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How Patriarchy Works; A Newshub Special Investigation

Written By: - Date published: 11:25 am, September 25th, 2018 - 80 comments
Categories: Deep stuff, discrimination, feminism, gender, health, health and safety, journalism, Media, patriarchy, schools - Tags: , ,

If you wanted an illustration of how the patriachy works to keep female voices from being heard, you’d be hard pressed to go beyond Newshub’s reporting of the poisoning scare at Carterton South School.

As readers will recall, school children reported a bad smell and associated queasiness. The school was locked down and the kids decontaminated. It was three days before it was confirmed that it was a truck load of compost delivered to a neighbour that caused the odour.

There had been all sorts of rumours, including reports of a low flying plane dropping something from the sky. But it was a truck. A truck full of compost.

So where does the patriarchy come in?

Well, if you watch this clip, from the day the scare happened, you’ll see something sadly normal. A school boy, James, is interviewed for a minute, then his Dad is asked some questions.

The reporter then asks James a further question and James says his sister reckons she knows what caused the smell. Watch from the 2 minute mark to get the full picture.

Now, I’m not singling the reporter out here. Alex Baird is a thoughtful, conscientious journalist. We’ve had a brief chat and the interview, which was live, was cut short by his producer so they could move on to the next item. And the two sisters were asked pre-interview if they’d like to talk and both declined.

So, clearly, there was no deliberate intent to silence the only person who actually knew what was going on. But that still happened.

And, by ignoring the girl, who does volunteer the correct information at the end of the interview, Newshub missed out on a scoop. They could have identified the source of the smell only hours after the incident, rather than two days later.  No doubt they’ll learn from the experience.

But what does the schoolgirl learn?

Maybe shut up while the boys are talking? Or, your opinion doesn’t count?

No wonder she looks so pissed off during the interview!

This is one of the ways patriarchy dominates. It starts when we are children, whether we know it or not. And even the best of us can unconsciously contribute to the retention of a male dominated society.

You know what? She’s owed an apology for being cut short. And she deserves to have her name known and her accurate reporting of the facts acknowledged by Newshub.

It’s the least they can do.

 

 

Tip off from Sandra R.

 

 

80 comments on “How Patriarchy Works; A Newshub Special Investigation”

  1. roy cartland 1

    Wow that’s truly embarrassing.

  2. Ngungukai 2

    Doesn’t say a lot for the competence of the Authorities investigating the source, start chasing red herrings for a start ?

    • mpledger 2.1

      We only hear what the media says the authorities are chasing and the media only says things that will generate ratings so we never get to hear the mundane things the authorities are chasing just the sensational.

  3. Lucy 3

    She’s owed an apology for being cut short.

    Sorry in 57 years I have NEVER received an apology for being talked over or ignored. She will learn what every woman learns our words are only valuable when a man says them – sometimes directly after we say them!

    • greywarshark 3.2

      Well Lucy you need to learn how to be as devious as men if you want to know how to be heard. It is a fact that women have been talked over, and it is easier for a man to do that over a woman’s usually quieter voice. But both men and women can learn how to be included in discussion, when to break in, how to present something quickly and concisely.

      It can be done, no good staying a victim, though you can’t win every time, you can often achieve. You might even make your point ruthlessly, and appear rude by talking over a man (or woman) dominating the time space with their own opinion and values. You might say firmly that you have something more worthwhile to say and thow up something they have said and explain why its wrong while they are gasping at your chutzpah. Sometimes you have to be confrontational.

      But also there are women I hear being interviewed, usually youthful, and I notice they hardly draw breath, they are very fast speakers also, very confident on their subject, never a pause and they drone on till you wish they would STFU. So women are achieving equity in the competitive race to be heard.

  4. Betcha she would have got more screen time if she was wearing something pretty…

  5. veutoviper 5

    Sorry, but even if Alex was getting the hurry-up, he brushed the sister off and semi-laughed in an embarrassed way at her comment. I know exactly how she felt and saw it on her face. There are certain commenters here who do exactly the same*.

    She definitely needs an apology and acknowledgement of her good observation skills and accurate reporting.

    As you say, Newshub also missed a scoop which may well have also saved a lot of time and money in relation to the ongoing investigation.

    * EDIT – and also what Lucy says in her last sentence! Happened to me just a day or so ago here. LOL.

    • Ngungukai 5.1

      She sounded quite sure of herself in the short piece that was recorded “blue truck” ?

    • Dukeofurl 5.3

      VV we all learn things from other comments, even learning that you can link to other comments directly.
      This site isnt a academic thesis where attribution is essential.
      yesterday someone mentioned about using scissors that all have short life plastic parts and I pointed out chemists stock all metal surgical scissors.

  6. Bill 6

    Are we to assume the childrens’ mother was just too busy in the kitchen to be there for her children’s “Evil Edna” moment, or to give any opinion?

    Also, was that dad having to rush home from work, come to the (belated and unnecessary) rescue and shepherd his children for their confrontation with Edna? Hmm.

    And the wee girl (it would have been the same if it was a wee boy) was never going to be aired saying anything so banal as “It was a truck full of shit, and I saw it” because, horse, pig and cow aside, where’s the scoop in that?

    Media needs a bullet for hyping bullshit (or was it chicken shit?)

    He was one of dozens of children affected by an unknown chemical found near the South End school playground in Carterton.
    […]
    The nature of the substance remains unclear, and police are investigating

    “Unknown chemicals” and “substances”? Seriously wtf? Was there a facebook We are Salisbury theme I missed somewhere along the line?

    And are teachers unable to follow their fucking noses these days? Someone at South End school needs a good kick up the arse for getting all arm wavy on it.

    Patriarchy – bowing to authority and learning hopelessness since forever. 😉

    • Way to miss the pount bill – woosh

    • BM 6.2

      Media needs a bullet for hyping bullshit (or was it chicken shit?)

      Nope mushroom compost from some guys garden, the whole thing was mass hysteria.

      The over the top H&S rules and procedures are turning people into gormless idiots.

      • Stunned Mullet 6.2.1

        I miss oleolebiscuitbarrel.

      • mpledger 6.2.2

        When multiple kids were throwing up and a neighbouring child, not in contact with the school, was throwing up – how can it be mass hysteria?

        Composts are full of bacteria, that’s the point of them, and bacteria can create all sorts of nasty toxins. They should be treated with care.

        • marty mars 6.2.2.1

          Exactly – no hysteria just great concern as there should be.

          • In Vino 6.2.2.1.1

            But not in the subsequent media coverage which came later. Deliberate mystification for sensational scoop? I think Bill makes a very good point.
            And BM missed the point, too.
            We all now know that it was compost, BM, including Bill. His question “-or was it chicken shit?'” appears to have been a bit too subtle for you.

            • marty mars 6.2.2.1.1.1

              I disagree.

              Frankly what bill said was ridiculous imo – talk about walk a tangential path.

              You missed the point too – it was a mystery until it wasn’t. Of course media want people to be watching – no great mystery there eh.

              As for chicken shit – tell me all about it.

              • In Vino

                marty – I think you are too wrapped up in your own view, and unwilling to see that Bill, writing with hindsight, has made a good critique of what helped cause the media to behave as they did. Nothing ridiculous; and relevant rather than tangential.

                • Possibly

                  His first 3 paragraphs were silly, or ridiculous imo.

                  The next sentence is the media hyped one which I disagree with.

                  Then he brings up the Russian poisoning in England.

                  Then he swears a bit.

                  And he finishes with sarcasm.

                  So I stand by my original assessment.

                  • In Vino

                    “His first 3 paragraphs were silly, or ridiculous imo.” I thought that until I googled Evil Edna. It helps.
                    The media hyped the ‘mysterious gas’ thing – undeniable to my mind. Max attention to aeroplane, etc.. Skripal a fair comparison? In critiquing the media’s approach, I think it valid.
                    I don’t think Bill actually knows that in a small school not many teachers are free enough of immediate obligations to wander off following their noses to solve mysteries of terrible smells..
                    But never mind..

                  • Bill

                    Seeing as how we seem to be going off on some “assessments” thing here Marty…

                    The depth of your stupidity ….have we touched bottom with “And he finishes off with sarcasm”?

                    It certainly wasn’t reached with your opening“Way to miss the pount bill – woosh”…which, as following comments amply demonstrated, was exactly what you were doing .

                    To help you out. I began the comment with sarcasm. Twice. Both comments, posed as questions, highlighting attitudes that would flow from an acceptance of patriarchal values and norms. And you missed that!?

                    If you think a wee boy wouldn’t have been cut off – that the principle motivation was to preserve a story rather than report news, then lets read some of your reasoning. (It will be interesting mind, because although you say you disagree with my take, you submitted a separate comment where you wrote “Of course media want people to be watching…”

                    The closing of my comment wasn’t sarcastic. Cynical, perhaps. But accurate to a tee.

                    (Yawn) You kinda really need to (no you don’t 😉 ) start addressing points instead of attacking people with stupidity “straight off the bat” Marty.

                    • marty mars

                      yeah sure bill – loving your insults btw – it makes me think really highly of you.

                      I have explained what I thought and why I thought it – I’m happy with that.

                    • Bill

                      I have explained what I thought and why I thought it…

                      Beyond the banal observation or two, the ream of statements, judgments and assertions, with no accompanying argument or reasoning (which is essentially all that you’ve submitted in this sub-thread) isn’t explaining anything at all.

                      I’m not at all surprised you’re on the cusp of following your old pattern of throwing your idiocy at people and then flouncing off when asked to provide something of substance.

                      .

                    • marty mars

                      ouch bill – really putting the boot in eh.

                      Someone asked me to explain my thoughts and I did in several comments. Within those comments (see above), I explained why and you disagree – well surprise surprise LOL

                    • Bill

                      I explained why and you disagree…

                      The instances of explanatory reasoning offered to back up statements made by you in preceding comments amounts to the precise sum total of zero Marty.

                      Ad homs and stand alone assertions on the other hand, hmm…actually. we probably need two hands for that…maybe a foot thrown into the mix too, to make sure that total’s covered off.

                    • marty mars

                      “Possibly

                      His first 3 paragraphs were silly, or ridiculous imo.

                      The next sentence is the media hyped one which I disagree with.

                      Then he brings up the Russian poisoning in England.

                      Then he swears a bit.

                      And he finishes with sarcasm.

                      So I stand by my original assessment.”

                      learn to read with more discernment bill. That explanation I’ve quoted sums up what I thought. I don’t need to put quotes or links to argue anything. You were trying to be smart – seems others got your ‘point’ but not me. So why do you even care actually?

                      edit. The sub thread was about the media hype that I didn’t agree happened. I’m not a reflexive ‘hate msm’ dude like some here.

      • SaveNZ 6.2.3

        Well now the kids are being indoctrinated with ‘lockdown’ corporates teaching them to be frightened at every noise/smell/what have you.

        We need to be more frightened in schools, that 30% of kids are illiterate because what sort of future do you have in modern times if you are illiterate?

      • marty mars 6.2.4

        “Compost can be a breeding ground for dangerous pathogens, some of which have killed or seriously harmed unsuspecting gardeners. ”

        https://www.nachi.org/compost-pile-hazards.htm

        Pity a city boy like you doesn’t know this basic stuff BM.

      • veutoviper 6.2.5

        BS, BM

        Legionnaires Disease is well known as a very serious disease (sometimes fatal) which can result from inhaling bacteria from potting mix, compost and soil.

        https://worksafe.govt.nz/topic-and-industry/legionnaires-disease/working-safely-with-soil-compost-and-potting-mix/

        These Worksafe guidelines are not over the top at all.

      • Drowsy M. Kram 6.2.6

        Risk Factors for Legionella longbeachae Legionnaires’ Disease, New Zealand

        https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5512494/ (July 2017)

        “Among 31 cases and 172 controls, risk factors for Legionnaires’ disease were chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, history of smoking >10 years, and exposure to compost or potting mix. Gardening behaviors associated with L. longbeachae disease included having unwashed hands near the face after exposure to or tipping and troweling compost or potting mix. Mask or glove use was not protective among persons exposed to compost-derived products.”

        • In Vino 6.2.6.1

          To be fair, Drowsy, that sounds pretty much like close personal contact.
          Any evidence of such dangers to people maybe 100 meters away as the school-kids probably were?

  7. Ngungukai 7

    MSM creating an issue trying to get some headlines, fear, fear, fear out of the USA MSM Handbook ?

    When I first heard this on the news a mysterious plane had supposedly dropped an unknown substance over the school, or words to that effect ?

    We are getting paranoid like the USA especially if NZ MSM has anything to do with it, however they are overseas owned and are writing the narrative ?

  8. Yes the pariarchy is alive and well – every single minute of every single day it is there – that is the real unseen hand.

    • veutoviper 8.1

      I agree to a large degree – but not with some feminist views that all men are patriarchal and therefore bad.

      And to be fair, IMO matriarchy of the dominant type can also be as bad. IMO and experience this can result in some very misogynistic males brought up in that environment. That is, some males who are misogynists to most other women other than the matriarch herself.

  9. Booker 9

    Wait, so the girl was asked beforehand if she’d like to be interviewed, said no, and the reporter respected her response and is now “the patriarchy”?!

    • Te Reo Putake 9.1

      It’s not about the reporter, who is kinda mortified about how it looks, but how female voices are routinely ignored. To his credit, her brother says it for her, however, his boysplaining of her theory is dismissed on air and not followed up on the ground.

      If Dad had said it was the blue truck, I suspect he’d have been taken seriously.

      • Gabby 9.1.1

        Boysplaining eh pooty? Crush ’em while they’re young, good on you.

      • Booker 9.1.2

        Whatever happened to “no means no”?

        • In Vino 9.1.2.1

          Good point. Sorry to repeat, but the girl had been asked before if she wanted to be interviewed and she clearly said, “No.”
          Obviously, the male interviewer should have ignored a girl saying ‘No’ as I am sure that all you naysayers will now advise males to do.
          This is getting too bloody silly.

          • mpledger 9.1.2.1.1

            The girl didn’t want to be interviewed on tv but she *decided* to speak when she was able to provide important information that was being mis-represented by someone else.

            She went against her own wishes to be helpful and was dismissed.

          • mpledger 9.1.2.1.2

            In this context, the interviewer could have said “would you like to tell me more about it” to elicit either a yes or no.

            A “no means no” doesn’t mean that the “no” is carved on stone forever more, it means “not now”. And how long “now” refers to is guided by common sense and context.

    • Carolyn_Nth 9.2

      Yes. Interesting that the girl was asked before hand and declined to speak. But did she express her views to the interviewer?

      Or had she already learned that no one was taking her perception seriously? the interviewer certainly seems to be following the track of something falling from the plane.

      Basically, it’s not just that girls and women get interrupted by boys/men too often. When girls and women speak, often their views are not taken seriously until they are repeated by a guy. And too often girls’ or women’s spoken views get ridiculed.

      A close viewing of the sister’s body language indicates this may have been the case.

      The sister looks fed up and uninterested. When her brother starts to express his views, she turns her back to him and the camera – ditto when the father starts to speak.

      When the brother repeats his sister’s view, she starts to take an interest, and with confidence in her view. No matter that she declined to speak previously, now she does want to state her views – perhaps because her brother wasn’t ridiculed for floating the idea? But as soon as she speaks, the interviewer interrupts her and turns away.

      So that would just reinforce the girl’s (many girls?) idea that her views are not taken seriously when she speaks them.

      • Robert Guyton 9.2.1

        Carolyn_Nth has got it right. The girl’s conditioned to expect to be sidelined.

        • In Vino 9.2.1.1

          Not quite fair, Robert. The girl had said that she did not want to be interviewed. It seems to me that at the very last minute she changed her mind. Sad to say, too late. The interviewer had already been told to cut it short. That is an accident of history.
          The only unfairness thing is about whether or why the girl should have said ‘no’ when first being asked if she wanted to be interviewed. Is that part of the conditioning you query? She expected to be sidelined even if interviewed?
          Does that make any sense?
          The fact is she said no, and the interviewer acted accordingly. Sad.

          • In Vino 9.2.1.1.1

            The more I think about this..
            The last helpful thing is a bunch of intellectuals arguing about patriarchy.
            The girl needs to be interviewed bloody quickly and given the credit she deserves. Stuff could still do this, or their opposition if there is any in this so-called competitive duopoly media market.
            Stuff bloody well ought to do it. I refuse to log in to Stuff comments, and doubt if they read them closely anyway.. How does one make demands of Stuff?
            Any suggestions?

  10. ankerawshark 10

    That was gob smacking re the reporter only asking the “boys”

  11. SHG 11

    “James says his sister reckons she knows what caused the smell”
    “the two sisters were asked pre-interview if they’d like to talk and both declined”

    PATRIARCHY!!1

  12. SaveNZ 12

    Great post. Compulsory viewing and should be used in media studies as an example of how not to interview families. Very sad to see the little girl cut off like that.

    Also the girls were not introduced by name like the boy and should have been introduced not just as “his sisters’,, especially when she was the one who clearly knew what was going on and if the reporter had made them feel more at ease then maybe they might have wanted to be interviewed. They clearly had something to say. And they were right.

    • Ngungukai 12.1

      Agree + 100% this would be a very good Case Study in Media Studies for a number of purposes ???

    • In Vino 12.2

      Be fair – it has already been pointed out at 12.41 pm that the girl had been asked if she wanted to be interviewed, and had answered, “No.”
      How many reports have you seen where a reporter diligently says, “We also have here sister Cecily, who does not wish to be interviewed.”

      • SaveNZ 12.2.1

        Just more polite if you introduce one child, you also name the other two by name not just as ‘sisters’. They were filmed so why not say I’m here with x y and z. Even if they didn’t want to be interviewed they obviously were being filmed anyway so it is just more polite to introduce them in that context.

        • greywarshark 12.2.1.1

          You’re right save nz but I think we are getting too picky. On the spot journalists can’t get everything right all the time.

          But I have just remembered from about 5? years ago, where a child was rescued from difficulties in the water by other children but the reporter only wanted to credit one child with it apparently, because it made a better story.
          Now that is unacceptably rude and showed bad faith to those involved by the journalist.

  13. Stuart Munro 13

    I’m afraid I’m more inclined to notice that the journalist has no nose for news than the patriarchy in play in this story. But then I’m a 4th child – could rarely get a word in at the best of times. The girl will learn to just keep schtum and watch the ones who never listen screw up, just like the rest of us.

  14. veutoviper 14

    Good points.

    What I got from the older sister’s facial expressions (and to a degree from the younger sister in the front) was ‘Been there done this before’ and ‘here we go again’ expressions. In other words, this situation whereby brother and father get to speak, but the two girls hang back, IMO appears not to be new to the girls. Pure speculation on my part, but it could suggest that maybe that is how things go at home. OTOH it could be exactly as you say, nothing to do with gender etc at all, and more to do with age, personality etc. including position in the family age based hierarchy. For example, we don’t know whether there are older siblings for example.

  15. Michelle 15

    patriarchy is alive in NZ cause women still earn less than men and women are over represented in roles like teaching , nursing, childcare which are all lowly paid roles because they are roles often historically taken for granted.
    We only had to look at the recent strikes. If we truly care about our children and our elderly we need to value more those that look after them and start paying them fairly and treating them with the respect they deserve.

  16. bwaghorn 16

    Did you ask the girl if she was bothered or offended . ?
    Or should we just take your word for it?

  17. Stunned Mullet 17

    ..and here i was thinking that the reclaiming of the word ‘cunt’ would be the silliest thing I saw this year

    • I suspect the silliest thing you’ll see all year can be found in your bathroom mirror. Put up well reasoned arguments in future or your comments will go straight to spam. Capice?

  18. reports of a low flying plane dropping something from the sky… How is that even possible without getting noticed by authorities?

    Absolutely agree with your words “It starts when we are children, whether we know it or not” excellent observation

    • McFlock 18.1

      Pilot files flight plan for non-pressurised VFR plane.
      Dodgy feed system or pilot nudges valve slightly, doesn’t notice.
      Lands at destination on schedule but slightly lighter.
      Pilots knocks off to pub, job done.

      ATC knew what plane was in the area when the cops asked, probably even knew who the pilot was. The yanks would have kicked in his door and likely shot him, the NZP were probably a bit more reasonable.

      A whole bunch of people were exposed to something that made them start puking. This time is was shit, but nobody knew that at the time. Except the kid who saw the truck.

      I think flipping away from the live cross was likely due to time constraints rather than the patriarchy, but the reporter not following it up toot sweet could well have been because they were kids, and possibly because the one who saw it was a girl. Not consciously, I should point out. It just happens when we don’t pause for self-reflection.

      And I write this as a mid-range member of a team who has to remember to wait for his much more highly qualified and experienced female colleagues to talk with the Very Important People who visit, rather than just opening his gob with whatever half-arsed BS occurs to him immediately. But that could just be because I’m an arsehole ratherthan a patriarch.

      • In Vino 18.1.1

        To be honest, had I been a young reporter there, I would have guessed already that it was a load of crock story anyway. As it was. A few kiddies smell something bad and spew. Wow.
        But.. we want click-bait and sensation, so in we go. And, when told to fold up quick, we ignore the one girl who actually knew the reason because she had said at the start that she did not want to be interviewed… then she belatedly decides to speak up.
        My last contribution because I see nothing productive in this thread.

  19. AsleepWhileWalking 19

    John Campbell wouldn’t have ignored her.

  20. esoteric pineapples 20

    Up to the point of the the revelation, that was an excruciatingly boring and vacuous interview designed purely to give viewers a vicarious emotional engagement in the drama of the situation. Its purpose certainly wasn’t to ascertain what the cause of the smell was, which may have been part of the reason no-one took any notice of what the girl said. The interviewer wasn’t expecting to hear someone to point out the cause.
    Can anyone imagine, if the interview had gone on longer, the interviewer saying to her “Really, you think you know what caused it. Tell me more” – gets told more. Interviewer, still live on air, calls out “Hey police, we have a young girl over who seems to know the cause.” Viewers watch as she explains the cause and officials gather around her to hear what she has to say.
    Not to pick on this particular interviewer, but perhaps journalists at this level are not trained/expected to be fact finding journalists but employed for their skills at facilitating news as entertainment.

  21. Jum 21

    So, is a copy of this post and thread being copied to TV3 and the father?

    • Newshub have been contacted. Not sure how to get hold of the family. I did suggest to the reporter that it might be the right thing to do to contact the family to let the girl know that they now realise that she was right all along. There might even be a story in it 😉

      • Muttonbird 21.1.1

        Agree. If NewShub wanted a good news story they’d give that girl a short interview (with a lot of support) as a way of apologising to her and to New Zealand. They’d also be encouraging that girl and others to not be afraid to speak their mind when they know the truth.

        And to not let TV people speak over you!!!

  22. Obtrectator 22

    Doesn’t it depend how the question was framed by the reporter? We who did Latin know all about questions that expect the answer “yes” and those that expect the answer “no”. You get them in English too.

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    Since 2013, the Australian government has detained refugees without trial in Pacific gulags, where they are abused, tortured, and driven to suicide. The policy is not just an abuse of human rights and possible crime against humanity; it has also had a corrosive effect on the states Australia uses as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • An age of protest.
    It seems fair to say that we currently live in a problematic political moment in world history. Democracies are in decline and dictatorships are on the rise. Primordial, sectarian and post-modern divisions have re-emerged, are on the rise or have been accentuated by political evolutions of the moment such as ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    3 days ago
  • Another captured agency
    Last month, Greenpeace head Russel Norman surrendered his speaking slot at an EPA conference to student climate activist Sorcha Carr, who told the EPA exactly what she thought of them. It was a bold move, which confronted both regulators and polluters (or, as the EPA calls them, "stakeholders") with the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • NZ First’s dodgy loans
    The core principle supposedly underlying New Zealand's electoral finance regime is transparency: parties can accept large donations from rich people wanting to buy policy, but only if they tell the public they've been bought. Most parties abide by this, so we know that TOP was wholly-owned by Gareth Morgan, and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Member’s Day: The choice on End of Life Choice
    Today is a Member's Day, probably the second-to-last one of the year, and its a big one, with the Third Reading of David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill. last Member's Day it was reported back from committee, after MPs voted narrowly to make it subject to a (rules TBA) ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • How growth in population and consumption drives planetary change
    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 The growth of the human population over the last 70 ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    3 days ago
  • The disappearing Women …
    by The Council of Disobedient Women In her excellent oral submission to the Abortion reform select committee on 31st October on behalf of Otago University’s Department of Public Health, historian and public health researcher Hera Cook stated: “We would ask that the committee not use the term ‘pregnant persons’ and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    4 days ago
  • “A Passage to India”: enduring art in changing times
    by Don Franks In 1957, E M Forster wrote, of his greatest work: “The India described in ‘A Passage to India’ no longer exists either politically or socially. Change had begun even at the time the book was published ( 1924) and during the following quarter of a century it ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    4 days ago
  • Contemptuous
    The Referendums Framework Bill was due back from select committee today. But there's no report on it. Instead, the bill has been bounced back to the House under Standing order 29593) because the Committee didn't bother to produce one. They probably tried. But given the membership of the committee (which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Zero Carbon: It’s not just a good idea, it’s the law
    Two years into New Zealand’s Labour-led government, the long-delayed Zero Carbon Bill became law on 7 November. Passed essentially unanimously, the lengthy public debates and political manoeuvring faded away until the final passage was even anticlimactic: Flipping through the @nzstuff @DomPost I was starting to wonder if I’d dreamt ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: What happens next?
    Now the Zero Carbon Bill is law, what's next? Obviously, the ETS changes currently before select committee are going to be the next battleground. But we're also going to get a good idea of where we're going, and if the progress the Zero Carbon Act promises is good enough, during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Climate change will fuel bush fires
    Grant Pearce The effects of the current Australian bushfires in New South Wales and Queensland (and also again in California) are devastating and far-reaching. To date, the fires have resulted in several lives being lost and many homes and properties destroyed. Here in New Zealand, the impacts have been only ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    4 days ago
  • Participation rates
    A passing comment in a post the other day about the labour force participation rates of older people prompted me to pull down the fuller data and see what we could see about various participation rates over the decades since the HLFS began in 1986.   As it happens, the ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Reddell
    4 days ago
  • Not So Much “OK Boomer” As “OK Ruling Class”.
    Distract And Divert: The rise of what we have come to call “Identity Politics” represents the ideological manifestation of the ruling class’s objective need to destroy class politics, and of the middle-class’s subjective need to justify their participation in the process.THE RELIEF of the ruling class can only be imagined. ...
    4 days ago
  • Asking for it …
    "I saw a newspaper picture,From the political campaignA woman was kissing a child,Who was obviously in pain.She spills with compassion,As that young child'sFace in her hands she gripsCan you imagine all that greed and avariceComing down on that child's lips?" ...
    4 days ago
  • New Zealand’s Poor Pandemic Preparedness According to the Global Health Security Index
    Dr Matt Boyd, Prof Michael Baker, Prof Nick Wilson The Global Health Security Index which considers pandemic threats has just been published. Unfortunately, NZ scores approximately half marks (54/100), coming in 35th in the world rankings – far behind Australia. This poor result suggests that the NZ Government needs to ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: Thank Winston
    The Zero Carbon Act is inadequate, with a weak methane target designed to give farmers a free ride. But it turns out it could have been worse: Climate Change Minister James Shaw was so desperate to get National on board, he wanted to gut that target, and leave it in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Illicit markets and Bali Booze
    The Herald reprints an Australian story on a couple of tragic deaths in Bali from drinking cocktails that had methanol in them.  The story argues that methanol is likely the result of home distillation. But what the young tourists were experiencing was far from a hangover. They’d consumed a toxic cocktail ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    5 days ago
  • This is not what armed police are for
    Last month, the police announced a trial of specialist roaming armed units, which would drive round (poor, brown) areas in armoured SUVs, armed to the teeth. When they announced the trial, they told us it was about having armed police "ready to attend major incidents at any time if needed". ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Spain’s failed electoral gamble
    Spain went to the polls today in the second elections this year, after the Socialists (who had come to power in a confidence vote, then gone to the polls in April) rejected the offer of a coalition with the left-wing PoDemos, and instead decided to gamble n a better outcome ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • The astroturf party
    National has finally rolled out its "BlueGreen" astroturf party, fronted by an array of former nats and people who were dumped by the Greens for not being Green enough. Its initial pitch is described by Stuff as "very business-friendly", and its priorities are what you'd expect: conservation, predator-free funding, a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • How to cheat at university
    A couple of days ago I attended (and spoke at) the University of Waikato’s “LearnFest” event. There were lots of talks and sessions on very diverse aspects of teaching, mostly at tertiary level. One was by Myra Williamson from Te Piringa Faculty of Law here at Waikato, on Contract Cheating ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    5 days ago
  • How NZ was put on world maps using a transit of Mercury
    There will be a transit of Mercury – the planet Mercury will pass across the face of the Sun – taking place at sunrise in New Zealand on Tuesday, 12th November. It was by observing such an event 250 years ago that James Cook and his scientist colleagues were able ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    5 days ago
  • Georgina Beyer: We need to be able to talk without being offended
    Since becoming the world’s first openly transexual mayor and member of parliament, Georgina Beyer has been recognised as a trailblazer for trans rights. Daphna Whitmore talks with her about where she sees the current trans movement We start out talking about legislation the government put on hold that would have ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • The anti-fluoride brigade won’t be erecting billboards about this study
    If FFNZ really put their faith in “Top Medical Journals” they would now be amending their billboards to recognise new research results. Image from FFNZ but updated to agree with the latest research. ...
    6 days ago
  • Chosen To Rule? What Sort Of Christian Is Chris Luxon?
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    6 days ago
  • War of the worms
    I'm going to make a Reckless Prediction™ that the Tories have 'topped out' in the 'poll of polls' / Britain Elects multipoll tracker at about 38%, and in the next week we will start to see Labour creep up on them.In fact, we might just be seeing the start of ...
    6 days ago
  • Marvelly shows us how to be a feminist without feminism
    by The Council of Disobedient Women Lizzie Marvelly: “I may have missed this… has @afterellen gone all terf-y? Or am I reading something incorrectly? “ https://twitter.com/LizzieMarvelly/status/1191840059105742849 After Ellen is a lesbian website that is unashamedly pro-lesbian, as you’d expect. So why is Ms Marvelly so bothered about lesbians having their ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    7 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 ...
    1 week ago
  • 1000 of these now
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    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    1 week ago
  • Has Shane Jones Just Saved NZ First?
    Counter-Puncher: The “activists” and “radicals” (his own words) from the Indian community who took such strong exception to Shane Jones’ remarks about Immigration NZ’s treatment of arranged marriages, may end up bitterly regretting their intervention. Jones is not the sort of person who turns the other cheek to his critics.SHANE ...
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: As predicted
    Yesterday, when National voted for the Zero Carbon Bill, I predicted they'd gut it the moment they regained power, just as they had done to the ETS. And indeed, they have explicitly promised to do exactly that within their first hundred days in office. What would their amendments do? Abandon ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Let this never be forgot
    In the spirit of Remember, remember the fifth of November, let's keep this in mind FOREVER.
    Oh dear. Extraordinary interview on PM with Andrew Bridgen and @EvanHD just now. Bridgen was defending Jacob Rees Mogg’s Grenfell comments. Evan asked him if JRM had meant to say he would have left ...
    1 week ago
  • Too Late To Change Capitalism’s Flightpath?
    Collision Course? In conditions of ideological white-out, the international bankers’ “Woop-Woop! Pull Up!” warning may have come too late to save global capitalism.WHAT DOES IT MEAN when international bankers are more willing to embrace radical solutions than our politicians and their electors? At both the International Monetary Fund and the ...
    1 week ago
  • Whooping cough vaccine works well despite its imperfections
    Pertussis (whooping cough) is a conundrum. It is a disease that was described hundreds of years ago and the bacteria that causes it (Bordetella pertussis) isolated in 1906. We have had vaccines for about 80 years but this disease is defiant in the face of human immunity. I wanted to ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Passed
    The Zero Carbon Bill has just passed its third reading, uanimously. In the end, National supported it - but we all know they'll turn around and gut it the moment they regain power. Meanwhile, I guess ACT's David Seymour didn't even bother to show up. I am on record as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Retailing of vaping products – New NZ Research
    Dr Lindsay Robertson, Dr Jerram Bateman, Professor Janet Hoek Members of the public health community hold divergent views on how access to vaping products or electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) products should be arranged. Some believe ENDS should be as widely available as smoked tobacco and argue for liberal ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • Justice for Bomber
    When the Police were trying to cover up for the National Party over Dirty Politics, they went all-in with their abuses of power. They illegally search Nicky Hager's house, violating his journalistic privilege and invading his privacy. They unlawfully acquired Hager's bank records. They did the same to left-wing blogger ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Britain’s climate tyranny was unlawful
    Last month, in response to a wave of protests by Extinction Rebellion, the British government purported to ban their protests from the whole of London. It was a significant interference with the freedoms of expression and assembly, and another sign of the country's decline into tyranny. But now, a court ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • More crime from the spies
    Last year, the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security reported on significant problems with the intelligence warrant system. While they were unwilling to declare any warrant "irregular" (meaning unlawful) due to the recent law change, they were also not willing to give the system a clean bill of health. Now, they've ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Vaccination, compulsion, and paternalism for the lower orders
    The National Party has come out in support of encouraging greater vaccination uptake. But it sure isn’t the way I’d do it. National’s suggested docking the benefits of those on benefit whose kids aren’t keeping up with their vaccinations. Some in National have suggested extending that to payments under Working ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    1 week ago
  • Global Protests Rage On: But Slogans Are Not Plans.
    Feeding The Flames: It is simply not enough to demand an end to “corruption”, or “inequality”, or the overbearing influence of the authorities in Beijing. These are just “lowest common denominator” demands: the sort of slogans that pull people onto the streets. They are not a plan.WHERE’S THE PLAN? Across ...
    1 week ago
  • 11,000 employed under Labour
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Boycott this democratic fraud
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Why Mars is cold despite an atmosphere of mostly carbon dioxide
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Ban private jets
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Untold Suffering
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The left and violent misogyny
    by Phil Duncan Here’s just a few of the kind of threats issued day in and day out against gender-critical women – feminists, marxists, etc – overwhelmingly by MEN (albeit men identifying as women). “Kill all Terfs”. “Shoot a Terf today”. “All terfs deserve to be shot in the head”. ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Imperialism and the iPhone
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    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • The freshwater mussel housing crisis: eviction by invasive weeds?
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Back it up Luxon: endorsing the destructive past is not actually the way forward
    And to think he gave all the potential goodwill away with that moronic, cult-like statement (repeated ad nauseam by many National hardliners) that Key is quite simply “the greatest PM we ever had”… Installation complete: this was nothing ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 weeks ago
  • Good riddance
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: D-Day
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Winston is right
    Winston Peters is in court today, suing a bunch of former Minister and civil servants over their pre-election leak of his superannuation repayment. He's characterised the leak as malicious, and said that it is repugnant that his information was passed on to Ministers to use for political advantage. And he's ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks 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 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Finish what’s on your plate
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    SciBlogsBy Genomics Aotearoa
    2 weeks ago
  • Gainful Employment: A Cautionary Tale.
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    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand should not fund bigotry
    Two years ago, the Cook Islands government announced that it was planning to join the civilised world and decriminalise consensual homosexual sex between men. Now, they've reversed their position, and decided to criminalise lesbians into the bargain:Two years ago, in a step welcomed by many people including the gay and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • More tyranny in Australia
    The boycott is a fundamental tool of protest. By choosing who we buy from, we can send a message, and hopefully change corporate behaviour. Historically, boycotts have been effective, for example over apartheid in South Africa and Israel, in forcing divestment from Myanmar, and in ending bus segregation in the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Submission for rationality and science against the assaults of pre-modernism and post-modernism
    Jan Rivers spoke at the Abortion Legislation Select Committee in favour of the bill, but in opposition to calls from other submitters to exchange the word ‘woman’ for ‘person’ throughout the bill. Jan is a supporter of the feminist group Speak Up For Women and has recently written an excellent ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • My loyal readership of … Cam girls and Pornbots?
    I checked my traffic stats:I was intrigued by 'monica29' - who was this very dedicated individual?  I clicked on the link, to be greeted with ...Ho, hum.Spreadin' the word, spreadin' the word.  Doesn't matter who hears it, as long as it gets out there. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Worth repeating forever
    There have been three polls since the election was announced, and I will shamelessly steal YouGov / UK Polling Report's Anthony Wells' summary of them:Survation – CON 34%, LAB 26%, LDEM 19%, BREX 12%, GRN 1% Ipsos MORI – CON 41%, LAB 24%, LDEM 20%, BREX 7%, GRN 3% YouGov ...
    2 weeks ago

  • Kiwis to have their say on End of Life Choice
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First backs the public to decide on the End of Life Choice Bill via a referendum at the 2020 General Election. The Bill, with New Zealand First’s referendum provision incorporated, passed its final reading in Parliament this evening. New Zealand First Spokesperson for ...
    2 days ago
  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
    Darroch Ball, Spokesperson for Justice New Zealand First is proud that a key Coalition Agreement commitment which will provide for a more transparent and effective criminal justice system has been realised. Legislation to establish the Criminal Cases Review Commission, an independent body focused on identifying and responding to possible miscarriages of ...
    3 days ago
  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
    "Today we have made a choice that will leave a legacy... I hope that means that future generations will see that we, in New Zealand, were on the right side of history." - Jacinda Ardern, Third Reading of the Zero Carbon Bill ...
    1 week ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
    Darroch Ball, New Zealand First List MP A Member’s bill has been proposed that would provide income tax exemptions for all New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel while on operational deployment overseas. The Income Tax (Exemption for Salary or Wages of NZDF Members on Active Deployment) Amendment Bill proposed by New Zealand First ...
    1 week ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First is proud to have brought common sense to the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill, which passed its final reading in Parliament today. Party Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says months of hard work went into negotiating a balanced ...
    1 week ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First has listened to calls to recognise paramedics as registered health professionals under the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance Act (the Act). Today, the Coalition Government announced plans for paramedics to be registered as health practitioners under the Act, and the establishment of a ...
    2 weeks 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 ...
    3 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 ...
    3 weeks ago

  • Food industry asked to step up fight against obesity
         The Government is asking the food industry to step up work to tackle obesity including reducing sugar, fat and salt in their products, better information for consumers, and tighter restrictions on advertising to children. Health Minister David Clark and Food Safety Minister Damien O’Connor have responded to a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 hours ago
  • Modern emergency care for Queenstown area
    ew, modern emergency department and outpatient facilities at Queenstown’s Lakes District Hospital mean better emergency care for the growing tourist mecca’s visitors and locals, says Health Minister David Clark. Today Dr Clark officially opened the hospital’s redeveloped Emergency Department and Outpatient facilities. The new facilities include: •    An extended Emergency Department ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    21 hours ago
  • Contraception important for New Zealanders
    Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter says today’s release of sexual and reproductive health data reinforces the significance of the Government’s commitment to providing free or very low-cost contraception. The Ministry of Health today published statistics from the Ministry of Health’s 2014/15 Health Survey. “It is important people can make ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    24 hours ago
  • NZ medical staff and measles vaccines going to Samoa
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced that at the request of the Samoan Government, New Zealand will be providing further support to Samoa as it faces a worsening measles outbreak. “In response to a request from the people of Samoa, New Zealand is providing 3000 measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Disability Action Plan 2019 – 2023
    “The new Disability Action Plan 2019–2023 moves us towards the inclusive and accessible New Zealand that this government has committed to,” Minister for Disability Issues Carmel Sepuloni announced today.  “The Action Plan was designed by disabled people, their family and supporters, the disability sector and government agencies. It will ensure ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Joint Statement – Third Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting
    Third Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting 14 November 2019 Joint Statement 1. Defence Ministers Ron Mark and Dr Ng Eng Hen today conducted their third annual Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting in Singapore. 2. Building on the Enhanced Partnership signed between both countries in May this year, this annual meeting ...
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  • Sexual Violence Legislation Bill has its first reading
    A Bill to improve the court system’s response to sexual violence has passed its first reading in Parliament today. Justice Minister Andrew Little says the Sexual Violence Legislation Bill will reduce the trauma sexual violence complainants experience in court, while maintaining defendants’ fundamental rights and making sure the trial process ...
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  • Streamlined business invoicing a step closer
    Streamlined payment practices are a step closer for Kiwi businesses with the formal launch of New Zealand’s e-Invoicing framework. Small Business Minister Stuart Nash says the government has now established the structure to enable automated and direct data exchange between the accounting systems of buyers and sellers. “The move to ...
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  • More frontline biosecurity officers protecting NZ
    Another 51 quarantine officers and four new biosecurity detector dog teams will help protect New Zealand from invasive pests and diseases this summer, says Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor. “The Government is delivering on its commitment to strengthen New Zealand’s biosecurity system and support our valuable primary sector “New Zealand’s flora, fauna ...
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  • NZ space economy worth $1.69 billion
    A new report has found New Zealand’s space sector contributed $1.69 billion to the economy in the last financial year and employs 12,000 people, Minister for Economic Development Phil Twyford announced today. The report by Deloitte was commissioned by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and shows New Zealand ...
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  • New Chair for Royal Commission into Abuse
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  • Better mental health facilities for Palmerston North
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  • Bowel Screening hits halfway point
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  • More vaccines for meningococcal disease
    The Government welcomes PHARMAC’s decision to fund a vaccine to protect young people from meningococcal disease from 1 December this year. “Meningococcal disease is a serious threat which people at higher risk should be protected from,” says Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter. “The combined pharmaceutical budget was increased by ...
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  • Fisheries innovation projects supported
    Groups involved with innovative fisheries research projects are encouraged to apply for government support in the latest funding round from the Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures programme. Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash says the SFF Futures funding is designed to be flexible enough to support small or large projects across a ...
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  • Government fixes culturally arranged marriage visa issue
    The Government has fixed an issue affecting how Immigration New Zealand has processed visa applications for culturally arranged marriages, which will now see a consistent process applied which ensures people with legitimate arranged marriages can visit New Zealand while also preventing any rorting of the system. Earlier this year Immigration ...
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  • Extension for Royal Commission into Mosque attacks
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  • Terrorism and Trade on agenda as Foreign Minister visits the United States
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters will travel to Washington DC today to attend a ministerial meeting focused on defeating ISIS, and to continue pursuing New Zealand’s trade opportunities. Mr Peters will participate in a meeting of Foreign and Defence Ministers from key countries contributing to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS. ...
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  • Hoiho get extra support alongside 168 community conservation groups backing nature
    The recently crowned Bird of the Year, the hoiho/yellow eyed penguin, is getting a much needed helping hand alongside more than 168 other community conservation projects announced Minister for Conservation Eugenie Sage today. 168 community conservation projects throughout New Zealand are benefiting from $8 million in government grants, including $500,000 ...
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  • New safety measures for modified pistols
    Controls on assault rifles and semi-automatic firearms are to be broadened to include some types of pistols, under changes to a bill currently making its way through Parliament. Police Minister Stuart Nash has tabled a Supplementary Order Paper to the Arms Legislation Bill, which is currently before a Select Committee ...
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  • Minister of Defence to visit Singapore and Thailand
    Minister of Defence Ron Mark will travel to Singapore today to conduct a counterpart visit and to co-chair the third annual Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting with his counterpart, Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen. “Singapore is one of our most important defence partners in the region, and our ...
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  • Future secured for Salisbury School
    Nelson’s Salisbury School is to be rebuilt, creating a modern and suitable learning environment for students at the residential special school, Education Minister Chris Hipkins and Associate Education Minister Tracey Martin announced today. The school for girls aged 8-15, in Richmond, was earmarked for closure by National until the process ...
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  • Resource management reform options released
    The panel undertaking a comprehensive review of the Resource Management Act has identified the main issues to be addressed and options for reform and is calling for feedback to inform its final report.  In July the Government announced the comprehensive review of the resource management system, including the RMA - ...
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  • Criminal Cases Review Commission established
    An important safety valve has been added to New Zealand’s criminal justice system with the third reading of the Criminal Cases Review Commission Bill today. The Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) will investigate claimed miscarriages of justice. “We’ve seen how our justice system can very occasionally get things spectacularly wrong, ...
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  • Racing Industry destined to be on-track
    Racing Minister Winston Peters welcomes the tabling of the Racing Industry Transition Agency (RITA) 2019 Annual Report in Parliament today. He says the 2019 Annual Report marks the point when New Zealand’s racing industry’s decline was arrested and a turnaround started. RITA’s 2019 Annual Report recorded an industry net profit ...
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  • New Zealand firefighter support to Queensland
    The New Zealand Government is today sending 21 firefighters to help fight the ongoing catastrophic Australian bushfires. “The fires in Australia are in some of the toughest, most challenging conditions ever,” says Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin.  “As of yesterday morning, there were 100 active bushfire-related incidents across Queensland and ...
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  • Supporting all schools to succeed
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  • Reform to support better outcomes for Māori learners and whānau
    The Government’s reform of the Tomorrow’s Schools system is a watershed moment in education and an opportunity to create meaningful change for ākonga Māori and their whānau, Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis said today. “Last year through Kōrero Mātauranga | Education Conversation, Māori teachers, parents, ākonga, whānau, hapū and iwi ...
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  • Infrastructure pipeline growing
    Infrastructure Minister is welcoming the first of many updated project pipelines from the newly established New Zealand Infrastructure Commission today. The New Zealand Infrastructure Commission, Te Waihanga, has released an expanded pipeline of major capital projects – another crucial step towards delivering better infrastructure outcomes. “The first iteration of the ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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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