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Destroying our heritage

Written By: - Date published: 11:25 am, February 10th, 2010 - 81 comments
Categories: Conservation, john key, national/act government - Tags:

John Key is hell bent on carving up our most pristine National Parks for mining. No matter what.

Image of Kahurangi Park from "govisitnewzealand.com". We presume not for long.

The areas most at risk are Kahurangi and Coromandel (rumour has it that Aspiring is a decoy to soften the blow). Well, these are amazing areas that do not derserve to be destroyed at the whims of a seat warming Prime Minister.

Our pristine conservation areas are the heritage of ALL KIWIS. We are all entitled to have our say on their future. It’s nothing less than immoral for the PM to ignore Kiwis for the sake of wealthy foreign mining interests.

The biggest hypocrisy of all is that John Key is the Minister of Tourism.

You’ve got to wonder. Is this potential incredibly unpopular policy being implemented because “sexy coal” Brownlee is controlling cabinet, or does Key owe someone in the mining industry a favour?

81 comments on “Destroying our heritage”

  1. Bill 1

    Three words.

    Monkey. Wrench. Gang.

  2. Pat 2

    Cue hysterical nonsense. Got any idea whereabouts in the picture the mine is gonna be? No you don’t. It could be 20km away.

    So I would prefer to see where the actual planned sites are before I make up my mind.

  3. I’d like to see a broad based opposition movement, similar to the anti-tour movement, created to fight against the mining – is there such a thing or can it be built?

    • big bruv 3.1

      Except the majority of Kiwis want to see these minerals mined.

      Plan all you like for a springbok tour like protest (if you remember you lost that election as well) but middle NZ wants the wealth that is in the ground.

      It might annoy a few Greenies, but who really cares.

      • Bright Red 3.1.1

        Big bruv speaks for the all new zealanders?

      • marty mars 3.1.2

        no they don’t – their input isn’t even wanted because the decision has been made – so when they said “it’s just a audit, a stocktake” – they were telling porkies weren’t they and they were telling them to the “majority of kiwis”

        the “majority of kiwis” don’t like porkies i would suggest

      • Fisiani 3.1.3

        Surgical mining in 0.01% of the country will generate billions of dollars so that we dont have to borrow 240 million dollars a week.

        • Macro 3.1.3.1

          you know that any profits made by mining companies are retained by them and they only pay a pittance of a royalty for the wealth they extract?
          So where is all the money coming from?

        • The Voice of Reason 3.1.3.2

          How many billions? If we’re borrowing a quarter billion a week as you say, then those billions might see us through winter, hell, maybe even xmas. If it was our billions, that is. It won’t be, it’ll be Rio Tinto’s billions. Or BHP’s or some other multi national mineral thief’s billions.

          It doesn’t just destroy our national parks, it destroys our 100% pure brand. Have you got a projection on what that will cost us?

    • lprent 3.2

      I’m pretty sure that we’d be able to get one running without too much hassle. Start with the tramping clubs and the tourism operators.

      I’d be up for making sure that this particular idiocy does not seriously raise its head ever again (and I don’t bother to protest).

    • 350ppm 3.3

      The Greens are already well underway with a petition on this matter: http://www.greens.org.nz/conservation/mining

  4. Michael Foxglove 4

    It’s hard to judge mm without trying it. My gut feeling however is that there would be enormous support across the country for a broad opposition movement.

  5. Roflcopter 5

    Please also show photos of the additional land that will be allocated as protected, to offset the mining area.

    • Michael Foxglove 5.1

      You can’t offset unique and precious areas of natural heritage!

    • Macro 5.2

      This has all been gone over before! that’s why the land that is set aside now is set aside! Any new “offet” land will NOT have the same conservation quality.

  6. Red Rosa 6

    The new ‘Minister of Conservation’ looks set to be the ‘Minister of Destruction’ .

    Her incompetence was well demonstrated in the ‘Folic Fiasco’, but her anti-conservation attitude, largely dictated by Federated Farmers, is well known. She has been promoted Minister essentially to further the National Party mining and exploitation agenda.

    Competence in the portfolio is however not required. In fact, incompetence and following orders blindly are what this government require of this Minister. They look set to get it. .

    Make no mistake, she is out to gut the Department of Conservation, by demoralizing its staff and reducing its advocacy budget. And she will certainly not be going in to bat against Brownlie and his mining proposals.

  7. tc 7

    Oh BBruv nice trolling….as someone’s who’s worked in mining the damage is widespread and decades in effect, it happens in Oz’s deserts so there’s no environmental issues…..tailings dams/roads/machinery/blasting/overburden/workers housing/family accomodation and services etc etc

    100% relentless focus on ripping the guts out of our tourism edge in our single term…..like supercity they’ll try and slam it through before 2011…..wonder what baubles ACT/MP will take to participate.

    • Edosan 7.1

      They don’t need MP, I’m sure ACT will find ripping up all of that unproductive indigenous forest as baubles enough.

      Anti-spam: HARM.

  8. randal 8

    they think they are some sort of tough guy rugged individualists when all they are are suited up jackanapes stealing off the people.

  9. Actually hes not hell bent on craving upo this country for mining.

    This faux news type journalism doesnt help your cause.

    Beleive me the areas to be mined won’t be the ones that the greens will be posting pictures of.

    Heck GE, Climate Change, Mining.

    Has the greens ever had a policy that wasnt based on fear?

    • felix 9.1

      Actually he is.

      I know because I found a leaflet with his name on it at the lake this summer. Scrawled on the back were the words “I’m gonna fill you with tailings and raw sewerage you big wet lakey bastard!”

      I went to the address on the leaflet but it was just a shoe shop. Probably up to something though.

    • Macro 9.2

      and where are they to deal with the ore from the new mines on the Coromandel? Obviously Waihi. And have you considered how they might transport that ore to Waihi? – By truck – hundreds of them through a small gorge used by thousands of tourists – visiting the old mining sites. No they wont – not when it becomes a death trap to get to them. Brilliant!

      Has National EVER had a policy?

  10. Felix:

    The politics of fear doesnt work, the right wing repugs found that out in 2008 in the USA, maybe the left in New Zealand will found this out also, before they lose all credibility.

    • felix 10.1

      And what did the right-wing repugs find out in 2008 about their “dig it all up” approach to natural resources?

  11. Where has John Key stated that he intends to tear-up our National Parks?

    • felix 11.1

      In his speech yesterday.

      More readie-readie, less typie-typie.

      • kiwiteen123 11.1.1

        Point me to the sentence.

      • kiwiteen123 11.1.2

        This is all John Key said about mining:

        Mining in New Zealand uses just 40 square kilometres of land, less than 0.015 percent of our total land area. The export value of that land however is $175,000 per hectare, which makes mining an extremely valuable use of land.

        The Government will shortly be releasing a discussion document for public consultation on potential changes to Schedule 4 of the Crown Minerals Act. Schedule 4 is the part of the Crown Minerals Act which prohibits mining or prospecting on specified areas of Crown land.

        The discussion document will recommend that some areas of Crown land be removed from Schedule 4 and in addition that some areas currently not in Schedule 4 be added to it.

        Notwithstanding the public consultation process, it is my expectation that the Government will act on at least some of these recommendations and make significant changes to Schedule 4. This is because new mining on Crown land has the potential to increase economic growth and create jobs.

        I know some people have expressed concern about increased mining but I can assure New Zealanders that any new mines on conservation land will have to meet strict environmental tests.

        Moreover, the Government is also proposing to establish a new Conservation Fund, potentially drawing on royalty revenue from mining operations on Crown land. The Conservation Fund would resource special conservation projects around the country. That means that if there is an increase in mining activity, New Zealand’s natural environment would also be improved.

        That’s it.
        He said that the discussion document will add some areas to schedule 4 and remove some areas from schedule 4.
        Where does he say that he will “tear-up” National parks?
        You just lied.

        • Draco T Bastard 11.1.2.1

          Notwithstanding the public consultation process, it is my expectation that the Government will act on at least some of these recommendations and make significant changes to Schedule 4.

          I think you need to learn to read.

          • kiwiteen123 11.1.2.1.1

            A) ‘expected’
            B) making changes to schedule 4 does not mean that they will “tear up” National Parks.
            I suggest you learn to understand what people say.

            • felix 11.1.2.1.1.1

              I don’t think you’re discussing this in good faith.

              In relation to mining, he said he expects to remove some land from schedule 4.

              Nothing you’ve said makes sense unless you think he has some other plan for this land than to exploit its mineral resources. Do you?

              If you don’t actually advocate some sort of position it’s very difficult to take you seriously as it appears you just want to disagree with people against all rationality and reason.

              • @Felix.
                Ok, you said that Key said that he would “tear-up” the National Parks. He did not.
                I do not think that he necessarily has another plan for these Schedule 4 lands but it is not certain that they will.
                Your comments are not rational or reasonable.

              • felix

                Oh I see. You’re talking about the exact phrasing he used rather than what the words mean

                Like if I were to get up from my chair and announce “I’m going to boil the kettle. Who wants a cup of tea?”

                3 people respond “yes please” (polite friends, you see).

                When I emerge from the kitchen holding a wet misshapen lump of melted plastic and my friends enquire as to the whereabouts of the aforementioned tasty beverages I reply “I don’t know what you’re talking about”

                “But you said you were making tea you fucker” they protest, their good manners waning fast.

                “Nonsense, I never said any such thing” I snort. “Mind if I turn the telly over?”

                Of course you’re right. Key never said he would tear up the national parks and I never said I would make anyone a cup of tea. And anyone who thought otherwise just doesn’t understand the language.

              • Bad story. You’re not a good story-teller.
                So you just admitted that you lied!

              • felix

                Nonsense. Show me the exact words where I said “I lied”.

                See how stupid that approach to discussion is, kt?

              • @Felix 9:34.
                Key saying that they are considering making land available to mine. Does not mean they will actually mine. It doesn’t mean that he said they would ‘tear-up’ National Parks.
                You said:
                “Of course you’re right. Key never said he would tear up the national parks”
                When I asked when Key said that he would ‘tear-up’ our National parks you said:
                “In his speech yesterday.”
                You have now said that he never said such a thing.
                You lied.

              • i can smell your fear

              • @the sprout Fear of what?

            • The Voice of Reason 11.1.2.1.1.2

              “I suggest you learn to understand what people say.”

              I kinda think that’s what Draco is hoping you’ll do one day, bud.

              I’m not too worried about what the Nats say, it’s what they intend to do that’s the problem. And until yesterday, the say and the do were two different things anyway.

              I appreciate that you are touchingly naive, but mining does literally mean tearing up the earth. If that earth is in a National Park, then quite literally, it will be torn up.

              • The simple fact of the matter is that Key did not say “We will tear-up National Parks”.
                Felix said he did.
                He did not.
                Felix lied.

                I also wish to point out that they are adding areas to schedule 4.

              • the sprout

                You don’t handle the heat very well do you kiwiteen?
                Try to get used to it though, it’s going to be a painful ride to the gutter for your administration. Amateur.

              • @the sprout
                I’m fine under pressure.
                Felix pressured me. I stuck to my guns. I proved him wrong.
                How does this show I don’t respond well to pressure?

              • @the sprout
                We can all use youtube.

              • felix

                Hi sprout! Where you bean?

                I see you’ve met kt. Isn’t s/he a treasure?

              • BLiP

                s/he/it – or just shit for short.

              • felix

                Indeed BLiP. Shit reminds me of those annoying spoilt children I sometimes meet at family events. Sometimes when their parents aren’t looking they run by too close and trip over my foot, poor wee things.

              • the sprout

                Hi Felix
                Been underground, but nice to be back.
                Yes I remember KT, fake age, false conciousness, all the fervour of a paid amateur who still believes in his employer.
                You have to pity him really.
                Now his opponents can smell blood, things are going to get like he’s never thought they could

              • @All
                I thank you, felix, for your compliment. 🙂
                I presume I can know call BLiP “shit” because presumably BLiP is a s/he/it.
                Poor things getting to close to you, Felix.
                the sprout:
                I am a teenager.
                I look forward to these attacks. You see, it does not matter to me. I enjoy it.
                Good to have a genius like you back.

            • Macro 11.1.2.1.1.3

              “Making significant changes” – is political speak for “tearing up”
              And they will be torn up. A road becomes a physical ecological barrier no matter how “sensitively” it is made. Hundreds of trucks traveling up and down it carrying ore are not “surgical” either.

              • They would not be hundreds of trucks.

              • Macro

                Oh! there won’t be hundreds of trucks?
                Tell me then – how will they transport the mined ore to Waihi or where ever?
                How will they transport the miners? – supplies in and out? – how will they get rid of the overburden? or the other rock waste from the mine? How will they supply the energy needed?

              • I did not say will not. ‘would’ is conditional. 😛
                You’re probably right. I’m probably wrong. (for this comment only)

  12. greg 12

    felix, you did kinda make that bit up

  13. The Voice of Reason 13

    KT, your literalism is blinding you. Key may not have ‘said’ National Parks will be torn up. It’s far worse than merely saying it. He intends to do it.

    And yes, maybe not ‘hundreds of trucks’ but many, many trucks hundreds of times. Same damage.

    If you really want to mount an argument, skip the pedantry. You might still lose, but at least you won’t be laughed at. Do they have a debating team at your school? If so, give it a crack, it’s really helpful for learning the techniques for articulate advocacy of a position.

    • Funnily enough I’m the captain of my debating team :).
      Key may intend to mine National Parks but felix said that Key said he would.
      He did not.
      You have admitted that.
      I have proven that.
      Your argument is very weak.

      • The Voice of Reason 13.1.1

        Well, that probably doesn’t bode well for your alma mater’s medal prospects, KT but the best of british to you.

        Read my comment again. Second word, second sentence. ‘May’. I conceded nothing regarding Felix’s position, Maybe wrong, maybe right. Not my point. I was saying that the question is actually what these dullards intend to do.

        The trucks is a zero some equation. Whether it was well phrased or not, the fact remains; hundreds of journeys through the town and surrounds.

        Anyway, gotta go. Watching Twin Peaks. You’d like it. Amongst other things, it’s about a smiling salesman, the death of an innocent and the damage deception, lies and arrogance can bring on a community.

      • wtl 13.1.2

        Actually, many of your arguments are VERY weak and based on pedantry, as many of us can see. Going over and over about the actual words used is pointless. The same thing happened in a previous debate (I can’t remember on what). Sure Key didn’t say “We are going to mine national parks”, but:

        1) Schedule 4 forbids mining from certain areas within national parks
        2) Key said that Schedule 4 would be changed.
        3) The most likely reason for changing Schedule 4 is to allow mining in these national parks.

        Therefore, most people would agree that “it is my expectation that the Government will act on at least some of these recommendations and make significant changes to Schedule 4” strongly implies that the Government intends to open up national parks for mining. (Whether they will be “torn up” is another argument, but I’m sure many will agree that mining does result in significant environmental damage.)

        In the end of the day, people will (obviously) not always say EXACTLY what they mean or what their intentions are, especially if politicians are involved and the topic is not very palatable. Therefore, it is reasonable to read between the lines and decide what someone means/intends even if they did not say it directly. Which is what felix and others were doing. And starting pedantic arguments about Key’s actual words… well, just looks dumb.

        You may be naive enough to think you’ve won the argument, but in most people’s mind you haven’t, and are instead just making a fool of yourself. Especially when you go ahead and self-congratulate. Childish, at best.

        • kiwiteen123 13.1.2.1

          I think they will mine some National Parks. I never said otherwise.
          Felix said that Key had said in his speech on tuesday that he would “tear-up” our National Parks.
          Mr. Key said no such thing. Felix lies.

  14. BLiP 14

    One need only consider the actions of the John Key led National Ltdâ„¢ on the environmental front to catch a glimpse of what’s in store. Since November 2008, John Key has watched as his government:

    – has been caught out repeatedly lying in the run up to and during the election campaign about its real intentions in relation to the environment

    – celebrated the opening of the foreign-owned Pike River Coal Ltd mine on DOC land adjacent to the Paparoa National Park from which 1 megatonne of coal will be extracted per year for the next 20 years Pike River Coal Ltd has announced that it has found additional coal in the national park

    – removed a proposed efficiency standard (MEPS) on incandescent lightbulbs

    – reversed a moratorium on building new gas/oil/coal power stations

    – removed the bio fuel subsidy

    – scrapped the scheme that would have penalised imported vehicles producing high emissions

    – removed regulations for water efficient new housing

    – renewed leases on sensitive high country farms which were meant to return to DOC

    – reversed restrictions on the freeholding of vast swathes of land on the edge of the Southern Lakes

    – arbitrarily excised 400 hectares from the brand new Oteake Conservation Park, including the most important and, ecologically, the rarest part of the new Park, the tussock and shrubland that went right down to the banks of the Manuherikia River, to enable future access to lignite

    – said nothing to say in regard to the World Commission on Protected areas of IUCN’s severe criticism of its intention to investigate mineral resources and mining opportunities in protected conservation areas including our three UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Te Wahi Pounamu-South West New Zealand, Tongariro National Park and the Sub Antarctic Islands

    – approved two prospecting permit applications lodged by Australian iron-ore giant Fortescue Metals Group subsidiary FMG Pacific lodged in June – areas covered by the two-year permits include an 8204-square-kilometre area of seabed adjoining the west coast from Cape Reinga to the Manukau Harbour and a 3798-square-kilometre prospecting area of land from Cape Reinga to the Kaipara Harbour including Ninety Mile Beach, the west side of the Aupouri Peninsula, Kaitaia and the Hokianga.

    – approved an additional prospecting permit for Fortesque Metals in relation to 3568sq km right next door to the Kahurangi National Park where the Heaphy Track is

    – was forced to release its Ministry of Economic Development (MED) report under the Official Information Act that proclaims “significant mineral potential” in the Fiordland, Kahurangi and Paparoa national parks the report said the Waitutu area of the Fiordland National Park had sufficient petroleum reserves to be “worthy” of inclusion in a review of conservation land protected from mining

    – secretly granted the minerals industry the right to veto proposed National Park boundaries and permission for any such vetoes to be kept confidential in spite of recommendations from its own officials against any such a veto

    – Minster of Conservation Tim Grosser, on 29 August 2009, called for caring New Zealanders to halt their “emotional hysteria” and recognise that conservation land should be mined for minerals and went on to say “Mining in a modern, technological way can have a negligible effect”

    – Associate Minister of Conservation Kate Wilkinson, in an interview in “Canterbury Farming” rubbished her own department, DOC, suggesting it was incapable of looking after the high country reserves and parks under its control

    – gutted the home insulation scheme

    – pulled $300 million out of public transport, walking and cycling schemes and added it to a pot of $2 billion to ‘upgrade’ state highways

    – changed the law to provide billions of dollar in subsidies for polluters via the ETS casino which is now a target for scamming by international criminals

    – begun a process of gutting the Resource Management Act to make it difficult/impossible for the public to lodge appeals against developers

    – removed the ability of Auckland to introduce a fuel levy to fund planned public transport upgrades

    – left electrification of the national rail network up in the air without promised funding commitments

    – removed the Ministry for the Environment’s programme to make Government Departments ‘carbon neutral’

    – removed funding for public tv advertising on sustainability and energy efficiency

    – pulled funding for small-town public litter bin recycling schemes

    – cabinet ministers expressing public support the bulldozing of Fiordland

    – reduced Department of Conservation funding by about $50 million over three years

    – cancelled funding for the internationally acclaimed ‘Enviroschools’ programme

    – usurped the democratic role of local Councils of determining policies for their citizens by requiring the abandonment of the efficient and well-established tree protection rules for urban areas

    – set about revamping Auckland governance in a way that is likely to greatly reduce the ‘Environmental Watchdog’ role of the the current Regional Council

    – removed Auckland’s metropolitan limits and opened the gateway for unfettered urban sprawl

    – defended internationally the importation of rain-forest-wrecking palm kernel and stood silent while Federated Farmers called Greenpeace “terrorists’

    – stood silent while Godfrey Bloom, a Member of the European Parliament and infamous Climate Change Denialist, publicly rejoiced in the 1985 bombing of the Greenpeace Rainbow Warrior who was doing so while standing on a dock next to the replacement vessel

    – took a 0% emissions reduction target to Copenhagen. Yes, seriously, that isn’t a misprint that was the lower bound of their negotiation platform – then missed the 01/02/10 deadline for commitment to action it had agreed to – meanwhile 55 of the 80 countries which attended did make the deadline

    – secretly cancelled the internationally recognised scheme for the mandatory labelling of exotic woods to ensure the timber has not been taken from rain forests in direct contradiction of its own statements made at the 13th World Forestry Congress in Argentina

    – supported the Department of Conservation’s decision to open up the pristine Cathedral Cove to an ice-cream franchise

    – taken no action to reduce existing pollution pouring into the Manawatu River and is “leaving it up to industry’ to come up with solutions to heal the river which was described by the Cawthorn Institute as “one of the worst polluted in the Western world’

    – announced a $1.1 million industry subsidy to kick start marine farming without identifying no-go areas nor putting in place a consultation process for individuals, communities, and other general coastal users

    – blamed New Zealanders after a Japanese whaling ship deliberately smashed into a smaller, more vulnerable craft in the open sea

    – was forced to release documents under the Official Information Act which confirm that DOC has “giving up’ on ecologically valuable high-country land in the Mackenzie Basin because of funding cuts. The released documents cite “statements made by ministers”, “diminishing funding” and the Government’s new high-country policies as reasons for the changed stance the comments from DOC were made after Land Information New Zealand (Linz), which manages the tenure review process, ignored DOC’s previous conservation recommendations for the farms

    It would appear that his “do nothing” public performance has masked the cunning setting of an ambush for his foreign mates to rape te whenua. And what have the maori party had to say about it all – kore!!

    • marty mars 14.1

      thanks for that BLiP – hope you don’t mind but i’ve posted it 🙂

      http://mars2earth.blogspot.com/2010/02/record-speaks-for-itself.html

    • Pat Magill 14.2

      Yes John is a tricky Johnny (dickey)
      From my perspective as a very concerned voluntary social activist, John has hosted 2 conferences in Wellington in association with the Maori Party John invited the expertise from the hardest most effective early intervention people in NZ. Yet when the chips are down John endorses his legislation from the kaupapa of the Act Party.The Sensible Sentencing Trust, and Judith Collins. Political deceipt at its worst. Aotearoa is still supportive of retribute justice as per USA. No votes in emulating the caring skin built into the Scandanavian nations, concern for all people.
      You can publish my name. I am a Community Justice Of the Peace (born in Napier 29.9.1926.

      [lprent: We just leave in the name you give. ]

    • Robyn Clayton 14.3

      Just shows that Labour, the Greens and the media must be agreeing with what National are doing. Instead of being vocal on shares that John Key holds – get grumpy about things that matter

  15. gingercrush 15

    Lets say National gets two terms. By that time they have 2 or 3 mining operations going and 2-5 on their way. I guarantee you when Labour gets back in power they’ll keep it going.

    • lprent 15.1

      Because the litigation involved in kicking them out or changing the conditions will be too high.

      However, you can expect that they’d shut-down any further mining or prospecting that doesn’t help NZ long-term. That means long-term retention of profit in NZ and/or significant long-term employment compared to alternate uses like tourism. This is a long-term Labour ‘policy’.

      None of the existing proposals apart from the offshore basin exploration fit those criteria. They all look like get-rich propositions for people outside of NZ and a way to get unsustainable medium-term tax for the government. I’d anticipate that there will be a fast axing of whatever National puts in place that can be axed.

      Of course if you can show that these projects do fit the general criteria? But you notice that information never gets released to the public.

    • Armchair Critic 15.2

      “I guarantee you when Labour gets back in power they’ll keep it going.”
      The land can’t be un-mined. And post-mining restoration is like getting convicted criminals to pay reparations, it can never make up for the original wrongdoing.
      You and LP are both probably correct with a “Labour wouldn’t stop any mining National starts” hypothesis. I agree. But that doesn’t mean it is okay to start it in the first place. Nor is it any justification for starting mining.

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  • A corrupt practice
    Last week RNZ broke the news on NZ First's mysterious "foundation" and its dodgy-looking loans. The arrangement seemed to be designed to evade the transparency requirements of the Electoral Act, by laundering donations. But now Stuff has acquired some of their financial records, and it gone from dodgy to outright ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Democracy “A Bit Bonkers” – Thoughts Inspired By Lizzie Marvelly’s Latest Co...
    Didn't See It Coming: NZ Herald columnist Lizzie Marvelly's latest column merits serious scrutiny because such a clear example of anti-democratic thinking is encountered only rarely on the pages of the daily press. Which is not to say that the elitism which lies at the heart of such social disparagement ...
    2 days ago
  • Colombia: historic memory, massacres and the military
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh Initially it was reported that in an aerial bombardment that took place on August 30th seven children were massacred; the figure then went up to eight and then on November 11th Noticias Uno reported that, according to people from the community in close proximity to the ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 days ago
  • On the road to Net Zero, the next step is to update our UN pledge
    A lot has happened since the UN’s report on 1.5ºC was released in October 2018. New Zealand’s Zero Carbon Bill has passed, and enshrines the 1.5ºC goal in law. The UK and France have also legally strengthened their targets to Net Zero 2050. The School Strike For Climate and Extinction ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    2 days ago
  • Corruption as usual
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Fairer rentals
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Another NZDF coverup
    In 2003 New Zealand sent a Provincial Reconstruction Team to Afghanistan to support America's doomed war there. While there, they conducted regular weapons practice on local firing ranges, littering the landscape with unexploded ammunition. These ranges weren't secure - they're on land used by locals for animal herding - so ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • A loss for the Greens
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • New era for Ngāti Kuri and Auckland Museum
    Words and images by Jacqui Gibson Gone are Auckland Museum’s days of doing science using a museum-centric academic approach, after Māori land rights holders Ngāti Kuri gave the museum an ultimatum.
    Tom Trnski holding a fossilised whale tooth from the Far North.Aussie-born Head of Natural Sciences at Auckland Museum ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    3 days ago
  • Circling vultures: Why MediaWorks TV is really in trouble
    MediaWorks announced in October 2019 that it intended to sell off its struggling television business and cancel or cut back on several popular local programmes, including New Zealand Today, Married at First Sight New Zealand and 7 Days. Its radio and outdoor advertising arms are currently performing well, but MediaWorks’ ...
    Briefing PapersBy Peter Thompson
    3 days ago
  • Scary Opinium Poll
    Westminster voting intention:CON: 44% (+3)LAB: 28% (-1)LDEM: 14% (-1)BREX: 6% (-)via @OpiniumResearch, surveyed this weekChgs. w/ 08 Nov— Britain Elects (@britainelects) 16 November 2019 This, of course, doesn't look good.  Labour have been chucking big, headline grabbing policies left, right and centre ... Well, maybe not right.  Left, left ...
    3 days ago
  • A coward’s ploy.
    Some readers may remember that I mentioned last year that I was applying for NZ citizenship. I filled out the paperwork and had my original citizenship interview in February. Everything went well until they discovered that, because I had spent five months in the US in 2017, I had not ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    4 days ago
  • Left censorship and exclusion against gender-critical women: a Marxist critique
    by Deirdre O’Neill It is becoming quite acceptable for certain sections of the left to declare that people like me – women who are ‘gender critical’ – should not be allowed in leftist or anarchist spaces. Leaving aside the arrogance and implicit authoritarianism of this claim, its lack of critical ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    4 days ago
  • “Uncertainty” can be better solved with a better grasp of life’s inherent complexities…
    There is an article in The Conversation, written by Jeremy P. Shapiro (Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychological Sciences, Case Western Reserve University), about what he sees as the psychologically-based underpinnings of three main matters that seem to vex people all around the planet. The article is titled “The Thinking ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    4 days ago
  • Citizens vs the Rogue Deep State
    . .   Blogger Martyn Bradbury has won his case against unreasonable search and surveillance against the NZ Police; and subsequent Police attempts to produce evidence in secrecy, in a closed Court. His case highlights a disturbing growing trend in Aotearoa New Zealand for State power to be used against ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    5 days ago
  • Massey University’s free speech policy double-plus-good
    The Committee of Disobedient Women has intercepted an email from Dr Emma Eejut, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Massey University to the university’s Vice-Chancellor, Jan Thomas. Dear Jan, Thank you for your courageous move.  I think 10 pages of blether** should tie any of the students game enough to try holding ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    5 days ago
  • Unacceptable
    That's the only response to the findings of the Ombudsman's investigation into LGOIMA practices at the Christchurch City Council:My investigation identified serious concerns about the Council’s leadership and culture, and its commitment to openness and transparency. In particular, Council staff raised concerns with me about various methods employed by some ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • There is what corruption looks like
    NZ First seems to be nakedly trying to enrich itself from public office:A powerful New Zealand First figure helped establish a forestry company that then pushed for money from two key funding streams controlled by a New Zealand First Minister. An RNZ investigation has found Brian Henry, lawyer for Winston ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Escape from Manus Island
    Behrouz Boochani is an award winning author and journalist. He is also a refugee, who for the past six years has been detained in Australia's offshore gulag on Manus Island, and in Papua New Guinea. But last night, with the cooperation of the WORD Christchurch festival and Amnesty International, he ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • When World’s Collide.
    Different Strokes: If a multicultural immigration policy imposes no obligation on immigrant communities to acknowledge and ultimately embrace their host nation’s most cherished traditions and values, then how is that nation to prevent itself from being reduced to a collection of inward-looking and self-replicating ethnic and cultural enclaves?THE COALITION GOVERNMENT’S ...
    6 days ago
  • Could There Be Method In Massey University’s Madness?
    Protective Zone: Reading the rules and guidelines released by Massey University, it is impossible to avoid the conclusion that its governing body considers the whole concept of free speech a disruptive threat to the orderly imparting of orthodox academic knowledge.IN TRUE ORWELLIAN fashion, Massey University has announced its commitment to ...
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: We need more trees, not less
    Farmers held a hate-march on Parliament today, complete with MAGA hats, gun-nut signs, and gendered insults. While supposedly about a grab-bag of issues - including, weirdly, mental health - it was clear that the protest was about one thing, and one thing only: climate change. And specifically, forestry "destroying" rural ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • The IGIS annual report: Dead letters and secret law
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security released their annual report today, and I've been busy reading through it. In amongst the usual review of what they've been doing all year, there's a few interesting bits. For example, a discussion on "agency retention and disposal of information", which points out that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • A referendum on bigotry
    The End of Life Choice Bill passed its third reading last night, 69 - 51. Thanks to a compromise with NZ First - which looks to have been necessary on the final numbers - the commencement of the bill will be subject to a referendum. Given the ugliness of the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Political parties and GMOs: we all need to move on
    Recently more than 150 post-graduate students and young scientists presented an open letter to the Green Party via The Spinoff, encouraging them to reconsider their position on genetic modification. Their target is tackling climate change issues.[1] Can any party continue to be dismissive about genetic modification (GM) contributing to ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    7 days ago
  • Class, Identity Politics and Transgender Ideology
    by Deirdre O’Neill Under Thatcher and then Blair and continuing up until our contemporary moment, the working class has seen its culture slowly and progressively destroyed. The change from an industrial society to a service society produced a marked shift in focus from the working class as the backbone of ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Irony
    Since 2013, the Australian government has detained refugees without trial in Pacific gulags, where they are abused, tortured, and driven to suicide. The policy is not just an abuse of human rights and possible crime against humanity; it has also had a corrosive effect on the states Australia uses as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • An age of protest.
    It seems fair to say that we currently live in a problematic political moment in world history. Democracies are in decline and dictatorships are on the rise. Primordial, sectarian and post-modern divisions have re-emerged, are on the rise or have been accentuated by political evolutions of the moment such as ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Another captured agency
    Last month, Greenpeace head Russel Norman surrendered his speaking slot at an EPA conference to student climate activist Sorcha Carr, who told the EPA exactly what she thought of them. It was a bold move, which confronted both regulators and polluters (or, as the EPA calls them, "stakeholders") with the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • NZ First’s dodgy loans
    The core principle supposedly underlying New Zealand's electoral finance regime is transparency: parties can accept large donations from rich people wanting to buy policy, but only if they tell the public they've been bought. Most parties abide by this, so we know that TOP was wholly-owned by Gareth Morgan, and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Member’s Day: The choice on End of Life Choice
    Today is a Member's Day, probably the second-to-last one of the year, and its a big one, with the Third Reading of David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill. last Member's Day it was reported back from committee, after MPs voted narrowly to make it subject to a (rules TBA) ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • How growth in population and consumption drives planetary change
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz The growth of the human population over the last 70 ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • The disappearing Women …
    by The Council of Disobedient Women In her excellent oral submission to the Abortion reform select committee on 31st October on behalf of Otago University’s Department of Public Health, historian and public health researcher Hera Cook stated: “We would ask that the committee not use the term ‘pregnant persons’ and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • “A Passage to India”: enduring art in changing times
    by Don Franks In 1957, E M Forster wrote, of his greatest work: “The India described in ‘A Passage to India’ no longer exists either politically or socially. Change had begun even at the time the book was published ( 1924) and during the following quarter of a century it ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Contemptuous
    The Referendums Framework Bill was due back from select committee today. But there's no report on it. Instead, the bill has been bounced back to the House under Standing order 29593) because the Committee didn't bother to produce one. They probably tried. But given the membership of the committee (which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Zero Carbon: It’s not just a good idea, it’s the law
    Two years into New Zealand’s Labour-led government, the long-delayed Zero Carbon Bill became law on 7 November. Passed essentially unanimously, the lengthy public debates and political manoeuvring faded away until the final passage was even anticlimactic: Flipping through the @nzstuff @DomPost I was starting to wonder if I’d dreamt ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: What happens next?
    Now the Zero Carbon Bill is law, what's next? Obviously, the ETS changes currently before select committee are going to be the next battleground. But we're also going to get a good idea of where we're going, and if the progress the Zero Carbon Act promises is good enough, during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate change will fuel bush fires
    Grant Pearce The effects of the current Australian bushfires in New South Wales and Queensland (and also again in California) are devastating and far-reaching. To date, the fires have resulted in several lives being lost and many homes and properties destroyed. Here in New Zealand, the impacts have been only ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Participation rates
    A passing comment in a post the other day about the labour force participation rates of older people prompted me to pull down the fuller data and see what we could see about various participation rates over the decades since the HLFS began in 1986.   As it happens, the ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Reddell
    1 week ago
  • Not So Much “OK Boomer” As “OK Ruling Class”.
    Distract And Divert: The rise of what we have come to call “Identity Politics” represents the ideological manifestation of the ruling class’s objective need to destroy class politics, and of the middle-class’s subjective need to justify their participation in the process.THE RELIEF of the ruling class can only be imagined. ...
    1 week ago
  • Asking for it …
    "I saw a newspaper picture,From the political campaignA woman was kissing a child,Who was obviously in pain.She spills with compassion,As that young child'sFace in her hands she gripsCan you imagine all that greed and avariceComing down on that child's lips?" ...
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand’s Poor Pandemic Preparedness According to the Global Health Security Index
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    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Thank Winston
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Illicit markets and Bali Booze
    The Herald reprints an Australian story on a couple of tragic deaths in Bali from drinking cocktails that had methanol in them.  The story argues that methanol is likely the result of home distillation. But what the young tourists were experiencing was far from a hangover. They’d consumed a toxic cocktail ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    1 week ago
  • This is not what armed police are for
    Last month, the police announced a trial of specialist roaming armed units, which would drive round (poor, brown) areas in armoured SUVs, armed to the teeth. When they announced the trial, they told us it was about having armed police "ready to attend major incidents at any time if needed". ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Spain’s failed electoral gamble
    Spain went to the polls today in the second elections this year, after the Socialists (who had come to power in a confidence vote, then gone to the polls in April) rejected the offer of a coalition with the left-wing PoDemos, and instead decided to gamble n a better outcome ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The astroturf party
    National has finally rolled out its "BlueGreen" astroturf party, fronted by an array of former nats and people who were dumped by the Greens for not being Green enough. Its initial pitch is described by Stuff as "very business-friendly", and its priorities are what you'd expect: conservation, predator-free funding, a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • How to cheat at university
    A couple of days ago I attended (and spoke at) the University of Waikato’s “LearnFest” event. There were lots of talks and sessions on very diverse aspects of teaching, mostly at tertiary level. One was by Myra Williamson from Te Piringa Faculty of Law here at Waikato, on Contract Cheating ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    1 week ago
  • How NZ was put on world maps using a transit of Mercury
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    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    1 week ago
  • Georgina Beyer: We need to be able to talk without being offended
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • The anti-fluoride brigade won’t be erecting billboards about this study
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    2 weeks ago
  • Chosen To Rule? What Sort Of Christian Is Chris Luxon?
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    2 weeks ago
  • War of the worms
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    2 weeks ago
  • Marvelly shows us how to be a feminist without feminism
    by The Council of Disobedient Women Lizzie Marvelly: “I may have missed this… has @afterellen gone all terf-y? Or am I reading something incorrectly? “ https://twitter.com/LizzieMarvelly/status/1191840059105742849 After Ellen is a lesbian website that is unashamedly pro-lesbian, as you’d expect. So why is Ms Marvelly so bothered about lesbians having their ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Out of the past – Tories to revive racist laws from the 16th century
    Did you know there once was a time when it was illegal to be a gypsy (aka Romani) in Britain?That was between 1530, when the Egyptians Act was passed, and 1856, when it was repealed.Amongst other things, the act forbade the entry of 'Egyptians' into England, ordered those already there ...
    2 weeks ago
  • 1000 of these now
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    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    2 weeks ago
  • Has Shane Jones Just Saved NZ First?
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    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: As predicted
    Yesterday, when National voted for the Zero Carbon Bill, I predicted they'd gut it the moment they regained power, just as they had done to the ETS. And indeed, they have explicitly promised to do exactly that within their first hundred days in office. What would their amendments do? Abandon ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Let this never be forgot
    In the spirit of Remember, remember the fifth of November, let's keep this in mind FOREVER.
    Oh dear. Extraordinary interview on PM with Andrew Bridgen and @EvanHD just now. Bridgen was defending Jacob Rees Mogg’s Grenfell comments. Evan asked him if JRM had meant to say he would have left ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Too Late To Change Capitalism’s Flightpath?
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    2 weeks ago
  • Whooping cough vaccine works well despite its imperfections
    Pertussis (whooping cough) is a conundrum. It is a disease that was described hundreds of years ago and the bacteria that causes it (Bordetella pertussis) isolated in 1906. We have had vaccines for about 80 years but this disease is defiant in the face of human immunity. I wanted to ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Passed
    The Zero Carbon Bill has just passed its third reading, uanimously. In the end, National supported it - but we all know they'll turn around and gut it the moment they regain power. Meanwhile, I guess ACT's David Seymour didn't even bother to show up. I am on record as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Retailing of vaping products – New NZ Research
    Dr Lindsay Robertson, Dr Jerram Bateman, Professor Janet Hoek Members of the public health community hold divergent views on how access to vaping products or electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) products should be arranged. Some believe ENDS should be as widely available as smoked tobacco and argue for liberal ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    2 weeks ago
  • Justice for Bomber
    When the Police were trying to cover up for the National Party over Dirty Politics, they went all-in with their abuses of power. They illegally search Nicky Hager's house, violating his journalistic privilege and invading his privacy. They unlawfully acquired Hager's bank records. They did the same to left-wing blogger ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Britain’s climate tyranny was unlawful
    Last month, in response to a wave of protests by Extinction Rebellion, the British government purported to ban their protests from the whole of London. It was a significant interference with the freedoms of expression and assembly, and another sign of the country's decline into tyranny. But now, a court ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

  • Cowboy clampers will be stymied
    Clayton Mitchell, Spokesperson for Consumer Affairs The ‘wheel clamping’ Bill that will cap clamper fees to $100 passed its third reading in Parliament today. New Zealand First welcomes The Land Transport (Wheel Clamping) Amendment Bill to combat predatory wheel clamping behaviour in what is currently a largely unregulated business. Cowboy clampers are: gouging ...
    20 hours ago
  • Mental Health Commission back on track
    Jenny Marcroft, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First welcomes the passage of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill through its first reading in Parliament. “Today’s progress takes serious action on the mental health and addiction crisis the country is facing,” says New Zealand First Health Spokesperson Jenny Marcroft. “The re-establishment ...
    20 hours ago
  • New Zealand’s key assets are not for sale: national interest test delivered
    Mark Patterson, Spokesperson for Primary Industries Today the Government announced the delivery of the promise to protect New Zealand interests by applying a new National Interest Test to the sales of our most sensitive and high risk assets to overseas buyers. This further strengthening of the Overseas Investment Act will ...
    2 days ago
  • National interest test added to protect New Zealanders’ interests
    The Coalition Government is delivering on its promise to protect New Zealanders’ interests by applying a new national interest test to the sales of our most sensitive and high-risk assets to overseas buyers. Under current Overseas Investment Act (OIA) rules, assets such as ports and airports, telecommunications infrastructure, electricity and ...
    2 days ago
  • Electoral law breach allegations
    Rt Winston Peters, Leader of New Zealand First Allegations raised this morning by Stuff Limited / Fairfax concern a party matter but I am confident that New Zealand First has operated within electoral laws, now and for the last 27 years. Declarable donations were declared to the Electoral Commission. Our ...
    2 days ago
  • Wayne Brown hits back at critics: Ports of Auckland has to move
    The chairman of the Upper North Island Supply Chain Strategy (UNISCS) working group, Wayne Brown, has hit back at critics of his group’s recommendations to relocate the Ports of Auckland cargo operations to Whangarei’s deepwater port of Northport. The working group's recommendation to close Auckland waterfront to all but cruise ...
    3 days ago
  • Week That Was: Supporting our schools
    We're setting our young people up for success, investing in education around the country.  ...
    3 days ago
  • Kiwis to have their say on End of Life Choice
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First backs the public to decide on the End of Life Choice Bill via a referendum at the 2020 General Election. The Bill, with New Zealand First’s referendum provision incorporated, passed its final reading in Parliament this evening. New Zealand First Spokesperson for ...
    7 days ago
  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
    Darroch Ball, Spokesperson for Justice New Zealand First is proud that a key Coalition Agreement commitment which will provide for a more transparent and effective criminal justice system has been realised. Legislation to establish the Criminal Cases Review Commission, an independent body focused on identifying and responding to possible miscarriages of ...
    1 week ago
  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
    "Today we have made a choice that will leave a legacy... I hope that means that future generations will see that we, in New Zealand, were on the right side of history." - Jacinda Ardern, Third Reading of the Zero Carbon Bill ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
    Darroch Ball, New Zealand First List MP A Member’s bill has been proposed that would provide income tax exemptions for all New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel while on operational deployment overseas. The Income Tax (Exemption for Salary or Wages of NZDF Members on Active Deployment) Amendment Bill proposed by New Zealand First ...
    2 weeks ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First is proud to have brought common sense to the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill, which passed its final reading in Parliament today. Party Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says months of hard work went into negotiating a balanced ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First has listened to calls to recognise paramedics as registered health professionals under the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance Act (the Act). Today, the Coalition Government announced plans for paramedics to be registered as health practitioners under the Act, and the establishment of a ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Week That Was: 2,000 teachers in two years
    We began the week by commemorating the New Zealand Wars and celebrating a major increase in the number of teachers. Then, we were busy supporting offenders into work and getting our rail back on track after years of underinvestment. And that's just the start! ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Winning an election one conversation at a time
    In October I was sworn in as the Mayor of Lower Hutt. It’s the privilege of my life to serve Hutt people as their Mayor. There is something really special to be able to serve the community where I was raised, and where I live.   ...
    3 weeks ago

  • APEC 2021 Bill passes first reading
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has welcomed the first reading of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation 2021 (APEC 2021) Bill in Parliament today. The temporary bill supports New Zealand’s security preparations for hosting the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum in 2021. “APEC is the leading economic and trade forum ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    12 hours ago
  • Making progress for our kids
    The Government is making progress on improving the wellbeing of the one million New Zealanders under the age of 18,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on World Children’s Day. The Government has today recommitted to the most widely ratified human rights treaty in history – the United Nation’s Convention on ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • Māori women in business contribute to our economy, whānau and communities
    Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter has released a new report celebrating the contribution of Māori women in business across Aotearoa New Zealand. “Māori women are leaders in our communities, they employ many people and support our economy and our communities,” Julie Anne Genter said. The report, Ngā wāhine kaipakihi: ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • Two schools on the way for Omokoroa
    Four parcels of land have been bought in Omokoroa, in the Western Bay of Plenty District, for an education facility that will accommodate both a primary and secondary school on a campus-like facility, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. Two parcels were acquired from private land owners and two were ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • Families Package helps over 1 million New Zealanders in first year
    1 million New Zealanders warmed by the Winter Energy Payment 36,000 families bank the Best Start Payment in first year 6,000 more families received the Family Tax Credit, 220,600 in total   They receive an increase too – from an average of $117 to $157 a week for Inland Revenue clients, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    22 hours ago
  • Clamp down on wheel clamping passes third reading
    New rules to clamp down on overzealous wheel clamping and extortionate fees charged in order to release a vehicle have passed their final stage in Parliament today. The Land Transport (Wheel Clamping) Amendment Bill has now passed its third reading. “These changes mean $100 will be the maximum wheel clamping ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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