Lift the refugee quota

Written By: - Date published: 7:16 am, June 23rd, 2015 - 69 comments
Categories: australian politics, class war, human rights, im/migration - Tags: , , , ,

It’s a shameful fact that the political right use refugees as a weapon to drum up populist conservative backlash. John Key was at it (again) earlier this month:

People-smuggling boat ‘credible risk and threat’ to NZ

A people-smuggling boat with 65 people on board was a “credible risk and threat”, and had the capability to make it to New Zealand, the Prime Minister says.

What the hell kind of “risk” and “threat” is a boat load of scared and desperate women and kids to this country? Are we really so frightened of helping people? To their credit, Labour and The Greens spoke up:

Boat people: a political bogeyman?

Labour leader Andrew Little said the chances of refugees making it to New Zealand in boats were zero. He said Mr Key was simply trying to distract the public. “This looks like National Party standard distraction material, to raise some sort of bogey that he thinks is going to be there and will get people excited,” Mr Little said. “And divert attention from things like falling dairy prices, a lower national income – the sort of issues that are exercising a lot of people at the moment.”

Green Party immigration spokesperson Denise Roche agreed that the Government was inventing a bogeyman. “I do worry that there’s a beat-up that consistently comes from this Government about potential refugees and asylum seekers who use boats to get here.

Since then we’ve had the claims that Australia has paid off refugee boat crew (“people smugglers”) to divert elsewhere, claims that this “state bribery” has been going on for years, and Tony Abbot effectively admitting as much. Digging deep into his puddle of moral rectitude, Key refused to express an opinion on this tactic, because he could see “both sides of the argument”.

Despite the fact that NZ hasn’t increased its refugee quota since 1987 (where were you Labour?), Key was sure yesterday morning that we shouldn’t raise our quota. Then it emerged that he knows so little about the actual refugee situation in NZ that he didn’t even know what the quota was:

Key admits getting refugee numbers wrong

Prime Minister John Key has admitted to getting his numbers wrong and greatly overestimating the number of refugees New Zealand settles. … “Yes, it is 750, but we have family reunification, so the numbers swell to thousands. I think it is 3000 or 4000 off the top of my head,” Mr Key said. After being challenged on that figure by the Greens and other advocacy groups, he said the figure was wrong.

Today [Green MP] Ms Roche released figures from Immigration New Zealand which showed that in the 2013/14 financial year a total of 1153 refugees, asylum-seekers and family members were accepted. That figure included 750 refugees accepted as part of the quota, 334 under family reunification, and 69 asylum seekers.

That wasn’t the only thing Key got wrong. For example:

Here are the Facts, Prime Minister
Press Release: WagePeaceNZ

3. When referring to refugees, our Prime Minister stated that, “Our humanitarian position is, I think, top of the class.”

Fact: When it comes to refugee in-take, New Zealand is far closer to the bottom of the class. New UNHCR figures show we are 90th in the world in the total number of refugees we host per capita. Worse, if you figure by our relative wealth, then we rank 116th. Our world standing has actually dropped by three places since last year. These figures were released last week.

Amnesty International has also criticised our “top of the class” position on refugees:

John Key’s refugee comments disappointing

New Zealand has not increased its refugee quota for 30 years. Amnesty International is calling on the Government to double the quota from the current 750. New Zealand ranks 87th in the world in per capita rankings for its total refugee resettlement. By comparison Australia takes three times as many refugees on a per capita basis.

“As New Zealand prepares for its presidency of the UN Security Council in July it must set an example and not leave neighbouring countries like Turkey to do it all. Other countries have stepped up: Germany is taking 30,000 Syrian refugees, Canada is taking 10,000,” said Grant Bayldon.

“New Zealand’s tiny refugee intake calls into question its Security Council election campaign which positioned that nation as being a good global citizen, punching above its weight on the world stage.”

Indeed.

It is long past time that NZ raised its refugee quota. A private member’s bill by Green Party MP Denise Roche proposes increasing the quota to 1000. It has wide support:

Labour, New Zealand First, Act, United Future and the Maori Party all want to see the refugee numbers increase by varying degrees. NZ First’s support would come only if immigration levels were cut at the same time.

Come on Nats, do the right thing, raise the quota.


Simon Kneebone:
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69 comments on “Lift the refugee quota ”

  1. Charles 1

    Well it’s a wider problem: the only reason you’d want to come here if you were poor, not white, and didn’t speak English, was if the alternative was death by drowning. We have wealth distribution issues (gosh, and race issues, and just about everything else) to deal with first – elect a socially responsible government first, then let them raise the quota. Key and his mates will just draw out the potential poverty of refugees (on one extreme) and breed desperate greed in them (on the other extreme) which doesn’t help anyone. If a boat was drifting somewhere in the Tasman, we should go get it for humanitarian reasons, and keep the occupants as citizens, but asking Key’s style of government to raise quotas isn’t responsible.

  2. Gosman 2

    Set up a charity to help integrate and resettle the additional refugees and get funding from private sources then you will have a much stronger case. Unless you just expect other people to pay for what you want to happen.

    • other people pay for lots of things gossie – at least this would be worthwhile and help actual people that need help rather than the fatcats slurping up their cream

    • Draco T Bastard 2.2

      Charities have never worked well which is why we built up our Welfare State which the inhumane are presently tearing down so as to further enrich the already rich.

    • Colonial Rawshark 2.3

      Unless you just expect other people to pay for what you want to happen.

      Who did you pay to teach you to read and write as a five year old, shit head?

    • Hateatea 2.4

      Charities are actually an inefficient way to deliver most services as a disproportionate amount of time, effort and resources is spent on applying for funding to be able to perform the charitable purpose.

      It is also exploitative of the goodwill of volunteers.

      Many charities in this country are struggling to attract sufficient volunteers as more and more people are working longer hours or more than one job to keep themselves and their families. Where once upon a time it was the wives and mothers, retirees and the clergy who were the backbone of many worthy causes this is not necessarily the case in many areas of this country.

      A properly funded organisation would be more appropriate and efficient but I wouldn’t expect this to happen given the current philosophies en vogue in Government.

  3. ianmac 3

    Perhaps Farrar polling shows Key that most people are disinterested in bringing poor refugees to NZ. He would be on safe ground to be dismissive. In his mind anyway!

    • cogito 3.1

      Not all refugees are poor (or uneducated). Think of Ahmed Zaoui, for instance.

  4. Rosie 4

    Thanks Anthony.

    We have many reasons to be ashamed of ourselves here in lil’ ol NZ and our low refugee quota is one of them.

    A compassionate government would raise it.

    • Gosman 4.1

      A compassionate group of people would set up a charity to support Refugees and look to get funding for it before expecting the Government to do this. Are you going to put your time and money where your keyboard warrior hands are?

      • Tracey 4.1.1

        so, if someone is spread thin, working their job, bringing up the family and maybe supporting a couple of charities, and don’t have time to volunteer or set up a charity for everything they think is important, they should shut up? Interesting philosophy Gosman, makes me wonder how you have the nerve to write anything about Greece or Venezuela, what with you not being prepared to DO anything about it, like go to Germany and exhort them to take one for the great economic system and not relent to Greece, or go to Venezuela to explain to them how wrong they are and how much better they would be under your system?

        • marty mars 4.1.1.1

          hey unfair – he’s thinking about thinking about setting up a charity lol

          • dukeofurl 4.1.1.1.1

            Perhaps they could be some sort of ‘social bonds’ so that people with an eye on the bottom line can ‘invest too’

            Bring in some financial intermediaries like …like Gosman and they would be away laughing.

        • Gosman 4.1.1.2

          I write about Venezuela and Greece because they are illustrative of the failure of left wing economics. I am not wanting anybody to do anything. I merely highlight that the Greeks or Venezuelans will be forced by economic reality to follow policies I support or they will be much worse off than they are now. This article wants the Government to increase funding dramatically for Refugees yet I see little in the way of people stumping up their own time and money to help as well. It is easy to be compassionate when it doesn’t cost you anything.

          • Draco T Bastard 4.1.1.2.1

            I write about Venezuela and Greece because they are illustrative of the failure of left wing economics.

            Actually, they’re proof of the failure of right-wing economics – the delusion that if we make the rich richer then everyone will be better off. What really happens is that the nations that do that fall into bankruptcy with extremes of poverty and wealth – exactly as we’re now seeing around the world including NZ.

          • dukeofurl 4.1.1.2.2

            Please !
            As a student of capitalism you should know that failure is part of the system. Most of the big companies of 75 years ago have failed over time as you capitalists would have predicted.
            Was General Motors a soft left wing institution all along ?
            Yet when they did go bankrupt the people who held unsecured bonds got next to nothing.
            From memory face value was $27 billion and they got 10% of the new GM stock., maybe less than 5% back. Happens all the time , take the risker lending and expect to lose your shirt.

            Greeces problem, is that they owe too much, and the looses Europes banks will take when they get back up to 10% of face value is too much to bear.

            You have this idea that borrowing too much money is ‘left wing economics’, well then our own example of TV3.
            First it was a private equity buyout, which is OK, but they got bank money to load up with debt on the scale of Greece- plus Ironbridge didnt have to pay back the money they borrowed when they couldnt pay the interest.
            The lenders got shares instead, so they took it on the chin and offloaded the shares /debt to Oaktree, who will try to stitch it up to sell off and make some money. Fat chance.

            • Gosman 4.1.1.2.2.1

              The failure of companies like General Motors under Capitalism is evidence of the strength of the system not it’s weakness.

          • Colonial Rawshark 4.1.1.2.3

            I write about Venezuela and Greece because they are illustrative of the failure of left wing economics.

            They are targets of rapacious neoliberal capitalism.

            The IMF is more than willing to keep giving Ukraine money, even though Ukraine is outright defaulting on its IMF payments.

            For Greece, the IMF will give nothing.

            This is nothing but the politics of control, power and subjugation, by the power elite.

            • Gosman 4.1.1.2.3.1

              The IMF has given Billions and Billions to Greece.

              • Colonial Rawshark

                Don’t take us for fools Gosman. The IMF has lent billions and billions to Greece which immediately got put into the deep pockets at Deutschebank and other private holders of Greek bonds.

              • Nigel

                The IMF money is primarily to pay the banks that lied about the Greek financial position to allow EU membership. Followed up by huge loans with no hope of repayment.
                How ironic that suddenly these same institutions have gotten the religion of financial prudence.
                Those loans will never be paid, the question is only one of how much squeezing of the Greek population (for interest payments, not principal) can occur before they default.
                Of course the ECB will bail out those banks that made risky loans to Greece as they always expected.

                What a load of cobblers that the Greek situation in any way reflects on the poor people of Greece. To make this a Left/Right argument is disingenuous.

                Tax avoidance by the wealthy in Greece is a national pastime, as it is to a lesser degree right here at home….

                Cheers

                • Tracey

                  “Tax avoidance by the wealthy in Greece is a national pastime, as it is to a lesser degree right here at home….” as it is in all capitalist-hybrid nations, including ours. So having shitloads of money doesn’t make you any more disposed to abide by the rules set for everyone else.

              • Tracey

                a gift you say? That’s odd, so they are not wanting any of it back?

          • s y d 4.1.1.2.4

            Yo Gosman, rather than set up a charity, I would prefer that the government didn’t use my taxes to train another nations armed forces who by their actions will create more refugees.
            We could always stop doing that and find an alterntive use for the funds currently spent overseas – maybe we could help with resettling more refugees?

            • Tracey 4.1.1.2.4.1

              ^^^ this

            • Gosman 4.1.1.2.4.2

              I suppose you think that if IS wins there will be no refugee problem then. Is that correct?

              • Colonial Rawshark

                Hey Gosman the more you fight ISIS the stronger it gets. The US reckons it has killed up to 15,000 ISIS fighters now, except ISIS only used to have 15,000 fighters. But it’s still going strong as ever.

                Grow a brain.

          • Tracey 4.1.1.2.5

            Yes, i a nutshell you “speak” and wait for the world to catch up with your genius because your way is the only way (even though you vote for a party that props up a system you claim to not want) We noticed that Gosman, it’s not a secret. And you do it without any self righteousness or know-it-all ness. Well done.

      • Rosie 4.1.2

        Yes, they already have Gosman, and you would have noticed that if you had read Anthony’s post:

        http://www.wagepeacenz.org/

        So, you think it’s desirable that our government dump it’s social responsibilities on to NGO’s? (Ala social bonds, the profit driven incentive for mental health care and job placement of “clients”).
        Are you not in the least, a little embarrassed about our indifference to suffering given other countries are taking in large numbers?

        Eg; Italy:

        “In the first seven months of 2014, more than 87,000 people arrived in Italy by sea, mainly from Eritrea and the Syrian Arab Republic (Syria). In an effort to reduce the risks linked to such journeys, in October 2013 the Italian Government launched the Mare Nostrum operation, which has rescued more than 100,000 people. Greece and Spain also recorded an increase in arrivals.”

        http://www.unhcr.org/pages/49e48e996.html

        And don’t tell me what I should be doing. You have no idea what non paid work I do in my life

  5. frankly if we care very little about others in need then we should expect the same when we need help and we will need that help – but the ones that love fortressnz will be the first in line for help, crying and pleading for their loved ones and themselves and forgetting how callous they were when others asked.

    Increase the help we give refugees

  6. vto 6

    “some people make poor lifestyle choices”

  7. Save NZ 7

    Change NZ Foreign Policy to help prevent the burgeoning refugee crisis….

    All these bomb and wars, hello the locals are trying to get away….

    • s y d 7.1

      That is the rub.
      You would think Gosman would try to be a clifftop fence rather than a charitable ambulance.

  8. Sable 8

    The reality is there are people migrating to NZ every day who for whatever reason may or may not be a good fit for this country. Its more appropriate to talk in terms of ensuring the vetting process is of a high standard rather than banging on about people who will never get this far South.

    Yet another attempted public diversion from National…..

    • Old Mickey 9.1

      That’s a shame, with Winston’s support that’s a dead giveaway that nothing will change anytime soon. This is a topic not suitable for gotcha politics, and it would be nice to see some reasoned debate in the house rather than the usual “does the minister stand by all his statements”.

  9. peter 10

    Increasing our refugee quota will make zero fifference to this huge problem. How about putting our energies into lobbying the rich nations, like the Gulf States, to take up their responsilities as humans. It seems only the countries that are predominantly white and with a Christian background have even the slightest regard for helping others.

    • r0b 10.1

      Increasing our refugee quota will make zero fifference to this huge problem.

      And it will make the world of difference to 250 lives.

    • Tracey 10.2

      send 150 soldiers could be argued as not making any difference, putting less than 1% into the new asian bank won’t make any difference, and yet, and yet, this government does that.

      It will make 100% difference to those humans we accept over the current limit

    • Colonial Rawshark 10.3

      Hey Peter you heartless wretch, how dare you even claim a shred of Christianity as your own when you yourself have fuck all “regard for helping others.”

  10. Rolf 11

    The readers need to be aware that 99% of these so called refugees are not fleeing any unrest, they are simply illegal immigrants that want to take advantage of our generous welfare. Genuine refugees have a certain right to protection, but not free welfare on others expense. Do like Australia, send them to other countries like PNG where they can build their new life, and support them in doing so. Europe has been overrun by false refugees, murder, crime, street shootings, fraud, street rape has become the result. Learn from others mistake.

    • vto 11.1

      it is a globalised world in absolutely every single sense except people movement….. people should be able to go wherever they want like money can, like junk can, like armies can, like weapons can, like movies can, like the internet can, like … the list goes on

      let the people go wherever they want

      this is the free market brought to its ultimate conclusion

      bring it on

      • greywarshark 11.1.1

        @vto +1

        Rolf you stay true to form. You always say things that make any moral person feel uncomfortable to share the page with you. If peoples iives are continually being disrupted by fighting and destruction of their houses and gardens then they are forced to flee. if they want to live, want to protect their children from injury, death, rape or enforced service for a vile and degenerate band then they must abandon their homeland and seek a place for themselves somewhere else on earth.

        NZ is part of the military and political group causing much of the problem. It is only fair that we accept part of the human fallout from our machinations.

    • Tracey 11.2

      “that 99% of these so called refugees are not fleeing any unrest”

      which refugees, do you mean the ones on the boats that aren’t coming here? Or others?

    • Tracey 11.3

      “Europe has been overrun by false refugees, murder, crime, street shootings, fraud, street rape has become the result”

      Cos Europe had been inhabited by humans for a few hundred years with no murder, crime, street shootings, fraud, street rape. It only started with illegal migrants.

      🙄

      Is it ok to send murderers, criminals, street rapists and shooters to PNG instead of here or Australia?

      • peter 11.3.1

        It is sad but true that we simply cannot let these people in. Most are good people fleeing bad situations, but letting them in just drags our own economy and social structure down.

        We or rather that pathetic body of crooks called the UN should be pressuring the despotic regimes and the bigotted selfish religions ike Myanmar and Buddhism to reduce the pressure for these people to want or need to leave. Go to the sour e 9f he problem, not putting a band aid on the symptoms.

        • Macro 11.3.1.1

          What a load of utter tosh!

          Have you any credible evidence that refugees will “drag our economy and social structures down”, or is that your obvious racial prejudice speaking? Do you know any people in this country who have arrived here as refugees? Obviously not – because if you were to actually do some investigation of just how well these people have integrated and worked in our society, you would never have written such a stupid thing.

          • peter 11.3.1.1.1

            When someone has to resort to abuse a d personal attacks, it is THAT person who has both a stupidity and lack of knowledge a d confidence in their own thoughts and arguments. Please refrain from your racist and vacuous and abusive rants.

            • One Anonymous Bloke 11.3.1.1.1.1

              Yes, because projecting your own ethics onto refugees is totes legit.

            • One Anonymous Bloke 11.3.1.1.1.2

              PS: Macro makes no remarks about you personally – learn the difference between criticising your racist behaviour and a personal attack.

              “You wrote an idiotic racist comment” is different from “you are a racist idiot”, whether or not both statements are true.

            • Colonial Rawshark 11.3.1.1.1.3

              Hey peter you fucker

              Inhumans like you should be escorted on to a small island and kept there. Preferably not one of the ones belonging to NZ.

            • greywarshark 11.3.1.1.1.4

              It’s a shame Peter that people take notice of the tosh you write, and get all excited. You are quite right that people shouldn’t resort to personal attacks.
              The way you should be treated, is to be ignored until you learn to apply your mind to reality and accept we have to care about each other if we are to function as highly intelligent and knowledgable moral people. We also need to accept responsibility for our actions in taking part in wars and being complicit in damage to others’ lives.

              • infused

                You will find it is a view backed by a lot of New Zealanders. And you only have to watch the EU to see how this is all playing out.

                • One Anonymous Bloke

                  When you look at Europe, you look at it through your little piggy centre right eyes, distorted by hate-speech and ignorance.

                  Please add some links so we know exactly what you’re blithering about.

                • miravox

                  Trying to compare the European situation with a couple of percent increase in numbers for NZ is not really relevant.

                  Compare – World bank data shows NZ accepted 1,403 refugees (2010-14 data) .

                  Austria accepted 55,598 in the same period. NZ would be having to take in around 20,000 over that period to make somewhere near a fair comparison (Austria pop 8.4 million).

                  These figures have substantially increased this year, more than 10,000 people filed for asylum in the first three months of this year. In May alone nearly 300 people per week sought refuge. We see some of these poor people queuing up early in the morning for their papers at the police admin centre down the road from us.

                  Even doubling the 750 NZ has agreed to accept is not going to come anywhere near the situation in Europe.

                  Totally invalid, fear-mongering, comparison there infused.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 11.4

      We’ll just have to take Rolf’s word for it that his ‘concern’ is based in reality, as opposed to racism and hate.

      Oh, who am I kidding – bigots waste no opportunity to spread their vile prejudice. Rolf is no exception.

      • peter 11.4.1

        Opposing illegal immigrant on economic and social grounds is being bigotted and racist? In my experience patronizing attitudes are the most racist positions of all.

        • One Anonymous Bloke 11.4.1.1

          they are simply illegal immigrants that want to take advantage of our generous welfare…Europe has been overrun by false refugees, murder, crime, street shootings, fraud, street rape has become the result.

          I’m sure you see this as the simple truth; to me it looks like a sort of insecurity blankie, a fog of prejudice caused by ignorance and stupidity in equal measures.

          “Illegal immigration” is a revealing frame, too. I thought we used to criticise the USSR for its closed borders and yet here you are, setting up gulags.

  11. Scintilla 12

    One of these days some powerful country is going to decide that NZ is relatively empty of people and just perfect for whoever they wish to resettle. They might be refugees from war-torn countries, or maybe just surplus population they don’t want anymore, kind of like how Australia was the penal colony for those who committed some heinous crime such as stealing food, or the master’s new boots. Maybe they will be the rich and entitled escaping climate change and setting up a new life down here.

    I wonder what our response will be?

    • Puckish Rogue 12.1

      Yeah nah, Australia would move to block not because they want to but more because Australia would see any invasion of NZ as a base to invade Australia

      Australia would then be backed up by the US so while its not impossible (after all the largest moslem country in the world isn’t that far away) its pretty damn unlikely

    • Colonial Rawshark 12.2

      Our politicians will sell them the country at a discount rate

      • Scintilla 12.2.1

        Yes, i suspect Australia would certainly act in his own interests, please let it not happen while Abbott is PM! We are very handy as the long term food farm next door. Australia/USA might see us as a useful refugee camp easily able to absorb 5 million people – and think of the economic growth! Massive opps for rentier lifestylers. Pretty sure JK’s Mates Rates will apply for those poised to profit from such a scheme.

        Doubling (or more) of our current population would transform our current society, which may be refreshing (like to think it could be great), but it could also become something else entirely. And there’s the rub. ‘Live and let live’ is my motto, but that motto is not shared by probably the majority of people on the planet. I loathe the idea that a more prescriptive, restrictive, suffocating values system might be imposed alongside more of the exploitative, resource pillaging, surveilled and stupidised twattery we already endure.

        It’s still possible to live on the fringe in NZ and follow your own path, but that space is quietly diminishing – that’s the freedom I fight to keep.

  12. Ad 13

    I’d feel a whole lot more comfortable about more refugees if we were allowed a broader debate about the total number and skill level of immigrants allowed into New Zealand in any one year. I’m not asking for an annual referendum on quotes. I’m asking for a decent debate about how fast immigration is changing the entire country, let alone Auckland.

    • cogito 13.1

      Better to have more well screened refugees of good character allowed into NZ than some current migrants who buy their way into NZ and then turn us into tenants in our own country.

      • Ad 13.1.1

        Disagree.
        Asians are over 23% of Auckland’s population.
        Chinese and Indians in particular have provided spectacular dynamism and wealth and confidence into Auckland over two decades. Asians are not foreigners here. They are us.

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  • If this is Back on Track – let's not.
    I used to want to plant bombs at the Last Night of the PromsBut now you'll find me with the baby, in the bathroom,With that big shell, listening for the sound of the sea,The baby and meI stayed in bed, alone, uncertainThen I met you, you drew the curtainThe sun ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • Welfare: Just two timid targets from the National government
    Lindsay Mitchell writes –  The National Government has announced just two targets for the Ministry of Social Development. They are: – to reduce the number of people receiving Jobseeker Support by 50,000 to 140,000 by June 2029, and – (alongside HUD) to reduce the number of households in emergency ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    2 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to April 12
    Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The podcast above features co-hosts Bernard Hickey and Peter Bale, along with regular guests Robert Patman on Gaza and AUKUS II, Merja Myllylahti on AUT’s trust in news report, Awhi’s Holly Bennett on a watered-down voluntary code for lobbyists, plus special guest Patrick Gower ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • A Dead Internet?
    Hi,Four years ago I wrote about a train engineer who derailed his train near the port in Los Angeles.He was attempting to slam thousands of tonnes of screaming metal into a docked Navy hospital ship, because he thought it was involved in some shady government conspiracy theory. He thought it ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    2 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 12-April-2024
    Welcome back to another Friday. Here’s some articles that caught our attention this week. This Week in Greater Auckland On Wednesday Matt looked at the latest with the Airport to Botany project. On Thursday Matt covered the revelation that Auckland Transport have to subsidise towing illegally parked cars. ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    2 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 12-April-2024
    Welcome back to another Friday. Here’s some articles that caught our attention this week. This Week in Greater Auckland On Wednesday Matt looked at the latest with the Airport to Botany project. On Thursday Matt covered the revelation that Auckland Transport have to subsidise towing illegally parked cars. ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    2 days ago
  • Antarctic heat spike shocks climate scientists
    A ‘Regime Shift’ could raise sea levels sooner than anticipated. Has a tipping point been triggered in the Antarctic? Photo: Juan Barreto/Getty Images TL;DR: Here’s the top six news items of note in climate news for Aotearoa-NZ this week, and a discussion above that was recorded yesterday afternoon between and ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #15 2024
    Open access notables Global carbon emissions in 2023, Liu et al., Nature Reviews Earth & Environment Annual global CO2 emissions dropped markedly in 2020 owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, decreasing by 5.8% relative to 2019 (ref. 1). There were hopes that green economic stimulus packages during the COVD crisis might mark the beginning ...
    2 days ago
  • Everything will be just fine
    In our earlier days of national self-loathing, we made a special place for the attitude derided as she’ll be right.You don't hear many people younger than age Boomer using that particular expression these days. But that doesn’t mean there are not younger people in possession of such an attitude.The likes of ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    2 days ago
  • Farmers and landlords are given news intended to lift their confidence – but the media must muse o...
    Buzz from the Beehive People working in the beleaguered media industry have cause to yearn for a minister as busy as Todd McClay and his associates have been in recent days. But if they check out the Beehive website for a list of Melissa Lee’s announcements, pronouncements, speeches and what-have-you ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    2 days ago
  • National’s war on renters
    When the National government came into office, it complained of a "war on landlords". It's response? Start a war on renters instead: The changes include re-introducing 90-day "no cause" terminations for periodic tenancies, meaning landlords can end a periodic tenancy without giving any reason. [...] Landlords will now only ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Drawn
    A ballot for two Member's Bills was held today, and the following bills were drawn: Repeal of Good Friday and Easter Sunday as Restricted Trading Days (Shop Trading and Sale of Alcohol) Amendment Bill (Cameron Luxton) Consumer Guarantees (Right to Repair) Amendment Bill (Marama Davidson) The ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • At last some science
    Ele Ludemann writes – Is getting rid of plastic really good for the environment? Substituting plastics with alternative materials is likely to result in increased GHG emissions, according to research from the University of Sheffield. The study by Dr. Fanran Meng from Sheffield’s Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    3 days ago
  • Something important: the curious death of the School Strike 4 Climate Movement
      The Christchurch Mosque Massacres, Covid-19, deep political disillusionment, and the jealous cruelty of the intersectionists: all had a part to play in causing School Strike 4 Climate’s bright bubble of hope and passion to burst. But, while it floated above us, it was something that mattered. Something Important.   ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    3 days ago
  • The day the TV media died…
    Peter Dunne writes –  April 10 is a dramatic day in New Zealand’s history. On April 10, 1919, the preliminary results of a referendum showed that New Zealanders had narrowly voted for prohibition by a majority of around 13,000 votes. However, when the votes of soldiers still overseas ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    3 days ago
  • What's the point in Melissa Lee?
    While making coffee this morning I listened to Paddy Gower from Newshub being interviewed on RNZ. It was painful listening. His hurt and love for that organisation, its closure confirmed yesterday, quite evident.As we do when something really matters, he hasn’t giving up hope. Paddy talked about the taonga that ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • Bernard's Top 10 'pick 'n' mix' at 10:10 am on Thursday, April 11
    TL;DR: Here’s the 10 news and other links elsewhere that stood out for me over the last day, as at 10:10 am on Wednesday, April 10:Photo by Iva Rajović on UnsplashMust-read: As more than half of the nation’s investigative journalists are sacked, Newsroom’s Tim Murphy shows what it takes to ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell On Winston Peters’ Pathetic Speech At The UN
    Good grief, Winston Peters. Tens of thousands of Gazans have been slaughtered, two million are on the brink of starvation and what does our Foreign Minister choose to talk about at the UN? The 75 year old issue of whether the five permanent members should continue to have veto powers ...
    3 days ago
  • Subsidising illegal parking
    Hopefully finally over his obsession with raised crossings, the Herald’s Bernard Orsman has found something to actually be outraged at. Auckland ratepayers are subsidising the cost of towing, storing and releasing cars across the city to the tune of $15 million over five years. Under a quirk in the law, ...
    3 days ago
  • When 'going for growth' actually means saying no to new social homes
    TL;DR: These six things stood out to me over the last day in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy, as of 7:06 am on Thursday, April 11:The Government has refused a community housing provider’s plea for funding to help build 42 apartments in Hamilton because it said a $100 million fund was used ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • https://www.politik.co.nz/?p=12733
    As the public sector redundancies rolled on, with the Department of Conservation saying yesterday it was cutting 130 positions, a Select Committee got an insight into the complexities and challenges of cutting the Government’s workforce. Immigration New Zealand chiefs along with their Minister, Erica Stanford, appeared before Parliament’s Education and ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    3 days ago
  • Bernard's six-stack of substacks at 6:06 pm on Wednesday, April 10
    TL;DR: Six substacks that stood out to me in the last day:Explaining is winning for journalists wanting to regain trust, writes is his excellent substack. from highlights Aotearoa-NZ’s greenwashing problem in this weekly substack. writes about salt via his substack titled: The Second Soul, Part I ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • EGU2024 – Picking and chosing sessions to attend virtually
    This year's General Assembly of the European Geosciences Union (EGU) will take place as a fully hybrid conference in both Vienna and online from April 15 to 19. I decided to join the event virtually this year for the full week and I've already picked several sessions I plan to ...
    3 days ago
  • But here's my point about the large irony in what Luxon is saying
    Grim old week in the media business, eh? And it’s only Wednesday, to rework an old upbeat line of poor old Neil Roberts.One of the larger dark ironies of it all has been the line the Prime Minister is serving up to anyone asking him about the sorry state of ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    3 days ago
  • Govt gives farmers something to talk about (regarding environmental issues) at those woolshed meetin...
    Buzz from the Beehive Hard on the heels of three rurally oriented ministers launching the first of their woolshed meetings, the government brought good news to farmers on the environmental front. First, Agriculture Minister Todd McClay announced an additional $18 million is being committed to reduce agricultural emissions. Not all ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    3 days ago
  • Climate change violates human rights
    That's the ruling of the European Court of Human Rights today: Weak government climate policies violate fundamental human rights, the European court of human rights has ruled. In a landmark decision on one of three major climate cases, the first such rulings by an international court, the ECHR raised ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Which govt departments have grown the most?
    David Farrar writes –  There has been a 34% increase over six years in the size of the public service, in terms of EFTS. But not all agencies have grown by the same proportion. Here are the 10 with the largest relative increases between 2017 and ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    3 days ago
  • What’s to blame for the public’s plummeting trust in the media?
    Bryce Edwards writes  –  The media is in crisis, as New Zealand audiences flee from traditional sources of news and information. The latest survey results on the public’s attitude to the media shows plummeting trust. And New Zealand now leads the world in terms of those who want ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    3 days ago
  • Something Important: The Curious Death of the School Strike 4 Climate Movement.
    The Hope That Failed: The Christchurch Mosque Massacres, Covid-19, deep political disillusionment, and the jealous cruelty of the intersectionists: all had a part to play in causing School Strike 4 Climate’s bright bubble of hope and passion to burst. But, while it floated above us, it was something that mattered. Something ...
    4 days ago
  • Cow Farts and Cancer Sticks.
    What do you do if you’re a new government minister and the science is in. All of the evidence and facts are clear, but they’re not to your liking? They’re inconsistent with your policy positions and/or your spending priorities.Well, first off you could just stand back and watch as the ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • Member’s Day
    Today is a Member's day. First up is James Shaw's New Zealand Bill of Rights (Right to Sustainable Environment) Amendment Bill, which does exactly what it says on the label. Despite solid backing in international law and from lawyers and NGOs, National will likely vote it down out of pure ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Bernard's Top 10 'pick 'n' mix' at 10:10 am on Wednesday, April 10
    Luxon in 2021 as a new MP, before his rise to PM and subsequent plummeting popularity. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: Here’s the 10 things that stood out for me from me reading over the last day, as at 10:10 am on Wednesday, April 10:Must read: Tova O’Brien describes ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • What’s happening with Airport to Botany
    One of the few public transport projects the current government have said they support is the Airport to Botany project (A2B) and it’s one we haven’t covered in a while so worth looking at where things are at. A business case for the project was completed in 2021 before being ...
    4 days ago
  • Bishop more popular than Luxon in Curia poll
    Count the Chrises: Chris Bishop (2nd from right) is moving up in the popularity polls. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: These six things stood out to me over the last day in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy, as of 7:06 am on Wednesday, April 10:The National/ACT/NZ First coalition Government’s opinion poll ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Silmarillion Fan Poetry: A Collection (2022-2024)
    It’s been some time since I properly exercised my poetic muscles. Prose-writing has been where it’s at for me, these past few years. Well, to get back into practice, I thought I’d write the occasional bit of jocular fan poetry, based off Tolkien’s Silmarillion… with this post being a collection ...
    4 days ago
  • At a glance – The Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO) is not causing global warming
    On February 14, 2023 we announced our Rebuttal Update Project. This included an ask for feedback about the added "At a glance" section in the updated basic rebuttal versions. This weekly blog post series highlights this new section of one of the updated basic rebuttal versions and serves as a ...
    4 days ago
  • Bryce Edwards: What’s to blame for the public’s plummeting trust in the media?
    The media is in crisis, as New Zealand audiences flee from traditional sources of news and information. The latest survey results on the public’s attitude to the media shows plummeting trust. And New Zealand now leads the world in terms of those who want to “avoid the news”. But who ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    4 days ago
  • Dead on target
    My targets for today are: 1 newsletter sent out by 4.30pm 800 words of copy delivered to a client by COB, as we say in the world of BAU1 dinner served by sunset GST returnSo far so good. Longer-term targets are: Get some website copy finished before I get on a plane on Saturday ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • The PM sets nine policy targets- and in case you missed the truancy one, Seymour has provided some...
    Buzz from the Beehive Targets and travel were a theme in the latest flow of ministerial announcements. The PM announced a raft of targets (“nine ambitious Government Targets to help improve the lives of New Zealanders”) along with plans to head for Singapore, Thailand, and Philippines. His Deputy and Foreign ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: Unwelcome advice
    Yesterday He Pou a Rangi Climate Change Commission released two key pieces of advice, on the 2036-40 emissions budget and the 2050 target. Both are statutorily required as part of the Zero Carbon Act budgeting / planning process, and both have a round of public consultation before being finalised and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • In a structural deficit, the only real tax cut is a spending cut
    Eric Crampton writes –  This week’s column in the Stuff papers. A snippet: Tabarrok warned that America had two political parties – “the Tax and Spenders and the No-Tax and Spenders” – and neither was fiscally conservative. In the two decades after Tabarrok’s warning, the federal government ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    5 days ago
  • A Return to Kindness?
    New Zealanders are a pretty fair minded bunch. By and large we like to give people a go.Ian Foster, for example, had a terrible record as a head rugby coach. Like not even good, and did we let that bother us? Yeah, but also Nah. Because we went ahead and ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Aukus or not, New Zealand’s foreign policy is being remade
    Geoffrey Miller writes –  This could be a watershed week for New Zealand’s international relations. Winston Peters, the foreign minister, is heading to Washington DC for a full week of meetings. The surprisingly lengthy trip just happens to coincide with a major trilateral summit of leaders from the United States, ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    5 days ago
  • Back to the future, with a 2032 deadline
    Aiming to look visionary and focused, Luxon has announced nine targets to improve measures for education, health, crime and climate emissions - but the reality is only one target is well above pre-Covid levels. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The six news items of note for me in Aotearoa-NZ’s ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Why Rod Carr is optimistic farmers can beat climate change
    The future of farming went on the line yesterday when the Climate Change Commission presented its first review of New Zealand’s target of net zero emissions by 2050. The Commission said New Zealand’s target was unlikely to be consistent with the 2015 Paris Agreement goal of holding temperature rise to ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    5 days ago
  • Grifters, Bigots & Booling With the Dawgs
    Hi,I hope you had a good weekend. I was mostly in bed with the worst flu of my life.Today I’m emerging on the other side — and looking forward to what I can catch of the total solar eclipse rippling across parts of America today.Whilst hacking through a cough, I’ve ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    5 days ago
  • Goldsmith spots a cost-saver in his Justice domain – let’s further erode our right (under Magna ...
    Bob Edlin writes – Chapter 39 of the Magna Carta (from memory) includes the guarantee that no free man may suffer punishment without “the lawful judgment of his peers.” This was a measure which the barons forced on England’s King John to delegate part of his judicial authority ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    5 days ago
  • Climate Adam: Is Global Warming Speeding Up?
    This video includes conclusions of the creator climate scientist Dr. Adam Levy. It is presented to our readers as an informed perspective. Please see video description for references (if any). Thanks to climate change, 2023 has shattered heat records, and 2024 is continuing where last year left off. With this devastating ...
    5 days ago
  • Brooke is on the TV, being a Minister!
    Brooke is on the TV, being a Minister! She is going to talk to Jack on the TV!It's hard to watch Jack on the TV without thinking to yourself:How can anyone be that good-looking,and also be even brainier than they are good-looking?Talk about lucky!But also, Jack works for the TV news. So ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • There’s gold – or rather, energy without carbon – in that rock, but Jones reminds us of the Tr...
    Buzz from the Beehive Oh, dear.  One News tells us an ownership spat is brewing between Māori and the Crown as New Zealand uses more renewable energy sources. No, not water or the shoreline.  Ownership of another resource has come into the reckoning. The One News report explained that 99% of ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: Bad faith from National
    One of the weird features of the Zero Carbon Act was its split-gas targets, which separated methane, produced overwhelmingly by farmers, from carbon dioxide produced by the rest of us. This lower target for methane was another effective subsidy to the dairy industry, and was the result of a compromise ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on Israel’s murderous use of AI in Gaza
    This may seem like a dumb question– but how come Israel has managed to kill at least 33,000 Palestinian civilians in Gaza, including over 13,000 children? Of course, saturation aerial bombing and artillery shelling of densely populated civilian neighbourhoods will do that. So will the targeting of children by IDF ...
    Gordon CampbellBy ScoopEditor
    5 days ago
  • Total Eclipse of the Mind.
    All that you touch And all that you seeAll that you taste All you feelAnd all that you love And all that you hateAll you distrust All you saveEarly tomorrow morning as the sun is rising in Aotearoa many people across North America, from Mexico to Canada, will be losing ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • So why do that degree… here?
    A report – and discussion – from the university front line… Mike Grimshaw writes – I have been involved in numerous curriculum and degree reviews over the decades and in all of them the question always skirted around is: “If you had to leave now with ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    5 days ago
  • The hunt is on for an asterix for farm emissions
    The Government is setting up its own experts group to review the goalposts for farmers to reduce methane emissions. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The six news items of note for me in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy as of 9:06 am on Monday, April 8 are:The Government is setting up ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Geoffrey Miller: Aukus or not, New Zealand’s foreign policy is being remade
    This could be a watershed week for New Zealand’s international relations. Winston Peters, the foreign minister, is heading to Washington DC for a full week of meetings. The surprisingly lengthy trip just happens to coincide with a major trilateral summit of leaders from the United States, Japan and the Philippines. ...
    Democracy ProjectBy Geoffrey Miller
    6 days ago
  • The Kaka’s diary for the week to April 15 and beyond
    TL;DR: The six key events to watch in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy in the week to April 15 include:PM Christopher Luxon is scheduled to hold a post-Cabinet news conference at 4 pm today. The Climate Commission will publish advice to the Government this evening.Parliament is sitting from Question Time at 2pm ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #14
    A listing of 34 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, March 31, 2024 thru Sat, April 6, 2024. Story of the week Proxy measurement via Facebook "engagement" suggests a widely welcoming audience for Prof. Andrew Dessler's The Climate ...
    6 days ago
  • Their Money or Your Life.
    Brooke van Velden appeared this morning on Q&A, presumably paying homage to Margaret Thatcher. The robotic one had come in an 80s pink, shoulder-padded jacket, much favoured by the likes of Thatcher or Hosking. She also brought the spirit of Margaret, seemingly occupying her previously vacant soul compartment.Jack asked for ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Truth pulls its boots on
    It's a lot easier to pull off a lie if people don't know much about what you're lying about.Sometimes, watching Christopher Luxon, you get the impression he doesn't know all that much about it, either.​​ That's the charitable interpretation. The other is that he knows full well.He was on the ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    7 days ago

  • Huge interest in Government’s infrastructure plans
    Hundreds of people in little over a week have turned out in Northland to hear Regional Development Minister Shane Jones speak about plans for boosting the regional economy through infrastructure. About 200 people from the infrastructure and associated sectors attended an event headlined by Mr Jones in Whangarei today. Last ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Health Minister thanks outgoing Health New Zealand Chair
    Health Minister Dr Shane Reti has today thanked outgoing Health New Zealand – Te Whatu Ora Chair Dame Karen Poutasi for her service on the Board.   “Dame Karen tendered her resignation as Chair and as a member of the Board today,” says Dr Reti.  “I have asked her to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Roads of National Significance planning underway
    The NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) has signalled their proposed delivery approach for the Government’s 15 Roads of National Significance (RoNS), with the release of the State Highway Investment Proposal (SHIP) today, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.  “Boosting economic growth and productivity is a key part of the Government’s plan to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Navigating an unstable global environment
    New Zealand is renewing its connections with a world facing urgent challenges by pursuing an active, energetic foreign policy, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “Our country faces the most unstable global environment in decades,” Mr Peters says at the conclusion of two weeks of engagements in Egypt, Europe and the United States.    “We cannot afford to sit back in splendid ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • NZ welcomes Australian Governor-General
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has announced the Australian Governor-General, His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley and his wife Her Excellency Mrs Linda Hurley, will make a State visit to New Zealand from Tuesday 16 April to Thursday 18 April. The visit reciprocates the State visit of former Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Pseudoephedrine back on shelves for Winter
    Associate Health Minister David Seymour has announced that Medsafe has approved 11 cold and flu medicines containing pseudoephedrine. Pharmaceutical suppliers have indicated they may be able to supply the first products in June. “This is much earlier than the original expectation of medicines being available by 2025. The Government recognised ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • NZ and the US: an ever closer partnership
    New Zealand and the United States have recommitted to their strategic partnership in Washington DC today, pledging to work ever more closely together in support of shared values and interests, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.    “The strategic environment that New Zealand and the United States face is considerably more ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Joint US and NZ declaration
    April 11, 2024 Joint Declaration by United States Secretary of State the Honorable Antony J. Blinken and New Zealand Minister of Foreign Affairs the Right Honourable Winston Peters We met today in Washington, D.C. to recommit to the historic partnership between our two countries and the principles that underpin it—rule ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • NZ and US to undertake further practical Pacific cooperation
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced further New Zealand cooperation with the United States in the Pacific Islands region through $16.4 million in funding for initiatives in digital connectivity and oceans and fisheries research.   “New Zealand can achieve more in the Pacific if we work together more urgently and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government redress for Te Korowai o Wainuiārua
    The Government is continuing the bipartisan effort to restore its relationship with iwi as the Te Korowai o Wainuiārua Claims Settlement Bill passed its first reading in Parliament today, says Treaty Negotiations Minister Paul Goldsmith. “Historical grievances of Te Korowai o Wainuiārua relate to 19th century warfare, land purchased or taken ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Focus on outstanding minerals permit applications
    New Zealand Petroleum and Minerals is working to resolve almost 150 outstanding minerals permit applications by the end of the financial year, enabling valuable mining activity and signalling to the sector that New Zealand is open for business, Resources Minister Shane Jones says.  “While there are no set timeframes for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Applications open for NZ-Ireland Research Call
    The New Zealand and Irish governments have today announced that applications for the 2024 New Zealand-Ireland Joint Research Call on Agriculture and Climate Change are now open. This is the third research call in the three-year Joint Research Initiative pilot launched in 2022 by the Ministry for Primary Industries and Ireland’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Tenancy rules changes to improve rental market
    The coalition Government has today announced changes to the Residential Tenancies Act to encourage landlords back to the rental property market, says Housing Minister Chris Bishop. “The previous Government waged a war on landlords. Many landlords told us this caused them to exit the rental market altogether. It caused worse ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Boosting NZ’s trade and agricultural relationship with China
    Trade and Agriculture Minister Todd McClay will visit China next week, to strengthen relationships, support Kiwi exporters and promote New Zealand businesses on the world stage. “China is one of New Zealand’s most significant trade and economic relationships and remains an important destination for New Zealand’s products, accounting for nearly 22 per cent of our good and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Freshwater farm plan systems to be improved
    The coalition Government intends to improve freshwater farm plans so that they are more cost-effective and practical for farmers, Associate Environment Minister Andrew Hoggard and Agriculture Minister Todd McClay have announced. “A fit-for-purpose freshwater farm plan system will enable farmers and growers to find the right solutions for their farm ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New Fast Track Projects advisory group named
    The coalition Government has today announced the expert advisory group who will provide independent recommendations to Ministers on projects to be included in the Fast Track Approvals Bill, say RMA Reform Minister Chris Bishop and Regional Development Minister Shane Jones. “Our Fast Track Approval process will make it easier and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Pacific and Gaza focus of UN talks
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters says his official talks with the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in New York today focused on a shared commitment to partnering with the Pacific Islands region and a common concern about the humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza.    “Small states in the Pacific rely on collective ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government honours Taranaki Maunga deal
    The Government is honouring commitments made to Taranaki iwi with the Te Pire Whakatupua mō Te Kāhui Tupua/Taranaki Maunga Collective Redress Bill passing its first reading Parliament today, Treaty Negotiations Minister Paul Goldsmith says. “This Bill addresses the commitment the Crown made to the eight iwi of Taranaki to negotiate ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Enhanced partnership to reduce agricultural emissions
    The Government and four further companies are together committing an additional $18 million towards AgriZeroNZ to boost New Zealand’s efforts to reduce agricultural emissions. Agriculture Minister Todd McClay says the strength of the New Zealand economy relies on us getting effective and affordable emission reduction solutions for New Zealand. “The ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
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