web analytics

Generational astrology

Written By: - Date published: 10:00 am, March 25th, 2020 - 25 comments
Categories: class, covid-19 - Tags: , , , ,

There are still a few people around playing the inter-generational blame game, although I am relieved to see it has dropped way down. The horrendous ‘bye-boomer’ meme earlier in the pandemic seems to have disappeared, and I’m not seeing regular ok boomer dismissals online. 

There are a few people who don’t seem to get it, including one prominent left wing blogger I am not linking to but the gist of which is that millennials and younger are locked down with severe restrictions to save boomer lives and given how boomers have fucked everything up, they should remember this when it’s all over. Assuming they’re not dead I guess. Reading accounts from medical staff in Italy and the US of the conditions under which people are dying tells me immediately that we have to stop giving older people grief.

It’s not hard to react and counter with tales of all the stupid shit some young people are doing right now or how millennials don’t vote out austerity goverments, but that just keeps us in the cul de sac of political impotence against neoliberalism. 

Instead,

 

Recently I tweeted this,

I miss my old people something fierce. When I was growing up I spent a lot of time around old people, my grandparents and their friends and extended family. They weren’t boomers of course, the boomers were still in their 20s and 30s, millennial-esque. All those old people are gone now and the boomers have taken their place. The first boomers are in their mid-70s, and I am going to miss them something fierce when they are gone too.

Mainstream society treats old people pretty badly in many ways. Ageism is real, and institutional ageism is not well discussed in political circles. I contrast this with Māori and other cultures who value their old people highly, because aroha, and because older people hold institutional wisdom that cultures need to survive and be well. Part of how humans evolved was because we had older people to help with raising kids and tending to the tribe.

For many of us it is clear that there is no going back to how things were, the coronavirus has changed everything. Neoliberalism has been momentarily stopped in its tracks, and we just demonstrated in a few short months that if we want to, when it’s actually important to us, we can drastically reduce GHG emissions.

What we do next matters. We’re not going back, but what we are going forward into isn’t set in stone. We have some choices here, and I’m hoping that over the next four weeks we can have a wide discussion about what those choices are and where we want to go. The potential for change is here, in our hands, in a way I’ve not experienced in 50 odd years. 

How do we want to function collectively as a society? If socialists, progressives, left wingers want to talk about how our values and politics are good and useful right now, then we have to get this stuff right. Practice what we preach and actively create the society based in kindness and connection we say we want, here and now. This is no longer theoretical nor political aspiration. We are in the time when we get to make it real.

25 comments on “Generational astrology ”

  1. Carolyn_Nth 1

    Thanks weka. I posted a reply to that elder-bashing blog post that you are not linking to. I thought it was a very mean-spirited comment for that blogger to make at a time when we should all be pulling together.

    I have gotta say I have had nothing but kindness, friendliness and support from my millennial nephews. The one who is currently living in Auckland reached out to me last week to offer to do anything for me that I need. He was the one came to collect me from hospital after a minor sinus operation a couple of years back – always cheerful and sociable.

    I suspect, like his parents, he is more likely to vote National than Labour. I have always been the known leftie in a more neoliberal family (socially liberal, economically conservative).

    That post that shall not be linked, followed the line that all us boomers are selfish right wing voters – in keeping with the line that we are all property hoarding, property owners who have left nothing for subsequent generations . Well, my millennial nephew and his partner have bought a house & section in recent years (with a bit of help from boomer parents), and I am the lifetime renter.

    But still the stereotype prevails! In all generations, it is the low income people who suffer most. I am financially better off than most renters – unless the banks crash!

    When you look at the NZ stats so far, it's mainly people in their 40s, 50s and 60s that have tested positive to Covid-19, with very few people in their 70s and 80s. There are more people in their 20s that have tested positive than the 70 & 80 yr olds; more positives in their teens than in their 80s. This is probably because they are still mostly related to overseas travellers.

    And if there is an increase in severe cases, likely mostly but not exclusively older people, this will overload out health system, and cause problems for people of all ages in need of health or injury care.

    • weka 1.1

      So glad I haven't seen the post, I just saw the tweet which was bad enough.

      It's so horrible seeing people shitting on old people right now. We are better than this, hoping it's isolated, but really disappointing to see it by someone with such a big platform.

      Thanks for the link, good to see some early analysis in a NZ context.

      • Carolyn_Nth 1.1.1

        I have noticed that this blogger has no empathy for anyone except those who are part of his/her group – so only has good things to say about their own generation, and finds fault with every other one.

        Similar self focus re socio-economic class, sex, etc.

  2. Ad 2

    I absolutely get the point of smoothing intergenerational discord. I have a lot of them and did a round of visits last weekend.

    But the two bigger strifes at the moment occurring around the place is:

    1. Who gets the kids? Family ex-es who thought they had access and now just don't.

    2. Looting. It's gonna happen .

    • weka 2.1

      1. I feel for the people that have acrimonious set ups around shared care. I hope others can step up and provide support to deal with that. Generally I think it's 4 weeks right now, it's manageable for most given so many have ITC.

      2. Probably, although apparently in the UK they're saying the authorities expected it to be worse and instead lots of people are helping each other out.

      I think our low population is a boon right now (easier for the state to respond). Some people are going to get caught up in this wrongly (remembering what happened in Chch post quake), and being considerate to police and others set to manage this would go a long way.

      • Carolyn_Nth 2.1.1

        The UK have left the lock down til community transmission is quite rampant. I am seeing on social media younger people talking about having got quite a strong and debilitating bout of Covid-19 from social activities.

        NZ has moved to it much earlier.

        • weka 2.1.1.1

          I'm hearing people still doing lots of gathering together in the UK, so I'm guessing that the earlier fuck up and messaging has confused people. We are so lucky here, despite the lapses in some things.

          • Carolyn_Nth 2.1.1.1.1

            It's shocking how some people just don't get the seriousness of the situation.

            Some seem to think the rules/guidelines are there to break. They are there for all our good and for the collective good.

            This "Don't pop the bubble" on RNZ lays out the importance for us all to limit our circle of contacts. eg it could mean the difference between a short or long lock down period.

    • Cinny 2.2

      The Director General of Health has given guidelines re shared care of children during lockdown:

      • Parents with shared custody of children were able to move between two homes as long as they are in the same community.
      • If a child spends time with a parent in Auckland and a parent in Christchurch, it is likely that travel restrictions will see that child spending the lockdown period with one of the parents.
      • This is to minimise the risk of Covid-19 spread.
      • However, if both parents live in the same city or town, then care arrangements should be able to continue as normal.

      Our plan is… in two weeks time we will make the call whether the girls can spend time at their dads. If they can, we will ask if they can stay there for a week. However it's all up to him, and as the girls catch the bus to their dad's he will instead need to collect them and return them. So their dad and his partner in theory would become part of our bubble.

      In the end it really depends on whether one of the parents is going to be an arsehole or not.

  3. Cinny 3

    Yesterday in Spain the military went to disinfect a resthome, what they found was deeply disturbing.

    The elderly at the home had been abandoned, they found some of them dead in their beds.

    This should never ever happen, please NZ don't let it happen here.

    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/03/corpses-elderly-abandoned-spanish-care-homes-200324141255435.html

    • Carolyn_Nth 3.1

      Geeezuz! Words fail me! That surely is a pandemic and then some.

      • Cinny 3.1.1

        Spain appears to be the new hotspot, but that story….. fork!

        • riffer 3.1.1.1

          meanwhile, USA looks on and says "hold my beer." Things are going to get really bad for the USA in the next week. I'm so glad we're in lockdown. I am starting to wonder if we are going to see the start of a Soviet-Union style breakdown in the USA over the next few months.

          • Carolyn_Nth 3.1.1.1.1

            I have thought the US has been in slow decline since the time of Bush Jrn. Their current president is the WORST one to have at this time, but many USians will probably still vote for him.

          • Cinny 3.1.1.1.2

            Makes sense why some tourists have decided to stay on here. Our government is looking after us, we are so freakin lucky.

            Carolyn, I wonder if USA citizens are having a ‘Bernies free health care plan sounds pretty good right now’ moment.

          • halfcrown 3.1.1.1.3

            A great article which shows how America and others have armed themselves for the wrong enemy.

            Having read this novel I find the comparison
            ironic

            https://consortiumnews.com/2020/03/23/covid-19-prepared-for-the-wrong-war/

  4. Roy Cartland 4

    That 'left wing blogger' I suspect you're referring to is not so left; if it's the same one, he's literally advocated fascism:

    • in the form of mob beatings for those perceived as racist, and

    • bitch-slaps and backhanders for people like Simon Bridges to make him see sense and not say stupid things, and

    • panic as an appropriate response to the virus threat, which he knows more about than all the doctors, governments and psychologists.

    And btw, he told us so.

    • Carolyn_Nth 4.1

      Yes. that "I know better, and I have been ahead of it and saying what to do about this virus for months" panic is just going to wind some people up to more unhelpful panic responses.

    • weka 4.2

      there are left wing people that hold those views unfortunately.

      • Roy Cartland 4.2.1

        *Sigh* too true. In any case, yes it is the same blogger. Most of his commenters are pretty f'd off by that ageist post of his too, btw.

        • weka 4.2.1.1

          good to hear, hopefully he will learn from the feedback.

          • peterlepaysan 4.2.1.1.1

            Not sure about learning from feed back.

            Sent a response regarding the use of "boomer". Response was never posted. He is a gutless wonder.

            To be fair I did compare him to simon bridges, but only in terms of dog whistle

  5. peterh 5

    yesterday we had people on this site, raving on about the warehouse, and other outlets to be left open, they put comments on here because they heard something that was not official, please do not rant on, until you hear the daily update, and even then try not to be too critical as we are all in this together

  6. Dennis Frank 6

    Interesting choice of a headline, riffing off the twitter guy's unreliable memory of the 1980s. If corporate marketers really did lift the concept from the new-agers, and run with it, I bet they never told their clients!

    The theory that outer-planet transits through the signs of the zodiac create generational affinities originated in Dane Rudhyar's later books (1970s) as far as I can recall. It got traction to the extent that the sixties rebels actually were all peace love & woodstock (Neptune in Libra) and exploded the nuclear family (Uranus in Cancer). You can look back into the early 20th century and see correlations too: Hollywood came from the Neptune in Leo generation, elimination of empire from Pluto in Leo, motherland nationalism from Pluto in Cancer earlier.

    Younger generations since have failed the intellectual challenge involved in matching theory to reality. Not that I'm suggesting astrologers are any less clueless on the topic than the media, mind you! All they ever do is recycle the crap in astrology books ad nauseum. Can't tell the difference between what's valid and what isn't.

    Relevance to real life is established by utility value. If a belief system makes sense to them, people will use it because humans need meaning in life. Best to cut the crap though – believing invalid stuff breeds poor mental health, makes folks delusional. I have a circle of astrologer friends from the '80s, around a dozen or so, who have completed professional careers in various different fields. Usually intelligent discourse at gatherings, but I always have to steer it away from the platitudes…

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Prime Minister mourns passing of Dr Sir Ian Hassall
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is mourning the passing of Dr Sir Ian Hassall, New Zealand’s first Children’s Commissioner and lifelong champion for children and children’s health. As a paediatrician Sir Ian contributed to a major world-first cot death study that has been directly credited with reducing cot deaths in New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    14 hours ago
  • APEC structural reform meeting a success
    APEC ministers have agreed working together will be crucial to ensure economies recover from the impact of COVID-19. Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs David Clark, chaired the virtual APEC Structural Reform Ministerial Meeting today which revolved around the overarching theme of promoting balanced, inclusive, sustainable, innovative and secure growth ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • Digital hub to boost investment in forestry
    A new website has been launched at Fieldays to support the forestry sector find the information it needs to plant, grow and manage trees, and to encourage investment across the wider industry. Forestry Minister Stuart Nash says the new Canopy website is tailored for farmers, iwi and other forestry interests, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • Government continues support for rangatahi to get into employment, education and training
    Over 230 rangatahi are set to benefit from further funding through four new He Poutama Rangatahi programmes, Minister for Social Development and Employment Carmel Sepuloni announced today. “We’re continuing to secure our economic recovery from COVID by investing in opportunities for rangatahi to get into meaningful employment, education or training ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • NCEA subjects up for consultation
    The education sector, students, their parents, whānau and communities are invited to share their thoughts on a list of proposed NCEA subjects released today, Education Minister Chris Hipkins says. This is a significant part of the Government’s NCEA Change Programme that commenced in 2020 and will be largely implemented by ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    21 hours ago
  • Major investment in plantain forage programme aims to improve freshwater quality
    The Government is backing a major programme investigating plantain’s potential to help farmers protect waterways and improve freshwater quality, Acting Agriculture Minister Meka Whaitiri announced at Fieldays today. The Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures (SFFF) fund is contributing $8.98 million to the $22.23 million seven-year programme, which aims to deliver ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    21 hours ago
  • America’s Cup decision
    The Minister responsible for the America’s Cup has confirmed the joint Crown-Auckland Council offer to host the next regatta has been declined by the Board of Team New Zealand. “The exclusive period of negotiation between the Crown, Auckland Council, and Team New Zealand ends tomorrow, 17 June,” said Stuart Nash. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    21 hours ago
  • Food and fibres sector making significant strides towards New Zealand’s economic recovery
    The Government is backing the food and fibres sector to lead New Zealand's economic recovery from COVID-19 with targeted investments as part of its Fit for a Better World roadmap, Forestry Minister Stuart Nash said. “To drive New Zealand’s recovery, we launched the Fit for a Better World – Accelerating ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    23 hours ago
  • Cost of Government Southern Response proactive package released
    The Government has announced the proactive package for some Southern Response policyholders could cost $313 million if all those eligible apply. In December, the Minister Responsible for the Earthquake Commission, David Clark announced a proactive package for SRES claimants who settled their claims before October 2014. It trailed the judgment ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New support to reduce emissions from public building and construction projects
    Government agencies are getting new support to reduce carbon emissions generated by construction of new buildings, with the release of practical guidance to shape decisions on public projects. The Ministers for Building and Construction and for Economic Development say a new Procurement Guide will help government agencies, private sector suppliers, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • He Whenua Taurikura: New Zealand’s first Hui on Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism
    The Prime Minister has opened New Zealand’s first hui on Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism, which is being held in Christchurch over the next two days. The hui delivers on one of the recommendations from the report of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the terrorist attack on Christchurch masjidain ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Speech to inaugural Countering Terrorism Hui
    E aku nui, e aku rahi, Te whaka-kanohi mai o rātou mā, Ru-ruku-tia i runga i te ngākau whakapono, Ru-ruku-tia i runga i te ngākau aroha, Waitaha, Ngāti Mamoe, Ngai Tahu, nāu rā te reo pohiri. Tena tātou katoa. Ki te kotahi te kakaho ka whati, ki te kapuia, e ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Campaign shines a light on elder abuse
    A new campaign is shining a spotlight on elder abuse, and urging people to protect older New Zealanders. Launched on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, the Office for Seniors’ campaign encourages friends, whānau and neighbours to look for the signs of abuse, which is often hidden in plain sight. “Research suggests ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Farewelling sports administrator and philanthropist Sir Eion Edgar
    Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson today expressed his sorrow at the passing of Sir Eion Edgar – a leading sports administrator and celebrated philanthropist who has made a significant impact both within and beyond the sport sector. “Sir Eion’s energy, drive and generosity has been truly immense. He leaves ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government to apologise for Dawn Raids
    The Government will make a formal apology for the wrongs committed during the Dawn Raids of the 1970’s. Between 1974 and 1976, a series of rigorous immigration enforcement policies were carried out that resulted in targeted raids on the homes of Pacific families. The raids to find, convict and deport overstayers ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Humanitarian support for Bangladesh and Myanmar
    Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta today announced that New Zealand is providing NZ $8.25 million in humanitarian assistance to support refugees and their host populations in Bangladesh and to support humanitarian need of internally displaced and conflict affected people in Myanmar.  “Nearly four years after 900,000 Rohingya crossed the border ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Poroporoaki: Dame Georgina Kamiria Kirby
    E Te Kōkō Tangiwai, Te Tuhi Mareikura, Te Kākākura Pokai kua riro i a matou. He toka tū moana ākinga ā tai, ākinga ā hau, ākinga ā ngaru tūātea.  Haere atu rā ki te mūrau a te tini, ki te wenerau a te mano.  E tae koe ki ngā rire ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Feedback sought on future of housing and urban development
    New Zealanders are encouraged to have their say on a long-term vision for housing and urban development to guide future work, the Housing Minister Megan Woods has announced. Consultation starts today on a Government Policy Statement on Housing and Urban Development (GPS-HUD), which will support the long-term direction of Aotearoa ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Clean car package to drive down emissions
    New rebates for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles start July 1 with up to $8,625 for new vehicles and $3,450 for used. Electric vehicle chargers now available every 75km along most state highways to give Kiwis confidence. Low Emission Transport Fund will have nearly four times the funding by 2023 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Progress towards simpler process for changing sex on birth certificates
    The Government is taking the next step to support transgender, non-binary and intersex New Zealanders, by progressing the Births, Deaths, Marriages and Relationships Registration Bill, Minister of Internal Affairs, Jan Tinetti announced today. “This Government understands that self-identification is a significant issue for transgender, non-binary and intersex New Zealanders, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Crown speeds up engagement with takutai moana applicants
    The Crown is taking a new approach to takutai moana applications to give all applicants an opportunity to engage with the Crown and better support the Māori-Crown relationship, Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Andrew Little says. Following discussions with applicant groups, the Crown has reviewed the existing takutai moana application ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment (AODT) Court opens
    The Minister of Justice, Kris Faafoi, and the Minister for Courts, Aupito William Sio, have welcomed the opening of a new Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment (AODT) Court in Hamilton. The AODT Court (Te Whare Whakapiki Wairua) addresses situations where substance abuse and offending are intertwined. “New Zealanders have told ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • EU and UK FTAs top of list for first ministerial trip since COVID-19
    Trade and Export Growth Minister Damien O’Connor today announced details of his planned visit to the United Kingdom and European Union next week, where he will hold trade and agriculture discussions to further New Zealand’s economic recovery from COVID-19. The visit will add political weight to ongoing negotiations with both the EU ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Arihia Bennett to chair Royal Commission Ministerial Advisory Group
    Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu chief executive Arihia Bennett MNZM has been appointed chair of the newly appointed Ministerial Advisory Group on the Government’s Response to the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the terrorist attack on Christchurch mosques. “Twenty-eight people from diverse backgrounds across Aotearoa have been selected for the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Medical Association General Practitioners' Conference, Rotorua
    Ki ngā pou maha o te whare hauora o Aotearoa, kei te mihiTo the pillars of our health system I acknowledge/thank you Ki te ope hapai hauora o roto o tēnei rūma, kei te mihi To our health force here in the room today, I acknowledge/thank you He taura tangata, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Karangahape Road upgrades are streets ahead
    The upgrades to Karangahape Road makes the iconic street more pedestrian and cycle-friendly, attractive and environmentally sustainable, Transport Minister Michael Wood and Auckland Mayor Phil Goff said at the formal celebration of the completion of the Karangahape Road Enhancements project. The project included widening footpaths supporting a better outdoor dining ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Speech to APEC business event
    E ngā tumu herenga waka, ākina ā ngaru, ākina ā tai ka whakatere ngā waka ki te whakapapa pounamu, otirā, ki Tamaki o ngā waka Tena koutou katoa… To the great leaders assembled, who guided your waka through turbulent times, challenging waters and you continue to navigate your respective waka ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Pause on Quarantine Free Travel with Victoria extended
    Following an assessment of the COVID-19 outbreak in greater Melbourne, New Zealand’s Quarantine Free Travel pause with Victoria will continue for a further seven days, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says. There are now 93 cases associated with the outbreak in greater Melbourne, spread over four clusters. Contact tracing efforts ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Supplier Diversity Aotearoa Summit: Navigate 2021
    *** Check with delivery *** A mihi to all who have contributed to making today a success – starting with you! As you have explored and navigated government procurement today you will hopefully have reflected on the journey of our people so far – and how you can make a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Pukemiro School to close
    Pukemiro Primary School near Huntly will close following years of declining roll numbers, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. “I’ve consulted with the School Commissioner, and this decision acknowledges the fact that the few remaining students from last term are now settled at other nearby schools. “I want to thank ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Govt acts to protect NZers from harmful content
    New Zealanders will be better protected from harmful or illegal content as a result of work to design a modern, flexible and coherent regulatory framework, Minister of Internal Affairs Jan Tinetti announced today. New Zealand currently has a content regulatory system that is comprised of six different arrangements covering some ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Consultation on exemption of new builds from proposed tax rules
    The Government has today confirmed new builds will be exempt from planned changes to the tax treatment of residential investment property.  Public consultation is now open on details of the proposals, which stop interest deductions being claimed for residential investment properties other than new builds.   “The Government’s goal is to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Speech for Predator Free 2050 Conference
    Introduction E ngā mana E ngā reo E ngā iwi Tēnā koutou katoa   Ka huri ki ngā mana whenua o te rohe nei. Tēnā koutou He mihi hoki ki a tatou kua tau mai nei i raro i te kaupapa o te rā Ko Ayesha Verrall toku ingoa No ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • New stock exchange to help grow small businesses
    A new share trading market, designed as a gateway to the NZX for small-to-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), has been granted a licence by the Government. Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister, David Clark said Catalist Markets Ltd will provide a simpler and more affordable ‘stepping stone’ for SMEs to raise capital. “This ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Visa extensions provide certainty to employers and 10,000 visa holders
    Changes to onshore visas will provide employers and visa holders with more certainty, Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi has announced. Around 10,000 Working Holiday visas and Supplementary Seasonal Employment (SSE) work visas due to expire between 21 June 2021 and 31 December 2021 will be extended for another six months to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Border class exceptions approved for more farm workers and vets
    The Government has approved border class exceptions for an additional 200 dairy workers and 50 veterinarians to enter New Zealand, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor announced today.  “It is clear from conversations with the dairy and veterinarian sectors that they are facing workforce pressures. These border exceptions will go a long ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • More freezers and South Island hub to support vaccine roll-out
    A South Island hub and 17 new ultra-low temperature freezers will help further prepare New Zealand for the ramp up of the vaccination programme in the second half of this year, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says. The new freezers arrived in New Zealand on 27 May. They’re currently being ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Speech at the release of Climate Change Commission's final advice
    Good morning – and thank you Prime Minister. Over the last three and half years we have been putting in place the foundations for a low-carbon Aotearoa that will be a catalyst for job creation, innovation, and prosperity for decades to come. In that future, many of our everyday tasks ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Achievable blueprint for addressing climate change released
    Report says Government making good progress on emissions reduction, but more action required Meeting climate targets achievable and affordable with existing technology Economic cost of delaying action higher than taking action now Benefits from climate action include health improvements and lower energy bills All Ministers to help meet climate targets ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Speech to release of Climate Commission final report
    A few years ago in a speech in Auckland, I compared climate change to the nuclear free movement of roughly four decades ago. And I did so for a few reasons. Firstly, because the movement of the 1980s represented a life or death situation for the Pacific, and so does ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago