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Elitist Nats divorced from everyday Kiwis

Written By: - Date published: 11:00 am, April 15th, 2011 - 49 comments
Categories: dpf, food, scoundrels - Tags: , , ,

Farrar on Treasury’s expensive dinners:

“I’m all for responsible use of credit cards, but running a story about spending $95/head at dinner entertaining the Executive Director of the World Bank is ridicolous [sic].Foxglove is a medium priced restaurant.

$95 doesn’t mean there were bottles of expensive wine drunk. $20 for an entree, $40 for a man [sic?] and $15 for a dessert is $75 so  arguably they had one bottle of $60 wine”

What an out of touch fuck.

Maree is meant to feed four people for a week on $200. Farrar says she should just economise if money runs tight.

John Whitehead and two World Bank shmoos chowing down for $300 a meal on our dime? Sweet as.

Also, $90 per head is “medium-priced” in whose world?

National’s pollster adds:

“Should we take the World Bank Executive Director to Uncle Chang’s instead?”

When old women are eating cat food to make ends meet, why not? Do the elitist bastard good to have to eat  amongst the middle-class, at least, for once.

PS. Idea we should spend a fortune to feed someone because they happen to be World Bank Executive Director (whatever that is) reminds me of the best rebuke of elitist airs I know:

Gandhi wore his dhoti for an audience with King George V of England.

When asked how he could possibly contemplate meeting the monarch clad in nothing but a length of cloth draped over his loins Gandhi simply said, ” Why not? The King wears enough clothes for the two of us.”

PPS. This was written a few days ago. Since then new stats show the price of bread is up 32% under National. Rome’s elite used to distract and placate the headcount with panem et circenses. Bread and circuses. We’ve got the circus alright. Key is head clown. But now even bread is getting too pricey for many.

49 comments on “Elitist Nats divorced from everyday Kiwis”

  1. Jim Nald 1

    Thus the public watch Key changing
    from Hero to Nero

    🙂

    • ianmac 1.1

      OOps Jim. Just been reading about Nero. In his stint of 15 years taxes lowered, no wars, Rome urban renewal, music and poetry revived.
      Still “Hero to Nero” has a great ring to it. 🙂
       
      High prices for bread!
      High prices for milk!
      High prices for meat!
      High prices for fruit and vegetables!
      High prices for petrol!
      Wages too low!
      NAct is the Government. Key promised a better deal. No excuses. Failed!

  2. Tigger 2

    Oh my god, I agree with Farrar – sort of!  Whitehead is a good CEO and this isn’t an alarming amount nor unreasonable given who he is entertaining.  There is mis-spending in government but this isn’t it – it’s a circus.
    I’d far rather see less of this crap and more about CERA, urgency, Petrogras…

    • todd 2.1

      I’m not sure what is more important, the ability to feed yourself properly or the use of urgency to ram through laws that could restrict your complaints about not being able to feed yourself properly.

      While the public is expected to cut costs all over the place and live on the bare minimum even if they’re working full time, it is not appreciated that the elitists carry on with their debauchery.

      When the Commissioner of Police uses the word malingerers to describe his own wayward Police officers, when the prime minister sends the Navy against Greenpeace and local iwi, when National ministers duck and cover and do not answer questions, when a musician is arrested for singing a song, when even their own fervent bloggers start speaking out against the National regime and when there is no confidence in the Government…

      What people eat might not seem consequential. However it is never a good idea to ignore a basic necessity that is not being met while others are over-indulging at our expense.

      • Tigger 2.1.1

        Ignore?  No.  Give it the time it deserves, yes.  The media has beaten up the CE expense issue, often at the expense of other stories that matter more.  Sorry, but if a reporter’s time is going to looking over CE expense reports vs attending select committees, for example, I know where I’d rather see their time.
        And heck, the restaurant staff need to work…it’s not like the money is going down the drain.
        I continue to worry that the left gets distracted by this small stuff while being unable to get traction on the big stuff.

        • todd 2.1.1.1

          Consider the fact that John Key gets $45,000.00 more per anum than Gillard while NZ falls further and further behind Aussie in nearly every respect. Meanwhile the disparity within New Zealand continues to grow and grow. Such things as being able to buy food are not little things Tigger, they are important and something we must get right.

  3. Peter Rabbit 3

    “When old women are eating cat food to make ends meet, why not?”

    I would love to know what sort of cat food these old women are buying that it is a cheaper option  than “human food”.

    The cheapest I can find  is Foodtowns Homebrand at 91c for a 400g tin vs 75c for a 420g tin of their Homebrand Baked Beans.  While I take nothing away from the point that food is expensive (because as member of a family of 5 I know it is) but the whole cat food side of this story seems to be nothing more than crap

    http://www.foodtown.co.nz/#url=/Shop/ProductDetails%3FStockcode%3D18178%26name%3Dhome-brand-cat-food-seafood-basket

    http://www.foodtown.co.nz/Shop/ProductDetails?Stockcode=47682&name=home-brand-baked-beans-in-tomato-sauce&search=baked%20beans

    • Tigger 3.1

      You need to compare catfood to other canned or fresh meat…comparing it to beans is, well, an apples vs oranges situation.

      • Peter Rabbit 3.1.1

        Tigger while I accept your point mine is that food that has been manufactured for human consumption is available at a lower price point than pet food.

        For less than 50c difference you can obtain tinned tuna.

        http://www.foodtown.co.nz/#url=/Shop/ProductDetails%3FStockcode%3D324092%26name%3Dhome-brand-tuna-yellow-fin-in-oil%26search%3Dfish

        The options available for low cost meals are not limited to Pet Food supplies.

      • Blondie 3.1.2

        I don’t want to detract from the actual point but….. would it really kill people to eat beans instead of meat?

        I’ve been vegetarian for several years now and it sure does help with the budget.

        Plus it’s interesting that my daughter is apparently the only kid in her class who hasn’t had food poisoning at some point or another – as well as being the only vegetarian.

        Beans/tofu etc are full of protein.  Iron is easily sourced in leafy greens.  I’m not sure that the same can really be said for sausages and luncheon.

    • Bright Red 3.2

      clearly she wasn’t eating cat food. clearly it’s all made up because your internet search proves it.

      • Peter Rabbit 3.2.1

        No clearly indicates that other food options were available to her for the same or lower cost than cat food.  Therefore before there are judgements made around it further information is needed as to why she was eating catfood.

        • todd 3.2.1.1

          Perhaps she had a cat, and ran out of food with only the cat food available. She might have needed to survive on cat food for a few days until her pension arrived or perhaps it had been cut. Since we are being hypothetical, perhaps it was a choice between eating cat food, her cat or nothing at all. Perhaps she was not able to get to a food bank or had been turned away because of high demand.
           
          The fact of the matter is that she ate cat food because that was the only option. The boy ate a cockroach because he was hungry and there was no food available. You do realize that there are many families that do not have enough money to buy food. Saying they had options when they clearly did not is rather arrogant and diminishes responsibility of somebody who should be held accountable.
           
          Accountability is one of those words the Government does not have in its vocabulary. They can always blame Labour instead of trying to resolve the issues. Who gives a shit if kids go hungry it’s Labours fault. Labour seems more like a scape goat than an opposition party these days. What a sad state of affairs.

          • Gus 3.2.1.1.1

            Lets be honest Todd, Accountability is something ALL governments lack no matter what side of the political fence they sit.

    • ianmac 3.3

      Peter Rabbit. The fact that this topic has arisen shows that the rising costs do make it tough for some. Catfood and Cockroaches. Symbols of concern. (And by the way try tinned meat V catfood rather than beans.

    • Lanthanide 3.4

      Maybe, just maybe, she didn’t actually buy the catfood herself? Maybe, just maybe, she got a food parcel, or otherwise came to be in possession of can of cat food? Perhaps she has a cat?
       
      Then, what do you know, she doesn’t have any money to go out and buy more food. With nothing left in the house, she is forced to eat the only food-like substance she has to hand – cat food. That or eat her shoe leather.
       
      Gee, now that wasn’t so hard to imagine, was it?

      • Peter Rabbit 3.4.1

        And maybe she eats catfood because she likes it or gambled away the rest of her money or some other reason.

        My point as stated above media have put this information out there with no clarification and people are just accepting it as gospel when clearly there are alternative food options available to her which are meant for human consumption for the same or lesser prices.

        Perhaps instead of speculation some real facts around the incident would be nice.

  4. tsmithfield 4

    “John Whitehead and two World Bank shmoos chowing down for $300 a meal on our dime? Sweet as.
    Also, $90 per head is “medium-priced” in whose world?”

    Maybe the World Bank execs should have been taken out to KFC.

  5. Tom Gould 5

    It’s cheaper than $7000 a head for a feed eaten by a guy who thinks eating cat food is a lifestyle choice.

  6. tsmithfield 6

    PB: “Maybe they can pay for their own bloody food. Fucking moochers.”

    Given that we’ll probably need these execs to bail us out if Labour ever get into power again, 🙂 don’t you think it would be a good idea to treat them nice while they’re here?

    I would think that $90 per head is at the bottom end of what international VIPs would be accustomed to, so it probably isn’t excessive given the context. Comparisons with a solo mother are silly. These execs get a government hand out of $90 each. Maree gets a government hand out of $43k per anum.

    • Bright Red 6.1

      the worldbank doesn’t lend money, the IMF does. If we need them, it will be because National has borrowed billions to fund tax cuts.
      “I would think that $90 per head is at the bottom end of what international VIPs would be accustomed to”
      And so we should be pandering to the tastes of elites, eh?

  7. Yeah, I agree with DPF. This is a senior civil servant and a relationship of value to the country. If you’re going to get this hysterical and high-minded, the time you spent writing this blog post is time you could have spent working for charity that would have helped feed the starving. So shame on you too.

    • Bright Red 7.1

      a) please explain the value to New Zealand in this expenditure. Exactly how do you think that a fancy dinner helps the country?
      b) this is clearly being used as a microcosm of wider elitism. But, being an elitist, you wouldn’t get that
      c) first you say an expensive dinner is no big deal then, without having a clue how Zet spends his/her spare time, you condemn them for spending 15 minutes writing a blog post rather than working for charity during that time. Which is it? Is every action that doesn’t directly aid the poor to be condemned or is not?

  8. Pascal's bookie 8

    I would think that $90 per head is at the bottom end of what international VIPs would be accustomed to

    I’m sure they feel entitled to all sorts of things that are nice to have.

  9. randal 9

    was Roys closed?

  10. Herodotus 10

    This post for me sums up what is wrong with many on the left… Small mindedness. $90 pp for senior execs is not over the top for a dinner.
    Are all here also happy with the bolly that the then min of Auck spent?
    There are times not to accept such beatups of nothingness ( and I include much of the past spending by MP’s on all sides of the divide). All this does is dilute any real issue that is raised at a later date as it has been preceeded by issues like this.
    Re the pet food, if that is an issue then attack the cause – benefit payments but mixing the 2 just displays that many have no idea of priorities and what are the issues of concern.
    The men concerned (and Mp’s and the like) are making huge decisions onour behalf do not let pettinenss get in the way of what matters.. !!!

    • todd 10.1

      Let’s compare then: While the poor are forced to eat cockroaches and cat food the elitists continue to dine out at our expense when they are easily able to afford to feed themselves. When you say priorities; I place people being able to afford food the number one priority. I certainly do not place free meals for the rich on a list of priorities at all. Your obvious worshiping of hierarchy, which has caused such disparity is obvious and ultimately misplaced.
       
      Even with MP’s and the like requiring meals, their wages can obviously meet those costs. That one meal you think is insignificant can feed a starving person for a week. I suppose starvation is insignificant if you’ve never had to feel its touch yourself. Let me get this clear… in your eyes Herodotus, the poor deserve to starve because MP’s make huge decisions? Many of those same decision you believe make the elitists deserving, result in horrendous negative social dynamics in our communities… So how deserving are they really, while the poor continue to go without?

      • Herodotus 10.1.1

        “While the poor are forced to eat cockroaches and cat food ” forced I believe you are overstating the situation.  Let me review milk, petrol, cheese etc are at similar price levels as in 07, so Todd you accept the levels of expenditure of the past from Mp’s and Civ Servants when as mentioned food costs are at todays level???
        You stil do not appear to get it, if benefits, wages etc are inadequate then attack the real problem, you are just as Nero was accused of doing when a certain fire hit Rome.
        What do you say then of MP’s and their entertainment allowance of $13k p.a. thast they do not even have to present chits to validate in order to claim this.
        In conclusion find the cause and fix it, complaining about a few $$ being spend for what may have been great value depending upon the outcomes.
        Do not be like Lab of 08, and experience the real world. I for one do not begruge this expense, if you do then I expect you will be calling for most senior civil servants and all MP’s to resign that is if you are consistant with your comments.
        If you want real disconnection then $1b for Obama to campaign to be reelected is obscene, not this.

        • todd 10.1.1.1

          What is there to overstate? The facts are simple enough. You either accept the facts like myself or you decline to realize that there is a problem.
           
          As for your claim that inflation has not resulted in less buying power since 2007, you must be somewhat blinded by the elitist meme that you espouse. Benefits, wages etc are inadequate because people like John Key and Bill English think that priorities lie elsewhere… They have far less concern for people eating properly than they do for their bank balances.
           
          The outcome was that a few rich people had another free meal at our expense. Comparing such things to the campaign spend of Obama is ridiculous and irrelevant; you deserve my contempt for such a stupid argument.

          • Herodotus 10.1.1.1.1

            Todd- your blinkered vision and misplaced fixations are astounding. 
            “Benefits, wages etc are inadequate because people like John Key and Bill English think that priorities lie elsewhere” so what was Labours excuses, they also had different priorities?? Another case of symptoms and not causation
            I never stated that inflation has not resulted in less buying power. Just commented that many items of expenditure that people are commenting towards today are at similar $ levels as of 3 years ago. With inflation milk, cheese, petrol are at lower levels in real terms today (perhaps not literally tomorrow)
            “Benefits, wages etc are inadequate because people like John Key and Bill English think that priorities lie elsewhere” more symptoms. It has nothing to do with accepting that we are progressing down a low wage economy and as a country we are saddled with debt and negative current accounts.
            LOOK at the CAUSES, not a few $ for a lunch. 

            • todd 10.1.1.1.1.1

              Heroditus, your excuses and misplaced insults are typical of National’s head in the sand mentality. Passing the buck does not solve the problems… It also does not absolve National from their responsibilities. There is relevance in this issue whether you like it or not. The cause for people going without the basic necessities can be squarely placed at Nationals feet, the same people who are getting a free lunch at our expense. Your reasoning is flawed on so many levels, I find it somewhat difficult to understand what your stumpy troll fingers are writing.

    • Bright Red 10.2

      “This post for me sums up what is wrong with many on the left… Small mindedness.”
      can you say ‘microcosm’?

      • Herodotus 10.2.1

        thanks BR I will in future substitute should a post ever require. Always a good day if you can improve tomorrow on what you can learn from today !! 😉
        I await your next gem to improve with !!!

  11. this is clearly being used as a microcosm of wider elitism. But, being an elitist, you wouldn’t get that
    I get that Michael Cullen spent $1500 dollars when he took the Australian Treasurer out to dinner in 2008, something The Standard authors had no particular problem with, other than to complain about the media beating up stories about credit card expenses.
    http://tvnz.co.nz/politics-news/glance-ministers-credit-card-expenses-3583454

    • todd 11.1

      Two wrongs don’t make a right.

      • higherstandard 11.1.1

        But according to this site two rights always make a wrong.

        • lprent 11.1.1.1

          Ah I think that was a misquote. I believe it was

          “Two Wongs don’t make a Worth”

          Some kind of question about the performance of National party cabinet ministers?

          • todd 11.1.1.1.1

            Pansy Wong – Corruption resigns

            Roger McClay – Fraud

            Steven Joyce – DNC (did not complete) Education

            Phil Heatley – Corruption resigns

            +

    • lprent 11.2

      The Standard authors had no particular problem with, other than to complain about the media beating up stories about credit card expenses.

      Ummm. I don’t remember any particular story about that. A link would be helpful to isolate which author you’re talking about.

      You know – just to prevent your statement for being regarded as being that of a simple-minded hack making statements without any sense of proportionality. In fact something rather like what you seem to be asserting that Zet is doing.

      As your statement stands you are effectively saying that I (as a author on The Standard) have done made such statements – which I haven’t. That is when I start getting moderation itches to suggest strongly that people read the about and the policy before I start educating them about being precise.

      (in other words don’t act like a fool where it comes to things I will moderate)

  12. My point is that neither are wrong. The author’s points is – as always – that it’s wrong when it happens under National but not when it happens under Labour, which is just hackery as usual.

    • Draco T Bastard 12.1

      I find such expensive meals by the politicals as wrong no matter who’s in power.
       
      That said, I don’t think that $90 each is excessive. We do, after all, want our politicians fed and they’re probably a little too busy to cook their own meals.

    • daveo 12.2

      I feel a lot better about high ranked civil servants and pollys getting a fancy feed under a government that also looks after ordinary working kiwis than one that tells poor folk to tighten their belt. It’s the hypocrisy that makes it different I guess.

  13. Galeandra 13

    Have to agree that the issue as addressed here  seems to be a beat-up which is a pity because it distracts us from the central issue which is widespread hidden poverty. The problem with sensationalising the issue in the World Bank/catfood/cockroach stories is that those who want to can ignore the theme  and excuse their indifference by picking on the disproportionateness or exceptionality  of the examples used.

    Given Dim Post’s attitude to The Standard over the long term, and McLachlan’s cheerful fomenting of mischief in that regard, I’m surprised that he even visits here anymore. Still, it was nice that he was able to go back a few years (again) to show that Labour did it too. Hackery as usual.

  14. Kevin Welsh 14

    So, why couldn’t he pay for his own? I doubt very much that he doesn’t have an expense account. Or, even better, why not take him home for a home-cooked meal?

  15. Tsmithfield you too are an out of touch – with reality. You know damn well the point is the hypocrisy of Farrar saying $95’s Ok for a meal for some and then complaining about families cutting back. There’s also a big f***ing gap between $95 and KFC or didn’t you know that. People like you make me laugh in your one eyed blindness to defend this stinking f**ing government.

  16. MrSmith 16

    Don’t you love the way the Right’os always roll out the child’s reply of “But they did it first” !!!

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    Tom Trnski holding a fossilised whale tooth from the Far North.Aussie-born Head of Natural Sciences at Auckland Museum ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    5 days ago
  • Circling vultures: Why MediaWorks TV is really in trouble
    MediaWorks announced in October 2019 that it intended to sell off its struggling television business and cancel or cut back on several popular local programmes, including New Zealand Today, Married at First Sight New Zealand and 7 Days. Its radio and outdoor advertising arms are currently performing well, but MediaWorks’ ...
    Briefing PapersBy Peter Thompson
    5 days ago
  • Scary Opinium Poll
    Westminster voting intention:CON: 44% (+3)LAB: 28% (-1)LDEM: 14% (-1)BREX: 6% (-)via @OpiniumResearch, surveyed this weekChgs. w/ 08 Nov— Britain Elects (@britainelects) 16 November 2019 This, of course, doesn't look good.  Labour have been chucking big, headline grabbing policies left, right and centre ... Well, maybe not right.  Left, left ...
    5 days ago
  • A coward’s ploy.
    Some readers may remember that I mentioned last year that I was applying for NZ citizenship. I filled out the paperwork and had my original citizenship interview in February. Everything went well until they discovered that, because I had spent five months in the US in 2017, I had not ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 days ago
  • Left censorship and exclusion against gender-critical women: a Marxist critique
    by Deirdre O’Neill It is becoming quite acceptable for certain sections of the left to declare that people like me – women who are ‘gender critical’ – should not be allowed in leftist or anarchist spaces. Leaving aside the arrogance and implicit authoritarianism of this claim, its lack of critical ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    6 days ago
  • “Uncertainty” can be better solved with a better grasp of life’s inherent complexities…
    There is an article in The Conversation, written by Jeremy P. Shapiro (Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychological Sciences, Case Western Reserve University), about what he sees as the psychologically-based underpinnings of three main matters that seem to vex people all around the planet. The article is titled “The Thinking ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    6 days ago
  • Citizens vs the Rogue Deep State
    . .   Blogger Martyn Bradbury has won his case against unreasonable search and surveillance against the NZ Police; and subsequent Police attempts to produce evidence in secrecy, in a closed Court. His case highlights a disturbing growing trend in Aotearoa New Zealand for State power to be used against ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    7 days ago
  • Massey University’s free speech policy double-plus-good
    The Committee of Disobedient Women has intercepted an email from Dr Emma Eejut, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Massey University to the university’s Vice-Chancellor, Jan Thomas. Dear Jan, Thank you for your courageous move.  I think 10 pages of blether** should tie any of the students game enough to try holding ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Unacceptable
    That's the only response to the findings of the Ombudsman's investigation into LGOIMA practices at the Christchurch City Council:My investigation identified serious concerns about the Council’s leadership and culture, and its commitment to openness and transparency. In particular, Council staff raised concerns with me about various methods employed by some ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • There is what corruption looks like
    NZ First seems to be nakedly trying to enrich itself from public office:A powerful New Zealand First figure helped establish a forestry company that then pushed for money from two key funding streams controlled by a New Zealand First Minister. An RNZ investigation has found Brian Henry, lawyer for Winston ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Escape from Manus Island
    Behrouz Boochani is an award winning author and journalist. He is also a refugee, who for the past six years has been detained in Australia's offshore gulag on Manus Island, and in Papua New Guinea. But last night, with the cooperation of the WORD Christchurch festival and Amnesty International, he ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • When World’s Collide.
    Different Strokes: If a multicultural immigration policy imposes no obligation on immigrant communities to acknowledge and ultimately embrace their host nation’s most cherished traditions and values, then how is that nation to prevent itself from being reduced to a collection of inward-looking and self-replicating ethnic and cultural enclaves?THE COALITION GOVERNMENT’S ...
    1 week ago
  • Could There Be Method In Massey University’s Madness?
    Protective Zone: Reading the rules and guidelines released by Massey University, it is impossible to avoid the conclusion that its governing body considers the whole concept of free speech a disruptive threat to the orderly imparting of orthodox academic knowledge.IN TRUE ORWELLIAN fashion, Massey University has announced its commitment to ...
    1 week ago
  • How does poor air quality from bushfire smoke affect our health?
    Brian Oliver, University of Technology Sydney New South Wales and Queensland are in the grip of a devastating bushfire emergency, which has tragically resulted in the loss of homes and lives. But the smoke produced can affect many more people not immediately impacted by the fires – even people many ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: We need more trees, not less
    Farmers held a hate-march on Parliament today, complete with MAGA hats, gun-nut signs, and gendered insults. While supposedly about a grab-bag of issues - including, weirdly, mental health - it was clear that the protest was about one thing, and one thing only: climate change. And specifically, forestry "destroying" rural ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Holy bin chickens: ancient Egyptians tamed wild ibis for sacrifice
    Sally Wasef, Griffith University and David Lambert, Griffith University These days, not many Aussies consider the ibis a particularly admirable creature. But these birds, now colloquially referred to as “bin chickens” due to their notorious scavenging antics, have a grandiose and important place in history – ancient Egyptian history, to ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • The IGIS annual report: Dead letters and secret law
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security released their annual report today, and I've been busy reading through it. In amongst the usual review of what they've been doing all year, there's a few interesting bits. For example, a discussion on "agency retention and disposal of information", which points out that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A referendum on bigotry
    The End of Life Choice Bill passed its third reading last night, 69 - 51. Thanks to a compromise with NZ First - which looks to have been necessary on the final numbers - the commencement of the bill will be subject to a referendum. Given the ugliness of the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Why municipal waste-to-energy incineration is not the answer to NZ’s plastic waste crisis
    Trisia Farrelly, Massey University New Zealand is ranked the third-most-wasteful country in the OECD. New Zealanders produce five times the global daily average of waste per person – and they are getting more wasteful, producing 35% more than a decade ago. These statistics are likely to get worse following China’s ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Political parties and GMOs: we all need to move on
    Recently more than 150 post-graduate students and young scientists presented an open letter to the Green Party via The Spinoff, encouraging them to reconsider their position on genetic modification. Their target is tackling climate change issues.[1] Can any party continue to be dismissive about genetic modification (GM) contributing to ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    1 week ago
  • Class, Identity Politics and Transgender Ideology
    by Deirdre O’Neill Under Thatcher and then Blair and continuing up until our contemporary moment, the working class has seen its culture slowly and progressively destroyed. The change from an industrial society to a service society produced a marked shift in focus from the working class as the backbone of ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Irony
    Since 2013, the Australian government has detained refugees without trial in Pacific gulags, where they are abused, tortured, and driven to suicide. The policy is not just an abuse of human rights and possible crime against humanity; it has also had a corrosive effect on the states Australia uses as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • An age of protest.
    It seems fair to say that we currently live in a problematic political moment in world history. Democracies are in decline and dictatorships are on the rise. Primordial, sectarian and post-modern divisions have re-emerged, are on the rise or have been accentuated by political evolutions of the moment such as ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Another captured agency
    Last month, Greenpeace head Russel Norman surrendered his speaking slot at an EPA conference to student climate activist Sorcha Carr, who told the EPA exactly what she thought of them. It was a bold move, which confronted both regulators and polluters (or, as the EPA calls them, "stakeholders") with the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • NZ First’s dodgy loans
    The core principle supposedly underlying New Zealand's electoral finance regime is transparency: parties can accept large donations from rich people wanting to buy policy, but only if they tell the public they've been bought. Most parties abide by this, so we know that TOP was wholly-owned by Gareth Morgan, and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Member’s Day: The choice on End of Life Choice
    Today is a Member's Day, probably the second-to-last one of the year, and its a big one, with the Third Reading of David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill. last Member's Day it was reported back from committee, after MPs voted narrowly to make it subject to a (rules TBA) ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • How growth in population and consumption drives planetary change
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz The growth of the human population over the last 70 ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • The disappearing Women …
    by The Council of Disobedient Women In her excellent oral submission to the Abortion reform select committee on 31st October on behalf of Otago University’s Department of Public Health, historian and public health researcher Hera Cook stated: “We would ask that the committee not use the term ‘pregnant persons’ and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • “A Passage to India”: enduring art in changing times
    by Don Franks In 1957, E M Forster wrote, of his greatest work: “The India described in ‘A Passage to India’ no longer exists either politically or socially. Change had begun even at the time the book was published ( 1924) and during the following quarter of a century it ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Contemptuous
    The Referendums Framework Bill was due back from select committee today. But there's no report on it. Instead, the bill has been bounced back to the House under Standing order 29593) because the Committee didn't bother to produce one. They probably tried. But given the membership of the committee (which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Zero Carbon: It’s not just a good idea, it’s the law
    Two years into New Zealand’s Labour-led government, the long-delayed Zero Carbon Bill became law on 7 November. Passed essentially unanimously, the lengthy public debates and political manoeuvring faded away until the final passage was even anticlimactic: Flipping through the @nzstuff @DomPost I was starting to wonder if I’d dreamt ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: What happens next?
    Now the Zero Carbon Bill is law, what's next? Obviously, the ETS changes currently before select committee are going to be the next battleground. But we're also going to get a good idea of where we're going, and if the progress the Zero Carbon Act promises is good enough, during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate change will fuel bush fires
    Grant Pearce The effects of the current Australian bushfires in New South Wales and Queensland (and also again in California) are devastating and far-reaching. To date, the fires have resulted in several lives being lost and many homes and properties destroyed. Here in New Zealand, the impacts have been only ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Participation rates
    A passing comment in a post the other day about the labour force participation rates of older people prompted me to pull down the fuller data and see what we could see about various participation rates over the decades since the HLFS began in 1986.   As it happens, the ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Reddell
    2 weeks ago
  • Not So Much “OK Boomer” As “OK Ruling Class”.
    Distract And Divert: The rise of what we have come to call “Identity Politics” represents the ideological manifestation of the ruling class’s objective need to destroy class politics, and of the middle-class’s subjective need to justify their participation in the process.THE RELIEF of the ruling class can only be imagined. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Asking for it …
    "I saw a newspaper picture,From the political campaignA woman was kissing a child,Who was obviously in pain.She spills with compassion,As that young child'sFace in her hands she gripsCan you imagine all that greed and avariceComing down on that child's lips?" ...
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand’s Poor Pandemic Preparedness According to the Global Health Security Index
    Dr Matt Boyd, Prof Michael Baker, Prof Nick Wilson The Global Health Security Index which considers pandemic threats has just been published. Unfortunately, NZ scores approximately half marks (54/100), coming in 35th in the world rankings – far behind Australia. This poor result suggests that the NZ Government needs to ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Thank Winston
    The Zero Carbon Act is inadequate, with a weak methane target designed to give farmers a free ride. But it turns out it could have been worse: Climate Change Minister James Shaw was so desperate to get National on board, he wanted to gut that target, and leave it in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Illicit markets and Bali Booze
    The Herald reprints an Australian story on a couple of tragic deaths in Bali from drinking cocktails that had methanol in them.  The story argues that methanol is likely the result of home distillation. But what the young tourists were experiencing was far from a hangover. They’d consumed a toxic cocktail ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    2 weeks ago
  • This is not what armed police are for
    Last month, the police announced a trial of specialist roaming armed units, which would drive round (poor, brown) areas in armoured SUVs, armed to the teeth. When they announced the trial, they told us it was about having armed police "ready to attend major incidents at any time if needed". ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Spain’s failed electoral gamble
    Spain went to the polls today in the second elections this year, after the Socialists (who had come to power in a confidence vote, then gone to the polls in April) rejected the offer of a coalition with the left-wing PoDemos, and instead decided to gamble n a better outcome ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The astroturf party
    National has finally rolled out its "BlueGreen" astroturf party, fronted by an array of former nats and people who were dumped by the Greens for not being Green enough. Its initial pitch is described by Stuff as "very business-friendly", and its priorities are what you'd expect: conservation, predator-free funding, a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • How to cheat at university
    A couple of days ago I attended (and spoke at) the University of Waikato’s “LearnFest” event. There were lots of talks and sessions on very diverse aspects of teaching, mostly at tertiary level. One was by Myra Williamson from Te Piringa Faculty of Law here at Waikato, on Contract Cheating ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    2 weeks ago
  • How NZ was put on world maps using a transit of Mercury
    There will be a transit of Mercury – the planet Mercury will pass across the face of the Sun – taking place at sunrise in New Zealand on Tuesday, 12th November. It was by observing such an event 250 years ago that James Cook and his scientist colleagues were able ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    2 weeks ago
  • Georgina Beyer: We need to be able to talk without being offended
    Since becoming the world’s first openly transexual mayor and member of parliament, Georgina Beyer has been recognised as a trailblazer for trans rights. Daphna Whitmore talks with her about where she sees the current trans movement We start out talking about legislation the government put on hold that would have ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • The anti-fluoride brigade won’t be erecting billboards about this study
    If FFNZ really put their faith in “Top Medical Journals” they would now be amending their billboards to recognise new research results. Image from FFNZ but updated to agree with the latest research. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Chosen To Rule? What Sort Of Christian Is Chris Luxon?
    National Messiah? Chris Luxon identifies himself as an evangelical Christian. If he is genuine in this self-characterisation, then he will take every opportunity his public office provides to proselytise on behalf of his faith. He will also feel obliged to bear witness against beliefs and practices he believes to be ...
    2 weeks ago
  • War of the worms
    I'm going to make a Reckless Prediction™ that the Tories have 'topped out' in the 'poll of polls' / Britain Elects multipoll tracker at about 38%, and in the next week we will start to see Labour creep up on them.In fact, we might just be seeing the start of ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Marvelly shows us how to be a feminist without feminism
    by The Council of Disobedient Women Lizzie Marvelly: “I may have missed this… has @afterellen gone all terf-y? Or am I reading something incorrectly? “ https://twitter.com/LizzieMarvelly/status/1191840059105742849 After Ellen is a lesbian website that is unashamedly pro-lesbian, as you’d expect. So why is Ms Marvelly so bothered about lesbians having their ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago

  • Week That Was: Tackling child poverty
    It's been a great week of progress: we've celebrated Children's Day, we've made communities safer with 1800 new police, and we've seen almost 90% of eligible schools take up Government funding to scrap school donations - taking pressure off the families of more than 416,000 students. ...
    10 hours ago
  • New measures for wood processing boost
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister of Forestry The Government will further strengthen New Zealand’s wood processing sector as part of our focus on ‘value over volume’ in our forestry industry, Forestry Minister Shane Jones says. Minister Jones will today meet with forestry representatives in Northland to signal new measures to help the ...
    12 hours ago
  • New high tech traps will reduce the need for 1080 poison
    New Zealand First are celebrating the announcement of an investment of $3.5 million into five new trapping devices. These are a range of bait and trap devices, all designed to be left unattended for long periods of time. NZ First conservation spokesperson Jenny Marcroft says that this latest development will ...
    2 days ago
  • Cowboy clampers will be stymied
    Clayton Mitchell, Spokesperson for Consumer Affairs The ‘wheel clamping’ Bill that will cap clamper fees to $100 passed its third reading in Parliament today. New Zealand First welcomes The Land Transport (Wheel Clamping) Amendment Bill to combat predatory wheel clamping behaviour in what is currently a largely unregulated business. Cowboy clampers are: gouging ...
    3 days ago
  • Mental Health Commission back on track
    Jenny Marcroft, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First welcomes the passage of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill through its first reading in Parliament. “Today’s progress takes serious action on the mental health and addiction crisis the country is facing,” says New Zealand First Health Spokesperson Jenny Marcroft. “The re-establishment ...
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand’s key assets are not for sale: national interest test delivered
    Mark Patterson, Spokesperson for Primary Industries Today the Government announced the delivery of the promise to protect New Zealand interests by applying a new National Interest Test to the sales of our most sensitive and high risk assets to overseas buyers. This further strengthening of the Overseas Investment Act will ...
    3 days ago
  • National interest test added to protect New Zealanders’ interests
    The Coalition Government is delivering on its promise to protect New Zealanders’ interests by applying a new national interest test to the sales of our most sensitive and high-risk assets to overseas buyers. Under current Overseas Investment Act (OIA) rules, assets such as ports and airports, telecommunications infrastructure, electricity and ...
    3 days ago
  • Electoral law breach allegations
    Rt Winston Peters, Leader of New Zealand First Allegations raised this morning by Stuff Limited / Fairfax concern a party matter but I am confident that New Zealand First has operated within electoral laws, now and for the last 27 years. Declarable donations were declared to the Electoral Commission. Our ...
    4 days ago
  • Wayne Brown hits back at critics: Ports of Auckland has to move
    The chairman of the Upper North Island Supply Chain Strategy (UNISCS) working group, Wayne Brown, has hit back at critics of his group’s recommendations to relocate the Ports of Auckland cargo operations to Whangarei’s deepwater port of Northport. The working group's recommendation to close Auckland waterfront to all but cruise ...
    4 days ago
  • Week That Was: Supporting our schools
    We're setting our young people up for success, investing in education around the country.  ...
    5 days ago
  • Kiwis to have their say on End of Life Choice
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First backs the public to decide on the End of Life Choice Bill via a referendum at the 2020 General Election. The Bill, with New Zealand First’s referendum provision incorporated, passed its final reading in Parliament this evening. New Zealand First Spokesperson for ...
    1 week ago
  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
    Darroch Ball, Spokesperson for Justice New Zealand First is proud that a key Coalition Agreement commitment which will provide for a more transparent and effective criminal justice system has been realised. Legislation to establish the Criminal Cases Review Commission, an independent body focused on identifying and responding to possible miscarriages of ...
    1 week ago
  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
    "Today we have made a choice that will leave a legacy... I hope that means that future generations will see that we, in New Zealand, were on the right side of history." - Jacinda Ardern, Third Reading of the Zero Carbon Bill ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
    Darroch Ball, New Zealand First List MP A Member’s bill has been proposed that would provide income tax exemptions for all New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel while on operational deployment overseas. The Income Tax (Exemption for Salary or Wages of NZDF Members on Active Deployment) Amendment Bill proposed by New Zealand First ...
    2 weeks ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First is proud to have brought common sense to the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill, which passed its final reading in Parliament today. Party Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says months of hard work went into negotiating a balanced ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First has listened to calls to recognise paramedics as registered health professionals under the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance Act (the Act). Today, the Coalition Government announced plans for paramedics to be registered as health practitioners under the Act, and the establishment of a ...
    3 weeks ago

  • PGF approves wind turbines funding for Stewart Island
    Stewart Island/Rakiura has been granted $3.16 million from the Provincial Growth Fund to help build two wind turbines, putting the island on a path to sustainable electricity generation, Environment Minister David Parker announced today. “Stewart Island is our third largest island, after the North and South Islands, and it is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    15 hours ago
  • NZ economy in good shape amid global headwinds
    A major new report on the global economy shows New Zealand is in good shape amid increased global headwinds. The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has just released its latest Economic Outlook. It shows the OECD group of economies is forecast to grow between 1.6% and 1.7% across ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • Milestone of 1800 new Police officers
    The Coalition commitment to add 1800 new Police officers to frontline policing has been achieved with the graduation of 59 constables from the Royal New Zealand Police College today. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters say today’s graduation means 1825 new Police have been deployed all ...
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    1 day ago
  • PM appoints business leaders to APEC Business Advisory Council
    Ensuring APEC work gets input from diverse New Zealand business and trade interests is behind three new appointments to the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC), Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says. Rachel Taulelei, Malcolm Johns and Toni Moyes have been appointed to represent New Zealand on the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) ...
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    1 day ago
  • PM speech notes for Trans-Tasman Business Circle
    Nau mai, haere mai. Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tatou katoa. Thank you for having me to speak today. To start, I’d like to acknowledge Sharron Lloyd, the General Manager of the Trans–Tasman Business Circle, the partners for this event Westpac’s  David McLean, and Derek McCormack from  AUT, and, of course ...
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    1 day ago
  • Otago Regional Council given deadline for freshwater management plan
    A four-month investigation by former Environment Court judge Professor Peter Skelton found that Otago’s freshwater planning system is not fit for purpose to manage the region’s rivers, lakes and aquifers and that the Council has inadequate rules for the taking of water and the discharge of nutrients.   “Existing planning provisions ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • LGNZ Rural and Provincial Sector Speech
      Introduction Thank you for the invitation to speak to you today. This is the first opportunity I’ve had to speak to an LGNZ meeting since the local elections, and I’m delighted to see the fresh faces of newly elected mayors. To returning mayors here today, as well as chief ...
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    2 days ago
  • New Zealand to attend G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Japan
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters departs New Zealand today to attend the G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Nagoya at the invitation of this year’s G20 President, Japan. “This is the first time New Zealand will attend a G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting and we are deeply honoured that it is at ...
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    2 days ago
  • Ambassador to the European Union announced
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today announced the appointment of diplomat Carl Reaich as New Zealand’s next Ambassador to the European Union. “The Ambassador to the EU is one of the most important and senior roles in New Zealand’s foreign service, advocating for New Zealand’s interests with the EU institutions,” Mr ...
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    2 days ago
  • New inventions boost Predator Free 2050 effort
        Innovation and technology are behind five new tools to give nature a helping hand by helping eliminate predators, funded through the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), Minister for Conservation Eugenie Sage and Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. “The new tools will be trialled in ...
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    2 days ago
  • APEC 2021 Bill passes first reading
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has welcomed the first reading of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation 2021 (APEC 2021) Bill in Parliament today. The temporary bill supports New Zealand’s security preparations for hosting the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum in 2021. “APEC is the leading economic and trade forum ...
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    2 days ago
  • Making progress for our kids
    The Government is making progress on improving the wellbeing of the one million New Zealanders under the age of 18,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on World Children’s Day. The Government has today recommitted to the most widely ratified human rights treaty in history – the United Nation’s Convention on ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Māori women in business contribute to our economy, whānau and communities
    Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter has released a new report celebrating the contribution of Māori women in business across Aotearoa New Zealand. “Māori women are leaders in our communities, they employ many people and support our economy and our communities,” Julie Anne Genter said. The report, Ngā wāhine kaipakihi: ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Two schools on the way for Omokoroa
    Four parcels of land have been bought in Omokoroa, in the Western Bay of Plenty District, for an education facility that will accommodate both a primary and secondary school on a campus-like facility, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. Two parcels were acquired from private land owners and two were ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Families Package helps over 1 million New Zealanders in first year
    1 million New Zealanders warmed by the Winter Energy Payment 36,000 families bank the Best Start Payment in first year 6,000 more families received the Family Tax Credit, 220,600 in total   They receive an increase too – from an average of $117 to $157 a week for Inland Revenue clients, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Clamp down on wheel clamping passes third reading
    New rules to clamp down on overzealous wheel clamping and extortionate fees charged in order to release a vehicle have passed their final stage in Parliament today. The Land Transport (Wheel Clamping) Amendment Bill has now passed its third reading. “These changes mean $100 will be the maximum wheel clamping ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill passes first hurdle
    An independent Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission is a step closer after it unanimously passed its first vote in Parliament today.  The Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill lays the groundwork for establishing the Commission as a fully independent crown entity – delivering on a key recommendation of He Ara ...
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    3 days ago
  • Boosting border security with electronic travel authority – now over 500,000 issued
    We’ve improved border security with the NZeTA, New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority, which helps us to screen travellers for border and immigration risks off-shore before they travel to New Zealand. It was launched in August and became mandatory on 1 October 2019. More than 500,000 NZeTAs have been issued since ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Plan of action to protect seabirds
    A proposed national plan of action to reduce the number of seabirds caught in fisheries is being circulated for public feedback. Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash and Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage say New Zealand is a global centre of seabird diversity with about 145 species in our waters. It has more ...
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    3 days ago
  • National interest test added to overseas investment rules
    The Government is delivering on its promise to protect New Zealanders’ interests by applying a new national interest test to the sales of our most sensitive and high risk assets to overseas buyers. Associate Finance Minister David Parker said under current Overseas Investment Act rules, assets such as ports and ...
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  • New housing part of support for Kaumātua
    The Government is building special housing to accommodate one of Aotearoa’s greatest taonga- our kaumātua, says the Minister for Māori Development, Hon Nanaia Mahuta.  Speaking at a National Kaumātua Service Providers Conference in Rotorua today, the Minister reinforced the importance kaumātua play in maintaining and passing on mātauranga Māori, knowledge, ...
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  • Forestry helps prisoners into jobs
    Eleven men from a pilot forestry training programme for prisoners in Northland now have full time jobs or job offers upon release, Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis and Forestry Minister Shane Jones announced today. The ‘release to work’ programme was a collaboration between Te Uru Rākau and the Department of Corrections, ...
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  • Reform of public service a step closer
    Minister of State Services Chris Hipkins today introduced into Parliament a Bill that will make it easier for the public service to tackle the biggest challenges facing Governments. The Bill represents the most significant change in the public service in 30 years. The State Sector Act 1988 will be repealed ...
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  • Donations scheme to relieve pressure on families
    The families of more than 416,000 students will be better off next year as their schools have signed up to the Government’s donations scheme, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. The scheme will see almost $62.5 million in additional Government funding go to schools nationwide next year. “I’m really pleased ...
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  • Further support for Samoan measles outbreak
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has announced further support as the Government of Samoa responds to a serious measles outbreak. “New Zealand will deploy a further 18 vaccination nurses, bringing the total to 30 working in Samoa over the next four weeks,” Mr Peters said. “A New Zealand Medical Assistance ...
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  • Speech to the Child Poverty Action Group 2019 Summit
      Fa’atalofa atu, malo e lelei, Kia ora koutou katoa Thank you to the Child Poverty Action Group for asking me to be here today to provide an update on some of the things that have been happening across my the social development portfolio.  Can I firstly acknowledge the vast ...
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  • Speech to the New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Annual Conference
    ***Please check against delivery*** Good morning everyone. It is a pleasure to be with you this morning to open this year’s New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Conference and AGM. Firstly, thank you Dr Alan Jackson, NZTR Chair for your introduction. And let us acknowledge also: The NZTR Board; Dean McKenzie, Chair ...
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  • Fairer rules for tenants and landlords
    The Government has delivered on its promise to the over one million New Zealanders who now rent to make it fairer and more secure, Associate Minister of Housing (Public Housing) Kris Faafoi has announced today. Both renters and landlords will benefit from the suite of practical changes to the Residential ...
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  • Two decades of marine protection celebrated at Te Tapuwae o Rongokako in Tairawhiti
    A marine conservation milestone - the 20th anniversary of the establishment of Te Tapuwae o Rongokako Marine Reserve - is being celebrated today at a community event in Tairāwhiti/East Coast attended by the Minister of Conservation, Eugenie Sage. “The creation of this marine reserve in November 1999 was a game ...
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  • Food industry asked to step up fight against obesity
         The Government is asking the food industry to step up work to tackle obesity including reducing sugar, fat and salt in their products, better information for consumers, and tighter restrictions on advertising to children. Health Minister David Clark and Food Safety Minister Damien O’Connor have responded to a ...
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  • Modern emergency care for Queenstown area
    ew, modern emergency department and outpatient facilities at Queenstown’s Lakes District Hospital mean better emergency care for the growing tourist mecca’s visitors and locals, says Health Minister David Clark. Today Dr Clark officially opened the hospital’s redeveloped Emergency Department and Outpatient facilities. The new facilities include: •    An extended Emergency Department ...
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  • Contraception important for New Zealanders
    Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter says today’s release of sexual and reproductive health data reinforces the significance of the Government’s commitment to providing free or very low-cost contraception. The Ministry of Health today published statistics from the Ministry of Health’s 2014/15 Health Survey. “It is important people can make ...
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  • NZ medical staff and measles vaccines going to Samoa
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced that at the request of the Samoan Government, New Zealand will be providing further support to Samoa as it faces a worsening measles outbreak. “In response to a request from the people of Samoa, New Zealand is providing 3000 measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) ...
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  • Disability Action Plan 2019 – 2023
    “The new Disability Action Plan 2019–2023 moves us towards the inclusive and accessible New Zealand that this government has committed to,” Minister for Disability Issues Carmel Sepuloni announced today.  “The Action Plan was designed by disabled people, their family and supporters, the disability sector and government agencies. It will ensure ...
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  • Joint Statement – Third Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting
    Third Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting 14 November 2019 Joint Statement 1. Defence Ministers Ron Mark and Dr Ng Eng Hen today conducted their third annual Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting in Singapore. 2. Building on the Enhanced Partnership signed between both countries in May this year, this annual meeting ...
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  • Sexual Violence Legislation Bill has its first reading
    A Bill to improve the court system’s response to sexual violence has passed its first reading in Parliament today. Justice Minister Andrew Little says the Sexual Violence Legislation Bill will reduce the trauma sexual violence complainants experience in court, while maintaining defendants’ fundamental rights and making sure the trial process ...
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  • Streamlined business invoicing a step closer
    Streamlined payment practices are a step closer for Kiwi businesses with the formal launch of New Zealand’s e-Invoicing framework. Small Business Minister Stuart Nash says the government has now established the structure to enable automated and direct data exchange between the accounting systems of buyers and sellers. “The move to ...
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  • More frontline biosecurity officers protecting NZ
    Another 51 quarantine officers and four new biosecurity detector dog teams will help protect New Zealand from invasive pests and diseases this summer, says Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor. “The Government is delivering on its commitment to strengthen New Zealand’s biosecurity system and support our valuable primary sector “New Zealand’s flora, fauna ...
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  • NZ space economy worth $1.69 billion
    A new report has found New Zealand’s space sector contributed $1.69 billion to the economy in the last financial year and employs 12,000 people, Minister for Economic Development Phil Twyford announced today. The report by Deloitte was commissioned by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and shows New Zealand ...
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  • New Chair for Royal Commission into Abuse
    Judge Coral Shaw has been appointed as the new Chair of the Royal Commission into Historical Abuse in State Care and in the Care of Faith-based Institutions, Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin announced today. "Judge Shaw, who is currently one of the inquiry commissioners, is extremely well qualified for the ...
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