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Local Government election results

Written By: - Date published: 12:01 pm, October 8th, 2016 - 119 comments
Categories: auckland supercity, local body elections, local government, Politics - Tags:

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A running post for people to comment on local government election results as they come in.

Expect results to come in from 1 pm.

 

Edit: live results on Stuff as they arrive.

119 comments on “Local Government election results”

  1. mickysavage 1

    Lianne Dalziel cruises back into the Christchurch mayoralty.

  2. James Thrace 2

    Phil Goff takes Auckland.

  3. Takere 3

    Chloe S for Deputy? Penny needs a rest or at least think of who could be a replacement Deputy? A plan for a successor?

    Don’t do a Helen!

    • dukeofurl 3.1

      Dont be ridiculous!! Since she didnt stand for council Swarbrick wont be anything

      • Sacha 3.1.1

        Advisor on engagement to Mayor’s office would be a better fit.

        • dukeofurl 3.1.1.1

          Does Auckland really need another middle class white woman who is branding herself.
          The mayoralty was just another step like her earlier clothing label ( I kid you not) and marketing consultancy.

          • dukeofurl 3.1.1.1.1

            “She started a clothing label. She became a patron of the arts, working with artists, hiring galleries, pinning down sponsors and selling work to the likes of Sir James Wallace. She worked at 2degrees …..She graduated, and started a marketing consultancy.
            http://thespinoff.co.nz/politics/07-09-2016/let-me-be-your-ruler-the-impatient-ambition-of-chloe-swarbrick/

            Its all the stuff to excite the top 10%, no connection to the big diversity that is Auckland now. Is really being a new generation Vic Crone all that relevant ?

            • Colonial Viper 3.1.1.1.1.1

              plus she owns a cafe, is a fashion designer, and a journalist too, plus got her BA and LLB. Now she has been an Auckland Mayoral Candidate too.

              And all by 22 years old eh.

              Some people actually fell for this obvious crap.

              • Sacha

                She impressed me for her understanding of the role. And has achieved more already than many longstanding political hacks.

                Also managed to leverage 3rd place with social media skills rather than money. Those are skills any organisation with a 15% public approval rating should be securing.

                • Colonial Viper

                  Of course, in a suitable recent grad position.

                  • Sacha

                    I guess Ms Swarbrick might be willing to add the Mayor’s office to her company’s client list. If Goff is serious about rehabilitiating Council’s reputation with citizens he really can’t ignore such relevant results. Clearly respects her too. Let’s see.

                • Thinkerr

                  Little or Turei (or both) should engage her to teach them how to use social media in an election campaign. If her campaign budget was $9k and she got third from nowhere, she must know something useful.

            • Kiwiri 3.1.1.1.1.2

              What does it take to be ‘patron’ of the arts?

    • righty right 3.2

      Cathy Casey deputy mayor highest polling councilor

      • save nz 3.2.1

        Chloe’s policies are pretty scary, like Goff ‘Rogernomics’ generation but for the millennials. Be scared if this women gets in power, if you did not enjoy Rogernomics. It is actually worse if the person is nice and gentle and everyone loves them, noone analyses their policies too carefully, as too busy saying how they remind them of their daughter and how nice it is that youth are connecting.

        No surprises if she gets a job with Goff or a consultancy role for social media marketing ‘to connect with the youth’ for the council. Together they can ‘transform’ Auckland council into ‘more business friendly’, ‘more developer friendly’, ‘more economically driven’ with the National government’s help and get the youth on board with that vision! Help a developer, cram more people in and voila somehow (not sure how) transport is improved and more houses are created (unfortunately at price points many people can’t afford and someone has to pay for the infrastructure and what happens with climate change and disruptive weather events).

        As soon as there is another global crisis, guess what, it will be chaos, with unbuilt developments everywhere (Soho hole), PPP’s screwed up, contractors left without being paid, developers bankrupt (or having the council aka ratepayers bankroll them). While people like to think that the first home buyers then rock up and buy them cheap, history tends to show the opposite happens, the banks will not lend and everything stops including all the jobs. Then we have the 166,000 students of working visas, the 69,000 migrants per year and the returning Kiwis all together with the unemployed Kiwis. One big happy family. sarc.

        Most people just want the council to create a nice community and keep the libraries going, the transport improving, the rubbish collected and the city safe and the rates under control. I don’t buy into the council having a huge role in the housing crisis, I think that the blame leads straight to the government. Councils need to stay out of it because like the Kaipara council we don’t need them to start bankrupting themselves with developments that will end in disaster. http://www.interest.co.nz/bonds/60974/heavily-indebted-and-disgraced-kaipara-district-council-raises-fears-over-bailing-out

        We have already wasted enough on the failed Supercity.

        The majority of voters who did not bother voting, did not have a candidate to vote for.

  4. dukeofurl 4

    Results from other Auckland wards

    Whau- Ross Clow (labour)
    Waitemata Mike Lee ( City Vision)
    Waiatakere Penny Hulse & Linda Cooper
    Rodney – Sayers
    Orakei- Desley Simpson (CR)
    North Shore Chris Darby & Chris Hills
    Maungakiekie Denise Krum
    Manurewa-Papakura Daniel Newman & John Walker
    Manukau FILIPAINA, Alf & COLLINS, Fa’anana Efeso (both Labour)
    Howick Sharon Stewart & Dick Quax
    Franklin Bill Cashmore (unopposed)
    Eden Roskill Cathy Casey ( CV) Christine Fletcher(CR)
    Albany John Watson & Wayne Walker

    Auckland Future seems to have flopped, with only one win (existing councillor) Linda Cooper. But of course they ran under CR name and maybe a few independents -Bill Ralston

    • Ad 4.1

      Easy left majority there.
      Much much easier to manage than Brown had.

      Richard Hills beating Gillan is excellent. There will be a recount I’m sure.

      Cooper winning by just 700 from Presland says it’s Preslands next time.

      Who is Sayers?

      • dukeofurl 4.1.1

        Rodneys Chris Sayers has beaten Penny Webster.

        He seems to have a slick campaign (http://gregsayers.co.nz/) concentrating on roads and nonsense on how hard done by is Rodney.

        he lives on the waterfront at Snells beach
        “Greg has owned and developed a trans-Tasman financial management software company (Real Software Support Ltd), an organisational cultural change company (Connexions Consulting Ltd) and has been a business specialist for PricewaterHouse Coopers.”
        Doesnt really say what hes ‘doing’ now, but Im guessing hes now a housing developer.

      • millsy 4.1.2

        Who is left and who is right. Mike Lee and Cathy Casey are the only names that jump out as left. Everyone else is more vague.

        • dukeofurl 4.1.2.1

          No success for the new National party brand, Future Auckland.

          And that nasty little bunch of rich ***** on Waiheke with that Jordan Williams vehicle ‘ Ratepayers Alliance ( offshoot of Taxpayers Anti-union) didnt really have much impact either.

      • J Bloggs 4.1.3

        There were a lot of last minute votes on the North Shore (the ballot box in my local library was close to overflowing), which have yet to be counted, and only 71 votes between Gillon and Hills. That race may not be over yet.

    • capn insano 4.2

      Oh fuck me, did Quax and Stewart get in again?! Arsebiscuits.

  5. Takere 5

    With Auckland won by Goff, Wellington by Lester & Dalziel in Ch-Ch …. gotta be good for Labour?

    • alwyn 5.1

      I don’t really give a damn whether it is good or bad for Labour.
      I care about Wellington and it will be bloody terrible for us, the residents of Wellington.

      • left for dead 5.1.1

        Suck it in alwyn, but maybe time it between wind gusts, or their will be even less oxygen too feed that grey matter of yours.

    • Ad 5.2

      Overall yes.
      Good left-green majorities in Dunedin, Christchurch, Auckland, Wellington. A good good day.

  6. Macro 6

    Celebrating a good win here in the local community board. But downcast that divisive ex Nat MP Sandra Goudie

    Ms Goudie’s departure will be welcomed by opposition parties, who questioned her competence. “It is surely time for her to be removed from the chairmanship of the law and order select committee, which has at times been a dysfunctional mess,” said the TransTasman political newsletter last month. “She isn’t hacking it. Difficult to deal with as well.”

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/4541853/MP-Sandra-Goudie-quitting-Parliament
    has pipped much preferred candidate Peter French for Mayor. Grrrr

    • millsy 6.1

      I wouldnt want to be a mangrove…

      • Macro 6.1.1

        Incredible isn’t it!
        The have no understanding of the challenges facing Whangamata in particular, and the East Coastal towns, from Sea level rise and they want to rip out the one sure protection, so they can moor a few more boats.
        On the western side – facing less problems from storm surge, the people get it, and the mangroves are left to get on with their thing, and also act as nursery plants for other trees and wetland plants to establish.
        Our new Mayor will back “development” because “she listens”.

        • DoublePlusGood 6.1.1.1

          In Whangamata, removal of the mangroves means more silt gets through to the harbour bar and the beaches. That should develop the dunes long term.

  7. Ovid 7

    Dave Cull has been returned as mayor in Dunedin. I preferred Aaron Hawkins, but I ranked Cull second so I’m ok with it. The rest of council will be interesting as a few incumbents stood down this election.

    • Pasupial 7.1

      I did the same Hawkins/ Cull ordering myself. At least it wasn’t Vandervis or the Whiley Coyote as Mayor!

      Unfortunately Pat Wall didn’t make over the line for the Green Party on the ORC, he only got 299 votes less than Kempton. All old faces there, except Noone who has moved over from the DCC.

      https://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/otago-regional-council-results

      In better news; Michael Laws lost his try at the Dunstan branch of the ORC, though by less than a hundred votes!

      [snap Weka on that last paragraph]

  8. Ovid 8

    And for Dunedin City Council according to this voting guide by local activist Mark Baxter, it’s around 9:5 in favour of the centre-left to left bloc, so a reasonable result.

    • Pasupial 8.1

      DCC results are in. Good for the Greens that Marie Laufiso made it in (Brockville is a very politically disengaged part of town – unless they all vote out of zone, and I don’t thing Otago Pasifika have ever had an elected representative before). Down side is that Conrad Steadman also made it in; “Former policeman, currently a real-estate agent, if that wasn’t bad enough he was recently spotted schmoozing with John Key when Key was last in Dunedin, politics are completely right wing” (from Ovid’s link above, but just to save me typing much the same in my own words).

      https://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/dcc/six-new-faces-dcc

      • Colonial Viper 8.1.1

        “`I just think Dunners is on the cusp of something great, and I just want to do my bit.”

        SERIOUSLY???

        • Pasupial 8.1.1.1

          I didn’t see that in Ovid’s link – do you have some context on who said that where & when CV? It does sounds pretty gormless and vague, but isn’t in the candidate booklet blurb for either Laufiso or Stedman (though it’d be right at home amongst the other banalities).

          • weka 8.1.1.1.1

            It was in the ODT link. One could speculate on CV’s motivation for posting the quote out of context, or just post the whole thing 😉

            Damian Newell said he was `”absolutely ecstatic”.

            “I’m over the moon mate.”

            “`I just think Dunners is on the cusp of something great, and I just want to do my bit.”

            His first order of business was the Dunedin Hospital upgrade.

            “`We need that upgrade now, and we need to make as much noise about as we can.

            “Obviously it’s a central government issue, but as a council we need to make some noise.”

            • Pasupial 8.1.1.1.1.1

              Thanks Weka, it took me a surprisingly long time to realise what ODT link you meant – the online version has a bad habit of changing text until the physical copy is printed (or I have a bad habit of not screen capturing; take your pick). When I posted the link there was only two paragraphs listing the returning and new councillors.

              Newell’s a bit of a strange one, with links to Labour (at one stage being considered for a labour endorsement for DCC). But also involved in real estate (which puts him well down my list), and his public comes mainly from his being a radio personality with his More FM dayjob. Have to see how he does in his new role.

              Also, re the DCC; “green bloc”; that’s a surprisingly robust strawman that the Dunedin Right wingers love to bash about. Despite endless rumours (mainly from Vandervis & Whiley) there has been no actual evidence of councillors meeting outside hours to concoct nefarious agendas. But that idea is evidently more palatable to their egos than their own proposals are just not good enough to get a majority vote.

      • weka 8.1.2

        That’s great about Laufiso, and having two Green ticket councillors. Dunedin always strikes me as being an interesting mix of conservative and progressive.

        Mr O’Malley said he would be talking to the likes of the South Dunedin Action Group to get on top of issues in the suburb, and find out about the new hotel.

        On whether he could work with Mayor Dave Cull, who was accused by some candidates during the election of having formed a “green bloc” on the council, Mr

        O’Malley said: “Oh yeah, I don’t have any issues.”

        What was that about?

  9. weka 9

    Looks like Michael Laws didn’t make it onto the Otago Regional Council, so that’s cause for celebration.

  10. weka 10

    Russel Norman ‏@RusselNorman 1h1 hour ago

    Central Govt now lost their pro water pollution majority on Hawkes Bay council and only keeping it in Canterbury by blocking full democracy.

    • weka 10.1

      Looks like HB council has swung in favour of no Ruataniwha dam


      The culture at Hawke’s Bay Regional Council could change, now anti-dam campaigner Paul Bailey sits at the council table.

      He and Mr Kirton are the only new additions to the council – with all other incumbents seeking re-election successful – however their presence could shift the councils support on the controversial Ruataniwha dam.

      Napier ward hopefuls Martin Williams and Moira Irving – who had stated their support for the dam – have not been elected.</i<

      http://www.nzherald.co.nz/hawkes-bay-today/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503462&objectid=11725142

      • mauī 10.1.1

        That’s encouraging. I checked out the HB vote expecting it to be a big turnout, but it seemed to be the usual numbers.

      • Kevin 10.1.2

        Hugely excited by this!

        Still a lot of work to be done but first step has been taken. No more rubber stamping with the chaimans casting vote.

  11. Wellington City Council results here. A very healthy line-up of Labour, Greens and other lefty candidates.

    http://wellington.govt.nz/your-council/elections/elections-2016/results

  12. ianmac 12

    Colin King was the National MP for Kaikoura but stood for Mayor of Blenheim.
    John Leggett won the Blenheim Mayoralty with double the number the votes that Colin received.
    Am pleased with the result.

    • Anne 12.1

      Wasn’t Leggett the target of a DP hit by Simon Lusk and Cameron Slater? If so, glad to see those two losers (Jordan William’s mates) have lost out yet again!

      • ianmac 12.1.1

        We think so Anne. It seemed to my conspiracy mind that in exchange for exiting Kings MP seat, that Lusk and co would get him the Mayorship as a reward, but Mice and men…..

  13. joe90 13

    He’s a lovely fellow and all that but to be honest Hamish McDouall’s greatest contribution as our new mayor could well be his holding the cabinet club candidate to a distant second.

    PRELIMINARY ELECTION RESULTS
    MAYOR
    Hamish McDouall will be Whanganui’s new Mayor. The preliminary results for the Mayoral contest are:
    MCDOUALL, Hamish (6724)
    TAYLOR, Alan (3841)

    [..]

    WHANGANUI DISTRICT COUNCILLORS
    (12 vacancies)
    The preliminary results indicate that the following 12 candidates are elected as councillors:
    REID, Hadleigh (9265)
    CLEVELAND, Murray (8746)
    BENNETT, David (8607)
    ANDERSON, Charlie (8421)
    CRAIG, Helen (8316)
    JOBLIN, Kate (8273)
    VINSEN, Rob (7954)
    TAYLOR, Alan (7949)
    CHANDULAL-MACKAY, Josh (7417)
    DUNCAN, Jenny (6861)
    BAKER-HOGAN, Philippa (6745)
    YOUNG, Graeme (6256)

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/wanganui-chronicle/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503426&objectid=11725228

  14. lprent 14

    What happened in christchurch?

    • Peter Swift 14.1

      As predicted by the predictable rabid, vocal minority extreme left dingbats, the eminently electable Minto gave normal, sensible leftie LD a right bloody nose, giving the missing millions waiting for an ultra messiah a glimmer of hope in this labour party neo liberal nightmare world of NZ 2016.

      Or, in the real world, Lianne Dalziel romped to a landslide re-election victory as she beat nearest rival John Minto by a resounding 60,000 votes.

      As templates go, it was a bit of a fizzer

    • pat 14.2

      in CHCH surprisingly it appears Rochelle Phipps missed making the CDHB…oh and LD was returned as Mayor.
      In Ashburton the democracy opponent was replaced,

    • Craig H 14.3

      The People’s Choice (centre-left, a lot of Labour members involved…) won 7 of 16 wards, so with the Mayor and a couple of other independent councillors, there’s a clear majority there.

  15. Cinny 15

    Right winger Rachel Reese easily re-elected as Mayor of NELSON, poor buggers, there wasn’t much choice sadly.
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/nelson-mail/news/85109104/Rachel-Reese-re-elected-as-Nelson-mayor

    Maybe she will do something about Lewis Stanton this term, LMFAO yeah right.
    http://www.newshub.co.nz/tvshows/paulhenry/protest-to-get-lewis-stanton-off-nelson-streets-2016100711

    Centre left winger Richard Kempthorne easily wins his 4th term as Mayor of the TASMAN DISTRICT COUNCIL. Mum will be thrilled. Voting is tight for the third seat in Motueka.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/nelson-mail/news/85094195/richard-kempthorne-wins-fourth-term-as-tasman-mayor

  16. EE 16

    Congratulations Mike Lee

    • Muttonbird 16.1

      Did he win against that appalling rightwing ex-media-type, Ralston?

      This is a good thing because new reality TV addicts and bus route transport junkies like Grieve and Reynolds both backed the loser in Ralston.

    • seeker 16.2

      Ditto EE.

  17. millsy 17

    Any good news for the left here?

    All I see in the provinces is a bunch of Rotarians being swapped for another bunch of Rotarians.

    Congratulations to Goff, Dalzeil and Lester though.

  18. righty on 18

    those idiots hat voted in a lefty council in Auckland john key will have no choice but to appoint a commissioner to run Auckland and they next years election should be canceled the country cant afford the left taking power john must move no and take executive control we can risk an election loss

    • dv 18.1

      So you are saying the right can’t afford democracy!!!

      • righty on 18.1.1

        the country cant afford democracy the lefty are a threat to the economy and house prices there economic vandals national must rule there is no choice the left are economic terrorists

        [letting this out of moderation (reluctantly). How about using some punctuation, and please try and make some political argument, otherwise the vitriol gets boring and you are starting to look like a troll – weka]

      • Sacha 18.1.2

        Tis an extravagance, guv.

      • DoublePlusGood 18.1.3

        A few left-wing people get in and it’s clearly the apocalypse so we obviously have to have a coup.

  19. Muttonbird 19

    What now for the Farrar/Leggett/Espiner crowd? Soundly beaten by the people of Wellington who can see through dirty politics any and every day of the week.

  20. Eric Roy made Southland Regional Council, btw.
    As did I 🙂

  21. Jono 21

    Centre-left Sheryl Mai back in Whangarei as Mayor with an increased majority and in the face of a well-financed right wing populist vanity party Go-Whangarei ticket. Green Anna Murphy in as Councillor for the coastal and Hikurangi ward beating right wing councillor for the coast SuzY Bretherton and coming only four votes behind long term rural councillor of the same ward, Greg Martin. Only two Go-Whangarei councillors got in so that’s great f or the mid-North

  22. Mike Tana who just finished his term as President of the PSA won the mayoralty in Porirua. I’m sure he’ll be a welcome lefty relief … 👿

  23. Bigdog 23

    Cheered me up no end that Mike Lee won.The thought of that latte swilling twat Ralston was to much to contemplate 😂

  24. Grey Area 24

    Amid concern about local body election voting levels I am left wondering whether the fostering of apathy in national politics is also increasing disinterest at the local level.

    And as for calls for the introduction of on-line voting to make it easier, I must admit finding a NZ Post mailbox near where I live was a mission,

    • dukeofurl 24.1

      Did you go online ? NZ Post has its website which will tell you.

      • Grey Area 24.1.1

        It was more a comment about NZ Post becoming a parcel delivery company. Since I last posted a letter (which isn’t that long ago) NZ Post has obviously been busy removing mailboxes. There used to be one at the end of our street, then another about 1.5km away and so on. Obviously mail volumes have dropped, I understand that, but a sign of the times. **sigh**

    • mauī 24.2

      I think we’ll get really high turnout, say 80%, in a few years. This should happen as the western economies hit crisis points, with what Nicole Foss calls the diminishing trust horizon. Under economic stress people will be trading locally to survive and local governance is going to be crucial.

  25. james 25

    Glad to see that Penny Blight 1/2’ed her vote this election and was a dismal failure (again).

    Seems the more people who know who she is the less that vote for her.

    Shes a walking embarrassment.

    • Wensleydale 25.1

      You’re an unpleasant, bitter little person, aren’t you James? You’ll give yourself an ulcer at this rate.

      • James 25.1.1

        Not at all. Not bitter – I think she’s bat shit crazy and I’m glad that she’s been seen as such.

        Far from an ulcer- I’m pretty relaxed.

  26. Sacha 26

    Ak mayoral votes laid out like seats in parliament:
    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CurdT9fWgAARqqY.jpg:large

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    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    3 days 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, ...
    3 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
    3 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
    3 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
    4 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 ...
    4 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 ...
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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
    5 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 ...
    5 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
    5 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 ...
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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
    6 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 ...
    6 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 ...
    6 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
    6 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
    7 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
    7 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 ...
    7 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
    7 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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 ...
    2 weeks 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

  • Government seeks infrastructure projects
    The Government has tasked a group of industry leaders to seek out infrastructure projects that are ready to start as soon as the construction industry returns to normal to reduce the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford and Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones say. The Infrastructure ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    8 hours ago
  • Essential media COVID-19 guidelines refined
    The Government is refining its COVID-19 essential business guidance to include the distribution of news publications for communities which are hard to reach. The Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media, Kris Faafoi, said the move was in recognition of the importance for New Zealanders who might be harder to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • New Zealand defence personnel conclude mission at Taji
    Following the successful conclusion of the Building Partner Capacity (BPC) mission at Taji, New Zealand defence personnel are returning to New Zealand from Iraq, in accordance with the Cabinet decision made in June 2019, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today. “New Zealand is very ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    14 hours ago
  • State of National Emergency extended
    The State of National Emergency to help stop the spread of COVID-19 has been extended for a further seven days, Minister of Civil Defence Peeni Henare said. The initial declaration on March 25 lasted seven days and can be extended as many times as necessary. “Since we went into isolation ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    14 hours ago
  • Strong Govt books support ‘go hard, go early’ response
    New Zealand’s ability to go hard and go early in the fight against COVID-19 has been underpinned by strong Government finances and the growing economy heading into this global pandemic, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. The Treasury today released the Crown financial statements for the eight months to the end ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours 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
    1 day 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
    2 days 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
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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
    5 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
    6 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
    6 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
    6 days ago
  • Police numbers break through 10,000 mark
    Frontline Police numbers have broken through the 10,000 mark for the first time in history as officers step forward to keep the community safe during the COVID19 lockdown. “Two Police graduations in Auckland and Wellington in the past week have been conducted in unprecedented circumstances,” Police Minister Stuart Nash said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Urgent tax measures for economic recovery
    Urgent legislation has been passed to support the package of economic and social measures needed to recover from the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. “The COVID-19 Response (Taxation and Social Assistance Urgent Measures) Bill will cushion New Zealanders from the worst economic impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak,” said Revenue Minister ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Further support for farmers and growers as drought persists
    From tomorrow, Government support for farmers and growers affected by drought will be expanded and extended across the country, with access to Rural Assistance Payments (RAPS) available throughout the North Island, parts of the South Island and the Chatham Islands, Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni announced. “These challenging conditions have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • COVID-19: Temporary changes to Education Act
    Parliament has passed amendments to legislation that give the Secretary of Education stronger powers to act in the fight to limit the spread of COVID-19, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “They are part of a suite of changes passed under the COVID-19 Response (Urgent Management Measures) Legislation Bill,” Chris ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Canada, Australia, Chile, Brunei and Myanmar join NZ and Singapore in committing to keeping supply a...
    Canada, Australia, Chile, Brunei and Myanmar have joined forces with New Zealand and Singapore by committing to keep supply chains open and remove any existing trade restrictive measures on essential goods, especially medical supplies, in the face of the Covid-19 crisis.  Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker today welcomed ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • COVID-19: Rent increase freeze and more protection for tenants
    Immediate freeze on rent increases Tenancies will not be terminated during the lock-down period, unless the parties agree, or in limited circumstances Tenants who had previously given notice can stay in their if they need to stay in the tenancy during the lock-down period Tenants will still be able to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Working together to protect businesses and workers
    As New Zealand unites to lock-down in the fight against COVID-19, the Finance Minister is urging all businesses and workers to stay connected over the next four weeks. “We understand the extreme pressure many businesses are under right now. I know most business owners think of their workers as family ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • State of National Emergency declared to fight COVID-19
    A State of National Emergency has been declared across the country as the Government pulls out all the stops to curtail the spread of COVID-19. “Today we put in place our country’s second ever State of National Emergency as we fight a global pandemic, save New Zealanders’ lives and prevent ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Prime Minister’s statement on State of National Emergency and Epidemic Notice
    Mr Speaker I wish to make a Ministerial Statement under Standing Order 347 in relation to the recent declaration of a State of National Emergency. Having considered the advice of the Director Civil Defence Emergency Management, the Minister of Civil Defence declared a State of National Emergency for the whole of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Deadline for domestic travel extended
    People needing to travel on domestic flights, trains and Cook Strait ferries to get home before the country moves into level 4 lock-down tomorrow night will be able to continue using the passenger services until midnight on Friday, Transport Minister Phil Twyford said today. Domestic passenger services, particularly ferries, have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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