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Is Michelle Boag advising Derek Handley?

Written By: - Date published: 11:58 am, September 28th, 2018 - 79 comments
Categories: jacinda ardern, labour, Media, national, Simon Bridges, spin - Tags: ,

This is the interesting question being posed by Richard Harman at Politik (paid access).

The basis of his claim is that on Monday night Boag texted him seeking Politik’s email address. He then received an email from Auckland PR consultant, Julie Landry, who is the PR representative for Derek Handley as well as a file of Handley’s email and text exchanges with Clare Curran and Ardern.  Derek Handley has refused to deny that Boag is helping him.

This adds an interesting complication to the matter although I am still full of a sense of Meh.

As I am by the revelations in this morning’s Herald. Lucy Bennett reported as follows:

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern took a close interest in the government’s chief technology officer recruitment, receiving updates on the process from then Digital Services Minister Clare Curran, documents show.

The Government has today released a large tranche of documents related to the botched recruitment of entrepreneur Derek Handley for the role of government chief technology officer.

Handley will receive $107,000 in compensation after being offered the CTO role, only for the position to be scrapped before he started.

The files also show that Handley met with a senior Labour Party official, and had contact with the Prime Minister’s office, last year.

The Whatsapp exchange shows the Prime Minister took an active interest in the appointment and was across the detail.

The document dump also shows that as far back as November last year, Handley was in touch with Ardern and offering his services.

What revelations, someone with IT industry experience offered to help the Government, Ardern was across the detail and receiving updates on what one of her Ministers was doing and Nigel Haworth met with the person offering to help the Government.  And Ardern knew Handley.  It is New Zealand.  Everyone knows everyone.

Meanwhile Simon Bridges thinks that heaven is shining its favour on National and took joy at the number of supposed scandals facing the Government.  I take it that if the economy crashed he would wet his pants.  I bet he is deeply disappointed that business confidence has recently rebounded.

And what is it with National using biblical references and shoring up its country boy shooter support this week?

79 comments on “Is Michelle Boag advising Derek Handley? ”

  1. Michelle Boag would have salivated at any opportunity to embarrass Jacinda.
    So she made herself “useful?”…

    Given Handley’s behaviour in this, I think we dodged a bullet.

    • Louis 1.1

      We did.

    • AB 1.2

      Seems so. Handley appears to have posthumously (as it were) failed the sort of good character test you would want your future employees to pass.
      To date I have seen nothing that indicates he isn’t one of a plentiful supply of techno-narcissists with hugely inflated sense of his own expertise. (Or ‘skulls’ as we call them in NZ)

      • Chuck 1.2.1

        “Handley sat on the sidelines and says he was waiting for the Government to clear things up.”

        “Asked how the situation had affected him personally, a visibly upset Handley said: “It’s unsettling and it’s been hard and I wouldn’t wish it on anybody.”

        https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=12130986

        Hiring a PR consultant and releasing communications seems reasonable in the circumstances.

        From comments here, the “left” have turned on Handley…it seems he did not go away quietly as a nice boy should.

        Clare Curran is like a tornado leaving utter devastation in her former portfolios.

        • shadrach 1.2.1.1

          Hi Chuck

          I am not from ‘the left’. If I was Handley the last person on God’s earth I would be hiring would be Michele Boag. It is my view the government have handled this entire matter appallingly, but Handley has done himself far more reputational damage in recent days than anything the government had or has done.

          • Chuck 1.2.1.1.1

            Boag is a very polarising figure and not my first choice as a consultant! (mind you not based on her ability, rather her toxic profile in some quarters).

            As is evident with this post, MS and others are using the Boag factor to beat Handley around the head…for no other reason than they detest Boag. Which is I guess what you are saying shadrach…

            • shadrach 1.2.1.1.1.1

              Using the Boag factor to beat Handley around the head would be ok, if that’s where it stopped, simply because anyone who goes near Boag deserves anything they get IMHO. But if your point is that the Boag factor is being used to deflect from the governments inept handling of the entire matter, then I agree with you.

    • Anne 1.3

      I think we dodged a bullet.

      Sure looks like it. Thanks Megan. 🙂

      • tc 1.3.1

        Clearly dodged a bullet as this is a common occurrence at this level for such a public facing role.

        A decent IT pro sucks it up and carries on to the next opportunity especially with what many would consider undeserved cash in hand.

        NZ is a small village and he’s effectively shit in the square after seemingly taking advice from the last village wrecking crews mates….not the wisest of moves IMO.

  2. Draco T Bastard 2

    Handley will receive $107,000 in compensation after being offered the CTO role, only for the position to be scrapped before he started.

    One wonders how that is even remotely justifiable.

    And what is it with National using biblical references

    Conservatives around the world are Christian and go to church regularly and so this would be catering to that bias despite the fact that it appears to be nothing more than camouflage the same way that Mafia dons give to charity.

    • Louis 2.1

      Yes wondered that myself, it was verbal there was no signed contract.

      • Dukeofurl 2.1.1

        A contract doesnt need to be signed for it to be valid. They offered a job and he accepted. However a verbal contract wouldnt have all the bells and whistles of a full employment contract.

        • Draco T Bastard 2.1.1.1

          Ten or twenty thousand maybe without a signed contract but more than 95% of the population get for a year? And he didn’t even do anything and the position hadn’t even started.

          • Dukeofurl 2.1.1.1.1

            A signed contract doesnt make any difference to the amount he would get when they went back on an agreement.
            What would having started the job make it different? Just because it a lot of money for most people doesnt matter either, it has to be proportionate for the salary they were offering.

    • srylands 2.2

      It was a 400k job. 3 months salary for unilateral termination without cause is pretty standard. Derek certainly deserves this compensation. I wish him good luck.

    • shadrach 2.3

      Hi Draco

      In light of your final paragraph, I had to laugh when looking up Mickey’s link (https://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/on-air/the-country/audio/simon-bridges-heaven-is-shining-its-favour-on-the-national-party/) and at the bottom of the article saw this:

      https://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/on-air/the-country/audio/winston-peters-i-would-pick-religion-over-science/.

      BTW I consider myself a conservative, and I am a Christian and go to Church regularly, and for the record I also find Bridges dog whistling irritating. There are far better ways of criticizing the government than he seems to be able to muster.

    • JohnSelway 2.4

      “Conservatives around the world are Christian”

      Very broad generalisation there. One glaring example is the philosophy of Ayn Rand – conservatives love her economic “rugged individualism” and she was an avowed atheist.
      Then you have people like P.J. O’Rouke and Roger Stone who are conservative anti-heroes and neither are Christian.

      Also very country specific – conservatives in the Middle East are Muslim for example.

      • Draco T Bastard 2.4.1

        What, you don’t think all those Evangelicals that vote Republican are Christians?

        Well, neither do I which is why I called it camouflage.

    • SHG 2.5

      And what is it with National using biblical references

      We speak English. The most important work in that language is the King James Bible. You’d be amazed at how many everyday phrases and sayings are lifted from it.

      That said, I think to be accurate to the KJV Bridges should have said “grace”, not “favour”.

      • shadrach 2.5.1

        “You’d be amazed at how many everyday phrases and sayings are lifted from it. ”

        Yes indeed. There is nothing new under the sun, eh.

      • Sacha 2.5.2

        “Bridges should have said ‘grace’, not ‘favour’.”

        He is probably more familiar with the latter.

      • Draco T Bastard 2.5.3

        The most important work in that language is the King James Bible.

        Personally, I think The Hobbit is more important. Got more morality in it for sure.

        That said, I think to be accurate to the KJV Bridges should have said “grace”, not “favour”.

        National, like all corrupt organisations, work on favours.

  3. Tiger Mountain 3

    $100,000 or so, to swerve this tool obtaining a position of influence looks well worth it

    the government really needs to get a handle on their political management–“they”, as in the Nat dirty tricks dept.–are totally, definitely, out to get you

  4. Delia 4

    Sounds like the usual dirty politics.

  5. SaveNZ 5

    The whole thing is strange and weird and keeps getting stranger and weirder.

    Firstly Handley was the driver in cc his CV and conversations about jobs to Jacinda Ardern, with his CV not the other way around.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/107341529/jilted-cto-candidate-derek-handley-disappointed-by-lack-of-explanation-from-government

    To my mind this is pretty inappropriate from Handley and falls into the strange category. Maybe fine in US or Hong Kong, but nepotism is supposedly still frowned on here.

    It then raises the point, is it a good idea to have the government role with a person who has difficulty understanding complexity of appropriateness? Are they going to be firing off txts and tweets inappropriate networking opportunities while officially representing the government?

    Then he had citizenship issues, that the government solved for him.

    Then, Handley is far from being “superbly qualified for a job” has no real qualifications for the job. He has never been a CTO before, nor does he have any technical qualifications in IT or certifications in that area. His degrees are in Bachelor of building science, architecture, design and environmental science, with post grad is commerce, finance, management and entrepreneurship.

    If the job was for some sort of entrepreneurship then he would be a fit, but it is confusing and pretty much an insult and sends the wrong message to NZ business to hire a government CTO and make him fit the role, suggesting that anyone who can start a successful company and be on multiple boards and networking opportunities and can then somehow morph by magic into a government CTO. Probably explains why government IT is so appalling when the tech guy is the money guy, actually.

    The NZ public sector management folly is perfectly described in this:

    https://www.pundit.co.nz/content/is-there-public-service-in-our-public-service

    When it comes to real tech, Handley being on boards like Sky TV for 5 years clearly did not pay off for them because Sky TV are about to be obsolete by better technology.

    Or sustainability advisory board of Air NZ, again more of a ‘touchy feely’ mock role, than actually making the airline more sustainable.

    In typical NZ style, those neoliberals at public service management and our own big corporations have zero idea what’s going on, and just get excited about anybody who makes money from tech, flits in an out of exciting sounding opportunities overseas, or says they work with Richard Branson on their CV.

    This describes the sad state of management in NZ as well as the sad state of government IT when business in NZ can’t even understand the basics, and they feel they can just have some tech gloss instead of tech substance and a name alone or a few ideas is going to work out.

    The Warehouse recently had to part ways with one of it’s recent executive hires, also low on technical qualifications fit but high on self hype, who reportedly went about arrogantly insulting people and now reportedly 4 lawsuits ensues..

    It was right they did not proceed with the CTO role with Handley as it was never going to be a good fit. They needed to employ him into a different networking/entrepreneurship type role, not a technical role.

    It has not worked out well for anybody and shows glaring problems with government recruitment and public service appointments, their lack of understanding of technology, and their neoliberal approach as pointed out by the Brian Eastern link problems stemming from the 1980’s .

    • SaveNZ 5.1

      It’s like Susan Devoy is a great sports person but eye roll when she starts heading the human rights commission. Putting people into roles just because they have had some success previously in other areas, is a very neoliberal folly, partly because they systems don’t value people with tangible and deep expertise in areas but think anyone who made a buck, can be on the board or executive team or senior role and you make the role ‘fit them’.

      Putting in a person like Susan Devoy also shows the government of the time (Natz) had little interest in human rights and did not value human rights people in NZ at the time who were looked over, just like the appearance of Handley in the role sends the same message that deep skills in tech are less important in technology than who you know.

      So many NZ companies have all their management and governance devoted to accountants, lawyers, political appointments and networkers and nobodies with big name CV’s, than value having diverse deep skills and collaboration with other with deep varied practical skills across companies and government.

  6. ianmac 6

    A few hundred years ago Michelle Boag would have been burnt at the stake as a Wicked Witch.

  7. Kat 7

    It comes down to trust. Who would you trust, Jacinda Ardern or any one connected with the National opposition.

    • JohnSelway 7.1

      “Who would you trust, Jacinda Ardern or any one connected with the National opposition.”

      Remember Handley is very well connected with Ardern

      • Muttonbird 7.1.1

        I don’t think that is true. She knows him, but “very well connected”? I don’t think so.

        • JohnSelway 7.1.1.1

          Well – his connection with National seems to be only with Boag so pretty tenuous to say he is “connected” with National when he also has Arderns personal email and phone number.

          This whole thing is just guilt by association.

          (BTW – just for the record…I think Boag is an awful awful person.)

      • Kat 7.1.2

        “very well connected” really; first cousin, second cousin, kissing cousins, old school friend, pen pals, ex boyfriend, old flat mate, past colleague, business acquaintance…………… or just connected in a friendly way that Jacinda Ardern is with literally hundreds of people.

    • Ngungukai 7.2

      Likewise who would you trust Michelle Boag or Jacinda Adern ?

  8. Michelle 8

    connected via cellphone more like it

  9. SPC 9

    100,000 to charity and saving $300,000 for the rest of the year on a job that is for what exactly?

    Not exactly a bad outcome, apart from the poor process to get there.

    It appears to be like the chief science officer, but outside the PM’s department and reporting to a Minister – thus extra office costs. And the person would hire consultants, organise gatherings of those in this area to get expert feedback – just be a conduit anyhow. The Minister can do that themselves. Her ministry can hire an administrator for much less to do the facilitating groundwork involved.

    • SaveNZ 9.1

      @ SPC, exactly, like many in the public service they hired or this case sort of hired then changed their mind, a person who is an intermediary.

      No deep skills in tech, no real understanding of NZ having been out for so long and really just a cushy job to be able to fly around on the tax payers dollar attending conferences and self promoting, and having something on the CV, while getting private consultants to offer the deeper IT expertise.

      Jacinda has become known as being a more thrifty operator of the public purse, maybe this is another one of her decisions to simplify?

      Saying that you have to feel for the Handley, he went through a lot to get this role, and then it’s turned into a disaster. I don’t think he was working for the Natz, but now seems to be used by them. Of course you would be upset to be treated the way he was by a complicated, time consuming and flawed recruitment process that ultimately failed to deliver or even notice that the job title and skills match were slim or that an applicant txting and/or meeting government ministers and the PM was not a good look.

      NZ though is too small to continue to have so many go betweens and management layers. They are better to have someone who actually could give the government deep technical advice in the role, than make a mockery of the role.

      • tc 9.1.1

        +100 yeah I reckon he’s being played. This shit happens all the time and taking the PR route is a double edged sword he will probably be cut more than anyone else.

        Employment lawyers sure that happens often and it’s all sorted with disclosure deals but PR consultants……throw petrol here please.

  10. Graeme 10

    Reading through the timeline in this piece https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/107341529/jilted-cto-candidate-derek-handley-disappointed-by-lack-of-explanation-from-government h/t shadrak

    On 7/9/18 “DIA advise DH that Conflict of Interest Management plan agreed on 22nd August will need to be updated”

    Then on 10/9/18 “DIA advise DH Minister Chris Hipkins (CH) would like to speak CH calls DH at 3pm to discuss role and ask DH’s views on “‘headwinds” the role is facing – DH reiterates full commitment to role and need to follow through ASAP given long silence CH advises decision will be made within 48 hours on how to proceed”

    Something not quite right about Mr Handley appears to have come to light very late in the recruitment process. The timeline, which appears to be based on the information he provided, shows that he pursued this position vigorously. For what ends, and what where the “headwinds”? Did these refer to Mr Handley personally?

  11. mosa 11

    Can Handley do the country a favour and put Boag back in her coffin and return to Manhattan where he will be appreciated.
    Oh and take Horrible Hosking with him because he is miserable with life here living under a Labour coalition government.
    Jacinda on a bad day is much better than John Key on a good day… any day in Aotearoa.

  12. Incognito 12

    What on Earth does Handley need ‘PR advice’ for!? Does he need help with writing & formatting his CV? Does he need advice on what to wear to job interviews? Is the Boag Collective a careers advisor? Is Derek after Simon’s job??

    • Anne 12.1

      What on Earth does Handley need ‘PR advice’ for!?

      Oh, I expect it’s the in-thing among the beautiful people to have their own PR guy or gal.

      • Incognito 12.1.1

        Oh, just like a personal trainer, interior designer/decorator or a colour consultant then? And please don’t get me started on grooming services (e.g. waxing, massaging, botoxing, suctioning, acupuncturing, etc.) or mindfulness gurus and lifestyle coaches. Then again, we live in the epoch of the Self so it’s all good.

        • Anne 12.1.1.1

          And don’t forget the personal psychotherapist, group therapy sessions, self awareness classes and ‘learning to be a leader not a follower’.

          I know someone who has been through all of the above and after spending many thousands of dollars… she’s exactly the same as she was before she started.

          • Incognito 12.1.1.1.1

            So true, sadly. Many of us look for ways to grow & develop but often go about it in ways that don’t really challenge us or take us out of comfort zones. Rather, our ‘experiences’ confirm our (biased) views of the world and of ourselves. It’s a little bit like going on a tour bus somewhere new, getting off the bus, taking photos, getting back on the bus, going home and then somehow feeling ‘changed’ and ‘enriched’ by the whole ‘experience’, metaphorically speaking. [NB this an important qualifier, which is why I emphasised it]

        • Patricia Bremner 12.1.1.2

          Thanks Incognito. I had this sense of it, but you nailed it!!

  13. newsense 13

    Hang on, basically the entire tech sector said he was a prat right?

    Herald deep in PR dollars, running meaningless dirty politics bs.

    Guy wasnt suitable for job complains. End of story.

    • Ross 13.1

      Guy wasnt suitable for job complains. End of story.

      But Curran thought he was eminently suitable and the PM apparently agreed. What does that say about their judgment if we can see what they can’t?

      • Graeme 13.1.1

        Going by the timeline in this https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/107341529/jilted-cto-candidate-derek-handley-disappointed-by-lack-of-explanation-from-government a conflict of interest came to light very late in the process, as in after the appointment had been made. This looks to have been the reason the appointment was terminated.

        The minister and PM, up to this point would have had to respect the appointment process. It also appears that Handley pursued the position, rather than being “headhunted” by the minister or PM.

        But really, the job description for this position should have required cat herding as a key capability. https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=12132193

        • Ross 13.1.1.1

          I doubt that conflicts of interest were a problem. Curran’s secret squirrel behaviour simply gave the Government a convenient excuse to can the position. But the SSC says the process was robust so the appointment could’ve proceeded. Why didn’t it? The Government likely had concerns about Handley’s fit for the role and or whether the role was actually necessary.

          As Handley says, the way he’s been treated could discourage others from applying for senior roles in the public sector. That’s the most disappointinging thing from this fiasco.

          • Graeme 13.1.1.1.1

            From the timeline in the first link,

            On 7/9/18 “DIA advise DH that Conflict of Interest Management plan agreed on 22nd August will need to be updated”

            Then on 10/9/18 “DIA advise DH Minister Chris Hipkins (CH) would like to speak CH calls DH at 3pm to discuss role and ask DH’s views on “‘headwinds” the role is facing – DH reiterates full commitment to role and need to follow through ASAP given long silence CH advises decision will be made within 48 hours on how to proceed”

            Something came up.

            Reality is that it was going to be very difficult to find someone suitable for the position who wasn’t conflicted in reality and perception, and who could have the confidence of industry and government.

          • Anne 13.1.1.1.2

            Curran’s secret squirrel behaviour simply gave the Government a convenient excuse to can the position.

            Agree it is as simple as that.

            Megan Woods identified the problem… she canned the whole shemozzle so they could go back to the start and and reappraise exactly what they wanted. When this was ascertained, they could start looking for suitable persons for the position which might or might not include this Handley fellow.

            Mind you, I think he’s probably done his chips in by releasing the emails.

            • veutoviper 13.1.1.1.2.1

              Well summarised.

              The draft job description was totally nebulous – and, in addition. apparently crossed over and/or conflicted with several other IT high level positions already existing within government.

              So good on Megan Woods for her decisiveness and urgency in dealing with the situation. She is one Minister who is impressing me (along with Tracey Martin), but I am concerned at the heavy load some of the better ones are currently carrying.

  14. Ngungukai 14

    Jacinda has definitely dodged a bullet with her name written on it ?

    • shadrach 14.1

      …fired by one of her own ministers!

    • Wayne 14.2

      If Derek has got the actual job, he would have been a great enthusiast for the role and the government. Apart from the politics around Curran (which became all consuming) the issue seems to have come down to what the role entailed. Was it as a “futurist”, which if you ever have heard Derek speak, he is very good at, or more of a technical role.
      The former aspect of Derek no doubt impressed the PM, but it seeems various people in the sector wanted a more technical person.
      Anyway whatever you think, it is pretty obvious that Derek is seriously pissed off at his treatment.
      Whatever you think, he is a New Zealander and wanted to come back, with his family (who are also New Zealanders – born and bred). This whole business has made that really hard, which I imagine is why he has reacted the way he has. After all politicians and governments come and go, but your identity with your country goes much longer.
      I think people should be a little less critical, don’t just look at this issue solely through politics, and understand that peoples lives (the way they live them) are involved.

      • SPC 14.2.1

        I’m sure he will be a useful addition to the National caucus (sarc) after choosing a leader whose values were formed a few generations before his birth.

        But as you say being competent as a “futurist” (for mine his education is that which prepares him for work in the modern economy) is not synonomous with being at the cutting edge in technology. He is an all rounder for whom the job would have kept him up to date with technology developments – by being a conduit to assist in providing such information to those in government (looking at the wider economic future).

        If the government wants someone to actually look over their technology, adminster improvement and plan for future upgrade they needed to look elsewhere.

  15. alwyn 15

    I feel rather sorry for the guy. He is the 2018 equivalent of Owen Glenn.

    Remember how he gave $500,000 to the Labour Party and he was considered to be Mr Wonderful.
    Then he had the cheek to confirm that he had given Winston a great deal of money, $100,000 plus if I remember correctly and Winston denied ever asking for it. As usual Winston was lying. Glenn had done it because the Head of the New Zealand Labour Party had asked him to. And he could and did prove it.
    Now we had an embarrassing situation for the Labour Party and their crooked little partner Winston and Glenn had to go. He was denigrated by every man and his dog on the left of politics.
    Then when he donated a huge amount to the Business School at AU Helen Clark, who turned up to bask in the limelight, refused to even greet him and Mallard was delegated to intercept Glenn if he got within about 10 metres of her.
    Poor guy. He learned the hard way that you should never expect friendship or loyalty from a politician. Any politician. The have never ever heard of you if it doesn’t suit them.
    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10529658

    Now Handley is getting the same lesson. Who? says the PM. Never heard of him. Never spoke to him. Smear him as he is turning into an embarrassment for me.
    And all the little camp followers on sites like this join in the sh*t throwing.
    Why? Because he told the truth and demonstrated that politicians, from every side, will lie if they think it is advantageous. Loyalty is demanded upwards but it is never reciprocated down.
    I have no opinion on his ability. I don’t know him. What I do know is that Curran and Ardern are lying about what went on and until Handley vanishes from public view they are going to continue to lie about the matter.
    Handley is road kill.

    • Muttonbird 15.1

      Dry your eyes.

      Handley is used to looking after number one. He will be fine.

    • shadrach 15.2

      Hi Alwyn

      Yes, I agree that the government are rinsing Handley, and that the PM’s assertions about her relationship to Handley seem disingenuous. However Handley has made his own bed.

      1. He tried to use his past connections with the PM for his own benefit. It is a matter of record he wanted to return to NZ permanently, and he seems to have been trying to use the PM’s influence to secure a cushy little earner back home.
      2. When the appointment process went south, he chose to go public. That is his right, of course, but at the time he went public, I’m not aware of anything that was damaging to him.
      3. As the public became more aware of the debacle of the governments handling of the process, Handley went to a public relations guru with known National party links, and someone who has, lets just say, ‘history’. That smells of something more than just protecting his good name.

      The government have screwed this up monumentally, and it isn’t only Curran. But Handley is, in my view, close to his own worst enemy. My sympathy for him is limited.

  16. SaveNZ 16

    It’s even weirder, more info comes to light. Clare Curren rejected 60 applicants, had a secret meeting with Handley and then rejected another 79 international applicants to somehow end up with a guy who isn’t technical at all, and questionable what level of advice he would be giving, based on being on the board of Sky TV, which is losing both customers and revenue apparently due to having missed shift to internet streaming.. Are the government tech morons or are they just morons? Def good idea to get rid of Clare Curren she clearly she didn’t learn from radio NZ, but Megan Woods isn’t going to ease the situation. Note to tech industry (and media) avoid government ministers approaching you for private meetings… likely to later cost you your job and public humiliation.

    • December 19, 2017: The Government first advertises the $500,000-a-year chief technology officer role.

    • February 12, 2018: Then-Digital Services Minister Clare Curran shocks the tech industry when she announces that none of the 60 applicants was successful.

    • February 22: Curran meets with entrepreneur and Sky TV director Derek Handley. The pair discuss the CTO role. The meeting is not disclosed.

    • May 13: The CTO role is readvertised internationally, following consultation with Curran’s digital advisory panel, formed in April. A key change is that it is now a 12-month contract, with a possible extension.

    • June 3: Handley submits an application. Around 80 people apply in all.

    • August 8: Handley informed he is the successful applicant.

  17. millsy 17

    I think we should take it for granted that Michelle Boag is floating around in the background every time these types of things flare up.

  18. R.P Mcmurphy 18

    mr gadget man got got. hehehe.
    if that is his best shot then he dont know nothing.
    clare is guilty of not checking this guy out properly.

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    13 hours ago
  • Be careful what you wish for: Labour's difficult triumph
    Labour’s overwhelming victory at the election has been greeted with rousing cheers on the left of New Zealand politics and the start of transformational demands. It’s a multi-generational win for Labour, out-polling the Kirk, Lange and Clark victories. You have to go back to 1938 for a bigger percentage (55.8%) ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    14 hours ago
  • A Skeptical Science member's path to an experiment on carbon sequestration
    During what now seems like another era entirely- back in February of this long year- Skeptical Science regular RedBaron (aka Scott Strough) mentioned in a discussion thread here that he'd been working on an idea for no-till cultivation of vegetables, was seeking to quantify what appeared to be promising results. Scott ...
    15 hours ago
  • Jacinda Will Keep Us Moving – To The Same Place.
    Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes? Not Likely: Though few New Zealanders would express it in such a fashion: Jacinda’s and Labour’s general handling of the Covid-19 crisis proved both to be highly effective defenders of the capitalist status quo. She, and they, kept the lights on. And that, in the absence of an alternative ...
    16 hours ago
  • The Greens and Labour
    With an absolute majority, Labour can govern in its own right, and doesn't need partners. But while unnecessary, they're a nice-to-have, both as backup and for PR reasons. Ardern has talked about "consensus", and there are obvious benefits for her of having government policy endorsed by as many parties as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    16 hours ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #42
    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... Earth has warmest September on record, and 2020 may clinch hottest year Record warmth in Europe and Asia overwhelms a ...
    21 hours ago
  • Josh Van Veen: The Vindication of Winston Peters
    An egalitarian spirit is currently being revived in New Zealand, and we should thank Winston Peters for keeping alive that spirit. Josh Van Veen, who once worked with the NZ First leader, pays his tribute.   With New Zealand First receiving less than 3% of the vote, critics are happily ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    21 hours ago
  • The Hunt for Red October: Musings on Taieri
    So New Zealand has had its general election. Jacinda Ardern has managed a single-party majority government, New Zealand’s first in twenty-six years, and its first since the adoption of proportional representation. I intend to do a comment on that further down the line – my feelings on the Sunday ...
    1 day ago
  • Lessons from the Election
    This year’s general election has broken new ground – and not just in terms of its outcome, the seats won and votes cast, and – in an MMP environment – the margin of victory. It also suggests that something quite fundamental has changed in New Zealand politics. The outcome is ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 days ago
  • The unexpected result
    The people have spoken, and its a Labour majority government. This wasn't meant to happen under MMP, and in fact its exactly what the system was designed to prevent: no majority governments, no elected dictatorships, unless we really, really want it (which at the time seemed unlikely on 40 years ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Schadenfreude is a dish best served blue
    What started out as the largest party in parliament has ended election night scratching the back door of the house of irrelevance. ...
    My ThinksBy boonman
    2 days ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #42
    A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week: Sun, Oct 11, 2020 through Sat, Oct 17, 2020 Editor's Choice A FIELD GUIDE TOTHE ELECTION AND CLIMATE CHANGE   The presidential election is just weeks away, and climate change has broken ...
    2 days ago
  • Legal Beagle: Election '20: The Special Votes
    The 2020 General Election has a preliminary result. For reasons I am unable to really explain, we will not have even a preliminary result for the end of life choice and cannabis legalisation referendums for some weeks (I dropped the ball on that one when the referendum legislation was before ...
    2 days ago
  • National rejects tonight’s result as a ‘rogue poll’
    National are dismissing tonight’s election result as an “obvious outlier” Half an hour into counting, National Party leader Judith Collins and deputy leader Gerry Brownlee are already dismissing tonight’s election result as a “rogue poll”, saying it’s an incomplete survey with shoddy methodology. Brownlee called an emergency media stand-up just ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 days ago
  • Jacinda Ardern ran down four National supporters with her car this morning but due to electoral law ...
    Dr. Ashley Bloomfield reported at today’s 1pm health briefing that the Coronavirus turns out not to exist, but that information was also withheld on the same grounds. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern began her election morning by ruthlessly driving her car into a family of National supporters just blocks from her ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 days ago
  • Six weird animals that have nothing to do with the election
    Get a load of these things! Some of these animals are just crazy. You wouldn’t want a single one of these animals anywhere near your kids. It could ruin them for life. Last thing you’d want is your kid growing up around any of these, and thinking that’s what animals ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    3 days ago
  • 1pm Covid Health Update for 17th October, 2020
    What follows is today’s 1pm health update from the Ministry of Health There are 12 new cases of Covid-19 today, six in managed isolation, three escaped, and three are wealthy foreigners so it’s fine. One of these cases is a man in his 50s who visited Auckland sex club Fisting ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    3 days ago
  • It's Election Day.
     This posting is exclusive to Bowalley Road. ...
    3 days ago
  • National caucus convening to elect new leader for final 2 hours of the campaign
    This is a breaking news event, and further updates and clarifications may be forthcoming. With less than three hours to go in the election campaign, The National Party is holding an emergency meeting to elect a new leader, one they hope can turn things around in the final one and ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    3 days ago
  • Judith Collins asking for two week extension on election due date
    Collins says she was “ever so close” to finishing everything up, but a family member died, her computer crashed, and she just needs “a little more time” to get things right. In a late move this evening, Judith Collins has written an urgent letter to the Electoral Commission requesting a ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    3 days ago
  • The Debunking Handbook 2020: Misinformation is damaging and sticky
    This blog post is part 1 of a series of excerpts from The Debunking Handbook 2020. The list of references is available here. Misinformation can do damage Misinformation is false information that is spread either by mistake or with intent to mislead. When there is intent to mislead, it is ...
    3 days ago
  • Not as a Christian, but as a New Zealander: Why I am voting against assisted suicide tomorrow.
    I am no stranger to lost causes. And, while there is always hope, it does appear that David Seymour’s “End of Life Choice” law will receive the necessary endorsement of voters to finally legalise assisted suicide in this country. A significant minority of voters will dissent, however.I will be one ...
    PunditBy Liam Hehir
    3 days ago
  • Ardern reassures voters that Greens’ negotiating table will be a tiny, humiliating one
    On the eve of the election, the Prime Minister wants New Zealanders to know the Greens will be given a very small seat at the table, quite literally. In the final hours of the campaign, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has made a forceful appeal to the electorate not to be ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    3 days ago
  • A Waste of Time: The Hundred “Best” Fantasy Books
    Time Magazine has put out a list of the hundred best fantasy books of all time: https://time.com/collection/100-best-fantasy-books/ It is bad. Very bad. I get that this is clickbait nonsense, but… really. Time Magazine ought to be ashamed of themselves. Ostensibly, the selection process was as follows: ...
    4 days ago
  • Big changes do stick
    In one of her last pre-election interviews, Jacinda Ardern tries to defend her policy of doing nothing while in government: Ardern reflected on large changes made by Helen Clark’s government – particularly in education and welfare – that were still part of the system now, saying they prove smaller ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Polls show regret for not voting Green
    I have looked at election polling for last four elections and have noticed a concerning pattern. The Green Party's polling leading up to each election is stronger than what they actually achieve, then the poll immediately afterwards is always considerably higher. For most parties the opposite is generally the case. ...
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: Planning to fail
    Last year, the government passed the Zero Carbon Act, setting short-term and long-term goals for carbon reduction. And they're already saying that they will fail to meet them: Environment Minister David Parker​ appears to have already given up on the country’s ability to meet the 2030 methane goal set ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Another issue Labour is ignoring its voters over
    Jacinda Ardern is trying to rule out even discussing a wealth tax if she gets re-elected. But if she gets re-elected, it will be by voters who support one. A Newshub poll shows that nearly half of all voters - and 60% of labour supporters - support a wealth tax: ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Scholarship Physics
    It’s that time of year when school students become seriously focused on exams. This year has been messy for student learning, and has affected some students more than others, but the NCEA external assessments and the Scholarship exams are going ahead pretty-much as normal. I’ve taken some interest in the ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    4 days ago
  • “Fitz” On Cannabis.
    "I Like It!" “Shall I tell you the real reason to legalise cannabis? Because all the stuff I’ve told you, while true, isn’t enough. You should legalise cannabis because you’d like it. No, actually, you’d love it! Cannabis makes food taste better. It turns music into magic. It suppresses pain and nausea ...
    4 days ago
  • Crusher fails to resonate
    Judith Collins - National Party leaderYou can tell the National Party is in damage control mode most of the time these days. Instead of being able to provide any valid alternative to a Labour led Government, Judith Collins is going out of her way to be controversial just to get ...
    5 days ago
  • A flaw in our electoral transparency regime II
    Last month, we learned there was a flaw in our electoral transparency regime, with the New Zealand Public Party receiving a quarter of a million dollars in donations which will never have to be decalred. And now its got worse,as it turns out they're also explicitly soliciting donations from rich ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • “Entirely separate”
    When two people whose identities we all know but cannot say publicly due to name suppression were charged with "Obtaining by Deception" over routing donations to NZ First through the NZ First Foundation, Winston Peters claimed his party had been exonerated because "The Foundation is an entirely separate entity from ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Judith Collins' little green lies
    New Zealand is not the United States, thank goodness. We don't have the same level of political partisanship nor public media outlets that blatantly display political bias. However, during the closing weeks of this campaign I do feel an infection of trumpism is evident. Judith Collins and her National Party ...
    5 days ago
  • Josh Van Veen: The Psychology of Ardernism
    Jacinda Ardern has made New Zealanders feel safe. Josh Van Veen looks at psychological understandings of leadership to help explain the ongoing success of Labour in this election campaign.   Simon Bridges could have been the Prime Minister. Opinion polls in February suggested a close election, with Colmar Brunton giving the ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    5 days ago
  • Let's Make Jacinda Break Her Promises.
    Make Her An Offer She Can't Refuse: Expecting Jacinda and her colleagues to break their promise not to introduce a Wealth Tax is not only unfair it is unwise. A consensus for change has never arisen out of a series of polite discussions - or base betrayals. A better New ...
    5 days ago
  • Two days to go, 12 questions still worth asking
    One last lap. One last crack. One last chance to boost your own policies or knock down your opponents. Tonight TVNZ hosts the final leaders’ debate and although over a million New Zealanders have voted and much of the policy debate seems to have stagnated around negative attacks, there are ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    5 days ago
  • Possible inter-satellite collision on Friday
    Two objects in low-Earth orbit may collide with each other on Friday, in a hyper-velocity impact which would lead to millions of fragments being left on-orbit, each potentially-lethal to functioning satellites. Fingers crossed (not that I am superstitious) that it is a miss, rather than a hit. One local ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    5 days ago
  • Do Elections Deliver What We Want?
    MMP may deliver a parliament which reflects us, but frequently the government does not. At the heart of my recent history of New Zealand, Not in Narrow Seas, is the interaction between economic and social change. I could measure economic change via the – far from comprehensive – ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    5 days ago
  • Flailing last grasps bring lasting gasps in the NZ General Election…
    The last week of the 2020 election here in New Zealand has been an increasingly torrid and venal affair has it not? Many expect the last week of any Election campaign to get considerably more tetchy, everyone is hurrying to nail the last voter down after all. But this ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    5 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #41, 2020
    Zika follows climate Sadie Ryan and coauthors combine what we know about the Zika virus and its preferred regime with modeling to show the pathogen will greatly expand its range during the next few decades. We do have some remaining control over the situation. From the abstract: "In the ...
    5 days ago
  • Does a delay in COP26 climate talks hit our efforts to reduce carbon emissions?
    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 Will the delay of the COP26 UN climate negotiations impact ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    6 days ago
  • Where do the parties stand on open government?
    The election is in less than a week, so I thought I'd take a quick look at where the parties stand on open government, freedom of information, and the OIA. The short answer is that most of them don't. While Andrew Little has "promised" to rewrite the OIA, there's no ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • The Second Time As Farce: National's Election Campaign Falls Apart.
    The Mask Of Civility Is Removed: According to Politik’s editor, Richard Harman, Collins has become her own campaign manager. Now, as a lawyer, you might think that the Leader of the Opposition would be familiar with the old saying: “The lawyer who defends himself has a fool for a client.” ...
    6 days ago
  • National's Little Helpers have A Cunning Plan.
    Keep Your hands Off Of My Stash: Viewed from the perspective of the 2020 General Election as a whole, the intervention of the Taxpayers’ Union against the Greens' Wealth Tax confirms the Right’s growing sense of desperation that the campaign is slipping away from them. With hundreds of thousands of ...
    6 days ago
  • Covid-19: A planetary disease
    Louise Delany* This blog focuses on the underlying environmental causes of Covid-19 (Covid) and the role of international law in tackling both Covid and other planetary crises. I argue that major changes to our relationship with our planet and its creatures are needed and these changes must be supported by ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    6 days ago
  • Liam Hehir: How to make your mind up
    If you’re still on the fence about how to vote, Liam Hehir says it’s probably more important for you to vote on the basis of your principles, and he offers a way to think about how these principles might align with the main party options.   Still undecided? Here’s how ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    6 days ago
  • What else apart from a Wealth Tax? The shape of a Labour-Greens coalition
    If you haven’t heard, the Green Party supports a Wealth Tax. Yeah, I thought you might have heard of it. Everyone’s been talking about it on the campaign trail these past few days. It would force the wealthiest six percent of New Zealanders to pay a one percent tax each ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    6 days ago
  • Time is slipping by for the fruit industry to improve wages
    The covid-19 pandemic has meant a lot of changes for New Zealand. Lockdowns, social distancing, a massive shift to working from home and the death of tourism for a start. But the sensible and necessary border closure has also completely cut off the supply of cheap, migrant labour - and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • A new low in American “democracy”
    Every US election, we're used to seeing long lines of voters, and reading stories of widespread gerrymandering and voter suppression (including things like flyers falsely telling people their assigned polling place (!) has moved or that voting will be on a different day, and robocalls threatening that people will be ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • A suggestion for Biden’s foreign policy.
    I have been thinking about US foreign policy after the upcoming election. My working assumption is that try as he might, Trump will lose the election and be forced from office. There will be much litigating of the results and likely civil unrest, but on Jan 21, 2021 the Orange ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    7 days ago
  • Bleak views of melting Antarctic ice, from above and below
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Karin Kirk Images from satellites high above the Earth have helped a research team put together a stark visual chronicle of decades of glacier disintegration in Antarctica. Meanwhile, a separate international research team has taken the opposite perspective – studying the ice ...
    7 days ago
  • Five reasons I am voting for National (and why you should too)
    Centre right voters have three realistic options this year.
      The National Party, which is currently at something of a low ebb but which remains the primary vehicle for conservative and moderate liberal voters; orThe libertarian ACT Party, which is undergoing a temporary boom as National struggles; orThe centre-left Labour ...
    PunditBy Liam Hehir
    1 week ago
  • Graeme Edgeler: How to vote, and how to think about voting
    Your choice of who to vote for could make a real difference. Electoral law expert Graeme Edgeler suggests you make an informed choice, and he goes through a variety of different ways to think about your voting options.   The New Zealand general election is being held next Saturday, the ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    1 week ago
  • That School Debate: Tolkien, Shakespeare, and Anti-Stratfordianism
    Today, I am responding to one Philip Lowe, who back in August 2019 produced an interesting but flawed piece, looking at the way in which Tolkien viewed Shakespeare: Tolkien and Shakespeare: Counterparts ...
    1 week ago
  • Marching to the ballot boxes
    Today's advance voting statistics are out, showing that 450,000 people voted over the weekend, bringing the total advance vote to 1.15 million - just 90,000 shy of the 2017 total. So its likely that by the end of today, more people will have advance voted than did in the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Hard News: The long road to “Yes”
    One day in 1985, I came down from the loft where I was working as deputy editor of Rip It Up magazine, looking for lunch, and walked into a scene. There, on the corner of Queen and Darby Streets, a man was in the process of getting two kids to ...
    1 week ago
  • A funny thing for Labour to die in a ditch over
    Over the weekend, National unveiled its latest desperate effort to try and gain some attention: campaigning hard against a wealth tax. Its a Green Party policy, so its a funny thing for national to campaign against (alternatively, I guess it shows who their true opponents are). But even funnier is ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The comforting myth of the referendum ‘soft option’
    Assuming we don’t count Bird of the Year, last week was my first time voting in a New Zealand election. I’ve been here a while, but for reasons too dull to recount, I didn’t have permanent residence in time for any of the others. Anyway, it’s hardly up there with 1893, ...
    PunditBy Colin Gavaghan
    1 week ago
  • Election: Equality Network’s Policy Matrix
    How will you vote this Election? We suggest comparing the Party policies on addressing inequality: The Equality Network identifies Ten Key Policy Areas that will make a difference: ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    1 week ago
  • Equality Network: Party Policy Star Chart
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    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    1 week ago
  • A Tale of Two Elections
    AS 2020 draws to a close, two very different countries, in different hemispheres and time zones, are holding elections that are of great importance, not only for their own futures but for the future of the world as well. The USA and New Zealand differ greatly in physical and economic ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #41
    Story of the Week... El Niño/La Niña Update... Toon of the Week... Climate Feedback Article Review... Coming Soon on SkS... Poster of the Week... SkS Week in Review... Story of the Week... How Joe Biden could reorient foreign policy around climate change A new report lays out ...
    1 week ago
  • Potential attack lines in the campaign's final week
    In the final week of the election campaign, parties large and small will want to make clear to voters why they are more deserving of your vote than the other guys. It doesn’t mean going negative… oh alright, it does a little bit. But it doesn’t mean playing dirty. It ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #41
    A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week: Sun, Oct 4, 2020 through Sat, Oct 10, 2020 Editor's Choice What Have We Learned in Thirty Years of Covering Climate Change? A climate scientist who has studied the Exxon Valdez ...
    1 week ago
  • Economic Resilience or Policy Brilliance?
    The economy has been through a traumatic experience. Prospects look sobering. Preliminary official estimates suggest that market production (GDP) fell 12.2 percent in the June Quarter 2020 – a huge, and probably unprecedented, contraction. In mid-April the Treasury had expected a fall of 23.5 percent (published in the 2020 ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    1 week ago
  • The SMC Video Competition: The Tītipounamu Project
    Recently, the Science Media Centre ran the third round of its 2020 SAVVY Video Competition for science researchers. With entries ranging from kea tracking to Beethoven’s piano pieces, we judges were incredibly impressed by the creativity and quality of submissions. This week, we’re featuring the work of runner-up, PhD candidate ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Interview with Nicky Lee
    Fellow New Zealand writer, Nicky Lee, has been doing some Q&A with other local speculative fiction authors: https://www.nikkythewriter.com/blog Each fortnight is a different author, answering ten questions about their Writing Process. I think it’s an excellent way of helping build the profile of the New Zealand speculative fiction ...
    1 week ago
  • Capital Vol. 3 lectures: converting surplus-value into the rate of profit
    This is the third in the lecture series by Andy Higginbottom on superexploitation.Here he looks at the problem of converting surplus-value into the rate of profit.(Part one of the lecture series is here, and part two is here) ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Another call for OIA reform
    A collection of top-level environmental and human rights NGOs is calling for reform of the Official Information Act: The Child Poverty Action Group, Greenpeace, Forest and Bird, JustSpeak, New Zealand Council for Civil Liberties and Amnesty International are calling for a comprehensive, independent review of the Official Information Act ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The advice on moving the election date
    When the Prime Minister moved the election date back in August, I immediately lodged OIA requests with the Electoral Commission and Ministry of Justice for any advice they'd given. Both refused, on the basis that the information would be proactively released. That's finally happened, a mere three weeks after the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Media Link: Pre-election craziness in the US.
    This week in our “A View from Afar” podcast Selwyn Manning and I reflect on Trump’s increasingly erratic behaviour in wake of contracting Covid-19 and the domestic and foreign implications it has in the run-up to the November 3 national elections. You can find it here. ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 weeks ago

  • NZ announces a third P-3 deployment in support of UN sanctions
    The Government has deployed a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 Orion (P-3) maritime patrol aircraft to support the implementation of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions imposing sanctions against North Korea, announced Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters and Minister of Defence Ron Mark. “New Zealand has long supported ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • Pacific trade and development agreement a reality
    Pacific regional trade and development agreement PACER Plus will enter into force in 60 days now that the required eight countries have ratified it. Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker welcomed the announcement that the Cook Islands is the eighth nation to ratify this landmark agreement. “The agreement represents ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Securing a pipeline of teachers
    The Government is changing its approach to teacher recruitment as COVID-19 travel restrictions continue, by boosting a range of initiatives to get more Kiwis into teaching. “When we came into Government, we were faced with a teacher supply crisis,” Education Minister Chris Hipkins said. “Over the past three years, we ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Border exceptions for a small number of international students with visas
    The Government has established a new category that will allow 250 international PhD and postgraduate students to enter New Zealand and continue their studies, in the latest set of border exceptions. “The health, safety and wellbeing of people in New Zealand remains the Government’s top priority. Tight border restrictions remain ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • First COVID-19 vaccine purchase agreement signed
    The Government has signed an agreement to purchase 1.5 million COVID-19 vaccines – enough for 750,000 people – from Pfizer and BioNTech, subject to the vaccine successfully completing all clinical trials and passing regulatory approvals in New Zealand, say Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods and Health Minister Chris Hipkins. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • International statement – End-to-end encryption and public safety
    We, the undersigned, support strong encryption, which plays a crucial role in protecting personal data, privacy, intellectual property, trade secrets and cyber security.  It also serves a vital purpose in repressive states to protect journalists, human rights defenders and other vulnerable people, as stated in the 2017 resolution of the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Ministry of Defence Biodefence Assessment released
    The Ministry of Defence has today released a Defence Assessment examining Defence’s role across the spectrum of biological hazards and threats facing New Zealand. Biodefence: Preparing for a New Era of Biological Hazards and Threats looks at how the NZDF supports other agencies’ biodefence activities, and considers the context of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Approaches to Economic Challenges: Confronting Planetary Emergencies: OECD 9 October 2020
    New Approaches to Economic Challenges: Confronting Planetary Emergencies: OECD 9 October 2020 Hon David Parker’s response following Thomas Piketty and Esther Duflo. Good morning, good afternoon, and good evening, wherever in the world you might be. I first acknowledge the excellent thought provoking speeches of Thomas Piketty and Esther ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Kaipara Moana restoration takes next step
    A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed today at Waihāua Marae between the Crown, local iwi and councils to protect, restore and enhance the mauri of Kaipara Moana in Northland. Environment Minister David Parker signed the document on behalf of the Crown along with representatives from Ngā Maunga Whakahī, Ngāti ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand and Uruguay unite on reducing livestock production emissions
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor and Uruguayan Minister of Livestock, Agriculture and Fisheries Carlos María Uriarte have welcomed the launch of a three-year project that will underpin sustainable livestock production in Uruguay, Argentina, and Costa Rica.  The project called ‘Innovation for pasture management’ is led by Uruguay’s National Institute of Agricultural ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • 3100 jobs created through marae upgrades
    Hundreds of marae throughout the country will be upgraded through investments from the Provincial Growth Fund’s refocused post COVID-19 funding to create jobs and put money into the pockets of local tradespeople and businesses, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta have announced. “A total ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Health volunteers recognised in annual awards
    Health Minister Chris Hipkins has announced 9 teams and 14 individuals are the recipients of this year’s Minister of Health Volunteer Awards.  “The health volunteer awards celebrate and recognise the thousands of dedicated health sector volunteers who give many hours of their time to help other New Zealanders,” Mr Hipkins ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Community COVID-19 Fund supports Pacific recovery
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio says a total of 264 groups and individuals have successfully applied for the Pacific Aotearoa Community COVID-19 Recovery Fund, that will support Pacific communities drive their own COVID-19 recovery strategies, initiatives, and actions. “I am keen to see this Fund support Pacific ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Community benefits from Māori apprenticeships
    Up to 50 Māori apprentices in Wellington will receive paid training to build houses for their local communities, thanks to a $2.75 million investment from the Māori Trades and Training Fund, announced Employment Minister Willie Jackson today. “This funding will enable Ngāti Toa Rangatira Incorporated to provide its Ngā Kaimahi ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Training fund supports Māori jobseekers
    Rapidly growing sectors will benefit from a $990,000 Māori Trades and Training Fund investment which will see Wellington jobseekers supported into work, announced Employment Minister Willie Jackson today. “This funding will enable Sapphire Consultants Ltd. to help up to 45 Māori jobseekers into paid training initiatives over two years through ...
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