Key pledges: a photo-op a week for Chch

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Stung by Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee’s admission that the eastern suburbs had been neglected after the Christchurch Earthquake, John Key is redoubling his efforts: “For the first few days, I stuck my head down and got on with designing the emergency benefit policy but, with winter approaching, the people need me to return to my strengths.”

Acclaimed comedian, multi-millionaire and sometime Prime Minister Key has promised a photo-op a week until Christchurch is back on its feet.

“As Prime Minister, it’s the least I can do” explained Key:

“It was cool that Stephen Fleming organised his old cricket buddies for a charity match but it wouldn’t have been the same if I hadn’t made an appearance. Seeing me whack a full-toss from Warnie (he said I could call him Warnie, how cool is that!?) to the boundary would have really lifted spirits in Christchurch homes. Well, those that have power. And I bet they got a giggle out of my Liz Hurley comment, I spent ages working on it”

Key denied that such photo-ops were pointless:

“Do you really think they would have sold-out the Basin just to see some old cricket greats? Nah, they came to see me. Besdies, Fujitsu donated $100,000 to the Christchurch relief fund because I hit that four. Of course, Fujitsu would have donated the money anyway (imagine how churlish they would have looked if they refused!) and they could have done it without the palaver but we talked and we decided that what the people of Christchurch really needed was for people in Wellington to watch me play ham it up while playing a bit of cricket.”

Next on the photo-op list is this week’s memorial day.

“It just so happened that Prince William had a pre-arranged trip this week to Australia to check out the floods meaning it will be easy for him to pop over here. I can assure you that it was only a coincidence that we picked this unseemly early date but the stills of me and the future King looking sombre while inspecting the rubble will play get in the weekend papers, which, by the by, are great for layering between days in your long-drop to help control the pong”

Key was coy on future photo ops. He said he had something “really sweet” lined up for next week, “think: All Blacks and Zorbs”  and re-iterated his plan to appear on Letterman and Oprah to raise money, although those appearances “would count for two weeks”.

81 comments on “Key pledges: a photo-op a week for Chch”

  1. I’ve read the event raised $500k. That’s remarkable. Congrats to Fleming and all who were involved, everyone who showed up, played or donated – including the PM.

    I fear you’re missing the point. The people of Christchurch.

    Hold the pollies accountable for the stuff that matters, their administration.

    Please don’t waste any political capital by making ridiculous criticisms such as this.

    • Bright Red 1.1

      way to completely miss the point. No-one’s against a chairty cricket match.

      The problem is Key shows up at a match (that was already sold out before he said he was coming) and clowns around but does nothing of real substance.

      “Hold the pollies accountable for the stuff that matters, their administration. ”

      In my view, that’s precisely what Zet is doing. Asking where the actual administration work is.

  2. Odd, I commented, critically, on this post. Should my post have been lost in the either, let me again say this is a stupid post that entirely misses the point… the recovery of Chch.

    [lprent: Wound up in auto spam. Takes a while before I check in there, and I usually have a look to see why it got there. No reason in this case. ]

  3. Rob 3

    Not sure if they could actually get many more photo ops out of it.

    • Jim Nald 3.1

      Is John Key’s publicity team hiring?
      Comms people who lost jobs from Ryall’s public sector slashing can apply?

      A photo-op a week (including this week) and that makes 37 to polling weekend.

      Someone set up something online like an Excel sheet for bloggers to fill in?
      The sheet can be used for to record and monitor, in one of the columns, actual stats of Key’s photo-ops as well.

  4. Irascible 4

    As John Key would say” The Herald will give me front page holding little Willie in my hand, especially if I’m showing him my photo of Liz Hurley autographed by Warnie. (Mind you until Warnie can be convinced to authenticate the signature I could have signed it myself… Shane is, after all, another spelling of John, isn’t it?) That should distract the public from Double & Hide getting ready to sell off New Zealand to my Republican business mates in Hawaii and Wisconsin.”

  5. Double standard 5

    Problem with your beatching here is that Phil Goff was at the Cricket….even laughing….where he has been all his political life LEFT OUT ON THE SIDELINE!!

  6. And once again, Phil Goff had to watch from the sidelines …

  7. Nice photo of more socialist pollies enjoying the insanity of power. Must go as this Demo Man has lots and lots of work to do. Kiwi politicians wouldn’t work in an iron lung. What weak creeps!They all make sick!

  8. Bob Stanforth 8

    It would have been so much cooler if Phil In was PM. Imagine. He could have ridden a borrowed bike in borrowed leathers to the center, worn a really cool neck scarf whilst at bat, and not run but sauntered in that really cool Thunderbirds walking style he has fostered, stately like, between the wickets.

    We have so missed out as a country, heart broken we should be.

    Oh, and note to the site mods – you should check the speullunk in your adverts, that’s just shonky (no, not JohnKey, shonky, utterly different, just ask the voting public 😉 )

    • felix 8.1

      Actually Bob, if Phil (or just about anyone else) were PM he’d probably be too busy doing his fucking job to be arsing it up at the cricket.

    • Jim Nald 8.2

      That brings to mind shonkey-gate:

      Auditor-General must investigate Wongs

      Any updates on the creative arrangements set up by the Wongs to help fundraising for the Nats, the involvement of Shipley, etc?

      Just cos Pansy resigned from Parliament doesn’t mean what was done is all buried and gone.

  9. Pete 9

    This comes across not only as petty political bitching but also as bitching at efforts to help Christchurch, financially and spiritually. If ever there was a time for the country to show some non-aligned maturity together to show support for one of our cities in major strife it’s now.

    I wasn’t particularly interested in the cricket game (I’m following the real cricket in India), but it wasn’t for me.

    • felix 9.1

      Maturity? Don’t make me laugh. There’s important work to be done and this is all monkey-boy has to offer?

      This is not the role of a leader, Pete. This is the role of an entertainer.

      As I’m sure you know, his office has been working overtime the last couple of days trying to figure out how to get him on Oprah now that the world is focused on Japan.

      • Lanthanide 9.1.1

        It won’t help that Oprah ended her talk show (famously, in Sydney). Unless you mean the new Oprah Network?

        • Zetetic 9.1.1.1

          key was the one talking about getting himself on oprah. not me.

          personally, I think it’s awesome our country is in such good shape that there’s nothing more pressing for the PM to attend to than flying around the work to make fundraising appearances. Without a doubt it will bring in millions, just like how his stand-up brought in all those extra US tourists.

    • Zetetic 9.2

      please explain how Key’s photo-ops are efforts to help Christchurch.

      Whole point of the post is that Key isn’t helping Christchurch with these stunts.

      • Pete 9.2.1

        Do you live in Christchurch?
        How do you know that everyone in Christchurch thinks he isn’t helping them?

        I don’t think everyone is consumed by political hissiness.

        • Zetetic 9.2.1.1

          you’re right, they’re too busy worrying what is going to happen to their house and no-one is giving them any info. Not even an indication of when they will know and what will happen in different outcomes.

          I’d rather Key spent his time designing such an info pack for Chch households and donated another $500K of tax money. Wouldn’t you?

      • Jim Nald 9.2.2

        Our family friends and former colleagues who have been displaced from Christchurch said yesterday they acknowledge the turn-out and Stephen Fleming’s initiative but they were more circumspect about John Key’s ballyhoo.

        They said $500,000 is great but ought to be seen by the discerning public in perspective – how many houses will that rebuild?

        I said John Key’s monkey-ing around is distracting from the real work and decisions required from the Government about funding and rebuilding Christchurch.

      • Zetetic, he was part of an event that raised $500k. Had Helen been PM, she would have supported it however she could’ve too. Phil Goff was there and supported it. Can I also say, people enjoyed the event and enjoyed the Warne/Key element too. There’s nothing inherently wrong with that either. You’re being way too partisan and this isn’t the time.

        • Blighty 9.2.3.1

          How is it partisan to point out that Key’s doing lots of photo-ops and bugger all else for christchurch?

          • Paul Williams 9.2.3.1.1

            It’s partisan because the PM of the day should always be involved in this kind of event. Once you accept that, a post that criticises him for doing his job is either partisan or hopelessly misinformed. Surely you’d be alert to this since Phil was there too (and had he or Helen been PM, they’d have been involved one way or the other).

            For all means criticise him for substantive failings; the allocation of resources to East Christchurch, for his Ministers etc. But criticising him for supporting a major event such as this is ridiculous. Worse, it alienates people, like me, who think he’s a poor PM generally but can’t let this kind of criticism stand.

            • Blighty 9.2.3.1.1.1

              I’m quite capable of reading words that aren’t on bold, old boy.

              This post is criticising the substantive failings by pointing out that all Key is doing is photo-ops.

        • lprent 9.2.3.2

          Z tends towards the satirical, and frequently satires repetitive behavior. Click on their name and read his previous posts.

          I am pretty sure that he’d have taken the piss if Helen had done it as well – if she’d had the history of shamelessly chasing photo-ops. Since she was never known for selecting photo ops over the work she got paid for, then your points are rather moot.

          It is always the time for satire.

          Personally I am sure that the PM has some more effective ways of raising money and resources for fixing Christchurch than a frigging charity cricket match. Getting the debt in place to pay for sewerage systems come to mind

          • Paul Williams 9.2.3.2.1

            Z tends towards the satirical, and frequently satires repetitive behavior. Click on their name and read his previous posts.

            Lyn, I lurk here bit, I’m noticing a decline in the quality of satire. I’ll leave it now, I’ve made my point.

          • Armchair Critic 9.2.3.2.2

            Personally I am sure that the PM has some more effective ways of raising money and resources for fixing Christchurch than a frigging charity cricket match.
            C’mon LP, all Key needs to do is play another 39,999 matches like that and he’ll have raised the full $20b to fund the rebuild.
            AFAIK that’s about ten times more matches than the total number of international ODIs ever played, but whatever.

        • Bright Red 9.2.3.3

          the money would have been raised with or without Key. You can’t credit him for it. Tickets had sold out before he even said he was taking part.

          If Key wants another $500K for Christchurch, he could allocate it could cut the cycleway funding by 4%, or he could donate it himself.

          Don’t try to tell us showing up at a cricket game that raises half a million is the best the PM can be doing.

          • Paul Williams 9.2.3.3.1

            I didn’t say that, that’s a complete strawman.

            • Bright Red 9.2.3.3.1.1

              you are implying that him being there some how contributes something to the fundraising effort.

              I’m saying it doesn’t and if Key wants more money for Christchurch, he can easily find real funds for it.

              You know, in two weeks the emergency benefits for the 50,000 people whose jobs are gone or shut temporarily by the quake end. The government has said it ‘might or might not’ extend the benefit or replace it. If Key really wanted to help Christchurch, he could start by not making those 50,000 people and their families live in fear.

              • No Bright Red, I’m saying, not implying, the PM of the day should be there and that to criticise him for that is silly. His presence might have helped raise money, some donors want a photo-op with the PM, which is all the more reason why any PM of the day would attend.

                This is getting repetitive.

                • gobsmacked

                  Paul’s right.

                  It was a fun day, raised plenty of cash, and Key played his part.

                  It’s a valid criticism to say that while he clearly succeeds in this kind of thing, he clearly fails in the big stuff.

                  But it’s also a valid criticism of some of his critics on here, that they make exactly the same mistake.

                  Concentrate on the government’s substantive failings (and therefore the Prime Minister’s), and the public will listen.

                  Exhibit A:

                  http://www.horizonpoll.co.nz/page/106/new-zealanders-not-confident-government-has-adequate-economic-plans

                  Pretty clear message for the opposition there.

                  • Jim Nald

                    The piece is refreshingly honest and sharp. Well done.
                    The criticism is along the lines of Nero fiddling while Rome burned.

                    Rebuilding Christchurch, the immediate plans to help people adjust and resettle in Christchurch, and the challenging decisions and real funding commitment to be made, ought to come first.
                    There is still nothing remotely looking like real steps being taken or even real plans being prepared. But there are already signs of preparation for the next photo-op.

                    The piece is to be commended for raising criticisms of John Key in a satirical form.

                • Bright Red

                  The criticism is not of the photo-op but of the lack of anything else.

                  Why hasn’t Key given 50,000 Kiwis some reassurance about their future? Was he too busy practising his slog?

        • Colonial Viper 9.2.3.4

          Zetetic, he was part of an event that raised $500k.

          Big frakking deal, $500K is enough to tear down one wrecked house, remediate the land and rebuild it.

          One house. One property.

          Like I said, big frakking deal.

          Key needs to lift taxes and raise levies in order to secure $5B-$6B ASAP. Or, alternatively he could do 12,000 cricket fundraisers making $500K a pop.

          What will it be?

  10. Pete 10

    I don’t know that felix, and I’d guess that you’re making it up. Or do you have some evidence of that?

    Internationally the plight of Christchurch has been overwhelmed by the multiple horrors in Japan. All the more important for us to not forget what’s still happening in Christchurch and to do everything we can to keep supporting them there – a pity many attention spans seem to have flitted back to pettiness already.

    • felix 10.1

      Indeed, for example the PM who can’t find any better way to spend his time as the leader of our nation than playing cricket and meeting princes.

      Sad that those on the right aren’t calling for Key to do some fucking work when his country needs him.

      • Bored 10.1.1

        It might be rather nice if he were to roll up his sleeves, take the spray can and mark out the Chch leg of the cycleway!

    • Colonial Viper 10.2

      Or do you have some evidence of that?

      The cry for evidence always seems to come from the unimaginative who have no reasoning or logic.

  11. higherstandard 11

    They raised 500k for CCH and Key played a very minor role – which was requested of him by Stephen Flemming.

    There’s no doubt lots of thing to criticise him on but to have a go at him over this is pathetic partisan hackery at its lowest.

    A bit like arguing the rights and wrongs of the A bombs being dropped just after Japan has being delivered a horrendous earthquake and tsunami.

    • Zetetic 11.1

      I’d like the PM to be doing more for Chch than playing more than a minor role at minor fundraisers.

    • Akldnut 11.2

      Key played a very minor role – which is exactly the point.
      The cause was great but IMO the people of CCH would have better served had the great entertainer been at work being a great PM, instead he used it as a photo-op/PR exercise.
      More of smarmy, smiley Mr feel good.

  12. Pete 12

    I don’t care for celebrity type crap, but as higherstandard says, Stephen Fleming asked Key and others to take part in the cricket, they raised half a million dollars for Christchurch and showed they cared, so good on them.

    I don’t care for our monarchy either, but if the Queen chooses to send her grandkid as representative and, as I’m sure it will, it gives thousands of Cantabrians a thrill and belief that the nobs over there care then good on them.

    • Zetetic 12.1

      point is that the symbolism becomes the substance. All Key is ‘doing for Chch’ is appearing in photo-ops. Wouldn’t mind him playing some cricket if he also had presented the kind of plan Marty suggested the other day.

      You happy that the memorial day is timed for Prince William? Because everyone in Chch says it’s too soon.

      • Pete 12.1.1

        I don’t care when the memorial is timed, it’s got nothing to do with me.

        How do you know “everyone in Chch” says it’s too soon? I took part in a remembrance service in Dunedin two or three weeks ago, that wasn’t seen to be too soon.

        • Bright Red 12.1.1.1

          that was the national two minute’s silence genius. It was exactly a week after the quake

          everyone from left and right who has commented here and lives in chch has said this friday is too soon. how do you have a memorial service for something that is still ongoing? When not all the missing are accounted for and the dead not identified yet how can you hold a memorial for them? Why not wait until the emergency is over before memorialising it?

          I just see a huge contradiction in having a memorial service at the same time as a national state of emergency is still on.

          • Maynard J 12.1.1.1.1

            I see a contradiciton in having a memorial service when they’re unlikely to have named all of the dead.

            Some poor folk won’t even have official confirmation of the death of the people for whom the service is intended to honour.

            A bit disrespectful, to say the least.

    • ghostwhowalksnz 12.2

      Have you been following what Key has been saying. Its all a garbled nonsense. These is some big promises made but as the rest of the country found out after the election , and the west coast more recently found out, its all ‘aspirational’.

      Key hasnt a clue on how to set a policy in place and have it carried out.

      He has a habit of even forgetting his own ‘promises’ about 2 years down the track. GST anyone ?

    • Craig Glen Eden 12.3

      Unlike the Prince (Totally useless Figurehead) Key is meant to be Prime Minister ( His job elected to Work) Perhaps instead of waisting time in the nets he could learn his speech’s so he doesn’t have to learn them woooord for woooord.
      Maybe he could spend so time looking reading and understanding the papers he signs, then he wouldn’t have to blame others for his cock ups!
      If he really wanted to help the people of Canterbury he could donate a Million or two then get on with his job.

  13. Monty 13

    the bitterness and vile that you lefties write is a sad reflection on yourselves. Goff would do (and indeed he does attempt) just about anything for a fraction of the popularity that John Key enjoys. If you lot were not so sad, and pathetic, I would laugh at you. (Well actually we do laugh at you and your pathetic hatred and bitterness – God knows it is so self destructive.

    • Craig Glen Eden 13.1

      No one no leftie would deny or support Key being at the Cricket but he shouldn’t play. I dont pay taxes for a Priminister to piss about with continuous Celebrity photo ops. I pay him to actually produce policy and until he can actually do something that benefits NZ I want him to do his job.

      He is the most over payed useless public servant we have, do some work Key you useless muppet!

      • Monty 13.1.1

        such vile and anger – the publicity of John Key being at the cricket and taking the bat to hit a boundary was worth one company donating $100,000 to Christchurch. Not a bad efort for an afternoon’s work. Or is it the “Tory charity” you hate? Or is it the publicity John Key got that you hate?

        I would be very careful about criticising John Key and his work load. I dare say he works harder than any minister and probably harder than any Labour Minister –

        But keep vomiting the vile and hate – it is working for your guys. I think Goff went up in the preferred PM stakes to 7.2% as a result of your sterling efforts.

        [lprent: Haven’t you just said most of that in a different comment with the same words with very minor variations in this post? Looks like you added a paragraph.

        Repitition makes me to start watching you as a troll. Especially since you haven’t offered any reasoning or rationale for your various statements. In the assertion about Key and his work, there are no links. it appears to be a unsupported opinion being stated incorrectly as fact.

        To show you how to express an opinion, try this. John Key is in my opinion the most lazy and ineffective PM out of all of the ones I have known, and I have known a number of them. ]

        • mickysavage 13.1.1.1

          I would be very careful about criticising John Key and his work load. I dare say he works harder than any minister and probably harder than any Labour Minister

          Do you have any facty thingys suggesting how hard Key works? He does do more smiling and waving than any other PM I can think of but otherwise he is disappointing. He has a poor grasp of his portfolios, does not seem to know what his ministers are doing and the Government is achieving nothing apart from giving the rich undeserved tax cuts and watching the public service slowly grind to a halt.

          But what a guy eh, especially after hitting a Warney full toss for a four …

        • Rob 13.1.1.2

          “I dare say he works harder than any minister and probably harder than any Labour Minister”

          Well that’s not hard. There are no Labour Ministers.

        • Blighty 13.1.1.3

          you seem to be assuming that Fujitsu wouldn’t have donated the moeny if Key hadn’t hit the boundary.

          I believe ‘yeah, right’ is the saying.

          • Paul Williams 13.1.1.3.1

            If that’s in relation to my comment, that’s not what I said. I never said Key made the event, he didn’t Fleming did and clearly his idea, management and personality dragged in many many more wonderful sportspeople and personalities. I did observe that the organisers would benefit from Key being there since it might help get some sponsors on board. I’m not going to speculate what Fujitsu might not have done, I’m just really pleased that the did contribute and if they get a photo op out of that, so be it. Frankly, I’d far rather have a photo op with Gavin Larsen, that bloke’s a bloody hero.

            Someone up thread mentioned they could read without bolding… it’s not obvious.

            Hah, capcha is “whatever”

      • Jim Nald 13.1.2

        Alert – a RWNJ playing the politics of resentment and envy

        • Tigger 13.1.2.1

          Monty – pity Key’s got no interest in taking up a bat for the people left out of pocket by Pike River. See, that’s not a sexy photo op anymore, those poor mining families don’t make such interesting pictures as Key playing cricket.

          • Pascal's bookie 13.1.2.1.1

            Oh now I get it. When he said that in NZ we are our brother’s keeper, he meant that we are trying to stump him.

  14. Jono 14

    Yeah, this is seriously pathetic. I think it’s great that he played, as does I would imagine the vast majority of the country (except I imagine those who would become personally enriched/more powerful by a change of government). It was a really good game & raised heaps of money. Don’t be so miserable all the time. Boo hoo, the pm went to a fun game of cricket on a Sunday afternoon.

    • Craig Glen Eden 14.1

      Go to School little Jono, learn some critical thinking skills so you can actually have something to say that is not childish.

    • felix 14.2

      No-one cares that he plays a game of cricket.

      We care that all he does is play a game of cricket.

      • Rosy 14.2.1

        And I care that when there is an opportunity for him to talk about plans for Christichurch it ends up in him talking about a game of criket. He can play cricket all he wants, in his free time, but not displace media time that should be spent on the important stuff with a bloody game.

        • Jono 14.2.1.1

          Man, I would probably bet serious money that none of you actually watched the game.

          • Blighty 14.2.1.1.1

            I’m not sure how that enters into it either way, old boy. Because the criticism isn’t that there was a game, or even that Key had a cameo. It’s that there’s to many photo-ops and too little substance.

            • Bored 14.2.1.1.1.1

              Bugger Key and his photo ops. Every time from now on Shonkey does a photo op I am going to mentally blank it out with the wonderful miraculous image of the Japanese man rescued miles out at sea sitting on his house roof.

  15. tc 15

    Oh Monty that’s pure gold….key and his relentless focus on blah blah blah you lot are so gullable but then that’s no surprise as enough twats voted for him that loving feeling still lingers with some but not all.

    Wilkinson/bennett/wong to name but a few really hard working ministers…..lol wilko can’t even hide her cluelessness with some decent polly-speak she’s so bad.

    • Blighty 15.1

      how many jobs lost since Key declared he would have a “relentless focus” on them?

      To quote the Minister for Economic Development: ‘heaps’

  16. ianmac 16

    The problem with Key is he acts as though he is a sort of figure-head President. Which is why the photo-op smile and wave would maybe fit. Maybe.

  17. Irascible 17

    The Herald Online & Yahoo News – NZPA reported the match in much the same way as this article commented – they played up the Key talking dirty angle – Key sledges Warne with a Hurley… Key Hurley’s Warne…. yeah this is the level of respect that we should have for a PM isn’t it???
    Fascination with his fantasies to disguise his lack of substance as a leader.

  18. Murray 18

    It would appear that the level of waffle that apparently afflicts the Labour Party is spreading like a virus through the Fan Boys and Fan Girls of the left.
    The level of hysteria and unhealthy obsession with John Key that the left exhibits seems more to do with Labours standing in the poles rather then any real issues.
    This blog is fast becoming a nasty hissy fit gossip rag.
    As the Guest Post in Waffle says, You lot are so fucking fucked.

    • Fisiani 18.1

      You have given away the master plan Murray. The Standard is actually hosted by the National Party. many of the so called leftist nutters actually work in Nat party headquarters. It is so extreme in some of the comments and into hyperbole in making out that John Key is the epitome of all evil/laziness/fascism/indolence/wickedness/narcissism and falsehoods.
      This further confirms the self evident truth to all reasonable people that John Key is a good/hardworking/centrist/busy/saintly/self effacing truth teller.
      It’s a very effective strategy.

      • Murray 18.1.1

        Wow ! That is brilliant, It all becomes clear now. That Crosby Textor bunch really know their stuff. Imagine The Standard actually run by The National Party

        • Colonial Viper 18.1.1.1

          John Key fails, and no more National Government for about 4 terms. That’s how thin your ranks are. Why do you think Power left.

  19. Jim Nald 19

    Hey everyone, stop it stop it
    The RWNJs here are not impressed

  20. Colonial Viper 20

    lolz

  21. Maggie 21

    I wouldn’t mind seeing John Key fooling around occasionally, we all need some fun, if he was a serious Prime Minister as well. But he isn’t.

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • If you can’t measure it, does it exist?
    In the last couple of weeks, I’ve been busy preparing for our summer paper on Science Communication. Looking for something amusing about ‘risk’ in science, I came across this neat xkcd.com cartoon about why so many people come knocking on my door (or phoning me, or emailing me) desperately wanting ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    3 days ago
  • Swinson’s swithering
    Jo Swinson is doing even worse at this Being Sensible lark that I'd thought.  I've just become aware of the following utterance
    .@KayBurley presses Lib Dem leader @joswinson on whether she would agree to a #Brexit deal 'no matter how bad a deal it is' as long as it had ...
    3 days ago
  • Women’s rights, trans ideology and Gramsci’s morbid symptoms
    by John Edmundson The International Socialist Organisation (ISO) have recently reposted a February article, by Romany Tasker-Poland, explaining ISO’s position in the “trans rights” debate.  It is available on their website and on their Facebook Page.  The article sets out to explain why “socialists support trans rights”.  It reads more ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    4 days ago
  • We need to take guns off police
    Today's IPCA report of police criminality: a police officer unalwfully tasered a fleeing suspect who posed no threat to anyone:The police watchdog has found an officer unlawfully tasered an Auckland man who broke his ankle jumping off a balcony to escape arrest. [...] To avoid arrest, the man jumped over ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • “Bringing kindness back”
    "Auckland City Mission: 10% of Kiwis experiencing food insecurity", RNZ, 16 October 2019:About half a million people are experiencing food insecurity, according to new research from the Auckland City Mission. Food insecurity, or food poverty, is defined as not having enough appropriate food. The City Mission said over the last ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Press Release: “Fake News” from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance b...
    Media Statement for Immediate Release 16th October 2019 “Fake News” from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance bonuses for top managers Despite comments from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance bonuses for top managers—Herald Newspaper Tuesday Oct 15th–there is very little evidence ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    4 days ago
  • Ever-So-Slightly Bonkers: Simon Bridges Plays To His Base.
    Would You Buy A Used Propaganda Video From This Man? Bridges and the National Party’s strategists have discovered that the ideas and attitudes considered acceptable by today’s editors and journalists are no longer enforceable. The rise and rise of the Internet and the social media platforms it spawned means that ...
    4 days ago
  • Asking for food
    There is plenty of evidence of the way the business mentality has permeated every level of society since the recrudescence of market liberalism 35 years ago. You only need to think of how citizens in need of help from their government, their state, their country, are now routinely described as ...
    Opposable ThumbBy Unknown
    4 days ago
  • Forty years of change in the jobs Kiwi do and the places they call home
    John MacCormick Over the last 40 years, New Zealanders – and people in other countries – have experienced big changes in the jobs they do and where they live and work. These changes include: a decline in manufacturing jobs an increase in jobs in ‘information-intensive’ industries (which are better paid ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    4 days ago
  • Protecting Fresh Waterways in Aotearoa/NZ: The Strong Public Health Case
    Nick Wilson, Leah Grout, Mereana Wilson, Anja Mizdrak, Phil Shoemack, Michael Baker Protecting waterways has the benefits of: (1) protecting water from hazardous microbes; (2) minimising cancer risk and other problems from nitrates in water; (3) avoiding algal blooms that are hazardous to health; (4) protecting mahinga kai uses (cultural ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    4 days ago
  • Massey University triggered to rebrand
    by The Council of Disobedient Women In a press release today Massey University announced it has decided to rebrand and reorientate after struggling to be a University for grown-ups. For some time the University has wanted to be a safe play space for wee-woke-misogynists who have been really badly triggered ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    4 days ago
  • Swinson backing calls for a second referendum (again)
    After a brief dalliance with 'hard Revoke' it looks like the Lib Dems are changing ground on on Brexit, with leader Jo Swinson reverting to calling for a second referendum on Johnson's deal.The party has tabled an amendment to the Queen’s speech requesting that any deal brought back from Brussels ...
    4 days ago
  • An odious bill
    The government has decided that someone has done Something Bad. But despite their belief, there seems to be no evidence that they have actually broken the law. So the government's solution is to pass a retrospective law allowing them to be punished anyway, on a lower standard of proof. If ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • National is now the party of climate arson
    So, Judith Collins has done a Facebook rant about climate change, peddling the same shit National has been shovelling for the past twenty years: the impacts are overstated, there's no need to do anything about it, and its too hard anyway (oh, and its so unfair that people who peddle ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • The environmental footprint of electric versus fossil car
    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 There is a lot of discussion on the benefits of ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    5 days ago
  • “Manifest” by Andrew Bird – A Song For The Times.
    I came across this song quite by accident. If it isn't one of Greta Thunberg's favourites - it should be.Video courtesy of YouTube.This post is exclusive to Bowalley Road. ...
    5 days ago
  • Passing the buck
    Last month, NZDF's shoddy coverup of what it knew about civilian casualties in Operation Burnham began to fall apart, with the revelation that a report on the matter, which NZDF claimed not to have, had been sitting in an NZDF safe for the past nine years. Yesterday, the man responsible ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • India a major player in Earth observation satellites
    While many imagine that countries like the USA and Europe dominate space activities, in fact India is now a major player on this stage. It launches satellites for its own purposes and also commercially, and has constellations orbiting our planet and returning data of vital importance to that nation in ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    5 days ago
  • The rot at the top (2).
    Thanks to a report from the Acting Inspector General of Intelligence and Security following a complaint by Nicky Hager, we have come to find out that the SIS illegally spied on Mr. Hager on behalf of the NZDF after publication of Hager’s 2011 book, Other People’s Wars. The NZDF justified ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    5 days ago
  • Common misconceptions about “Global Warming”
    COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING MYTH 1: Global temperatures are rising at a rapid, unprecedented rate. FACT: The HadCRUT3 surface temperature index, produced by the Hadley Centre of the UK Met Office and the Climate Research Unit of the University of East Anglia, shows warming to 1878, cooling to 1911, ...
    An average kiwiBy admin@averagekiwi.com
    6 days ago
  • A climate of tyranny
    For the past week, Extinction Rebellion has been peacefully protesting in London to demand action on climate change. The British government's response? Ban their protests:Police have banned Extinction Rebellion protests from continuing anywhere in London, as they moved in almost without warning to clear protesters who remained at the movement’s ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Collins crushes climate
    An essay by Judith Collins MP reported on Carbon News yesterday seems to show an alarming shift in attitude within the National Party. Collins argues against the Zero Carbon Bill, the Paris Agreement, and downplays the magnitude of climate impacts. The Paris Agreement was adopted in December 2015 and ratified ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    6 days ago
  • More disappointment
    When they were running for election, Labour promised to overhaul the Employment Relations Act and introduce fair pay agreements to set basic pay and conditions on an industry level, preventing bad employers from undercutting good ones. They followed this up by establishing a working group, which reported back in January ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • What do these mother-child studies really say about fluoridation?
    A list of indicators of bad science – many of these are found in articles promoted by anti-fluoride activists. Anti-fluoride activists have been pouring money into a scaremongering campaign warning pregnant women not to drink fluoridated water. They claim fluoride will lower the IQ of their future child. Fluoride ...
    6 days ago
  • Losing Labour’s Mills-Tone.
    Nothing Left To Say: Labour's pollster, Stephen Mills, remains swaddled-up in the comforting myths of the 1980s. As if the experience of Roger Douglas’s genuinely radical post-Muldoon policy agenda was literally a once-in-a-lifetime thing – as much as the party could possibly absorb for at least the next 50 years.MEMO ...
    6 days ago
  • Speaker: Disability and the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse
    The Royal Commission on abuse in care is very significant for the disability community. For many decades last century, thousands of disabled children, and adults who managed to survive, were locked away from families and communities. This was not for anything they had done, but for the perceived threat their ...
    6 days ago
  • Spain is not a democracy
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • UK Conservatives hate democracy
    With an unfair voting system, uneven electorates and an un-elected upper house, the UK's "democracy" is barely worthy of the name. But now the government wants to make it worse:The government has been accused of suppressing voters’ rights with the potential disenfranchisement of tens of thousands of people after plans ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • What is wrong with our building industry?
    Back in the 90's and early 2000's, the building industry was building leaky homes which should never have been granted consent. Now it turns out they've been building dodgy office blocks as well:New imaging technology has revealed hundreds of major buildings nationwide have defective or missing concrete or reinforcing steel. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Local bodies
    Local body election results were released over the weekend, to joy or despair depending on where you live. In Auckland, Phil Goff trounced John Tamihere, who is muttering darkly about running for Parliament again (but which party would want him?) Wellington is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Weta Workshop, except ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • A future of government
      How could government evolve over the next decades? Reports of democracy’s imminent demise are greatly exaggerated.  However, satisfaction with political systems in many countries is low, so there is much to do for governments of all political stripes to improve relevance and trust. Digital technologies are seen as one ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Catalonia, interrupted
    Two years have now gone by since the Friday afternoon when my university-student son and I headed out of our Barcelona flat to a nearby primary school, designated as a polling station for the vote that was to be held the following Sunday: the referendum on Catalonia’s independence from Spain ...
    1 week ago
  • Sage Decisions Unwisely Over-Ruled.
    Overruled: The joint decision of Finance Minister, Grant Robertson (Labour) and his Associate Minister, David Parker (Labour) arguably the two most powerful ministers in Jacinda Ardern’s government, to grant OceanaGold the consents which Land Information Minister, Eugenie Sage (Greens) had earlier denied them, offers bitter proof of how hard fighting ...
    1 week ago
  • Government may ban voting in effort to get more people to do it
    More than double the number of people who will vote in this year’s local body elections have tried marijuana or urinated somewhere they shouldn’t have. As local elections look set for the lowest turnout in decades, with many regions falling well short of 40%, the Government is exploring a number ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Woman: Deleted.
    A Statement on Abortion Law Reform by the Council of Disobedient Women   On the eve of bringing an end to antiquated, anti-women abortion laws Green MP Jan Logie intends to write women out of the Bill. With a stroke of the pen, the woke are aiming for total erasure ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • The Hollowest of Men Ride Again… SURPRISE!
    Musings continue apace about “the experienced businessman!” soon to be taking up a National Party MP position. Or to be more accurate, being parachuted into a seat to shut down their former MP Jamie-Lee Ross, who despite his own shortcomings shed at least some more light on the inner workings ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • Barbaric
    The Ugandan government wants to murder gay people:Uganda has announced plans to impose the death penalty on homosexuals. The bill, colloquially known as “Kill the Gays” in Uganda, was nullified five years ago on a technicality, but the government said on Thursday it plans to resurrect it within weeks. The ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Is this study legit? 5 questions to ask when reading news stories of medical research
    Hassan Vally, La Trobe University Who doesn’t want to know if drinking that second or third cup of coffee a day will improve your memory, or if sleeping too much increases your risk of a heart attack? We’re invested in staying healthy and many of us are interested in reading ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Fighting Monsters.
    Freedom Of Speech? The Säuberung (cleansing by fire) was the work of the German Student Union which, on 10 May 1933, under the watchful eye of the Nazi Reichminister for Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, consigned 25,000 books to the flames in a ritual exorcism of “un-German thought”. According to the logic of the ...
    1 week ago
  • The next wave of kaupapa Māori politics: its constitutional, it must be.
      “There can be no such thing as kaupapa Māori political parties or politics in Aotearoa” (Willie Jackson, Labour Party (2017). Māori TV, General/List Election Special) I begin with that claim because at the time, I was confounded at first that it fell out of Willie Jackson’s mouth, and then ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    1 week ago
  • Night lights of NZ from orbit
    New Zealand has prided itself for decades with regard to its lack of pollution, and all will be aware that the ‘100% Pure New Zealand‘ meme is under threat through land, water and air pollution of various causes. There is another type of contamination that the country also faces: light ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    1 week ago
  • Reporters deliver uplifting news to fleeing Japanese residents: they won’t miss any rugby
    New Zealand’s media is doing its part in Japan, reassuring those in the path of the storm that they won’t miss any rugby while away from their flooded homes. New Zealand sports reporters stationed in Japan for the Rugby World Cup have had the rare and heartwarming opportunity to inform ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Government in contentious discussions about whether to put surplus on red or black
    Regional Development Minister Shane Jones is the only Cabinet member in favour of putting it all on green. As Finance Minister Grant Robertson finds himself with an enormous $7.5 billion surplus, the Government has begun intense, at times contentious conversations about whether to put the money on red or black at ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Jordanian teachers’ successful strike has lessons for here
    by Susanne Kemp At the start of September close to 100,000 school teachers went on strike in Jordan.  They demanded a 50% pay rise.  A pay rise actually agreed to by the regime back in 2014. In early October, however, in the face of government repression and threats, the teachers’ ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Why some people still think climate change isn’t real
    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 Why do people still think climate change isn’t real? David ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • The SIS unlawfully spied on Nicky Hager
    Back in 2011, journalist Nicky Hager published Other People's Wars, an expose on NZDF's activities over the previous decade of the "war on terror". NZDF didn't like this, and especially didn't like the fact that it was base don leaks from their own. So, they had the SIS investigate him ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • October 2019 – Newsletter
    https://mailchi.mp/7d9133add053/closing-the-gap-october-2019-newsletter ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    2 weeks ago
  • And they wonder why we think they’re environmental vandals…
    The Zero Carbon Bill is due back from select committee in two weeks, and will likely pass its final stages in November. So naturally, farmers are planning a hate-march against it. But they're not just demanding lower methane targets so they can keep on destroying the planet; they're also demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Paying the price in California
    Last year, California burned. This year, to stop it happening again (or rather, to stop themselves from being found liable if it happens again), Pacific Gas and Electric is cutting power to half the state for a week:Schools are closed. Traffic lights down. Tunnels dark. Businesses unopened. Hospitals running on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Let’s Hear It For Up-Close-And-Personal, Hard-Copy Democracy!
    The Best Way: Missing from the on-line voting debate is any reference to the voting system that produces turn-out figures ranging from 77 to 93 percent of registered voters. The voting system used to collect and count the votes cast in our parliamentary elections. The system that involves citizens making ...
    2 weeks ago
  • 10/10: World Day Against the Death Penalty
    Today, October 10, is the world day against the death penalty. Out of 195 UN member states, 84 still permit capital punishment. Today is the day we work to change that. This year's theme is children. Having a parent sentenced to death or executed causes long-term trauma and stigmatization which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Talking Freer Lives: a Marxist gender-critical perspective from Australia
    Among the great new bunch of political friends we have been making recently is the excellent Australian-based Marxist gender-critical site, Freer Lives.  So we asked the comrade who set up that blog to write something for Redline on the blog, himself, his analysis of the rise of gender politics and ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Government spin accepted by union leadership
    by Don Franks  The Auckland City Mission is struggling with a 40 percent increase in demand for food parcels this year. A total of 23,020 were needed by June. Last month Missioner Chris Farrelly told the Herald the “cupboards are bare” and without an emergency food drive, he can’t see ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Forbidden Thoughts
    by The Council of Disobedient Women   Massey Wellington Student Association had a sit-in today. Imagine a sit-in. On a campus. Against a women’s rights meeting. Did the ’60s really happen or did we fucking dream it? They gathered in the student square, an echo chamber. Sitting on soft pillows ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Much love to my loyal Ukrainian readership
    For some reasons, my post about the mystery message from inside the Downing Street bunker seemed to catch people's attention.  Quite a lot of hits from NZ (unsurprisingly) and the USA (a bit more puzzlingly, but hi there, USAians!!) and 76 views from the Ukraine.I've celebrated my Ukrainian readers in ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Another day of bonkers GNUmours (again, sorry)
    First, almost a score of Labour MPs seem to have sent a letter to the EU basically begging them to accept a deal - any deal - just so Britain can get the Heck on with Brexiting instead of being trapped in limbo:
    To avoid no deal, deliver on the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour vs working class immigrants – again!
    by Phil Duncan In 2016 the National-led government suspended the Parent Visa Category, through which migrants were able to bring their parents into New Zealand.  Since then over 5,700 people have been in immigration limbo, stuck on the visa wait list. Labour is now bringing back the scheme.  Well, sort ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Speak Up for Women press statement: on Massey University and Feminism 2020
    The following was released yesterday (Tues, October 8) by the women’s liberation organisation Speak Up for Women. On 23 September Speak Up For Women announced that we would be holding an event at the Massey University Theaterette in Wellington. The event is called Feminism 2020. The intention of the event ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Farmers support dirty rivers
    The government is currently consulting on plans to improve freshwater quality. So naturally, farmers oppose it:South Taranaki farmers are preparing to fight proposed national freshwater changes that some fear will bankrupt them. The Government's proposed National Environment Standard on Freshwater Management, released in September, rated the Waingongoro River as one ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • No-one cares about local government
    Yesterday was the last day for (reliably) posting your vote away in local body elections. Turnouts are mostly much lower than the equivalent time last year (Palmerston North is down 2.3%), and so naturally people are pushing their online-voting snake oil again. Because the online census worked so well, lets ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The political ghosts of eugenics may matter more than the genetic
    This essay, on the political legacy of the eugenics movement, by Kenan Malik was originally published in the Observer on 6 October 2019, under the headline ‘The spirit of eugenics is still with us, as immigrants know to their cost’. Birth control. Intelligence tests. Town planning. Immigration controls. It’s striking how ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • “Surplus” again
    Another year, and the government has announced another enormous government "surplus". And just like last year, its nothing of the sort. When we have people homeless and sick and hungry, when we have schools and hospitals still falling down, when we have underpaid public servants and infrastucture unmaintained or unbuilt, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Inside the Downing Street bunker
    James Forsyth at The Spectator (I know, I know) has tapped one of his contacts inside Number Ten for an insight into the Johnson administration's thinking and strategy.It is fascinating, unsettling and quite, quite mad.  Some key points:Negotiations have stalled and the Johnson administration are keen to blame the EU: ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Taking Control Of The Nation’s Story.
    Fatal Contact: With the arrival of captain James Cook in October 1769, the islands of what would become New Zealand ceased to be the preserve of Polynesian navigators and settlers and became a part of both the world’s map and the world’s history.THE MAORI NATIONALIST assault upon the historical meaning ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Are GNUs extinct?
    Another round of tactical talks about forming a Government of National Unity have come to nothing with the Liberal Democrats still refusing countenance putting Jeremy Corbyn into Downing Street:Opposition talks on Monday made little headway over when to try and vote down Boris Johnson's government and who might succeed him as ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour chickens out again
    When the government was elected, it promised to lead the way on electric vehicles, and specifically to make the government vehicle fleet emissions-free where-practicable by 2025.They lied:There are 15,473 vehicles in the government fleet and only 78 are electric. When the coalition Government came into power in late 2017, the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Transgender extremism, violence at work against feminist meeting at British Labour Party conference
    by Nick Rogers The debate around the meaning of sex and gender made an appearance at this year’s British Labour Party conference in Brighton. Women’s Place UK – an organisation that questions the demand that biological males who self-identify as woman should have access to women’s spaces, to all-women shortlists, ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago

  • Methane reducing cattle feed one step closer
    The Government today announced its support for a project that could substantially reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions from cattle. The announcement was made as part of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor’s visit to Nelson’s Cawthron Aquaculture Park. The Cawthron Institute will receive $100,000 from the Government’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Bill to refresh superannuation system passes first reading
    Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni has welcomed the first reading of the New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension Legislation Amendment Bill. “Every New Zealander has a stake in New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension,” says Carmel Sepuloni. “They are our most common form of social assistance – nearly 800,000 New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government announces next steps in fight against measles
    Babies in Auckland aged six months and over can receive a free vaccination and children will all have access to vaccines, Associate Minister of Health Julie Anne Genter announced today at Papatoetoe High School.   The move comes as part of Government efforts to step up the fight against measles. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, Pacific Futures: Connections, Identity...
    ***Check against delivery*** Good morning. It is a pleasure to be here, and to have the honour of opening this important conference on behalf of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs. Let us take the opportunity to acknowledge all the people who have helped make today possible, including our special ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Police trial new response to high risk events
    Police Minister Stuart Nash says the safety of frontline officers and members of the public will be the focus of a new trial of specialist Police response teams in three of our largest urban centres. Police have this morning released details of an initiative to be trialled in Counties Manukau, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New awards celebrate fisheries sustainability
    The Minister of Fisheries is calling for entries for a new public award to celebrate innovation in our seafood sector. “I have established the Seafood Sustainability Awards to recognise and celebrate those throughout industry, tangata whenua and communities who demonstrate outstanding dedication and innovation towards the sustainability of New Zealand’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • More progress for women and we can do more
    Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter welcomes leaders in the private sector taking action on closing their gender pay gaps to ensure a fairer workplace for all New Zealanders. Ms Genter today launched a new report, Addressing the gender pay gap and driving women’s representation in senior leadership, from the Champions for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Proposals to curb environmental damage help our coasts and the oceans
    Government Ministers today welcomed the release of a marine environment report highlighting the four key issues affecting our oceans, estuaries and coastlines.  The release underlines the importance of government proposals to combat climate pollution, ensure clean freshwater, protect biodiversity, make land use more sustainable, and reduce waste and plastic.    Environment ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New mental health facility for Waikato
    The Government has approved funding for a new acute mental health facility for Waikato which will provide better care and support to people with mental health and addiction issues. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Health Minister Dr David Clark announced the $100 million project to replace the aging Henry Rongomau ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • 500 new te reo Māori champions in our classrooms
    The Government is making progress on its goal to integrate te reo Māori into education by 2025, with over 500 teachers and support staff already graduating from Te Ahu o te Reo Māori,  Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. Kelvin Davis made the announcement at an awards ceremony in Waikanae today, for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Minister James Shaw welcomes 2018 Census first release
    Statistics Minister James Shaw has welcomed the first release of 2018 Census data. The first release of data today, 23 September, includes key data on population, regional growth, the number of homes and the size of different ethnic groups in New Zealand. Data from the 2018 Census will support the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Driving transparency, ethics and accountability in government use of algorithms
    Minister for Statistics James Shaw today announced a public consultation on a proposed algorithm charter for government agencies. The charter has been developed by the Government Chief Data Steward in response to growing calls for more transparency in government use of data. Computer algorithms – procedures or formulas for solving ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New Zealand and the Netherlands working together on climate change
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor, Climate Change Minister James Shaw and visiting Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte co-hosted a business roundtable in Auckland this morning focused on working together to address climate change.  “The Netherlands is an important partner for New Zealand. We share a strong agricultural history. Sustainable agribusiness and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Protecting fairness for workers and businesses
    The Government is taking action to build an inclusive economy where more of us receive our fair share at work and businesses can compete on great products and services, not undercutting wages and conditions, Immigration and Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. Two consultations launched today seek feedback ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Indigenous Freshwater Fish Bill Passes
    The future for New Zealand’s threatened indigenous freshwater fish looks brighter with the passing of the Conservation (Indigenous Freshwater Fish) Amendment Bill in Parliament today said Minister of Conservation, Eugenie Sage. “Until now, our freshwater fish legislation has been 20 years out of date. We have lacked effective tools to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Kiwis to take part in world’s biggest earthquake drill
    At 1.30pm tomorrow, hundreds of thousands of Kiwis will join about 65 million people around the globe in ShakeOut, the world’s biggest earthquake drill. The annual drill is to remind people of the right action to take during an earthquake which is to Drop, Cover, Hold, and to practise their ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Rising wages and low inflation supporting Kiwis
    Kiwis are benefiting from higher wage growth and low inflation under the Coalition Government. Stats NZ data out today shows the rise in the cost of living remains low, as annual Consumers Price Index (CPI) inflation fell to 1.5% in September from 1.7% in June. “The low inflation comes as ...
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  • NZ economy strong amid global headwinds
    New Zealand’s economic strength and resilience has been recognised in a major update on the state of the global economy. The IMF’s latest World Economic Outlook released overnight shows a reduced global growth forecast over the next two years as issues like the US-China trade war and Brexit take hold. ...
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  • Keeping New Zealanders safer with better counter-terrorism laws
    Justice Minister Andrew Little has today introduced a new Bill to prevent terrorism and support the de-radicalisation of New Zealanders returning from overseas. The Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill gives the New Zealand Police the ability to apply to the High Court to impose control orders on New Zealanders who ...
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  • Improved succession and dispute resolution core of Ture Whenua changes
    A Bill that proposes targeted changes to simplify the processes for Māori land owners when engaging with the Māori Land Court has had its First Reading today. “The approach taken by the Government is to ensure that the protection of Māori land remains a priority as we seek to improve ...
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  • Speech to CTU Biennial Conference
    Let me first thank all the new unionists and members in the room. There is nothing more important to improving people’s working lives than people making the decision to care, to get on board and help, to take up the reins and get involved. Congratulations to you. You bring the ...
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  • Minister ensures continued Whenuapai flight operations
    Minister of Defence Ron Mark has signed a certificate exempting the activity of engine testing at Whenuapai Airbase from the Resource Management Act 1991. The Act gives the Minister of Defence the power to exempt activities for the purposes of national security.  The certificate will mean the recent Environment Court ...
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  • NZ joins Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action
    Finance Minister Grant Robertson has announced New Zealand will join the Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action while attending APEC meetings in Chile. The objective of the 39 member Coalition is to share information and promote action to tackle climate change. It was formed in April this year, in ...
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  • Feedback Sought – Section 71 – Lyttelton Parking
    Feedback sought– Lyttelton commercial zone parking  The Associate Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration, Poto Williams, is seeking feedback on a proposal to remove on-site car parking requirements for new developments in the Lyttelton commercial zone.  The proposal, by Christchurch City Council, asks that powers under section 71 of the Greater ...
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  • Feedback Sought – Section 71 – Hagley Oval
    Hon Minister Poto Williams Associate Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration   MEDIA STATEMENT       Tuesday 15 October 2019 Feedback sought – Hagley Oval The Associate Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration, Poto Williams, is seeking feedback on a proposal about Hagley Oval. The proposal was developed by Regenerate Christchurch ...
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  • CTU speech – DPM
    Ladies and gentlemen, NZCTU President Richard Wagstaff, members of respective unions – thank you for the invitation to speak to you today. This might be preaching to the choir, but the importance of trade unions in New Zealand’s historical arch is difficult to understate. And it is my belief that ...
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  • Police Association Annual Conference
    "Let’s start by acknowledging that it has been a huge year. " Police Association Annual Conference James Cook Grand Chancellor Hotel Wellington Nau mai, haere mai. Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, ka nui te mihi, ki a koutou katoa. President of the Police Association, Chris Cahill; Members of the Association and ...
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  • New Zealand announces a further P-3 deployment in support of UN sanctions
    Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters and Minister of Defence Ron Mark have announced the New Zealand Government’s decision to again deploy a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 (P-3) maritime patrol aircraft to support the implementation of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions imposing sanctions against North Korea. New ...
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  • New Zealand deeply concerned at developments in north-east Syria
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says New Zealand continues to have serious concerns for peace and stability in north-east Syria. “Recent reports that hundreds of ISIS-affiliated families have fled from a camp are deeply concerning from a humanitarian and security perspective”, Mr Peters says. “While we acknowledge Turkey’s domestic security ...
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  • Government on high alert for stink bugs
    Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor is warning travelling Kiwis to be vigilant as the high-season for the crop-eating brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) is under way. “We’re on high alert to stop BMSB arriving in NZ. The high season runs until April 30 and we’ve strengthened our measures to stop stink ...
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  • Better protections for students in halls of residence
    The Government is moving swiftly to change the law to improve the welfare and pastoral care of students living in university halls of residence and other tertiary hostels. Cabinet has agreed to several changes, including creating a new mandatory Code of Practice that sets out the duty of pastoral care ...
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  • New trapping guide for community and expert trappers alike
    The Minister for Conservation Eugenie Sage has launched a new comprehensive trapping guide for community trappers to help them protect our native birds, plants and other wildlife, at Zealandia in Wellington today. ‘A practical guide to trapping’, has been developed by the Department of Conservation (DOC), and was launched during ...
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  • Widening Access to Contraceptives Welcomed
    Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter welcomes PHARMAC’s move to improve access to long-acting reversible contraception (LARCs). PHARMAC has today announced it will fund the full cost of Mirena and Jaydess for anyone seeking long term contraception, lifting previous restrictions on access to Mirena. “I welcome women having greater choices ...
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  • Major upgrade for Taranaki Base Hospital
    The Government has approved the next stage of a major redevelopment of Taranaki Base Hospital, which will deliver new and improved facilities for patients. Health Minister Dr David Clark has announced details of a $300 million dollar project to build a new East Wing at the New Plymouth hospital. It ...
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  • Extra support for rural families
    Extra funding will allow Rural Support Trusts to help farming families, says Minister for Rural Communities and Agriculture Damien O’Connor. “I know that rural families are worried about some of the challenges facing them, including the ongoing uncertainty created by the Mycoplasma bovis outbreak. “Those concerns sit alongside ongoing worries ...
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  • Howard Leaque Beekeeper programme graduation
    Thank you for the opportunity to be here to present certificates to the 16 graduates who have completed a beekeeping course delivered by the Howard League.  Let us start by acknowledging Auckland Prison’s Deputy Prison Director Tom Sherlock, and Acting Assistant Regional Commissioner of Corrections Northern Region Scott Walker - ...
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  • Finance Minister to attend APEC meetings
    Finance Minister Grant Robertson leaves this weekend to attend the APEC Finance Ministers meeting in Santiago, Chile. Discussions between APEC Finance Ministers at the meeting will include the effects of the current global economic uncertainty, risks for APEC economies and sustainable development of the region. While at APEC Grant Robertson ...
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  • Pacific languages are a source of strength, they ground us and build confidence
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio says for Pacific people, language can be a source of strength. It can help ground us and give us confidence. When we speak them, our languages provide us with an immediate and intimate access to our identity and our story - and ...
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  • Major boost to support disabled people in sport and recreation
    The Coalition Government has announced an action plan to improve the wellbeing of disabled New Zealanders by addressing inequalities in play, active recreation and sport. The initiative includes training to develop a workforce that understands the needs of children and young people with a range of impairments, advocacy for fit ...
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  • More prefab homes to be built as red tape cut
    The construction sector is being freed up to allow more homes to be built more quickly as the Government cuts through some of the red tape of the Building Act.  “Every New Zealander deserves a warm, dry, safe home and old inefficiencies in the Building Act make building slow and ...
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