Homeless families are living in cars … and tents

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, April 13th, 2018 - 84 comments
Categories: housing, john key, national, national/act government, phil twyford, same old national, the praiseworthy and the pitiful, you couldn't make this shit up - Tags:

Remember how early on during his reign as National leader John Key talked about the underclass and how they were a blight on New Zealand society?

He gave a speech in 2007 where he said this:

However, things are different now than they were 30 years ago. It used to be that any street in any community could be the launching pad for a happy and fulfilling life. That’s not the case anymore. Today many are being left behind.

These are tough problems – very tough problems. But I have no intention of being a Prime Minister who tackles only the easy and convenient issues. I don’t pretend I’ve got all the solutions. But I can tell you that dealing with the problems of our growing underclass is a priority for National, both in opposition and in government.

By the end of his reign the problem was not only people living in substandard houses.  But working families living in cars.  And from a recent story some families were actively helped by WINZ to live in tents.  And why during a time of crisis did National have to close and sell so many state houses?

From Television New Zealand:

In a shocking admission, Work and Income say it has been using tents to house the homeless.

Figures given to 1 NEWS under the Official Information Act show in the last year 20 families have asked for hardship grants through Work and Income to buy a tent to live in.

Work and Income Deputy Chief Executive Service Delivery Ruth Bound said the practise is extremely rare, “so rare in fact that our system does not record the grants as a separate sub-category of hardship grant”.

She says it agreed to fund the tents “in an effort to support its clients choices” and did not rule out supplying more than the 20 it could identify.

“Our case managers help clients with one million requests for hardship grants a year and were able to recall around 20 instances,” Ms Bound said.

The Government claims it only learnt of the [practice] when 1 NEWS raised questions and has now ordered Work and Income to stop supplying tents.

“It’s not ok for the government to be supplying tents. It might have been acceptable under the past government it’s not under ours,” said Housing Minister Phil Twyford.

“We’re pulling out all the stops with emergency and transitional housing, building thousands of extra state houses, and if people are homeless and don’t have anywhere to live we will do our absolute best to find somewhere for them,” Mr Twyford said.

And National apparently had no idea this was happening.  Again from the article:

National’s Social Development spokesperson, Louise Upston, said she too had no idea that special needs grants were being used to buy tents.

“I can only assume these are decisions made by frontline staff who are doing their very best to help people in need,” Ms Upston said.

The number of families on Housing New Zealand’s waiting list has almost doubled in three years to over 6,000, while there have been one million requests for hardship grants in the last year.

It is really weird.  National was in control of the Government for nine long years.  But they had no idea our major hospital had sewerage leaking into the walls of one of its buildings or that homeless people were living in tents.

One can only conclude that despite John Key’s protestations of interest National was totally indifferent to the plight of the poor.

Some things never change.

84 comments on “Homeless families are living in cars … and tents”

  1. savenz 1

    What do you expect when a country brings in hundreds of thousands of additional people – where the hell did you expect the existing people to go??

    Any trickle down will continue as it has for the past decade, 200,000 new arrivals of permanent, temporary and visiting arrivals per year, 20,000 new 1.5 million dollar houses being built and wealth is the deciding factor on the competition and a few $600,000 affordable houses being touted to somehow turn it all around.

    But we hear, it’s all for the affordable houses. If you think someone living in a tent can afford $600,000 for an ‘affordable house’ – think again.

    Even if you built the houses, our wages and jobs are so precariat now that many don’t have enough income to afford any style of accommodation.

    And you have to get people from A to B and in spite of 1.345 billion a year to Auckland transport – no sign of any affordable transport options for people, quite the opposite, it’s going up and they haven’t worked out, more people equals more services needed – that is before the issue of if you can afford the cost of the transport or what happens during bad weather and climate change!

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/rodney-times/102028492/gulf-harbour-residents-seek-improvements-for-auckland-ferry-service

    • SPC 1.1

      A total planning failure – the free market was not capable of managing an increase in supply matching rise in demand from the liberalised immigration regime. And we allowed those with access to finance to make untaxed capital games gaming the tragedy (buying up existing property), rather than have the finance going into new house building.

    • cleangreen 1.2

      Yes saveNZ,
      Here’s my story.

      Immigrants are killing our country now as so many are coming that can’t survive without government help.

      Shit when i was in Australia working at 22 yrs old, I applied to Canadian Embassy to work in canada and was sent a letter saying as a Auto Electrician they determined that I would not be able to “establish myself successfully in 1968.

      So I went over to Toronto as a visitor, and waited in a motel for four months visiting the embassy on University Avenue every day requesting a work visa showing my certificates and credentials and finally was given a work permit and in 1976 became a Canadian Citizen but we now see these immigrants coming here with no skills and don’t speak our tongue and need government shelter so we have slipped far from 1968, and we wind up going into debt to allow them into the county now.

  2. adam 2

    Have we ever had a government leave office knowing so little about what they did when in power?

    Must be hard to earn so much money, and do and know so little.

  3. Ad 3

    Fair enough Mickey.

    But it’s 6 months ago since Labour-Green-NZF formed government.

    And it’s 6 weeks to winter. They won’t be blaming National.

    And winter’s coming.

  4. David Mac 4

    Consecutive governments have been making owning a rental property less attractive. The benefits of doing this are countered by unfavourable side-effects. One is escalating demands for emergency housing. The family that needs a $300 grant to buy a tent is a long way from buying their own home.

    I’d be interested to read an investigative journalism piece that was researched by ringing a number of property managers around NZ. I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised to discover that without exception every one of those contacted has a shrinking portfolio of properties managed.

    This in itself prompts rent rises. Property Management divisions attempting to extract the same income from fewer clients.

    • SPC 4.1

      Irrelevant, the problem is a shortage of property because of rising demand.

      • AB 4.1.1

        The problem is the rising demand due to the financialisation of houses from dwellings into investments and too much money in too few hands chasing safe havens in an era of globalised capital

        • SPC 4.1.1.1

          There would be no interest in investment in urban/city property if it was not rising in value because of a shortage of supply.

          The matter of safe havens, the practice of the 1% to have residences in multiple nations and speculation in scarce markets (harbour front, coastal and grand countryside estates) is IMO a separate issue.

          • AB 4.1.1.1.1

            If it was impossible to make money from housing over and above inflation, any shortage of supply would resolve. We don’t see a shortage of commodities where the only money to be made is in their construction and sale, rather than mere ownership, e.g. sausages or sofas.
            I mean in the long run anyway – of course it is possible for idiot governments to relax immigration and import enough people to swamp existing infrastructure including houses. Usually they do this precisely to inflate house prices because their supporters own most of them.

      • David Mac 4.1.2

        The property shortage problem is being compounded as we see more ‘For Sale’ signs and fewer ‘For Let’ signs.

        There are 1000’s for sale, our property shortage is sliding towards a rental shortage. Tent grant applicants aren’t looking to buy anytime soon.

  5. savenz 5

    To hide immigration Natz blamed the Landlords. Now we don’t even have the landlords with the rental properties.

    To hide how poor people were Natz blamed the landlords, not the low wages and poor conditions and lack of training, now we spend 2 billion on low wages and our hospitals are mouldy and everyone has a student loan but the jobs are poor quality and they are considered replaceable at the drop of a hat. And soon the camp grounds will be sold off for higher grade tourism.

    For a decade the most major debate we heard about was how taxing landlords will solve all NZ social ills… how a WOF for rentals would solve poverty and sickness. Nobody obviously worried about how the hospitals themselves were actually mouldy.

    So there is no landlords but still no affordable housing to buy as well as to rent and the transport and sewerage and wastewater and low wages and full hospitals and schools and huge student loans, and lack of training and rising prison population to solve..

    • David Mac 5.1

      Geez, it’s not all bad news save, you’ll make yourself crook with a focus like that.

      I think campgrounds will go full circle. Now that coastal land is so valuable the only campgrounds on the coast are state owned. The places where older NZers had their family camping holidays are mostly luxury housing estates and marinas.

      Banks will stop lending, insurers will stop insuring houses and builds smack bang on the beach. These sites will only become suitable for housing that can be relocated when there is a cyclone on the horizon. Caravans and tents will reclaim their homeland and those forced to live in them will be in choice locations handy to the kai moana.

      • savenz 5.1.1

        Don’t worry now the focus is off the main issues and a debate of ‘racism’ is being promoted – another rights wing device/divide.

        Now Brash has gone, it’s entered a new phase – while we work out if Taika’s right of that lady really was racially profiled at the jewellery store, we can avoid looking at how NZ a formerly wealthy, egalitarian country into such an unequal one. Once we finish with racism we can then go back to landlords/house taxes. swap and repeat,

        Similar to climate change debate raging for 20 years, is it man made or natural, rather than what we should do about it.

        While NZ media debates, profits and consents flow in as usual, while everyone gets distracted.

        Quick answer to racism, yes it’s alive and well.
        Quick answer to landlords, nope they are moving on from renting property, so where are people now going to live?

        But maybe look a bit deeper than that, because everything is related.

        I don’t mean to be negative, just get bored with the same debates for decades that go nowhere or make those people’s lives who they keep talking about, worse and the public who don’t lobby get screwed over.

      • cleangreen 5.1.2

        David mac,
        Go look at Aramoana Beach in HB out from Waipawa and you will see about 30 homes on that beach that used to house 180 family caravan sites.

        In 1995 there was a large sea swell that flooded the whole number one and two caravan campsites and the caravans were recited higher upn the beachfront.

        In 2000 we were among a 180 families that received eviction orders from the farmer that sold the land to a queen street developer who come and built those 30 homes on a flood plane so we now will see that area destroyed by another tidal surge one day and the homes will disappear and caravans will be hauled back to some noew campsites we believe.

        Full circle indeed.

    • SPC 5.2

      No landlords … total rubbish, if home ownership is falling the proportion of properties that are rentals is rising, not falling.

      Requring rentals to be insulated and have an energy efficent heating will reduce poverty and sickness (assisted by the power payment supplement).

      Do you seriously question landlords paying tax on income after costs (the only change has been to end the depreciation allowance, but offer a subsidy for insulation instead – the the next proposed is they cannot deduct losses against from other taxable income).

      • David Mac 5.2.1

        Home ownership is falling because of immigration. People we deem fit to live in NZ have access to a house deposit. Why import paupers? Those of us that rent are a growing group with fewer rentals to choose from.

        As you said initially, we have a house shortage. Typically, those deemed to be the least desirable tenants will do it toughest. I agree with you, insisting landlords pay their fair share is reasonable. At the same time I think it would be wise to be making more preparations for those that will suffer the most as landlord numbers decrease and those that stay are obliged to do better.

      • savenz 5.2.2

        I’m for a full transaction tax. Tax on all money. Everything, gambling, houses, wages, incoming tourists, shares – as you use money a micro tax is applied. Buy a Ferrari, a super yacht, all bank transactions, a very small charge maybe half on one percent.

        The problem with capital gains, is that you can rearrange your affairs not to pay it as well as the family home and trusts are not part of it. It becomes an accountancy issue.

        With a Tobin tax/transaction tax NZ would then be a rich country with a tax on all money coming and going and the rich will pay their fair share as you come into NZ and leave and everyone living here.

        Time to tax those in this country who have a multi million dollar ‘family home’, but no job, no income but use all the services like schools, roads and hospitals.

        A capital gains tax are not going to get them.

        It won’t get Peter Thiel either, nor John Key selling his 21 million ‘family home’.

        But a Tobin tax/ transaction tax, done right, sure will!

  6. savenz 6

    A great article to read,

    “In short, the world of free-market capitalism and universal democracy that Albright spent her career trying to build — under American dominance, of course — has pretty much failed. Oh, people still claim to believe in it, in almost exactly the same cynical and instrumental way that Soviet citizens of the ’70s still claimed to believe in communism. Ours is a less grotesque and inefficient system than that one, no doubt, and it excels at diverting its lower-rank denizens with disposable goods and finely crafted entertainment. So its collapse is happening much more slowly.

    In Albright’s world, the world of the 20th century, history seemed to present a stark, binary choice between those two systems, and one of them seemed to emerge victorious. That was always a false dichotomy, and the global triumph of capitalism rapidly decayed into a suicidal sugar orgy. Now all that has been swept into the way-back machine of history, and Madeleine Albright’s weird Reaganite nostalgia can’t bring it back. Our choice is not between the “storm clouds” of fascism and a new era of muscular “American leadership.” It’s between clinging to hopeless visions of the past and building a future we cannot yet see.”

    https://www.salon.com/2018/04/07/trump-fascism-and-democracy-heres-what-madeleine-albright-cant-or-wont-say/

  7. AsleepWhileWalking 7

    This is misleading:

    Work and Income Deputy Chief Executive Service Delivery Ruth Bound said the practise is extremely rare, “so rare in fact that our system does not record the grants as a separate sub-category of hardship grant”.

    Bound implies if it were commonly done there would be a category. Actually it is far more likely no category has been created so costs can’t easily be identified.

    Never underestimate the bureaucrat.

    • David Mac 7.1

      I agree and whilst it may not be a category in it’s own right. Surely a search for the word ‘tent’ in the ‘Other’ category would return a worthwhile result.

      • AsleepWhileWalking 7.1.1

        You would need to search individual client notes.

        Same issue with searching different disability costs under “alternative medical treatment”. System won’t allow you to build a list of what specifically is being included under that heading.

  8. AsleepWhileWalking 8

    You know how you need life insurance when you buy a home?

    Well all it would take is an insurance company putting together the statistics on declining health the longer you are on a benefit, plus ever decreasing chances that beneficiaries will work again the longer they are on welfare and we have an entire tranch of people never able to purchase property.

    • Chris T 8.1

      You don’t need life insurance to buy a home

      • Draco T Bastard 8.1.1

        Technically speaking, correct.

        But you do if you want a mortgage and most people need one to buy a house.

        • Monty 8.1.1.1

          Are you saying you need life insurance to get a mortgage.

          You might need house insurance but not life.

          • David Mac 8.1.1.1.1

            Maybe it’s a condition of granting a mortgage to those with dependents. I suspect they’d also like enough cover to make the house freehold.

            Lenders would prefer to avoid the press associated with putting a family on the street just after their household breadwinner has up n’ died.

          • SPC 8.1.1.1.2

            You only need house insurance. Some lenders will suggest it (the salesperson either gets commission or meets targets if they get you to agree), some brokers will require it (their commission is why they get lower rates than official bank rates).

            Income insurance that covers life makes more sense.

            • monty 8.1.1.1.2.1

              The mortgages I have the bank asked of course if I wanted additional insurances. Trying to up sell and get more money out me can’t blame them for trying but I prefer shop around for best deal on insurance and one that provies the best terms either like for lik or fixed value whichever is better.

              The only requirement I had was insurance for the houses, a section I have didn’t require any insurance.

              I agree income insurance makes more sense and I have that voluntarily

          • Rosemary McDonald 8.1.1.1.3

            Back in the day it was called mortgage repayment insurance.

            I assumed it was compulsory, but not to have it would have been stupid.

            Especially if one’s equity in the property was less than..

        • SPC 8.1.1.2

          The main problem with mortgage repayment is divorce and there is no insurance to cover that. Second would be recession and unemployment.

          But of course the blameless widow is the hardest to throw out for the bank, the unemployed and the marital failures are somehow no longer “deserving” of continuing home ownership.

    • Siobhan 8.2

      Actually I would extend that idea…how about statistics on Health and Home ownership. There is not much on the interweb about this, and I notice even Australia is only making baby steps towards researching this issue, but in relation to NZ I did find this..

      https://www.msd.govt.nz/documents/about-msd…/13-housing-and-health.doc

      “Housing tenure has a direct impact on the health and life expectancy of occupants. People in rented properties, particularly those in the public-rental sector, have higher death rates than people in owner-occupied households, even after other key socioeconomic variables are considered (Macintyre 1998)”

      even after other key socioeconomic variables are considered I found that interesting..and I’m not in the least bit surprised. A life time* of renting at the mercy of the Public-sector cannot but negatively impact your life, and i would be interested to see statistics on the outcomes for the children of lifetime renters.

      *(ie not people who rented when they were young and had the time of their lives before buying a nice house)

      https://www.ahuri.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0021/2937/AHURI_RAP_Issue_6_Do_housing_conditions_make_a_difference_to_our_health.pdf

  9. AsleepWhileWalking 9

    One solution to this mess might to to remove a landlords ability to restrict tenant numbers up to a preset amount (eg 7 people max in 3bdrm by statutory reg).

    That way they might think twice before rent ratcheting and declaring that the toilet sized study is in fact another bedroom.

  10. jcuknz 10

    What has happened to the requirement that 63ft2 is the minimum size for a one person’s bedroom?

  11. slumbergod 11

    Sad to see gutless Labour have done nothing about WINZ. I guess I will stay away from NZ for a few more years until we get a Govt that actually cares.

    • Cold Hard Truth 11.1

      Agreed.I will add I tire of sites that keep on about what the Nats did rather than talking about what Labour and co’s plan is to fix all this. From what I have seen so far there is little discernible difference between the Nats and this Labour led mob. The CP-TPP was the big indicator for me that little will change.

      Lets hope for new blood and parties that put the interests of Kiwi’s first not big foreign corporations. Failing that there is little to hope for come 2020.

  12. Cold Hard Truth 12

    Yes we all know National sucked,that’s why the majority of people voted them out. What do the new govt plan to do about it?

    On a different but related note I see the US is now talking about re-joining the CP-TPP. Will Labour finally see the light and back out or behave like Red Tories and see the thing through?

    If its the latter I can not see the plight of ordinary and disadvantaged Kiwi’s improving one Iota.

    https://www.rt.com/usa/423974-trans-pacific–deal-trump/

  13. Draco T Bastard 13

    One can only conclude that despite John Key’s protestations of interest National was totally indifferent to the plight of the poor.

    I get the impression that the National Party MPs like the status that they get for being MPs but that they don’t like or actually do the work that’s required of them for being MPs.

    Basically, for them being an MP is a status symbol like the BMW/Maserati.

    • Wensleydale 13.1

      I’ve been saying that for years. They’re the party that likes being in government, but doesn’t actually want to govern. Because it’s hard. And the common rabble complain endlessly about the tedious minutiae of their insignificant lives. Why won’t people leave them alone to shuffle great piles of cash around between their affluent friends? Poor National. *sniff*

      • Craig H 13.1.1

        National primarily want to be in government to keep Labour out of government, not because they have any great plans or ideas.

  14. Corrupt PM 14

    I would be interesting to know more about the recipients of these grants.
    1) Is there a lack of available housing in the area where they currently at?
    2) Have they considered housing in other locations?
    3) Have they been evicted previously from any Private rentals and why?
    4) Have they been evicted previously from any State Housing and Why?
    5) Do they have decisions against them from the Tenancy Tribunal and why?
    6) Do they insist on housing solutions that enable them to possess a pet?
    7) Are there any Mental Health Issues and Addition Issues?

    Or we can simply grunt “Nats Bad, Labour Good”.

    • AsleepWhileWalking 14.1

      Well you can’t gather any of that information due to WIs shoddy record keeping

      • Corrupt PM 14.1.1

        Agreed their lack of information doesn’t help in finding the truth but equally you would expect any half competent journalist to be asking those questions unless of course, the answers don’t fit in with the narrative they have chosen (or been instructed to present by the minister of propaganda/public broadcasting) to present.

    • Wensleydale 14.2

      People want pets?! The audacity! Whatever next? Pot plants and wall hangings? It’s a slippery slope, mark my words.

      • Corrupt PM 14.2.1

        I don’t think many people would care if somebody chooses to have a pet or not however if they’re choosing a pet over being able to secure accommodation for themselves or their children I think its a completely different story.

    • koreropono 14.3

      Corrupt PM, the questions 1 through to 7 are aimed at finding fault with individuals, rather than looking at the systemic causes of homelessness (and all the factors that led to homelessness).

      Having worked in the transitional housing field and based on my experience, the problems are a lot more complex than the simple ‘let’s find fault with the homeless’ questions asked above. The problems mostly stem from long-term poverty, long-term health and disability issues and demand outstripping supply.

      In my experience question 6 above is irrelevant when it came to mums and dads desperately trying to house their children, pets are the least of their worries and not one person I worked with considered their pets were more important than securing a home for their children.

      As to the other questions they’re too simplistic and ignore the multiple issues faced by many struggling families and if you only seek to answer those questions, then you’re never going to find a solution.

      Nats are bad, left a mess after 9 years of trying to deny a problem existed, as to Labour, who I see as little different to National, I think we have to be fair to say that
      given the state the Nats left things in, and given they cannot magic up homes for families, we need to give them time to try to start to unravel the disaster(s) we’re now dealing with. However, Labour also need to take ownership of the part they’ve played in this problem because it has been coming for many years!

      • Muttonbird 14.3.1

        It’s hard not to just laugh when you read the sort of ACT party crap spouted by Corrupt. Your is a good comment though and well done for taking the time to reply.

        I’d like to know whether, in Corrupt’s thinking, living in a tent with your family is the appropriate punishment for anyone ‘guilty’ of his seven questions.

        Perhaps being guilty of just one is enough.

      • Draco T Bastard 14.3.2

        As to the other questions they’re too simplistic and ignore the multiple issues faced by many struggling families and if you only seek to answer those questions, then you’re never going to find a solution.

        They’re overly simplistic because the person asking them is overly simplistic. He’s the type of person who embodies the saying: For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.

        He will always look for the simple answer and thus always get it wrong. It’s why he votes National despite all their lies and the fact that they fucked up the economy. National’s simplistic sloganeering appeals to his inherent bias and his inability to understand complexity.

    • AB 14.4

      8.) Are they unworthy untermenschen underserving of our care and sympathy?

  15. SPC 15

    I have no problem with it as a summertime option (if someone homeless requests it) – the person gives the tent back when W and I provide a home in the winter – one would imagine motel options diminish with summer holidays and peak tourism.

    Maybe we need to look at government building (temporary) emergency housing parks – small (factory built) homes on trailers or caravans (which can be heated unlike tents).

    • Craig H 15.1

      Good idea – they did it for temporary accommodation after the Canterbury earthquakes, so the model already exists.

      • David Mac 15.1.1

        I don’t think we’re far away from an important tipping point.

        When it makes more sense for a government to service a mortgage than pay the rent.

  16. JohnSelway 16

    Fuck man – I saw this in the news last night and was pretty horrified.

    If there is a homeless person then maybe for a very short-term option provide a tent, hot soup etc but for a family…WTF?

    Add it to the list of things Labour needs to fix…

    • Wensleydale 16.1

      WINZ probably don’t see an issue with it. I mean, a tent in winter — that’s some great indoor outdoor flow. It probably won’t be long before real estate agents start marketing them as ‘alternative housing for the budget conscious’.

  17. Observer Tokoroa 17

    How come Tents in Capitalist NZ?

    Well, John Key and Billy English had a lot of fun. Loads of fun. They looked in their expensive mean mirrors and decided their role in Life was to showcase the Greed of Capitalism. Damn anything human.

    They went hell for leather at it. Got their backs patted by the biggest wealthiest Apes in the Globe. Wonderful men – our lil kiwi blokes.

    They sold off NZ Assets. Gave away at no Cost free expensive schools to mates; Sedated Health services; starved Midwives; stopped wage growth (except for their business mates).

    They sold off literally untold Hectares of fertile NZ to foreigners. Again and again and again. For Capitalism is the art of giving wealth to your wealthy friends.

    But the Key and English masterstroke was to flood Auckland with colossal Immigration. Generations of Kiwis would be priced out of the house and home market. Priced out of their rental capacity too. Treated like slaves and scum.

    Thousands upon Thousands of wealthy people – who did not even live here, were granted homes and residency in Auckland. Foreigners of every kind flocked in. A human running Flood over nine long years. Still ongoing.

    But not a pipe was laid. Not a sewer built. Not a shed erected. Not a house was built to cope with the enormous flood of human beings.

    In fact, Bill English skited over the way he was selling State houses off in Auckland – and elsewhere.

    Perfect Capitalism. More pats on the back for Billy. That’s the thing about Capitalism. It regards everyone but the Wealthy as scum.

    Come and get your Tent scumbag! Courtesy of Key and English and National.

    • James B 17.1

      Observer Tokoroa, I have to say that after that rant that I know why you have the label of the loony left.
      In the six or so months the CoL has been in you say can the same sort of thing..
      Winter is coming and there are still people living in cars, tents and sheds, no houses have been built, trees planted, benefits been raised, immigration still in high gear or “homes for all” as JA promised. Oh and the CTPPA was signed.
      I am a Capitalist as I am in sales, I work hard and enjoy my life, family and friends, however I have never felt like anybody who was not working was scum or any other of the things that you seem to label yourself with in such a negative way, just moan about the Nats and the majority of Kiwis who voted them in for 9 years and call us RWNJ’s….
      Where is your solution?
      Capitalism:
      If I buy a broken push bike for $10.00 and fix it, then sell it for $20.00 and keep the $10.00 and buy a couple of beers, is the $10.00 going to the beer company a blight on the person I sold the bike to? Am I the scum for making a profit on the Bike? or the beer company?

      • Draco T Bastard 17.1.1

        Capitalism:
        If I buy a broken push bike for $10.00 and fix it, then sell it for $20.00 and keep the $10.00 and buy a couple of beers, is the $10.00 going to the beer company a blight on the person I sold the bike to?

        That’s not capitalism.

        As you seem to have a problem understanding the English Language I’ll get the definition for you:

        capitalism
        ˈkapɪt(ə)lɪz(ə)m/
        noun
        noun: capitalism

        an economic and political system in which a country’s trade and industry are controlled by private owners for profit, rather than by the state.

        At no point in your example did you point out that capitalism is all about taking the commons and privatising it so that a few people have power over everyone else. Which is what capitalism actually is.

      • UncookedSelachimorpha 17.1.2

        “Capitalism:
        If I buy a broken push bike for $10.00 and fix it, then sell it for $20.00 and keep the $10.00 and buy a couple of beers..”

        What you describe is useful work creating something. That does occur under capitalism. But there are other highly undesirable outcomes, if free market capitalism is left to itself. The issue is that accumulated money allows you to accumulate more (including by taking from others) and eventually massive wealth gives individuals overwhelming power over their fellow citizens.

        – You (or an ancestor) save your $10. You use it to expand and ideally create a bike monopoly, excluding others from the opportunities you had. Eventually you no longer need to work or create anything useful – you can use your amassed capital to gather money from other people’s work, by mere virtue of ownership. Then you can use your wealth to influence politics, to (as examples) create laws to protect your wealth and allow you to pay your workers very little, and pay little tax. All the while your capital is compounding, giving you more and more wealth and power. You lobby to abolish inheritance tax (already happened in NZ), to ensure you have created an inherited modern-day aristocracy. Your children need never work or create anything – they just own. Over time your power becomes almost unlimited.

        – Meanwhile those who have no capital to start with, are now in a position where they can never buy a bike and make the start you did. They are on zero-hours contracts with no access to cheap education, housing or healthcare. Or maybe they had to care for a sick relative, or chose to do charity work, instead of fixing bikes.

        The question is whether it is right to allow your first bit of successful work (or good fortune) to be amplified by the power of capital, to give perpetual massive wealth without ongoing work.

    • patricia bremner 17.2

      Observer Tokoroa1000%

  18. AsleepWhileWalking 18

    They really shouldn’t make policy on the fly, in this case refusing to provide grants for tents.

    Why the fuck do they think they can deal with EVEN MORE people in emergency housing?

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12031879

  19. timeforacupoftea 19

    The Greed of ACC – has accumulated $37 billion of OUR CASH.

    ACC is sitting on more than $37 billion, much of which isn’t needed for immediate claims costs.

    Wouldn’t it be better to invest OUR MONEY ie : ACC’s, for NEW Hospital’s and up grades then charge the State interest say at 1% above Bank rates.

    No reason why they couldn’t do the same with State housing.

    I would sooner see OUR MONEY working for US not overseas countries !

    • AsleepWhileWalking 19.1

      I’d like to see people get treatment, especially in cases where delays will worsen the condition.

      Built off the backs of sick people.

    • greg 19.2

      phil tyford is on the right track with prefab and modular construction add to that the nz building industry needs to be modernized and upgraded the future is factory built homes we need quality improvement efficiency and a massive increase in productivity current structure is not up to the task.

  20. David Mac 20

    There’s not many options after tents. Just the ‘6 rolls of tape and permission to rumage for big cartons in the skip behind Farmers’ option.

    The boat shed is the last bloody thing you do. Just before the gazebo. Need the houses first ya drongos, build the boat sheds when the house situation is sorted. All boatshed builders, I urge you to down tools, yes it’s a lovely outlook but we need houses.

  21. Macro 21

    Finland has reduced its homelessness by 35% over recent years – the only country in the “developed” world that has seen a decrease in homelessness rather than an increase. There are now only around 7000 homeless people in Finland (and that includes those sleeping at a friends). How did they do this? The answer is simple – the first thing they did was to give homeless people houses.

    In Finland, housing options included the use of social housing, buying flats from the private market to be used as rental apartments for homeless people, and building new housing blocks for supported housing. An important part of the programme was the extensive conversion of shelters and dormitory-type hostels into supported housing, to address the huge need for accommodation that offered help to tenants. The last big hostel for homeless people in Helsinki with 250 bed places was run by the Salvation Army. A couple of years ago this hostel was renovated and now consists of 80 independent apartments with on-site staff. The disappearance of temporary solutions like hostels has completely changed the landscape of Finnish homelessness policy in a very positive way, for vulnerable individuals and in combatting antisocial behaviour.

    *
    https://www.theguardian.com/housing-network/2016/sep/14/lessons-from-finland-helping-homeless-housing-model-homes

    Note that the list of actions undertaken by the Finnish Govt was far more extensive than the tentative approach being undertaken here. I pass a deserted, but substantial maternity hospital, in a local town nearby – there are up to 30 rough sleepers in each of these small towns in the Coromandel – many arrivals from Auckland – but with increasing property prices – locals are also being forced out of their homes. Their are some local initiatives to help deal with this growing crisis but they all need funding.

    Grant Robertson and co have foisted on this government a huge millstone with the imposition of the BRR. The ability of the Government to respond in meaning ways has been well and truly shackled.

    *(Reader alert! Guardian Article – so obviously FAKE news) /sarc

  22. greywarshark 22

    Typical politicians – stop supplying something that is helping homeless families when there is presently little other options. Both Labour and National. All talk about caring for people’s needs. The thing to do is to make it easier to buy tents to cope with present dire need, and find other ways that those people would prefer such as would they like a caravan, a tiny house, to be closer to family, or go to a work-friendly area, be a travelling family moving around with a caravan pulled by horse so not dependent on petrol etc.

    The authoritarian, charity-driven, middle class approach cannot conceive that people could make a good satisfactory life if they could have the resources they need; mixed home education, and temporary schooling places etc would be part of it.

    Many may have to become nomads again, gypsies, following the work and living away from the conforming, disdaining, narrow-minded people so prevalent in town society. Who haven’t got half the get up and go of the travellers. The conformists can just eke out a living doing far less important work than the travellers I envisage, who would be bringing in the crops and providing their work ethic, effort and work skills for supplying our basic needs.

    • Rosemary McDonald 22.1

      No truer words greywarshark.

      Here me and he are, parked up in our wee Bus in the arse end of nowhere enjoying blissful isolation.

      No lights for miles, and it is as a black as the inside of a cow outside.

      We are just parked up on the side of a back country road, and have a fresh filleted kahawai in the fridge for lunch tomorrow.

      The ‘Canes are giving the Chiefs a good run…from what we can deduce from the variable radio reception… and judging by the star filled sky there should be plenty of sun for our solar panels tomorrow.

      This nomad life is more than doable on the Super if one has simple tastes.😉😉

      Up here there is a burgeoning horticultural industry with the promise of jobs, jobs and more jobs to make up for sucking up precious water from the aquifer and spraying tonnes of pesticides.

      Trouble is there’s f all in the way of housing to a accommodate all these new workers…making me wonder if that has factored in Uncle Shane’s plans for the economic revival of the North.

      What were you saying about carts and horses?

  23. Venezia 23

    So Louise Upston says the Nats didnt know about WINZ grants for tents for families to live in. Jonathon Coleman didnt know about the toxic mould/seimic issues/ sewerage pouring into wall cavities at Middlemore…..There is an ever lengthening list of problems left by the National government, which will take a massive investment to turn around. It would be good to keep track of these Nat deficits/problems/lies/buried reports/manipulations of OIA/incompetent handling of cow diseases/broken election promises – something akin to BLIPs list of lies told by John Key.

  24. Observer Tokoroa 24

    Yes Macro

    Finland has done well.

    But we need to buy buildings – at low cost – and quickly convert them for use as good temporary apartments.

    At the same time residences must be built. But not housing for Immigrants or visitors.

    Remember this is Auckland”s problem. Given to us by Parnell. It is Not new Zealand’s problem.

    Auckland no matter what the issue, has never understood it has to fix itself. National has never understood that. For pete’s sake it can’t even deal with the crime rate. Or the traffic shambles. Or the Transport problem.

    However, every town in every region has to fix itself. And sitting down doing sweet nothing gets nowhere.

    As long as the Immigration gates are shut tight, we can beat the greed of Key and English and their strange weird followers.

  25. Cinny 25

    Not so long ago a woman who was living in a tent with her preschooler, had her child removed from her, due to the living conditions.
    Don’t know the whole story, but it would be pretty shitty if the removal of the child was solely due to having a tent for a home, especially after hearing this news.

    • Jum 25.1

      Hope this has been followed up…

    • OnceWasTImothy and others 25.2

      It’s possible the ‘authorities’ have a spreadsheet @Cinny. One that’s used to determine who to target. The woman is obviously a big risk with inadequate parenting skills.
      /sarc (very sarc)
      I wouldn’t be surprosed AT ALL if it was down to the ‘living conditions.

  26. Jum 26

    Any foreignors/greedy NZers owning empty investment houses in NZ should be required to open them up for people without humane housing shelter (which does not include National/Act tents which is the act of corrupt pondscum).

    Peter Thiel and other creatures like him, owning NZ property under rather stretched guidelines thanks to National, should be included in this.

    In a New Zealand I could be proud of…

  27. SPC 27

    A sort of related issue is how insurance is going up in cost. It is now higher than rates in Wellington under new insurance (ANZ – Tower in my case) settings.

    For those on fixed incomes (super) the increase is going to be way more than the new power income supplement. And it is a rip off of them, not only are they to meet the full cost of insurance for a rebuild in an earthquake area (user pays) but ALSO subsidise landlords for cover of loss of rent income and drug damage etc. Manifestly a double standard.

  28. Ian 28

    A tent will be a luxury after this collective bunch of dropkicks trying to be a Government reach peak dropkick.

  29. Where are all the far right wing nut jobbers?

    Is it Friday and they’ve all knocked off early for drinkie poos?…. nice for some eh?

    Then again , family’s living in cars and tents and shit piling up in the walls of hospitals is kinda indefensible, I suppose…

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Bullying their critics
    Over the past month we've heard some horrific stories about bullying in the police. The police's response? Try to bully people into silence:The police have told a whistleblower to retract his statements to RNZ about being bullied or face legal action. The demand came just hours after Police Commissioner Mike ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 hours ago
  • Member’s Day: End of Life Choice, part 5
    Today is a Member's Day, which should see the final part of the committee stage of David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill. The big question today is the referendum clause: will it be necessary, or can the bill pass without it? While the majorities for his amendments during the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 hours ago
  • There is no ‘gendered brain’
    One of the key arguments used by trans ideologists is that some male-bodied people (ie men) are women because they ‘feel’ they are women.  To make this hocus-pocus sound a bit more credible, some will argue that such men have a ‘female brain’.  But this is thoroughly anti-scientific too. . ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    5 hours ago
  • Canada’s electoral system is broken
    Canadians went to the polls today in parliamentary elections, and appear to have re-elected blackface wearer Justin Trudeau. Unfortunately, they use first-past-the-post, and they've provided a perfect demonstration of how unfair this system is:PartySeats% Seats% VoteLiberal15746.4%33.1%Conservative12135.8%34.4%Bloc Québécois329.5%7.7%New Democratic Party247.1%15.9%Green Party30.9%6.5%Other10.3%2.4% [Results from Elections Canada] Yes, the Liberals got fewer votes ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    17 hours ago
  • Measles: the quackery that is homeopathic “vaccination”
    A few days ago, a friend sent me a link to a health-related FB page that had published a post from a homeopathist, offering homeopathic “vaccination”¹ against measles (using something called a “Morbillinum nosode” at a “potency” of 200C, which I’ll explain shortly). I followed the link, left a comment ...
    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    21 hours ago
  • Colombia: 20th anniversary of La Gabarra massacre
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh This year marks the 20th anniversary of the La Gabarra massacre. The community organised an event to remember the most well-known of the horrendous heart-breaking events that befell the communities of this area of the municipality of Tibú: the massacre carried out on August 21st 1999. ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    22 hours ago
  • A prediction
    There was another police chase in Christchurch this morning, resulting in a crash which killed one person and injured five more. Because someone died, the chase is being investigated by the Independent Police Conduct Authority. And based on previous reports by the IPCA, we know how it will go: the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • Climate Change: The Zero Carbon Bill
    Just a month ago we saw the biggest protest in a generation as people marched to demand stronger action on climate change. A core demand of the protesters was to strengthen the Zero Carbon Bill's target to net-zero by 2040. So what is the government's response? Judging by the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • Zombie ants, updated
    Back in 2010, I wrote about the strange tale of the zombie ants, which do the bidding of their fungal overlords. (They’re not an isolated example; a range of parasites change their hosts’ behaviour. See here and here for example – though as you’ll find, the toxoplasmosis story may be ...
    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    1 day ago
  • Paying For Our Pakeha “Guilt” And “Privilege”.
    Shouldn't That Be: "Wrong White Crowd"? Rather than apportion guilt, would it not have been wiser for the makers of Land Of The Long White Cloud to accept that the Pakeha of 2019 are not – and never will be – “Europeans”? Just as contemporary Maori are not – and ...
    1 day ago
  • A Bodyguard of Truths.
    One, Two, Many Truths: With the collapse of “actually existing socialism” in 1991, the universities of the West found themselves saddled with a new mission. With their ideological competitors now soundly defeated they were no longer required to demonstrate the superiority of capitalist values. Their job now was to cement ...
    1 day ago
  • A call to unionists
    by the Council of Disobedient Women   We call on the Council of Trade Unions to show some fortitude and take a stand with your sisters. Unionists know that there is a material world, otherwise workers could simply identify out of poverty. They could declare themselves Well Paid. Why stop ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 days ago
  • Sophistry and bullshit
    I spent some time reading the Regulatory Impact Statement and Bill of Rights Act advice for the government's odious control order scheme today. I am not impressed with either of them. Starting with the RIS, it is built on some pretty questionable assumptions. For example:Unless individuals have been convicted of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • I’m so fly, I’m #NoFly!
    #NoFly: Walking the talk on climate change, by Shaun Hendy. BWB Texts, 2019. Reviewed by Robert McLachlan In June 2018, Swede Maja Rosén founded We stay on the ground with a pledge not to fly in 2019, and a goal of persuading 100,000 other Swedes to join her. In August, ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 days ago
  • Punishing the young
    We all know that NZ First is a party of and for old people who hate the young. But they've topped their previous pedophobia with a proposal that all young people be forced to do 100 hours community work:NZ First wants all young people to do 100 hours of community ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Journalism, clickbait, & ideas of classical beauty – but not science
    A couple days ago the NZ Herald published a story with the headline, “Science says Bella Hadid is world’s most beautiful woman“, and followed up with the ridiculous statement that Supermodel Bella Hadid has been declared as the world’s most beautiful woman following a scientific study into what constitutes as ...
    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    2 days ago
  • Is Simon’s Smile Sustainable?
    A Sustainable Proposition: With as much as 18 percent of the electorate declaring itself “undecided” about who to vote for, there is obviously plenty of space for a party like former Green Party member, Vernon Tava's, about-to-be-launched "Sustainable NZ Party" to move into. The most hospitable political territory for such ...
    2 days ago
  • What the actual Hell?
    Keir Starmer has hinted that Labour might vote in favour of the Johnson government's shoddy deal, with the proviso that a second referendum is attached:Speaking to BBC One’s The Andrew Marr Show, he said: “We will see what that looks like but it makes sense to say that by whatever ...
    2 days ago
  • Hard News: Dealer’s Choice, an oral history from Planet 1994
    In 1994, I was the editor for an issue of Planet magazine focused on cannabis, its culture and the prospects for the end of its prohibition. Part of that issue was an interview with 'Ringo', an experienced cannabis dealer.I recently posted my essay from that issue, and I figured it ...
    4 days ago
  • The invasion of women’s sports by men: some facts
    Dr Helen Waite, sports sociologist and former elite athlete, on the invasion of women’s sport by men and the anti-scientific and misogynist ideology used to rationalise it.   ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    4 days ago
  • Remainers starting to sound like fascists
    As Brexit comes to a grisly conclusion (perhaps) people on all sides are saying intemperate and uwise things.  Some, like the Daly Mail, have been doing it for years.People as normally level headed as Jon Lansman are calling for automatic deselection of MPs who vote against a (likely) Labour three ...
    4 days ago
  • Labour MPs supporting Johnson’s turd-sandwich deal?
    I find this unbelievable:
    I've got one source saying more Labour MPs than expected are mulling whether to vote for the deal - including names who were not on the letter to Juncker and Tusk— Emilio Casalicchio (@e_casalicchio) 17 October 2019 I've compiled a list of possible reasons why Labour ...
    5 days ago
  • Why do we need control orders again?
    On Wednesday, the government was loudly telling us that it needed to legislate to allow it to impose "control orders" - effectively a parole regime, but imposed without charge, prosecution, conviction or real evidence - on suspected terrorists because they couldn't be prosecuted for their supposed crimes. Today, it turns ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Bullshitting the Minister
    On Monday, the Hit and Run inquiry heard from NZDF's former director of special operations, who claimed that the defence Minister knew everything about the Operation Burnham raid. Today, the inquiry heard from that (former) Minister - and it turns out that he didn't know nearly as much as NZDF ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Speaker: Extinction Rebellion is not a cult (but ecstasy for the people)
    Yoga gurus and cult leaders – I’ve seen a few. Two weeks ago, I unknowingly joined an alleged new-age cult at the Kāpiti coast, together with a giant kraken and some neatly dressed pensioners who would make any book club proud.They were among the two hundred people of all ages ...
    5 days ago
  • We need to bring the police under control
    The last decade has seen a trend of increasing weapons availability to police. Assault rifles. Tasers on every hip. Guns in cars. And following the march 15 massacre, pistols on every hip, all over the country. At the same time, its also seen an increase in the abuse of force: ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • If you can’t measure it, does it exist?
    In the last couple of weeks, I’ve been busy preparing for our summer paper on Science Communication. Looking for something amusing about ‘risk’ in science, I came across this neat xkcd.com cartoon about why so many people come knocking on my door (or phoning me, or emailing me) desperately wanting ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    5 days ago
  • Swinson’s swithering
    Jo Swinson is doing even worse at this Being Sensible lark that I'd thought.  I've just become aware of the following utterance
    .@KayBurley presses Lib Dem leader @joswinson on whether she would agree to a #Brexit deal 'no matter how bad a deal it is' as long as it had ...
    6 days ago
  • Women’s rights, trans ideology and Gramsci’s morbid symptoms
    by John Edmundson The International Socialist Organisation (ISO) have recently reposted a February article, by Romany Tasker-Poland, explaining ISO’s position in the “trans rights” debate.  It is available on their website and on their Facebook Page.  The article sets out to explain why “socialists support trans rights”.  It reads more ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    6 days ago
  • We need to take guns off police
    Today's IPCA report of police criminality: a police officer unalwfully tasered a fleeing suspect who posed no threat to anyone:The police watchdog has found an officer unlawfully tasered an Auckland man who broke his ankle jumping off a balcony to escape arrest. [...] To avoid arrest, the man jumped over ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • “Bringing kindness back”
    "Auckland City Mission: 10% of Kiwis experiencing food insecurity", RNZ, 16 October 2019:About half a million people are experiencing food insecurity, according to new research from the Auckland City Mission. Food insecurity, or food poverty, is defined as not having enough appropriate food. The City Mission said over the last ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Press Release: “Fake News” from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance b...
    Media Statement for Immediate Release 16th October 2019 “Fake News” from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance bonuses for top managers Despite comments from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance bonuses for top managers—Herald Newspaper Tuesday Oct 15th–there is very little evidence ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    6 days ago
  • Ever-So-Slightly Bonkers: Simon Bridges Plays To His Base.
    Would You Buy A Used Propaganda Video From This Man? Bridges and the National Party’s strategists have discovered that the ideas and attitudes considered acceptable by today’s editors and journalists are no longer enforceable. The rise and rise of the Internet and the social media platforms it spawned means that ...
    6 days ago
  • Asking for food
    There is plenty of evidence of the way the business mentality has permeated every level of society since the recrudescence of market liberalism 35 years ago. You only need to think of how citizens in need of help from their government, their state, their country, are now routinely described as ...
    Opposable ThumbBy Unknown
    6 days ago
  • Forty years of change in the jobs Kiwi do and the places they call home
    John MacCormick Over the last 40 years, New Zealanders – and people in other countries – have experienced big changes in the jobs they do and where they live and work. These changes include: a decline in manufacturing jobs an increase in jobs in ‘information-intensive’ industries (which are better paid ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    6 days ago
  • Protecting Fresh Waterways in Aotearoa/NZ: The Strong Public Health Case
    Nick Wilson, Leah Grout, Mereana Wilson, Anja Mizdrak, Phil Shoemack, Michael Baker Protecting waterways has the benefits of: (1) protecting water from hazardous microbes; (2) minimising cancer risk and other problems from nitrates in water; (3) avoiding algal blooms that are hazardous to health; (4) protecting mahinga kai uses (cultural ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    7 days ago
  • Massey University triggered to rebrand
    by The Council of Disobedient Women In a press release today Massey University announced it has decided to rebrand and reorientate after struggling to be a University for grown-ups. For some time the University has wanted to be a safe play space for wee-woke-misogynists who have been really badly triggered ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    7 days ago
  • Swinson backing calls for a second referendum (again)
    After a brief dalliance with 'hard Revoke' it looks like the Lib Dems are changing ground on on Brexit, with leader Jo Swinson reverting to calling for a second referendum on Johnson's deal.The party has tabled an amendment to the Queen’s speech requesting that any deal brought back from Brussels ...
    7 days ago
  • An odious bill
    The government has decided that someone has done Something Bad. But despite their belief, there seems to be no evidence that they have actually broken the law. So the government's solution is to pass a retrospective law allowing them to be punished anyway, on a lower standard of proof. If ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • National is now the party of climate arson
    So, Judith Collins has done a Facebook rant about climate change, peddling the same shit National has been shovelling for the past twenty years: the impacts are overstated, there's no need to do anything about it, and its too hard anyway (oh, and its so unfair that people who peddle ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The environmental footprint of electric versus fossil car
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz There is a lot of discussion on the benefits of ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • “Manifest” by Andrew Bird – A Song For The Times.
    I came across this song quite by accident. If it isn't one of Greta Thunberg's favourites - it should be.Video courtesy of YouTube.This post is exclusive to Bowalley Road. ...
    1 week ago
  • Passing the buck
    Last month, NZDF's shoddy coverup of what it knew about civilian casualties in Operation Burnham began to fall apart, with the revelation that a report on the matter, which NZDF claimed not to have, had been sitting in an NZDF safe for the past nine years. Yesterday, the man responsible ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • India a major player in Earth observation satellites
    While many imagine that countries like the USA and Europe dominate space activities, in fact India is now a major player on this stage. It launches satellites for its own purposes and also commercially, and has constellations orbiting our planet and returning data of vital importance to that nation in ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    1 week ago
  • The rot at the top (2).
    Thanks to a report from the Acting Inspector General of Intelligence and Security following a complaint by Nicky Hager, we have come to find out that the SIS illegally spied on Mr. Hager on behalf of the NZDF after publication of Hager’s 2011 book, Other People’s Wars. The NZDF justified ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Common misconceptions about “Global Warming”
    COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING MYTH 1: Global temperatures are rising at a rapid, unprecedented rate. FACT: The HadCRUT3 surface temperature index, produced by the Hadley Centre of the UK Met Office and the Climate Research Unit of the University of East Anglia, shows warming to 1878, cooling to 1911, ...
    An average kiwiBy admin@averagekiwi.com
    1 week ago
  • A climate of tyranny
    For the past week, Extinction Rebellion has been peacefully protesting in London to demand action on climate change. The British government's response? Ban their protests:Police have banned Extinction Rebellion protests from continuing anywhere in London, as they moved in almost without warning to clear protesters who remained at the movement’s ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Collins crushes climate
    An essay by Judith Collins MP reported on Carbon News yesterday seems to show an alarming shift in attitude within the National Party. Collins argues against the Zero Carbon Bill, the Paris Agreement, and downplays the magnitude of climate impacts. The Paris Agreement was adopted in December 2015 and ratified ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    1 week ago
  • More disappointment
    When they were running for election, Labour promised to overhaul the Employment Relations Act and introduce fair pay agreements to set basic pay and conditions on an industry level, preventing bad employers from undercutting good ones. They followed this up by establishing a working group, which reported back in January ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • What do these mother-child studies really say about fluoridation?
    A list of indicators of bad science – many of these are found in articles promoted by anti-fluoride activists. Anti-fluoride activists have been pouring money into a scaremongering campaign warning pregnant women not to drink fluoridated water. They claim fluoride will lower the IQ of their future child. Fluoride ...
    1 week ago
  • Losing Labour’s Mills-Tone.
    Nothing Left To Say: Labour's pollster, Stephen Mills, remains swaddled-up in the comforting myths of the 1980s. As if the experience of Roger Douglas’s genuinely radical post-Muldoon policy agenda was literally a once-in-a-lifetime thing – as much as the party could possibly absorb for at least the next 50 years.MEMO ...
    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Disability and the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse
    The Royal Commission on abuse in care is very significant for the disability community. For many decades last century, thousands of disabled children, and adults who managed to survive, were locked away from families and communities. This was not for anything they had done, but for the perceived threat their ...
    1 week ago
  • Spain is not a democracy
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • UK Conservatives hate democracy
    With an unfair voting system, uneven electorates and an un-elected upper house, the UK's "democracy" is barely worthy of the name. But now the government wants to make it worse:The government has been accused of suppressing voters’ rights with the potential disenfranchisement of tens of thousands of people after plans ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • What is wrong with our building industry?
    Back in the 90's and early 2000's, the building industry was building leaky homes which should never have been granted consent. Now it turns out they've been building dodgy office blocks as well:New imaging technology has revealed hundreds of major buildings nationwide have defective or missing concrete or reinforcing steel. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Local bodies
    Local body election results were released over the weekend, to joy or despair depending on where you live. In Auckland, Phil Goff trounced John Tamihere, who is muttering darkly about running for Parliament again (but which party would want him?) Wellington is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Weta Workshop, except ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A future of government
      How could government evolve over the next decades? Reports of democracy’s imminent demise are greatly exaggerated.  However, satisfaction with political systems in many countries is low, so there is much to do for governments of all political stripes to improve relevance and trust. Digital technologies are seen as one ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    2 weeks ago
  • Speaker: Catalonia, interrupted
    Two years have now gone by since the Friday afternoon when my university-student son and I headed out of our Barcelona flat to a nearby primary school, designated as a polling station for the vote that was to be held the following Sunday: the referendum on Catalonia’s independence from Spain ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Sage Decisions Unwisely Over-Ruled.
    Overruled: The joint decision of Finance Minister, Grant Robertson (Labour) and his Associate Minister, David Parker (Labour) arguably the two most powerful ministers in Jacinda Ardern’s government, to grant OceanaGold the consents which Land Information Minister, Eugenie Sage (Greens) had earlier denied them, offers bitter proof of how hard fighting ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Government may ban voting in effort to get more people to do it
    More than double the number of people who will vote in this year’s local body elections have tried marijuana or urinated somewhere they shouldn’t have. As local elections look set for the lowest turnout in decades, with many regions falling well short of 40%, the Government is exploring a number ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Woman: Deleted.
    A Statement on Abortion Law Reform by the Council of Disobedient Women   On the eve of bringing an end to antiquated, anti-women abortion laws Green MP Jan Logie intends to write women out of the Bill. With a stroke of the pen, the woke are aiming for total erasure ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • The Hollowest of Men Ride Again… SURPRISE!
    Musings continue apace about “the experienced businessman!” soon to be taking up a National Party MP position. Or to be more accurate, being parachuted into a seat to shut down their former MP Jamie-Lee Ross, who despite his own shortcomings shed at least some more light on the inner workings ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 weeks ago
  • Barbaric
    The Ugandan government wants to murder gay people:Uganda has announced plans to impose the death penalty on homosexuals. The bill, colloquially known as “Kill the Gays” in Uganda, was nullified five years ago on a technicality, but the government said on Thursday it plans to resurrect it within weeks. The ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Is this study legit? 5 questions to ask when reading news stories of medical research
    Hassan Vally, La Trobe University Who doesn’t want to know if drinking that second or third cup of coffee a day will improve your memory, or if sleeping too much increases your risk of a heart attack? We’re invested in staying healthy and many of us are interested in reading ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Fighting Monsters.
    Freedom Of Speech? The Säuberung (cleansing by fire) was the work of the German Student Union which, on 10 May 1933, under the watchful eye of the Nazi Reichminister for Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, consigned 25,000 books to the flames in a ritual exorcism of “un-German thought”. According to the logic of the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • The next wave of kaupapa Māori politics: its constitutional, it must be.
      “There can be no such thing as kaupapa Māori political parties or politics in Aotearoa” (Willie Jackson, Labour Party (2017). Māori TV, General/List Election Special) I begin with that claim because at the time, I was confounded at first that it fell out of Willie Jackson’s mouth, and then ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    2 weeks ago
  • Night lights of NZ from orbit
    New Zealand has prided itself for decades with regard to its lack of pollution, and all will be aware that the ‘100% Pure New Zealand‘ meme is under threat through land, water and air pollution of various causes. There is another type of contamination that the country also faces: light ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    2 weeks ago
  • Reporters deliver uplifting news to fleeing Japanese residents: they won’t miss any rugby
    New Zealand’s media is doing its part in Japan, reassuring those in the path of the storm that they won’t miss any rugby while away from their flooded homes. New Zealand sports reporters stationed in Japan for the Rugby World Cup have had the rare and heartwarming opportunity to inform ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Government in contentious discussions about whether to put surplus on red or black
    Regional Development Minister Shane Jones is the only Cabinet member in favour of putting it all on green. As Finance Minister Grant Robertson finds himself with an enormous $7.5 billion surplus, the Government has begun intense, at times contentious conversations about whether to put the money on red or black at ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Jordanian teachers’ successful strike has lessons for here
    by Susanne Kemp At the start of September close to 100,000 school teachers went on strike in Jordan.  They demanded a 50% pay rise.  A pay rise actually agreed to by the regime back in 2014. In early October, however, in the face of government repression and threats, the teachers’ ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Why some people still think climate change isn’t real
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz Why do people still think climate change isn’t real? David ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • The SIS unlawfully spied on Nicky Hager
    Back in 2011, journalist Nicky Hager published Other People's Wars, an expose on NZDF's activities over the previous decade of the "war on terror". NZDF didn't like this, and especially didn't like the fact that it was base don leaks from their own. So, they had the SIS investigate him ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • October 2019 – Newsletter
    https://mailchi.mp/7d9133add053/closing-the-gap-october-2019-newsletter ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    2 weeks ago
  • And they wonder why we think they’re environmental vandals…
    The Zero Carbon Bill is due back from select committee in two weeks, and will likely pass its final stages in November. So naturally, farmers are planning a hate-march against it. But they're not just demanding lower methane targets so they can keep on destroying the planet; they're also demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Paying the price in California
    Last year, California burned. This year, to stop it happening again (or rather, to stop themselves from being found liable if it happens again), Pacific Gas and Electric is cutting power to half the state for a week:Schools are closed. Traffic lights down. Tunnels dark. Businesses unopened. Hospitals running on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

  • Dashboard tracks housing progress
    The Government’s Housing Dashboard released today confirms record numbers of state houses are under construction and shows the Government build programme is gaining momentum.  “After nine years of inaction, and a hands-off attitude from the previous government we’re starting to see things move in the right direction for housing,” says ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    34 mins ago
  • Ministerial Statement on the International Convention Centre fire
    Mr Speaker, I wish to make a ministerial statement relating to the Auckland fire. The Government is closely monitoring the situation with the fire at the NZ International Convention Centre and is thankful that everyone is now safe. Firefighters are doing an incredible job managing the fire and bringing it ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 hours ago
  • Government invests in Te Reo, environmental data research
    The Government is investing in ambitious research that will digitise Te Reo, grow the low-carbon protein efficient aquaculture industry, help interpret environmental trends, and large data sets says Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods. The four projects range from teaching Siri to speak Te Reo to crunching large environmental ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 hours ago
  • Government announces next steps as part of a comprehensive plan to fix skills gap
    A new education-to-employment brokerage service to strengthen connections between local employers and schools. Funding for more trades focused ‘speed-dating’ events to connect schools with employers. Promotional campaign to raise profile of vocational education. The Government is taking action to increase the number of young people taking up vocational education and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    8 hours ago
  • Corrections Amendment Bill passes third reading
    A Bill to improve prison security and ensure the fair, safe, and humane treatment of people in prison while upholding public safety has passed its third reading. Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis says the Corrections Amendment Bill makes a number of changes to ensure the Corrections Act 2004 is fit for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    22 hours ago
  • Ngāi Tahu CEO appointed to NZ-China Council
    Minister for Māori Development, Nanaia Mahuta, has selected Arihia Bennett MNZM, Chief Executive Officer of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, as the Te Puni Kōkiri appointed representative on the New Zealand-China Council. The New Zealand-China Council (the Council) was established in 2012 as a New Zealand led and funded organisation ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Southern Response claims move to EQC
    Responsibility for processing the small number of Southern Response claims still to be settled will be transferred to EQC by the end of the year. “As claim numbers reduce, it no longer makes sense for the Crown to have two organisations processing the remaining Canterbury claims,” Grant Robertson says. “Since ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Bowel screening starts in Whanganui
    Health Minister David Clark is encouraging Whanganui residents to take up the opportunity for free bowel screening, which can detect cancer early when it’s easier to treat.   Over the next two years 12,000 Whanganui locals, aged 60 to 74 will be invited to participate in the National Bowel Screening ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Pacific Peoples Minister to attend Our Ocean Conference in Norway
    Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio, heads to Oslo today to represent New Zealand at the sixth Our Ocean Conference, which is being hosted by the Norwegian Government from the 23-24 October. “The Our Ocean Conference mobilises real action on issues like marine plastic pollution and the impacts of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government announces 27 percent increase in Trades Academy places
    Two secondary-school initiatives are being expanded as part of the Government’s plan to see more young New Zealanders take up a trade to help close the skills gap.   This includes the largest single increase in Trades Academy places in recent years. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Education Minister Chris ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, Pacific Futures Conference: Connection...
    Session 4: Pacific Connectivity – Youth, Media and New Opportunities   Kia ora tatou katoa and Warm Pacific greetings to one and all. Representatives of Tainui, the local people of the land, or manawhenua – the indigenous peoples of this area – have welcomed you this morning in accordance with ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Methane reducing cattle feed one step closer
    The Government today announced its support for a project that could substantially reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions from cattle. The announcement was made as part of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor’s visit to Nelson’s Cawthron Aquaculture Park. The Cawthron Institute will receive $100,000 from the Government’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Bill to refresh superannuation system passes first reading
    Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni has welcomed the first reading of the New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension Legislation Amendment Bill. “Every New Zealander has a stake in New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension,” says Carmel Sepuloni. “They are our most common form of social assistance – nearly 800,000 New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government announces next steps in fight against measles
    Babies in Auckland aged six months and over can receive a free vaccination and children will all have access to vaccines, Associate Minister of Health Julie Anne Genter announced today at Papatoetoe High School.   The move comes as part of Government efforts to step up the fight against measles. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, Pacific Futures: Connections, Identity...
    ***Check against delivery*** Good morning. It is a pleasure to be here, and to have the honour of opening this important conference on behalf of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs. Let us take the opportunity to acknowledge all the people who have helped make today possible, including our special ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Police trial new response to high risk events
    Police Minister Stuart Nash says the safety of frontline officers and members of the public will be the focus of a new trial of specialist Police response teams in three of our largest urban centres. Police have this morning released details of an initiative to be trialled in Counties Manukau, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New awards celebrate fisheries sustainability
    The Minister of Fisheries is calling for entries for a new public award to celebrate innovation in our seafood sector. “I have established the Seafood Sustainability Awards to recognise and celebrate those throughout industry, tangata whenua and communities who demonstrate outstanding dedication and innovation towards the sustainability of New Zealand’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • More progress for women and we can do more
    Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter welcomes leaders in the private sector taking action on closing their gender pay gaps to ensure a fairer workplace for all New Zealanders. Ms Genter today launched a new report, Addressing the gender pay gap and driving women’s representation in senior leadership, from the Champions for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Proposals to curb environmental damage help our coasts and the oceans
    Government Ministers today welcomed the release of a marine environment report highlighting the four key issues affecting our oceans, estuaries and coastlines.  The release underlines the importance of government proposals to combat climate pollution, ensure clean freshwater, protect biodiversity, make land use more sustainable, and reduce waste and plastic.    Environment ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New mental health facility for Waikato
    The Government has approved funding for a new acute mental health facility for Waikato which will provide better care and support to people with mental health and addiction issues. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Health Minister Dr David Clark announced the $100 million project to replace the aging Henry Rongomau ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • 500 new te reo Māori champions in our classrooms
    The Government is making progress on its goal to integrate te reo Māori into education by 2025, with over 500 teachers and support staff already graduating from Te Ahu o te Reo Māori,  Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. Kelvin Davis made the announcement at an awards ceremony in Waikanae today, for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Minister James Shaw welcomes 2018 Census first release
    Statistics Minister James Shaw has welcomed the first release of 2018 Census data. The first release of data today, 23 September, includes key data on population, regional growth, the number of homes and the size of different ethnic groups in New Zealand. Data from the 2018 Census will support the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Driving transparency, ethics and accountability in government use of algorithms
    Minister for Statistics James Shaw today announced a public consultation on a proposed algorithm charter for government agencies. The charter has been developed by the Government Chief Data Steward in response to growing calls for more transparency in government use of data. Computer algorithms – procedures or formulas for solving ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New Zealand and the Netherlands working together on climate change
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor, Climate Change Minister James Shaw and visiting Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte co-hosted a business roundtable in Auckland this morning focused on working together to address climate change.  “The Netherlands is an important partner for New Zealand. We share a strong agricultural history. Sustainable agribusiness and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Protecting fairness for workers and businesses
    The Government is taking action to build an inclusive economy where more of us receive our fair share at work and businesses can compete on great products and services, not undercutting wages and conditions, Immigration and Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. Two consultations launched today seek feedback ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Indigenous Freshwater Fish Bill Passes
    The future for New Zealand’s threatened indigenous freshwater fish looks brighter with the passing of the Conservation (Indigenous Freshwater Fish) Amendment Bill in Parliament today said Minister of Conservation, Eugenie Sage. “Until now, our freshwater fish legislation has been 20 years out of date. We have lacked effective tools to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Kiwis to take part in world’s biggest earthquake drill
    At 1.30pm tomorrow, hundreds of thousands of Kiwis will join about 65 million people around the globe in ShakeOut, the world’s biggest earthquake drill. The annual drill is to remind people of the right action to take during an earthquake which is to Drop, Cover, Hold, and to practise their ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Rising wages and low inflation supporting Kiwis
    Kiwis are benefiting from higher wage growth and low inflation under the Coalition Government. Stats NZ data out today shows the rise in the cost of living remains low, as annual Consumers Price Index (CPI) inflation fell to 1.5% in September from 1.7% in June. “The low inflation comes as ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • NZ economy strong amid global headwinds
    New Zealand’s economic strength and resilience has been recognised in a major update on the state of the global economy. The IMF’s latest World Economic Outlook released overnight shows a reduced global growth forecast over the next two years as issues like the US-China trade war and Brexit take hold. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Keeping New Zealanders safer with better counter-terrorism laws
    Justice Minister Andrew Little has today introduced a new Bill to prevent terrorism and support the de-radicalisation of New Zealanders returning from overseas. The Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill gives the New Zealand Police the ability to apply to the High Court to impose control orders on New Zealanders who ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Improved succession and dispute resolution core of Ture Whenua changes
    A Bill that proposes targeted changes to simplify the processes for Māori land owners when engaging with the Māori Land Court has had its First Reading today. “The approach taken by the Government is to ensure that the protection of Māori land remains a priority as we seek to improve ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Speech to CTU Biennial Conference
    Let me first thank all the new unionists and members in the room. There is nothing more important to improving people’s working lives than people making the decision to care, to get on board and help, to take up the reins and get involved. Congratulations to you. You bring the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Minister ensures continued Whenuapai flight operations
    Minister of Defence Ron Mark has signed a certificate exempting the activity of engine testing at Whenuapai Airbase from the Resource Management Act 1991. The Act gives the Minister of Defence the power to exempt activities for the purposes of national security.  The certificate will mean the recent Environment Court ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • NZ joins Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action
    Finance Minister Grant Robertson has announced New Zealand will join the Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action while attending APEC meetings in Chile. The objective of the 39 member Coalition is to share information and promote action to tackle climate change. It was formed in April this year, in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Feedback Sought – Section 71 – Lyttelton Parking
    Feedback sought– Lyttelton commercial zone parking  The Associate Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration, Poto Williams, is seeking feedback on a proposal to remove on-site car parking requirements for new developments in the Lyttelton commercial zone.  The proposal, by Christchurch City Council, asks that powers under section 71 of the Greater ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Feedback Sought – Section 71 – Hagley Oval
    Hon Minister Poto Williams Associate Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration   MEDIA STATEMENT       Tuesday 15 October 2019 Feedback sought – Hagley Oval The Associate Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration, Poto Williams, is seeking feedback on a proposal about Hagley Oval. The proposal was developed by Regenerate Christchurch ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • CTU speech – DPM
    Ladies and gentlemen, NZCTU President Richard Wagstaff, members of respective unions – thank you for the invitation to speak to you today. This might be preaching to the choir, but the importance of trade unions in New Zealand’s historical arch is difficult to understate. And it is my belief that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Police Association Annual Conference
    "Let’s start by acknowledging that it has been a huge year. " Police Association Annual Conference James Cook Grand Chancellor Hotel Wellington Nau mai, haere mai. Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, ka nui te mihi, ki a koutou katoa. President of the Police Association, Chris Cahill; Members of the Association and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand announces a further P-3 deployment in support of UN sanctions
    Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters and Minister of Defence Ron Mark have announced the New Zealand Government’s decision to again deploy a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 (P-3) maritime patrol aircraft to support the implementation of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions imposing sanctions against North Korea. New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand deeply concerned at developments in north-east Syria
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says New Zealand continues to have serious concerns for peace and stability in north-east Syria. “Recent reports that hundreds of ISIS-affiliated families have fled from a camp are deeply concerning from a humanitarian and security perspective”, Mr Peters says. “While we acknowledge Turkey’s domestic security ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago