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Family Fist

Written By: - Date published: 5:45 pm, January 29th, 2008 - 57 comments
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Mike Moreu from The Press is shaping up to be quite a fine cartoonist. Here’s his take on the Religious Right’s petition to restore the riding crop lady‘s right to beat her children.

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Meanwhile the folks over at Newzblog have done a great send-up of the increasingly incoherent Garth McVicar from Sensible Sentencing and the equally dreadful Christine Rankin of “we’ve got a Maori problem” fame.

All the more timely in light of today’s speech. I wonder what Garth would think of boot camps?

57 comments on “Family Fist ”

  1. Oh yeah – this is easily as apt as Redbaiter accusing every social democrat in the country of being a Stalinist. What incisive wit.

  2. Ruth 2

    Haha – the referendum questions are idiotic as the cartoonist points out.

    Maybe one should have been “Do you think inflicting physical pain as punishment is a part of good parenting?” That is what their question actually means.

    Retards.

  3. Monty 3

    or maybe – Do you think a good parent should be criminalised for doing their job. Interesting to note that Nutty Sue Bradford is straight away using emotive language like “beating” and “bashing” to describe the way i raise my well disciplined, well behaved, likeable three children. I am pleased I signed the petition and I pray that the 300,000 signatures are obtained. Certainly when I signed it over the Christmas break there was a queue of people signing up. I think the old Maori lady behind me summed it up when she said something to the effect “what business does Labour have telling me how to raise mylovely children”

  4. deemac 4

    I cringe to think NZ will once again be seen overseas as living in the past – I try so hard to convince people it’s not like that any more but things like this make us look like social dinosaurs

  5. Simeon 5

    Absolutely sick Tane absolutely sick

    Family first among other groups want a referendum on the “anti-smacking” law. Do you not get it. They actually believe in democracy unlike you.

    I guess you don’t even know what referendum means

  6. Jimmy Mason 6

    This smacking law is real sick .

  7. The Double Standatrd 7

    It’s a good cartoon.

    Of course, Teh Party would be happier if the 250,000 plus who have signed the petition were Party members eh? How many votes do you think the s59 won Labour?

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/1/story.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10489370

    I’m sure stories like this will drive more supporters to FF.

  8. Policy Parrot 8

    The religious right should follow the Gloriavale example, by breaking off from the rest of the wider community, and going and forming a pure-Christian-“commune” (for lack of a better word).

    Then they can control all they like. And they have the nerve to suggest that the Government is interfering in people’s lives.

  9. And they have the nerve to suggest that the Government is interfering in people’s lives.

    Damn right – all the govt is doing is criminalising parents, whereas these fucking religious mofos are trying to… to… er, what exactly was your point again?

  10. burt 10

    Policy Parrot

    Good idea, they can take the extreme left wing activists and the extreme right wing activists with them. They can take the telephone cleaners and the dental hygienists as well – we don’t need that bloody diversity thing in our communities. Life will be much easier when we are all drones wearing plain light brown overalls (or perhaps red ones for ceremonial occasions).

    Simeon hits the nail on the head – these guys are asking the public to decide, not just cheering their own flavour of political party because it’s much easier if nanny looks after such tough decisions for us.

    CAPTCHA daily childless – very appropriate.

  11. James Kearney 11

    Oh yeah – this is easily as apt as Redbaiter accusing every social democrat in the country of being a Stalinist. What incisive wit.

    It’s pretty clear to me that the cartoonist is satirising the religious nutters behind the petition and not the people who signed it Milt.

    Loved the link to sod’s piece – you’re on fire brother.

  12. lawyer dude 12

    Attention Jimmy Mason.I can assist with your court case.Talk about fire brother.Things are hotting up.Sit tight.Big shake up coming.Lots going down.

  13. Simeon 13

    vote in the poll at http://www.tv3.co.nz/News/tabid/183/Default.aspx

    The question is “Should there be a referendum on the anti-smacking bill?”

  14. Concerned from Tawa 14

    Bob McCroskie:” So you do not want to see smacking banned?”
    Helen Clark: “Absolutely not, I think you are trying to defy human nature.”

    I’m antismacking, but if Clark hasn’t signed the petition then she’s a complete hippocrate. Hollow.

  15. Simeon 15

    on the TV 3 poll 73% say yes there should be a referendum on the “anti-smacking” law.

    Only 21% say No.

    So who’s right. It seems quite obvious.

  16. So who’s right. It seems quite obvious.

    Does it? The matter of what’s more popular seems obvious – “right” is a different question altogether.

    I haven’t and wouldn’t sign these “loving smack” loonies’ petition. It’s one thing to object to being made a criminal by some do-gooder wowsers, quite another to campaign for the right to hit your kids.

  17. lawyer dude 17

    You wouldn’t sign a ‘loonies’ petition with a name like psycho?
    300,000 ‘loonies’ is a lot of votes Ms Milt.

  18. Concerned from Tawa 18

    Psycho I wouldn’t sign it either. But in light of Clark’s comment above I feel she should, or is she just a hollow hippocrate?

  19. Daveo 19

    Give it a rest Concerned. You’re boring.

  20. Concerned from Tawa 20

    Oh I know I’m boring Daveo. Clark’s statement on smacking was quite clear. Yet is is Family First that wears the smears. You give it a rest or you’ll just sound hollow and hippocritical like Clark. Guess I’ll get banned soon.

  21. AncientGeek 21

    Well the holiday is over. Back to work.

    As I understand it – virtually every party in parliament voted FOR the repeal of s59, including National. wikipedia (article is inaccurate, from memory Copeland didn’t actually vote against – press conference or something).

    from granny:

    Green MP Sue Bradford’s controversial child discipline bill was tonight passed by Parliament, with only seven MPs voting against it.

    My point is that we have a representative democracy – what convinced that number of representatives to vote for the bill? Probably the same that convinced me to switch from “why do we need the law change?” to why we badly need it. The opposition to the bill scared the hell out of me – the hysteria of the opposition convinced me that there were people around who’d I HATE to give a defense of reasonable force to.

    Looks like they are still around

  22. Michele Cabiling 22

    Anyone talking about “children’s rights” is actually talking about rights that they wish to take away from parents and bestow on the state.

    Summed up in Shrillary Clinton’s lame-ass observation “it takes a village to raise a child.” This, of course ignores the fact that most people don’t want their child raised by a village.

    Sue Bradford remains a militant Marxist-Leninist dedicated to undermining the institutions of a free society and replacing them with totalitarian socialism.

    The three main roadblocks to the Marxist-Leninist goal of a secular and socialist world order are private property (which provides material independence from state power), the family (which affords loyalties prior to the state), and religion (which claims authority above that of the state).

    Marx claimed that society is evolving inexorably toward socialism through a process called dialectical materialism. Here, an existing condition (thesis) comes into conflict with a new condition (antithesis) that is attempting to emerge. Out of the dialectical conflict between these two opposing forces a new, higher condition (synthesis) emerges. This is then put through the process again as the new thesis, until the institutions of a free society are completely eradicated and full socialism is achieved.

    Lenin expanded Marx’s dialectical analysis from its early focus on economic relationships to take in social and political relationships, thus widening the role of the revolutionary as a change agent. The task of the revolutionary was now to identify and exploit pressure points for dialectical conflict, thus undermining the legitimacy of the existing social and political order, and hastening the eventual triumph of socialism.

    Society must be divided (with the help of useful idiots looking for opportunities to engage in moral preening) into “oppressor” and “oppressed” groups. Bradford’s wheeze of casting normal, loving parents as “oppressors” and children as an “oppressed” group requiring the intervention of an activist government is classic Marxist-Leninist dialectical tactics in action.

    This undermines the family and replaces its determinative powers with that of the state. It also enables organised religion to be attacked and discredited for providing a philosophical base for the Judeo-Christian nuclear family model.

    Think about it. In “Origins of the Family, Private Property and the State,” Engels wrote: “Within the family, man is the bourgeoisie, women and children the proletariat.” Marxist-Leninists therefore regard the family as the instition within which children are socialised into the hierarchical system of capitalist class relations, and thus a key target for dialectical attack.

    To use terminology popularised by another well-known parliamentary leftard, Bradford is nothing but a “hater and a wrecker.”

  23. Aj 23

    AncientGeek

    Well said.

  24. outofbed 24

    One thinks that Simoen would have opposed the repeal of slavery, votes for women, the matrimonial property legislation, the homosexual reform bill etc etc.
    Luckily there are people who think progressively eh ?

  25. AncientGeek 25

    Actually I think that Michele makes my point… well in obverse. Good example of quoting – could you Pleeeassssseeeeee use links. I know you can do it – you’ve done it before..

    Plagiarism could be considered to be a sin…

  26. outofbed 26

    Michele you don’t need to hit children for no other reason then its wrong . It is poor parenting, does not need to happen, and sends the wrong message.
    If one can “correct” misbehaviour without resorting to violence why wouldn’t you ?

  27. Draco TB 27

    Bob McCroskie:” So you do not want to see smacking banned?”
    Helen Clark: “Absolutely not, I think you are trying to defy human nature.”

    I’m antismacking, but if Clark hasn’t signed the petition then she’s a complete hippocrate. Hollow.

    You may not have noticed this but smacking hasn’t been banned. The only change in the law is that parents no longer have a get out of gaol free card for assaulting their children.

    So, no – she’s not a hypocrite or hollow. You are for not understanding the law and then accusing someone else of your faults.

  28. As I understand it – virtually every party in parliament voted FOR the repeal of s59…

    And as I understand it, the bill only passed because Labour stripped its MPs of the right to vote their consciences, and John Key fondly imagined himself to have cut a deal mitigating its worst effects (he hadn’t – but Nat voters are generally such unthinking suckers that many are now fondly imagining he’ll repeal it once in power. How these people ever get to be the govt is beyond me). Our representative democracy has passed crap laws I won’t obey before now, so this is just one more – but I’d prefer it if they didn’t criminalise perfectly ordinary behaviour in the first place. Call it a quirk.

    NB: Copeland did vote against – but only because reporters reminded him in the middle of his press conference that those bells he could hear were of some significance to the subject he was pontificating about…

    You wouldn’t sign a ‘loonies’ petition with a name like psycho? 300,000 ‘loonies’ is a lot of votes Ms Milt.

    So, you’ve learned not to leave a space in front of your punctuation, Dad4Justice? Clever – you’ll figure out how to use sock puppets effectively yet, by the look of it.

  29. Grr – “You wouldn’t sign a ‘loonies’ petition with a name like psycho? 300,000 ‘loonies’ is a lot of votes Ms Milt” above should be in italics. It’s a quote from Lawyer Dude, ie Dad4Justice.

  30. lawyer dude 31

    Test

    [lprent – junk warning – this is probably dad4justice under yet another alias. It is in his usual IP range and with the usual comment type.]

  31. dave 32

    Tane, you say the petition is from the “religius right”. Do you actually know who constructed the petition? Clue: It wasn`t anyone from Family First. Obviously the cartoonist and most of The Standard bloggers arent aware of that.

  32. lawyer dude 33

    Family First did not organize the petition.Provable fact.

    [lprent – junk warning – this is probably dad4justice under yet another alias. It is in his usual IP range and with the usual comment type.]

  33. Tane 34

    Yeah, as I understand it the petition was organised by ‘Unity for Liberty’ or somesuch organisation fronted by Larry Baldock. I’m on their mailing list.

    However, Family First have been the public voice on this issue and have spent tens (if not hundreds) of thousands on advertising against the Section 59 repeal. I imagine will have also been deeply involved in drumming up signatures for the petition. These groups don’t operate in isolation.

  34. Er, dave… is there any sense in which Larry Baldock is not “the religious right?”

  35. lawyer dude 36

    Careful Milt

  36. Michele Cabiling 37

    As noted above, the fashionable crusade of “children’s rights” is self-consciously anti-family. The gummint is declared to be more interested in the welfare of children than are their parents.

    It seeks rights and laws for children that neither they, nor their parents, want. It promises children legal sanctions against their parents. In so doing, it pits children into dialectical conflict with their parents.

    The inescapable implication is that children are not in safe hands with their own parents and that Nanny State has to intervene in order to protect them. The assumption that parents are at best inadequate, and at worst, hostile, to the needs of their children is straight-out anti-family propaganda.

    A “right” is classically defined as “the freedom to act without interference, according to one’s conscience.” It means nothing unless the individual has the capacity to act upon their right. Children, by nature of their immaturity and inexperience, do not have that capacity.

    That’s why they have people who act FOR them, in the form of the people who created them and who love them more than anyone else. Those people, the adult parents, have a freedom to act according to their conscience, and within the law, with their children. It is that freedom that the Communist Sue Bradford has snatched away with the help of the useful idiots who supported her Private Member’s Bill.

    Note that s59 already protected children against outright physical abuse masquerading as “discipline.”

    Socialist Sweden was cited by the Bill’s supporters as having similar laws that NZ should emulate. What has been the Swedish experience?

    The Nordic Committee, under its energetic and fearless chairman Ruby Harrold-Claesson (who came to NZ to speak against anti-smacking legislation), has managed to access many of the figures relating to the seizure of children by the Swedish authorities.

    These are difficult to obtain because they are not recorded in the normal, criminal courts, but in courts analagous to our Family Court. Hence the ability of the Swedish authorities to claim that there have been no prosecutions under the 1979 law.

    Children are taken away under the auspices of an administrative court which, in the public interest, of course, keeps the figures safely out of reach of most people.

    To convey an idea of the extent to which the Swedish state has usurped the family, it is necessary to set out the context. Sweden has a population of eight million. It is extremely homogenous as to race, has virtually no poverty, wall-to-wall welfare and no large cities. The capital city has a population of less than two million and the second city has one hundred and fifty thousand people.

    There should be very few cases where children need to be taken from their parents. Yet, in 1981 the authorities seized 22,000 children. This represents an annual seizure rate 86 times greater than that of West Germany. An equivalent annual figure for America would be more than 687, 000 children.

    No doubt the authorities had such a field day because of the number of children who’d been smacked by their parents before the 1979 Act came in. The figure fell somewhat in later years but, in 1995, 14,700 children were still being removed from their homes.

    That’s a seizure rate 57 times that of Germany. In American terms, nearly 500, 000 children would have been taken away from their parents and into state care.

    Recent media reports make it clear we are only starting to see the downstream effect of Bradford’s pernicious legislation.

  37. dave 38

    Tane and Psycho. Baldock did not do the petitions. Someone else did the other one – and guess what – both have nothing to do with Unity for liberty. Dont you read you emails Tane?

  38. Tane 39

    Dave, forgive me if I don’t keep up to date with the sectarian politics of the religious nutjob community. Whichever particular lobby group was technically behind the petition is irrelevant – they’re all campaigning and no doubt drumming up signatures too.

    The criticism is of all the assorted religious right groups that are campaigning to reinstate the riding crop lady’s right to beat her children. I don’t particularly care which label they happen to organise themselves under.

  39. Michele Cabiling 40

    I suggest that the reason the CIR threshhold is 300,000 signatures is to preclude the possibility of any “nutjob community” to hijack the public process.

    Irrespective of who is behind the petition, should it crack the threshhold, it will be because the organisers have tapped into what Parliament long ago a valid public sentiment.

    As for the oft-cited by leftards “riding crop” incident (it’s refreshing at least to see you calling it what it is, rather than a “horsewhip” as leftards typically do) it might prove instructive to read the open letter to the PM by the woman concerned:

    http://familyintegrity.blogspot.com/2007/03/open-letter-to-prime-minister-from.html

  40. Brownie 41

    Easy there, Tane fella!

    You are really coming down hard on Christians at the moment. I myself am not a fan (especially when it is inyourfaceyouarealldamnedtohelletc) but they have a right to an opinion and a voice as well – even if we don’t like what that voice says.

    In saying that, looks like the spirit of Jerry Falwell is alive and kicking in Aotearoa.

    [lprent – junk warning – this is probably dad4justice under yet another alias. It is in his usual IP range and with the usual comment type.]

  41. Simeon 42

    Tane,

    Have you forgotten about democracy??

    Family first among other groups want a referendum on the “anti-smacking’ law. Do you not get it. They actually believe in democracy unlike you.

    I guess you don’t even know what referendum means??

  42. dave 43

    Tane if you don’t want to keep up to date with the sectarian politics of the religious nutjob community, dont go on their mailing lists, then..
    Simple,really. To everyone but you it appears

  43. Michele Cabiling 44

    I also suggest you read the lengthy post on this link, in which the “riding crop woman” speaks for herself:

    http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/KiwiSmithFamily/315455/

    What you will see here is not a “child abuser” or a “religious nutter,” but an intelligent, articulate woman with a managerial job with a genuine love for her children.

    Put up or shut up …

    The actual CHILD ABUSE here has been perpetrated by CYFS social workers with an exaggerated idea of their own importance and of the role of gummint.

    Anti-family socialists, in other words.

  44. fraser 45

    “What you will see here is not a “child abuser’ or a “religious nutter,’ but an intelligent, articulate woman with a managerial job with a genuine love for her children.”…

    You are talking about the same woman who has now accumulated charges related to all 3 of her children right?

    charges which include hogtie-ing one of her kids and letting the step dad assault him in the street (as reported by the media).

  45. Michele Cabiling 46

    “Accumulated charges” as in CYPF social[ist] workers are operating a vendetta against her for refusing to knuckle under.

    Twat!

  46. Tane 47

    You are really coming down hard on Christians at the moment.

    Hey Brownie, na I’ve got no beef with Christians in general, just the right-wing nutters of the Family First/Destiny Church variety.

    Have you forgotten about democracy?? … I guess you don’t even know what referendum means??

    Simeon, of course I believe in democracy but I’m not sure a referendum based on media hysteria is the right way to go about it. I’m more of a fan of the citizens’ assembly model myself – get a whole bunch of ordinary people representative of society’s makeup, give them the facts in a neutral manner and let them come to their own recommendations.

    I’m also uncomfortable with the idea of a majority voting on what rights a minority should have, especially if this minority is disenfranchised. Though I’m not sure what the answer is in this situation.

  47. merl 48

    Michelle, here’s a bit of a response to you:

    “As noted above, the fashionable crusade of “children’s rights’ is self-consciously anti-family. ” – I don’t agree

    “The gummint is declared to be more interested in the welfare of children than are their parents.” – False

    “It seeks rights and laws for children that neither they, nor their parents, want. ” – This is true for some people and false for others. As a sweeping generalisation it is false.

    “It promises children legal sanctions against their parents.” – Yes. Of course, there are already lots of legal sanctions for children against parents. Parents have to feed their children, have to clothe them, can’t put them to work rather than send them to school etc etc. ‘Legal sanctions’ aren’t inherently good or bad, it’s the nature of what the law is that determines whether it is good or bad.

    “In so doing, it pits children into dialectical conflict with their parents.” – False.

    “The inescapable implication is that children are not in safe hands with their own parents and that Nanny State has to intervene in order to protect them.” – Well in some cases, this is true. Remember the kahui twins? If there was no speeding limit and the government was proposing introducing one, would you be railing at them for their direct criticism of the driving skills of everybody in NZ? The Speeding Limit only *really* impacts on the speeders (even though everone watches their speed). Sue Bradfords bill only really affects people who assault their children.

    “The assumption that parents are at best inadequate, and at worst, hostile, to the needs of their children is straight-out anti-family propaganda.” – What crap. You seem to think that every family in the country is going to fall foul of this law. I don’t think that will be the case.

    I’d do the rest, but your posts are too long. I read the ‘riding crop incident’, and I certainly agree that CYFS can rip a family apart. That seems to be the real problem to me in that case, nothing to do with the law being debated.

  48. dave 49

    Though I’m not sure what the answer is in this situation.
    Gee, you`re Labour through and through. Did you get that direction fron the 9th Floor?

  49. Matthew Pilott 50

    Michele, I also find it interesting that someone who has now had charges for crimes against all three of her children is the paragon of civility, and is being perecuted by a government department for having the temerity to stand up against the Evil Family-Hating Forces of Oppression.

    So there’s no chance that the charges are true? None at all? It’s all the Big Bad Govt. Right.

    One more thought, you have banged upon about how women shouldn’t breed if they can’t look after the kids. One woman, five kids, and there’s trouble.

    God you’re a hypocrite.

  50. Tane 51

    Gee, you`re Labour through and through. Did you get that direction fron the 9th Floor?

    Yes Dave, they even tell me to vote Green.

    And – here’s some gossip – just yesterday Heather Simpson rang Irish Bill and told him to pan Helen’s speech. It’s all super-complicated reverse psychology stuff that I wouldn’t expect you to understand.

    Seriously though, get a life.

  51. lawyer dude 52

    I am representing Family First in all future litigation against the state.

    [lprent – junk warning – this is probably dad4justice under yet another alias. It is in his usual IP range and with the usual comment type.]

  52. Billy 53

    Dad,

    I have a Swedish duvet.

  53. lawyer dude 54

    Thank you Billy for the kind offer, however I prefer Swedish blonde’s myself.

    [lprent – junk warning – this is probably dad4justice under yet another alias. It is in his usual IP range and with the usual comment type.]

  54. dave 55

    Yes Dave, they even tell me to vote Green.
    You`d probably vote blue if they told you to, as well… yes sir, Heather, three bags full Heather, anything you say Heather.

    captcha Dearly H ( heh)(

  55. Tane 56

    Dave bro, I see you’re having trouble with that whole humour thing.

    Perhaps that explains the racist ‘Maori’ version of Facebook you’ve posted up on your site as ‘humour’.

  56. dave 57

    Tane, I`m not your “bro”, bro.

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  • Further Government support for people to access food and essential items
    The Government is responding to need for support in Auckland and has committed a further $10 million to help people access ongoing food and other essential items, Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni announced today. This latest tranche is targeted at the Auckland region, helping providers and organisations to distribute ...
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  • Half a million Pfizer vaccines from Denmark
    The Government has secured an extra half a million doses of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines from Denmark that will start arriving in New Zealand within days, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today. “This is the second and larger agreement the Government has entered into to purchase additional vaccines to meet the ...
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    5 days ago
  • Inland Revenue providing essential COVID support for businesses
    Inland Revenue is seeing increased demand for Resurgence Support Payments and other assistance schemes that it administers, but is processing applications quickly, Revenue Minister David Parker said today. David Parker said the Resurgence Support Payment, the Small Business Cashflow (loan) Scheme and the Wage Subsidy are available at the same ...
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    6 days ago
  • New Zealand marks 20th anniversary of 9/11 attacks
    New Zealand is expressing unity with all victims, families and loved ones affected by the September 11 2001 terrorist attacks, and all terrorist attacks around the world since, including in New Zealand. “Saturday marks twenty years since the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the United States, which killed nearly 3,000 people ...
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    7 days ago
  • Speech to SPREP Environment Ministers
    Talofa Honourable Ulu of Tokelau Faipule Kelihiano Kalolo Tēnā koutou katoa and warm Pacific greetings from Aotearoa to your excellencies, ladies and gentlemen. The new science released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on 8 August paints an alarming picture of the projected impacts of climate change on the ...
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  • Additional Resurgence Support Payments to support business
    Businesses affected by higher Alert Levels will be able to apply for further Resurgence Support Payments (RSP). “The Government’s RSP was initially intended as a one-off payment to help businesses with their fixed costs, such as rent. Ministers have agreed to provide additional payments to recognise the effects of an ...
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    7 days ago
  • More Dawn Raids scholarships announced
    Details of the ‘Manaaki New Zealand Short Term Training Scholarships’, a goodwill gesture that follows the Government’s apology for the Dawn Raids of the 1970s, were released today by Pacific Peoples Minister Aupito William Sio. “These scholarships that are targeted to the Pacific will support the kaupapa of the Dawn Raids’ ...
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  • One-way quarantine-free travel for RSE workers starting in October
      One-way quarantine-free travel for Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) workers from Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu starts in October New requirement for RSE workers to have received their first vaccination pre-departure, undertake Day 0 and Day 5 tests, and complete a self-isolation period of seven days, pending a negative Day 5 ...
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    1 week ago
  • Govt boosts Pacific suicide prevention support
    Applications have opened for the Pacific Suicide Prevention Community Fund as the Government acts to boost support amid the COVID delta outbreak. “We know strong and connected families and communities are the most important protective factor against suicide and this $900,000 fund will help to support this work,” Health Minister ...
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  • Govt parks the expiry of licenses, WoFs and regos
    As a result of the Delta outbreak, driver licences, Warrants of Fitness (WoFs), Certificates of Fitness (CoFs), vehicle licences (‘regos’) and licence endorsements that expired on or after 21 July 2021 will be valid until 30 November 2021, Transport Minister Michael Wood has announced today. “While this extension won’t officially ...
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    1 week ago
  • COVID-19 community fund to provide support for vulnerable women and girls
    Minister for Women Jan Tinetti today announced a $2 million community fund that will provide support for women and girls adversely affected by COVID-19. “We know that women, particularly those who are already vulnerable, are disproportionally affected by the kind of economic disruption caused by COVID-19,” Jan Tinetti said. ...
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    1 week ago
  • Next phase of support for Fiji’s COVID-19 response announced
    A further NZ$12 million of support for Fiji’s COVID-19 response has been announced by Foreign Minister Hon Nanaia Mahuta today. The package builds on previous tranches of assistance Aotearoa New Zealand has provided to Fiji, totalling over NZ$50 million. “Fiji remains in a very challenging position in their response to ...
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  • Robotic asparagus harvester aimed at addressing industry challenges
    The Government is backing a $5 million project to develop a commercial-scale autonomous robotic asparagus harvester, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor announced today. The Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures fund (SFF Futures) is contributing $2.6 million to the project. Project partner Robotics Plus Limited (RPL) will build on a prototype asparagus ...
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    1 week ago
  • Additional Pfizer vaccines to arrive tomorrow
    More than a quarter of a million additional doses of the Pfizer vaccine are on their way from Spain to New Zealand, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today. The additional doses will arrive in Auckland on Friday morning to help meet the current surge in demand for vaccination. “It’s been ...
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    1 week ago
  • Young people to have their voices heard in Youth Parliament 2022
    The dates and details for Youth Parliament 2022 have been announced today by Minister for Youth Priyanca Radhakrishnan, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives. Youth Parliament is an opportunity for 141 young people from across Aotearoa New Zealand to experience the political process and learn how government works. ...
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    1 week ago
  • Boosting support for tertiary students affected by COVID-19
    Students facing a hard time as a result of COVID-19 restrictions will continue to be supported,” Education Minister Chris Hipkins confirmed today. The Government is putting a further $20 million into the Hardship Fund for Learners, which will help around 15,000 students to stay connected to their studies and learning. ...
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    1 week ago
  • COVID-19: Immediate relief available for Māori and iwi organisations
    The Government has reprioritised up to $5 million to provide immediate relief to vulnerable whānau Māori and communities during the current COVID-19 outbreak Minister for Māori Development Willie Jackson announced today. The COVID-19 2021 Whānau Recovery Fund will support community-driven, local responses to gaps in access and provision of critical ...
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    1 week ago
  • New beef genetics programme to deliver cows with smaller environmental hoof-print
    The Government is backing a genetics programme to lower the beef sector’s greenhouse gas emissions by delivering cows with a smaller environmental hoof-print, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor announced today. Informing New Zealand Beef is a seven-year partnership with Beef + Lamb New Zealand that is expected to result in more ...
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  • Appointments to the New Zealand Qualifications Authority
    Education Minister Chris Hipkins today announced new appointments to the board of the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA). Former Associate Minister of Education, Hon Tracey Martin, has been appointed as the new Chair for NZQA, replacing the outgoing Acting and Deputy Chair Professor Neil Quigley after an 11-year tenure on ...
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  • Govt supports residential house building by allowing manufacture of building supplies
    The Government has agreed to allow some building product manufacturing to take place in Auckland during Covid lockdown to support continued residential construction activity across New Zealand. “There are supply chain issues that arise from Alert Level 4 as building products that are manufactured domestically are mostly manufactured in Auckland. ...
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  • Government invests in scientific research to boost economy, address climate change and enhance wellb...
    Research, Science and Innovation Minister Hon Dr Megan Woods has today announced the recipients of this year’s Endeavour Fund to help tackle the big issues that New Zealanders care about, like boosting economic performance, climate change, transport infrastructure and wellbeing. In total, 69 new scientific research projects were awarded over ...
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  • Transport to drive economic recovery
    The Government is investing a record amount in transport services and infrastructure to get New Zealand moving, reduce emissions and support the economic recovery, Transport Minister Michael Wood announced today. The 2021-24 National Land Transport Programme (NLTP) was released today which outlines the planned investments Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency ...
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    1 week ago
  • Government congratulates NZ Paralympic team
    The Government has congratulated New Zealand’s Paralympic Team following an outstanding showing at the Tokyo Paralympic Games. “Our New Zealand Paralympian athletes have once again shown incredible talent, tenacity and determination at the Tokyo Paralympic Games winning 12 medals, with every athlete who represented New Zealand making us so proud,” ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Aotearoa mourns passing of creative icon Billy Apple
    Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Carmel Sepuloni has expressed her condolences at the passing of Billy Apple, one of New Zealand’s most influential artists. “Today we’ve lost a giant of New Zealand art. Billy was a creative visionary, an inspiration and a friend to so many,” Carmel Sepuloni said. “Billy ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Government attempted to deport terrorist
    The lifting of final suppression orders relating to the Auckland terrorist shows Immigration New Zealand had been attempting for years to deport him and also sought to detain him while deportation was considered in order to keep him out of the community. “The individual arrived in New Zealand in October ...
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