Mining II: The Empire Strikes Back

Written By: - Date published: 7:53 am, June 11th, 2011 - 52 comments
Categories: Conservation, Gerry Brownlee, Mining, national - Tags: ,

A little over a year ago the biggest single protest march in this country since 1938 put the final nail in the coffin of Gerry Brownlee and the Nats’ amateur hour plans to mine our most precious conservation land.

Or so we thought. But like a bad horror movie, the villain always comes back for one more round before the credits roll. So here we go again:

Mining sector ‘planning conservation land access’

Less than a year after being defeated by strong public opposition, the mining industry is planning another bid to gain access to minerals lying beneath the conservation estate, leading industry figures have indicated.

Labour MP David Parker yesterday said “senior” mining industry sources had told him they planned to seek an increase in the size of pockets of Schedule Four land, which may be used for mining related activities. … Mr Parker understood the industry’s objective was “to prove whether there’s a valuable resource there, and then you would cause a large amount of pressure to remove an area from Schedule Four protection”.

Currently the Nats are making all the right noises:

Last year, we consulted with New Zealanders on mining and Schedule Four and the answer was resoundingly clear – New Zealanders do not want mining on Schedule Four lands and the outcomes of that review will be incorporated into the Crown Minerals regime.

But we need to watch this space very carefully. Will they bow down to industry requests to facilitate access for prospecting? If they do we’ll know that their apparent obedience to the public will is a sham. Because there’s no point in prospecting if you aren’t going to dig up what you find.

As No Right Turn points out, the Nats are playing nice on this issue in election year. But if (heaven forbid) they are in a second term, they will be under increasing pressure to actually deliver something on the economy except dodgy numbers and excuses. In the absence of any actual ideas, and if prospecting has indicated the presence of mineral resources, the Nats won’t pass up the opportunity for some (self-defeating) short term gain. The only way to keep our conservation land safe is to elect a Labour / Green government.

52 comments on “Mining II: The Empire Strikes Back ”

  1. Akldnut 1

    Jerry, John, Bill – I am your father, you must bend to the power of the dark side.
    Use the deathstar (Beehive) to impliment total destruction on Schedule Four land.
    We will crush this insurrection.

  2. A Green/Labour Government sounds vital.

    • For the Labour/Green party ponzi savings scam Kiwi Saver to pay out a pension to the Green Party supporter … say in 20 – 40 years time we MUST continue mining and destruction of the environment.
      Kiwi Saver is based on economic growth, which is based on this system GROWING, if the system dose not grow you might as well burn your KS investment, as at least it will give you a kilojoule of warmth, as it adds a tad more carbon to the atmosphere, ops sorry don’t want to bring in the fact that the planet will be very human hostile long before the 18 year old Kiwi Saver investor sees retirement.
      We are so fucking stupid …. that is why we get fucking stupid leaders.
      Lets just chuck some more babies at the problem http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=1484635787266506285#

      • weka 2.1.1

        So? Lets not vote on the left, National gets in again, they start mining in the next few years? How does that help?

      • Colonial Viper 2.1.2

        You’re completely misfocussed Robert. Conceptually you may be correct but what is your pre-occupation with KiwiSaver? Why aren’t you targetting ALL retirement plans? And ALL savings accounts? And ALL lending?

        Because they are ALL predicated on continuing economic growth. And even if you successfully get rid of ALL of them, the push for economic growth will continue unchanged because that push comes primarily from major institutional shareholders not from ma and pa KiwiSavers.

        I’m waiting for you to lay down the law banning people in NZ having more than one child now, and banning immigration here. Two things which drive unsustainable demand for economic growth.

        • Robert Atack 2.1.2.1

          “I’m waiting for you to lay down the law banning people in NZ having more than one child now, and banning immigration here. Two things which drive unsustainable demand for economic growth.”

          One child is one to many, and I have always said close the borders, giving the million or so Kiwis ‘out there’ 6 months to get back

          And yes ‘they are all dependent on economic growth’, but I didn’t see the Green Party voting for them?

          Even the local governments have 10 year plans based on utter bullshit …. It is up to our leaders to lead us, not keep the spin going at all costs.

          As I’ve said for the past 10 years they needed to educate the kids, that this system is suicide, and guaranteed to kill them, in subtle way, like gardening skills, and I’m not talking watching a Kumar sprout out of a jar.
          And ‘they’ could have sent NZ down a slightly more sustainable organic food production path other than us becoming the Saudi Arabia of milk. … This has not just happened over the past 2.5 years – Labour and the Greens had ample opportunity to show they cared.

          • Colonial Viper 2.1.2.1.1

            It’s fairly simple then mate, batton down the hatches in your own neighbourhood and ride out the storm back a hundred years to 2B global population.

          • ianupnorth 2.1.2.1.2

            I presume you are aware that during the 2000’s one of the biggest drivers of growth was the influx of migrants that brought their pounds, rand, rupees, bahts, Euros and whatever, increased the demand for homes, appliances cars, etc. Shame most of the cars were second hand Jap imports, the TV’s and appliances were Korean or Chinese, the homes were badly built and leaked, and the infrastructure needed to support the increase in population never transpired.
            BTW When I came to NZ over 10 years ago I paid approximately NZ$20K for the privilege; I also brought a degree, professional qualifications and post grad quals that were paid for by another government (as did my wife) and three healthy children that will all contribute to NZ society.
            Many of those that have jumped the ditch have had a bum deal from the NZ education system and there has been little or no investment to create jobs for them – many are in unskilled jobs in mining – maybe that’s why you want them back?

  3. Afewknowthetruth 3

    So, what it amounts to is this: NZers want all the benefits of western-style industrial living -cheap energy, cheap food, travel, entertainment, social services etc.- but don’t want to pay the price that is being paid everywhere else in the world.

    Have your cake and eat it arguments abound on this forum.

    Which is it to be: sacrifice rich living or sacrifice the environment?

    We already know the answer.

    And the international mining behemoth will continue to have its way until the global financial system collapses completely or there is no oil to run the machinery…. whichever comes first.

    (That hypocrite David Parker is a fine one to talk about mining!)

    • weka 3.1

      I think there is that degree of hypocricy but people are changing. They’re starting to make the connections that if we don’t mine here, we use someone else’s minerals. Or if we ban windfarms we don’t have enough power for our current lifestyles.
      I’d have less of a problem with mining in NZ if it was about using minerals here for stuff that’s actually important in a post peak oil/cc world rather than just making shitloads of money. Besides, we already mine the National Parks. It’s called tourism.
       

    • David do nothing Parker had ample opportunity to bring peak oil to the attention of the masses, it happened while he was playing minister of energy. His prim minister even said so at the time, even though David DN Parker and his office were saying “peak oil 2030-7” Helen said We are probable past peak production NOW which was 18-4-2006 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxIp5h0Xtuc&feature=channel_video_title
      Helen was possibly the first western leader to say this, I’m sure she was ‘closed down’ as she had stepped way over the mark, and spoken out of turn, It might have gone like this “shut the fuck up Helen, or no UN” … And then they stuck you all with a growth in global oil supplies ponzi saving scam
      I’m yelling into a vacuum I know.
      They say $85.00 oil equals a global depression, who knows what price it will go to? and I’m not even going to go there, but just now it is , and has been for some while over $85.00 so the global depression is guaranteed, how do you all think we are going to be able to say rebuild Chch, or clean up another GOM disaster (pretending they cleaned up the last one) or stop Fukushima taking out most of Japan?
      Personally I can’t see the mining industry lasting much longer as it is also dependent on a growing economy.
      The insurance industry is going broke, leaving more and more people wondering why they paid premiums (because they also believed in growth and destruction of their children’s environment)
      And least we forget Homer G Simpleton still thinks peak oil is 2030 or beyond, or at least the effects will not be significant? What is a global depression Gerry? A – the closure of Kentucky Fried

      • weka 3.2.1

        “how do you all think we are going to be able to say rebuild Chch,…”
         
        I don’t. Or at least not in the way being planned. The problem is that we don’t know timeframes for things like the mineral industry and insurance industries collapsing. So it’s very easy for people to get complacent even when they know how deep the shit is. Also, I’ve been hearing about the end of world for most of my life and it still hasn’t happened (40+years). So it’s hard to act as if it already is ending (which it is, just slower than necessary for it to be really obvious). You can say x will happen soon, and when it doesn’t people will stop listening to the whole message or will just think yeah that’s right but not right now.

      • Puddleglum 3.2.2

        Robert, I’m surprised you don’t support Kiwisaver. If, as you say, it’s a scam based on growth that won’t happen, then that means it effectively takes money out of immediate circulation (sometimes for around 50 years). That means less direct consumption now (which is good?).

        Of course, where the money is ‘invested’ matters (e.g., high energy consumption industries vs. low energy consumption industries) but, in any event – and according to you – that ‘investment’ won’t actually lead to growth as the system is poised to collapse.

        So, why do you want to keep Kiwisaver money in people’s pockets (now) so that consumption can be even higher (now)? If your analysis is correct then it’s ultimately neither here nor there whether or not we have Kiwisaver, isn’t it?

        • terryg 3.2.2.1

          LOL 😀

          sometimes education is a good thing.

        • Robert Atack 3.2.2.2

          What I’m trying to say is that the green party and Labour sold you this con, ok so removing some ability to buy crap is a good thing, but maintaining the environment destroying system via propping up failing money markets and the global banks is not good ether.
          Kiwi Saver is a drop in the ocean I’m sure, but it paints a future for the masses when clearly there isn’t one, so the fools rush out thinking there future first home is ‘in the bank’ so they can start the illusion of a house in the burbs, with little Johnny and Mary trotting off to school each day while daddy drives off to work
          This illusion is over, but as we maintain the con that money printed/created in some ones computer overseas then lent to us is real money and sustainable growth, allowing us to keep over grazing the planet just that much longer
          I will try and explain it
          take the deep sea fisherman, he goes out and strips the fish from the ocean, killing off all future generations of fish, so next season he catches less fish, in the real world he would starve to death and the fish would recover, but in our Disneyland world the fisherman just borrows more money (postponing his demise) and guaranteeing the fish will never recover
          So we use artificial money to convert accent sunlight to food, TVs, baby monitors etc. We are told this is all good, and the only way to survive the future is to keep consuming and increasing the population
          Yet the one party who pretends to promote future generations and the betterment of the environment is tits deep in the same illusion, which is that money markets and banks will improve the life style and future survivability of your children.
          To maintain the viability of Kiwi Saver we must keep doing what we have always done …. destroy the environment, not just your environment but all future generations ie the Green Party MPs children
          The Easter Islanders worshipped the same ‘growth on a finite planet’ god, and look where it got them.
          WE live with the same rules of nature.

          El Gigante” Moai

          This is the largest moai ever carved, but it is unfinished. It would have been 65 feet tall and would have weighed 165 tons. Experts say that the islanders would not have been able to move and erect a statue of this size.
          http://www.flickr.com/photos/travfotos/248408208/

          Our system is based on everyone going out each day and carving yet another statue call it voting.

          We haven’t progressed much have we.

  4. tc 4

    More distractions from the nats to appear like they have a handle on how to grow the economy…..it is not mining that’s for sure as plenty of the posts last time pointed out.

    They don’t create sufficient jobs, they’re foreign owned and unless you levy the shite out of what they extract to ensure NZ gets it’s fair share (like the nats would ever do that to big bus) they leave environmental damage whilst ruining the clean green image.

    More big business paybacks for that stonking wealthy mining chairman of CT.

  5. chris73 5

    This is very good news, I’m all for creating jobs in depressed areas, for giving work to people that want it and for bringing in money to pay for our health, education, retirement etc etc

    Thank goodness National will get re-elected

    • bbfloyd 5.1

      i’m beginning to think you use a trowel to do your hair… it would be the only thing that would keep the crap you use for a brain the right shape to fool people into thinking that’s just a wig on there.

      it’s fuckwits like you that would have this country turned into the new slag pile of the pacific.. too bad about the poor sods still trapped here when it comes about. but then, they would be the ones who “made bad lifestyle choices” , so probably would deserve all the hardship aye…

      • chris73 5.1.1

        Whatever Big Butch floyd (or is that Big Bitch floyd?) I want to see this country get ahead and using our natural resources is one way to do it

        Cumknuckles like yourself would rather see people unemployed lest some native grass gets trampled on

        Why don’t you piss off to some socialist paradise and dribble your fantasies there

        • Draco T Bastard 5.1.1.1

          Ripping out our natural resources and selling them off leaves us with nothing. Nobody in their right mind would call that “getting ahead”.

          We have all the resources here to everything we need to do to maintain our society but arseholes like you keep wanting us to sell them off.

          • Bazar 5.1.1.1.1

            Ripping out our natural resources and selling them off leaves us with nothing. Nobody in their right mind would call that “getting ahead”.

            And leaving our natural resources to rot achieves what?
            Oh we have mountains of gemstones untouched and hidden away in a natural forest collecting interest?

            Meanwhile we have unemployed with nothing better to do then to be a bludge to those who are employed?

            Mining is a great way to generate capital, yes CAPITAL. This would create jobs, pay taxes, and improve living conditions. And if those funds that are created or saved are used to invest in more companies, it’d create more jobs, and it’d just permanently improve living conditions for New Zealanders.

            Instead we had greenies so worked up into a hype they got people marching down the streets protesting about land they’d never see, to help protect a tourism industry that would never be in jeopardy.

            I remember a TV interview done to some passer-by on the street, asking about what they thought about mining.
            She was fervently opposed to it.
            When asked what the government could do to improve the economy, she replied that the government should instead focus on improving the tourism industry (again during the recession, when tourism shrinks).
            I felt she summed up the thoughts of the anti-mining movement.
            A person who felt with feelings, and told to feel outraged, she marched on without any consideration or comprehension about NZ’s long term finances.
            We do not have a hidden away billion dollar a year tourism attraction. We do have it in minerals.

            Don’t even get me started about the island Auckland ratepayers subsidise as an effective retirement island, the local retirees opposing mining because it wouldn’t look as nice, all while their young go unemployed and move to Auckland to find work (or don’t, and don’t).

        • Purplescottie 5.1.1.2

          “I want to see this country get ahead”
          Ahead of what?

          • Akldnut 5.1.1.2.1

            Ahead in a race to the bottom, about three more years should do it.
            What better reason to get rid of this group of turds.

        • Colonial Viper 5.1.1.3

          Wow chris73 thinks we can “get ahead” by polluting and destroying our streams, rivers, lakes and forests.

          Who exactly is going to get ahead from this?

          Is National’s plan for economic growth all about digging up rocks then? Is that the best that English and Key can come up with after 3 years?

          Losers.

        • ianupnorth 5.1.1.4

          Chris, at roughly the same time as you post I asked a question – what do you do when the minerals run out? (Hint, look what Dubai has done)

          Unfortunately we have finite assets; once they are sold (be that coal, ore, power companies or airlines) they are gone.
          The government hasn’t quite worked out that if they kept the assets they are planning to sell they would return the same income in 10years as they stand to make from the sales (and they would still own them!)

          They also want to go ahead with deep sea drilling across a known volcanic fault line in very deep water – again highly risky. They also plan to do this via the model the UK took – licence the fields and the companies make the profits. In contrast Norway chose to do their oil and gas a different way – it was the countries asset, therefore a large proportion of the profits were returned to the Norwegian people, not big business.

          It’s funny how Norway has low crime, good health, minimal poverty and one of the most affluent (and highly taxed) populations in the world, yet the UK is broke, has high crime, poverty and massive debt.

          In case you aren’t aware – the oil was brokered away by Ted Heath, the conservative PM for short term gain, the Norwegians had a social democrat govt. Funny that!

          The only people seemingly happy with the proposed offer to drill are Petrobras.

  6. Steve 6

    Dig baby, dig. Let’s make some wealth for this country and create some jobs. We need money to pay the non productive people

  7. Afewknowthetruth 7

    It’s all a rigged game.

    Nathan Rothschild (yes, of the centuries-old Rothschild financial empire) is currently sponsoring Tony Hayward (the eco-vandal of the Gulf of Mexico) in the establishment of an energy trading and ‘investment’ company (read looting).

    National/Labour governments have always been part of the problem, and will never be part of the solution, since such governments are ‘owned’ by money-lenders and global corporations..

    Ordinary people are just the ‘cannon fodder’ that ‘entrepreneurs’ use to make their obscene profits while they wreck the environment for coming generations -that’s if there are going to be any coming generations: the rate of global environmental destruction is accelerating to such an extent few people are likely to survive much beyond 2030. Atmospheric CO2 is now 394ppm and risng at 2ppm per annum. 350ppm is the acknowledged ‘safe upper limit’, so we are now 44ppm in overshoot and doing nothing whatsoever about it -just adding more via coal burning etc.

    Kiwi saver: well, since that is predicated on perpetual economic growth on a finite planet and economic growth is now pretty much over (peak oil), Kiwi saver is also pretty much over (along with most so-called long term investments).

    The current game is to keep the proles misinformed and believeng for as long as possible by pretending growth is still possible (via mining), even though all the cheap and abundant oil was burned long ago and the globalised economic system is slowly imploding as a consequence.

    • Colonial Viper 7.1

      Meh, so what next? Batten down the hatches and wait for population collapse back to 2B?

      • Afewknowthetruth 7.1.1

        Depending on one’s age and circumstances one may be able to minimise one’s financial losses and learn skills relating to living in the real world -making, fixing, mending, growing etc. Hand tools will definitely be very useful .

        There is no stopping ‘the juggernout’, especially when such a large portion of the populace is grossly uninformed and utterly deluded, and is focused on ways to keep the sinking ship afloat a little longer via economic growth, electric cars, windmiills, converting food into motor vehicle fuel etc.

  8. vto 8

    Well I have it on good local source near to one of the mining industry’s main targets that the issue has risen straight to the top of the agenda again with respect to the fantasyland Haast-Hollyford dreamroad, which of course is a side-issue to gain access to the loaded-to-the-gunnels Red Mountains.

    If you want one target to really watch then check this one. Push hard the Westland and Central Otago regional councils and DOC for info. There have been talks again.

    It has blasted to the surface super-quick again. This post together with this recent happening in the deep southwest place pieces of a puzzle…

    • weka 8.1

      It’s also coupled in with corporate Queenstown wanting to build a connection straight to Milford instead of via Te Anau (current proposal is a tunnel through the Humboldt Mts into the Hollyford). Are there connections between those in Qtown pusing for this and the mining interests in the Red Hills? This is not only National Park, it’s a World Heritage site.

      • vto 8.1.1

        Yes there will be a tie-up. But it is completely and utterly brainless on two simple fronts. One, the cost benefit. They seem to think it can be done for $2-300million. ha ha ha ha ha ha fucking lying tossers. Add at least 1 zero to that. Why do you think the Haast stretch of the coast road was the last connected in late 1960s? Because it was so difficult (i.e. expensive) due to swamp and river and swamp and river and swamp and river. So several billions at least would be the answer. Which will then have people all over the country saying ‘hey what the fuck about the dangerous intersection down our street where our mate died last year? You can bloody fix that before you start paying for touro’s to go for a drive. Especially when they can already drive shitloads of that coast. Fuck off.” There is no cost-benefit. Simple.

        And two, environmental. That coast is the largest stretch of untouched and walkable coastline remaining in New Zealand. It is virgin New Zealand. The environment would be devastated. It would be Manapouri all over again. I will be lying in front of the bulldozers you can bet on that. In fact, I will place my own bulldozer in front of their bulldozer. No I wouldn’t, I would place ten bulldozers in front of them. And shove them all the way back to whatever over-developed barren wasteland part of NZ they came from.

        • lprent 8.1.1.1

          Because it was so difficult (i.e. expensive) due to swamp and river and swamp and river and swamp and river.

          You forgot the frigging sandflies. I vividly remember doing a bike trip down the west coast in the 80’s and ending up at Haast

        • weka 8.1.1.2

          There is a third thing – the road would be private. So you and I would have to pay to drive on it.
           
          I agree it would be another Manapouri, it would draw national protest. I’d be there in front of the bulldozers with you.
           

          • Armchair Critic 8.1.1.2.1

            The road is not economically viable unless it is purely for mining, and not open to public traffic (even as a toll road).
            If the backers of the road can convince some financier that the economics do stack up, then there will be the public opposition (which will be massive) and the whole consenting and appeals process to go through. I’ll donate my time to prepare submissions and evidence.
            But I won’t stand in front of the bulldozer. I’ll stand beside it, pouring sugar in the diesel tank or putting a gas axe through the links that hold the tracks together, in the middle of the night. Or setting them all on fire. Or blowing up the access bridges. Whatever it takes.

        • Armchair Critic 8.1.1.3

          Your cost estimate seems reasonable, vto, it’s billions of dollars, rather than hundreds of millions. And that’s where the problem lies for anyone proposing to build the road.
          According to my back of a cigarette packet calculation, the toll on a private vehicle would need to be over $50 and that would only cover the capital costs, not the financing costs or operations and maintenance.
          As for civil disobedience, in general my first inclination is to support passive protest. But, fuck it all, if anyone tries to put a road through the Haast-Hollyford route I won’t merely be passively resisting. That is the kind of idea that requires active protest, sabotage of machinery and the like.

  9. ianupnorth 9

    Anyone care to comment on what you do when the coal/lignite/whatever runs out?
    Labour wanted to invest in research and innovation, which would appear to me to be a potentially more sustainable solution.
     

  10. ianupnorth 10

    Logan’s Run… everyone jumps down a hole aged 30. Currently we have Key’s Hole, everyone jumps to Aussie when they turn 30….

  11. John D 11

    For the 100% of you sitting in front of a computer or mobile device, I am sure you are feeling happy that the rare earths and other minerals required to build your device will be sourced from China, Australia, or “somewhere else”, other than “clean clean NZ”

    • vto 11.1

      Dopey man. If you read c a r e f u l l y you will learn that it is not about all mining it is about mining on the conservation estate. Sheesh.

      • John D 11.1.1

        I do realise that. However, there is a very large percentage of NZ that is conservation land, too much in my opinion.
        Furthermore, the bush has a habit of reclaiming land back fairly quickly.
        My point is that mining doesn’t have to be all bad, if done in a careful manner.

        Reefton, on the West Coast, for example, benefits from the local gold mine in terms of employment and money into the local coffers.

        I don’t see this as a black and white issue, that’s all.

        • vto 11.1.1.1

          fair enough. I have been involved in exploration and mining myself on and off over a lond period and definitely am aware of its place in the world.

          Imo though, a line needs to be drawn. For all extractive industries (including water takes for example). That line has been drawn and that’s it.

          And when you examine some of these in detail, such as going into south westland / fiordland and actually look at what is lost compared to what is gained it is a no-brainer against mining. If it was in the middle of the heavily industrialised canterbury Plains though, different story altogether.

          No way jose to schedule 4. End.

    • Draco T Bastard 11.2

      I’m not against mining even on schedule 4 land (it should be done very carefully and over a long time period) what I’m against is then selling those assets off in such a way as to leave us with nothing which is what the plan actually is. If we used them here, put in a strict recycling program so as to minimise what we needed to take out, I wouldn’t have a problem at all.

      Of course, in that scenario, the capitalists don’t make a profit and get to live like the debauched kings they believe themselves to be.

  12. ianupnorth 12

    John, another view would be that it would be more productive to invest in our talent pool and to go for some ‘value added’ part to all our raw material exports – why do we have to ship timber to Indonesia to be made into toilet paper that comes back here – silly example, but you get the point.

  13. THE SUNDAY PROGRAMME TOMORROW NIGHT IS COVERING PIKE RIVER MINE !

    Interesting that the ‘Sunday’ programme has chosen to investigate ‘disturbing questions’ about the Pike River Mine ‘disaster’?

    (This Sunday 12 June 2011)
    ________________________________________________________________________________

    tvnz.co.nz/sunday-news/coming-up-unanswered-questions-pike-river-0-30-video-4220647

    Chris.Cooke@tvnz.co.nz

    “Best Practice

    We has new evidence from inside the Pike River Mine that raises disturbing questions about what was going on after the first explosion and considers whether some of the men could have survived the blast.

    And SUNDAY has been down an Australian mine, compared operations, and talked to a mining expert who’s appalled at safety at Pike River and says the mine should have been closed before the disaster.”
    ________________________________________________________________________________
    Penny Bright
    http://waterpressure.wordpress.com

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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    20 hours ago
  • KiwiRail aground while Government obfuscates
    The problems at KiwiRail go further and deeper than the maintenance issue, which caused the inter-island ferry Aratere to run aground on Saturday. The company is also the subject of a damning report published last week about the way it runs its rail operations from the Transport Accident Investigation Commission. ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    23 hours ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #25
    A listing of 32 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, June 16, 2024 thru Sat, June 22, 2024. Stories we promoted this week, by publication date: Before June 16 ‘Unprecedented mass coral bleaching’ expected in 2024, says expert, ...
    1 day ago
  • The Realm Of The Possible.
    The People’s House: What would it be like to live in a country where a single sermon could prick the conscience of the comfortable? Where a journalist could rouse a whole city to action? Where the government could be made to respond to the people’s concerns? Where real change was possible? And ...
    2 days ago
  • Public Service Day
    Good morn or evening friendsHere's your friendly announcerI have serious news to pass on to everybodyWhat I'm about to sayCould mean the world's disasterCould change your joy and laughter to tears and painIt's thatLove's in need of love todayDon't delaySend yours in right awayHate's goin' 'roundBreaking many heartsStop it pleaseBefore ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • When is a road of National significance not a road of National significance?
    I loved everything about my first Cook Strait ferry crossing: a day parked in the car in howling Wellington wind and driving Wellington rain, waiting to hear if they were going to sail or not; watching the huge black ministerial limousines come and go; listening to the adventures of Chicken ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    2 days ago
  • Fact Brief – Was the Medieval Warm Period a global event?
    Skeptical Science is partnering with Gigafact to produce fact briefs — bite-sized fact checks of trending claims. This fact brief was written by John Mason in collaboration with members from the Gigafact team. You can submit claims you think need checking via the tipline. Was the Medieval Warm Period a global ...
    2 days ago
  • Aotearoa Runs Aground
    Your face has fallen sad nowFor you know the time is nighWhen I must remove your wingsAnd you, you must try to flyCome sail your ships around meAnd burn your bridges downWe make a little history, babyEvery time you come aroundWhen I went to bed last night I thought the ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • Wagon keeps movin'
    Hello! Here comes the Saturday edition of More Than A Feilding, catching you up on the past somewhat interrupted week. Still on the move!Share Read more ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    3 days ago
  • Mainstreaming Māori
    Mainstreaming need not be inherently anti-Māori. It will be if it is done badly because it will be anti-those-in need, and proportionally more of them are Māori.That the Coalition Government says it will deliver public services on the basis of need rather than, say, race deserves consideration, even though many ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    3 days ago
  • National says “fuck you”
    The Justice Committee has reported back on the government's racist bill to eliminate Māori representation in local government. The report duly notes the Waitangi Tribunal's finding that the bill breaches te Tiriti, and the bill's inconsistency with our international human rights obligations - and then proceeds to ignore both. Instead, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Christopher Luxon is – Big in Japan
    This week our Prime Minister Christopher Luxon… mmm, let’s take a moment to consider just how good that sounds. Hope you weren’t eating.Anyway that guy. Better? That bloke from the telly, he said - what I would say to you is… I’m big in Japan. My kind of people, hard ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 21-June-2024
    Tis the winter solstice! The shortest day and longest night of the year. The good news: we’re on our way back to summertime. Here’s another roundup of stories to brighten up your Friday. Our header image is from CRL and shows Waihorotiu Station lit up for Matariki 2024 The ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    4 days ago
  • Bernard’s mid-winter pick ‘n’ mix for Friday, June 21
    Our economic momentum remains anaemic, and it’s possible the tiny increase in GDP was a ‘dead cat bounce’. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: Per-capita GDP has fallen 4.3% from its peak over the last 21 months, which is more than it it fell in the Global Financial Crisis recession ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • The Futility of Punishment
    Hi,I was in Texas recently and couldn’t stop thinking about how in some parts of America they really like to kill their prisoners. As a society we tend to agree murder is wrong, but somewhere along the way Texas figured it’s fine if it’s after 6pm and the killing is ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    4 days ago
  • The new Beehive approach to the environment
    A persistent theme has been weaving between the Committee rooms at Parliament all this so-called “Scrutiny” week as MPs have probed Ministers and agencies about their work and plans. The question has been simply what the environmental price might be if the country begins to accelerate its infrastructure building to ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    4 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #25 2024
    Open access notables Climate Change Is Leading to a Convergence of Global Climate Distribution, Li et al., Geophysical Research Letters: The impact of changes in global temperatures and precipitation on climate distribution remains unclear. Taking the annual global average temperatures and precipitation as the origin, this study determined the climate distribution with the ...
    4 days ago
  • You take nicer pictures when you’re not drunk
    Readers keeping count will know it's more than five years since I gave up booze. Some of you get worried on my behalf when I recount a possibly testing moment. Anxious readers: today I got well tested.All the way across France I've been enquiring in my very polite and well-meaning but ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • Cancer
    Turn awayIf you could, get me a drinkOf water 'cause my lips are chapped and fadedCall my Aunt MarieHelp her gather all my thingsAnd bury me in all my favourite coloursMy sisters and my brothers, stillI will not kiss you'Cause the hardest part of this is leaving youI remember the ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on why we shouldn’t buy new planes for the PM
    Its not often that one has to agree with Judith Collins, but yes, it would indeed cost “hundreds of millions of dollars” (at least) to buy replacement aircraft to fly the Prime Minister on his overseas missions of diplomacy and trade. And yes, the public might well regard that spending ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    5 days ago
  • The Stadium Debate – What About the Transport Options?
    A few weeks ago, Auckland Council took another step in the long-running stadium saga, narrowing its shortlist down to two options for which they will now seek feasibility studies. The recommendation to move forward with a feasibility study was carried twenty to one by the council’s Governing Body for the ...
    5 days ago
  • Bernard’s mid-winter pick ‘n’ mix for Thursday, June 20
    Social Development Minister Louise Upston has defended the Government’s decision to save money by dumping a programme which tops up the pay of disabled workers. Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: It has emerged the National-ACT-NZ First Government decided to cut wages for disabled workers from the minimum wage to $2 an hour ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Where the power really resides in Wellington
    The new Chief Executive of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC) yesterday gave a Select Committee a brutally frank outline of the department’s role as the agency right at the centre of power in Wellington. Ben King, formerly a deputy Chief Executive at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    5 days ago
  • Climate Adam: Why we're still losing the fight against Methane
    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). Carbon dioxide is the main culprit behind climate change. But in second place is methane: a greenhouse gas stronger than CO2, ...
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: More ETS failure
    A few weeks ago, I blogged about the (then) upcoming ETS auction, raising the prospect of it failing, leaving the government with a messy budget hole. The auction was today, and indeed, it failed. In fact, it was such a failure that no-one even bothered to bid. Its easy to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • The Return of Jacinda.
    Oh, take me, take me, take meTo the dreamer's ballI'll be right on time and I'll dress so fineYou're gonna love me when you see meI won't have to worryTake me, take mePromise not to wake me'Til it's morningIt's all been trueEarly morning yesterday, well before dawn, doom-scrolling.Not intentionally, that’s ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • How good is the interim NW busway?
    This is a guest post by Pshem Kowalczyk, a long-time follower of the blog. With great fanfare, just over six months ago (on 12 November 2023), AT launched its interim busway for the NorthWest region, with the new WX express service at the heart of the changes. I live ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    6 days ago
  • Consumer confidence collapses after Budget, in contrast with rest of world
    The first widespread survey of consumers and voters since the Budget on May 30 shows a collapse in confidence. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The belt-tightening and tax-cutting Budget delivered on May 30 has not delivered the boost to confidence in the economy the National-ACT-NZ First Government might have ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The end for the Air Force 757s
    The Air Force 757 that broke down with the Prime Minister on board in Port Moresby on Sunday is considered so unreliable that it carries a substantial stock of spare parts when it travels overseas. And the plane also carries an Air Force maintenance team on board ready to make ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    6 days ago
  • At a glance – Was 1934 the hottest year on record?
    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 ...
    6 days ago
  • It's not New Zealand they've never heard of, it's him
    Sometimes you’ll just be so dog-tired, you can only keep yourself awake with a short stab of self-inflicted pain.A quick bite of the lip, for instance.Maybe a slight bite on the tongue or a dig of the nails.But what if you’re needing something a bit more painful?The solution is as ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • Some “scrutiny” II
    Last month I blogged about the Ministry of Justice's Open Government Partnership commitment to strengthen scrutiny of Official Information Act exemption clauses in legislation", and how their existing efforts did not give much reason for confidence. As part of that, I mentioned that I had asked the Ministry for its ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on why the Biden “peace plan” for Gaza is doomed
    After months and months of blocking every attempt by the UN and everyone else to achieve a Gaza ceasefire, US President Joe Biden is now marketing his own three-stage “peace plan” to end the conflict. Like every other contribution by the US since October 7, the Biden initiative is hobbled ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    7 days ago
  • Raised crossings: hearing the voice of vulnerable pedestrians
    This is a guest post by Vivian Naylor, who is the Barrier Free Advisor and Educator at CCS Disability Action, Northern Region, the largest disability support and advocacy organisation in Aotearoa New Zealand. She also advises on AT’s Public Transport and Capital Projects Accessibility Groups. Vivian has been advocating and ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    7 days ago
  • Leaving on a Jet Plane
    So kiss me and smile for meTell me that you'll wait for meHold me like you'll never let me go'Cause I'm leavin' on a jet planeDon't know when I'll be back againOh babe, I hate to go“The true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    7 days ago
  • Bernard's mid-winter pick 'n' mix for Tuesday, June 18
    The election promises of ‘better economic management’ are now ringing hollow, as NZ appears to be falling into a deeper recession, while other economies are turning the corner. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The economy and the housing market are slumping back into a deep recession this winter, contrasting ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • Scrutiny week off to rocky start
    Parliament’s new “Scrutiny” process, which is supposed to allow Select Committees to interrogate Ministers and officials in much more depth, has got off to a rocky start. Yesterday was the first day of “Scrutiny Week” which is supposed to see the Government grilled on how it spends taxpayers’ money and ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    7 days ago
  • The choice could not be more stark’: How Trump and Biden compare on climate change
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Barbara Grady Illustration by Samantha Harrington. Photo credits: Justin Lane-Pool/Getty Images, Win McNamee/Getty Images, European Space Agency. In an empty wind-swept field in Richmond, California, next to the county landfill, a company called RavenSr has plotted out land and won ...
    1 week ago
  • Differentiating between democracy and republic
    Although NZ readers may not be that interested in the subject and in lieu of US Fathers Day missives (not celebrated in NZ), I thought I would lay out some brief thoughts on a political subject being debated in the … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Bernard's mid-winter pick 'n' mix for Monday, June 17
    TL;DR: Chris Bishop talks up the use of value capture, congestion charging, PPPs, water meters, tolling and rebating GST on building materials to councils to ramp up infrastructure investment in the absence of the Government simply borrowing more to provide the capital.Meanwhile, Christopher Luxon wants to double the number of ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • You do have the power to change things
    When I was invited to come aboard and help with Greater Auckland a few months ago (thanks to Patrick!), it was suggested it might be a good idea to write some sort of autobiographical post by way of an introduction. This post isn’t quite that – although I’m sure I’lll ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    1 week ago
  • Turning Away – Who Cares If We Don't?
    On the turning awayFrom the pale and downtroddenAnd the words they say which we won't understandDon't accept that, what's happeningIs just a case of other's sufferingOr you'll find that you're joining inThe turning awayToday’s guest kōrero is from Author Catherine Lea. So without further ado, over to Catherine…I’m so honoured ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Dissecting Tickled
    Hi,Tickled was one of the craziest things that ever happened to me (and I feel like a lot of crazy things have happened to me).So ahead of the Webworm popup and Tickled screening in New Zealand on July 13, I thought I’d write about how we made that film and ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand Webworm Popup + Tickled!
    Hi,I’m doing a Webworm merch popup followed by a Tickled screening in Auckland, New Zealand on July 13th — and I’d love you to come. I got the urge to do this while writing this Webworm piece breaking down how we made Tickled, and talking to all the people who ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • What China wants from NZ business
    One simple statistic said it all: China Premier Li Qiang asked Fonterra CEO Miles Hurrell what percentage of the company’s overall sales were made in China. “Thirty per cent,” said Hurrell. In other words, New Zealand’s largest company is more or less dependent on the Chinese market. But Hurrell is ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • Review: The Worm Ouroboros, by E.R. Eddison (1922)
    One occasionally runs into the question of what J.R.R. Tolkien would have thought of George R.R. Martin. For years, I had a go-to online answer: we could use a stand-in. Tolkien’s thoughts on E.R. Eddison – that he appreciated the invented world, but thought the invented names were silly, and ...
    1 week ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #24
    A listing of 35 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, June 9, 2024 thru Sat, June 15, 2024. Story of the week A glance at this week's inventory of what experts tell us is extreme weather mayhem juiced by ...
    1 week ago
  • Sunday Morning Chat
    After a busy week it’s a good day to relax. Clear blues skies here in Tamaki Makaurau, very peaceful but for my dogs sleeping heavily. In the absence of a full newsletter I thought I’d send out a brief update and share a couple of posts that popped up in ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • The Book of Henry
    Now in the land of Angus beef and the mighty ABsWhere the steaks were juicy and the rivers did run foulIt would often be said,This meal is terrible,andNo, for real this is legit the worst thing I've ever eatenBut this was an thing said only to others at the table,not ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • Fact Brief – Is ocean acidification from human activities enough to impact marine ecosystems?
    Skeptical Science is partnering with Gigafact to produce fact briefs — bite-sized fact checks of trending claims. This fact brief was written by Sue Bin Park in collaboration with members from the Skeptical Science team. You can submit claims you think need checking via the tipline. Is ocean acidification from human ...
    1 week ago
  • Happiness is a Warm Gun
    She's not a girl who misses muchDo do do do do do, oh yeahShe's well-acquainted with the touch of the velvet handLike a lizard on a window paneI wouldn’t associate ACT with warmth, other than a certain fabled, notoriously hot, destination where surely they’re heading and many would like them ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Still doing a good 20
    Hello! Here comes the Saturday edition of More Than A Feilding, catching you up on the past somewhat interrupted week. Still on the move!Share Read more ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • Coalition of the Unwilling?
    What does Budget 2024 tell us about the current government? Muddle on?Coalition governments are not new. About 50 percent of the time since the first MMP election, there has been a minority government, usually with allied parties holding ministerial portfolios outside cabinets. For 10 percent of the time there was ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    1 week ago
  • Of red flags and warning signs in comments on social media
    Somewhat surprisingly for what is regarded as a network of professionals, climate science misinformation is getting shared on LinkedIn, joining other channels where this is happening. Several of our recent posts published on LinkedIn have attracted the ire of various commenters who apparently are in denial about human-caused climate change. Based ...
    1 week ago
  • All good, still
    1. On what subject is Paul Henry even remotely worth giving the time of day?a. The state of our nationb. The state of the ACT partyc. How to freak out potential buyers of your gin palace by baking the remains of your deceased parent into its fittings2. Now that New ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    2 weeks ago
  • The looting is the point
    Last time National was in power, they looted the state, privatising public assets and signing hugely wasteful public-private partnership (PPP) contracts which saw foreign consortiums provide substandard infrastructure while gouging us for profits. You only have to look at the ongoing fiasco of Transmission Gully to see how it was ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The Illusion of Power: How Local Government Bureaucrats Overawe Democratically-Elected Councillors..
    The Democratic Façade Of Local Government: Our district and city councillors are democratically elected to govern their communities on one very strict condition – that they never, ever, under any circumstances, attempt to do so.A DISINTEGRATION OF LOYALTIES on the Wellington City Council has left Mayor Tory Whanau without a ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Lowlights & Bright Spots
    I can feel the lowlights coming over meI can feel the lowlights, from the state I’m inI can see the light now even thought it’s dimA little glow on the horizonAnother week of lowlights from our government, with the odd bright spot and a glow on the horizon. The light ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 weeks ago
  • Weekly Roundup 14-June-2024
    Another week, another roundup of things that caught our eye on our favourite topics of transport, housing and how to make cities a little bit greater. This Week in Greater Auckland On Monday, Connor wrote about Kāinga Ora’s role as an urban development agency Tuesday’s guest post by ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    2 weeks ago
  • The Hoon around the week to June 14
    Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers features co-hosts and talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent about the National-ACT-NZ First Government’s moves this week to take farming out of the ETS and encourage more mining and oil and ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate policy axed in broad daylight, while taxpayer liabilities grow in the dark
    In 2019, Shane Jones addressed the “50 Shades of Green” protest at Parliament: Now he is part of a government giving those farmers a pass on becoming part of the ETS, as well as threatening to lock in offshore oil exploration and mining for decades. Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: Here’s the ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 weeks ago
  • Rage Bait!
    Hi,Today’s newsletter is all about how easy it is to get sucked into “rage bait” online, and how easy it is to get played.But first I wanted to share something that elicited the exact opposite of rage in me — something that made me feel incredibly proud, whilst also making ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    2 weeks ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Friday, June 14
    Seymour said lower speed limits “drained the joy from life as people were forced to follow rules they knew made no sense.” File Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Friday, June 14 were:The National/ACT/NZ First ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 weeks ago
  • Friendly but frank talks with China Premier
    It sounded like the best word to describe yesterday’s talks between Chinese Premier Li Qiang and his heavyweight delegation of Ministers and officials and Prime Minister Christopher Luxon and New Zealand Ministers and officials was “frank.” But it was the kind of frankness that friends can indulge in. It ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    2 weeks ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #24 2024
    Open access notables Wildfire smoke impacts lake ecosystems, Farruggia et al., Global Change Biology: We introduce the concept of the lake smoke-day, or the number of days any given lake is exposed to smoke in any given fire season, and quantify the total lake smoke-day exposure in North America from 2019 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Join us for the weekly Hoon on YouTube Live
    Photo by Mathias Elle on UnsplashIt’s that new day of the week (Thursday rather than Friday) when we have our ‘hoon’ webinar with paying subscribers to The Kākā for an hour at 5 pm.Jump on this link on YouTube Livestream for our chat about the week’s news with special guests:5.00 ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 weeks ago
  • Geoffrey Miller: China’s message to New Zealand – don’t put it all at risk
    Don’t put it all at risk. That’s likely to be the take-home message for New Zealand Prime Minister Christopher Luxon in his meetings with Li Qiang, the Chinese Premier. Li’s visit to Wellington this week is the highest-ranking visit by a Chinese official since 2017. The trip down under – ...
    Democracy ProjectBy Geoffrey Miller
    2 weeks ago
  • The Real Thing
    I know the feelingIt is the real thingThe essence of the soulThe perfect momentThat golden momentI know you feel it tooI know the feelingIt is the real thingYou can't refuse the embraceNo?Sometimes we face the things we most dislike. A phobia or fear that must be confronted so it doesn’t ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 weeks ago

  • Transformative investment in cancer treatments and more new medicines
    The coalition Government is delivering up to 26 cancer treatments as part of an overall package of up to 54 more new medicines, Health Minister Dr Shane Reti and Associate Health Minister David Seymour announced today. “Pharmac estimates that around 175,000 people will benefit from the additional treatments in just ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    12 hours ago
  • More support for drought-affected communities
    The coalition Government is providing more financial support to drought-stricken farmers and growers in many parts of the country to help with essential living costs. “Rural Assistance Payments have been made available in 38 districts affected by dry conditions to help eligible farmers and growers whose income has taken a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • Job seekers to report on progress after six months from today
    A new requirement for people on Jobseeker Support benefits to meet with MSD after six months to assess how their job search is going gets underway today. About 20,000 Jobseeker beneficiaries with full-time work obligations are expected to attend MSD’s new ‘Work check-in’ seminars over the next 12 months, Social ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • New cops means more Police on the beat
    The decision to deploy more Police on the beat in Auckland CBD has been welcomed by Police Minister Mark Mitchell and Associate Police Minister Casey Costello. Starting from 1 July, an additional 21 police officers will be redeployed in Auckland City, bringing the total number of beat police in the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government takes action to address youth crime
    The Government is introducing a new declaration for young offenders to ensure they face tougher consequences and are better supported to turn their lives around, Children’s Minister Karen Chhour announced today. The establishment of a Young Serious Offender declaration delivers on a coalition Government commitment and supports the Government’s target ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Reserve Bank chair reappointed
    Professor Neil Quigley has been reappointed as Chair of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand Board for a further term of two years, until 30 June 2026.  “Professor Quigley has played a key role in establishing the new Board after the commencement of the new RBNZ Act on 1 July ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • School attendance increases
    School attendance data released today shows an increase in the number of students regularly attending school to 61.7 per cent in term one. This compares to 59.5 per cent in term one last year and 53.6 per cent in term four. “It is encouraging to see more children getting to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Record investment in public transport services
    The Government has announced a record 41 per cent increase in indicative funding for public transport services and operations, and confirmed the rollout of the National Ticketing Solution (NTS) that will enable contactless debit and credit card payments starting this year in Auckland, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.“This Government is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • GDP data shows need to strengthen and grow the economy
    GDP figures for the March quarter reinforce the importance of restoring fiscal discipline to public spending and driving more economic growth, Finance Minister Nicola Willis says.  Data released today by Stats NZ shows GDP has risen 0.2 per cent for the quarter to March.   “While today’s data is technically in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Women continue to make up over 50 per cent on public sector boards
    Women’s representation on public sector boards and committees has reached 50 per cent or above for the fourth consecutive year, with women holding 53.9 per cent of public sector board roles, Acting Minister for Women Louise Upston says. “This is a fantastic achievement, but the work is not done. To ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government supporting Māori business success
    The Coalition Government is supporting Māori to boost development and the Māori economy through investment in projects that benefit the regions, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones and Māori Development Minister Tama Potaka say. “As the Regional Development Minister, I am focused on supporting Māori to succeed. The Provincial Growth Fund ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Better solutions for earthquake-prone buildings
    Building and Construction Minister Chris Penk has announced that the review into better managing the risks of earthquake-prone buildings has commenced. “The terms of reference published today demonstrate the Government’s commitment to ensuring we get the balance right between public safety and costs to building owners,” Mr Penk says.  “The Government ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Prime Minister wraps up visit to Japan
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has just finished a successful three-day visit to Japan, where he strengthened political relationships and boosted business links. Mr Luxon’s visit culminated in a bilateral meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio followed by a state dinner. “It was important for me to meet Prime Minister Kishida in person ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Major business deals signed on PM’s Japan trip
    Significant business deals have been closed during the visit of Prime Minister Christopher Luxon to Japan this week, including in the areas of space, renewable energy and investment.  “Commercial deals like this demonstrate that we don’t just export high-quality agricultural products to Japan, but also our world-class technology, expertise, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Strategic Security speech, Tokyo
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