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EEO Commissioner blasts employment law changes

Written By: - Date published: 7:33 am, November 1st, 2014 - 43 comments
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A sad day for New Zealand workers on Thursday:

Right to smoko removed

A law change bringing in far-reaching workplace reforms, including the removal of the statutory right to meal breaks and smokos, has passed its final hurdle in Parliament today.

Equal Employment Opportunities (EEO) Commissioner Jackie Blue – who happens to be an ex Nat MP – posted yesterday on the Human Rights Commission Website. Blue saw some positive aspects to the law change (e.g. “the right for all to request flexible work hours”) but was highly critical over all:

“Unfortunately this Act is a step backward from New Zealand’s compliance with international human rights obligations to protect worker’s rights. New Zealand regularly emerges as one of the least regulated labour markets in the world. It is difficult to understand the justification for even further deregulation,” Dr Blue said.

“The Act weakens the ability of unions to negotiate on behalf of workers. This is likely to be detrimental to the role of unions in advancing fairness and equity.

“The Act now enables employers to walk away from collective bargaining. Such a change undermines New Zealand’s longstanding commitment to the rights to freedom of association and collective bargaining.

The result could be a less collaborative and productive workplace where mutually beneficial agreements can no longer be freely negotiated, invariably impacting on economic development and prosperity.

I think Blue has done an excellent job of summarising the consequences (there’s more in the full piece). This is the choice that National has made, as the first legislation of their new term, to trade off these consequences for the few extra pennies that unscrupulous employers can screw out of mistreating their workers.

43 comments on “EEO Commissioner blasts employment law changes ”

  1. Skinny 1

    Blue is giving opposition MP’s a good platform here to get some publicity. I see nothing as yet on Facebook which is disappointing. Come on Little, Roche, NZF ( whoever is the spokesperson these days). With National indicating further changes are coming we need our MP’s kicking up merry hell.

  2. One Anonymous Bloke 2

    Time for a shakeup at the EEO Commission to bring it into line with neo-flexibility.

  3. tc 3

    What does Jackie know that makes her feel protected as she went very quietly from parliament to this sinecure.

    Its just noise the govt will shrug off while the sheeple could mis interpret it as genuine criticism when its more of the 2 track strategy that is working so well.

  4. Paul 4

    What did she say about this when she was an MP?

  5. sgthree 5

    Why do people persist with the lie that the legislation removed the statutory right to tea breaks? The clause relating to rest and meal breaks opens with the words “An employee is entitled to, and an employer must provide the employee with, rest breaks and meal breaks ….” The regular readers and contributors to this blog may not like the fact that some exceptions have been introduced, but why not be honest about it. Why not say that the statutory right to a meal / rest break has been modified, instead of lying and saying it has been abolished. It hasn’t been abolished any more than the 100kph open road speed limit was abolished when parliament passed legislation permitting emergency services to travel faster in limited circumstances.

    • Skinny 5.1

      Cause most people would relate a meal break to a lunch or if working nights a dinner break. They are ‘workers time’ not paid by the boss. Make no mistake the employment law changes is an attack on workers wages, driving down incomes in other words. It is a softening up for trade agreements like the TTPA.

      The Tories in the UK are on their way out the door and have implemented similar nasty attacks on workers over there. Recently large groups of workers walked off the job, ignoring the Law. This is what needs to happen here, Unions can’t exactly promote this as National would love nothing more than for this. Workers need to make an individual choice to say Fuck You John Key and walk off the job!

    • Tracey 5.2

      cos some peo
      le understand the power difference between some employers and employees and that employees”agree” with something that they dont want to keep a job.

    • ghostwhowalksnz 5.3

      Then why change anything with the law if as you say ‘nothing is changing’

      Its the agenda stupid !

    • Clemgeopin 5.4

      So, why was the NEED to change the law as the previous arrangement under the Employment Relations Act was working just fine? The new law simply makes the employers all powerful and puts the lowly employees on the back foot. Don’t you see that?

    • It’s not a lie, sgthree, and you yourself are lying by omission when you quote one clause and leave out the next one, which says:

      “An employer is exempt from the requirement to provide rest breaks and meal breaks …”

      … and goes on to explain the exceptions (all of which anyone with a modicum of cunning can figure out how to exploit.)

      Comparisons of the previous law and the new one are screencapped on Helen Kelly’s Twitter. I suggest you withdraw your spin.

      • sgthree 5.5.1

        I disagree Stephanie.

        For a start, I did not lie by omission. If you look at 7.1.1 you will see I mentioned the exclusion clause. In fact not only did I mention it, I actually summarised it using the words from the Bill, rather than describing the exception inaccurately as a “unless the employer finds it inconvenient” rider as Psycho Milt did.

        The starting point in the legislation is that every employee is entitled to rest / meal breaks, and the employer is obliged to provide them. The Act then details situations where that is not the case. There are only two, where employer and employee agree, and where it is unreasonable given the nature of the employees work. The second exception is prefixed by the words “only to the extent that”, which indicate that the exemption is to be interpreted narrowly.

        Just because there is an exception does not mean that the right to a rest / meal break has been abolished.

        A parallel can be drawn to the Land Transport rules which provides for speed limits on our roads. The rules also provide for exceptions, where those limits can be broken. Just because there are exceptions does not mean there are no limits, and it would be completely wrong to say that the Land Transport rules have abolished speed limits.
        No doubt it suits the left’s narrative to over dramatise the changes. The simple fact remains though that workers in New Zealand still have a statutory right to meal / rest breaks. You can not disagree with that unless you can establish that no New Zealand worker has the right to rest / meal break, and the legislation simply does not support that assertion!

        • Murray Rawshark 5.5.1.1

          You are a blatant liar. We can all read what you wrote. 5.1 comes before 7.1.1. It’s still there. Your original post didn’t mention anything about exemptions. Do you think we’re all as stupid as the young NActs you’d find at a princess party?

          • sgthree 5.5.1.1.1

            Sorry Murray, I am not, and not one of you have understood a single thing that I have said. The simple fact is that just because an exception has been introduced does not mean that the underlying right has been abolished. It hasn’t. The underlying right to a tea break is still there, but there is an exception. There is nothing inconsistent with what I have said. I never said nothing had changed.
            For the vast majority of New Zealand workers the change will have no effect. They still have rights to rest / meal breaks, and to tell them that right has been abolished is just scaremongering.

            • Lanthanide 5.5.1.1.1.1

              No, they don’t have *a right* to a teabreak. It goes like this:

              A) In 2008 you start a job, and the employment contract outlines the tea and meal breaks that must be given to you under law. Everything is fine.

              B) In 2015, you start *exactly the same job for the same employers*, and the employment contract says that you agree not to take tea breaks and meal breaks, and that the compensation is built into the base pay rate of the job. When you question this with your new employer, they tell you “if you don’t agree to this provision, then we’ll give the job to someone else”.

              Under A you have a right to a tea break. Under B there is no right to the tea break, because if you refuse to agree, you don’t have a job at all.

              Now, B is not the default position, and many employers wouldn’t act that way, and in some industries (skilled, white-collar, or heavily unionised ones) it won’t really be possible. But this will be reality in low-skilled industries where employees have little bargaining power.

  6. Aerobubble 6

    In reply, they argue that nothing much has changed, as all negotiations will be done in a good faith way. After listening to a employer negotiator on NZ, as he cited how we need free markets, how much he love the invisible hand of AdamSmith, and how our minimum wage is higher than most. If that’s good faith bargaining then there isn’t any in NZ. Its called a risk premium, its has positive and negatives. Its positive in a GFC in that we pay higher interest and so are more likely to get bailed than those who can’t even pay lower repayments. Negative in that funny enough we don’t regard risks as we are already paying a premium. A risk premium thus make our business class lazier about risk, buffered. Now a risk premium does not just appear out of nowhere, its legislated. Distortions with the tax regime of Oz, no CGT, so much for the invisible hand the iron glove of big government more like. A distortion in the market introduces a risk premium that creates a higher demand for our dollar, making imports cheaper and exporters having to do better, but also makes our minimum wage look higher. So low paid minimum wage workers, living hand to mouth, who if they could afford imported goods, have to pay more in overheads of retailers who live wita risk premium.
    So what goog with bargaining, they say they are free marketeers, they rejoice in the invisible hand, and they make the poorest carry them, and to add to it argue the poorest have it better!

    Now add to how dirty politics has shown their sociopathic economics is reinforced, stood over, dissidents and you have proof. There is no such thing as good faith bargaining in NZ. When the base line norm for what passes for economics is lies.

  7. sgthree 7

    Skinny, I am wondering whether you misunderstood my question. I am not expressing a view on the merit of the change to the legislation, I am puzzled as to why commentators lie about the effect of the legislation. Everywhere you read that the statutory right to meal / rest breaks, smoko, call it what you will, has been abolished when in fact the legislation does not abolish that right.
    So either you misunderstood my point, or you are saying that it is ok to lie about the effect of the legislation because you disagree with it. I don’t have a problem with people disagreeing with the legislation, but I do have a problem with lying and false reporting.

    • The commentators are not lying, because the Bill does abolish the right to meal/rest breaks. The Act will still proclaim a right to meal/rest breaks, but the Bill introduces an “unless the employer finds it inconvenient” rider, which makes the term ‘right’ incorrect.

      The summary of changes doc is quite clear about the conditions under which your “entitlement” to breaks the employer “must provide” simply disappears. The employer “may impose certain restrictions” if they believe the “nature of the work” justifies it. In the absence of agreement on times/durations of breaks, the “employer may specify” times/durations that suit them. There is no “right” or “entitlement” left in there.

      • sgthree 7.1.1

        and there you go doing exactly the same thing. The bill did not introduce an “unless the employer finds it inconvenient” rider. It says that the employer is exempt from providing breaks if, given the nature of the employees work, employer cannot reasonably provide the employee with rest breaks and meal breaks. The way it is worded, this is an objective test. It has nothing to do with whether the employer is inconvenienced or not, it has everything to do with whether, looking at the situation objectively, it is reasonable or not.

        • Tracey 7.1.1.1

          if its an objective test can you list the criteria to measure it?

          is “nature of employees work” and “reasonable” defined in the Act?

          is access to legal services to test it free to employees?

          • sgthree 7.1.1.1.1

            Tracey – you are departing from my point, which is the accuracy of the reporting, and moving into the area of trying to criticise the actual change to the law. None of the three questions you have asked have any bearing whatsoever on the issue as to whether it is correct to say that the legislation abolished the statutory right to smoko, or whether Psycho was correct in saying that the legislation had an “employer finds it inconvenient rider”. I get it that you, and just about everyone else here, don’t like the change. What I don’t get is why you have to misrepresent the change.

            • Tracey 7.1.1.1.1.1

              you dont set the parameters of the discussion. as part of proving your point you suggested an objective test. i am asking simple questions about your belief that an objective test is the yardstick. if you dont know say so.

              you put forward this

              “. It says that the employer is exempt from providing breaks if, given the nature of the employees work, employer cannot reasonably provide the employee with rest breaks and meal breaks. The way it is worded, this is an objective test. It has nothing to do with whether the employer is inconvenienced or not, it has everything to do with whether, looking at the situation objectively, it is reasonable or not.”

              i chose to comment on it and you decided the point you made was irrelevant to the point you are trying to make so decided to not answer. cool, but you dont get to determine what i do or dont write anymore than i can tell you to stop presuming you know how the courts will interpret the changes and if anyone can afford to challenge them.

              go and look back through every employment change this govt has made since late 2008 and at theit “selling” of each change. then you will start to get behind the motivation of some here who dont trust that the practical outcome will be simply what you think the words say.

              • SGThree

                Sorry Tracey, I do get to set the parameters of what I am discussing. You can debate the merits of the change all you like, but don’t think for one moment that debating the merits of the change is addressing the issue I have raised, which is the accuracy with which the change has been described.

                I stand by my view that the amendment act did not abolish the right to meal / rest breaks, and that people who say it did abolish that right are being economical with the truth. If it were true that it did abolish that right, it would be true to say that no employees in New Zealand have any rights under the Employment Relations Act to a rest / meal break. That is clearly not the case.

                • Lanthanide

                  “it would be true to say that no employees in New Zealand have any rights under the Employment Relations Act to a rest / meal break.”

                  Nope, because the way the law is written, there are certain things that an employment contract cannot overrule.

                  Meal breaks can now be specifically overruled in any employment agreement under the figleaf of “mutual agreement”. It used to be that you had irrevocable right to meal and tea breaks no matter what your job was. Now, it is possible to agree not to have meal breaks and tea breaks, so they go from irrevocable rights to merely negotiable conditions of employment.

                  Also the counter-argument to your silly point about emergency vehicles going faster than the speed limit doesn’t mean we don’t have any speed limits:
                  Do you agree that employees have the right to a company car? I suspect you would *not* agree with that statement. Company cars can be negotiated as part of an employee agreement, they are not automatically a right of employment. Which is exactly the situation that meal breaks are now in – they are a negotiable item of an employee agreement, not an automatic irrevocable right.

        • Psycho Milt 7.1.1.2

          The way it is worded, this is an objective test.

          That is straightforwardly wrong – no objective test is described.

          It has nothing to do with whether the employer is inconvenienced or not, it has everything to do with whether, looking at the situation objectively, it is reasonable or not.

          Who is the supposed objective observer who decides what’s reasonable? There are three possible candidates: the employer; the employee, who gets to agree to the employer’s terms or do without a job; or, various external agencies such as courts, which can be engaged only at considerable expense of finance, time and effort to the parties involved. Effectively, what’s reasonable will be determined by the employer in almost all cases, and the employer’s convenience will loom large in that determination.

          • sgthree 7.1.1.2.1

            perhaps you misunderstand what I mean by objective. By objective, I mean that it has to be reasonable from the point of view of an outsider looking in, rather than subjective, which is seen through the eyes of the employer. The test is not whether the employer things it is reasonable, but whether it IS reasonable.
            As with all things, the ultimate arbiters are the courts.
            Your argument that an employee is disadvantaged if they have to incur expense going to court for a ruling as to what is reasonable holds no water. Exactly the same situation applies if meal breaks are mandatory, but an employer refuses to give them.

            Edited to add – and for the record, yes the objective test is described – it is ‘having regard to the nature of the employees work”

            • Tracey 7.1.1.2.1.1

              and is that defined by the Act? you are dancing on the head of a pin.

              the law is a bunch of words which until tested in court have whatever meaning an employer wants to give them. the test is which employees can afford to legally challenge their employers interpretation and that in a low skilled job the power imbalance is enormous, as is the ” i can replace you easily ” threat.

              intellectualise the meaning YOU put on the words, play word games all you like but it is the practice of the change that is important and that is why its been made, to CHANGE tea break entitlements and for some it is likely to mean they get fewer or none.

              • Wayne

                Tracey,

                It is not correct to say “the law is a bunch of words which until tested in court have whatever meaning the employers wants to give them.”

                The law will also be interpreted by the employers lawyers and the employees (in most cases union) lawyers well before the issue ever gets to a Court.

                We don’t really live in an Alice in Wonderland word where words have whatever meaning you want to give them

        • MrSmith 7.1.1.3

          Actually sgthree framing the argument around the loss of tea breaks is a great start for the left, whether it’s true or not, about time the left started to play the game the Nacts have been playing all along, remember Nanny State! or the Fart Tax! the hysteria over Light Bulbs and shower heads, how about the Loopy Greens! all of these are untrue but that’s not what the general public here.

          So yes it needs to be shouted out, the first thing National did when re-elected was ‘steal our tea breaks’ that should be the mantra from the left for the next three years!

          • fisiani 7.1.1.3.1

            Please let that be the mantra. Everyone will still have tea breaks and it will be seen yet again to be crying wolf. WOLF

            • MrSmith 7.1.1.3.1.1

              Simple you then just twist the chant a little ‘the first thing National tried when re-elected was attempt to steal our tea breaks’. Anyway you won’t need to, because it’s all about perception and the fact everyone doesn’t know everyone else, but I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know.

      • PM – I didn’t see you comment when I left mine up at 5.5! Nice to see others smacking down the spin. 😀

  8. RedBaronCV 8

    This sort of legislation also further lowers the quality of our managers. If you can be as lazy and selfish as you like as a manager then the rest of the world starts getting treated in the same way.It also gives lazy selfish people an advantage when manager appointments are made.

    So if people like this can’t/won’t can’t organise a break for their workers then they are almost certainly cutting corners elsewhere which ultimately threatens the business survival.

    • KJT 8.1

      Our management and investors are already low quality. When you can increase profits simply by screwing your workers a bit more, there is no incentive for better management or more capital investment.

      It is most obvious in cleaning and aged care businesses. The winner is the one who can cut costs the most.

  9. Andrew Welsh 9

    National Party Election Policy 2014:

    7. Complete the passage of the Employment Relations Bill to ensure flexible labour markets that create more jobs for Kiwis.

    Its not the choice National made (as described by Anthony Robbins) but the choice the voters made. Looks like the minority lefties will spend the next 3 years trying to lever the giant chip off their shoulders and anyone who dissents is described by readers to this site as lazy, selfish, liar, Tory etc.

    • Tracey 9.1

      yup, removing tea breaks from some will create a landslide of new jobs. it bothers me how stupid 47% of voters are and that they may be breeding.

  10. Sable 10

    Keys is an incompetent fool hell bent on the ugly Americanization of every aspect of our lives. He might as well have put a placard in the ground with an arrow: “Airport and Australia this way.” Best he hopes the global economy does not pick up anytime soon or there will be no one left to fund him and the other parasitical turncoats in Parliament.

  11. Observer (Tokoroa) 11

    To sgthree

    It is very good of you to explain that in your opinion there has been no significant change to the Employment Legislation.

    You keep saying that all employees will have the long established rights to Meal breaks and Tea breaks, including rest breaks. Your actual words are:

    “The starting point in the legislation is that every employee is entitled to rest / meal breaks, and the employer is obliged to provide them. The Act then details situations where that is not the case.”

    Are you always comfortable with outright Contradictions? You have, out of political loyalty, completely broken the First law of Logic. refer Logica, Aristotle.

    It seems to me, either there is a right to Rest breaks, Meal and Tea breaks or there is no right. Could you clarify what you actually mean? You seem to be tied up in knots.

    Do you mean, there is a possibility of having a right to the said Rights above? Or do you mean that for an unknown number of employees, there is no such entitlement?

    Do you always get tied up in difficulties when reading the output of your political party Sgthree ? It is certainly strange of you to be tut tutting about other commenters, when you seem rather far up the creek yourself.

    Keep paddling for the Party sgthree.

    • sgthree 11.1

      Observer, where did I express an opinion that there had not been any significant change? I may have said that the left over dramatise the change, and I may have said that the change will not have much effect on the vast majority of workers, but nowhere have I said that I don’t think the changes are significant.

      You have referred to my comment that started with the words “The starting point in the legislation…..” and you ask me to clarify what I mean. The easiest way to do that is to reproduce here the words of the Bill, for that is where I am getting my information – not from any political party, but from the actual legislation.
      The sections in the act dealing with meal and rest breaks start at section 69ZC.
      The current section 69ZC is replaced with a new interpretation section, and then a new 69ZD is inserted reading:

      “69ZD Employee’s entitlement to rest breaks and meal breaks
      (1) An employee is entitled to, and an employer must provide the employee with, rest breaks and meal breaks that—
      “(a) provide the employee with a reasonable opportunity, during the employee’s work period, for rest, refreshment, and attention to personal matters; and
      “(b) are appropriate for the duration of the employee’s work
      period.

      That is my starting point. That is the legislation’s starting point. Employees are entitled to, and employers must provide, rest and meal breaks. It is there in black and white. No spin.

      Tell me, did you read the actual legislation before commenting, or are you basing your understanding of the law change on other peoples comments?

  12. Observer (Tokoroa) 12

    To sgthree

    It is a great step forward for you to acknowledge that the change to the Employment legislation is a real change.

    I asked you to clarify the nonsense you wrote, namely:

    “The starting point in the legislation is that every employee is entitled to rest / meal breaks, and the employer is obliged to provide them. The Act then details situations where that is not the case.”

    They are your words. Explain them.

    This may be stretching our cordiality a little far, but in a situation of negotiation between an employer and and an employee, who is holding the most goodies and exercising the most power Sgthree?

    If you find this a difficult question don’t bother answering it.

    Thank You

  13. sgthree 13

    To Observer

    If you read what I wrote, and read section 69ZD, you will see that I did not write nonsense, I wrote a succinct summary of the section. I am not going to explain my words, for they need no explanation. My statement is written in plain simple english and if you can’t understand what I am saying, then I am at a loss to know what further help I can provide to you.

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Flight to nowhere sends the wrong message in climate crisis
    Qantas Airlines’ 7-hour “flight to nowhere”, that sold out in 10 minutes with prices from A$787 to A$3787, seemed like a sick joke to climate advocates. Apart from the waste of fuel and the pointless emissions, passengers would be able to see first-hand, from a plane just like those that ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    5 days ago
  • Speaker: The cannabis referendum – a doctor’s perspective
    Cannabis is part of our culture: 80% of adults have tried it sometime. Intuition tells us that legalising cannabis will increase use – science suggests that is not likely. Our Dunedin and Christchurch studies show that cannabis use peaks in our 20s. Older people are less frequent users whether it ...
    5 days ago
  • First steps: Jerry DeSilva on the evolution of bipedalism
    Yesterday morning I got up (at the rather early and unaccustomed hour of 3.30am) to listen to a webinar by paleoanthropologist Dr Jeremy DeSilva¹. Titled “First Steps”, his presentation was about the origins of bipedalism in the human lineage. It was a fascinating session & I thought I’d turn my ...
    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    5 days ago
  • True Believers In A False God.
    Down The Rabbit Hole: "Social psychologists have found that when fearful people contemplate potential misfortunes, they tend to feel helpless and pessimistic, but when angry people contemplate the same, they feel a sense of optimism and control. And one simple way to transmute fear into anger is to perceive an evil ...
    5 days ago
  • Majority Rule Requires Majorities That Are Real.
    Fifty Percent Plus One: New Zealand’s genuine-majority-delivering two-party system endured for five elections only (1938, 1943, 1946, 1949, 1951) a period of just 16 years. Very few New Zealanders alive today can boast of participating in an election which delivered a true majority to either Labour or National. Someone who ...
    5 days ago
  • Labour super exploitation
    This is the second in the lecture series by Andy Higginbottom on superexploitation. Here he looks at Marini’s theory of labour super-exploitation and Capital ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    5 days ago
  • Small asteroid to make near-miss of Earth in NZ skies tonight
    Sorry for the late notice on this one, but I only just heard myself, in common with most of the human race. A small asteroid, somewhere between the size of a truck and the size of a house in dimensions, will hurtle past the Earth tonight, dipping closer to ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    5 days ago
  • This is not what accountability looks like
    When someone commits trespass, assault with a weapon, and kidnapping, you'd expect them to be prosecuted, right? But apparently the rules are different if you wear a blue uniform: A police investigation has found officers in Northland trespassed on a man's property, then unlawfully pepper sprayed him and arrested ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Cycling: head injuries ignored because of entrenched macho culture
    Howard Hurst, University of Central Lancashire and Jack Hardwicke, University of Winchester Competitive road cycling is a demanding and unique sport. One where crashing is inevitable – especially at the professional level. While the risk of head injury is relatively low in cycling – approximately 5-13% – compared to contact ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    6 days ago
  • The coming US shitshow
    Today President Trump once again refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the US election. Coincidentally, The Atlantic has a long article on exactly what that means, from voter suppression by armed thugs in the name of "ballot security", to refusing to allow the vote ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • A moral void
    That's the only way to describe the SIS, who - like their British counterparts - decided to look the other way on child abuse: The SIS knew a young woman was being sexually abused by her father but failed to lodge a complaint with the police, effectively allowing the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • When will Goldsmith resign?
    The National Party’s campaign has gone from bad to worse with a further two large miscalculations being uncovered in their alternative fiscal plan. Firstly, National’s economic spokesperson and list MP, Paul Goldsmith, used May's Budget figures instead of last week's PREFU numbers, and came up with a whopping $4.3 billion ...
    6 days ago
  • The Adventures of Annalax: Part IX
    The initial session was a struggle. Annalax and Magni tried sorting out the details with the Isaac twins (the people pursuing the mountain trip). Annalax happened to mention his devotion to Lolth… whom the Isaacs, being ...
    6 days ago
  • This is bullshit
    On March 13, three plainclothes police officers kicked in Breonna Taylor's door under a no-knock warrant targeting another person. When a person inside reasonably assumed they were home invaders and (this being America) started shooting, they shot up the place and everyone around them - killing Taylor. Today, one of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Arctic sea ice is being increasingly melted from below by warming Atlantic water
    Tom Rippeth, Bangor University Arctic sea ice today (white) is covering a much smaller area than in 1980-2010 (orange line). National Snow and Ice Data Center, University of Colorado, Boulder, CC BY-SA Each September, scientists like me look out for the point when the Arctic’s meagre summer fizzles out and ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    6 days ago
  • The long-term health burden of COVID-19: further justification for NZ’s elimination strategy
    Prof John D. Potter* This blog briefly surveys the emerging scientific evidence on the longer-term burden of symptoms and disease in survivors of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of these symptoms point to damage in the brain and heart. These long-term harms add to the wide range of other reasons for ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    6 days ago
  • Going High, Going Low: An Assessment Of The First Leaders’ Debate.
    Uncrushed: Jacinda Ardern knew exactly what was expected of her in the first Leaders' Debate. Labour’s dominant position, three weeks out from the general election, is constructed out of the admiration and gratitude of hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders who, more often than not, vote National.  Nothing she said ...
    6 days ago
  • The smokefree policies of political parties: Do they care about people who smoke?
    George Thomson*, Nick Wilson, Janet Hoek, Andrew Waa, Richard Edwards In this time of Covid-19, helping people who smoke to quit their addiction has an even greater importance. Smokers are more vulnerable to many harmful health effects, including severe effects from the virus. Policies that support people who smoke to ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    6 days ago
  • The Fog Of Economic Policy Is Starting To Clear…
    Bryan Bruce, https://www.facebook.com/www.redsky.tv, 19 September 2020 National’s economic policy of temporary tax cuts yesterday proved, if proof be needed, that they are unapologetic neoliberals. While their claim that with more money in their pockets people will spend more might sound attractive, the reality is that tax cuts always benefit the ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    6 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #38, 2020
    Highlighted article: Carbon pricing and planetary boundaries  Engström et al take what might be called a systems approach to evaluating carbon pricing, taking into a account various economic sectors affected by and affecting paying for emissions. The conclusions are overall a rare pleasant surprise— a feature predicated on cooperation.  Abstract: ...
    6 days ago
  • Humans ignite almost every wildfire that threatens homes
    Nathan Mietkiewicz, National Ecological Observatory Network and Jennifer Balch, University of Colorado Boulder CC BY-ND Summer and fall are wildfire season across the western U.S. In recent years, wildfires have destroyed thousands of homes, forced hundreds of thousands of people to evacuate and exposed tens of millions to harmful ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    7 days ago
  • Climate Change: China steps up
    China has increased its climate change ambition, and set a target to be carbon-neutral by 2060: China will reach carbon neutrality before 2060 and ensure its greenhouse gas emissions peak in the next decade, Xi Jinping has told the UN general assembly. “China will scale up its intended nationally ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Humans have dealt with plenty of climate variability
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz How much climate variability have humans dealt with since we ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    7 days ago
  • Indigenous perspectives on unrestricted access to genomic data
    By Genomics Aotearoa researcher Maui Hudson, University of Waikato It is vital that genomics research respects genomic data and genetic heritage from indigenous communities. Genomics research is a rapidly growing field of study, and there is a strong push to make the huge amount of data being produced open ...
    SciBlogsBy Genomics Aotearoa
    7 days ago
  • Terrible luck: lockdowns on learning and youth job prospects
    What is bad luck? Bad luck is spilling spaghetti sauce down your shirt right before an important meeting. When the person in front of you gets the last seat on the bus, that’s bad luck. Bad luck is when it’s sunny outside, so you leave the house without a coat, ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    7 days ago
  • Ian Powell: Does private healthcare threaten public healthcare in New Zealand?
    Is the private health system impacting negatively on the public health system? Health commentator Ian Powell evaluates a recent NZ Herald article by Natalie Akoorie (“Public v private healthcare: Moonlighting, skimming, duplication – should NZ do better”), and looks at how the dual system works, and concludes that the answer ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    7 days ago
  • A rabbit-hole election debate: So do you want more avocado orchards?
    We live in strange and unusual times. It’s been a century since we’ve endured a global pandemic like this, more than half a century since we’ve had economic woes like this. So maybe we got an opening election debate for the times - because that was a strange and unusual ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    1 week ago
  • LIVE: Jacinda Ardern vs. Judith Collins, First Debate
    Tonight, The Civilian will be live-blogging the first of too many debates between Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and National Party leader Judith Collins, and also the last fifteen minutes of the news. Be sure to tune in from 6:45pm for regular updates, which can be accessed by refreshing this page ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Hundreds of Aucklanders arrested after illegal mass gathering on Harbour Bridge
    An enormous drive-in party, shown here, was held this morning on Auckland’s Harbour Bridge, where police were forced to intervene. Hundreds of Aucklanders were arrested this morning on public health grounds, after an apparent illegal mass gathering on the city’s Harbour Bridge. Police say hundreds of Aucklanders gathered in their ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • The Looming Fight.
    Social Distancing Be Damned - It's Jacinda! Shortly after ascending to Labour’s leadership, Jacinda described herself as a “pragmatic idealist”. It was an inspired oxymoron – packing into just two words the essence of the social-democrat’s dilemma. It was good to know that she knew what lay ahead of her. ...
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Moving faster
    Back in 2017, the UK announced that it would ban the sale of new fossil fuel vehicles by 2040. Its a basic climate change measure, aimed at reducing emissions by shifting the vehicle fleet to cleaner technologies. Now, in the wake of the pandemic, they're planning to bring it forward ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The Australian courts have had enough of refugee detention
    For the past decade, Australia has had a racist, anti-refugee policy. Those claiming refugee status are imprisoned without trial and left to rot in the hope they would "voluntarily" return to be tortured and murdered. When the courts have granted them visas, the government has immediately revoked them on racial ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Friction and the Anti-lock Braking System
    Yesterday afternoon I had to call on my car’s anti-lock braking system (ABS). For reasons best known to its driver, a car pulled out of a side road right in front of me while I was driving home after work, and I needed to stop in a hurry. I rather ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    1 week ago
  • The Inside Word: New Zealand Quarantine
    There are a fair few misconceptions about conditions within New Zealand’s Quarantine Hotels. Madeline Grant’s misplaced accusations being one prominent example, though she is not alone. Today, I thought I’d share the inside word, so to speak. A friend of mine has recently returned to New Zealand from overseas, and ...
    1 week ago
  • Hard News: ASA: Let’s not talk about this
    Last week, major newspapers carried a full-page ad as part of the campaign for a "No" vote to the referendum question about supporting the Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill. The ad was authorised by the SAM NZ Coalition, which takes its name from a controversial American anti-cannabis group and includes ...
    1 week ago
  • This is not kind
    New Zealand has a serious homelessness problem, due to skyrocketing rents and a lack of state houses. One of the ways we stick a band-aid on it is to put people up in motels. Previously, they were charged full commercial rates, saddled with odious debt due to the government's failure ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Wokies are the establishment
    by Ani O’Brien In the absence of a better word with which to refer to the rabid activists who claim progressivism while demanding adherence to an increasingly prescriptive set of political beliefs, I call them “woke”. With its roots in Black American slang, the term originally denoted a person or ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • How to strengthen the post-isolation Covid rules
    Over the weekend, the Ministry of Health reported a case of Covid-19 in Auckland that is not related to the current Auckland cluster. Before we start to panic, here’s how I think the case happened and how we can strengthen our current border controls. The new Covid-19 case is someone ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    1 week ago
  • Neuralink and You: A Human-AI Symbiosis
    Becky Casale Elon Musk reckons his Neuralink brain implant is much more than a medical device–that one day it will drive a symbiosis between humans and artificial intelligence. “Good morning! I’m Dr Benedict Egg and I’ll be supervising your Neuralink insertion today. Do you have any questions?” “Yes, Doc. ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Liam Hehir: Our obsession with American politics
    Many New Zealanders take a strong interest in US politics, with the death of Supreme Court Judge Ruth Bader Ginsberg being the latest example. Liam Hehir wonders if it very wise for New Zealanders to get so worked about it.   Many politically engaged New Zealanders are now furiously ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    1 week ago
  • COVID: Back to Level 1
    After stamping the Coronavirus out via strict lockdown between March and May, New Zealand went through a good three months without any community cases. Then a local outbreak in Auckland rather buggered things up last month. Auckland’s been in level 3 and level 2.5 for the past six weeks. ...
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Climate injustice
    Who's causing our skyrocketing emissions? As with most of our other problems, It's the rich: The wealthiest 1% of the world’s population were responsible for the emission of more than twice as much carbon dioxide as the poorer half of the world from 1990 to 2015, according to new ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Good riddance
    The border closure and resulting lack of foreign slave-workers is driving the fishing industry out of business: One fishing company is effectively out of business while others are bracing for large financial hits as the deepwater New Zealand industry, unable to get skilled foreign workers into the country, have ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #38
    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... The tipping points at the heart of the climate crisis Many parts of the Earth’s climate system have been destabilised by ...
    1 week ago
  • Anyone for Collins?
    In the absence of national public opinion polls, we have had to make do in recent weeks with other guides to voter intentions. Those guides, such as the Auckland Central poll, the incidence of google enquiries and the responses to Vote Compass questions, have suggested, not unexpectedly, that Labour is ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • Crusher’s fiscal malfunction
    Crusher Collins - National Party leaderWe all know that the National Party is desperate to gain some traction during this election campaign and have been throwing pretty much everything at the Labour Party in order to try and undermine Jacinda Ardern and what the Coalition Government has achieved. But unfortunately ...
    1 week ago
  • Much of the commentariat’s reporting of the most recent GDP figure was misleading and unhelpful. The prize for the stupidest remark about the GDP figure for second quarter 2020 (2020Q2) released on Thursday (17 Sept) goes to Judith Collins, whose response to Grant Robertson’s comments indicated she did not ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    1 week ago
  • Love and Hate as Complementary Revolutionary Acts
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh goloing@gmail.com (19/09/2020) Che Guevara said that a true revolutionary is motivated by love i.e. love of the oppressed, the poor, the children dying from preventable illnesses. This phrase of his is true but has been used by reformists and their more hippy wing have taken advantage ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #38
    A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week: Sun, Sep 13, 2020 through Sat, Sep 19, 2020 Editor's Choice Get to Net-Zero by Mid-Century? Even Some Global Oil and Gas Giants Think it Can Be Done A report by a ...
    1 week ago
  • Tax cuts for all!!! (except you, you, and you)
    With the National Party this week announcing a new policy of tax cuts to spice up the election campagin. MyThinks went along to the launch and afterwards we spoke to the party’s finance spokesperson Paul “Golden Touch” Goldsmith. MT: Thanks for speaking to us Mr Goldsmith. PG: No. Thank you. ...
    My ThinksBy boonman
    2 weeks ago
  • Great Waves Washing Over New Zealand
    Always to islanders danger Is what comes over the seas ‘Landfall in Unknown Seas’ (Allen Curnow)Six economic issues external to New Zealand, which will greatly impact upon us. 1.         The Diminishing Global Dominance of the US. Since 1941 America has dominated the world economically and politically. Probably it could ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand has role to play in resolving crisis on ‘geopolitical fault line’, Helen Clark says
    By Geoffrey Miller New Zealand should continue to champion human rights in Belarus amidst an ongoing crackdown on protests by the country’s regime, former Prime Minister Helen Clark says. Protests in the country often referred to as ‘Europe’s last dictatorship’ erupted after the country’s disputed presidential elections on August 9 ...
    Democracy ProjectBy Geoffrey Miller
    2 weeks ago
  • Euthanasia referendum: How to cut through the emotions
    Jacqui Maguire, registered clinical psychologist This podcast episode highlights how difficult it is to have effective conversations about euthanasia due to how polarised people’s views are. I’m a clinical psychologist, with a passion for science communication. In early 2020 I founded the podcast Mind Brew, with an aim to make psychological ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago

  • Pasifika churches gain from PGF funding
    Pasifika churches around the country will receive a total of nearly $10 million in government funding for renovations and improvements which will improve facilities for the communities they serve and create jobs, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Pacific Peoples Minister Aupito William Sio have announced. The funding will ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • Job numbers up in August
    New data from Stats NZ today shows a rise of more than 9,000 filled jobs from July – driven mostly by the education and training sector, Grant Robertson says. Filled jobs were up 9,147 to 2.2 million in August 2020 compared with July – with 7,409 of those in education ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Māori development receives funding
    Māori development projects across the country will receive a total of $18.8 million from the Provincial Growth Fund that will create infrastructure and permanent jobs, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “These projects will support economic development in Northland, Bay of Plenty, Tairawhiti, Manawatū-Whanganui, Waikato and Southland to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Hand-up for owners of earthquake-prone units
    From today, owner-occupiers of unit and apartments living in earthquake-prone buildings can apply for financial support to fix their homes, Minister for Building and Construction Jenny Salesa says. The Residential Earthquake-Prone Building Financial Assistance Scheme will help unit owners facing financial hardship over earthquake strengthening costs. “We understand how complicated ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • PGF backing successful Māori enterprise
    Whanganui will benefit from a Provincial Growth Fund investment in a local food-processing company which will help the company increase production and create jobs, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says. Kii Tahi Ltd, which is owned by South Taranaki iwi Ngaa Rauru Kiitahi, will receive a Provincial Growth Fund ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Hokitika Landmark earmarked for $22m restoration
    Seddon House in Hokitika, once a hub for government on the West Coast, has been earmarked for government use once again. “Today we’re announcing a $22 million investment from the Government’s $3 billion infrastructure fund for shovel ready projects for the purchase and restoration of Seddon House in the heart of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Town halls and war memorials in PGF renovation programme
    Town halls, war memorials and other community landmarks across the country will be renovated thanks to grants totalling just under $12.4 million from the Provincial Growth Fund. Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says more than 1000 jobs are expected to be created during the renovation programme. “Town halls, other ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs makes two diplomatic appointments
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced two new diplomatic appointments: •         Michael Appleton as New Zealand’s first resident High Commissioner to Sri Lanka. •        Tredene Dobson as New Zealand’s next Ambassador to Viet Nam.  Sri Lanka “New Zealand is opening a post in Colombo in 2021 because we are ready ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • NZ’s most prestigious conservation award – Loder Cup presented to Graeme Atkins
    The Minister of Conservation Minister, Eugenie Sage, today presented Aotearoa New Zealand’s most prestigious conservation award, the Loder Cup, to the 2020 winner Graeme Atkins while in Gisborne/Tūranga-nui-a-Kiwa. “Graeme Atkins of Ngāti Porou is a Department of Conservation ranger whose contribution to conservation goes well above and beyond his employment,” ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Early help for whānau who need extra support
    The Government is investing in a new, whānau-centred early intervention prototype designed to strengthen families and improve the safety and wellbeing of children. The new programme, Ngā Tini Whetū, is a collaboration between Oranga Tamariki, Te Puni Kōkiri, ACC and the Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency (WOCA) and was announced today ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Parliament to install solar and cut carbon
    Parliament is leading by example by taking action to cut its carbon footprint by installing solar and improving energy efficiency, the Minister for Climate Change, James Shaw said today. The Minister confirmed that Parliamentary Services will receive support through the Clean-Powered Public Service Fund to install solar PV and LED ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Tuvalu Language Week theme promotes community resilience in the face of COVID-19
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio says the 2020 Tuvalu Language Week theme of “Fakatili Te Kiloga Fou” which means “Navigating the changing environment” is a call on all Pacific peoples to be strong and resilient in the face of COVID-19. “This theme is a reminder to us ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • International sport back up and running in New Zealand
    The Government is welcoming today’s announcement that the West Indies and Pakistan cricket teams will tour New Zealand this summer.  “A lot of hard work has been undertaken by sports officials including New Zealand Cricket, Netball New Zealand and government officials to ensure that international sport can return safely to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • 1BT funds for Northland forest taonga
    Northland’s indigenous tree canopy is set to grow for the benefit of mana whenua and the wider community thanks to nearly $2 million in One Billion Trees funding, Forestry Minister Shane Jones announced today. Te Komanga Marae Trust has received more than $1.54 million to restore and enhance the native ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Better health care for West Coasters as Te Nikau Hospital officially opened
    The Government has delivered a new hospital for Greymouth and is starting work on a much needed new health centre in Westport, ensuring local communities will benefit from better access to high quality integrated health services. Today, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Associate Health Minister Peeni Henare officially open Te ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government backing local with PGF loan
    A West Coast distillery will benefit from a Provincial Growth Fund investment that will enable it to expand its operations and create jobs in the town of Reefton, Rural Communities Minister Damien O’Connor and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones have announced. The Reefton Distilling Co will receive a $928,000 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Primary sector exports and jobs up again
    Primary sector exports and jobs are up again, demonstrating the sector’s underlying strength amid the COVID-19 global pandemic and US-China trade war, and supporting New Zealand’s economic recovery. Stats NZ today reported New Zealand’s merchandise exports in August were up 8.6% on a year ago, driven by an increase in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Clean energy future for more schools
    Schools across Aotearoa New Zealand will be supported by the Government to upgrade to run on clean energy, the Minister for Climate Change James Shaw announced today. The Minister has allocated $50 million from the Clean Powered Public Service Fund to replace, or convert, coal boilers in schools with clean ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Building business strength with digital tools
    New training and tools for digital commerce will give small businesses, especially in the tourism sector, the support they need to adapt and innovate in a COVID world. Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis and Small Business Minister Stuart Nash have announced details of how $20 million digital capability funding set aside ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New pest lures to protect nature
    The Department of Conservation (DOC) is investing $1.4 million to develop new predator lures that would be game-changers for trapping and surveillance towards a predator-free Aotearoa, the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage, announced in Christchurch today. The proposal is to develop long-life lures attractive to a range of predators—rats, mustelids ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Support for innovative Pacific education responses to COVID-19 needs
    Supporting new and creative Pacific education practices as part of our COVID-19 response and recovery is the focus of a new $28.5 million Pacific Education Innovation Fund announced today by Associate Minister of Education Jenny Salesa.  “There is already an incredible amount of innovative and creative work going on in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Eligibility expanded for COVID-19 leave support
    The expanded scheme will cover: People who have COVID-19 like symptoms and meet the Ministry of Health’s criteria, and need to self-isolate while awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test. People who are directed to self-isolate by a Medical Officer of Health or their delegate or on advice of their ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Seasonal work visa available to more people
    The Government is putting in place a range of immigration policy changes to help fill labour shortages in key industries while ensuring New Zealanders, who have lost jobs due to COVID-19, have the chance to find new employment. “Two key sectors we are moving to help are horticulture and wine ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • More border exceptions for critical roles
    The Government has established class exceptions for border entry for a limited number of veterinarians, deep sea fishing crew, as well as agricultural and horticultural machinery operators. “Tight border restrictions remain the backbone of the Government’s border strategy to protect New Zealand against COVID-19 and ensure New Zealand citizens and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Crown will not appeal Dodds v Southern Response decision
    The Crown will not appeal the Court of Appeal decision in the Dodds v Southern Response case, Grant Robertson announced today. “Southern Response will be paying the damages awarded by the Court to Mr and Mrs Dodds shortly. The Crown was already meeting their legal costs for this appeal. “The ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Crucial PGF investments for Northland
    The Provincial Growth Fund is investing nearly $30 million in a diverse range of projects that will create immediate and long-term jobs and lift economic and social outcomes for Northland and its people. Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones made the announcement today in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • $27million investment in global vaccine facility
    The Coalition Government has committed to invest $27 million in COVID-19 vaccine development through the global COVAX Facility, Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced today. “The COVAX Facility is a key part of our COVID-19 Vaccine Strategy to obtain safe and effective vaccines. It allows us to invest in a high-quality, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government backing Māori landowners
    The Government will provide up to $1.69 million through the One Billion Trees programme to Māori landowners to make their whenua more productive through the planting of forests, both native and exotic, and improve economic and environmental outcomes, Forestry Minister Shane Jones has announced. “Around 1.5 million ha of land ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • New tools to make nature more accessible
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