Devastation in Christchurch

Written By: - Date published: 8:09 am, February 23rd, 2011 - 65 comments
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We all know by now that the new earthquake has created massive destruction and loss of life in Christchurch. Once again, the emergency services and the people have performed admirably. Help is on the way from around New Zealand and overseas. The physical, economic, and social aftershocks of this will be felt for a long time.

Map of emergency shelter, supplies etc plus hazards – here

Key info (info in quotes is from official government websites):

People in the affected area should:
* Expect aftershocks. Each time one is felt, drop, cover, and hold on.
* Check yourself first for injuries and get first aid if necessary before helping injured or trapped persons.
* Assess your home or workplace for damage. If the building appears unsafe get everyone out. Use the stairs, not an elevator and when outside, watch out for fallen power lines or broken gas lines. Stay out of damaged areas.
* Look for and extinguish small fires if it is safe to do so. Fire is a significant hazard following earthquakes.
* Listen to the radio for updated emergency information and instructions.
* Do not overload phone lines with non-emergency calls.
* Help people who require special assistance – infants, elderly people, those without transportation, families who may need additional help, people with disabilities, and the people who care for them.
* If it rains, residents are asked to collect water in buckets if possible. Continue to boil water.”

If you are trying to find anyone or confirm that you are OK, use the Google Person Finder

“The Canterbury Earthquake government helpline is now active. This helpline is to provide information on government services for people affected by the Christchurch earthquake: 0800 779 997

The following WINZ offices are open for emergency assistance: * Ashburton Community Link, cnr Cass and Moore Streets * Hornby Service Centre, 25 Shands Road * Rangiora Service Centre, cnr Good and Blake Streets”

Hospitals and Medical Centres

Christchurch hospital is operational (contrary to some media reports) and one ward has been evacuated. Only attend A and E (accident and emergency) at the hospital if absolutely essential. For other injuries, contact your nearest after hours medical centre.

The 24 hour surgery on Bealy Avenue is open.

Emergency triage centres for the injured are operating at Latimer Square, Canterbury University and the Sanitarium Building in Papanui.

Welfare centres
Two welfare centres are currently open. If you need emergency assistance and accommodation overnight, go to Burnside High School. A secondary welfare centre is also at Hagley Park North. Welfare centres have been busy overnight.

Blankets, food, sanitation are supplied at the centres. Blankets have been provided by The Warehouse and Food Distribution Centres have made food available to the welfare centres. Civil Defence will attempt to open more centres throughout the day.

Missing persons: please call 0800 733 276 (0800 RED CROSS).

Airport status
Christchurch International Airport is open for emergency flights only.

Movement of visitors out of city
Civil Defence is giving visitors to Christchurch the opportunity to relocate to Wellington.

The decision to relocate visitors has been made in order to free up accommodation in Christchurch and also reunite people with friends and family. This will also assist with accommodation shortages in the city. Flights started leaving Christchurch early this morning.

Visitors are being flown to Wellington by the Royal New Zealand Air Force. Any visitors to Christchurch who want to leave the city should make their way to collection points at the Burnside High School welfare centre, corner of Memorial Avenue and Greers Road or the welfare centre at North Hagley Park. Please note, do not go to the airport directly if you wish to be on these flights. Please go only to the collection points.

Port status
The harbour is closed for at least 24 hours. Some wharves have sustained serious damage.

Road status
All highways are open apart from Lyttelton Tunnel, State Highway 74 and Anzac Avenue Bridge for which a detour is available. There are reports of major damage to local roads in the city and liquefaction and surface flooding. There are also some road closures in the Selwyn District.”

As of 7:40, there are 38 identified dead. Yesterday, John Key gave a figure of 65 – this appears to include bodies that have yet to be identified.

It is likely that cell phone coverage in the city will deteriorate today as cell towers that have been running on batteries run out of power. It appears power is still out to most of the city.

The damage to the water and sewerage systems appears to be more extensive than last time, which means a longer repair time.

Australia, the United States, Singapore, Japan, Taiwan and the UK are sending search and rescue. There are 1,600 troops on the ground, including 100 from Singapore here for exercises.

Bill English has confirmed that EQC has sufficient insurance and re-insurance to cover the damage from this event. Nonetheless, there will be huge uninsured losses from businesses being shut. I would guess that there will be a temporary disaster levy to help cover workers’ wages to prevent businesses going to the wall, like the one Australia is putting in place after the Queensland disasters.

Our comrade r0b is in the thick of it. We wish him and his the best. Sounds like there’s a lot of cleaning up to do.

[comments on the political ramifications of this disaster will be moved to today’s open mike post. We’re not going to stop you making such comments but these posts are not the place]

65 comments on “Devastation in Christchurch ”

  1. kriswgtn 1

    My sister called me this morning on cell- before it cut out.She spent most of the night making sure the elderly next door were ok, she had her kids helping as well,
    great when the community comes together like this
    My best wishes go out to the people of canterbury

    am bit angry with her that she didnt go out to my old mans place.Her call

    • Arbovit 1.1

      “am bit angry with her that she didnt go out to my old mans place.Her call”

      Understand the anger kris. The authorities have made it clear that people are NOT to head out on the roads. If everyone did that then the emergency services wouldn’t be able to get through. I know it’s tough and really worrying not knowing about your old man but we just have to hope that his neighbours are giving him the same care that your sister is giving her neighbours. Try and make contact with his neighbours and if they can’t reach him, call the red cross number.

  2. at least no callous bastards are talking this up as an economic boon this time.

    • Colonial Viper 2.1

      Central authorities are going to have to prove their dedication to the people of the city over an extended period of time.

      There is much which needs done and much which could go wrong. Christchurch has been a light of business activity, jobs and population growth in the South Island. Now that is all in question and much is at risk.

      Many South Island logistics centres (eg. for the supermarkets) have centralised to Christchurch. Now that may have been economically efficient – but from the standpoint of providing resilience and redundancy, just hopeless.

      This is a task which would test even the best of Governments.

      • Oscar 2.1.1

        We’re also going to have to look at moving the city too possibly. One of the reports I read was that the entire CBD area has been affected by liquefaction?
        If this is the case (and it’s all built on alluvial deposits and peat bog) then there may be nothing but to rebuild elsewhere, and have a true planned city.

        I was thinking, isn’t the Pegasus development largely untouched by these quakes? And aren’t there several empty houses around there? Perhaps CD could move some people there that don’t want to leave Christchurch for whatever reason.

        • swordfish 2.1.1.1

          Yeah, I heard something similar yesterday on RNZ. Either a geologist or seismologist was telling Mary Wilson that he felt the whole geology of the CBD had been undermined and the chances of rebuilding there looked fairly slim.

          Is it too fanciful to suggest Rangiora, Kaiapoi, Woodend as possible new Chch city centres ?

          Or possibly a move South or to the West ?

          As Draco, CV and M suggested yesterday: there’s a real possibility of significant de-population, possibly along New Orleans lines. Widespread personal trauma, so many businesses knocked out, another 6 months of aftershocks, the long task of re-building. Most Chch residents interviewed on RNZ yesterday were suggesting they couldn’t wait to get out. Whether that was just initial shock or genuine determination, who knows ?

          Are we going to see the populations of Timaru, Dunedin, Blenheim, Nelson suddenly swell with Chch earthquake refugees ? Possibly even to some extent Wellington and Auckland ?

    • Jack T 2.2

      Doesn’t your comment make you a callous bastard, as you are turing attention to an ‘economic boon’?

      Just saying.

      • Marty G 2.2.1

        No. it doesn’t.
        Also, I spoke too soon. The broken windows fallacy is rearing its ugly head in the media

        • Colonial Viper 2.2.1.1

          And I wonder which side of the political spectrum is bringing that fallacy up. I actually hope that they keep doing it, the morons.

          The destruction of Christchurch will undoubtedly “turbocharge” the “aggressive recovery” we have all been experiencing. No?

    • Vicky32 2.3

      I did hear some plonker on Radio NZ today saying that re-building will help the economy! So, one person

  3. My ex’s house is unliveable. She gashed her arm, smashing a window trying to open the door as the quake was happening and rolled out onto the street to see twisted cartoon houses looking like something out of a Tim Burton movie and shell shocked people milling around dazed and confused.

    She lives round the corner from the Pyne Gould building and behind the collapsed church on Kilmore and Manchester st.

    She doesn’t even know if she can get back to her house, if she’s still got a job, has to pay rent or will get her bond back so she can salvage stuff from her house and move to Auckland, permanently. She worked in a cafe in town and was due to report to the CTV building at 3pm to start another job.

    I’ve just managed to talk to my sister. She had a heap of mates roll round and crash at her place in Beckenham. She’s all good. She was saying my brother who lives in Brighton hasn’t been allowed back to check his place or feed his dogs, and apparently my oldest brother, who lived in St Albans, is fine too but i haven’t heard from him.

    Thank God they’re all safe but now I just want them all to pack their shit up and move here to Nelson.

    • pollywog 3.1

      the collapsed church on Kilmore and Manchester st.

      oops…of course i meant Madras instead of Manchester.

      • rosy 3.1.1

        I just spoke with my son in Chch for the first time since the quake. Although I knew he was ok the relief in talking with him was immense. He’s been evacuated from the central city to Papanui but is looking for a flight out. His job is gone – hospitality industry – his girfriend’s studies are now on hold and their house is unliveable but at the moment they’re just happy to be ok, and extremely upset about those who are not. Our hearts go out to those who are not so fortunate.

  4. Lanthanide 4

    I think power is actually on in ‘most’ of the city. The 80% figure that has been bandied about is water coverage. I saw a headline on TV earlier saying “power restored to CDB”.

  5. happynz 5

    I live in St Albans, an inner city suburb just north of the CBD for those of you not familiar with Christchurch. Obviously power is on here, but still no water. A pumping station is spilling thousands of litres of water per minute out on to Trafalgar Street. Edgeware Road is stuffed with craters up and down the length of the road.

    • Lanthanide 5.1

      I live on the banks of a tributary to the heathcote. Yesterday about 2:30 the river was up about 50% and brown (usually it’s completely clear) and next time I looked at it about 3:10 it was 100% up on normal and milky white from all the silt in it, and was like that last night when I last looked.

      This morning it’s down to maybe 40% up and brown again. About 4 areas of water mains broken on a street near here with water pouring onto the street.

  6. Carol 6

    Such a bad turn of events for Christchurch. my condolences to friends and loved-ones of the dead and severely injured. However,t he community self-help spirit is uplifting.

    Yesterday I thought the broadcast media, especially RNZ which I listened to the most, had raised their game in their coverage. I thought they’d learned from the criticisms of their coverage from the 4 Sept quake. They got pretty quickly into providing the info ChCh people needed, as soon as RNZ were informed of it: eg. which areas of the city were most damaged, which roads were open and which ones closed, info about emergencey services & collection points etc.

    Mora went straight into dealing with the coverage on his afternoon show, then Mary Wilson took over (about an hour later, think). She must have done a 4-5hour stint on her own.

  7. Zaphod Beeblebrox 7

    Whats happening in the eastern suburbs? All the pictures naturally are of the destroyed CBD buildings but you’d have to imagine there must be a lot of mud and silt inundating those poor people living close to the river out east. Does anybody know?

    • Carol 7.1

      I’m surprised we’re not hearing more about Lyttleton, but I gather it’s hard for anyone but some emergency services to get to.

      • Lanthanide 7.1.1

        Yeah, I’m surprised by the complete lack of info too. There’s been an aerial shot of the Timeball station being munted (suffered a little damage on September), but other than that, only cell phone descriptions. I would’ve figured if there was a helicoptor flying over, they would’ve had shots of the settlement itself that they’d also show.

      • Colonial Viper 7.1.2

        I read a report saying that damage was bad out in Lyttleton (buildings and roads) but that casualties were not too severe given its location. In Christchurch, I think that the failure of large buildings (falling facades and full on structural failure) will end up accounting for large numbers of the fatalities.

        Our architects and construction professionals will have much to analyse in the coming months.

      • Colonial Viper 7.1.3

        About Lyttleton:

        Mark Buckley told Radio New Zealand two people died on walking tracks hit by rockfalls when the 6.3 quake struck on Tuesday but there have been no deaths since.

        He says injuries have been minor and the fire service is now helping evacuate elderly people from their homes.

        But about 60% of the buildings in the main street and most of those still standing are damaged.

        Lyttelton was near the epicentre of the quake, 10 kilometres south-east of Christchurch city.

        Mr Buckley says the only way in and out of Lyttelton is Dyers Pass Road, through Governors Bay.

        http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/canterbury-earthquake/69253/lyttelton-%27like-a-battlefield%27

    • Marty G 7.2

      a lot of liquefaction by the sounds of it meaning houses coming off their piles, roofs coming off etc. there are some aerial shots on herald and stuff. it seems that people mostly get cuts and non-life-threatening injuries in what are mostly wooden homes. it’s collapsing concrete and brick structures in the cbd that have killed

      • Inventory2 7.2.1

        Until the Sumner Road reopened this morning, Lyttleton has been preety much cut off. By my calculations, the quake yesterday was sited pretty much underneath the Lyttleton tunnel. I’ve heard radio reports that there has been widespread damage out there.

        I’ve got a staff member down there whose house was damaged on Sept 4th, damaged some more on Boxing Day, and was ruined yesterday. They can’t get out; their street is knee deep in mud, and they don’t have a 4WD. Another staffer’s son’s house has been totalled. Mecifully though, all are safe and well, as is my daughter who attends UC. There’s a feeling of helplessness being so close and yet so far away.

        Thoughts and parayers are with everyone touched by this catastrophe; arohanui Christchurch.

    • fatty 7.3

      You are right Zaphod, the east of the city is not good and hasn’t been mentioned much, I drove yesterday from the corner of Colombo St/ Edgeware Rd to 415 New Brighton Rd, had to go around QE2 to get there, roads are almost un-drivable, cars face-first in the road with only their rear sticking in the air and silt and water everywhere. Massive potholes that can only be avoided by following the car in front, took 1 hour to drive a 10 min distance and that was quick by other reports. Some of the roads have split and cars have been left.
      That was yesterday at about 5pm, not sure how it is now, I’d guess the silt and water has receded. I now have no need to leave the house in a vehicle, will be on my bike from now on.
      That part of the city had never been sorted since Sept, some had only just got sewage pipes back, and many roads were still being diverted with cones last week.
      I didn’t even entertain the idea of driving down New Brighton Rd

  8. Olwyn 8

    A simple text from a good friend this morning “it’s hell” – my condolences to those who have lost people; my prayers and best wishes for those who are waking up today to face the damage, and those who have not yet slept.

  9. Lanthanide 9

    Btw, the aftershocks from this have been much worse compared to September. A lot of them are too small to show up on the geonet site, but we’ve had times where there have been about 5 aftershocks in the space of 10 minutes, and for a few hours yesterday it felt pretty constant. Mix the smaller ones up with a few in the 4-5 range and it starts to get very fatigueing very quickly. It was relatively quiet over night, but I woke up about 3 from a large shock and couldn’t get back to sleep after that.

    Looks like my work is shut for the rest of the week (and our next software release that we’ve been working on for 8 months was to be released on Friday), so boyfriend and I are going to head down to his mother’s in Oamaru; at least then we can have a shower. The house where I am is once again apparently completely unscathed – not any even cosmetic damage apparent.

    captcha: intervals

  10. the sprout 10

    Does anyone know where people can collect water from in the Richmond area?

    • Pascal's bookie 10.1

      The google map on this page

      http://www.eq.org.nz/

      On side bar, click on ‘services’, that brings up a menu with water/food on it…

      • the sprout 10.1.1

        thanks Pb, but the site is fcked – just keeps loading but not completing.

        for those in the central CHCH area who want to know there are water collection sites at Hagley Park North and Burnside High

        • Pascal's bookie 10.1.1.1

          Shit, was working a while ago. There was a collection point for food, water, supplies, on Shirley road, opposite the end of chancellor street.

          You good?

          EDIT, seems to be working again

    • Lanthanide 10.2

      I collected about 1.5 litres of rainwater last night with just a few pots, trays and bowls. Keep this in mind next time it rains. Also keep your collection vessels off the ground – the 2 I had on the ground got quite a bit of dirt and muck in them (wind?) all the others which were on the bonnet and roof of the car had very minimal amounts of leaves etc.

      • felix 10.2.1

        Also you might be able to remove or modify your downpipes and collect roofwater.

        • Arbovit 10.2.1.1

          That’s good practical advice feliz.

        • Colonial Viper 10.2.1.2

          I said to my parents over the holidays that they should install a so-called grey water system.

        • greenwelly 10.2.1.3

          Just a word to those considering collecting roofwater,

          You should probably treat it as non drinkable without first boiling it,

          Most modern rural roof water capture systems dump the first 50-100 litres of water from each rainfall, as the first flow will pick up the dust and bird poop or what ever else has landed on the roof since the last rainfall. Older systems got round this by having a large tank and drawing from midway up.

      • ianmac 10.2.2

        Congratulations Lanthanide. We had provision on our boat years ago for a sail to be spread to catch rainwater if required. Maybe a sheet would work and catch more. How about shifting the spouting downpipe out from the wall and catching the next shower? Roof rainwater keeps many country folk going.

  11. Marty G 11

    they called the darfield quake a direct hit on christchurch in geological terms. This one was a third of the distance from the cbd. incredibly bad luck.

    But luck it is. I’m really pissed off at the herald editorial for speculating “is something even bigger building up under Canterbury?”

    No. energy is not ‘building up’. Potential energy that takes hundreds of years to build is being released. it is unusual that an aftershock creates more damage but it’s down to where its epicentre was.

    however, we’ve seen two clusters of mega-quakes in New Zealand since records began – 1848 to 1868 and 1929 to 1942. It seems that big quakes on one fault can help trigger another in a different part of the country. Now, we’ve had 3 big Fiordland quakes, two in Canterbury, and the Gisborne quake in the past eight years – looks like another cluster.

    • Zorr 11.1

      One of the geological experts they interviewed yesterday afternoon said it was likely that yesterdays quake was from a different fault system due to the size and location.

      • Lanthanide 11.1.1

        Yeah, it’s called a ‘triggered quake’, rather than an aftershock. The previous quake built up additional stress on this new fault, which caused it to go off also.

        • lprent 11.1.1.1

          …it’s called a ‘triggered quake’, rather than an aftershock.

          It is also defined as being an aftershock because virtually all aftershocks are triggered quakes as well. They usually don’t come from the same fault system as the original quake because that usually gets rid of most of its accumulated stress in the original quake. If you have a look at the after shock locations since September 4, they have been all over the place around christchurch.

      • lprent 11.1.2

        A shaking from one fault ‘system’ isn’t particularly isolated. It will frequently change the tension in other faults that receive some of the energy. That is why we get smaller aftershocks. This one was another aftershock. However its location (and the time that it hit) was what made it more lethal

  12. freedom 12

    If you are on Vodafone, text QUAKE to 333 to donate $3, or text it to 555 to donate $5

  13. ianmac 13

    Been thinking about those who have had amputations in order to be rescued. I have a dim recollection that when a limb is severely crushed it can only be rescued only if in a small window of opportunity. Otherwise after an hour (?) a release of a crushed limb causes a fatal body reaction. Hence better to amputate to save the life. (Hope I got that right. Not a doctor.)

    • Zorr 13.1

      Yeah ianmac. Strangely enough learned this from the end of House last season… x_x

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crush_syndrome

      Don’t need to amputate but need to be veeeeery careful.

      • Colonial Viper 13.1.1

        Crushed/highly injured muscle tissue releases a lot of bad shit into the blood stream. A small amount of it the body can deal with, lots not.

        Some antibiotics and other drugs can also cause similar tissue destruction. Very difficult for the medical professionals to counter.

  14. ianmac 14

    Family members’ house in Papanui has been in limbo since September. Rebuild or replace? Theirs is a triple bricked two storied older beautiful house but because it was severely damaged back then, conflicting advice made it very hard to decide on what action to take. Yesterday the decision was made for them. House destroyed, but they are all safe.

  15. Arbovit 15

    RNZ is reporting 220 “major trauma” patients have been treated at chch hospital so far. Tremendous to think how well emergency services are coping, especially since chch hospital was closed for a bit after the earthquake to assess damage.

  16. Zorr 16

    From Stuff:

    10.50am: A temporary mortuary to deal with Christchurch earthquake victims has been moved to the Burnham Military Camp “for capacity reasons”.

    It is going to get much darker…

    • Arbovit 16.1

      We don’t know what that really means yet though zorr. We can speculate on multiple possible reasons. We don’t know what the current mortuary’s capacity might be–it might be 40. Plus it makes sense to transfer it out of the CBD if that’s where it is now to Burnham, so that family can come in and out and not hamper rescue efforts.

      Those are best case scenarios. On the brighter side if people are trapped but not seriously injured, and have acess to air then they can go 48 hours without water.

      • Zorr 16.1.1

        Arbovit… if the toll doesn’t rise above 200 I will be surprised. This is going to be NZs single biggest natural disaster in terms of lives lost and property destroyed imo.

        Feel free to keep being optimistic. I would prefer to be realistic.

      • Colonial Viper 16.1.2

        We should count ourselves very lucky if the death toll stops between 100 and 200.

  17. todd 17

    Donations.

    It appears that donations to the Red Cross have overwhelmed their server. Please try here instead:

    Salvation Army: https://secure20.salvationarmy.org/donation.jsp

    0800 530000 or go to http://www.salvationarmy.org.nz/

    The Christchurch SPCA has opened a Pet Emergency Earthquake Fund.

    http://www.spcacanterbury.org.nz/

    The ANZ, ASB and Westpac banks have donated $1 million each so far. Please verify all donations are going to the right place.

  18. randal 18

    key will have to raise taxes to pay for this.

    • graham 18.1

      fuckwit

      • The Voice of Reason 18.1.1

        Yes, I think we all agree that Key is a fuckwit, Graham. Unless, of course, you were being self referential?

        Randal’s point is valid. Raising a tax is exactly the response the Aussie Goverment has gone for to fund the flood recovery and it is likely to be under consideration here (for everyone but the rich, ‘natch).

        • lprent 18.1.1.1

          Unless, of course, you were being self referential?

          That would require a level of introspection that graham seems to lack.

  19. Oscar 19

    Looks like no option but to pull down the Grand Chancellor, unless it falls down before hand.

    Too bad there’s no way we can get in there and knock it down now, which would be the safest thing. Wouldn’t the force of the collapse have implications on already weakened structures around it?

  20. ghostwhowalksnz 20

    The Aussies had a special tax for their floods because
    1) The howard government had cancelled their reinsurance to save $60 mill a year
    2) They DONT have a government controlled disaster fund for those who are insured like EQC ( which also pays out on river floods here)

  21. bobo 21

    My heart goes out to the people of Christchurch still trapped in the rubble and the many maimed & injured, after watching most of the coverage on tv3 news I was slightly bemused when a lady who phoned in called Anne Vos trapped in rubble sounding remarkably composed was encouraged to chat to the tv3 host for 10 mins or more wasting her valuable battery time, shouldn’t she have been directed to search and rescue people who might have been able to pinpoint her phone location. Just hope shes still alive but doesn’t the news media think of anything other than ratings?

    the story is here
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10708247&ref=twitter

    • Colonial Viper 21.1

      a lady who phoned in called Anne Vos trapped in rubble sounding remarkably composed was encouraged to chat to the tv3 host for 10 mins or more wasting her valuable battery time

      Seriously I hope this didn’t actually happen.

  22. todd 22

    Updated Donations list:

    People can make a donation to the Canterbury Earthquake Appeal either at an ANZ Branch (account number 01-1839-0188939-00) or at the National bank (account number 06-0869-0548507-00).

    Donations can be made to the Red Cross online (http://www.redcross.org.nz/donate) or via the GrabOne website (http://www.grabone.co.nz/christchurch), as the Red Cross site has been crashing.

    Aucklanders who are able to offer accomodation to displaced Cantabrians should register by calling 0800 AUCKLAND.
    Donations can be made to the Westpac Canterbury Care Fund, which is in partnership with the Salvation Army, either at branches nationwide or to the account number 03-0207-0617331-00.

    People can donate to the Salvation Army Earthquake appeal online here (http://salvationarmy.org.nz/) or by calling 0800 53 00 00.

    Donations can be made to the Rotary New Zealand World Community Service here (http://www.rnzwcs.org/).

    Donations can be made to the Christchurch Earthquake Support Fund in ASB branches or online (account number 12-3205-0146808-00). Across the Tasman, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, is also accepting donations for the New Zealand Red Cross.

    NZ Blood Services say have sufficient blood stocks but if you are not already a donor and would like to sign up to be contacted when they do need blood donations, call 0800 GIVE BLOOD (0800 448 325) or email here (mailto:[email protected]) to register.

    The Christchurch SPCA has opened a Pet Emergency Earthquake Fund. You can donate money here (http://www.spcacanterbury.org.nz/) or to the Westpac account 030802 0586429 00.

    Vodafone users can donate to the Red Alert Canterbury Earthquake Appeal by texting “Quake” to 333 to make a $3 donation to the Red Cross Canterbury Earthquake Appeal.

    Thanks to Chris for the list

  23. Mac1Adrian 23

    Some of us are refugees but will return soon to base though away till situation clearer. There is an opportunity for us to recreate with very careful thinking. GOD REST THE DEAD AND HRLP THE SURVIVORS’

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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    10 hours ago
  • UNSOCIAL MEDIA – Following the Trolls
    From TODAY FM archives — Wilhelmina Shrimpton and Simon Morrow take a deep dive into trolling and cyberbullying. From the high profile to the general public, Kiwis across all walks of life are being targeted, and some are paying the ultimate price. So what drives us to troll, who is ...
    The PaepaeBy Peter Aranyi
    10 hours ago
  • Govt prescribes stiff medicine for some beneficiaries while easing access to drugs containing pseudo...
    Buzz from the Beehive One of two new announcements on the government’s official website  – given plenty of publicity by the mainstream media over the past 24 hours – has been pitched as the first steps in a “reset” of the welfare system.  Stiff medicine for beneficiaries, in effect. The ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    11 hours ago
  • We’re not as fragile or as lazy as Luxon says
    Luxon says his government is one that is “prepared to make those hard decisions”. File Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has adopted the language of Ruth Richardson before her 1991 ‘Mother of All Budgets’ in arguing for benefit sanctions to bolster the Government finances, which ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    12 hours ago
  • Talking over the Silence.
    Please open the doorNothing is different, we've been here beforePacing these hallsTrying to talk over the silenceIf I was to describe what I do, or at least the way it sometimes feels, then talking over the silence wouldn’t be a bad way to do so.Not that there aren’t other voices ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    13 hours ago
  • LINDSAY MITCHELL: National needs to go further
    Lindsay Mitchell writes – In today’s State of the Nation speech Christopher Luxon talked repeatedly about getting young people off welfare. It seems that National has devised a traffic light system which will use increasing levels of sanctions – welfare deductions – when beneficiaries fail to meet their ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    15 hours ago
  • Gordon Campbell on National spreading panic about the economy
    It is a political strategy as old as time. Scare the public with tales of disaster and stampede them into supporting your ideological agenda because they believe There Is No Alternative. Yet, if the NZ economy truly is as “fragile” as PM Christopher Luxon says it is… Then how come ...
    17 hours ago
  • The promise of passive house design
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Sarah Wesseler Imagine a home so efficient that it could be heated with a hair dryer. That’s the promise of a passive house, a design standard that’s becoming increasingly popular in the architecture community for its benefits to occupants and the climate. ...
    17 hours ago
  • Deep in the Uncanny Valley of AI
    Hi,Before we get started, some very big fun Webworm news. I am launching a new journalism fund called Big Worm Farm!A really great thing that’s happened with Webworm over the last four years is that it’s grown. That’s great for a few reasons.Firstly — it means the work here gets ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    17 hours ago
  • Introducing: Big Worm Farm
    Hi,I’m excited to tell you about Big Worm Farm.Put simply, the main aim of Big Worm Farm is to support investigative journalists from around the world to be able to devote dedicated time to research and report on a specific story, to be published on Webworm.The stories will capture the ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    18 hours ago
  • Why Massey is broke
    The Tertiary Education Commission has named the two universities it says are at high risk financially. They are Massey and Victoria. The Commission appeared before Parliament’s Education Select Committee yesterday and offered a revealing and rare insight into the complex world of university economics. Its Briefing to the Incoming Minister ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    20 hours ago
  • You keep Luxin' when you oughta be thruthin'
    Christopher Luxon’s campaign to win last year's election continued yesterday with a speech.Channelling possibly Bruce Willis in Die Hard, he was all, I'm not going to dress it up, I'm going to level with you guys: the state of the nation is fragile.The thing he’s maybe missing is that it ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 day ago
  • The PM spoke of the need for tough choices – and then opted to beat a retreat when gays and Gaza a...
    Buzz from the Beehive The PM’s State of the Nation speech – according to a Newshub headline – was a ‘buffet of buzzwords’ and full of ‘nonsense’. Fair to say, the quoted words were attributed to Opposition politicians, who were unlikely to say the speech was visionary and inspiring: PM ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    1 day ago
  • Keynesian Wisdom.
    When the facts change, I change my mind - what do you do, sir?John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946)This posting is exclusive to Bowalley Road. ...
    1 day ago
  • BRIAN EASTON: Puffing policy
    Public policy towards tobacco consumption remains politically sensitive. Brian Easton writes – In 1983, a young researcher was told by a medium-level Treasury official that Treasury policy was to abandon excise duties on tobacco. The senior Treasury economist that I consulted, famed for his commonsense, snorted ‘we ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    2 days ago
  • Is 2.8% per year population growth too much?
    TL;DR: The Government is reviewing migration settings that produced 2.8% population growth last year and is looking at a longer-term strategy of matching population growth to the ‘absorbtive capacity’ of Aotearoa-NZ’s infrastructure.Our population grew last year at its fastest rate since 1947, when large numbers of troops returning from World ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • Tough Choices & Tough Love.
    I've been trying to hurt youI've been holding you tightI've been learning to love youAm I doing it right?How are you still breathingWith my hands all over your heart?How do we start healingIf we can't keep out the dark?Yesterday the Prime Minister delivered his State of the Nation, for no ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • Will the 2024 RLTP be yet another debacle?
    A couple of years ago, Auckland Council and Auckland Transport found themselves in court over the 2021 Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP). A non-profit alliance for transport decarbonisation, All Aboard Aotearoa, argued that among other factors, the RLTP was unlawful because it failed to give effect to the 2021 Government ...
    2 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #07
    A listing of 31 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, Feb 11, 2024 thru Sat, Feb 17, 2024. Story of the week Based on mission alignment, our Story of the Week is certainly Can we be inoculated against climate ...
    2 days ago
  • Immigration Issues.
    Help is comingI heard a whisperWhite caps turningThe breath of summerA distant drummingAnd liar birds callingEscape the anguish of our pastAnd prayOne of the major challenges of the the 21st century will be the mass migration of human beings around our globe.Some seeking economic opportunities, others fleeing repressive regimes, war ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • Trust us, we know what we’re doing
    The best trick the National Party ever pulled was to fabricate their reputation as the responsible ones.This would be the National Party that denied us the New Zealand Superannuation Scheme that—Brian Gaynor wrote back in 2007would be worth more than $240 billion today and would have transformed the New Zealand ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    3 days ago
  • The Left’s Timidity
    It is not just Karl Marx – even the most enthusiastic supporters of the market economy (not least Adam Smith) will concede that its normal operation inevitably leads to a concentration of wealth in relatively few hands. Some, at least, of these enthusiasts will accept that such a concentration is ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    4 days ago
  • OLIVER HARTWICH: Absurd – NZ courts can now decide on climate change
    Oliver Hartwich writes – The World Justice Project ranks New Zealand 7th out of 142 countries on its ‘Rule of Law Index’, narrowly ahead of Australia’s 13th place. However, Australia still has hope – if only because of a recent decision by the Supreme Court of New Zealand. The ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    4 days ago
  • Still waiting on that turnaround
    Hello! Here comes the Saturday edition of More Than A Feilding, catching you up on the past week’s editions.Friday: Week in review, quiz style2. Shane Jones’ demeanour in mocking and deriding climate activists can be observed in what other realm of human behaviour?a. Gleeful little boys pulling wings off fliesb. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • Mihi Forbes and the great Atlas conspiracy
    Graham Adams writes — Last week, Mihingarangi Forbes made an extraordinary claim while interviewing David Seymour on Mata Reports, a taxpayer-funded current affairs programme which, she says, looks at events through an “indigenous lens”. She asked him about Act’s links to the Atlas Network, which fosters connections between centre-right ...
    Point of OrderBy gadams1000
    4 days ago
  • Puffing Policy
    Public policy towards tobacco consumption remains politically sensitive. In 1983, a young researcher was told by a medium-level Treasury official that Treasury policy was to abandon excise duties on tobacco. The senior Treasury economist that I consulted, famed for his commonsense, snorted ‘we need the money’. He explained that no-excise-duty ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    4 days ago
  • Luxon is one of three prime ministers pressing for a ceasefire in Gaza – but the two-state solutio...
    Buzz from the Beehive Two days after hundreds of people rallied outside the New Zealand parliament and the US embassy in Wellington to protest against what they maintain is genocide in Gaza,  Prime Minister Chris Luxon joined with the Prime Ministers of Australia and Canada to express their  concerns that ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    4 days ago
  • All jellied up with possum grease
    1. Shane Jones, addressing the energy industry, called climate concern what?a. The only sane responseb. Undeniably valid c. Our last best hope d. A "religion" 2. Shane Jones’ demeanour in mocking and deriding climate activists can be observed in what other realm of human behaviour?a. Gleeful little boys pulling wings off fliesb. Gleeful ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • Equality comes to Greece
    The Greek Parliament has voted for marriage equality: Greece has become the first Christian Orthodox-majority country to legalise same-sex marriage. Same-sex couples will now also be legally allowed to adopt children after Thursday's 176-76 vote in parliament. Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said the new law would "boldly abolish a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • CHRIS TROTTER:  Iron in her soul.
      “Battle not with monsters, lest ye become a monster, and if you gaze into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.” – Friedrich Nietzsche   Chris Trotter writes – TELEVISION NEW ZEALAND is to be congratulated for inviting Chloe Swarbrick onto its Q+A current affairs show. The Green MP ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    5 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to Feb 16
    Net emigration of New Zealanders overseas hit a record-high 47,000 in the 2023 year, which only partly offset net immigration of 173,000, which was dominated by arrivals from India, the Philippines and China with temporary work visas. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The five things that mattered in Aotearoa’s ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Stop Whispering.
    There's nothing to sayAnd there's nothing to doStop whispering, start shoutingStop whispering, start shoutingYesterday our government surprised a few of us by standing up for something. It wasn’t for the benefit of people who own holiday homes and multiple investment properties. Neither were there any tobacco companies or fishing cartels ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • “I'm Not Keen on Whataboutism, But What About…”
    Hi,Not sure how your week is going, but I’ve had a pretty frustrating one. I’ve been trying to put my finger on it, and I think it’s perhaps distilled in this message I got on Twitter:What got me a bit riled up is that it was a response to the ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    5 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on National passing bad policies under urgency
    If National really had faith in its welfare policies, it wouldn’t be ramming them through Parliament under urgency – a step that means the policies can’t be exposed to select committee debate, public submissions, expert commentary, media scrutiny and all the normal democratic processes that this coalition appears to hold ...
    5 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 16-February-2024
    It’s Friday so once again here”s our roundup of some of the articles that caught our attention this week. This Week in Greater Auckland On Monday Matt looked at the Government’s war on Auckland. On Tuesday Matt covered the ongoing issues with the rail network. On Thursday Matt ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    5 days ago
  • The Dawn Chorus for Friday, February 16
    The six things to note in my view at 6.30 am on Friday, February 16 in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy are: Read more ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Iron In Her Soul.
    “Battle not with monsters, lest ye become a monster, and if you gaze into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.” – Friedrich NietzscheTELEVISION NEW ZEALAND is to be congratulated for inviting Chloe Swarbrick onto its Q+A current affairs show. The Green MP for Auckland Central is the odds-on ...
    5 days ago
  • Dig this
    Resources Minister Shane Jones yesterday told a breakfast hosted by Energy Resources Aotearoa precisely what they wanted to hear. “We campaigned to rehabilitate relegitimise and stand up for working families who derive their income,  derive their hope and derive purpose in regional New Zealand through a flourishing, growing, forward-leaning energy ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    5 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #7 2024
    Open access notables Physics-based early warning signal shows that AMOC is on tipping course, van Westen et al., Science Advances: Here, we show results of the first tipping event in the Community Earth System Model, including the large climate impacts of the collapse. Using these results, we develop a physics-based and ...
    5 days ago
  • A rejection of the rule of law
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Shrugging-Off The Atlas Network.
    Upholding The Status-Quo: The Left’s election defeat is not the work of the Atlas Network. It is not even the work of David Seymour and Act. It is the work of ordinary citizens who liked the Right’s stories better than they liked the Left’s. If the Right’s stories were made ...
    5 days ago
  • BARRIE SAUNDERS: Treaty Principles – all rather problematic
    Barrie Saunders writes – When ACT’s leader said they wanted legislation to state what the Treaty principles mean, my first thought was this will be controversial and divisive.  Clearly it is. The first reference to the principles of the Treaty were contained in the 1975 Act establishing the Treaty of ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    5 days ago
  • Luxon Rejects The “Rejection Election” At His Peril.
    Fitting Right In: National retailed a reactionary manifesto of right-wing, racially-charged policies to the electorate throughout 2023. No talk back then of ignoring the overwhelming political preferences of the voting public and making a strong stand on principle. If Luxon’s pollsters and focus-groups were telling him that the public was ...
    5 days ago
  • Valentine’s Day went unnoticed on the Beehive website – but it is not “baa, humbug” to celeb...
    Buzz from the Beehive None of our ministers – a quick check with the Beehive website suggests – found cause to mention, let along celebrate, Valentine’s Day. But two ministers – Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Rural Communities Minister Mark Patterson – ensured that National Lamb Day did not pass ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    5 days ago
  • Are You A Leftist?
    Nothing To Lose But Our Chains: The emancipatory movement which the Left, understood correctly, has always been, cannot accommodate those who are only able to celebrate one group’s freedom by taking it from another. The expectation, always, among leftists, is that liberty enlarges us. That striking-off a person’s shackles not ...
    5 days ago
  • An unlawful directive
    An interesting question in the Parliamentary written questions feed today, from Jan Tinetti to the Minister of Education: Has she or her Office directed the Ministry of Education to not release Official Information Act material prior to the full twenty working days, if so, why? Given that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • I’ve been doing this all wrong
    Here are six words that are not easy to say but god it can feel good when you finally say them:I’ve been doing this all wrongFive years ago today I said to myself:What if I'm doing this all wrong?Five years ago today I said to Karren: I think I’m going to ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • New study suggests the Atlantic overturning circulation AMOC “is on tipping course”
    This is a re-post from RealClimate by Stefan Rahmstorf A new paper was published in Science Advances today. Its title says what it is about: “Physics-based early warning signal shows that AMOC is on tipping course.” The study follows one by Danish colleagues which made headlines last July, likewise looking for early warning signals ...
    5 days ago
  • Valentines from ACT.
    Some of us make a big deal out of Valentine’s Day. We’ll buy the flowers, eye watering though the price spike might be. Say the things we should be saying anyway, although diminished by being scheduled for delivery. Some of us will even write long free-form newsletters with declarations of ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Tax cuts paid for by 13k more kids in poverty
    MSD advised the government that the indexation change it passed under urgency last night is likely to put around 7,000 extra children (and potentially up to 13,000) into poverty. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The Government has reverted indexation for main beneficiaries to price inflation from wage inflation under ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Fuel Tax Fight and Rail Fail update
    The two stories we covered at the start of the week continue to be in the headlines so it’s worth looking at the latest for each of them. Regional Fuel Tax Mayor Wayne Brown promised some ‘argy-bargy’ over the government’s decision to cancel the Regional Fuel Tax and he’s ...
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: Arsonists
    Today, a major fire broke out on the Port Hills in Ōtutahi. Like its 2017 predecessors, it is almost certainly exacerbated by climate change. And it is still burning. The present government did not start the fire. But they piled the tinder high last time they were in power, gutting ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • I don’t know!
    http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/73411 7 examples And who actually makes the decisions? Vladimir Putin: I don’t know. America is a complex country, conservative on the one hand, rapidly changing on the other. It’s not easy for us to sort it all out.   Tucker Carlson: Do you think Zelensky has the freedom to negotiate the settlement to this conflict? Vladimir Putin: I don’t know the details, of course it’s difficult for me to judge, but ...
    6 days ago
  • Fresh thinkers
    Fresh thinking will always give you hope.It might be the kind that makes you smite your brow, exclaiming: Why didn't we think of that! It's obvious!It might be the kind that makes you go: Dude you’re a genius.Sometimes it will simply be Wayne Brown handing Simeon Brown his weasel ass ...
    More than a fieldingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • It is not about age, it is about team.
    Much attention has been directed at Joe Biden’s mental lapses and physical frailty. Less attention has been spent on Donald Trump’s cognitive difficulties and physical limitations, with most focus being devoted to his insults and exaggerated claims (as if they … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 days ago
  • ROBERT MacCULLOCH: Fletcher Building – it is time to break up NZ’s most useless company.
    Robert MacCulloch writes –  Gosh, the CEO of Fletcher Building, Ross Taylor, says today’s announcement of a half-year loss of $120 million for the company is “disappointing” and was “heavily impacted” by the Convention Centre losses. He must be crying all the way to the bank (to quote Las ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    6 days ago
  • Mortgage rates seen high for even longer
    Government and borrower hopes for early mortgage cost relief look likely to be thwarted. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: Stronger-than-expected US inflation data out overnight is expected to delay the first US Federal Reserve rate cut into the second half of 2024, which in turn would hold mortgage rates ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Member’s Day
    Today is a Member's Day, the first of the new Parliament. And to start the Parliament off, there's a bunch of first readings. A bunch of other bills have been postponed, so first up is Duncan Webb's District Court (Protecting Judgment Debtors on Main Benefit) Amendment Bill, followed by Katie ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Three Waters go down the legislative gurgler – but what should we make of Local Water Done Well?
    Buzz from the Beehive Local Government Minister Simeon Brown – it seems fair to suppose – was flushed with success after the repeal of Labour’s divisive and unpopular Three Waters legislation. As he explained, repealing this legislation is a necessary first step in implementing his government’s Local Water Done Well ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    6 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on five of Luxon’s Gaza absurdities
    Earlier this week, PM Christopher Luxon met with 48 public service CEOs to make sure they were on board with his plans to cut spending on public services so that National can proceed to give the revenue away to those New Zealanders least in need. This wasn’t the only absurdity ...
    7 days ago
  • Love and the Fairer Sex.
    This morning I woke early with many thoughts in my head of things said, events of the week, things that matter. I’m afraid none of them involved Seymour, Willis, or Luxon so if you’re looking for something political maybe take the day off and come back tomorrow. You won’t find ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    7 days ago
  • He stood up to Muldoon and Lange and the Fji army
    Gerald Hensley, who died aged 88 on Saturday, was the key official who presided over the tumultuous events that followed the election of the Lange Labour Government in 1984. He was also instrumental in helping a key Fijian official escape the country during one of the 1987 coups. A diplomat ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    7 days ago
  • At a glance – Has Arctic sea ice returned to normal?
    On February 14, 2023 we announced our Rebuttal Update Project. This included an ask for feedback about the added "At a glance" section in the updated basic rebuttal versions. This weekly blog post series highlights this new section of one of the updated basic rebuttal versions and serves as a ...
    1 week ago
  • Halo dunia!
    Selamt datang di WordPress. Ini adalah pos pertama Anda. Sunting atau hapus, kemudian mulai menulis! ...
    1 week ago
  • The PM wants a turnaround
    As a treat today I have lined up a favourite in the music slot. I love Turnaround, I cannot hear it too often, and I feel in need of a treat when I make myself listen to the Prime Minister the way I did this morning.He too, has favourites that ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • The PM wants a turnaround
    As a treat today I have lined up a favourite in the music slot. I love Turnaround, I cannot hear it too often, and I feel in need of a treat when I make myself listen to the Prime Minister the way I did this morning.He too, has favourites that ...
    More than a fieldingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • ELE LUDEMANN: Trusting locals
    Ele Ludemann writes- A government-knows-best and predilection for central control was another unfortunate feature of the 2017-2023 Labour governments. One of the worst polices as a result of that was what started as Three Waters and became several more. The National-led government is much more trusting of locals ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    1 week ago
  • Legislation to flush away Three Waters has become a certainty – but we must wait for details on th...
    Buzz from the Beehive A  three-day information drought was broken, just after Point of Order published yesterday’s Buzz from the Beehive, and two significant ministerial announcements were made. First, the Budget will be delivered on 30 May, telling us which genuine savings have been made by eliminating waste and which ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    1 week ago
  • Rise of the Lobbyists.
    An unpopular opinion, I love Auckland.Not so much the transport or the house prices - those are pretty dire. But there’s a lot to like. We’ve a vibrant, multicultural city in a beautiful location with, mostly, friendly locals. From the native bush of the Waitakeres to the Gulf islands, it’s ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • The holes in National’s water reform pipes
    Young renters just have to watch on as pipes keep failing and the Government and councils point fingers at each other, because all the incentives are for ratepayers to block rates increases, water meters, water charges and the creation of new entities. File Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: The National-ACT-NZ First coalition ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago

  • Greater support for social workers
    The Coalition Government is enhancing the professionalism of the social work sector and supporting the vulnerable people who rely on them, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says.  The Social Workers Registration Legislation Amendment Bill passed its third reading in Parliament today. It amends the Social Workers Registration Legislation ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 hours ago
  • Government delivers greater freedom and choice for sick New Zealanders
    The coalition government is delivering on its commitment to making principled decisions by getting rid of red tape that doesn’t make sense and allowing sick New Zealanders greater freedom and choice to purchase effective cold and flu medicines. A bill amending the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975 is being introduced, and changes to the Medicines ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    14 hours ago
  • Government begins reset of welfare system
    The Coalition Government is taking early action to curb the surge in welfare dependency that occurred under the previous government by setting out its expectations around employment and the use of benefit sanctions, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says. In 2017, 60,588 sanctions were applied to beneficiaries who ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • State of the Nation
    Ka nui te mihi kia koutou. Kia ora, good morning, talofa, malo e lelei, bula vinaka, da jia hao, namaste, sat sri akal, assalamu alaikum. Thank you for coming to my first State of the Nation as Prime Minister. Thank you for coming to a speech where I don’t just ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • West Coast tourism attractions officially open
    Regional Development Minister Shane Jones will attend the official opening of two highly anticipated tourism projects on the West Coast today – Pike29 Memorial Track, dedicated to the memory of the Pike River miners, and Pounamu Pathway. “The Pike29 Memorial Track is a way to remember and honour the men ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Independent ferry service advisory group in place
    Appointments to the Ministerial Advisory Group tasked with providing independent advice and assurance on the future of KiwiRail’s inter-island ferry service have been made, State Owned Enterprises Minister Paul Goldsmith says. “It’s important for New Zealand that KiwiRail is focused on ensuring safe, resilient, and reliable ferry services over the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Joint statement from the Prime Ministers of Australia, Canada, and New Zealand
    The Prime Ministers of Australia, Canada and New Zealand today issued the following statement on reports of Israel’s planned military operation in Rafah. We are gravely concerned by indications that Israel is planning a ground offensive into Rafah.   A military operation into Rafah would be catastrophic. About 1.5 million Palestinians ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Govt will deliver on expanded breast screening
    The coalition Government has made the first steps in delivering on its promise to  extend free breast screening to women aged 70-74, Health Minister Shane Reti says. “As part of the 100 day plan, the Government has now met with officials and discussed what is needed in order for the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government announces woolshed roadshows in support of sheep farmers
    The Government celebrates National Lamb Day (15 February 24) and congratulates sheep farmers on the high-quality products they continue to produce. Agriculture Minister McClay hosted bipartisan celebrations of National Lamb Day with industry representatives at Parliament this week to mark the anniversary of the first frozen lamb exports that left ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Speech: Address to the NZ Economics Forum
    It’s great to be back at the New Zealand Economics Forum. I would like to acknowledge everyone here today for your expertise and contribution, especially the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Head of the Waikato Management School, economists, students and experts alike. A year has passed since I was last before you, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government tackling high construction costs
    The Government is focused on reducing sky-high construction costs to make it more affordable to build a home, Building and Construction Minister Chris Penk says.  Stats NZ data shows the cost of building a house has increased by 41 per cent since 2019, making housing even more unaffordable for Kiwi ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Labour’s Three Waters legislation repealed
    The Coalition Government’s legislative plan to address longstanding issues with local water infrastructure and service delivery took an important step today, with the repeal of Labour’s divisive and unpopular Three Waters legislation, Local Government Minister Simeon Brown says. “Repealing this legislation is a necessary first step in implementing our Local ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Cost of living support for beneficiary households
    The Coalition Government is delivering on its commitment to ease the cost-of-living by increasing main benefit rates in line with inflation and ensuring the Minimum Family Tax Credit threshold remains aligned with this change, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says. The Social Security (Benefits Adjustment) and Income Tax ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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  • Government announces agriculture delegations to better support Primary sector
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