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Friggit!

Written By: - Date published: 8:01 pm, November 23rd, 2017 - 155 comments
Categories: australian politics, International, jacinda ardern, political parties, the praiseworthy and the pitiful - Tags: , ,

Earlier today, the Guardian was reporting that PNG police and paramilitary had descended on the Manus Island detention centre and given refugees one hour to leave. From The Guardian report…

Amnesty International said serious injuries were entirely foreseeable, and the PNG government was “knowingly placing the refugees at risk”. Amnesty’s Pacific researcher, Kate Schuetze said: “There is no justification for this action.

“International law and standards demand that refugees enjoy international protection. The country where they sought refuge – Australia – has violated their rights at every turn. PNG has aided and enabled Australia’s policy of cruelty and degradation of the refugees.”

Meanwhile NZs PM has stated that sending a message to the world in terms of NZs values is “as simple as just doing the right thing“…except she seems to confuse “doing” with simply holding a bloody view!

Cut the crap. Send a frigate. Tell Australia it can blow any threats about “diplomatic consequences” out its arse.

Manus Island reopened

Julia Gillard’s Labor government reopens detention centre – not used since 2004 – and the first 19 asylum seekers arrive from Christmas island.

Damning UN report

A UNHCR report finds every asylum seeker on Manus displays signs of anxiety and depression.

‘No chance of being settled in Australia’

New Labor prime minister Kevin Rudd announces people who seek asylum by boat will never be settled in Australia, with all sent to Manus or Nauru.

Reza Barati dies

Three days of violence leaves 70 detainees seriously injured, with some shot by police, stabbed and with their throats slit. Iranian detainee Reza Barati is murdered after security guards inflict fatal head injuries during the riot.

Hamid Kehazaei dies

Iranian Hamid Kehazaei dies after a delayed medical evacuation to Australia, as a treatable bacterial infection develops into septicaemia.

Mass hunger strike

More than 500 men begin a two-week hunger strike in protest against conditions on the island. Two stitch their lips together, three swallow razor blades and collapsing strikers have to be forcibly removed by security.

Healthcare failings revealed

A Guardian investigation reveals widespread failings in the healthcare services provided by IHMS in detention centres, including Manus Island.

Rape allegation

A PNG woman employed by Transfield alleges she was raped by Australian colleagues inside the centre. The alleged perpetrators are flown out of the country.

Supreme court rules Manus illegal

Papua New Guinea supreme court rules the detention centre is illegal and unconstitutional and must be closed.

Manus to close

Australia confirms Manus detention centre will close but says none of the 854 men still there will be resettled in Australia.

Faysal Ishak Ahmed dies

Sudanese refugee Faysal Ishak Ahmed dies after six months of suffering numerous blackouts, falls and seizures inside the detention centre.

Services shut down

PNG immigration officials confirm the centre will close on 31 October, and tell detainees to ‘consider their options’. Over the following months basic services are shut down around detainees, to encourage them to leave

$70m compensation

The Australian government settles a class action, paying $70m compensation to more than 2,000 detainees for illegal detention and mistreatment, but denies any liability.

Hamed Shamshiripour dies

Iranian asylum seeker Hamed Shamshiripour is found dead, having taken his own life. His friends say they pleaded with the Australian government to provide treatment for his mental health problems.

First detainees flown to US

Twenty-five men leave Papua New Guinea for the US under a resettlement deal between Australia and the US. The total number to be transferred is still uncertain, with the US under no obligation to take a set amount.

Sri Lankan refugee dies

A formally recognised refugee dies in Lorengau hospital.

Detainees refuse to leave

A week before it’s due to close, it’s revealed more than 600 detainees are refusing to leave the centre, citing fears for their safety in Lorengau.

155 comments on “Friggit!”

  1. Sparky 1

    Yes I somehow don’t think Australia is going to be too intimidated by NZ’s little bathtub navy. I would suggest the UN is probably the best place for this to be aired……

    • Zorb6 1.1

      Totally agree.Chill Bill,this is not NZ’s problem.

    • Bill 1.2

      Who said anything about intimidation?

      In the aftermath of the Kaikoura quake

      aid supplies, including food, medicine and portable toilets are being loaded into the amphibious sealift vessel HMNZS Canterbury, which evacuated around 450 people out of Kaikoura yesterday. The ship will return to Kaikoura tonight.

  2. Muttonbird 2

    After being marched out of there at gunpoint, where are they supposed to go?

  3. greywarshark 3

    A Chilean sports ground scenario?

    The UN has had this subject ‘aired’ before, there is so much methane arising from it that a naked flame might Woosh. Time is of the essence, we need to refuel, plan have a Plan B and get going you Three Musketeers. All for one and stay staunch in the old round polly cage.

    NZ has better than a bathtub navy. I suggest that we get down to it and go against all the w…rs that would rather let someone else die than go against the Holy Writ of whatever is the proper procedure.

  4. Matthew Whitehead 4

    Yep, have to agree that it’s time we should really consider just going straight to the PNG government and sending a frigate to secure the camp.

  5. Whispering Kate 5

    The UN is as useless as teats on a boar hog. It’s time to be bold and show the world that we care. A frigate will do very nicely and to hell with our “cordial relations” with Australia. Our relationship with them soured long ago. What can happen if we do this – nothing, Australia can bleat and witter as much as they like but we are our own people and CER will still carry on as trade is omnipotent and countries will trade regardless with despicable nations all for the power of money – just like we do with Saudi Araba. Grow some cajones Jacinda and “let’s do this”.

    • Zorb6 5.1

      You can’t be serious!All NZ’s goodwill with our Aussie cousins sacrificed on an altar of altruism.?So many causes for some,who seem quite oblivious to the real world.

      • Whispering Kate 5.1.1

        Zorb6 – what goodwill do we share with our “Aussie cousins” – don’t call them cousins to me – they treat us like shit – you need to have a long hard look at our so called cousins. We have a hostile neighbour who doesn’t give a damn about us. The Australian PM and that Dutton creature are a disgrace to international relations. You have a lot of air between your ears mate – god knows what you call friendship – what an oddity you are.

        • Zorb6 5.1.1.1

          Well I have as many rellies there as I do here.They are decent people.I may not agree with you,but that hardly makes me an ‘oddity’.You have a sanctimonious,judgemental ,superior attitude,that quite clearly needs addressing.

          • greywarshark 5.1.1.1.1

            Hey this isn’t all about you Zorb6 though you turn it towards you with your constant complaints and efforts to distance us from the world that it is more convenient for you to ignore. Your attitudes need addressing. Why don’t you go back to the blog-bog that you came from.

            • Zorb6 5.1.1.1.1.1

              Its as much about me as it is about you.If you can’t accept that not everyone marches to your tune,maybe you should ‘go back to where you came from’.

  6. James 6

    Our new PM won’t send the navy.

  7. Macro 7

    This is the latest report by UNHCR spokesperson Nai Jit Lam

    I am currently on Manus Island right now. And I want to share a very quick update on the situation here. Exactly three weeks since the closure of the regional processing centre on 31 October the situation on the ground is very serious, and it is deteriorating by the day. 300 refugees and asylum seekers continue to remain in what is now the decommissioned processing centre. As they [the refugees and asylum seekers] refuse to be moved the standoff remains. The people that we have spoken to are extremely angry and they see this as an opportunity to tell the world and to show the world, years of anger about how they have been treated over the four years, after being forcibly transferred to Papua New Guinea.

    Without distribution of food and clean water over the last three weeks, the situation is becoming quite difficult. We have seen today at the centre that there has been significant accumulation of waste and rubbish. Under the hot and humid weather, health and sanitation is becoming a very significant issue and can be quite concerning as well. The asylum seekers and refugees have received the last one month’s supply of regular medication which was dispensed by one of the former Australian contracted health providers. We have seen for ourselves, while visiting the former processing centre this week that people are increasingly, physically and mentally unwell. The lack of clean water; As you probably have seen, the refugees and asylum seekers have been digging wells. Together with the associated risk of disease this is becoming a major concern.

    After three weeks and constant announcements that alternative accommodation outside the centre and together with the services are ready, what we have observed so far actually represents a very different picture. The accommodation outside of the former centre is still under construction. We were there and saw for ourselves that they are trying to complete the site as quickly as possible. But the fact remains that major work is still in progress and might take a couple of weeks before completion.

    Beyond the physical accommodation that we have been talking about, the most basic services needed for asylum seekers and refugees are still not adequately provided for outside the centre. We have mentioned earlier and it is still the case that where you have medical care, mental health and psycho-social support which is so important for some of the most vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers who have suffered under this Australian offshore policy… It does not look like these have been in place outside the centre at the moment as well.

    We observed that initially four caseworkers were planned to look after over 700 individuals’ wellbeing. From what we have observed firsthand, none are operating as of today. And this is due to local contractual disputes among people here as well. So it is quite concerning that it is still not up and running. The other concerning issues that we have observed are regarding security and the lack of interpreters on the Island, that brings about the issue of how they would communicate with local people or even the police as well. That remains a concern.

    Local community tensions still remain. In fact, in the last three to four days, there were two incidents reported. When we talked to people in the new accommodation site, one of the [security incidents] was in the middle of the night: Someone from the local village came and switched off the generator because it was too noisy. Yesterday there was a blockade of a road by local people at the main site of what we call West Lorengau Haus inside the accommodation in the community. So there is a lot of tension and a lot of anxiety and fear as well of what is happening. And that’s hasn’t been resolved.

    UNHCR has been maintaining a constant presence on the ground since before 31 October. In fact, I was here before the 31st and this is my second mission, while my colleagues and key members are doing so on a rotational basis to keep a continued presence here to monitor the situation. And like I said, this is becoming quite concerning because nothing has effectively changed very much and the stand-off continues as well.

    What we have been dealing with right now are the consequences of the problem that was created four years ago, when Australia forcibly transferred people, refugees and asylum seekers to PNG and Nauru under their offshore policy. What we want to say right now and what we are calling for is that Australia must take responsibility, continue to take responsibility and play an active role in achieving solutions. Australia must take responsibility for the protection, assistance and solutions for the refugees here on Manus Island.

  8. Ed 8

    Norman Kirk did it.

    file:///C:/Users/OEM/Downloads/rsa.pdf

    And the Herald supported him.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/new-zealand-herald-150-years/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503278&objectid=11142259

  9. greywarshark 9

    I’ve thought of a good cartoon. Jacinda is in a low frigate type boat, watching out over the stern shouting out encouraging instructions to the refugees who are entering the sea and swimming to hold onto numerous ropes towed behind.

    From her are coming various speech bubbles with positive messages like –
    I will be dropping float vests in the water, grab one as it goes past, there are enough for all of you.

    And we will have floating messages of advice from the experience of Rob Hewitt a NZr who was in the sea for four days. You can be in NZ in that time, but read what he says and keep moving your toes so the fish don’t bite them off.

    And keep fuelled up with packs of nutritious NZ made milk chocolate, full cream, suck on them and keep swimming.

    When you get to NZ we will have hot cups of tea and buttered toast for you and you will be wrapped in warm blankets. We are here for you all the way.

    Seriously, I am sure we have a navy with very able experienced people knowing how to do emergency disaster assistance. And we could call on the overseas disaster people like Oxfam, Shelter, Medecine Sans Frontieres, also others in NZ that have the background.

    And get this all on video, it will be as heart-warming as the guys leading the flock of cranes to their feeding grounds in the links below. And there would be no way we could be knee-capped after people saw our efforts.
    (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uurn-Nrljbw
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2614940/Amazing-pictures-flock-geese-flying-alongside-owner-ultralight-plane.html

    • Zorb6 9.1

      I didn’t think LSD was still around these days.

    • greywarshark 9.2

      We have just had a useful military exercise that could be turned to good effect on Manus Island helping the PNG.

      Exercise Southern Katipo, backed by amphibious ships, aircraft and armoured vehicles, has been designed to test the ability of combined forces to plan and conduct joint operations involving sea, land and air.

      Lieutenant colonel Martin Dransfield said the scenario was one where New Zealand leads a coalition force into a fictitious country,
      ‘to restore law and order and provide humanitarian aid.’

      https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/342098/cast-of-thousands-in-south-island-defence-exercise

    • Colonial Viper 9.3

      When you get to NZ we will have hot cups of tea and buttered toast for you and you will be wrapped in warm blankets. We are here for you all the way.

      Meanwhile behind Ardern, trudges a whole line of scrawny hungry Kiwi school kids going to classes every morning without government provided hot buttered toast and chocolate milk.

      • greywarshark 9.3.1

        Every time there is an expensive search and rescue for some yachties who have sailed off in a spirit of derring-do, freedom and adventure and come unstuck, try saying we can’t afford that, and it was their own decision, or it’s user pays and present them with a bill for quarter of a million. These people on Manus Island are in our sights because they are people like us and been through sad and punishing years of containment by the convict colony, and we need to try to keep some standards of fairness flying if we aspire to be a modern, civilised nation.

        • Colonial Viper 9.3.1.1

          Do we do S&R for yachties lost around Australia or PNG or Indonesia? Or just around our area of responsibility?

          These people on Manus Island are in our sights because they are people like us

          No they’re not. We have no kinship, citizenship, cultural, tribal, family or blood ties with them. Unlike Kiwis who are people like us and who are homeless in Auckland, in Sydney, in Melbourne, in Brisbane.

          No one is proposing housing these Kiwis on the Canterbury – why not?

          A modern civilised nation looks after its own first, not last. If you want to be charitable, that begins at home.

          The Manus Island refugees have their own friends, families and countries which must take responsibility for them.

          Give the NGO’s a couple of million dollars to help out if we must, but don’t assume the burden of the PNG and Australian Governments, we have our own things to get on with.

          if we aspire to be a modern, civilised nation.

          Last I looked we had 300,000 Kiwi kids living in daily poverty. Our aspirations (fantasies) in this direction are irrelevant if we can’t even sort that out in our own backyard let alone 6,000kms away.

          • greywarshark 9.3.1.1.1

            What would you know about living in a modern civilised nation. NZ is marginally near to that description but has never achieved it. So you only know what you know, and describe very unsatisfactory things that are happening here which really underlines my first point. We would like one day to be a modern, civilised nation though. But have a few barriers.

            • Colonial Viper 9.3.1.1.1.1

              btw I appreciated your reply to North yesterday; you went out of your way to do that, thank you gws.

          • mpledger 9.3.1.1.2

            You as a white NZer might not but there are other NZ citizens who may.

            It doesn’t have to be either/or. We can help NZers and help non-NZers.

            I am generally a person who thinks the govt should prioritise NZ citizens cares and concerns over others but the treatment of these people on Manus Island is so appalling that someone needs to get Australia to do the right thing.

            It’s not that great for Australians either – if the government can behave so appallingly badly to people under their care then citizens must wonder where will they stop and if it will effect them.

            • Colonial Viper 9.3.1.1.2.1

              that someone needs to get Australia to do the right thing.

              AGREE 100% with your comment here. NZ can apply many different kinds of pressure to do this – but taking the problem off Canberra’s hands is not going to teach “Australia to do the right thing.”

              • Matthew Whitehead

                There is absolutely no way Australia will do the right thing in this case, and their deal with the US is most likely a polite fiction at this point. If NZ doesn’t step in, nobody will help.

                • Macro

                  Some 50 + have been assessed and are now in the States which is good news to hear.

                  From UNHCR

                  Although UNHCR was not party to the recent Australia-United States’ relocation arrangement, UNHCR has helped facilitate the referrals of more than 1,200 refugees form Papua New Guinea and Nauru to the United States. To date, 54 refugees have departed for the US. Another 500 people are still waiting for the outcome of the refugee status determination processing being carried out by authorities in Papua New Guinea and Nauru, under the Australian arrangement.

                  • Matthew Whitehead

                    For clarity, that’s about 1/15th of the total number on Manus, I believe, when they’re supposed to be taking so many that they would only leave 100 behind between Manus and Nauru?

                    • Macro

                      It’s difficult to get a true handle on just how many are on Manus and Nauru. The figures being reported keep changing daily.
                      Essentially Australia has handed over all responsibility to PNG and PNG are carrying out the vetting process. I would assume that if, and when, an Asylum Seeker was given a negative final assessment they would have been flown out fairly quickly – as occurs here. So the percentage of genuine refugees would be steadily increasing (assuming the deterrence of detention on Manus and Nauru was having the effect of reducing the flow of boat people). As of June 2016 it was reported that around 87% on Manus had been determined to be genuine Refugees.
                      http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/most-people-sent-to-manus-island-are-genuine-refugees-new-figures-show-20160630-gpv5ns.html
                      Just where the figure of 500 still awaiting the outcome of their refugee status comes from, I have no idea.
                      But yes, if the US were to accept the full quota initially negotiated, it would indicate only around 100 left. But then, those remaining, may well not be granted genuine Refugee status, so would be ineligible to come here. The processing of those seeking Asylum is usually done in the country where they first arrive, and then arrangements made for their resettlement. (As Indonesia is not a signatory to the UN Convention on Refugees the plight of people arriving there seeking refuge is rather bleak – so naturally they tend to want to travel on to a country which they mistakenly believe will offer them solace)
                      As a matter of interest, at this point in time there are 22.5 Million Refugees (including 5.3 Million Palestinian).
                      http://www.unhcr.org/en-au/figures-at-a-glance.html

              • Macro

                You realise that the Australian Minister of Immigration is Peter Dutton don’t you?
                A more bigoted, xenophobic, nasty piece of work it is difficult to imagine. And lest we forget Australia is not backward in dealing to it’s own people in such a barbaric way.
                http://www.ntnews.com.au/news/northern-territory/nt-royal-commission-final-report-handed-down-recommends-shutting-notorious-don-dale-youth-justice-centre/news-story/dae568a29fd37ce5bdf9815863bc18f9

                • Colonial Viper

                  These detainees are going to need a large amount of medical, mental health and psychological care, wherever they end up.

                  IMO we don’t do anything to help the Australia and PNG unless we get something valuable in return from them. Enough of NZ being a soft touch for other countries to unload their unwanted problems and costs on to.

  10. In Vino 10

    As a matter of interest, how many people can one of our rather diminutive frigates carry? We might have to send both, assuming we have two that are operational.

    • Cinny 10.1

      Send a frigate and the tanker, there should be room enough for everyone on both.

      Tanker and frigate can practise RAS then, good practice for all of them.

      More than likely the real reason aussie doesn’t want it to happen is that it makes them look bad.

      Excellent post Bill, totally agree with you.

      • Zorb6 10.1.1

        Why bother with a frigate?Send a jet liner and get them here quicksmart for those hot cups of tea and buttered toast.

    • Bill 10.2

      HMNZS Canterbury can carry between 400 and 500 (with caveats) if I read this correctly.

      • Cinny 10.2.1

        Sweet. I think she can take about 250 troops plus vehicles, she has a large cargo space. Cargo alone can fit 14 Pinzgauer Light Operational Vehicles, 16 NZLAV light armoured vehicles, 7 Unimog trucks, 2 ambulances, 2 flatbed trucks, 7 vehicle trailers, 2 rough terrain forklifts, 4 ATV-type vehicles and up to 33 20 ft TEU containers.

        The tanker only needs a crew of around 50 at the most to run her, she is being decommissioned in April next year, one more trip to PNG would be a fantastic. It’s not like she hasn’t been in those waters many times before.

        Wiki 🙂
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMNZS_Canterbury_(L421)

  11. weka 11

    Good post, thanks. I agree, send a frigate.

  12. Colonial Viper 12

    I must say that Lefties always seem to get a real kick out of being White Knights. Send in the troops! (Or at least, the seamen!)

    Once NZ picks up these 300, word is going to get around the neighbouring region that Kiwis are a soft touch and there’ll be another 300 ready for us to rescue this time next month. Or 3,000. Or 13,000.

    But why think ahead that far?

    Instead we could tie the Canterbury up in Auckland Harbour and let homeless Kiwis living in cars park their vehicles onboard where they can be fed, kept warm, provided medical care, clothing, support etc. by the NZ military and social services, instead of our defence forces sticking their nose in where they are not welcome.

    But whatever, let’s divert resources to strangers first, using NZ resources to solve problems for the Australian Government and letting Canberra off the hook for their bad behaviour and responsibilities.

    • McFlock 12.1

      Canberra’s not on a hook. They don’t give a shit. The only people on the hook are the detainees.

      • Colonial Viper 12.1.1

        Ride to the rescue then.

        • McFlock 12.1.1.1

          I’ll use the frigate in my backyard, shall I?

          Oh, wait, I forgot. The guy who stacked a Labour Party branch because the party wasn’t left wing enough for him is now firmly in the camp of “fuck you, jack, I’m okay”. These days he’d rather use alt-right terminology to mock people for saying the world could be a less shitty place.

          • Colonial Viper 12.1.1.1.1

            It’s a shame you can’t conduct a decent conversation on the topic at hand but you can virtue signal like mad.

            • McFlock 12.1.1.1.1.1

              It’s a shame that you can’t comment these days without using alt-right slang as a substitute for thought.

              Do you have the glossary of terms bookmarked in your web browser, or did you print it off so you can read it by tiki-torchlight?

              Your “must say” of last night opened with a trivialisation of people wanting to help (“white knights”), went into a typical floodgates hysterical prediction, a false dichotomy (using frigates to reduce NZ homelessness is not a substitute for using them to rescue the MI asylum seekers – it won’t solve homelessness, we already run the frigates, and we already have refugee relocation facilities to handle thousands a year). Oh, yes, and you finished off by calling the asylum seekers “strangers”, because these days you only think you should help people if you know them.

              And you wanted a “decent conversation” about that? The only decent response to that comment is “piss off, tory”.

              • Colonial Viper

                Your virtuous white knight act and cheap slurs is boring McFlock.

                Once people in the region know that NZ is a soft touch, they will line up to come here and why not. A million people in PNG live in absolute poverty, insecurity and instability.

                How many would you like us to transport to our shores, McFlock.

                If we opened up a hundred thousand new permanent residents visas to NZ to the desperate in and around PNG, Indonesia, Philippines, they would be filled by the end of the month.

                And a hundred thousand the month after that. And after that.

                Meanwhile thousands of Kiwis are homeless in Australia, and in NZ, yet you and Labour are keen to grant millions of dollars and go to heroic military efforts to help strangers who are not our responsibility and have no connection at all to New Zealand by ancestory, citizenship, familial or blood ties.

                Charity starts at home with our own people and our own communities, not by shouldering the problems of the Australian and PNG Government.

              • Colonial Viper

                and we already have refugee relocation facilities to handle thousands a year).

                Almost believable McFlock, except that for many years, our refugee quota has only been 750 per year and was only recently upped to 1000 per year.

                • McFlock

                  I’ll keep the important bits of your comment:

                  floodgates yadda yadda.

                  Charity starts at home with our own people and our own communities, …

                  The eternal refrain of the selfish fuckwit.

                  for many years, our refugee quota has only been 750 per year and was only recently upped to 1000 per year.

                  So we can definitely handle the ones on manus, no problem. Point stands.

                  There are many problems in the world. Manus Island detainees is one we can solve permanently, with little effort. Why shouldn’t we?

                  • Colonial Viper

                    Thanks for confirming that you exaggerated and made up numbers on NZ’s current refugee management capacity.

                    • McFlock

                      Hey, I got the relocation facilities from the same place you got 13,000 asylum seekers coming here next month.

                      But the point was that the number of MI asylum seekers is smaller than the current refugee quota we handle every year. Helping them won’t come out of the “let’s end homelessness” line item.

    • tracey 12.2

      ” New Labor prime minister Kevin Rudd announces people who seek asylum by boat will never be settled in Australia, with all sent to Manus or Nauru. ”
      Pretty sure that despite this people keep trying for Australia. So soft touch or hard touch they keep coming.

    • DoublePlusGood 12.3

      – We can send a frigate and build housing for homeless New Zealanders. Let’s not reduce this complex issue to a silly false dichotomy.

      – If there are more people to rescue, send the frigate again.

      – There are plenty of ways to not let Australia off the hook. I would have ejected their ambassador already for a start.

  13. vto 13

    The refugees are effectively still floating around in a boat in the middle of the ocean near to our shores.

    As such NZ should do what it would do if they were floating around in a boat in the middle of the ocean near to our shores.

    What would Jacinda do if they were if they were floating around in a boat in the middle of the ocean near to our shores?

    What would you do Jacinda?
    That is what you should do.

    Forget Australia 100%. Our relationship with them is sunk. Nothing but contempt for those wankers

  14. I get why we sent a frigate to Muroroa atoll – the French couldn’t test while it was there and couldn’t take the approach they took to Greenpeace (send some blokes out to beat them up and tow their boat away) without starting a war. But it’s not clear what purpose one would serve at Manus Island – what’s the use case?

    • Cricklewood 14.1

      Warm Fuzzies? Cant see what else it would do… it seems unlikely PNG would let it into port and then take a load of refugees given Aus pour in over 500mil in aid every year…
      Be symbolic at best and the negatives would no doubt out weigh the positives…

  15. Ad 15

    The Prime Minister’s proposal for direct funding to on the ground NGOs is faster and more effective, with zero political downside, and involves no unnecessary military wank.

    • tracey 15.1

      And perhaps, seeing as the UN supports her concerns, some peacekeepers on the ground?

      • Ad 15.1.1

        It’s not a war.

        Aid workers not gun workers.

        • Macro 15.1.1.1

          Yes they are definitely in need of Aid workers. Of the 4 promised for the around 700 persons left! – none were there.
          Just what 4 people would be able to achieve in these circumstances is questionable.

  16. tracey 16

    When we publicalky stand up to the Aussies people get anxious we will upset them and get punished. When we dont stand up to them they walk over our diplomatic arses( ask kiwis living in Oz) and we get punished. Am just wondering what the long term answer is.

  17. james 17

    I did not know (until this morning) – that they have all been given the option of permanent residency in Papua New Guinea.

    Should that not solve the problem?

    • Zorb6 17.1

      They do not like the lifestyle in PNG.They prefer Australia or NZ.One poster claims they are doctors,teachers ,carpenters,skilled workers,so maybe the have better prospects workwise here than in PNG,where they would probably end up cutting hair and driving cabs.

      • One Anonymous Bloke 17.1.1

        Or being murdered.

      • james 17.1.2

        “They do not like the lifestyle in PNG.”

        So they escaped their home country – and another country offers to give them settlement, but “They do not like the lifestyle” there?

        • One Anonymous Bloke 17.1.2.1

          Or being murdered.

          • Colonial Viper 17.1.2.1.1

            The PNG government is planning to massacre the people who take up their offer of residence?

            Better tell the UN, if that were actually the case I’m sure that it would be contrary to both domestic and international law.

            • One Anonymous Bloke 17.1.2.1.1.1

              They’re already there. Quick, sneer at them.

              • Colonial Viper

                All the more reason for the Manus Island detainees to accept offers of permanent resettlement by the PNG government.

                • One Anonymous Bloke

                  Sneer at them too. Classy.

                  • Zorb6

                    I don’t know how many times you need to be put to bed,but you can’t seem to discuss the situation with anything other than some imaginery mindset of self righteous indignation,when confronted with plausible concerns.

                • Bill

                  Seriously CV. Go away and read some stuff about Manus and the genuine fears of the men still there before commenting further. Please.

            • Bill 17.1.2.1.1.2

              No-one has said the PNG government is planning a massacre.

              Here’s the Nauru files (2013 -2015). Different centre, same culture, far smaller generally (it seems) antagonistic local population.

              • Colonial Viper

                Interesting how local NZ pakeha culture – so quickly dismissed as racist by some – is far more accepting of these kinds of refugees and detainees than the indigenous local peoples of PNG are.

                • Bill

                  You got any idea why people in PNG are antagonistic towards the refugees? Any at all?

                  Here’s a wee hint.

                  Ranked 153rd out of 187 countries on the United Nations human development index, Papua New Guinea is currently struggling to look after its own people. It is plagued with extremely high levels of corruption and political instability. There is no true social security system for its population, and excruciatingly high living costs, unemployment and crime.

                  • Colonial Viper

                    You’re telling me that demand on scarce resources, scarce budgets, and corrupt bureaucrats explains why locals are antagonistic towards the refugees?

                • Bill

                  Here’s another. Have a listen. And when you’ve done listening, as I’ve asked before, do some fucking reading and a bit less spouting.

                  • Colonial Viper

                    So the West Papuan situation has been ongoing since the 1960s and now all of a sudden NZ should intervene in the goings on there?

                    How do you think the West Papuans are going to feel when their plight, lack of official status and poverty has been ignored so long yet NZ spends millions on these detainees and gives them priority residency?

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      How do you think the West Papuans are going to feel…?

                      Uncomfortable at being co-opted into sneering virtue signals by the Dunedin People’s Front?

                    • Colonial Viper

                      No idea what that claptrap means OAB so I’ll ignore it

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      No idea what that claptrap means

                      It’s easily explained.

                      You used the alleged feelings of the West Papuans (as though they are some sort of hive mind) to score a debating point: the very essence of virtue signalling.

                      I posit that some of them might feel uncomfortable at their situation being exploited by a petty bourgeois blogger in this way.

                      I hope that helps.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      I posit that you have zero idea what the West Papuans will think about NZ swooping in with millions to help the foreign detainees in their midst while (still) ignoring them.

                      Bet you it ain’t going to be good though.

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      That’s what the word “might” means.

                      I have as much ground for my opinion (of what people in WPNG think) as you do: none whatsoever. Well apart from the various threats some of them have issued.

                      I put those threats down to local bigots who never lift a finger to help anyone, no matter how much they insist that “charity begins at home”.

                      I can’t think of anyone around here who fits that description. Can you?

                    • Colonial Viper

                      I put those threats down to local bigots who never lift a finger to help anyone, no matter how much they insist that “charity begins at home”.

                      explain how a privileged comfortably off white skin like yourself is justified in calling local indigenous people of colour struggling to raise their families in poverty “bigots.”

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      Easy: I’m not seeking or claiming justification. I already explained that I have precisely as much ground for my worthless opinion as you do for yours.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Thanks for acknowledging and backing off your white privilege so quickly.

                      In future don’t be so quick to label indigenous people of colour with your own prejudices.

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      Sure thing, Karl Rove.

          • joe90 17.1.2.1.2

            Or being murdered.

            The Australian government admitted as much.

            .
            Six power-point modules seen by The Citizen were used to “educate” asylum seekers about life in PNG.

            The slides and accompanying notes painted a picture of a country plagued by crime, random violence and deadly diseases.

            The Citizen understands the Department of Immigration and Border Protection approved the use of the modules after requesting education material be compiled by Salvation Army staff in Port Moresby.

            […]

            Regarding corruption, asylum seekers were told: “Police may ask for money or sexual favours in return for not imprisoning or beating you.”

            The notes continued: “[The police] might also commit crimes themselves, such as bashing or killing someone, in return for a small bribe.

            […]

            The modules also provided frank details about child abuse in PNG: “Physical and sexual violence against children has been common, especially in families where the mother is also abused.”

            A session on public safety covered topics including criminal gangs, tribal wars, human trafficking, crocodiles and volcanoes.

            Asylum seekers were also told that half of all deaths in PNG were caused by diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis, rabies, HIV/AIDS, cholera and typhoid.

            http://www.thecitizen.org.au/news/welcome-png-country-plagued-crime-random-violence-and-deadly-diseases

            btw;

            in families where the mother is also abused

            http://www.vladsokhin.com/work/crying-meri/

    • Puckish Rogue 17.2

      Well no because thats not where they want to live, they want to live in Australia and will see NZ as a convenient back door

      Also warm fuzzies for Jacinda

      • Stunned Mullet 17.2.1

        Oh I think once they get to NZ they’ll be quite happy to live here and bring their families in under the family reunification rules.

        • Puckish Rogue 17.2.1.1

          I hope I’m right and you’re wrong on this but I get the feeling I’m the one thats wrong…

          • Stunned Mullet 17.2.1.1.1

            Oh I’m sure i’m right. if it comes to pass that they’re taken in by NZ we’ll all be able to feel such pride in NZ when the overseas papers trumpet NZ’s wonderfulness.

            • McFlock 17.2.1.1.1.1

              You guys really don’t understand doing good for its own sake, do you? You think it’s so the international media like us.

              • stunned mullet

                “You guys really don’t understand doing good for its own sake, do you?”

                Says the blowhard on the interwebs.

                • McFlock

                  that would be a “no, we don’t” then.

                  • stunned mullet

                    😆 go for walk and enjoy the weather Mcflock, hanging out at this blog all day will ruin your sense of humour.

                    • McFlock

                      Aye, that’s often good advice, and ’tis a lovely day.

                      But grumpy as I occasionally get here, it actually improves my day. How’s that for a thought? Without getting into the specifics of what I do, it often (though not always) involves the cold and sterile tabulation of a sea of misery.

                      And the arguments here sometimes get me counting happy things, lol

                      But my tummy doth rumble, so I’ll go offline shortly…

      • OnceWasTim 17.2.2

        “……..they want to live in Australia…….”
        Bullshit @PR. But you can believe that if it makes you feel good.
        Whilst they may have initially thought they were escaping to a better place, sure as shit they don’t want to live in Australia now.

    • Macro 17.3

      There are around 40,000 inhabitants on Manus Island, around 2% of that number are Refugees and Asylum Seekers. Here is an account from the UNHCR representative who is currently on the Island and is reporting directly to the UN
      Here is what he has to say about the current tensions between the locals and the detainees:

      Local community tensions still remain. In fact, in the last three to four days, there were two incidents reported. When we talked to people in the new accommodation site, one of the [security incidents] was in the middle of the night: Someone from the local village came and switched off the generator because it was too noisy. Yesterday there was a blockade of a road by local people at the main site of what we call West Lorengau Haus inside the accommodation in the community. So there is a lot of tension and a lot of anxiety and fear as well of what is happening. And that’s hasn’t been resolved.

      Last night the local police arrived in force – smashed all the drinking water stored by the detainees and trashed the buildings and then forcably removed around 50 of the detainees from the camp. Contrary to the Australian Govt’s assurances that the accommodation outside the camp has been completed the UNHCR rep reports that it is still under construction.
      If you had been forcibly detained in a hell hole for 4 years and treated like shit would you want to remain there?

    • Cinny 17.4

      Have any of you been to PNG or know people who have lived there or worked there?

      No way on earth I’d want to live there or ever take my children there.

      I’d rather live in a war zone

  18. Adrian 18

    Plenty of people come here as potential “refugees “, they get a temporary work permit and go back to where they came from when it runs out, albeit mostly to wealthy countries, the same thing that Kiwis do when their visas run out.
    i have a problem with ” economic refugees”, but no problem with those whose lives are at serious risk because of war or political bravery.
    its a hard task sorting out who, what, when, but absolutely open borders are a real problem with maintaining decent wages and enough jobs for NZers.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 18.1

      i have a problem with ” economic refugees”, but no problem with those whose lives are at serious risk because of war or political bravery.

      Drought, for example, is a major source of “economic” migration, as are extreme weather events.

      • OnceWasTim 18.1.1

        Could an ‘economic refugee’ also be a Kiwi who can’t get a decent paying job in Nu Zull crossing the Tassie to work in the WA mines or in QLD? Especially knowing that if things go tits up, there’s always a benefit awaiting back home.

        Could they be a Brit (or a Canadian for that matter) who discovers that because their pound/$ is worth double in Nu Zull, an average shithole in Hull could buy them a better lifestyle for mum and the kuds? And of course their friends who’ve gone before will be ready to assure them that an average supervisory job in the U.K will almost certainly translate into a public service job because 30 years of neo-liberalism in Kiwiland has left a good many believing that if they’ve come from the right (white) side of the empire, they must be better.

        Or could they be a billionaire who’s fond of collecting passports simply wanting to set up a bolt hole if and when things turn to shit?

        Or could they be someone wealthy – earnings from dubious means wanting to make things look respectable?

        And was that 1951 UN Convention ‘thingie’ that Australia has breached (on several grounds) merely ‘aspirational’?

      • Macro 18.1.2

        The status of “economic refugee” is one that is not recognised by the UNHCR. As the large majority of Asylum seekers on Manus are from Iran, (Possibly Kurds) and have been assessed as genuine refugees (87% as of June 2016 with about 200 still awaiting their final assessment) by PNG and UNHCR officials, it is highly unlikely that many on Manus have fled there because of economic circumstance.

        • OnceWasTim 18.1.2.1

          “The status of “economic refugee” is one that is not recognised by the UNHCR.”

          Indeed! Which is probably why the likes of Australia has been so eagre to brand as many refugees as they can as such.

          What’s amusing (from the point of view of it being a bit depressing) is the hypocrisy of those so willing to apply the various labels to those pesky refugees (including Zorbs et al).
          You’ve got so many that either hold, OR are eligble for dual nationality/statehood desperately trying to dream up reasons why others shouldn’t be eligible to have any sort of affinity with a single nation or state.
          And as we’ve seen, so many can’t even abide by the laws and constitution of the Okker nation-state they profess to be so protective of (Australian politicians – and the Kiwi ones in support of their Anzacistan big brothers).
          … what’s also kind of funny in a beige-humour, Pete George, Brownlee, gNatzi troll kind of way, is that they profess to be concerned that IF NZ intervened and took 150, it’d provide them with a back door to Australia – AS IF ANY OF THEM would ever want to have anything to do with the place in the near/distant future.

        • Colonial Viper 18.1.2.2

          There are large Kurdish populations in Iran, Iraq, Syria and Turkey.

          There are tens of thousands of Kurds who live in Lebanon – a peaceful, stable democracy.

          Any Kurds on Manus Island could be easily and safely relocated amongst their own people and their own culture – unless their primary goal is to flee to the west for other reasons.

          AS IF ANY OF THEM would ever want to have anything to do with the place in the near/distant future.

          Bet you they would still go to Australia right this second if they were offered residents visas.

          • Macro 18.1.2.2.1

            FYI NZ has accepted a number of Kurdish Asylum seekers as refugees. They have assimilated into NZ society perfectly well, as have the majority of Refugees to which NZ offers sanctuary.
            https://www.immigration.govt.nz/documents/statistics/rqbresettlementstatpak.pdf

            • Colonial Viper 18.1.2.2.1.1

              I know of a number of Syrian families who have been relocated to Dunedin. Some have made big efforts to integrate into the local community and culture, others have made no effort. Horses for courses.

              IMO refugees should be settled in areas as near as practical to their extended families, communities and traditional homelands. You can’t rebuild a life if you don’t even know or accept the local language and customs of where you are.

              • McFlock

                Get out a map of… anywhere. But particularly the areas with current wars.

                Select a country. Look at the neighbours it has a common border with. Most of the time, there’s either ongoing tension overflowing into occasional violence already, or there’s ongoing tension overflowing into occasional violence already and they have a different language and culture.

                • Colonial Viper

                  Syria and Iraq are the most stable and peaceful today than in years.

                  This is thanks to the crushing of ISIS and Al Qaeda/Al Nusra, and the effective military and diplomatic termination of the US/Anglo “Assad must go” regime change programme. (Russia, China and Iran being the key players behind this success).

                  Lebanon, Jordan and Iran are stable, peaceful countries which have taken on many refugees from Syria, refugees who are starting to return home to rebuild.

                  As for “tension” and “violence” in the Middle East, there’s nothing new in that.

                  • McFlock

                    The Jordaninans have enough problem with palestinian refugees. Kurdish refugees in particular wouldn’t want to touch Turkey or Iran with a barge pole. Lebanon is on a political knife edge. Iraq is still in the shit.

                    And besides all that, why send people to Iran or Jordan as opposed to NZ? The “local language and customs” argument breaks down pretty darn quickly.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      And besides all that, why send people to Iran or Jordan as opposed to NZ?

                      because they will be familiar with the language, customs, religion and have extended family and tribal relationships to draw upon.

                    • McFlock

                      For an expert on the world, you seem unaware of the diversity that is the Middle East.

                  • Macro

                    Lebanon already hosts 1 million refugees who are awaiting resettlement – that’s almost 1/6 th of the population. I’m sure they would jump at the chance to go there. Jordan has just under a million, and Iran is where they were from in the first place!

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Yep. All we would need to do to make a huge difference is to provide a bit of expertise and money to those nations.

              • One Anonymous Bloke

                You can’t rebuild a life if you don’t even know or accept the local language and customs of where you are.

                ,..just don’t forget that if you do all these things, the people who insist you do them. and get all bent out of shape about it, will still discriminate against you.

                Pfft.

          • OnceWasTim 18.1.2.2.2

            Of course they would @CV, because Australia is better than a PNG concentration camp where (no doubt you’re aware) there have been deaths, beatings and a population that sees them as an inconvenience they want nothing to do with.
            What the fuck happened to you TL over the past couple of years that’s turned you into such a precious judgemental queen?

            And you speak of Lebanon ffs! You mean that ME place where outside forces (including the Saudis) are busy trying to destabilise.? That Lebanon?

            Actually don’t reply, because I’m sure it’ll trigger a Zorb/3stepsto/etc-like conversation in which you’d be determined to have the last word

            • Colonial Viper 18.1.2.2.2.1

              it’d provide them with a back door to Australia – AS IF ANY OF THEM would ever want to have anything to do with the place in the near/distant future.

              you said the above at 18.1.2.1. Then you just said

              Of course they would @CV, because Australia is better than a PNG concentration camp

              Please explain which of your positions you want to go with. (Or do you want to go with both just to cover all bases).

              • OnceWasTim

                It is the Australian Government, not me or the refugee that is worried about back doors TL (or so they say).
                At 18.1.2.1 – please quote in full.
                ……….. is that THEY profess to be concerned that IF NZ intervened and took 150, it’d provide them with a back door to Australia.
                You’re more of a manipulative little fuckwit than at first I thought TL.
                Thank Christ you’ve been neutered.
                What happened?
                As a matter of fek actually, to be frank, (going forward),
                I’d be rapt if they found a back door to permanent residency, then citizenship in Australia. Their chances of that happening unfortunately are slim

                • Zorb6

                  Own this-‘Whilst they may have initially thought they were escaping to a better place, sure as shit they don’t want to live in Australia now.’

                  • Colonial Viper

                    OWT is being disingenuous indeed. He clearly states that the refugees would not want “anything to do with the place” (Australia) again.

                    But then reverses his position.

                    And then clumsily denies reversing his position by distracting about backdoors and accusing ME of manipulation lol

                    • OnceWasTim

                      Actually CV you should probably have a listen to David Marr on RNZ this morning.
                      All they (most refugees) were doing were hoping to escape from various forms of persecution.

                      They were persuaded that Australia was a good option.
                      They then found that not to be the case, and indeed it became their nightmare – especially since Australia had decided to outsource what they perceived as their refugee problem to PNG.

                      I am not at all being disingenuous. They discovered PNG was not a very nice place to be (and btw – have you been there?)

                      So what you suggested was that they’d hop to Australia given the chance – I agree they would. But ONLY because it’s slightly better than where they are currently.

                      And yes, I do accuse you of manipulation.
                      And @Zorb – they’d prefer not to go to OZ given the way they’ve been treated AND I DO OWN IT.
                      You made some comment somewhere earlier about my being an expert,
                      In terms of refugees and migrants and various forms of exploitation (of both), and in all modesty – a fucking sight more of an expert than you obviously are.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      They’d go to Oz in a heartbeat if offered PR or citizenship. I know it and you know it.

                      And tbh they should be with looked after by their families, spouses, children and communities instead of white skin virtue signalling strangers.

  19. Adrian 19

    I not sure but I wouldn’t think many on Manus are escaping drought, not considering how much they would have paid just to get on the boat.
    We need to find a way that makes staying home and building up a home country much more attractive than risking everything on a leaky boat ,or maybe something like an extension of the RSE scheme to more countries. The money going back to the home villages and countries just from the Marlborough wine industry is making a huge difference as well as changing some old entrenched ideas about Pacific Islanders in what has always been a pretty conservative region.

    • Macro 19.1

      Of the number still remaining on Manus the majority are from Iran. They will most likely have been seeking political Asylum, Seeking asylum is a fundamental human right. Everyone has the right to life and liberty. Everyone has the right to freedom from fear. Everyone has the right to seek asylum from persecution. Only a handful still on Manus are still awaiting a final assessment as to their status as refugees. In june 2016 87% had been assessed as genuine refugees (and the rest were still awaiting the final vetting) under the UNHCR convention . This vetting was being carried out by PNG authorities, with help from UNHCR. The status of genuine refugee entitles them to safety from being returned to danger, access to fair and efficient asylum procedures, and measures to ensure that their basic human rights are respected while they secure a longer-term solution – all of which is being denied them by the Australian Government.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 19.2

      The “situation” in Iraq that was exacerbated by the drought in Syria you mean?

  20. Gabby 20

    We really should fix the countries they are fleeing. I’m surprised nobody’s thought of that. It might need two frigates though.

  21. timeforacupoftea 21

    If the UN was any good and had real compassion they would hire a cruise ship pick up the complete mob of 600 and deliver them to Wellington for our Prime Minister to meet and greet tomorrow, but they won’t. The UN are only blabber mouths that have done nothing for many years. No wonder the Yanks are sick of them.

    • Zorb6 21.1

      Why deliver them straight to Welly?After what they’ve been through they deserve a cruise around the Pacific,just to chill out before we roll out the red carpet.

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  • Britain’s climate tyranny was unlawful
    Last month, in response to a wave of protests by Extinction Rebellion, the British government purported to ban their protests from the whole of London. It was a significant interference with the freedoms of expression and assembly, and another sign of the country's decline into tyranny. But now, a court ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • More crime from the spies
    Last year, the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security reported on significant problems with the intelligence warrant system. While they were unwilling to declare any warrant "irregular" (meaning unlawful) due to the recent law change, they were also not willing to give the system a clean bill of health. Now, they've ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Vaccination, compulsion, and paternalism for the lower orders
    The National Party has come out in support of encouraging greater vaccination uptake. But it sure isn’t the way I’d do it. National’s suggested docking the benefits of those on benefit whose kids aren’t keeping up with their vaccinations. Some in National have suggested extending that to payments under Working ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    5 days ago
  • Global Protests Rage On: But Slogans Are Not Plans.
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    5 days ago
  • 11,000 employed under Labour
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Boycott this democratic fraud
    The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee has called for submissions on Andrew Little's tyrannical Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill. Normally I encourage participation in the democratic process. I am not doing so in this case. Instead, I encourage all of you to boycott this submissions process, and to post ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Why Mars is cold despite an atmosphere of mostly carbon dioxide
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: Ban private jets
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: Untold Suffering
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • The left and violent misogyny
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    RedlineBy Admin
    6 days ago
  • Imperialism and the iPhone
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    RedlineBy Admin
    7 days ago
  • The freshwater mussel housing crisis: eviction by invasive weeds?
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    7 days ago
  • Back it up Luxon: endorsing the destructive past is not actually the way forward
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    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    7 days ago
  • Good riddance
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: D-Day
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Winston is right
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Media impartiality
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    1 week ago
  • Finish what’s on your plate
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    SciBlogsBy Genomics Aotearoa
    1 week ago
  • Gainful Employment: A Cautionary Tale.
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    1 week ago
  • New Zealand should not fund bigotry
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • More tyranny in Australia
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Submission for rationality and science against the assaults of pre-modernism and post-modernism
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • My loyal readership of … Cam girls and Pornbots?
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    1 week ago
  • Worth repeating forever
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    1 week ago
  • Lutte Ouvriere on the explosion in Chile
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    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Wage theft – I’m fucking over it.
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    PosseBy chloeanneking
    1 week ago
  • On The Rebound.
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    1 week ago
  • Rabbi urges congregation to vote against Corbyn
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    2 weeks ago
  • My absurdly optimistic prediction
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    2 weeks ago
  • October ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
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    2 weeks ago
  • A mountain of a challenge in banning glyphosate
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • This government has a problem with secrecy
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • A small New Zealand songbird that hides food for later use provides insights into cognitive evolutio...
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Referenda on Euthanasia – NZ First’s Victory – or a Major Miscalculation?
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    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    2 weeks ago
  • Corbyn the Mighty vs BoJo the Clown
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    2 weeks ago
  • Public health, externality, and vaccination
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    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    2 weeks ago
  • Happy Halloween
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Twenty thousand leagues under the sea
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    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Disclosing the risks
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • MPI fails again
    Yesterday a dairy company was fined $483,000 for repeatedly failing to report listeria in its facility. Its a serious fine for a serious crime: listeria is a serious disease, and they were effectively trying to kill people with it. But there's another story hidden in there, and its not a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Gay Men Address Gender Identity
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    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • National’s Going Gangbusters.
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    2 weeks ago
  • “Action for Healthy Waterways”: Some big ticket actions that the Government has neglected
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    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    2 weeks ago
  • ADHD and fluoride – wishful thinking supported by statistical manipulation?
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    2 weeks ago
  • “Line the wasters up!”: Yes, NZ, it’s “bash the poor!” time again with ya mate Simon…
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    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 weeks ago
  • A partial release
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: California burning
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks 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 ...
    4 days ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
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    4 days ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
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    5 days 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 ...
    1 week ago
  • Week That Was: 2,000 teachers in two years
    We began the week by commemorating the New Zealand Wars and celebrating a major increase in the number of teachers. Then, we were busy supporting offenders into work and getting our rail back on track after years of underinvestment. And that's just the start! ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Winning an election one conversation at a time
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    2 weeks ago
  • Closer cooperation with Korean horse racing industry
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Racing Racing Minister Winston Peters met with Korea Racing Authority Chairperson Nak Soon Kim in Seoul today to discuss closer cooperation between the New Zealand and Korean horse racing industries. As part of the visit to the Seoul Racecourse, Mr Peters witnessed ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Otago to lead digital creativity
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10 million to establish Otago as the centre of New Zealand’s creative digital industry over the next ten years, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “The initiative will bring us closer to the vision of ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Young Otago students encouraged to take on forestry careers
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF)’s skills and employment programme will help young Otago people into long-term forestry careers, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. Te Ara Mahi will invest $63,000 in the 2020 school year to support eight 17 and 18 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF backing Dunedin’s waterfront ambitions
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will support local plans to revitalise and stimulate economic development opportunities in Otago, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The four Regional Economic Development Ministers have approved an in-principle investment of $19.9 million towards the region’s ...
    2 weeks ago
  • M. Bovis eradication progress welcomed
    Mark Patterson, Spokesperson for Primary Industries New Zealand First is pleased to have received the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) report on the Coalition Government’s Mycoplasma bovis eradication efforts, which shows significant progress in the fight against the disease. New Zealand First Spokesperson for Primary Industries, Mark Patterson, says the report’s findings ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF boosts Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sector
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development Hon David Parker, Minister for Trade and Export Growth The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing to support economic growth opportunities for Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sectors, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones and Trade and Export Minister David Parker announced today. Almost $20 million ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Minister Peters discusses Pacific challenges and denuclearisation in Seoul
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Foreign Minister Winston Peters and his South Korean counterpart, Kang Kyung-wha, discussed in Seoul today opportunities to work more closely in the Pacific and the situation on the Korean Peninsula. Mr Peters and Minister Kang confirmed New Zealand and the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF supports high speed broadband for marae at Parihaka Pa
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development  Hon Nanaia Mahuta, Minister for Māori Development The three marae in the historic Parihaka Pa complex in Taranaki have been upgraded to high speed broadband with the support of the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “Connecting the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 launched
    Hon Ron Mark, Minister of Defence Minister of Defence Ron Mark will today launch the Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 Defence Assessment  during a speech at Te Papa.  The Assessment outlines how Defence will partner with our Pacific Island neighbours and invest in Pacific regional security architecture. The Plan aligns with the Coalition ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF funding could transform Gisborne company into “beacon of employment” in two years
    A new Provincial Growth Fund investment could create about 80 new jobs in Gisborne over the next two years, turning a local small business into a “beacon of employment” in the process. Regional Economic Development Parliamentary Under-Secretary Fletcher Tabuteau said the PGF’s Te Ara Mahi funding stream would provide $1.6m ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Week That Was: Two years of progress
    This week, we’re taking action on climate change, expanding trades education – and celebrating two years of progress! ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs to visit the Republic of Korea and Japan
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters will travel to the Republic of Korea and Japan next week. “The Republic of Korea and Japan are two of New Zealand’s closest partners in the region with whom we share common values and ...
    3 weeks ago
  • New Zealand to lead Bougainville Referendum Regional Police Support Mission
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters has announced today that New Zealand is leading a police support mission in Bougainville as the region prepares to vote in a non-binding referendum on its political future. “New Zealand has accepted an invitation ...
    3 weeks ago
  • We’re taking action on climate change
    “I refuse to accept the challenge of climate change is too hard to solve.” – Jacinda Ardern ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Shane Jones annoyed at “elevated sense of entitlement from a lot of immigrant leaders”
    New Zealand First MP Shane Jones is defending Immigration New Zealand (INZ) after it instructed officials to stop granting visas as an exception to instructions. He has also lashed out at immigrant leaders upset with the tightening of the rules, saying they had an “elevated sense of entitlement”. Members of ...
    3 weeks ago
  • New Zealand public likely to vote on euthanasia bill thanks to NZ First
    A change to the End of Life Choice Bill was passed in Parliament, meaning if politicians decide to vote for the law it must be approved by the public first. A binding referendum was a condition insisted on by New Zealand First, and Jenny Marcroft’s supplementary order paper (SOP) successfully ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Tairāwhiti Workforce development projects get $1.6m PGF boost
    Fletcher Tabuteau, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), through its skills and employment programme, Te Ara Mahi, is investing a further $1.6m into Tairāwhiti’s workforce development, said Parliamentary Under Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau. “This PGF funding follows on from significant PGF investment earlier this ...
    3 weeks ago
  • NZ First welcomes primary sector support for climate change plan
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says the Government’s steps to reduce farm livestock emissions are necessary and timely. Today the Government and farming leaders announced a plan to measure and price emissions at the farm level by 2025. “Many farmers ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Shane Jones hits back at activists upset with immigration changes
    New Zealand First MP Shane Jones has hit back at those who are upset over a change in approach to partnership visas. There has been a specific government directive to stop waiving requirements such as couples needing to have lived together for 12 months - a test Indian couples who have ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Next steps in Northland line upgrade underway
    The North Auckland Line rejuvenation kicks off with teams surveying the rail corridor and Northland construction contractors are showing interest in the project. KiwiRail provided an industry briefing for Northland contracting and construction companies about future work opportunities on rejuvenating Northland’s rail lines. The briefing session in Whangarei was held to ...
    3 weeks ago

  • Supporting all schools to succeed
      More frontline support for schools through a new education agency, as part of a redesigned Ministry of Education More support for principals and school boards including through a new centre of leadership and local leadership advisor roles New independent disputes panels for parents and students Management of school property ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    24 mins ago
  • Infrastructure pipeline growing
    Infrastructure Minister is welcoming the first of many updated project pipelines from the newly established New Zealand Infrastructure Commission today. The New Zealand Infrastructure Commission, Te Waihanga, has released an expanded pipeline of major capital projects – another crucial step towards delivering better infrastructure outcomes. “The first iteration of the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 hours ago
  • Tighter firearms law to further improve safety
    Tougher gun laws designed to improve public safety through firearms prohibition orders are proposed in a new document released for public input. Police Minister Stuart Nash says firearms prohibition orders (FPOs) would give new powers to Police to ensure high-risk individuals come nowhere near firearms. “We have already prohibited the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • New TVNZ chair & directors confirmed
    Andy Coupe has been confirmed as TVNZ’s new Board Chair. “Mr Coupe has strong commercial and capital markets experience and TVNZ has benefited from his technical knowledge of business and finance, as well as his extensive governance experience,” the Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Kris Faafoi said.  Andy ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    23 hours ago
  • Hutt Road cycle path officially opened
    Associate Minister of Transport Julie Anne Genter today officially opened a separated pathway, following the completion of the Kaiwharawhara Stream bridge, which will improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians along Hutt Road.  The $6.8m Hutt Road project provides a separated path for cycling and pedestrians, the replacement of informal parking ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Announcement of new Ambassador to Russia
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today announced the appointment of career diplomat Si’alei van Toor as New Zealand’s next Ambassador to Russia. “I’m pleased to appoint Ms van Toor to this position. She brings a wealth of experience to the role having previously served as Senior Trade Adviser to the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update
    The Treasury’s 2019 Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update (HYEFU) will be released on Wednesday December 11, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. The Coalition Government will publish the 2020 Budget Policy Statement at the same time, outlining the priorities for Budget 2020. Further details on arrangements for the release will ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Giving a Boost to Kiwi small businesses
    A new initiative to better support small businesses through hands-on mentoring and advice has been launched by the Minister for Small Business. The first event in the Kiwi Business Boost series of regional workshops and online tools has been launched in Wairoa by Stuart Nash. “The Business Boost initiative combines ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Nearly three quarters of Rolleston connected to UFB
    The latest Quarterly Connectivity Report shows that more and more New Zealanders are moving to Ultra-fast Broadband (UFB), with Rolleston having the highest uptake at 74 per cent, as at the end of September. “This means that nearly three quarters of Rolleston’s households and businesses have moved to ultra-fast services. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Historic day for landmark climate change legislation in New Zealand
    The passing of the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill will help ensure a safe planet for our kids and grandkids, the Minister for Climate Change James Shaw said today. The landmark legislation which provides a framework to support New Zealanders to prepare for, and adapt to, the effects ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Release of Oranga Tamariki Practice Review
    The review of Oranga Tamariki practice around the planned uplift of a Hastings baby in May shows significant failings by the Ministry and that the planned and funded changes to shift from a child crisis service to a proper care and protection service need to be accelerated, Children’s Minister Tracey ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Minister wishes students success in exams
    Education Minister Chris Hipkins has wished students the best of luck for this year’s NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship exams which start tomorrow. Around 140,000 students will have participated in 119 NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship exams by the end of the exam period on 3 December. “I want to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New High Commissioner to the United Kingdom announced
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today announced the appointment of Bede Corry as New Zealand’s next High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. “The appointment of a senior diplomat to this important role underlines the significance New Zealand places on our relationship with the United Kingdom,” said Mr Peters. “The United ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New Police recruits making Auckland safer
    An innovative approach to boosting the number of frontline Police has seen 20 new officers graduate from one of the uncommon training wings in Auckland. Police Minister Stuart Nash says the graduation of 20 constables today means that 1,765 new Police officers have been deployed since the coalition government took ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Over 1.2 million hours of community work helps local communities
    Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis says the 1.2 million hours of community work completed by offenders in the last financial year has helped local communities right across the country. “Community work sentences are a great way for people to pay something positive back to society. There is a massive benefit to ...
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  • Te Huringa o Te Tai – Police Crime Prevention Strategy
    "A pathway for Police in leadership with Iwi Māori, to achieve the aspirations of Māori whānau." Police launch of Te Huringa o Te Tai, Pipitea Marae,  Thorndon Quay, Wellington Nau mai, haere mai. Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, ka nui te mihi, ki a koutou. Hello everyone, warm greetings to you all. ...
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  • Kiwis getting higher pay
    Working New Zealanders are getting more in their back pockets under the Coalition Government’s economic plan. Stats NZ data today shows average weekly ordinary time earnings are up by $83 since the Government took office. This shows that working New Zealanders are getting higher take-home pay, and that employers are ...
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  • More support for schools to reduce energy consumption and environmental impact
    The Government is supporting schools to cut down their energy consumption and reduce environmental impacts, with a quarter of all schools having their lights replaced with LEDs, a sustainability contestable fund and a plan to improve the environmental sustainability of all schools in the future. Education Minister Chris Hipkins and ...
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  • New Zealand’s manaakitanga highlighted in China
    Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis heads to China on Friday to lead the New Zealand Government presence at the China-New Zealand Year of Tourism closing ceremony. The ceremony will take place at Canton Tower in Guangzhou on Sunday 10 November. “The Year of Tourism has been mutually beneficial for both New ...
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  • Climate change research boost
    Should we plan for drought or deluge and how is CO2 released from the ocean’s floor? Several climate change projects were given a boost in the latest Marsden Fund investment of $83.6 million, Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods said today. “Climate change is long-term challenge that requires out-of-the-box ...
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  • Significant progress on Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)
    Leaders of 16 countries negotiating the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) have announced the completion of negotiation on the text as well as agreement on virtually all market access issues between 15 countries. The leaders said they will work with India to resolve its outstanding concerns in a way that ...
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  • Learn how to stay safe on World Tsunami Awareness Day
    Civil Defence Minister Hon Peeni Henare says World Tsunami Awareness Day today (5 November) is a chance for all New Zealanders to learn more about the tsunami risk in our regions and the right actions to take to stay safe. “All of New Zealand’s coastline is at risk of tsunami. ...
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  • Formal recognition at last for paramedics’ frontline medical role
    New Zealand’s more than 1000 paramedics are to have their role as key frontline health professionals formally recognised and regulated in the same way as doctors and nurses, Health Minister David Clark says. The Government has agreed to regulate paramedics under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003. “Paramedic leaders ...
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  • Government improving protections for consumers and workers when businesses fail
    Changes to insolvency law announced by the Government today will include requirements to honour up to 50 per cent of the value of gift cards or vouchers held by consumers, Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi says. “When a business is insolvent, these consumers are often left out of ...
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  • Outstanding public service recognised
    Six New Zealanders tonight received medals for their meritorious work in the frontline public service. The Public Service Medal, established by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, is awarded annually. “For the second year this Government has recognised public servants who have made a real difference to the lives of New ...
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    1 week ago
  • Global trade, business promotion focus of Shanghai meetings
    Minister for Trade and Export Growth David Parker heads to Shanghai today for the China International Import Expo and meetings focused on reforming the WTO. Over 90 New Zealand companies will be exhibiting at the second China International Import Expo (CIIE), which runs from 5-10 November. “China is one of New Zealand’s ...
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  • Drivers to get more time to gain full licence
    Drivers holding a current five-year learner or restricted car or motorbike licence, expiring between 1 December 2019 and 1 December 2021, will receive an automatic two-year extension, Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter announced today. Over 144,000 drivers’ time-limited licences are due to expire in the next two years; 67,000 ...
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  • NZ-China FTA upgrade negotiations conclude
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Minister for Trade and Export Growth David Parker have announced the conclusion of negotiations to upgrade New Zealand’s existing free trade agreement with China.   “This ensures our upgraded free trade agreement will remain the best that China has with any country,” Jacinda Ardern said.   She ...
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  • Fletcher Tabuteau congratulates winners of regional economic development awards
    Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau congratulates the Ten Kiwi organisations who have been recognised for their outstanding contribution to the wellbeing and the prosperity of their communities. Economic Development New Zealand (EDNZ), announced the awards at its annual conference in Blenheim last weekend. “A special congratulations to ...
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  • Minister welcomes record high building and construction apprenticeships
    Minister for Building and Construction Jenny Salesa has welcomed the record high of 13,000 building and construction apprentices in active training with main provider the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO). “We are committed to reversing the long-term decline in trades training and it’s excellent to see more people ...
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  • More progress on cancer medicines
    PHARMAC’s decision to fund a new leukaemia treatment means three new cancer medicines have now been funded so far this year, Health Minister David Clark says. From 1 December venetoclax (Venclexta) will be funded for people living with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia.  Just last month funding was also confirmed for alectinib ...
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  • New Zealand gifts White Horse to Nikko Toshogu Shrine in Japan
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has today formally gifted a white horse to Toshogu Shrine in Nikko, Japan in front of thousands of attendees at a ceremony conducted by Chief Priest Inaba.  The horse named Kōmaru, which means ‘sheltered’ in Maori and ‘shining’ in Japanese,  is a white 12-year-old purebred Andalusian ...
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  • High Commissioner to Canada announced
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has named diplomat Martin Harvey as New Zealand’s next High Commissioner to Canada. “Canada is one of New Zealand’s closest and longstanding international partners,” said Mr Peters. “Our close friendship is underpinned by our shared democratic values, history and our parliamentary traditions. As Commonwealth countries and ...
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  • New Retirement Commissioner appointed
    Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi has today announced the appointment of Jane Wrightson as Retirement Commissioner. “Jane has strong leadership, management and governance skills which will help champion improved financial capability for all New Zealanders and provide advice on retirement income policy issues,” Kris Faafoi said. Jane Wrightson ...
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  • New Zealand and Japan commit to greater cooperation in the Pacific
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters and his Japanese counterpart Toshimitsu Motegi announced a plan last night to cooperate more closely in the Pacific, as part of the strong and ambitious relationship between the two countries. “Japan is one of New Zealand’s most important partners and closest friends. My discussions with Minister ...
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  • Better Later Life launched
    The Government’s plan to help older New Zealanders live well, Better Later Life – He Oranga Kaumātua 2019 to 2034, was launched by Seniors Minister Tracey Martin today. “Better Later Life takes a fresh look at what is required to ensure everyone gets the chance to live well as they ...
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  • Wood fibre to unlock our low emissions future
    Trees can play a lead role in New Zealand’s transition to a low emissions economy, and this is reflected in a new request for research into innovative ways to use wood fibre, announced by Forestry Minister Shane Jones at the blessing of the new government forestry hub site in Rotorua ...
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  • New Rotorua Forestry Hub for Te Uru Rākau
    The Government has committed to a strong regional presence for Te Uru Rākau (Forestry New Zealand), with the construction of a new Forestry Hub in Rotorua announced by Forestry Minister Shane Jones today. Speaking at a blessing ceremony at the site of the new building, Scion’s Rotorua campus, Minister Jones ...
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  • Minister announces fresh funding for community-led Hokianga environment project
    A unique project enhancing the mana and wellbeing of the environment and the people of the Hokianga is to receive $300000 over three years from the Ministry for the Environment’s Community Environment Fund.  Associate Minister for the Environment Eugenie Sage made the announcement at a kiwi protection workshop at Ōpara ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • New report reveals barriers to prosecution and conviction for sexual violence cases
    A new report by the Ministry of Justice provides an important baseline for measuring the Government’s work to address and end sexual violence in New Zealand. Attrition and progression: Reported sexual violence victimisations in the criminal justice system analyses 23,739 sexual violence victimisations reported to Police between July 2014 and ...
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