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Key’s mining plan worse than Bush’s

Written By: - Date published: 6:14 am, March 23rd, 2010 - 51 comments
Categories: Conservation, Environment, Mining - Tags: , ,

John Key’s mining plan released yesterday is true madness. It sacrifices New Zealand’s natural heritage to make a buck for a few multi-national mining companies. The full list of changes make it clear: Key is mounting an attack on our conservation areas on a scale that even George W Bush couldn’t stomach.

Mr Key is looking to remove the following areas from schedule 4 to open them up for mining:

  • A significant portion of protected areas in the Coromandel
  • Great Barrier Island
  • A whole 8% of Paparoa National Park!
  • Otahu Ecological Area (a hugely valuable habitat for Kiwis and native frogs)

Also up for the bulldozing:

  • Rakiura / Stewart Island
  • Hugely important conservation areas in Northland

Those incredible areas are worth more than a few dollars for Key and Brownlee’s mining mates.

Sadly, those schedule 4 lands listed above are just a small part of what the government is hoping to destroy and bulldoze. Buried near the back of the government’s report is the proposal to “streamline” the process for mining companies wanting permission to mine all general conservation land.

Under the new processes, Gerry Brownlee’s decree and the Minister of Conservation’s rubber stamp is all that stands in the way of mining companies getting access to our conservation lands. And Brownlee will bypass the only other safeguard – the RMA – by declaring the mining operations of “national significance” and calling them in.

Put quite simply, the only barrier to a mining operation on conservation land will be Gerry Brownlee. How scary is that? And according to the report he’s even eyeing up the other conservation areas already. These include:

  • Non-schedule 4 areas of the Coromandel
  • Central North Island
  • Dun Mountain, east of Nelson
  • North-west Nelson (just outside of Kahurangi National park)
  • Tapuaenuku (the area of the famous Kaikoura mountain of the same name)
  • Haast river
  • Non-specified areas in Westland/Southland/Central Otago

It’s going to be disasterous.

If you want an object of comparison, former US President George W Bush had a similar proposal in front of him. He didn’t go there (hat tip: Pascal’s bookie). Key is worse than Bush – yep, this is getting pretty bad.

Key and Brownlee must be stopped. I urge everyone to submit online on the proposals. It’ll only take a second, and you’ll be helping save New Zealand as we know and love it.

51 comments on “Key’s mining plan worse than Bush’s”

  1. jcuknz 1

    Morning Report a few minutes ago …. Gold Mining is a sustainable industry! … its been going since the 1800’s and still going. According to the mining spokesperson …. that is a fascinating new meaning for the word.

  2. freedom 2

    what a surprise, look what lawyers like the idea
    http://www.infonews.co.nz/news.cfm?l=1&t=0&id=49737

    • lprent 3.1

      Did you notice the extraction rate?

      Macraes gold mine

      The Macraes gold deposit is the largest active gold mine in New Zealand. The mine has produced more than 1.8 million ounces of gold at an average grade of 1.6 grams/tonne since opening in 1990. The mine is operated by Oceana Gold (NZ) Ltd Gold production in 2004 was more than 184 000 ounces (5.7 tonnes). More than 5 million tonnes of ore per year are currently being processed. Resource estimate in 2004 was 3.9 million ounces of gold in 87 million tonnes of ore at 1.4 grams/tonne.

      My bold. Macraes is a pretty modern mine using up-to-date extraction technologies. So much for ‘surgical mining’. The extraction rates for silver are usually even lower.

      Basically Brownlee increasingly looks like a badly animated sock-puppet for the mining PR

  3. Key is worse than Bush? What a headline! How bad is that!

    And I thought he was going to be Labour lite but also give us a tax cut.

    The interesting thing here is that if he does bow down to the public consternation this will cause then will truely become the minister in charge of flip flops.

    • prism 4.1

      Don’t damn him if he does and also if he doesn’t ms. If he does listen and stop the mining Key will be acting strongly and doing right and resisting the neanderthals in his party. That should be recognised and praised not sneered at as a flip flop, if it does happen!

  4. Peter Johns 5

    Hello Lefties – now, how are we to keep paying in the future for benefits to the underclass, keep borrowing? Or maybe have excessive tax rates above 50% plus GST at 15%? A rich prick tax II!
    NZ is a 1 trick pony with tourism & farming. Increasing minerals will help make the country richer in the long run but spread the risk. But when someone has an idea to create jobs, this site always poo poos it. You can’t keep saying National are not creating jobs but slag them off when they have a quite plausible plan to create thru mining. Under Labour we will just go back to tax & spend, but borrow as well.

    • Pascal's bookie 5.1

      I’ve got no problem with mining, as long as it’s done with as much care as possible, and follows all the laws etc.

      I see no reason to believe that schedule 4 lands are the areas we should be looking at though.

      Perhaps you can offer one?

      What’s wrong with the land oustside of DOC land for starters?

      Why doesn’t the country do a stocktake of all the dairy land that’s polluting the waterways. The govt owns the minerals under there too and Gerry was saying that mining returns more money per ha than dairying. If the problem is that using private land would make the deal too expensive and not viable, then the govt is just subsidising foreign miners by letting them use public lands at below cost. Whaddareya mate, Some sort of muldoonist?

      Do you really think that the only bits of NZ worth mining just happen to be in the 15 odd perecnt protected by s4?

      That’s just stupid.

    • kaplan 5.2

      Hey heres an idea. Lets setup Fiordland as a nuclear and toxic waste containment site. We could probably create a a few hundred thousand jobs during construction and long term operations and management. Would be fantastic income too.
      Anyone see a downside?
      Hmmmm maybe how the jobs are created IS important…

      • felix 5.2.1

        That sounds like it could make more money over a longer period than mining. Let’s have a serious discussion about it.

        • Pascal's bookie 5.2.1.1

          Insiders report that tourists pay good money to see three eyed fish, and documentary teams still vist Chernobyl after all these years, so there are potential benefits for our film industry too.

          • felix 5.2.1.1.1

            Workers won’t last long dealing with these toxic nuclear poisons – and that means jobs jobs jobs!

            • Pascal's bookie 5.2.1.1.1.1

              It’ll be harder for trampers to get lost in wilderness that glows at night.

    • Bright Red 5.3

      “now, how are we to keep paying in the future for benefits to the underclass, keep borrowing?”

      Flase premise. The deficit is set to disappear within a few years. That ‘decade of deficits’ turned out to be more National bull crap.

    • prism 5.4

      Peter J you want us to return to the fallback of extraction which is a primitive industry that a new or poor developing country falls back on. Australia is past that level of course, but they also have huge areas of desert which is not as sensitive ecologically as our country. We need to get more business that enhances the country, not decimates it. Kerry Prendergast proposes to lead a business group to China to that end. I suppose you will criticise such a positive, robust pro-active venture.

      We are bad at holding onto industry with employment here in NZ, that gives alternatives to tourism and farming. We’re such fumblers that we dropped our knickers at the same time as we enthusiastically dropped most of our tariffs and exposed all to the world’s cold blizzards. The USA doesn’t do such things, with all their wealth and strength.

      And no doubt you are one of the consumer spenders and house buyers who benefited from Labour’s careful hand on the country. Why did you spend so much? You should have saved more. You have unbalanced our current account with long-term effects. Don’t blame Labour blame yourself.

      • Peter Johns 5.4.1

        Prism – you said: And no doubt you are one of the consumer spenders and house buyers who benefited from Labour’s careful hand on the country. Why did you spend so much? You should have saved more. You have unbalanced our current account with long-term effects. Don’t blame Labour blame yourself.

        I borrowed $315K in 2003 to buy my house on the North Shore (Greenhithe) because thanks to Helen’s careful hand on the economy this helped turn South Auckland into a bigger shithole than it was in the 1990s (Papakura). My mortgage is now $90K, so I have paid $225K, (72%) off in just over 6 years. So I reckon I have done more to re balance the borrowing than most limp wristed socialists who have borrowed for coffees in Ponsonby. I took responsibility to decrease my mortgage to a managble level as I saw the GFC coming ages before it happened. I also have 2 children under 15 to support. Add to this, I have $40K in a work savings scheme & $20K in shares so my total debt is under $30K, assets $800K. Debt to assett ratio is 1:27, I am even sure Marty G will say this is a good position. Not so bad ah. Now, tell me your position?

        • Clarke 5.4.1.1

          Just to point out the blindingly obvious, Peter, but your zealous repayment of your mortgage has likely contributed to the current account deficit.

          Assuming you borrowed from an overseas-owned bank which in turn borrowed from the global money markets, your repayments resulted in a net outflow to the foreign lenders. As the amount you repaid exceeded the amount you borrowed (thanks to the interest component) you have helped impoverish the country. Well done.

          • Peter Johns 5.4.1.1.1

            As we had to get a mortgage we had to borrow from overseas I guess. So bloody what? I have paid off shitloads of principal and over time I will have paid off a lot less interest by paying earlier so I have minimised the impact on NZ of money leaving these shores. My personal debt is my problem, not the countries, but as we are told to get debt down I am paying off asap as I have the ability to do this as my wife & I both work. I will be debt free in 2012. Then my savings in the bank can be used by others to borrow and invest in business in NZ, give to my kids for education or I can use to modify my lifestyle. I don’t see a problem with that approach. That will help NZ in the longer term

            ‘…you have helped impoverish the country.’ How, by paying my taxes and getting nothing back like WFF etc?

            Cullen impoverished NZ far more than I did by buying the wrecked train set.

            • Clarke 5.4.1.1.1.1

              As we had to get a mortgage we had to borrow from overseas I guess.

              Well, you could borrow from Kiwibank, which sources a greater percentage of its mortgage money from onshore deposits than any of the major banks, and which doesn’t repatriate its profits to Australia. So the account deficit is improved all round when you do this.

              I will be debt free in 2012. Then my savings in the bank can be used by others to borrow and invest in business in NZ, give to my kids for education or I can use to modify my lifestyle.

              Good on you – seriously. Taking advantage of dual incomes to pay down the mortgage earlier is a sensible and prudent thing to do at a personal level, and you’ve obviously been prudent in the way you’ve managed your personal finances.

              Cullen impoverished NZ far more than I did by buying the wrecked train set.

              Actually Cullen did nothing of the sort. No money was borrowed overseas to fund the purchase and no additional taxes were raised – technically, he printed some money to buy an asset, so the country was richer as a result. How is this a bad thing?

        • prism 5.4.1.2

          Peter J – I tossed in some irritating queries at the end of my post about your approach to NZ’s thriving economy (ex mining) and struck gold. What about that!
          You are very smug about your own money management, but looking at what is good for NZ economy and employment doesn’t rate a mention or thought. Your reply confirms the impression from your earlier post that you haven’t thoughts just kneejerk responses – Nats good righties v Labour bad lefties as in your comment –
          “Hello Lefties now, how are we to keep paying in the future for benefits to the underclass, keep borrowing? Or maybe have excessive tax rates above 50% plus GST at 15%? A rich prick tax II!

    • Clarke 5.5

      Hello Lefties now, how are we to keep paying in the future for benefits to the underclass, keep borrowing?

      Were you actively trying for Dumbest Comment Of The Weekâ„¢?

      First things first. A sovereign government like NZ with a fiat non-convertible currency does not need to borrow anything from anyone in order to sustain government spending. To claim otherwise simply demonstrates a fundamental misunderstanding of monetary policy, which has probably come about from drinking too much of the right-wing Kool Aid. I suggest you go get yourself educated about the subject.

      Secondly, there’s simply no evidence that the mining proposed by Key will have any noticeable impact on government finances, given that we appear to have some of the lowest royalty rates in the world. So how was this miraculous shower of wealth going to work if we’re effectively giving away the resources to the mining companies?

    • chris 5.6

      Idiot, idiot, idiot.

      NZ doesn’t need mining, we need innovation and smart entrepreurial companies. the sooner dinosaurs like you die and stop influencing political discourse the better.

    • max 5.7

      After all, Congo is just the sort of place we should be aspiring to be, or was that Mozambique?

  5. tc 6

    Hey PJ “But when someone has an idea to create jobs, this site always poo poos it”….how many jobs do you expect kiwi’s to get from a multinationals mechanised mining process ?

    Go ahead and assume a large orebody of a mineral that inherently has the highest labour component…..how many jobs and for how long ?

    And this classic “You can’t keep saying National are not creating jobs but slag them off when they have a quite plausible plan to create thru mining.”…..don’t see the jump in employed or a plausible plan PJ, maybe you could enlighten us.

  6. prism 7

    Figure given of $17 million for trying to rehabilitate abandoned Tui mine, and doubt expressed that it can be successfully done. How much did the country make when a full balance sheet drawn up for that and other mining projects? The Coromandel watchdog spokesman made some good points. One was that you don’t hear mining interests talk about tailings – ( the dirty tale that mustn’t be spoken). He also made the point from experience, about Resource Management hearings that multi-nationals have 100,000s to spend mounting their case, and locals disagreeing hold cake stalls etc. So uneven, (David v Goliath but with David’s stone size limited to a pebble as being possibly effective and therefore dangerous to the powerful.)

    From discussion on 9tonoon this am on Nat Radio between various viewpoints.

    • Ianmac 7.1

      Prism. There is a plan to Streamline the Resource Management plan ya’ know. Funnily enough it will make major projects to be fast-tracked but of course this has nothing to do with the proposed mining, – or has it?

      • prism 7.1.1

        Streamline RMA? It’s as quality legislation as a leaky home. Interfere with it and risk releasing the spores into the environment. Must go and see Alice in Wonderland. It will be like a reality show.

  7. tc 8

    43,000 jobs……that’s hilarious…probably gerry and his oversized nose again I bet, the man wouldn’t lie straight in bed.

    Having worked in the caper and we had large iron/gold/uranium operations I’m struggling to get a few thousand max on a large operational iron ore mine and remember these must be ‘new’ jobs that kiwis can have not specialist jobs only foreigners can hold because they have the mining skills.

    Gosh between this and cycleway all our employment problems are solved…..maybe we could have a scenic cycleway around some open cast pits and tailings dams so promote those great tourist attractions.

  8. A Nonny Moose 9

    I’m guessing Key didn’t feel a thing watching “Last Chance to See” the other night.

    Pretty sad when the BBC has to school us on our own conservation efforts.

    But go right ahead. Fuck up those endangered species. Tigers and whales say o hai.

  9. Ianmac 10

    Just read the Herald-online but thought that it was curious that apart from the Nikki Kaye story, there are no blazing headlines about Mining.

  10. coolas 11

    Where are Crosby Textor?

    Key & Brownlee seem unprepared for the argument. Rhetoric about postage stamps and surgical techniques are already exhausted. Economic benefit is unproven.

    Today on National Radio John Banks promoted himself as the saviour of Great Barrier. He’s. ‘gonna fight tooth and nail.’

    For mining on Great Barrier major infrastructure is required: water, power, roads, port facilities. And tailings, toxic chemical containment or removal. That and public opinion makes Great Barrier’s inclusion untenable.

    Is this the Crosby script? From the outset, focus attention on Barrier, with the intention all along to withdraw it after ‘listening’ to the people, thus softening the blow and appearing reasonable.

    And Banksie, National’s chosen SuperMayor, gets to play hero of conservation with the balls to stand up to the Govt.

    If that’s too conspiratorial Gerry Brownlee must be as clumsy and stupid as he appears.

  11. DeeDub 12

    Thankyou Trevor for telling it like it is:

    Trevor Mallard: (via Facebook) “Very hard to believe that people want to dig up our national parks for coal and gold. Mining companies take notice that my party will close down mines opened in contravention to current policy. So don’t waste your yen, yuan or $US.”

    • Seti 12.1

      Trev has a short memory.

      Coal Mine Approved for New Zealand National Park

      March 16, 2004

      New Zealand Conservation Minister Chris Carter has given conditional approval to an underground coal mine in and adjacent to a national park.

      Over the objections of environmental groups, the Pike River Coal Company has gotten the nod to develop a mine at Paparoa National Park near Pike River on the West Coast of the country’s South Island.

      …The largest New Zealand conservation, the Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society, is criticizing Carter for ignoring a report by his own staff that says the mine will be destructive for the area.

      A DOC report obtained by Forest and Bird under the Official Information Act reveals that the controversial coal mine is inconsistent with conservation legislation and would degrade an important and almost pristine area, said Forest and Bird field officer, Eugenie Sage.

      • lprent 12.1.1

        Coal mining is a different proposition to mining for gold, silver, the Palladium group, and rare earths.

        Perhaps you should look at the difference and get back to us when you’re better informed about why the concentrations make a difference to potential mining systems and their effect on the environment?

        • Seti 12.1.1.1

          “Coal mining is a different proposition to mining for gold, silver, the Palladium group, and rare earths.”

          So you have no opposition to coal mining in National Parks then?

          • lprent 12.1.1.1.1

            If you have a look at how Pikes Peak was done, then I have less objection to that method of extraction than I do to any of the other mining ideas that are around.

            Pike Peak above ground mining operation is outside the park, using underground mining going under the park. The main threat to the park itself is from subsidence, which is why the company has to leave a lot of serious pillars of load bearing coal in place. They can do this because the concentrations of coal is very very high. Therefore the amount extracted is close to the amount mined. There are no real tailings, and most of that will be shoved back underground.

            The company has some serious environmental restrictions that I just can’t see either clueless or Brownlee being able to use on anything apart from high level coking coal, and making the mine economic.

            As I said earlier, if you inform yourself on mining techniques for various types of ore, then we can have a discussion. At present your vacuous knowledge tends to make it pointless because you’re too busy trying to do political point scoring to actually understand the issues.

            Or in other words, you’re acting like a dickhead.

          • Draco T Bastard 12.1.1.1.2

            Here’s an indication of what gold mining does to the landscape. The line I’ve got drawn across the mine is 7km long.

  12. Bill 13

    “Put quite simply, the only barrier to a mining operation on conservation land will be Gerry Brownlee. How scary is that?”

    No, no, no. Wrong, wrong, wrong!

    What stands between conservation land and mining is you and me…’everyman’ and his dog. So the question becomes, ” How scared can we make Gerry and his mates?”

    (apologies for the gender bias. unavoidable.)

  13. freedom 14

    i still await an answer as to how the announcement can have two conflicting figures that are $50 Billion dollars apart. That is not small change. That is a huge disparity in details inside the same announcement

    • prism 14.1

      Oh freedom you are worrying too much about the details – just think of the big picture and let’s do it. There’s big money in this that’s all we need to know. Oh maybe better not think of the big picture, think small, pinhole even.

  14. tc 15

    Iprent’s detail on Macraes mine at an average grade of 1.6 grams/tonne etc makes an interesting case.

    1.6g/Tonne is quite low grade and the lower the grade the more processing to get it extracted so more talings/chemicals/by products/more ore churned through to get more gold so larger holes, deeper pits etc etc

    If this is typical of the grade of ore we possess then it’s hardly worth bothering about so be afraid of the big business mantras behind gerr and sideshow and remember kids, modern mining techniques means less jobs not less nasty byproducts and environmental impact etc.

    • lprent 15.1

      I was surprised to find the extraction rate being that high. It is usually more like a gram per tonne in igneous rock. But that is probably explained by the formation method – geothermal.

      Gold was emplaced in the shear zone by flow of hot hydrothermal water in the latter stages of this metamorphism, about 130-140 million years ago.

      You can get higher value concentration pockets of ore in sediment or sedimentary rock. But these are typically in pockets because of the nature of the sedimentation process in rivers. To make them economic you still have to process vast volumes to find the pockets along old stream beds. ast lines or paleo

      The exception to this is of course along current or paleo coastlines. But we don’t have much of that apart from iron sands.

      You can also get high concentrations in igneous rock intrusions that have veins because of differential cooling. But again you still have to extract a whole lot of rock to get what you’re after because the veins are typically tiny.

      The one type of mining that you really get concentrations are coal, oil and gas. A biological process typically produces high concentrations which means that the mining potentially can be moderately ‘surgical’ – for instance Pikes Peak. But even there you’d have to get worried about long term subsidence and leachates.

      But Brownlee is just jerking off when he talks about ‘surgical’ mining

  15. Ianmac 16

    Rod Oram on Nine to Noon 11:05 today did an excellent job of balancing pros and cons especially with regards to expected returns from mining.

  16. prism 17

    Information to remember – From other post. “Our mineral potential includes so-called “rare earth elements’, which are considered globally to be minerals of strategic importance, given very limited players in the global market. They include dysprosium, terbium, erbium and ytterbium, which are critical to technologies such as hybrid and electric cars, wind turbines, computer disk drives, fibreoptic telecommuni…..

    Word to remember – leachate. Adversely affects environment while mining in progress and continues after the mining company have swanned off and washed their hands off that project. Care needed.

  17. tc 18

    On a related tangent how about all that oil/gas in the great sthn basin….alledged to be as big as the Nth Sea field, it’s there, it’s doable (thanks to advances in Rig technology) and it’s urgently needed by the world and we could leverage Oz’s expertise in this into a market that should be screaming for crude by the time it’s ‘up’.

    If these clowns were geniunely interested in NZ’s mineral wealth that’s an obvious place IMHO but there can’t be any nat backers interested in it so it’s not discussed is it……apparently the yanks are aware of it though having helped map it in the 70’s….watch that space.

  18. RJF 19

    Think of it this way…

    What is the world going to look like in the next 100 years, and what the world thinks when it looks at NZ. either

    A. a complete shithole that extracts coal so a few select big wigs can profit and give nil back to NZ

    Or

    B. a green oasis full of native creatures, that all hard hard working NZer can somehow profit from

    tourism over coal mineing doesn’t look so bad now does it

    PS. if any part of this coal mineing propositon gets through. its unlikely Key will survive the next election. so in the short run it could benifit NZ

  19. Armchair Critic 20

    Where are the 84 mines on conservaion land that Key keeps referring to?
    http://www.parliament.nz/en-NZ/PB/Business/QOA/8/b/0/49HansQ_20100323_00000003-3-Mining-in-Conservation-Areas-Prime-Minister.htm
    I’ve spent a couple of hours looking on the internet after fisiani mentioned them, asking for proof of their existence, and found nothing beyond a quarry somewhere in Wellington. Goff had Key concede that none of the 84 are on s4 land, but I’m not convinced they even exist.

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    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    3 days ago
  • Returning To “Normalcy”.
    Resuming Normal Service: The Republican Party's nominee for in 1920, Warren Harding, promised the American people: “not heroics, but healing; not nostrums, but normalcy; not revolution, but restoration”. If she wishes to remain our prime minister, then Jacinda Ardern will offer New Zealanders the same.HOW EDUCATED AMERICA snickered when the ...
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand’s Government Must Save New Zealand’s Media.
    No Free Society Without A Free And Functioning News Media: If we are to surrender our civil rights to the broader cause of defeating Covid-19, then foreign corporations must, likewise, surrender their right to inflict immense economic and cultural harm on New Zealanders simply because it improves their bottom line.I’M ...
    3 days ago
  • Corona fevers and the madness of models
    by Daphna Whitmore A third of the world is under lockdown and a clear assessment of this measure to curb the spread of COVID-19 is urgently needed.  With any high-stakes decisions it has to be asked what are we dealing with here? Are the measures warranted? Will they achieve their ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    3 days ago
  • Lockdown day 8
    I haven’t done a huge amount in the last few days. I’m reading The Poppy War and I’ve sort of poked at a couple of games – I started SOMA but I’m a wimp and I quit while in the first room after the brain scan. I might try it ...
    The little pakehaBy chrismiller
    4 days ago
  • Backstage and Theatre
    The swan politicians may be gliding on the water, occasionally snapping at one another. Meanwhile, as the Covid19 crisis illustrates, the officials are desperately paddling below providing the real locomotion. One of the most fatuous recent grandstanding comments (of about a week ago), adding to the public’s anxieties, was ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    4 days ago
  • Legal Beagle: Waiver, the singular Crown and the conduct of Crown legal business
    Much has been written about the importance of discretion in an emergency situation, and the concerns raised by the potential for it to be exercised arbitrarily. Given the quality of the discussion, there seemed little point in adding to it at any length. In particular, I point to the evidence ...
    4 days ago
  • Highlights from Bauer Media’s science-related reporting
    Today has felt surreal. I was all set to touch base online with my science communication students when a colleague shared the news that Bauer Media would be shutting down its publications immediately. The first link I saw implied it was Woman’s Weekly affected, and even that shocked me. But ...
    SciBlogsBy Sarah-Jane O'Connor
    4 days ago
  • Outsiders.
    Bogeymen, Real And Imagined: Is the number of psychopathic and sociopathic individuals in any given society truly as vanishingly small as we like to tell ourselves? Isn’t it more likely that the mass-shooters and serial-killers filling the headlines represent only the tip of a much, much larger iceberg of frightfulness? ...
    4 days ago
  • We have a right to know the rules we are expected to obey
    Outgoing Police Commissioner Mike Bush appeared before the Epidemic Response Committee today, who asked him for the rules police are using to enforce the lockdown. He refused:Police Commissioner Mike Bush has admitted the advice given to Kiwis about what they're able to do during the lockdown hasn't been clear enough. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 7 (sanitised version)
    For those folk who find my other Lock-Down Diary versions too “negative” or otherwise unpalatable… Here’s a photo of my cat, . . Better? Tomorrow’s Sanitised Version: a pretty flower. . . . =fs= ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    4 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 7
    . . April 1: Day seven of living in lock-down… This morning I had a brief chat with one of my neighbours, “D” (social distance between us, a good three or four metres). I learned he had resigned from his previous job and had been hired by another company – ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    4 days ago
  • RIP The Listener, New Zealand’s pioneering voice
    Funnily enough, my thought as I start this post is whether it will be well written enough. Or should that be well enough written? Because so much of what I know about good writing came from my two stints at The Listener, which this morning was shut down due to ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    4 days ago
  • OK, Britney: stop sniping at National for doing its job
    With normal democratic procedures in abeyance, there were two ways to go. First, it was open for the government to dissolve itself and invite the National Party to join a ministry of national salvation. That would have lessened the democratic deficit of the times by having a team of rivals without ...
    PunditBy Liam Hehir
    4 days ago
  • Helpful tips for parents during lockdown
    Dr Kirsty Ross Children and young people can respond differently in times of distress. This also varies by age and developmental stage, with younger children having more magical and imaginative thinking, and older children having more awareness and knowledge of the issues our communities are facing (which brings up ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    4 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #13, 2020
    5 days ago
  • Hungary is now a dictatorship
    Hungary has been a virtual dictatorship for a decade now, as Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has gradually eroded its democracy. But now, its official, with the passage of an indefinite emergency law allowing rule by decree:Hungary’s parliament has passed a new set of coronavirus measures that includes jail terms for ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • A new Ministry of Works
    While the economy is on pause under lockdown, the government is beginning to plan how to cope with the post-lockdown, post-tourism, post-export education world we will eventually find ourselves in. They're planning a lot of infrastructure spending as economic stimulus, and have asked for proposals which can start the moment ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Capture: Well spaced out
    It's my distraction,  setting up tiny scenes to photograph.  I've got stuck on the Babushka dolls for now.  Something about their bubble shape.  Something about their never changing, smiling features, suggesting persistent equanimity.  Can we get through everything that is being thrown at us and keep at least a tiny ...
    5 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 6
    . . March 31: Day six of living in lock-down… This time I managed to sleep a little longer and the alarm woke me at the pre-set time: 6.55am. Then remembered I was working a later shift and could’ve slept in. Oh well, there are things to do at home. ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    5 days ago
  • March ’20 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
    Image credit: Diamond Harbour School Blogs I notice a few regulars no longer allow public access to the site counters. This may happen accidentally when the blog format is altered. If your blog is unexpectedly missing or ...
    5 days ago
  • Hard News: Poll Pot and the partisans
    Yesterday's Horizon poll showing support for a "Yes" vote in this year's cannabis referendum sliding into the majority for the first time in a year looked like good news for reformers – and it probably is. But the result warrants some scrutiny.The poll is the fifth in a series commissioned ...
    5 days ago
  • Why those bubbles are so important
    For almost a week now, every one of us who isn’t an essential worker has been confined to their bubble. We are allowed to go shopping for groceries, to visit the doctor, and to get a bit of exercise if we stay local. The reason we are doing this is ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    5 days ago
  • A Government System That Works
    The Covid-19 saga will no doubt produce many twists and turns for us before it is finally brought to an end. But one thing it has shown us – and what comfort it should bring us – is that our country’s government is in good hands. I am not thinking ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    5 days ago
  • Smashing down the barriers: Where are we at with COVID vaccines?
    In the absence of a vaccine or a cure for a deadly disease, staying home in your bubble is what you do, the concept is not new.  To the best of my knowledge last time we did this in NZ was for polio, in the years before a vaccine came ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    5 days ago
  • National Network on Cuba (USA): “Cuban medical solidarity is a pillar of its society and is founde...
    The following statement was released on March 28 by the National Network on Cuba, a coalition of 40 groups, based in the United States. In recent weeks, Cuba has deployed hundreds of medical providers to over a dozen countries in Europe, Asia, as well as to their neighbors in Latin ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    5 days ago
  • Alarming decrease in calves increases fears for endangered Hector’s dolphin
    This has been a terrible summer for Hector’s dolphins. The first indication was very low numbers of dolphin sightings during late spring and early summer. The Otago University Marine Mammal Research Team has carried out routine dolphin surveys at Banks Peninsula for more than 30 years. In all that time, ...
    SciBlogsBy Otago Marine Science
    6 days ago
  • Time for Grant Robertson to reveal package #2?
    On March 17, Finance Minister Grant Robertson was quick out of the blocks with an economic rescue package to help businesses through the inevitable recession resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. Robertson had pulled together a scheme in short order that so far seems to have saved many jobs. In his ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    6 days ago
  • Saving lives
    The purpose of the lockdown is to save lives, by reducing the spread of covid-19. We won't know if its really working for another week, but given the devastation that will result if it doesn't - 14,000 dead is the optimistic scenario - its definitely worth trying. But pausing the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 5
    . . March 30: Day five of living in lock-down… Woke up still in darkness. Alarm hadn’t gone off. Turn to radio clock; it’s a few minutes after 6am… I lie there in the dark, waiting to drift off to sleep… but it ain’t happening. Clock ticks over to 6.55 ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    6 days ago
  • Speaker: Les Gray: the man who told the truth
    The story of Les Gray, the public sector psychologist who told the truth about his use of cannabis and set off a storm, has a special place in the lore of cannabis reform in New Zealand.When Paul Shannon interviewed Gray for the 'Dope and Hope' issue of Planet magazine in ...
    6 days ago
  • Why now? Historical specificity and the perfect storm that has created trans identity politics
    by Phil Duncan For Marxists, a key concern about social trends is their context – not just their causes, but why they happen when they do.  Events and phenomena have causes, but they also are time or period-specific. While much of the left have capitulated recently to postmodernism, most notably ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    7 days ago
  • Time for a living wage for supermarket workers
    Since the lockdown began, we've all suddenly been reminded who the actually essential workers in our society are: not the people at the top who pay themselves the big bucks and rort the perks, but the people at the bottom they screw over and squeeze: cleaners, warehouse staff, truck drivers ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Hard News: MUSIC: Lockdown Grooves
    Kia ora! As I've watched nearly all my remaining work vanish over the past couple of days, it has occured to me that one good way to keep me away from arguing with fools on Twitter all the time (in the knowledge that all we're really doing is processing our ...
    7 days ago
  • A place of greater safety?
    Aotearoa New Zealand has committed to trying to extirpate the virus that causes COVID-19 from its shores. To do that, as a society we’ve moved to “Level 4”. That means adapting to unprecedented restrictions on our personal freedoms, particularly to our rights to move freely and associate with friends and ...
    PunditBy Andrew Geddis
    7 days ago
  • The police and public trust
    When the Prime Minister declared a state of emergency last week, she handed the police powers to enforce it. And almost immediately, we started hearing about heavy-handed, arbitrary "enforcement" by police who (at best) cared more about order than law, or (more likely) had no idea what the rules were ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 4
    . . Lock Down: Day 4 – A photo essay with observations . March 29: Usual wake up routine as RNZ snaps on my radio-clock. Jim Mora’s voice slowly enters my conciousness; there’s talk of a second wave of covid19 taking hold in South Korea; the week in Parliament – ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    7 days ago
  • COVID-19 vs New Zealand
    Yesterday, New Zealand recorded its first Covid-19 related death on the West Coast. Unfortunately this is unlikely to be the only fatality, with the virus now being found in every region of the country.However despite the significant danger, people are still unfortunately breaching lockdown rules.There’s really only one main very ...
    7 days ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #13
    Story of the Week... Toon of the Week... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Claim Review... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week... Story of the Week... ‘Misinformation kills’: The link between coronavirus conspiracies and climate denial   Grist / Rob Kim / Stringer / CSA Images  Scientific ...
    1 week ago
  • Rāhui day 4
    The kids did surprisingly well today – meltdown count was about 3, and mostly fairly short ones. (And a fourth while I was writing.) Game-wise I had a go at Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark. It’s a fairly standard RPG with turn-based combat and what they call a “mature storyline” (it ...
    The little pakehaBy chrismiller
    1 week ago
  • Letter to a friend
    by Don Franks Hi David, Nice hearing from you, I’m glad to hear you’re getting by okay in these grim times. You asked how’s it going for us back here in New Zealand. You would have heard that the whole country is locked down and with breaks for exercise and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 3
    . . Lock Down: Day 3 – A photo essay with observations . March 28: First day of the first weekend in Lock Down. It feels like it’s been weeks since only Level 3 was declared last Tuesday, only four days ago. Woke up this morning to RNZ; coffee; toast, ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #13
    A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Mar 22, 2020 through Sat, Mar 28, 2020 Articles Linked to on Facebook Sun, Mar 22, 2020 In Just 10 Years, Warming Has Increased the Odds of Disasters by Chelsea Harvey, ...
    1 week ago
  • Rāhui day 3
    I’m here in lockdown with my flatmate and her two girls (6 and 2) and it. is. a time. They’re usually really active so to start with the only boardgame in the house is the copy of Guess Who that the 6 year old got for her birthday. Flatmate commented ...
    The little pakehaBy chrismiller
    1 week ago
  • A test of civil society.
    The CV-19 (COVID) pandemic has seen the imposition of a government ordered national quarantine and the promulgation of a series of measures designed to spread the burden of pain and soften the economic blow on the most strategically important and most vulnerable sectors of society. The national narrative is framed ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 2
    . . Lock Down: Day 2 – A photo essay with observations . March 27 – Day 2 of our Strange New World. The Park and Ride near my suburb, usually filled with hundreds of vehicles, had just… four; . . Another drive into Wellington City on a highway nearly ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • How Do You Feel? What Do You Think?
    Fortune's Children: Under extraordinary pressure, the leader of the Government and the leader of the Opposition will each show us what they are made of. Have they been blessed with intelligence, grace, wit, poise, toughness, empathy and humour – and in what measure? More importantly, to what extent have they ...
    1 week ago
  • Landlords are NOT an essential service
    If you’ve ever had the misfortune of having to rent a property on the open market in New Zealand, which is one of the most expensive in the entire world, you’ll likely be keenly aware of just how arrogant and entitled landlords and their real estate agents can be.Unfortunately for ...
    1 week ago
  • A “new Society” post-COVID19 will definitely emerge. The question is: on what path?
    Society-wise, aside from the specific morbidity shall we say of the medically-oriented aspects of this COVID-19 crisis, what is unfolding before the world is in more than one way an instructive study of humanity and reactions to a high intensity, high stress environment in real time. Friends, we are at ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • Raise the Bar: Everything you need to know about the wage subsidy
    Right now low waged and insecure workers are feeling the economic brunt of the looming #Covid19 Recession. In response legal advocate Toby Cooper* and hospitality and worker’s rights advocate Chloe Ann-King, are putting together a series of legal blogs about your employment rights: In this legal blog we outline some ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    1 week ago
  • The massacre of prisoners in Modelo jail, Bogota, March 21
    by Equipo Jurídico Pueblos and Gearóid Ó Loingsigh (25/03/2020) An escape plan in question On the night of March 21st and the early morning of the 22nd, the forces of the Colombian state stormed into the Modelo prison in Bogotá, murdering 23 prisoners and injuring 83, in response to the ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • We are not America
    When the government banned semi-automatic weapons in response to a terrorist atrocity, gun-nuts were outraged. Mired in toxic American gun culture, they thought owning weapons whose sole purpose was killing people was some sort of "constitutional right", a necessity for "defending themselves" against the government. Now, the Court of Appeal ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • When will we know the lockdown is working?
    Just before midnight on Wednesday March 25, Aotearoa New Zealand entered a countrywide alert level four lockdown. For at least the next four weeks, everyone who isn’t an essential worker is confined to their bubble. We are doing this to stop the explosive growth in people contracting and dying from ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    1 week ago
  • Lock Down: Day 1
    . . Lock Down: Day 1 – A photo essay with observations . Day one of the Level 4 nationwide lock-down (or, DefCon 4 as I sometimes cheekily call it) started at 11.59PM on 25 March. For a moment, most of the nation held it’s collective breath. In that brief ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • A Compelling Recollection.
    Broad, Sunlit Uplands: How those words fired my young imagination! Or, perhaps, it is more accurate to say: how those words fused, in my young mind, with the image printed on every packet of Fielder’s Cornflour. Always fascinated by history, especially modern history, I cannot hear Churchill’s wonderfully evocative words, even ...
    1 week ago
  • The Warehouse – where everyone gets a virus
    . . 24 March 2020 9.46AM Number of covid19 cases in Aotearoa New Zealand: 102 . As of 11.59 on Thursday, most of New Zealand will go into “lock down”. People will be expected not to travel to work; not to socialise; and to stay home. I will not be ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • Aggressive action to address climate change could save the world $145 trillion
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections A respected research group, Project Drawdown, finds that deploying solutions consistent with meeting the Paris climate targets would cost tens of trillions of dollars globally. But crucially, those outlays would also yield long-term savings many times larger than the up-front costs. The new 2020 Drawdown ...
    2 weeks ago
  • After the Pandemic
    It will pass. What happens next? Not immediately, but longer term. There are many opinions, fewer certainties. Will it “change everything!” as many confidently, and contradictorily predict? In this post I look at how foresight can help bound some of the uncertainties so you can more objectively consider the future. ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    2 weeks ago

  • Further measures to support businesses
    The Government will be introducing legislation to make changes to the Companies Act to help companies facing insolvency due to COVID-19 to remain viable and keep New Zealanders in jobs. The temporary changes include: Giving directors of companies facing significant liquidity problems because of COVID-19 a ‘safe harbour’ from insolvency ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Govt’s COVID plan, economic strength recognised
    The Government’s plan to cushion the blow of COVID-19 by supporting incomes, jobs and businesses, and position the economy to recover has been backed by another international report. International credit rating agency Moody’s today reaffirmed its highest Aaa credit rating on New Zealand, saying the economy is expected to remain ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Funding certainty for sports through COVID-19
    National sports organisations have been given certainty of funding to ensure they can remain viable through the COVID-19 pandemic, Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson announced today. “The global spread of COVID-19 has had a significant impact on sport and recreation in New Zealand, including the cancellation or postponement of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Butchers now allowed to process pork
    Changes have been made to allow butchers to process pork, only for supply to supermarkets or other processors or retailers that are open, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has announced. “We carefully weighed the risk of allowing butchers to open their shops for retail customers, but the risk of spreading COVID-19 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Essential workers leave scheme established
    Essential workers who take leave from work to comply with public health guidance are being supported with a leave scheme to ensure they will continue to receive income, say the Minister of Workplace Relations and Safety Iain Lees-Galloway and Minister for Social Development, Carmel Sepuloni. A number of essential businesses ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Govt WhatsApp helps share COVID-19 information
    A Government WhatsApp channel has been launched to help make information more easily accessible and shareable in the fight against COVID-19. Govt.NZ, which is free to use on any mobile device, will carry information and news for the public, businesses, healthcare providers, not for profits and local government. It can ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Managed departure plan for stranded foreign nationals enables safe, orderly exit
    The Government has announced a plan to enable the safe, orderly exit of tens of thousands of stranded foreign nationals from New Zealand during the current COVID-19 Alert Level 4 restrictions, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Winston Peters has said. “When we moved into lockdown a week ago, the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government delivers COVID-19 support to GPs and Pharmacies
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says the Government is delivering on its commitment to support general practice doctors and nurses, and pharmacies on the front-line of our fight against COVID-19. "For us to overcome COVID-19, we need community health services such as general practice and community pharmacy to step up ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Susan Thomas the new Chief High Court Judge
    Justice Susan Thomas has been appointed Chief High Court Judge, Attorney-General David Parker announced today.  She replaces Justice Geoffrey Venning who has resigned from the position.   David Parker paid tribute to Justice Venning, who he said had stewarded the High Court very capably over the last five years.   “On behalf ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Business Finance Guarantee – applications open
    Businesses can start applying to their banks for loans under the Business Finance Guarantee Scheme set up to support the New Zealand economy during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’re moving quickly to protect New Zealand businesses, jobs and the economy during this unprecedented global economic shock,” Finance Minister Grant Robertson said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Work starts on ways to fast-track consents to boost recovery from Covid-19 downturn
    Work is underway looking at measures to speed up consents for development and infrastructure projects during the recovery from COVID 19, to provide jobs and stimulate our economy.  Environment Minister David Parker said the COVID-19 pandemic is a serious global crisis that will have a wide ranging and lasting impact ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Advance payments to support contractors
    Advance payments will be made to transport construction industry contractors to retain the workforce and ensure it is ready to quickly gear up to build projects which will be vital to New Zealand’s COVID-19 economic recovery, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. He said keeping the workforce required to build ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government seeks infrastructure projects
    The Government has tasked a group of industry leaders to seek out infrastructure projects that are ready to start as soon as the construction industry returns to normal to reduce the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford and Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones say. The Infrastructure ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Health system scaled up to prepare for COVID-19
    Work to scale up the health system in preparation for COVID-19 was today outlined by Health Minister David Clark, as he reported back to the new Epidemic Response Committee. “We are well placed to contain the spread of COVID-19. We have taken early and decisive action at our borders, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Essential media COVID-19 guidelines refined
    The Government is refining its COVID-19 essential business guidance to include the distribution of news publications for communities which are hard to reach. The Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media, Kris Faafoi, said the move was in recognition of the importance for New Zealanders who might be harder to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Supermarkets able to open on Easter Sunday
    The Government is ensuring supermarkets can open on Easter Sunday so we can buy groceries, but stay closed on Good Friday allowing workers to take a break. This provides a balanced approach and ensures we avoid large queues that two days closure may cause. “Supermarkets will be able to open ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New Zealand defence personnel conclude mission at Taji
    Following the successful conclusion of the Building Partner Capacity (BPC) mission at Taji, New Zealand defence personnel are returning to New Zealand from Iraq, in accordance with the Cabinet decision made in June 2019, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today. “New Zealand is very ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • State of National Emergency extended
    The State of National Emergency to help stop the spread of COVID-19 has been extended for a further seven days, Minister of Civil Defence Peeni Henare said. The initial declaration on March 25 lasted seven days and can be extended as many times as necessary. “Since we went into isolation ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Strong Govt books support ‘go hard, go early’ response
    New Zealand’s ability to go hard and go early in the fight against COVID-19 has been underpinned by strong Government finances and the growing economy heading into this global pandemic, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. The Treasury today released the Crown financial statements for the eight months to the end ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Christchurch Hospital Hagley ICU to open to support COVID-19 response
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says 36 new intensive care beds at Christchurch Hospital’s new Hagley building are being fast tracked so they are available for treatment of COVID-19 patients.   The Ministry of Health is working with contractor CPB and Canterbury DHB to enable access to the hospital’s ICU, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Government supports Air NZ freight flights
    The Government has fast-tracked up to $1 million to help Air New Zealand move urgent freight to and from New Zealand, with the first flight to Shanghai leaving tonight, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. Phil Twyford says it’s crucial that trade in vital goods such as medical supplies and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Tariff concessions on COVID-19 related products
    New Zealand will temporarily remove tariffs on all medical and hygiene imports needed for the COVID-19 response. Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker and Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi said today that the New Zealand Customs Service will apply tariff concessions to all diagnostic reagents and testing ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Clarification of modification to wage subsidy scheme
    Minister of Finance Grant Robertson has clarified that the changes to the wage subsidy scheme announced yesterday mean that employers should be passing on the full subsidy to workers, except in the case where the person’s normal income is less than the level of the subsidy. “We still want employers ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Face masks flowing to DHBs
    Medical face masks from the national reserve supply are now being distributed to District Health Boards, while at the same time local production is being ramped up. Yesterday more than 640,000 masks were sent to DHBS – that is an immediate two week supply, with more to follow in coming ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • COVID-19: Further steps to protect New Zealanders’ jobs
    The Government has made modifications to the wage subsidy scheme to ensure people don’t lose their jobs during the national lockdown. These changes will soften the impact of COVID-19 on workers, families and businesses, and position them to exit the lockdown and look to recovery, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Tax relief for Mycoplasma Bovis farmers
    Farmers whose herds were culled in response to the outbreak of Mycoplasma bovis will be able to minimise the tax treatment of their income in some circumstances. Revenue Minister Stuart Nash says Cabinet has agreed to change the law. It means farmers may be eligible to spread their income over ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • $27 million for NGOs and community groups to continue providing essential services
    A $27 million dollar package, effective immediately, is being provided to social sector services and community groups to ensure they can continue to provide essential support to communities as we stay at home as a nation to stop the spread of COVID-19, Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni announced. “At ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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