anne 1.1.2

        The officials never gave it to him to read twat. He is supposed to possess divine powers and know the document existed eh? As for the other twat, Mark Mitchell… he claims ILG was negligent because he didn’t go looking for the document he had no way of knowing existed.

        MM is clearly mentally challenged and that’s the nice way of putting it. He looks it too.

      • Kat 1.1.3

        No point at all….just a noisy but weak storm in a leaky grubby cracked faded old blue tea cup.

      • Pete 1.1.4

        Maybe the point is that those who wanted the gallows up and IL-G swinging are still dreadfully disappointed they didn’t get their way. The berserk, irrational, plain dumb reactions were not about Sroubek but a First Year Anniversary reminder of losing the election.
        Your childish last sentence sums it up – just like a four year old skulking away from the sandpit because he can’t get his own way, the final, heroic, mature poking out of the tongue.
        Merry Christmas.

      • Rapunzel 1.1.5

        Are you blaming someone for throwing their staff under the bus on a friday arvo? Surely not.

    • Muttonbird 1.2

      This case consumed the Nats and their taxpayer funded resources. They crossed all sorts of boundaries for nothing. This was their big chance and it’s turned to dust in their mouths.

      Good job.

      • ScottGN 1.2.1

        Yep. National is going down the same path towards irrelevancy that Labour did in the wake of their election defeat in 2008.

    • shadrach 1.3

      Actually the Minister should have been sacked. The decision was taken hastily, and advice from officials was apparently accepted without any scrutiny or questioning. Most telling is that ILG appears to have accepted claims around a threat to Sroubeck’s life (from a modern European democracy) entirely at face value. The only reason ILG won’t be sacked is because the PM is running out of competent people to be Ministers. Oh and the PM’s own fingerprints being all over this as well. Let’s not forget that.

      • Muttonbird 1.3.1

        Bless. After the Nats threw the kitchen sink at this and came up with nothing, you decide to keep hammering away.

        It’s over. Walk away.

        • shadrach 1.3.1.1

          I’m not interested in ‘the nats’. Like most people, I’m interested in how a minister who made such an appalling decision can keep his job.

      • Ankerrawshark 1.3.2

        Oh look it’s shadrach coming on here to do what she is here to do.

        Merry Christmas shadrach. Labour are in power

        • Tuppence Shrewsbury 1.3.2.1

          In power but not in charge? Seems very trumpish to worship being at the reins of power but also being completely impotent

      • ScottGN 1.3.3

        Let’s not forget that somehow National was informed of Sroubek’s trip to the Czech Republic and the Minister wasn’t? This whole thing fucking stinks.

        • Muttonbird 1.3.3.1

          It does, but then everything the National Party does stinks.

          The info trail is probably too hard to pin down in this instance but but there have been several others where info has come from the public service to National opposition MPs. These should be outed and public servants should have the rules read to them once again.

          Occasional (past?) commenter srylands is a case in point. He is clearly RW and National Party affiliated. He comments freely on political blog sites such as The Standard and Kiwiblog and probably others. Thats fine, but did you know srylands is a policy analyst on housing in MBIE?

          BTW, srylands freely offered this information.

        • Tamati Tautuhi 1.3.3.2

          National knew about the trip to Czechoslavakia and ILG was not informed my the Ministry of Immigration sounds like a set up to me ?

        • Anne 1.3.3.3

          Agreed. The Sroubek saga goes back quite a few years so was the former Nat. Minister (Woodhouse) informed and chose to do nothing? That could be how they knew about it and decided to keep it under wraps?

          Didn’t Woodhouse recently boast about… having got ILG on something?

      • Pete 1.3.4

        Pretty disgusting that a Minister accepts information from officials with no scrutiny.

        My suggestion is that a Minister should be briefed by officials. She/he then gets another team of officials to go away and verify everything in the briefing to make sure it is thorough and accurate. When they report back she/he then gets another team to check and verify that the checkers of the thoroughness and accuracy did a good job. When they have reported to the Minister another team would then go out and get information that so far has not been presented or included up to that stage.

        One outstanding positive to that approach is that many jobs will be created, not just in advisory staff but in the construction industry building the multi-storied blocks to house all the workers.

        Win/win/win! But you can bet there’d still be whinge/whinge/whinge.

        • Tamati Tautuhi 1.3.4.1

          How many people work in that Department now, are they all incompetent ?

        • Rapunzel 1.3.4.2

          Or perhaps the “officials” just do their job and make sure the Minister gets ALL the relevant information” Saves time, money and the Opposition making themselves look foolish and usury.

        • shadrach 1.3.4.3

          My suggestion would be that when considering the case of a person who decidedly dodgy, the Minister takes a bit longer than an hour and actually does his job.

  2. ScottGN 2

    Public transport was free after 4 pm today in Auckland and I caught the Western Line from Britomart to Kingsland after work as usual. The train was heaving.

    • Muttonbird 2.1

      I’ve been working in the Woodhill forest area a lot recently and drive through Kumeu to Helensville looking at the rail line sitting there waiting.

      I also look at the multiple earthworks in the area north of Huapai and at Waimauku and think what a great place to live when that rail line is electrified. I’m hoping this is in the infrastructure plan somewhere.

      • ScottGN 2.1.1

        I think that the plan is to put Kumeu/Huapai on the Northwestern LRT rather than use heavy rail. Mostly because of capacity constraints on the heavy rail corridor. One things for sure though, in coming years the Northwestern Motorway is not going to be able to cope with the increase in traffic from that part of Auckland.

        • Muttonbird 2.1.1.1

          Nor SH16. This is the problem. Earth is being turned for the houses of many tens of thousands of people and the infrastructure to get them to and from work is an afterthought.

          There’s that many people going to be living in that region in 10 years that another line is necessary, not trams.

          • ScottGN 2.1.1.1.1

            The light rail will most likely deliver commuters to their destination just as quickly as a heavy rail option and be better than the same drive on the motorway network.

            • Muttonbird 2.1.1.1.1.1

              I just don’t understand why you wouldn’t build on the existing infrastructure. Why create another system incompatible with the one in existence?

              Not an expert but I do believe light rail is not as fast as heavy rail.

              • ScottGN

                Light rail can be just as fast Muttonbird depending on how it’s incorporated. And believe me, the train I get every morning from Kingsland to Britomart is so fucking slow. Dwell times (the time spent at each station) alone is dismal on the network. A snappy LRT would be a major improvement.

                • Muttonbird

                  Surely those are just operational problems and part of the severe under investment in public transport this country has been guilty of since its very founding? Light rail isn’t going to do the distances required in a very spread out city such as Auckland. It’s worth noting that there is no modern LRT in this country to date.

                  • ScottGN

                    The reason there isn’t LRT in NZ yet is due to the very reason you outline, a lack of investment. LRT in dedicated track zones as proposed for both the northwestern and southwestern lines is capable of 80+ kms per hour. It will be plenty good enough for what we need and a cheaper option than heavy rail.

        • Draco T Bastard 2.1.1.2

          n coming years the Northwestern Motorway is not going to be able to cope with the increase in traffic from that part of Auckland.

          It can’t cope with it now.

          • Muttonbird 2.1.1.2.1

            Yep. There’s already chaos on the section just finished and that is without 50-100K extra people living out there in the next 10 years.

            Trams aren’t going to do the job. Another rain line is crucial, the corridor is already there, electrify it, people travel from Northwest Auckland to the CBD in an hour.

            Done.

            • ScottGN 2.1.1.2.1.1

              Trams or LRT, whatever you want to call it can easily do the job. Heavy rail trains may well well zoom from Kumeu to the city but there are serious capacity constraints on the heavy rail network as you head towards Britomart. My train in the morning sits, more often than not, at Newmarket waiting for clearance to proceed to Britomart.

              • Muttonbird

                I thought that’s what the CRL was going to alleviate. The reason you sit at Newmarket is that there’s currently only one way out of Britomart.

                • ScottGN

                  Even with CRL heavy rail can’t provide Auckland with the service we need. LRT needs to be layered over the top of that.

                  • Muttonbird

                    Well to me LR does the work in close and the big trains do the heavily populated routes such as Airport to CBD and the distance routes such as South to CBD and Northwest to CBD which is the current situation.

          • Tamati Tautuhi 2.1.1.2.2

            In 10 years time AT will figure out there is a problem and get some monkey to do some figures ?

            • Muttonbird 2.1.1.2.2.1

              I think this job is so important that it requires a state response not a local one. I’ve always said the state not local government dictates population numbers so the state not local government should be responsible for the infrastructure to get them around.

      • Tamati Tautuhi 2.1.2

        Agree !00% NZF is working on it.

        =

    • Pat 2.2

      Has anyone costed a completely free (running costs) to user public transport system for Auckland?

      • ScottGN 2.2.1

        I don’t think anyone has done that work for Auckland’s situation. But you’d have to assume the cost would be less than the 1-1.5 billion cost of traffic congestion in this city every year.

    • Draco T Bastard 2.3

      The train was heaving.

      Was that a Good Thing™?

  3. Muttonbird 3

    A frightening article from Peter Wilson who is a National Party aligned journalist. Even he is shocked at the way the public service operated under the guidance of the National Party.

    The most shocking finding, Stuff reported, was the Ministry of Social Development hiring investigators to dig up dirt on witnesses in the case of two brothers seeking damages from the government for being abused in state care.

    It’s sad that our once great country has been allowed to be taken over by RWNJs. I’ve been taken to task for calling the National Party evil, but they truely are…

    https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/on-the-inside/378839/week-in-politics-spying-report-must-shake-confidence-in-public-service

    • James 3.1

      Here you go again making accusations / comments about people with nothing to back it up:

      “Peter Wilson who is a National Party aligned journalist”

      Anything to back that up?

    • Rosemary McDonald 3.2

      “A frightening article from Peter Wilson who is a National Party aligned journalist. Even he is shocked at the way the public service operated under the guidance of the National Party.

      “”The most shocking finding, Stuff reported, was the Ministry of Social Development hiring investigators to dig up dirt on witnesses in the case of two brothers seeking damages from the government for being abused in state care.””

      It’s sad that our once great country has been allowed to be taken over by RWNJs. I’ve been taken to task for calling the National Party evil, but they truely are…”

      Maybe not exactly evil, but definitely close. However the RWNJs who were sitting on the Gummint benches when that particular outrage was going on were Labour.

      Click to access Report%20of%20the%20inquiry%20into%20the%20use%20of%20external%20security%20consultants%20by%20government%20agencies.pdf

      pages 41-45

  4. Anne 4

    It’s sad that our once great country has been allowed to be taken over by RWNJs.

    And don’t forget who started the descent to the bottom of the Social Welfare barrel – Christine Rankin. You know, the one Paula Benefit regarded as her most important mentor.

  5. greywarshark 6

    NZ’s first electrical ferry to be built in Wellington
    \\http://wellington.scoop.co.nz/?p=115098

    Not only is this the first of its kind in New Zealand, but also the entire southern hemisphere, demonstrating the ground-breaking nature of this project in making a legitimate commitment to the future of sustainable transport.

    The project will consist of a modern, composite catamaran ferry using a McKay designed and installed power and energy management system, energy storage system and electric propulsion. Project delivery is expected in the 4th quarter of 2019.

  6. Draco T Bastard 7

    Oh, this is so delicious:

    Russia opened fire on the Ukrainian ships and then seized them and their crews near Crimea – which Russia annexed from Ukraine in March 2014. The Kerch Strait is the only outlet to the Sea of Azov and controls access to two major Ukrainian ports.

    Ukrainian Navy commits act of war – is surprised it is fired upon.

    US propaganda machine reports that it is all the Russia’s fault.

    Yes, moving any type of military hardware through a sovereign state’s territory without permission is an act of war.

    • joe90 7.1

      Russia reneged on an agreement allowing the Ukraine free navigation in the sea of Azov and the strait of Kerch.

      • greywarshark 7.1.1

        Russia said that it needed the piece of Ukraine it took over officially because it needed safety for its southern ports. Now it is committing bad faith action against Ukraine. Can’t these big powers stop themselves from pushing everyone around. They are all too big I think. Let’s go back to being small and fighting with swords seeing that fighting seems to be hard-wired in our heads.

        • Ed 7.1.1.1

          Joe hates Russia and looks forward to war against them, I fear.

          • greywarshark 7.1.1.1.1

            Who is Joe? If you are referring to Joe90, what he said in his comment
            is true. And you are being irresponsible suggesting that war is being
            ‘looked forward to’.

  7. Ed 8

    Neil Clark nails it.

    “Britain sending warships to the Black Sea to ‘send message to Russia’. It’s the 1850s all over again. Will we have another Charge of the Light Brigade too?”

    https://t.co/Wus0xzFBDL?amp=1

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