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Dotcom developments

Written By: - Date published: 7:31 am, July 26th, 2013 - 103 comments
Categories: accountability, john key, Spying - Tags: , , ,

It’s no real surprise that the public trust Kim Dotcom more than John Key:

Public sides with Dotcom in poll

… At issue is whether the Prime Minister knew about Kim Dotcom before the raid on his Coatesville mansion in February last year.
John Key has always denied it, but Mr Dotcom says he has evidence to prove it.

A 3 News Reid Research poll asked the public who they believe; 52 percent said they believe Dotcom, while 34 percent believe Mr Key. The rest said they didn’t know or care.

For other coverage: John Key’s credibility takes a hit. A reminder to Key that his “popularity” as preferred PM is a politician’s “popularity” (he’s seen as the least bad option perhaps), not to be mistaken for the real thing.

In other Dotcom developments, check out this audio from last night’s anti GCSB Bill protest: Kim Dotcom reveals how John Key knew about him prior to the raid – Audio. Starting about 1:30 Journalist Selwyn Manning describes “some breaking news from Dotcom”:

Manning: He said that the New Zealand SIS back in mid 2010 … made a recommendation to the immigration minister … that he be blocked from getting residencey here in New Zeland. … Kim Dotocom said that information that has come through from his case through disclosure and legal means has shown that later in 2010 the Prime Minister John Key went to Hollywood and met with the movie brass over there. Now the very next day the SIS pulled its advisory and then supported his residency application. Now the implication there from Dotcom was that if this is true then the net seems to have been cast to basically capture him and the thing was in play …

Interviewer 1: [Recaps and questions why?]

Manning: The logic would suggest … was the SIS then turning it around so he would get residency here, he was then on safe New Zealand soil so the FBI could do what it did.

Interviewer 2: And catch him.

[… discussion …]

Interviewer 1: If that is the case, then John Key must have known.

Interesting.

103 comments on “Dotcom developments”

  1. Tiger Mountain 1

    While Dottie may be a natural right winger or at least gravitate to the financial elite he may have learned a thing or two whilst a resident of ‘Boston Rd Flats’ with no Banksie is sight to bail him out. Not to mention all the rest of it–illegal surveillance, special gagging order via Bill English, lies, lies lies, erratic memories etc.

    A simple flow chart shows it all leads back to ShonKey knowing. This has to stick. Anne Salmond is onto it, anyone without the backbone to oppose the bill should never show their faces again at an ANZAC ceremony.

    My WWII era parents did not like my activist views but always encouraged me because “thats why your dad went to war” and they believed that.

  2. ghostwhowalksnz 2

    …late in 2010… ”

    Its a bit vague, you need to nail down the actual dates

    • David H 2.1

      Why Key is sure’er than sure, and positive that it was AFTER the raid in 2012 that he first heard of KDC.

      • Veutoviper 2.1.1

        Key has said on many occasions that it was the day BEFORE the raid – not after the raid. That is,he claims that the first he heard of KDC was on 19 Jan 2012.

        • David H 2.1.1.1

          Sorry my bad, I was about 2 days out. Unlike Key, who could be up-to 2 to 3 years out.

    • Veutoviper 2.2

      The timeline prepared by NZ First released in April 2013 covers this earlier period – with sources of the information.

      http://nzfirst.org.nz/sites/nzfirst/files/the_john_key-kim_dotcom_timeline_1.pdf

      NZF’s press release in April 2013 also raised the coincidence timewise between Key’s meeting with Hollywood bigwigs and the withdrawal of the SIS objections to KDC’s immigration application – so KDC’s statement last night was not actually a new revelation.

      In fact, NZF released a press statement in April 2013 re the SIS

      As it is relatively short, here is the release – copied from the NZF website

      “SIS OK Dotcom’s Residency Day After PM Met Hollywood Bigwig
      10 April 2013
      Andrew Williams
      New Zealand First says Prime Minister John Key needs to come clean about the full extent of his knowledge about the FBI investigation into Kim Dotcom.

      Andrew Williams MP today produced evidence that a director of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), Kevin Tsujihara, was part of Government talks on The Hobbit in October 2010.

      “Mr Key hosted Kevin Tsujihara at Premier House on 26 and 27 October 2010.

      “At the time, Mr Tsujihara was President of Warner Brothers Home Entertainment and oversaw Warner Bros’ anti-piracy operations. He is now the CEO.

      “It’s intriguing that on 28 October 2010 – a day after Mr Key met with Mr Tsujihara – the SIS lifted a hold on Kim Dotcom’s residency application.”

      “It would be astonishing if the Prime Minister – who is also the Minister in charge of the Security Intelligence Service – was not informed of this decision.

      “The fact that it happened a day after Mr Key met a representative of the MPAA, a group which is known to have been lobbying the US Government to arrest Mr Dotcom, makes it virtually impossible to believe.

      Mr Williams says the Prime Minister has so far refused to confirm that Mr Tsujihara was also at a private dinner he attended in Hollywood last year, citing privacy concerns.

      “But Mr Key has admitted that the Dotcom case was discussed at that dinner.”

      Mr Williams says a timeline prepared by New Zealand First – collated from Parliamentary Questions, OIA requests and media reports – leading up to Dotcom’s arrest in January 2012 reveals an extraordinary set of facts.

      “Our timeline also shows that Mr Key met with the SIS on 12 October 2010. That was a day before the SIS put a hold on Dotcom’s residency application.

      “How on earth could they not have told him?” says Mr Williams.”

      EDIT – snap. Karol at 5.1.1 and I were obviously commenting at the same time.

  3. martin 3

    @ghost.
    The day after the Hollywood exec meeting was the date

  4. karol 4

    Has the statement from Kim Dotcom about the 2010 developments, been removed from the video on demand version of the meeting last night. I can’t find it.

    Part 1 of the video on The Daily blog, ends at about 1hr 22 mins. Part 2 is 8 mins long. The KDC statement came after Cunliffe’s statement, which was at about 1hr 14 mins. Anthony says the KDC statement is at 1 hr 30.

    • Veutoviper 4.1

      I have just rechecked the Daily Blog video and KDC’s statement re the 2010 developments starts about 1 hr 33 mins. There are a couple of questions between Cunliffe’s statement and KDC’s revelations.

      The video I just watched goes on well past 1 hr 22 mins right to the end of the meeting and some time afterwards when everyone is mixing around.

    • karol 5.1

      Thanks. KDC’s statement about the SIS is at 1hr 33mins.

      Just a general statement. The SIS initially blocked KDC’s application fro residency saying there was an FBI investigation against him. Late in 2010 Key met with Hollywood people, including the MPAA, and the next day the SIS reversed its decision and granted KDC and wife residency.

      • karol 5.1.1

        Andrew Williams, NZ First has the timeline here:

        Andrew Williams MP today produced evidence that a director of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), Kevin Tsujihara, was part of Government talks on The Hobbit in October 2010.

        “Mr Key hosted Kevin Tsujihara at Premier House on 26 and 27 October 2010.

        “At the time, Mr Tsujihara was President of Warner Brothers Home Entertainment and oversaw Warner Bros’ anti-piracy operations. He is now the CEO.

        “It’s intriguing that on 28 October 2010 – a day after Mr Key met with Mr Tsujihara – the SIS lifted a hold on Kim Dotcom’s residency application.”

        So, KDC’s statement isn’t actually new information.

  5. Roflcopter 6

    So… no “smoking gun”, just more weasel words from DotCon the convicted fraudster.

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 6.1

      He has stated repeatedly that he will present the evidence in court next year. In the meantime he clearly has every intention to keep the pot simmering.

      I encourage you to put your faith in your dear leader, John Key. Stake your reputation on his good faith and trustworthy character, it’s a sure thing, honest, no really, truly.

      • Winston Smith 6.1.1

        I encourage you to put your faith in your dear leader, John Key. Stake your reputation on his good faith and trustworthy character, it’s a sure thing, honest, no really, truly.

        – Better than relying on Dot Con

        • One Anonymous Knucklehead 6.1.1.1

          Well then, I guess when someone starts relying on him you’ll have a point.

          • Winston Smith 6.1.1.1.1

            Seems to be the left relying on Dot Con which is a pretty sad state of affairs for the left

            • One Anonymous Knucklehead 6.1.1.1.1.1

              No, it doesn’t seem that at all. Not even to you: you’re just trying (and failing) to score what you imagine will be a hit.

            • tracey 6.1.1.1.1.2

              Given your very low opinion of dotcom if it turns out key has lied about this matter, what
              will your opinion be of the pm then?

            • tracey 6.1.1.1.1.3

              Given your very low opinion of dotcom if it turns out key has lied about this matter, what
              will your opinion be of the pm then?

    • Santi 6.2

      We must be scraping the bottom of the barrel to have any faith in a convicted fraudster and con-man like the infamous KDC.

      • vto 6.2.1

        We have scraped the bottom of the barrel to put faith in a lying money-trader who keeps shitting on those less fortunate. Scum.

      • tricledrown 6.2.2

        Santi or a money trader who worked for Merrill Lynch the most corrupt corporation ever!

      • One Anonymous Knucklehead 6.2.3

        Well then Santi, when someone puts their faith in him you’ll have a point.

      • Huginn 6.2.4

        “we”?
        Santi, you are a sad, sad sock puppet

  6. One Anonymous Knucklehead 7

    One huge question the post leaves unanswered: does Mr.com have proof that Key ordered the SIS to pull its advisory?

    I mean, it’s obvious that’s what happened, but without a paper trail (or Warren Tucker in the dock giving evidence to that effect), Key will survive.

  7. martin 8

    Knucklehead, it was the day after he met Hollywood execs.
    The SIS isnt releasing the docos as Dotcom said they sadly for him sight “national security”

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 8.1

      He also says he has proof Key lied, and he’ll present it in court.

      • Roflcopter 8.1.1

        Which has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that he’s wanted for repeated copyright infringements…

        He’s like Hone Harawira in court over the last few days, trying to dance around the outside with all manner of theatrics, and like Hone he’ll be told by those who are there to consider his case, that the theatrics are irrelevant to the reasons he is before them.

        • One Anonymous Knucklehead 8.1.1.1

          What lovely ad hominem drivel. I expect you find it compelling.

        • lprent 8.1.1.2

          I realize that you cannot prevent yourself from being an idiot, but you could at least inform yourself about what he is charged with. Try Wikipedia. Even you can probably achieve that.

          It isn’t copyright violations. It is a mixture of conspiracy and “racketeering” charges that are do nebulous that every businessman in the world could get charged with something similar. Moreover the US courts probably don’t have any authority to make them. In other words it is a political charge made by someone with political clout.

          Has very little to do with parking a car over a driveway.

        • martin 8.1.1.3

          The copyright issue has nothing to do with whether the PMs lying

      • weka 8.1.2

        “He also says he has proof Key lied, and he’ll present it in court.”

        Yes. Given that both KDC and Key seem confident in their positions, one has to wonder what the evidence is and where it came from. Maybe KDC has a Hollywood mole (ha!) and has something from the meeting. SIS documents seem unlikely. Otherwise I suspect he will present circumstantial evidence rather than proof.

        • One Anonymous Knucklehead 8.1.2.1

          Perhaps Paul Davison will figure out a way to put Warren Tucker in the dock 🙂

          • yeshe 8.1.2.1.1

            dog tucker — what marvelous fun that would be !

            and maybe PD has already figured it out ?

        • Winston Smith 8.1.2.2

          Given that one is a con-man wanted for questioning in the US and the other is the PM of NZ using occams razor I’d say the simplest answer is Dot Con is full of shit because he knows the media (duly supported by the left) will eat up anything he says

          • One Anonymous Knucklehead 8.1.2.2.1

            I don’t know about anyone else, but I don’t need Kim.com’s help getting a poor impression of John Key: John Key does that all on his own when he has none fifty thousand yeah a hundred thousand shares on camera and he can’t hide those lyin’ eyes, when he slits his throat, when he can’t recall which of his lawyers helped screw his pants on this morning.

            But none of the ad hominem crap you or I can muster matters one little bit. What matters is what’s in those disclosure documents.

            Tick tock.

            • Winston Smith 8.1.2.2.1.1

              You may not need Dot cons help but Labour certainly need him

              “But none of the ad hominem crap you or I can muster matters one little bit. What matters is what’s in those disclosure documents.”

              – I agree

              • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                Labour needs him? Again you are overstating your case. If Key weren’t in the gun over Kim.com it would be something else tripping him up. You can’t tell that many lies for too long before they catch up with you no matter what you’re doing. As Felix (and vto?) have said “He will fail at the peak – it’s written in his character.”

                • Winston Smith

                  Labour need him beacuse:

                  A. They have no money and are hoping Dot Con gives them some
                  B. No one seems to care what Shearer says but do when Dot Con speaks
                  C. Labour are (at worst) going backwards or (at best) flat lining so need Dot Con because he seems to be the only one scoring major points

                  “He will fail at the peak – it’s written in his character.”

                  – Far be it from me to disagree with Felix and VTO however being that the Left have tried (and failed miserably) to pin something, anything on John Key and dent his popularity for years I’ll go with history on this and say that Key is a helluva lot smarter then most give credit for and more cunning then most

                  Hes the most popular and effective post-MMP leader we’ve had for a reason and the left consistantly underestimate him to their peril

          • vto 8.1.2.2.2

            Winston Smith, you do know John Key is a compulsive liar don’t you.

            • Winston Smith 8.1.2.2.2.1

              Of course, he is a politician after all

              • weka

                Cop out and disingenuous. Show me a Green MP who has lied as often as Key has (or lied at all in fact). You should be able to pull up a list like BLiP’s one about Key’s lies for each MP in parliament.

  8. Wayne 9

    Why is this evidence.

    It is really just a hypothesis. Which is that John Key goes to Hollywood, that he is told that KDC should be extradited, that a direction is then given to SIS to withdraw their objection, presumably by John Key.

    But there is no evidence presented here that supports this hypothesis.

    But seriously, do you really think John Key would act like this? Do you really think Hollywood moguls would even raise KDC with the PM?

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 9.1

      I’m not expecting to see any actual evidence until election year. This is just Kim.com telling us what he knows.

    • vto 9.2

      Fascinating isn’t it Wayne how your government has intertwined the forces of capital and government to an extent far greater than ever seen before in New Zealand.

      This is fascism.

      Can you handle that? Has it even occurred to you? What do you intend to do about this?

      • vto 9.2.1

        Hello Wayne?

      • Santi 9.2.2

        This is fascism you said..

        Take a deep breath and sit down, calm down. Anger is bad for your health.

        • weka 9.2.2.1

          “Anger is bad for your health.”

          Only if you don’t express it a useful way.

          Marginialising other people’s politics by calling them emotional…. bad for the soul (assuming you have one).

    • karol 9.3

      Key didn’t meet with the Hollywood execs in Hollywood but at Premier House in NZ. It was part of the Hobbit discussions (see my link & quote above.

    • weka 9.4

      “But seriously, do you really think John Key would act like this? Do you really think Hollywood moguls would even raise KDC with the PM?”

      Wow, that would have to be one of hte most naive comments I’ve seen in a while.

    • tricledrown 9.5

      Wayne they didn’t talk about a small bunch of unionists working on th hobbit films either1

      • Wayne 9.5.1

        But the Hobbitt was the known public purpose of the meeting. Getting the Hobbit movies made here was a Govt priority and that was plain to everyone.

        What is being suggested here is that as a side issue, KDC was also mentioned, that the FBI wanted to extradite him, and the only thing in the way was uncertainty about KDC’s residency status. And this about a guy the PM had never heard of until that moment (this being the timeline alleged by KDC).

        Effectively a request to the PM, “PM, can you also sort this out for us, the problem is the SIS”

        • weka 9.5.1.1

          What makes you think that JK hadn’t heard of KDC until that meeting?

        • One Anonymous Knucklehead 9.5.1.2

          Perhaps they read the Wikipedia article on the SIS and figured that, as the responsible minister, Key would be the right person to raise the issue with.

          I expect that’s naïve of me, imagining that Ministers might expect to take questions about their portfolio.

          “Well, copyright infringement is just one lawyer’s opinion and I can show you another who’ll give you a counterview.”

          Then again why bother asking him: his word ain’t worth shit.

        • karol 9.5.1.3

          According to the NZ First press release, not only was Dotcom’s residency granted the day after the PM met Hollywood execs (over the Hobbit), but also this:

          “Our timeline also shows that Mr Key met with the SIS on 12 October 2010. That was a day before the SIS put a hold on Dotcom’s residency application.

          Coincidence that both happened the day after Key had these meetings?

        • One Anonymous Knucklehead 9.5.1.4

          Who said they asked him to “sort this out”, Dr. Mapp? Maybe they said “That megaupload thing, that’s all in hand, thanks for your help, John, get your guy to come by later and we’ll see you right.”

          But it really doesn’t matter how the subject came up does it?

        • vto 9.5.1.5

          “But the Hobbitt was the known public purpose of the meeting”

          wtf does that have to do with anything worthwhile or relevant to the issue?

          And further, tell us what both the unknown public purpose was and the non-public purpose was.

    • Veutoviper 9.6

      But seriously, do you really think John Key would act like this? Do you really think Hollywood moguls would even raise KDC with the PM?

      Yes.

      Why? Because as well as meeting with Hollywood moguls here in NZ in Oct 2010, Key also met with them in Hollywood in Oct 2012 (and that is just the meetings we know about!)

      Prior to the Oct 2012 meetings (just after Key had publicly apologised to KDC) Key was adamant the KDC would not be discussed at those meetings. In the event, it transpired that they DID discuss KDC.

      I do not have time right now to google links to the many articles that appeared at the time of the 2012 meetings – but there were numerous articles both here in NZ (Stuff, Herald etc) and in the US on the meetings and the fact that KDC was discussed.

      So, Dr Mapp, I appreciate that as a former Minister in the current government, you are trying to defend your party and PM. But stop the BS.

    • Sable 9.7

      No one believed our own government illegally spied on its own citizens either and yet here we are. Kim Doctom has if nothing else proven himself a lot more astute than Keys and he has been able to back up everything he has said so far. Keys on the other hand has been left looking like an idiot again and again with nothing by rhetoric to back up his dubious claims….

  9. martin 10

    Wayne.
    Of course not.
    The Hollywood execs never wanted a case bought against him to protect their copyrights on the internet.

  10. Santi 11

    In suggest NZ deports KDC back to his native Germany. Have a safe flight, fraudster.

    • weka 11.1

      Yeah, pity he’s a resident with legal rights in NZ. Damn law.

      • Richard Christie 11.1.1

        Ah, the rich irony in that the SIS withdrawal of objection led to DC’s residency.

        The sting that went bad.

    • amirite 11.2

      I suggest NZ to deport Santi to the Stupid camp. The sooner, the better.

    • Sable 11.3

      Yes and he will probably get a fair trial too. No chances of that in this totalitarian shit hole.

    • Sable 11.4

      Yes and he would probably get a fair trial too. No chances of that in this totalitarian shit hole.

  11. tricledrown 12

    Grinch where do we send a corrupt lying ponzi scheming money trader to then.

  12. Sable 13

    Keys behavior comes as no surprise, what does surprise is that people still support him. I think this speaks volumes about how little we have come to expect from our government.

    As to Kim Dotcom, my advice, if you can, fly to Russia and join Edward Snowden, you wont get fair or legal treatment in this country. Its now no more than a satellite state of the USA.

    • Wayne 13.1

      I am pretty sure Judge Winkelmann would be offended to read that she is not giving “fair or legal treatment” to KDC.

      • Veutoviper 13.1.1

        Despite my response to you at 9.6 above, I agree with you on this comment.

        So far in the KDC case, Judge Winkelmann has proved herself to be an excellent judge.

      • tracey 13.1.2

        Thank god for the courts which recently a couple of ministers questioned because they disagreed with their rulings.

  13. infused 14

    Have to bookmark this thread for next years. Hilarious.

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 14.1

      Yeah, because then if he can’t prove Key knew you’ll be able to concoct some more witless fiction how everyone was relying on him, eh, and you’ll give yourself a little pat on the back and tell yourself how witty and clever you are, and generally be boorish and vacuous as usual.

      Yawn.

    • Sable 14.2

      There wont be a next year. If you post comments in the coming months that upset Emperor Keys expect square jawed goons on your doorstep and a one way ticket to a super max prison (read dungeon).

    • tracey 14.3

      Thank god he didnt sign a painting for a charity auction cos that would be truly awful.

    • tracey 14.4

      Thank god he didnt sign a painting for a charity auction cos that would be truly awful.

    • tracey 14.5

      Thank god he didnt sign a painting for a charity auction cos that would be truly awful.

    • Pascal's bookie 14.6

      Have to bookmark this thread for next years. Hilarious.

      Hilarious.

      War talk

  14. karol 15

    Selwyn Manning has responded to my comments about what is/isn’t new about Dotcom’s statement last night:

    Hi Karol,

    Yes that is true regarding the timeline. But the important new fact is as you note that KDC was citing the SIS documentation recommending to the Minister of Immigration that his application for residency be declined, and according to KDC the reason given was because he was under FBI investigation.

    And then later in 2010, the SIS reversed that recommendation the day after the Prime Minister met with the Hollywood brass. The SIS and the Prime Minister in charge of the SIS should explain what caused it to reverse its recommendation all-the-while knowing KDC was still under FBI investigation.

    If all this does stack up, the Prime Minister does have a lot of explaining to do as to how he could possibly not know of KDC at that time. The timeline and the SIS reversal have become an important element in the saga.

  15. vto 16

    Why does John Key want to listen to and record every single communication and conversation of mine?

    The arsehole hasn’t answered this question.

    • weka 16.1

      He doesn’t, he wants the spooks to.

      But I reckon with all this confusion around what Key knew and when, and given his poor memory, the easiest solution going forward is for everything Key says and does to be recorded. No more confusion, simple.

      • One Anonymous Knucklehead 16.1.1

        Paging Dr. Nixon.

      • vto 16.1.2

        Why does John Key want the government to listen to and record every single communication and conversation of mine?

        The arsehole hasn’t answered this question.

        • ropata 16.1.2.1

          Key did raise the spectre of terrorism in the select committee; asking Thomas Beagle of Tech Liberty what he would do if there was a bombing.

          Beagle’s response was that it is a hypothetical scenario and does not justify a bill which effectively puts a camera in everyone’s home

          • Arfamo 16.1.2.1.1

            Well the US’s now multiple internal security agencies have this kind of monitoring capability and how well did it work to prevent the Boston Bombings?

      • Richard Christie 16.1.3

        Now there is an idea for a web protest.

        Designate a week and encourage every citizen to cc all electronic communication to the GCSB.

        Probably won’t result in denial of service but it may make a point.

        • weka 16.1.3.1

          Someone else had the idea to cc John Key.

          Nice bit of protest, but would need smart organising (and legal advice).

  16. Bearded Git 17

    Looking at the many right-wing responses above, you know they are on the wrong side of this issue. Talk about panic. Key’s credibility, such as it ever was, is sinking fast.

    • infused 17.1

      There’s no panic at all… it’s you lot jumping up and down as if you’ve won lotto… but when you get the ticket read, you find all you’ve won is another ticket.

    • Huginn 17.2

      Definitely. This hysterical stream of toxic vileness directed at Dotcom is very interesting

      They’ve got a real problem on their hands because Dotcom is a really good fit with the Libertarian Right – which has a well defined philosophical position on the state’s use of computational methodologies which goes back at least to Hayek’s early work.

      It’s the Road to Serfdom that Papa Fredie warned them about all those years ago.

      The problem for the Nats is that there’s nowhere for these guys to go since John Banks and Garth McVicar took over Act – and they’re never, ever going to vote for Colin the Conservative because they’re not . . . conservative.

      National has snuffed out its partners so that it can present us with a single political solution, the last thing want now is for these guys to develop an independent political identity

  17. RedBaronCV 18

    So the GCSB are going to record evrything Key does and says? Premier House will be bugged?
    No more convenient brain fades and since they have nothing to hide they will release it all??

  18. Don't worry be happy 19

    Dot com met with John Banks right? Several times?

    Dot com is techno savvy to say the least.

    John Banks is shall we say ‘talkative’…and into promoting his importance, perhaps about his relationship/influence with the PM.

    It’s perfectly legal to record a conversation in NZ if one party is aware that the conversation is being recorded and not at all difficult to do.

    Wheeling and dealing with powerful politicians with spooks in their pay for a safe place for himself and his family I’m picking KDC has been very careful and protective of some fascinating listening for us all in Court.

  19. Rodel 20

    Quite like the dotcom stuff but still think anyone who gave John Banks $50,000 needs to be extradited somewhere.

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    PunditBy Andrew Geddis
    1 day ago
  • The police and public trust
    When the Prime Minister declared a state of emergency last week, she handed the police powers to enforce it. And almost immediately, we started hearing about heavy-handed, arbitrary "enforcement" by police who (at best) cared more about order than law, or (more likely) had no idea what the rules were ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 4
    . . Lock Down: Day 4 – A photo essay with observations . March 29: Usual wake up routine as RNZ snaps on my radio-clock. Jim Mora’s voice slowly enters my conciousness; there’s talk of a second wave of covid19 taking hold in South Korea; the week in Parliament – ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 day ago
  • COVID-19 vs New Zealand
    Yesterday, New Zealand recorded its first Covid-19 related death on the West Coast. Unfortunately this is unlikely to be the only fatality, with the virus now being found in every region of the country.However despite the significant danger, people are still unfortunately breaching lockdown rules.There’s really only one main very ...
    1 day ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #13
    Story of the Week... Toon of the Week... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Claim Review... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week... Story of the Week... ‘Misinformation kills’: The link between coronavirus conspiracies and climate denial   Grist / Rob Kim / Stringer / CSA Images  Scientific ...
    1 day ago
  • Rāhui day 4
    The kids did surprisingly well today – meltdown count was about 3, and mostly fairly short ones. (And a fourth while I was writing.) Game-wise I had a go at Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark. It’s a fairly standard RPG with turn-based combat and what they call a “mature storyline” (it ...
    The little pakehaBy chrismiller
    2 days ago
  • Letter to a friend
    by Don Franks Hi David, Nice hearing from you, I’m glad to hear you’re getting by okay in these grim times. You asked how’s it going for us back here in New Zealand. You would have heard that the whole country is locked down and with breaks for exercise and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 3
    . . Lock Down: Day 3 – A photo essay with observations . March 28: First day of the first weekend in Lock Down. It feels like it’s been weeks since only Level 3 was declared last Tuesday, only four days ago. Woke up this morning to RNZ; coffee; toast, ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    2 days ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #13
    A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Mar 22, 2020 through Sat, Mar 28, 2020 Articles Linked to on Facebook Sun, Mar 22, 2020 In Just 10 Years, Warming Has Increased the Odds of Disasters by Chelsea Harvey, ...
    3 days ago
  • Rāhui day 3
    I’m here in lockdown with my flatmate and her two girls (6 and 2) and it. is. a time. They’re usually really active so to start with the only boardgame in the house is the copy of Guess Who that the 6 year old got for her birthday. Flatmate commented ...
    The little pakehaBy chrismiller
    3 days ago
  • A test of civil society.
    The CV-19 (COVID) pandemic has seen the imposition of a government ordered national quarantine and the promulgation of a series of measures designed to spread the burden of pain and soften the economic blow on the most strategically important and most vulnerable sectors of society. The national narrative is framed ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    3 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 2
    . . Lock Down: Day 2 – A photo essay with observations . March 27 – Day 2 of our Strange New World. The Park and Ride near my suburb, usually filled with hundreds of vehicles, had just… four; . . Another drive into Wellington City on a highway nearly ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    3 days ago
  • How Do You Feel? What Do You Think?
    Fortune's Children: Under extraordinary pressure, the leader of the Government and the leader of the Opposition will each show us what they are made of. Have they been blessed with intelligence, grace, wit, poise, toughness, empathy and humour – and in what measure? More importantly, to what extent have they ...
    3 days ago
  • Landlords are NOT an essential service
    If you’ve ever had the misfortune of having to rent a property on the open market in New Zealand, which is one of the most expensive in the entire world, you’ll likely be keenly aware of just how arrogant and entitled landlords and their real estate agents can be.Unfortunately for ...
    3 days ago
  • A “new Society” post-COVID19 will definitely emerge. The question is: on what path?
    Society-wise, aside from the specific morbidity shall we say of the medically-oriented aspects of this COVID-19 crisis, what is unfolding before the world is in more than one way an instructive study of humanity and reactions to a high intensity, high stress environment in real time. Friends, we are at ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    4 days ago
  • Raise the Bar: Everything you need to know about the wage subsidy
    Right now low waged and insecure workers are feeling the economic brunt of the looming #Covid19 Recession. In response legal advocate Toby Cooper* and hospitality and worker’s rights advocate Chloe Ann-King, are putting together a series of legal blogs about your employment rights: In this legal blog we outline some ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    4 days ago
  • The massacre of prisoners in Modelo jail, Bogota, March 21
    by Equipo Jurídico Pueblos and Gearóid Ó Loingsigh (25/03/2020) An escape plan in question On the night of March 21st and the early morning of the 22nd, the forces of the Colombian state stormed into the Modelo prison in Bogotá, murdering 23 prisoners and injuring 83, in response to the ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    4 days ago
  • We are not America
    When the government banned semi-automatic weapons in response to a terrorist atrocity, gun-nuts were outraged. Mired in toxic American gun culture, they thought owning weapons whose sole purpose was killing people was some sort of "constitutional right", a necessity for "defending themselves" against the government. Now, the Court of Appeal ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • When will we know the lockdown is working?
    Just before midnight on Wednesday March 25, Aotearoa New Zealand entered a countrywide alert level four lockdown. For at least the next four weeks, everyone who isn’t an essential worker is confined to their bubble. We are doing this to stop the explosive growth in people contracting and dying from ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    4 days ago
  • Lock Down: Day 1
    . . Lock Down: Day 1 – A photo essay with observations . Day one of the Level 4 nationwide lock-down (or, DefCon 4 as I sometimes cheekily call it) started at 11.59PM on 25 March. For a moment, most of the nation held it’s collective breath. In that brief ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    4 days ago
  • A Compelling Recollection.
    Broad, Sunlit Uplands: How those words fired my young imagination! Or, perhaps, it is more accurate to say: how those words fused, in my young mind, with the image printed on every packet of Fielder’s Cornflour. Always fascinated by history, especially modern history, I cannot hear Churchill’s wonderfully evocative words, even ...
    4 days ago
  • The Warehouse – where everyone gets a virus
    . . 24 March 2020 9.46AM Number of covid19 cases in Aotearoa New Zealand: 102 . As of 11.59 on Thursday, most of New Zealand will go into “lock down”. People will be expected not to travel to work; not to socialise; and to stay home. I will not be ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    4 days ago
  • Aggressive action to address climate change could save the world $145 trillion
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections A respected research group, Project Drawdown, finds that deploying solutions consistent with meeting the Paris climate targets would cost tens of trillions of dollars globally. But crucially, those outlays would also yield long-term savings many times larger than the up-front costs. The new 2020 Drawdown ...
    5 days ago
  • After the Pandemic
    It will pass. What happens next? Not immediately, but longer term. There are many opinions, fewer certainties. Will it “change everything!” as many confidently, and contradictorily predict? In this post I look at how foresight can help bound some of the uncertainties so you can more objectively consider the future. ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    5 days ago
  • Coronavirus – Cuba shows the way
    We’ve been meaning t write something on Cuba and the coronavirus but have just discovered a very good article on the subject in the US left publication Jacobin.  The article looks at how Cuba, a poor country but one where capitalism has been done away with, is leading the way ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    5 days ago
  • Using privacy law to prevent the death penalty
    In 2018, El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexanda Kotey - two British citizens who had purportedly been stripped of their citizenship by the British government - were captured while fighting for Isis in Syria. The British government then conspired to hand them over to the US, and agreed to provide evidence ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • It’s Time For Disaster Socialism.
    Transformers: The disaster of the Great Depression was transformed into a new and fairer society by the democratic socialism of the First Labour Government. The disaster of the Covid-19 Pandemic offers a similar transformative possibility to the Labour-NZ First-Green Government. Seize the time, Jacinda! You will never have a better ...
    5 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #12, 2020
    Tamper with The System? Well, we already are. But there's a difference between accidentally trickling sand into a precision gearbox versus formulating a plan to alter it on the fly with improvements in mind. One action is more or less innocently unscrupulous, the other amenable to earning an easy ...
    5 days ago
  • Avoidable hospitalisations: Helping our health system get through COVID-19
    Associate Prof George Thomson, Louise Delany, Prof Nick Wilson While it is possible that New Zealand can use intense public health controls to eradicate COVID-19 from the country – we must also plan for other scenarios where thousands of New Zealanders are sick – including many urgently hospitalised.1 Better resilience ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    6 days ago
  • Raise the Bar: 10 questions to ask your employer proposing redundancy
    Kia ora my name is Chloe Ann-King* and I am the founder of Raise the Bar, a campaign and non-profit that gives free legal aid, advocacy and tautoko to hospitality workers in Aotearoa. Right now all over our country hospo workers are being fired at will, having shifts cut or being ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    6 days ago
  • An equitable way to support business
    The Herald reports that the government is planning to lend billions of dollars to large businesses to keep them operating during the pandemic. As with mortgage relief, this is necessary: we need companies to stay in business, to reduce the economic damage and help things get restarted again when this ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Hard News: Together Alone
    We're about to do something unprecedented as a nation. We hope that by taking this extraordinary action before a single life in New Zealand has been lost to the deadly novel virus we will save tens of thousands of lives. Our  lives. We'll do it together, in households, in isolation ...
    6 days ago
  • Why timing is everything: ‘A time to refrain from embracing’ starts today
    “There is a time for everything,    and a season for every activity under the heavens.”So writes the author of Ecclesiastes, a book in the Old Testament that’s counted as a ‘wisdom’ book and written as if by an unnamed king of Jerusalem. But who would have thought there would be a time ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    6 days ago
  • Dealing with the Covid-19 Tsunami.
    I was surprised when the prime minister described the Economic Response to Covid-19 package as the ‘largest peacetime government spend in New Zealand's history’. Reflecting – checking through history – I realised that the term ‘spend’ was crucial and the package had no income tax cuts. Even so, it has ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    7 days ago
  • What about renters?
    The government today announced the latest part of its pandemic relief package: a six-month mortgage holiday for people whose incomes have been affected by the pandemic. Which is great, because these people are going to need help, and that's what the government should be doing. At the same time, it ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Living within our means.
    Years ago the Argentine sociologist Carlos Weisman wrote a book titled “Living within our Means.” It was a critique of Argentine society that focused on the paradoxical question of why, in a land of plenty, there was so much economic instability, inequality, corruption and political turmoil. His conclusion was basically ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Transparency and the pandemic
    Parliament will be leading by example and adjourning tomorrow after a special sitting to consider an epidemic notice and state of emergency. Day-to-day oversight of the government will be delegated to a select committee. But that's not the only overight mechanism. The OIA will still be law, and (so far) ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • ‘Overjoyed’: a leading health expert on New Zealand’s coronavirus shutdown, and the challengin...
    Michael Baker, University of Otago Overjoyed. That’s not a word epidemiologists normally use, but that’s how I felt after hearing Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s announcement about New Zealand’s COVID-19 shutdown of everything except essential services for at least four weeks from midnight on Wednesday. More than anything, I just ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • One way to solve the housing crisis
    How much homelessness is caused by house hoarding? We're about to find out. The pandemic has destroyed tourism, which means that house hoarders who put their hoarded properties up as short-term tourist rentals are now offering them on the ordinary rental market:Property investors are pulling properties from Airbnb to offer ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The pros and cons of planting trees to address global warming
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Bruce Lieberman It seems like such a simple, straightforward, empowering idea: plant trees – a lot of trees – all over the world, and watch the planet’s temperature fall. Who doesn’t love a tree or two, even far more – the right ...
    1 week ago
  • Not a grand coalition, but a government of national salvation
    According to Newshub, Simon Bridges is open to joining a “grand coalition” with Labour as we hunker down to go into a month long lockdown. The idea is sound. Before now, the role of the opposition was to scrutinise and oppose. In the context of what almost amounts to a ...
    PunditBy Liam Hehir
    1 week ago
  • Raise the Bar: hospitality workers & wage subsidy entitlements
    Kia ora my name is Chloe Ann-King* and I am the founder of Raise the Bar, a campaign and non-profit that gives free legal aid, advocacy and tautoko to hospitality workers in Aotearoa. Right now all over our country hospo workers are being fired at will, having shifts cut or ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    1 week ago
  • Lifting our game against COVID-19
    We need to be lifting our game against COVID-19. You and I need to help those working to prevent the spread of COVID-19 while they’re trying to lift the testing and treatment efforts. We don’t want to be playing this game running backwards. Best to play it solidly forward, from ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    1 week ago
  • The maths and ethics of minimising COVID-19 deaths in NZ
    Prof Tony Blakely, Prof Michael Baker, and Prof Nick Wilson The NZ Government must do more to clearly articulate its COVID-19 strategy: eradication or ‘flattening the curve’ mitigation. But to do so means understanding the maths and ethics of both these strategies. In this blog, we adapt our work for ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • All aboard the Covid Train
    A few days ago I was starting to write something about the pandemic, which now seems unconscionable. It took the form of a letter to an agony aunt:“Dear Deidre, I have an ugly confession. I am quite excited by Covid-19.”This is how the piece went:“I’m not a psychopath, honest. Although the ...
    PunditBy Phil Vine
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #12
    Story of the Week... Toon of the Week... Climate Feedback Article Review... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Claim Reviews... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week... Story of the Week... In Just 10 Years, Warming Has Increased the Odds of Disasters The likelihood of extreme events ...
    1 week ago
  • We are all socialists now
    Last week, the government announced a $12 billion initial package to support people during the pandemic. Today, the Reserve Bank is buying government bonds - effectively printing money - to keep up the money supply during the crisis. Normally such moves would have the right apoplectic. Instead, the National Party ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A plea to experts: safeguard your role in public life
    I am a pundit, somebody who opines and comments on the news. There are no real qualifications to punditry though having a rudimentary way with words and good general knowledge helps. That is one reason there is a constant oversupply of would-be pundits and why it is quite hard to ...
    PunditBy Liam Hehir
    1 week ago
  • Enlightenment when?
    I recently encountered the following prescription from a Faculty of Education at a leading New Zealand University. At first I wondered if it was another product of the postmodern generator (http://www.elsewhere.org/journal/pomo/), designed to create gibberish in the postmodern form, but I’m told it is real: The “schooled” society: Towards the ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Corballis
    1 week ago
  • What the Crisis Can teach Us
    The coronavirus pandemic has of course had a major impact on individual lives and on societies as a whole. But, long after the crisis has passed (assuming it does), we will begin to realise that its real and lasting significance lies in the lessons it has taught us, if only ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • Hammering home measures to stop COVID-19
    COVID-19 has plunged Aotearoa New Zealand (indeed, the world) into territory that, while maybe not totally unprecedented, certainly hasn’t been seen during the lifetimes of most of us here today. Our borders are closed to non-citizens, we’re being told not to gather in groups of more than 500 outside/100 inside, ...
    PunditBy Andrew Geddis
    1 week ago
  • What does ‘level two’ mean – and why does it matter?
    For the last few weeks, I’ve been urging you to prepare yourself, your family, business, and community for Covid-19. Now it’s time for real action.  Yesterday the director-general of health Dr Ashley Bloomfield announced another 13 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand, bringing our total to date to 52. ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #12
    A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Mar 15, 2020 through Sat, Mar 21, 2020 Editor's Pick Now Isn’t the Time to Forget About Our Climate Change Efforts   Tasha Tilberg, Lindsey Wixson, and Liu Wen photographed ...
    1 week ago
  • Is the Guardian becoming  a real newspaper again?
    by Jan Rivers The article has been corrected to show that it was Ewen MacAskill, former Guardian journalist and not Luke Harding who travelled to meet Edward Snowden with journalist Glenn Greenwald and filmmaker Laura Poitras.  Some of the Guardian’s well-known journalists who did not sign the protest letter are ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Life asserts itself regardless
    by Cultural Worker Late March 2020 amidst the virus. With gigs crashing and burning all around it was without much hope that I called a long standing rest home booking: “ Hi, I’m supposed to be entertaining at your place this afternoon – is it still on?” “”If you don’t ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Politics, the possible, and the pandemic
    Whenever people demand real change from their politicians, we're told that "politics is the art of the possible". The implication is that change isn't possible, so we'd better just get used to the sucky status quo. But now that there's a pandemic, a lot of things we were previously told ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The Only Way Through This Crisis Is Together.
    Together: In leading New Zealand through the Covid-19 Pandemic, the Prime Minister could do a lot worse than allow herself to be guided by the spirit of collective sacrifice and co-operation that animated the New Zealanders of 80 years ago. Most Kiwis alive today have had no opportunity to prove their ...
    2 weeks ago
  • GFC vs Covid-19
    It is said that generals fight the last war. In the case of the early stages of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) they had learned from the Great Depression of the 1930s and they fought intelligently and successfully. Later their advice would be ignored in favour of the Austerians who ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    2 weeks ago
  • Nobody Left Behind.
    Solidarity Forever: All over the world, the arrival of the Covid-19 virus has exposed the fragility of the walls we erect around ourselves and our loved ones. It has shattered our illusions of autonomy and revealed to us how utterly dependent we all are on other human-beings. Finally, we see ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Rebuilding a truly “Democratic” counter, or a “moderate Republican” bolt-hol...
    Looking across the various arguments for/against the leading candidates to take the Democratic Nomination, you might honestly be very hard pressed to tell. There are a number of things that have now started happening since Amy Klobuchar and “Mayor Pete” Buttigieg both threw the towel in and immediately (and ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 weeks ago
  • Abortion law reform a win for women
    by Daphna Whitmore Abortion is no longer in the Crimes Act in New Zealand. The law reform passed yesterday and now abortion is a medical matter between a woman and her doctor. Many women’s groups and progressive people have campaigned for reform for decades. The women’s liberation movement and some ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • How to spot bogus science stories and read the news like a scientist
    Doug Specht, University of Westminster and Julio Gimenez, University of Westminster When fake news, misreporting and alternative facts are everywhere, reading the news can be a challenge. Not only is there plenty of misinformation about the coronavirus pandemic, climate change and other scientific topics floating around social media, you also ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Why New Zealand needs to continue decisive action to contain coronavirus
    Michael Baker, University of Otago and Nick Wilson, University of Otago With some of the toughest border restrictions and a newly-announced NZ$500 million boost to health services, New Zealand is among a small number of countries with a strategy to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. New Zealand is also fortunate in ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    2 weeks ago
  • Parliament and the pandemic II
    As expected, the government has introduced a sessional order to allow Parliament to operate during the pandemic. You can read it on the Order Paper here, but the short version is that questions and motions can be filed electronicly, select committees can work remotely, and the the Business Committee can ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • When a virus goes viral: pros and cons to the coronavirus spread on social media
    Axel Bruns, Queensland University of Technology; Daniel Angus, Queensland University of Technology; Timothy Graham, Queensland University of Technology, and Tobias R. Keller, Queensland University of Technology News and views about coronavirus has spread via social media in a way that no health emergency has done before. Platforms like Twitter, Facebook, ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • How to survive 14 days of self-isolation
    So you’ve recently returned from overseas, come into contact with someone who tested positive, got a bit of a dry cough yourself or perhaps just want to self isolate for 14 days to avoid other people who might have COVID-19. Here are a few tips and tricks to help get ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Abortion Legislation Bill passes third reading
    Some fave speeches:     ...
    Boots TheoryBy Stephanie Rodgers
    2 weeks ago
  • Why Leadership Matters – More Than Anything.
    Our Good Fortune: Precisely because she has never been an ideologue (she calls herself a “pragmatic idealist”) Jacinda Ardern has a political nimbleness and spontaneity which, when infused with her exceptional emotional intelligence, produces spectacular demonstrations of leadership. Jacinda's empathic political personality contrasts sharply with the less-than-sunny ways of her ...
    2 weeks ago

  • Government seeks infrastructure projects
    The Government has tasked a group of industry leaders to seek out infrastructure projects that are ready to start as soon as the construction industry returns to normal to reduce the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford and Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones say. The Infrastructure ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 mins ago
  • Essential media COVID-19 guidelines refined
    The Government is refining its COVID-19 essential business guidance to include the distribution of news publications for communities which are hard to reach. The Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media, Kris Faafoi, said the move was in recognition of the importance for New Zealanders who might be harder to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 hours ago
  • New Zealand defence personnel conclude mission at Taji
    Following the successful conclusion of the Building Partner Capacity (BPC) mission at Taji, New Zealand defence personnel are returning to New Zealand from Iraq, in accordance with the Cabinet decision made in June 2019, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today. “New Zealand is very ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 hours ago
  • State of National Emergency extended
    The State of National Emergency to help stop the spread of COVID-19 has been extended for a further seven days, Minister of Civil Defence Peeni Henare said. The initial declaration on March 25 lasted seven days and can be extended as many times as necessary. “Since we went into isolation ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 hours ago
  • Strong Govt books support ‘go hard, go early’ response
    New Zealand’s ability to go hard and go early in the fight against COVID-19 has been underpinned by strong Government finances and the growing economy heading into this global pandemic, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. The Treasury today released the Crown financial statements for the eight months to the end ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • Christchurch Hospital Hagley ICU to open to support COVID-19 response
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says 36 new intensive care beds at Christchurch Hospital’s new Hagley building are being fast tracked so they are available for treatment of COVID-19 patients.   The Ministry of Health is working with contractor CPB and Canterbury DHB to enable access to the hospital’s ICU, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    23 hours ago
  • Government supports Air NZ freight flights
    The Government has fast-tracked up to $1 million to help Air New Zealand move urgent freight to and from New Zealand, with the first flight to Shanghai leaving tonight, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. Phil Twyford says it’s crucial that trade in vital goods such as medical supplies and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Tariff concessions on COVID-19 related products
    New Zealand will temporarily remove tariffs on all medical and hygiene imports needed for the COVID-19 response. Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker and Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi said today that the New Zealand Customs Service will apply tariff concessions to all diagnostic reagents and testing ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Clarification of modification to wage subsidy scheme
    Minister of Finance Grant Robertson has clarified that the changes to the wage subsidy scheme announced yesterday mean that employers should be passing on the full subsidy to workers, except in the case where the person’s normal income is less than the level of the subsidy. “We still want employers ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Face masks flowing to DHBs
    Medical face masks from the national reserve supply are now being distributed to District Health Boards, while at the same time local production is being ramped up. Yesterday more than 640,000 masks were sent to DHBS – that is an immediate two week supply, with more to follow in coming ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • COVID-19: Further steps to protect New Zealanders’ jobs
    The Government has made modifications to the wage subsidy scheme to ensure people don’t lose their jobs during the national lockdown. These changes will soften the impact of COVID-19 on workers, families and businesses, and position them to exit the lockdown and look to recovery, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Tax relief for Mycoplasma Bovis farmers
    Farmers whose herds were culled in response to the outbreak of Mycoplasma bovis will be able to minimise the tax treatment of their income in some circumstances. Revenue Minister Stuart Nash says Cabinet has agreed to change the law. It means farmers may be eligible to spread their income over ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • $27 million for NGOs and community groups to continue providing essential services
    A $27 million dollar package, effective immediately, is being provided to social sector services and community groups to ensure they can continue to provide essential support to communities as we stay at home as a nation to stop the spread of COVID-19, Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni announced. “At ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Statement on guilty plea of March 15 terrorist
    “The guilty plea today will provide some relief to the many people whose lives were shattered by what happened on March 15,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. “These guilty pleas and conviction bring accountability for what happened and also save the families who lost loved ones, those who were injured, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • COVID-19 updates
    The Prime Minister is holding daily press conferences to update New Zealanders on the Government's response to COVID-19. Links to videos and transcripts of these updates below. These transcripts also include All of Government press conferences led by Director Ministry of Health's Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield. 25 March: Live update from the Prime ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Police numbers break through 10,000 mark
    Frontline Police numbers have broken through the 10,000 mark for the first time in history as officers step forward to keep the community safe during the COVID19 lockdown. “Two Police graduations in Auckland and Wellington in the past week have been conducted in unprecedented circumstances,” Police Minister Stuart Nash said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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  • Urgent tax measures for economic recovery
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