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Heck of a job Brownlee

Written By: - Date published: 1:22 am, April 30th, 2011 - 63 comments
Categories: disaster, Gerry Brownlee, housing - Tags: ,

The government has spent $1 million so far on 350 campervans for Christchurch. One person stayed in them. For that money, better to put them up at Premier House and commute them by Iroquois. There is a massive housing need in Christchurch – apparently thousands have registered interest in temporary houses – but the campervans were so shitty and expensive people preferred overcrowded or damaged houses, or just left town.

Meanwhile, actual temporary houses will start going up some time next month and hopefully be finished some time in winter. The Japanese will have 30,000 temporary houses finished in a month’s time. we’ll be lucky to have one.

Can anyone tell me why we made a guy who can’t even organise some temporary houses in 3 months our dictator?

Reminds me of another disastrous disaster recovery leader.

63 comments on “Heck of a job Brownlee”

  1. HC 1

    Well some guys are unable to organise a piss-up in a brewery, are they not?

    Gerry Pie Face Brownlee belongs to that peculiar group of people.

    If this is true as you write it, then this is yet another F*** Up by an incompetent government.

    But our PM is too busy dancing on the wedding of Willy and Kate.

    See where the priorities lie?

    Photo ops for the public, promises (like verbal diorrhea) and nothing much behind it.

    • Deadly_NZ 1.1

      But why have we not heard a squeak about this from Labour?? There is so much ‘Ammo’ out there re Act takeover, This Bullshit from brownlee But all I hear is Silence, nothing, nix,nada,zero, zip, zilch, I have to ask are they all asleep or just don’t care anymore??? Which means they are believing the polls and are getting ready to die, nicely and quietly, with a whimper not a shout.

      • HC 1.1.1

        Labour will only survive if they finally wake up and start a real political offensive in the coming months, or if that does not happen, by a kind of revolt and revolution from the bottom ranks, presumably largely union based.

        That is how I see it, and like you ‘Deadly_NZ’ I am both shocked and mystified by the absence of comments, statements and the release of true alternative policy.

        It seems that the MPs are away on holidays with their kids and or partners, preparing for their personal careers after the feared defeat in November and do not really care too much about the people that voted for them.

        I can only say to Phil Goff: Let the new breed step up and make room for more aggressive and more in tune new “leaders”.

        Problem is, there are only a few names that may spring to mind.

        • handle 1.1.1.1

          You did see their tired party list, right? Unless some heads are kicked right now inside Labour most of the new blood won’t get a look in as their vote collapses.

          • HC 1.1.1.1.1

            Maybe they need a Brash style Coup D’Etat?

            If there is not enough present “talent” with will power, charisma and the necessary leadership skills, then they should perhaps place adverts in the newspapers – like “New competent leader wanted”???

            NZ has become even more of a country dominated by self serving individuals who only care about their personal careers, their privileges and their over inflated personas. I also see too many people just too indifferent, poorly informed or resigned to the feeling that they cannot change anything.

            The brain drain will see to it that we will have to sell the land for a bar of soap to Australia or any other country that may decide to “look after” us and get us out of this shit.

            I hope that some leading Labour MPs read this!

        • Rodel 1.1.1.2

          Ruth Dyson and her Labour colleagues are working their butts off in Christchurch, getting help for people, organising resources, not poncing around in front of TV cameras and getting on the news.
          They are doing the real work, not seeking political capital or photo opportunities.

          Journalists are unable to get good copy on this kind of work as it doesn’t present good photo ops, is down to earth but not sensational enough to sell newspapers- which let’s face it, is their bottom line.

          One hopes that the Christchurch residents,home owners and business people alike remember which politicians were the most useful in a practical sense when they come to vote.

          • HC 1.1.1.2.1

            Fair enough! I accept your point re this, but Labour is not only based in Christchurch and has a wider network of members and supporters.

            That means there should be others able to carry out some more aggressive and firm activities that enables Labour to get more “profile” again.

            Like mentioned by a poster above, there are so many things happening that are basically laid at the feet or served on a platter to Labour leaders to take up and comment on. It cannot just be due to the biased media that we do not hear much.

          • handle 1.1.1.2.2

            The MPs are doing good on-ground work for their constituents. But Labour’s back room has been feeble at communicating that as part of an overall strategy to secure votes, or holding the government accountable for their failures. Residents will not magically “remember” in the face of more competent political communication from National and Act during the election campaign unless it is countered with skill and passion and stamina. Blaming the media will not help either.

            • Rodel 1.1.1.2.2.1

              Accepted! just wanted to make a point.
              Yes its a wider issue and no they won’t remember.

            • jcuknz 1.1.1.2.2.2

              The media are left wing anyway so you definitely cannot blame them for the problem LOL.

              • HC

                Hah! Which media in NZ is “left wing”? Certainly not the private and “maintream” media like APN, Fairfax, Mediaworks, all radio stations except National Radio, Sky, TV3, C4, all the “local community papers”, all magazines, bla, bla, bla!

                Even the supposedly “public” television broadcasting via ONE and TV2 is managed and run along commercial standards.

                Or do you think they are owned and run by community or socialist “collectives”???

                The present government is hell bent on abolishing public broadcasting altogether!

                So troll off to your mates.

  2. felix 2

    One. Person. Oh to the em eff gee.

    Only a few weeks ago Farrar, tsmithfield, Chris73 and the others were telling us what a cost effective affordable solution the govt had come up with.

    Guess there’s only one person in Christchurch who knows a good deal when they see one, eh?

    The bigger question though: What sort of parasitic, heartless, mercenary government charges money to victims of a natural disaster for emergency shelter?

    • Lanthanide 2.1

      Yeah, it seems kind of odd that they would rent them wholesale like that, and then try and recoup the costs from people staying in them. Look what happened – no one stayed, and it ended up being a sunk cost.

      I think if they were going to charge anything at all, it should only be a token amount, like $50/week or a $200 establishment fee or something – just to try and stop people taking them for granted or moving in and out as other options became available.

      • Kaplan 2.1.1

        John, ‘Money Trader’, Key has shown over and over again that under his leadership all the government seems to be able to do is lose money. Super fund, SCF, budget reviews, BMW’s, camper vans… record deficit… FFS

        • Deadly_NZ 2.1.1.1

          It makes you want to ask the question. How the fuck did he manage to make 50 Mil??
          Hell on those figure’s I wouldn’t trust him to balance a cheque book.

  3. Jenny 3

    People were actually having to pay to stay in these things?

    It had slipped my attention that there was a charge for this so called disaster relief.

    I had just presumed (probably along with many others), that this emergency relief was being provided by the government, and didn’t pay any further attention to the matter.

    It shocks me to realise that people in grievous need who may have lost everything, were actually having to pay for emergency accommodation?

    I am staggered.

    And the government had to pay for it as well?

    Surely this must be a world first for disaster relief?

  4. Jenny 4

    Several weeks ago when I had heard that these camper vans were being unused I couldn’t imagine why this was so.

    As an Aucklander, trying to imagine what it would have been like to have been in a Christchurch family left with nothing due to an earthquake. I felt I would have been grateful of even a camper van to shelter in.

    I couldn’t even imagine that after having lost everything that someone would be trying to make money out of my misfortune.

    I had thought that maybe there must be no serious accommodation crisis, or homelessness in Christchurch after all.

    After realising that the only “relief accommodation” was a camper van that you had to rent, I wonder what the real situation of families left with nothing is.

    Are they all right?

    What is their situation?

    Are they being cared for?

    Has anyone actually checked?

    • Andy-Roo 4.1

      Lots of people are just living in badly damaged homes.

      If you have a mortgage, no job and no insurance left, you don’t have much in the way of options.

      Right now due to the number of people that have left the city there is “low cost” rental accommodation available, (and this was known in the commmunity housing sector before someone had a brain fart and lined up these useless campervans, against the advice of people on the ground here…), but the people who need it most just cannot pay.

  5. KJT 5

    It is much worse than that. People still living in garages and tents since the first earthquake.
    It will be 12 months down the track and still no permanent or even temporary housing in place.

    No chances of even getting their houses fixed for at least two years. Can’t engage their own builders because it is all supposed to be co-ordinated by Fletchers etc. Joke!

    Porta-loos have been removed despite publicity saying do not use flush toilets.

    Insurance companies are waiting and see-ing or refusing to pay out until they have an idea of total costs. Home owners cannot even get a lump sum to sort out their own demolition and builders.

    Parades of half trained assessors go through, some saying houses should be demolished, others that they are repairable.

    Fletchers are offering rates for builders that would not be worth the time of any half decent tradespeople. Any that are too old or too patriotic to go to Oz.

    The whole thing is another fuck-up with another leaky homes type scandal further down the track as reconstruction by the cheapest, unskilled labour they can find hits home.

    • Jenny 5.1

      “People still living in garages and tents since the first earthquake.
      It will be 12 months down the track and still no permanent or even temporary housing in place.”

      KJT

      KJT, I presume that you are from Canterbury, and so know the real situation, thank you for filling me in. This situation is definitely not being conveyed to the rest of the country.

      In fact the well publicised news that the holiday camper vans provided for the homeless had been left unused, gave us in the rest of the country the impression that Christchurch citizens could afford to be choosy, and therefore that their need couldn’t be that great.

      • KJT 5.1.1

        I am from Northland, feeling pretty lucky at present, but most of our staff are from Christchurch. All of them and every one they know have the same problems. 100% of a fairly large sample.
        For example, two of our staff with condemned houses have been occasionally staying at work because the option is their car with no sewage and showers courtesy of friends on the other side of Christchurch. One, whose wife has health problems, has sent her to their daughters place while he has to stay behind to deal with insurance companies and EQC. They have seen each other twice since the first quake.

        The company have helped with extended leave for Canterbury staff after each quake.

        No noticeable help from the Government so far.

        • HC 5.1.1.1

          Give it a few more months and those affected will start expressing their frustrations and dissatisfaction to the government, same as the families of the Pike River Mine disaster victims are now doing.

          Does anybody wonder about all this. It is the result of decades of “laissez faire” economics and politics, where the government only delivers minimal last resort support like and ambulance at the bottom of the cliff, rather than prepare for any such disasters.

          So there are over burdened council staff, poorly trained insurance assessors and commissioned building companies left in charge to sort the mess out.

          And do not forget who promoted “user pays” in the early 1990’s! It was National as far as I can remember. For them it is “fair” to charge the homeless with more or less market rents for caravans and temporary shelters.

          If the affected cannot cope they will be sent to WINZ, where they get asked hundreds of questions before they may get a miserly accommodation allowance (if they have no job, income and no substantial assets).

          Great life in neo liberal economic wonderland called New Zealand!

          With Don Dagger Brash’s ACT d’etat we may soon have tin and cardboard shelters for the homeless who cannot bother “making an effort to get off their bums”.

          • KJT 5.1.1.1.1

            User pays and the great asset giveaway was the first ACT Government in 1984. National in 1990 just continued with the culture of mean spiritedness.
            Building rules were deregulated and privatised by the 1990 National government as they continued the slash and burn.

  6. Jenny 6

    For $190 a week, to cram your family into a van.

    This is not aid, this is punishment.

    You would be better off trying to survive in the remains of your condemned house, and sleeping in your own car.

    • Bill 6.1

      $190 plus still paying rent on your previous rented accommodation or the mortgage on your house.

      Meanwhile, you just got unemployed. And the strange government subsidy that is in excess of the normal UB etc is about to run out.

      And the poorer you are, the less able you are to ‘take off’ and get out of Christchurch. And it was the poorer suburbs that got hammered.

      Oh, and I didn’t go through the links, but did they mention that the vans are located in New Brighton…one of the hardest hit areas and prone to liquifaction?

      Aside from all the other issues around this, I wonder why they didn’t locate the vans out to the west?

      edit. So just noticed some of those points were made in the original post about this bullshit. Still. Worth repeating.

      • Shaz47 6.1.1

        The vans are not in New Brighton and are safe from liquifaction
        The vans are located (Google map) longitude172.5843134956792 latitude 43.55079723817987, which is on Halswell Road, on the way to Lincoln Uni, sort of south east from the city square. They are about as out of town as you could possible get without actually being out of town. Limit bus service and all the van are guarded by security guards and are behind a high fence. Driving past is like driving past a prison. No one in their right mind would stay there.

        • Lanthanide 6.1.1.1

          They’re at the AMP show grounds, which comes off the motorway, not Halswell Road. South west of the city centre. They’re not “out of town” at all – I just drove past them 10 minutes ago on the way too and from my house to the supermarket.

          I didn’t see any security guards, and there’s no “big high fence”. It doesn’t look like you’re driving past a prison at all, it looks like you’re driving past a holiday park.

          I get the impression you don’t even live in Christchurch.

          • Shaz47 6.1.1.1.1

            It’s amazing when two people drive past the same thing but see different things. Yes I live in Christchurch and they are out of reach for most of those affected. Transport will be a big issue but as you were ‘DRIVING’ past it would not be an issue to you!! And yes Halswell Road is just 100 meters up the road, just pointing out the where abouts and people may get a better idea of the area if they know the general layout, you dipstick. I have been past many times and the guards have always been there. They may be gone now because no one used them and the contract with the company finished yesterday. http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/christchurch-earthquake/4942205/Campervans-flop-with-quake-homeseekers .

    • Irascible 6.2

      That rate is for ONE person. The charges go up to over $300 for a family of four.

  7. rd 7

    Japan has a population of 127 million we have 4m\
    On that ratio we should have 1000 temporary homes in a month.

    Jenny has some good questions

    Are they all right?

    What is their situation?

    Are they being cared for?

    Has anyone actually checked?

  8. infused 8

    Has anyone actually checked how many houses are for rent in Christchurch?

  9. Just think how many wool underlays and wool duvets this would have purchased for when the power goes out in Christchurch during the cold weather. The electric blanket and the heater just aint going to do it.

    Did anyone do any proper market research into how many people would live in a camper van and what they were prepared to pay for the rental of one?

  10. r0b 10

    In the meantime Japanese families were moving into proper emergency homes within a month and these were rent free for two years.

    Thanks National – Christchurch is loving it.

    • handle 10.1

      If anyone in Christchurch votes for National in November they need their heads read.

      • Andy-Roo 10.1.1

        There are still a relatively large proportion of CHCH residents out west who are relatively unaffected and ignorant of conditions in the east. Although this is not universal!

        On day 2 after the quake, despite the fact that my own house was being dug out of the shit, I was called back into work, and had to deal with one of the other managers complaining about “goldbrickers” because only 10% of the staff showed up.

        Fortunately I was able to put him right, and in its way my employer has tried hard to do right by it’s worst effected staff – but there are still a large number of people in CHCH itself who just don’t get it.

        And as for the arsehole I saw on “Stuff” yesterday complaining about the north island subsidising CHCH yesterday, words just fail me.

      • jcuknz 10.1.2

        Of course there is the argument that if they had voted for National in the past they would get better treatment today?

        • Alma Rae 10.1.2.1

          Most people in the east of Christchurch would be very surprised to hear that there is an argument that if they had voted National they would be better off. That includes me. What argument??? Which planet are we talking about?

  11. David 11

    There are 1400 places to rent in Christchurch city via trade me plus the ones with rental companies not listed there. Numbers dipped to 1127 on trade me and have risen since then.
    I guess the number of people who have left the city is roughly equal to the number of uninhabitable homes. Bit of a waste of money on campervans.

    • Colonial Viper 11.1

      Yeah I see 1041 places on Trademe for rent in Christchurch, which are under $350 pw.

      Should have checked myself before.

  12. Jum 12

    They have just gone through all that and they would have to pay at least $190 a week for a caravan along with hundreds of others?

    Unbelievable.

    I don’t remember hearing anything about having to pay rental in the news.

    Where would that money have gone – back to Christchurch householders or to the businesses there?

  13. Adrian 13

    When you do a back of the envelope rough calc, it looks like the Fat Controller was trying to recoup all of the cost from the poor buggers who were going to be in them. Arsehole.

  14. DS 14

    There are still a lot of people down here bunking in friends/families spare rooms/lounges or staying in condemned housing (condemned doesn’t necessarily mean unsafe) – although I wouldn’t want to stay in my place if it was condemned. But if I had to pay $190 per week (which I can’t afford) to stay in a caravan… given the lengthy rebuilding process will take it’s likely to exceed the temp accommodation benefit in my insurance… I’d probably have to.

    Given the issues around overcrowding, poor heating, increased poverty, increased cost of food, increased unemployment there’s going to be substantial issues when it comes to physical health, mental health and domestic abuse this winter.

    Perfect time to cut funding to social services like Women’s Refuge.

    Bastards.

  15. FredD 15

    Camping out in a Christchurch winter ?

    Character forming

    .. but don’t ask about voting intentions.

    • Mac1 15.1

      How do those camping out in other’s places go for residence in terms of voting in November? Will all those Christchurch East dwellers who are camping out in the West with the rich and less damaged rellies and friends get to vote in Ilam? Or Selwyn?

      • handle 15.1.1

        Would not be surprised if big Gerry makes them vote in whatever is left of Bexley. Same with all those who have moved to other cities. Should keep dissent to a minimum.

  16. I’d still be interested in how polling organisations are allowing for the dislocation of many people in Christchurch? The motels on Riccarton Road are pretty jam packed most days I go along it in a bus (i.e., ‘No Vacancy’ signs). People are bunking down with friends and relatives (and wouldn’t be the ones answering the phone/responding to surveys where they reside). There are still plenty of people away from town (once again, they’d be less likely to respond to surveys where they’ve gone). To just keep calling until you get enough ‘Christchurch’ responses would probably bias it towards the West (i.e., over-represent that part of Christchurch in any sample).

    My sense is that there’s not a lot of support for CERA and a lot of suspicion of what the government would impose on Christchurch (partly for ‘economic’ reasons). I can’t see a swing to the government this election down here or, for that matter, the same amount of support as in 2008.

  17. Jenny 17

    There has been many comments made on this post that make me suspect there could be more to this scandal than just plain total incompetence.

    As I understand it.

    The government against the advice of people on the ground, gave $1million dollars to a camper van company to rent them out, at a $190 dollars a head?

    The deal was with no strings attached, on whether anyone took up this offer or not.

    (Whatever happened to the much vaunted government accountability and targeted expenditure?)

    Another reckless and expensive bailout of a favoured private company at the public’s expense?

    If I have got this straight, the only beneficiary of this “relief”, was the owner of the camper van company, and not the homeless. There are only two alternatives: This incredible waste of public money was either due to stupidity, or corruption.

    To rule out the second option, It would bear a close look at this business person’s personal links if any, to the National Party. If it turns out this scandal is just the result of stupidity: What an incredible windfall this was for this lucky company; to be paid for vehicles that would have been just standing around empty anyway due to the almost total collapse of tourist visitors to Canterbury, to be gifted $1million for nothing.

    Surely the whole concept of charity has been turned on its head.

    A hard done by business person who lost trade due to the earthquake is gifted $1million, (as well as any rent they could squeeze out of the earthquake victims). While those made homeless and in real need are crushed in with neighbours, relatives and friends who are not given a cent by the government for their instinctive generosity. (not that they have asked for it.)

    If this “charitable” business owner had any conscience then they would donate their whole unearned $1million back to the disaster relief fund.

    Whether they will be made to or not, no doubt the Government will tell us that they had no choice. That the government has no option but to give rich people lots more of the public’s money.

    Contracts Blah… Trickle down Blah…. Things would be worse if we didn’t Blah

    Blah… Blah… Blah…, Blah Blah.

    This really is stupidity.

    • jcuknz 17.1

      It was basically a good idea that didn’t take into consideration the people involved and obviously run by bean-counters who insist on their pound of flesh. Well we know what happened to Shylock. But I doubt that happening in today’s world.

    • Lanthanide 17.2

      I believe they rented the campervans from several different companies.

  18. Galeandra 18

    Too Jenny et al
    “Jenny has some good questions

    Are they all right?

    What is their situation?

    Are they being cared for?

    Has anyone actually checked?”

    A lot of angry assertions about the poor effort in Chch but most of us have seen little evidence in the media of these logistical/organisational failures.
    Surely a low tech solution to getting evidence and message out would be a few well produced youtube clips? That might even wake the media up.
    Are there people in Christchurch who could do that now? They needn’t be from the local LEC either- this is really a supra-political issue, as any reasonable person doesn’t want to see slackness of the sort that is said to be happening.
    Being apolitical might actually help to give Nact a bigger serve, in fact?

  19. tsmithfield 19

    This campervan argument is one of the dumbest I’ve seen on “The Standard”.

    By the same argument money spent on insurance is wasted if a claim never eventuates. However, we can’t make plans in hindsight. If people can’t understand the concept of “contingency” then there is no help for them.

    • felix 19.1

      You’re right of course.

      Even though no-one has found the campervans to be worth using, it’s a good thing the govt put those contingency measures in place just in case, you know, Chch gets hit by 2 major earthquakes or something.

      ‘Cos then they’d be definitely used and wouldn’t all us doubters have egg on our faces, eh?

      • Jenny 19.1.1

        In reply to Felix, ( who is Right of course); If “you know, Chch gets hit by 2 major earthquakes or something” then people will definitely not have the extra necessary resources to pay for this “disaster relief”. So the government would definitely have to provide the campervans free.

        ‘Cos if they didn’t, they’d be definitely still unused, and it would be the government who would have egg on their faces, eh?

  20. Kevyn 20

    Jenny, Why should this business owner be made to give away a million dollars of legitimate income. If you look at the facts his/her only sin was to have these ex-rental campervans parked-up on a vacant section right next to The Press printery on Logistics Dr. The government could hardly leave them there where journalists might realise that a supply of high quality portable housing existed in Christchurch that could be driven right into the heart of Aranui/Bexley/Wainoni. Much better to put out them out of the way somewhere to make sure that the media don’t derail plans for “proper” temporary housing.

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    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 days ago
  • Out of the past – Tories to revive racist laws from the 16th century
    Did you know there once was a time when it was illegal to be a gypsy (aka Romani) in Britain?That was between 1530, when the Egyptians Act was passed, and 1856, when it was repealed.Amongst other things, the act forbade the entry of 'Egyptians' into England, ordered those already there ...
    3 days ago
  • 1000 of these now
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    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    3 days ago
  • Has Shane Jones Just Saved NZ First?
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    3 days ago
  • Climate Change: As predicted
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Let this never be forgot
    In the spirit of Remember, remember the fifth of November, let's keep this in mind FOREVER.
    Oh dear. Extraordinary interview on PM with Andrew Bridgen and @EvanHD just now. Bridgen was defending Jacob Rees Mogg’s Grenfell comments. Evan asked him if JRM had meant to say he would have left ...
    4 days ago
  • Too Late To Change Capitalism’s Flightpath?
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    4 days ago
  • Whooping cough vaccine works well despite its imperfections
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    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: Passed
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Retailing of vaping products – New NZ Research
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    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    5 days ago
  • Justice for Bomber
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Britain’s climate tyranny was unlawful
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • More crime from the spies
    Last year, the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security reported on significant problems with the intelligence warrant system. While they were unwilling to declare any warrant "irregular" (meaning unlawful) due to the recent law change, they were also not willing to give the system a clean bill of health. Now, they've ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Vaccination, compulsion, and paternalism for the lower orders
    The National Party has come out in support of encouraging greater vaccination uptake. But it sure isn’t the way I’d do it. National’s suggested docking the benefits of those on benefit whose kids aren’t keeping up with their vaccinations. Some in National have suggested extending that to payments under Working ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    5 days ago
  • Global Protests Rage On: But Slogans Are Not Plans.
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    5 days ago
  • 11,000 employed under Labour
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Boycott this democratic fraud
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Why Mars is cold despite an atmosphere of mostly carbon dioxide
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: Ban private jets
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: Untold Suffering
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • The left and violent misogyny
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    RedlineBy Admin
    6 days ago
  • Imperialism and the iPhone
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    RedlineBy Admin
    7 days ago
  • The freshwater mussel housing crisis: eviction by invasive weeds?
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    7 days ago
  • Back it up Luxon: endorsing the destructive past is not actually the way forward
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    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    7 days ago
  • Good riddance
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Climate Change: D-Day
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Winston is right
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Media impartiality
    Sky's economics editor, Ed Conway has posted a Twitter thread responding to a claim that - as far as I can see - Labour never made:
    Are NHS operation cancellations at an all-time high? That's the impression you might have been left with if you read this story from the ...
    1 week ago
  • Finish what’s on your plate
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    SciBlogsBy Genomics Aotearoa
    1 week ago
  • Gainful Employment: A Cautionary Tale.
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    1 week ago
  • New Zealand should not fund bigotry
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • More tyranny in Australia
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Submission for rationality and science against the assaults of pre-modernism and post-modernism
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • My loyal readership of … Cam girls and Pornbots?
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    1 week ago
  • Worth repeating forever
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    1 week ago
  • Lutte Ouvriere on the explosion in Chile
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    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Wage theft – I’m fucking over it.
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    PosseBy chloeanneking
    1 week ago
  • On The Rebound.
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    1 week ago
  • Rabbi urges congregation to vote against Corbyn
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    2 weeks ago
  • My absurdly optimistic prediction
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    2 weeks ago
  • October ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
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    2 weeks ago
  • A mountain of a challenge in banning glyphosate
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • This government has a problem with secrecy
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • A small New Zealand songbird that hides food for later use provides insights into cognitive evolutio...
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Referenda on Euthanasia – NZ First’s Victory – or a Major Miscalculation?
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    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    2 weeks ago
  • Corbyn the Mighty vs BoJo the Clown
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    2 weeks ago
  • Public health, externality, and vaccination
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    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    2 weeks ago
  • Happy Halloween
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Twenty thousand leagues under the sea
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    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Disclosing the risks
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • MPI fails again
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Gay Men Address Gender Identity
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    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • National’s Going Gangbusters.
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    2 weeks ago
  • “Action for Healthy Waterways”: Some big ticket actions that the Government has neglected
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    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    2 weeks ago
  • ADHD and fluoride – wishful thinking supported by statistical manipulation?
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    2 weeks ago
  • “Line the wasters up!”: Yes, NZ, it’s “bash the poor!” time again with ya mate Simon…
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    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 weeks ago
  • A partial release
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: California burning
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • To Save Democracy, We Must Make The Media Our Own.
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    2 weeks ago
  • Again on Child Poverty
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    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago

  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
    "Today we have made a choice that will leave a legacy... I hope that means that future generations will see that we, in New Zealand, were on the right side of history." - Jacinda Ardern, Third Reading of the Zero Carbon Bill ...
    4 days ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
    Darroch Ball, New Zealand First List MP A Member’s bill has been proposed that would provide income tax exemptions for all New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel while on operational deployment overseas. The Income Tax (Exemption for Salary or Wages of NZDF Members on Active Deployment) Amendment Bill proposed by New Zealand First ...
    4 days ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First is proud to have brought common sense to the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill, which passed its final reading in Parliament today. Party Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says months of hard work went into negotiating a balanced ...
    5 days ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First has listened to calls to recognise paramedics as registered health professionals under the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance Act (the Act). Today, the Coalition Government announced plans for paramedics to be registered as health practitioners under the Act, and the establishment of a ...
    1 week ago
  • Week That Was: 2,000 teachers in two years
    We began the week by commemorating the New Zealand Wars and celebrating a major increase in the number of teachers. Then, we were busy supporting offenders into work and getting our rail back on track after years of underinvestment. And that's just the start! ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Winning an election one conversation at a time
    In October I was sworn in as the Mayor of Lower Hutt. It’s the privilege of my life to serve Hutt people as their Mayor. There is something really special to be able to serve the community where I was raised, and where I live.   ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Closer cooperation with Korean horse racing industry
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Racing Racing Minister Winston Peters met with Korea Racing Authority Chairperson Nak Soon Kim in Seoul today to discuss closer cooperation between the New Zealand and Korean horse racing industries. As part of the visit to the Seoul Racecourse, Mr Peters witnessed ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Otago to lead digital creativity
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10 million to establish Otago as the centre of New Zealand’s creative digital industry over the next ten years, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “The initiative will bring us closer to the vision of ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Young Otago students encouraged to take on forestry careers
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF)’s skills and employment programme will help young Otago people into long-term forestry careers, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. Te Ara Mahi will invest $63,000 in the 2020 school year to support eight 17 and 18 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF backing Dunedin’s waterfront ambitions
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will support local plans to revitalise and stimulate economic development opportunities in Otago, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The four Regional Economic Development Ministers have approved an in-principle investment of $19.9 million towards the region’s ...
    2 weeks ago
  • M. Bovis eradication progress welcomed
    Mark Patterson, Spokesperson for Primary Industries New Zealand First is pleased to have received the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) report on the Coalition Government’s Mycoplasma bovis eradication efforts, which shows significant progress in the fight against the disease. New Zealand First Spokesperson for Primary Industries, Mark Patterson, says the report’s findings ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF boosts Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sector
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development Hon David Parker, Minister for Trade and Export Growth The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing to support economic growth opportunities for Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sectors, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones and Trade and Export Minister David Parker announced today. Almost $20 million ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Minister Peters discusses Pacific challenges and denuclearisation in Seoul
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Foreign Minister Winston Peters and his South Korean counterpart, Kang Kyung-wha, discussed in Seoul today opportunities to work more closely in the Pacific and the situation on the Korean Peninsula. Mr Peters and Minister Kang confirmed New Zealand and the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF supports high speed broadband for marae at Parihaka Pa
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development  Hon Nanaia Mahuta, Minister for Māori Development The three marae in the historic Parihaka Pa complex in Taranaki have been upgraded to high speed broadband with the support of the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “Connecting the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 launched
    Hon Ron Mark, Minister of Defence Minister of Defence Ron Mark will today launch the Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 Defence Assessment  during a speech at Te Papa.  The Assessment outlines how Defence will partner with our Pacific Island neighbours and invest in Pacific regional security architecture. The Plan aligns with the Coalition ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF funding could transform Gisborne company into “beacon of employment” in two years
    A new Provincial Growth Fund investment could create about 80 new jobs in Gisborne over the next two years, turning a local small business into a “beacon of employment” in the process. Regional Economic Development Parliamentary Under-Secretary Fletcher Tabuteau said the PGF’s Te Ara Mahi funding stream would provide $1.6m ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Week That Was: Two years of progress
    This week, we’re taking action on climate change, expanding trades education – and celebrating two years of progress! ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs to visit the Republic of Korea and Japan
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters will travel to the Republic of Korea and Japan next week. “The Republic of Korea and Japan are two of New Zealand’s closest partners in the region with whom we share common values and ...
    3 weeks ago
  • New Zealand to lead Bougainville Referendum Regional Police Support Mission
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters has announced today that New Zealand is leading a police support mission in Bougainville as the region prepares to vote in a non-binding referendum on its political future. “New Zealand has accepted an invitation ...
    3 weeks ago
  • We’re taking action on climate change
    “I refuse to accept the challenge of climate change is too hard to solve.” – Jacinda Ardern ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Shane Jones annoyed at “elevated sense of entitlement from a lot of immigrant leaders”
    New Zealand First MP Shane Jones is defending Immigration New Zealand (INZ) after it instructed officials to stop granting visas as an exception to instructions. He has also lashed out at immigrant leaders upset with the tightening of the rules, saying they had an “elevated sense of entitlement”. Members of ...
    3 weeks ago
  • New Zealand public likely to vote on euthanasia bill thanks to NZ First
    A change to the End of Life Choice Bill was passed in Parliament, meaning if politicians decide to vote for the law it must be approved by the public first. A binding referendum was a condition insisted on by New Zealand First, and Jenny Marcroft’s supplementary order paper (SOP) successfully ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Tairāwhiti Workforce development projects get $1.6m PGF boost
    Fletcher Tabuteau, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), through its skills and employment programme, Te Ara Mahi, is investing a further $1.6m into Tairāwhiti’s workforce development, said Parliamentary Under Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau. “This PGF funding follows on from significant PGF investment earlier this ...
    3 weeks ago
  • NZ First welcomes primary sector support for climate change plan
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says the Government’s steps to reduce farm livestock emissions are necessary and timely. Today the Government and farming leaders announced a plan to measure and price emissions at the farm level by 2025. “Many farmers ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Shane Jones hits back at activists upset with immigration changes
    New Zealand First MP Shane Jones has hit back at those who are upset over a change in approach to partnership visas. There has been a specific government directive to stop waiving requirements such as couples needing to have lived together for 12 months - a test Indian couples who have ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Next steps in Northland line upgrade underway
    The North Auckland Line rejuvenation kicks off with teams surveying the rail corridor and Northland construction contractors are showing interest in the project. KiwiRail provided an industry briefing for Northland contracting and construction companies about future work opportunities on rejuvenating Northland’s rail lines. The briefing session in Whangarei was held to ...
    3 weeks ago

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