web analytics

Daily review 23/06/2020

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, June 23rd, 2020 - 47 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 …

47 comments on “Daily review 23/06/2020 ”

  1. Ian 1

    Listening to the talkback today ,as I often do and JT reckons The government has signed a deal with Fletchers to buy the land they were going to build 486 houses on at Ikimito . The prime minister says no deal has been signed. Who is lying ?

    • observer 1.1

      Why would the PM say "no deal has been signed" if it has been? Some lies are very easy to prove – by a piece of paper with a date, for example.

      Of course there may be progress towards a possible deal, but "Who is lying?" is a pretty silly way to frame it.

    • Sacha 1.2

      Ihumātao.

    • anker 1.3

      Don't be a dick Ian.

      A. I wouldn't trust John T with much at all.

      B. If a confidentiality clause has been signed then the PM will be unable to say a deal has been done.

      Think you are here to troll and develop National Meme that Jacinda is a liar, asserted by Judith Collins.

      Of course most of us remember Judith's infamous visit to Orivida that she claimed was a 5 minute stop on the way to the airport. Turned out it was a huge detour and included a meal out with a border official. Very helpful for her husband at the time.

      I wish Willie Jackson had of asked Judith what exactly was the lie Jacinda told re the Covid crisis……..

      National is in grave danger of having their dirty tactics, eg the homeless man back fire on them

  2. aj 2

    You won't find many facts on talk back radio. Not recommended unless your BS detection system is 100% functioning.

  3. observer 3

    Megan Woods wants the truth.

    Michael Woodhouse needs to front up.

    Everyone should read the letter included in that Stuff link. People can sit on the sidelines and say any old crap, without considering the consequences. But there are real consequences. Look at the resources wasted on following up this story, all because a National MP thought it would be a good lark to score a point.

    The people working on the front line have enough to do, dealing with testing, quarantine etc. Diverting them to a wild goose chase verges on the criminal. In a different context it would lead to a charge of wasting police time.

    If it happened, we have the right to know. If it didn't, we have the right to an apology.

    • ianmac 3.1

      It is odd that the Media is so keen to spot any little Government mis-step yet lets Woodhouse get away with lies. A very unpleasant little man is Woodhouse.

    • Cinny 3.2

      woodhouse playing games for his own political gain and worries about anyone else along the way, there's a word for that…. selfish.

      Megan was excellent in Q time today. Good work Megan re the letter, well done stuff for publishing it.

      • I Feel Love 3.2.1

        I wonder if his source is going to be from a "gentleman".

        • aj 3.2.1.1

          She invites his 'contact' to get in touch with the MoH. This completely exposes Woodhouse, because unless he does so, the claim holds no water at all and Woodhouse's credibility (and I use that word carefully) goes to zero along with that of his contact. Both of them are shown to have no interest in the management of this pandemic. And Woodhouse should therefore resign.

          • aj 3.2.1.1.1

            And even if it's all true, and they present a homeless man with selfies of helping himself to the mini bar, it's still an epic fail for witholding information and tying up resources. Right now Woodhouse has just lost whatever credibility he had, either outcome.

          • Muttonbird 3.2.1.1.2

            It appears the contact is inside the MoH already. Woodhouse standing by his claim yesterday he said the source was someone inside the MoH.

            If that person wants to claim whistleblower status, they should, as they will be protected.

      • mary_a 3.2.2

        Cinny (3.2) .. Megan Woods is certainly proving her worth in her new role. She's really good.

        Don't be surprised if Woodhouse comes out next with the invisible man seen sneaking in to a hotel on the back of CV19 isolation, for a two week free stay or something just as ridiculous! Information supplied of course by his usual "reliable", but confidential source, who seems to be very busy. Or are there several "reliable" sources working on MW's behalf?

    • Rapunzel 3.3

      This seems pretty comprehensive and also as you mention shows the resources that look to have had to be wasted on a pointless & reckless witch hunt https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12342340

  4. Dennis Frank 4

    Heatwave in Siberia: https://edition.cnn.com/2020/06/22/weather/siberia-arctic-100-degrees-climate-change-trnd/index.html

    "Temperatures in the small Siberian town of Verkhoyansk hit 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit on Saturday… Verkhoyansk sits on the Yana River in the Arctic Circle and, during the winter, is considered one of the world's coldest towns — in 1892, temperatures dropped to -90 degrees Fahrenheit."

  5. Herodotus 5

    appears the fishing industry is not only the domain of NZ1st

    Thank you labour, and this follows yet another delay for cameras on boats, something I understand National when in govt passed.
    Greens watch out for duplicity from Labour when it comes to the environment.
    https://i.stuff.co.nz/environment/121913878/lost-at-sea-labour-and-greens-split-over-campbell-island-sanctuary

  6. Rosemary McDonald 6

    Perhaps someone can help me out here?

    https://www.rnz.co.nz/national/programmes/checkpoint/audio/2018751900/boy-with-disability-living-in-garage-as-family-waits-on-housing-nz-for-home

    Seems that MSD has no fewer than twenty grades of priority for housing…and this woman living with her two disabled children in a fucking un-insulated garage only triggered Grade A12.

    This was boosted to A16 after Checkpoint got involved.

    So…what qualifies a family for grade of A20?

    5 disabled kids in a shoebox on side of road?

    Savage it is….savage.

    SSDD

    • I Feel Love 6.1

      It absolutely sux Rosemary, what a shame we have an ineffective opposition who give even less a shit than Labour.

    • weka 6.2

      She is on the housing waiting list; but Maria told RNZ's Checkpoint Work and Income has so far directed her to several unsuitable properties, including motel units with stairs and no disabled access for her son.

      Fucksake. WINZ apologised, but I want to know what they're changing about their system so this doesn't happen again.

      And why not put them in a hotel in the meantime? Buying up some motels right now and retrofitting them would probably be sensible too.

      "Also a target has been set for the new homes that we are building as part of the public housing building programme of 15 percent of homes that have universal design principles which essentially means they'll be accessible for people with disabilities."

      Why only 15%?

      • OnceWasTim 6.2.1

        "Fucksake. WINZ apologised, but I want to know what they're changing about their system so this doesn't happen again."

        And therein lays the problem. You can never change the system – only ever add some bell or whistle to the existing framework.

        Unless of course you go for a restructure based on some PWC or similar report which MUST always take the top down generic managerialist's approach and which must NEVER listen to people at the coalface or its "consumers", or indeed anyone in academia who've been monitoring those failing systems for bloody years. And if you do, you must ALWAYS pretend you have and pay them lip service

        CYFS/OT…….. MBIE/INZ/LI…….. Wellington's Amazing new bus network…… etc. etc.

      • Rosemary McDonald 6.2.2

        Why only 15%?

        Very good question. Surely if the 'system' (wrong, somehow, to use that word for an entity that at best is confused) catered for those with the highest need when building social housing the needs of all would be automatically met.

        These days, building for wheelchair access is so much easier than it was over twenty years ago when Peter and I last engaged with builders on access issues.

        Costs are not higher…so why the fuck not just make all social housing accessible?

        Labour and National parties….hating on disabled people with equal enthusiasm since forever.

        Seriously Jacinda and your campaign team…you do know that people with disability make up one quarter of the population?

        And those disabled people all have families of voting age?

        • weka 6.2.2.1

          I would have thought between wheelchair users, elderly, people with pushchairs, that putting ramps in new builds would have made sense. Passive and active solar too. These things should be standard by now. We've made other things mandatory, why not this?

          Imagine how Middle NZ would feel if when they went to move house they could only choose from 15% of rentals or home buys and that 15% was determined by the government.

    • gsays 6.3

      I was heartbroken hearing this woman's plight on Checkpoint last night.

      Sleeping across a bed with two children, blankets piled high on the bed, having to turn a 40kg child during the night.

      Not that I want anyone crucified, an apology for the 'short-comings' of MSD doesn't suffice.

      • Rosemary McDonald 6.3.1

        I was heartbroken

        Me too. And absolutely fucking incandescent .

        Crucifixion?

        Too fucking good for them.

  7. lprent 7

    In case anyone was wondering what the outage was..

    BIOS update. Amongst other things it reduced the damn fan noise – which has been irritating me today. Water cooler goes on again this weekend to reduce it further.

    This is in response to coming into an election, php 7.4.x getting faster by making my CPU run hotter, and a background increase in bots that I can't dissuade from reading the site in vast numbers.

    Plus of course you lot…

    (bah humbug !)

    • adam 7.1

      If it bugs you before the weekend, please throw on the water cooler.

      We all adults, we can all take some time off so you don't have to suffer.

    • Incognito 7.2

      Oh dear, I hate bots but there is nothing worse than Right Wing Nut Bots.

      Is a “water cooler” just a fancy version of a wetback?

  8. anker 8

    I think Woodhouse is being exposed as a liar. First there was the kiss and cuddle lie (the MOH confirmed five minute contact, touching women's back. NOT a kiss and cuddle).

    Now homeless man.

    I think Nats plan is to whip up hysteria around the border. Mark my words it will backfire.

    Great letter from Megan asking him to stump up with the info.

    • ScottGN 8.1

      Given that we know that outdoors it’s very unlikely transmission of the virus will occur without actual physical contact he had to throw in the “kiss and cuddle” bit, otherwise he didn’t have much of a story. It’s looking more and more certain the 2 sisters did in fact manage to get all the way to Wellington without infecting anyone. Which is not to excuse the failings of the health system to actually implement the required protocols.

  9. greywarshark 9

    Drinking water it is recommended we drink actual water, to over 1 litre a day. I certainly try to control my incipient gout.

    Forest and Bird has voiced serious anxiety, the most advanced sort, about water quality in NZ. And that is not the first time that the public have said that this is serious.

    https://thedailyblog.co.nz/2020/06/22/drinking-water-at-risk-as-high-pollution-levels-revealed-forest-and-bird/

    Ashburton’s Tinwald treatment plants recorded a nitrate-nitrogen level of 7.01 mg/l, well above the increased risk levels for colorectal, colon, and rectal cancer, and above the Ministry of Health level of 5.65 mg/l that prompts ongoing monitoring of the supply. Numerous other supplies across the wider Ashburton district recorded similar levels.

    Forest & Bird says the results are a wakeup call for the government, which last month decided not to put a Dissolved Inorganic Nitrogen limit of 1.0 mg/l (similar to nitrate-nitrogen) in the new freshwater reforms, ignoring the advice of its Science and Technical Advisory Group, as well as submissions from the New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine (that called for a level “consider

    Flint, Michigan USA had been the canary down the coal mine for bad water and bad, careless administration. Since their 2014 debacle we have had the 2016 Havelock North disgraceful water quality collapse and the sickness that followed.

    Flint has had an awful time, as shown on this timeline with details to accompany each date of the continuing problem. https://edition.cnn.com/2016/03/04/us/flint-water-crisis-fast-facts/index.html

    The switch to a new water source occurs in April 2014. In October 2014 – The General Motors plant in Flint stops using the city's water due to concerns about high levels of chlorine corroding engine parts. The company strikes a deal with a neighboring township to purchase water from Lake Huron in lieu of using water from the Flint River. The switch is anticipated to cost the city $400,000.

    But still the residents get poor water for drinking, of a lesser quality than is used for machines. January 2, 2015 – The city warns residents the water contains byproducts of disinfectants that may cause health issues including an increased risk for cancer over time. The water is deemed safe for the general population, but the elderly and parents of young children are cautioned to consult with their doctors.

    January 12, 2015 – The DWSD offers to reconnect the city with Lake Huron water, waiving a $4 million fee to restore service. City officials decline, citing concerns water rates could go up more than $12 million each year, even with the reconnection fee waiver.

    In October 2014 there is a bad report from the state authority to the Governor of Michigan Rick Snyder about the water which is followed by flushing the system and increasing the chlorine. In February 2015 the Governor sees a report that refers to "hiccups" in the system, and fudges the bad quality and health effects. $2 million is granted to deal to the problems….But one sick resident's water was tested. Testing revealed that her water had 104 parts per billion (ppb) of lead, nearly seven times greater than the EPA limit of 15 ppb.

    June 5, 2015 – A group of clergymen and activists files a lawsuit against the city, charging that the river water is a health risk. The city attorney later says the lawsuit is baseless. The case is dismissed in September.

    November 13, 2015 – Residents file a federal class action lawsuit claiming 14 state and city officials, including Snyder, knowingly exposed Flint residents to toxic water. ..

    January 14, 2016 – Snyder writes President Barack Obama to request the declaration of an expedited major disaster in Flint, estimating it will cost $55 million to install lead-free pipes throughout the city.

    January 16, 2016 – The president declines to declare a disaster in Flint. Instead, he authorizes $5 million in aid, declaring a state of emergency in the city. The state of emergency allows the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to step in…

    June 22, 2016 – Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette files civil lawsuits against two companies for their alleged role in the Flint water crisis. Veolia North America is charged with negligence, fraud and public nuisance. Lockwood, Andrews & Newman (LAN) is charged with negligence and public nuisance. …

    October 18, 2016 – The ACLU of Michigan files a class action lawsuit against school districts in Flint for exposing students to tainted water and inadequately testing children for learning disabilities that may have been caused by ingesting lead…

    February 17, 2017 – The Michigan Civil Rights Commission issues a report: "The Flint Water Crisis: Systemic Racism Through the Lens of Flint." According to the 129-page report, "deeply embedded institutional, systemic and historical racism" indirectly contributed to the ill-fated decision to tap the Flint River for drinking water as a cost-saving measure.

    March 17, 2017 – The EPA announces that it has awarded $100 million to Flint for drinking water infrastructure upgrades…

    October 5, 2018 – Flint Community Schools announces that new ultraviolet water filtration systems for water fountains are being installed at schools throughout the city. Billionaire Elon Musk and the Musk Foundation funded the project with a $480,350 donation to the district.

    Michigan took over Flint's finances in 2011 and endeavoured to cut costs. General Motors was no longer employing as it used to causing a massive rise in unemployment and loss of earnings. The people were virtually abandoned to bean counters.

    (When you get to 2019 you will notice that Governor Rick Snyder is dealt to. He is offered a Harvard senior research fellowship! But sadly had to turn it down after controversy.)

    We will be abandoned in NZ after the big boys have had their way with us. We have to be feisty little buggers and deal to those vicious, complacent, wealthy men and women. They convince themselves that they are the people who matter, they want to live like kings because they deserve it, and shape the country to lead advantages to their door because we don't deserve it. And as can be seen, the necessities of life like clean water can be denied in cities in developed countries, just as mines can pollute rivers where jungle groups and agricultural societies have lived for thousands of years and succeeded to make lives with meaning and worth.

    I've put this up on TDB and thought it would be of interest here.

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Initial Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission report shows progress
    Health Minister Andrew Little welcomes the Initial Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission’s assessment that transformation of New Zealand’s approach to mental health and addiction is underway. “This is an important step in the Government’s work to provide better and equitable mental health and wellbeing outcomes for all people in New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Over $300m returned to COVID-hit travellers
    The Government’s Consumer Travel Reimbursement Scheme has helped return over $352 million of refunds and credits to New Zealanders who had overseas travel cancelled due to COVID-19, Consumer Affairs Minister David Clark says. “Working with the travel sector, we are helping New Zealanders retrieve the money owed to them by ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Hundreds more schools join free lunches programme
    An additional 88,000 students in 322 schools and kura across the country have started the school year with a regular lunch on the menu, thanks to the Government’s Ka Ora, Ka Ako Healthy School Lunches programme. They join 42,000 students already receiving weekday lunches under the scheme, which launched last ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Govt’s balanced economic approach reflected in Crown accounts
    New Zealand’s economic recovery has again been reflected in the Government’s books, which are in better shape than expected. The Crown accounts for the seven months to the end of January 2021 were better than forecast in the Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update (HYEFU). The operating balance before gains ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Over half of border workforce receive first vaccinations
    More than half of New Zealand’s estimated 12,000 border workforce have now received their first vaccinations, as a third batch of vaccines arrive in the country, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says. As of midnight Tuesday, a total of 9,431 people had received their first doses. More than 70 percent ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Boost in funding to deliver jobs while restoring Central Otago’s lakes and waterways
    The Government is significantly increasing its investment in restoring Central Otago’s waterways while at the same time delivering jobs to the region hard-hit by the economic impact of Covid-19, says Land Information Minister, Damien O’Connor.   Mr O’Connor says two new community projects under the Jobs for Nature funding programme will ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Next stage of COVID-19 support for business and workers
    The Government has confirmed details of COVID-19 support for business and workers following the increased alert levels due to a resurgence of the virus over the weekend. Following two new community cases of COVID-19, Auckland moved to Alert Level 3 and the rest of New Zealand moved to Alert Level ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Govt committed to hosting Rugby World Cup
    The Government remains committed to hosting the Women’s Rugby World Cup in New Zealand in 2022 should a decision be made by World Rugby this weekend to postpone this year’s tournament. World Rugby is recommending the event be postponed until next year due to COVID-19, with a final decision to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Support Available for Communities affected by COVID-19
    Community and social service support providers have again swung into action to help people and families affected by the current COVID-19 alert levels. “The Government recognises that in many instances social service, community, iwi and Whānau Ora organisations are best placed to provide vital support to the communities impacted by ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Govt announces review into PHARMAC
    The Government is following through on an election promise to conduct an independent review into PHARMAC, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Health Minister Andrew Little announced today. The Review will focus on two areas: How well PHARMAC performs against its current objectives and whether and how its performance against these ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Impressive response to DOC scholarship programme
    Some of the country’s most forward-thinking early-career conservationists are among recipients of a new scholarship aimed at supporting a new generation of biodiversity champions, Conservation Minister Kiri Allan says. The Department of Conservation (DOC) has awarded one-year postgraduate research scholarships of $15,000 to ten Masters students in the natural ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Speech to ANZLF Virtual Indigenous Business Trade and Connections Event
    I acknowledge our whānau overseas, joining us from Te Whenua Moemoeā, and I wish to pay respects to their elders past, present, and emerging. Thank you for the opportunity to speak with you all today. I am very pleased to be part of the conversation on Indigenous business, and part ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Main benefits to increase in line with wages
    Social Development and Employment Minister Carmel Sepuloni announced today that main benefits will increase by 3.1 percent on 1 April, in line with the rise in the average wage. The Government announced changes to the annual adjustment of main benefits in Budget 2019, indexing main benefit increases to the average ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Deed of Settlement signed with Ngāti Maru (Taranaki)
    A Deed of Settlement has been signed between Ngāti Maru and the Crown settling the iwi’s historical Treaty of Waitangi claims, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Andrew Little announced today. The Ngāti Maru rohe is centred on the inland Waitara River valley, east to the Whanganui River and its ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Support in place for people connected to Auckland COVID-19 cases
    With a suite of Government income support packages available, Minister for Social Development and Employment Carmel Sepuloni is encouraging people, and businesses, connected to the recent Auckland COVID-19 cases to check the Work and Income website if they’ve been impacted by the need to self-isolate. “If you are required to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Statement on passing of former PNG PM Sir Michael Somare
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has expressed her condolences at the passing of long-serving former Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare. “Our thoughts are with Lady Veronica Somare and family, Prime Minister James Marape and the people of Papua New Guinea during this time of great ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Speech to the National Māori Housing Conference 2021
    E te tī, e te tā  Tēnei te mihi maioha ki a koutou  Ki te whenua e takoto nei  Ki te rangi e tū iho nei  Ki a tātou e tau nei  Tēnā tātou.  It’s great to be with you today, along with some of the ministerial housing team; Hon Peeni Henare, the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Drone project to aid protection of Māui dolphin
    The Government is backing a new project to use drone technology to transform our understanding and protection of the Māui dolphin, Aotearoa’s most endangered dolphin.    “The project is just one part of the Government’s plan to save the Māui dolphin. We are committed to protecting this treasure,” Oceans and Fisheries ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New water regulator board announced as major Government reform moves forward
    Major water reform has taken a step closer with the appointment of the inaugural board of the Taumata Arowai water services regulator, Hon Nanaia Mahuta says. Former Director General of Health and respected public health specialist Dame Karen Poutasi will chair the inaugural board of Crown agency Taumata Arowai. “Dame ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • North Auckland gets public transport upgrade
    The newly completed Hibiscus Coast Bus Station will help people make better transport choices to help ease congestion and benefit the environment, Transport Minister Michael Wood and Auckland Mayor Phil Goff said today. Michael Wood and Phil Goff officially opened the Hibiscus Coast Bus Station which sits just off the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Supporting work to protect Northland reserve
    New funding announced by Conservation Minister Kiri Allan today will provide work and help protect the unique values of Northland’s Te Ārai Nature Reserve for future generations. Te Ārai is culturally important to Te Aupōuri as the last resting place of the spirits before they depart to Te Rerenga Wairua. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Critical step to new housing deal for Pacific communities
      Today the Government has taken a key step to support Pacific people to becoming Community Housing providers, says the Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio. “This will be great news for Pacific communities with the decision to provide Pacific Financial Capability Grant funding and a tender process to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Consultation opens on proposed Bay of Islands marine mammal sanctuary
    Conservation Minister Kiri Allan is encouraging New Zealanders to have their say on a proposed marine mammal sanctuary to address the rapid decline of bottlenose dolphins in Te Pēwhairangi, the Bay of Islands. The proposal, developed jointly with Ngā Hapū o te Pēwhairangi, would protect all marine mammals of the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Three District Court Judges appointed
    Attorney-General David Parker today announced the appointment of three new District Court Judges.    Two of the appointees will take up their roles on 1 April, replacing sitting Judges who have reached retirement age.     Kirsten Lummis, lawyer of Auckland has been appointed as a District Court Judge with jury jurisdiction to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government announces list of life-shortening conditions guaranteeing early KiwiSaver access
    Government announces list of life-shortening conditions guaranteeing early KiwiSaver access The Government changed the KiwiSaver rules in 2019 so people with life-shortening congenital conditions can withdraw their savings early The four conditions guaranteed early access are – down syndrome, cerebral palsy, Huntington’s disease and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder An alternative ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Reserve Bank to take account of housing in decision making
    The Reserve Bank is now required to consider the impact on housing when making monetary and financial policy decisions, Grant Robertson announced today. Changes have been made to the Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee’s remit requiring it to take into account government policy relating to more sustainable house prices, while working ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Investment to reduce cochlear implant waitlist
    The Labour Government will invest $6 million for 70 additional adult cochlear implants this year to significantly reduce the historical waitlist, Health Minister Andrew Little says. “Cochlear implants are life changing for kiwis who suffer from severe hearing loss. As well as improving an individual’s hearing, they open doors to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Māori wards Bill passes third reading
    The Local Electoral (Māori Wards and Māori Constituencies) Amendment Bill passed its third reading today and will become law, Minister of Local Government Hon Nanaia Mahuta says. “This is a significant step forward for Māori representation in local government. We know how important it is to have diversity around ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Government delivers 1,000 more transitional housing places
    The Government has added 1,000 more transitional housing places as promised under the Aotearoa New Zealand Homelessness Action Plan (HAP), launched one year ago. Minister of Housing Megan Woods says the milestone supports the Government’s priority to ensure every New Zealander has warm, dry, secure housing. “Transitional housing provides people ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Second batch of Pfizer/BioNTech doses arrives safely – as the first vaccinations take place in the...
    A second batch of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines arrived safely yesterday at Auckland International Airport, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says. “This shipment contained about 76,000 doses, and follows our first shipment of 60,000 doses that arrived last week. We expect further shipments of vaccine over the coming weeks,” Chris Hipkins said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • $18 million for creative spaces to make arts more accessible
    The Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Carmel Sepuloni has today announced $18 million to support creative spaces. Creative spaces are places in the community where people with mental health needs, disabled people, and those looking for social connection, are welcomed and supported to practice and participate in the arts ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Moriori Claims Settlement Bill passes first reading
    Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Andrew Little today welcomed Moriori to Parliament to witness the first reading of the Moriori Claims Settlement Bill. “This bill is the culmination of years of dedication and hard work from all the parties involved. “I am delighted to reach this significant milestone today,” Andrew ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Government action reduces child poverty
    22,400 fewer children experiencing material hardship 45,400 fewer children in low income households on after-housing costs measure After-housing costs target achieved a year ahead of schedule Government action has seen child poverty reduce against all nine official measures compared to the baseline year, Prime Minister and Minister for Child Poverty ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Entries open for the 2021 Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards
    It’s time to recognise the outstanding work early learning services, kōhanga reo, schools and kura do to support children and young people to succeed, Minister of Education Chris Hipkins says. The 2021 Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards are now open through until April 16. “The past year has reminded us ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Jobs for Nature benefits three projects
    Three new Jobs for Nature projects will help nature thrive in the Bay of Plenty and keep local people in work says Conservation Minister Kiri Allan. “Up to 30 people will be employed in the projects, which are aimed at boosting local conservation efforts, enhancing some of the region’s most ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Improvements to the Holidays Act on the way
    The Government has accepted all of the Holidays Act Taskforce’s recommended changes, which will provide certainty to employers and help employees receive their leave entitlements, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Wood announced today. Michael Wood said the Government established the Holidays Act Taskforce to help address challenges with the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • NZ’s credit rating lifted as economy recovers
    The Government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and faster than expected economic recovery has been acknowledged in today’s credit rating upgrade. Credit ratings agency Standard & Poor’s (S&P) today raised New Zealand’s local currency credit rating to AAA with a stable outlook. This follows Fitch reaffirming its AA+ rating last ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Speech to National Remembrance Service on the 10th anniversary of the Christchurch earthquake
    Tena koutou e nga Maata Waka Ngai Tuahuriri, Ngai Tahu whanui, Tena koutou. Nau mai whakatau mai ki tenei ra maumahara i te Ru Whenua Apiti hono tatai hono, Te hunga mate ki te hunga mate Apiti hono tatai hono, Te hunga ora ki te hunga ora Tena koutou, Tena ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Government reaffirms urgent commitment to ban harmful conversion practices
    The Minister of Justice has reaffirmed the Government’s urgent commitment, as stated in its 2020 Election Manifesto, to ban conversion practices in New Zealand by this time next year. “The Government has work underway to develop policy which will bring legislation to Parliament by the middle of this year and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • New creative service aims to benefit 1,000 peoples’ careers
    Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage and Social Development Hon Carmel Sepuloni today launched a new Creative Careers Service, which is expected to support up to 1,000 creatives, across three regions over the next two years. The new service builds on the most successful aspects of the former Pathways to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago