Government misled families about Pike River

Written By: - Date published: 6:33 pm, April 30th, 2017 - 49 comments
Categories: Abuse of power, disaster, Mining, Politics, you couldn't make this shit up - Tags: , ,

Someone, god bless them, has leaked video evidence taken in Pike River in 2011. The video shows a robot travelling 1500 metres along the infamous shift before its travel was blocked by a wagon. The robot then starts smoking somewhat alarmingly.

The way the Government described the state of the mine shaft one would think that there would be an immediate explosion once the smoke appeared. But nothing of the sort happened.

The theory that the site was unsafe and the atmosphere unstable is one that the Government has raised ever since the disaster happened. It appears that the Government has been, ahem, misleading us.

From 3news:

Video from inside Pike River shows a robot that appears to emit smoke or steam when it overheats, but there’s no fire or even a flame.

Police have kept the video, which was exclusively obtained by Newshub, from the families of killed miners.

But one relation who’s seen it says it shows going into the mine’s access tunnel is actually safe, and a mine expert agrees.

Dean Dunbar, father of deceased miner Joe Dunbar, is understandably upset. Again from 3news:

Until now, this video has been kept from the families of the 29 men killed, like Dean Dunbar, father of 17-year-old Joe Dunbar.

The footage is six years old, date-stamped March 15, 2011 – three months after the final explosion, and held by police ever since.

“How could they do this to Joseph and the other guys? Why?” Mr Dunbar says.

“They’ve had the footage; we haven’t.”

The Government, authorities and the mine’s controllers have always maintained it’s too dangerous to enter, which Mr Dunbar rejects.

“They created a situation of absolute danger; they made it look and sound explosive. It’s not,” he says.

“We’re going to peel back that litany of lies and expose it for what it is.

The police did not pass the video onto the families or the Royal Commission because “it was assessed as having no evidential value”.  The Government claims it has not seen the video.

Time to get google working and parse through all the statements made by the Government suggesting that it was too unsafe to enter the mine. Because it sounds like the miners families have been right and the government wrong.  All along.

49 comments on “Government misled families about Pike River ”

  1. Sacha 1

    The police did not pass the video onto the families or the Royal Commission because “it was assessed as having no evidential value”.

    So some police prosecutor with no mining experience decided what counted as evidence? That part of their organisation has failed so many times surely it’s due for a clearout.

    The Government claims it has not seen the video.

    But they admit they knew it existed.

  2. adam 2

    This is morally repulsive.

    Forget left and right. Lets engage in wrong and right for a change.

  3. The video should have been made available to at least the Royal Commission.

    But it doesn’t necessarily prove that it would have been safe to re-enter, it only goes as far as a blockage (a loader) about 1.5 km into the access tunnel.

    And the robot, while getting further than another failed robot, overheated and failed at that point. The odds for robots wasn’t good, unless more went in and returned successfully.

    It would never have been and never will be totally safe to go right into the mine. The issue is whether what can possibly be found out is worth the risks.

    • mickysavage 3.1

      I disagree Pete it shows the atmosphere was inert as the Union and families claimed.

      A bigger robot could have moved the obstruction.

      • Muttonbird 3.1.1

        Pete reckons everyone should just give up on their causes.

        Pete thought that the Pike River families should not bother with their campaign because one elderly mother of a missing miner didn’t want to know about it any more.

        Pete has questioned the families’ motives behind their need for closure, suggesting they are political, not emotional.

        Pete is a man with no empathy for these families at all so I’m wondering why he continues commenting on the subject.

        • dukeofurl 3.1.1.1

          Its never totally safe to cross the road either

          • Muttonbird 3.1.1.1.1

            Do you think Pete cowers in his cold Dunedin flat, afraid to go outside?

            It certainly seems that way.

        • WILD KATIPO 3.1.1.2

          I’ve noticed he pops up every time Pike River comes up…. he’s all through previous postings on the subject like a rash…

        • Johan 3.1.1.3

          The public has been subjugated to spin, cover-up and the saving of funds after the Pike River Mine Disaster. Nick Smith, as then the minister in charge will be grilled along with many other individuals who held our confidence and trust to do the right thing.
          In regards to Pete, he is merely a dumb RWNJ who spouts Tory propaganda without engaging his brain, which is obvious from his many silly comments.

        • Pete George 3.1.1.4

          @Muttonbird – you’re making a lot of things up there. Your assertions are just about totally false.

    • Well , – from memory the drive is 2 Km’s long. 1500 meters is around 3/4 the way in.

      Yet there was no explosion.

      Despite the fact that even digital watches or aluminium drinking cans are contraband underground in coal mines by law. Why? – because of the risk of a spark that could cause a methane gas explosion.

      Yet here we have video evidence of an electronically powered robot that has overheated and is now smoking ….

      Which proves the National govt ( both Key , then English ) Solid Energy and now it sounds certain of the Police themselves having been lying not only to the Pike River family’s but to the entire nation.

      Particularly withholding such critical evidence from the Royal Commission ,- this just really piles on the suspicion that there’s now definitely something they wanted to conceal from us all.

    • lprent 3.3

      That was 6 years ago. It showed that even back then humans could gone a fair way in if they had adequete insulation, cooling, and a air supply. Machines did and anything with pcbs ans chips is extremely fragile in heat.

      I doubt that there is anything to sustain those tempatures over 6 years. I woudm bet that the tempatures are way down.

      • mpledger 3.3.1

        Can something smoke without oxygen?

        • McFlock 3.3.1.1

          not fire-smoke.

          But steam? Yes, if say water got somewhere unwelcome or pooled on something that got hot.

          And I’ve had the occasional component on old machinery, like antique sewing machines, spray hot oil/grease and look to be boiling off whatever it was (probably carcinogenic, sigh), rather than burning as such.

    • michelle 3.4

      The fact the video exists and we never got to see it says a lot about the type of people we have ruining our country.
      There has been lies and blaming of our state agencies. Yet the Tories said our public services would be better and more efficient so we could have our brighter future.
      The police are showing there incompetence and they seem to have far too much power in areas they know and are not trained in. When are we going to learn bill English is starting to look like a fool he is stuttering and bumbling his way as key did but don’t think he can lie his way out of the mess we are in. He ( bill) has done far too much damage and wants to do more. I have no respect for these people ( the tories) they don’t even deserve capital letters in my view.

    • reason 3.5

      The almost inevitable killing of 29 men at Pike River represents so much that is wrong and rotten …it is particulary symbolic of John Keys Nacts.

      Greed
      Systemic failure
      Cynical political lies
      Poor management
      Disregard for the safety of workers before their deaths …
      Dirty politics afterwards ….

      “I’m here to give you absolute reassurance we’re committed to getting the boys out, and nothing’s going to change that… when people try and tell you we’re not… they’re playing with your emotions”……

      Keys above performance of insincere bullshit saw him go up in the polls …….. and kept the Governments deregulated under-resourced part in the killings…. and blame…. out of the story

      While our Nact friendly media quickly forget his broken promises….. the relatives of the killed mine workers did not.

      The mother of one killed young man ….is referred to as a f***k**g bitch …. for embarrassing key over his dishonesty ….

      You can read the ugly exchange between Key and slater in Nicky Hagers “Dirty Politics”…..

      Keys fake ‘nice guy’ mask slips …and we see a ugly uncaring wanker …. sorry bankster …

      Not keeping his word to the families …… shows how hollow they were.

      And considering the Governments contributions towards the manslaughter of these men ,,,,,,

      “In the wake of the report’s release, Mr Davidson said it was a failure in the way the legislation has been applied and a failure of the Department of Labour in its inspectorate role.””

      “Mining should have stopped until the risks could be properly managed,” it said.
      The Department of Labour should have prohibited the mine from operating until adequate systems were in place.

      It “assumed” Pike River was complying with the law “even though there was ample evidence to the contrary”. “

      Despite getting a multi million insurance payout for pike river …. Key showed his honest contempt for NZ workers … and disregard for the Governments role in the lethal failure…

      “Prime Minister John Key says families of Pike River victims will have to take the Government to court in order to win compensation from the Crown.”

      But for others …… rich others

      “ the Government announced last month it would give $5 million to Team New Zealand with no strings attached while the team decided whether to mount another challenge for the America’s Cup yacht race. “

      Or “A report into the Government’s controversial $11.5 million deal to set up a sheep farm in Saudi Arabia has found “significant shortcomings”

      Disgusting stuff from the Nacts ……………..

    • simbit 3.6

      But mining communities, like fishing communities, accept that danger as part of the obligations of working in such a place. Sure, you minimise the risks but ultimately, you risk your life for your mates. It’s based on mutual need, respect, and reciprocity. Politicians do it too, well, until they don’t…

      • WILD KATIPO 3.6.1

        Difference is miners and forestry workers and the like rely on adequate laws and protections to minimize those risks. Which wasn’t enforced in the slightest at Pike River. Costing 29 lives.

        This neo liberal govt deemed it more appropriate to classify ‘ worm farms ‘ as high risk industry’s at one stage afterwards instead….

  4. Dv 4

    What WOULD be regarded as evidence then?
    Does this mean that any video surveillance has no evidentiary value?

    • dukeofurl 4.1

      That wouldnt be for the police to decide. Its A RC and they have their counsel and investigative team ( unless they delegated to the Police ?)

      • Sacha 4.1.1

        Story clearly describes our inept cops having responsibility for deciding what counts as evidence, regardless of their lack of any mining knowledge. So wrong.

        • WILD KATIPO 4.1.1.1

          Meh ,… its always been this way…. they are not always there just to chase people throwing ice cream wrappers out of cars… if the govt wants something minimized,… they’ll work right in with them…

          Just ask Kim Dotcom.

          • tc 4.1.1.1.1

            surprise surprise nationals police force at it again.

            • michelle 4.1.1.1.1.1

              yeah tc we went from a nanny sate to a police state. I prefer the nanny as least she cares

        • SpaceMonkey 4.1.1.2

          This is why NZ needs a Crown Prosecution Service independent of the police.

  5. McFlock 5

    wasn’t it supposed to have been blocked by some sort of massive rockfall, not an abandoned vehicle?

    I have no freaking idea any more.

  6. Until now, this video has been kept from the families of the 29 men killed, like Dean Dunbar, father of 17-year-old Joe Dunbar.

    The footage is six years old, date-stamped March 15, 2011 – three months after the final explosion, and held by police ever since.

    “How could they do this to Joseph and the other guys? Why?” Mr Dunbar says.

    “They’ve had the footage; we haven’t.”

    The Government, authorities and the mine’s controllers have always maintained it’s too dangerous to enter, which Mr Dunbar rejects.

    “They created a situation of absolute danger; they made it look and sound explosive. It’s not,” he says.

    “We’re going to peel back that litany of lies and expose it for what it is.”

  7. Sabine 7

    Why? all that to protect the mining company?

    Usually there is a qui bono, but frankly i don’t see it here. I don’t see a qui bono for the NZ Police in this affair. – the politicos, the company i can see their interests in hushing down the tragedy, but the Police? Only following orders? What were they thinking?

    The heart goes out to the families, apologies will never make good the deceit by those that were supposed to protect their interests as citizens, parents, spouses and friends of those dead.

    Good grief..

    • Carolyn_nth 7.1

      Hmmm… wasn’t Judith Collins still Minister of Police in 2011…. til just before the election?

  8. Back on January 21st, 2017 , – in an article of The Standard entitled ‘Andrew Little: Together, we will fight for justice for Pike families ‘

    I stuck this comment ( curiously enough in answer to Pete George again – suprise ! suprise ! ) … and the reason I did was that Pike River was meant to also be a high quality coking coal source to enable the potential multi trillion dollar profits from this country’s iron sands resources :
    ………………………………………………………………

    @ Pete George

    ” High levels of methane means that breathing apparatus must be used,”

    * Not only does high levels of methane in the absence of oxygen (such as at Pike River which is 98% methane ) make a methane explosion impossible, – it also creates an ‘ inert’ gaseous environment.

    * methane is combustible only at concentrations of 4.5 – 17 % in the presence of oxygen.

    * Breathing apparatus would always be standard worn equipment – at least until sufficient monitoring demonstrated otherwise.

    ” And high levels of methane means that if enough air is introduced, or if there are pockets of air, or there are areas of different methane concentrations, there is raised risk.”

    * The whole idea and plan put forwards by mines recovery experts is to seal off and then use an inert gas to flush methane out of that section. Then create the next seal and repeat thus ‘ walking ‘ ones way up the drift.

    * the original seal 150 meters in was constructed without any fear of imminent explosions – and without breathing apparatus being worn apparently.

    ” If there is no raised risk why didn’t rescue teams go straight into the mine? ”

    * As you will recall – they were originally prevented from doing so – by the Police – not by those skilled in working in mines and mines recovery teams.

    ” Why is there so much debate about re-entering the mine now?”

    * Possibly for the same sorts of reasons Whittal was allowed to evade prosecution with WorkSafe NZ cutting a deal with Whittals insurance company – and also because as an example – our vast iron sand resources and the mining licenses that were granted to overseas mining company’s still stand.

    The least bad publicity these corporate’s get the better in their view – because as cited above – our iron sands resources alone are placed at between $1 and $5 trillion dollars.

    ” The “in-ground resource value” of New Zealand’s extensive ironsand deposits could be between $1 trillion and $5 trillion, says state-owned energy company Solid Energy.”

    https://www.nbr.co.nz/…/ironsand-could-produce-trillion-dollar-profit-elder-nn-8636.

    ……………………………………………………………………

    ( The above link no longer works and hasn’t soon after I posted in the last time )

    But here’s the rub why there seems to have been so much reticence to re enter that mine :
    …………………………………………………………………….

    Just for personal interests sake – here is the article from the above link. Bear in mind that licenses that were granted are still valid and that many are overseas corporate’s – not just NZ company’s. Most New Zealanders are not aware of the colossal dollar value in minerals in and around our shores and in our National Parks – yet the bankers and investors have known about it for years – including our own politicians.

    And that’s one of the reasons prosecutions and the reentry into Pike River is really being stonewalled.

    ……………………………………………………………………..

    The “in-ground resource value” of New Zealand’s extensive ironsand deposits could be between $1 trillion and $5 trillion, says state-owned energy company Solid Energy.

    The iron ore contained in ironsands off the west coast of the North Island has been estimated to be worth a trillion dollars, but Solid Energy chief executive Don Elder said that “the industry view is increasingly that (the value) could be substantially greater than that”.

    The final value would depend on the price of steel, and the availability of technology to smelt ironsands, he told Parliament’s commerce select committee yesterday.

    “Resources are attracting margins or profits in the order of 20 percent of the revenue.”

    Prices seen in 2008 would mean profit margins of 50 percent or “significantly higher” could be available from ironsands.

    A New Zealand-based company, Trans Tasman Resources Ltd (TTR), and overseas rivals are looking at exploiting New Zealand ironsands, and TTR has suggested that a domestic steel mill could use local high-grade coking coal to refine the ironsands.

    Dr Elder said Chinese companies had cheaper labour and capital and could do such projects faster, but New Zealand had an advantage in the availability of the water needed for such a refinery.

    “If you could process those in New Zealand, it’s a much much better value opportunity and would certainly compete with doing the same thing in China under the right circumstances, with the right technology”.

    ………………………………………………………………..

    There are many overseas company eyeing up those same resources , as well as NZ ones. Opencast mining is cheaper to conduct and – less prone to negative publicity such as the tragedy at Pike River. You will also recall when John Key first came to power, he and Brownlee were keen to exploit minerals in our national parks . However the rest of us were not and the momentum was lost.

    And as an example of what I meant , I posted this directly below :

    ………………………………………………………………..

    BTW :…

    Pike River was ONE of the mines that was envisioned to help supply that ‘high quality coking coal’ for the NZ iron sand smelting process….

    As well… the same company that owned the Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia , USA , … that had a similar methane /coal dust explosion killing 29 workers with only 2 escaping ( just like Pike River) … several months before Pike River – ALSO HAD FINANCIAL INTERESTS IN PIKE RIVER.

    Go figure , people !!!

    There’s a lot more riding on this whole thing than meets the eye with some pretty powerful local and offshore vested interests who are working to ensure Pike River evidence never gets to see the light of day.

    • Fayrestorm 8.1

      This is very interesting. Can you elaborate further, as to the significance of the Pike River disaster and the Iron ore sand industry? Assuming there are other mines that can and will provide the same high quality coking coal to companies like Trans Tasman Resources, what specifically could evidence found via re entry of the mine at Pike, do to harm their business interests?

      • WILD KATIPO 8.1.1

        I’m sure you can work out for yourself the massive speculation and investments and profits to be made by banks and mining company’s and the lobbying being brought to bear on certain politicians in this country.

        I’m sure I do not have to explain to you in great deal about how mining in the national parks is a politically unpopular pursuit , – as is the removal and environmental impact on large scale mining operations for extracting iron-sands.

        And that those politicians who are advocating this also have pecuniary interests of their own in allowing it. Not withstanding also that licenses to prospect and mine are still valid – though granted years ago.

        I’m sure it makes it a lot harder for those foreign corporate’s to utilize NZ company’s who have a bad track record for mining safety , particularly when its shown that the same company that had an identical mining disaster is the same that had financial interests in Pike River. ( Upper Big Branch Mine ).

        And it definitely isn’t a good look to tear our natural environment apart and extract vast profits from these shores to the tune of 1 to 5 Trillion dollars worth in iron sands alone and leave this country with its homeless and family’s sleeping in cars?…. do you ?

        Not really a convincing case to enthuse the general public about letting multi nationals rip our environment apart – and then not even share a small percentage of the wealth from all those extractions , don’t you think?

  9. Philj 9

    Why would the government want to concrete the Pike River mine entrance and close it off forever? Suspicious.

  10. Ad 10

    Unmanned robotic entry makes good sense.

    The faster they can make the whole of underground mining unmanned the better it will be for us all.

    If it’s a proper coverup, this should take 1% off National just on negative coverage alone.

  11. Tarquin 11

    I wonder if Winston will be lining up to be the first person to go down there? Someone should call his bluff for once.

    • I think there will be a fair few people besides Winston lining up to go down after September and Labour is in power. And we wont be getting any more of this sort obstinate fabricating of excuses all the time either.

      Rather laughable that this cop out govt cant make legislation specific to Pike River – and that the option to enter isn’t being discussed in a cross party manner to introduce legislation specific to Pike River – and why ? – because they know damn well they would be voted down in a heartbeat.

      Six bloody years of this garbage… now in its 7th.

      Which brings us back to a wee small matter about video footage that was not produced before the Royal Commission when requests were made for all supporting photographic evidence available …. and why was it not?

      • Cinny 11.1.1

        Maybe we can get some straight answers tomorrow in the house?

        Standby for the carefully penned patsy sup’s from random members of the outgoing government when the opposition parties start asking questions.

  12. Cinny 12

    The outgoing government prefers to cover up and defend rather than investigate and take action, on many issues.

    Makes me sick to the stomach how the outgoing government deludes and deceives, especially re Pike River.

    The Pike Families deserve so much better than this.

  13. silvertuatara 13

    “The police did not pass the video onto the families or the Royal Commission because “it was assessed as having no evidential value”. The Government claims it has not seen the video.”

    I hope the Crown on behalf of the Pike River Familes now legally tests whether the evidential value of the video in question, was legally able to be determined by the police force as not being of any value.

    Surely the true jurisdiction for the value of this video evidence sat squarely with the Royal Commission as opposed to the police, and the police should have made all evidence available…..what else have the police yet to publicly disclose on this matter?

    I wonder if the Police alerted the National Government of the existence of the video under the “no surprises policy”. If so, then such a communication between the Police and the Government bears relevance to it’s policically sensitive nature and overall ultimate relevance to have had been admitted as evidence to the Royal Commission for consideration.

    I hope that the Office of the Ombudsman does the right thing and see to it that all communications associated with the disclosure of the existence of the video from the Police to the National Government and all associated communications are made publicly available in a timely manner (20 working days should be workable under the OIA Act….unless the Police have something to hide).

    • At a cursory glance , all this would show is either incompetence or an arrogance in overriding mines experts statements .

      I strongly doubt that is actually the case at all , however.

      Someone knew about that video evidence and chose to withhold that evidence from no less than a Royal Commission of Inquiry – by justifying it as ‘ irrelevant evidence’ – and implying their mining knowledge expertise is greater than either that of mines safety inspectors or mines recovery units.

      There would have been a distinct motive for doing this.

      ALL EVIDENCE is to be presented from a crime scene during a court trial – particularly if loss of life has occurred . Someone it seems, has possibly chosen to pervert the course of justice by the withholding of evidence.

  14. keepcalmcarryon 14

    Remember the cause: mismanagement -unenforced because of deregulation by – you guessed- a National government beginning in 1992.

    Now they want to wrap this thing up in health and safety issues. Its a form of Orwellian doublethink.
    If there are people willing to enter and if the risk isnt extreme, let them.
    There will be risk maybe even a lot, but so to for linesmen, sat divers, soldiers, forestry workers, hell even quad bike riders, all sorts.
    lets not forget what it actually means to be human.

  15. And as for Solid Energys and the National govts lies about being ‘too dangerous’ because of methane levels , – they contradict themselves straight away by stating that is because the drift is filled with 98% methane.

    What they wont tell you is that methane is only explosive in the presence of oxygen in concentrations of 4 to 17%, – not 98 % !!!

    98% is an inert condition.

    And as for a rockfalls or massive damage, again ,… it sure doesn’t appear like it in that latest video the Police deemed as having ‘ no evidential value ‘…

    Someone’s telling porky’s and it sure isn’t the Pike River family’s.

  16. Philj 16

    Why did Solid Energy buy train wreck Pike River?

  17. Interestingly in my comment above , ( 8 ) – we now have THIS :

    ‘Secret’ coal mining plans on the West Coast alarm Forest & Bird
    Stuff.co.nz

    AND THIS :

    Forest & Bird says Government has secret mining plans for Denniston …
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11848323

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    3 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Friday, July 19

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Friday, July 19, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:The PSA announced the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) had ruled in the PSA’s favour in its case against the Ministry ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to July 19

    TL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers last night features co-hosts and talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent talking about the National-ACT-NZ First Government’s release of its first Emissions Reduction Plan;University of Otago Foreign Relations Professor and special guest Dr Karin von ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #29 2024

    Open access notables Improving global temperature datasets to better account for non-uniform warming, Calvert, Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society: To better account for spatial non-uniform trends in warming, a new GITD [global instrumental temperature dataset] was created that used maximum likelihood estimation (MLE) to combine the land surface ...
    3 days ago
  • We're back again! Join us for the weekly Hoon on YouTube Live

    Photo by Gabriel Crismariu on UnsplashWe’re back again after our mid-winter break. We’re still with the ‘new’ day of the week (Thursday rather than Friday) when we have our ‘hoon’ webinar with paying subscribers to The Kākā for an hour at 5 pm.Jump on this link on YouTube Livestream for ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Gut Reactions.

    Trump Writes His Own Story: Would the “mainstream” media even try to reflect the horrified reaction of the MAGA crowd to the pop-pop-pop of the would-be assassin’s rifle, and Trump going down? Could it even grasp the sheer elation of the rally-goers seeing their champion rise up and punch the air, still alive, ...
    3 days ago
  • Dodging Bullets.

    Fight! Fight! Fight! Had the assassin’s bullet found its mark and killed Donald Trump, America’s descent into widespread and murderous violence – possibly spiralling-down into civil war – would have been immediate and quite possibly irreparable. The American Republic, upon whose survival liberty and democracy continue to depend, is certainly not ...
    3 days ago
  • 'Corruption First' Strikes Again

    There comes a point in all our lives when we must stop to say, “Enough is enough. We know what’s happening. We are not as stupid or as ignorant as you believe us to be. And making policies that kill or harm our people is not acceptable, Ministers.”Plausible deniability has ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy today are:The inside stories of KiwiRail’s iRex debacle, Westport’s perma-delayed flood scheme and Christchurch’s post-quake sewer rebuild, which assumed no population growth, show just how deeply sceptical senior officials in Treasury, the Ministry of ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • What's that Jack Black?

    Ah-rah, deeSoo-guh-goo-gee-goo-geeGoo-guh fli-goo gee-gooGuh fli-goo, ga-goo-buh-deeOoh, guh-goo-beeOoh-guh-guh-bee-guh-guh-beeFli-goo gee-gooA-fliguh woo-wa mama Lucifer!I’m about ready to move on, how about you?Not from the shooting, that’s bad and we definitely shouldn’t have that. But the rehabilitation of Donald J Trump? The deification of Saint Donald? As the Great Unifier?Gimme a bucket.https://yellowscene.com/2024/04/07/trump-as-jesus/Just to re-iterate, ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • June 2024: Earth’s 13th-consecutive warmest month on record

    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Jeff Masters and Bob Henson June 2024 was Earth’s warmest June since global record-keeping began in 1850 and was the planet’s 13th consecutive warmest month on record, NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, or NCEI, reported July 12. As opposed to being focused in ...
    4 days ago
  • Connecting the dots and filling the gaps in our bike network

    This is a guest post by Shaun Baker on the importance of filling the gaps in our cycling networks. It originally appeared on his blog Multimodal Adventures, and is re-posted here with kind permission. In our towns and cities in Aotearoa New Zealand, there are areas in our cycling networks ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    4 days ago
  • Webworm Down Under Photos!

    Hi,I wanted to share a few thoughts and photos from the Webworm popup and Tickled screening we held in Auckland, New Zealand last weekend.In short — it was a blast. I mean, I had a blast and I hope any of you that came also had a blast.An old friend ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 6:30 am on Thursday, July 18 are:News: Christchurch's sewer systems block further housing developments RNZ’s Niva ChittockAnalysis: Interislander: Treasury, MoT officials' mistrust of KiwiRail led ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Thursday, July 18, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:Verbatim: Climate Change Minister Simon Watts held a news conference in Auckland to release the Government’s Emissions Reduction Plan, including ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • The politics of managed retreat

    Climate change deniers are now challenging the Government over a key climate change adaptation policy. That begs the question of whether New Zealand First will then support Government moves to implement processes to deal with a managed retreat for properties in danger of flooding because of sea level rise and ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    4 days ago
  • Some changes are coming

    Warm welcome again to those who are here. The Mountain Tui substack was officially started on the 2nd of July. I wrote about what led me here on this post. Since then, it’s been a learning to navigate the platform, get to meet those in the community, and basically be ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    4 days ago
  • About fucking time

    The US Supreme Court has been rogue for years, with openly corrupt judges making the law up as they go to suit themselves, their billionaire buyers, and the Republican Party. But now, in the wake of them granting a licence for tyranny, President Biden is actually going to try and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: False accounting and wishful thinking

    National released their draft 2026-2030 Emissions Reduction Plan today. The plan is required under the Zero Carbon Act, and must set out policies and strategies to meet the relevant emissions budget. Having cancelled all Labour's actually effective climate change policies and crashed the carbon price, National was always going to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • The Enemies Of Sunshine And Space.

    Our Houses? The Urban Density debate is a horrible combination of intergenerational avarice and envy, fuelled by the grim certainty that none of the generations coming up after them will ever have it as good as the Boomers. To say that this situation rankles among those born after 1965 is to ...
    4 days ago
  • Still the 5 Eyes Achilles Heel?

    The National Cyber Security Centre (NZSC), a unit in the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) dedicated to cyber-security, has released a Review of its response to the 2021 email hacking of NZ members of the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC, … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    4 days ago
  • Britain's Devastating Electoral Slip.

    Slip-Sliding Away: Labour may now enjoy a dominant position in Britain’s political landscape, but only by virtue of not being swallowed by it.THE BRITISH LABOUR PARTY’S “landslide victory” is nothing of the sort. As most people understand the term, a landslide election victory is one in which the incumbent government, or ...
    4 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on why right wingers think all governments (including their own) are incompetent

    Since open denial of climate change is no longer a viable political option, denial now comes in disguise. The release this week of the coalition government’s ‘draft emissions reductions plan” shows that the Luxon government is refusing to see the need to cut emissions at source. Instead, it proposes to ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy this morning are:Chris Penk is set to roll back building standards for insulation that had only just been put in place, and which had been estimated to save 40% from power costs, after builders ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Open Letter to Pharmac

    All this talk of getting oldIt's getting me down, my loveLike a cat in a bag, waiting to drownThis time I'm coming downAnd I hope you're thinking of meAs you lay down on your sideNow the drugs don't workThey just make you worse but I know I'll see your face ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • A blanket of misinformation

    Two old sayings have been on my mind lately. The first is: “The pen is mightier than the sword”, describing the power of language and communication to help or to harm. The other, which captures the speed with which falsehoods can become ingrained and hard to undo, is: “A lie can ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day to 7:00 am on Wednesday, July 17 are:Scoop: Government considers rolling back home insulation standards RNZ’s Eloise GibsonNews: Government plans tree-planting frenzy as report shows NZ no longer ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Wednesday, July 17 , the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day were:Simon Watts released the Government’s draft Emissions Reduction Plan (ERP), which included proposed changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • “Shhhh” – National's 3 Waters is loaded with higher costs and lays a path to ...

    This is a long, possibly technical, but very, very important read. I encourage you to take the time and spread your awareness.IntroductionIn 2022, then Labour Party Prime Minister Jacinda Adern expended significant political capital to protect New Zealand’s water assets from privatisation. She lost that battle, and Labour and the ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    5 days ago
  • Plugging a video channel: Dr Gilbz

    Dr. Ella Gilbert is a climate scientist and presenter with a PhD in Antarctic climate change, working at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). Her background is in atmospheric sciences and she's especially interested in the physical mechanisms of climate change, clouds, and almost anything polar. She is passionate about communicating climate ...
    5 days ago
  • Some “scrutiny” again

    Back in 2022, in its Open Government Partnership National Action Plan, the government promised to strengthen scrutiny of Official Information Act exemption clauses in legislation. Since then they've run a secret "consultation" on how to do that, with their preferred outcome being that agencies will consult the Ministry of Justice ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Crashing New Zealand's health system is not the way to prosperity, Prime Minister

    Another day, and yet another piece of bad news for New Zealand’s health system. Reports have come out that General Practitioners (GP) may have to close doors, or increase patient fees to survive. The so-called ‘capitation’ funding review, which supports GP practices to survive, is under way, and primary care ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    5 days ago
  • Closer Than You Think: Ageing Boomers, Laurie & Les, Talk Politics.

    Redefining Our Terms: “When an angry majority is demanding change, defending the status-quo is an extremist position.”“WHAT’S THIS?”, asked Laurie, eyeing suspiciously the two glasses of red wine deposited in front of him.“A nice drop of red. I thought you’d be keen to celebrate the French Far-Right’s victory with the ...
    5 days ago
  • Come on Darleen.

    Good morning all, time for a return to things domestic. After elections in the UK and France, Luxon gatecrashing Nato, and the attempted shooting of Trump, it’s probably about time we re-focus on local politics.Unless of course you’re Christopher Luxon and you’re so exhausted from all your schmoozing in Washington ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • How the Northwest was lost and may be won

    This is a guest post by Darren Davis. It originally appeared on his excellent blog, Adventures in Transitland, which we encourage you to check out. It is shared by kind permission. The Northwest has always been Auckland’s public transport Cinderella, rarely invited to the public funding ball. How did ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Tuesday July 16

    Luxon has told a Financial Times’ correspondent he would openly call out China’s spying in future and does not fear economic retaliation from Aotearoa’s largest trading partner.File Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy on Tuesday, ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Tuesday, July 16

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 6:00 am on Tuesday, July 16 are:PM Christopher Luxon has given a very hawkish interview to the Financial Times-$$$ correspondent in Washington, Demetri Sevastopulu, saying ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Tuesday, July 16

    Photo by Ryunosuke Kikuno on UnsplashTL;DR: The top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day to 6:00 am are:BNZ released its Performance of Services Index for June, finding that services sector is at its lowest level of activity ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The second crisis; assumption was the mother

    Late on the night of July 16, 1984, while four National Cabinet Ministers were meeting in the Beehive office of Deputy Prime Minister Jim McLay, plotting the ultimate downfall of outgoing Prime Minister Sir Robert Muldoon, another crisis was building up in another part of the capital. The United States ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    6 days ago
  • Can we air condition our way out of extreme heat?

    This is a re-post from The Climate Brink by Andrew Dessler Air conditioning was initially a symbol of comfort and wealth, enjoyed by the wealthy in theaters and upscale homes. Over time, as technology advanced and costs decreased, air conditioning became more accessible to the general public. With global warming, though, ...
    6 days ago
  • Review: The Zimiamvian Trilogy, by E.R. Eddison (1935-1958)

    I have reviewed some fairly obscure stuff on this blog. Nineteenth century New Zealand speculative fiction. Forgotten Tolkien adaptations. George MacDonald and William Morris. Last month I took a look at The Worm Ouroboros (1922), by E.R. Eddison, which while not strictly obscure, is also not overly inviting to many ...
    6 days ago
  • Media Link: AVFA on the Trump assassination attempt.

    In this episode of “A View from Afar” Selwyn Manning and I discuss the attempt on Donald Trump’s life and its implications for the US elections. The political darkness grows. ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 days ago
  • Law & Order: National Party 1, Police 0, Public -1

    What happened?Media is reporting that police have lost in their pay dispute with the Coalition Government.Some of you might remember that the police rejected Labour’s previous offer in September, 2023, possibly looking forward to be taken care of by the self-touted ‘Party of Law and Order’ - National.If you look ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the Trump shooting and a potential hike in fees for visiting the doctor

    Having watched Donald Trump systematically exploit social grievances, urge people not to accept his election loss and incite his followers to violent insurrection… it is a bit hard to swallow the media descriptions over the past 24 hours of Trump being a “victim” of violence. More like a case of ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Monday July 15

    The exploitation of workers on the national fibre broadband rollout highlights once again the dark underbelly of our ‘churn and burn’ economy. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy today are:An extraordinary Steve Kilgallon investigation into ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Monday, July 15

    Photo by Jessica Loaiza on UnsplashTL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last three days to 9:00 am on Monday, July 15 are:Investigation: Immigration NZ refused to prosecute an alleged exploiter despite a mountain of evidence - ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • City Centre Rebuild: How Soon Is Now?

    Patrick Reynolds is deputy chair of the City Centre Advisory Panel and a director of Greater Auckland There is ongoing angst about construction disruption in the city centre. And fair enough: it’s very tough, CRL and other construction has been going on for a very long time. Like the pandemic, ...
    Greater AucklandBy Patrick Reynolds
    7 days ago
  • Peril, dismay, resolution

    This afternoon we rolled into Budapest to bring to a close our ride across Europe. We did 144 km yesterday, severe heat messages coming in from the weather app as we bounced along unformed Hungarian back roads and a road strip strewn with fallen trees from an overnight tornado. Somewhere ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    7 days ago
  • Bullet the Blue Sky

    In the locust windComes a rattle and humJacob wrestled the angelAnd the angel was overcomeYou plant a demon seedYou raise a flower of fireWe see them burnin' crossesSee the flames, higher and higherBullet the blue skyBullet the blue skyThe indelible images, the soundtrack of America. Guns, assassinations, where-were-you-when moments attached ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    7 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Monday, July 15

    TL;DR: The top six announcements, rulings, reports, surveys, statistics and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the three days to 6:00 am on Monday, July 23 are:University of Auckland researcher Ryan Greenaway-McGrevy published an analysis of the impact of Auckland's 2016 zoning reforms.BNZ's latest Performance ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • The Kākā’s diary for the week to July 23 and beyond

    TL;DR: The six key events to watch in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy in the week to July 23 include:PM Christopher Luxon has returned from a trip to the United States and may hold a post-Cabinet news conference at 4:00 pm today.The BusinessNZ-BNZ PSI survey results for June will be released this ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • Was The Assassination Attempt Fake?

    Hi,It’s in incredible photo, and we’re going to be talking about it for a long time:Trump, triumphantly raising his hand in the air after being shot. Photo credit: Evan VucciYou can watch what happened on YouTube in real time, as a 20-year-old from Pennsylvania lets off a series of gunshots ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    7 days ago
  • 40 years ago, inside the crisis that made modern NZ

    It had rained all day in Auckland, and the Metro Theatre in Mangere was steamed up inside as more and more people arrived to celebrate what had once seemed impossible. Sir Robert Muldoon had lost the 1984 election. “Piggy” Muldoon was no more. Such was the desire to get rid ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    7 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #28

    A listing of 34 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, July 7, 2024 thru Sat, July 13, 2024. Story of the week It's still early summer in the Northern Hemisphere. The season comes as our first year of 1.5°C warming ...
    1 week ago
  • Unsurprising, but Trump shooting creates opportunity for a surprising response

    I can’t say I’m shocked. As the US news networks offer rolling coverage dissecting the detail of today’s shooting at a Donald Trump rally in Butler, Pennsylvania, and we hear eye-witnesses trying to make sense of their trauma, the most common word being used is shock. And shocking it is. ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    1 week ago
  • Escalation in the States as Trump is shot and his allies capitalize on the moment

    Snapshot summary of the shooting in the States belowAnd a time to remember what Abraham Lincoln once said of the United States of America:We find ourselves in the peaceful possession of the fairest portion of the earth, as regards extent of territory, fertility of soil, and salubrity of climate. We ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 week ago
  • Bernie Sanders: Joe Biden for President

    I will do all that I can to see that President Biden is re-elected. Why? Despite my disagreements with him on particular issues, he has been the most effective president in the modern history of our country and is the strongest candidate to defeat Donald Trump — a demagogue and ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 week ago
  • Questions from God

    Have you invited God into your online life? Do you have answers for his questions? Did I just assume God’s pronouns?Before this goes any further, or gets too blasphemous, a word of explanation. When I say “God”, I don’t meant your god(s), if you have one/them. The God I speak ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • The politics of money and influence

    Did you know: Four days ago, the CEO of Warner Bros Discovery (WBD), David Zaslav, opined that he didn’t really care who won the US Presidential election, so long as they were M&A and business friendly. Please share my Substack so I can continue my work. Thank you and happy ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 week ago
  • Auckland & Transport Minister Simeon Brown's insanity

    Excuse me, but I just don’t feel like being polite today. What is going on with Simeon Brown? I mean, really? After spending valuable Ministerial time, focus, and government resources to overturn tailored speed limits in school and high fatality zones that *checks notes* reduces the risk of deaths and ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 week ago

  • Oceans and Fisheries Minister to Solomons

    Oceans and Fisheries Minister Shane Jones is travelling to the Solomon Islands tomorrow for meetings with his counterparts from around the Pacific supporting collective management of the region’s fisheries. The 23rd Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Committee and the 5th Regional Fisheries Ministers’ Meeting in Honiara from 23 to 26 July ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Government launches Military Style Academy Pilot

    The Government today launched the Military Style Academy Pilot at Te Au rere a te Tonga Youth Justice residence in Palmerston North, an important part of the Government’s plan to crackdown on youth crime and getting youth offenders back on track, Minister for Children, Karen Chhour said today. “On the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Nine priority bridge replacements to get underway

    The Government has welcomed news the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) has begun work to replace nine priority bridges across the country to ensure our state highway network remains resilient, reliable, and efficient for road users, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.“Increasing productivity and economic growth is a key priority for the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Update on global IT outage

    Acting Prime Minister David Seymour has been in contact throughout the evening with senior officials who have coordinated a whole of government response to the global IT outage and can provide an update. The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet has designated the National Emergency Management Agency as the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New Zealand, Japan renew Pacific partnership

    New Zealand and Japan will continue to step up their shared engagement with the Pacific, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.    “New Zealand and Japan have a strong, shared interest in a free, open and stable Pacific Islands region,” Mr Peters says.    “We are pleased to be finding more ways ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New infrastructure energises BOP forestry towns

    New developments in the heart of North Island forestry country will reinvigorate their communities and boost economic development, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones says. Mr Jones visited Kaingaroa and Kawerau in Bay of Plenty today to open a landmark community centre in the former and a new connecting road in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • 'Pacific Futures'

    President Adeang, fellow Ministers, honourable Diet Member Horii, Ambassadors, distinguished guests.    Minasama, konnichiwa, and good afternoon, everyone.    Distinguished guests, it’s a pleasure to be here with you today to talk about New Zealand’s foreign policy reset, the reasons for it, the values that underpin it, and how it ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Delivering 24 hour pothole repairs

    Kiwis and freight operators will benefit from the Coalition Government delivering on its commitment to introduce targets that will ensure a greater number of potholes on our state highways are identified and fixed within 24 hours, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.  “Increasing productivity to help rebuild our economy is a key ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Peer Support Specialists rolled out in hospitals

    Five hospitals have been selected to trial a new mental health and addiction peer support service in their emergency departments as part of the Government’s commitment to increase access to mental health and addiction support for New Zealanders, says Mental Health Minister Matt Doocey.  “Peer Support Specialists in EDs will ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Consultation opens for the Emissions Reduction Plan

    The Government’s draft Emissions Reduction Plan shows we can stay within the limits of the first two emissions budgets while growing the economy, Climate Change Minister Simon Watts says. “This draft Emissions Reduction Plan shows that with effective climate change policies we can both grow the economy and deliver our ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Benefit stats highlight need for welfare reset

    The coalition Government is providing extra support for job seekers to ensure as many Kiwis as possible are in work or preparing for work, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says. “While today’s quarterly data showing a rise in the number of people on Jobseeker benefits has been long ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • School attendance continues to increase

    Provisional school attendance data for Term 2 2024 released today has shown more students are back in class compared to last year, with 53.1 per cent of students regularly attending, compared with 47 per cent in Term 2 2023, Associate Education Minister David Seymour says. “The Government has prioritised student ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • $22.7m of West Coast resilience projects underway

    Transport Minister Simeon Brown has welcomed news of progress being made by the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) on the first of several crucial resilience projects underway on the South Island’s West Coast.“State highways across the West Coast are critical lifelines for communities throughout the region, including for freight and tourism. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Migrant school leavers to get part-time work rights

    The coalition Government is providing migrant school leavers with greater opportunities, by increasing access to part-time work rights for those awaiting the outcome of a family residence application, Immigration Minister Erica Stanford has announced.  “Many young people who are part of a family residence application process are unable to work. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Funding to support use of NZ Sign Language

    Seven projects have received government funding totalling nearly $250,000 to maintain and promote the use of New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL). Initiatives that received an NZSL Board Community Grants this year include camps that support the use of NZSL through physical and sensory activities, and clubs where Deaf people and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Inflation data shows progress in economic recovery

    Today’s Consumer Price Index data which has inflation at 3.3 per cent for the year to July 2024, shows we are turning our economy around and winning the fight against rampant inflation, Finance Minister Nicola Willis says.  “While today’s data will be welcome news for Kiwis, I know many New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Experts to advise Minister on Oranga Tamariki

    The Oranga Tamariki Ministerial Advisory Board has been re-established by the Minister for Children, Karen Chhour. “I look forward to working with the new board to continue to ensure Oranga Tamariki and the care and protection system, are entirely child centric,” Minister Chhour says. “The board will provide independent advice ...
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    5 days ago
  • Expectations set for improved medicines access

    Associate Health Minister David Seymour says he has set clear expectations for Pharmac around delivering the medicines and medical technology that Kiwis need.  “For many New Zealanders, funding for pharmaceuticals is life or death, or the difference between a life of pain and suffering or living freely. New cancer medicines ...
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