Jami-Lee Ross takes time out

Written By: - Date published: 1:50 pm, October 2nd, 2018 - 107 comments
Categories: jacinda ardern, labour, national, Politics, Simon Bridges - Tags:

The National caucus can’t be a very happy place right now.  What with a witch hunt being conducted and Simon Bridges sparing no effort or expense to find out who leaked his travel expense details.  And with inept negative leadership.

I feel sorry for their MPs, I really do.  Having to turn up day in and day out and rubbish the country and run it down and pick on the slightest thing to try and garner support.  Opposing a Tahr cull the process of which was implemented in 1993 under a previous National Government then watching as Eugenie Sage does a deal, gets the support of hunters to continue but reduce the size of the cull, and then makes the problem go away.

And having to deal with the political phenomenon known as Jacinda Ardern.  And seeing her effectively neuter your whole political strategy by being kind.

It must really suck.

And the strain is showing.

National’s whip Jami Lee Ross is taking time out to recover from health issues.  All the best to him.  At a personal level I hope he gets better and repairs himself. Politics can suck and have a terrible effect on people. I have seen this far too often.

There is speculation that he is the leaker although Simon Bridges has said that his leave is unrelated to the inquiry.  Interesting choice of words there, Bridges could have just said that he was satisfied it was not Ross.

My theory is that it is actually someone else.

But rumours that National’s caucus is an unhappy place are clearly true. And it is only going to get worse over the next couple of weeks as the inquiry draws to a conclusion.

In your comments please refrain from attacking anyone personally and address the political implications of the event.

107 comments on “Jami-Lee Ross takes time out ”

  1. Dukeofurl 1

    In the leadership stakes, everyone had JLR on Bridges side. Plus he did well out of the rankings and responsibilities.

    Still my pick its someone who never supported Bridges and suffered accordingly.- yes its a long list.

    • Oh well.

      Sometimes you cant help it if you aint pretty and your legs are thin…

      FLEETWOOD MAC – Oh Well (1969 UK TV Performance) ~ HIGH …

  2. Kat 2

    Will Hosking do a piece on “should we be paying for this”.

  3. Muttonbird 3

    I’ll be very very very surprised if Bridges’ extraordinarily expensive investigations name any other National MP as the leaker.

    • mickysavage 3.1

      I see you have been having a bit of fun at a site that will not be named …

      • Chuck 3.1.1

        MS I agree with the first part below…

        “And having to deal with the political phenomenon known as Jacinda Ardern. And seeing her effectively neuter your whole political strategy by being kind.”

        Jacinda does tick the boxes as a political phenomenon. No need to list them as they are well known.

        The second part though is wishful thinking. Being kind does not translate into achieving your policy goals or being reelected.

        As the saying goes…You have to be cruel to be kind.

        Point in case leaving Clare Curran to dangle until she had her meltdown.

      • alwyn 3.1.2

        “A bit of fun”.
        Being an arsehole is a better way of putting it.

    • Chris T 3.2

      People do realise Ardern has also got an investigation going into their leak?

      • veutoviper 3.2.1

        Yes.

        Your next troll remark is?

        • Chris T 3.2.1.1

          Well presumably it is just as “extraordinarily expensive”

          • veutoviper 3.2.1.1.1

            No. They are very different investigations, even if they are both being funded through the respective Leader’s Funds.

            The inquiry into the leak of Bridges’ travel expenses is being undertaken by National, using PWC for the forensic work and Simpson Grierson who will then filter the results of the PWC findings and provide information to Simon Bridges and Paula Bennett.

            PWC and Simpson Grierson do not come cheap. Their inquiry is now over a month old (eg it started c 4 Sept) and the inquiry involves all National Party MPs’ communications dating from 8 February 2018 to August 2018 (56 if Bridges and Bennett’s communications are included) and presumably the communications of the staff of these MPs. So big bucks are flashing before my eyes.

            OTOH, the inquiry into the leak of the draft Meka Whaitiri report is being conducted by the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA). This because the original investigation of Whaitiri’s interactions with the press officer was undertaken as an internal Ministerial Services employment matter as the press officer was an employee of Ministerial Services (part of DIA).

            So all or the majority of the costs of the original investigation and the inquiry into the leak of the draft report will be internal DIA costs, apart from any costs incurred from using any external investigators, getting outside independent legal advice etc.

            The scope of the Whaitiri inquiry is also much more limited. It is focused on looking at who had a copy of the draft report – apparently a very limited number of people over a very short period of time a day or so before the draft report was leaked.

            Hope that helps.

            • mickysavage 3.2.1.1.1.1

              The leak you are referring to very possibly came from within the police force. Of course it should be investigated.

              • Muttonbird

                Wow. Explosive if it were the case elements within the Police are in collusion with the opposition to undermine the government.

                • Not uncommon in third world banana republics.

                  It happens.

                  The Westminster tradition is only soluble as long as it suits, it seems…in some country’s less endowed with principles…and the rule of law…

                  And an unbiased legal profession.

                  Thanks, John Key and co.

                  Nice precedent, you got there.

                  Glad your gone.

                  Hows Operation Burnham inquiry’s going , BTW?

                • KJT

                  Not surprised. Senior police seem happy to tell people not to vote for “left wing Governments”. Being good little authoritarian followers, and NACT supporters, is an advantage in a police career.

              • patricia bremner

                That does not surprise.

      • Michelle 3.2.2

        it might be their leak ( labours) but who leaked it and who has been leaking and has form in this area at the moment

  4. R.P Mcmurphy 4

    sorry mickey savage but after policy or maybe before, the vote comes down to do you like this person as a person.
    in jamie lee jimbobs case I do not and I dont like the policy and the party he espouses either.
    He has a cultivated arrogance and a voice that common folks mistake for integrity.
    as for the leaker well it keeps this blog alive as the machiavellian maestros and mavens demonstrate their propensity to wave wands of mindnumbing meaningless prose about things most people dont give a stuff about.

  5. Pete 5

    It will be a lot happier when Judith gets the job.

  6. Michael 6

    I do hope Mr Ross gets better and stops leaking (if that is his diagnosis). But I think it will take time and don’t see why we should pay him so much money when he should be on Jobseeker Allowance (with jobsearch obligations possibly, maybe, contingently, perhaps) deferred, just like everyone else whose health prevents them from turning up to work (I wouldn’t say “doing a full week’s work” because, after all, the guy is a member of our political class).

    • Michelle 6.1

      yes I agree with Michael what a luxury to have month of work with pay when him and his party have been putting the boot into working people including our teachers and Nurses to name a few. jay-me was one of the worse mongrels for kicking people when they were down and now we are expected to have some sympathy for him.
      It seems what goes around comes around but it take time before some people get their come up ins .

  7. patricia bremner 7

    Then R.P. Mcmurphy, 4 why bother visiting the site??
    By the way, it appears you may have had lessons from a certain politician.
    Especially the last sentence!! Very Jonesque!!

  8. Scooter 8

    “Regardless of the job we do, our personal well-being should always come first.”

    That’s a pleasant sentiment but its just not reality for many workers. The guy who colluded to outsource jobs at POA and disempower workers to the point where he attacked their right to strike now needs time off for his health and his family. Something he actively worked against for other people to incorporate into their lives. If it is genuinely a health issue I hope he recovers but its very difficult to summon up much empathy for JLR

  9. ianmac 9

    When the Sprinboks toured in 81 I was angry with the tour and its organisers.
    I felt sympathy with the athletes who were at their peaks and bursting to play

    I feel angry with Opposition, JL Ross and their organisers. Trite. Carping. Petty.
    I feel sympathy for JLR as Health is pretty all encompassingly important. Get well lad.

  10. Grantoc 10

    Well Mickey I also hear that the Labour Party is not a particularly happy place either at the moment. Here are some reasons for that:

    1. Still down in the polls cf with National; regardless of Jacinda’s ‘star dust’ ( I suspect
    that that’s wearing thin with many of the punters in NZ btw, despite the interest
    in her in New York last week.)

    2. Labour parliamentarians unhappiness at having to kowtow to Peter’s; especially
    re employment law reforms and his insistence at being regarded as a equal
    coalition partner.

    3. Unhappiness in the ranks at the dismissal of two Ministers in recent weeks
    leading in one case to a revolt by the Labour party Maori caucus led by an out of
    control Willie Jackson (who is clearly more concerned with employer rights than
    employee rights – why is he even the Minister of Employment?)

    4. Looming strikes throughout the primary and secondary school sectors by
    teachers; to date sycophantic supporters of the Labour Party. Its not good policy
    to piss off one of the strongest parts of support base.

    5. Robinson’s struggle to keep house hold costs under control as they sky rocket
    away; eg petrol.

    I could go on; but the above on its own is making the Labour Caucus extremely unhappy from what I hear.

    • ianmac 10.1

      Hard luck Grantoc. If Bridges says he is part of the Labour Caucus and tells you these fanciful myths, just get yourself a grip on truth and reality.
      Not one of your Five Myths is true.

      • Grantoc 10.1.1

        Your comment makes no sense ianmac.

        So read carefully. I’ll do my best to keep it simple so that you might just get it. This is true and real.

        The main item on RNZ’s checkpoint this evening was about looming strikes in the primary and secondary school sectors, including teachers’ disdain for Minister Hipkins. This is unsetting the Labour caucus. This is not a ‘fanciful myth’ but a cold hard fact.

        • Muttonbird 10.1.1.1

          ianmac wonders how you know it to be cold hard fact when you are not even remotely close to the Labour Party, let alone the Labour Caucus.

        • ianmac 10.1.1.2

          You can’t be serious Grantoc. If I said that the defection of JL Ross has caused panic and arguments in the National Caucus and that it will cause Bridges to resign, would you believe it?

    • mickysavage 10.2

      Have I struck a nerve Grantoc? Interesting that you should reply to my comment about National having problems by just saying that Labour has similar problems …

      • Grantoc 10.2.1

        Your comments on your understanding of morale in the National Party seemed to be the main point of your blog Micky. Jamie Lee – Ross’s situation seemed only to serve as a platform for you to launch your opinion’s from.

        I thought it would be useful to redress the balance by pointing out some of the problems within the Labour Party that are presently affecting morale therein.

    • Clive Macann 10.3

      Re petrol cost. The tax of every litre (bar Auckland) is the same. So tell me why ChCh pays 40 cents a litre more than I do outside my gate (out in the country) at Gull? Bullshit that the Govt is doing this. Go lay the blame right where it belongs with the Fuel suppliers instead of political bashing. Remember that the latest 3.5c rise was set up by the previous Govt. Talk to John Key about that one.

      • Dukeofurl 10.3.1

        auckland has a fuel pipeline to marsden pt refinery.
        all other nz ports have coastal tanker delivery or are supplied by road tanker.

        thats the reason for cost difference , apparently. i think up to the 1980s there was a standardised price so that auckland paid more so that people in invercargill could have same price.

        • Pete 10.3.1.1

          Is petrol cheaper or that much cheaper at the petrol station where the Marsden Point road joins State Highway 1? Just up the road from the refinery. No.

          • Dukeofurl 10.3.1.1.1

            no petrol station gets its gas direct from refinery.
            they all get it from the local brand /wholesaler distribution point. in that case maybe it comes from auckland by tanker or from whangarei

            do you go to the tip top factory to buy ice cream cheaper direct or is the only way to get it is from dairy or supermarket

            why are we even talking about this here ?

          • KJT 10.3.1.1.2

            It is piped to Whangarei, and delivered from the depo there.

            By the way, delivery, even to the South Island, is a small fraction of the petrol cost.

            Recent rises are simply price gouging by the oil companies. I wouldn’t be surprised if there is an element of pique, for refusing them continued licenses, to destroy the environment.

      • Bewildered 10.3.2

        It’s becuase Auckland is way more competitive in chasing the customer thus requiring a lot more flexibility around price re supply and demand You will need to suck it up,: this spreading of this aucklad tax was well anticipated before it came into force re a market response so go talk to Cindy. I warn you though socialist really struggle with unintended consequences

    • Ad 10.4

      The Labour Party caucus are having a fine old time and doing what they should do in power: deliver benefits to millions of people as soon as they got in.

      They don’t give a damn about the polls, because they’re in power.

      They don’t give a monkey’s about Winston Peters.

      The dismissals meant the PM got more options and others got more responsibility, because they’re in power.

      They will get it together with the teachers just as they did with the nurses and all the others, because they are in power.

      Robinson is watching household cost inflation as much as the Reserve Bank – and inflation is just fine.

      You could go on but no one but diehard National supporters give fuck.

    • Cantabrian 10.5

      Who is Robinson Grantoc? You mean Grant Robertson? You can’t even get the Finance Minister’s name correct let alone the rest of your post. There are no problems in the Labour caucus save for the normal cut and thrust of politics.

    • Delia 10.6

      No one in charge of the country is unhappy, irritated at times and bit frustrated, but never unhappy..that caucus put Jacinda Ardern in there. Nice fantasy though.

    • Ngungukai 10.7

      Sounds like you have a mild form of depression ?

  11. Stuart Munro 11

    It’s all part of the Gnat regeneration process, a generational change. Unfortunately some of the older and less appealing members seem to be waiting until they are completely silicified – this takes a long time and requires nearly total immobility. Nevertheless the move from being deadwood to petrified wood does increase their value as coffee table ornaments.

  12. Michelle 12

    why do you feel sorry for the national mps they deserve everything they get after the way they treated us for 9 yrs bugger them they get good pay and have kick many in the guts now expect sympathy

  13. Cinny 13

    Am always dubious when a person in a position of public responsibility stands down/relocates/takes a break due to health issues/family, especially when they don’t offer any more information. JS

    Time will tell.

    • mike 13.1

      right honorable Ross must have a real leaky reason

    • Drowsy M. Kram 13.2

      JK, BE and SJ stood down in part to spend more time with family – good luck to them!

      Can’t remember the official reason for deBarclay toddling off, though.

    • Dukeofurl 13.3

      To me it has the ring of confusion marketing’
      Corporates do it all the time to cover their tracks………

      Who would have thought that 2 different national mps were in crisis at much the same time.
      If you think that I have a choice of cell phone plans for you to consider

  14. mary_a 14

    According to the link below in his statement, Simon Bridges refers directly to the health issue as concerning Jamie-Lee Ross himself and not a member of his family.

    Strange that Bridges also makes reference to the leak(er) of his own expenses, while discussing Ross’s health problem being the reason he is stepping back for a while (to get well)!?! This will give rise to speculation.

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12135542

    • Muttonbird 14.1

      But BM is certain it’s because of Ross’ family and not Ross himself because he read it on a forum. He hasn’t been able to back it up but I sure do believe him, don’t you?

  15. Nick 15

    Heard Soimin on the radio saying something along the lines of its very embarrassing type of health issue for jlr, whatever that was meant to infer. Strange why the ‘bridge to nowhere’ would refer to it in that way.

    • Muttonbird 15.1

      He’s just sticking the knife in now.

    • Cinny 15.2

      Totally agree with you Nick… is like wtf simon, why would you say…

      ‘A potentially embarrassing personal health issue.’

      Talk about maximum media and public interest baiting with those words.

    • woodart 15.3

      perhaps ross has had a dose of conscience, that would be embarrassing to a right winger.

  16. Morrissey 16

    I’ve just published the following comment on a de facto National Party blog:

    Stupidity is not the same as mental illness. To have the National Party’s spin doctors cynically invoke serious health conditions to use in their own intra-party squabbles is beyond obscene.

    Shame on Jamie-Lee Ross for his cowardice and his inability to stand up for himself and criticize his failing leader in public. And shame, shame, shame on the National Party for its horrible abuse of what is a serious and real problem for many people.

    So far, the reaction to my post has not been positive….

    https://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/2018/10/ross_on_leave.html/comment-page-1#comment-2323715

    • Chris T 16.1

      Your link is to a page without that comment

      • Muttonbird 16.1.1

        All comments of a similar position are being deleted from that forum, supposedly the home of free speech.

        Never mind the thousands of unsubstantiated accusations in comments relating to Labour Party ministers and MPs which appear there every single month.

        Oh, the hypocrisy, the severe hypocrisy.

      • Morrissey 16.1.2

        Sorry, Chris—the egregiously anti-free speech “six complaints” rule at Kiwiblog means that anything a few right wing nutters conspire against is sent into limbo. You know that this anti-democratic, illiberal, anti-free speech rule has been used against you when you—and only you—see the following five words above your post….

        Your comment is awaiting moderation.

        Fortunately, the posts remain on the computer of the person who sent them. That’s why Muttonbird can retrieve his censored posts, and why I can retrieve mine.

        Here, for your delectation, are the ones that angered so many Kiwibloggers this afternoon…..

        http://morrisseybreen.blogspot.com/2018/10/censored-posts-on-kiwiblog-re-jami-lee.html

        • alwyn 16.1.2.1

          Lots and lots of your posts are sitting there Morrissey, along with a number by Muttonhead.
          I’m afraid that the delusions you both have that they are out to get you are about as silly as the content of your posts.

        • Muttonbird 16.1.2.2

          Remarkable that a handful of reports by a tribe of malcontents short on morals and intelligence is enough to send to moderation.

    • millsy 16.2

      Reading comments on a Kiwiblog post is enough to give one mental health issues..

  17. OnceWasTim 17

    Geez, they wasted no time in updating Wikipedia. 14:48

  18. chris73 18

    Prediction time. JLR is toast. It’ll be either a resignation and by-election or he’ll be stuck in the most far away back bench seat you can find and he’ll retire, at the next election

    But he’s gone burgers

    • Anne 18.1

      I knew someone who did something similar to the National Party leaker many, many moons ago. He was not a politician but he did belong to a high profile profession. He was subsequently diagnosed with a bipolar condition and placed on medication. He went on to live a normal and productive life.

      I’m just putting it out there because people like that former acquaintance – regardless of what they may have done – should be supported and not vilified.

    • Dukeofurl 18.2

      But JLR is a bridges backer at the leadershi contest! It’s most likely still Bishop or another Auckland mp

    • Tricledrown 18.3

      Don’t think so Chris 73 National will just rehab JLR like Key did with Collins.
      National have a lot of ambitious people in the Party like a pack of hyenas looking for a weakness in the alpha.
      Talking of that Paula Bennett looks very old and worn out wouldn’t be surprised if their caucus is reshuffled by Xmas.

      • Michelle 18.3.1

        pull- a is looking old and worn out cause she is and she has already done her part destroying many peoples lives.

  19. Muttonbird 19

    Hey Micky. Post title should read:

    Bridges takes Jami-Lee Ross out

  20. Chris T 20

    I think Bridges will live to regret adding the potentially embarrassing comment

    There are very few potential issues someone could have that can be classified as embarrassing in this day and age, without getting a lot of people angry at a lack of sensitivity

    Not the brightest spark.

  21. Morrissey 21

    Being demoted by the incompetent Bridges is bad, but Jami-Lee Ross had a far worse night back in 2013, when he was summarily smashed to the boundary by David Shearer…..

    https://thestandard.org.nz/open-mike-25072013/#comment-668153

  22. AB 22

    Here’s the dilemma.
    Do you wish for an end to the suffering of a man whose political ideology, if implemented, will cause suffering to others? Because once he returns to health, then his capability to eventually inflict that suffering, is increased.

    Probably you have to wish for an end to current suffering, in the hope that the future suffering can be prevented. On those grounds, I hope JLR gets better.

    Of course it may be a total sham to cover up that JLR is the leaker. But then I don’t get to pose an interesting ethical question.

  23. ianmac 23

    Audrey Young has for once an interesting take:

    If Jami-Lee Ross is not the National Party leaker, then the timing of his time-out from politics is cruel.

    Because if he is not the leaker, many people are left wondering whether he is.
    That means Ross will be on leave when the leaker is identified, if that person has been foolish enough to leave a trail – and everything to date suggests the leaker has been foolish enough to be identified.

    National leader Simon Bridges said Jami-Lee Ross’s departure it was unrelated to the ongoing leak investigation.

    Bridges’ has been careful with his words.

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12135781

    • Sacha 23.1

      She seems much less convinced of his innocence than I expected.

      • Anne 23.1.1

        Her last sentence says it all really:

        Whatever the outcome of the leak inquiry, Jami-Lee Ross will still be on full salary and he will have plenty of time to contemplate his future in politics.

        • alwyn 23.1.1.1

          Like Clare Curran and Meka Whaitiri I suppose.
          Still on their full salary while they contemplate the ruin of their careers.
          Have they been seen in Parliament lately?
          Or in their electorates for that matter.

          • Incognito 23.1.1.1.1

            Less than accurate, I’m afraid. They got stripped from their Ministerial portfolios and this would have come with a reduction in pay. However, they are still MPs with responsibilities who fulfil their duties and should be paid for this commensurate with those duties.

          • Delia 23.1.1.1.2

            Both are still MPs and Clare Curran is supported by her electorate, not one person asked has said a word against her, I suppose that is what happens when you do a reasonable job in your actual electorate especially when a super flood wipes out homes (and you are there helping)

          • Michelle 23.1.1.1.3

            but did they have months of work alwyn like jay-me is going to have with full pay

  24. Draco T Bastard 24

    National’s whip Jami Lee Ross is taking time out to recover from health issues.

    Is he still being paid?

  25. Ad 25

    National caucus breathes a sigh of relief …….

  26. Pete 26

    So Bridges wants conjecture about what a “potentially embarrassing personal health issue” is.

    My guess is stuffed by the fact that it isn’t ‘potential’ it’s certain. That is, an embarrassing issue is mixing with fuckwits like Simon Bridges and Judith Collins. That’s enough to have someone want at least three months off work.

  27. barry 27

    JLR is taking sick leave.

    as he will be away more than 2 consecutive days, i assume he will provide a doctor’s certificate.

    his 5 day’s sick leave will run out soon and then he will use annual leave, then live off his savings until his stand-down period ends and he can get JSS.

    Of course his doctor will decide that (even if he can’t take the pressure of his current job) he can flip burgers and they will arrange an interview for him after he has worked on his CV extensively, BUT he will have to take a drug test.

    Or am I wrong?

  28. cleangreen 28

    Jamie Ross was just a ‘dead space’ anyway so “god riddance to bad rubbish” I say.

    I hope others in the National caucus follow his lead too.

    • Grantoc 28.1

      Jacinda would be proud of you cleangreen for the way you represent the “kindness’ in politics that she recently talked about. Not.

      You sound bitter and angry and unforgiving – no trace of kindness. You are Just ‘dead space’ in on the left.

      • KJT 28.1.1

        Ordinarily I would feel some sympathy for a person who is unwell.

        However for all the lives he was intent on destroying while, being an arrogant entitled Fauntleroy, in Parliament.

        Well.

        Kharma.

  29. cleangreen 29

    So Nikki Kaye feels some solace for Jamie does she?

    Well if these two National Caucus members felt so enamoured by ‘health issues’ to keep them from their duties perhaps they should have thought about all the thousands of elders and poor among us all who their Government abandoned when they wound down the public health and dental services in NZ also shouldn’t they have?

    • Michelle 29.1

      did niki kay have to wait months or years for her cancer treatment she would have been fast tracked in the meantime many kiwis are dying while waiting for cancer treatment, medicines and many other health needs are not being met including screening, operations , ACC entitlement are being denied. And mental health services are stretched. All of these areas were cut and neglected under jamies government.

    • KJT 29.2

      Five days sick leave, then job seekers allowance, after he has used all his savings and sold his assets.

      As they wish on everyone else.

  30. ianmac 30

    Wasn’t JLR the one who was ushered into Botany on the back of some pretty dodgy attacks on the previous MP in 2011? Part of a plan to get ultra conservative MPs elected as was Smith in the Kaikoura Electorate.

  31. Rosemary McDonald 31

    There was this surgeon who had a reputation for, regardless of whatever proceedure caused one to fall under his knife, whipping out any heamarhoids one might have…but had been too embarrassed to mention to ones doctor.

    • KJT 31.1

      Used to be the medical person at my work, often several days from the nearest doctor. Most common complaints were hemorrhoids and constipation.

  32. thechangeling 32

    Got zero sympathy for Ross. The National Party maybe better off without him but I doubt it. Leopard’s don’t change their spots easily. The party he represents is a nasty bit of work and exemplifies the ‘Master and Servant’ ethos that the Nats want to force upon all of us. Born to rule, arrogant, sanctimonious and pretentious are other synonyms that ooze from his party.

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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Friday, July 19

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 8:30 am on Friday, July 19 are:Scoop: NZ First Minister Casey Costello orders 50% cut to excise tax on heated tobacco products. The minister has ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 19-July-2024

    Kia ora, it’s time for another Friday roundup, in which we pull together some of the links and stories that caught our eye this week. Feel free to add more in the comments! Our header image this week shows a foggy day in Auckland town, captured by Patrick Reynolds. ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    2 days ago
  • Weekly Climate Wrap: A market-led plan for failure

    TL;DR : Here’s the top six items climate news for Aotearoa this week, as selected by Bernard Hickey and The Kākā’s climate correspondent Cathrine Dyer. A discussion recorded yesterday is in the video above and the audio of that sent onto the podcast feed.The Government released its draft Emissions Reduction ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • Tobacco First

    Save some money, get rich and old, bring it back to Tobacco Road.Bring that dynamite and a crane, blow it up, start all over again.Roll up. Roll up. Or tailor made, if you prefer...Whether you’re selling ciggies, digging for gold, catching dolphins in your nets, or encouraging folks to flutter ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • Trump’s Adopted Son.

    Waiting In The Wings: For truly, if Trump is America’s un-assassinated Caesar, then J.D. Vance is America’s Octavian, the Republic’s youthful undertaker – and its first Emperor.DONALD TRUMP’S SELECTION of James D. Vance as his running-mate bodes ill for the American republic. A fervent supporter of Viktor Orban, the “illiberal” prime ...
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  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Friday, July 19

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Friday, July 19, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:The PSA announced the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) had ruled in the PSA’s favour in its case against the Ministry ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to July 19

    TL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers last night features co-hosts and talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent talking about the National-ACT-NZ First Government’s release of its first Emissions Reduction Plan;University of Otago Foreign Relations Professor and special guest Dr Karin von ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #29 2024

    Open access notables Improving global temperature datasets to better account for non-uniform warming, Calvert, Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society: To better account for spatial non-uniform trends in warming, a new GITD [global instrumental temperature dataset] was created that used maximum likelihood estimation (MLE) to combine the land surface ...
    3 days ago
  • We're back again! Join us for the weekly Hoon on YouTube Live

    Photo by Gabriel Crismariu on UnsplashWe’re back again after our mid-winter break. We’re still with the ‘new’ day of the week (Thursday rather than Friday) when we have our ‘hoon’ webinar with paying subscribers to The Kākā for an hour at 5 pm.Jump on this link on YouTube Livestream for ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Gut Reactions.

    Trump Writes His Own Story: Would the “mainstream” media even try to reflect the horrified reaction of the MAGA crowd to the pop-pop-pop of the would-be assassin’s rifle, and Trump going down? Could it even grasp the sheer elation of the rally-goers seeing their champion rise up and punch the air, still alive, ...
    3 days ago
  • Dodging Bullets.

    Fight! Fight! Fight! Had the assassin’s bullet found its mark and killed Donald Trump, America’s descent into widespread and murderous violence – possibly spiralling-down into civil war – would have been immediate and quite possibly irreparable. The American Republic, upon whose survival liberty and democracy continue to depend, is certainly not ...
    3 days ago
  • 'Corruption First' Strikes Again

    There comes a point in all our lives when we must stop to say, “Enough is enough. We know what’s happening. We are not as stupid or as ignorant as you believe us to be. And making policies that kill or harm our people is not acceptable, Ministers.”Plausible deniability has ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy today are:The inside stories of KiwiRail’s iRex debacle, Westport’s perma-delayed flood scheme and Christchurch’s post-quake sewer rebuild, which assumed no population growth, show just how deeply sceptical senior officials in Treasury, the Ministry of ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • What's that Jack Black?

    Ah-rah, deeSoo-guh-goo-gee-goo-geeGoo-guh fli-goo gee-gooGuh fli-goo, ga-goo-buh-deeOoh, guh-goo-beeOoh-guh-guh-bee-guh-guh-beeFli-goo gee-gooA-fliguh woo-wa mama Lucifer!I’m about ready to move on, how about you?Not from the shooting, that’s bad and we definitely shouldn’t have that. But the rehabilitation of Donald J Trump? The deification of Saint Donald? As the Great Unifier?Gimme a bucket.https://yellowscene.com/2024/04/07/trump-as-jesus/Just to re-iterate, ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • June 2024: Earth’s 13th-consecutive warmest month on record

    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Jeff Masters and Bob Henson June 2024 was Earth’s warmest June since global record-keeping began in 1850 and was the planet’s 13th consecutive warmest month on record, NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, or NCEI, reported July 12. As opposed to being focused in ...
    3 days ago
  • Connecting the dots and filling the gaps in our bike network

    This is a guest post by Shaun Baker on the importance of filling the gaps in our cycling networks. It originally appeared on his blog Multimodal Adventures, and is re-posted here with kind permission. In our towns and cities in Aotearoa New Zealand, there are areas in our cycling networks ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    3 days ago
  • Webworm Down Under Photos!

    Hi,I wanted to share a few thoughts and photos from the Webworm popup and Tickled screening we held in Auckland, New Zealand last weekend.In short — it was a blast. I mean, I had a blast and I hope any of you that came also had a blast.An old friend ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 6:30 am on Thursday, July 18 are:News: Christchurch's sewer systems block further housing developments RNZ’s Niva ChittockAnalysis: Interislander: Treasury, MoT officials' mistrust of KiwiRail led ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Thursday, July 18, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:Verbatim: Climate Change Minister Simon Watts held a news conference in Auckland to release the Government’s Emissions Reduction Plan, including ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • The politics of managed retreat

    Climate change deniers are now challenging the Government over a key climate change adaptation policy. That begs the question of whether New Zealand First will then support Government moves to implement processes to deal with a managed retreat for properties in danger of flooding because of sea level rise and ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    3 days ago
  • Some changes are coming

    Warm welcome again to those who are here. The Mountain Tui substack was officially started on the 2nd of July. I wrote about what led me here on this post. Since then, it’s been a learning to navigate the platform, get to meet those in the community, and basically be ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    4 days ago
  • About fucking time

    The US Supreme Court has been rogue for years, with openly corrupt judges making the law up as they go to suit themselves, their billionaire buyers, and the Republican Party. But now, in the wake of them granting a licence for tyranny, President Biden is actually going to try and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: False accounting and wishful thinking

    National released their draft 2026-2030 Emissions Reduction Plan today. The plan is required under the Zero Carbon Act, and must set out policies and strategies to meet the relevant emissions budget. Having cancelled all Labour's actually effective climate change policies and crashed the carbon price, National was always going to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • The Enemies Of Sunshine And Space.

    Our Houses? The Urban Density debate is a horrible combination of intergenerational avarice and envy, fuelled by the grim certainty that none of the generations coming up after them will ever have it as good as the Boomers. To say that this situation rankles among those born after 1965 is to ...
    4 days ago
  • Still the 5 Eyes Achilles Heel?

    The National Cyber Security Centre (NZSC), a unit in the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) dedicated to cyber-security, has released a Review of its response to the 2021 email hacking of NZ members of the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC, … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    4 days ago
  • Britain's Devastating Electoral Slip.

    Slip-Sliding Away: Labour may now enjoy a dominant position in Britain’s political landscape, but only by virtue of not being swallowed by it.THE BRITISH LABOUR PARTY’S “landslide victory” is nothing of the sort. As most people understand the term, a landslide election victory is one in which the incumbent government, or ...
    4 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on why right wingers think all governments (including their own) are incompetent

    Since open denial of climate change is no longer a viable political option, denial now comes in disguise. The release this week of the coalition government’s ‘draft emissions reductions plan” shows that the Luxon government is refusing to see the need to cut emissions at source. Instead, it proposes to ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy this morning are:Chris Penk is set to roll back building standards for insulation that had only just been put in place, and which had been estimated to save 40% from power costs, after builders ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Open Letter to Pharmac

    All this talk of getting oldIt's getting me down, my loveLike a cat in a bag, waiting to drownThis time I'm coming downAnd I hope you're thinking of meAs you lay down on your sideNow the drugs don't workThey just make you worse but I know I'll see your face ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • A blanket of misinformation

    Two old sayings have been on my mind lately. The first is: “The pen is mightier than the sword”, describing the power of language and communication to help or to harm. The other, which captures the speed with which falsehoods can become ingrained and hard to undo, is: “A lie can ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day to 7:00 am on Wednesday, July 17 are:Scoop: Government considers rolling back home insulation standards RNZ’s Eloise GibsonNews: Government plans tree-planting frenzy as report shows NZ no longer ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Wednesday, July 17 , the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day were:Simon Watts released the Government’s draft Emissions Reduction Plan (ERP), which included proposed changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • “Shhhh” – National's 3 Waters is loaded with higher costs and lays a path to ...

    This is a long, possibly technical, but very, very important read. I encourage you to take the time and spread your awareness.IntroductionIn 2022, then Labour Party Prime Minister Jacinda Adern expended significant political capital to protect New Zealand’s water assets from privatisation. She lost that battle, and Labour and the ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    4 days ago
  • Plugging a video channel: Dr Gilbz

    Dr. Ella Gilbert is a climate scientist and presenter with a PhD in Antarctic climate change, working at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). Her background is in atmospheric sciences and she's especially interested in the physical mechanisms of climate change, clouds, and almost anything polar. She is passionate about communicating climate ...
    5 days ago
  • Some “scrutiny” again

    Back in 2022, in its Open Government Partnership National Action Plan, the government promised to strengthen scrutiny of Official Information Act exemption clauses in legislation. Since then they've run a secret "consultation" on how to do that, with their preferred outcome being that agencies will consult the Ministry of Justice ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Crashing New Zealand's health system is not the way to prosperity, Prime Minister

    Another day, and yet another piece of bad news for New Zealand’s health system. Reports have come out that General Practitioners (GP) may have to close doors, or increase patient fees to survive. The so-called ‘capitation’ funding review, which supports GP practices to survive, is under way, and primary care ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    5 days ago
  • Closer Than You Think: Ageing Boomers, Laurie & Les, Talk Politics.

    Redefining Our Terms: “When an angry majority is demanding change, defending the status-quo is an extremist position.”“WHAT’S THIS?”, asked Laurie, eyeing suspiciously the two glasses of red wine deposited in front of him.“A nice drop of red. I thought you’d be keen to celebrate the French Far-Right’s victory with the ...
    5 days ago
  • Come on Darleen.

    Good morning all, time for a return to things domestic. After elections in the UK and France, Luxon gatecrashing Nato, and the attempted shooting of Trump, it’s probably about time we re-focus on local politics.Unless of course you’re Christopher Luxon and you’re so exhausted from all your schmoozing in Washington ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • How the Northwest was lost and may be won

    This is a guest post by Darren Davis. It originally appeared on his excellent blog, Adventures in Transitland, which we encourage you to check out. It is shared by kind permission. The Northwest has always been Auckland’s public transport Cinderella, rarely invited to the public funding ball. How did ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Tuesday July 16

    Luxon has told a Financial Times’ correspondent he would openly call out China’s spying in future and does not fear economic retaliation from Aotearoa’s largest trading partner.File Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy on Tuesday, ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Tuesday, July 16

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 6:00 am on Tuesday, July 16 are:PM Christopher Luxon has given a very hawkish interview to the Financial Times-$$$ correspondent in Washington, Demetri Sevastopulu, saying ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Tuesday, July 16

    Photo by Ryunosuke Kikuno on UnsplashTL;DR: The top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day to 6:00 am are:BNZ released its Performance of Services Index for June, finding that services sector is at its lowest level of activity ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • The second crisis; assumption was the mother

    Late on the night of July 16, 1984, while four National Cabinet Ministers were meeting in the Beehive office of Deputy Prime Minister Jim McLay, plotting the ultimate downfall of outgoing Prime Minister Sir Robert Muldoon, another crisis was building up in another part of the capital. The United States ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    5 days ago
  • Can we air condition our way out of extreme heat?

    This is a re-post from The Climate Brink by Andrew Dessler Air conditioning was initially a symbol of comfort and wealth, enjoyed by the wealthy in theaters and upscale homes. Over time, as technology advanced and costs decreased, air conditioning became more accessible to the general public. With global warming, though, ...
    6 days ago
  • Review: The Zimiamvian Trilogy, by E.R. Eddison (1935-1958)

    I have reviewed some fairly obscure stuff on this blog. Nineteenth century New Zealand speculative fiction. Forgotten Tolkien adaptations. George MacDonald and William Morris. Last month I took a look at The Worm Ouroboros (1922), by E.R. Eddison, which while not strictly obscure, is also not overly inviting to many ...
    6 days ago
  • Media Link: AVFA on the Trump assassination attempt.

    In this episode of “A View from Afar” Selwyn Manning and I discuss the attempt on Donald Trump’s life and its implications for the US elections. The political darkness grows. ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 days ago
  • Law & Order: National Party 1, Police 0, Public -1

    What happened?Media is reporting that police have lost in their pay dispute with the Coalition Government.Some of you might remember that the police rejected Labour’s previous offer in September, 2023, possibly looking forward to be taken care of by the self-touted ‘Party of Law and Order’ - National.If you look ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the Trump shooting and a potential hike in fees for visiting the doctor

    Having watched Donald Trump systematically exploit social grievances, urge people not to accept his election loss and incite his followers to violent insurrection… it is a bit hard to swallow the media descriptions over the past 24 hours of Trump being a “victim” of violence. More like a case of ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Monday July 15

    The exploitation of workers on the national fibre broadband rollout highlights once again the dark underbelly of our ‘churn and burn’ economy. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy today are:An extraordinary Steve Kilgallon investigation into ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Monday, July 15

    Photo by Jessica Loaiza on UnsplashTL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last three days to 9:00 am on Monday, July 15 are:Investigation: Immigration NZ refused to prosecute an alleged exploiter despite a mountain of evidence - ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • City Centre Rebuild: How Soon Is Now?

    Patrick Reynolds is deputy chair of the City Centre Advisory Panel and a director of Greater Auckland There is ongoing angst about construction disruption in the city centre. And fair enough: it’s very tough, CRL and other construction has been going on for a very long time. Like the pandemic, ...
    Greater AucklandBy Patrick Reynolds
    6 days ago
  • Peril, dismay, resolution

    This afternoon we rolled into Budapest to bring to a close our ride across Europe. We did 144 km yesterday, severe heat messages coming in from the weather app as we bounced along unformed Hungarian back roads and a road strip strewn with fallen trees from an overnight tornado. Somewhere ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • Bullet the Blue Sky

    In the locust windComes a rattle and humJacob wrestled the angelAnd the angel was overcomeYou plant a demon seedYou raise a flower of fireWe see them burnin' crossesSee the flames, higher and higherBullet the blue skyBullet the blue skyThe indelible images, the soundtrack of America. Guns, assassinations, where-were-you-when moments attached ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Monday, July 15

    TL;DR: The top six announcements, rulings, reports, surveys, statistics and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the three days to 6:00 am on Monday, July 23 are:University of Auckland researcher Ryan Greenaway-McGrevy published an analysis of the impact of Auckland's 2016 zoning reforms.BNZ's latest Performance ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s diary for the week to July 23 and beyond

    TL;DR: The six key events to watch in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy in the week to July 23 include:PM Christopher Luxon has returned from a trip to the United States and may hold a post-Cabinet news conference at 4:00 pm today.The BusinessNZ-BNZ PSI survey results for June will be released this ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Was The Assassination Attempt Fake?

    Hi,It’s in incredible photo, and we’re going to be talking about it for a long time:Trump, triumphantly raising his hand in the air after being shot. Photo credit: Evan VucciYou can watch what happened on YouTube in real time, as a 20-year-old from Pennsylvania lets off a series of gunshots ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    6 days ago
  • 40 years ago, inside the crisis that made modern NZ

    It had rained all day in Auckland, and the Metro Theatre in Mangere was steamed up inside as more and more people arrived to celebrate what had once seemed impossible. Sir Robert Muldoon had lost the 1984 election. “Piggy” Muldoon was no more. Such was the desire to get rid ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    6 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #28

    A listing of 34 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, July 7, 2024 thru Sat, July 13, 2024. Story of the week It's still early summer in the Northern Hemisphere. The season comes as our first year of 1.5°C warming ...
    7 days ago
  • Unsurprising, but Trump shooting creates opportunity for a surprising response

    I can’t say I’m shocked. As the US news networks offer rolling coverage dissecting the detail of today’s shooting at a Donald Trump rally in Butler, Pennsylvania, and we hear eye-witnesses trying to make sense of their trauma, the most common word being used is shock. And shocking it is. ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    7 days ago
  • Escalation in the States as Trump is shot and his allies capitalize on the moment

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    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    7 days ago
  • Bernie Sanders: Joe Biden for President

    I will do all that I can to see that President Biden is re-elected. Why? Despite my disagreements with him on particular issues, he has been the most effective president in the modern history of our country and is the strongest candidate to defeat Donald Trump — a demagogue and ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 week ago
  • Questions from God

    Have you invited God into your online life? Do you have answers for his questions? Did I just assume God’s pronouns?Before this goes any further, or gets too blasphemous, a word of explanation. When I say “God”, I don’t meant your god(s), if you have one/them. The God I speak ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • The politics of money and influence

    Did you know: Four days ago, the CEO of Warner Bros Discovery (WBD), David Zaslav, opined that he didn’t really care who won the US Presidential election, so long as they were M&A and business friendly. Please share my Substack so I can continue my work. Thank you and happy ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 week ago
  • Auckland & Transport Minister Simeon Brown's insanity

    Excuse me, but I just don’t feel like being polite today. What is going on with Simeon Brown? I mean, really? After spending valuable Ministerial time, focus, and government resources to overturn tailored speed limits in school and high fatality zones that *checks notes* reduces the risk of deaths and ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 week ago
  • Were scientists caught falsifying data in the hacked emails incident dubbed 'climategate'?

    Skeptical Science is partnering with Gigafact to produce fact briefs — bite-sized fact checks of trending claims. This fact brief was written by John Mason in collaboration with members from the Gigafact team. You can submit claims you think need checking via the tipline. Were scientists caught falsifying data in the ...
    1 week ago
  • What Happened to David D'Amato's Millions?

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    1 week ago
  • Voting as a multi-order process of choice.

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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago

  • Oceans and Fisheries Minister to Solomons

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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • Government launches Military Style Academy Pilot

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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • Nine priority bridge replacements to get underway

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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Update on global IT outage

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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • New Zealand, Japan renew Pacific partnership

    New Zealand and Japan will continue to step up their shared engagement with the Pacific, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.    “New Zealand and Japan have a strong, shared interest in a free, open and stable Pacific Islands region,” Mr Peters says.    “We are pleased to be finding more ways ...
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    2 days ago
  • New infrastructure energises BOP forestry towns

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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • 'Pacific Futures'

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    2 days ago
  • Delivering 24 hour pothole repairs

    Kiwis and freight operators will benefit from the Coalition Government delivering on its commitment to introduce targets that will ensure a greater number of potholes on our state highways are identified and fixed within 24 hours, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.  “Increasing productivity to help rebuild our economy is a key ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Peer Support Specialists rolled out in hospitals

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    3 days ago
  • Consultation opens for the Emissions Reduction Plan

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