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Fact checkin’ 3

Written By: - Date published: 7:18 pm, November 5th, 2008 - 87 comments
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Good debate so far, addressing the issues and the policies, rather than the politics, which the other two debates have been focused on. From looking at Key so far it seems he might drop the lies.

oops. spoke too soon.

Key: People are leaving for Australia in absolutely record numbers
Lie. For the third time in three debates, Key tells this lie. The number of people leaving is within historic norms and we get more immigrants than we lose emigrants.

This is the best debate so far. Clark, especially is putting on the best performance so far.

Key sounds like he’s losing his voice like he did during the adjournment debate.

Key: Sheep and cows are indigenous

Did Key just say that you deliver welfare on a case by case basis? Good God, the Government cannot be dishing out money to people in that way. The Government has to try to give the best value it can with the resources it has but it must do that within a rules-based system, not individual decisions for individual situations. Anything else is an invitation to injustice and nepotism. I don’t think Key meant what he said, but that’s half the problem, so many of the things that come out of his mouth are not thought through.

I have to say I’m impressed that Key has dropped the lies. The lies won him the first debate and dropping them has defanged him – I think this is clearly Clark’s debate – but at least he has been more honest.

The questions have probably lead to a better debate. Deeper questions on unsual topics have forced Key off his pre-prepared lines, and we are seeing genuine answers from both of them for once. The result, of course, is that Key just doesn’t stand up to Clark who is not only more deeply principled but more knowledgable. Clark’s softer approach is coming across well, we’re seeing the person behind the Prime Minister.

Politics of envy? I don’t think people vote to ‘send a stong signal’, they vote for a government to do the job.

87 comments on “Fact checkin’ 3”

  1. Carol 1

    Looking at “Kiwi” so far? Does he look like a flightless bird that grovels around on the forest floor?

    yes. I’m sick of the use of “record numbers” – it’s not a record proportion of the population leaving.

  2. milo 2

    So did he say record proportion or record numbers? There is a difference you know. It seems weird to claim he said proportion when he said numbers, and then to describe this as a lie. In fact, its seems like a gross misrepresentation on your part Steve. Numbers or proportion? Is there a difference?

    Update: Looked at your ‘rebutting’ link. It’s about net migration. Key is talking about departures to Australia. There is a massive difference. It’s really a bit rich to accuse Key of lying when you are prepared to twist things like this.

  3. Farm animals Indigenous?

  4. Ianmac 4

    Mark Sainsbury should be shot! Every time they get a topic which could be discussed he moves on to another question. The right of reply is lost! Must say our Helen is looking and acting good. I think John has a degree of constipation! And looks slow unless trotting out the same slogans. 7:29 by my clock.

  5. Lampie 5

    record numbers which can be right and wrong

    10000 of 4000000 2008 is different to 9000 of 3000000 1998 say

    record number but better result

  6. Carol 6

    Key said ‘record numbers”. I’ve been paying attention to this point because he’s said it so often. It’s not so much a lie, as putting a misleading slant on it. He blames Clark/Labour for the record numbers leaving. That’s a kind of lie, because, really, it’s not a record at all. And you also need to factor in other things eg poplulation structure, numbers going other places etc. It’s a superficial slur, that doesn’t really mean waht Key is implying.

  7. Lampie 7

    stats is the art of lying

    media is good at bullshit stats

  8. deemac 8

    all he has is these stock phrases, while Clark has real policy points

  9. cocamc 9

    john key had a good response on health though

  10. Carol 10

    Yeah, but I think Key’s stock phrases probably go down well with a lot of the general public. Oooh. Sainsbury just told Key he’s not listening. Yes, he’s kind of dismissed international stats that show NZ does well in those social services. But people who don’t know the stats will probably just accept what Key says.

  11. milo 11

    But it is a record. Here’s what the Department of Statistics says.

    “The net PLT outflow to Australia was 33,900 in the September 2008 year, compared with 26,200 in the September 2007 year. This is higher than previous peaks in the January 1989 year (33,700) and the December 1979 year (33,400).”

    So John Key tells the truth. And the data from the Dept. of Statistics backs him.

    Maybe you could pass a law to retrospectively alter the statistics?

    [you can’t look at migration numbers irrespective of population. Australia has 5 times the emigration that NZ does, does that mean emigration from Australia is at higher levels than NZ? All else being equal, we expect the number of people, and the number of people coming, to grow as the population grows. SP]

  12. Janet 12

    When has Key ever been in a public hospital – especially in recent years. If I was a member of staff in a hospital I would feel a lot more affirmed by what Helen says.

    But it would be nice if Obama dropped into the debate to raise the level of oratory and hope a bit more.

  13. Carol 13

    Key is sounding quite cnvincing on a lot of things. Clark, as well as being convincing, is failry soft and personable, rather than being totally as commanding as she can be. That control of policy & detail can be a bit off-putting for a general TV audience, I think.

    So far, I think it’s probably a close contest re-the general audience. But I think Clark is better on the policy details.

  14. Matthew Pilott 14

    Maybe you could pass a law to retrospectively alter the statistics?

    Why would we milo, when anyone who thinks about it will realise that 33,400 in 1979 is far, far higher than 33,900 now, unless we’re looking at decontextualised raw data.

  15. Lampie 15

    correct carol, i have plenty of workmates like that so when i show OECD and ministry state they get a surprise

    And that is what does piss me off, have a brief on the state of the country such as waiting list times and show a long time period, state of education vs rest of world, we are above average by miles

    Something so people can base there opinions and values on actually information insteed of crap and vote on personalities

  16. gobsmacked 16

    I thought they both did OK on the brain tumour question. Hard to get the tone right on that one, and easy to over-promise.

    But Key’s just said he never smoked or inhaled, not even once as a kid! F**in’ PC nanny state wimp …

  17. Roflcopter 17

    Janet – “When has Key ever been in a public hospital – especially in recent years. If I was a member of staff in a hospital I would feel a lot more affirmed by what Helen says.”

    My wife is a senior nurse who refuses to step into a management role, and I can tell you that she is laughing her ass off at what Helen is saying… and says John is absolutely bang-on as to what needs to happen in hospitals.

  18. Ianmac 18

    Well. He let a longish discussion go on about cigarettes! Cigarettes? Why not about Health system in depth. Distinguish between Health care and discretionary less urgent operations waiting lists in detail. Slogans don’t help John! What would you do to fix the system John?

  19. Francois 19

    I’m sorry Steve.

    I think it’s over. This isn’t supported by logic or any other thing I can put my finger on, but it’s over. It doesn’t matter how well Clark does in this debate, New Zealand Media is in a perpetual circle jerk around John Key and no matter how crap he does they will spin this to become a Key Victory.

    It’s over. The Maori Party hasn’t declared it’s preference for Labour yet because they wont.

    It’s over. The Pacific Party led by a convicted criminal is going to siphon off 1-2% of the vote.

    It’s over. The Crosby Textors of New Zealand have distilled Key’s message into a series of catchy slogans he has no chance of fulfilling. “1 in 5 don’t graduate for NCEA” “Record Numbers of New Zealander’s are Leaving.”

    This election isn’t about reason or logic. It’s not about reality. it’s about appearances and making a set of catchy slogans that appeal to the ‘middle class’ that for the most part isn’t looking about substance. That’s why it’s over.

    It’s over. That doesn’t mean that I”m not going to work my ass off to fight the inevitable. That doesn’t mean that between now and Friday I’m not going to deliver 2000 leaflets after school so close to exams. That doesn’t mean just because I think we’re going to lose that I’m not going to be spending all of election day telephone canvassing and getting out the vote. I’m going to keep hoping till the very end that I’m wrong. It doesn’t mean that I won’t vote straight ticket Labour.

    But I won’t be. It’s over. Not only is it over, but it’s over in a big blowout, National will win a landslide with the help of it’s lies. The traditional Labour voters of Maori and Pacific peoples will be distracted and short sell their long-term interests for the heady buzz of voting for someone ‘like them’ who ‘understands their issues.’ It depresses to no end that it’s over. But I’m going to keep hoping and do my damndest to make sure that we win a 4th Term Labour Government. I’m just prepairing myself for the psychological crush which will come this Saturday, I’m sorry…

    Depressed Labour Supporter,


  20. Felix 20

    Key’s responses to the health questions:

    “Oh it’s all case by case but I helped one of those little ethnic kids once”

  21. Lampie 21

    too right MP

  22. marco 22

    Key looks tired, it appears the grind of the campaign has taken its toll on him.
    Clark is looking way more articulate and her softer approach is helping to take some of the edge of the nasty campaign she has been running. Its a smart move.

  23. Carol 23


    So we put the question to Prof. Richard Bedford, Director of the Population Studies Centre at Waikato University. He kindly replied from Prato (yes, Prato, Tuscany, Italy, the lucky begger), where he’s attending a conference. He says:

    I agree with your reader though that we do not have record levels of migration to Australia in per capita terms — that record remains with the late 1970s when our population was at least a million smaller than it is now. I have made a similar point to the one made by your reader on occasion over the past few months in response to requests for comment on trans-Tasman migration from different media. The movements of New Zealanders to Australia have increased, but we need to recall that they fluctuate and we were having higher levels of return from Australia a few years ago than we had had for a while as well.

  24. milo 24

    But Matthew, the argument that “if he said something different that would have been a lie” just doesn’t cut it. You might disagree with an implied premise. But describing a fact as a lie puts you straight into Alice-in-Wonderland territory.

    I encourage you to use the language as she was intended. Guv’nor. A lie is a lie is a lie. John Key did not lie. In fact, you could make a better argument that Standard Posters have told the lie on this matter.

  25. Carol 25

    It doesn’t matter what you call it. Key is using the stat to mislead the public.

  26. milo. would you prefer if i wrote ‘purposely misleading the people of New Zealand’?

  27. Lampie 27

    Nice find Carol, spread the word

  28. Matthew Pilott 28

    the argument that “if he said something different that would have been a lie’ just doesn’t cut it.

    …which is why I didn’t make that argument.

  29. Ianmac 29

    Francoise A more sophisticated form of: ” I was going to vote Labour but now I can’t because of the terrible things Labour has done etc…….” There is a ring of insincerity in your words.
    There is a risk of losing. Of course there is but my glass is half full. If you were genuine, how is ya glass?

  30. milo 30

    Carol: Let’s look at the underlying premise then. If you think the underlying premise is that “Things are the worst they’ve ever been” then that’s clearly not supported. If you look at the idea that “Things amongst the worst they’ve ever been” then that clearly is supported.

    That seems bad enough to me.

    Oh, and by the way, I recall Helen Clark praising our growth rate without reducing it to relative per capita purchasing power parity. Does that make here a liar too? It would seem to, by Standard Logic. Certainly, it gives a misleading impression given that we are slipping down the OECD ladder, not going up it.

    But I think both are legitimate ways of presenting the facts. What the facts mean is always debatable, but that doesn’t make it a lie.

  31. Matthew Pilott 31

    Oh, and by the way, I recall Helen Clark praising our growth rate without reducing it to relative per capita purchasing power parity. Does that make here a liar too?

    No, a growth rate is absolute irrespective of population. A growth rate will not be affected if your population is 500 or 500,000. Your output will change markedly though…

  32. milo 32

    Steve Pierson: I don’t think you have evidence of that either, just supposition.

    I’m reminded of a quote I heard the other day from Josef Stalin – who said of his statisticians that they were the kind of men who “could squeeze shit into bullets”. A great, and very Russian quote, if it’s true. And very appropriate here I think. (And believe it or not, that is meant as a complement.)

  33. forgetaboutthelastone 33

    jesus – its a love fest. snore.

  34. cocamc 34

    A very weak answer on the changing mind from Helen Clark. Key did much better and was honest

  35. gobsmacked 35

    Cocamc – you obviously weren’t listening, or hit “submit” too soon.

    This is the best I’ve seen Helen Clark in a long time. If only she’d been on this kind of form throughout the campaign.

  36. Matthew Pilott 36

    No, cocamc, but Key sure came up with a few examples pretty fast…

  37. Francois 37

    Francoise A more sophisticated form of: ‘ I was going to vote Labour but now I can’t because of the terrible things Labour has done etc .’ There is a ring of insincerity in your words.
    There is a risk of losing. Of course there is but my glass is half full. If you were genuine, how is ya glass?

    ,…Uh what?

    I believe I said that I was going to keep supporting Labour and voting straigh ticket Labour on saturday how is that “I was going to vote Labour but now I can’t because of the terrible things Labour has done etc…” at all?

    To be honest my glass is half empty, but I’ve always been a fan of downplaying one’s expectations. So if we do come out of nowhere and win a 4th-term government, we can be happy for it. If we dont, I’ll have prepared myself.

  38. Lampie 38

    geee more human this time around, more enjoyable

  39. gobsmacked 39

    Heh. Key sends mating signal to Maori Party – plus he’s on Maori TV later this evening!

  40. Felix 40

    “Camera 2 get ready for an ECU if they start pashing. I want to see tongue and spit”

  41. milo 41

    Steve – I replied but am in moderation (foul word, I guess)

  42. higherstandard 42

    Feck most wussy debate ever why don’t they just have a big hug and tell each other that they’re both brilliant…… pah I feel bilious.

  43. Carol 43

    Yeah, that flip flop question was a gift to Key ffrom Espiner. But Clark answered it well. It still doesn’t excuse a LARGE amount of flip flops.

    Clark was brilliant on what moves/inspires her. And in so doing, she pulled the ground out from under Key’s attempts to hitch himself to Obama’s bandwagon. Key didn’t really sound that passionate about things. He says the words, but with little real feeling.

  44. Felix 44

    cocamc, if Key had kept being honest about that particular question he’d still be listing examples now.

  45. marco 45

    This is much better from Clark. Key is holding his own, there will be no knock out blow per say, but this may give her a little momentum. It was interesting to see that McCain picked up support when he dropped the nasty attack and started to concentrate on the issues.

  46. rainman 46

    So we’re a poor and developing economy now? Sheesh, what a positive message.

  47. brace yourselves…………
    Helen Clark has delivered her best performance tonight, the “make me more human” talking points have come across very well. A solid performance, a side ofhelen that the public never seem to see. Key was his usual self, polished, genuine.. A kiwi everyman.
    On another note.. Brian Edwards in the post match talkfest.. COME ON..
    Why not pick me as well, I can be incapable of offering balance as well.. The PM’s media and image adviser offering a reasoned analysis… I am damn sure robinsod could have taken that seat, offered the same view point and would probably have done it for half the price.

  48. cocmac. key had quite a list to choose from. Clark actually got there in the end with what became a very good answer

  49. Lampie 49

    Think Helen has made a smart move there

    Key – no way

    Clark – Key can still play a part even if he loses

  50. gobsmacked 50

    My call:

    Key: a boxer going into the final round who knows he’s ahead on points, and just hugs his opponent close. If you were a “rightie” and you’d seen nothing else, you’d vote ACT.

    Clark: strong on detail and principle. Probably her swansong, but just showed what we may be chucking away. Sad.

    The God question sums up the difference between them. “Do you believe?”

    Clark: No.

    Key: Each way bet, offending nobody.

  51. Roflcopter 51

    VERY interesting answers on Maori Party cabinet posts post-election.

  52. barnsleybill. the thing is those aren’t ‘talking points’

    you can pick a talking point from the sentence structure and the tone of delivery, it’s not natural and spontaneous, it’s memorised and delivered.

  53. randal 53

    thats a fair offer

  54. Carol 54

    BarnsleyBill, wasn’t one of the panel for the last debate the woman who brought Key into politics & the Nats – Michelle Voag, or some similar name?

  55. Felix 55

    Hey bill I’d watch that show.

    You, randal, d4j and ‘sod would be a good panel discussion I reckon.

    Hey anyone notice when Helen said Key had been successful in his “area of specialty” it sounded like “era of specialty”?

    edit: Carol, yep – Michelle Boag, former National party president.

  56. Carol 56

    Yes, Key seems to be handing out cabinet posts to other parties like a major lolly scramble.

  57. Ianmac 57

    Francois: I just didn’t believe you. If you are genuinely mourning the use of repetitive slogans used by National to sway the voters, in order to win the election then please accept my apologies. I am sorry to have offended a genuine Labour supporter. But as you say keep fighting. I ain’t over until the …..

  58. randal 58

    look fleix
    randal is a hippy
    hey mr dg4 billy budd foretopman
    bobdylan changes and radical new ways of inventing the universe and all it contains
    60’s programme trax
    dont mess with hippeis
    helen wins

  59. Vinsin 59

    Helen nailed the last word, Key faltered and looked beaten already. He stumbled, went negative – which could work – called for ‘sending a message’ rather than basing the vote on common sense.

    It’s going to be a nail biter, but i think the fallout from Obama winning, English’s remarks, Key’s lack luster finish, Labour’s numbers in Sth Auckland, and the performance of Key on Tv3 or TVone on English’s remarks is going to work in the favour of the left.

  60. Principessa 60

    2 things- Was it just me or was Key slurring?

    And Michelle Boag and Therese Arseneu? Right wing panel. Same as 3.

    And 3- we never had text polls last time did we? Farrar’s call centre are probably calling the 0900 line and the BRT are probably funding it.

  61. exbrethren 61

    Godsmacked I hate to say it but you’re being a bit harsh on Shon about the religion bit. I thought he handled it the same as Clark.

    It was a weird bit of TV, more the Helen & John love in than what I’d been expecting.

    Mind you anyone would have sounded rubbish after Obama.

  62. Ianmac 62

    Helen said something which is a reason for her consistency and the reason that John does not come across as effectively.
    With a Philosophy well established over a long period of time, it is quite easy to respond consistently to almost all eventualities.
    With John he always seems to check and guess the best way to respond. I don’t think that, even though he is just a few years younger than Helen, he has a central philosophy. I think that is probably why he stumbles over some issues and fails to clarify just who John Key is.
    Off to Maori TV.

  63. Felix 63

    randal maybe you could chair it?

  64. ghostwhowalks 64

    National and Key havent mentioned TAX CUTS for weeks.

    Their primary issue has been dead dead dead.

    And all they had left was its time for a change

  65. Pixie 65

    Helen, by a country mile. She was warm, authentic and intelligent. I particularly like a couple of impromptu moments where she was delightful (growing up as a 60s flower child with Paul Holmes was a hoot).

    She showed herself to be a woman of substance, with strong ideals and courage.

    John Key had a couple of good moments, but on the whole he was out of his depth. Especially when they were invited to be a bit more personal – then, he seemed to find the process excruciating.

    No, well done Helen. It may be too late to save this election, but even if it is the last stand, you will leave us all with memories of a gracious, dignified woman who history will prove to be one of our finest PMs.

  66. Carol 66

    Helen was very cool in that debate. She shows she’s a class act. NZ would be silly to cast her aside. Best PM NZ has had in a long time. Her left coalition would continue to take NZ in the direction the rest of the world’s going.

  67. gobsmacked 67

    I can tell you the pay poll result in advance:

    Key 70, Clark 30.

    Whereas if Key had said “I want compulsory P in all primary schools” and “Richie McCaw’s a poofter”, the result would have been:

    Key 70, Clark 30.

  68. Carol, I agree completely, having Michelle Boag on the panel is equally as ridiculous as having Brian Edwards.
    Helen Clark constantly referring to Bolger struck me as code for.. “I know I have lost, I am trying to exit with dignity, please get me a nice retirement job the way I have done for Spud Bolger.”

  69. Danny 69

    Clark by a mile. That was a pasting.

    One debate each, and one draw.

  70. Vinsin 70

    Or it could be code for “the national party hasn’t changed in fifteen years, can you really expect change from them.”

    It was a tactical ploy to remind people of what the National party represents, it will work on a small amount of people i imagine.

  71. Felix 71

    Spud Bolger, heh.

    Where is this frickin post-debate analysis anyway? I can’t find anything on the tvnz site.

  72. Vinsin 72

    None. I don’t see anything advertised. Maybe on Tonight there’ll be something – they’ll drag out the poll and call it for national probably.

  73. Chris G 73



  74. randal 74

    okay as long as you and jeanette and keith are there
    I’m the boss
    mr green

  75. Felix 75

    Ah well the analysis would be cak anyway.

    gs, if key said that I’d probably vote for him.

  76. Quoth the Raven 76

    Key “I didn’t inhale” man that guys a bullshit artist. Behind alcoholism and rugby smoking Cannabis is one of New Zealand’s favourite pastimes and he never tried tobacco. They should have asked him about cocaine. He was a banker in the eighties afterall.

  77. adrian 77

    Keep the faith, Francoise. I was in an agricultural equipment place today and the owner, who is also a farmer and whom I would pick as a Nat every time,said ” You know I think your Helen might just do it again” I was surprised but a bit of conversational questioning lead me to grasp that there is quite a bit of fear out there about Roger Douglas and the Yellow Dog. This bloke talks to cockies all day, every day . There’s still hope.

  78. Vinsin 78

    There’s more than hope adrian, there’s fundamental political convictions of the Maori Party, and – this is where the hope comes in – Winston could get Tauranga. Rodney could lose epsom, Kate Sutton seems to be the name on everyones lips right now. It’s going to be close but i think us lefties will have another term.

  79. Carol 79

    Yes. Keep the faith. Also, a lot of people I work with are not really following the election campaign as closely as people here. And most are sceptical about what they see of the pollls and about there being a need for a change the way the MSM seem to be playing up.

  80. Ianmac 80

    The Post Debate is at 10:30 TV1
    I have heard Brian Edwards on the Panel with Michele Boag and he very politely wiped the floor with her. Should be an interesting chat.
    The Maori TV with John was recorded on 26 October I think they said. Damn. Out of date yet John looked just as ill as he did tonight.?? Answers vague and full of three point turns (Lets take a step back) and non answers.
    Sandra Lee and the other woman um?, give Labour/Green and perhaps Maori a good chance still.

  81. Outofbed 81

    Francoise! Helen will be Pm and the Greens will double their vote
    I have absolutely no doubt whatsoever

  82. adrian 82

    Sorry about the extra ‘e’ Francois, but I used to have a thing about Francoise Hardy( like half my generation), you’re probably going”Who the f..’ . Google her ,you’ll understand.

  83. Felix 83

    I just googled her and all I have to say about that is “only half?”

  84. deemac 84

    Michele Boag is the dame who called the Westpac rescue helicopter a couple of years back when she forgot her passport. Of course she paid for it – she can afford to – but what sort of person thinks they are entitled to do that sort of thing? Sums up Nat philosophy IMHO

  85. “adrian
    November 5, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    Keep the faith, Francoise. I was in an agricultural equipment place today and the owner, who is also a farmer and whom I would pick as a Nat every time,said ‘ You know I think your Helen might just do it again’ I was surprised but a bit of conversational questioning lead me to grasp that there is quite a bit of fear out there about Roger Douglas and the Yellow Dog. This bloke talks to cockies all day, every day . There’s still hope.”

    Too right, a lot of people around me know I’m well into politics, but I refuse to answer when someone asks me who they should vote for, and I’m generally coy about who I vote for.

    There’s a lot of people around where I am pre-voting and when people around me talk about it, and I ask them if they mind me asking who they voted for, there’ been a surprisingly high number of them voting Labour, they are often a bit shy fessing it up, kind of like they know they have done the right thing, but due to all the rhetoric and carry on they don’t want to admit to it.

  86. Felix 86


    Yep, and there’s a fair few who buy into a bit of the rhetoric but will vote with their back pocket for Labour.

  87. Francois 87

    Sorry about the extra ‘e’ Francois, but I used to have a thing about Francoise Hardy( like half my generation), you’re probably going’Who the f..’ . Google her ,you’ll understand.

    Haha ..I’m but I’m a guy…. Yeah I’ve regained my faith now, methinks I’ve been reading too much NZ herald…

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    Satellites pass over NZ all the time (literally). Here I focus on the 187 Planet Labs ‘Dove’ Earth-imaging satellites, and I show that one can determine in advance where they will be, enabling scientists on the ground to correlate their environmental and other data collection with opportunities to get imaging ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    2 days ago
  • Softy Jejune Parson – the new Mother Superior of Wellington
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    RedlineBy Admin
    2 days ago
  • Atlantic shakeup: US and UK leadership contenders ripping up the usual scripts?
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    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 days ago
  • Winston is the PM’s problem
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Australia’s secret prisoner
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Bridges should put his money where his mouth is
    Stuff has more details on what New Zealand First's slush-fund has been funding, with much of the spending directly benefiting the party. Which makes it look a lot like hidden donations, rather than the completely-innocent-giant-pile-of-cash Winston is trying to portray it as. The Electoral Commission is now investigating, but Simon ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • The APEC police state enabling bill
    I've joked before about how hosting international summits effectively turns part of your country into a police state for the duration. Well, New Zealand is hosting APEC in 2021, with events throughout the year in Christchurch, Wellington, and Auckland. And the government has put up a bill to give itself ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Why coastal floods are becoming more frequent as seas rise
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 days ago
  • The cost of a range clearance.
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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 days ago
  • Still denying responsibility
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • A corrupt practice
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Democracy “A Bit Bonkers” – Thoughts Inspired By Lizzie Marvelly’s Latest Co...
    Didn't See It Coming: NZ Herald columnist Lizzie Marvelly's latest column merits serious scrutiny because such a clear example of anti-democratic thinking is encountered only rarely on the pages of the daily press. Which is not to say that the elitism which lies at the heart of such social disparagement ...
    3 days ago
  • Colombia: historic memory, massacres and the military
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    RedlineBy Admin
    3 days ago
  • On the road to Net Zero, the next step is to update our UN pledge
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    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    4 days ago
  • Corruption as usual
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Fairer rentals
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Another NZDF coverup
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • A loss for the Greens
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • New era for Ngāti Kuri and Auckland Museum
    Words and images by Jacqui Gibson Gone are Auckland Museum’s days of doing science using a museum-centric academic approach, after Māori land rights holders Ngāti Kuri gave the museum an ultimatum.
    Tom Trnski holding a fossilised whale tooth from the Far North.Aussie-born Head of Natural Sciences at Auckland Museum ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    4 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
    4 days ago
  • Scary Opinium Poll
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    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
    5 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
    5 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
    6 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
    7 days ago
  • Unacceptable
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    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
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    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
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Zero Carbon: It’s not just a good idea, it’s the law
    Two years into New Zealand’s Labour-led government, the long-delayed Zero Carbon Bill became law on 7 November. Passed essentially unanimously, the lengthy public debates and political manoeuvring faded away until the final passage was even anticlimactic: Flipping through the @nzstuff @DomPost I was starting to wonder if I’d dreamt ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: What happens next?
    Now the Zero Carbon Bill is law, what's next? Obviously, the ETS changes currently before select committee are going to be the next battleground. But we're also going to get a good idea of where we're going, and if the progress the Zero Carbon Act promises is good enough, during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate change will fuel bush fires
    Grant Pearce The effects of the current Australian bushfires in New South Wales and Queensland (and also again in California) are devastating and far-reaching. To date, the fires have resulted in several lives being lost and many homes and properties destroyed. Here in New Zealand, the impacts have been only ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Participation rates
    A passing comment in a post the other day about the labour force participation rates of older people prompted me to pull down the fuller data and see what we could see about various participation rates over the decades since the HLFS began in 1986.   As it happens, the ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Reddell
    1 week ago
  • Not So Much “OK Boomer” As “OK Ruling Class”.
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    1 week ago
  • Asking for it …
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    1 week ago
  • New Zealand’s Poor Pandemic Preparedness According to the Global Health Security Index
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    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Thank Winston
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Illicit markets and Bali Booze
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    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    2 weeks ago
  • This is not what armed police are for
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    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
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    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    2 weeks ago
  • How NZ was put on world maps using a transit of Mercury
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    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    2 weeks ago
  • Georgina Beyer: We need to be able to talk without being offended
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • The anti-fluoride brigade won’t be erecting billboards about this study
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    2 weeks ago
  • Chosen To Rule? What Sort Of Christian Is Chris Luxon?
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    2 weeks ago
  • War of the worms
    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
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago

  • New measures for wood processing boost
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    2 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 ...
    1 day 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 ...
    2 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 ...
    2 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 ...
    3 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.  ...
    4 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 ...
    2 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
    6 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
    10 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    22 hours 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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  • PM speech notes for Trans-Tasman Business Circle
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  • Otago Regional Council given deadline for freshwater management plan
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  • LGNZ Rural and Provincial Sector Speech
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  • 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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  • 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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  • APEC 2021 Bill passes first reading
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  • Making progress for our kids
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  • Māori women in business contribute to our economy, whānau and communities
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  • Two schools on the way for Omokoroa
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  • National interest test added to overseas investment rules
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  • New housing part of support for Kaumātua
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  • Reform of public service a step closer
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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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  • Speech to the Child Poverty Action Group 2019 Summit
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  • Speech to the New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Annual Conference
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  • Fairer rules for tenants and landlords
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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
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  • Modern emergency care for Queenstown area
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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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    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
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  • Joint Statement – Third Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting
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  • Sexual Violence Legislation Bill has its first reading
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  • Streamlined business invoicing a step closer
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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
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  • New Chair for Royal Commission into Abuse
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