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Govt to ban cheap broadband

Written By: - Date published: 8:01 am, December 4th, 2012 - 46 comments
Categories: john key, telecommunications - Tags: ,

There’s a fabulous win for consumers and a Government good news story out of the Commerce Commission yesterday – significant cuts in the cost of broadband for consumers.  You.

As prices keep rising and wages don’t, finally we might get a fair break.

But John Key’s not happy.  As National’s troubled Ultra-Fast Broadband program creaks along (they’ll still be promising it next election, as in 2008 and 2011…), fibre is struggling to roll-out.  Businesses are being offered it at a hugely more expensive price than copper, and turning it down.

Copper getting cheaper is the last thing it needs.

So John Key wants to stop the decision, and isn’t ruling out legislating over it.

We can’t be reducing Chorus’ profits by $160 million per year!

And we can’t make customers want fibre by making it attractive, so we’re going to punish them with higher prices until they take what’s good for them…

46 comments on “Govt to ban cheap broadband ”

  1. vto 1

    .
    Once again, Soviet-era Russia would be most proud.

    Like central government handouts for the NZX.
    Like central government assistance for farmers.
    Like central government planning for our second biggest city, Christchurch.
    Like central government control of universities.

    Go Stalingrad. You’re onto it.

    • Tazirev 1.1

      Shonkygrad??

    • Well ‘Stalingrad’ was an abuse of a socialist revolution by a greedy bureaucracy. The Stalinists creamed off the surplus from the state industries and didnt allow the economy to advance. Had they not been bought off by the West to stop the threat of ‘communism’, the workers would have got rid of them.
      In NZ the greedy, parasitic comprador Keysites, pocket the rent from their monopolies and farm the Hobbits as a throw-back to most inefficient, barbaric colonial type capitalism.
      Its going to be harder for the Hobbits to throw off the shimmer of the NZX or dreams of becoming a new gentry, but fortunately we have allies in China where the 100s of millions of workers do not sit around as peasants and are creating the most combative mass of workers in the world.

  2. geoff 2

    John Key may as well have just said: I don’t give a shit about the general public, all I care about are shareholders.

  3. geoff 3

    In August Chorus reported a $100 million profit for 7 months of operation, here

    So for 12 months that works out to around $190 million per year.

    So even after you take off the $160 million, they’ll still be stripping on the order of $30 million per year in profit from kiwis.

    • Lanthanide 3.1

      Actually the other recommendation by the commerce commission was a slight reduction in the cost of a fixed copper phone line, which is estimated to take $20m off their revenue. I believe in fact that is the final decision and it’s going through.

      So these two changes together would take that $190m profit down to just $10m. That is a very large cut.

      • geoff 3.1.1

        Even better!

        As I understand it, Chorus owns the ‘local loop’, the copper lines that run from the exchanges to
        people homes?
        If so then this is infrastructure that was largely paid for many years ago by NZ taxpayers before the privatisation of Telecom. Therefore the closer it can be run at cost the better.

      • felix 3.1.2

        Shouldn’t be any profit in it at all.

        • Lanthanide 3.1.2.1

          I’m not sure I agree with “no profit in it at all”, but I would be much happier if any profits were returned to the government, not a private company, due to the lack of real competition in NZ.

      • mikesh 3.1.3

        Their bottom line for 7 months was 102m. So 12 months would actually be 175m. Remove 180m and they are running at a loss.

  4. marsman 4

    Chorus is Telecom is it not? Same old same old, once were monopolies with the help of National.

  5. muzza 5

    Fibre was always a programme lacking in requirements and anything that resembled a coherent business case. It was only ever a tax-payer subsidised effort for the benefit of the shareholders in Chorus/Telecom, and with some spurious future uses of it, as yet to come into the light.

    Copper still has legs, that was always clear, and becoming more obvious by the day!

    • Lanthanide 5.1

      The only justification I ever saw touted for fibre was “television over fibre”. Because a bunch of couch potatoes is way to economic nirvana?

      I think their billboards in 2008 were also aimed at young idiot males that believed the promise of “faster internet” meant “next year some time” and “you’ll be able to pirate all you want”. The types that generally don’t care about voting unless they see something in it for them.

      • millsy 5.1.1

        TV over fibre has tremendous overheads and is more expensive to both transmit and receive IMO.

        Luddite as it may be, A teletext enabled analogue TV set doesnt crash or freeze up, or does it enable user to rack up large bills watching the content.

      • infused 5.1.2

        A lot of businesses have taken up fiber, and it has made a real difference.

    • Draco T Bastard 5.2

      The biggest advantage that I can see for fibre over copper is that the network would no longer be reliant upon extensive use of a fairly rare element. Going to fibre would also increase bandwidth which means that we actually would have a hell of a lot more options open to us.

      As I said yesterday and several times before – If we hadn’t sold Telecom and deregulated telecommunications we’d already have FttH in most of the country.

      • Lanthanide 5.2.1

        Copper is not ‘fairly rare’, it’s just in high demand. High demand ensures high prices for scrap, which helps with proper use of the resource.

        The argument is also rather a losing one, because they’re not going to rip the existing copper lines out of the ground. I would think that new subdivisions and developments are likely to be rolling out copper these days, and probably will continue to do so for many years yet.

        • bfloyd 5.2.1.1

          Apart from a rather large percentage of generalisation based on bigotry, and arguing that because copper is “in high demand” rather than scarce..(High demand usually ends up with whatever is in demand becoming “scarce”) and do you actually know just how nuch copper ore there is left in the ground? …

          The copper that is in the ground now will become more valuable as the new ore being mined diminishes, so yes, there will be a time when it will be more valuable to dig up, and recycle than just “leaving it there”….

          It really does get tiring having people who’s world stops just past their nose attempting to predict a future…. While all they are ctually doing is making excuse for profiteering….

          Maybe it’s time for you to drop the “chardonney socialist” disguise, and don the blue rosette….I don’t think anyone with an iq over room temperature is fooled anymore…

        • Draco T Bastard 5.2.1.2

          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abundance_of_elements_in_Earth%27s_crust

          Wish I could remember the article I read that showed that copper was past peak production. It’s seems that it’s past peak discovery.

          The argument is also rather a losing one, because they’re not going to rip the existing copper lines out of the ground.

          Oh, I think they will especially the copper that’s in a pipe. Can use it to draw through the new fibre.

          I would think that new subdivisions and developments are likely to be rolling out copper these days, and probably will continue to do so for many years yet.

          But they shouldn’t be. Doing so kinda defeats the purpose and increases the costs of getting fibre out later.

          • Lanthanide 5.2.1.2.1

            Oh, I think they will especially the copper that’s in a pipe. Can use it to draw through the new fibre.

            I think that would rather violate the Kiwishare provision.

            But they shouldn’t be. Doing so kinda defeats the purpose and increases the costs of getting fibre out later.

            That’s kind of the point. Install copper now while all the work is being done and it’s easy and cheap to do so. If copper is later required for some purpose, it’s much more expensive. Copper cabling is (still) not actually that expensive.

            • Draco T Bastard 5.2.1.2.1.1

              I think that would rather violate the Kiwishare provision.

              And why would it do that? A phone line doesn’t need copper.

              That’s kind of the point.

              So, according to you, increasing costs is the point of private enterprise.

        • lprent 5.2.1.3

          Copper is quite common relatively speaking. The problem is that it is common in low concentrations.

          It is comparatively rare in easy to mine concentrations compared to how much we use it. However we have been using it as a metal for thousands of years. Consequently the best and most readily available surface deposits are in our cities…….

  6. Well it’s Nationals usual philosophy. “If you are a worker you are there to keep the country working and other than that we don’t give a rats arse about you”.

    We just expect you to give 100% of your energy to make NZ a vibrant place for us to operate our businesses in a profitable way.

  7. Amazing how Key wants to get involved when it suits him (and his cronies) but not when it doesn’t…When asked about jobs, for example, he says things like the government doesn’t create jobs, it creates the environment for jobs, yet when it suits his own agenda, he is more than happy to intercede. Double standard, much?

    • fatty 7.1

      true…despite Shearer’s latest favourite phrase, the Nats are not really hands off in regards to the economy, they are very hands on when it suits them

      • vto 7.1.1

        They are not hands off at all fatty, that is total bullshit.

        They are in fact completely interventionist.

        Some examples;
        Canterbury dairy farming and Ecan.
        Loans to Joyce’s mediworks company
        Threatening legislation re chorus
        Christchurch rebuild
        Offering taxpayer electricity companies to the NZX

        In fact they are more nanny state, lead their supporter in business by the hand, than Clark and her lot ever were

        It is of course an acknowledgment that the free market private enterprise model doesn’t actually work in the way they have been led to believe. They need a new religion.

        • Derek Seymour 7.1.1.1

          Exactly, their assertion the free-market reigns supreme is supreme bullshit. They tinker with it all the time. It’s pseudo capitalism. When it goes out of kilter, they try to correct it, according to their own doctrine. A vote for either the Nats or Labour is a vote for a party which wants (demands) social engineering. Pay your money, and take the ride.

          Key’s tax break for the hobbit industry is a great example. Money for Hollywood, none for the engineering sector.

  8. infused 8

    Copper is crap. End of story. VDSL2 is the only good thing on copper. Unless a business can get that, fiber is far better.

    You can’t deliver voip over copper (well you can try, good luck with that). It’s half duplex with most connections. It has poor upload speed and high latency.

    • lprent 8.1

      VOIP – Works fine at home and at my small workplaces in recent years on copper on ADSL2. Have you actually used it?

      The worst I ever had was a bit of echo on the other end once inside NZ – they had a normal telecom line (and I’ve had it on that as well). Of course it is crap when you call PNG, but so is straight copper, cell, or fibre.

      You can carry a voice signal easily on just 64k bandwidth, and most of the last few decades it has been 32k in full duplex per circuit for most of the switches and exchange in NZ servicing the copper network.

      Basically my guess is that you’re trying to share too little bandwidth through too many people. Increasing the available bandwidth through fibre or the like is fine when you have a lot of people using voice at the same time but often it is just as efficient to simply add more circuits.

    • Lanthanide 8.2

      I’m on copper with VOIP and it works fine.

      • Tim 8.2.1

        Just a thought …. are they going to be rolling out UPS units in every home when copper bites the dust? It’s a bugger in an emergency when the power goes off and you’re the only person in a neighbourhood that still has a directly connected phone (a la Chch earthquake)

        • gnomic 8.2.1.1

          Ah, well thereby hangs a tale. It seems the answer to your question about a UPS is not unless the end user pays for it. This link is interesting about the process involved.

          http://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?forumid=135&topicid=106897

          See also. http://www.crownfibre.govt.nz/ufb-initiative/frequently-asked-questions/

          Q: How will fibre connect from the street to my home?

          A: The connection is to a device known as an ONT (Optical Network Termination device) which the LFC will install, own and maintain. The ONT is the point at which the fibre service connects to networks in your home (which may be copper, Ethernet, Wi-Fi etc.) The ONT will be located in a position of the householder’s choice, generally just inside the house. An additional fee may apply if the householder wishes to site the ONT in a difficult location or a long way from the street frontage. The ONT does require a power source, so locations such as a laundry, adjacent to a fuse box etc. can work well.

          Q: What happens to legacy copper services when I connect to UFB?

          In the home, services such as fax, security alarms, St John’s medical alarms, EFTPOS, Sky TV connections – which run over copper today – can generally be configured by your service provider to operate with UFB. Ask your RSP for more information on this as part of the process of connecting.

          Q: What happens to the copper itself when I connect to UFB?

          A: At least initially the copper will generally remain in place. In the future it is possible that legacy copper will be removed but this is subject to further consideration by the Government, industry and other stakeholders.

  9. gnomic 9

    The existing copper cable based telephone system is to be decommissioned (just like CDMA and analogue TV broadcast), according to an article I saw recently in a computer reseller industry magazine. Not many people know that but I think we should be told. No date given for the demise of plain old telephone service. Afraid I haven’t got the source to hand right now, but I can supply later if anyone is interested. While POTS is obviously declining in usage, I find myself wondering just how good an idea this is. Perhaps a Save Our Pots campaign?

    • Draco T Bastard 9.1

      Perhaps a Save Our Pots campaign?

      Not worth it. Use of the telephone is decreasing and basic broadband has more than enough bandwidth for those who want to make a voice call.

    • millsy 9.2

      POTS may not be sophisticated, but it sure is reliable and proven, and a good communication method for people who just want a basic phone service (ie pensioners, etc). And what’s more, it still works in a power cut.

      Sometime I think there is nothing wrong with old school reliable technologies. The company I work for still uses fax machines, which is a quick and easy way of exchanging text, some industries, ie shipping still use telex, some banks and government departments still use mainframes from the 60’s and ’70s. Teletext seemed to work alright in getting the news and other information out there (I wrote to several penpals I ‘met’ from Keypad club, and I first heard about Cave Creek on teletext), and you cant beat a radio station for streaming music and audio programs at low cost.

      I think the last word goes to a famous author, “I dont know of anyone trying to hack into my typewriter”.

      • Draco T Bastard 9.2.1

        That comes across as ZOMG, the past was soooo good, we should go back there. Are you turning into a conservative millsy?

        There’s reasons why we’ve moved on from the old POTS. It really was very limited and didn’t achieve anything close to the amount of information dispersion that we’re seeing now.

        • millsy 9.2.1.1

          Its not about being conserative, liberal or progressive. Im pro-technology, dont get me wrong, even if it is only on a budget – my smart phone only being a cheap and nasty $89 Huawei, broadband internet, with wifi links as well as 3/4G technology has the potential to revolutionise communications.

          In saying that, there is nothing wrong with legacy technology.

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    6 days ago
  • NZ Politics Daily: 11 October 2021
    Today’s NZPD testimonial from Jim Hubbard, Cartoonist “NZ Politics daily is a go to for cartoonists, or should be.  Political reporting enmasse like this gives cartoonists and political junkies a smorgasbord to get their teeth into. Essential and I daresay vital reading for those who care about the future of NZ.” Anyone can sign ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    6 days ago
  • 2021 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #41
    Listing of articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week: Sun, October 3, 2021 through Sat, October 9, 2021 The following articles sparked above average interest during the week: VFX Artist Reveals how Many Solar Panels are Needed to Power the ENTIRE World, Will you fall ...
    7 days ago
  • The Night of Parmenides: accepted
    A bit of good news on the writing front. My 3900-word short story, The Night of Parmenides, has been accepted by SpecFicNZ for their upcoming Aftermath anthology, to be published in early 2022. This is my first published short story to be explicitly set in my home-town of ...
    7 days ago
  • The Virus, the Politician, and the gang member
    . . . . . References Newshub Nation: Gang leader Harry Tam denies Winston Peters’ claims he helped infected woman breach COVID boundary, sparking Northland lockdown Te Ao News: ‘Apologise!’ Mob leader slams Peters’ Covid, Northland allegations Stuff media: Covid-19 – Search for contact of Northland case ‘extraordinarily frustrating’ CNBC: ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    7 days ago
  • Rapid kits, responses, and openings: watch motivations, or catch something worse with Covid…
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    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • Bollocks
    It would appear we have an unwelcome presence in town.Positive wastewater results had been detected in Hamilton and Palmerston North on October 6 and 7. There are 26 cases in hospital, seven of these are in ICU or high dependency units (HDU).One of the people in hospital is in Palmerston ...
    1 week ago
  • World-leading?
    So, the Herald has found someone, as we can see from today’s issue, who is able to explain why we should not claim to have been “world-leading” in our response to the covid epidemic. It seems that we have been kidding ourselves when we celebrated our low total number of ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • Why Is Labour So Frightened Of “Mr Stick”?
    Force Multiplier: Why are Ardern and her ministers so loathe to put a bit of stick about? The “emergency” legislation eventually enacted to authorise the measures needed to combat the Covid-19 pandemic failed to confer upon the New Zealand Government the unequivocal authority that subsequent events showed to be so ...
    1 week ago
  • The Need for an Updated Strategic Approach to Covid-19 Control in Aotearoa NZ
    Prof Nick Wilson, Dr Jennifer Summers, Prof Michael Baker* The NZ Government appears to have drifted into an unclear strategic approach to Covid-19 control. In this blog we outline one potential way forward: a regional strategic approach that considers “regional suppression” and “regional elimination”. To maximise the success of this ...
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    1 week ago
  • Mairon: The Actual Source for the Blasted Name
    Long-time Tolkien geeks – or those bemused enough to run across a certain internet phenomenon – might know that ‘Sauron’ is not actually the real name of the Lord of the Ring. ‘Sauron’ is just an abusive Elvish nickname, meaning ‘the Abhorred.’ Sauron’s actual name, at least originally, ...
    1 week ago
  • Forced Re-entry
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    PunditBy Brian Easton
    1 week ago
  • Repeal this unjust law
    Yesterday the Supreme Court ruled on National's unjust "three strikes" law, and found that the sentence it required was (in the case in question) so disproportionate as to "shock the conscience" and violate the Bill of Rights Act ban on disproportionately severe treatment or punishment: The Supreme Court has ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Preparing for the flood
    The Christchurch City Council has published new "coastal hazards" data, indicating which places are under threat from sea-level rise. And its not good news: Parts of Christchurch and Banks Peninsula are likely to become unhabitable [sic] as the city council figures out how to adapt to sea level ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The Virus, Not The Government
    I wonder if Mike Hosking ever reads the paper in which he appears so regularly? If he does, he might have noticed a report in today’s Herald about the problem that could face churches in Auckland if a vaccine passport becomes mandatory for those wishing to attend church services. The ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • NZ Politics Daily: 8 October 2021
    Today’s NZPD testimonial from Bill Ralston, Media consultant and columnist: “NZ Politics Daily provides an invaluable service for journalists, politicians, businesspeople, decision makers and the public at large by providing an easily accessible, exhaustive, link to every significant political story in the country’s media that day. It’s a gem of a service ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    1 week ago
  • Open letter to Michael Barnett, Julie White, et al
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    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • Introducing Mr Stick.
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    1 week ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #40, 2021
    "Old" research There's little point in trying to best this excellent article describing the 2021 Nobel Prize in Physics by Ars Technica authors Jennifer Ouelette and John Timmer, each having a gift for concisely on-target, accessible science journalism. Here at New Research we'll punt and quote the The Royal Swedish Academy of ...
    1 week ago
  • Standing on one leg is a sign of good health – and practising is good for you too
    Dawn Skelton, Glasgow Caledonian University Research shows that people’s ability to stand on one leg is an indicator of health and that getting better at standing on one leg can add to fitness and potentially lifespan. Being able to stand on one leg is linked to increased levels of physical ...
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    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: More dishonesty over the CCR
    Last month the Emissions Trading Scheme turned into a farce, when the government flooded the market with credits in a failed and wasteful attempt to Keep Carbon Prices Low. When I asked about the background of this policy Climate Change Minister James Shaw sent me one of the most egregious ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Schrödinger’s Wraith: The Status of the Witch-King of Angmar, 15th-25th March, T.A. 3019.
    My recent re-read of The Lord of the Rings reminded me of one of the vaguer head-scratchers in Tolkien. The status of the Witch-King of Angmar between his death at the Battle of Pelennor Fields and the Destruction of the One Ring ten days later… was he, in the ...
    1 week ago
  • How rainbow colour maps can distort data and be misleading
    Philip Heron, University of Toronto; Fabio Crameri, University of Oslo, and Grace Shephard, University of Oslo   The choice of colour to represent information in scientific images is a fundamental part of communicating findings. However, a number of colour palettes that are widely used to display critical scientific results are ...
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    1 week ago
  • Gordon Campbell on Korea’s march to global cultural domination, plus a K-pop playlist
    So far, South Korea’s culture industries seem to be pandemic proof. They’re also winning huge global audiences, and not merely large domestic ones. In recent years, South Korea’s TV series (Squid Game, Descendants of The Sun) and movies ( Parasite, Oldboy, The Handmaiden) have become global hits. However, it has ...
    1 week ago
  • In a lockdown, where does work end and parenting begin? Welcome to the brave new world of ‘zigzag...
    Candice Harris, Auckland University of Technology and Jarrod Haar, Auckland University of Technology   All parents work. The difference lies in the breakdown between their paid and unpaid workloads. That equation is influenced by many things, including education, qualifications, age, ethnicity, financial status, number and age of dependants, gendered and ...
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    1 week ago
  • Using Rapid Antigen Tests to Improve COVID-19 Control in Aotearoa NZ
    Figure 1: Rapid Antigen Test kit given out freely from the NHS in the UK Dr Jennifer Summers, Assoc Prof James Ussher, Assoc Prof Nikki Moreland, Dr Leah Grout, Prof Nick Wilson, Prof Michael Baker* Most COVID-19 testing aims to identify infected people. To date, Aotearoa NZ has relied almost ...
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    1 week ago
  • NZ Politics Daily: 7 October 2021
    Today’s NZPD testimonial from Dr Liz Gordon, Former MP, researcher and blogger I just hate NZ Politics Daily. I get settled in to do a good day’s work and ZAP, it arrives in my inbox like a little shiny gift.  I try to ignore it but my cursor creeps inexorably towards the ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    1 week ago
  • Bryce Edwards: Political Roundup – Will electoral and political finance law reform succeed this ti...
    It’s welcome news that the Government has announced this week that they intend to improve how elections work in this country, including fixing the political finance rules. Justice Minister Kris Faafoi has announced that major reforms will be investigated in the areas of political donation rules, promising changes that will ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    1 week ago
  • Will Jacinda Stand? Or, Has She Already Fallen?
    Free Falling? New Zealanders needed to hear Jacinda take a firm line on vaccination, issuing stern warnings to those who declared their intention to refuse. Kiwis just weren’t in the mood to let lockdown evaders and anti-vaxxers free ride on their good citizenship. Google’s IT wizards confirmed that Kiwis were, overwhelmingly, ...
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: The CCR was a huge waste of money II
    Last month, in the wake of the September carbon auction, I talked about how the government's policy of flooding the market with a "cost containment reserve" of an extra 7 million tons of pollution in an effort to keep carbon costs low was a huge waste of money. Ministry for ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Celebrating Women in Space
    Beautiful, Inspiring, Mysterious!  How do you describe space?  What do you think when you look up at the stars?  The United Nations General Assembly certainly knew how beautiful, inspiring, mysterious, and important space is when they designated a week to be World Space Week.  That’s this week, and the theme for this year is ...
    SciBlogsBy John Pickering
    2 weeks ago
  • COVID Clusterfuck
    Well it has been fun living in the safest country in the world for a year and a half, but a combination of cynical politics from the right, and dithering incompetence from the left, and selfish sociopathy or ignorance on the part of the population , means New Zealand is ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Unsurprising
    Former rugby league star Manu Vatuvei has admitted importing methamphetamine. The Warriors icon was charged in December 2019 with possessing methamphetamine for supply and importing the Class A drug. He previously denied the charges and earlier this year said he would “fight for his innocence” after he outed himself as the sportsman ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Bond, Wokeness and Representations in Cinema
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh The latest James Bond film has come out.  It is apparently to be Daniel Craig’s last incarnation as the Spy Who Loved Me, or raped me as some have pointed out.  There has been much discussion about how woke the new James Bond is and how ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • The Virus, the Bubble, and the Trap
    . . . . . References National Party: Open the Trans Tasman Bubble Now (archived) Twitter: National Party – Sign the Trans Tasman bubble petition Twitter: Judith Collins – Sign the Trans Tasman bubble petition RNZ: Tourism New Zealand forecasting billion-dollar economy boost if trans-Tasman bubble opens Stuff media: Crack ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    2 weeks ago

  • New Zealand Ambassador to France announced
    Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta today announced the appointment of Caroline Bilkey as New Zealand’s next Ambassador to France and the OECD. “Aotearoa New Zealand and France have a shared history, and enjoy a strong, collaborative partnership. This includes a strong trade and economic relationship, a shared commitment to support ...
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    2 days ago
  • Govt welcomes nurses’ pay settlement
    The Government is welcoming news that a new employment agreement for nurses working in public hospitals has been settled. “I am very pleased that the hard work of the Nurses Organisation and District Health Boards has led to a settlement that both can support,” Health Minister Andrew Little said today. ...
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    2 days ago
  • Judge of the High Court appointed
    Māori Land Court Judge Layne Harvey has been appointed a Judge of the High Court, Attorney‑General David Parker announced today. Justice Harvey graduated with an LLB from the University of Auckland in 1992 and commenced employment as a law clerk with Simpson Grierson in Auckland that same year. In 1997 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Kiwis to have their say on plan to reduce waste
    New Zealanders are invited to have their say on proposals for a new waste strategy and options for new waste legislation. “Reducing waste is one of the issues all New Zealanders – especially younger Kiwis - care deeply about,” Environment Minister David Parker said today “New Zealand is one of ...
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    2 days ago
  • Next steps in action plan for indigenous rights kicks off
    Minister for Māori Development Willie Jackson has today meet with more than 30 national Māori organisations in an online hui, kicking off the process to develop a plan for New Zealand to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (the Declaration). The previous National Government signed ...
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    3 days ago
  • Iwi-led housing solutions build homes for the future
    Whai Kāinga, Whai Oranga will open on 20 October, to receive applications for investment through Te Tūāpapa Kura Kāinga – Ministry of Housing and Urban Development and Te Puni Kōkiri The $730m fund combines investment from Budget 2021 ($380m) and the Māori Infrastructure Fund ($350m) - the largest investment seen ...
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    3 days ago
  • E whakarite ana Te Kāwanatanga i ngā tūāpapa mō twhakamaumahara ki Te Petihana Reo Māori ka t...
    I te rā nei, i pānuihia e te Minita mō Manatū Taonga, ko Carmel Sepuloni, rāua ko te Minita Whanaketanga Māori, ko Willie Jackson, ā tērā tau, ka whakanuia rawatia te 50 o ngā tau mai i te whakatakotoranga o te petihana mō te Reo Māori me te huanga mai ...
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    3 days ago
  • E whakarite ana Te Kāwanatanga i ngā tūāpapa mō tewhakamaumahara ki Te Petihana Reo Māori ka t...
    I te rā nei, i pānuihia e te Minita mō Manatū Taonga, ko Carmel Sepuloni, rāua ko te Minita Whanaketanga Māori, ko Willie Jackson, ā tērā tau, ka whakanuia rawatia te 50 o ngā tau mai i te whakatakotoranga o te petihana mō te Reo Māori me te huanga mai ...
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    3 days ago
  • Government green lights rapid antigen testing
    Some of the country’s largest businesses have put in an order for 300,000 approved rapid antigen tests for their workforce, after working at pace with the Government on a new scheme unveiled by Associate Minister of Health and Research, Science and Innovation Ayesha Verrall. A coalition of around 25 businesses ...
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    3 days ago
  • Government lays foundations as Māori Language Petition commemorations take shape for 2022
    Taiaha hā! Taiaha hā! - Te kairangi o te reo hoki mai ki taku tikanga, ki taku taumata, ki taku reo, ki taku ao. He reo whai tikanga, he reo whai mana, he reo whai tangata koe. Ki te whāngaihia te reo Māori he ao tēnā, ki te kore he ...
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    3 days ago
  • Major contract awarded to power NZ Battery investigation
    A consortium of specialist firms has been awarded a major contract to advance the New Zealand Battery Project’s feasibility investigation into a pumped hydro storage scheme at Lake Onslow, the Minister of Energy and Resources Megan Woods has announced. “This contract represents a major milestone as it begins the targeted ...
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    3 days ago
  • Additional Funding for Foodbanks and Social Agencies
    The Government has approved $13.55m from the Covid Response and Recovery Fund to support foodbanks and social sector agencies, Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni has announced. “Foodbanks and social agencies across Auckland are doing a great job supporting their communities and the Government is today providing them with more ...
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    4 days ago
  • Generating a new generation of guardians
    The Government is supporting a Whakatōhea-led project undertaking landscape scale restoration in forests and around vulnerable rivers within the Eastern Bay of Plenty, Minister of Conservation Kiri Allan says. “The Whakatōhea Tiaki Taiao project will employ four people to undertake pest and weed control, ecosystem restoration and monitoring over three ...
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    4 days ago
  • Parts of Waikato, Northland staying at Alert Level 3
    The parts of Waikato that have been in Alert Level 3 and Northland will remain in Alert Level 3 for a few more days, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. Auckland remains at Alert Level 3, Step 1. “Based on the latest public health information, ministers have decided that ...
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    4 days ago
  • New courthouses for Tauranga and Whanganui
    The Government is moving ahead with new courthouses in Tauranga and Whanganui, which the Justice Minister says provide an opportunity to redesign court facilities that help put victims at the heart of the justice system. “These courthouses are part of the 10-year infrastructure investment plan to restore and modernise Ministry ...
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    4 days ago
  • Speech on the launch of the consultation on the development of the Emissions Reduction Plan
    Tēnā koutou katoa. Ngā mihi o te ata. Earlier this month Save the Children wrote to me with their most up to date analysis on the impact of climate change. What they said was that children born in Aotearoa today will experience up to five times as many heatwaves and ...
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    4 days ago
  • Opportunity to shape NZ’s first Emissions Reduction Plan
    The Government is inviting New Zealanders to inform the country’s first Emissions Reduction Plan with the release of a consultation document containing a range of policy ideas to decrease the country’s emissions, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Climate Change Minister James Shaw announced today. The Emissions Reduction Plan will set ...
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    4 days ago
  • Convention on Biological Diversity COP 15, Virtual High-Level Segment
    Kia ora koutou katoa. I want to thank China for hosting this critically important Conference of the Parties. We are all here for the same reason. Biodiversity loss, and the ongoing degradation of nature, are accelerating at an unprecedented rate. These losses are causing irreparable harm to our planet’s ability ...
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    4 days ago
  • Government books show resilient and strong economy
    The end of year audited Crown accounts released today show the Government’s health led approach to the COVID-19 pandemic has protected New Zealand’s economy. “On almost every indicator the accounts show that the New Zealand economy has performed better than forecast, even as recently as the Budget in May. It ...
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    5 days ago
  • ​​​​​​​Health system is ready for assisted-dying law
    The health system is ready for the implementation of the End of Life Choice Act when it takes effect next month, making assisted dying legal in New Zealand, Health Minister Andrew Little said today. The law received 65.1 per cent support in a public referendum held alongside last year’s general ...
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    5 days ago
  • Taking a lead in threat to curious kea
    Reducing lead poisoning of kea, the world’s only alpine parrot and one-time New Zealand bird of the year winner, is the goal of a two year project being backed by the Government’s Jobs for Nature programme, Minister of Conservation Kiri Allan says.  “Lead poisoning is a serious threat to this ...
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    5 days ago
  • Government provides certainty to working holiday and seasonal visa holders and employers for summer
    The Government will extend Working Holiday visas and Supplementary Seasonal Employment (SSE) work visas for six months to provide more certainty to employers and visa holders over the coming summer period, Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi has announced. “This offers employers and visa holders the certainty they’ve been asking for going ...
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    5 days ago
  • Lower card fees good for businesses, consumers
    The Bill to help lower the cost of the fees retailers get charged for offering contactless and debit payment options is another step closer to becoming law, Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Dr David Clark said today. “COVID-19 has changed the way we spend our money, with online and contactless ...
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    6 days ago
  • Mandatory vaccination for two workforces
    High-risk workers in the health and disability sector to be fully vaccinated by 1 December, 2021, and to receive their first dose by 30 October School and early learning staff and support people who have contact with children and students to be fully vaccinated by 1 January, 2022, and to ...
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    6 days ago
  • Fund allows more Pacific community led vaccinations
    The Government has made $1.1 million available through ‘The Prepare Pacific Community Vaccination Fund’ to directly support Pacific community-led initiatives towards increasing vaccinations, said Associate Minister of Health, Aupito William Sio. “The best way to protect our communities from COVID-19 is through vaccination. “We need to explore every avenue to ...
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    6 days ago
  • Small business at heart of economic recovery across APEC region
    The Minister for Small Business says support for small and medium enterprises will remain ongoing as the Asia-Pacific region moves through response and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Stuart Nash today chaired a virtual summit from Wellington for the APEC Small and Medium Enterprises Ministerial Meeting (SMEMM). “APEC Ministers responsible ...
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    1 week ago
  • Restrictions on abortion medication lifted for health practitioners
    Abortion services can now be provided in primary care, meaning people can access this care from someone like their trusted GP and in a familiar setting, Associate Minister of Health Dr Ayesha Verrall announced today. “By lifting some restrictions on the funded medications used for early medical abortions, more health ...
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  • Record day for Māori vaccinations
    More than 10,000 vaccinations were administered to Māori yesterday, the highest number in the vaccine campaign so far, Associate Minister of Health (Maori Health) Peeni Henare announced. There were 10,145 doses administered across the motu yesterday this is almost equivalent to the population of Hāwera. The doses are made up ...
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    1 week ago
  • Statement on Joint Cooperation in Agriculture between Ireland and New Zealand
    8 October 2021 - Dublin, Ireland Agriculture plays an important role in the economic, social, environmental, and cultural wellbeing of Ireland and New Zealand. We are focused on increasing the productivity, inclusivity, and resilience of our respective primary sectors. As agri-food exporting nations, we also share a commitment to a ...
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    1 week ago
  • Northland to move to Alert Level 3 tonight
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    1 week ago
  • Prime Minister's Christmas Card Competition
    It’s that time of year again! If you’d like to help design the Prime Minister’s official Christmas card, here’s how to take part: Draw, paint, sketch or craft an image you’d like to see on the front of this year’s Christmas card. It can be anything you want – a traditional ...
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  • Pacific Public Sector Fono – Friday 8th October 2021
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  • Speech : Pacific Public Sector Fono – Friday 8th October 2021
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  • Ruapehu social housing pilot, providing value for generations to come
    Housing Minister Hon Dr Megan Woods today announced the development of six social housing units funded by the Government’s Covid response infrastructure fund, to help work toward resolving Ruapehu's lack of social housing. “The Crown’s investment of $2.1 million in this project will provide value to the community for generations ...
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    1 week ago
  • New Children’s Commissioner Appointed
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    1 week ago
  • More support for business available from today
    The third round of the Resurgence Support Payment opened for applications this morning. “The RSP helps businesses with their fixed costs, such as rent. It provides cashflow to businesses and supports them to pay their bills while the country is at Alert Level 2 or above,” Grant Robertson said. “The ...
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    1 week ago
  • Compelling case made for modernising local government
    Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta today welcomed the interim report on the Future for Local Government Review.  “Our system of local democracy and governance needs to evolve to be fit for the future. New Zealand is changing and growing, and there are some significant challenges presenting not only now with ...
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  • Judge and Associate Judge of High Court appointed
    Christchurch Queen’s Counsel Jonathan Eaton has been appointed a Judge of the High Court, and Auckland Barrister and Solicitor Clive Taylor has been appointed an Associate Judge of the High Court, Attorney‑General David Parker announced today. Justice Eaton graduated with an LLB from the University of Canterbury in 1986, and ...
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  • Firearms licence extensions granted to those affected by COVID-19 delays
    New Arms Act amendments enacted today gives extensions to existing firearms licence holders whose renewals have been delayed by this year’s COVID-19 lockdown, says Minister of Police Poto Williams. “This is a necessary regulation that supports firearms licence holders caught out by COVID-19 Alert Level changes and unable to progress ...
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  • Extension of Alert Level 3 boundary in Waikato
    Following public health advice, the Government has agreed to extend the Waikato Alert Level 3 boundary to the south, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said. “Although today’s news has been encouraging, with new cases in Waikato being linked to previously identified cases, this is a prudent step to take,” Chris ...
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