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More questions on the Sensible Sentencing Trust

Written By: - Date published: 5:48 am, March 16th, 2009 - 52 comments
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Last week, Tane pointed out that the private prison industry had been involved in corrupting the political process in the US by funding ‘tough on crime’ groups that call for longer sentences (and bigger profits for private prisons). He wondered if the same could be happening here with the Sensible Sentencing Trust. This provoked a press release from Sensible Sentencing which frothed and threatened but did not deny that they receive money from GEO or other private prison companies looking to set up shop in New Zealand. You can’t help but think a nerve was hit.

In that press release, Garth McVicar exclaimed SST is a “registered charitable trust” and its website calls it a “charitable trust” but no-one can find them on the charities commission register. Here, mickysavage picks up the case:

I checked the incorporated societies website and came up with an application for registration of the trust under the Charitable Trusts Act 1957 and a trust deed. A certificate of incorporation exists and can be downloaded from the Societies website. There is nothing unusual here. The Charitable Trusts Act 1957 was the predecessor to the Charities Act 2005 and entities registered under the old Act do not have to be registered under the new Act.

However, section 37(1) of the Charities Act states clearly that ‘[a] person must not use a style or title including the words ‘registered charitable entity’. A ‘charitable entity’ is defined as including ‘ the trustees of a trust that is or are registered as a charitable entity under this Act’. It appears that this only includes entities under the new Act.

If an entity under the old Act did not wish to register under the new Act it did not have to. But it is clear that the aim of the new legislation was to achieve transparency around the receipt of donations and my reading of the section is that if a 1957 Act entity did not reregister then it could no longer advertise itself as being ‘charitable’. It could still exist, but not hold itself out to the public as being a charity.

If this is correct then the SST may have committed an offence. Section 38 states that ‘[e]very person who acts in contravention of section 37(1) commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding $30,000’.

The SST has a significant say in the local law and order debate. Presumably if someone wanted the SST to comply with the Charities Disclosure law all they needed to do was to write to the Charities Commission and provide them with proof. If this happened then an investigation would be warranted.

Could this be strike one? If so should we lock the SST up and throw away the key?

[lprent: Fixed up the link to the press release, and put in the quote from it. Eddie – please link to relevant pages.]

52 comments on “More questions on the Sensible Sentencing Trust”

  1. Tigger 1

    Kind of ironic that an organisation that claims to be about law and order can’t seem to operate with either.

    • QoT 1.1

      Well, obviously, Tigger, it’s not like fraud is a *real* crime. Just like speeding while white and middle-class, or killing people who are taggers.

  2. Graeme 2

    Also this one, of course: http://www.medialawjournal.co.nz/?p=119.

    [And now for the expected pedantry 🙂 – this could not be a strike – it’s not one of the offences listed in the Bill, and it couldn’t result in a five-year prison term…]

  3. DrakeNZ 3

    The prohibition is on referring to yourself as “registered” under the new charities act, not from simply referring to yourself as charitable.

    There is a distinction between being charitable in the coloquial or general sense under the old charities act, and been registered under the new act.

    As an aside, appliations with the charities commission currently take around 7-8 months, meaning that perhaps a third of all organisations that are clearly charitable have yet to go up on the website, despite making correct applications.

    From the description I’ve seen so far I can’t see any breach….

    • lprent 3.1

      Until they are registered they cannot claim to be a “registered charitable trust” if I understand the 2005 act correctly. So McVicar claiming (my bold)

      http://www.safe-nz.org.nz/Press/2009whackylefties.htm
      “The Sensible Sentencing Trust is a registered charitable trust with IRD approved donee status, which means our books are audited and every dollar is accounted for.’

      He is probably breaking the law.

      http://www.charities.govt.nz/news/updates/electronic-guide.htm

      The Charities Act 2005 (“the Act’) was passed in April 2005. The Act established the Charities Commission (“the Commission’) which came into being on 1 July 2005.

      So the SST has been really fast putting in the paper work and getting registration under the new act. Please get a grip and think of timing. If you put an application in, it does not mean that you are registered. It just means that you’re slow on paperwork.

    • It looks like the SST may have also lost it’s IRD status. I wonder if there is a repercussion for advertising that is has this status when it does not. The Charities Website states that “[c]harities have until 1 July 2008 to register before their tax exemptions are affected.”

      This link is at http://www.charities.govt.nz/news/updates/electronic-guide.htm

  4. vidiot 4

    And this is why the left lost in 2008.

    Does the Charities Act 2005 supersede the Charitable Trust Act 1957?
    No. They are separate Acts for separate purposes.

    If an organisation is already a Charitable Trust, it will still need to register with the Commission if it wishes to receive or maintain tax exempt status and become a registered charitable entity.

    The Charitable Trusts Act 1957 is still current law – http://www.societies.govt.nz/cms/charitable-trusts/learn-about-charitable-trusts/what-is-a-charitable-trust

    The info is out there, you just need to learn how to read. There is nothing that McVicar has said in his statement “The Sensible Sentencing Trust is strictly a non-political organisation; with IRD approved donee and charitable trust status.” that is either misleading or illegal.

    • lprent 4.1

      If you read the relevant act’s, the key word is “registered”.

      http://www.safe-nz.org.nz/Press/2009whackylefties.htm
      “The Sensible Sentencing Trust is a registered charitable trust with IRD approved donee status, which means our books are audited and every dollar is accounted for.’

      Please learn to read the posts before trying to make up your own law using quotes that were not the subject of the post

      This is why the right are too moronic to be in government – they have a loose interpretation of law. For some reason they only like the laws that favour them.. For instance look at the ministerial handling of employment law…

      A bunch of clowns

      • Tim Ellis 4.1.1

        LP my reading of the Act is that the key word is not “registered”. The relevant expression is “registered charitable entity”. This is very prescriptive. McVicar doesn’t use this expression.

      • Draco T Bastard 4.1.2

        Not a loose interpretation of the law – a very specific interpretation, one that allows them to break it.

    • Draco T Bastard 4.2

      There is no way that the SST is a non-political organisation. There entire modus operandi is to influence the politics of the country.

  5. lprent 5

    Put the link to the related press release and the relevant quote from it.

    This could be the source of the confusion evident from DrakeNZ and vidiot.

  6. vidiot 6

    Lprent :

    From: http://www.societies.govt.nz

    Number 1188021
    Name THE SENSIBLE SENTENCING GROUP TRUST

    Incorporated 01-FEB-2002
    Current Status REGISTERED
    Organisation Type Charitable Trust

    So are they or are they not a REGISTERED CHARITABLE TRUST ?

    And the quote is from the front page on – http://www.safe-nz.org.nz/

  7. lprent 7

    Yes registered under the 1957 act.
    In the 2005 act

    However, section 37(1) of the Charities Act states clearly that “[a] person must not use a style or title including the words “registered charitable entity’. A “charitable entity’ is defined as including ” the trustees of a trust that is or are registered as a charitable entity under this Act’. It appears that this only includes entities under the new Act.

    So McVicar cannot claim that the SST is a registered charitable trust – he is not under the 2005 act. The significant difference is that the 2005 act requires far more transparency of donation sources. That is of course what we have been asking – has the sensible sentencing trust receive donations from GEO group?

  8. higherstandard 8

    Honestly who gives one ?

    McVicar must be pissing himself laughing that he’s getting this coverage.

    • lprent 8.1

      Not according to the rant in their press release. Seems quite upset about it. I wonder why? Perhaps they are operating as the procurement arm of GEO Group in getting more prisoners for longer. Helps with the profit margins. If so then that means they are hardly a charity

    • Tigger 8.2

      Yes, because people prodding around your charitable status on a left-wing blog is JUST the sort of coverage McVicar is after…

      • RedLogix 8.2.1

        hs,

        Of course no-one technically ‘gives one’ about SSt’s charity status, registered or otherwise. The real issue is that the 2005 Act requires an increased level of scutiny and transparency that SST seem to be keen on avoiding.

        It is one more element in a now established pattern of evasive and opaque behaviour that any overseas based activist would instantly red-flag as ‘astroturfers at work here’.

  9. ieuan 9

    Look this shouldn’t be too hard to sort out.

    Someone pick up the phone and ring the Charities Commission (number is 0508 242 748) and say, ‘I’d like to make a donation to The Sensible Sentencing Trust who say on their web site they are a ‘charitable trust’, I’d like to confirm that they are before making a donation’. The commission can check their records and let you know if they are registered or if they are in the process of being registered. They will also be able to tell you if they can use the term ‘charitable trust’ if they are not registered.

    I’ve done this for charities that ask for donations from my company, it is an easy way to check if they are a legitimate charity or not.

  10. BLiP 10

    I called – spoke to Vena in the call centre – she tells me that her records show that the Sensible Sentencing Group Trust is NOT registered, although an application was received in June 2008 and has not yet been approved. This means all donations are NOT subject to the tax rebate and won’t be until the application has been approved because the provision cannot be applied retrospectively. However, they are allowed to call themselves a charitable trust, but not a registered charitable trust.

    Good work The Standard – take a bow. Will anyone be following up with a complaint to the Commerce Commission for the Sensible (hahahaha) Sentencing Trust’s false advertising?

    • BLiP 10.1

      Thought I’d better double check – I’ve learned its not a good idea to rely on information provided by a CSR – as it turns out, the tax refund status will be backdated to the date of application which, in the case of the SST, is June 2008. This second opinion – I think her name was Saga – confirmed that the SST is NOT registered at this time. Perhaps we’re splitting hairs – they are NOT registered but, when they are finally registered, it will apply as from June 2008.

  11. ieuan 11

    I don’t want to upset the apple crate here but where do they say they are a ‘registered charity’?

    On their website they say they have ‘IRD approved donee and charitable trust status’ they don’t call themselves a registered charity.

    Still I am sure they are happy to give the impression they are a charity when people are making donations.

    • Tane 11.1

      The press release says: “The Sensible Sentencing Trust is a registered charitable trust”. According to the Charities Commission they’re not.

      I’m not a lawyer, but if anyone here has any expertise feel free to get in touch –

      thestandardnz AT gmail DOT com

    • lprent 11.2

      Check the press release in the post.

  12. Ianmac 12

    In any case, I wonder if GEO would make a donation to a registered Trust who in turn makes a donation to SST. An original idea?

    • Tane 12.1

      Seeing as they’re belatedly registering, I suspect if they are taking donations they’d rather not disclose they’ll be frontloading it so the money’s in the bank before they have to declare anything.

      Of course, in the absence of any hard information this only educated guesswork.

  13. George Darroch 13

    Who do you need to go to get a prosecution? If doing so forces them to open their accounts as is required under the law… could be very interesting.

  14. vidiot 14

    Educated Guesswork ?

    Rofl more like making shit up and hoping that it sticks.

  15. Tane 15

    No, it’s one of the basic principles of investigative journalism. You look at how an organisation operates, forumlate a hypothesis, ask some questions, see what the responses are, and use that information to ask even more questions until you’ve eventually uncovered some answers.

    We know SST is cagey about its funding. We know they’ve deliberately avoided disclosing it at every opportunity. We know that similar organisations overseas have been funded by the private prison industry, and we know that SST had studiously avoided denying the same is happening with them. And we now have information that suggests they may be in breach of the Charities Act.

    Any speculation should clearly be flagged as such, but there’s nothing outrageous or defamatory being discussed here.

    • Graeme 15.1

      Any speculation should clearly be flagged as such, but there’s nothing outrageous or defamatory being discussed here.

      Come on … statements like this:

      … the SST may have committed an offence. Section 38 states that “[e]very person who acts in contravention of section 37(1) commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding $30,000′.

      Could this be strike one? If so should we lock the SST up and throw away the key?

      And especially this:

      Kind of ironic that an organisation that claims to be about law and order can’t seem to operate with either.

      Are clearly capable of being defamatory.

      • Ianmac 15.1.1

        Graeme: Defamatory? Huh? Seems to me, to be explanations about the possible outcomes.
        “If you rob a dairy with the help of a gun then these are the possible outcomes when you are caught. OK?”
        I wonder why you are trying to down-play this issue?

        • Graeme 15.1.1.1

          I’m not trying to downplay this issue. Indeed, just the opposite: I’m pointing out how serious these allegations are – so serious, that they might well be defamatory if untrue. In a comment near the top, I point to evidence of a a contempt of court by the SST.

          Why are you trying to downplay this issue? You don’t seem to think accusing the SST of hypocrisy and illegal behaviour is even serious enough to be defamatory if found to be untrue. I think they are at least that serious.

          Seriously, though, why do you think I’m trying to down-play this issue?

          This is my third post in this thread. The first linked to an allegation by a respected media lawyer arguing that in offering a monetary reward to someone for evidence leading to a conviction, the head of the SST may have committed a contempt of court. And the second pointed out that Tane’s understanding of the law of defamation may be a little deficient.

          • Tane 15.1.1.1.1

            Graeme, I’m aware you can construct a case for defamation out of nearly anything, but a successful case is something else entirely. I don’t think Garth McVicar would have much of a case with anything that’s been said here.

            Besides, I suspect that drawing attention to the SST’s finances through a long, expensive and ultimately failed defamation suit is the last thing he’d want.

  16. Simon-3 16

    It’s extremely satisfying to drop by The Standard [deleted].

    [lprent: It is always extremely satisfying to kick a banned troll (again) for trolling their lines yet again. Adding to auto-moderation]

    • BLiP 16.1

      Are you saying that the majority view in New Zealand is that it is okay for a charitable trust which wants people in jail for longer to play peek-a-boo with the law? Why don’t you scamper oiff and get back to your Truth jumbo-crossword and leave the blogging to the grown ups – there’s a good boy.

  17. Ianmac 17

    Graeme: And further to Tane, surely the answer to being defamed is to prove that no money was coming from GEO. Simple enough for a body who believes in accountibility.
    (Actually I wonder where Family First get their money from??)
    Are you really all that concerned for the welfare of the Standard? Doesn’t seem to fit your words????

    • Graeme 17.1

      I’m not at all concerned for the welfare of the Standard. I’m a lawyer, and one of the things I find myself doing on the Internet is correcting erroneous legal statements. I do it quite a bit. I didn’t do it because I think the Standard needs to be careful about being sued, I did it because I thought Tane was wrong.

      I don’t know much about charitable trusts law, and haven’t the time to do the type of due diligence I’d want to before offering an opinion on the the more direct matter at hand, but I know a bit about media law so made a reasonably straighforward response to an observation on that topic.

      As for Family First – are you concerned that they are secretly funded by the anti-prison lobby for their advocacy to ensure parents aren’t sent to prison for smacking? Or is Fisher & Paykel trying to sell more ovens by covertly funding the “What your kids really want for dinner … is you” campaign?

      • DeeDub 17.1.1

        You must be a really successful lawyer to have the time to take part in this discussion and go around ‘correcting erroneous legal statements’ online?

        All the lawyers I know are too busy working their asses off trying to keep their client base right now to be lurking on blogs and correcting people out of the kindness of their hearts . . .

        😉

      • Graeme 17.1.2

        Lawyer, but not law firm. No clients. But less pay too.

  18. Rex Widerstrom 18

    I was not well for most of last week so a belated congratulations to Tane for the original investigative work and to mickeysavage for the follow-up.

    I’ve also read with interest the debate above, including the wafer-thin parsing of “registered” and “charitable”.

    [As an aside, I’d have thought there was something slightly misleading about the form of words “…with IRD approved donee status”, too. Surely a potential donor could easily misinterpret this as meaning their donation was tax deductible? After all, that’s one of the two main reasons charities register with the IRD (the other being their wn tax status). Yet as BLiP has revealed above (and well done also for the investigative work) donations are not deductible].

    What immediately occurs to me, however, as a former journo and editor, is why this work is being handled solely by the unpaid contributors to a blog?

    With all due modesty if I were still working for a media outlet in NZ I’d have been on to it long ago. And if I’d been asleep at the keyboard till now I’d certainly be following these leads (and hopefully doing a better job than most media of acknowledging the source).

    A single interview (a doorstop, if necessary) with McVicar asking him to reveal the noble, community-minded donors to his fine and not-at-all-dodgy organisation would do the trick. Either there’d be an opening of the books, or a blanket refusal to do so. Either one would be edifying for the watching populace, I imagine.

    • Pascal's bookie 18.1

      A single interview (a doorstop, if necessary) with McVicar asking him to reveal the noble, community-minded donors to his fine and not-at-all-dodgy organisation would do the trick. Either there’d be an opening of the books, or a blanket refusal to do so. Either one would be edifying for the watching populace, I imagine.

      Good god Rex. Think about what you are saying. Your coming perilously close to advocating journalism here mate. The media’s job is to report what Garth McVicar has to say, when he wants them to. In return Garth gives reliably sensationalist copy on short notice. If the media start asking pesky questions of the sort people are talking about here, it puts the whole model at risk.

      • Rex Widerstrom 18.1.1

        Perhaps when he’s not busy (yes, I know…) Lynn could be persuaded to write the code for a McVicar quote generator? You know, one of those things which just spits random collection of phrases like “decades of soft liberalism”, “vicious animals” and “harsher penalties”. Oh, and “day of reckoning”… that one sounds all Charles Bronson-ish and has been known to make some hacks have just the teensiest orgasm.

        Or they could follow National’s model and tender it out. Sure McVicar gives it to them for nothing but there are others so desperate for a headline they’ve been known to capitalise on their own child’s suffering to get a Wimmins Daze double pager *cough*Michael Laws*cough*.

        Such people would probably pay to have their phlegmatic ranting published (provided it was accompanied by a suitably fetching portrait of themselves), thus partially compensating the meeja for the fact no one buys their hopeless rags anymore and everyone Tivos past the bloody commercials.

  19. QoT 19

    Here’s the big problem.

    The SST will say, with absolutely no irony, that “those who have nothing to hide have nothing to be afraid of”.

    They will say, “if you’re not a criminal, you don’t have to worry”.

    I don’t necessarily believe that an organisation *must* reveal its funding sources.

    But when it’s an organisation that constantly goes on and on and on about how Crime Is Bad and We Are Good and If You’re Not Doing Anything Wrong You Need Not Fear The Law … well, what the hell should they have to hide?

    • Draco T Bastard 19.1

      I don’t necessarily believe that an organisation *must* reveal its funding sources.

      When it’s a political organisation like the SST then it damn well should reveal its funding.

  20. Here’s a keeper from their press release archive!

    “But the National Spokesman for the SST, Garth McVicar, said “They seem to conveniently forget that these laws will only affect those who break the law…”

    I often think about the SST, one of the things I often wonder is how smart Garth McVicar is. There is two options really, he is either very smart playing a media savvy game, or a complete moron, bayed on by idiots (whom many of which should know better), and convinced he is the smartest man in the world. Quotes like the one above put him very firmly in the second catagory. Appealing to the moron in people indeed.

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  22. Hi Graeme

    I appreciate your concern but I cannot see how the comments are defamatory. A few defences spring to mind:

    1. They are heavily conditional, there is an “if” and a “may” there. All that I was saying was that if the law is X then the SST is prima facie in breach of it. Truth is still a defence isn’t it?
    2. The statement contains a fair comment and debate about a public issue.
    3. Qualified privilege may apply. If politicians are fair go because of their public position then I do not see why the SST should not be in the same position. The Lange v Atkinson decision springs to mind.

    The last part of my statement is obviously a rhetorical flourish. The offence complained of is punishable by fine only and cannot be published by imprisonment nor constitute a “first strike” unless the most extreme amendments are made to the Bill. I was attempting to be ironic and engage in the same sort of over the top rhetoric that the SST engages in.

    If you are correct then Stephen Price, a respected media lawyer, may also be in trouble because of his allegation that the SST had committed contempt of court, a far more serious allegation than mine. Your initial comment links to his statement.

    Finally the SST proudly has a “Stop internet censorship, free speech online” badge on its website. It would not be a good look for it to try to use the law of defamation to stifle what is a legitimate debate about it’s funding.

    • Graeme 22.1

      It wasn’t concern 🙂

      1. Yes. Truth is a defence.
      2. My suggestion of defamatory words was more directed at Tigger’s comment than your quote.
      3. You might think that about qualified privilege, but I doubt very much it would be extended that far, that fast.

      I don’t really care about the SST, I doubt very much that they’ll do anything about it, my comment really was just directed at what I considered a too broad statement by Tane that “there’s nothing outrageous or defamatory being discussed here.”

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    Two years into New Zealand’s Labour-led government, the long-delayed Zero Carbon Bill became law on 7 November. Passed essentially unanimously, the lengthy public debates and political manoeuvring faded away until the final passage was even anticlimactic: Flipping through the @nzstuff @DomPost I was starting to wonder if I’d dreamt ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    24 hours ago
  • Climate Change: What happens next?
    Now the Zero Carbon Bill is law, what's next? Obviously, the ETS changes currently before select committee are going to be the next battleground. But we're also going to get a good idea of where we're going, and if the progress the Zero Carbon Act promises is good enough, during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • Climate change will fuel bush fires
    Grant Pearce The effects of the current Australian bushfires in New South Wales and Queensland (and also again in California) are devastating and far-reaching. To date, the fires have resulted in several lives being lost and many homes and properties destroyed. Here in New Zealand, the impacts have been only ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 day ago
  • Participation rates
    A passing comment in a post the other day about the labour force participation rates of older people prompted me to pull down the fuller data and see what we could see about various participation rates over the decades since the HLFS began in 1986.   As it happens, the ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Reddell
    1 day ago
  • Not So Much “OK Boomer” As “OK Ruling Class”.
    Distract And Divert: The rise of what we have come to call “Identity Politics” represents the ideological manifestation of the ruling class’s objective need to destroy class politics, and of the middle-class’s subjective need to justify their participation in the process.THE RELIEF of the ruling class can only be imagined. ...
    1 day ago
  • Asking for it …
    "I saw a newspaper picture,From the political campaignA woman was kissing a child,Who was obviously in pain.She spills with compassion,As that young child'sFace in her hands she gripsCan you imagine all that greed and avariceComing down on that child's lips?" ...
    1 day ago
  • New Zealand’s Poor Pandemic Preparedness According to the Global Health Security Index
    Dr Matt Boyd, Prof Michael Baker, Prof Nick Wilson The Global Health Security Index which considers pandemic threats has just been published. Unfortunately, NZ scores approximately half marks (54/100), coming in 35th in the world rankings – far behind Australia. This poor result suggests that the NZ Government needs to ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    2 days ago
  • Climate Change: Thank Winston
    The Zero Carbon Act is inadequate, with a weak methane target designed to give farmers a free ride. But it turns out it could have been worse: Climate Change Minister James Shaw was so desperate to get National on board, he wanted to gut that target, and leave it in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Illicit markets and Bali Booze
    The Herald reprints an Australian story on a couple of tragic deaths in Bali from drinking cocktails that had methanol in them.  The story argues that methanol is likely the result of home distillation. But what the young tourists were experiencing was far from a hangover. They’d consumed a toxic cocktail ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    2 days ago
  • This is not what armed police are for
    Last month, the police announced a trial of specialist roaming armed units, which would drive round (poor, brown) areas in armoured SUVs, armed to the teeth. When they announced the trial, they told us it was about having armed police "ready to attend major incidents at any time if needed". ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Spain’s failed electoral gamble
    Spain went to the polls today in the second elections this year, after the Socialists (who had come to power in a confidence vote, then gone to the polls in April) rejected the offer of a coalition with the left-wing PoDemos, and instead decided to gamble n a better outcome ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • The astroturf party
    National has finally rolled out its "BlueGreen" astroturf party, fronted by an array of former nats and people who were dumped by the Greens for not being Green enough. Its initial pitch is described by Stuff as "very business-friendly", and its priorities are what you'd expect: conservation, predator-free funding, a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • How to cheat at university
    A couple of days ago I attended (and spoke at) the University of Waikato’s “LearnFest” event. There were lots of talks and sessions on very diverse aspects of teaching, mostly at tertiary level. One was by Myra Williamson from Te Piringa Faculty of Law here at Waikato, on Contract Cheating ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    2 days ago
  • How NZ was put on world maps using a transit of Mercury
    There will be a transit of Mercury – the planet Mercury will pass across the face of the Sun – taking place at sunrise in New Zealand on Tuesday, 12th November. It was by observing such an event 250 years ago that James Cook and his scientist colleagues were able ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    3 days ago
  • Georgina Beyer: We need to be able to talk without being offended
    Since becoming the world’s first openly transexual mayor and member of parliament, Georgina Beyer has been recognised as a trailblazer for trans rights. Daphna Whitmore talks with her about where she sees the current trans movement We start out talking about legislation the government put on hold that would have ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    3 days ago
  • The anti-fluoride brigade won’t be erecting billboards about this study
    If FFNZ really put their faith in “Top Medical Journals” they would now be amending their billboards to recognise new research results. Image from FFNZ but updated to agree with the latest research. ...
    3 days ago
  • Chosen To Rule? What Sort Of Christian Is Chris Luxon?
    National Messiah? Chris Luxon identifies himself as an evangelical Christian. If he is genuine in this self-characterisation, then he will take every opportunity his public office provides to proselytise on behalf of his faith. He will also feel obliged to bear witness against beliefs and practices he believes to be ...
    3 days ago
  • War of the worms
    I'm going to make a Reckless Prediction™ that the Tories have 'topped out' in the 'poll of polls' / Britain Elects multipoll tracker at about 38%, and in the next week we will start to see Labour creep up on them.In fact, we might just be seeing the start of ...
    3 days ago
  • Marvelly shows us how to be a feminist without feminism
    by The Council of Disobedient Women Lizzie Marvelly: “I may have missed this… has @afterellen gone all terf-y? Or am I reading something incorrectly? “ https://twitter.com/LizzieMarvelly/status/1191840059105742849 After Ellen is a lesbian website that is unashamedly pro-lesbian, as you’d expect. So why is Ms Marvelly so bothered about lesbians having their ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    4 days ago
  • Out of the past – Tories to revive racist laws from the 16th century
    Did you know there once was a time when it was illegal to be a gypsy (aka Romani) in Britain?That was between 1530, when the Egyptians Act was passed, and 1856, when it was repealed.Amongst other things, the act forbade the entry of 'Egyptians' into England, ordered those already there ...
    4 days ago
  • 1000 of these now
    Some days I sit and think, “what will I write…?” What do you say when you get to 1000 posts? Maybe you just start where you are, diverge to where this all began, then offer a collection of reader’s favourite posts, and a few of your own? (And throw in ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    4 days ago
  • Has Shane Jones Just Saved NZ First?
    Counter-Puncher: The “activists” and “radicals” (his own words) from the Indian community who took such strong exception to Shane Jones’ remarks about Immigration NZ’s treatment of arranged marriages, may end up bitterly regretting their intervention. Jones is not the sort of person who turns the other cheek to his critics.SHANE ...
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: As predicted
    Yesterday, when National voted for the Zero Carbon Bill, I predicted they'd gut it the moment they regained power, just as they had done to the ETS. And indeed, they have explicitly promised to do exactly that within their first hundred days in office. What would their amendments do? Abandon ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Let this never be forgot
    In the spirit of Remember, remember the fifth of November, let's keep this in mind FOREVER.
    Oh dear. Extraordinary interview on PM with Andrew Bridgen and @EvanHD just now. Bridgen was defending Jacob Rees Mogg’s Grenfell comments. Evan asked him if JRM had meant to say he would have left ...
    5 days ago
  • Too Late To Change Capitalism’s Flightpath?
    Collision Course? In conditions of ideological white-out, the international bankers’ “Woop-Woop! Pull Up!” warning may have come too late to save global capitalism.WHAT DOES IT MEAN when international bankers are more willing to embrace radical solutions than our politicians and their electors? At both the International Monetary Fund and the ...
    5 days ago
  • Whooping cough vaccine works well despite its imperfections
    Pertussis (whooping cough) is a conundrum. It is a disease that was described hundreds of years ago and the bacteria that causes it (Bordetella pertussis) isolated in 1906. We have had vaccines for about 80 years but this disease is defiant in the face of human immunity. I wanted to ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: Passed
    The Zero Carbon Bill has just passed its third reading, uanimously. In the end, National supported it - but we all know they'll turn around and gut it the moment they regain power. Meanwhile, I guess ACT's David Seymour didn't even bother to show up. I am on record as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Retailing of vaping products – New NZ Research
    Dr Lindsay Robertson, Dr Jerram Bateman, Professor Janet Hoek Members of the public health community hold divergent views on how access to vaping products or electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) products should be arranged. Some believe ENDS should be as widely available as smoked tobacco and argue for liberal ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    6 days ago
  • Justice for Bomber
    When the Police were trying to cover up for the National Party over Dirty Politics, they went all-in with their abuses of power. They illegally search Nicky Hager's house, violating his journalistic privilege and invading his privacy. They unlawfully acquired Hager's bank records. They did the same to left-wing blogger ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Britain’s climate tyranny was unlawful
    Last month, in response to a wave of protests by Extinction Rebellion, the British government purported to ban their protests from the whole of London. It was a significant interference with the freedoms of expression and assembly, and another sign of the country's decline into tyranny. But now, a court ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • More crime from the spies
    Last year, the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security reported on significant problems with the intelligence warrant system. While they were unwilling to declare any warrant "irregular" (meaning unlawful) due to the recent law change, they were also not willing to give the system a clean bill of health. Now, they've ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Vaccination, compulsion, and paternalism for the lower orders
    The National Party has come out in support of encouraging greater vaccination uptake. But it sure isn’t the way I’d do it. National’s suggested docking the benefits of those on benefit whose kids aren’t keeping up with their vaccinations. Some in National have suggested extending that to payments under Working ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    6 days ago
  • Global Protests Rage On: But Slogans Are Not Plans.
    Feeding The Flames: It is simply not enough to demand an end to “corruption”, or “inequality”, or the overbearing influence of the authorities in Beijing. These are just “lowest common denominator” demands: the sort of slogans that pull people onto the streets. They are not a plan.WHERE’S THE PLAN? Across ...
    6 days ago
  • 11,000 employed under Labour
    The labour market statistics have been released, and unemployment has risen to 4.2%. There are 115,000 unemployed - 11,000 fewer than when Labour took office. In that time the minimum wage has gone up by $2 an hour, which shows that the right's fears about increases causing unemployment are simply ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Boycott this democratic fraud
    The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee has called for submissions on Andrew Little's tyrannical Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill. Normally I encourage participation in the democratic process. I am not doing so in this case. Instead, I encourage all of you to boycott this submissions process, and to post ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Why Mars is cold despite an atmosphere of mostly carbon dioxide
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz If tiny concentrations of carbon dioxide can hold enough heat ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Ban private jets
    Aviation is one of the fastest growing sources of greenhouse gas emissions, and within it, one of the fastest sources is elite travel: billionaires flitting around the world in their private jets, spewing excessive pollution into the atmosphere just so they can avoid mixing with us dirty peasants. But in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Untold Suffering
    That's what we face if we don't stop climate change, according to a warning from 11,000 scientists:The world’s people face “untold suffering due to the climate crisis” unless there are major transformations to global society, according to a stark warning from more than 11,000 scientists. “We declare clearly and unequivocally ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The left and violent misogyny
    by Phil Duncan Here’s just a few of the kind of threats issued day in and day out against gender-critical women – feminists, marxists, etc – overwhelmingly by MEN (albeit men identifying as women). “Kill all Terfs”. “Shoot a Terf today”. “All terfs deserve to be shot in the head”. ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Imperialism and the iPhone
    This is the third of the synopses of parts of the opening chapter of John Smith’s Imperialism in the 21st Century (New York, Monthly Review Press, 2016). The synopsis and commentary below is written by Phil Duncan. Unlike the humble cup of coffee and t-shirt that we looked at in ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • The freshwater mussel housing crisis: eviction by invasive weeds?
    Tom Moore Traditionally a food source and cutting tool, freshwater mussels/kākahi are now widely valued as water filters that help clean our waterbodies and maintain ecosystem health throughout Aotearoa. The improvement they provide in water quality can make it easier for other animals to live in streams and rivers, as ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Back it up Luxon: endorsing the destructive past is not actually the way forward
    And to think he gave all the potential goodwill away with that moronic, cult-like statement (repeated ad nauseam by many National hardliners) that Key is quite simply “the greatest PM we ever had”… Installation complete: this was nothing ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • Good riddance
    National MP and former Conservation Minister Maggie Barry will not seek re-election next year. Good riddance. Because in case anyone has forgotten, barry is a bullying thug who terrorised both public servants and fellow MPs. She is one of the people who makes Parliament a toxic workplace, and our country ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: D-Day
    The Zero Carbon Bill is back in the House today for its second reading. While this isn't the final stage, its still effectively D-Day for the bill. Because today, at around 5pm, is when we're going to find out if it has a majority, whether National will support it or ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Winston is right
    Winston Peters is in court today, suing a bunch of former Minister and civil servants over their pre-election leak of his superannuation repayment. He's characterised the leak as malicious, and said that it is repugnant that his information was passed on to Ministers to use for political advantage. And he's ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Media impartiality
    Sky's economics editor, Ed Conway has posted a Twitter thread responding to a claim that - as far as I can see - Labour never made:
    Are NHS operation cancellations at an all-time high? That's the impression you might have been left with if you read this story from the ...
    1 week ago
  • Finish what’s on your plate
    Murray Cox Do I have to finish my favourite genome? That’s an often-asked question. Geneticists generally strive to produce high-quality genomes that sequence every last gene, making full use of the state-of-the-art technologies coming on stream. Sequencing DNA means determining the order of the four chemical building blocks – called ...
    SciBlogsBy Genomics Aotearoa
    1 week ago
  • Gainful Employment: A Cautionary Tale.
    Transformative Politics: The idea is to turn each recipient into an unwitting accomplice in their own transformation. From interested observer to hyped-up activist, sharing our messages promiscuously with ‘friends’. You’ll be part of an ever-expanding circulatory system, Jennifer, for the ideas that will win us the election.”JENNIFER SKITTERED her chair ...
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand should not fund bigotry
    Two years ago, the Cook Islands government announced that it was planning to join the civilised world and decriminalise consensual homosexual sex between men. Now, they've reversed their position, and decided to criminalise lesbians into the bargain:Two years ago, in a step welcomed by many people including the gay and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • More tyranny in Australia
    The boycott is a fundamental tool of protest. By choosing who we buy from, we can send a message, and hopefully change corporate behaviour. Historically, boycotts have been effective, for example over apartheid in South Africa and Israel, in forcing divestment from Myanmar, and in ending bus segregation in the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Submission for rationality and science against the assaults of pre-modernism and post-modernism
    Jan Rivers spoke at the Abortion Legislation Select Committee in favour of the bill, but in opposition to calls from other submitters to exchange the word ‘woman’ for ‘person’ throughout the bill. Jan is a supporter of the feminist group Speak Up For Women and has recently written an excellent ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • My loyal readership of … Cam girls and Pornbots?
    I checked my traffic stats:I was intrigued by 'monica29' - who was this very dedicated individual?  I clicked on the link, to be greeted with ...Ho, hum.Spreadin' the word, spreadin' the word.  Doesn't matter who hears it, as long as it gets out there. ...
    1 week ago
  • Worth repeating forever
    There have been three polls since the election was announced, and I will shamelessly steal YouGov / UK Polling Report's Anthony Wells' summary of them:Survation – CON 34%, LAB 26%, LDEM 19%, BREX 12%, GRN 1% Ipsos MORI – CON 41%, LAB 24%, LDEM 20%, BREX 7%, GRN 3% YouGov ...
    1 week ago
  • Lutte Ouvriere on the explosion in Chile
    The following article is translated from Lutte Ouvrière, the weekly newspaper of the organisation usually known by the same name in France. When, for the second time this year, Chilean President Piñera announced an increase in the price of Metro tickets from 800 to 830 pesos, students in the high ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Wage theft – I’m fucking over it.
    Today, a worker contacted me asking if she could go to the police over her employer stealing thousands of dollars from her in unpaid wages. The employer also did not pay this worker’s taxes or student loan which amounts to tax fraud. As a workers rights activist, who founded the ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    2 weeks ago
  • On The Rebound.
    Signed, Sealed, Delivered, They're Yours: Is there any person more vulnerable than a jilted lover on the rebound? Or, anything more certain than that the charmer, the predator, the glib spinner of lies and promises will seek such broken people out? Yes, of course, he will love every one of ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Rabbi urges congregation to vote against Corbyn
    Though Jonathan Romain is a fairly high profile Rabbi, writing in several papers and popping up on TV and the radio, this story doesn't seem to have made it to the Guardian yet, so I'll take the unusual step of linking the Stephen Pollard edited Jewish Chronicle:Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain ...
    2 weeks ago
  • My absurdly optimistic prediction
    There's an election afoot, and that is when noted opinion formers such as myself get to make wild fools of ourselves by pretending we have the faintest idea what will happen.So, here is my absurdly optimistic prediction:Labour - 285Conservative - 262SNP - 53Lib Dems - 20PC - 5Ireland - 18 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • October ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
    Image Credit: Increase Social Media Traffic & Website Traffic I notice a few regulars no longer allow public access to the site counters. This may happen accidentally when the blog format is altered. If your ...
    2 weeks ago
  • A mountain of a challenge in banning glyphosate
    Belinda Cridge I was reading my son a story last night. A great tale of derring-do of five mountaineers scaling the Matterhorn for the first time. One in the party had tried six times previously and failed, this was the last attempt before winter closed another season. They tried a ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • This government has a problem with secrecy
    As introduced, the Zero Carbon Bill included an expansive secrecy clause, which would have covered virtually all decisions by the Climate Change Commission over our most important policy area. The Ministry for the Environment admitted this was a mistake (or as they put it, an "oversight"), and the select committee ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • A small New Zealand songbird that hides food for later use provides insights into cognitive evolutio...
    Rachael Shaw, Victoria University of Wellington When we think about animals storing food, the image that usually comes to mind is a squirrel busily hiding nuts for the winter. We don’t usually think of a small songbird taking down an enormous invertebrate, tearing it into pieces and hiding these titbits ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Referenda on Euthanasia – NZ First’s Victory – or a Major Miscalculation?
    . . NZ First’s success in putting the euthenasia bill to a public referenda may not be the victory they believe it to be. They may even have sounded the death-knell for a second Labour-NZ First-Green coalition. On 23 July this year, NZ First MP, Jenny Marcroft, submitted a Supplementary ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    2 weeks ago
  • Corbyn the Mighty vs BoJo the Clown
    Interesting contrasting pictures in the Guardian:Corbyn gets the classic positive shot - low angle and a clear background, making him look authoritative (of course, being Corbyn, he doesn't do authoritative very well).Where as Johnson gets pictured with children at some sort of mad-hatters' tea party:Begging the question, who is the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Public health, externality, and vaccination
    Paternalism is contentious. Arguments for state action to protect us from ourselves are fraught. I come down pretty heavily on the anti-paternalism side of the argument, but I’ve heard respectable defences of paternalism. But policy around vaccination is hardly paternalistic. There’s a clear market failure that could be pointed to ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    2 weeks ago
  • Happy Halloween
    Its Halloween, so its time for annual pumpkin trepanning and chocolate eating ritual. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Twenty thousand leagues under the sea
    I’ve been reading Jules Verne’s novel Twenty thousand leagues under the sea, considered as one of the very earliest science fiction stories. In brief, Monsieur Aronnax and a couple of sidekicks are taken prisoner by Captain Nemo and his mysterious crew and treated to an underwater voyage around the world ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    2 weeks ago

  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
    Darroch Ball, Spokesperson for Justice New Zealand First is proud that a key Coalition Agreement commitment which will provide for a more transparent and effective criminal justice system has been realised. Legislation to establish the Criminal Cases Review Commission, an independent body focused on identifying and responding to possible miscarriages of ...
    5 hours ago
  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
    "Today we have made a choice that will leave a legacy... I hope that means that future generations will see that we, in New Zealand, were on the right side of history." - Jacinda Ardern, Third Reading of the Zero Carbon Bill ...
    5 days ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
    Darroch Ball, New Zealand First List MP A Member’s bill has been proposed that would provide income tax exemptions for all New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel while on operational deployment overseas. The Income Tax (Exemption for Salary or Wages of NZDF Members on Active Deployment) Amendment Bill proposed by New Zealand First ...
    5 days ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First is proud to have brought common sense to the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill, which passed its final reading in Parliament today. Party Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says months of hard work went into negotiating a balanced ...
    6 days ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First has listened to calls to recognise paramedics as registered health professionals under the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance Act (the Act). Today, the Coalition Government announced plans for paramedics to be registered as health practitioners under the Act, and the establishment of a ...
    1 week ago
  • Week That Was: 2,000 teachers in two years
    We began the week by commemorating the New Zealand Wars and celebrating a major increase in the number of teachers. Then, we were busy supporting offenders into work and getting our rail back on track after years of underinvestment. And that's just the start! ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Winning an election one conversation at a time
    In October I was sworn in as the Mayor of Lower Hutt. It’s the privilege of my life to serve Hutt people as their Mayor. There is something really special to be able to serve the community where I was raised, and where I live.   ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Closer cooperation with Korean horse racing industry
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Racing Racing Minister Winston Peters met with Korea Racing Authority Chairperson Nak Soon Kim in Seoul today to discuss closer cooperation between the New Zealand and Korean horse racing industries. As part of the visit to the Seoul Racecourse, Mr Peters witnessed ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Otago to lead digital creativity
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10 million to establish Otago as the centre of New Zealand’s creative digital industry over the next ten years, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “The initiative will bring us closer to the vision of ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Young Otago students encouraged to take on forestry careers
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF)’s skills and employment programme will help young Otago people into long-term forestry careers, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. Te Ara Mahi will invest $63,000 in the 2020 school year to support eight 17 and 18 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF backing Dunedin’s waterfront ambitions
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will support local plans to revitalise and stimulate economic development opportunities in Otago, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The four Regional Economic Development Ministers have approved an in-principle investment of $19.9 million towards the region’s ...
    2 weeks ago
  • M. Bovis eradication progress welcomed
    Mark Patterson, Spokesperson for Primary Industries New Zealand First is pleased to have received the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) report on the Coalition Government’s Mycoplasma bovis eradication efforts, which shows significant progress in the fight against the disease. New Zealand First Spokesperson for Primary Industries, Mark Patterson, says the report’s findings ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF boosts Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sector
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development Hon David Parker, Minister for Trade and Export Growth The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing to support economic growth opportunities for Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sectors, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones and Trade and Export Minister David Parker announced today. Almost $20 million ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Minister Peters discusses Pacific challenges and denuclearisation in Seoul
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Foreign Minister Winston Peters and his South Korean counterpart, Kang Kyung-wha, discussed in Seoul today opportunities to work more closely in the Pacific and the situation on the Korean Peninsula. Mr Peters and Minister Kang confirmed New Zealand and the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF supports high speed broadband for marae at Parihaka Pa
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development  Hon Nanaia Mahuta, Minister for Māori Development The three marae in the historic Parihaka Pa complex in Taranaki have been upgraded to high speed broadband with the support of the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “Connecting the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 launched
    Hon Ron Mark, Minister of Defence Minister of Defence Ron Mark will today launch the Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 Defence Assessment  during a speech at Te Papa.  The Assessment outlines how Defence will partner with our Pacific Island neighbours and invest in Pacific regional security architecture. The Plan aligns with the Coalition ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF funding could transform Gisborne company into “beacon of employment” in two years
    A new Provincial Growth Fund investment could create about 80 new jobs in Gisborne over the next two years, turning a local small business into a “beacon of employment” in the process. Regional Economic Development Parliamentary Under-Secretary Fletcher Tabuteau said the PGF’s Te Ara Mahi funding stream would provide $1.6m ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Week That Was: Two years of progress
    This week, we’re taking action on climate change, expanding trades education – and celebrating two years of progress! ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs to visit the Republic of Korea and Japan
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters will travel to the Republic of Korea and Japan next week. “The Republic of Korea and Japan are two of New Zealand’s closest partners in the region with whom we share common values and ...
    3 weeks ago
  • New Zealand to lead Bougainville Referendum Regional Police Support Mission
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters has announced today that New Zealand is leading a police support mission in Bougainville as the region prepares to vote in a non-binding referendum on its political future. “New Zealand has accepted an invitation ...
    3 weeks ago
  • We’re taking action on climate change
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