web analytics

Just another typical week in US politics

Written By: - Date published: 9:50 am, November 17th, 2019 - 38 comments
Categories: Donald Trump, Media, Russia, spin, uncategorized, us politics, you couldn't make this shit up - Tags:

I seem to have been saying this about American politics for the past couple of years or so.  But what an amazing week it was in American politics.  And the question has to be asked, how is it that Donald Trump is still President?

All roads lead to Russia.  Basically and this must be crystal clear by now, Trump relied on Russian hacking of Hillary Clinton’s email server to run riot during the campaign and accuse her of all sorts of things.  Exactly what I am still not sure but it sure did fill in media space.

And when FBI director James Comey announced during the 2016 election campaign that Clinton was being investigated it seemed to give Trump the momentum to get him over the line.

But this has caused intense blow back from the US machine, I mean why wouldn’t you be concerned if the Russians were able to manipulate the election result?  They might get an idiot or a madman or both elected.  Just for laughs.

During the campaign Trump did not seem to think that it was a problem.  After all the Russians were backing him.  Subtleties like accepting their support might be potentially treasonous was lost on him, such was his desire to win.

But as time has gone by he appears to have realised the enormity of what has happened and has done the only thing possible in Trump world, and try and cover it up.

Hence the pressure on the Ukranians to open up an investigation into Joe Biden.  This had the dual benefits of allowing him to blame Ukranian actors for the Clinton server hacking and say it was them and not the Russians.  And it potentially hobbled who appeared to be his most difficult opponent in the forthcoming election.

The response has been slow but appears inevitably to be heading to a bloody denouement.

There was the Mueller Report with its damning conclusion that the Russian Government interfered in the 2016 presidential election “in a sweeping and systematic fashion”.  And Mueller summarised eleven instances in which Trump may have sought to obstruct justice even though he may not have succeeded.  In the report’s words:

The President’s efforts to influence the investigation were mostly unsuccessful, but that is largely because the persons who surrounded the President declined to carry out orders or accede to his requests.” 

The Mueller investigation has resulted in some people closely associated with the Trump campaign either serving time or facing the prospect of doing so.

Paul Manafort was convicted for bank and tax fraud and crimes related to his work as a political consultant in Ukraine.  Michael Cohen was convicted of tax evasion, bank fraud, lying to Congress and campaign finance violations. George Papadopoulos was convicted for lying to investigators about Russian contacts.

To add to this list is former Campaign lead Roger Stone who has just been convicted on seven counts of misleading Congress.  If you want to read a scathing analysis of what he did wrong and the implications for the Impeachment inquiry then this piece by Charles P Pierce at Esquire is a stand out piece of writing.  Short version he says that Stone’s morality is such that he would engage in marital relations with rodents for political gain.

Professional ratfcker Roger Stone, a blight on American politics for five decades, has fcked his last rat. On Friday, during a recess in the committee hearings into one of his former boss’s other abuses of power, Stone was convicted on all seven counts on which he’d been called to the bar, and no sartorial cock-of-the-walk narcissism can save him this time.

I remember being nauseated watching him get treated like a star at the Republican National Convention in 2016, and even more deeply nauseated watching him gallivant around the Capitol dressed like Mr. Peanut’s evil twin during the inauguration that same year. For all his celebrated “eccentricity,” Roger Stone is what democracy finds stuck to the bottom of its shoe on a hot summer’s day. Your time in the barrel has come, Roger, and the barrel’s gone over the falls. The bell has tolled. The cock has crowed, and maybe it wasn’t a good idea to spend the entire pre-trial period playacting the role of political tough-guy at the expense of the judge who now will sentence you on all seven counts on which you were indicted.

This was a big win for Robert Mueller, whose reputation as an investigator has been badly battered in recent weeks as it has become clear that his strict-constructionist view of his mandate left him incapable of confronting the limitless vista of corruption that is this administration. His prosecutors needed this one to validate their work. In addition, Stone was nailed for lying to Congress, which has to give pause to the people who will be testifying in public next week. (Hi, Gordon Sondland!). The conviction further validates the view that the Russian Story and the Ukraine Story are parts of a reeking whole. The entire noxious fabric is unravelling almost by the hour.

Stone has been using Alex Jones to send messages to the President that he should be pardoned.  The plan is that crazy you never know it just might work.

Because Trump has recently used the presidential pardon for some unusual people.  Like the former US army commando set to stand trial next year in the killing of a suspected Afghan bomb-maker and a former army lieutenant convicted of murder after he ordered his men to fire upon three Afghans and killed two.  And just for kicks he ordered a promotion for a Navy Seal convicted of posing with a dead Islamic State captive in Iraq.

And if you think that things are getting really strange details have been released about a White House meeting between Rudy Guliani’s mates Lev Parnas and Igor  Fruman and the President where the order was allegedly given to get the Ukraine Government to dig up dirt on Joe Biden.

Trump denies meeting them.  Facebook disagrees.

Maybe Trump is right.  Maybe there are hundreds or thousands of Ukraines who think that Trump has told them to go and get that dirt on Biden.  Maybe Trump had forgotten them even though CNN has tracked at least ten occasions where Trump met with Parnas and Fruman.

Trump has thrown Guliani under the bus by telling reporters they should talk with Rudy about Parnas and Fruman who are currently facing charges including conspiracy to violate the ban on foreign donations to federal and state elections, making false statements and falsifying records.  Rudy says he has insurance.

And the circus that is the Impeachment hearing is in full swing.  The right is trying to say that it is boring and there is nothing to see.  The evidence is dry and detailed.  But if you are not concerned then you have not been watching closely enough.

The Republicans are putting up a fight and trying to disrupt and divert attention and no doubt the Republican Senate will refuse to impeach.  But it going to be fun watching them squirm and deny.  If not deeply worrying.

Interesting times …

38 comments on “Just another typical week in US politics ”

  1. Siobhan 1

    Impeachment could well be a disaster for the Progressives trying to get their message out …which in turn may well kneecap the Democrats chances at gaining any sort of clear victory..again

    "That would keep those six candidates stuck in Washington, acting as jurors – and out of Iowa and other key early states — in the critical final weeks before the caucuses.

    "We will have to convene every day, six days out of seven," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell recently told reporters. President Bill Clinton's 1999 impeachment trial lasted more than a month. The only other impeachment trial in U.S. history, President Andrew Johnson's, ran on and off for more than two months.

    Even if a Trump trial only lasts a few weeks, it will still effectively freeze campaigning for Warren, Harris, Booker, Bernie Sanders, Amy Klobuchar and Michael Bennet." (side note: I do love the way he buried Bernies name)

    https://www.npr.org/2019/11/06/776182132/a-disaster-impeachment-could-sideline-senators-in-2020-presidential-campaign

    but then I'm sure the Polosi and DNC were well aware of that…

    and this..another example of who does and who doesn’t get charged with pergury..

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/lawmakers-want-james-clapper-prosecuted-for-surveillance-testimony-before-statute-of-limitations-runs-out

    and this..

    https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2018/07/the-us-has-a-long-history-of-election-meddling/565538/

    • Andre 1.1

      I'm curious, do you think Pelosi should have just ignored the blatant ongoing violations of constitution oaths and obligations, trashing of national security interests for personal political advantage, and who the fuck knows what all else?

      Ignore all that, to do what else, exactly?

    • lprent 1.2

      I think that the key point about the Clapper incident is related to the usage of committees inside congress when dealing with security issues. Your link about Clapper said:-

      Still, defense attorney Mark Zaid, who works with national security whistleblowers seeking to lawfully come forward, scoffed at the idea of Clapper standing trial.

      “I can't fathom he would ever be prosecuted. And I honestly don't think it's so black or white as to a conviction. It's more complicated than people see," he said.

      Zaid said that “Clapper was faced with a difficult choice: reveal classified information or respond in a [manner] that is not accurate,” and that although “there is no specific national security defense” for perjury, he believes “an argument can be made that he didn't lie to Congress because that committee knew the information already. [Democratic Oregon Sen. Ron] Wyden essentially trapped him intentionally.”

      Essentially the position Clapper was in was to either violate the restrictions about revealing classified information in public or to give false information to congress. The reason that he was put in that position was because a senator who (presumably) already knew the answer and presumably knew its security classification attempted to cause Clapper to break the law either way. Like Zaid, I suspect that any court proceedings would hang up on that issue. In fact it wouldn’t surprise me if Wyden was pulled up in front of whatever the senatorial equivalent of the privileges committee is for deliberate entrapment.

      This is rather different to the position that someone like Roger Stone was in. There were no such conflicts of legal interests there. He was just lying to cover his own arse and that of his employer – Donald Trump. Moreover from the evidence presented to the court he was encouraging at least one other person to deliberately lie to congress as well. I don’t think that your comparision is in any way a valid one.

      On a separate note – less about intent and more about simple mechanics. The question of if the information about pickup of US domestic surveillance in the course of a different task should have been classified at all is pretty much a separate issue.,/p>

      That there are signals surveillance programs that target overseas intelligence sources has been well known for more than 100 years – for instance the Zimmerman telegram. By-catch is inevitable.

      For me, the only real thing that I see is really the by-catch issue – which happens in all surveillance operations – for example the by-catch of human activities whilst looking at wild-life through cameras. I've been thinking this one over ever since I read that article yesterday.

    • Macro 1.3

      And yet in Louisiana – a state where Trump won in 2016 by 20% points the race for Governor is really close with the incumbent Democrat Edwards ahead of his Republican rival by around 33,000 votes with 98.5% of the vote counted. Note that because of a rather unusual electoral system in this State, Edwards snuck in last time in 2015 because he was facing 2 Republican candidates. It seems that not only has he secured and maintained his majority (despite the fact that just yesterday Trump was exhorting the people of Louisiana to vote Republican), the Trump factor is no where near what it was in 2016.

      *Admittedly Edwards is one of the more conservative Democrats – but with the recent win by a Democrat for Governor in Kansas (again after Trump begging voters not to let it happen) – I believe it illustrates that the race for the White House and even a small majority in the Senate is not an unthinkable objective for Democrats and that the "Blue Wave" evidenced in the 2018 elections is still surging. Recent polling also puts the top Democrat candidates – Biden, Warren, and Sanders ahead of Trump in the 3 crucial states .

      • Andre 1.3.1

        So boooooring this year.

        Oh for the good old days in Louisiana gubernatorial politics, when winning slogans were things like "Vote for the crook, it's important" and "Vote for the lizard, not the wizard"

      • lprent 1.3.2

        Good to hear. Was looking at that this morning in NYT (?) in the morning read. Nope it was the US ABC.

        But here is the NYT
        https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/16/us/louisiana-governor-edwards-rispone.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage

        I bet there will be a recount there. Face saving and trying to spread the loss over enough time to dissipate it’s shock effect. Basically supporting Trump doesn’t deliver the votes for Republican candidates.

        • Andre 1.3.2.1

          The incumbency effect is astonishingly strong in many parts of the US. It's pretty much the only reason Doug Jones has a fighting chance of keeping his Senate seat in Alabama next year (along with the way Sessions will have the spiteful tinyfingers trashing him, and Cradlesnatcher Moore is having another go).

        • Macro 1.3.2.2

          Basically supporting Trump doesn’t deliver the votes for Republican candidates.

          I really hope that this is the take away for Republican Senators as the approach the inevitable Impeachment. The "See No Evil – Hear No Evil" while "Speaking Loads of Evil" approach that they are currently pursuing is being seen for what it is.

          If the Republican Senators do find a backbone then it will be be interesting. Then again Pence, from the latest testimonials, is also implicated in the "deal"! So it might just be a bridge too far. The circling of the wagons is all they can do at the moment.

          BTW the latest Louisiana Results are available here:

          https://www.vox.com/2019/11/16/20963502/louisiana-election-results-live-edwards-rispone

          Edwards leads by 3%. and around 40,000 votes.

          • joe90 1.3.2.2.1

          • Andre 1.3.2.2.2

            Thing is, there's no good path forward for Repug senators, since none of them have any remaining vestiges of spines, principles or courage. Vote for conviction, and face the wrath of the drumpfkins at their next primary. One could almost feel sorry for them, if any of them showed even a residual glimmer of humanity inside those empty containers they're shuffling around in.

            At this stage, their only hope for political survival is to continue deflecting and gaslighting to keep the base onside, and hope like hell they keep enough swing voters to remain viable. Along with trying to make their Dem opponent look even worse by whatever ugly lying tactics might work. Sadly, this will actually work for almost all of them.

      • joe90 1.3.3

        Aan ugly dawn is breaking over at Free Republic.

  2. Andre 2

    Speaking of Sondland, looks like he's gonna have to choose to have a miraculous recovery from a major bout of selective amnesia that goes way beyond the "correction to the record" he's already submitted, or play Sgt Schultz for 10 hours straight.

    https://www.huffpost.com/entry/transcript-testimony-sondland-williams-morrison_n_5dd085d2e4b0294748186552

    • joe90 2.1

      I guess the Stone verdict is keeping Mr Sondland up.

    • Macro 2.2

      Yep! And the damning evidence just keeps on coming.

      • Macro 2.2.1

        • Macro 2.2.1.1

          ”It was the first time something like this had been injected as a condition to release the aid,” Morrison said.

  3. joe90 3

    Setting himself up to announce that due to some mysterious ailment he's being forced to resign?

    And then Pence will pardon him, of course..

    President Donald Trump underwent a "quick exam and labs" as part of his annual physical exam on Saturday, out of anticipation of a "very busy 2020," the White House said.

    Trump, 73, made an unannounced visit Saturday afternoon to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

    A source with knowledge of the matter told CNN that Trump's trip to Walter Reed was not on his schedule as of Friday. The White House declined to comment on when the trip was scheduled.

    "Anticipating a very busy 2020, the President is taking advantage of a free weekend here in Washington, D.C., to begin portions of his routine annual physical exam at Walter Reed," White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a statement.

    https://edition.cnn.com/2019/11/16/politics/trump-annual-physical-walter-reed/index.html

  4. Macro 4

    Just to remind ourselves just how corrupt this current US Administration is – a picture is worth a 1000 words.

    cartoon%20-%202019-03-27

  5. joe90 5

    https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1195462332358516737.html

  6. Adrian Thornton 6

    I get the fear and outright hatred Trump has brought out of so many people, he deserves most of it, but It's hard to watch people with whom I might not always agree with, but are obviously sincere on the 'Left' get so easily lead around by the nose by none other than the CIA and FBI. It has become so bad now that liberal news channels in the US now actually hire former intelligence officials like former CIA Director John Brennan (MSNBC) and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper (CNN) to analyze the investigation.

    And now on a lazy Sunday afternoon in New Zealand on The Standard I see this Russia hysteria brought to you directly by the CIA, given more oxygen..

    ."All roads lead to Russia",

    " I mean why wouldn’t you be concerned if the Russians were able to manipulate the election result?"

    " During the campaign Trump did not seem to think that it was a problem. After all the Russians were backing him."

    Maybe some of you need to watch The Power of Nightmares, The Rise of the Politics of Fear, again..no seriously you really do!

    Or for something more contemporary..

    Ukrainegate impeachment saga worsens US-Russia Cold War

    • Andre 6.1

      Yeah micky, whatever you do, don't mention the russians.

      Or fail to properly lay the blame for all that's wrong in the world at the door of the CIA and FBI.

  7. Adrian Thornton 7

    Andre, I am just wondering, have you ever thought in those quiet moments, (Sundays can often be a good time for this) that maybe you could to do a little bit of self reflection..I am saying this because I wouldn't want to see you ending up looking unhinged and out of touch like the establishment DNC and talking heads on liberal MSM, who quite openly and proudly have not spent any time what so ever self reflecting on their historic and embarrassing loss to Trump in 2016 or lately on having their whole Russiagate conspiracy theory crumble into a pile of dust around them..or are you really going to let them make a fool of you yet again with this pointless Ukrainegate that in your heart of hearts you know will go absolutely nowhere and will only help Trump in the end.

    Go on do it pal..do it for your own good….maybe just try saying this little mantra to yourself again and again until you start to feel the effects of your self induced hysteria slowly subside…."The Russians mean me no harm..The Russians mean me no harm"..go on try saying it out loud..empower yourself man!

    Русские не обидят тебя!

    • McFlock 7.1

      Well, if we're giving out advice, cool bananas.

      I've always found a good rule of thumb is "the person with the most reliable view of things tends to be the one most capable of writing a short, coherent sentence".

      • Adrian Thornton 7.1.1

        OK my advice is..don't trust any adult that uses the term 'cool bananas' in a conversation with another adult, I don't know why, but it's just somehow not right.

    • Stuart Munro. 7.2

      How about you learn a mantra yourself Adrian.

      The CIA is the FSB is the MSS.

      None of them mean us well, nor, outside of certain limits, do the states that deploy them.

  8. Peter 8

    It's another seminal moment for the US. They honour, well, by words anyway, their Constitution, they regard it with some sanctity. Their Supreme Court and all the doings around that have a sort of Ten Commandments level of status. It seems their courts and legal systems have standing and studies of law and Colleges of law have history, gravitas and honour. They see themselves a country of high ideals, principles and values.

    When it gets down to it though, if Trump should be deemed to be guilty of anything against the spirit of the Great Nation all that honour stuff, all the stuff about integrity, ethics, morals and principle will seemingly be down the toilet. Political partisanship will rule. That event will be another day America dies.

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Building back better
    It’s a three-week recess in Parliament – so, no bills are going through the House and no select committees are meeting. But the hard work of our ministers continues, and many of our MPs are back in their electorates, taking the opportunity to meet with local communities and businesses about ...
    5 days ago
  • Greens call for a Warrant of Fitness for rental homes
    The Green Party is launching a petition today calling on the Government’s Healthy Homes Standards to be backed up with a proper Warrant of Fitness (WoF) for rental homes. ...
    1 week ago
  • Securing our recovery: By the numbers
    Our plan to secure New Zealand’s recovery from COVID-19 is working, with the past three months seeing the second-highest number of people moved off a main benefit into work since records began. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • More Kiwis in work through recovery plan
    The latest statistics show the Government’s focus on jobs is working. The net number of people on a main benefit dropped by around 11,190 people during the past three months, with around 31,240 people moving off a benefit into work. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Green Party appoints new Chief of Staff
    The Green Party has appointed a new Parliamentary Chief of Staff, Robin Campbell. ...
    2 weeks ago

  • Warmer Kiwi Homes smashes annual target
    The Government's highly successful insulation and heating programme, Warmer Kiwi Homes, is celebrating a key milestone with the completion of more than 38,000 insulation and efficient heater installs in the year to the end of June, smashing its target of 25,000 installs for the year. “The Warmer Kiwi Homes scheme ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • Exemption granted for Wallabies to enter NZ
    Bledisloe Cup rugby will be played in New Zealand after the Australian rugby team received an economic exemption to enter New Zealand. Travel between Australia and New Zealand was suspended on Friday for at least eight weeks following the worsening of the COVID outbreak across the Tasman. New Zealanders have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs makes three diplomatic appointments
    Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta today announced three New Zealand Head of Mission appointments. They are: Mike Walsh as Ambassador to Iran Michael Upton as Ambassador to Ethiopia and the African Union Kevin Burnett as Ambassador to Indonesia Iran “Aotearoa New Zealand has a long-standing and constructive relationship with Iran, despite a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • Enhanced Task Force Green Approved for West Coast and Marlborough
    The Government has activated Enhanced Task Force Green (ETFG) in response to the West Coast and Marlborough floods, Social Development and Employment Minister Carmel Sepuloni announced today. “To assist with the clean-up, up to $500,000 will be made available to support the recovery in Buller and Marlborough which has experienced ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • Govt support for upgrade of Eden Park players facilities
    Minister for Sport and Recreation Hon Grant Robertson has announced funding to upgrade the players facilities at Eden Park ahead of upcoming Women’s World Cup events. Eden Park is a confirmed venue for the Rugby World Cup 2021, the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022, and a proposed venue for matches of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    21 hours ago
  • More jobs and quicker public transport motoring towards West Auckland
    Work to improve public transport for West Aucklanders and support the region’s economic recovery by creating hundreds of jobs has officially kicked off, Transport Minister Michael Wood announced today. Michael Wood and Auckland Mayor Phil Goff this morning marked the start of construction on the Northwestern Bus Improvements project. It ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    21 hours ago
  • Government backs critical health research
    Research into some of New Zealanders’ biggest health concerns including cancer, diabetes, and heart disease is getting crucial support in the latest round of health research funding, Health Minister Andrew Little announced today. The funding, awarded through the Health Research Council of New Zealand, covers 31 General Project grants ($36.64 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    22 hours ago
  • New Bay of Islands hospital facilities to bring services closer to home
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Health Minister Andrew Little have joined a ceremony to bless the site and workers for Phase Two of the redevelopment of the Bay of Islands Hospital in Kawakawa today. The new building will house outpatients and primary care facilities, as well as expanded renal care ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Cabinet accepts Turkish authorities’ request for the managed return of three NZ citizens
    Cabinet has agreed to the managed return of a New Zealand citizen and her two young children from Turkey, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today. The three have been in immigration detention in Turkey since crossing the border from Syria earlier this year. Turkey has requested that New Zealand repatriate ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Govt delivers more classrooms so children can focus on learning
    Extra Government investment in classrooms and school building projects will enable students and teachers to focus on education rather than overcrowding as school rolls grow across the country, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis say. The pair visited Ruakākā School in Whangārei today to announce $100 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New station a platform for AirportLink to take off
    Every Aucklander with access to the rail network will now have a quick and convenient trip to the airport, Transport Minister Michael Wood and Auckland Mayor Phil Goff said during the official opening of the new Puhinui Interchange today. The new interchange links the rail platform with a new bus ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • 10 days sick leave for employees delivered
    Legislation doubling employees’ minimum sick leave entitlement to 10 days comes into effect today, bringing benefits to both businesses and employees, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Wood announced today. “Our Government is delivering on a key manifesto commitment to help Kiwis and workplaces stay healthy,” Michael Wood said. “COVID-19 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Prime Minister congratulates Fiame Naomi Mata’afa on Election Win
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern tonight congratulated Prime Minister-elect Fiame Naomi Mata’afa on her victory in the Samoa’s general election. “New Zealand has a special relationship with Samoa, anchored in the Treaty of Friendship. We look forward to working with Samoa’s new government in the spirit of partnership that characterises this ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Quarantine Free Travel with Australia suspended
    Quarantine Free Travel from all Australian states and territories to New Zealand is being suspended as the Covid situation there worsens, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. From 11.59pm today Australians will no longer be able to enter New Zealand quarantine-free. This will be ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Growing conservation efforts in Gisborne
    A big injection of Jobs for Nature funding will create much-needed jobs and financial security for families in TeTairāwhiti, and has exciting prospects for conservation in the region, Conservation Minister Kiri Allan says. “The projects target local communities most affected by the economic consequences of COVID 19 and are designed ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Flood recovery given further assistance
    The Government is contributing a further $1 million to help the flood battered Buller community, Acting Emergency Management Minister Kris Faafoi announced today. “Buller is a small community which has found itself suddenly facing significant and ongoing welfare costs. While many emergency welfare costs are reimbursed by Government, this money ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Funding for five projects to reduce food waste
    The Government is funding five projects to help address the growing problem of food waste, Environment Minister David Parker announced today. “New Zealand households throw away nearly 300,000 tonnes of food every year, half of which could still be eaten. By supporting these initiatives, we’re taking steps to reduce this ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Temporary Accommodation Service activated for West Coast flooding event
    The Temporary Accommodation Service (TAS) has been activated today - meaning residents on the West Coast of the South Island and in the Marlborough region hit by flooding over the weekend can now access help finding temporary accommodation, announced Associate Minister of Housing (Public Housing) Poto Williams in Westport today. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Pause to Quarantine Free Travel from South Australia to New Zealand
    Quarantine Free Travel from South Australia to New Zealand will be paused from 11.59am (NZT) tonight, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins has announced. However, people currently in the state who ordinarily live in New Zealand will be able to return on “managed return” flights starting with the next available flight, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand condemns malicious cyber activity by Chinese state-sponsored actors
    New Zealand has established links between Chinese state-sponsored actors known as Advanced Persistent Threat 40 (APT40) and malicious cyber activity in New Zealand. “The GCSB has worked through a robust technical attribution process in relation to this activity. New Zealand is today joining other countries in strongly condemning this malicious ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Remarks to Diplomatic Corps
    It is a pleasure to be with you all this evening. Some of you may have been surprised when you received an invitation from the Minister of Disarmament and Arms Control, and I would forgive you if you were. New Zealand is unique in having established a Ministerial portfolio ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Early Pfizer shipment boosts vaccine schedule
    The largest shipment of the Pfizer vaccine to date has arrived into New Zealand two days ahead of schedule, and doses are already being delivered to vaccination centres around the country, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says. “The shipment of more than 370,000 doses reached New Zealand yesterday, following a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Backing for Bay of Islands predator free effort
    The Government is throwing its support behind an ambitious project to restore native biodiversity and build long-term conservation careers, Conservation Minister Kiri Allan says. Predator Free Bay of Islands aims to eradicate predators from the three main peninsulas in the region, and significantly reduce their impact throughout the wider 80,000-plus ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government commits $600,000 to flood recovery
    The Government is contributing $600,000 to help residents affected by the weekend’s violent weather with recovery efforts. Acting Minister for Emergency Management Kris Faafoi and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor have been in the Buller district this afternoon to assess flood damage and support the local response effort. They have announced ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government assisting local responses to heavy rainfall and high wind
    Acting Minister of Emergency Management Kris Faafoi says Central Government is monitoring the severe weather across the country, and is ready to provide further support to those affected if necessary. “My thoughts are with everyone who has been affected by this latest event, particularly communities on the West Coast and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • PM Ardern chairs APEC Leaders’ meeting on COVID-19
    New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has chaired a meeting of Leaders representing the 21 APEC economies overnight. “For the first time in APEC’s history Leaders have come together for an extraordinary meeting focused exclusively on COVID-19, and how our region can navigate out of the worst health and economic ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Health Minister welcomes progress on nurses’ pay
    The New Zealand Nurses Organisation’s decision to take the Government’s improved pay offer to members and to lift strike notices is a positive move towards settling district health board nurses’ pay claims, Health Minister Andrew Little said. “It’s encouraging that the discussions between NZNO and DHBs over the nurses’ employment ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Boost for Pacific regional business
    Pacific businesses will get a much-needed financial boost as they recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic thanks to the new Pacific Aotearoa Regional Enterprise Fund, said Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio.  The new $2 million fund will co-invest in Pacific business projects and initiatives to create ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • PM Ardern call with President Biden
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern spoke with US President Biden this morning, ahead of the APEC Informal Leaders’ Retreat on COVID-19. “President Biden and I discussed the forthcoming APEC leaders meeting and the critical importance of working together as a region to navigate out of the COVID-19 pandemic”, Jacinda Ardern said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Renewed partnership creates jobs for New Zealand youth
    The Government has signed a new memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Mayors Taskforce for Jobs, strengthening the partnership to get more young people into work.  The Mayors Taskforce for Jobs (MTFJ) is a nationwide network of all Mayors in New Zealand, who are committed to making sure all young ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • South Island areas prioritised in tourism fund
    Five South Island areas are prioritised in the latest round of decisions from a tourism fund that is supporting infrastructure projects from Cape Reinga to Stewart Island and the Chathams. Tourism Minister Stuart Nash has announced details of 57 nationwide projects to receive support from the Tourism Infrastructure Fund (TIF). ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • New code sets clear expectations for learner safety and wellbeing in tertiary education
    A new code of practice for the pastoral care of domestic tertiary and international students will be in place from January next year, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today The code, which makes clear that creating an environment that supports learning and wellbeing is a shared responsibility between tertiary providers, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • First TAB New Zealand Board appointments announced
    The members of the first TAB NZ Board come with experience in racing and sport administration, business and governance, the betting industry, broadcasting and gambling harm minimisation. “This Board will progress from the excellent work done by the interim board, put in place in August 2020,” Grant Robertson said. “The ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Northland Maori Pathways initiative introduced
    The Government has today launched Māori Pathways at Northland Region Corrections Facility, a ground-breaking series of initiatives designed in partnership with Māori to reduce re-offending and improve outcomes for whānau. A key part of the Hōkai Rangi strategy, Māori Pathways looks to achieve long-term change and involves a number of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Extended Essential Skills visas being rolled out
    Two year Essential Skills visa to provide certainty to at least 18,000 visa holders Streamlined application process to benefit at least 57,000 visa holders The Government is increasing the duration of some Essential Skills visas and streamlining the application process to provide more certainty to employers and visa holders while ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Pause to Quarantine Free Travel from Victoria to New Zealand
    Quarantine Free Travel from Victoria to New Zealand will be paused from 1.59am (NZT) Friday, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins has announced. The decision follows updated public health advice from New Zealand officials and a growing number of cases and locations of interest. The pause will run for at least ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Hydrogen arrangement signed with Singapore
    The signing of an Arrangement of Cooperation on low-carbon hydrogen with Singapore heralds the start of greater collaboration between it and New Zealand as both countries transition towards low carbon economies, says Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods. The cooperation arrangement between New Zealand’s Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Hydrogen agreement signed with Singapore
    The signing of a Memorandum of Cooperation on low-carbon hydrogen with Singapore signals the start of greater collaboration between the two countries as they transition towards low carbon economies, says Energy and Resources Minister Dr Megan Woods. The cooperation agreement between New Zealand’s Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Speech to LGNZ Conference
    Kia ora koutou katoa and thank-you for the invitation to speak to you all today. I would like to acknowledge Local Government New Zealand President Stuart Crosby, and Chief Executive, Susan Freeman-Greene, Te Maruata Chair, Bonita Bigham, and our host, Mayor John Leggett. I also acknowledge all the elected members ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Government to provide support for water reforms, jobs and growth
    The Government today announced a $2.5 billion package to support local government transition through the reforms to New Zealand’s drinking water, wastewater and stormwater services. The package will also stimulate local economies while creating jobs and unlocking infrastructure for housing. “New Zealand’s water systems are facing a significant crisis and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago