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Lifeboat NZ

Written By: - Date published: 11:14 am, January 25th, 2017 - 100 comments
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Very interesting piece in The New Yorker:

Doomsday Prep for the Super-Rich

Some of the wealthiest people in America—in Silicon Valley, New York, and beyond—are getting ready for the crackup of civilization.

It’s long and covers many topics, but NZ features:

By January, 2015, Johnson was sounding the alarm: the tensions produced by acute income inequality were becoming so pronounced that some of the world’s wealthiest people were taking steps to protect themselves. At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Johnson told the audience, “I know hedge-fund managers all over the world who are buying airstrips and farms in places like New Zealand because they think they need a getaway.”

In fact, the influx had begun well before Trump’s victory. In the first ten months of 2016, foreigners bought nearly fourteen hundred square miles of land in New Zealand, more than quadruple what they bought in the same period the previous year, according to the government.

Before my trip, I had wondered if I was going to be spending more time in luxury bunkers. But Peter Campbell, the managing director of Triple Star Management, a New Zealand construction firm, told me that, by and large, once his American clients arrive, they decide that underground shelters are gratuitous. “It’s not like you need to build a bunker under your front lawn, because you’re several thousand miles away from the White House,” he said. Americans have other requests. “Definitely, helipads are a big one,” he said. “You can fly a private jet into Queenstown or a private jet into Wanaka, and then you can grab a helicopter and it can take you and land you at your property.” American clients have also sought strategic advice. “They’re asking, ‘Where in New Zealand is not going to be long-term affected by rising sea levels?’ ”

New Zealand’s reputation for attracting doomsayers is so well known in the hedge-fund manager’s circle that he prefers to differentiate himself from earlier arrivals. He said, “This is no longer about a handful of freaks worried about the world ending.” He laughed, and added, “Unless I’m one of those freaks.” …

Turns out that Trump lackey Peter Thiel is one of these preppers:

Peter Thiel Gains New Zealand Citizenship as Tech Elites Prep for Doomsday

The New Yorker has published a fascinating article about Silicon Valley tech titans who are buying up property in New Zealand as they prepare for the apocalypse. The super rich are worried about the poor grabbing “pitchforks” to overthrow the wealthy, and it turns out these elites aren’t just buying homes. Some, like Peter Thiel, are even getting citizenship.

Today, The New Zealand Herald is reporting that Peter Thiel has citizenship in New Zealand, a fact previously unknown to most in Silicon Valley. The revelation only came after the newspaper started to investigate a 477-acre property that Thiel had purchased in the country in 2015. The newspaper had inquired about why Thiel hadn’t gotten official approval to buy the property under foreign ownership laws. The paper was told that Thiel didn’t need it because he was a citizen. …

Wassamatter Peter – isn’t Trump going to make America great again?

Seriously though, how do we feel about becoming a lifeboat for the super-rich to run out on the problems that they created?


100 comments on “Lifeboat NZ”

  1. Stunned Mullet 1

    😆

  2. Ad 2

    I have mixed feelings on taming global capital into retirement here.

    Peter Thiel is following in the footsteps of some like Mutt Lange who has brought his private capital to form a larger conservation effort than any local individual has ever done in New Zealand. Overall, it’s good.

    Others like James Cameron have ensured that the Wellington film industry doesn’t stand or fall on Peter Jackson. There are plenty of other examples who have bought into our wineries, and doing a tremendous job for our global reputation through their own marketing.

    I certainly prefer individuals to companies – they are easier to hold to account in the media.

    And I certainly like the myth-reinforcement of our security/isolation: any land they buy as essentially retirement homes sure won’t have industrial-scale dairy farms on them.

    Instead they will bring their rich families to consume our spectacular wines, hire our guides, and engage our interior designers, artists and landscapers. Before we get all Downton Abbey about it, we’re a service economy. We give good service.

    Plus of course a whole bunch easier to propose interesting local investments while they are here fly fishing, than having to traipse over to Honolulu for a whole day of golf. Infinitely prefer to domesticate them here.

    There’s a whole bunch of on the other hands …. including a few criminal nut jobs like Kim DotCom.

    But overall I’ve liked what I’ve seen, particularly in Wanaka and Hawkes Bay.

    • weka 2.1

      Sorry, but what’s the similarity between Mutt Lange and Peter Thiel apart from they both have lots of money? Are you saying that Lange came here as a doomsday escape?

      • Ad 2.1.1

        Foreign US billionaire leisure capital retiring here.
        In Wanaka.

        • weka 2.1.1.1

          Right, so not what the post was about. Rich people from overseas have been buying retreat/retirement places here for a very long time.

          • Ad 2.1.1.1.1

            Peter Thiel is half the post.
            Entirely to point.

            Do something useful Weka.

            • weka 2.1.1.1.1.1

              you really are a nasty shit sometimes Ad.

              • Once was and others etc

                =1
                bUT’S WHAT IS WORSE (OOPS apologies for the caps), one that’s utterly oblivious to the bleeding obvious – which might be all that needs to be said about where the ‘left’ has gone wrong.

                No worries tho’ eh? Bullshit (dressed up as ego) and Jellybeans. She’ll be right on the night

    • ropata 2.2

      Unfortunately our main immigrant class is cashed up Chinese students and “entrepreneurs” (not billionaires) who are buying up Auckland and pricing out the locals. Inequality FTW

    • Sapani 2.3

      “we’re a service economy. We give good service”

      Cheers. This is correct. It is of tremendous advantage for NZ to have Palantir co-founder Peter Thiel and the question is how can he help advance and benefit NZ even more. Peter was very supportive post-Chch quakes.

  3. Bill 3

    There is no lifeboat. (Something that can float away from disaster)

    There might be an air-pocket or two (if we’re going with the sinking ship analogy) – but this planet; this world is it.

    And sure, I expect some richer people to dash backwards and forwards and all around the show looking for a safe haven when CC bites in ways that can’t be ignored anymore. Good luck to them. They’ll ultimately be as successful as Bangladeshis trying to get through that fucking fence into India…no way out.

  4. red-blooded 4

    Well, I guess it’s all part of the, “Me first – I’m special” culture that sees extreme wealth as worthy or meritorious and doesn’t mind if others live in extreme poverty (because obviously they’re just not special enough to merit anything better).

    Some interesting comments in this piece from The Spinoff:
    “According to the NZ Internal Affairs guidelines, “if you don’t meet the [five-year] requirement, you might still be able to get citizenship if: you’ve been here for at least 450 days in the last 20 months, or you can prove New Zealand would benefit from having you as a citizen”.

    Click through for some “special consideration” elaboration, and the DIA advises:

    You need to give evidence that shows how New Zealand will benefit from your citizenship, eg:
    -you’re a talented musician or sportsperson and want to represent New Zealand internationally
    -you’re a member of the New Zealand Defence Force and need citizenship to be deployed overseas.

    Your wider circumstances (like time you spent in New Zealand before the last 5 years) are taken into account.

    ….As far as I can tell, it is an interpretation of the “public interest” exception mentioned above. That is: the minister may “authorise the grant of New Zealand citizenship to any person … if the Minister is satisfied that granting a certificate of New Zealand citizenship to the applicant would be in the public interest because of exceptional circumstances of a humanitarian or other nature relating to the applicant”.
    http://thespinoff.co.nz/society/25-01-2017/new-zealand-citizen-peter-thiel-5-awkward-questions-and-10-peculiar-facts/

  5. Wensleydale 5

    It’s funny that they think they’re going to be safe here. When the shit hits the fan, nowhere will be safe. When someone yells fire in a crowded building, people will trample each other to death making for the exits. A global meltdown will simply be a much larger version of that, and all the luxury boltholes, private security and helipads won’t stop the desperate and fearful from tearing you apart if they feel it’s the only way to save themselves. Sorry to disabuse you of your fanciful notions, rich people.

    • weka 5.1

      If you have to be somewhere in a hard crash, NZ is without a doubt one of the better places to be. Because of its geographical isolation, because of its relatively low population, because of its remnant democracy, and because we’re a nation of gardeners who can probably relocalises food growing pretty quickly if all else fails. No nuclear plants to blow up either. We should probably eat the dairy cows before the billionaires though.

      • Psycho Milt 5.1.1

        I’d go with the tasty, tasty billionaires. Cows can keep giving you milk as long as there’s grass. Billionaires just keep giving you unpleasant political opinions, which is a lot less useful than milk (or anything else).

      • D'Esterre 5.1.2

        Weka: “We should probably eat the dairy cows before the billionaires though.”
        Nah, billionaires first. I hear tell that humans taste WAY better than cows.
        If there’s a hard crash, NZ will be no more comfortable a place to be than anywhere else. Much of our best arable land has been built on, and therefore permanently lost for food production. Guess those billionaires will come in very handy to stave off hunger….

    • Bill 5.2

      It’s the rich who are going to be “the desperate and fearful” though.

      By the time the bulk of them bolt, those of us here will either have adapted after some fashion or other and be quite settled in, or we’ll already have died.

      And, assuming I’m not dead, they’re welcome to try “tearing me apart” 👿

  6. Puckish Rogue 6

    Better rich americans then moslem refugees

    [You need to explain to me why that statement isn’t out and out religious bigotry (bordering on racism) to avoid getting the boot from here Puckish. edit. Apologies. That’s boxing you in. Either explain or offer up something indicating genuine acknowledgement and understanding of what your comment is.] – Bill

    [sub-conversation now moved to Open Mike, please reply there everyone – weka]

      • Red 6.1.1

        Self evident I would have thought re bringing needed capital and global networks, self sufficient day one, cultural fit, zero security risk etc, simply attributes not judging as human beings Thiel may be a prick for all i know

        • weka 6.1.1.1

          why would someone with money be more valuable to NZ than a doctor or a teacher or a gardener or a builder?

          Very rich people don’t bring zero security risk. Nor will they ever be self sufficient, they are generally completely dependent on other people doing the work for them.

          • Red 6.1.1.1.1

            I agree what they do is important when here but I suggest on balance a billionaire with intention to invest in his new home land bringing financial capital , ideas, global influence and networks may have a little more to offer, thus creating jobs, paying taxes to fund more teachers and doctors etc On climate change re bill let’s just stop every thing and use cc as an excuse, on this topic I see ,Judith Curry Georgia tech tenured professor of climatology resigned her position and tenure the other day, wonder why

            • weka 6.1.1.1.1.1

              Maybe that would be true if it worked like that. But it doesn’t. Rich people spend small amounts of their money in the local economy, most of it is spend in the global economy that serves other rich people. I’d rather have the doctor directly.

              • Red

                I suggest that is more a belief buttressing an ideological view than a truth Weka

                • weka

                  I was reading the figures about local vs global economies the other day. Will probably do a post on it at some point, but I would still guess that wealth people don’t spend their money in local economies that much.

                  • Red

                    Be great if PayPal was a nz company, the guys is an angel investor from what I believe, in also early on Facebook, so with that background in picking and growing winners I certianly think he would be good for nz Not so much worried about his personal consumption habits

        • Bill 6.1.1.2

          ‘global networks’ – bwahhaha!

          There’s a wee detail about CC you’re over-looking there Mr Delusion. See if you can figure it.

    • Better rich American sociopaths than Muslim refugees? Personally I’m not keen on having either, but a rich American sociopath can do way more damage than a broke Muslim fascist – just witness the assholes standing behind Trump while he ended US aid to foreign family planning organisations.

    • Bill 6.3

      This isn’t a comment. It’s a moderation note.

      You’re gone. I was away for several hours, which gave you more than enough time to justify your comment or take “the out”. But you decided to attempt to ‘sail on through’.

      Here’s how it is Puckish. Everyone knows that “Muslim” is stupidly equated with brown skin. That’s point one. Point two is that refugees are variously Christian or “whatever gods children” …

      But in your oversight or ignorance (which you ample time to reflect on) – you essentially said ” Fuck off Nigger”

      Six months.

    • NZJester 6.4

      As long as someone is not an extremist in their religion I would welcome them here no matter their religious beliefs. Extremists, however, need to be kept out as they always try to force their religious views down everyone’s throat. More people in the US have actually been killed by terrorist acts committed by Right Wing Christian extremists than Muslim ones.

  7. Ovid 7

    There was a study done in 1987 called New Zealand after Nuclear War (PDF 85MB) – which was paid for out of French reparations for the Rainbow Warrior – it explored how NZ would fare in the event of a northern hemisphere war. Generally speaking, bad things would happen here too – especially if Australia was hit with an electro-magnetic pulse.

    Edit: here’s the TL,DR version: http://imgur.com/a/6dSGg

  8. Paul Campbell 8

    Someone on metafilter commented on this one: “this time we really will eat the rich”

    The problem of course is that the rich are the 1%, they wont last long come the survivalist end times

  9. Jum 9

    Please read On the Beach by Nevil Shute and watch the film.

  10. Tautoko Mangō Mata 10

    Toby Manhire asks some questions and provides some more background.

    http://thespinoff.co.nz/society/25-01-2017/new-zealand-citizen-peter-thiel-5-awkward-questions-and-10-peculiar-facts/

    • weka 10.1

      that’s good, and the bit about the citizenship criteria is essential reading.

      As far as I can tell, it is an interpretation of the “public interest” exception mentioned above. That is: the minister may “authorise the grant of New Zealand citizenship to any person … if the Minister is satisfied that granting a certificate of New Zealand citizenship to the applicant would be in the public interest because of exceptional circumstances of a humanitarian or other nature relating to the applicant”.

  11. Wayne 11

    Seriously, how could you stop people doing this?

    Most/many of them will qualify as permanent residents if they want to.

    In any event non-residents can buy property. Labour has suggested greater restrictions on such purchases, but not to the extent of a total ban. No-one has seriously suggested that.

    We don’t stop people building what they want subject to the RMA.

    In short in a free society people can have all sorts of beliefs, and we accept that they can.

    • weka 11.1

      Other countries stop people without citizenship or residency from owning land, no reason why NZ can’t too.

      • Bob 11.1.1

        “no reason why NZ can’t too”
        No reasons apart from ANZCERTA and the China FTA…

        • weka 11.1.1.1

          Please explain.

        • WILD KATIPO 11.1.1.2

          The only reason I would buy a house in China is to launch a scientific excursion to finally track down and bring back for science a Himalayan Yeti.

          Apart from that ?… meh … nah.

          There’s no Yetis in the Southern Alps so why do the Chinese want to buy houses here… more to the point ,… why cant we buy houses in China under a ‘ FREE’ trade deal?

          Conversely there are Sasquatches in the Pacific North West of America and we New Zealanders CAN buy houses over there to bring back one for science yet there are no Sasquatches over here and Americans STILL want to buy houses here.

          And that’s WITHOUT any ‘ Free’ trade deals AT ALL with America !!! .

          So I don’t think the issues are either the bountiful numbers of either Sasquatches or Yetis overseas , – it seems more a question of just WHAT do we DO with all these immigrants ???

          And while the Asians come here in hordes and buy small houses , the Americans don’t , – but buy hordes of our land and really really BIG houses …

          All the while knowing full well that they both will end up by being both Yeti – less and Sasquatch – less when they immigrate here …

          Funny old world ,…. innit…

        • Draco T Bastard 11.1.1.3

          So, no reason whatsoever then. Both the reciprocating countries in those out restrictions on foreigners owning land so they would have nothing to complain about.

          Also, this is actually proof of how bad for NZ these FTAs are so we should probably drop out of them anyway.

          • Bob 11.1.1.3.1

            “Both the reciprocating countries in those out restrictions on foreigners owning land so they would have nothing to complain about”
            Australia don’t ban New Zealanders owning land, even if you have never stepped foot in Australia: http://firb.gov.au/resources/guidance/gn04/
            Also China had their land sovereignty built into the FTA page 846 https://www.mfat.govt.nz/assets/_securedfiles/FTAs-agreements-in-force/China-FTA/NZ-ChinaFTA-Agreement-text.pdf
            New Zealand did no such thing.

            • Draco T Bastard 11.1.1.3.1.1

              Australia don’t ban New Zealanders owning land

              I said restrictions. Australia requires that a foreign owner build a new house rather than buy an existing one. This possibly reduces the amount of speculation in housing to some degree.

              Also China had their land sovereignty built into the FTA page 846

              And so they have nothing to complain about if we applied the same to our land.

              And, at the end of the day, we’re the ones who get to make decisions about how our country is governed – not China or anywhere else. If the populace want a full ban on foreign ownership then that is what there should be. If that’s restricted by an FTA then we need to drop out of that FTA as it’s contrary to the will of the people.

              • Bob

                “I said restrictions. Australia requires that a foreign owner build a new house rather than buy an existing one”
                And I gave you a link explaining New Zealanders are exempt from this restriction.

                “And so they have nothing to complain about if we applied the same to our land”
                Yes they would, as I pointed out to Weka above, Article 145 of the China FTA prevents changes to investment law banning Chinese Nationals unless it is a blanket ban. My understanding is we are unable to complete a blanket ban as ANZCERTA prevents us from banning Australian foreign nationals from purchasing New Zealand property (I haven’t been able to track down the article that covers this, however the blanket exemtion for New Zealand citizens in the Australian ban seems to back up my understanding).

                In searching through this I believe I may have found a loophole to allow a ban of sorts to happen. If we reduced the threshold on sensitive land to anything over 200sqm, this would mean almost all foreign purchases would be required to go through the OIO process to complete purchase. Australian Citizens are not exempt from OIO purchases, so this would allow a blanket requirement to occur. We would then simply need to increase the requirements for approval under an OIO request.

                • Draco T Bastard

                  Yes they would, as I pointed out to Weka above, Article 145 of the China FTA prevents changes to investment law banning Chinese Nationals unless it is a blanket ban.

                  And so we make it a blanket ban.

                  My understanding is we are unable to complete a blanket ban as ANZCERTA prevents us from banning Australian foreign nationals from purchasing New Zealand property

                  Then we need to either renegotiate that or drop from it. Trade agreements should not remove our sovereignty.

                  I think we should drop from all FTAs anyway as they’re proving to be bad for NZ society as we get re-colonised by foreign rich.

                  • Bob

                    “I think we should drop from all FTAs anyway”
                    And there-in lies the fundamental difference between yourself and New Zealand’s two largest political parties. I’m not saying you are wrong, just that both National and Labour will not pull us from ANZCERTA or the China FTA, so neither can ban foreign ownership of property. Any talk of doing so by any party is fairy-tail stuff until they can become the largest party in parliament.

    • AB 11.2

      Easy – make wealth a disqualification for citizenship or residency. As it always should have been due to the toxic political and celebrity culture the wealthy bring with them. Not to mention their raging sense of entitlement and general distaste for democracy – fear of the latter being one of the reasons they would think of coming in the first place.
      People with skills and not too much money are the best immigrants. The very wealthy generally don’t have, or no longer have, skills. They just have the capital to get others to work for them.

  12. Thiel got NZ citizenship? What happened to the fucking “good character” requirement?

  13. Wayne 14

    Psycho,

    As you would obviously know, we don’t screen people for ideological beliefs. You are surely not suggesting we start?

    Under your view, would it be Madonna “yes”, Jon Voight “no”.

    • As you would obviously know, we don’t screen people for ideological beliefs. You are surely not suggesting we start?

      Well, that comment was a bit tongue-in-cheek. But only partly – a “good character” test that lets people like Thiel in isn’t a very useful test.

  14. mickysavage 15

    Reminds me of John Key’s “vision” for New Zealand.

    Nearly a year ago the Herald reported him as saying this:

    “John Key is positioning New Zealand as an Asia-Pacific “Switzerland” – a beautiful and wealthy bolthole for high net-worthers seeking to escape from an unstable world.

    Key believes that free-flowing terrorism is here to stay. To the Prime Minister, this simply makes New Zealand more attractive and will result in more high net-worth consumers wanting to come here – a theme he is developing in business briefings.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11611816

    I thought at the time that this explained what he wanted to achieve in politics. He is a bit of a laugh, he is fine about socially liberal things as long as they do not go too far, he is a monarchist but will propose a flag change to show that he is relaxed about the constitution. He is fun to have a beer with, he will welcome selfies with drag queens and support the occasional greenwash policy to make sure that his environmental credentials are not too badly tarnished.

    But his role in politics clearly was to look after the 1%.

    Key wants to turn New Zealand into a haven for the 1%

  15. Keith 16

    John really really sounded like he meant it when he said he didn’t want New Zealanders to be tenants in their own country……….but he lied. Who would have thought, especially from that man.

    The same man who toiled behind the scenes to do his bit to ensure we are a “bolt hole” and tax haven for the likes of rich pricks…..like Key.

    In respect of America’s rich elite coming here, Fuck right off, you’ve created the awful mess, remain behind to either clean it up or be victims of it! It makes my skin crawl to think their money will buy influence here especially with corrupt party’s like National and then start to create mini USA’s here.

  16. Mrs Brillo 17

    Gee, thanks, John Key.

    Selling off my country to the foreign 1 percent and condemning our children and grandchildren to a life as coolies and shoeshine boys to them.

    Meanwhile, you bugger off somewhere else in case our book of recipes for cooking the rich starts off with the Key Surprise.

    Well done you.

    • greywarshark 17.1

      Mrs Brillo
      Key can’t stand that plain old NZ dish of flummery. And the Kiwisine we’ve cooked up just for him, Jeesh Keesh Surprise and Rotten Egg Souffle with the key ingredient of…guess what ?

  17. Sabine 18

    oh man, we get all the best of the rich

    https://www.cato-unbound.org/2009/04/13/peter-thiel/education-libertarian

    just another rich fuckwit how with all the money in the world is still nothing more then a very miserable and unhappy human being.

  18. One Two 19

    There is/was no intention to answer for the disasters ‘capitalists’ have created..

    It simply migrates, while squeezing out those ‘undesirables’ at the next location

    Should a mass resettling in NZ eventuate as it looks certain to (in time), it will not be good for the overwhelming majority of the peoples in NZ

    Far greater inequality than current times , will be the outcome!

    • ropata 19.1

      It’s not immigration it’s colonisation. We are a bit player in the game of global empire building. Personally I’d rather be a flunky of the USA (Obama preferably) than a vassal state of the PRC

      • One Two 19.1.1

        …rather be a flunky of the USA…”

        Look more closely at the USA, who founded it and why that nation has been at war its entire colonised existence

        As for the PRC comment , I won’t presume xenophobia but it could be interpreted that way

        Being a ‘flunky’ relegates your existence to slave status, so why resign to such an outcome?

  19. Paul 20

    The super rich have been taking advantage of NZ’s reputation as a neoliberal hellhole for a while.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2931325/Super-rich-buying-property-New-Zealand-bolthole-case-west-goes-meltdown.html

  20. Whispering Kate 21

    The super wealthy have been coming down here for years – Eastern Europeans and USA citizens included. There is a beautiful Lodge up in the Bay of Islands which has been graded very high in world rankings and its owned by a super wealthy Russian. They have tunnel vision, see this land as a safe bolt hole from nuclear fullout, what a laugh that is, somebody on here has mentioned the novel “On the Beach” by Neville Shute. What a humdinger that was. The only problem with us down here is that we will have a long and lingering wait for the eventual destruction of us all. I am of the opinion being right in the middle of the big bang is a far better way to go, no thoughts of the horror to come.

    US citizens have for years been building underground bunkers, very paranoid lot they are and they have a right to be, always meddling with foreign states’ affairs and inviting trouble. Its no bloody wonder they are paranoid. One of these days one of those failed states will take a right old pot shot at them and it will serve them right. Why we should be making our country available to them after they have shat in their own nest is beyond my comprehension. Anything detonating in the Pacific Region will not protect us – thick as bricks they are the lot of them. The world is all we have got and nobody will be safe bless their hearts.

    • To true Kate.

      Time to shut the door on the super rich people from the USA.
      They are just parasites in one form or another and will use the country to further their ends.

      Boot the shits out.

    • Jenny Kirk 21.2

      Totally agree with you Whispering Kate.
      Travel further north from the Russian Ogligarch’s place – and you’ll find big gated lifestyle blocks attached to large farms – not owned by NZers, but managed on behalf of the 1% off-shore. Often on the coastline – so they also have access to our foreshore and fish, shellfish – which, when the crunch comes, they won’t share with the 99%.
      That is, if there is anyone left to eat it.

  21. Puckish Rogue 22

    Can’t blame them, I mean when you consider that:

    English speaking
    Stable government
    1st world nation
    An Island
    Temperate climate
    Agricultural based
    Compared to most a fair distance from the northern hemisphere

    We are a desirable location

    [See here] – Bill

  22. Siobhan 23

    Scrolling through the real estate pages its pretty clear that these people are not buying houses to survive any sort of apocalypse. So unless some wanaka builders come forward talking about retro fitting mansions with steel shutters, panic rooms, self contained medical units etc I think we should all ignore the apocalypse talk. Which is, after all, just a click bait distraction.

    Remember the editors of The New Yorker publicly endorsed Hillary Clinton for President..they are probably going to be heavy on apocalypse stories for the next 4 years or so.

    This is a conversation about massive wealth inequality and greed. The rich are just doing what rich people do, trying to find amusing things to spend their money on. There are people right now, from Scotland to Hawaii to New York to Ibiza having this very same conversation. The question is, why are we allowing this to continue.

  23. Carolyn_nth 24

    I know! Let’s get a politician to campaign to build a wall around NZ to keep these over-financialised, economic refugees out of the country!

  24. Ethica 25

    Rich immigrants with their high fences, private jets, huge environmental footprint and right wing politics are not contributing anything to NZ. A thousand motivated refugees would provide more diversity, reciprocity and build thriving local economies. Yet which group readily gets citizenship and a fawning press?

  25. Tamati Tautuhi 26

    Well John Key wanted to turn New Zealand into the Financial Hub of the South Pacific, appears we only got part way there with our Tax Haven Status and the Panama Papers?

    • tc 26.1

      Nope job done with no CGT, restrictions on land acquisition, tax havens and very relaxed immigration criteria.

      They knocked that off early doors in their treasury bench tenancy.

  26. NZJester 27

    Most of them are all falling for the 100% pure NZ lie. Come doomsday this place will be so badly polluted. But I guess that the main reason for them moving here might be due to a lot fewer maniacs with guns roaming around taking what they want. Most of them will probably be bringing their arsenals with them illegally as the come into private airstrips or by private boat and be the maniacs with guns here.

    • tc 27.1

      They’re uber wealthy not stupid. Sure they’ll take precautions but mostly look to fit in and get on with life.

  27. I reckon these rich nature loving Americans aren’t scared of an economic and political meltdown… their scared of these things cos they pissed em off wrecking their environment so they want a big rural property where these things aint…

  28. D'Esterre 29

    “The super rich are worried about the poor grabbing “pitchforks” to overthrow the wealthy….”

    In virtue of what would they think that the poor in NZ won’t similarly rise up against the wealthy? They’ll get a nasty surprise….

  29. infused 30

    If shit hit the fan worldwide, money would save no one.

  30. Gabby 31

    Who was the previous owner?

  31. Lloyd 32

    Nothing wrong with letting billionaires into the country as long as our tax structure is changed to make sure they are only millionaires in less than 10 years….

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    by Phil Duncan For Marxists, a key concern about social trends is their context – not just their causes, but why they happen when they do.  Events and phenomena have causes, but they also are time or period-specific. While much of the left have capitulated recently to postmodernism, most notably ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    6 hours ago
  • Time for a living wage for supermarket workers
    Since the lockdown began, we've all suddenly been reminded who the actually essential workers in our society are: not the people at the top who pay themselves the big bucks and rort the perks, but the people at the bottom they screw over and squeeze: cleaners, warehouse staff, truck drivers ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    8 hours ago
  • Hard News: MUSIC: Lockdown Grooves
    Kia ora! As I've watched nearly all my remaining work vanish over the past couple of days, it has occured to me that one good way to keep me away from arguing with fools on Twitter all the time (in the knowledge that all we're really doing is processing our ...
    9 hours ago
  • A place of greater safety?
    Aotearoa New Zealand has committed to trying to extirpate the virus that causes COVID-19 from its shores. To do that, as a society we’ve moved to “Level 4”. That means adapting to unprecedented restrictions on our personal freedoms, particularly to our rights to move freely and associate with friends and ...
    PunditBy Andrew Geddis
    10 hours ago
  • The police and public trust
    When the Prime Minister declared a state of emergency last week, she handed the police powers to enforce it. And almost immediately, we started hearing about heavy-handed, arbitrary "enforcement" by police who (at best) cared more about order than law, or (more likely) had no idea what the rules were ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    10 hours ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 4
    . . Lock Down: Day 4 – A photo essay with observations . March 29: Usual wake up routine as RNZ snaps on my radio-clock. Jim Mora’s voice slowly enters my conciousness; there’s talk of a second wave of covid19 taking hold in South Korea; the week in Parliament – ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    11 hours ago
  • COVID-19 vs New Zealand
    Yesterday, New Zealand recorded its first Covid-19 related death on the West Coast. Unfortunately this is unlikely to be the only fatality, with the virus now being found in every region of the country.However despite the significant danger, people are still unfortunately breaching lockdown rules.There’s really only one main very ...
    11 hours ago
  • Rāhui day 4
    The kids did surprisingly well today – meltdown count was about 3, and mostly fairly short ones. (And a fourth while I was writing.) Game-wise I had a go at Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark. It’s a fairly standard RPG with turn-based combat and what they call a “mature storyline” (it ...
    The little pakehaBy chrismiller
    1 day ago
  • Letter to a friend
    by Don Franks Hi David, Nice hearing from you, I’m glad to hear you’re getting by okay in these grim times. You asked how’s it going for us back here in New Zealand. You would have heard that the whole country is locked down and with breaks for exercise and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 day ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 3
    . . Lock Down: Day 3 – A photo essay with observations . March 28: First day of the first weekend in Lock Down. It feels like it’s been weeks since only Level 3 was declared last Tuesday, only four days ago. Woke up this morning to RNZ; coffee; toast, ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 day ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #13
    A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Mar 22, 2020 through Sat, Mar 28, 2020 Articles Linked to on Facebook Sun, Mar 22, 2020 In Just 10 Years, Warming Has Increased the Odds of Disasters by Chelsea Harvey, ...
    2 days ago
  • Rāhui day 3
    I’m here in lockdown with my flatmate and her two girls (6 and 2) and it. is. a time. They’re usually really active so to start with the only boardgame in the house is the copy of Guess Who that the 6 year old got for her birthday. Flatmate commented ...
    The little pakehaBy chrismiller
    2 days ago
  • A test of civil society.
    The CV-19 (COVID) pandemic has seen the imposition of a government ordered national quarantine and the promulgation of a series of measures designed to spread the burden of pain and soften the economic blow on the most strategically important and most vulnerable sectors of society. The national narrative is framed ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 2
    . . Lock Down: Day 2 – A photo essay with observations . March 27 – Day 2 of our Strange New World. The Park and Ride near my suburb, usually filled with hundreds of vehicles, had just… four; . . Another drive into Wellington City on a highway nearly ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    2 days ago
  • How Do You Feel? What Do You Think?
    Fortune's Children: Under extraordinary pressure, the leader of the Government and the leader of the Opposition will each show us what they are made of. Have they been blessed with intelligence, grace, wit, poise, toughness, empathy and humour – and in what measure? More importantly, to what extent have they ...
    3 days ago
  • Landlords are NOT an essential service
    If you’ve ever had the misfortune of having to rent a property on the open market in New Zealand, which is one of the most expensive in the entire world, you’ll likely be keenly aware of just how arrogant and entitled landlords and their real estate agents can be.Unfortunately for ...
    3 days ago
  • A “new Society” post-COVID19 will definitely emerge. The question is: on what path?
    Society-wise, aside from the specific morbidity shall we say of the medically-oriented aspects of this COVID-19 crisis, what is unfolding before the world is in more than one way an instructive study of humanity and reactions to a high intensity, high stress environment in real time. Friends, we are at ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    3 days ago
  • Raise the Bar: Everything you need to know about the wage subsidy
    Right now low waged and insecure workers are feeling the economic brunt of the looming #Covid19 Recession. In response legal advocate Toby Cooper* and hospitality and worker’s rights advocate Chloe Ann-King, are putting together a series of legal blogs about your employment rights: In this legal blog we outline some ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    3 days ago
  • The massacre of prisoners in Modelo jail, Bogota, March 21
    by Equipo Jurídico Pueblos and Gearóid Ó Loingsigh (25/03/2020) An escape plan in question On the night of March 21st and the early morning of the 22nd, the forces of the Colombian state stormed into the Modelo prison in Bogotá, murdering 23 prisoners and injuring 83, in response to the ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    3 days ago
  • We are not America
    When the government banned semi-automatic weapons in response to a terrorist atrocity, gun-nuts were outraged. Mired in toxic American gun culture, they thought owning weapons whose sole purpose was killing people was some sort of "constitutional right", a necessity for "defending themselves" against the government. Now, the Court of Appeal ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • When will we know the lockdown is working?
    Just before midnight on Wednesday March 25, Aotearoa New Zealand entered a countrywide alert level four lockdown. For at least the next four weeks, everyone who isn’t an essential worker is confined to their bubble. We are doing this to stop the explosive growth in people contracting and dying from ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    3 days ago
  • Lock Down: Day 1
    . . Lock Down: Day 1 – A photo essay with observations . Day one of the Level 4 nationwide lock-down (or, DefCon 4 as I sometimes cheekily call it) started at 11.59PM on 25 March. For a moment, most of the nation held it’s collective breath. In that brief ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    3 days ago
  • A Compelling Recollection.
    Broad, Sunlit Uplands: How those words fired my young imagination! Or, perhaps, it is more accurate to say: how those words fused, in my young mind, with the image printed on every packet of Fielder’s Cornflour. Always fascinated by history, especially modern history, I cannot hear Churchill’s wonderfully evocative words, even ...
    4 days ago
  • The Warehouse – where everyone gets a virus
    . . 24 March 2020 9.46AM Number of covid19 cases in Aotearoa New Zealand: 102 . As of 11.59 on Thursday, most of New Zealand will go into “lock down”. People will be expected not to travel to work; not to socialise; and to stay home. I will not be ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    4 days ago
  • Aggressive action to address climate change could save the world $145 trillion
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections A respected research group, Project Drawdown, finds that deploying solutions consistent with meeting the Paris climate targets would cost tens of trillions of dollars globally. But crucially, those outlays would also yield long-term savings many times larger than the up-front costs. The new 2020 Drawdown ...
    4 days ago
  • After the Pandemic
    It will pass. What happens next? Not immediately, but longer term. There are many opinions, fewer certainties. Will it “change everything!” as many confidently, and contradictorily predict? In this post I look at how foresight can help bound some of the uncertainties so you can more objectively consider the future. ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    4 days ago
  • Coronavirus – Cuba shows the way
    We’ve been meaning t write something on Cuba and the coronavirus but have just discovered a very good article on the subject in the US left publication Jacobin.  The article looks at how Cuba, a poor country but one where capitalism has been done away with, is leading the way ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    4 days ago
  • Using privacy law to prevent the death penalty
    In 2018, El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexanda Kotey - two British citizens who had purportedly been stripped of their citizenship by the British government - were captured while fighting for Isis in Syria. The British government then conspired to hand them over to the US, and agreed to provide evidence ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • It’s Time For Disaster Socialism.
    Transformers: The disaster of the Great Depression was transformed into a new and fairer society by the democratic socialism of the First Labour Government. The disaster of the Covid-19 Pandemic offers a similar transformative possibility to the Labour-NZ First-Green Government. Seize the time, Jacinda! You will never have a better ...
    5 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #12, 2020
    Tamper with The System? Well, we already are. But there's a difference between accidentally trickling sand into a precision gearbox versus formulating a plan to alter it on the fly with improvements in mind. One action is more or less innocently unscrupulous, the other amenable to earning an easy ...
    5 days ago
  • Avoidable hospitalisations: Helping our health system get through COVID-19
    Associate Prof George Thomson, Louise Delany, Prof Nick Wilson While it is possible that New Zealand can use intense public health controls to eradicate COVID-19 from the country – we must also plan for other scenarios where thousands of New Zealanders are sick – including many urgently hospitalised.1 Better resilience ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    5 days ago
  • Raise the Bar: 10 questions to ask your employer proposing redundancy
    Kia ora my name is Chloe Ann-King* and I am the founder of Raise the Bar, a campaign and non-profit that gives free legal aid, advocacy and tautoko to hospitality workers in Aotearoa. Right now all over our country hospo workers are being fired at will, having shifts cut or being ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    5 days ago
  • An equitable way to support business
    The Herald reports that the government is planning to lend billions of dollars to large businesses to keep them operating during the pandemic. As with mortgage relief, this is necessary: we need companies to stay in business, to reduce the economic damage and help things get restarted again when this ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Hard News: Together Alone
    We're about to do something unprecedented as a nation. We hope that by taking this extraordinary action before a single life in New Zealand has been lost to the deadly novel virus we will save tens of thousands of lives. Our  lives. We'll do it together, in households, in isolation ...
    6 days ago
  • Why timing is everything: ‘A time to refrain from embracing’ starts today
    “There is a time for everything,    and a season for every activity under the heavens.”So writes the author of Ecclesiastes, a book in the Old Testament that’s counted as a ‘wisdom’ book and written as if by an unnamed king of Jerusalem. But who would have thought there would be a time ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    6 days ago
  • Dealing with the Covid-19 Tsunami.
    I was surprised when the prime minister described the Economic Response to Covid-19 package as the ‘largest peacetime government spend in New Zealand's history’. Reflecting – checking through history – I realised that the term ‘spend’ was crucial and the package had no income tax cuts. Even so, it has ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    6 days ago
  • What about renters?
    The government today announced the latest part of its pandemic relief package: a six-month mortgage holiday for people whose incomes have been affected by the pandemic. Which is great, because these people are going to need help, and that's what the government should be doing. At the same time, it ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Living within our means.
    Years ago the Argentine sociologist Carlos Weisman wrote a book titled “Living within our Means.” It was a critique of Argentine society that focused on the paradoxical question of why, in a land of plenty, there was so much economic instability, inequality, corruption and political turmoil. His conclusion was basically ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 days ago
  • Transparency and the pandemic
    Parliament will be leading by example and adjourning tomorrow after a special sitting to consider an epidemic notice and state of emergency. Day-to-day oversight of the government will be delegated to a select committee. But that's not the only overight mechanism. The OIA will still be law, and (so far) ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • ‘Overjoyed’: a leading health expert on New Zealand’s coronavirus shutdown, and the challengin...
    Michael Baker, University of Otago Overjoyed. That’s not a word epidemiologists normally use, but that’s how I felt after hearing Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s announcement about New Zealand’s COVID-19 shutdown of everything except essential services for at least four weeks from midnight on Wednesday. More than anything, I just ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    6 days ago
  • One way to solve the housing crisis
    How much homelessness is caused by house hoarding? We're about to find out. The pandemic has destroyed tourism, which means that house hoarders who put their hoarded properties up as short-term tourist rentals are now offering them on the ordinary rental market:Property investors are pulling properties from Airbnb to offer ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • The pros and cons of planting trees to address global warming
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Bruce Lieberman It seems like such a simple, straightforward, empowering idea: plant trees – a lot of trees – all over the world, and watch the planet’s temperature fall. Who doesn’t love a tree or two, even far more – the right ...
    7 days ago
  • Not a grand coalition, but a government of national salvation
    According to Newshub, Simon Bridges is open to joining a “grand coalition” with Labour as we hunker down to go into a month long lockdown. The idea is sound. Before now, the role of the opposition was to scrutinise and oppose. In the context of what almost amounts to a ...
    PunditBy Liam Hehir
    1 week ago
  • Raise the Bar: hospitality workers & wage subsidy entitlements
    Kia ora my name is Chloe Ann-King* and I am the founder of Raise the Bar, a campaign and non-profit that gives free legal aid, advocacy and tautoko to hospitality workers in Aotearoa. Right now all over our country hospo workers are being fired at will, having shifts cut or ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    1 week ago
  • Lifting our game against COVID-19
    We need to be lifting our game against COVID-19. You and I need to help those working to prevent the spread of COVID-19 while they’re trying to lift the testing and treatment efforts. We don’t want to be playing this game running backwards. Best to play it solidly forward, from ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    1 week ago
  • The maths and ethics of minimising COVID-19 deaths in NZ
    Prof Tony Blakely, Prof Michael Baker, and Prof Nick Wilson The NZ Government must do more to clearly articulate its COVID-19 strategy: eradication or ‘flattening the curve’ mitigation. But to do so means understanding the maths and ethics of both these strategies. In this blog, we adapt our work for ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • All aboard the Covid Train
    A few days ago I was starting to write something about the pandemic, which now seems unconscionable. It took the form of a letter to an agony aunt:“Dear Deidre, I have an ugly confession. I am quite excited by Covid-19.”This is how the piece went:“I’m not a psychopath, honest. Although the ...
    PunditBy Phil Vine
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #12
    Story of the Week... Toon of the Week... Climate Feedback Article Review... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Claim Reviews... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week... Story of the Week... In Just 10 Years, Warming Has Increased the Odds of Disasters The likelihood of extreme events ...
    1 week ago
  • We are all socialists now
    Last week, the government announced a $12 billion initial package to support people during the pandemic. Today, the Reserve Bank is buying government bonds - effectively printing money - to keep up the money supply during the crisis. Normally such moves would have the right apoplectic. Instead, the National Party ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A plea to experts: safeguard your role in public life
    I am a pundit, somebody who opines and comments on the news. There are no real qualifications to punditry though having a rudimentary way with words and good general knowledge helps. That is one reason there is a constant oversupply of would-be pundits and why it is quite hard to ...
    PunditBy Liam Hehir
    1 week ago
  • Enlightenment when?
    I recently encountered the following prescription from a Faculty of Education at a leading New Zealand University. At first I wondered if it was another product of the postmodern generator (http://www.elsewhere.org/journal/pomo/), designed to create gibberish in the postmodern form, but I’m told it is real: The “schooled” society: Towards the ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Corballis
    1 week ago
  • What the Crisis Can teach Us
    The coronavirus pandemic has of course had a major impact on individual lives and on societies as a whole. But, long after the crisis has passed (assuming it does), we will begin to realise that its real and lasting significance lies in the lessons it has taught us, if only ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • Hammering home measures to stop COVID-19
    COVID-19 has plunged Aotearoa New Zealand (indeed, the world) into territory that, while maybe not totally unprecedented, certainly hasn’t been seen during the lifetimes of most of us here today. Our borders are closed to non-citizens, we’re being told not to gather in groups of more than 500 outside/100 inside, ...
    PunditBy Andrew Geddis
    1 week ago
  • What does ‘level two’ mean – and why does it matter?
    For the last few weeks, I’ve been urging you to prepare yourself, your family, business, and community for Covid-19. Now it’s time for real action.  Yesterday the director-general of health Dr Ashley Bloomfield announced another 13 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand, bringing our total to date to 52. ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #12
    A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Mar 15, 2020 through Sat, Mar 21, 2020 Editor's Pick Now Isn’t the Time to Forget About Our Climate Change Efforts   Tasha Tilberg, Lindsey Wixson, and Liu Wen photographed ...
    1 week ago
  • Is the Guardian becoming  a real newspaper again?
    by Jan Rivers The article has been corrected to show that it was Ewen MacAskill, former Guardian journalist and not Luke Harding who travelled to meet Edward Snowden with journalist Glenn Greenwald and filmmaker Laura Poitras.  Some of the Guardian’s well-known journalists who did not sign the protest letter are ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Life asserts itself regardless
    by Cultural Worker Late March 2020 amidst the virus. With gigs crashing and burning all around it was without much hope that I called a long standing rest home booking: “ Hi, I’m supposed to be entertaining at your place this afternoon – is it still on?” “”If you don’t ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Politics, the possible, and the pandemic
    Whenever people demand real change from their politicians, we're told that "politics is the art of the possible". The implication is that change isn't possible, so we'd better just get used to the sucky status quo. But now that there's a pandemic, a lot of things we were previously told ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The Only Way Through This Crisis Is Together.
    Together: In leading New Zealand through the Covid-19 Pandemic, the Prime Minister could do a lot worse than allow herself to be guided by the spirit of collective sacrifice and co-operation that animated the New Zealanders of 80 years ago. Most Kiwis alive today have had no opportunity to prove their ...
    1 week ago
  • GFC vs Covid-19
    It is said that generals fight the last war. In the case of the early stages of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) they had learned from the Great Depression of the 1930s and they fought intelligently and successfully. Later their advice would be ignored in favour of the Austerians who ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    2 weeks ago
  • Nobody Left Behind.
    Solidarity Forever: All over the world, the arrival of the Covid-19 virus has exposed the fragility of the walls we erect around ourselves and our loved ones. It has shattered our illusions of autonomy and revealed to us how utterly dependent we all are on other human-beings. Finally, we see ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Rebuilding a truly “Democratic” counter, or a “moderate Republican” bolt-hol...
    Looking across the various arguments for/against the leading candidates to take the Democratic Nomination, you might honestly be very hard pressed to tell. There are a number of things that have now started happening since Amy Klobuchar and “Mayor Pete” Buttigieg both threw the towel in and immediately (and ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 weeks ago
  • Abortion law reform a win for women
    by Daphna Whitmore Abortion is no longer in the Crimes Act in New Zealand. The law reform passed yesterday and now abortion is a medical matter between a woman and her doctor. Many women’s groups and progressive people have campaigned for reform for decades. The women’s liberation movement and some ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • How to spot bogus science stories and read the news like a scientist
    Doug Specht, University of Westminster and Julio Gimenez, University of Westminster When fake news, misreporting and alternative facts are everywhere, reading the news can be a challenge. Not only is there plenty of misinformation about the coronavirus pandemic, climate change and other scientific topics floating around social media, you also ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Why New Zealand needs to continue decisive action to contain coronavirus
    Michael Baker, University of Otago and Nick Wilson, University of Otago With some of the toughest border restrictions and a newly-announced NZ$500 million boost to health services, New Zealand is among a small number of countries with a strategy to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. New Zealand is also fortunate in ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    2 weeks ago
  • Parliament and the pandemic II
    As expected, the government has introduced a sessional order to allow Parliament to operate during the pandemic. You can read it on the Order Paper here, but the short version is that questions and motions can be filed electronicly, select committees can work remotely, and the the Business Committee can ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • When a virus goes viral: pros and cons to the coronavirus spread on social media
    Axel Bruns, Queensland University of Technology; Daniel Angus, Queensland University of Technology; Timothy Graham, Queensland University of Technology, and Tobias R. Keller, Queensland University of Technology News and views about coronavirus has spread via social media in a way that no health emergency has done before. Platforms like Twitter, Facebook, ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • How to survive 14 days of self-isolation
    So you’ve recently returned from overseas, come into contact with someone who tested positive, got a bit of a dry cough yourself or perhaps just want to self isolate for 14 days to avoid other people who might have COVID-19. Here are a few tips and tricks to help get ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Abortion Legislation Bill passes third reading
    Some fave speeches:     ...
    Boots TheoryBy Stephanie Rodgers
    2 weeks ago
  • Why Leadership Matters – More Than Anything.
    Our Good Fortune: Precisely because she has never been an ideologue (she calls herself a “pragmatic idealist”) Jacinda Ardern has a political nimbleness and spontaneity which, when infused with her exceptional emotional intelligence, produces spectacular demonstrations of leadership. Jacinda's empathic political personality contrasts sharply with the less-than-sunny ways of her ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #11, 2020
    2 weeks ago
  • 68-51
    The Abortion Legislation Bill has just passed its third reading, 68-51. NZ First MPs bailed because their referendum amendment didn't pass, but there were plenty of MPs to provide a majority without them. The bill is a long way from perfect - most significantly, it subjects pregnant people who need ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The ‘herd immunity’ route to fighting coronavirus is unethical and potentially dangerous
    As most of the world tries to suppress the coronavirus spread, some countries are going it alone – trying to manage the pandemic through so-called “herd immunity”. Herd immunity means letting a large number of people catch a disease, and hence develop immunity to it, to stop the virus spreading. ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Eight new COVID-19 cases today. It’s no surprise when you look at some numbers
    So, as I sit at home with a very, very slight headache (i.e. not at work when I would otherwise be so), the now familiar figure of Ashley Bloomfield reports eight new confirmed cases of COVID-19  including two in Waikato. A surprise, given that we had just twelve yesterday? No. ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    2 weeks ago
  • The WINZ Paradox versus the new COVID-19 Reality: Get real people, seriously…
    Many who advocated for, and voted for, the current Coalition – particularly those who voted Labour and the Green Party – expected to see a sea change in the reality of social services. A real, deep change of attitude, approach of process through which the system negotiates the difficult and ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 weeks ago

  • Christchurch Hospital Hagley ICU to open to support COVID-19 response
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says 36 new intensive care beds at Christchurch Hospital’s new Hagley building are being fast tracked so they are available for treatment of COVID-19 patients.   The Ministry of Health is working with contractor CPB and Canterbury DHB to enable access to the hospital’s ICU, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 hours ago
  • Government supports Air NZ freight flights
    The Government has fast-tracked up to $1 million to help Air New Zealand move urgent freight to and from New Zealand, with the first flight to Shanghai leaving tonight, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. Phil Twyford says it’s crucial that trade in vital goods such as medical supplies and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    13 hours ago
  • Tariff concessions on COVID-19 related products
    New Zealand will temporarily remove tariffs on all medical and hygiene imports needed for the COVID-19 response. Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker and Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi said today that the New Zealand Customs Service will apply tariff concessions to all diagnostic reagents and testing ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Clarification of modification to wage subsidy scheme
    Minister of Finance Grant Robertson has clarified that the changes to the wage subsidy scheme announced yesterday mean that employers should be passing on the full subsidy to workers, except in the case where the person’s normal income is less than the level of the subsidy. “We still want employers ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Face masks flowing to DHBs
    Medical face masks from the national reserve supply are now being distributed to District Health Boards, while at the same time local production is being ramped up. Yesterday more than 640,000 masks were sent to DHBS – that is an immediate two week supply, with more to follow in coming ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • COVID-19: Further steps to protect New Zealanders’ jobs
    The Government has made modifications to the wage subsidy scheme to ensure people don’t lose their jobs during the national lockdown. These changes will soften the impact of COVID-19 on workers, families and businesses, and position them to exit the lockdown and look to recovery, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Tax relief for Mycoplasma Bovis farmers
    Farmers whose herds were culled in response to the outbreak of Mycoplasma bovis will be able to minimise the tax treatment of their income in some circumstances. Revenue Minister Stuart Nash says Cabinet has agreed to change the law. It means farmers may be eligible to spread their income over ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • $27 million for NGOs and community groups to continue providing essential services
    A $27 million dollar package, effective immediately, is being provided to social sector services and community groups to ensure they can continue to provide essential support to communities as we stay at home as a nation to stop the spread of COVID-19, Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni announced. “At ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Statement on guilty plea of March 15 terrorist
    “The guilty plea today will provide some relief to the many people whose lives were shattered by what happened on March 15,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. “These guilty pleas and conviction bring accountability for what happened and also save the families who lost loved ones, those who were injured, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • COVID-19 updates
    The Prime Minister is holding daily press conferences to update New Zealanders on the Government's response to COVID-19. Links to videos and transcripts of these updates below. These transcripts also include All of Government press conferences led by Director Ministry of Health's Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield. 25 March: Live update from the Prime ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Police numbers break through 10,000 mark
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