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Labour conference 2013 – day one

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Well I made it down to Christchurch to cover the Labour party conference for The Standard. While I’ll probably run out a few posts while I’m here, I figure that I’ll write a post per day for the more general discussion and impressions. Plus do that actual “blogging” of my experiences.

As usual I was running late to the airport after rushing out a new beta release for testing by others over the weekend. The testers get to go sailing. I get to listen to speeches. Oh lucky me. 🙂 But these days I have learnt, I fly Air New Zealand domestically because their staff don’t decamp to the exit portal and I can’t get a boarding pass at the counter.

Picked up the hire car at Christchurch and went to camp out for the next few days with relatives. This morning I braved the traffic (what traffic?) and headed to the old air force base at Wigram.

Now I’m drinking coffee eyeing up who is here for the sector group meetings. More to come later.

1405: The morning was a bit boring. As media I hung around the foyer rather than sitting in on any of the sector meetings. Interesting talking to people.

Now off into the economic workshop. This is the usual kind of workshop. Michael Wood is doing his usual uber-competent, polite, good-humoured and efficient job of going through the remits and amendments.

1445: I suspect that superannuation is going to be a hot topic at this conference. There is are several remits about the superannuation that are being debated in the conference today. One leaves the age of superannuation open, while the other fixes the value.

Excellent debate with quite varying points of view. David Parker as economics spokesperson, is looking at the numbers, in particular the rising age of average death, and the more general demographics shift. The question for him is about how to move forward.

I’m going to be interested in this since I’ve been irritated about the high unlikelyhood of my ever getting to superannuation since I was a teenager in the late 70s.

1500: Jenny Kirk should write a guest post about the her thoughts on how to handle super. David Clark pointing out that if Labour doesn’t have a plan then the Nats will force some dumbarse stupidity.

Looks like the workshop is voting towards leaving a lot of room for the caucus to find something that is sustainable in the future…

1530: The counterpoint to the question on super is the question of how to have the revenue required. There are some interesting remits on tax and questions on the minimum wage. Note to self that I have to get some time to talk to Peter Conway of the CTU to look at questions of the minimum wages.

1615: Some of the more interesting remits going through the workshop and being voted up and down. The overall trend is to make sure that they won’t get in the way of being elected.

1730: Now that is new. There is a rather large group of conference newbie delegates being instructed in how the conference operates. Damn good idea. Especially as the number of faces that are new to me has massively increased. I’ve been going to Labour conferences and congresses north and south for a number of decades and I can’t remember a conference that has quite so many newish faces.

1830: Been at the media briefing. What was interesting was how far the policy platform has proceeded after the review(s) of 2012. It is now an actual document of 61 pages (that I will find the electronic copy of) rather than being a frigging morass of barely coherent and largely self-contradictory remits. It is still too big. However my brief look through the hard copy shows it to be a hell of a lot more readable than anything I have read from Labour since they stopped producing big manifestos. I may have to start serializing bits of it for people to disagree with.

Oh and The Civilian got some sit-down time with David Cunliffe. I want to see the results for that 🙂

1850: One of the interesting topics that keeps coming up amongst many different sources today, inside and outside of conference is the concern about the low voting levels. When I get it from the non-political family, through the political people in the conference, and just now the local Maori elder Rick Tau (?) who just used part of his welcome to point out his concern about it. It really is time that the low voting levels in local and national elections is something that is now becoming a political issue.

1910: David Cunliffe speaking. Yikes. The membership of the Labour party has doubled over the last year. Good speech. I will see if there is a video. I particularly liked his line about not expecting everyone amongst the delegates to agree with everything on the platform – echoes our value here of agreeing to disagree.

1925: Poto Williams looks like a decent candidate. Lianne Dalziell is pretty damn popular here. I’m not surprised. The people in Christchurch I have met here, and the refugees in Auckland are longing for something to damn well be done. Lianne in my experience is bloody good at pushing. Poor Gerry Brownlee. And she is raising the low voter turnout as a major issue as well

54 comments on “Labour conference 2013 – day one”

  1. Mac1 1

    Appreciate that. For those of us with work and other commitments who would love to be at Conference a daily update is very welcome. I hope it is fruitful, enjoyable and seminal in its setting up the Party, and New Zealand, for a sixth Labour government.

    • Likewise .For this old wrinklie it will be good the have a true unbiased report ,Instead of the biased right winged view from the Herald or Gower and Q&A. I look forward to it LPRENT.

    • Likewise .For this old wrinklie it will be good the have a true unbiased report ,Instead of the biased right winged view from the Herald or Gower and Q&A. I look forward to it LPRENT.

  2. Pete 2

    Any hashtags to follow on Twitter?

  3. Fappity 3

    #trevorisatroublemakingretard

  4. millsy 4

    Apparently there is going to be a boost to state housing announced this weekend, and a raft of amendments protecting the sexual freedoms of consenting adults from the jackboot oppresion of the god-botherers.

    Looking good so far…

    • bad12 4.1

      Here’s hoping with regards ‘the boost’ to the States Housing portfolio, it’s long overdue as Government’s both Labour and National have ‘tinkered’ around the edges with changing existing housing,

      Insurance, electricity, have been shown to have failed the New Zealand people as capitalist industries and in that area of basic society and economy, Housing, the market model has failed spectacularly in the areas of most need, and it must now be obvious to anyone that had the State kept building at a pace that reflected the reality of the need in our major cities there would not have in the likes of Auckland been the rush into ‘rental investments’ by the monied middle class,(and thus the % of rising prices in that market would have been lessened),

      The core of my, and many other’s interest in politics is solely focused upon the ‘Bread and Butter’ basics of Housing and minimum incomes and Labour will only do it’self an electoral service by providing a robust Party Policy in these areas…

  5. Tracey 5

    I agree with debating remits in private and publicising the remit result. I just wish politicians wld learn that you win some you lose some. That you give your all to the debate and if it isnt the outcome you want you dont slyly leak shit. Play as a team on the pitch or court.

  6. karol 6

    Looks like Labour will be backing away from raising the super age to 67, though Parker pushed to keep include an opt back into it.

    • just saying 6.1

      The way the story read, the debate was around “what people might say” on both sides.

      I really hope Labour is able to finally move away from acting like a desperate teenager who wants everyone to like them. Never works, just leads to rigid conformity and arse-licking the powerful.

  7. Not a PS Staffer 7

    No drink to be had at the Conference venue in Wigram!

    No pub nearby!

    How can we call this a Party?

    • Will@Welly 7.1

      Get with the trend – just line up for a big group hug. You’ll feel better soon.

      • Anne 7.1.1

        Get with the trend – just line up for a big group hug.

        Oh God… spare me. Glad I’m not there. 🙂

        1Prent: Am interested in a comment or two re the different atmospheres of the two conferences – last year and this year. I remember arriving Fri. afternoon for last year’s conference and sensing something was going on. But it wasn’t until the Sunday night that it all became clear. I was incensed to the point of incoherence because it seemed to me there had been an attempt by a coterie of MPs to play delegates for a bunch of suckers. It drove me more firmly than ever into the Cunliffe camp, and I reckon I wasn’t the only delegate by a long shot who reacted in the same way. It’s behind us now I know, but I would still like to hear some of your reflections on the differences between them.

        • lprent 7.1.1.1

          It is a whole different feel. There are two differences. The irritation from trying to go in two different directions has diminished. And the focus is on the policy platform.

          Much nicer feel even on the first day. But cynic that I am… It was on the second day last time when everything I saw started to turn to crap. That was after the social that I skipped. So I amd at the social.

    • lprent 7.2

      agreed. Where is the nearest micro-brewery pub?

      I’m going to miss Galbraiths tonight.

  8. greywarbler 8

    lprent Enjoy!
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    • lprent 8.1

      Looks like the twisted hop has moved… Oh well bishopdale hell pizza and a bottle of wine to take home. Safer anyway.

      • greywarbler 8.1.1

        lprent
        Like many businesses on the internet the twisted hop hasn’t updated their listings. They have had to relocate apparently. They brew in Parkhouse Road Wigram but are sold in various venues ie 616 Ferry Road Woolston, for one. This link tells you all about their brewing style – for the connosieur.
        http://thetwistedhop.co.nz/latest-news/

        • greywarbler 8.1.1.1

          lprent
          There was one brewery in Sonter Street my son mentioned – found it. Don’t know if it’s good or not. Wigram Brewing
          34 Sonter Road Wigram
          Is off Hayton Road near intersection with Runway Road from the Museum area
          (Says free brewery tours)

  9. karol 9

    #LabourConference2013

    The Civilian ‏@TheCivilianNZ 8m

    Lianne Dalziel receives more applause than Cunliffe. Patrick Gower already circulating letter of no confidence #LabourConference2013

    Martyn Bradbury ‏@CitizenBomber 3m

    “We have 2 NZs, one for John Key and his rich and powerful mates and one for the rest of us’ #LabourConference2013

  10. greywarbler 10

    Patrick Gower sounds like a slimeball. What is his purpose – interfering in the democratic process.? Feminists used to deny entry to males who were more likely to diss them than women journalists. It certainly is worth considering keeping destructive people like Gower out. He is so twisted, he probably has trouble walking a straight line even when sober.

    If anyone signs that no confidence letter they will be very naive, to a destructive level, which is the more important point than whether they support Cunliffe or not. No-one should be providing fodder to these mosquitoes. Everyone should slap them with a red plastic flyswat if he comes to present his poisonous petition. He wouldn’t like it up him you know – slapped with a red flyswat. He would be a laughing stock.

    • karol 10.1

      grey – the Civilian, that tweeted that comment about Gower, is a satirical website – the vote of no confidence isn’t real.

      Mind you, Claire Trevett tweeted something similar but meaning it seriously.

      Claire Trevett ‏@CTrevettNZH 10m

      Parochial crowd – no standing ovation for Cunliffe, massive one for Lianne Dalziel. #LabourConference2013

      There’s another reason to give Dalziel a standing ovation.

      • Anne 10.1.1

        Parochial crowd – no standing ovation for Cunliffe, massive one for Lianne Dalziel.

        That was the delegates’ way of sending a resounding message of congratulations to Lianne Dalziel for having just won the ChCh mayoralty. David Cunliffe’s standing ovations are yet to come. Christ Almighty, do those MSM journos have no cognitive abilities?

        • RedBaronCV 10.1.1.1

          Given that only the most dedicated tend to turn out for local body elections can we assume that the Nats are in big trouble in Christchurch

        • lprent 10.1.1.2

          Pretty much my view. Labour activists are skeptics and they want to see victory first… And it is christchurch… And she already won

      • greywarbler 10.1.2

        Oh thanks karol – that’s the second time I have been caught out by The Civilian.
        Rhinocrates seems to think that Gower isn’t too far off the lampoon.

    • Rhinocrates 10.2

      Patrick Gower sounds like a slime ball.

      Rat Boy is a slime ball and The Sicilian (now why did I use that mondegreen?) is so good as satire because, like The Onion its posts look so much like the media it satirises. Satire is simply clear-sighted and moral honesty.

      Everything you say is correct.

      As karol says:

      Mind you, Claire Trevett tweeted something similar but meaning it seriously.

      See?

      There are many satirists and dystopians who comment on real events – Tom Lehrer and George Carlin come to mind, whose comments on real events boil down to, “Really, I couldn’t make this up”, or “If I made this up, people would say that I was using stupid stereotypes and cliches.”

      A writer I know who was brutalised by a cop was asked if he could exact revenge in print, but said no – the real person was so cardboard and so two-dimensional, that if he used them in a story, people would just laugh.

      The fact is, some people are – incredibly – even less than they seem to be – Gower and Hoots for example.

      Real life, alas, is bad art.

    • lprent 11.1

      Cool. The hardcopy looks good. Some posts from the electronic look like being worthwhile. Knowing the greens they will have one as well.

    • karol 11.2

      It does make some brief references to social security and returning it to it’s original aim.

      Labour wants to see all New Zealanders able to reach their potential knowing that if real hardship and tragedy happens, there will be real social security and a pathway to opportunities for them. Labour wants New Zealand to be a country where disadvantage is not produced and reproduced across generations. To break this cycle, Labour wants:
       healthy, affordable housing
       access to healthcare
       support for disability
       access to childcare and adequate time to spend with children
       equal educational opportunities moving from education into work
       a living income
       security of income in old age.
      […]
      Labour’s approach to social security developed out of a recognition that unexpected, undeserved things happen to working people, families, and the elderly that can cause serious disadvantage over generations. Workplace injury, sickness, crowded housing, and discrimination consistently affect some parts of society much more than others. Economic growth can create many new opportunities, but downturns in the economy have disproportionate effects on some groups.
      […]
      The first Labour government put social security in place to make sure that working people were supported with dignity and a basic regard for their capabilities and contributions. The basic principles and programmes that flow out of this commitment to social security remain at the core of our approach today, including:
       the provision of public health care and education
       support for older New Zealanders, parents, children, and families
       the security of a social safety net.

      Very limited on state housing though:

      Labour will continue to improve the quality of the state housing stock, and work with local councils, state social housing providers, developers, and community social housing providers to deliver a mix of affordable rental and privately owned houses—houses people want to live in, and in many cases are able to own.

      • bad12 11.2.1

        If that is the sum total of Labour’s State housing policy i would attach to it the epithet ‘Shamefull’,

        Affordable housing is at the heart of society and economy, such affordable housing has to include rental housing and if Labour is unprepared to support and boost the number of State Houses instead of ‘tinkering’ at the edges re-arranging the number of houses it now has then it is hardly as Cunliffe boasted a ‘red’ Labour Party it is simply a protection racket for the monied middle class who use the low waged working demographic to bolster that middle classes retirement income via paying the mortgage on their ‘rental investments’,

        i will happily be proved wrong and have to retract the above with a suitable side dish of humble pie, but building 10,000 houses for the middle class to own does not a Red Labour Party make…

  11. I’d like to respectfully suggest that the Labour Party (and all other parties) put their minds to investigating the arguably endemic waste of public money through ‘corporate welfare’ at both central and local government level?

    First – ‘open the books’, and ensure that the ‘devilish detail’ – the NAMES of the consultants and contractors, the scope, the term and the value of contracts are published in the relevant central and local government Annual Reports, so that they are available for public scrutiny.

    Second – then subject the use of private sector contractors to rigorous ‘cost-benefit’ analysis.

    If the following USA research is comparable here – arguably BILLION$ could be saved for ‘social’ welfare, by cutting out the contractors on ‘corporate’ welfare?

    Are you aware of POGO and the work they have been doing for over 30 years in the USA?

    http://www.pogo.org/our-work/contract-oversight.html

    “Our Work – Contract Oversight

    The use of contractors to provide services to the federal government has grown dramatically since the start of the last decade. According to USAspending.gov, in FY 2000 contract spending was approximately $200 billion, and in FY 2011 contract spending exceeded $535 billion, the majority of which was spent on services.

    POGO investigations have found that these contractor services cost almost two times more—and in the case of the Pentagon as much as six times more—what it would cost if the same work was performed by a federal employee.

    The move to “smaller government” by outsourcing work has in fact created an enormous shadow government of contractors that are largely or entirely dependent on taxpayers for their revenues.”

    ___________________________________________________

    How does the replacement of the in-house ‘bureaucracy’ by the outsourced ‘contractocracy’ (which has proven at USA Federal Government level to be TWICE as expensive) benefit the public majority, at central and local government level?

    FYI – this is what I wrote about this matter, back in November 2011 as an Independent candidate in the Epsom electorate:

    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1111/S00095/wheres-nationals-corporate-welfare-reform.htm

    Hopefully, this may be of assistance to those who oppose the raising of the age of superannuation in New Zealand?

    Less money for ‘corporate’ welfare – should help free up more money for ‘social’ welfare?

    Kind regards,

    Penny Bright

    ‘Anti-corruption/anti-privatisation Public Watchdog’
    2013 Auckland Mayoral candidate

    http://www.pennybright4epsom.org.nz
    http://www.pennybright4mayor.org.nz

  12. Murray Olsen 13

    I can detect a hint of a sense of entitlement from some of the Labour supporters on this thread. I’d be a lot more optimistic if they thought more about giving the disenfranchised something to vote for rather than looking at the Greens to hand them votes. At the last election, I electorate voted Labour and gave my party vote to Mana. Unless there are some signs that Labour starts to see the Greens as serious partners, I’ll be electorate voting Green next time, unless they put up a really bad candidate. However, given their lack of Douglases, Prebbles, Goffs and the like, this seems unlikely.

    NAct have adapted to MMP by gaming it in a totally sleazy manner, but it seems Labour haven’t adapted to it much at all.

    • Tat Loo (CV) 13.1

      Labour still hasn’t yet developed a truly strategic approach to MMP nor MMP campaigning, although things are moving. the internal culture is such that these moves will have to be slow and deliberate. Perhaps too slow. Is quite likely for instance that the Greens will want several Cabinet positions. And it would be truly advantageous to see the end of the Maori Party as Tory turncoats. Perhaps all that talk happens at the upper echelons, but apart from Shane Jones firing a few shots off yesterday at the Mp, I’ve heard none of these issues even mentioned yet at Conference.

      National on the other hand just gets stuck in, does the math, and sells out wherever necessary without any hint of delicacy, and lets its supporters know exactly what they need to do, where, to play their part.

      • bad12 13.1.1

        Yes i think that as the larger ‘player’ Labour at some level, whether Party or Parliamentary, needs to get serious about ‘electoral arrangements’,

        There is a lot to be gained, like the Treasury Benches, in Labour starting an all party discussion with other parties of a like mind where the chances of boosting Governments of the LEFT can greatly be enhanced by co-operation rather than competition,

        As Tat points out, National with the utmost cynicism will happily make arrangements with the Devil himself to enhance their chances of retaining the Government side of the House and Labour needs to wake up and realize that taking the ‘moral high ground’ on such an issue does it and the ‘left’ no favors,

        There need be in my opinion the starting of a 3 way discussion initially with Labour, the Green Party and Mana about where they see give and take in various electorates…

  13. xtasy 14

    From Labour’s Policy Platform draft:

    “5.4 Instead of standing back and watching market forces create uncertainty and insecurity in people’s lives, Labour believes that opportunities need to be actively opened up for people through:

    * education and training
    * an accessible public health system
    * a social safety net, when necessary.

    5.5 For young and old, women and men, Labour’s social policy will ensure that adequate support is available when people have a genuine need. We will provide the active support to help people move on and get into (or back into) work, education, or stable family or living situations.”

    And –

    “5.14 Labour recognises that there are New Zealanders whose disability, illness, or age is such that they are not expected to be in paid work, and that these people have a right to dignity and security. People who are temporarily out of the work force should be supported and enabled to re-enter the labour market. We recognise the care of people as work, whether paid or unpaid.”

    Apart from much “general” talk, I read out of this that Labour have NO clear intention to reverse the welfare reforms that the Nats imposed on us beneficiaries. What is “genuine need”, as it can mean different things for different people? Perhaps more fairness will be applied in some ways, but there is no firm commitment to anything of substance.

    Particularly this sentence has me worried, as it seems to indicate more of the same WINZ and MSD have been pushing for under their Principal Health Advisor David Bratt, to get sick and disabled into work:

    “We will provide the active support to help people move on and get into (or back into) work, education, or stable family or living situations.”

    This may be “fine” for those that can work, but as Bratt was brought into the agenda under the last Labour led government (2007), I fear that they will keep on doing what Bennett and her Ministry have started in the form of outsourcing employment services for mentally ill and those with musculo-skeletal conditions, same as sole parents.

    No, dear Labourites, there is NO trust I have in this approach wrapped in general terminology. My vote will go elsewhere in 2014.

    I fear some in Labour need reminding, what is behind our “welfare” now:

    http://accforum.org/forums/index.php?/topic/15264-welfare-reform-the-health-and-disability-panel-msd-the-truth-behind-the-agenda/

    http://accforum.org/forums/index.php?/topic/15188-medical-and-work-capability-assessments-based-on-the-bps-model-aimed-at-disentiteling-affected-from-welfare-benefits-and-acc-compo/

    • Murray Olsen 14.1

      “5.4 Instead of standing back and watching market forces create uncertainty and insecurity in people’s lives, Labour believes that opportunities need to be actively opened up for people through:

      * education and training
      * an accessible public health system
      * a social safety net, when necessary.”

      This looks ominously like it leaves provision of jobs to the market and uses the state to smooth the pillows of the victims. On the surface, more of the privatisation of profits and nationalisation of the losses that we have seen so often, and another lesson in the limits of distributional socialism.

    • greywarbler 14.2

      Xtasy
      There is a need to remain sceptical about Labour and welfare. They might still want to put social welfare into the too-hard basket, and then leave it on someone’s doorstep with a note about how they hope this babe will find a good home with someone else, as the owner can’t take care of it.

  14. bad12 15

    Not being one for compulsory anything BUT, with regards to the continual slide in the number of people voting in elections the dreaded compulsion would seem to be a logical means of turning more people out to vote…

  15. Ad 16

    The policy platform read like reams of social policy and stuff all on how to help more families get wealthier.

    Great for the wonks, few in the public will get it.

    Today better have some oomph to it – could hardly detect a pulse other than the drinking afterwards.

  16. bad12 17

    Welfare!!!, i agree with X on this, where does the Labour Party stand on the issue of Welfare, or are we all to expect the seeming ‘vows of silence’ to continue on this most important of issues,

    Will there be a policy that comes out of this Labour Party Conference on Welfare that yells long and loud that as the Government Labour will provide the economy and the employment which gives work to the unemployed, work to the disabled which takes into account disabilities, work to solo parents which takes account of their Duty and Needs as parents, and which yells long and loud that if as that Government Labour cannot re-arrange the economy to provide such work then Welfare will be paid as a RIGHT removing the sanctions and ‘Hoop jumping’ of the present repressive regime,

    We all have Rights and Responsibilities and it is the Responsibility of Government to provide an economy which provides employment configured in such a way so as to enable the benefit dependent with employment suited to their individual needs where those benefit dependent individuals can contribute to society,

    If any Government, especially a Government of the left, cannot provide such employment suited to the needs and responsibility to contribute to benefit dependent individuals then it is the Responsibility of that Government and the Right of those individuals to be paid a decent and fair benefit without fear of repression and undue removal of income with that Right enshrined in Law…

    • karol 17.1

      Agree bad that this is a key issue for me & I would like to see more than commitment at a general level – except, the issue is “social security” – “welfare” is for patronising backsliders (as has been the case with recent Labour governments).

      And increasing state housing?

      • bad12 17.1.1

        Lolz Karol, ‘welfare’, ‘social security’, to me it’s not the name of the sandwich that counts it’s what the sandwich contains that is of the most import,

        Here’s a simple policy that even a Labour Party might be able to,(if it were not acting solely as a protection racket for the middle class Landlords) be able to come to grips with,

        Boost the number of State Houses by 3000 every year while in office, target 1500 of the increased number of houses to beneficiaries and target 1500 of the increased number of houses at the low waged working families judged by application to be in the worst housing position…

        • Descendant Of Sssmith 17.1.1.1

          Add put in some security of tenure – if not for life at least a minimum 10 year review point with right to buy after that 10 years – gives people a chance to get on their feet.

  17. George D 18

    Let us know how the TPPA debate turns out will you Lynn?

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • The Greens abandon NeoLiberalism
    Back in 2017, in order to make themselves "electable" in the eyes of rich people who oppose everything they stand for, the Greens signed up for NeoLiberalism, adopting a restrictive set of "Budget Responsibility Rules" which basicly prevented them from using government to make things better. Now, they're finally abandoning ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Lying about a failed war
    Since invading in 2001, the US has consistently claimed that their war in Afghanistan has been going well, even when it continued year after year after year. Of course, they were lying, and thanks to the Washington Post and the US Freedom of Information Act, we get to see just ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Artificial Intelligence and You
    How should we think about artificial intelligence and the implications that it has for our work and leisure? There are many articles on artificial intelligence and its potential impacts on jobs, and the ethics of applications. These are important topics, but I want to focus on some less discussed aspects, ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    2 days ago
  • Statistical manipulation to get publishable results
    I love data. It’s amazing the sort of “discoveries” I can make given a data set and computer statistical package. It’s just so easy to search for relationships and test their statistical significance. Maybe relationships which ...
    2 days ago
  • More lies on the Twitter (Dan Hodges edition)
    The other big story concerning Leeds Hospital is Boris Johnson's bizzare behaviour at Leeds Hospital, where he was confronted by a journalist and challenged about a four year old boy with suspected pneumonia who was left sleeping on the floor, rather than getting  abed like a sick kid would in ...
    2 days ago
  • LabourActivistPunchedMattHancock’sSPADGate
    So, for a brief period of history, it was alleged that a protester had punched Matt Hancock's SPAD (not a euphemism; special adviser) when Hancock visited Leeds Hospital.This was reported by the likes of Robert Peston and Laura Keunssberg, as well as the less credible Guido Fawkes.  It also quickly ...
    2 days ago
  • France’s anti-Zionism is anti-liberté
    by Daphna Whitmore Last week France passed a law that equates anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism. It is based on a definition of anti-Semitism that includes criticism of Israel such as: “Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, e.g., by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 days ago
  • Another bus lockout
    Over the past year we've seen major bus problems in Hamilton and Wellington, as drivers have sought better wages and an end to the bullshit of split shifts, which basicly see them "married to the job". And now its Auckland's turn. When NZBus's drivers planned low-level strike action of not ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change: Showing us how its done
    The government has been congratulating itself over the passage of the Zero Carbon Act, which sets out long-term emissions targets. But those targets are insufficient. Meanwhile, Denmark is showing us how its done:Denmark’s parliament adopted a new climate law on Friday, committing to reach 70% below its 1990 emissions in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Public sector dysfunction should not be allowed to undermine freedom of information
    Another day, another piece of legislation with a secrecy clause. This time its the innocuous-seeming Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill, which (after establishing a new body and making it subject to the OIA in three different ways) includes the rapidly-becoming-standard clauses enabling it to request information from other public ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • “This is England, this knife of Sheffield steel…”
    The state of the United Kingdom is fractured, torn up, shredded. The Empire is gone, it died a long time ago. And yet, the country is still tracking with a lead in favour of the ones who play to the ingrained, class-bound division for political gain. It is a disgrace ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    4 days ago
  • CORSIA, coming soon to an airport near you
    On 27 September, Greta Thunberg addressed a crowd of 500,000 at the School Strike for Climate in Montreal, saying: “You are a nation that is allegedly a climate leader. And Sweden is also a nation that is allegedly a climate leader. And in both cases, it means absolutely nothing. Because ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    4 days ago
  • Cloaking hate speech and fake news in the right to free expression.
    It should be obvious by now but let’s be clear: The same folk who regularly traffic in disinformation, misinformation and “fake news” are also those who most strongly claim that their freedom of expression rights are being violated when moves are made to curb hate speech (as opposed to protected ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    4 days ago
  • The Physics (and Economics, and Politics) of Wheelchairs on Planes
    Michael Schulson When Shane Burcaw flies on an airplane, he brings along a customized gel cushion, a car seat, and about 10 pieces of memory foam. The whole arsenal costs around $1,000, but for Burcaw it’s a necessity. The 27-year-old author and speaker — who, alongside his fiancée, Hannah ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    5 days ago
  • To Advance Civil Rights, Oppose Transgender Extremism
    We are very pleased to publish this submission is from Lucinda Stoan. She is a social justice activist, mother, and educator, based in Washington State in the  US.   This detailed and comprehensive source-linked overview of trans issues and what is at stake will be useful for many people, especially in ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • Faafoi should be fired
    Newshub last night reported that Broadcasting Minister Kris Faafoi had apparently promised to help out a mate with an immigration issue. While its normal for people to approach MPs for assistance in this area, when you're a Minister, the rules are different: as the Cabinet Manual says, Ministers must "at ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Adrian Orr – The Reserve Bank’s Revolutionary Governor?
    New Zealand's Underarm Banker: It bears recalling that the “independence” of the Reserve Bank Governor was for decades held up by neoliberal capitalists as the most compelling justification for passing the Reserve Bank Act. Interesting, is it not, how the ruling class’s support for the Bank’s independence lasted no longer than ...
    6 days ago
  • Driving Us Up The Poll.
    Rubbish In, Rubbish Out: Put all this together, and it’s difficult to avoid the conclusion that anyone who responds positively to a pollster’s request to “answer a few questions” is just ever-so-slightly weird. Desperately lonely? Some sort of psephological train-spotter? Political party member primed to skew the poll for or against ...
    6 days ago
  • Jordan Williams, Colin Craig podcast series announced
    “Free at last, Free at last, Thank God almighty we are free at last.” ― Martin Luther King Jr. A long and bitter court feud between former Conservative Party leader Colin Craig and Jordan Williams has been settled, with an apology and compensation from Williams. On Tuesday, Craig sent out ...
    The PaepaeBy Peter Aranyi
    6 days ago
  • Scientific integrity requires critical investigation – not blind acceptance
    Some people seem to want to close down any critical discussion of the current research into the relationship between water fluoride and child IQ. They appear to argue that claims made by researchers should not be open to critical review and that the claims be accepted without proper consideration ...
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: The shameful reality
    The government has been congratulating itself over the passage of the Zero Carbon Act, which sets out long-term emissions targets. Meanwhile, Climate Action Tracker has the shameful reality: those targets are insufficient:While New Zealand is showing leadership by having passed the world’s second-ever Zero Carbon Act in November 2019, under ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • More secrecy
    The government introduced a Racing Industry Bill today. As an urban who horse racing as pointless-to-cruel, and gambling as a tax on stupidity and/or hope, this isn't normally a bill which would interest me in the slightest, beyond grumpiness at more government money for a dying industry. But there is ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Unlikely online bully, Liam Hehir
    Check. Check. One, two, three, four. Is this thing ON? Hello readers, I logged in last night (yeah, it’s been a while) to mark THE END of the landmark legal case, Jordan Williams v Colin Craig, which (gulp) reached The Supreme Court, in which New Zealand’s most-defamed man was suing the politician he ...
    The PaepaeBy Peter Aranyi
    7 days ago
  • The Birth Of Israel: Wrong At The Right Time.
    Before The Birth: Israel’s most fervent supporters set their clocks ticking in Biblical times. They cite the kingdoms of David and Solomon as proof that, in the words of the Exodus movie’s theme-song: “This land is mine.” The majority of Israel’s backers, however, start their clocks in 1933 – the year Adolf ...
    7 days ago
  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the Year 2019: Korero phase
    In an unreliable, strange and confusing world, Public Address is proud to present a measure of comfort and stability by annually asking everyone what words or phrases sum up the year that's been – and then giving some of them consumer goods as prizes for being clever or simply lucky.Well, ...
    7 days ago
  • Generalist to specialist
    Both my parents are pretty handy – and they seem to have the right tools for most jobs in the garage and they know how to fix practically anything. A similar story could be told about their generation’s experience in the workforce – being a generalist was not unusual and ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    7 days ago
  • A “coincidence”
    When it was revealed that NZ First had tried to enrich itself from public office via the Provoncial Growth Fund, the Prime Minister assured us that everything was OK as Shane Jones, the Minister responsible for the fund, had recused himself. Except it seems that that recusal came very late ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Member’s Day
    Today is a Member's Day, and probably the last one of the year. After the marathon of the End of Life Choice Act, most of the bills up for debate today are uncontentious. First up is the second reading of Chlöe Swarbrick's Election Access Fund Bill. This will be followed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Worse than I thought
    The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee has reported back on the government's odious and tyrannical control orders bill. As expected, the fraudulent select committee process has made no significant changes (partly because they couldn't agree, but mostly because it was a stitch-up from the start, with no intention of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The cannabis bill and the referendum
    Yesterday, the government released its draft Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill, which will be put to a non-binding referendum at the next election. I'm not a drug policy expert, but Russell Brown is, and he thinks its pretty good. And pretty obviously, it will be a massive improvement on the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Hard News: The Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill: pretty good so far
    As you're probably aware, the draft bill outlining the proposed legal cannabis regime to be put to a referendum late next year was published yesterday, and has already attracted a flurry of comment. It's notable that a good deal of the comment is about proposals that aren't actually new.A minimum ...
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Alignment
    One of the big problems in New Zealand climate change policy is the government working at cross-purposes with itself. It wants to reduce fossil fuel use, but encourages oil and gas exploration. It wants to reduce transport emissions, but then builds enormous new roads. The problem could be avoided if ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • How climate change will affect food production and security
    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 According to the United Nations, food shortages are a threat ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • More bad faith
    Last year, the government announced it was ending offshore oil exploration by no longer issuing new permits. The idea was that the industry would then die off as permits expired. Except almost immediately the government revealed its bad faith, by saying they would extend permits and alter conditions to keep ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Banning foreign money from our elections
    The government has said it will ban foreign donations to political parties and candidates, and will be introducing legislation to be passed under all-stages urgency this afternoon. While I agree with the goal, I don't see a particular case for urgency, unless the government is concerned about a flood of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Reforming the Education Acts
    The government introduced the Education and Training Bill to Parliament yesterday. Its a massive bill, which replaces both existing Education Acts, as well as various other bits of legislation (including some which are still proceeding through the House). I'll leave the serious analysis to teachers and people who actually know ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Bite-sized learning
    Amelia SharmanThere’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to micro-credentials, those bits of bite-sized learning that can help workers stay on top of technological change.  What’s a micro-credential? While definitions vary, micro-credentials can be understood as short courses that allow people to learn new skills or have an existing competency recognised. ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • “Not The Labour Party We Once Knew.”
    All Smiles Now: Claire Szabo is taking up her presidential role after serving as the CEO of Habitat For Humanity. Which is absolutely perfect! After KiwiBuild was so comprehensively mismanaged by Phil Twyford, the party has not only elected a new president from a thoroughly respectable not-for-profit, but one who ...
    1 week ago
  • Marxist versus liberal methodology on transgender ideology/identity politics
    While much of the NZ left has transitioned to postmodern and identity politics in relation to transgender ideology, there are some very good articles about that deploy Marxist methodology in relation to this subject.  The one below is from the British marxist group Counterfire and appeared on their site here ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Book review: The Farm by Joanne Ramos
    by Daphna Whitmore At Golden Oaks, a luxurious country retreat in the Hudson Valley, pregnant women have the best care money can buy. From the organic food, personalised exercise programmes, private yoga instruction and daily massages Golden Oaks looks like a country lodge for the upper class. Set some time ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Loosening the purse strings
    When Labour was running for election in 2017, it felt it needed to demonstrate "fiscal responsibility" and signed itself up to masochistic "budget responsibility rules". It was a fool's errand: the sorts of voters who demand fiscal responsibility are also the sorts of voters who believe that labour can never ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: How to get there
    Writing in Stuff, Joel MacManus looks at what we need to do to meet the Zero Carbon Act's targets. The core of it:1. Convert 85 per cent of vehicles on the road to electric. 2. Eliminate fossil fuels from all industrial heating up to 300 degrees Celsius. 3. Double our ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • anti-vaxxers in a measles epidemic: so many ways to be untruthful
    “Anti-vaxers are a pro-death movement,” those comments from Dr Helen Petousis-Harris speaking about six more Measles related deaths in Samoa over the past twenty-four hours. “Anti-vaxers are a pro-death movement,” those comments from Dr Helen Petousis-Harris speaking about six more Measles related deaths in Samoa ...
    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    1 week ago
  • Is Youth Vaping a Problem in New Zealand?
    Professors Janet Hoek and Richard Edwards, Emeritus Professor Phil Gendall, Jude Ball, Dr Judith McCool, Anaru Waa, Dr Becky Freeman Recent media reports have presented conflicting evidence on youth vaping in NZ. While some NZ school principals report concerns about increasing vaping on school grounds and confiscating vapes, ASH Year ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • In pursuit of “Freedom and Democracy”: Forever Wars in “America’s backyard”.
    “America the Beautiful!”, staunch defender of democracy, freedom and… a whole lot of despotic tyrants that play nice with what is called “the Washington Consensus.” America is indeed capable of immense good, but like any Nation, and most assuredly any aspirant to the mantle of Empire, great, immense evil. All ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • November ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
    Image credit: The beginner’s guide to blogging 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 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Whodunnit? Finding the mystery 1080 testing lab
    1080 is used to control pests in NZ. Its use is contested by a noisy few. A new report claims high levels of 1080 in rats washed up on a beach. Flora and Fauna of Aotearoa (F&F) won’t name the laboratory that did their testing. It has sparked a hunt ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    2 weeks ago
  • Authoritarian Friends, Democratic Enemies.
    What Kind Of Empire? The thing for Kiwis to decide is what kind of empire they want to belong to. The kind that, while offering its own citizens democratic rights, demands absolute obedience from its “friends”? Or, the kind that, while authoritarian at home, takes a relaxed attitude to the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Boris Johnson Goes Down
    It hasn't been a good week for the Conservatives, pollwise.  All major recent polls are showing their lead shrinking.Comparing each pollster's current (between 29/11 and 22/11) and previous most recent poll.Com Res - Conservative lead down 3 points.You Gov - Conservative lead down 1 point.Kantar - Conservative lead down 4 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Interesting
    Within quick succession, Countdown maths wizard and twitterer Rachel Riley, alleged comedian David Baddiel and prominent lawyer Andrew Julius have all expressed very similar opinions / ideas:
    These #3billboards are going round London today, organised by ex-Labour people, horrified by what their party has become. Their principles haven’t changed, they’re ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Damn the Polls
    So, there have been a bunch of bad polls out for Labour, and even the Leftie's friend, Survation, have recently given the Conservatives a rip-snorting 11% lead.  You Gov's much vaunted MRP poll - which pretty much nailed the result in 2015 - is currently predicting a comfortable majority for ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Europe declares an emergency
    The European Parliament has voted overwhelmingly to declare a climate emergency:The European parliament has declared a global “climate and environmental emergency” as it urged all EU countries to commit to net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The vote came as scientists warned that the world may have already crossed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • A Bi-Partisan Commitment To X-ing “P”.
    Pure Fear: Worse than Heroin, this drug’s addictive power was terrifying. People under its influence didn’t drift off to Elysium. Nor did it persuade inadequate individuals that they could conquer the world. No, this drug – pure crystal methamphetamine, “P” for short – unlocked the gates of Hell itself. It ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Advice about measles: when ignorance is definitely not a virtue
    As the rate of measles infection, and of deaths, continues to climb in Samoa, antivaccination activists infectious disease proponents seem intent on doubling down on their claims about vaccination. (Check pretty much any news-media FB post about measles & you’ll see exactly what I mean.) Unfortunately, some of them have ...
    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    2 weeks ago
  • Samoa’s devastating measles epidemic – why and how bad?
    Samoa are experiencing a devastating measles epidemic. It is possible that 2-3% of the population will ultimately be infected by the time it is over. Hopefully the mass immunisation campaign currently under way can mitigate some of this, for many it is too late. The first question many people ask ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    2 weeks ago
  • “It’s basic rights we are defending”: the Meghan Murphy interview
    Meghan Murphy is a Canadian writer and journalist She runs the Feminist Current website which she founded in 2012.  She was a keynote speaker for the Feminism2020 conference in Wellington this month. When Massey University cancelled the original venue booking Feminism2020 was hosted in Parliament by MP David Seymour. Meghan ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • A week of protests in Colombia
    Text and photos by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh Colombia has lived through one week of protests against the economic measures taken by president Duque. What looked like a protest that would fizzle out after its first day on November 21st is still going strong. Part of the reason for the continuance ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Anti-neutrinos–When you are your own opposite
    Around a million billion pass through you each second, almost all originating from our sun, but few of them are likely to interact with you enroute. I was reading in a physics magazine earlier in the week about the nature of neutrinos. These are extremely numerous elementary particles, but only ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    2 weeks ago
  • Exoplanets, life, and the danger of a single study
    By Pallab Ghosh There’s value in covering new research advances, even when the underlying science is unsettled. But there are also risks. The recent announcement that scientists discovered water on the planet K2-18b, 110 light years away, prompted a media swoon. News stories, including a piece written by me, billed ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • The Intersex Continuum
    I wrote this review a couple of years ago when I was still in the process of getting my head around the politics of transgenderism, and specifically the claim that intersex conditions lend support to the notion that sex is ‘socially constructed’. Since writing this review I have come across ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Leaving us with the bill
    Two weeks ago, Malaysian-owned oil company Tamarind declared it was insolvent and went into administration after a failed offshore drilling campaign. Tamarind apparently specialises in buying oil fields at the end of their life and trying to squeeze out the last few drops of pollution. But part of their scam ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • How much does flying contribute to climate change?
    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 How much does our use of air travel contribute to the ...
    SciBlogsBy Shaun Hendy
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: The task before us
    Two weeks ago, the Zero Carbon Act became law. Right this moment, the Climate Change Commisison will be working on its initial budgets for 2022-25 and 2026-2030, and the UN has just given them a very clear steer:Countries must make an unprecedented effort to cut their levels of greenhouse gases ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Among my favourite asteroids: (2309) Mr. Spock
    Minor planet/asteroid (2309) Mr. Spock is named not for the character in Star Trek, but for a cat that was itself imperturbable, logical, intelligent and had pointed ears In a preceding blog post I introduced one of my favourite asteroids, (2472) Bradman, and also mentioned (6581) Sobers amongst a few ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    2 weeks ago
  • Measles deaths and antivax misinformation
    Today the death toll from measles in Samoa rose to 32. All but four of the dead were less than 5 years old. Absolutely terrible, heartbreaking, news. That statistic alone should be enough to give the lie to the common claim by antivaccination activists plague enthusiasts that “measles is a ...
    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    2 weeks ago
  • Colombia: the state murder of Dilan Cruz
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh It is late here in Bogotá, almost 11.30pm on Monday the 25th of November as I write this. The day began full of hope with yet more massive marches throughout the country, a mix of the International Day of Non-Violence Against Women and the National Strike. ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago

  • New law sets up $300m Venture Capital Fund
    New Zealand firms expanding beyond the start-up phase are set for more support after today’s passage of the Venture Capital Fund Bill, Associate Finance Minister David Parker said. The Bill, which establishes a $300 million Venture Capital Fund, puts in place a key initiative of the Wellbeing Budget’s economic package. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • New Zealand’s National Statement to COP25
    E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā iwi, e ngā rau rangatira mā. Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa. Señora Presidenta, Excellencies, Delegates. International action A common thread that runs through the Paris Agreement is the commitment we have made to each other to do what we can to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    12 hours ago
  • Priorities for 2020 Wellbeing Budget outlined
    Budget 2020 will continue the Coalition Government’s focus on tackling the long-term challenges facing New Zealand while also investing to future-proof the economy. When the Government took office in 2017 it was left with crumbling infrastructure, severe underinvestment in public services, degraded rivers and lakes, a housing crisis and rising ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    15 hours ago
  • $12 billion in extra infrastructure investment
    The Government is lifting capital investment to the highest level in more than 20 years as it takes the next step to future-proof New Zealand. Finance Minister Grant Robertson has announced $12 billion of new investment, with $8 billion for specific capital projects and $4 billion to be added to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    15 hours ago
  • Strong economy, careful spending gives $12bn of surpluses
    The Government is forecast to run $12 billion worth of surpluses across the four years to 2023/24 as the economy continues to grow. The surpluses will help fund day-to-day capital requirements each year. These include fixing leaky hospitals, building new classrooms to cover population growth and take pressure off class ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    15 hours ago
  • Minister welcomes data-rich coastline mapping tool
    The Minister responsible for the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011 (te Takutai Moana Act 2011), Andrew Little has welcomed the launch of an online geospatial tool that provides data-rich, dynamic coastline maps that will significantly boost research and evidence-gathering under the Act. Te Kete Kōrero a Te ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • Chief Victims Advisor reappointed for a further two years
    The Chief Victims Advisor to Government Dr Kim McGregor, QSO, has been reappointed in her role for a further two years. Dr McGregor has held the role since it was established in November 2015. She provides independent advice to government on how to improve the criminal justice system for victims. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • New Zealand tsunami monitoring and detection system to be established
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Civil Defence Minister Peeni Henare have today announced the deployment of a network of DART (Deep-ocean Assessment and Reporting of Tsunami) buoys. “New Zealand and the Pacific region are particularly vulnerable to natural disasters. It is vital we have adequate warning systems in place,” ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • DART Buoys Announcement
    DART Buoys Announcement Aotea Wharf, 9.30am 11 December 2019   Acknowledgements Acknowledgements to Minister for Civil Defence Hon Peeni Henare also here today. White Island It is with regret that this event shadows the tragic natural disaster two days ago. The volcanic eruptions on White Island have claimed 5 lives, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • Final steps for racing industry reform
    Racing Minister Winston Peters has welcomed the first reading of the Racing Industry Bill in parliament today. This is the second of two Bills that have been introduced this year to revitalise New Zealand’s racing industry. “Our domestic racing industry has been in serious decline.  The Government is committed to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Funding to promote New Zealand Sign Language initiatives
    Minister for Disability Issues, Carmel Sepuloni, is pleased to announce that $291,321 is to be awarded to national and local community initiatives to maintain and promote the use of New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL). “New Zealand is one of the few countries  in the world where Sign Language is an ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • How New Zealand defines and recognises veterans
    Minister for Veterans Ron Mark has announced today the Coalition Government’s initial response to work completed by the independent statutory body, the Veterans’ Advisory Board. “When Professor Ron Paterson completed his review of the Veterans’ Support Act in 2018, he made a number of recommendations, including one which I referred ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government to fund lion’s share of Ohakea water scheme
    The Government will fund the bulk of the cost of a rural water supply for the Ohakea community affected by PFAS contamination, Environment Minister David Parker announced today at a meeting of local residents. This new water scheme will provide a reliable and clean source of drinking water to the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Prime Minister statement on White Island eruption
    I have had the opportunity to be briefed on the details of the volcanic eruption of Whakaari/White Island, off the coast of Whakatane in the Bay of Plenty.  The eruption happened at 2.11pm today.  It continues to be an evolving situation.  We know that there were a number of tourists ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Govt funds $100k for weather-hit communities
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Minister of Civil Defence Peeni Henare have today confirmed initial Government support of $100,000 for communities affected by the severe weather that swept across the South Island and lower North Island over the weekend. The contribution will be made to Mayoral relief funds across the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Death of NZ High Commissioner to Cook Islands
    New Zealand's High Commissioner to the Cook Islands, Tessa Temata, died in Palmerston North over the weekend, Foreign Minister Winston Peters said today. Ms Temata, 52, had recently returned to New Zealand for medical treatment. "On behalf of the Government and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, we extend ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Wellington rail upgrade full steam ahead
    Transport Minister Phil Twyford today announced construction is underway on Wellington commuter rail upgrades which will mean more frequent services and fewer breakdowns. The upgrades include converting the Trentham to Upper Hutt single track section to a double track, with a new signalling system, upgraded stations and level crossings, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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