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Let’s green the red zone

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, May 22nd, 2017 - 91 comments
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Climate change and our increasing numbers of cows means that New Zealand needs to plant trees, lots of trees.

And Christchurch has a major issue with land in the red zone that that is not suitable for building on and needs to have some use for it.  And there are flooding issues which trees and native bush are very good at addressing.

So what better solution would there be than to plant native forest in the red zone?  Green Christchurch, make it a better place to live in and suck up carbon at the same time?

And at an estimated cost of $2.5 million to achieve 80% cover why not?

From Stuff:

Christchurch’s residential red zone could be turned into native forest for $2.5 million, a group in favour of the idea says.

Greening the Red Zone submitted its proposal to Regenerate Christchurch on Friday, saying 80 per cent of the Otakaro/Avon River Corridor, in the city’s east, could be turned into forest for that price.

The estimated cost, spread over five years, was based on the Tuhaitara Coastal Park in North Canterbury.

School and community groups have helped plant and maintain the 575-hectare park, between the Waimakariri River mouth and Waikuku, as part of a project to return it to native coastal forest.

“Ongoing annual costs in terms of management, labour and capital expenditure are likely to be around $250,000 per annum,” the Greening the Red Zone’s proposal says.

As at Tuhaitara, we anticipate that significant volunteer input will help to keep costs low.”

Great idea. Now all we need is a Government that will stump up with the cash and have the vision and environmental commitment to make sure that it happens.

If you want to fond out further detail Avon Otakaro project’s website is here.

91 comments on “Let’s green the red zone”

  1. Ad 1

    Surely this would be a Council funded project?

    Great initiative.

    • mickysavage 1.1

      Probably but I feel sorry for Christchurch’s finances!

    • Thanks for the shout out Micky. One wee point – the website you’re pointing to is the Avon-Otakaro Network, which covers many, many ideas for the red zone, some of which we like, some not so much.

      Would you be able to point to ours instead. It’s got so much info, your readers will love it.

      Ta muchly 🙂

      [Have corrected and keep up the good work – MS]

    • Draco T Bastard 1.3

      After the earthquake it should be part of the assistance that the nation is giving the city. In fact, it’s probably worth declaring that part of the city a national park as it really can’t be used for anything else.

  2. Farmers say, “You can’t be green if you’re in the red” and thereby justify their continued fixation with financial profit. They have it wrong, I believe. The better rallying cry should be, “You can’t be in the black unless you’re green”. It’s long-term thinking and therefore challenging to short-term thinkers.

    • bwaghorn 2.1

      ”Farmers say, “You can’t be green if you’re in the red”

      Some Farmers say, “You can’t be green if you’re in the red ,fify

      • Some do, few don’t, in my experience. I believe it’s a widely held belief, not that it’s untrue, just that it’s not the best way to frame the issue. In fact, by saying and believing, “You can’t be green if you’re in the red” works against needed changes to the environment we operate in. My hope is that “some farmers” will devise and use a more appropriate “banner”.

        • bwaghorn 2.1.1.1

          It is causing a fortress mentality in farming the way we all all being lumped into one heap as destroyers of clean green nz.
          can you imagine the reaction i’d get if i said all maori are bad because some beat their wives. (i don’t believe that btw)

          Farming is here to stay , most farmers are science based thinkers so that is the angle to come from.

          • Draco T Bastard 2.1.1.1.1

            most farmers are science based thinkers so that is the angle to come from.

            That does not appear to be true. If it was the farmers would have been demanding that livestock be counted in the ETS. I certainly haven’t heard of any of them doing that but i have heard that many thought that they should be excluded from it.

          • weka 2.1.1.1.2

            I just wish the ones not in Fed Farmers would form another union, that isn’t a plunder monkey union.

      • roy cartland 2.1.2

        Nice fix Bwag. We should be getting the ‘good’ farmers on side, and all of us against the wreckers.

        • bwaghorn 2.1.2.1

          Unless you are going to run the wreckers off the land you have to find a way to get them to change their ways , attacking only works if you are prepared to go all the way.

          • Robert Guyton 2.1.2.1.1

            bwaghorn – agriculture damages the environment, no matter how carefully it is practiced. The best we can hope for, if we continue with agriculture, especially pastoral forms of agriculture, is to slow down that rate of damage. The end result though, will be collapse, imo. This view will inflame you, I expect, but consider the baseline from which I’m judging the situation. The best farm, in the minds of most New Zealanders, is one with lush green grass from fence to fence, populated with plump animals with glistening coats, heads down, eating contentedly, yes? That scene is bucolic splendor to some, dire to others. Compare the vibrant, diverse, complex, unique space that was that farm before agriculture appeared in the planet’s timeline; when kokako and huia strutted through the branches of the forest of (as yet un-named) totara, kahikitea, kauri etc. and reptiles and frogs abounded, along with birds the likes of which were no where else to be found. Living creatures uncountable occupied the “farm” to such intensity and density that we cannot,in these ecologically degraded times, imagine. The best we are hoping for now, is to “stop further degradation” but that’s not going to happen while the presently-held mindset prevails, imo.
            The just-retired Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Jan Wright, concluded at the end of her tenure in the role, that best practice is not enough to protect New Zealand’s environment from farming. She’s a clear-thinking, well researched, experienced authority on the matter and I believe her pronouncement to be accurate.

            • Ian 2.1.2.1.1.1

              substitute Agriculture with cities,grass with asphalt and animals with people.

              • Substitute agriculture with permaculture or another innovative alternative to the old system that has shown itself to be destructive of the ecosystem we need in order to survive much longer. Should we list agriculture’s harm? It’d take some time. Cities, for starters, are the product of agriculture. Asphalt too. Arguably people, by which I take it you mean “too many people”, yes?

                • Ian

                  Yeah right. Get rid of the people and we don’t need agriculture or cities. Brilliant. You should get into politics.

                  • One Anonymous Bloke

                    Get a life you bitter old fool. Robert Guyton has more intelligence and capability than you can conceive of.

                    • Ian

                      I have met many intelligent people over the years. You are not one of them . Robert ,no doubt is a very smart and innovative guy. I was just pointing out to him that people need cities,and cities totally destroy the ecosystem they displace.
                      People also need to eat and agriculture provides food.
                      People also produce effluent and most cities in New Zealand partially treat that effluent and pump it into the nearest river or beach.
                      Commonly called shitting in your own nest.
                      A good case study would be how the Gisborne City Council disposes of all the human Faeces ,urine,household and industrial waste . When it rains they pump it into the river.

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      The difference is that Gisborne CC doesn’t make a profit by doing so.

                      When it rains they pump it into the river.

                      PS: that looks like a stupid lie, you bitter old fool.

                    • “I have met many intelligent people over the years. You are not one of them”

                      As I read it, that just means you and Ian haven’t met, OAB; you’re one of the intelligent people whose path has not yet crossed Ian’s.

                      And thanks for the advice re politics, Ian. I’m going to give it serious thought. I think I’m leaning toward local, rather than central government.

                  • greywarshark

                    Ian
                    Robert was just translating your telegram into long form to understand what your point was. It was you who pointed out the problem with cities.

                    All you point out is obvious to all though. As you say what we have to do is think how we cope better with cities now we have them.

                    • Ian

                      Your soo deep ,my mental detector can’t even register a beep ,sorry. Perhaps Robert could explain for himself ,please.

                    • Hi, Ian – sorry, we seem to have got off on the wrong foot. “mental detector” was good, I thought. You wrote:
                      ” I was just pointing out to him that people need cities,and cities totally destroy the ecosystem they displace.”
                      Thanks for pointing that out. I was labouring under the belief that only some people need cities and that for the greater part of humans time on earth, they/we went nowhere near them, as cities didn’t exist. I assumed that meant that life without cities was at least a possibility. Nowadays, cities certainly are hard on the ecosystems they replace. They sometimes become functional systems themselves, but rarely are they anything like the habitats they replace, as with farms. Farms, at least those in New Zealand, generally destroy almost completely, the complex ecosystems that existed before the farm was created; native wetlands, for example, drained and sown in pasture grasses are very much less biologically diverse as farm than they were as wetland. You added:
                      “People also need to eat and agriculture provides food.” Both of those statements are true but, have you heard of “non sequitur”? I’ve met people who have eaten food that wasn’t produced by agriculture. I know! Hard to believe!

            • weka 2.1.2.1.1.2

              “The best we can hope for, if we continue with agriculture, especially pastoral forms of agriculture, is to slow down that rate of damage.”

              You don’t think the various regenags, biodynamics etc can reverse damage? Obviously not to what the land was before, but to another form of pro-life systems?

              • Hi weka – curly question and the answer depends on how “wide” you want to go. The best agricultural system will still result in an expansion of the associated “infrastructures”: the cities, asphalt roads and people, people, people that Ian describes. We’ll get better food, better soil environments, healthier ruminants from, say, biodynamic agriculture, but where will that lead us? Undoing the Gordian knot we’ve tied ourselves in is a huge challenge even to do theoretically and will require, I feel, a re-imagining of what it is to be human and then invoking a multitude of changes to how we act. In my view, this will happen, is happening now; it’s not tidy and success is not assured but, here we go!

                • greywarshark

                  Robert
                  I have been reading up what existentialism is about. And seeing that as they say, life is what WE make it and think it, getting some re-imagining going needs to be what we do. To change the whole creaking apparatus of our minds – and not so fast that our heads go out of shape – perhaps we need to work on changing each week some habit taken from a list to work through.

                  What do you then reckon the list might contain that’s simple stuff.
                  e.g.
                  1 Grow a lettuce parsley and something else in a tub or a small kitchen garden and eat some leaves in a simple tossed salad each day.
                  2 Put many shopping bags into a larger hold-all and put it near the door for when you shop. (Use up plastic bags you already have.)

                  • One Anonymous Bloke

                    Just one example why Existentialism is bunk.

                    Epigenetics: relating to or arising from non-genetic influences on gene expression.

                    • greywarshark

                      Thanks OAB I can rely on you to quickly reply and advise me how I am wrong (and you are right).

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      Rational free will, as proposed by Existentialism, is withering away in the face of this and other recent findings, in neuroscience, genetics and epidemiology.

                      Shoot the messenger as much as you like.

                  • Hi Greywarshark – it’s all about intent, isn’t it. Action follows intention, so it’s a good idea to spend some time forming elegant intentions and those behaviours you describe are on the way but I believe injecting a dose of beauty into your day will be the most effective creaking-apparatus changer; there’s lots of it around, though much of it will seem odd to begin with, as you’ll be wanting to try some new flavours, sounds and scents in order that your mind can form it’s intentions with fresh material. For me, the most recent “shower” of high-value novelty came from watching Latcho Drom , you may know it, a film about gypsies, featuring their music; like a dose of fragrant salts to a bound-up mind 🙂 I didn’t take specific ideas from the experience, more let it seep into my calcified parts and soften them up so that they work better when the time for whisking up intentions arrives (usually unbidden and sudden). This may not make much sense, but that’s the point, cryptic, obscure, veiled and hard-to-pin-down-with-logic stuff is what intention is built from.

                    • greywarshark

                      Robert G
                      You’re a bright spark to point the way to those veiled, obscure good intentions and actions. Keep the flame glowing, keep a sort of ahi kaa that holds the ground of respectful thought for our world.

                      And it is a good analogy. After I thought of the importance of fire for ancient peoples and how they must have nurtured it, particularly in the cold regions, here is what I found on-line.

                      Environment and nighttime activity
                      The control of fire enabled important changes in human behavior, health, energy expenditure, and geographic expansion. As a result of “domesticating” fire as previously achieved with plants and animals, humans were able to modify their environments to their own benefit.[37] This ability to manipulate their environments allowed them to move into much colder regions that would have previously been uninhabitable after the loss of body hair.

                      Evidence of more complex management to change biomes can be found as far back as 100,000 to 200,000 years ago at a minimum. Furthermore, activity was no longer restricted to daylight hours due to the use of fire. Exposure to artificial light during later hours of the day changed humans’ circadian rhythms, contributing to a longer waking day.[38] The modern human’s waking day is 16 hours, while most mammals are only awake for half as many hours.[36] Additionally, humans are most awake during the early evening hours, while other primates’ days begin at dawn and end at sundown. Many of these behavioral changes can be attributed to the control of fire and its impact on daylight extension.[36]
                      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Control_of_fire_by_early_humans#Environment_and_nighttime_activity

                      Hints and tips:
                      http://www.instructables.com/id/7-Methods-of-Primitive-Fire-Starting/

                      And beware:
                      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyromania

          • roy cartland 2.1.2.1.2

            Gathering numbers, voting in legislation and compelling them to follow it is what I had in mind.

          • Draco T Bastard 2.1.2.1.3

            I’m in favour of getting them off the land by the simple expedient of taking it off of them – and leaving them with all of the debt that they accrued.

      • Ad 2.1.3

        If a farmer was Red, Green and Black, they would be in a coalition government.

        • bwaghorn 2.1.3.1

          what you have to add to blue to change it to one of those colours is the question, most a blue to the bone for no real reason other than no one else seems to reach them

          • garibaldi 2.1.3.1.1

            “Blue to the bone” because, in my ten years in dairyfarming, they were mainly a bunch of bigoted rednecks, yourself excluded bwaghorn.

  3. gsays 3

    What would be better?
    Having fruit and nut trees planted in the area.
    Provide food for the local people, birds and bees.

    • Plant a multitude of things that grow. It’s no time to be restricting our efforts to suit an “exclusive” ideology of any sort, including a “natives are best” belief. We’ve thousands of varieties and species to choose from; get them into the soil as quickly as possible, I reckon. Turn 2-dimensional space into 3. That factor alone is reason enough to get planting.

      • Eastsider 3.1.1

        We are not thinking of it as a restrictive ideology, but rather a regenerative and positive step toward healing our (very broken) river corridor, and doing our bit for conserving/returning NZ’s unique bio-diversity. The red zone is a massive space, so even if it were reforested to allow the return of breeding tui (80%), there is still around 80-100 hectares unspoken for, and many projects that layer up (the dark sky park, natural playgrounds etc). Christchurch doesn’t really lack places to grow food, we have a lot of fresh produce, some beautiful existing community gardens, and city-wide vege co-ops that make produce affordable. The benefits of the forest park are across many sectors – health, transport, tourism, conservation, green infrastructure, climate change mitigation – for those of us who live here, it is very clear that large swathes of the lower Avon are returning to wetland, whether we like it or not. Our proposal is basically to go with nature, not fight it. Plant what works best.

        • Robert Guyton 3.1.1.1

          Your plans sound excellent. I look forward to visiting and seeing all of the different facets. Bit worried about the kaka though 🙂 Nah! Bring ’em on!

          • Eastsider 3.1.1.1.1

            Thank you Robert! We would love to have you, and kaka are still in the wildly aspirational basket for us at the moment – we get excited when we see a fantail! So bird-starved are we… 😀

      • lloyd 3.1.2

        Unfortunately SOME exotics will quickly become weeds. Madly planting every plant you come across is not the most sustainable ecology.
        One example is pinus radiata. We can grow it just about anywhere in this country, but shouldn’t we be trying plantations of beech and totara? They grow a lot faster than most New Zealanders think, especially if you put sewage sludge or cow poo in heir soil. A totara plantation will contain a lot more native birds than a pine plantation, and the resulting timber will be much more valuable.

        • greywarshark 3.1.2.1

          Lloyd
          that is interesting about beech and totara and what you say about perhaps using sewage sludge (in the right place where it can be contained.)
          Eastsider is this part of your plan, having plantations of useful and fast growing trees available for milling, and work and income later? Also some suitable for coppicing.

    • Craig H 3.2

      There are already heaps of fruit trees in the red zones because they generally didn’t remove existing trees when demolishing the houses, and most people had a few on their properties. By all means plant even more, but balance is important.

    • mauī 3.3

      Yeah I agree, all good to create a thriving ecosystem that mostly the middle classes are going to get a kick out of. Meanwhile the human ecosystem involves people buying $1 bread from the supermarket and not seeing any benefits of the enhanced natural world.

    • Gsays, Christchurch isn’t lacking in land to grow food for humans (and our proposal does say put community gardens and orchards around the edges, close to the communities that want them). But what it IS lacking in is food for our native birds.

      That’s why there are no tui in urban Christchurch – there is no food for them. Neither do we have ruru or kaka, or many other native species that – if not exactly common – are at least present in other cities.

      So the best thing to do with the red zone is to use it to bring back what we have lost. To provide food that will bring our birds back. Cos Christchurch people need just as much to be in touch with their natural environment as other Kiwis.

      • Greening the red zone – all power to your arm. Have you considered the multitude of fast growing trees that are both non-native and attractive to native birds? Kereru love tagasaste and laburnum more, perhaps, than anything native. For sure, plant kowhai for them, but exotics offer a great deal. My bellbirds adore red hot pokers and over-ripe apples and the tui love any tubular flower.

        • We have heaps of non-natives down here Robert. Squillions of them. What we need is more native habitat. It’s not an anti-exotic thing. It’s identifying what this city is missing, and wanting to address that lack. I think a lot of other Kiwis just aren’t aware how devoid of native bush Christchurch is. We’ve got an amazing chance to undo that damage, and it will be of huge benefit to all future generations if we can achieve it.

    • Lingling 3.5

      hi gsays, there’s going to be a ton of land for orchards and community gardens around the edges of the forest – it’s just not practical to have all 500ha as an orchard. Forest wetland is scientifically proven to be the best option for soaking up stormwater pollution and preventing floods that plague the surrounding suburbs. The fruit trees that are already there will stay – greening the red zone is all about planting trees, not cutting them down – but fruit/nut trees and gardens surrounding the forest will be easier to get to, and easier to find community groups to take care of.

      • mauī 3.5.1

        That sounds great. More light for the fruit trees round the edges too.

      • gsays 3.5.2

        Hi lingling, cheers for yours and green the red zone responses.
        It is heartening to hear there already is plenty of fruit trees in and around
        Chch.

        I made the comment with a view to resilience.

  4. AsleepWhileWalking 4

    They should capitalize on the news exposure and put up a GiveALittle/GoFundMe page right away.

  5. saveNZ 5

    Good idea and use of land.

  6. mac1 6

    If it’s trees for the environment that are the need then fruit and but trees are also a solution, as Gsays says above.

    Here in Marlborough nut and fruit trees in public spaces provide food for residents.

    As I drove around the red zone in January in ChCh I saw another part solution for this land, and that is to provide allotments like I saw in England and Scotland for growing vegetables, small fruits and the like.

    We have a similar scheme here- I am a plot renter of a 110 square metres and from It my mate and I provide more than enough for ourselves- pumpkins, potatoes, kumera, corn, beans, raspberries, blackcurrants, greens. Tomorrow we will provide a dozen cabbages and cauliflowers for the local food kitchen’s weekly free meal.

    • mac1 6.1

      Regarding the reduction of our carbon footprint, this is what vegetable gardens can do.
      “Grow your own vegetables. Ambitious gardeners that use their garden to replace 20% of bought food, reduce their carbon footprint by about 68 lbs of CO2 per year! How does this compare to trees?

      Avoid synthetic fertilizers. Start composting food scraps and lawn clippings. Compost is the perfect solution to the fertilizer problem.

      Use planters and containers made from upcycled materials. Instead of creating demand for virgin materials, reuse something old as a planter such as otherwise unrecyclable tyres.

    • greywarshark 6.2

      mac1
      This providing food for meal supplements to those needing it, is a great idea, and especially if it can be grown organically.

      • mac1 6.2.1

        Greening the Red Zone above at 3.4 says that the proposal does feature community gardens, which is great.

  7. jcuknz 7

    Government or council funding is a hopeless exercise … more to the point if the Aussie story about saving their ‘childrens newpaper’ by public donation is to be believed is correct it is townies like me who need to fund it. This could be the way of the future with the level of political ability as low as it is…. used to be the ‘rich pricks’ did such projects but today a lot of little bits can get there as buying that bit of the coastline last year showed.
    Or helped the marae which was helping TA last winter for another example.

  8. McFlock 8

    Well, it’s not my monkey or cicus, so take it all with a grain of salt, but I quite like the look of it at the moment: wide parkland with trees as ghosts of the communities that once existed. Sort of a living memorial not so much to the dead as to the perils of developer-driven planning.

    But it’s Christchurch’s resource, short of repeating the mistakes of the past and building on it, they can’t go too far wrong.

  9. Brigid 9

    Will Kowhai grow in Christchurch? I can send you tons of seeds. Get a yoghurt pot, go out the back and get half a spade of dirt and plant each one. Since when did a forest need to be managed? You don’t need money, you need people to grow a tree and plant it.
    Collect the seeds you need from local bush (Riccarton bush perhaps) hand them out to people when you’re at the supermarket, and tell them to grow em. Or tell them to look in the interwebs for advice on growing. And don’t go buying expensive potting mix, there’s plenty of fertile dirt around Christchurch.

    If you’re going to wait for funding, you’ll never get a bush, or birds, or frogs.

    Start today.

    • We’ve got heaps of kowhai, pittosporum, lancewoods, cabbage trees, ribbonwoods and all sorts already growing having self-seeded from the trees that were in people’s gardens, Brigid. Nature will do a lot of the planting for us if we let her (hence the low estimate of how much it will cost to revegetate). But we will have to give her a hand, and weed out some of the invasive exotics.

      • mauī 9.1.1

        You may already have this covered but looking at the map it looks like you need tons and tons of totara seedlings which will take a couple of years to grow to get to a plantable size. I’ve seen lots of totara seedlings sprouting through bark mulch under large totaras in parks where I am. Just an idea 🙂

        • lprent 9.1.1.1

          Do Totara grow that far south?

          Around the north they grow like weeds. But I can’t recall seeing many when I have been in the south

          • Indeed totara do grow here, and there are many already in the red zone that people planted in their gardens. And we know of at least one totara in the red zone that is fruiting, so hopefully there will be lots of baby totara nearby soon. Recently, one of our members rang up and asked did we know anyone who wanted some totara seedlings, as otherwise they were going to have to throw them away. Which would be a huge pity. So we donated them to a Scout group that still meets in the red zone, and which is creating a native woodland in the council-owned park next door (with permission). It has totara, kahikatea, and more.

          • weka 9.1.1.1.2

            there’s totara in Southland.

    • Lingling 9.2

      we’re not so much waiting for funding as for permission 😉 wish we could just start planting, but it’s crown-owned land so all we can do is try convince people in power that the green the red zone proposal is the most practical idea (and saves the most money, they seem to care about that a lot).

    • tony 9.3

      Why are you calling soil dirt?

  10. Eastsider 10

    There seems to be something of an obsession with gardening on this thread(!), but I would remind people, especially perhaps those who do not live in Christchurch, that this concept came from residents, many of whom lived in what is now the red zone; consistently this project has rated the most popular way to move the red zone forward. Since it was mooted, not long after the earthquakes, people have enthusiastically supported it. In popularity polls it always rates between 75 and 80% – streaks ahead of any other project. It isn’t a handful of academics waging an ideology-driven crusade, it is what the residents have consistently been asking for: they want their river back, they want the city-to-sea connection, and they want birdsong in urban Christchurch.

    • mac1 10.1

      Fair enough, Eastsider. I’m just pleased to see my old home town regenerating.

      • Eastsider 10.1.1

        Thank you mac1, that is what it is all about – bringing life back! 🙂

        • jcuknz 10.1.1.1

          An afterthought ….. if you believe in global waming it is going to be flooded soon so why bother?
          Sorry the idealistic in me was carried away earlier.

          • Eastsider 10.1.1.1.1

            My ‘belief’ is irrelevant – sea level rise is happening, climate change is happening. There are still many thousands of people living in the low-lying coastal suburbs around the red zone and the beach – and in fact to be honest, most of Christchurch is low-lying! Our best chance at extending the lifespan of those neighbourhoods, (and the city in general), giving ourselves more time to adapt, is the major implementation of green infrastructure like wetlands and forest. The Avon River red zone has virtually been designed by nature to meet that need. And it is going to be developed – the government, in their profit-driven fashion, want to see a return on that land ‘investment’ – we want them to understand the value of saving and restoring our quake-damaged waterway and surrounds – for all the incredible benefits, savings and future-mitigating it brings – and it’s cheap as chips to boot. Some projects require massive engineering and infrastructure and cash! Nothing comes close to the forest park in terms of cost-benefits.

  11. greywarshark 11

    Does the new cathedral come into this. Now that the CofE have decided to make up their own minds how they build and what they build of their own building, all the old men and women can go off and meddle in other affairs. Leaving the way wide open for the CofE to bring in something that is very nature-oriented and different,
    bringing back the Garden of Eden effect before we learned about good and evil and started our living in interesting times.

    Perhaps going to church could be like going into a forest with little fantails scooting about and the hymn would be the children’s naive hymn All Things Bright and Beautiful. We have gone far too far from being simple and naive to being devious and derelict in our duty to each other and our world. Bees could buzz and visit flowers in tubs at the end of the rows. There would be no thorns.

    • I’m stunned by your comment, Greywarshark. Stunned by its elegance!

      • greywarshark 11.1.1

        You are spreading your green ideas into the corners of our brains, or mental detectors!

    • Eastsider 11.2

      Funny you should say that – Greening the Red Zone’s head ecologist, Dr Colin Meurk, has big green eco-plans for the Square too – in fact he has his heart set on an eco-city! Once we get this thing started – there may be no stopping us… 😀

  12. lloyd 12

    After it is flooded mussel farming? Kelp farming?

    • Eastsider 12.1

      Haha! Very imaginative – in fact mahinga kai is a big part of the proposal too, and there are various exemplars being planted out by dedicated volunteers, all through the red zone.

  13. greywarshark 13

    Talking about greening and restoring wetlands and limiting flooding – I guess you are partly thinking of New Orleans which would not have been flooded so savagely if the Army Engineers hadn’t helped business by removing levees to make channels for shipping.

    And about allotments, a good idea for around the clumps of fruit bearing trees, native and exotic, the birds decision is what should be considered. Some wild areas just for them and then corridors over allotments.

    Fruit trees need a kaitiaki group to watch over them so they don’t become vectors for some nasty disease or fungus. Some responsible committed group, inspecting and taking care of them and advising when they are available for picking, and whether general public or some trees kept apart just for the handicapped children, solo parents, or nearby school would be good. There will always be raiders, some just mischievous children, but some grown rip-off artists.

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    This week we moved into the second half of 2020 - and our Government delivered another week of big changes and major progress for New Zealanders. Read below for a wrap of the key things moments from the week - from extending paid parental leave, to making major investments in ...
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  • Green Party opposes RMA fast-track bill that cut corners on environmental safeguards and public cons...
    The Green Party has opposed the COVID-19 Recovery Fast-track Consenting Bill which shortcuts normal consenting processes under the Resource Management Act (RMA), reduces public participation and narrows environmental considerations. ...
    2 days ago
  • Site of new freight hub revealed
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister of Regional Economic Development A regional freight hub for the lower North Island will be built just northeast of Palmerston North, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The Government is investing $40 million through the Provincial Growth Fund to designate and buy land and design ...
    2 days ago
  • Greens call for Guaranteed Minimum Income to alleviate skyrocketing debt with MSD
    Green Party Co-leader Marama Davidson is calling for the introduction of a Guaranteed Minimum Income to lift hundreds of thousands of people out of poverty and prevent more families entering into further debt with the Ministry of Social Development.  ...
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  • Winston Peters: Facts matter when taxpayer money is on the line
    There has been renewed focus on New Zealand First acting as a handbrake on the Government after our decision to not support Auckland light rail. We are a handbrake for bad ideas, that is true, but our track record since 2017 has seen New Zealand First constructively also serve as an ...
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  • Bill raising minimum residency requirement for NZ Super passes first reading
    Mark Patterson MP, New Zealand First List MP New Zealand First’s Fair Residency for Superannuation Bill passed its First Reading in Parliament today. The Bill makes a significant change to NZ Super by raising the minimum residency requirement from 10 to 20 years, after age 20. “Currently, a migrant of ...
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  • Harsher penalties for assaults on first responders one step closer
    Darroch Ball MP, Spokesperson for Law and Order A New Zealand First member’s bill in the name of Darroch Ball introducing a six-month minimum prison sentence for assaults on first responders has passed its second reading in Parliament. The new offence of "injuring a first responder or corrections officer with ...
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  • Criminal Cases Review Commission delivers Coalition promise
    Fletcher Tabuteau MP, Deputy Leader of New Zealand First New Zealand First welcomes the launch of the new Criminal Cases Review Commission, gifted with the name from Waikato-Tainui - Te Kāhui Tātari Ture, announced in Hamilton today by Justice Minister Andrew Little. “New Zealand First has long believed in and ...
    3 days ago
  • Greens welcome huge new investment in sustainable projects
    The Green Party is celebrating over $800m in new funding for green projects, which will get people into jobs while solving New Zealand’s long-term challenges. ...
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  • New Zealand First demands answers from Meridian Energy
    Mark Patterson MP, Spokesperson for Primary Industries New Zealand First is appalled that Meridian seems to have been unnecessarily spilling water from its dams to drive up its profits."While New Zealanders have been coming together in some of our darkest hours, we don’t expect power gentailers to waste water and ...
    4 days ago
  • Getting New Zealand moving again: June 2020
    We wrapped up the first half of 2020 with a busy month, taking additional steps to support New Zealanders as we continue with our economic recovery. We rolled out targeted packages to support key industries like tourism and construction, helped create jobs in the environmental and agriculture sectors, and set ...
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  • Māori union leader appointed to Infrastructure Commission board
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Infrastructure Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones has welcomed the appointment of Maurice Davis and his deep infrastructure and construction experience to the board of the Infrastructure Commission. Mr Davis (Ngāti Maniapoto), is the seventh and final appointment to the board led by former Reserve Bank Governor ...
    4 days ago
  • Click-bait journalism at its worst
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Leader of New Zealand First New Zealand’s click bait journalism is taking a turn for the worse, with yet another example of sensationalist, wilful-misrepresentation of the facts. “New Zealand First has worked constructively with its Coalition partner on hundreds of pieces of legislation and policy, and ...
    4 days ago
  • Green Party proposes transformational Poverty Action Plan
    The Green Party is today unveiling its Poverty Action Plan, which includes a Guaranteed Minimum Income to ensure people have enough to live with dignity.     ...
    6 days ago
  • PGF accelerates Rotorua projects
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister Fletcher Tabuteau MP, Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development The Rotorua Museum redevelopment and Whakarewarewa and Tokorangi Forest projects will be accelerated thanks to a $2.09 million Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) boost, Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher ...
    1 week ago
  • Week That Was: Getting people into jobs
    This week, we rolled out the next steps of our recovery plan, with new infrastructure investment, extra support for tourism operators, and a new programme to get Kiwis into agriculture careers. The global economic consequences of COVID-19 will continue to be a challenge, but we have a detailed plan to ...
    1 week ago
  • Coalition commitment establishing Mental Health Commission delivered
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First welcomes the passage of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill through its final reading in Parliament today fulfilling a coalition agreement commitment. “This is an important step in saving the lives of New Zealanders and delivers a key coalition commitment ...
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  • Whakatāne gets a $2.5m ‘turbo boost’
    Whakatāne has been given a $2.5 million boost to speed up previously funded projects and create more than 450 jobs in the next decade. Of those, the equivalent of 160 full-time jobs could be delivered in the next six weeks. Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters is in town to make ...
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  • $2.5m PGF funding to speed up economic recovery in Whakatāne
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister Fletcher Tabuteau MP, Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $2.5 million to accelerate three infrastructure projects in Whakatāne, Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. “This package is about ...
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  • Shane Jones calls out those holding drought-stricken Auckland ‘to ransom’ over water
    Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones is throwing his weight behind a bid by the Auckland Council to fast-track the more than doubling of the city's water allowance from the Waikato River. And he's coming out strongly against anyone who plans on getting in the way of this campaign. "It is my ...
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  • Another Green win as climate change considerations inserted into the RMA
    The Green Party is thrilled to see changes to the Resource Management Act (RMA) that mean consents for large projects can be declined if they will have significant climate change implications that are inconsistent with the Zero Carbon Act and Aotearoa New Zealand’s Paris Agreement obligations.  ...
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  • New Navy vessel Aotearoa to arrive in New Zealand
    Hon Ron Mark, Minister of Defence The Royal New Zealand Navy’s new ship, Aotearoa, set sail for New Zealand on 10 June from the Republic of Korea, and is due to arrive in Auckland tomorrow, announced Minister of Defence Ron Mark. “Aotearoa is the Royal New Zealand Navy’s new fleet ...
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  • Racing Industry Bill passes third reading
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Racing Racing Minister Winston Peters has today welcomed the Racing Industry Bill passing its third reading, creating the legislative framework for revitalising the racing industry while limiting the need for future government intervention. “For too long our domestic racing industry has ...
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  • Green Party seek amendment to ensure all prisoners can vote
    The Green Party has today put forward an amendment to the Electoral (Registration of Sentenced Prisoners) Amendment Bill to ensure all people in prisons can vote in general elections. ...
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  • Green Party welcomes new approach to delivering light rail
    The Green Party welcomes the decision to not proceed with Public Public Investment (PPI) delivery of Auckland’s light rail project and to instead run the process through the public service. ...
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  • New Zealand First welcomes PGF investment in Wairarapa Water
    Hon Ron Mark, New Zealand First List MP based in the Wairarapa New Zealand First List MP Hon Ron Mark welcomes the announcement of Provincial Growth Funding investment of $1.4 million to help secure the Wairarapa’s water supply. The funding boost will allow the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC), and ...
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand First MP Mark Patterson selected as candidate for Taieri
    New Zealand First list MP Mark Patterson has been selected to represent the party in the newly formed Taieri electorate at the upcoming election. Mr Patterson, his wife Jude and two daughters farm sheep and beef at Lawrence and Waitahuna. He previously stood in the Clutha-Southland electorate however boundary changes ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Ground-breaking on NZ Post depot
    Hon Shane Jones, Associate Minister for State Owned Enterprises A new ‘super depot’ to be built for NZ Post in Wellington will create around 350 jobs during construction, Associate Minister for State Owned Enterprises Shane Jones says. Shane Jones today attended a ground-breaking and blessing ceremony for the parcel-processing depot ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Week That Was: Putting our economic plan into action
    Our strong economic management prior to COVID-19 - with surpluses, low debt and near-record-low unemployment - put us in a good position to weather the impact of the virus and start to rebuild our economy much earlier than many other countries. Now we're putting our plan to recover and rebuild ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Fleeing drivers hit new record-high yet again
    Darroch Ball MP, New Zealand First Spokesperson for Law and Order Recently released Police fleeing driver statistics have shown yet another increase in incidents with another record-high in the latest quarter. “This new quarterly record-high is the latest in a string of record-high numbers since 2014.  The data shows incidents ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Fletcher Tabuteau selected as candidate for Rotorua
    New Zealand First MP Fletcher Tabuteau is pleased to be confirmed today as the party’s candidate for the Rotorua electorate. Speaking at the Rotorua AGM for New Zealand First, Mr Tabuteau said this is an election that is incredibly important for the people of Rotorua. “The founding principles of New ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Greens call for Government office to address Rainbow issues following Human Rights Commission report
    The Human Rights Commission’s PRISM report on the issues impacting people based on their sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and sex characteristics (SOGIESC) provides an excellent programme of work for future governments to follow, say the Greens. ...
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  • Winston Peters continues push for trans-Tasman travel as military take control of operations
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters said the trans-Tasman bubble had not been jeopardised after a border botch-up resulted in New Zealand having two active cases of COVID-19. On Friday, Mr Peters told RNZ's Morning Report he had heard from Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison that borders for trans-Tasman travel would open by ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Winston Peters on the Government’s Covid-19 border blunder
    Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters said today he was pleased the army was now running the quarantine and isolation process - up until now it has been the Ministry of Health. Peters told Newstalk ZB's Mike Hosking that the army knew how to introduce and follow protocols and instil discipline. ...
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  • New Zealand First’s Ron Mark confirms bid for the Wairarapa seat
    Hon Ron Mark, New Zealand First List MP based in the Wairarapa New Zealand First MP and Minister for Defence and Veteran’s Affairs Ron Mark has confirmed his bid for the Wairarapa seat.“The Coalition Government has done a lot of good work throughout the Wairarapa, but many constituents have told ...
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  • New Zealand First welcomes second tranche of candidates
    New Zealand First is pleased to release the names of its next tranche of candidates for the 2020 election. We’re proud to announce these hardworking New Zealanders that have put their hand up to fight for a commonsense and resilient future.Jamie Arbuckle – Kaikoura Mark Arneil – Christchurch Central Jackie ...
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  • Joint effort under way to repatriate stranded Vanuatu nationals
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon Ron Mark, Minister of Defence A massive joint effort between New Zealand Government agencies, employers, and the Vanuatu Government is underway to repatriate over 1000 Vanuatu nationals stranded in New Zealand, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Defence Minister Ron ...
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  • $40m for regional apprenticeships
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister of Regional Economic Development Reprioritised funding of $40 million from the Provincial Growth Fund will support up to 1000 regional apprenticeships, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones said today. The Regional Apprenticeship Initiative is part of the wider Apprenticeship Boost announced by Education Minister Chris Hipkins ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Greens welcome new ACC zero carbon plans, call for ruling out any future fossil fuel investment
    The Green Party welcomes the ACC’s announcement to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050 but emphasises the need to go further, and faster to truly meet the climate change challenge. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Farmers pleased with NZ First amendments to firearms bill
    Farmers are rejoicing after Labour agreed to an amendment pushed by New Zealand First in the firearms bill that will allow the use of restricted guns for pest control.  Concessions on gun control mean farmers will be able to apply for a licence to use restricted firearms for pest control. ...
    2 weeks ago

  • Building a more sustainable construction sector
    A new programme, which sets a firm course for the Building and Construction sector to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, has been announced by the Minister for Building and Construction Jenny Salesa. “A significant amount of New Zealand’s carbon emissions come from the building and construction sector.  If we’re serious ...
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  • PGF funds tourism boost in Northland
    The Provincial Growth Fund is investing more than $7.5 million in Northland ventures to combat the economic impact of the COVID-19 virus, Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones have announced. The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) investment is going to the Northern Adventure Experience and ...
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  • Four new projects announced as part of the biggest ever national school rebuild programme
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Education Minister Chris Hipkins today announced significant funding for Auckland’s Northcote College as part of the first wave of a new nationwide school redevelopment programme to upgrade schools over the next 10 years. The $48.5 million project brings the total investment in Northcote College to ...
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  • COVID-19: Support to improve student attendance and wellbeing
    The Government has opened an urgent response fund to support schools and early learning services to get children and young people back on track after the Covid-19 lockdown. “While we are seeing improvements in attendance under Alert Level 1 Ministry of Education data shows that attendance rates in our schools ...
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  • Fast-track consenting law boosts jobs and economic recovery
    The law to boost the economic recovery from the impact of COVID-19 by speeding up resource consenting on selected projects has passed its second and third readings in the House today. “Accelerating nationwide projects and activities by government, iwi and the private sector will help deliver faster economic recovery and ...
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  • Whanganui Port gets PGF boost
    Five port-related projects in Whanganui will receive a $26.75 million Provincial Growth Fund investment to support local economic recovery and create new opportunities for growth, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “This is a significant investment that will support the redevelopment of the Whanganui Port, a project governed ...
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  • More support for Sarjeant Gallery
    Whanganui’s Sarjeant Gallery will receive an investment of up to $12 million administered by the Provincial Growth Fund to support its redevelopment, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. The project is included in a $3 billion infrastructure pipeline announced by Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Shane Jones yesterday. ...
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  • Funding for training and upskilling
    The Provincial Growth Fund is investing nearly $2.5 million into three Te Ara Mahi programmes to support Manawatū-Whanganui jobseekers and employees to quickly train and upskill, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “Up to 154 local people will be supported into employment within the first year by these ...
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  • Statement from the Minister of Health Dr David Clark
      This morning I have formally tendered my resignation as Minister of Health, which was accepted by the Prime Minister. Serving as Minister of Health has been an absolute privilege – particularly through these extraordinary last few months. It’s no secret that Health is a challenging portfolio. I have given ...
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  • Scholarship placements for agricultural emissions scientists doubles
    Scholarships for 57 early-career agricultural emissions scientists from 20 developing countries is another example of New Zealand’s international leadership in primary sector sustainability, says Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. Mr O’Connor, announcing the scholarships today, says hundreds of applications were received for this fourth round of the CLIFF-GRADS programme (Climate, Food ...
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  • Funding for Foxton regeneration
    A project to help rejuvenate the Horowhenua town of Foxton will receive a Provincial Growth Fund investment of $3.86 million, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “This funding for the Foxton Regeneration project will be used to make the well-known holiday town even more attractive for visitors and ...
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  • Plan to improve protection of moa bones
    Moa bones and other sub-fossil remains of extinct species are set to have improved protection with proposals to prevent the trade in extinct species announced the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage today. “We have lost too many of our native species, but these lost species, such as moa, remain an ...
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  • Free lunches served up to thousands of school children in the South Island
    The Government’s free and healthy school lunches programme moves south for the first time creating jobs for around 30 people in Otago and Southland. “Eighteen schools with 3000 students are joining the programme – 11 have already begun serving lunches, and seven are preparing to start during Term 3. This is ...
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  • Screen Sector recovery package protects jobs, boosts investment
    Thousands of Kiwi jobs and investment in New Zealand productions will be protected through a screen sector support package announced today by Associate Minister for Arts Culture and Heritage Carmel Sepuloni, Minister for Economic Development Phil Twyford and Minister for Broadcasting Kris Faafoi. The package also includes investment in broadcasting ...
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  • New fund to help save local events and jobs
    The Government has established a new $10 million fund for the domestic events sector to help save jobs and protect incomes as it recovers from the impacts of COVID-19, Minister of Economic Development Phil Twyford announced today. This funding from Budget 2020 follows talks with the event sector designed to ...
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  • Bill to improve fuel market competition
    The Government has taken another step in its commitment to making sure New Zealanders get a fairer deal at the petrol pump with the introduction of legislation to improve competition in the retail fuel market, says Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods. “The fuel market study that this Government ordered ...
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  • New Zealand joins global facility for pre-purchase of COVID-19 Vaccine
    New Zealand has joined a global initiative that aims to enable all countries to access a safe and effective Covid-19 vaccine, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters announced today. The COVAX Facility was recently launched by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. The Alliance includes the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the World Bank ...
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  • Right to legal representation in Family Court restored today
    From today new legislation takes effect to both restore the right to legal representation at the start of a Care of Children (CoCA) dispute in the Family Court, and allow parties to those proceedings to access legal aid where eligible. During a visit to the Family Court in Auckland today, ...
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  • Transitioning to a fully-qualified home-based ECE workforce
    Home-based early childhood education (ECE) subsidised by the government will transition to a fully qualified workforce by 2025 to ensure better and more consistent quality, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. “Quality early learning helps provide children with a strong foundation for their future,” Chris Hipkins said. From 1 January ...
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  • Criminal Cases Review Commission gets to work
    The new Criminal Cases Review Commission | Te Kāhui Tātari Ture (CCRC) has started work and can now independently investigate claimed miscarriages of justice. “Even though we have appeal rights and safeguards against unsafe convictions, from time to time our justice system does get things wrong. The design of the ...
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  • Speech by the Minister of Defence to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs
    E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā karangatanga maha, tēnā koutou Ki a koutou Te Āti Awa, Taranaki Whānui, Ngāti Toa Rangatira, ngā mana whenua o te rohe nei, tēnā koutou Ko Te Whare Wānanga o Aotearoa ki ngā take o te Ao (NZIIA), Ko te Rōpū Tohu Tono ...
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  • Six months with baby and $20 more a week for new parents
    The Government’s increase to paid parental leave kicks in today with another 4 weeks taking New Zealand up to a full 6 months (26 weeks, up from 22 weeks) leave for new parents, and the maximum weekly payment will increase by $20pw, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. ...
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  • Infrastructure investment to create jobs, kick-start COVID rebuild
    A new package of infrastructure investments will help kick-start the post-COVID rebuild by creating more than 20,000 jobs and unlocking more than $5 billion of projects up and down New Zealand. Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones today outlined how the $3 billion infrastructure fund in the ...
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  • Statement on passage of national security law for Hong Kong
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today expressed the New Zealand Government’s deep disappointment at the passage by China’s National People’s Congress Standing Committee of a national security law for Hong Kong. “New Zealand has consistently emphasised its serious concern about the imposition of this legislation on Hong Kong without inclusive ...
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  • July 1 marks progress for workers, families
    More jobs and more family time with newborns are the centrepiece of a suite of Government initiatives coming into effect today. July 1 is a milestone day for the Government as a host of key policies take effect, demonstrating the critical areas where progress has been made. “The Coalition Government ...
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  • Auckland water consent referred to Board of Inquiry
    Environment Minister David Parker has today “called in” Auckland’s application to the Waikato Regional Council to take an extra 200 million litres of water a day from the lower reaches of the Waikato River for Auckland drinking water and other municipal uses.  The call-in means the application has been referred ...
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  • New Zealand to host virtual APEC in 2021
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker announced today that New Zealand’s hosting of APEC in 2021 will go ahead using virtual digital platforms. Mr Peters said the global disruption caused by COVID-19, including resultant border restrictions, had been the major factor in the ...
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  • Matakana Link Road construction kicks off and drives jobs
    The start of construction on a new link road between Matakana Road and State Highway 1 will create jobs and support the significant population growth expected in the Warkworth area, Transport Minister Phil Twyford and Mayor Phil Goff announced today. Transport Minister Phil Twyford said construction of the Matakana Link ...
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  • PPE supplies secured as COVID-19 response focuses on border
    The Government is prioritising its latest investment in PPE for frontline health workers, including staff at managed isolation and quarantine facilities, Health Minister David Clark says. “With no community transmission of COVID-19 our response now has a firm focus on keeping our border safe and secure. “We must ensure that ...
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    5 days ago
  • PGF funding for Parihaka settlement
    The Parihaka Papakāinga Trust in Taranaki will receive up to $14 million for a new visitor centre and other improvements at the historic settlement that will boost the local economy and provide much-needed jobs, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Andrew Little have ...
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    6 days ago
  • Protections for workers in triangular employment
    Protections for workers who are employees of one employer but working under the direction of another business or organisation have come into force, closing a gap in legislation that  made the personal grievance process inaccessible for some workers, says Workplace Relations Minister Iain Lees-Galloway. “This Government is working hard to ...
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    6 days ago
  • Government strengthens managed isolation system
    A range of improvements are already underway to address issues identified in the rapid review of the Managed Isolation and Quarantine system released today, Housing Minister Megan Woods said. The review was commissioned just over a week ago to identify and understand current and emerging risks to ensure the end-to-end ...
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    6 days ago
  • Whakatāne to go predator free with Government backing Ngāti Awa led efforts
    The important brown kiwi habitat around Whakatāne will receive added protection through an Iwi-led predator free project announced by Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage and Under Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau. “The Government is investing nearly $5 million into Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa’s environmental projects with $2.5 ...
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  • Growing Goodwood: Expanding wood waste recycling plant in Bay of Plenty, Waikato
    An extra 4,000 tonnes of offcuts and scraps of untreated wood per year will soon be able to be recycled into useful products such as horticultural and garden mulch, playground safety surfacing and animal bedding as a result of a $660,000 investment from the Waste Minimisation Fund, Associate Environment Minister ...
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  • Scott Watson’s convictions to be referred to Court of Appeal
    The Governor-General has referred Scott Watson’s convictions for murder back to the Court of Appeal, Justice Minister Andrew Little announced today. Mr Watson was convicted in 1999 of the murders of Ben Smart and Olivia Hope. His appeal to the Court of Appeal in 2000 was unsuccessful, as was his ...
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  • Protecting Kiwis with stronger financial supervision
    A new five-year funding agreement for the Reserve Bank will mean it can boost its work to protect New Zealanders’ finances, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. “New Zealand has a strong and stable financial system. Financial stability is an area that we are not prepared to cut corners for, particularly ...
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  • Forgotten funds and missing money
    A law change has been introduced to make it easier for forgotten funds in institutional accounts to be returned more easily to their rightful owners. Revenue Minister Stuart Nash has introduced an amendment to the Unclaimed Money Act 1971. It will update the rules controlling forgotten sums of money held ...
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  • Government delivers on mental health commitment
    The Government is delivering on election commitments and a key recommendation of He Ara Oranga: Report of the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction with the establishment of a permanent independent Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission, Health Minister Dr David Clark says. Legislation enabling the establishment of the fully ...
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    1 week ago
  • New Zealand privacy law modernised
    A Bill to replace New Zealand’s Privacy Act passed its third reading in Parliament today, Justice Minister Andrew Little has announced. “The protections in the Privacy Bill are vitally important. The key purpose of the reforms is to promote and protect people’s privacy and give them confidence that their personal ...
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  • Tourism operators provided extra support
    Extra support is being provided to tourism businesses operating on public conservation land announced Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis and Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage today.  The Government is providing $25m worth of support to tourism operators impacted by COVID-19, with a decision to waive most Department of Conservation tourism related concession ...
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