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Go the ABs!

Written By: - Date published: 10:33 am, September 9th, 2011 - 93 comments
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Non-political post, but I don’t think The Standardistas can ignore the small event starting in Aotearoa today.

I’ve got my ticket to the opening game, and I’m desperately looking forward to cheering on the ABs, tonight and through to October 23.

So – what are everyone’s plans?  Today and through the tournament?

If you’re in Auckland, if you’re going to the game they’d like you there by 7.  If you’re not going to the game, but want to join the fun, here’s the program at Queen’s Wharf:

4pm – Opening Night starts at 4pm with the arrival of a fleet of 20 Te Herenga Waka
4.40pm – Dave Dobbyn and band sing Welcome Home at Queens Wharf
5pm – Kaihoe procession and mass haka
5.55pm – Mayor Len Brown welcome
6.10pm – The Finn Brothers concert (headline act) at Queens Wharf
7.30pm – Opening Ceremony at Eden Park live on big screens at the waterfront
8pm – Sound and Light Show All Lit Up 
8.15pm – Opening match at Eden Park
8.30pm – Kick off: New Zealand versus Tonga live on from Eden Park on the big screens
10.15pm – Live performances at Queens Wharf by Dane Rumble, Midnight Youth, Kora and DJ Manuel Bundy
2am – Queens Wharf closes

Elsewhere around the country the Party Zones will be going off as well.

Use this post for your World Cup related chat…

Although this post should be covered by the opinion section of electoral law and shouldn’t need authorisation, here’s mine anyway, just to be safe:
Authorised by Ben Clark, 54 Aramoana Ave, Devonport

93 comments on “Go the ABs!”

  1. The click thru-pic is the Tshirt I’m wearing today:
    “Today, I am wearing mainly black”

    As a start to rugby-related chat – if you’re at home, watch on Maori TV if you can – then you won’t get ads between the haka and the game

    • Afewknowthetruth 1.1

      Today on TS there is an important item about how corporations are destroying the planet we live on via manipulation of society.

      Flying teams from all over the world to compete here must rate as one of the most idiotic actions of the year. Oh, I forgot, we ‘have to’ burn up the oil as quickly as possible so there is none left for the next generation, and we ‘have to’ bring about abrupt climate change as quickly as possible so that no one will be able to survive on this planet.

      I see the corporations have taken over your brain Ben. If you think the RWC is anything to do with sport you are a deluded fool. It’s all about money. And keeping the braindead masses entertianed as we ‘fall off the cliff’.

      ‘So – what are everyone’s plans? Today and through the tournament?’

      Avoid it as much as possible and try to ensure that none of my money goes to the corporations that are running the show.

      As DYB pointed out, 70% of NZers have no interest in rugby and a large portion of them absolutely hate it. So how come we have it constantly rammed down our throats, Ben?

      • Enough is Enough 1.1.1

        This is about more than a silly game.

        As Ben’s list shows this is a celebration of New Zealand culture. There will be New Zealand music, food, hospitality and performaces on display tonight throughout Auckland and the rest of the country.

        We don’t often get the opportunity to stop and celebrate being Kiwi.

        Today is one of those opportunities. Don’t refuse to participate because you dislike rugby. It is free to enjoy yourself today with fellow kiwis and strangers on the street.

        • McFlock 1.1.1.1

          “Free”? I just paid my fecking rates bill last week. Stadium line item.

          • Enough is Enough 1.1.1.1.1

            I’m not going near a stadium or tv for that matter,

            I’m talking about the community….the street

            • Bored 1.1.1.1.1.1

              Well said, biked past a game in Carterton last season, humble country club game. The sideline was crowded, a real rural community event. Fine day and the people out talking, chatting, cheering, socialising. Its easy to miss this in the city, but if you go down to the ground Saturday afternoon in Otara, Petone, Sydenham you will see the same. Its more than a game.

            • McFlock 1.1.1.1.1.2

              My community is in hock for at least the next 20 years to pay for a rugby stadium because a few rugby-head councillors wanted to yet again bail out their financially incompetent rugby union. Excuse me for going bah humbug.

        • Brett Dale 1.1.1.2

          Enough is enough:

          Im guessing rugby fans wouldnt get invovled if this was the basketball world champs or the football world cup.

          • Morrissey 1.1.1.2.1

            Enough is enough:

            Something tells me that, as a football hater, you’re going to be hatin’ life for the next seven weeks.

            Im guessing rugby fans wouldnt get invovled if this was the basketball world champs or the football world cup.

            This is the football world cup, you mean-spirited twit.

            • The Voice of Reason 1.1.1.2.1.1

              Er, no. It something called Rugby World Cup, which shouldn’t be confused with the real world cup, which is known formally as the FIFA World Cup.
               
              By the way, anybody know why there is no ‘the’ at the start of RWC? It’s almost as ungrammatically annoying as the police referring to themselves as ‘police’.

              • Reality Bytes

                As grammatically annoying as it is, when I think of a reason, I suppose that it may be helpful to be able to very quickly and assertively identify themselves, by reducing the amount of time taken to introduce themselves. Simply as ‘Police’ instead of as ‘the police’ could be advantageous when seconds count.
                Well perhaps that’s how it got started, I realise it’s pretty much a defacto term now, even for routine stuff.

              • Morrissey

                It something called Rugby World Cup, which shouldn’t be confused with the real world cup, which is known formally as the FIFA World Cup.

                Fair enough. I was reacting to this bitter hater and denouncer of rugby football, who was (in his inept and clumsy way) trying to score a point.

      • Bored 1.1.2

        Look here AFKTT, to some of us this is a matter of religion. We ex players of all grades who can proudly display scars gouged into our backs at the bottom of a ruck see your attitude as a serious slight. Money or no money it hurts. It takes bravery, its honourable and we love our boys in Black…amen.

        Now if you don’t like our childish attachment to chasing around an inflated pigskin and trying to cripple one another be our guest, change channel (and bring us a beer).

  2. Draco T Bastard 2

    I’m one of the 70% of NZers that have no interest in rugby.

    • Enough is Enough 2.1

      And also arguably the most miserable negative person in New Zealand.

      • Bored 2.1.1

        Dont be mean, Draco is decidedly positive. I have not asked him who is going to win…that could be the clincher.

    • Ben Clark 2.2

      Cost of a beer (at games / party central): $7.50 for 330ml.

      That’s virtually ₤4 for just over half-a-pint of beer – but cheaper than surrounding bars apparently, some of which will be charging >₤5. What will the Brits & other visitors make of our very high beer prices?

      (And is Heineken being socially responsible and stepping in where the govt wouldn’t to make drunkenness unaffordable to youth? 😈 )

      • McFlock 2.2.1

        Don’t believe the PR – they probably found 3 inner-city bars with “fuck off, poor people” prices to benchmark against.
         

    • Lanthanide 2.3

      I hope NZ loses.

  3. Carol 3

    Hope to see the waka on TV. Later I will watch the game and cheer for Tonga.

    I like watching rugby, but I don’t like all the extraneous hype.

    • alex 3.1

      I would support the All Blacks more if they came out strongly against the domestic violence that occurs when they lose.

      • Deb 3.1.1

        While I deplore physical violence, I can hardly imagine why anyone would think the ABs should drop everything (not the ball I hope) and speak out against violence in the home should they lose

        • McFlock 3.1.1.1

          Why need an excuse – I must say those depression ads (JK? I don’t really know rugby players) seem to have had an effect on my more macho former colleagues.
          Damned fine job.

          • Bored 3.1.1.1.1

            John Kirwan, what a great wing, what a great human for putting his personal demons on the line to help others. Going back a bit Meads did the same for IHC, selfless fund raising. These guys are our heritage, they are our heroes, lets get right behind them. Go the Blacks.

        • alex 3.1.1.2

          What the fuck? If you deplore physical violence, then you should think anything that could be done to prevent it would be a good thing. The number of women bashed rises hugely whenever the ABs lose, just ask women’s refuge. It must naturally follow that the bashers are strong ABs fans, therefore if the ABs fronted a campaign against domestic violence, they would be listened to. I’m not saying drop everything, I’m just saying maybe those who are constantly talked about as role models should actually take a stand on something that is a huge blight on our nation, and is something they could do something about.

          • Deb 3.1.1.2.1

            The use of profanity in your first sentence is symptomatic of the verbal violence in this country. My experience tells me that it is only a short step from that sort of language to the physical violence experienced in the houses of those with anger management problems and a lack of self control.

            If you feel so strongly about it, maybe you could write a letter to the appropriate channels and set the ball rolling, rather than hijack a thread that is about supporting our team the ABs.

            Go the boys in black – we’re with you.

            • alex 3.1.1.2.1.1

              My comments are about the All Blacks, and their lack of support for social issues. My profanity was a reaction to your inability to connect the dots between role models and more positive social outcomes. Look at the stats from women’s refuge. They are clear and compelling. This is not a thread hijack, it is merely a comment on how when thinking about the All Blacks, we focus on the wrong things.
              And furthermore, no I don’t have anger management problems, nor have I ever hit a person in anger in my life. Ever. How dare you be so disgustingly cynical about ‘verbal violence’ when you ignore real physical violence?
              And finally, yes, I do want the All Blacks to win, as does everyone else here. The thing is though, I want them to win so women in violent households don’t get the bash. Go the boys in black – the at risk families of the nation are with you.

          • bbfloyd 3.1.1.2.2

            alex…try not to confuse the love of a game, or team with much deeper, long term issues….. as i’m sure you know, domestic violence has been an integral part of the majority of human cultures for millenia..

            simply blaming one of the many triggers is entirely missing the point……

            so let’s just enjoy some good rugby, or if you have to, then avoid it…. either way….. it’s going to be an interesting few weeks….

      • Morrissey 3.1.2

        I would support the All Blacks more if they came out strongly against the domestic violence that occurs when they lose.

        What an idiotic, ridiculously P.C. thing to say.

  4. Also, go the Warriors and Tall Blacks!

    • Morrissey 4.1

      Also, go the Warriors and Tall Blacks!

      Hating life, he is. Nobody cares about those teams—-or those sports.

      • alex 4.1.1

        Calling something PC is essentially a privileged person expressing their wish to stay that way.

        • Morrissey 4.1.1.1

          Calling something PC is essentially a privileged person expressing their wish to stay that way.

          Fair enough. Let’s say instead that your comment was absurdly punctilious, and no one would take it seriously.

          • felix 4.1.1.1.1

            Yeah because women and children who get the crap beaten out of them are “no one”. Not really shifting from your privileged stance there at all, Morrissey.

            Still who gives a fuck? The rugby is the most important thing, right?

  5. GO SAMOA IN DA RUGBY WORLD CUP !!!

    CHEEEEEEEEEEHOOOOOOO…

    • Bored 5.1

      Did you see the Tongans arrive, huge crowd to greet them? One player said there were more people in front of him than the whole of Nuku alofa. Will be the same with Samoans, this event is in the right place because we have three Pasifika teams plus NZ playing at “home”.

      • pollywog 5.1.1

        Did you see the Tongans arrive, huge crowd to greet them?

        Yeah, was practically blinded by the gold blinging off their teeth 🙂

        • lprent 5.1.1.1

          Ummm you wouldn’t be a Samoan would you? Those Tongans have really shown you all up this time in the organizational front….
          😈

  6. lprent 6

    …but I don’t think The Standardistas can ignore the small event starting in Aotearoa today.

    Speak for yourself. I can quite happily ignore it. In fact so much so that I’m referred to as being the “grumpy old man” at work because of my attitudes to it. Everyone else will be ambling along the waterfront shortly to see where the missing millions are going… I’m heading home to work. Lyn is down with a nasty flu and I suspect that it may be difficult to get out of here later.

    However I will say one thing about the RWC. I know who deserves to win and it isn’t the AB’s

  7. vto 7

    ya it is very exciting having all these teams here and getting to watch the entire tournament in our front room.

    Have to say though, it is a shame that the game has been sold to the highest bidder. Especially when it wasn’t even theirs to sell. And what about those who can’t afford a ticket? Why were they not catered for? I betcha you get the highest concentration of millionaires in NZ’s history at most of these games.

    • bbfloyd 7.1

      and all of them hanging about in the slug… quaffing the champagne and scoffing the prawn cocktails we shouted them… good thing bin laden’s dead…. we’re saved from having all our economic problems solved in one big bang…

    • infused 7.2

      It’s only on 3 channels…

    • RWC is all about corporate profit extraction masquerading as a cultural event.
      it’s got very little to do with sport or NZ’s interests.
      it’s also an excellent circus to placate and distract the prols while National continues to pillage what remains of our public wealth.

      yay yay hooray RWC!
      yay yay hooray the advertising platform known as the All Blacks!

  8. logie97 8

    It amazes me that we demonstrate to the world Tolley’s 20 percent tail (tale) of failure every time the media interviews Steve Hansen and Richie McCaw. Hopefully some time will be given to interviewing the captains and managers of the European teams (and occasionally Australian). At least they are capable of speaking in more than monosyllabic monotones.

    • Morrissey 8.1

      It amazes me that we demonstrate to the world Tolley’s 20 percent tail (tale) of failure every time the media interviews Steve Hansen and Richie McCaw. Hopefully some time will be given to interviewing the captains and managers of the European teams (and occasionally Australian). At least they are capable of speaking in more than monosyllabic monotones.

      Richie McCaw says a lot of annoyingly vapid things—this morning he was wittering on about the “learnings” from the 2007 loss to France.

      However, he speaks as well as any player from any other country.

      Anyway, he’s judged on his football, not his speaking.

      • logie97 8.1.1

        … his footballing prowess is not in dispute. As for being articulate – afraid not. And Hansen? Please save us from another interview. Remember, the public statements tell us constantly that the “eyes of the world” are on New Zealand from tonight. Just hope they have the sound turned down.

        • Morrissey 8.1.1.1

          As for being articulate – afraid not.

          I didn’t claim he was specially articulate—in fact I pointed out that he is prone to recycle the most grievous mumbo-jumbo (e.g., “learnings”). However, you are wrong to say the Australians or Europeans are better speakers than he is. They are not.

          I share your misgivings about Hansen’s public comments.

      • tc 8.1.2

        Pity about sideshow who is meant to have a grip on the language…..

      • Bored 8.1.3

        Interviewer: So how did you see the game today?
        Richie: Game of two halves…Have I explained to you the Newtonian theory of equal and opposite reactions?
        Interviewer: Yes your second half was bettter..
        Richie: All credit to the opposition, they came out with a bit more impact, as I was saying Newton would have explained this as….

        Is that the kind of less vacuous thing an AB captain should say?

  9. Afewknowthetruth 9

    ‘ya it is very exciting having all these teams here and getting to watch the entire tournament in our front room.’

    Let’s face item the world is full of uniformed fuckwits who couldn’t care less about the future of NZ socety or the future of humanity. Indeed, they don’t even care about their own futures. Just as long as they are distracted/entertained for a few hours they are happy.

    That is one of many reasons why there really is no hope for western ‘civilisation’.

  10. Bill 10

    RWC 2012. Bringing the most succesful corporate whores the ‘rugby world’ can muster to a TV screen near you. Enjoy.

  11. logie97 11

    Just heard Dave Dobbyn wailing through his “Loyal”. Hate to say it, but the last time he sang that on the waterfront, Team New Zealand got pasted by Alinghi. Woops…

  12. freedom 12

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10750619

    A good showing of security measures. Be it accidental or pre-arranged it was still a mirth making mishap that will appeal to many who have issues with the Tournament. Can’t have riff raff talking their way in,

    Go the All Blacks !!!

  13. The fact that many commentators can put their political differences aside and support the AB’s is good to see. All Blacks for the win! But I also agree that it’s been badly managed by the government, like nearly everything else lately.

  14. infused 14

    This really shows the negativity of the left.

    You lot are so miserable. I hate rugby. But watching everyone getting so excited is quite fun in its self. I will be going out tonight just for the atmosphere.

  15. logie97 15

    … There was a dress rehearsal a week or so back for our transport system in Auckland, moving people to Kingsland Station / Eden Park. Apparently it went swimmingly.
    On the day however, it’s floundering. What chance Steven Joyce putting some urgent money our way … wouldn’t bank on it. He has a holiday highway to fix first.

    • Carol 15.1

      Yes, it seems the ferries are no longer running from the Nth Shore, so people with tickets may not make the match. Trains aren’t running because people keep pulling the emergency chord.

    • tc 15.2

      Swimmingly because it had nowhere near the actual numbers. I catch trains every day and the system breaks regularly under normal load.
      Gosh this opening ceremony is bad enough, some fantastic visual and performance elements strung together in a confusing haphazard manner with no flow or overall plan it seems. What a waste of some fantastic positions up PWC tower, akl war memorial, seeing fireworks from street level….oh dear.

    • infused 15.3

      Yeah because of some retards hitting emergency stop on the trains. Money is really going to fix that. Jesus.

      • logie97 15.3.1

        Prick – when there is only one way in and out a logjam will occur. Make a circular route and you halve the problem. Combine that with a network of light-rail and you begin to join the 21st century. I guess you are looking forward to shorter journey times to your bach up at Omaha then …

  16. IdriveBMWs 16

    Scored myself corporate box tickets to the finals

    😀

    My predictions: The Blacks hoist the trophy and the Nat’s get another term

  17. Deadly_NZ 17

    What a colossal waste of money.. Dancing container cranes and fireworks, Oh and Shonky getting yet another Photo Op (thank god for the remote) Now I just have to dodge the infestation on All tv channels of this, this, this, game. Oh and Martin I’ll abuse the cabin crew Devlin Oh Joy.

    • Lanthanide 17.1

      Opening ceremony, what a joke. Listening to the presenters talk about it like it was the height of culture, ugh.

      Wtf was up with those container cranes anyway? Bizarre.

  18. Jenny 18

    I wept with pride, what a wonderful opening ceremony. I love this country God bless us all.

  19. freedom 19

    wierd crane footage and inane event commentry aside,
    that opening ceremony was of a much higher standard than i had expected.

    p.s

    GO THE ALL BLACKS

  20. Jenny 20

    Come on Tonga

  21. Jenny 21

    In the bonds of love we meet……

    Guard Pacific’s triple star from the shafts of strife and war…..

  22. Jenny 22

    Fine young men doing their countries proud.

  23. Joe bloggs 23

    Bunch of philistines and grinches. Long may you rot in Opposition… Jenny excepted – you go girl! Oh, and Freedom.

  24. infused 24

    After going to a NYE event in Melbourne last year, I thought the opening ceremony was pretty meh.

    Tongas second half was excellent. Well deserved try.

  25. Deadly_NZ 25

    Well from what I saw on the News confirmed to me that NZ could not organise a piss up in a brewery ,without the transport system falling over as usual. And the brilliant (not) crowd control that was shown down on the waterfront. Now how many pissed off people are they going to have to deal with because the trains died and the supposed footpaths were congested and people who had paid hundreds of bucks to go and watch the opening ceremony could not even get there. Well done AK lets hope the rest of the country does not embarrass us any more than Jafaland is doing!!!

  26. Great opening ceremony, right up ’til I heard John Key being announced. ahhh!
    Why do tvnz people have to talk inane, unrelated to the vision, crap all the way through what is supposed to a visual experience. ahhh!
    What a massive infrastructure cock-up with those poor people stuck in trains for hours. What good is a holiday highway of National (party) significance if you’re stuck in public transport. ahhh!
    I bet none of the people paying $2500 a plate at the cloud got stuck in public transport and lost value in their tickets and disappointing their expectant kids! ahhh!
    And Michael Holland on TVNZ news reading out the menu of those $2500 a plate meals – why? Who gives a shit? It was like Marie Antoinette reading out the menu from her latest meal to the crowds of hungry from Paris. ahhh!

    • Deadly_NZ 26.1

      OOPPSS Shonky opens mouth inserts both feet..

      http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby/fan-central/5595388/Cloud-critics-will-have-to-eat-their-words-Key

      He should have waited till AFTER the opening. Now I should take bets on the odds of him fronting the media tomorrow.

    • Colonial Viper 26.2

      And Michael Holland on TVNZ news reading out the menu of those $2500 a plate meals – why? Who gives a shit? It was like Marie Antoinette reading out the menu from her latest meal to the crowds of hungry from Paris. ahhh!
      Reply

      I actually laughed out loud.

      Bloody hell a year in the planning and little old NZ can’t hold a RWC without thousands of people being screwed by transport systems. (And people screwing with the transport systems).

      I wonder how many tourists were stuffed by this. Tourists who overseas take the dependability of the subway, the underground or the MRT for granted.

      WTF.

      At least the waka work.

  27. Jenny 27

    Watching John Key’s simpering performance before the cameras at the opening of the world cup, I was struck by how closely in mannerisms and looks he resembles the Hogan’s Heroes character Colonel Klink.

    I was quite unnerved by the resemblance

    Was I the only one?

  28. Jenny Michie 28

    I’m not a rugby guy but I like that the Cup’s making lots of people happy. I watched the opening ceremony and I really liked it. Dressing Jonah Lomu as a pimp was inspired, what better way to underscore the mercenary realities faced by today’s ABs?

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Zero Carbon: It’s not just a good idea, it’s the law
    Two years into New Zealand’s Labour-led government, the long-delayed Zero Carbon Bill became law on 7 November. Passed essentially unanimously, the lengthy public debates and political manoeuvring faded away until the final passage was even anticlimactic: Flipping through the @nzstuff @DomPost I was starting to wonder if I’d dreamt ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change: What happens next?
    Now the Zero Carbon Bill is law, what's next? Obviously, the ETS changes currently before select committee are going to be the next battleground. But we're also going to get a good idea of where we're going, and if the progress the Zero Carbon Act promises is good enough, during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Climate change will fuel bush fires
    Grant Pearce The effects of the current Australian bushfires in New South Wales and Queensland (and also again in California) are devastating and far-reaching. To date, the fires have resulted in several lives being lost and many homes and properties destroyed. Here in New Zealand, the impacts have been only ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    3 days ago
  • Participation rates
    A passing comment in a post the other day about the labour force participation rates of older people prompted me to pull down the fuller data and see what we could see about various participation rates over the decades since the HLFS began in 1986.   As it happens, the ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Reddell
    3 days ago
  • Not So Much “OK Boomer” As “OK Ruling Class”.
    Distract And Divert: The rise of what we have come to call “Identity Politics” represents the ideological manifestation of the ruling class’s objective need to destroy class politics, and of the middle-class’s subjective need to justify their participation in the process.THE RELIEF of the ruling class can only be imagined. ...
    3 days ago
  • Asking for it …
    "I saw a newspaper picture,From the political campaignA woman was kissing a child,Who was obviously in pain.She spills with compassion,As that young child'sFace in her hands she gripsCan you imagine all that greed and avariceComing down on that child's lips?" ...
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand’s Poor Pandemic Preparedness According to the Global Health Security Index
    Dr Matt Boyd, Prof Michael Baker, Prof Nick Wilson The Global Health Security Index which considers pandemic threats has just been published. Unfortunately, NZ scores approximately half marks (54/100), coming in 35th in the world rankings – far behind Australia. This poor result suggests that the NZ Government needs to ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: Thank Winston
    The Zero Carbon Act is inadequate, with a weak methane target designed to give farmers a free ride. But it turns out it could have been worse: Climate Change Minister James Shaw was so desperate to get National on board, he wanted to gut that target, and leave it in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Illicit markets and Bali Booze
    The Herald reprints an Australian story on a couple of tragic deaths in Bali from drinking cocktails that had methanol in them.  The story argues that methanol is likely the result of home distillation. But what the young tourists were experiencing was far from a hangover. They’d consumed a toxic cocktail ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    4 days ago
  • This is not what armed police are for
    Last month, the police announced a trial of specialist roaming armed units, which would drive round (poor, brown) areas in armoured SUVs, armed to the teeth. When they announced the trial, they told us it was about having armed police "ready to attend major incidents at any time if needed". ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Spain’s failed electoral gamble
    Spain went to the polls today in the second elections this year, after the Socialists (who had come to power in a confidence vote, then gone to the polls in April) rejected the offer of a coalition with the left-wing PoDemos, and instead decided to gamble n a better outcome ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • The astroturf party
    National has finally rolled out its "BlueGreen" astroturf party, fronted by an array of former nats and people who were dumped by the Greens for not being Green enough. Its initial pitch is described by Stuff as "very business-friendly", and its priorities are what you'd expect: conservation, predator-free funding, a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • How to cheat at university
    A couple of days ago I attended (and spoke at) the University of Waikato’s “LearnFest” event. There were lots of talks and sessions on very diverse aspects of teaching, mostly at tertiary level. One was by Myra Williamson from Te Piringa Faculty of Law here at Waikato, on Contract Cheating ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    4 days ago
  • How NZ was put on world maps using a transit of Mercury
    There will be a transit of Mercury – the planet Mercury will pass across the face of the Sun – taking place at sunrise in New Zealand on Tuesday, 12th November. It was by observing such an event 250 years ago that James Cook and his scientist colleagues were able ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    5 days ago
  • Georgina Beyer: We need to be able to talk without being offended
    Since becoming the world’s first openly transexual mayor and member of parliament, Georgina Beyer has been recognised as a trailblazer for trans rights. Daphna Whitmore talks with her about where she sees the current trans movement We start out talking about legislation the government put on hold that would have ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • The anti-fluoride brigade won’t be erecting billboards about this study
    If FFNZ really put their faith in “Top Medical Journals” they would now be amending their billboards to recognise new research results. Image from FFNZ but updated to agree with the latest research. ...
    5 days ago
  • Chosen To Rule? What Sort Of Christian Is Chris Luxon?
    National Messiah? Chris Luxon identifies himself as an evangelical Christian. If he is genuine in this self-characterisation, then he will take every opportunity his public office provides to proselytise on behalf of his faith. He will also feel obliged to bear witness against beliefs and practices he believes to be ...
    5 days ago
  • War of the worms
    I'm going to make a Reckless Prediction™ that the Tories have 'topped out' in the 'poll of polls' / Britain Elects multipoll tracker at about 38%, and in the next week we will start to see Labour creep up on them.In fact, we might just be seeing the start of ...
    5 days ago
  • Marvelly shows us how to be a feminist without feminism
    by The Council of Disobedient Women Lizzie Marvelly: “I may have missed this… has @afterellen gone all terf-y? Or am I reading something incorrectly? “ https://twitter.com/LizzieMarvelly/status/1191840059105742849 After Ellen is a lesbian website that is unashamedly pro-lesbian, as you’d expect. So why is Ms Marvelly so bothered about lesbians having their ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • Out of the past – Tories to revive racist laws from the 16th century
    Did you know there once was a time when it was illegal to be a gypsy (aka Romani) in Britain?That was between 1530, when the Egyptians Act was passed, and 1856, when it was repealed.Amongst other things, the act forbade the entry of 'Egyptians' into England, ordered those already there ...
    6 days ago
  • 1000 of these now
    Some days I sit and think, “what will I write…?” What do you say when you get to 1000 posts? Maybe you just start where you are, diverge to where this all began, then offer a collection of reader’s favourite posts, and a few of your own? (And throw in ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    6 days ago
  • Has Shane Jones Just Saved NZ First?
    Counter-Puncher: The “activists” and “radicals” (his own words) from the Indian community who took such strong exception to Shane Jones’ remarks about Immigration NZ’s treatment of arranged marriages, may end up bitterly regretting their intervention. Jones is not the sort of person who turns the other cheek to his critics.SHANE ...
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: As predicted
    Yesterday, when National voted for the Zero Carbon Bill, I predicted they'd gut it the moment they regained power, just as they had done to the ETS. And indeed, they have explicitly promised to do exactly that within their first hundred days in office. What would their amendments do? Abandon ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Let this never be forgot
    In the spirit of Remember, remember the fifth of November, let's keep this in mind FOREVER.
    Oh dear. Extraordinary interview on PM with Andrew Bridgen and @EvanHD just now. Bridgen was defending Jacob Rees Mogg’s Grenfell comments. Evan asked him if JRM had meant to say he would have left ...
    1 week ago
  • Too Late To Change Capitalism’s Flightpath?
    Collision Course? In conditions of ideological white-out, the international bankers’ “Woop-Woop! Pull Up!” warning may have come too late to save global capitalism.WHAT DOES IT MEAN when international bankers are more willing to embrace radical solutions than our politicians and their electors? At both the International Monetary Fund and the ...
    1 week ago
  • Whooping cough vaccine works well despite its imperfections
    Pertussis (whooping cough) is a conundrum. It is a disease that was described hundreds of years ago and the bacteria that causes it (Bordetella pertussis) isolated in 1906. We have had vaccines for about 80 years but this disease is defiant in the face of human immunity. I wanted to ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Passed
    The Zero Carbon Bill has just passed its third reading, uanimously. In the end, National supported it - but we all know they'll turn around and gut it the moment they regain power. Meanwhile, I guess ACT's David Seymour didn't even bother to show up. I am on record as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Retailing of vaping products – New NZ Research
    Dr Lindsay Robertson, Dr Jerram Bateman, Professor Janet Hoek Members of the public health community hold divergent views on how access to vaping products or electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) products should be arranged. Some believe ENDS should be as widely available as smoked tobacco and argue for liberal ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • Justice for Bomber
    When the Police were trying to cover up for the National Party over Dirty Politics, they went all-in with their abuses of power. They illegally search Nicky Hager's house, violating his journalistic privilege and invading his privacy. They unlawfully acquired Hager's bank records. They did the same to left-wing blogger ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week ago
  • Global Protests Rage On: But Slogans Are Not Plans.
    Feeding The Flames: It is simply not enough to demand an end to “corruption”, or “inequality”, or the overbearing influence of the authorities in Beijing. These are just “lowest common denominator” demands: the sort of slogans that pull people onto the streets. They are not a plan.WHERE’S THE PLAN? Across ...
    1 week ago
  • 11,000 employed under Labour
    The labour market statistics have been released, and unemployment has risen to 4.2%. There are 115,000 unemployed - 11,000 fewer than when Labour took office. In that time the minimum wage has gone up by $2 an hour, which shows that the right's fears about increases causing unemployment are simply ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week 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
    1 week ago
  • Why Mars is cold despite an atmosphere of mostly carbon dioxide
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz If tiny concentrations of carbon dioxide can hold enough heat ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Ban private jets
    Aviation is one of the fastest growing sources of greenhouse gas emissions, and within it, one of the fastest sources is elite travel: billionaires flitting around the world in their private jets, spewing excessive pollution into the atmosphere just so they can avoid mixing with us dirty peasants. But in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Untold Suffering
    That's what we face if we don't stop climate change, according to a warning from 11,000 scientists:The world’s people face “untold suffering due to the climate crisis” unless there are major transformations to global society, according to a stark warning from more than 11,000 scientists. “We declare clearly and unequivocally ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The left and violent misogyny
    by Phil Duncan Here’s just a few of the kind of threats issued day in and day out against gender-critical women – feminists, marxists, etc – overwhelmingly by MEN (albeit men identifying as women). “Kill all Terfs”. “Shoot a Terf today”. “All terfs deserve to be shot in the head”. ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Imperialism and the iPhone
    This is the third of the synopses of parts of the opening chapter of John Smith’s Imperialism in the 21st Century (New York, Monthly Review Press, 2016). The synopsis and commentary below is written by Phil Duncan. Unlike the humble cup of coffee and t-shirt that we looked at in ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • The freshwater mussel housing crisis: eviction by invasive weeds?
    Tom Moore Traditionally a food source and cutting tool, freshwater mussels/kākahi are now widely valued as water filters that help clean our waterbodies and maintain ecosystem health throughout Aotearoa. The improvement they provide in water quality can make it easier for other animals to live in streams and rivers, as ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Back it up Luxon: endorsing the destructive past is not actually the way forward
    And to think he gave all the potential goodwill away with that moronic, cult-like statement (repeated ad nauseam by many National hardliners) that Key is quite simply “the greatest PM we ever had”… Installation complete: this was nothing ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • Good riddance
    National MP and former Conservation Minister Maggie Barry will not seek re-election next year. Good riddance. Because in case anyone has forgotten, barry is a bullying thug who terrorised both public servants and fellow MPs. She is one of the people who makes Parliament a toxic workplace, and our country ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: D-Day
    The Zero Carbon Bill is back in the House today for its second reading. While this isn't the final stage, its still effectively D-Day for the bill. Because today, at around 5pm, is when we're going to find out if it has a majority, whether National will support it or ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Winston is right
    Winston Peters is in court today, suing a bunch of former Minister and civil servants over their pre-election leak of his superannuation repayment. He's characterised the leak as malicious, and said that it is repugnant that his information was passed on to Ministers to use for political advantage. And he's ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Media impartiality
    Sky's economics editor, Ed Conway has posted a Twitter thread responding to a claim that - as far as I can see - Labour never made:
    Are NHS operation cancellations at an all-time high? That's the impression you might have been left with if you read this story from the ...
    1 week ago
  • Finish what’s on your plate
    Murray Cox Do I have to finish my favourite genome? That’s an often-asked question. Geneticists generally strive to produce high-quality genomes that sequence every last gene, making full use of the state-of-the-art technologies coming on stream. Sequencing DNA means determining the order of the four chemical building blocks – called ...
    SciBlogsBy Genomics Aotearoa
    2 weeks ago
  • Gainful Employment: A Cautionary Tale.
    Transformative Politics: The idea is to turn each recipient into an unwitting accomplice in their own transformation. From interested observer to hyped-up activist, sharing our messages promiscuously with ‘friends’. You’ll be part of an ever-expanding circulatory system, Jennifer, for the ideas that will win us the election.”JENNIFER SKITTERED her chair ...
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand should not fund bigotry
    Two years ago, the Cook Islands government announced that it was planning to join the civilised world and decriminalise consensual homosexual sex between men. Now, they've reversed their position, and decided to criminalise lesbians into the bargain:Two years ago, in a step welcomed by many people including the gay and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • More tyranny in Australia
    The boycott is a fundamental tool of protest. By choosing who we buy from, we can send a message, and hopefully change corporate behaviour. Historically, boycotts have been effective, for example over apartheid in South Africa and Israel, in forcing divestment from Myanmar, and in ending bus segregation in the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Submission for rationality and science against the assaults of pre-modernism and post-modernism
    Jan Rivers spoke at the Abortion Legislation Select Committee in favour of the bill, but in opposition to calls from other submitters to exchange the word ‘woman’ for ‘person’ throughout the bill. Jan is a supporter of the feminist group Speak Up For Women and has recently written an excellent ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • My loyal readership of … Cam girls and Pornbots?
    I checked my traffic stats:I was intrigued by 'monica29' - who was this very dedicated individual?  I clicked on the link, to be greeted with ...Ho, hum.Spreadin' the word, spreadin' the word.  Doesn't matter who hears it, as long as it gets out there. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Worth repeating forever
    There have been three polls since the election was announced, and I will shamelessly steal YouGov / UK Polling Report's Anthony Wells' summary of them:Survation – CON 34%, LAB 26%, LDEM 19%, BREX 12%, GRN 1% Ipsos MORI – CON 41%, LAB 24%, LDEM 20%, BREX 7%, GRN 3% YouGov ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Lutte Ouvriere on the explosion in Chile
    The following article is translated from Lutte Ouvrière, the weekly newspaper of the organisation usually known by the same name in France. When, for the second time this year, Chilean President Piñera announced an increase in the price of Metro tickets from 800 to 830 pesos, students in the high ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Wage theft – I’m fucking over it.
    Today, a worker contacted me asking if she could go to the police over her employer stealing thousands of dollars from her in unpaid wages. The employer also did not pay this worker’s taxes or student loan which amounts to tax fraud. As a workers rights activist, who founded the ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    2 weeks ago
  • On The Rebound.
    Signed, Sealed, Delivered, They're Yours: Is there any person more vulnerable than a jilted lover on the rebound? Or, anything more certain than that the charmer, the predator, the glib spinner of lies and promises will seek such broken people out? Yes, of course, he will love every one of ...
    2 weeks ago

  • Kiwis to have their say on End of Life Choice
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First backs the public to decide on the End of Life Choice Bill via a referendum at the 2020 General Election. The Bill, with New Zealand First’s referendum provision incorporated, passed its final reading in Parliament this evening. New Zealand First Spokesperson for ...
    1 day ago
  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
    Darroch Ball, Spokesperson for Justice New Zealand First is proud that a key Coalition Agreement commitment which will provide for a more transparent and effective criminal justice system has been realised. Legislation to establish the Criminal Cases Review Commission, an independent body focused on identifying and responding to possible miscarriages of ...
    2 days 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 ...
    7 days ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
    Darroch Ball, New Zealand First List MP A Member’s bill has been proposed that would provide income tax exemptions for all New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel while on operational deployment overseas. The Income Tax (Exemption for Salary or Wages of NZDF Members on Active Deployment) Amendment Bill proposed by New Zealand First ...
    1 week ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First is proud to have brought common sense to the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill, which passed its final reading in Parliament today. Party Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says months of hard work went into negotiating a balanced ...
    1 week 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
    In October I was sworn in as the Mayor of Lower Hutt. It’s the privilege of my life to serve Hutt people as their Mayor. There is something really special to be able to serve the community where I was raised, and where I live.   ...
    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

  • Contraception important for New Zealanders
    Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter says today’s release of sexual and reproductive health data reinforces the significance of the Government’s commitment to providing free or very low-cost contraception. The Ministry of Health today published statistics from the Ministry of Health’s 2014/15 Health Survey. “It is important people can make ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 hours ago
  • NZ medical staff and measles vaccines going to Samoa
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced that at the request of the Samoan Government, New Zealand will be providing further support to Samoa as it faces a worsening measles outbreak. “In response to a request from the people of Samoa, New Zealand is providing 3000 measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • Disability Action Plan 2019 – 2023
    “The new Disability Action Plan 2019–2023 moves us towards the inclusive and accessible New Zealand that this government has committed to,” Minister for Disability Issues Carmel Sepuloni announced today.  “The Action Plan was designed by disabled people, their family and supporters, the disability sector and government agencies. It will ensure ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • Joint Statement – Third Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting
    Third Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting 14 November 2019 Joint Statement 1. Defence Ministers Ron Mark and Dr Ng Eng Hen today conducted their third annual Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting in Singapore. 2. Building on the Enhanced Partnership signed between both countries in May this year, this annual meeting ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • Sexual Violence Legislation Bill has its first reading
    A Bill to improve the court system’s response to sexual violence has passed its first reading in Parliament today. Justice Minister Andrew Little says the Sexual Violence Legislation Bill will reduce the trauma sexual violence complainants experience in court, while maintaining defendants’ fundamental rights and making sure the trial process ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • Streamlined business invoicing a step closer
    Streamlined payment practices are a step closer for Kiwi businesses with the formal launch of New Zealand’s e-Invoicing framework. Small Business Minister Stuart Nash says the government has now established the structure to enable automated and direct data exchange between the accounting systems of buyers and sellers. “The move to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • More frontline biosecurity officers protecting NZ
    Another 51 quarantine officers and four new biosecurity detector dog teams will help protect New Zealand from invasive pests and diseases this summer, says Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor. “The Government is delivering on its commitment to strengthen New Zealand’s biosecurity system and support our valuable primary sector “New Zealand’s flora, fauna ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • NZ space economy worth $1.69 billion
    A new report has found New Zealand’s space sector contributed $1.69 billion to the economy in the last financial year and employs 12,000 people, Minister for Economic Development Phil Twyford announced today. The report by Deloitte was commissioned by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and shows New Zealand ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • New Chair for Royal Commission into Abuse
    Judge Coral Shaw has been appointed as the new Chair of the Royal Commission into Historical Abuse in State Care and in the Care of Faith-based Institutions, Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin announced today. "Judge Shaw, who is currently one of the inquiry commissioners, is extremely well qualified for the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Better mental health facilities for Palmerston North
    The Government has confirmed its third major mental health facility upgrade since the Budget, this time at Palmerston North Hospital. The Prime Minister and Health Minister today visited MidCentral DHB to announce that $30 million has been allocated to upgrade its acute mental health facility. It follows earlier announcements in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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