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John Key, Crosby & corporate lobbyists

Written By: - Date published: 10:26 am, July 16th, 2013 - 40 comments
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In the last week there has been some news coverage of UK PM David Cameron’s links to corporate lobbyists.  There is strong criticism of his links with big tobacco lobbyists, via his Conservative Party’s election adviser, Lynton Crosby of Crosby Textor notoriety. This link is part of an extensive international network of business and politics: ones with connections to John Key, who also has bowed to the pressure of big tobacco and big oil.

It is Cameron’s connection with Philip Morris, via Lynton Crosby, that is getting media coverage in the UK this week, with many calling for Cameron to sever his links with Crosby.  It now also includes criticsms of connections to big oil and fracking.

David Cameron, Lynton Crosby, http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2234565/Lynton-Crosby-Foul-mouthed-abuse-campaign-chief-revealed-lands-Tory-post.html

David Cameron, Lynton Crosby: Daily Mail, 2012

Last year, John Key resisted the Maori Party call to follow the example of the Australian government in requiring plain packaging on cigarette packets.  An article in The Observer on Saturday (UK time) outlines the issue:

David Cameron faces calls from senior Liberal Democrats to sack his controversial election strategist Lynton Crosby over his links with the tobacco industry, as the coalition descended into open warfare over public health policy.

[…]

Amid the growing furore, the Tory chairman of the all-party select committee on health, former health secretary Stephen Dorrell, announced that his committee would look into why the government had changed its mind on the question of cigarette packaging.

In July last year, Green Party MP Kevin Hague called for John Key to follow Julia Gillard’s example and not bow to pressure from big tobacco:

John Key yesterday said a proposal to require plain packaging of cigarettes and tobacco was not a “slam dunk” because of the risk of legal action by tobacco companies and producing countries.

[…]

“What’s John Key’s response in the face of similar pressure? To waver. He has given tobacco giants the motivation to step up their efforts.”

[…]

The Green Party is also concerned about the impact the investor-state dispute procedure proposed in the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) would have on New Zealand’s ability to protect the health of its citizens. Australia has reportedly resisted the procedure being included.

“Big tobacco can already use trade rules against New Zealand but it would be much easier for them to win under the TPP,” Mr Hague said.

On the same day, Isaac Davison reported on the issue in the NZ Herald, identifying Philip Morris as one of the major tobacco companies putting pressure on governments:

The Australian Government was being sued for its plain packet regime by tobacco giant Philip Morris, which alleged that the new policy breached a free trade treaty with Hong Kong,

[…]

New Zealand did not have significant trade with the tobacco-producing companies which were suing Australia, but a WTO case would blemish New Zealand’s trading image.

In February of this year, Key re-stated that his government may not go ahead with plain packaging.  Key has also said that his government is unlikely to ever ban smoking, because it would be too difficult.

In the UK, Cameron is now getting criticism related to Crosby’s links with the fracking industry:

Mr Crosby’s lobbying firm, Crosby Textor, represents the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association, an oil and gas lobby group campaigning aggressively for fracking. The association’s chief operating officer, Stedman Ellis, has made headlines in recent months for his outspoken criticism of anti-fracking campaigners, telling one Australian paper: “The opportunity provided by shale gas is too important to be jeopardised by political scare campaigns run by activist groups.”

The association’s members include Dart, the company behind coal-bed methane extraction in Scotland, which holds a fracking licence. George Osborne announced tax breaks for the oil and gas industry just weeks after Mr Crosby’s appointment as a Conservative adviser was announced.

The background to John Key’s connection to Crosby Textor was exposed in Nicky Hager’s book, The Hollowmen, with the relevant chapter being available here.  Hager says that it was more Mark Textor who oversaw management of Key’s 2005 election campaign.

February 2013 article in The Australian, also outlines the roles of Crosby and Textor in the “dark arts” of political manipulation, mentioning John Key as one of their clients.  It identifies examples of pressure brought by the pair via court cases.  As Lynn posted on The Standard in June 2009, Lynton Crosby unsuccessfully attempted to sue Nicky Hager and Radio NZ for “defamation” in relation to comments Hager made on RNZ.

Nicky Hager describes what went down with this case, showing how Crosby used “defamation proceedings as a political weapon”, following Hager’s exposure of Key’s consultations with Crosby Textor:

When the story appeared on 29 June 2008, National was furious. Key refused to confirm publicly that he was using the company while behind the scenes his media staff attacked me for doing the story. The day after the article was published I was invited onto Radio New Zealand’s Nine to Noon programme and basically repeated what I had written in the newspaper. For unclear reasons, I was sued over this interview (not the article) and the lawsuit came from Crosby/Textor co-director Lynton Crosby (not the other co-director, Mark Textor, who has mostly acted as the advisor for National).

The above linked article in The Australian mentioned Crosby’s links with ex-UK Conservative Party campaign manager, Mark Fullbrook, who along with his wife, has extensive influential networks of “business and political contacts”.  These seem to be part of the Networks of Influence that John Key likes to insert himself into.

Joining the dots/nodes:

John Key -Crosby Textor- big tobacco- big oil & fracking-Crosby Textor-David Cameron.

 

 

40 comments on “John Key, Crosby & corporate lobbyists”

  1. aerobubble 1

    Tainting the Hobbit movie with anti-unionist sentiment. Building a conference center off the backs of gambling addicts, increase the catchment area by build a rail station outside the casino, against the community who work to remove the numbers of pokies. Its clear, doing business with Key’s govt doesn’t necessary reap long term profits, Key knows this, knows the economy, legislation is rigged for short term opportunists. Take today on the NR, the share-market is top heavy with power companies, and mum and dad buyers didn’t have the money, so the pattern become clearer, its about downgrade both ends of the contract and profiting by being the market maker, and letting the parasitical profiteers reap wealth. Key’s job before he entered politics, and sure it was acceptable when energy kept getting cheaper every year, and projections that it would continue to, but that’s not the world we are in any more. we cannot sustain a market maker class, with their market maker mentalities, sure we will all need some, but the Key dodo is extinct in our new economy, and its a real shame the National party don’t see this. The housing market is in crisis, burnt at both ends, leak homes, high insurance risks, p-labs, and at the other end seven time income to buy a home, banks flushed with money as leverage levels have not been shrunk, when everyone gets what they want, the people not in the loop, the majority, don’t get a look in, get treated like indebted economic slaves.

  2. Rosetinted 2

    aerobubble
    we cannot sustain a market maker class, with their market maker mentalities, sure we will all need some, but the Key dodo is extinct in our new economy, its a real shame the National party don’t see this.

    Why should they bother? Where’s the money in it for them? Why change anything when everything now provides so many rich fields for profitable deals? If you have a scheme, then present it with full costings and advantages to ‘key’ sectors or they won’t give it table room.

  3. can i claim to be first cab off the (local) ramp with this one..?

    ..back in mid-june i started covering it..

    (and i did a fake-tweet from key on that crosby-topic..)

    http://whoar.co.nz/?s=lynton+crosby

    ..other crosby-archives go back to 2008..

    ..and the patterns couldn’t be clearer..

    ..showing who key really works for..

    ..who both pulls his strings..

    ..and fucks with our perceptions..

    phillip ure..

    • karol 3.1

      Great job keeping a record of these connections, phillip. I hadn’t seen your posts previously – was alerted to the issue by a UK contact who drew my attention to it this week.

        • karol 3.1.1.1

          The first paragraph of the article, Wairua:

          It doesn’t seem to have occured to Lynton Crosby’s critics that he could both have a commercial interest in a policy and believe that it’s right for the Conservatives. The decision not to impose plain packaging on cigarette packets is a good example. The Australian strategist is an experienced communicator of conventional conservatism – of the immigration-restricting, welfare-capping, tax-cutting, patriotism-proclaiming variety – and believes that anything which gets in its way must be cleared out.

          So, do you have anything to add to this, Wairua, or do you agree that this hasn’t occured to us critics?

          Because f you do, you are wrong.

          Of course, Crosby & the Conservatives, like John Key, think that their commercial interests are good for their party. And this is why we are critical of such policies, and the tie in between their commercial interests and their politics. Not a very clever article then.

          Some probably also kid themselves that it is also good for the whole country.

          The article continues:

          The origins of this mess lie not with Crosby himself – who wants simply to earn more money, just like the rest of us

          LMAO! Of course that’s all he wants!… and then the article says:

          but with David Cameron and the Conservative leadership. Very simply, Crosby was shipped in at a time when Number 10 was desparate to have him. The weakness in Cameron’s strategic thinking and campaigning, which bungled the last election campaign and at times has almost paralysed the Government, had caught up with him again.

          Really! The writer of that article just doesn’t get why so many of us are critical of the close connection between corporate interests and politics. And they completely ignore the whole Crosby Textor “dark arts” of manipulation in order to make themselves (many many) bucks.

          Seriously! Are you able to defend this (disingenuous) superficial gloss?

  4. I am fascinated by this science/art of how people can get others to vote for interests that go against their, and a their whole communities’, wellbeing.

    I am wondering whether there is any research/statistics on who the most vulnerable group to these manipulation techniques that Crosby is clearly skilled in?

    I suspect people with higher education are probably more immune to such tactics and am wondering whether there are any stats out on the subject? Someone?

    I suspect that is why the Nact party are making a decent education harder to get and am interested to see if my suspicions have any accuracy.

    Great article on what I consider to be a very important subject.

  5. Wayne 5

    The Left has been raising the Crosby Textor thing for a decade now. Has it made any difference to your success or is it simply another distraction from what you should be focused on, which is things that actually affect people.

    Voters are not surprised to hear that political parties have advisors, and do not judge John Key on Crosby Textor.

    The govt has been perfectly clear on its drive for more oil extraction and for the Sky City Convention Centre and it various growth initiatives. No secret there. The voters know the Govt’s agenda.

    By the way Metiria’s continual reference to a “dirty deal” is hardly the best way to persuade any Nat, or Peter Dunne for that matter. But I guess she knows that, and is only appealing to her constituency.

    By the way when did Sky City become such an object of hate for Labour. Up until this deal they seemed quite happy to have the Casino in Auckland. Perhaps they still are, given the acceptance of the invitations.

    Maybe it is only the Greens who are obsessed with evils of gambling -the new puritans!

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 5.1

      the grotesque peasants stalk the land
      and deep down inside you know everyone wants to like big companies

    • karol 5.2

      You are right, these corporate connections are often in plains sight. I raise the issue because I consider them important. I am not an election campaigner, but am concerned about the undue corporate influence in these issues – Key has clearly bowed to the tobacco industry.

      Is is puritanical to protest about corporates preying on addictions that hurt the least well off in society? Gambling, especially via pokies, damages lives.

      PS: I have a close family member who died young (a Nat voter), was a chain smoker, and was riddled with cancer as indicated by the autopsy. I have no love for the tobacco industry.

      • King Kong 5.2.1

        For a Government that is apparantly “in the pocket” of big tabacco, they are doing a terrible job for their puppet masters.

        Smoking rates continue to nose dive due to some pretty strong Nat policies.

        • Wayne 5.2.1.1

          But are the Nats really in the pockets of “big tobacco”, because they did not accept all the recommendations of the Maori party. Most were in fact accepted.

          And as far as I can tell it is pretty much Govt policy to drive down tobacco use.

          I think that some of the concerns are really around the fact of how far you need to go in rubbing smokers nose in it. More of a sensibilty issue.

          • karol 5.2.1.1.1

            British American Tobacco (NZ) has lobbied hard on issues like plain packaging: this is the issue that has brought some strong criticism of David Cameron via his link with Lynton Crosby. It’s also the point where John Key has drawn the line.

            BAT has long been a strong lobbyist in NZ, providing corporate boxes for MPs, especially one Nat MP who got into a fracas that made headlines. I see that Nikki Kaye has also been named as a “friend” of a top person at BAT.

            Tobacco isn’t as big an industry in NZ as in the UK, and, yes, the Maori Party has exerted pressure on the Key government from the opposite direction.

            The other issue raised by the Cameron-Crosby confection is on the issue of fracking – and Crosby (especially Mark) Textor’s long association with the oil industry in Aussie. This lobby seems to have had a stronger impact in NZ.

            • George D 5.2.1.1.1.1

              There’s also a revolving door from this Government into British American Tobacco. I’m aware of a senior ministerial staffer being appointed head of ‘regulatory affairs’ (lobbying), then heading back into the Beehive. I would be surprised if this was the only occurrence.

    • Winston Smith 5.3

      “The Left has been raising the Crosby Textor thing for a decade now.”

      – I’d say its jealousy because National get value for money from Crosby where as Labour…yeah I’d be jealous if I was in the Labour party

      • karol 5.3.1

        Mate, I’m not in the Labour Party. “Envy” – something righties seem to be into.

    • lprent 5.4

      Guess I’m a “new puritan” as well.

      The gambling industry feeds a rather stupid addiction and is deeply corrupting of the body politic. It isn’t hard to find examples of that from many countries. In fact it isn’t hard to find examples of the damage it can cause around the families of people I have known. It isn’t as if I’ve ever seen any analysis that looked at cost/benefit analysis of the casino that actually looked at the misery factors and the downstream costs.

      Personally I couldn’t give shit about which party the MP’s are. Any MP who votes for the extra pokies will go on to my permanent shit list.

      • rosy 5.4.1

        +1.

        I saw a clip of a Tory minister on UK tv the other morning talking CT and about reneging on the plain packaging for cigarettes. I object to the reason he gave for not proceeding – that this was the right decision because it sends the signal that Britain is “open for Business”. (If he said proceeding cautiously due to the Australian legal challenge I would have thought that was a fair enough, if debatable opinion).

        It the mindset of the Tories in Britain and National in NZ, as evidenced by the SkyCity deal, that is corrupt. At what level of harm do these people find being ‘open for business’ is not an acceptable reason for doing a deal?

        • Draco T Bastard 5.4.1.1

          It the mindset of the Tories in Britain and National in NZ, as evidenced by the SkyCity deal, that is corrupt. At what level of harm do these people find being ‘open for business’ is not an acceptable reason for doing a deal?

          They don’t care about the harm as it doesn’t happen to them, they only care for the profit which does happen to them.

    • Anne 5.5

      The Left has been raising the Crosby Textor thing for a decade now.

      Well. that’s a lie for starters. Most of the commenting has been on this site and The Standard has only been in existence for about 5 years.

    • Hi Wayne,

      The Left has been raising the Crosby Textor thing for a decade now. Has it made any difference to your success or is it simply another distraction from what you should be focused on, which is things that actually affect people.

      First, if something is wrong I see no reason to stop pointing that out. Perhaps on ‘the Right’ the only value is ‘success’ but it’s not my only value.

      Second, what makes you think that the influence of Crosby and Textor on John Key does not “affect people“? Does government policy not affect people, as a rule? Since the concern is that Crosby and Textor appear to have an inordinate – and unacknowledged – influence on government policy, in what way would that concern not also be a concern about “things that actually affect people“?

      Voters are not surprised to hear that political parties have advisors, and do not judge John Key on Crosby Textor.

      First, it’s not clear what your apparent certainty about these claims is based upon. Do you, for example, have any information about what proportion of the voting population is even aware of the relationship between the government, John Key in particular, and Crosby and Textor?

      Second, the concern held by ‘the Left’ about these relationships is not in Crosby and Textor’s role as strategic advisors/ spin doctors. As is very clear, the concern is over the extent to which they may be influencing government policy via a personal and financial relationship as well as a political one.

      The public may not be surprised that political parties have ‘advisors’, but would the public be surprised to hear that political parties’ policies are influenced by people characterised as strategic and media ‘advisors’ but who have considerable connections to, and sympathies with, the mining and tobacco industries and have routinely ‘advised’ governments to adopt favourable positions in relation to those industries?

      On Turei’s reference to a ‘dirty deal’, perhaps she is more concerned to inform the public in general rather than just her ‘constituency’ about the peculiar process of awarding Sky City the Convention Centre ‘tender’. Perhaps she also sees that as more important in the long term than trying to ‘persuade’ a ‘Nat’ or Peter Dunne over a single issue.

      Or is it naive of a politician to wish to keep the public informed about the nature of how policy is being made?

      The govt has been perfectly clear on its drive for more oil extraction and for the Sky City Convention Centre and it various growth initiatives. No secret there. The voters know the Govt’s agenda.

      I’ll assume for now that the government has been entirely upfront about its mining agenda (though it could be debated whether or not that is the case). But I see no reason why the claimed motive for that agenda (i.e., to grow the economy for all New Zealanders’ benefits) should be accepted or assumed that it is not a “secret“.

      I start from a rejection of the ‘benign world’ assumption when it comes to the motives of politicians and business people in relation to decisions that will produce billions of dollars worth of profit from resource extraction and gambling. I think the assumption that everyone is acting with the best of motives is extraordinarily unwise, as history teaches us and the most astute observers of the operation of power (e.g., Lord Acton) confirm.

      It is for that very reason, of course, that transparent and correct processes have to be followed. There’s no room for some matey kind of ‘pragmatism’ in these matters.

      You may think it sad and a little disappointing that politicians’ and business people’s motives should be relentlessly questioned and doubted but that is the vigilance required in a democracy if the public are not to be routinely taken advantage of and treated with contempt. Now, I don’t know John Key from a bar of soap and therefore see no particularly strong reasons to trust him given the power he wields over such significant issues; and I would say the same about many politicians.

      When it comes to politics and big business, I think that is the most prudent attitude to adopt.

      As John Dewey noted, politics, after all, is simply the shadow cast over society by business.

  6. There is an interesting article here on the subject of mass manipulation (I may well have found this via the Standard, so it may be a repeat from a year or so ago, and sorry for not acknowledging the original ‘linker’)

    http://pulsemedia.org/2009/02/02/aldous-huxley-the-ultimate-revolution/

    Of particular interest:

    You’ll find for example that the experienced hypnotist will tell one that the number of people, the percentage of people who can be hypnotized with the utmost facility (snaps), just like that. is about 20%, and about a corresponding number at the other end of the scale are very, very difficult or almost impossible to hypnotize. But in between lies a large mass of people who can with more or less difficulty be hypnotized, that they can gradually be if you work hard enough at it be got into the hypnotic state, and in the same way the same sort of figures crop up again, for example in relation to the administration of placebos. ~ Aldous Huxley

    I suspect this is why there is always a small group of people who are able to see past the shite we are ‘fed’ and decode it back to the rest of us in a way that we can understand…properly…what we are swallowing.

  7. George D 7

    Will a Labour Government led by Shearer withdraw NZ from the TPPA?

    • Wayne 7.1

      To George D, No. But I am sure you already know this.

      • One Anonymous Knucklehead 7.1.1

        “No” is the right answer, because the TPPA has zero chance of being signed in its present form.

        • Matthew Hooton 7.1.1.1

          And even it is signed, it has even less chance of being ratified by the US Congress

          • KJT 7.1.1.1.1

            Hopefully, you are correct. for once.

            • Tim 7.1.1.1.1.1

              It provides Tim Grosser with a few little treats and trinkets in the meantime though.
              Another opportunity lost for Labour!
              They’re remarkable quiet on the whole issue.

              It’d be the first time I can recall agreeing with Mathew Hooten.

              If he’s wrong, prepare yourselves for one fcuked up country! It might be enough to wake a few sleepy hobbits up – NZ’s tipping point.

          • Wayne 7.1.1.1.2

            Matthew,

            We will see.

            The Congress will be reluctant to let go of this opportunity. they know it won’t come around again for some decades. while this might please some there will be many others who will see access to Japan, for instance as a big win. Yes, it will challenge some of them, but the Obama administration has a reasonably good track record in this area.

            I would not be so quick to write it off. It will be the biggest trade deal since the WTO twenty years ago. A Congress will not lightly walk away from that.

            • Matthew Hooton 7.1.1.1.2.1

              Wayne, NAFTA only sneaked in. Interested in the names of the 60 Senators you think would vote for cloture. NAFTA only went through 60 to 38. And the House is more loony protectionist than ever (Standard writers would fit in well). They will not perceive that the US is a winner from TPP, even though every country would win from it.
              Also, Obama doesn’t even have fast-track negotiating authority, so Congress could unravel any deal clause-by-clause. The main point of the TPP is to keep trade bureaucrats and rent-a-mob anti-globalisation activists like Jane Kelsey in air points.

              • Yes, and so the list indicating groups that have some interest in the TPPA provided by Open Secrets website:

                US Chamber of Commerce 48
                National Retail Federation 26
                AFL-CIO 23
                Nike Inc 22
                Google Inc 19
                Pfizer Inc 19
                Teva Pharmaceutical Industries 19
                United Steelworkers 18
                Buhler Quality Yarns 18
                News Corp 18
                Land O’Lakes 17
                Fashion Accessories Shippers Assn 16
                National Spinning 16
                Nucor Corp 16
                Travel Goods Assn 16
                American Apparel & Footwear Assn 16
                American Farm Bureau 16
                Glen Raven Mills 16
                Net Coalition 15
                Wal-Mart Stores 15
                Dairy Farmers of America 15
                ACE Ltd 15
                Emergency Cmte for American Trade 14
                Pharmaceutical Rsrch & Mfrs of America 14
                Hanesbrands Inc 14
                Generic Pharmaceutical Assn 13
                Hewlett-Packard 13
                Teamsters Union 13
                Retail Industry Leaders Assn 13
                Ford Motor Co 13
                IBM Corp 13
                Assn of Equipment Manufacturers 13
                Time Warner 12
                Kraft Foods 12
                National Pork Producers Council 12
                Outdoor Industry Assn 12
                Business Software Alliance 12
                Fonterra 12
                Biotechnology Industry Organization 12
                National Cotton Council 11
                Mylan Inc 11
                Business Roundtable 11
                Intel Corp 11
                American Manufacturing Trade Action Cltn 11
                American Sugar Alliance 11
                Watson Pharmaceuticals 10
                National Oilseed Processors Assn 10
                US Assn of Importers of Textiles/Apparel 10
                Philip Morris International 9
                Abbott Laboratories 9
                Fiat SPA 9
                Independent Film & Television Alliance 8
                Renfro Corp 8
                Assn of Global Automakers 8
                United Auto Workers 8
                Biogen Idec 8
                National Electrical Manufacturers Assn 7
                Toyota Motor Manufacturing 7
                National Corn Growers Assn 7
                Sierra Club 7
                Motion Picture Assn of America 7
                Novo Nordisk Pharmaceuticals 7
                National Amusements Inc 7
                American International Auto Dealers Assn 7
                National Council of Farmer Co-Ops 7
                Japan Automobile Manufacturers Assn 7
                Natl Council of Textile Organizations 7
                Robertson, Julian H 6
                Oceana 6
                Novartis AG 6
                Hyundai Motor Co 6
                Motorola Solutions 6
                Gap Inc 6
                Merck & Co 6
                Altria Group 6
                Coca-Cola Co 6
                US Beet Sugar Assn 6
                Procter & Gamble 6
                Rubber & Plastic Footwear Mfrs Assn 6
                Roche Holdings 5
                National Potato Council 5
                Hospira Inc 5
                Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers 5
                Wildlife Conservation Society 5
                Cooperative Network 5
                National Fisheries Institute 5
                Tyco International 5
                TenCate Protective Fabrics North America 5
                Amgen Inc 5
                Kraft Foods Group 5
                Boilermakers Union 5
                Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids 5
                Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Assn 4
                Dell Inc 4
                Communications Workers of America 4
                JPMorgan Chase & Co 4
                Monsanto Co 4
                Sony Corp 4
                Computing Technology Industry Assn 4
                Intradeco 4
                Software & Information Industry Assn 4
                Distilled Spirits Council 4
                Canadian National Railway 4
                Dunkin’ Brands 3
                Yahoo! Inc 3
                World Wildlife Fund 3
                Library Copyright Alliance 3
                NETWORK 3
                Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affl 3
                Steel Manufacturers Assn 3
                Technology Assn of America 3
                Milliken & Co 3
                Glanbia Foods 3
                Intl Alliance Theatrical Stage Employees 3
                Berkshire Hathaway 3
                Hershey Co 3
                Tooling/Manufacturing/Technologies Assn 3
                PepsiCo Inc 3
                AbbVie Inc 3
                Riverside County, CA 3
                Semiconductor Industry Assn 3
                Mondelez Global 3
                United Parcel Service 3
                Comcast Corp 3
                Directors Guild of America 3
                Oracle Corp 3
                American Civil Liberties Union 3
                National Assn of Home Builders 3
                Computer & Communications Industry Assn 3
                Cargill Inc 2
                Eli Lilly & Co 2
                American Automotive Policy Council 2
                American Israel Public Affairs Cmte 2
                Elanco Animal Health 2
                American Cancer Society 2
                Hansoll Textile Ltd 2
                Americans for Tax Reform 2
                Sweetener User Assn 2
                Pharma Industry Labor Management Assn 2
                Burlington Industries 2
                Portland Business Alliance 2
                American Sugarbeet Growers Assn 2
                Emerson 1
                ConAgra Foods 1
                Cintas Corp 1
                American Forest & Paper Assn 1
                Visa Inc 1
                National Assn of Manufacturers 1
                California Rice Commission 1
                Blue Diamond Growers 1
                CBRL Group 1
                Change to Win 1
                Chrysler Group 1
                Consumer Electronics Assn 1
                Intl Fedn of Prof & Technical Engineers 1
                Salesforce.com 1
                Public Knowledge 1
                Western United Dairymen 1
                Corning Inc 1
                Boeing Co 1
                Morgan Stanley 1
                Environmental Defense Fund 1
                Neptune Orient Lines 1
                American Assn of Law Libraries 1
                Canadian Council of Chief Executives 1
                Center for American Progress 1
                Corn Refiners Assn 1
                Financial Services Forum 1
                National Cattlemen’s Beef Assn 1
                Timken Co 1
                Midwest Dairy Coalition 1
                Lam Research 1
                Grocery Manufacturers Assn 1
                Small Business/Entrepreneurship Council 1
                Agco Corp 1
                ANSAC 1
                Apotex Inc 1
                Intl Foodservice Distributors Assn 1
                Automotive Aftermarket Industry Assn 1
                Toy Industry Assn 1
                Toyota Motor Corp 1
                National Chicken Council 1
                Caterpillar Inc 1
                GlaxoSmithKline 1
                Alliance for Healthcare Competitiveness 1
                Friends of the Earth 1

                Some mighty influential groups by the look of it, would have no influence on what decision the American Congress settled upon
                🙄

              • Draco T Bastard

                They will not perceive that the US is a winner from TPP, even though every country would win from it.

                Except that they won’t be:

                Consider models of international trade in which capital goods are produced, not given as an unproduced endowment. A positive interest rate, in such a model, acts as a price distortion. Consequently, the gains of trade, when comparing stationary states with and without trade, can be negative. Previous authors have drawn this result in models with production depicted as a circular process, even though their point does not depend on this modeling choice. The principle contributions of this paper are to provide a demonstration of the possibility of such a loss from trade in a simplified model with “a one-way avenue … lead[ing] from ‘Factors of production’ to ‘Consumption goods'” and to illustrate the model with a concrete numerical example. The theory of comparative advantage is not sufficient to justify the advocacy of free trade in consumer goods, even under textbook assumptions.

                International trade results in loss.

  8. An excellent piece, Karol. Well done! (And if anyone from the msm is reading this – don’t you feel just a teeny weeny bit embarressed that we’re not seeing this kind of reporting outside of blogs?)

  9. Sable 9

    Smoking killed my parents and no doubt the lack of action will see more health crisis in the future as smokers become sick. Still looking at Keys despicable track record to date this comes a no surprise, the mans a bottom feeder.

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  • The Message From Messenger Park.
    Coasters Turn Out In Droves: It’s precisely the widening gulf between those with actual experience of things like guns, chainsaws and drilling machines, and those who regulate their use, that accounts for the angry crowd at Greymouth’s Messenger Park on Sunday, 17 November 2019. In the rarefied atmosphere where decisions ...
    11 hours ago
  • JFK’s assassination: a bit of physics
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    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    16 hours ago
  • Is car washing so bad we need to ban it?
    Apparently, some people enjoy washing their cars. Each to his or her own, I suppose. I mean, some people like duck shooting, some people follow Coronation Street, and some people’s idea of a good day out is to sit on a grass bank at Seddon Park and watch cricket all ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    1 day ago
  • If Shane Jones isn’t corrupt, he is trying very hard to look it
    Last week we learned that New Zealand First had apparently tried to enrich itself from public office, with a dodgy forestry company linked to a number of NZ First figures sticking its hand out repeatedly for government money. Today in Question Time Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones had his ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • Climate Change: We need to end fossil fuels
    Finally, governments seem slowly to be beginning to act on climate change. But its not enough. While they're publicly signing up to targets, they're planning to destroy the world by continuing fossil fuel extraction:The world’s nations are on track to produce more than twice as much coal, oil and gas ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • As bad as we expected
    Stuff has begun interviewing NZ First's secret donors, and it turns out that its as bad as we expected. They start with racing industry figure Garry Chittick, who is predictably grumpy about NZ First's coalition choices. Meanwhile, I'm looking at the list of pork NZ First has effectively given its ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • The Second (And Final?) Crucifixion Of Winston Peters.
    Stag At Bay: Twelve years ago, Winston Peters was still robust enough to come back from the political crucifixion which his political and media enemies had prepared for him. In his seventies now, the chances of a second resurrection are slim. We should, therefore, prepare for the last gasp of ...
    1 day ago
  • Earth’s artificial rings
    Satellites pass over NZ all the time (literally). Here I focus on the 187 Planet Labs ‘Dove’ Earth-imaging satellites, and I show that one can determine in advance where they will be, enabling scientists on the ground to correlate their environmental and other data collection with opportunities to get imaging ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    2 days ago
  • Softy Jejune Parson – the new Mother Superior of Wellington
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    RedlineBy Admin
    2 days ago
  • Atlantic shakeup: US and UK leadership contenders ripping up the usual scripts?
    On both sides of the Atlantic, some purportedly “contentious” and “difficult to deal with” leadership contenders to lead the US and UK, as President and Prime Minister respectively, seem to have thrown a few spanners into the works of the normal messaging most are used to hearing constantly. Except they’re ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 days ago
  • Winston is the PM’s problem
    In Question Time today the Prime Minister was naturally facing questions about Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and his dubious party financing arrangements, which seem to violate electoral finance law. Her response was to pretend that it was nothing to do with her, and that she is not responsible for ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Australia’s secret prisoner
    A prisoner stripped of their name, imprisoned for a secret crime after a secret trial, with all details legally suppressed for secret reasons. A story by Kafka or Dumas? China? No, its just the latest stage of Australian tyranny:An Australian citizen was prosecuted, convicted, and jailed in the ACT last ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Bridges should put his money where his mouth is
    Stuff has more details on what New Zealand First's slush-fund has been funding, with much of the spending directly benefiting the party. Which makes it look a lot like hidden donations, rather than the completely-innocent-giant-pile-of-cash Winston is trying to portray it as. The Electoral Commission is now investigating, but Simon ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • The APEC police state enabling bill
    I've joked before about how hosting international summits effectively turns part of your country into a police state for the duration. Well, New Zealand is hosting APEC in 2021, with events throughout the year in Christchurch, Wellington, and Auckland. And the government has put up a bill to give itself ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Why coastal floods are becoming more frequent as seas rise
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 days ago
  • The cost of a range clearance.
    It has been revealed that firing ranges used by the NZDF while deployed to the Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in Bamyan Province, Afghanistan, contained unexploded ordnance that caused numerous deaths and injuries after the NZDF withdrew the PRT in April 2013. In 2014 seven children were killed when an unidentified ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 days ago
  • Still denying responsibility
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • A corrupt practice
    Last week RNZ broke the news on NZ First's mysterious "foundation" and its dodgy-looking loans. The arrangement seemed to be designed to evade the transparency requirements of the Electoral Act, by laundering donations. But now Stuff has acquired some of their financial records, and it gone from dodgy to outright ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Democracy “A Bit Bonkers” – Thoughts Inspired By Lizzie Marvelly’s Latest Co...
    Didn't See It Coming: NZ Herald columnist Lizzie Marvelly's latest column merits serious scrutiny because such a clear example of anti-democratic thinking is encountered only rarely on the pages of the daily press. Which is not to say that the elitism which lies at the heart of such social disparagement ...
    3 days ago
  • Colombia: historic memory, massacres and the military
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh Initially it was reported that in an aerial bombardment that took place on August 30th seven children were massacred; the figure then went up to eight and then on November 11th Noticias Uno reported that, according to people from the community in close proximity to the ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    3 days ago
  • On the road to Net Zero, the next step is to update our UN pledge
    A lot has happened since the UN’s report on 1.5ºC was released in October 2018. New Zealand’s Zero Carbon Bill has passed, and enshrines the 1.5ºC goal in law. The UK and France have also legally strengthened their targets to Net Zero 2050. The School Strike For Climate and Extinction ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    4 days ago
  • Corruption as usual
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Fairer rentals
    Yesterday the government announced its changes to tenancy laws, including an end to no-cause evictions, limits on rent increases, and anonyminity for tenants who defend their rights against bad landlords (sadly necessary because landlords are scum who maintain blacklists of "uppity" tenants). They're all good moves, and have resulted in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Another NZDF coverup
    In 2003 New Zealand sent a Provincial Reconstruction Team to Afghanistan to support America's doomed war there. While there, they conducted regular weapons practice on local firing ranges, littering the landscape with unexploded ammunition. These ranges weren't secure - they're on land used by locals for animal herding - so ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • A loss for the Greens
    Green MP Gareth Hughes has announced he will retire at the election. Its understandable - he's been there ten years, and wants to actually see his children grow up rather than miss it while drowning in the toxic parliamentary sewer. But his departure is also a huge loss for the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • New era for Ngāti Kuri and Auckland Museum
    Words and images by Jacqui Gibson Gone are Auckland Museum’s days of doing science using a museum-centric academic approach, after Māori land rights holders Ngāti Kuri gave the museum an ultimatum.
    Tom Trnski holding a fossilised whale tooth from the Far North.Aussie-born Head of Natural Sciences at Auckland Museum ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    4 days ago
  • Circling vultures: Why MediaWorks TV is really in trouble
    MediaWorks announced in October 2019 that it intended to sell off its struggling television business and cancel or cut back on several popular local programmes, including New Zealand Today, Married at First Sight New Zealand and 7 Days. Its radio and outdoor advertising arms are currently performing well, but MediaWorks’ ...
    Briefing PapersBy Peter Thompson
    4 days ago
  • Scary Opinium Poll
    Westminster voting intention:CON: 44% (+3)LAB: 28% (-1)LDEM: 14% (-1)BREX: 6% (-)via @OpiniumResearch, surveyed this weekChgs. w/ 08 Nov— Britain Elects (@britainelects) 16 November 2019 This, of course, doesn't look good.  Labour have been chucking big, headline grabbing policies left, right and centre ... Well, maybe not right.  Left, left ...
    5 days ago
  • A coward’s ploy.
    Some readers may remember that I mentioned last year that I was applying for NZ citizenship. I filled out the paperwork and had my original citizenship interview in February. Everything went well until they discovered that, because I had spent five months in the US in 2017, I had not ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    5 days ago
  • Left censorship and exclusion against gender-critical women: a Marxist critique
    by Deirdre O’Neill It is becoming quite acceptable for certain sections of the left to declare that people like me – women who are ‘gender critical’ – should not be allowed in leftist or anarchist spaces. Leaving aside the arrogance and implicit authoritarianism of this claim, its lack of critical ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    5 days ago
  • “Uncertainty” can be better solved with a better grasp of life’s inherent complexities…
    There is an article in The Conversation, written by Jeremy P. Shapiro (Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychological Sciences, Case Western Reserve University), about what he sees as the psychologically-based underpinnings of three main matters that seem to vex people all around the planet. The article is titled “The Thinking ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    6 days ago
  • Citizens vs the Rogue Deep State
    . .   Blogger Martyn Bradbury has won his case against unreasonable search and surveillance against the NZ Police; and subsequent Police attempts to produce evidence in secrecy, in a closed Court. His case highlights a disturbing growing trend in Aotearoa New Zealand for State power to be used against ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    6 days ago
  • Massey University’s free speech policy double-plus-good
    The Committee of Disobedient Women has intercepted an email from Dr Emma Eejut, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Massey University to the university’s Vice-Chancellor, Jan Thomas. Dear Jan, Thank you for your courageous move.  I think 10 pages of blether** should tie any of the students game enough to try holding ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    7 days ago
  • Unacceptable
    That's the only response to the findings of the Ombudsman's investigation into LGOIMA practices at the Christchurch City Council:My investigation identified serious concerns about the Council’s leadership and culture, and its commitment to openness and transparency. In particular, Council staff raised concerns with me about various methods employed by some ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • There is what corruption looks like
    NZ First seems to be nakedly trying to enrich itself from public office:A powerful New Zealand First figure helped establish a forestry company that then pushed for money from two key funding streams controlled by a New Zealand First Minister. An RNZ investigation has found Brian Henry, lawyer for Winston ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Escape from Manus Island
    Behrouz Boochani is an award winning author and journalist. He is also a refugee, who for the past six years has been detained in Australia's offshore gulag on Manus Island, and in Papua New Guinea. But last night, with the cooperation of the WORD Christchurch festival and Amnesty International, he ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • When World’s Collide.
    Different Strokes: If a multicultural immigration policy imposes no obligation on immigrant communities to acknowledge and ultimately embrace their host nation’s most cherished traditions and values, then how is that nation to prevent itself from being reduced to a collection of inward-looking and self-replicating ethnic and cultural enclaves?THE COALITION GOVERNMENT’S ...
    1 week ago
  • Could There Be Method In Massey University’s Madness?
    Protective Zone: Reading the rules and guidelines released by Massey University, it is impossible to avoid the conclusion that its governing body considers the whole concept of free speech a disruptive threat to the orderly imparting of orthodox academic knowledge.IN TRUE ORWELLIAN fashion, Massey University has announced its commitment to ...
    1 week ago
  • How does poor air quality from bushfire smoke affect our health?
    Brian Oliver, University of Technology Sydney New South Wales and Queensland are in the grip of a devastating bushfire emergency, which has tragically resulted in the loss of homes and lives. But the smoke produced can affect many more people not immediately impacted by the fires – even people many ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: We need more trees, not less
    Farmers held a hate-march on Parliament today, complete with MAGA hats, gun-nut signs, and gendered insults. While supposedly about a grab-bag of issues - including, weirdly, mental health - it was clear that the protest was about one thing, and one thing only: climate change. And specifically, forestry "destroying" rural ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Holy bin chickens: ancient Egyptians tamed wild ibis for sacrifice
    Sally Wasef, Griffith University and David Lambert, Griffith University These days, not many Aussies consider the ibis a particularly admirable creature. But these birds, now colloquially referred to as “bin chickens” due to their notorious scavenging antics, have a grandiose and important place in history – ancient Egyptian history, to ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • The IGIS annual report: Dead letters and secret law
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security released their annual report today, and I've been busy reading through it. In amongst the usual review of what they've been doing all year, there's a few interesting bits. For example, a discussion on "agency retention and disposal of information", which points out that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A referendum on bigotry
    The End of Life Choice Bill passed its third reading last night, 69 - 51. Thanks to a compromise with NZ First - which looks to have been necessary on the final numbers - the commencement of the bill will be subject to a referendum. Given the ugliness of the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Why municipal waste-to-energy incineration is not the answer to NZ’s plastic waste crisis
    Trisia Farrelly, Massey University New Zealand is ranked the third-most-wasteful country in the OECD. New Zealanders produce five times the global daily average of waste per person – and they are getting more wasteful, producing 35% more than a decade ago. These statistics are likely to get worse following China’s ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Political parties and GMOs: we all need to move on
    Recently more than 150 post-graduate students and young scientists presented an open letter to the Green Party via The Spinoff, encouraging them to reconsider their position on genetic modification. Their target is tackling climate change issues.[1] Can any party continue to be dismissive about genetic modification (GM) contributing to ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    1 week ago
  • Class, Identity Politics and Transgender Ideology
    by Deirdre O’Neill Under Thatcher and then Blair and continuing up until our contemporary moment, the working class has seen its culture slowly and progressively destroyed. The change from an industrial society to a service society produced a marked shift in focus from the working class as the backbone of ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Irony
    Since 2013, the Australian government has detained refugees without trial in Pacific gulags, where they are abused, tortured, and driven to suicide. The policy is not just an abuse of human rights and possible crime against humanity; it has also had a corrosive effect on the states Australia uses as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • An age of protest.
    It seems fair to say that we currently live in a problematic political moment in world history. Democracies are in decline and dictatorships are on the rise. Primordial, sectarian and post-modern divisions have re-emerged, are on the rise or have been accentuated by political evolutions of the moment such as ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Another captured agency
    Last month, Greenpeace head Russel Norman surrendered his speaking slot at an EPA conference to student climate activist Sorcha Carr, who told the EPA exactly what she thought of them. It was a bold move, which confronted both regulators and polluters (or, as the EPA calls them, "stakeholders") with the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • NZ First’s dodgy loans
    The core principle supposedly underlying New Zealand's electoral finance regime is transparency: parties can accept large donations from rich people wanting to buy policy, but only if they tell the public they've been bought. Most parties abide by this, so we know that TOP was wholly-owned by Gareth Morgan, and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Member’s Day: The choice on End of Life Choice
    Today is a Member's Day, probably the second-to-last one of the year, and its a big one, with the Third Reading of David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill. last Member's Day it was reported back from committee, after MPs voted narrowly to make it subject to a (rules TBA) ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • How growth in population and consumption drives planetary change
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz The growth of the human population over the last 70 ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • The disappearing Women …
    by The Council of Disobedient Women In her excellent oral submission to the Abortion reform select committee on 31st October on behalf of Otago University’s Department of Public Health, historian and public health researcher Hera Cook stated: “We would ask that the committee not use the term ‘pregnant persons’ and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • “A Passage to India”: enduring art in changing times
    by Don Franks In 1957, E M Forster wrote, of his greatest work: “The India described in ‘A Passage to India’ no longer exists either politically or socially. Change had begun even at the time the book was published ( 1924) and during the following quarter of a century it ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Contemptuous
    The Referendums Framework Bill was due back from select committee today. But there's no report on it. Instead, the bill has been bounced back to the House under Standing order 29593) because the Committee didn't bother to produce one. They probably tried. But given the membership of the committee (which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Zero Carbon: It’s not just a good idea, it’s the law
    Two years into New Zealand’s Labour-led government, the long-delayed Zero Carbon Bill became law on 7 November. Passed essentially unanimously, the lengthy public debates and political manoeuvring faded away until the final passage was even anticlimactic: Flipping through the @nzstuff @DomPost I was starting to wonder if I’d dreamt ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: What happens next?
    Now the Zero Carbon Bill is law, what's next? Obviously, the ETS changes currently before select committee are going to be the next battleground. But we're also going to get a good idea of where we're going, and if the progress the Zero Carbon Act promises is good enough, during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate change will fuel bush fires
    Grant Pearce The effects of the current Australian bushfires in New South Wales and Queensland (and also again in California) are devastating and far-reaching. To date, the fires have resulted in several lives being lost and many homes and properties destroyed. Here in New Zealand, the impacts have been only ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Participation rates
    A passing comment in a post the other day about the labour force participation rates of older people prompted me to pull down the fuller data and see what we could see about various participation rates over the decades since the HLFS began in 1986.   As it happens, the ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Reddell
    1 week ago
  • Not So Much “OK Boomer” As “OK Ruling Class”.
    Distract And Divert: The rise of what we have come to call “Identity Politics” represents the ideological manifestation of the ruling class’s objective need to destroy class politics, and of the middle-class’s subjective need to justify their participation in the process.THE RELIEF of the ruling class can only be imagined. ...
    1 week ago
  • Asking for it …
    "I saw a newspaper picture,From the political campaignA woman was kissing a child,Who was obviously in pain.She spills with compassion,As that young child'sFace in her hands she gripsCan you imagine all that greed and avariceComing down on that child's lips?" ...
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand’s Poor Pandemic Preparedness According to the Global Health Security Index
    Dr Matt Boyd, Prof Michael Baker, Prof Nick Wilson The Global Health Security Index which considers pandemic threats has just been published. Unfortunately, NZ scores approximately half marks (54/100), coming in 35th in the world rankings – far behind Australia. This poor result suggests that the NZ Government needs to ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Thank Winston
    The Zero Carbon Act is inadequate, with a weak methane target designed to give farmers a free ride. But it turns out it could have been worse: Climate Change Minister James Shaw was so desperate to get National on board, he wanted to gut that target, and leave it in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Illicit markets and Bali Booze
    The Herald reprints an Australian story on a couple of tragic deaths in Bali from drinking cocktails that had methanol in them.  The story argues that methanol is likely the result of home distillation. But what the young tourists were experiencing was far from a hangover. They’d consumed a toxic cocktail ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    2 weeks ago
  • This is not what armed police are for
    Last month, the police announced a trial of specialist roaming armed units, which would drive round (poor, brown) areas in armoured SUVs, armed to the teeth. When they announced the trial, they told us it was about having armed police "ready to attend major incidents at any time if needed". ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Spain’s failed electoral gamble
    Spain went to the polls today in the second elections this year, after the Socialists (who had come to power in a confidence vote, then gone to the polls in April) rejected the offer of a coalition with the left-wing PoDemos, and instead decided to gamble n a better outcome ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The astroturf party
    National has finally rolled out its "BlueGreen" astroturf party, fronted by an array of former nats and people who were dumped by the Greens for not being Green enough. Its initial pitch is described by Stuff as "very business-friendly", and its priorities are what you'd expect: conservation, predator-free funding, a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • How to cheat at university
    A couple of days ago I attended (and spoke at) the University of Waikato’s “LearnFest” event. There were lots of talks and sessions on very diverse aspects of teaching, mostly at tertiary level. One was by Myra Williamson from Te Piringa Faculty of Law here at Waikato, on Contract Cheating ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    2 weeks ago
  • How NZ was put on world maps using a transit of Mercury
    There will be a transit of Mercury – the planet Mercury will pass across the face of the Sun – taking place at sunrise in New Zealand on Tuesday, 12th November. It was by observing such an event 250 years ago that James Cook and his scientist colleagues were able ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    2 weeks ago
  • Georgina Beyer: We need to be able to talk without being offended
    Since becoming the world’s first openly transexual mayor and member of parliament, Georgina Beyer has been recognised as a trailblazer for trans rights. Daphna Whitmore talks with her about where she sees the current trans movement We start out talking about legislation the government put on hold that would have ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • The anti-fluoride brigade won’t be erecting billboards about this study
    If FFNZ really put their faith in “Top Medical Journals” they would now be amending their billboards to recognise new research results. Image from FFNZ but updated to agree with the latest research. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Chosen To Rule? What Sort Of Christian Is Chris Luxon?
    National Messiah? Chris Luxon identifies himself as an evangelical Christian. If he is genuine in this self-characterisation, then he will take every opportunity his public office provides to proselytise on behalf of his faith. He will also feel obliged to bear witness against beliefs and practices he believes to be ...
    2 weeks ago
  • War of the worms
    I'm going to make a Reckless Prediction™ that the Tories have 'topped out' in the 'poll of polls' / Britain Elects multipoll tracker at about 38%, and in the next week we will start to see Labour creep up on them.In fact, we might just be seeing the start of ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Marvelly shows us how to be a feminist without feminism
    by The Council of Disobedient Women Lizzie Marvelly: “I may have missed this… has @afterellen gone all terf-y? Or am I reading something incorrectly? “ https://twitter.com/LizzieMarvelly/status/1191840059105742849 After Ellen is a lesbian website that is unashamedly pro-lesbian, as you’d expect. So why is Ms Marvelly so bothered about lesbians having their ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago

  • Week That Was: Tackling child poverty
    It's been a great week of progress: we've celebrated Children's Day, we've made communities safer with 1800 new police, and we've seen almost 90% of eligible schools take up Government funding to scrap school donations - taking pressure off the families of more than 416,000 students. ...
    1 hour ago
  • New measures for wood processing boost
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister of Forestry The Government will further strengthen New Zealand’s wood processing sector as part of our focus on ‘value over volume’ in our forestry industry, Forestry Minister Shane Jones says. Minister Jones will today meet with forestry representatives in Northland to signal new measures to help the ...
    4 hours ago
  • New high tech traps will reduce the need for 1080 poison
    New Zealand First are celebrating the announcement of an investment of $3.5 million into five new trapping devices. These are a range of bait and trap devices, all designed to be left unattended for long periods of time. NZ First conservation spokesperson Jenny Marcroft says that this latest development will ...
    1 day ago
  • Cowboy clampers will be stymied
    Clayton Mitchell, Spokesperson for Consumer Affairs The ‘wheel clamping’ Bill that will cap clamper fees to $100 passed its third reading in Parliament today. New Zealand First welcomes The Land Transport (Wheel Clamping) Amendment Bill to combat predatory wheel clamping behaviour in what is currently a largely unregulated business. Cowboy clampers are: gouging ...
    2 days ago
  • Mental Health Commission back on track
    Jenny Marcroft, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First welcomes the passage of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill through its first reading in Parliament. “Today’s progress takes serious action on the mental health and addiction crisis the country is facing,” says New Zealand First Health Spokesperson Jenny Marcroft. “The re-establishment ...
    2 days ago
  • New Zealand’s key assets are not for sale: national interest test delivered
    Mark Patterson, Spokesperson for Primary Industries Today the Government announced the delivery of the promise to protect New Zealand interests by applying a new National Interest Test to the sales of our most sensitive and high risk assets to overseas buyers. This further strengthening of the Overseas Investment Act will ...
    3 days ago
  • National interest test added to protect New Zealanders’ interests
    The Coalition Government is delivering on its promise to protect New Zealanders’ interests by applying a new national interest test to the sales of our most sensitive and high-risk assets to overseas buyers. Under current Overseas Investment Act (OIA) rules, assets such as ports and airports, telecommunications infrastructure, electricity and ...
    3 days ago
  • Electoral law breach allegations
    Rt Winston Peters, Leader of New Zealand First Allegations raised this morning by Stuff Limited / Fairfax concern a party matter but I am confident that New Zealand First has operated within electoral laws, now and for the last 27 years. Declarable donations were declared to the Electoral Commission. Our ...
    3 days ago
  • Wayne Brown hits back at critics: Ports of Auckland has to move
    The chairman of the Upper North Island Supply Chain Strategy (UNISCS) working group, Wayne Brown, has hit back at critics of his group’s recommendations to relocate the Ports of Auckland cargo operations to Whangarei’s deepwater port of Northport. The working group's recommendation to close Auckland waterfront to all but cruise ...
    4 days ago
  • Week That Was: Supporting our schools
    We're setting our young people up for success, investing in education around the country.  ...
    4 days ago
  • Kiwis to have their say on End of Life Choice
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First backs the public to decide on the End of Life Choice Bill via a referendum at the 2020 General Election. The Bill, with New Zealand First’s referendum provision incorporated, passed its final reading in Parliament this evening. New Zealand First Spokesperson for ...
    1 week ago
  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
    Darroch Ball, Spokesperson for Justice New Zealand First is proud that a key Coalition Agreement commitment which will provide for a more transparent and effective criminal justice system has been realised. Legislation to establish the Criminal Cases Review Commission, an independent body focused on identifying and responding to possible miscarriages of ...
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  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
    "Today we have made a choice that will leave a legacy... I hope that means that future generations will see that we, in New Zealand, were on the right side of history." - Jacinda Ardern, Third Reading of the Zero Carbon Bill ...
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  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
    Darroch Ball, New Zealand First List MP A Member’s bill has been proposed that would provide income tax exemptions for all New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel while on operational deployment overseas. The Income Tax (Exemption for Salary or Wages of NZDF Members on Active Deployment) Amendment Bill proposed by New Zealand First ...
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  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First is proud to have brought common sense to the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill, which passed its final reading in Parliament today. Party Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says months of hard work went into negotiating a balanced ...
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  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First has listened to calls to recognise paramedics as registered health professionals under the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance Act (the Act). Today, the Coalition Government announced plans for paramedics to be registered as health practitioners under the Act, and the establishment of a ...
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  • PGF approves wind turbines funding for Stewart Island
    Stewart Island/Rakiura has been granted $3.16 million from the Provincial Growth Fund to help build two wind turbines, putting the island on a path to sustainable electricity generation, Environment Minister David Parker announced today. “Stewart Island is our third largest island, after the North and South Islands, and it is ...
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  • NZ economy in good shape amid global headwinds
    A major new report on the global economy shows New Zealand is in good shape amid increased global headwinds. The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has just released its latest Economic Outlook. It shows the OECD group of economies is forecast to grow between 1.6% and 1.7% across ...
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  • Milestone of 1800 new Police officers
    The Coalition commitment to add 1800 new Police officers to frontline policing has been achieved with the graduation of 59 constables from the Royal New Zealand Police College today. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters say today’s graduation means 1825 new Police have been deployed all ...
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  • PM appoints business leaders to APEC Business Advisory Council
    Ensuring APEC work gets input from diverse New Zealand business and trade interests is behind three new appointments to the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC), Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says. Rachel Taulelei, Malcolm Johns and Toni Moyes have been appointed to represent New Zealand on the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) ...
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  • PM speech notes for Trans-Tasman Business Circle
    Nau mai, haere mai. Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tatou katoa. Thank you for having me to speak today. To start, I’d like to acknowledge Sharron Lloyd, the General Manager of the Trans–Tasman Business Circle, the partners for this event Westpac’s  David McLean, and Derek McCormack from  AUT, and, of course ...
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  • Otago Regional Council given deadline for freshwater management plan
    A four-month investigation by former Environment Court judge Professor Peter Skelton found that Otago’s freshwater planning system is not fit for purpose to manage the region’s rivers, lakes and aquifers and that the Council has inadequate rules for the taking of water and the discharge of nutrients.   “Existing planning provisions ...
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  • LGNZ Rural and Provincial Sector Speech
      Introduction Thank you for the invitation to speak to you today. This is the first opportunity I’ve had to speak to an LGNZ meeting since the local elections, and I’m delighted to see the fresh faces of newly elected mayors. To returning mayors here today, as well as chief ...
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  • New Zealand to attend G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Japan
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters departs New Zealand today to attend the G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Nagoya at the invitation of this year’s G20 President, Japan. “This is the first time New Zealand will attend a G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting and we are deeply honoured that it is at ...
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  • Ambassador to the European Union announced
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today announced the appointment of diplomat Carl Reaich as New Zealand’s next Ambassador to the European Union. “The Ambassador to the EU is one of the most important and senior roles in New Zealand’s foreign service, advocating for New Zealand’s interests with the EU institutions,” Mr ...
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  • New inventions boost Predator Free 2050 effort
        Innovation and technology are behind five new tools to give nature a helping hand by helping eliminate predators, funded through the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), Minister for Conservation Eugenie Sage and Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. “The new tools will be trialled in ...
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  • APEC 2021 Bill passes first reading
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has welcomed the first reading of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation 2021 (APEC 2021) Bill in Parliament today. The temporary bill supports New Zealand’s security preparations for hosting the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum in 2021. “APEC is the leading economic and trade forum ...
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  • Making progress for our kids
    The Government is making progress on improving the wellbeing of the one million New Zealanders under the age of 18,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on World Children’s Day. The Government has today recommitted to the most widely ratified human rights treaty in history – the United Nation’s Convention on ...
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  • Māori women in business contribute to our economy, whānau and communities
    Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter has released a new report celebrating the contribution of Māori women in business across Aotearoa New Zealand. “Māori women are leaders in our communities, they employ many people and support our economy and our communities,” Julie Anne Genter said. The report, Ngā wāhine kaipakihi: ...
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  • Two schools on the way for Omokoroa
    Four parcels of land have been bought in Omokoroa, in the Western Bay of Plenty District, for an education facility that will accommodate both a primary and secondary school on a campus-like facility, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. Two parcels were acquired from private land owners and two were ...
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  • Families Package helps over 1 million New Zealanders in first year
    1 million New Zealanders warmed by the Winter Energy Payment 36,000 families bank the Best Start Payment in first year 6,000 more families received the Family Tax Credit, 220,600 in total   They receive an increase too – from an average of $117 to $157 a week for Inland Revenue clients, ...
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  • Clamp down on wheel clamping passes third reading
    New rules to clamp down on overzealous wheel clamping and extortionate fees charged in order to release a vehicle have passed their final stage in Parliament today. The Land Transport (Wheel Clamping) Amendment Bill has now passed its third reading. “These changes mean $100 will be the maximum wheel clamping ...
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  • Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill passes first hurdle
    An independent Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission is a step closer after it unanimously passed its first vote in Parliament today.  The Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill lays the groundwork for establishing the Commission as a fully independent crown entity – delivering on a key recommendation of He Ara ...
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  • Boosting border security with electronic travel authority – now over 500,000 issued
    We’ve improved border security with the NZeTA, New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority, which helps us to screen travellers for border and immigration risks off-shore before they travel to New Zealand. It was launched in August and became mandatory on 1 October 2019. More than 500,000 NZeTAs have been issued since ...
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  • Plan of action to protect seabirds
    A proposed national plan of action to reduce the number of seabirds caught in fisheries is being circulated for public feedback. Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash and Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage say New Zealand is a global centre of seabird diversity with about 145 species in our waters. It has more ...
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  • National interest test added to overseas investment rules
    The Government is delivering on its promise to protect New Zealanders’ interests by applying a new national interest test to the sales of our most sensitive and high risk assets to overseas buyers. Associate Finance Minister David Parker said under current Overseas Investment Act rules, assets such as ports and ...
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  • New housing part of support for Kaumātua
    The Government is building special housing to accommodate one of Aotearoa’s greatest taonga- our kaumātua, says the Minister for Māori Development, Hon Nanaia Mahuta.  Speaking at a National Kaumātua Service Providers Conference in Rotorua today, the Minister reinforced the importance kaumātua play in maintaining and passing on mātauranga Māori, knowledge, ...
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  • Forestry helps prisoners into jobs
    Eleven men from a pilot forestry training programme for prisoners in Northland now have full time jobs or job offers upon release, Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis and Forestry Minister Shane Jones announced today. The ‘release to work’ programme was a collaboration between Te Uru Rākau and the Department of Corrections, ...
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  • Reform of public service a step closer
    Minister of State Services Chris Hipkins today introduced into Parliament a Bill that will make it easier for the public service to tackle the biggest challenges facing Governments. The Bill represents the most significant change in the public service in 30 years. The State Sector Act 1988 will be repealed ...
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  • Donations scheme to relieve pressure on families
    The families of more than 416,000 students will be better off next year as their schools have signed up to the Government’s donations scheme, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. The scheme will see almost $62.5 million in additional Government funding go to schools nationwide next year. “I’m really pleased ...
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  • Further support for Samoan measles outbreak
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has announced further support as the Government of Samoa responds to a serious measles outbreak. “New Zealand will deploy a further 18 vaccination nurses, bringing the total to 30 working in Samoa over the next four weeks,” Mr Peters said. “A New Zealand Medical Assistance ...
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  • Speech to the Child Poverty Action Group 2019 Summit
      Fa’atalofa atu, malo e lelei, Kia ora koutou katoa Thank you to the Child Poverty Action Group for asking me to be here today to provide an update on some of the things that have been happening across my the social development portfolio.  Can I firstly acknowledge the vast ...
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  • Speech to the New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Annual Conference
    ***Please check against delivery*** Good morning everyone. It is a pleasure to be with you this morning to open this year’s New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Conference and AGM. Firstly, thank you Dr Alan Jackson, NZTR Chair for your introduction. And let us acknowledge also: The NZTR Board; Dean McKenzie, Chair ...
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  • Fairer rules for tenants and landlords
    The Government has delivered on its promise to the over one million New Zealanders who now rent to make it fairer and more secure, Associate Minister of Housing (Public Housing) Kris Faafoi has announced today. Both renters and landlords will benefit from the suite of practical changes to the Residential ...
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  • Two decades of marine protection celebrated at Te Tapuwae o Rongokako in Tairawhiti
    A marine conservation milestone - the 20th anniversary of the establishment of Te Tapuwae o Rongokako Marine Reserve - is being celebrated today at a community event in Tairāwhiti/East Coast attended by the Minister of Conservation, Eugenie Sage. “The creation of this marine reserve in November 1999 was a game ...
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  • Food industry asked to step up fight against obesity
         The Government is asking the food industry to step up work to tackle obesity including reducing sugar, fat and salt in their products, better information for consumers, and tighter restrictions on advertising to children. Health Minister David Clark and Food Safety Minister Damien O’Connor have responded to a ...
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  • Modern emergency care for Queenstown area
    ew, modern emergency department and outpatient facilities at Queenstown’s Lakes District Hospital mean better emergency care for the growing tourist mecca’s visitors and locals, says Health Minister David Clark. Today Dr Clark officially opened the hospital’s redeveloped Emergency Department and Outpatient facilities. The new facilities include: •    An extended Emergency Department ...
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  • Contraception important for New Zealanders
    Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter says today’s release of sexual and reproductive health data reinforces the significance of the Government’s commitment to providing free or very low-cost contraception. The Ministry of Health today published statistics from the Ministry of Health’s 2014/15 Health Survey. “It is important people can make ...
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  • NZ medical staff and measles vaccines going to Samoa
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced that at the request of the Samoan Government, New Zealand will be providing further support to Samoa as it faces a worsening measles outbreak. “In response to a request from the people of Samoa, New Zealand is providing 3000 measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) ...
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  • Disability Action Plan 2019 – 2023
    “The new Disability Action Plan 2019–2023 moves us towards the inclusive and accessible New Zealand that this government has committed to,” Minister for Disability Issues Carmel Sepuloni announced today.  “The Action Plan was designed by disabled people, their family and supporters, the disability sector and government agencies. It will ensure ...
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  • Joint Statement – Third Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting
    Third Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting 14 November 2019 Joint Statement 1. Defence Ministers Ron Mark and Dr Ng Eng Hen today conducted their third annual Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting in Singapore. 2. Building on the Enhanced Partnership signed between both countries in May this year, this annual meeting ...
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  • Sexual Violence Legislation Bill has its first reading
    A Bill to improve the court system’s response to sexual violence has passed its first reading in Parliament today. Justice Minister Andrew Little says the Sexual Violence Legislation Bill will reduce the trauma sexual violence complainants experience in court, while maintaining defendants’ fundamental rights and making sure the trial process ...
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  • Streamlined business invoicing a step closer
    Streamlined payment practices are a step closer for Kiwi businesses with the formal launch of New Zealand’s e-Invoicing framework. Small Business Minister Stuart Nash says the government has now established the structure to enable automated and direct data exchange between the accounting systems of buyers and sellers. “The move to ...
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  • More frontline biosecurity officers protecting NZ
    Another 51 quarantine officers and four new biosecurity detector dog teams will help protect New Zealand from invasive pests and diseases this summer, says Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor. “The Government is delivering on its commitment to strengthen New Zealand’s biosecurity system and support our valuable primary sector “New Zealand’s flora, fauna ...
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  • NZ space economy worth $1.69 billion
    A new report has found New Zealand’s space sector contributed $1.69 billion to the economy in the last financial year and employs 12,000 people, Minister for Economic Development Phil Twyford announced today. The report by Deloitte was commissioned by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and shows New Zealand ...
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  • New Chair for Royal Commission into Abuse
    Judge Coral Shaw has been appointed as the new Chair of the Royal Commission into Historical Abuse in State Care and in the Care of Faith-based Institutions, Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin announced today. "Judge Shaw, who is currently one of the inquiry commissioners, is extremely well qualified for the ...
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