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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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Speaker: Extinction Rebellion is not a cult (but ecstasy for the people)
    Yoga gurus and cult leaders – I’ve seen a few. Two weeks ago, I unknowingly joined an alleged new-age cult at the Kāpiti coast, together with a giant kraken and some neatly dressed pensioners who would make any book club proud.They were among the two hundred people of all ages ...
    4 days ago
  • We need to bring the police under control
    The last decade has seen a trend of increasing weapons availability to police. Assault rifles. Tasers on every hip. Guns in cars. And following the march 15 massacre, pistols on every hip, all over the country. At the same time, its also seen an increase in the abuse of force: ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 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
    4 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 ...
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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 ...
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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
    6 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
    6 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 ...
    6 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
    6 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
    6 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
    6 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. ...
    6 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
    6 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
    7 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week ago
  • Spain is not a democracy
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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 ...
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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

  • Ngāi Tahu CEO appointed to NZ-China Council
    Minister for Māori Development, Nanaia Mahuta, has selected Arihia Bennett MNZM, Chief Executive Officer of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, as the Te Puni Kōkiri appointed representative on the New Zealand-China Council. The New Zealand-China Council (the Council) was established in 2012 as a New Zealand led and funded organisation ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 hours ago
  • Southern Response claims move to EQC
    Responsibility for processing the small number of Southern Response claims still to be settled will be transferred to EQC by the end of the year. “As claim numbers reduce, it no longer makes sense for the Crown to have two organisations processing the remaining Canterbury claims,” Grant Robertson says. “Since ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 hours ago
  • Bowel screening starts in Whanganui
    Health Minister David Clark is encouraging Whanganui residents to take up the opportunity for free bowel screening, which can detect cancer early when it’s easier to treat.   Over the next two years 12,000 Whanganui locals, aged 60 to 74 will be invited to participate in the National Bowel Screening ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 hours ago
  • Pacific Peoples Minister to attend Our Ocean Conference in Norway
    Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio, heads to Oslo today to represent New Zealand at the sixth Our Ocean Conference, which is being hosted by the Norwegian Government from the 23-24 October. “The Our Ocean Conference mobilises real action on issues like marine plastic pollution and the impacts of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Government announces 27 percent increase in Trades Academy places
    Two secondary-school initiatives are being expanded as part of the Government’s plan to see more young New Zealanders take up a trade to help close the skills gap.   This includes the largest single increase in Trades Academy places in recent years. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Education Minister Chris ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, Pacific Futures Conference: Connection...
    Session 4: Pacific Connectivity – Youth, Media and New Opportunities   Kia ora tatou katoa and Warm Pacific greetings to one and all. Representatives of Tainui, the local people of the land, or manawhenua – the indigenous peoples of this area – have welcomed you this morning in accordance with ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days 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
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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
    6 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
    6 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • 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. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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