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Daily review 23/12/2022

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, December 23rd, 2022 - 56 comments
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  1. Anker 1

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/politics/three-waters-nanaia-mahuta-introduces-130-pages-of-changes-to-a-law-hours-after-passing-it/23EV4NZJ4RC37L3HSKOYDNH5FE/

    What the hell? Mahuta introduces 130 pages of changes to three waters after it passes.

    “There are a significant number of amendments to that prior bill – changing the definition of stormwater which takes all road water networks out of stormwater; significant strengthening around some of the Māori elements along with expectations around the Treaty and the commitments of the CEOs [of the water entities]; the provision for charging for water services; and a significant sway of regulatory or compliance amendments,” Watts said.

    • Robert Guyton 1.1

      Fine-tuning. Clearly a conscientious perfectionist, intent on forging the very best bill possible.

      Good on her.

      Nanaia Muhuta is an intelligent, hard-working, sincere person, perfectly suited to the role she has been assigned.

      • Tinderdry6 1.1.1

        ‘Fine tuning’? After all the time she’s had to write this legislation? I don’t think so.

        • Craig H 1.1.1.1

          I have my doubts that the Minister actually personally drafted the legislation…

          • Shanreagh 1.1.1.1.1

            Craig H you mustn't give PS insider information like that away.

            Ministers do everything in their portfolios. PM does everything as well as driving trucks to restock supermarket shelves in times of shortage such as in the times of lockdown with Covid plus the actual physical shelf stocking. At least she was blamed for shortages at the time. .

            • tinderdry6 1.1.1.1.1.1

              Ministers are responsible for ensuring legislation passed through the house does not have '130 pages of amendments' required to a bill that 'just passed'. It's sloppy lawmaking. But heh the entire history of Mahuta's stewardship of 3 Waters has been 'sloppy', at best.

              • Shanreagh

                I am sure with your vast experience of working in the PCO's office etc and looking at the passage of bills through the house you will be well placed to comment on the stewardship of the Three Waters Bills through the House: not.

                The Herald had to provide balance of some sort despite probably rather not having to by quoting

                'A Government spokeswoman said the next bill “adds to the Waters Services Entities Act by setting out the detailed functions and powers of the entities. These amendments are largely technical and administrative in nature.

                “The scale of this reform programme is significant and complex. Because of this, it requires separate Bills to deal with different matters.

                “At the end of the whole parliamentary process, the legislation will be brought back together to stand up the Water Services Entities to provide drinking water, wastewater and stormwater services to New Zealand by 1 July 2024,” the spokeswoman said.

                She said the Government had signalled there would be multiple bills, publicly and to the select committee.'

                I think the RMA was divided into several Bills to assist passage through the house, or it was a large environmental bill that went through at the time.

                The best and main point is though do we want the best legislation or not? I would be thinking the 'best' and what better time to achieve this than when the Bills are still 'live'.

                On the Herald itself and its coverage Bryan Gould comments here

                https://bryangould.com/theherald-a-joke/

                He concludes:

                'With news coverage as biased as this from our leading newspaper, what chance do we have of operating an effective and working democracy?'

                I class The Herald as one of the screechers like Mike Hosking.

                Back in the day I used to get The Herald and it followed me on subscription to various places in NZ. It used to have a reputation as being a bit behind the eight ball, a little bit old fashioned 'Granny' being the nickname, but has changed to being strident and screechy. I got it as my 'local' to get local news/doings/real estate. At the time I got it on sub no-one really got it for the quality of its political analysis.

                It is a pity that in trying to expand its national political coverage it has opted to be less than what is needed as a functioning member of the Fourth Estate.

                • tinderdry6

                  “The scale of this reform programme is significant and complex. Because of this, it requires separate Bills to deal with different matters."

                  Except that this latest bill did much more than that. It was "mainly (be) a series of amendments to the second bill.". Why are such amendments due so soon after the original legislation was passed? Why could those 'amendments' not have been included in the original legislation?

                  The Minister has managed the 3waters program poorly, and this, more than any media coverage, has contributed to the significant public distaste for 3waters.

                  • Incognito

                    Watts agreed that the fact there would be multiple bills is nothing new – however, he said the Government had not been transparent about the fact this bill, the third bill in the Three Waters reform process, would mainly be a series of amendments to the second bill. [my italics]

                    From a cursory look at the Bill, it would seem that Watts was indeed politicking and grandstanding (aka making up shit), as suspected.

                    https://legislation.govt.nz/bill/government/2022/0210/latest/whole.html#LMS794055

                    As a member of the responsible Select Committee he was probably also complaining that he’s in over his head because these Bills are hugely complex.

                    • tinderdry6

                      Of course he was politicking. Doesn't change a thing.

                      "There are a significant number of amendments to that prior bill – changing the definition of stormwater which takes all road water networks out of stormwater; significant strengthening around some of the Māori elements along with expectations around the Treaty and the commitments of the CEOs [of the water entities]; the provision for charging for water services; and a significant sway of regulatory or compliance amendments,” Watts said.

                      The "detailed functions and powers of the entities" should have been in the original Water Services Entities Act.

                    • Incognito []

                      A matter of opinion. Amendments are natural part of Bills, just look at how many other amendments are in this new Bill. Three Waters reforms were always going to comprise several Bills. Watts is spinning a narrative rather than doing his job as SC member and MP, which is so typical of Nat MPs: whinge & whine but offer nothing much of substance. I can see the appeal to you because you simply are anti-Three Waters no matter what and your comments are self-serving without substance.

                    • tinderdry6

                      "Amendments are natural part of Bills…"

                      Interesting. Can you think of a bill that introduced amendments to an Act passed just hours before? Of course there will be plenty of examples in which a Bill was changed days before being passed into law (including a notable example recently by this same Minister). But just hours after?

                    • Shanreagh

                      Actually Td I am not sure that you are onto a point at all.

                      In my summation of what can happen when bills go through I think the Minister has been blessed with a good department that is following the changes made, worked out if they have implications for clauses passed or to come and they have put forward amendments on the way through. Bear in mind that this was a very complex Bill, quite confusing with amdts/counteramdts and being part of an omnibus set of legislation.

                      You are buying into the idea that this is

                      a) unusual

                      b) worthy of condemnation

                      from the statement of a new Nat MP (2 years in) who has no prior, ie in terms of previous work, legislative drafting experience, and no in house parliamentary experience in legal drafting.

                      He may have been on the select committee but does not seem to have kept his eyes open and absorbed what is going on. I would have thought that a member of the select cttee would have been well aware of the Dept'l workload, the huge amount of work put in by PCO & dept'l staff and of the changes that had gone though to make this workload.

                      (bearing in mind that select cttee members and dept'l staff usually get to be on close terms because of the work they do together.)

                      I actually think he would have done better to have congratulated the select cttee on the work they had done, commented that it is not done yet and work awaits if he needed to say anything at all.

                      Saying stuff like this just shows him to be a bit of a 'cock', dick, dork (take your pick, excuse the French). People who know how things work will be saying just that while those who don't know how things work will be saying 'shock, horror did you hear what he said….?'

                      He is just grandstanding or politicking as Incognito has said.

                • tinderdry6

                  "and they have put forward amendments on the way through."

                  A sound legislative process would be one in which said amendments were made to the legislation as that legislation passed through the various stages of the house. Not hours after it passed into law.

                  Bear in mind that this was a very complex Bill, quite confusing with amdts/counteramdts and being part of an omnibus set of legislation."

                  Yes and I would argue that places an even greater responsibility on those responsible for the legislation to get it right.

                  "You are buying into the idea that this is

                  a) unusual

                  b) worthy of condemnation"

                  Assuming by 'this' you mean making changes to a law within hours of it passing:

                  a) I would expect it is highly unusual, otherwise there would be a pattern of very poor practice. But I will wait for any other examples to be provided.

                  b) It is certainly worthy of criticism. The entire passage of the 3Waters proposal has been tardy. Just three examples are the infantile advertising that had to be cut short, the deception around the opt out, and the potentially 'constitutionally damaging' attempt to entrench public ownership. I could give plenty more examples, and almost all will fall at the feet of the Minister. This is just the latest example.

              • Shanreagh

                TD my response at 3.40pm 25/12/22 was harsh.

                I know that this idea of 'sloppiness' is your opinion and you are entitled to it.

                Hopefully though it has not been formed by the likes of the article that Anker linked to from the Herald. The article mentioned a Nat MP that they had obviously asked to comment on the 'shock, horror' expose about the amendments.

                Simon Watts came into parliament in 2020 and therefore has no experince in shepherding legislation through the house from early stages to enactment. If say the Herald has got someone on the Nats side who had experience in legislation of the size and complexity of the Three Waters legislation then perhaps there would have been a point.

                But as it is we have commentary breathlessly quoted from the Herald from a person who has had no relevant experience. There is no measure to say if 130 pages is more than usual, less than usual or about average.

                As you have always listene to what I have to say even though we mostly would disagree, I can only give you my experiences from the departmental side and the Ministers office advisory side of two pieces of legislation where I did have some sort of experience at the stage where Three Waters is now..

                Of course in many Govt depts our whole whole work lives are spent looking at legislation, amendments, writing technical policy etc about the legislation. Mine mostly was.

                Anyway back to what happens that could cause 130 pages of amendments

                1 the draft legislation would have come itoot parliament via PCO/legal departmental officers often many months before

                2 clause are drafted to work within each other and with other parts of the bill.

                3 after it has been introduced, referred to select committees, come back into the house, changed at various stages some of these clause don't work within themselves or with each other as well as they had before. This is even with the best legislative brains in the business looking at it. PCO are the best legal drafting brains.

                4 the reason for this is usually time pressures.

                5 once the legislation goes back to the department then the best subject matter experts will have a look and say well even though it is well drafted it will have ramifications for this section or that section and these will need to have changes made.

                6 the worst case scenario is that a section is amended somewhere and that further down the track we find that a whole part of an act cannot actually work.

                7 Of course everybody is working like beavers to make sure this doesn't happen, huge long hours are worked both at PCO level and departmental level. With legislation going through it was not unusual for PCO/Minister's offices and departmental legal and subject matter experts to work all day & night with minimal breaks. Having meetings at 11.00pm etc to discuss wording being surprised at one of these meetings to suddenly have the PM appear, concerned about a clause.

                8 Suggestions for amendments can come from other MPs with legal drafting experience and from members of the select committees from all sides of the house.

                9 This all takes time

                10 So it gets enacted, and remembering there was a giant mix-up because of the entrenchment clauses lodged by Eugenie Sage.

                11 So something final comes back to the department and subject matter experts look at the final product…….there may be unexpected clashes etc with other parts of bills to come, with existing legislation etc etc.

                12 they will bring these to the attention of the Minister. When we did this we usually advised if we could live with the unexpected or not. If not what was the urgency in getting it fixed? Would a fix be controversial?

                13 In this case because there are still parts to come and because some are urgent and some are 'well we may as well clarify while we can' they would have all gone up.

                14 In our department just days after legislation had been enacted we would be starting a file series to cover amendments to it that may arise in the future. Depending how urgent and the legislative programmes these might get in the following year or in ten years time by which case they would be joined by 50 or so other proposed amendments.

                So I don't think you can say that this is sloppy, in fact it is usual

                As I have said you have your opinion about Hon Mahuta's handling.

                Bearing mind the hugely complex bill, treading new ground I think as a Minister shepherding legislation through she is easily on a par with Minister's who have dealt with similar legislation.

                In common parlance I think she 'is across' her portfolio, she would probably be able to give a commentary on some of the minutiae at the drop of a hat.

                I know the two Ministers I worked for (Nat/Lab) were able to converse at length on various aspects on legislation they had got through the House. One even gave a speech on it without notes on a complicated piece of legislation from the portfolio!

                Sorry for the length and again for being harsh about your opinion.

                • Hi S. I’ve only just seen this reply, and I really do appreciate the care you’ve taken in your response.

                  My view on the media is simply that editorial is the place for expressing opinion, and all other reporting should be presenting facts, without fear or favour. But I’m a dinosaur, and I have learned from personal experience that what sells is what gets printed in most cases.

                  Have a thoroughly good new year.

                  • Shanreagh

                    Well I'm joining you in dinosaur land. smiley

                    Ha ha imagine how happy we would be with our media printing facts and editorials or guest comments providing the opinion.

                    Mind you NZ Herald has always been a bit Nat oriented per editorial stance…what seems to have changed is that the articles seem to reflect this and do not present an all sides view.

                    And to be simple we need all the sides so we can have good opinions, whatever they may be.

                    Happy New Year to you too TD……looking forward to seeing your opinions as we go forward.

      • Anne 1.1.2

        Indeed, that has long been my assessment of her too Robert. She is vastly under-rated but it is to be expected since she is Maori and has a moko. Something else that is underrated is the high level of racism that exists in NZ – not that the offenders ever admit to it.

      • Jester 1.1.3

        "Clearly a conscientious perfectionist". That's your best line yet. Pure gold. Passed that on to a few people here and they still haven't stopped laughing!

        • Shanreagh 1.1.3.1

          Why?

          Is it funny to some people? What kind of people would these be?

          Nat voters

          Anti Maori people ie prejudiced people?

          People who drive tractors with silly signs on them?

          We are waiting in anticipation

          • Robert Guyton 1.1.3.1.1

            The folk you list are more sneerers than laughers, so I'm guessing Jester's crowd are either patients in an institution, or stoned; the sort of people who would laugh at length at a piece of string wriggling.

          • Jester 1.1.3.1.2

            None were farmers that I know of. A couple of plumbers, an electrician, a builder, a lawyer, a few retail workers and some uni students. Just average people.

            • Shanreagh 1.1.3.1.2.1

              So no anti Maori people and no Nat voters?

              Though I prefer to think of these contacts of yours as those who wouwith strange senses of humour.

              The people I know laugh at things that are really funny like the jokes in Christmas crackers.

              • Jester

                Yes I'm sure there were some Nat voters among them as roughly 37% of people vote Nats?

                And ironically, nearly half of them were Maori (or partly). So I don't think they would be anti Maori.

                But it's funny how you play the race card saying 'anti Maori people' (just like those that argue Efeso lost to Brown because of his colour, nothing to do with the fact they wanted change or thought Brown would get more done).

    • Incognito 1.2

      That Bill was introduced on 8 Dec and had its First Reading on 13 Dec. Why the whinge about it on pretty much the last day before people go on holiday? Who’s playing political games here?

    • roblogic 1.3

      Note how Granny Herald (organ of the colonial settler regime) reports every political story through a National Party lens. They could have gone to the source and asked Mahuta herself.

      Twats

  2. adam 3

    Enjoy watching this on your cell phone or Ipad.

    • Sabine 3.1

      Tsk tsk tsk, electric car are the greenest thing for environmentally minded personz and peoplez in the parts of the world were we refuse to mine or drill because mining and drilling destroys the the environment and pollution is for poor countries, not us civilized western first world countries.. Now tell the anxious consuming masses that they should buy another battery driven gadget, replace that barely one year old communication device, get that government money for that E-car, and feel 100% green and clean and it keeps the economy going and it brings in GST and sales taxes. Woot Woot. Feel good. Feel Green. Feel Clean in your 50+ Grand vehicle. After all, what else is to life then spending money on shit no one actually needs.

  3. weston 4

    Hard to find a more nauseating sight than 400 or so stupid yanks in a room all clapping like seals but there it was ….again !! just like the 'Juan Guido ' episode with Donald Trump presiding where exactly the same wierd scenes played out .

    Those 400 yanks from 'both sides of the isle ' who ordinarily cant agree on anything !! yet have no trouble voting for endless war .This year its apparently more than a trillion dollars for its military not including what its spending in Ukraine .

    Funniest moment is where one of the senators declares "
    they're gonna track down an find out who wasnt clapping "!!!You couldnt make it up !!Ikiest moment is where zelensky kisses Nancy !! eeewww !!

    Tucker nails it

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vs3ZOH3__Do

    • roblogic 4.1

      Hard to find a more nauseating sight than a clip of Tucker Carlson 🤮

      • westonI couldnt watch him 4.1.1

        I couldnt watch him every night but like i said he nails it here and for MSM he quite often does imo

        [Please, fix your user name – Incognito]

      • Shanreagh 4.1.2

        True ‘dat Roblogic and so consistently wrong as well.

        • weston 4.1.2.1

          You may as well just go baaaa baa baaa shanreagh

          • roblogic 4.1.2.1.1

            lol, says the Fox News viewer

            • weston 4.1.2.1.1.1

              Perhaps if u had half a clue of the actual subject roblogic and an appreciation of what was actually available to inform you on MSM you'd think differently but i see youre content just to go with the mob ie Zelensky is "churchilian "the Ukrainians are winning and if you dont clap its the end of the world as we know it etc etc etc …whateva ..the world will spin for a few more revolutions yet hopefully

                • weston

                  Your reply is completely out of context to my original comment roblogic it was specifically about a room full of supposedly intelligent and very important people in AMERICA who were clapping " like seals" in other words because everybody else was clapping .The thing looked like a movie because thats exactly what it was the movie directors were 'setting the scene ' they were selling a war !

                  Tucker Carlson just exposed a few parts of the action afaik the only news anchor in MSM to do so and i take my hat off to him for doing so .

                  incidentally i could find you a hundred links detailing Ukrainian transgressions of human rights but i suggest you find them yourself war is hell on both sides of the conflict .

              • Macro

                You Literally Can't Believe The Facts Tucker Carlson Tells You. So Say Fox's Lawyers

                Now comes the claim that you can't expect to literally believe the words that come out of Carlson's mouth. And that assertion is not coming from Carlson's critics. It's being made by a federal judge in the Southern District of New York and by Fox News's own lawyers in defending Carlson against accusations of slander. It worked, by the way.

                Just read U.S. District Judge Mary Kay Vyskocil's opinion, leaning heavily on the arguments of Fox's lawyers: The "'general tenor' of the show should then inform a viewer that [Carlson] is not 'stating actual facts' about the topics he discusses and is instead engaging in 'exaggeration' and 'non-literal commentary.' "

                • weston

                  Not believing facts etc

                  Yeah i noticed that back when the story first came out , its a weird scene to be sure its America !! But just because Tucker appears to fuck up in this case does'nt negate his input to news for all time it just reemphasizes what we have always known ie caveat emptor .

    • joe90 4.2

      Hard to find a more nauseating sight

      Easy.

      The nauseatingly sinister sight of a white nationalist proclaiming a prominent Jewish politician as having "declared war against Christianity"

      A close second is you and your ilk lapping up Carlson's blood libel.

    • RedLogix 4.3

      Tucker Carlson has some historic parallels with Charles Lindbergh, another very high profile figure in American history.

      Lindbergh was the figurehead of American isolationism in the early 1940's:

      American isolationism may have reached its zenith on 1940, when a group of Congress members and influential private citizens, headed by already-famed aviator Charles A. Lindbergh, formed the America First Committee (AFC) with the specific goal of preventing America from becoming involved in World War II then being waged in Europe and Asia.

      When the AFC first convened on September 4, 1940, Lindbergh told the gathering that while isolationism did not mean walling off America from contact with the rest of the world, “it does mean that the future of America will not be tied to these eternal wars in Europe. It means that American boys will not be sent across the ocean to die so that England or Germany or France or Spain may dominate the other nations.”

      “An independent American destiny means, on the one hand, that our soldiers will not have to fight everybody in the world who prefers some other system of life to ours. On the other hand, it means that we will fight anybody and everybody who attempts to interfere with our hemisphere,”

      And if you follow Peter Zeihan, you will have heard his detailed argument that this same isolationist spirit has been gradually re-asserting itself in the US since the end of the Cold War. Obviously events like Iraq and Afghanistan ran counter to this narrative, but the undercurrent has been growing steadily. It perhaps had it's most recent and visible manifestation, in Biden's precipitous and disastrously handled withdrawal from Afghanistan, and quite likely played into Poots equally disastrous miscalculation that NATO would not care too much about Ukraine.

      Carlson is giving modern voice to this very American sentiment – why should they pay in blood and treasure for wars being fought on the other side of the planet? But then reality came to visit:

      After growing to over 800,000 members, the AFC disbanded on December 11, 1941, less than a week after the Japanese sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. In its final press release, the Committee stated that while its efforts might have prevented it, the Pearl Harbor attack made it the duty of all Americans to support the war effort to defeat Nazism and the Axis powers.

      His mind and heart changed, Lindbergh flew more than 50 combat missions in the Pacific theater as a civilian, and after the war, traveled throughout Europe helping with the U.S. military rebuild and revitalize the continent.

      Both Lindbergh and Carlson are best understood in the light of this very old pattern of American thinking, born of their fight for independence from colonial empires, and fostered by a geography that literally isolates them by two oceans and grants them the option to decouple economically from much of the rest of the world if they so needed to.

      But events always prove the basis of this thinking to be wrong – deluded at worst. Lindbergh to his credit changed his mind; it remains to be seen what Carlson's future holds.

      • SPC 4.3.1

        There is another aspect, Tucker Carlson is in synch with the notion of a white race religion, heritage and cultural order, one that he sees Putin as part of. Even to the point of dismissing any priority to a collective defence of democratic nations. Which is only a few steps away from acceptance of doing bad things to secure domestic political victory for the GOP.

        Japan attacking US homeland (50 state) territory crossed even the isolationists redline (and Hitler declared war on the USA afterwards), and of course they were in full support of a containment of Soviet communism, in defence of private ownership etc.

        • RedLogix 4.3.1.1

          Well yes. Carlson is a social conservative as is much of Russian society. But it is possible to be anti-woke and yet anti-imperialist at the same time and this war is going to leave him exposed on the wrong side of history.

          I think this is because Carlson represents an essentially backward looking conservatism; that lacking a positive vision for the future, clings instead to a selectively rosy view of the past. He is far from alone in this.

          • weston 4.3.1.1.1

            " the wrong side of history "

            You reckon ? Imo the exact opposite is true , like a good deal of the information coming out of this war , casualty figures for example the line about a lie going right around the world before the truth has got its boots on has never been more apt .

      • weston 4.3.2

        Jeepers seems like not a very good fit comparing Lindbergh and Carlson red i mean Carlson just comes across to me as a salesman he's just selling fox news to the world and undoubtedly making huge money in the process i dunno how much he makes but i remember hearing that that lunatic Maddow was making 30mil annually for the four years she peddled the Russiagate hoax .

        To me Tucker Carlson steps away from the 'official narrative ' just long enough for me to notice additionally he interviews people the rest of MSM considers persona non grata . I think thats a good thing .

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  • Wage consistency for school bus drivers   
    Additional funding will be available to make the wage rates of rural school bus drivers consistent with those who drive for comparable public transport services, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today.  “For many students and families, assistance with transport to school is vital, and school bus drivers are essential to ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Great Walks to see great numbers visiting this summer
    The Department of Conservation expects a busy season this summer with the return of overseas visitors and high numbers of New Zealanders taking time out in nature, Minister of Conservation Poto Williams says. As the temperature rose, so did visitor numbers in October, as just under half (44%) of New ...
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  • Open Government Fourth National Action Plan released
    New Zealand’s Fourth National Action Plan under the Open Government Partnership was made public today. “Open government is about strengthening democracy, building trust and improving wellbeing. This Fourth Plan includes commitments that are designed to bring positive change for the people in New Zealand,” Chris Hipkins said. The plan contains ...
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  • New Zealand welcomes new global deal for nature
    The COP15 summit in Montréal brought together parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, who after four years of negotiations, have agreed a turning point for nature, committing to halt and reverse biodiversity loss Conservation Minister Poto Williams said today. "Biodiversity is being lost faster now than at any ...
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  • Transport Minister appoints Waka Kotahi Chair
    The Minister of Transport Michael Wood has today announced the appointment of Dr Paul Reynolds as the Chair of Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency.  “Our Government’s commitment to infrastructure investment continues to play a critical part in securing New Zealand’s economy. Waka Kotahi is crucial to the delivery of many ...
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  • Take steps to stay COVID-19 safe this summer
    Make sure you’re prepared for if you get COVID-19 while on holiday so we can all enjoy a safe as summer, COVID-19 Response Minister Ayesha Verrall said. “New Zealand’s settings will remain unchanged following a final review for the year,” Ayesha Verrall said.  “That includes the retention of 7-day mandatory ...
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  • New measures will help shoppers make informed decisions at the checkout
    The Government is putting in place rules that will make it easier for consumers to compare the price of grocery products at the supermarket, Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Dr David Clark announced today. “These new rules will require supermarkets, and other large grocery retailers, to clearly and consistently ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Minister thanks SH6 repair crew for rapid reopening
    State Highway 6 between Blenheim and Nelson reopened last night just in time for Christmas after a massive effort from Waka Kotahi and their team, Associate Minister of Transport Kieran McAnulty said. “It’s been a big job to fix the five major sites that were damaged in the August weather ...
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  • Government action solves firefighter’s dispute
    Minister of Internal Affairs, Jan Tinetti is welcoming today’s announcement from the New Zealand Professional Firefighters Union that union members have voted to accept the settlement for a new collective employment agreement. “The Government provided Fire and Emergency New Zealand with additional financial support so that a better offer could ...
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  • Waikato-Tainui and Ngāi Tahu receive Treaty settlement adjustment
    An adjustment payment has been made to Waikato-Tainui and Ngāi Tahu under the relativity mechanisms in their 1995 and 1997 Treaty of Waitangi settlements. Both iwi are able to receive relativity mechanism adjustment payments every five years to ensure the real value of their settlements remains at 17 percent (Waikato-Tainui) ...
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  • New Consul-General to Shanghai announced
    Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta today announced the appointment of Ardi Barnard as New Zealand’s next Consul-General to Shanghai. “China is one of New Zealand’s most significant relationships,” Nanaia Mahuta said. “As we mark 50 years of diplomatic relations between our nations, we recognise our significant economic, people-to-people, and cultural connections.   “The Consulate-General in ...
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  • Joint statement: execution of protestors in Iran
    The Foreign Ministers of New Zealand, Australia, and Canada have issued the following joint statement on the execution of protestors in Iran. The statement by Nanaia Mahuta, Penny Wong, and Mélanie Joly is made under the auspices of the CANZ Ministerial grouping. “We are watching a dark chapter in Iran’s ...
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  • New Ambassador to Spain
    Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta today announced the appointment of Tara Morton as the next Ambassador to Spain. “Spain is one of our key partners in Europe. As the fourth largest economy in the Eurozone and key member of the European Union, we share a warm relationship across trade, climate change, ...
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    3 weeks ago
  • Govt welcomes plans to fund Keytruda and Tecentriq lung cancer medicines
    Keytruda (pembrolizumab) is proposed to be funded as the first medicine in eligible people’s advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) treatment Tecentriq (atezolizumab) is proposed to be funded as a second-line treatment, subject to eligibility criteria for people with advanced NSCLC The Government welcomes news the national drug-funding agency Pharmac ...
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    3 weeks ago
  • Offshore renewables explored as part of transition to clean energy
    Feedback sought on development of offshore renewable energy like wind farms Decisions on future block offers for onshore petroleum exploration deferred until early in the next parliamentary term The Government is seeking public feedback on the development of offshore renewable energy infrastructure like wind farms, Energy and Resources Minister Dr ...
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    3 weeks ago
  • Royal Commission Lake Alice report
    The Abuse in Care Royal Commission’s case study Inquiry into the Lake Alice Child and Adolescent Unit has been presented to Parliament, Minister for the Public Service Chris Hipkins and Minister of Internal Affairs Jan Tinetti said today. “The report catalogues the horrific experiences of children and young people who ...
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    3 weeks ago
  • Crime prevention programmes for small retailers and dairies rolling out
    $6 million in new government funding for councils and providers to start to roll out over Christmas  The new $4000 fog cannon subsidy scheme to go live in February, with expressions of interest now, through business.govt.nz Small retailer victims of aggravated robbery now eligible for crime prevention products The Government ...
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  • Economy grows strongly as global challenges build
    The economy is continuing to grow solidly with the return of tourists in increasing numbers and higher construction activity, putting New Zealand in a stronger starting point to meet the challenges of a deteriorating global economy. GDP rose 2 percent in the September quarter following an increase of 1.9 percent ...
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    3 weeks ago
  • Pacific Health Scholarships crucial for lifting wellbeing
    Associate Minister of Health, Hon Aupito William Sio has urged Pacific students studying health and disability-related courses, to apply for a 2023 Pacific Health Scholarship. “The Pacific Health Scholarships for 2023 are now open for applications and close later this summer on 3 February 2023. “Pacific peoples have long been ...
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  • Iran removed from Commission on the Status of Women
    New Zealand is welcoming the successful removal overnight of Iran from the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women, the first time a member state has been, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. The United Nations Economic, Social and Cultural Council has overwhelmingly voted by 29 votes to 8 with 16 countries ...
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    3 weeks ago
  • Up to 12,000 severe allergy sufferers to benefit from EpiPen funding
    Today the Government welcomes news that yet another important medicine will be fully funded due to a major increase in the budget of the national medicines-buying agency Pharmac. “The decision by Pharmac to fully fund the EpiPen brand of adrenaline auto injectors will be life changing for thousands of New ...
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    3 weeks ago
  • Government welcomes progress on nurses’ pay equity
    The Government welcomes the Employment Relations Authority interim order on nurses’ pay equity following Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand’s application. This means the rates agreed a year ago can be paid, Health Minister Andrew Little says. “This Government is committed to improving nurses’ pay. We have already increased registered ...
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  • Govt completes delivery of Ultra-Fast Broadband programme
    The Government today marks the successful completion of the Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) roll-out, one of New Zealand’s largest infrastructure deployment projects to date. “Over 1.8 million homes across 412 cities and towns now have access to world-class connectivity. That is 87 percent of the population,” Minister for the Digital Economy ...
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    3 weeks ago
  • Government accounts still on track for surplus
    The Government’s books are forecast to be back in surplus in 2024/25 reflecting a resilient economy in the face of a global economic downturn. “There’s no doubt the global economy is headed for a rough ride over the next year, and New Zealand will not be immune from the impact ...
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    3 weeks ago
  • Budget 2023 to provide security in difficult global environment
    Budget 2023 will continue the Government’s commitment to providing Kiwis with economic security through what will be a difficult year for the global economy facing both the challenge of inflation and a forecast economic slowdown. The combination of a global economic downturn, high inflation here at home and around the ...
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  • Govt extending cost of living support
    Petrol excise duty cut extended to February 28 then phased out by March 31 2023 Half price public transport fares extended to the end of March 2023 Extensions timed to link up with significant lifts on April 1 2023 to the Family Tax Credit, Superannuation, benefits, student allowances and increased ...
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    3 weeks ago
  • Seven District Court Judges appointed
    Attorney-General David Parker has announced the appointment of seven District Court Judges.  They will take up their roles in January and February 2023, replacing judges who have recently retired.   Those appointed are: Debra Anne Bell, Coroner of Auckland as a District Court Judge with a jury jurisdiction to be based ...
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