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Key’s Plazatoro guts

Written By: - Date published: 7:30 pm, February 24th, 2015 - 81 comments
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John Key’s frothing exhortation to Andrew Little in Parliament to “get some guts” reminds one of opera’s famous Duke of Plazatoro   “who led his regiment from behind, he found it less exciting.” Key’s not going to Iraq – our soldiers are the ones in danger.

For those not brought up on Gilbert and Sullivan the lyrics of the “Gondoliers” song are:

In enterprise of martial kind,
When there was any fighting,
He led his regiment from behind
(He found it less exciting).
But when away his regiment ran,
His place was at the fore, O-
That celebrated,
Cultivated,
Underrated
Noble man,
The Duke of Plaza-Toro!

When, to evade Destruction’s hand,
To hide they all proceeded,
No soldier in that gallant band
Hid half as well as he did.
He lay concealed throughout the war,
And so preserved his gore, O!
That unaffected,
Undetected,
Well connected
Warrior,
The Duke of Plaza-Toro!

Mind you I did think it curious that the SAS would be deployed to protect “high-level visits.” Sounds like Key’s going to make sure he’s looked after if he goes there for a photo-op later.

81 comments on “Key’s Plazatoro guts”

  1. b waghorn 1

    I wouldn’t be surprised if in his [r0b: agree with comment below, I think that idea is over the top], nothing will build support for his case like it.
    He’ll spin it as vindication of him sending kiwis over.

    • Weepus beard 1.1

      Yes, and ironically John Key has made New Zealand a much less safe place with the decision to rejoin this flawed war.

      Perhaps he’s also looking forward to a few home casualties in order to vindicate his weak-willed and poorly considered stance.

      • b waghorn 1.1.1

        The sad thing is if kiwis die abroad or at home the masses will forget they were warned and they will bay for blood.

        • Liberal Realist 1.1.1.1

          “The sad thing is if kiwis die abroad or at home the masses will forget they were warned and they will bay for blood.”

          Key know this, and should something happen, will exploit it for all it’s worth. Particularly with the up and coming security / intelligence review.

    • Tracey 1.2

      I doubt he is “looking forward” to anyone dying. he may spin it a particular way if/when it happens but to suggest he is somehow eagerly awaiting deaths is an indictment of you.

      • b waghorn 1.2.1

        I’m glad you still think more highly of our dear leader, I think he’s a horrible blight on nzs political history.

      • music4menz 1.2.2

        Thanks Tracey. Well put. Whatever one’s opinion of Key it is outrageous of anyone to suggest that anyone wants a kiwi soldier to be returned home in a body bag. That is cynicism of the very darkest and self-destructive kind.

        • b waghorn 1.2.2.1

          Cynical yes self destructive no, not that key would give a shit about what I think, I would not give him the power of making me hate him. I just want him gone.

    • Economix 1.3

      Wow. Really wish the moderators would remove comments like this. B Waghorn you sick fu*k. This is well beyond the level of right wing trolling that gets people banned around here.

      [lprent: We don’t remove comments unless people have already picked up a ban. We may delete segments of a comment, and/or we may give a abrupt ban.

      Since r0b already removed the offending body, I can’t give a ban because I can’t see what it was. However he has made it on to my watch list now that r0b warned him. ]

      • Colonial Rawshark 1.3.1

        Well you’re right of course, Key couldn’t even be bothered to attend Kiwi soldiers funerals previously as he had important US engagements to attend, so I’m sure he won’t be bothered next time either.

      • B Waghorn makes a valid point. Key would not only use any deaths as validation, he would love an opportunity to work on his statesman like gravitas shtick and shed some more crocodile tears at very public funeral, as he did for the Pike 29.

        If, as CV points out, he’s here in New Zealand on holiday at the time and can be arsed attending.

        • tracey 1.3.2.1

          it is different to suggest Key would use deaths as validation than to suggest he actually wants deaths to further his spin (as b waghorn wrote).

      • b waghorn 1.3.3

        @economix Seeing as you are the guardian of the moral high ground was what I said sicker than key using the death of the the Jordanian pilot to justify a decision made before the pilot died ?.?

        • Economix 1.3.3.1

          Your comment went too far (as rightly pointed out by Tracey).

          Agree, Key’s decision was likely well advanced before the death of the Jordanian pilot, however I don’t believe I have read any statements that the killing of the Jordanian pilot was the sole catalyst for Key’s decision announced yesterday. The decision was likely based on the close monitoring of events over the last few months.

          I don’t for a second believe that any politician is wanting NZ soldiers returned in body bags in order to justify decisions they have made. Do you think Norman wants soldiers brought back in coffins in order to justify his stance against sending troops? Absolutely not.

          Left vs. Right…political gain etc. bear no relevance when you raise an issue such as this.

          I’ll leave it at that.

  2. joe90 2

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  3. One Anonymous Bloke 3

    It’s a pity that Key needs to demonstrate his possession of guts by spilling other peoples’.

    He’d be far more use if we sent him to the Caliph in a box with this note attached:

    “Dear Caliph, this vicious little tosser shares more of your values than he does ours. We’ll treat you the way you treat him.”

    • Tracey 3.1

      Seems odd that he hasn’t offered to set up a decent stock exchange for them, given money is the answer to every dilemna in his world…

  4. greywarshark 4

    Well ole to you. We will have to stop talking about the elephant in the room, its bulls that you have to look out for.

    Just thinking that Margaret Thatcher found the Falkland War took people’s minds of more pressing matters at home. With her it was loose lips sink ships. With yek it could be loud moans bring drones.

  5. swordfish 5

    A Python Ode for Chicken-hawk Key….

    Brave Sir Robin ran away
    (No !)
    Bravely ran away, away
    (I didn’t !)
    When danger reared its ugly head he bravely turned his tail and fled
    (No !)
    Yes, brave Sir Robin turned about and gallantly he chickened out
    (I didn’t !)
    Bravely taking to his feet he beat a very brave retreat
    (All lies !!!)
    Bravest of the braaaave, Sir Robin !
    (I never !!!)

  6. Ant 6

    “Guts” would have been calling a parliamentary vote on the issue.

  7. Heather Grimwood 7

    I grieve deeply tonight that such an inadequate personality heads our government! …scared stiff to put the decision to parliament, let alone the people. Strange really because dictators are seldom if ever known for being wimps. It also behoves a leader to be well versed in history.

    • Paul 7.1

      Yes a shameful and sad day for New Zealand.
      Witness his behaviour in parliament today, behaving like the school year bully.

      Michael Savage.
      Norm Kirk.

      Then this tosser.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 7.2

      Where did you get the idea that dictators are brave? They are consumed by cowardice. Imagine the National Party without an opposition: Sabinism, money laundering, they can barely contain themselves as it is.

    • Tracey 7.3

      dictators run for the hills when stuff goes pear-shaped… “brave”only while the guns are pointing at their citizens

    • gsays 7.4

      hi heather, while i absolutely agree with your sentiments, i feel duty bound to point out ( what i feel is a truth), we get the government we deserve.

      i work with a group of twenty somethings.
      i mentioned we were off to war this morning.
      blank looks from the three of them.
      i briefly outlined (in a neutral fashion) what was happening and they all politely waited for me to stop so they could carry on with what they were up to.

      vietnam has no meaning to them.
      bush war one and bush war two (thank you michael franti) has no meaning to them.

      personally it beggars belief that the populace is not up in arms (excuse the pun) at the notion we are off to train the iraqi army and to pin point air strikes for uncle sam.

  8. les 8

    NZ’s own Tony Blair.

  9. greywarshark 9

    Thinking of bulls and then of Spain and then of Manuel. This skit from Fawlty Towers reminds so much of trying to talk to Mr John Key who speaks another language from that of most of this country. I think we need John Cleese to explain matters to him.

  10. kenny 10

    What an extraordinary tirade from Key!!!!

    I thought he looked drunk and unbalanced.

    • Paul 10.1

      Link?

      • Anne 10.1.1

        http://www.inthehouse.co.nz/video/35749

        The more he carries on like that the better the chance he’ll have a massive coronary…

        • Murray Rawshark 10.1.1.1

          “Get some guts” screams the spineless piece of shit that ran from Sue Bradford and a couple of protestors. What a disgraceful piece of shit.

          “Get some guts” screams the spineless piece of shit that protects pedophiles. Fucking deranged wanker is all he is and all he’ll ever be.

        • Jilly Bee 10.1.1.2

          My thoughts exactly Anne – I watched this afternoon’s charade and I really thought John Key was about to self destruct during that final speech. I kept watching for a while and was wondering if the paramedics were going to make a dramatic entry to cart JK out of the house – the clerk kept topping his water glass up, so poor wee Johnny must have become a bit dehydrated after all that expended energy/hot air.

        • music4menz 10.1.1.3

          Anne, do you really think that your hoping that Key has a coronary adds anything whatsoever to civilised and intelligent debate? It simply shows that you have very serious personal problems that need to be addressed. Seek professional help.

    • Murray Simmonds 10.2

      yes kenny – I too was fascinated by it.

      Can’t decide if it was because he was actually SURPRISED and therefore rattled by the degree of opposition expressed in the house.

      Or whether it has now got to the point where he feels that any kind of opposition to his “masterful insight as NZ’s top prime-Ministerial performer in our short history” needs to be beaten to death with a tirade of inarticulate mumbo-jumbo.

  11. Paul 11

    “I’m fed up to the ears with old men dreaming up wars for young men to die in.”
    ― George S. McGovern

  12. Saarbo 12

    I’ve always been proud of my “NZ Passport”, Key’s fucked that.

  13. Clemgeopin 13

    Key thinks he has guts sending our tiny contingent of a few soldiers to the war against ISIL?

    No, it is the SOLDIERS that are asked to go there that have the guts. Ironically, most of these soldiers, if not all of them, do NOT come from the homes of Key’s mates, the wealthy families. It is the children of the poor and less wealthy that go to die for these big mouthed arm chair ‘gutzy’ rich whips.

    When USA has spent TRILLIONS of dollars, high grade weapons and machinery, deployed with hundreds of thousands of soldiers there for over a dozen years with hundreds of thousands of deaths caused and being quite unsuccessful or only partially successful in their mission so far, for Key or anyone to think that we would make any meaningful difference there is a joke. Our contribution should have been more useful/appropriate with financial, educational, medical and other aid to the surrounding nations fighting there and help to the thousands of refugees, destitute families and children.

    ISIL are despicable evil and deserve to be stopped and eliminated, but it is a religious/political ideology and hard to eliminate it by military force alone. Other ways of changing them should be explored. USA, its big allies and the countries in the middle East are taking the military option anyway. There is NO useful or logical reason for NZ to get involved in MILITARY action there under the present circumstances.

    • Colonial Rawshark 13.1

      Armchair generals like TRP think that ISIS is going to be pushed back like clock work over the next 6 to 12 months. It’s fucking fantasy land.

      And you are quite right to remind us – you cannot defeat an idea with guns, bombs and rockets.

      • Clemgeopin 13.1.1

        I got very angry and dismayed when Key implied that Andrew Little and HALF the MPs in parliament (except National and the sole ACT), as well as most of the people of this country, are cowards with no guts for not supporting our troop deployment! What an arrogant, despicable and stupid statement from Key, the same man who did not even have the memory, honesty or guts to know WHOSE SIDE HE WAS ON during the springbok evil rugby tour!

  14. Reddelusion 14

    How ridiculous and so predictable the left play the your not going and putting our troops in harms way bs. The last time I looked the nz army was not a conscript army, this what you sign up for and all indication are the 100 ( yes 100) troops are happy to go, that’s what they train for. Rolling out the argument re children of the poor is also bollocks ( what stats support this claim )

    • Colonial Rawshark 14.1

      I figured that you would be OK throwing away lives in Iraq on a mission which could never be a success.

      The US and UK tried for over 10 years to train the Iraqi Army. And they ran away the moment ISIS turned up. Not that you care that our troops are being sent to fail.

    • Clemgeopin 14.2

      I said “most of these soldiers, if not all of them, do NOT come from the homes of Key’s mates, the wealthy families. It is the children of the poor and less wealthy” that join the army to protect our shores.

      It would be interesting to see the army statistics regarding, in Key’s words, children of what ‘class’ and ‘underclass’ join the army.

      My observation and common sense tells me that most soldiers come from poor or less wealthy families and practically NONE come from the wealthy or corporate families.

      If you think I am wrong, then either you know better or you have an agenda or you are a RWNJ fool.

      In spite of all that, it is very STUPID, unnecessarily RISKY and practically MEANINGLESS for NZ to send a SMALL military contingent there, except for pure propaganda or as a token presence. Think about it.

      • idlegus 14.2.1

        & yet these same soldiers will be asking for help & sympathy when they come back with weird psychological disorders or long lasting injuries that the govt wont pay for or even admit til years later, you would think they would know by now.

  15. Reddelusion 15

    More cliche from Rawsardine. Isis isn’t an idea they are a cult, they need to be destroyed on a number of fronts including training the locals to deal to them when the feel ready

    • Colonial Rawshark 15.1

      I hear squawking noises from yet another chicken shit chicken hawk.

    • freedom 15.2

      grab a handful of water
      squeeze it tight

      do you now understand why we cannot beat fanaticism with conventional warfare?

      • Stuart Munro 15.2.1

        Might work to rid us of Key though…

      • Clemgeopin 15.2.2

        It is like trying to eliminate say the ‘racists’ or ‘gangs’ with fire power. Even if possible, first you need to IDENTITY who is ‘racist’ or ‘who is in the gang’.

        Not easy with ISIL individuals. They don’t even SHOW their faces when fighting. So definitely won’t show it when not fighting. Could be a local doctor or a teacher or a postman there! Sure, many may be killed and many houses may be destroyed and many families eliminated, but what happens in 2 years, 5 years, 10 years, 50 years? Will they be vanished permanently? A long haul. There is no easy exit strategy. ISIL have succeeded in drawing the west in. Why? Because, I think, they have a long term cunning and evil strategy. I will be very very happy if I am wrong.

        Besides, ISIL sympathisers are all over the world and their birth rate is much higher than those of other communities.

        It ain’t easy. ‘Houston We Have A Problem’! Calm minds and smart thinking is what is needed.

    • Tracey 15.3

      Can you tell me the date we knew that the Taleban and Al Qaeda stopped killing people?

      TIA

  16. Reddelusion 16

    That’s why the locals need to deal with them freedom with a bit of training plus conventional warfare, drones ( wipe out their leadership) and closing off their funding and economic lines

    Here’s rawshark going on about shit again, interesting disorder

    • Colonial Rawshark 16.1

      You little chicken shit chicken hawk, you have no idea and no care about the actual conditions on the ground. It’s degenerating into a civil war and NZ should have no part in it. Not that you give a shit.

    • Clemgeopin 16.2

      You have not much idea about what and who are ISL, who funds them, how they run their outfits, why thousands join them, including lots from western and other countries, how they have modern sophisticated weapons, how they are said to EARN over 45 million dollars a day, etc do you?

      “That’s why the locals need to deal with them freedom with a bit of training plus conventional warfare”—That was funny.

    • Tracey 16.3

      Do you understand that the US and others have been training the “locals” since 2003?

      Now, closing off their funding is a good idea. Who IS sellling ISIL their weapons, let’s cut it off there.

  17. Reddelusion 17

    You loose me between all the shits rawshark, also preoccupation with birds, interesting psychological dynamic going on here

  18. Reddelusion 18

    Funding Saudis’ oil, confiscated weapons, etc yep got an idea need to ( using a raw shark colloquialism) sort that shit out as well ( could not get a chicken or hawk in, sorry)

  19. the Israeli Security Intelligence Services have already been busted hoaxing video’s with mock executions, really who wears a woolen balaclava in sweltering desert heat? – might look o.k with a green screen but really anyone who wants to buy these false flag attacks better wake up, these fake attacks are on a world tour from Sandy Hook ,Canada ,Paris ,Sydney ,Copenhagen ….. meanwhile the arms dealers make money selling to both sides, NZ you’ve been had!!.

    • Stuart Munro 19.1

      Though I’m sure Israel’s SIS have no qualms about hoaxing right left and centre, it is presently winter or early spring in the middle east, and balaclavas could be seen reasonably often about one month ago…

    • Tracey 19.2

      links?

      What makes you think it is never cold in a desert?

      What is “cold” for someone who lives their life in a desert?

      • Slippery 19.2.1

        Links Tracy , I’m Glad you asked
        (yes my mistake on the ‘Secret’ which I incorrectly wrote as ‘Security’)

        ISIS revealed as ISRAELI SECRET INTELLIGENCE SERVICE

        RT – “I.S.I.S. Could Stand For… Israeli Secret Intelligence Service”

        Expert On Fox News Admits ISIS Video Is Fake, Using Green Screen and Teleprompter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_M5BSCMVhRQ

        EXPLAINED: Why the Isis Beheading Videos are Fake

        there are many more sources out there, for those willing to look – the MSM is owned by multinationals with an invested interest, some of these hoaxes have been pulled off when drills go live (such as with the London 7/7 bombings when there was a terror drill going on at the same time, planned earlier) so not all these people are crisis actors, but they are being lied to by their own governments to push the agenda, why have we not seen 1 bonified ISIS Soldier? (& I don’t mean jehad johnny who was ‘identified’ via his eyes)

        Hollywood Studio Busted Producing ISIS Videos
        http://truthuncensored.net/hollywood-studio-busted-producing-isis-videos/

        also are ISIS not allies with the U$ against Syrian government? .
        is there any coincidence that ISIS has the same enemies as Israel?

        there are much documentation showing the U$ dropping supplies to ISIS as well as acting its air force in syria. I hope that you look beyond the MSM & actually look at sources from the people on the ground (its same situation in Ukraine – where all in the MSM is not at all what is going on, just what they want you to know)

        • tracey 19.2.1.1

          and my other two questions?

          • gsays 19.2.1.1.1

            hi tracey, how about if the first question is answered satisfactorily doesnt it render your other two questions moot?

            • Tracey 19.2.1.1.1.1

              only if it were.

              • Colonial Rawshark

                The overarching point is that the Israeli government is quite happy that Assad is screwed, Iran’s ambitions in Iraq are screwed, and both Iraq and Syria are finished as regional powers.

                And Israel has a track record of supporting and funding fundamentalist, hard line Muslim militancy when it suits them. Hamas is the poster child for this.

  20. Sable 20

    As Blackadder would say Yes Keys is right behind our troops , 10,000 miles behind them. Full of shit little pro US toady.

  21. Clemgeopin 21

    It also takes more GUTS to put the question to an open vote (or preferably a conscience or secret vote) in parliament before sending a COMBAT force of our soldiers to a distant land, than the GUTS it takes to scream in parliament that we are gutless or to cow tow to the wishes of the USA or the Five I’s Club or claim amnesia about one’s position on the nation-dividing Springbok tour!

    No privileged wealthy crooked right wing politician should ever question the GUTS of the left wing who generally work against great odds in the interests of the underdog and help bring about revolutions,changes and reforms, and usher in the most significant changes in civilisation and society around the world.

  22. Alpha z 22

    key showed no guts when he no show for funerals of two dead kiwi soldiers.~gave shit excuse. his sons rugby game more important not someone else’s son’s death

  23. Dorothy 23

    Yes I too am fed up with gutless men supporting futile wars for young men to fight
    and die in.
    PM’s with guts would feed the poor and house the homeless.
    John Key you say you are a money man? I say
    a man with GUTS would achieve much more with $65 million
    [for NZers.]

  24. FlashinthePan 24

    “I wouldn’t be surprised if in his [r0b: agree with comment below, I think that idea is over the top], nothing will build support for his case like it.
    He’ll spin it as vindication of him sending kiwis over.”

    Agreed. Though it should have many baying for Key’s head as he will be the one with blood on his hands.

  25. Clemgeopin 25

    RON MARK made a very good speech and asked a few specific questions about the issue of ISIL and our combat soldiers being deployed there.

    But what was brilliant was the way he directly pulled up and told Paul Goldsmith to button up his stupid ignorant mouth when Goldsmith was interrupting his serious concerns.

    Do watch it when it gets put up on line.

    General Speech #3.

    Well done, Ron Mark. Excellent.

  26. Stuart Munro 26

    This story, if true, would be pretty relevant to the troop deployment issue one would expect: http://www.veteranstoday.com/2015/02/24/iraqi-army-downs-2-uk-planes-carrying-weapons-for-isil/

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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  • NZ to Join IMO Convention to Reduce Ship Emissions
    New Zealand will sign up to new international maritime regulations to reduce ship emissions and lift air quality around ports and harbours, Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter announced today. Subject to completion of the Parliamentary treaty examination process, New Zealand will sign up to Annex VI of MARPOL, an ...
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  • Bill to empower urban development projects
    New legislation to transform our urban areas and create sustainable, inclusive and thriving communities will tomorrow be introduced to Parliament, Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford said. “The Urban Development Bill gives Kāinga Ora-Homes and Communities the tools it needs to partner with councils, communities, mana whenua and private developers to ...
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  • Early Learning Action Plan to kickstart long term change
    Today’s launch of He taonga te Tamaiti: Every child a taonga: The Early Learning Action Plan 2019-2029 provides the foundation for long-lasting changes to early learning, Education Minister Chris Hipkins says.   “Early learning will be one of the Government’s top education priorities going into 2020,” Chris Hipkins said.   ...
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  • Climate change lens on major Government decisions
    Major decisions made by the Government will now be considered under a climate change lens, Minister for Climate Change James Shaw announced today. “Cabinet routinely considers the effects of its decisions on human rights, the Treaty of Waitangi, rural communities, the disability community, and gender – now climate change will ...
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  • New Tertiary Education Commission Board announced
    Education Minister Chris Hipkins today announced the appointment of Māori education specialist Dr Wayne Ngata and Business NZ head Kirk Hope to the Board of the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC). Dr Alastair MacCormick has been reappointed for another term. “Wayne Ngata, Kirk Hope and Alastair MacCormick bring a great deal ...
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  • Next phase of Pike River recovery underway in time for Christmas
    The next phase of the Pike River Re-entry project is underway, Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-entry Andrew Little says. “Fresh air will be pumped into the Pike River Mine drift this week, following acceptance of the plan for re-entry beyond the 170m barrier by New Zealand’s independent health and ...
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  • Insurance contracts to become easier to understand and fairer for consumers
    New Zealand consumers will have greater certainty about their insurance cover when they need to make claims as a result of proposed government changes. “Insurance is vitally important in supporting consumers and businesses to be financially resilient when unexpected events happen,” Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Kris Faafoi said. ...
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  • A new opportunity for Ngāpuhi collective and regional negotiations
    The Crown is providing an opportunity for the hapu of Ngāpuhi to rebuild its framework from the ground up for collective negotiations to deal with its historical Treaty claims, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Andrew Little and Minister for Māori Development Nanaia Mahuta announced today. The Crown is also ...
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  • Referendums Framework Bill passes third reading
    A Bill enabling referendums to be held with the 2020 General Election has passed its third reading. Justice Minister Andrew Little says the Act is important for upholding the integrity of New Zealand’s electoral process. “The Government has committed to holding a referendum on legalising recreational cannabis at the next ...
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  • Referendums website and initial cannabis Bill launched
    The first release of public information on the two referendums to be held at next year’s General Election was made today with an informative new Government website going live. Additionally, the draft Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill has been released, showing the strict controls on cannabis that will apply if ...
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  • Government to ban foreign donations
    The Government is taking action to protect New Zealand from foreign interference in our elections by banning foreign donations to political parties and candidates, Justice Minister Andrew Little announced today. Legislation will be introduced to Parliament this afternoon and passed under urgency. “There’s no need for anyone other than New ...
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  • Governments and tech converge to strengthen joint response to online terror events
    Governments and tech companies are holding a two-day workshop, hosted by YouTube/Google in Wellington, to test the Christchurch Call Shared Crisis Response Protocol. The workshop aims to refine and strengthen the response in the event of a terrorist attack with online implications. Companies, governments, civil society experts and NGOs will ...
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