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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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    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    2 days ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #14
    Story of the Week... Editorial of the Week... Toon of the Week... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Claim Review... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week... Story of the Week... North Atlantic's capacity to absorb CO2 overestimated, study suggests Research into ocean’s plankton likely to lead to ...
    2 days ago
  • The Americans are trying to kill us all again
    The Treaty on Open Skies is one of the most effective mechanisms for preventing war curently in force. By letting countries make surveillance flights over each others' territory, it eliminates fears that they are secretly preparing for war. So naturally, the US is planning to withdraw from it: The Trump ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 11
    . . April 5: Day eleven of living in lock-down… My one day of rest for the week, and an opportunity to mow my lawns – which I’d been delaying for about three weeks. (On the plus side, the damp micro-climate in my back yard yielded three lovely fresh mushrooms ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    2 days ago
  • Now we know what the rules are
    As the lockdown has gone on, disquiet about what the rules were and the police's enforcement of them has grown. On Friday, Police admitted that they were abusing routine traffic stops to effectively set up illegal checkpoints, and on Saturday Stuff revealed internal police advice saying that they actually needed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Anti-fluoridation propaganda now relies on only four studies. 2: Green et al (2019)
    Paul Connett is putting all his eggs in one basket. He says “you only have to read four studies” to find community after fluoridation harmful. Image credit: Fluoride Action Network newsletter. For part 1 of this series see Anti-fluoridation propaganda now relies on only four studies. 1: Bashash et al (2018). Paul Connett, ...
    2 days ago
  • Hard News: Splore Listening Lounge 2020: the road to a “yes” vote
    As far as anyone can say, New Zeaand still has a general election scheduled for September 19 this year. The election will be accompanied by two referenda, one of which will ask voters:Do you support the proposed Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill?The official campaign period for the cannabis referendum begins ...
    2 days ago
  • Obituary for The New Zealand Listener (1939-2020)
    The vast majority of tributes to the Listener hearken back to its glory days, with little reflection on the magazine as it was at its end.I wrote for it, for half the Listener’s life; I have known personally all the editors except the first (mythical) three. From 1978 to 2014 ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    2 days ago
  • Universal income – a challenge to capitalism or a crutch?
    As the world economy slides rapidly towards deep recession there are growing calls for a Universal Benefit coming from some leftists and rightists. Now Finance Minister Grant Robertson is saying it is on the table.  This article by a French party Workers Struggle provides analysis of various forms of universal ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    3 days ago
  • Anti-fluoridation propaganda now relies on only four studies. 1: Bashash et al (2018)
    This is the advice from the very top of the anti-fluoride movement – Paul Connett, director of the Fluoride Action Network (FAN). Don’t worry about reading  up on all the scientific information “You only have ...
    3 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 10
    . . April 4: Day 10 of living in lock-down… I wake up to a fine Saturday morning which normally would be like an early Christmas. But it’s Day 10 of Level 4 Lock Down. What  will my fellow New Zealanders be doing on a day like this – staying ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    3 days ago
  • Redline reaching out to more writers & readers
    Some time during the night we went over the 850,000 views mark. We might have had our millionth view by the end of this year – certainly by early next year. Most of the people involved in Redline spent years and years producing various small left-wing papers and selling them ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    3 days ago
  • Keir Starmer elected
    Comfortably, in the very first round, with an impressive 56% of the votes.I wonder, did members of the Shadow Cabinet start tweeting their resignations during Starmer's victory speech, or is that only a trick the right pull?It is odd how all the talk of how the next leader "needs to ...
    3 days ago
  • Hard News: Michael Baker and the Big House
    One of the key voices in this extraordinary time in which we live is that of University of Otago epidemiologist Professor Michael Baker. Philip Matthews did an an excellent job this weekend of capturing the way he became the man for this moment in a profile for The Press.But one ...
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand Gives up on Trying to Save Daylight
    New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern addressed the nation today about the decline in daylight New Zealand has been experiencing over the previous few months. She said “As many of you will notice, our attempts to stem the dwindling of the daylight over the last few months have been completely ...
    Can of wormsBy Can of Worms, Opened
    4 days ago
  • A bulletin from Greece
    Redline received this article from the KOE a Marxist party in Greece Our friends in the KOE describe here the mounting crisis in Greece and tensions on the Turkish border. As desperate people flee from their homelands which have been ruined after decades of imperialist wars and interventions the people ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    4 days ago
  • And God spake all these words, saying
    As the first week of Level Four lockdown unfolded, mounting questions grew as to just what was (and was not) allowed under its “rules”. Partly these were driven by some apparently contradictory messages from different authority figures and explanations carried in the media. Partly they reflected a somewhat sketchy legal basis ...
    PunditBy Andrew Geddis
    4 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 9
    . . April 3: Day 9 of living in lock-down… Another late-start to my work day. Everything is temporarily upended as clients are shuffled around so we can minimise our “bubble” by reducing the number of people we help. One of my colleagues has been removed from his clients; his ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    4 days ago
  • Death to our lockdown enemies!
    We must root out the traitors among us! ...
    Imperator FishBy Scott Yorke
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: The benefits of electrification
    In order to meet our 2050 carbon target and do our bit to avoid making the Earth uninhabitable, New Zealand needs to decarbonise our economy, replacing fossil fuels with electricity in the energy, industrial and transport sectors. The good news is that it will mean cheaper power for all of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 8 (sanitised version)
    For those folk who find my other Lock-Down Diary versions too “negative” or otherwise unpalatable… Here’s a photo of a pretty flower, .   . Better? Tomorrow’s Sanitised Version: a cute animal video. . . . =fs= ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    5 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 8
    . . April 2: Day eight of living in lock-down… Today, my work day starts late. Our rosters and clients have been dramatically changed, lessening (theoretically) the number of people in our work “bubble”.  If just one of us catches covid19 the impact could be considerable as Grey Base Hospital ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    5 days ago
  • A note on apartments and bubbles
    As Aotearoa enters week two of lockdown, it’s clear we’re all still working out what our “bubbles” look like and how to stay in them to stop the spread of Covid-19. New to the government’s Covid-19 website is some good guidance for people living in apartment blocks. Recent decades have ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    5 days ago
  • Getting in futures shape 
    “There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen.” Lenin Don’t we all know that feeling now.

    Prospect Magazine alerted me to this particularly apt quote. It is a much more evocative quote than Hemingway’s “gradually then suddenly” which is also doing ...

    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    5 days ago
  • Maybe axing Clark would be unfair. But what about any of this is fair?
    Yesterday was the day the consequences of the lockdown suddenly got very real for many. Firms have been closing and laying people off since the outset of the quarantine but this has mostly been happening out of the public eye. The mass closure of a number of iconic New Zealand ...
    PunditBy Liam Hehir
    5 days ago
  • Might a ‘Coasean’ social contract mitigate overall societal harm from COVID-19?
    Brian Williamson1, Prof Nick Wilson2 (1Economic consultant, UK; 2University of Otago Wellington) In this blog, we outline how a win-win social contract could be forged to address the major dimensions of response to the COVID-19 pandemic when using a mitigation strategy: the particular need to protect older people from high ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    5 days ago
  • Returning To “Normalcy”.
    Resuming Normal Service: The Republican Party's nominee for in 1920, Warren Harding, promised the American people: “not heroics, but healing; not nostrums, but normalcy; not revolution, but restoration”. If she wishes to remain our prime minister, then Jacinda Ardern will offer New Zealanders the same.HOW EDUCATED AMERICA snickered when the ...
    5 days ago
  • New Zealand’s Government Must Save New Zealand’s Media.
    No Free Society Without A Free And Functioning News Media: If we are to surrender our civil rights to the broader cause of defeating Covid-19, then foreign corporations must, likewise, surrender their right to inflict immense economic and cultural harm on New Zealanders simply because it improves their bottom line.I’M ...
    5 days ago
  • Corona fevers and the madness of models
    by Daphna Whitmore A third of the world is under lockdown and a clear assessment of this measure to curb the spread of COVID-19 is urgently needed.  With any high-stakes decisions it has to be asked what are we dealing with here? Are the measures warranted? Will they achieve their ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • Lockdown day 8
    I haven’t done a huge amount in the last few days. I’m reading The Poppy War and I’ve sort of poked at a couple of games – I started SOMA but I’m a wimp and I quit while in the first room after the brain scan. I might try it ...
    The little pakehaBy chrismiller
    6 days ago
  • Backstage and Theatre
    The swan politicians may be gliding on the water, occasionally snapping at one another. Meanwhile, as the Covid19 crisis illustrates, the officials are desperately paddling below providing the real locomotion. One of the most fatuous recent grandstanding comments (of about a week ago), adding to the public’s anxieties, was ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    6 days ago
  • Legal Beagle: Waiver, the singular Crown and the conduct of Crown legal business
    Much has been written about the importance of discretion in an emergency situation, and the concerns raised by the potential for it to be exercised arbitrarily. Given the quality of the discussion, there seemed little point in adding to it at any length. In particular, I point to the evidence ...
    6 days ago
  • Highlights from Bauer Media’s science-related reporting
    Today has felt surreal. I was all set to touch base online with my science communication students when a colleague shared the news that Bauer Media would be shutting down its publications immediately. The first link I saw implied it was Woman’s Weekly affected, and even that shocked me. But ...
    SciBlogsBy Sarah-Jane O'Connor
    6 days ago
  • Outsiders.
    Bogeymen, Real And Imagined: Is the number of psychopathic and sociopathic individuals in any given society truly as vanishingly small as we like to tell ourselves? Isn’t it more likely that the mass-shooters and serial-killers filling the headlines represent only the tip of a much, much larger iceberg of frightfulness? ...
    6 days ago
  • We have a right to know the rules we are expected to obey
    Outgoing Police Commissioner Mike Bush appeared before the Epidemic Response Committee today, who asked him for the rules police are using to enforce the lockdown. He refused:Police Commissioner Mike Bush has admitted the advice given to Kiwis about what they're able to do during the lockdown hasn't been clear enough. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 7 (sanitised version)
    For those folk who find my other Lock-Down Diary versions too “negative” or otherwise unpalatable… Here’s a photo of my cat, . . Better? Tomorrow’s Sanitised Version: a pretty flower. . . . =fs= ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    6 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 7
    . . April 1: Day seven of living in lock-down… This morning I had a brief chat with one of my neighbours, “D” (social distance between us, a good three or four metres). I learned he had resigned from his previous job and had been hired by another company – ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    6 days ago
  • RIP The Listener, New Zealand’s pioneering voice
    Funnily enough, my thought as I start this post is whether it will be well written enough. Or should that be well enough written? Because so much of what I know about good writing came from my two stints at The Listener, which this morning was shut down due to ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    6 days ago
  • OK, Britney: stop sniping at National for doing its job
    With normal democratic procedures in abeyance, there were two ways to go. First, it was open for the government to dissolve itself and invite the National Party to join a ministry of national salvation. That would have lessened the democratic deficit of the times by having a team of rivals without ...
    PunditBy Liam Hehir
    6 days ago
  • Helpful tips for parents during lockdown
    Dr Kirsty Ross Children and young people can respond differently in times of distress. This also varies by age and developmental stage, with younger children having more magical and imaginative thinking, and older children having more awareness and knowledge of the issues our communities are facing (which brings up ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    6 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #13, 2020
    7 days ago
  • Hungary is now a dictatorship
    Hungary has been a virtual dictatorship for a decade now, as Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has gradually eroded its democracy. But now, its official, with the passage of an indefinite emergency law allowing rule by decree:Hungary’s parliament has passed a new set of coronavirus measures that includes jail terms for ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • A new Ministry of Works
    While the economy is on pause under lockdown, the government is beginning to plan how to cope with the post-lockdown, post-tourism, post-export education world we will eventually find ourselves in. They're planning a lot of infrastructure spending as economic stimulus, and have asked for proposals which can start the moment ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Capture: Well spaced out
    It's my distraction,  setting up tiny scenes to photograph.  I've got stuck on the Babushka dolls for now.  Something about their bubble shape.  Something about their never changing, smiling features, suggesting persistent equanimity.  Can we get through everything that is being thrown at us and keep at least a tiny ...
    1 week ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 6
    . . March 31: Day six of living in lock-down… This time I managed to sleep a little longer and the alarm woke me at the pre-set time: 6.55am. Then remembered I was working a later shift and could’ve slept in. Oh well, there are things to do at home. ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • March ’20 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
    Image credit: Diamond Harbour School Blogs I notice a few regulars no longer allow public access to the site counters. This may happen accidentally when the blog format is altered. If your blog is unexpectedly missing or ...
    1 week ago
  • Hard News: Poll Pot and the partisans
    Yesterday's Horizon poll showing support for a "Yes" vote in this year's cannabis referendum sliding into the majority for the first time in a year looked like good news for reformers – and it probably is. But the result warrants some scrutiny.The poll is the fifth in a series commissioned ...
    1 week ago
  • Why those bubbles are so important
    For almost a week now, every one of us who isn’t an essential worker has been confined to their bubble. We are allowed to go shopping for groceries, to visit the doctor, and to get a bit of exercise if we stay local. The reason we are doing this is ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    1 week ago
  • A Government System That Works
    The Covid-19 saga will no doubt produce many twists and turns for us before it is finally brought to an end. But one thing it has shown us – and what comfort it should bring us – is that our country’s government is in good hands. I am not thinking ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • Smashing down the barriers: Where are we at with COVID vaccines?
    In the absence of a vaccine or a cure for a deadly disease, staying home in your bubble is what you do, the concept is not new.  To the best of my knowledge last time we did this in NZ was for polio, in the years before a vaccine came ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    1 week ago
  • National Network on Cuba (USA): “Cuban medical solidarity is a pillar of its society and is founde...
    The following statement was released on March 28 by the National Network on Cuba, a coalition of 40 groups, based in the United States. In recent weeks, Cuba has deployed hundreds of medical providers to over a dozen countries in Europe, Asia, as well as to their neighbors in Latin ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Alarming decrease in calves increases fears for endangered Hector’s dolphin
    This has been a terrible summer for Hector’s dolphins. The first indication was very low numbers of dolphin sightings during late spring and early summer. The Otago University Marine Mammal Research Team has carried out routine dolphin surveys at Banks Peninsula for more than 30 years. In all that time, ...
    SciBlogsBy Otago Marine Science
    1 week ago
  • Time for Grant Robertson to reveal package #2?
    On March 17, Finance Minister Grant Robertson was quick out of the blocks with an economic rescue package to help businesses through the inevitable recession resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. Robertson had pulled together a scheme in short order that so far seems to have saved many jobs. In his ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    1 week ago
  • Saving lives
    The purpose of the lockdown is to save lives, by reducing the spread of covid-19. We won't know if its really working for another week, but given the devastation that will result if it doesn't - 14,000 dead is the optimistic scenario - its definitely worth trying. But pausing the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 5
    . . March 30: Day five of living in lock-down… Woke up still in darkness. Alarm hadn’t gone off. Turn to radio clock; it’s a few minutes after 6am… I lie there in the dark, waiting to drift off to sleep… but it ain’t happening. Clock ticks over to 6.55 ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Les Gray: the man who told the truth
    The story of Les Gray, the public sector psychologist who told the truth about his use of cannabis and set off a storm, has a special place in the lore of cannabis reform in New Zealand.When Paul Shannon interviewed Gray for the 'Dope and Hope' issue of Planet magazine in ...
    1 week ago
  • Why now? Historical specificity and the perfect storm that has created trans identity politics
    by Phil Duncan For Marxists, a key concern about social trends is their context – not just their causes, but why they happen when they do.  Events and phenomena have causes, but they also are time or period-specific. While much of the left have capitulated recently to postmodernism, most notably ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Time for a living wage for supermarket workers
    Since the lockdown began, we've all suddenly been reminded who the actually essential workers in our society are: not the people at the top who pay themselves the big bucks and rort the perks, but the people at the bottom they screw over and squeeze: cleaners, warehouse staff, truck drivers ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Hard News: MUSIC: Lockdown Grooves
    Kia ora! As I've watched nearly all my remaining work vanish over the past couple of days, it has occured to me that one good way to keep me away from arguing with fools on Twitter all the time (in the knowledge that all we're really doing is processing our ...
    1 week ago
  • A place of greater safety?
    Aotearoa New Zealand has committed to trying to extirpate the virus that causes COVID-19 from its shores. To do that, as a society we’ve moved to “Level 4”. That means adapting to unprecedented restrictions on our personal freedoms, particularly to our rights to move freely and associate with friends and ...
    PunditBy Andrew Geddis
    1 week ago
  • The police and public trust
    When the Prime Minister declared a state of emergency last week, she handed the police powers to enforce it. And almost immediately, we started hearing about heavy-handed, arbitrary "enforcement" by police who (at best) cared more about order than law, or (more likely) had no idea what the rules were ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 4
    . . Lock Down: Day 4 – A photo essay with observations . March 29: Usual wake up routine as RNZ snaps on my radio-clock. Jim Mora’s voice slowly enters my conciousness; there’s talk of a second wave of covid19 taking hold in South Korea; the week in Parliament – ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • COVID-19 vs New Zealand
    Yesterday, New Zealand recorded its first Covid-19 related death on the West Coast. Unfortunately this is unlikely to be the only fatality, with the virus now being found in every region of the country.However despite the significant danger, people are still unfortunately breaching lockdown rules.There’s really only one main very ...
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #13
    Story of the Week... Toon of the Week... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Claim Review... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week... Story of the Week... ‘Misinformation kills’: The link between coronavirus conspiracies and climate denial   Grist / Rob Kim / Stringer / CSA Images  Scientific ...
    1 week ago

  • New Zealand to provide assistance to Vanuatu following Tropical Cyclone Harold
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has announced an initial package of support to help the people and the Government of Vanuatu respond to the impact of Tropical Cyclone Harold. “Our Pacific neighbours have been hit by a Category 5 Cyclone at the same time as dealing with the economic impacts ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    46 mins ago
  • Planning for the future of tourism
    Tourism New Zealand to lead work reimagining the way tourism operates in post-COVID-19 world. Ministers to review International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy investment plan. The Government, industry and business are working together to develop a plan for how tourism will operate in a post-COVID-19 world, Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 hours ago
  • NZ horticulture sector feeding Kiwis and the world during COVID-19
    More New Zealanders are taking up the chance to work in horticulture as the sector keeps New Zealanders fed and in jobs during the COVID-19 Alert Level 4 lockdown. “Our horticulture sector has long been one of New Zealand’s export star performers, contributing around $6 billion a year to our ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • Work to repurpose PGF funds begins
    The Provincial Development Unit is working through applications and projects to see where Provincial Growth Fund money can be repurposed for initiatives deemed more critical to fighting the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says. “We need to be throwing everything we have at ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    23 hours ago
  • A million workers supported by Govt wage subsidy
    The Government’s wage subsidy to protect jobs and keep workers and businesses connected during the lockdown has now supported over a million New Zealanders, with $6.6 billion already paid out. “We’re supporting businesses to pay wages, and stay connected with their workers so that we are all in a better ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Government helps Pacific communities fight COVID
    The Government is stepping up efforts to help protect New Zealand’s Pacific communities in the fight against COVID-19. Cabinet has agreed that $17 million will be allocated to support a COVID-19 Pacific Response Package, which will: Support Pacific health and disability services facing increased demand; Ramp up public health messaging ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Statement from the Prime Minister on Dr David Clark
    “Yesterday evening the Health Minister advised me of his trip to a beach during the lockdown and offered his resignation,” Jacinda Ardern said.  “Under normal conditions I would sack the Minister of Health. What he did was wrong, and there are no excuses.  “But right now, my priority is our ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Statement from David Clark
    Last night as part of my preparation for the Epidemic Response Committee, I provided the Prime Minister with a complete picture of my activity outside my home during Alert Level 4.  That included the fact that on the first weekend of the Alert Level 4 lockdown I drove my family ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • COVID-19 mental health support begins
    A range of support is being rolled out across New Zealand to help people look after their mental health during COVID-19 Health Minister David Clark said this morning. “COVID-19 has brought a lot of uncertainty into our lives and many of us will be feeling some level of distress or ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • New Zealanders in Peru to be assisted by Government charter flight
    The New Zealand Government has made arrangements to charter a flight for New Zealanders stranded in Peru to depart the country, following agreement with the Chilean government to allow the necessary transit through Chile, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters announced today. “Like many travellers around the world at the moment, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • COVID-19 Hospital Preparation Well Advanced
    Hospital preparations for COVID-19 are well advanced says Health Minister David Clark. “Hospitals across New Zealand are repurposing buildings and training staff to get ready for COVID-19 patients. This gives me confidence that we are well prepared for any potential increase in COVID-19 patients needing hospital level care,” said David ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Further measures to support businesses
    The Government will be introducing legislation to make changes to the Companies Act to help companies facing insolvency due to COVID-19 to remain viable and keep New Zealanders in jobs. The temporary changes include: Giving directors of companies facing significant liquidity problems because of COVID-19 a ‘safe harbour’ from insolvency ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Govt’s COVID plan, economic strength recognised
    The Government’s plan to cushion the blow of COVID-19 by supporting incomes, jobs and businesses, and position the economy to recover has been backed by another international report. International credit rating agency Moody’s today reaffirmed its highest Aaa credit rating on New Zealand, saying the economy is expected to remain ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Funding certainty for sports through COVID-19
    National sports organisations have been given certainty of funding to ensure they can remain viable through the COVID-19 pandemic, Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson announced today. “The global spread of COVID-19 has had a significant impact on sport and recreation in New Zealand, including the cancellation or postponement of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Butchers now allowed to process pork
    Changes have been made to allow butchers to process pork, only for supply to supermarkets or other processors or retailers that are open, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has announced. “We carefully weighed the risk of allowing butchers to open their shops for retail customers, but the risk of spreading COVID-19 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Essential workers leave scheme established
    Essential workers who take leave from work to comply with public health guidance are being supported with a leave scheme to ensure they will continue to receive income, say the Minister of Workplace Relations and Safety Iain Lees-Galloway and Minister for Social Development, Carmel Sepuloni. A number of essential businesses ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Govt WhatsApp helps share COVID-19 information
    A Government WhatsApp channel has been launched to help make information more easily accessible and shareable in the fight against COVID-19. Govt.NZ, which is free to use on any mobile device, will carry information and news for the public, businesses, healthcare providers, not for profits and local government. It can ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Managed departure plan for stranded foreign nationals enables safe, orderly exit
    The Government has announced a plan to enable the safe, orderly exit of tens of thousands of stranded foreign nationals from New Zealand during the current COVID-19 Alert Level 4 restrictions, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Winston Peters has said. “When we moved into lockdown a week ago, the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government delivers COVID-19 support to GPs and Pharmacies
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says the Government is delivering on its commitment to support general practice doctors and nurses, and pharmacies on the front-line of our fight against COVID-19. "For us to overcome COVID-19, we need community health services such as general practice and community pharmacy to step up ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Susan Thomas the new Chief High Court Judge
    Justice Susan Thomas has been appointed Chief High Court Judge, Attorney-General David Parker announced today.  She replaces Justice Geoffrey Venning who has resigned from the position.   David Parker paid tribute to Justice Venning, who he said had stewarded the High Court very capably over the last five years.   “On behalf ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Business Finance Guarantee – applications open
    Businesses can start applying to their banks for loans under the Business Finance Guarantee Scheme set up to support the New Zealand economy during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’re moving quickly to protect New Zealand businesses, jobs and the economy during this unprecedented global economic shock,” Finance Minister Grant Robertson said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Work starts on ways to fast-track consents to boost recovery from Covid-19 downturn
    Work is underway looking at measures to speed up consents for development and infrastructure projects during the recovery from COVID 19, to provide jobs and stimulate our economy.  Environment Minister David Parker said the COVID-19 pandemic is a serious global crisis that will have a wide ranging and lasting impact ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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  • Advance payments to support contractors
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  • COVID-19: Further steps to protect New Zealanders’ jobs
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  • COVID-19 updates
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