Leave Josie Butler alone

Written By: - Date published: 3:56 pm, February 10th, 2016 - 83 comments
Categories: Abuse of power, activism, democracy under attack, national, Steven Joyce, the praiseworthy and the pitiful - Tags:

Fairfax media is suggesting that Josie Butler, hurler of the fake dildo at Steven Joyce, may be facing repercussions at work.

From Stuff:

The employer of a woman who threw a dildo at Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce refuses to say if she will be disciplined.

Josie Butler, a nurse at Hillmorton Hospital in Christchurch, leapt to international fame after flinging the toy in the face of Joyce at Waitangi

She said she was “very concerned” about the effects of the TPP on her patients.

“We already have over 300,000 children living below the poverty line, I don’t want to live in a country where families have to choose between potentially life saving medication or feeding their children because of the increased price of medications under the TPPA.”

Canterbury District Health Board general manager of people and capability Michael Frampton said the DHB would not comment on whether Butler faced any disciplinary measures.

I trust the reticence to comment is based on a preference to not discuss any staff matters publicly rather than because there is action contemplated.  Because people should not be punished for symbolic political action performed when they are not working.  And because all the signs suggest that Josie is a dedicated passionate nurse.

She was praised for her efforts during the Canterbury earthquake and received public praise for her efforts.  She was awarded a Christchurch Earthquake Award for provided life saving CPR and first aid to the injured on Colombo Street.  From the Christchurch Press:

Hillmorton Hospital psychiatric nurse Josie Butler, 26, who graduated last week, is certain the voluntary work contributed to her academic success.

In town when the magnitude-6.3 quake struck, she immediately started offering medical assistance, working until 9pm at the Moorhouse Medical Centre.

She later worked at Princess Margaret Hospital, rest homes and welfare centres with the nursing volunteer army.

Butler said the experience of performing medical procedures “without somebody looking over your shoulder” was a huge confidence boost.

“It was quite stressful, but I want to nurse in Sudan, and now I know I can cope with any situation,” she said.

“We all agree it ignited a passion . . . that nursing is more than just a job; it’s a way of life.”

I presume that the story is mischievous and nothing will happen to her.  But as Helen Kelly states you have to wonder why the media would contact the employer to even ask if disciplinary action will occur.

Many think that she deserves praise rather than discipline for her action.  Certainly it would be a travesty if her act of civil disobedience resulted in disciplinary action being taken.

83 comments on “Leave Josie Butler alone ”

  1. Gangnam Style 1

    She’s quite a remarkable person.

    • Matthew Hooton 1.1

      She certainly is.

      She says “the TPPA is the rape of our tino rangitiratanga, the torture our basic human rights, and the murder of our people”.

      She is someone willing to insult victims of murder, rape and torture to make a political point against an economic partnership agreement she clearly doesn’t understand at all.

      But I do agree her employer should leave her alone. She’s entitled to do and say what she likes in her own time.

        • The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell 1.1.1.1

          Yes. It’s impossible anay two people could think the same thing about comparing a trade deal to torture, rape and murder.

          • Muttonbird 1.1.1.1.1

            Matthew Hooton has had days to find faux offence in Butler’s words but interestingly waited until McLeod wrote a piece doing the same before voicing concern.

        • Matthew Hooton 1.1.1.2

          No, I hadn’t seen that until just now. Thanks for the link.

      • Lucy 1.1.2

        Her commitment to her fellow citizens has been acknowledged and documented during the earthquake. For you to say that she is insulting to victims is bloody crass, the fact that she is working in Hillmorton means that she is probably in a position to understand the victims of rape than you. You assume that anyone opposed the TTP doesn’t understand it but if I had to chose between your understanding or Prof Jane Kelsey’s, I would have to say that the academic trumps you every time!

        • Lucy 1.1.2.1

          Hate this on iPad – was responding to Matthew Hooten but comment ended up further down with no edit!

      • Anno1701 1.1.3

        “She is someone willing to insult victims of murder, rape and torture”

        clutching at straws

        and actually a little cringe-worthy to read

        I feel grubby now thanks ……

      • repateet 1.1.4

        Matthew Hooton consistently insults our intelligence to make political points. I suppose he’s self-employed so that makes it okay.

      • weka 1.1.5

        “She is someone willing to insult victims of murder, rape and torture to make a political point against an economic partnership agreement she clearly doesn’t understand at all.”

        Which is exactly what you have just done Matthew. Please don’t misappropriate rape culture politics here, it’s a wretched thing to do, even by your standards.

        • rhinocrates 1.1.5.1

          Reading any attempt by Hooton to claim the moral high ground leaves one feeling particularly filthy.

          Certainly his mansplaining attempt to pretend to know about rape politics scrapes right through the bottom of the barrel.

      • Carlos ward 1.1.6

        Matthew, please tell me exactly how she insulted victims of rape and murder?

  2. Chooky 2

    +100 Great Post!

  3. Ffloyd 3

    I was really impressed with her aim. Bluddy good shot. Shame Joyce’s mouth wasn’t wide open.

  4. cogito 4

    Best protest action ever. Well done to Josie Butler. She deserves a medal.

    How about a giant blow-up dildo outside the next National Party event with Key’s face painted at the top….? In the words of old Corporal Jones (Dad’s Army), “they don’t like it up ’em.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhWlAKdlQp4

  5. Dazzer 5

    Idiotic action but I would not support her losing her job for being an idiot.

    Deserve a medal?? All this will do will make politicians of all colours a target and create a culture where security will take precedence. And if I was a politician I would ask if someone can get that close to through a squeaky tool (not a dildo for those who care about these things) then what else could they do.

    As others have noted, I’m equally bemused by the its-ok-when we do it attitude which seems to be prevalent.

    That said, unless her contract explicitly covers this, being an idiot should not be a cause for her to lose her job.

    • Lanthanide 5.1

      “All this will do will make politicians of all colours a target”

      Yeah, ’cause politicians aren’t already targets. When Brash got mud thrown at him, they were actually aiming behind him. When a lamington landed on John Boscowan’s head, it was a caterer that tripped.

      “and create a culture where security will take precedence.”

      Yeah, ’cause politicians don’t have security around them already, and Josie wasn’t immediately apprehended by security and led away from the scene.

      “then what else could they do.”

      Well, maybe if the politicians listened to the public, and put the TPPA up to a referendum (seems good enough for ultimately inconsequential subjects such as the flag), they wouldn’t have to protest to get their voices heard.

      “That said, unless her contract explicitly covers this, being an idiot should not be a cause for her to lose her job.”

      I doubt it would be legal for anyone to lose their job for *political* protest, after a first offence. That includes contracts where there is a requirement to uphold good moral character in public (TV personalities, prominent sports people etc). Because it’s a political protest, I would expect a “final warning” for any first-time offender.

    • cogito 5.2

      “All this will do will make politicians of all colours a target”

      Right now ordinary NZers are the targets of an arrogant and lying government. We either keep on taking their lies or we take action.
      In many other countries protest action would be far more ugly than throwing a plastic toy at a politician.

      I absolutely applaud Josie for her guts and well chosen item. Up yours Key & co.

    • weka 5.3

      “As others have noted, I’m equally bemused by the its-ok-when we do it attitude which seems to be prevalent.”

      Whose attitude is that precisely, because I haven’t noticed it?

      I don’t think dildos should be used in this way as part of political protest. I’m not a fan of rape analogies being used in this way either. We live in a culture that already has a huge problem with the differences between sex and pleasure and rape and sexual assualt and physical violence. Actions like this don’t improve that (for similar reasons I thought sending dildos to those dudes holed up in the National Park in the US was also misguided). If Joyce is a survivor of sexual abuse, then the humiliation is much bigger.

      Having said that, all kudos to Butler for making her protest funny and well targeted and managed with grace (quite a feat). I don’t have too much of a problem with things being thrown at politicians so long as no one gets hurt.

      Needless to say, this has absolutely nothing to do with her job.

  6. Macro 6

    I can’t believe that – who ever it was – had the moral and civic ineptitude to ask such a stupid question. If NZers can’t protest about such a heinous “agreement”, this is a sorry place to live.

    • Olwyn 6.1

      … you have to wonder why the media would contact the employer to even ask if disciplinary action will occur.

      It raises questions about the conditions that the journalists themselves must meet to retain their jobs. Whoever followed up that line of inquiry seems to think that offending a National minister just has to mean big trouble at work.

      • Macro 6.1.1

        Yep that is my thinking on the matter too! A very sorry state we now live in.

        • shorts 6.1.1.1

          could be a reporter doesn’t want the protest action and thus story to die*, further highlighting either their outrage at the action or subtle support for the thrower

          *apologies to anyone who has died or knows someone who has died and takes offence at my use of the word

      • B 6.1.2

        Lets face it, stuff turned into a click-bait machine long ago. We are more likely to see a false idol celebrity featured on the front page, completely ignoring their responsibility as the mainstream news source to keep the population well informed. Like you said, there must be morally intact journalists tearing their hair out at the state of things and their is no doubt that the media throughout NZ has been monopolized and hijacked to influence public opinion for shareholder interests. We need philosophers in politics and journalists running the media, not bankers in politics and money driving the media.

  7. McGrath 7

    There could be a “reputation” clause in her contract that Stuff might be aware of.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 7.1

      She’s enhanced her own reputation: some of that light will shine on her employer, and so she enhanced theirs too.

      She even enhanced Steven Joyce’s reputation: he handled the dildo to the face better than he’s handled any of his Ministerial portfolios.

    • lprent 7.2

      One that prevents her from taking protest action unrelated to her job or profession?

      If there is then her employers need to be dragged in front of a court to explain themselves.

  8. Lanthanide 8

    Josie Butler is a committed left-wing activist. She has organised many TPPA protests in Christchurch, and I think she even flew to Australia and joined in a protest there as well (gay marriage maybe?).

  9. I think it was a good stunt and the gnats don’t like that – sadly, and I hope I’m wrong, the rightmachine will turn on her and I hope she is, and remains, okay. NO it shouldn’t happen – but it does. Kia kaha Josie – keep your friends close, real close.

    edit re lanth above – If that is the case then that is good news because those networks will protect her and she will be ready for the filthy tricks.

    • Anne 9.1

      … those networks will protect her and she will be ready for the filthy tricks.

      Like… conducting bizarre hoaxes against her knowing she will be too scared to tell anyone for fear of them not believing her. Like… damage to property eg. deep scratches gouged along outside panels of car – shift workers especially prone due to easy access to car. Mysterious broken home windows and possibly a few mysterious home break-ins thrown in for good measure. Oh and a very popular trick: nuisance phone-calls – eg person doesn’t speak but can hear breathing.

      And at work… harassment in form of a few inexplicable computer crashes making ability to perform related tasks difficult. Changing figures or calculations so it looks like you are incompetent. Oh, and encouraging colleagues to pimp on you over trumped-up charges of misbehaviour.

      Yep. As a whistle-blower many years ago that’s what ‘they’ did to me. I hope you’re right mm and the networks will protect her from the ‘hired’ thugs.

      • vto 9.1.1

        Anne, you have outlined another right wing trait, also personified in John Key…

        cowardice

      • marty mars 9.1.2

        All we can do is hope Anne, so that the shit you and others have gone through is stopped from happening. Kia kaha Anne.

        • Anne 9.1.2.1

          Thanks marty mars. It all happened a long time ago but I was deeply affected at the time and for some years afterwards. That is why I will take any opportunity to talk about my experiences in the hope others will become aware this type of “shit” does occur and is almost always carried out by thugs associated with the political right wing. To be forewarned is to be forearmed.

          • Heather Grimwood 9.1.2.1.1

            To Anne…..My astonishment that an obvious Nat supporter or wanna-be M.P. perpetrated this filthy behaviour to me knew no bounds….( and NOT so long ago!) I felt great sorrow that someone who presented to the community as a person of respectability/integrity was actually still at early toddler stage and a coward. I am aware of several WOMEN in politics to whom this has happened, again suggesting viewpoint of the toddler. I certainly believe that Josie in her forthrightness has, possibly more than she ever dreamed, done much to focus attention to the TPPA cause.

  10. One Anonymous Bloke 10

    Her employers may need to be protected from centre-right thugs too.

  11. James 11

    Personally I think she is an idiot.

    I think her protest action was stupid.

    I dont think she is remarkable, nor does she deserve a medal (FFS – really? a Fucken medal)

    However – I do believe (Strongly) that people should be allowed to protest (even if I disagree with them 😉 ), and that their actions should not (as long as they are legal) be raised or of any interest to their employer.

    So – yep – Im with you – she deserves to be left alone on this one.

    • ankerawshark 11.1

      HI James, Do you think the same thing about John K? Is he an idiot in your books for pony tails pulling (repeat offender) and getting into a cage and engaging with a prison rape joke?

      If not why not?

    • mickysavage 11.2

      I agree with your conclusion!

    • Macro 11.3

      Personally I think she is an idiot.
      Only an idiot would think that

    • Jay 11.4

      Her actions were not legal. We all have a right to peaceful protest. This was not peaceful, it was assault. With a weapon.

  12. Tautoko Mangō Mata 12

    “TPPA a bad move for New Zealand
    3 February 2016
    For several years New Zealand nurses and many other national and international nursing experts have been pointing out the risks to our health system posed by the Trans Pacific Partnership.
    “It now appears that our current government has not heeded our concerns. They have disregarded the evidence and chosen to put greedy big businesses ahead of New Zealand’s health and well-being,” says New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) president Grant Brookes.

    “We believe it is a big mistake for John Key to sign the TPPA. It is a hugely unpopular move and most New Zealanders know there is nothing in it for them.”

    http://www.nzno.org.nz/about_us/media_releases/articletype/articleview/articleid/2206/tppa-a-bad-move-for-new-zealand

    Dear media, can you please stop focussing on the protesters and start asking the hard questions of the government. Don’t accept generalised BS answers. Also try asking TPP supporters why they support the deal and ask them to counter the negatives. Don’t accept the “better in than out”: ask them for evidence, cost benefit analysis, etc. Stop taking the easy route and be real journalists!

  13. weston 13

    i have a vast respect for hard working nurses like josie butler and i think her protest action was inspired and can only hope inspiring !!

  14. Keith 14

    You don’t embarrass a Nat MP, much less a millionaire minister without the devil’s little henchmen being called upon to properly ruin this womans life.

    But you best believe The National Party will be firmly behind it!

    • Anne 14.1

      She will be hounded and harassed for a long time to come and much of it might be clandestine which means there’s nothing she can do about it.

  15. Whateva next? 15

    She has courage and creativity, and has certainly drawn attention to the fears of many New Zealanders like no-one else could, despite vast efforts of so many.
    It wil be a dillemma for the very conservative nursing council who have to work in line with ministry.trouble is the ministry of health is not working in line with the people, so something had to snap.

  16. vto 16

    Good on Josie.

    Her protest action was entirely in keeping with the ethos of John Key and pulling pony tails of girls, making rape jokes holding a bar of soap, telling public radio that he pisses in the shower (how fucking gross).

    Josie the protestor meet John Key.

    The perfect couple

  17. Muttonbird 17

    Billingsley
    Bailey
    Butler

  18. Bill 18

    Micky. What’s a “fake dildo” when it’s at home? She threw a dildo and a dildo isn’t a “fake sex toy”. It’s an actual ‘real McCoy’ sex toy, y’know…a dildo.

    edit. any chance people buy dildos en masse to launch at these … cause almost all politicians are?

  19. Jay 19

    Is it actually “civil disobedience” to assault somebody? In her opinion the TPP will cause harm, so therefore it’s okay for her to assault and humiliate a Minister of the Crown? Can someone explain how and why it’s okay to do such a thing.

    If it’s okay to do this, then is it okay for somebody to assault other people who’s opinion we disagree with? If someone attacked an anti-tppa protestor would this also be considered civil disobedience?

    Are we condoning this behaviour merely because we don’t like and agree with Steven Joyce. If we don’t agree with him and other ministers can they expect to be assaulted again? Is that okay?

    Isn’t this why we have the law? To have a set of rules implied impartially?

    As a supporter of our present government, I would nevertheless decry any similar attack on any labour party politician or any other person, on the basis that it is illegal and wrong. The alternative is lawlessness. Lawlessness and mob rules is fine and dandy while you’re part of the mob. Once you’re not, I expect it’s decidedly unpleasant.

    Thoughts?

    • Muttonbird 19.1

      The Police did not lay charges therefore no assault took place.

      • lurgee 19.1.1

        The Police did not lay charges therefore no assault took place.

        That ‘logic’ would mean that the vast numbers of rapes and acts of misogynistic violence and sexual abuse the police never hear about never happened.

        Don’t be silly about this. Just because someone lobbed something at a rightwing politician doesn’t mean it is all right. Just because that person is also a nurse doesn’t mean it is all right. It legitimises a nasty yah-boo, infantile style of politics. Key probably is quite happy because now whenever he’s criticised for calling Labour rapist supporters, he can say, “Yeah, but it was fine when that nurse chucked a willy at Joycey. Sauce for the goose, and at least I’m only calling Andrew Little mean things, not chucking a prostate tickler at him.”

        It also distracts from actual important debate.

        • McFlock 19.1.1.1

          It might have distracted from the important debate, but it did clearly express sentiments that cannot really be expressed via debate. It expressed these sentiments in a manner that could not possibly, by the very nature of the object, injure or harm anyone.

          Debate is rational. It is useful for exploring those things that should be based on reason, like policy. But leadership is not just about being the smartest person in the room. The deflating abilities of a large rubber prick are aimed at the puffery of these bastards.

    • Jo 19.2

      Assault? Humiliate? Illegal? Wrong? Change a name and you’d be talking about the way things always were around the country, in more robust times than we live in now.

      That’s my thought anyway. Here are some opinion-free facts, with a fun idea for a post-election community fundraiser on the side:

      http://www.elections.org.nz/election-day-through-years/night-town
      ‘Election nights were still lively and sometimes disorderly occasions.
      […] Groups of young men would often throw eggs, rotten fruit, flour-bombs or firecrackers, and drunken fights were common.’

    • McFlock 19.3

      Oh, I daresay if you really want to push that line you can do a McCready and lay an assault complaint with police. And following the law, they might decide to give her a warning, or prosecute her for assault. Probably the summary offences act one, not even the really juicy crimes act charge. Or she can fight it in court and maybe even go for a discharge w/o conviction because it might affect her employment or travel.

      But while deliberating the case, the judge would have to compare a rubber-dick slap in the face against a saturday-night jawbreaker.

      “Humiliation” isn’t illegal. Unless it’s done electronically, in which case it might be covered by the bullshit “cyber-bullying” law. But everyone has a pretty much free shot against anyone else to “humiliate” them, as long as they don’t counsel suicide, use offensive language or behaviour, and don’t incite anyone else to violence.

  20. I think it’s very unlikely Josie Butler will face disciplinary action. Given that no offence was taken by Joyce (good on him for having a sense of humour), no charges were laid by the police (they obviously saw it as not being in the public interest to prosecute), and it wasn’t done in the course of her employment.

    There has already been a similar case, where a doctor jumped on an MP’s car:

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/284613/activist-doctor-escapes-disciplinary-action

  21. Undecided 21

    I don’t think her action was a good thing simply because the act of throwing the dildo has overshadowed the reason for throwing it

    If you ask most people a couple months down the track they’ll remember the ding dong dildo but they probably won’t remember why it was thrown

    She shouldn’t have any repercussions on her job though

  22. savenz 22

    Her employer should give her a medal!

    Typical the Natz can’t handle it and trying to get her in trouble!!

    Bullies!

    • lurgee 22.1

      Usually the bully is the one throwing stuff.

      • Puddleglum 22.1.1

        That’s not been my experience.

        Usually the bully dominates the overall situation and uses efforts to resist or fight back by the bullied (e.g., a weak punch, spitting into the bully’s face, etc.) as an excuse to exert ever more dominance.

        And bullies dominate just in order to terrorise both the bullied and anyone else who might think of challenging them.

        The whole point of the bullying strategy is that you get to humiliate weaker people by showing that their efforts to resist you are entirely ineffectual.

        Most of the time they therefore don’t need to ‘throw things’.

  23. DH 23

    “Fairfax media is suggesting that Josie Butler, hurler of the fake dildo at Steven Joyce, may be facing repercussions at work.”

    I read it as Fairfax applying pressure on her employer to consider punishing her.

    There doesn’t appear to be any suggestion they were tipped off to actions by her employer and if there are no facts to this why are Fairfax making a story out of it?

  24. Tarquin 24

    Leave the poor girl alone. Her only friend ran off with a politician.

  25. JonL 25

    ” general manager of people and capability ” WTF is that – HR manager?

  26. Brian Smith 26

    This is a good example of the ‘fourth estate’ aiding and abetting the fascist surveillance state by exposing and punishing those who dare to exercise their rights and freedoms. Ponytailgate was another example of the Herald exposing and punishing someone exercising her rights and freedoms (if you think that sexual harassment by a PM should not be made public, you clearly are a fascist who does not believe in democracy). At least the Nazi’s were upfront with their Ministry of Propaganda.

  27. Hi Josie, good on you for the stunt you pulled with Steven Joyce, you got off lightly, which is cool, don’t get me wrong, it cost me over $2,000 for my little stunt about 10 years ago … but that is another story. This will be a different ‘slant’ on the TPPA and your and everyone’s protesting, bear with me on this ) First the whole global BS scam of continued economic growth is about over, did you know there were zero cargo ships in the Atlantic Ocean last month … for a week or so? Also the China Sea was empty of cargo ships for some time? Also there is over 100 million barrels of oil sitting in oil tankers around the world at the moment, with no where to unload? Gold is going through the roof at the moment, because everything else is in the basement, and heading for hell wink emoticon Then there is the current period of Abrupt Climate Change we are going through, ‘we’ spiked @ 405.6 ppm CO2 last week, and the Arctic ice isn’t growing at the moment, when this is meant to be it’s fastest time of growth? in fact last month areas in the Arctic were something like 50 degrees f hotter than ‘normal’ it was actually raining in the Arctic. I predict that with 6 months people will be looking back with fondness at the quaint idea that the TPPA will come into force, or have the slightest influence on what is left of this financial or environmental ‘system’ . Again good on you for standing up …. but you are kind of playing into the hands of TPTB, because as long as you ignore the FACTS that the game is over, you are alowing them to kick this BS can further down the road. On the other hand if you could all understand human extinction could be as little as 15 years away, maybe ‘we’ could get some truth out there , maybe the bull shitting bastards at the top could do something that would let us go extinct gracefully, instead of the blood bath we face ( which if it took 10 years would look like 7 Boxing Day tsunamis per day. But don’t listen to me I’m just a 4th form dropout pop head, you could have a quick read of this maybe ? http://guymcpherson.com/climate-chaos/introduction/ Good luck

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  • Vandrad the Viking, Christopher Coombes, and Literary Archaeology

    Some years ago, I bought a book at Dunedin’s Regent Booksale for $1.50. As one does. Vandrad the Viking (1898), by J. Storer Clouston, is an obscure book these days – I cannot find a proper online review – but soon it was sitting on my shelf, gathering dust alongside ...
    1 day ago
  • Gordon Campbell On The Biden Withdrawal

    History is not on the side of the centre-left, when Democratic presidents fall behind in the polls and choose not to run for re-election. On both previous occasions in the past 75 years (Harry Truman in 1952, Lyndon Johnson in 1968) the Democrats proceeded to then lose the White House ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    1 day ago
  • Joe Biden's withdrawal puts the spotlight back on Kamala and the USA's complicated relatio...

    This is a free articleCoverageThis morning, US President Joe Biden announced his withdrawal from the Presidential race. And that is genuinely newsworthy. Thanks for your service, President Biden, and all the best to you and yours.However, the media in New Zealand, particularly the 1News nightly bulletin, has been breathlessly covering ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 day ago
  • Why we have to challenge our national fiscal assumptions

    A homeless person’s camp beside a blocked-off slipped damage walkway in Freeman’s Bay: we are chasing our tail on our worsening and inter-related housing, poverty and climate crises. Photo: Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 day ago
  • Existential Crisis and Damaged Brains

    What has happened to it all?Crazy, some'd sayWhere is the life that I recognise?(Gone away)But I won't cry for yesterdayThere's an ordinary worldSomehow I have to findAnd as I try to make my wayTo the ordinary worldYesterday morning began as many others - what to write about today? I began ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 day ago
  • A speed limit is not a target, and yet…

    This is a guest post from longtime supporter Mr Plod, whose previous contributions include a proposal that Hamilton become New Zealand’s capital city, and that we should switch which side of the road we drive on. A recent Newsroom article, “Back to school for the Govt’s new speed limit policy“, ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    2 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Monday, July 22

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 7:00 am on Monday, July 22 are:Today’s Must Read: Father and son live in a tent, and have done for four years, in a million ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Monday, July 22

    TL;DR: As of 7:00 am on Monday, July 22, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:US President Joe Biden announced via X this morning he would not stand for a second term.Multinational professional services firm ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #29

    A listing of 32 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, July 14, 2024 thru Sat, July 20, 2024. Story of the week As reflected by preponderance of coverage, our Story of the Week is Project 2025. Until now traveling ...
    2 days ago
  • I'd like to share what I did this weekend

    This weekend, a friend pointed out someone who said they’d like to read my posts, but didn’t want to pay. And my first reaction was sympathy.I’ve already told folks that if they can’t comfortably subscribe, and would like to read, I’d be happy to offer free subscriptions. I don’t want ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    2 days ago
  • For the children – Why mere sentiment can be a misleading force in our lives, and lead to unex...

    National: The Party of ‘Law and Order’ IntroductionThis weekend, the Government formally kicked off one of their flagship policy programs: a military style boot camp that New Zealand has experimented with over the past 50 years. Cartoon credit: Guy BodyIt’s very popular with the National Party’s Law and Order image, ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    2 days ago
  • A friend in uncertain times

    Day one of the solo leg of my long journey home begins with my favourite sound: footfalls in an empty street. 5.00 am and it’s already light and already too warm, almost.If I can make the train that leaves Budapest later this hour I could be in Belgrade by nightfall; ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    3 days ago
  • The Chaotic World of Male Diet Influencers

    Hi,We’ll get to the horrific world of male diet influencers (AKA Beefy Boys) shortly, but first you will be glad to know that since I sent out the Webworm explaining why the assassination attempt on Donald Trump was not a false flag operation, I’ve heard from a load of people ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    3 days ago
  • It's Starting To Look A Lot Like… Y2K

    Do you remember Y2K, the threat that hung over humanity in the closing days of the twentieth century? Horror scenarios of planes falling from the sky, electronic payments failing and ATMs refusing to dispense cash. As for your VCR following instructions and recording your favourite show - forget about it.All ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • Bernard’s Saturday Soliloquy for the week to July 20

    Climate Change Minister Simon Watts being questioned by The Kākā’s Bernard Hickey.TL;DR: My top six things to note around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the week to July 20 were:1. A strategy that fails Zero Carbon Act & Paris targetsThe National-ACT-NZ First Coalition Government finally unveiled ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Pharmac Director, Climate Change Commissioner, Health NZ Directors – The latest to quit this m...

    Summary:As New Zealand loses at least 12 leaders in the public service space of health, climate, and pharmaceuticals, this month alone, directly in response to the Government’s policies and budget choices, what lies ahead may be darker than it appears. Tui examines some of those departures and draws a long ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    4 days ago
  • Flooding Housing Policy

    The Minister of Housing’s ambition is to reduce markedly the ratio of house prices to household incomes. If his strategy works it would transform the housing market, dramatically changing the prospects of housing as an investment.Leaving aside the Minister’s metaphor of ‘flooding the market’ I do not see how the ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    4 days ago
  • A Voyage Among the Vandals: Accepted (Again!)

    As previously noted, my historical fantasy piece, set in the fifth-century Mediterranean, was accepted for a Pirate Horror anthology, only for the anthology to later fall through. But in a good bit of news, it turned out that the story could indeed be re-marketed as sword and sorcery. As of ...
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Friday, July 19

    An employee of tobacco company Philip Morris International demonstrates a heated tobacco device. Photo: Getty ImagesTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy on Friday, July 19 are:At a time when the Coalition Government is cutting spending on health, infrastructure, education, housing ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Friday, July 19

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 8:30 am on Friday, July 19 are:Scoop: NZ First Minister Casey Costello orders 50% cut to excise tax on heated tobacco products. The minister has ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 19-July-2024

    Kia ora, it’s time for another Friday roundup, in which we pull together some of the links and stories that caught our eye this week. Feel free to add more in the comments! Our header image this week shows a foggy day in Auckland town, captured by Patrick Reynolds. ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    4 days ago
  • Weekly Climate Wrap: A market-led plan for failure

    TL;DR : Here’s the top six items climate news for Aotearoa this week, as selected by Bernard Hickey and The Kākā’s climate correspondent Cathrine Dyer. A discussion recorded yesterday is in the video above and the audio of that sent onto the podcast feed.The Government released its draft Emissions Reduction ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Tobacco First

    Save some money, get rich and old, bring it back to Tobacco Road.Bring that dynamite and a crane, blow it up, start all over again.Roll up. Roll up. Or tailor made, if you prefer...Whether you’re selling ciggies, digging for gold, catching dolphins in your nets, or encouraging folks to flutter ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Trump’s Adopted Son.

    Waiting In The Wings: For truly, if Trump is America’s un-assassinated Caesar, then J.D. Vance is America’s Octavian, the Republic’s youthful undertaker – and its first Emperor.DONALD TRUMP’S SELECTION of James D. Vance as his running-mate bodes ill for the American republic. A fervent supporter of Viktor Orban, the “illiberal” prime ...
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Friday, July 19

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Friday, July 19, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:The PSA announced the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) had ruled in the PSA’s favour in its case against the Ministry ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to July 19

    TL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers last night features co-hosts and talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent talking about the National-ACT-NZ First Government’s release of its first Emissions Reduction Plan;University of Otago Foreign Relations Professor and special guest Dr Karin von ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #29 2024

    Open access notables Improving global temperature datasets to better account for non-uniform warming, Calvert, Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society: To better account for spatial non-uniform trends in warming, a new GITD [global instrumental temperature dataset] was created that used maximum likelihood estimation (MLE) to combine the land surface ...
    5 days ago
  • We're back again! Join us for the weekly Hoon on YouTube Live

    Photo by Gabriel Crismariu on UnsplashWe’re back again after our mid-winter break. We’re still with the ‘new’ day of the week (Thursday rather than Friday) when we have our ‘hoon’ webinar with paying subscribers to The Kākā for an hour at 5 pm.Jump on this link on YouTube Livestream for ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Gut Reactions.

    Trump Writes His Own Story: Would the “mainstream” media even try to reflect the horrified reaction of the MAGA crowd to the pop-pop-pop of the would-be assassin’s rifle, and Trump going down? Could it even grasp the sheer elation of the rally-goers seeing their champion rise up and punch the air, still alive, ...
    5 days ago
  • Dodging Bullets.

    Fight! Fight! Fight! Had the assassin’s bullet found its mark and killed Donald Trump, America’s descent into widespread and murderous violence – possibly spiralling-down into civil war – would have been immediate and quite possibly irreparable. The American Republic, upon whose survival liberty and democracy continue to depend, is certainly not ...
    5 days ago
  • 'Corruption First' Strikes Again

    There comes a point in all our lives when we must stop to say, “Enough is enough. We know what’s happening. We are not as stupid or as ignorant as you believe us to be. And making policies that kill or harm our people is not acceptable, Ministers.”Plausible deniability has ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy today are:The inside stories of KiwiRail’s iRex debacle, Westport’s perma-delayed flood scheme and Christchurch’s post-quake sewer rebuild, which assumed no population growth, show just how deeply sceptical senior officials in Treasury, the Ministry of ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • What's that Jack Black?

    Ah-rah, deeSoo-guh-goo-gee-goo-geeGoo-guh fli-goo gee-gooGuh fli-goo, ga-goo-buh-deeOoh, guh-goo-beeOoh-guh-guh-bee-guh-guh-beeFli-goo gee-gooA-fliguh woo-wa mama Lucifer!I’m about ready to move on, how about you?Not from the shooting, that’s bad and we definitely shouldn’t have that. But the rehabilitation of Donald J Trump? The deification of Saint Donald? As the Great Unifier?Gimme a bucket.https://yellowscene.com/2024/04/07/trump-as-jesus/Just to re-iterate, ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • June 2024: Earth’s 13th-consecutive warmest month on record

    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Jeff Masters and Bob Henson June 2024 was Earth’s warmest June since global record-keeping began in 1850 and was the planet’s 13th consecutive warmest month on record, NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, or NCEI, reported July 12. As opposed to being focused in ...
    5 days ago
  • Connecting the dots and filling the gaps in our bike network

    This is a guest post by Shaun Baker on the importance of filling the gaps in our cycling networks. It originally appeared on his blog Multimodal Adventures, and is re-posted here with kind permission. In our towns and cities in Aotearoa New Zealand, there are areas in our cycling networks ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    6 days ago
  • Webworm Down Under Photos!

    Hi,I wanted to share a few thoughts and photos from the Webworm popup and Tickled screening we held in Auckland, New Zealand last weekend.In short — it was a blast. I mean, I had a blast and I hope any of you that came also had a blast.An old friend ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 6:30 am on Thursday, July 18 are:News: Christchurch's sewer systems block further housing developments RNZ’s Niva ChittockAnalysis: Interislander: Treasury, MoT officials' mistrust of KiwiRail led ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Thursday, July 18, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:Verbatim: Climate Change Minister Simon Watts held a news conference in Auckland to release the Government’s Emissions Reduction Plan, including ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The politics of managed retreat

    Climate change deniers are now challenging the Government over a key climate change adaptation policy. That begs the question of whether New Zealand First will then support Government moves to implement processes to deal with a managed retreat for properties in danger of flooding because of sea level rise and ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    6 days ago
  • Some changes are coming

    Warm welcome again to those who are here. The Mountain Tui substack was officially started on the 2nd of July. I wrote about what led me here on this post. Since then, it’s been a learning to navigate the platform, get to meet those in the community, and basically be ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • About fucking time

    The US Supreme Court has been rogue for years, with openly corrupt judges making the law up as they go to suit themselves, their billionaire buyers, and the Republican Party. But now, in the wake of them granting a licence for tyranny, President Biden is actually going to try and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: False accounting and wishful thinking

    National released their draft 2026-2030 Emissions Reduction Plan today. The plan is required under the Zero Carbon Act, and must set out policies and strategies to meet the relevant emissions budget. Having cancelled all Labour's actually effective climate change policies and crashed the carbon price, National was always going to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • The Enemies Of Sunshine And Space.

    Our Houses? The Urban Density debate is a horrible combination of intergenerational avarice and envy, fuelled by the grim certainty that none of the generations coming up after them will ever have it as good as the Boomers. To say that this situation rankles among those born after 1965 is to ...
    6 days ago
  • Still the 5 Eyes Achilles Heel?

    The National Cyber Security Centre (NZSC), a unit in the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) dedicated to cyber-security, has released a Review of its response to the 2021 email hacking of NZ members of the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC, … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 days ago
  • Britain's Devastating Electoral Slip.

    Slip-Sliding Away: Labour may now enjoy a dominant position in Britain’s political landscape, but only by virtue of not being swallowed by it.THE BRITISH LABOUR PARTY’S “landslide victory” is nothing of the sort. As most people understand the term, a landslide election victory is one in which the incumbent government, or ...
    6 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on why right wingers think all governments (including their own) are incompetent

    Since open denial of climate change is no longer a viable political option, denial now comes in disguise. The release this week of the coalition government’s ‘draft emissions reductions plan” shows that the Luxon government is refusing to see the need to cut emissions at source. Instead, it proposes to ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy this morning are:Chris Penk is set to roll back building standards for insulation that had only just been put in place, and which had been estimated to save 40% from power costs, after builders ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Open Letter to Pharmac

    All this talk of getting oldIt's getting me down, my loveLike a cat in a bag, waiting to drownThis time I'm coming downAnd I hope you're thinking of meAs you lay down on your sideNow the drugs don't workThey just make you worse but I know I'll see your face ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • A blanket of misinformation

    Two old sayings have been on my mind lately. The first is: “The pen is mightier than the sword”, describing the power of language and communication to help or to harm. The other, which captures the speed with which falsehoods can become ingrained and hard to undo, is: “A lie can ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    7 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day to 7:00 am on Wednesday, July 17 are:Scoop: Government considers rolling back home insulation standards RNZ’s Eloise GibsonNews: Government plans tree-planting frenzy as report shows NZ no longer ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Wednesday, July 17 , the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day were:Simon Watts released the Government’s draft Emissions Reduction Plan (ERP), which included proposed changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • “Shhhh” – National's 3 Waters is loaded with higher costs and lays a path to ...

    This is a long, possibly technical, but very, very important read. I encourage you to take the time and spread your awareness.IntroductionIn 2022, then Labour Party Prime Minister Jacinda Adern expended significant political capital to protect New Zealand’s water assets from privatisation. She lost that battle, and Labour and the ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    7 days ago
  • Plugging a video channel: Dr Gilbz

    Dr. Ella Gilbert is a climate scientist and presenter with a PhD in Antarctic climate change, working at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). Her background is in atmospheric sciences and she's especially interested in the physical mechanisms of climate change, clouds, and almost anything polar. She is passionate about communicating climate ...
    1 week ago
  • Some “scrutiny” again

    Back in 2022, in its Open Government Partnership National Action Plan, the government promised to strengthen scrutiny of Official Information Act exemption clauses in legislation. Since then they've run a secret "consultation" on how to do that, with their preferred outcome being that agencies will consult the Ministry of Justice ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Crashing New Zealand's health system is not the way to prosperity, Prime Minister

    Another day, and yet another piece of bad news for New Zealand’s health system. Reports have come out that General Practitioners (GP) may have to close doors, or increase patient fees to survive. The so-called ‘capitation’ funding review, which supports GP practices to survive, is under way, and primary care ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 week ago
  • Closer Than You Think: Ageing Boomers, Laurie & Les, Talk Politics.

    Redefining Our Terms: “When an angry majority is demanding change, defending the status-quo is an extremist position.”“WHAT’S THIS?”, asked Laurie, eyeing suspiciously the two glasses of red wine deposited in front of him.“A nice drop of red. I thought you’d be keen to celebrate the French Far-Right’s victory with the ...
    1 week ago
  • Come on Darleen.

    Good morning all, time for a return to things domestic. After elections in the UK and France, Luxon gatecrashing Nato, and the attempted shooting of Trump, it’s probably about time we re-focus on local politics.Unless of course you’re Christopher Luxon and you’re so exhausted from all your schmoozing in Washington ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • How the Northwest was lost and may be won

    This is a guest post by Darren Davis. It originally appeared on his excellent blog, Adventures in Transitland, which we encourage you to check out. It is shared by kind permission. The Northwest has always been Auckland’s public transport Cinderella, rarely invited to the public funding ball. How did ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    1 week ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Tuesday July 16

    Luxon has told a Financial Times’ correspondent he would openly call out China’s spying in future and does not fear economic retaliation from Aotearoa’s largest trading partner.File Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy on Tuesday, ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Tuesday, July 16

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 6:00 am on Tuesday, July 16 are:PM Christopher Luxon has given a very hawkish interview to the Financial Times-$$$ correspondent in Washington, Demetri Sevastopulu, saying ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Tuesday, July 16

    Photo by Ryunosuke Kikuno on UnsplashTL;DR: The top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day to 6:00 am are:BNZ released its Performance of Services Index for June, finding that services sector is at its lowest level of activity ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The second crisis; assumption was the mother

    Late on the night of July 16, 1984, while four National Cabinet Ministers were meeting in the Beehive office of Deputy Prime Minister Jim McLay, plotting the ultimate downfall of outgoing Prime Minister Sir Robert Muldoon, another crisis was building up in another part of the capital. The United States ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • Can we air condition our way out of extreme heat?

    This is a re-post from The Climate Brink by Andrew Dessler Air conditioning was initially a symbol of comfort and wealth, enjoyed by the wealthy in theaters and upscale homes. Over time, as technology advanced and costs decreased, air conditioning became more accessible to the general public. With global warming, though, ...
    1 week ago
  • Review: The Zimiamvian Trilogy, by E.R. Eddison (1935-1958)

    I have reviewed some fairly obscure stuff on this blog. Nineteenth century New Zealand speculative fiction. Forgotten Tolkien adaptations. George MacDonald and William Morris. Last month I took a look at The Worm Ouroboros (1922), by E.R. Eddison, which while not strictly obscure, is also not overly inviting to many ...
    1 week ago

  • Charity lotteries to be permitted to operate online

    Minister of Internal Affairs Brooke van Velden says lotteries for charitable purposes, such as those run by the Heart Foundation, Coastguard NZ, and local hospices, will soon be allowed to operate online permanently. “Under current laws, these fundraising lotteries are only allowed to operate online until October 2024, after which ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • Accelerating Northland Expressway

    The Coalition Government is accelerating work on the new four-lane expressway between Auckland and Whangārei as part of its Roads of National Significance programme, with an accelerated delivery model to deliver this project faster and more efficiently, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says. “For too long, the lack of resilient transport connections ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • Sir Don to travel to Viet Nam as special envoy

    Sir Don McKinnon will travel to Viet Nam this week as a Special Envoy of the Government, Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced.    “It is important that the Government give due recognition to the significant contributions that General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong made to New Zealand-Viet Nam relations,” Mr ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    8 hours ago
  • Grant Illingworth KC appointed as transitional Commissioner to Royal Commission

    Minister of Internal Affairs Brooke van Velden says newly appointed Commissioner, Grant Illingworth KC, will help deliver the report for the first phase of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into COVID-19 Lessons, due on 28 November 2024.  “I am pleased to announce that Mr Illingworth will commence his appointment as ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    8 hours ago
  • NZ to advance relationships with ASEAN partners

    Foreign Minister Winston Peters travels to Laos this week to participate in a series of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-led Ministerial meetings in Vientiane.    “ASEAN plays an important role in supporting a peaceful, stable and prosperous Indo-Pacific,” Mr Peters says.   “This will be our third visit to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • Backing mental health services on the West Coast

    Construction of a new mental health facility at Te Nikau Grey Hospital in Greymouth is today one step closer, Mental Health Minister Matt Doocey says. “This $27 million facility shows this Government is delivering on its promise to boost mental health care and improve front line services,” Mr Doocey says. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • NZ support for sustainable Pacific fisheries

    New Zealand is committing nearly $50 million to a package supporting sustainable Pacific fisheries development over the next four years, Foreign Minister Winston Peters and Oceans and Fisheries Minister Shane Jones announced today. “This support consisting of a range of initiatives demonstrates New Zealand’s commitment to assisting our Pacific partners ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • Students’ needs at centre of new charter school adjustments

    Associate Education Minister David Seymour says proposed changes to the Education and Training Amendment Bill will ensure charter schools have more flexibility to negotiate employment agreements and are equipped with the right teaching resources. “Cabinet has agreed to progress an amendment which means unions will not be able to initiate ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • Commissioner replaces Health NZ Board

    In response to serious concerns around oversight, overspend and a significant deterioration in financial outlook, the Board of Health New Zealand will be replaced with a Commissioner, Health Minister Dr Shane Reti announced today.  “The previous government’s botched health reforms have created significant financial challenges at Health NZ that, without ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Minister to speak at Australian Space Forum

    Minister for Space and Science, Innovation and Technology Judith Collins will travel to Adelaide tomorrow for space and science engagements, including speaking at the Australian Space Forum.  While there she will also have meetings and visits with a focus on space, biotechnology and innovation.  “New Zealand has a thriving space ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Climate Change Minister to attend climate action meeting in China

    Climate Change Minister Simon Watts will travel to China on Saturday to attend the Ministerial on Climate Action meeting held in Wuhan.  “Attending the Ministerial on Climate Action is an opportunity to advocate for New Zealand climate priorities and engage with our key partners on climate action,” Mr Watts says. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Oceans and Fisheries Minister to Solomons

    Oceans and Fisheries Minister Shane Jones is travelling to the Solomon Islands tomorrow for meetings with his counterparts from around the Pacific supporting collective management of the region’s fisheries. The 23rd Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Committee and the 5th Regional Fisheries Ministers’ Meeting in Honiara from 23 to 26 July ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government launches Military Style Academy Pilot

    The Government today launched the Military Style Academy Pilot at Te Au rere a te Tonga Youth Justice residence in Palmerston North, an important part of the Government’s plan to crackdown on youth crime and getting youth offenders back on track, Minister for Children, Karen Chhour said today. “On the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Nine priority bridge replacements to get underway

    The Government has welcomed news the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) has begun work to replace nine priority bridges across the country to ensure our state highway network remains resilient, reliable, and efficient for road users, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.“Increasing productivity and economic growth is a key priority for the ...
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