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MSM: you supply the spin, we publish it

Written By: - Date published: 3:59 pm, December 22nd, 2009 - 78 comments
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There’s a Youtube clip on Stuff of Key talking on The Edge. Presumably filmed by one of Key’s people. It’s run as headline news.

Yup. You got that right. It’s now news when Key appears for a soft interview on other media. Not the first time. A month or so ago Stuff ran his video diary as a news article. Unedited, uncommented on. Just ran it as news. The start of a worrying trend.

Can’t help but notice in 9 minutes of interview on The Edge Key doesn’t say a word about the quarter of a million Kiwis heading into Christmas without a job, or the record-length queues at the foodbanks. The whole thing is about how he’ll be swanning off to Hawaii for another two weeks’ holiday. That’s about seven weeks off since he became PM.

The Edge DJs are beside themselves when Key gives them a bottle of expensive plonk with his name on it. Armstrong and the other journos have also been all aflutter about their bottles. A journalist with any integrity would return it with a “thanks, but no thanks” note. But, apart from the lone political journo who turned down Key’s offer of a free Bledisloe Cup ticket earlier this year, it looks like those professional standards are long gone. Then the media cry when people say they’re biased.

All I want for Christmas is a fourth estate that believes in its duty and tries to fulfil it.

78 comments on “MSM: you supply the spin, we publish it”

  1. Con 1

    In other news, “Methane increasing over New Zealand”. Coincidence? I think not.

  2. sk 2

    The age of celebrity politicians .. . it started with Blair, and continues with JK but one example right now. History will portray them as clowns, but that doesn’t help us now . . .

  3. Scribe 3

    Zetetic,

    This is news because we now have a PM is willing to show off his personality rather than act like a political machine. This is the sort of behaviour that makes John Key so popular with regular New Zealanders — that’s why you hate it.

    Sure, you’re a policy wonk and want this and that from Key, but you’re in the tiny minority. Hundreds of thousands of voting Kiwis sing along to Snoopy’s Christmas in the car; maybe John does too. Cool.

    • sk 3.1

      Great, so where is an example of populism delivering great outcomes?

    • Tigger 3.2

      Scribe, I’m all for Key showing off his personality so when he does that, let me know. What I see here is someone desperate to be liked, to be loved. So he puts on this ‘blokey man o’people’ voice to deliver lines that are obviously following a script (“don’t deny you’re off to Hawaii but tell them you’ll be working while you’re there…) and gives gifts so he can show how generous he is.

      And sorry if wanting Key to actually lead the country is asking too much. I thought that was his job.

    • Bright Red 3.3

      actually, Helen Clark displayed heaps of personality. ZM once said they would spare the Christmas Turkey if she rang them up and pardoned it and she did. Just one example, similar to what Key did on the radio.

      But that wasn’t a news story, nor should it have been.

      deep down, I suspect you’re just happy not to have a woman in charge anymore, scribe. You never would make the accusations of being a ‘political machine’ etc against a man who attacked like Clark. And you wouldn’t be so loving of a woman who attacked like Key.

    • Zaphod Beeblebrox 3.4

      Nice guys make lousy managers and leaders. They want to be liked too much.

    • Ron 3.5

      You see, that is such a stupid comment on all sorts of levels.

      Apart from the dubious value in a PM “showing his personality” (is that not an oxymoron in Key’s case?) I am asuming you’re comparing this aspect of the job with Helen Clark’s.

      You know what? It’s not him – it’s the media’s response to him.

      I had the opportunity to see Clark in action in several “soft” public environments. She was funny, intelligent, personable. The people there warmed to her and commented on how easy she was to talk to.

      The difference? She wasn’t followed around by fawning sycophants hanging on her very word so they could publish in the blogs.

      Then people like you Scribe, buy the media “story” and then treat it as reality.

  4. lukas 4

    “Can’t help but notice in 9 minutes of interview on The Edge Key doesn’t say a word about the quarter of a million Kiwis heading into Christmas without a job, or the record-length queues at the foodbanks.”

    I can’t help but notice that The Edge is not a serious news driven station. They play music all day Zetic! They are not a current affairs or news station like RNZ, ZB or Live.

    • Bright Red 4.1

      Key is asked to talk about his year in power. All he can talk about it the places he travelled to and makes some passing comment about the recession not being that bad.

  5. prism 5

    Listened to a fellow called John Liddie? on Radio 97? rave on yesterday about how he cleaned up his flat and wanted to drop the rubbish off somewhere and tried to leave it outside a neighbour’s but someone caught them and they got into trouble and….
    If this is what the young public like then they lack any little grey cells inside their smooth-skinned faces. Hearing about Key going to Hawaii would probably be riveting after listening to the guy who repeated his little tale again. I was in a shop so was captive audience. I did complain but assistant said what I think must be general, that she just tunes out. So many places are full of music or wailing women being broadcast. I think Peter Ustinov called it wallpaper for the ears. What a load of S!!T.

  6. CrosbyTextor 6

    = = = CLASSIFIED MEDIA INSTRUCTION = = =

    FROM: HQ

    TO: Prime Minister

    21 December 2009

    John

    We share your frustration at being bumped from the “Debate Of The Century” by the BBC but as you know we were unable to secure a promise from the corporation that no “difficult” questions would be asked concerning the environmental policies handed to you by us in November 2008 would be asked. We have been able to create an equally important and equivalent opportunity for you to appear in the media.

    While on air, please don’t mention that you will be holidaying in Hawaii, that your cutting anyone’s allowance, don’t describe the job as “fun”, try not to sound sleazy, don’t mention cutting anyone’s bonus, stay away from mentioning “after politics”, don’t make fun of the ordinary New Zealanders in the calander, bear in mind the dignity of your office, do not slag off the previous prime minister, and do not describe your wife as a Hobbit.

    Thanks.

    HQ

  7. BLiP 7

    The man’s an embarrassment!

  8. mike 8

    Lighten up you boring prats! Its Xmas ffs. Hels had a boring, childless existence that’s Xmas indulgence revolved around ‘Mr’ Davis having an egg-nog instead of a cuppa back in 05.

    JK lets his hair down and shows he’s human on a shock-jock show and somehow this is corrupting the 4th estate…. now thats a joke

    • Pascal's bookie 8.1

      Fuck. If that’s letting his hair down the man is in desperate need of something a hell of a lot stronger than eggnog.

  9. Peter Wilson 9

    I’m of two minds about this latest spin. I accept that our media is undeniably lazy, aside from a few notable journalists, who interestingly, seem to be pushed to the margins in reward for their hard work (former columnists from the Listener for example…). The Hollow Men proved that, both with Hager’s book and the fact that none of the mainstream media even bothered to publicise it, because it made them look bad. So, a lazy media can be taken as a given, and I don’t think it’s much better elsewhere either. Symptomatic perhaps of rundown newsrooms and under-staffing, rather than biased journos.

    What that means then is that’s the political reality – lazy media, and the sheer easiness of getting shallow spin stories onto the front page. National then has obviously worked this out and has mastered it, to its own electoral advantage. Having a guy like Key makes it easier, but there will be a solid strategy behind this.

    It’s harder for Labour, earnest and serious, and not historically inclined to take that approach. But still, a prudent Labour Party would recognise that reality and plan their media strategy around it. Which basically means writing the articles for the journos, slipping them by the editors etc, and couching everything in friendly sound bites. That doesn’t mean dumbing down the policy, but it does mean recognising media realities, however crap they are. It’s either that or develop alternative means of disseminating information, which bypass the mainstream media. And for the middle classes, that doesn’t yet include blogs like this one.

  10. TB 10

    I remember the first couple of xmas’s Helen Clark was PM she did xmas good-will cameos of the likes of ZM to show she was cool & hip and a lot of Labour people I know were raving about it….. so when a National PM does it its some sort of sisniter “Crosby-Textor Plot”… WTF. This is what all politicians do when they are popular…. Don’t worry, although National will win the next election, about six months into the next term the main stream population will start realising that “this lot are just a bunch of self serving politicians just like the last lot, I’ll never vote National again” and labour will starting to become popular again. like spring follows winter the cycle continues…..

  11. Cam 11

    This guy is real life David Brent. Why do so many people just eat this crap up?

    • GFraser 11.1

      Cam, you just hit the nail on the head!
      You can see the future, nightclub appearances dressed up as Austin Powers with failed Big Brother contestants 🙂

  12. George.com 12

    I wonder why many people think Key is more show than substance.

  13. Zetetic 13

    sigh. the problem isn’t with the apparence on The Edge. It’s with the fawning coverage of it on stuff.

    • BLiP 13.1

      Painful, ain’t it? I sometimes wonder if the trolls do actually understand the point of most posts and are simply playing at distraction to avoid discussion or are really just *that* thick. A mixture of both, I suspect.

    • sk 13.2

      But it is the appearance on The Edge. It was so cringe-worthy. He talks down to NZ’ers and no one notices. He is off to Hawaii, and tells the rest of us losers to enjoy NZ. He disses those kiwis heading off to their campsites. You just have to wonder when we will wake from our trance. That show was just appalling . . . .

      • Zetetic 13.2.1

        yeah. he’s a dick. I’m not arguing.

        You’re right that no-one notices his attitude through the laffs.

        My problem was with the fawning though. Not that the Edge gave a soft interview.

        • Scribe 13.2.1.1

          Z,

          I’d hardly call Stuff’s coverage of Key’s appearance on The Edge “fawning”. It looks like a fairly straightforward retelling of the events that took place. That’s kinda what journalism is.

          Please point to the parts of the story that are “fawning” and post them here. Thanks.

          • Bright Red 13.2.1.1.1

            Why would you cover it at all? It’s fawning just to replay and celebrate a soft interview given to him by another media outlet.

    • lukas 13.3

      what, you want them to lay into him for making an appearance on The Edge and not discussing the hard hitting points of politics for the day?

      I suggest your vile hatred of JK clouds your judgment somewhat Zetetic, perhaps you should stick with your tried and true posts about how much NZ sucks?

      • BLiP 13.3.1

        What point studying “communications” to diploma level when you can’t even recognise propaganda when its pointed out to you?

        • lukas 13.3.1.1

          BLiP, what point studying anything can you not recognise an entertainment show? Not everything is about the evil Mr Key out to get you BLiP

          • BLiP 13.3.1.1.1

            *sigh*

            Its not about the radio show, its about the coverage of the radio show, geddit? Odd then, don’t you think, that an “entertainment show”, recorded by the Goober’s own PR staff, is getting front page virtual felatio from the print media?

            • lukas 13.3.1.1.1.1

              BLiP, I suggest you get out more if you seriously think that there is an issue here. Go find a friend for Christmas

              • BLiP

                Where did you study “communications” – Disneyland?

              • lukas

                oh BLiP, you try so hard… kind of cute and sad at the same time really.

                Do you still think mining the conservation estate is comparable to the death of a child?

              • BLiP

                going to be kicking in any public hospital emergency department windows this Christmas?

              • lukas

                seriously bud, you are like a broken record playing the same sick tune over and over. I guess that is a yes to the question about mining and the death of a child then?

  14. Ben 14

    VERY dangerous direction for New Zealand to head in. Ah, it’s bloody late, I can’t possibly assess and source right now. But look up early Reagan archival footage, very telling on this issue, because it was the great transition. By the time Bush got here, this was the “normal” way for the media to act. But Reagan was the first (then Thatcher), setting the style of monkey-see-monkey-do journalism, prepared all the way back to Roosevelt. Which was a whole different world, and the scene for the great struggle for which way the media battle would go. Factual journalism, and public invovlement on Roosevelt’s side, Public Relations and celebritism (a.k.a the attitude of I concern myself with characters, hopes, and values, and am thus excluded from matters of policy, and decisionmaking) on the side of Business. Very revealing history.

    And very unsettling to see it take placein New Zealand.

  15. J Mex 15

    Just heard a radio station discussing their interview with Phil Goff this morning (which I missed):

    Paraphrasing:

    Announcer 1: And a thanks to our special guest earlier this morning, Phill Goff
    Announcer 2: (Snoring noises)

    Announcer 1: What did Phil Goff want for Christmas again?
    Announcer 2: Um,…World peace, equality for the rich and the poor… [drifts off]
    Announcer 1: A trip to Hawaii? For John Key to get stung by a jellyfish?
    Announcer 2: I wish he’d said something like that. I’m not sure if Phil Goff should be Prime Minister or a boy’s brigade leader.
    Announcer 1: Yes, but we thank him for coming in anyway…

    I’m sure we can all imagine how that interview went.

  16. Tim Ellis 16

    There seems to be two schools of thought on Mr Key.

    The first is that he’s a dishonest, “money trading”, shallow, evil man who is the puppet of some nefarious international conspiracy.

    The second is that he’s a nice, intelligent, friendly guy that people will relate to.

    According to Roy Morgan, if you’re in the first camp, only a very small minority agree with you. Still I suppose it’s better that you vent your rage before christmas online rather than at your families.

    • Tigger 16.1

      Actually, there’s a third school of thought – that he’s an embarrassing, smug douchebag. There’s probably some other schools too. And some pre-schools. A day care. University. Polytech. Maybe even kohanga reo.

      • BLiP 16.1.1

        And a fourth school of thought that he is a bored multi-millionaire playing at politics to amuse himself because it “seemed like a fun thing to do”.

      • Tim Ellis 16.1.2

        That third school of thought has even fewer students than the Labour Party at 27.5 percent in the last roy morgan poll Tigger.

        • Tigger 16.1.2.1

          This just in, Anne Tolley has closed the second school of thought. Typically closing a school would be done only after consultation and for good reason but Tolley decided to forget any sense of fairness, justice and common sense and close it anyway. Bummer.

  17. There seems to be two schools of thought on Mr Ellis.

    The first is that he’s a dishonest, “money trading’, shallow, evil man who is the puppet of some nefarious international conspiracy.

    The second is that he’s a nice, intelligent, friendly guy that people will relate to.

    According to Mr Ellis, if you’re in the second camp, only a very small minority agree with you, but he is pleased that the sham is working at all.

    • J Mex 17.1

      If only John Key had an honest unmanufactured image. He should take a leaf out of that nice sheep carrying, triumph riding, campground staying bloke, Phil Goff.

      ?

      Often these type of blog discussions remind me of a bunch of young schoolkids arguing that WWF is full of fake sham wrestlers and that only the WWE is the real deal. Alongside another group arguing the opposite.

  18. Tim 18

    Actually Mr Ellis, more accurately the general perception of Mr Key is that he is a non-committal, do-nothing though friendly and rather irrelevant ‘shop assistant’ kind of guy.

    After the 100th ‘have a nice day’ one actually wishes we had a Prime Minister who actually ‘did’ something.

    Something… like a real solution to the leaky homes fiasco that was triggered by the former National government in the 1990s deregulating the building industry safeguards.

    Dont you think?

    • Tim Ellis 18.1

      Hi Tim,

      If you think that is the general impression of Mr Key, perhaps there are some poll results you might want to look at.

      As for the leaky homes fiasco, this would be the same leaky homes crisis that Helen Clark said was a beat up, and which she criticised the Herald for “banging on” about it.

      After nine years of Labour Government, it is a little bit disingenuous to blame Mr Key for the problem.

      • Pascal's bookie 18.1.1

        “it is a little bit disingenuous to blame Mr Key for the problem.”

        He didn’t do that Tim, stop lying.

        Still I suppose it’s better that you lie about that here than about your age in some other chatroom.

        • Tim Ellis 18.1.1.1

          I hope you’re not as angry next year as you’ve been this year PB. Perhaps you’ll get beyond the first two stages of grief, denial and anger, and start to focus on how to deal with Labour no longer being in government.

      • sk 18.1.2

        Mr Ellis

        On the day that we hear that Chris Liddell is being given the job of saving the US auto industry, we have this tape of JK acting the idiot. Sure he is a fantastic guy to have a beer with, and he is still popular according to the polls, but we hoped for so much more.

        The only thought in his head about his year as PM is all the great trips he has had, such as going to Copenhagen for a bacon buttie. . .

        If this is as good as it gets from our leaders . .. .

        NZ is surely capable of more . . .

        • Tim Ellis 18.1.2.1

          sk, just in case you didn’t know, the edge is not a serious news programme.

          For somebody who was a big supporter of Helen Clark, who famously preferred to see Shrek the Sheep rather than meet people on the hikoi for the foreshore and seabed bill, you seem to be very angry that Mr Key would do anything entertaining around Christmas time.

          • sk 18.1.2.1.1

            Who says I was a supporter of HC? No argument from me on Shrek. (And thanks for explaining the bit on the Edge, at least I am young enough to listen to the Edge, which from the sounds of it you are not).

            It is not the entertaining, it was the cringe-making performance and the way he talks down to NZ’ers, and what it says about how he sees his responsibility as NZ PM.

          • BLiP 18.1.2.1.2

            That’s your idea of entertainment? Sad.

            BTW – the point of the post, as has been repeatedly pointed out on this thread, is not the radio show, its the fawning media falling over themselves to make The Goober seem at least part-normal. Geddit?

  19. Tim Ellis 19

    It seems the people who dislike Mr Key going to Hawaii for Christmas were quite comfortable with Ms Clark climbing mountains in Africa for her Christmas. What a small minded, joyless bunch you are.

    • sk 19.1

      Ms Clark also spent a lot of time in the mountains of NZ. While Mr Key thinks that is fine activity for us (along with camping), it clearly isn’t for him.

      There is just a sense, that when he is done with being PM (notice on that point, he could not name one PM who quit while ahead; what about David Lange or Harold Wilson?), he is out of here.

      There is also a sense – that he is happy to confirm – that the highlight for him is foreign, not domestic, policy. But the required game changer is needed in domestic policy .. .

      • Tim Ellis 19.1.1

        Who knows what Mr Key will do when he’s no longer PM sk. It looks from the polls like he’s going to remain PM for the next few years at least. But as you say it is possible that he might be out of here straight away. He might follow Ms Clark’s example and get a job at the UN.

        • sk 19.1.1.1

          A depressing thought .. . .I keep coming back to that bacon buttie, as the highlight of Copenhagen. JK had no idea the significance of what was happening around him. Read this . ..

          http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2009/dec/22/copenhagen-climate-change-mark-lynas

          • Tim Ellis 19.1.1.1.1

            In case you didn’t notice sk, Copenhagen was a failure. About the only constructive thing to come from it was Mr Key’s announcement of the science investment group.

            • sk 19.1.1.1.1.1

              You missed the point .. . .If China is positioning itself as such, Mr Key flying around the world humming “we are the happy happy people” is not going to defend NZ’s interests. I wonder what the Chinese made of Mr Key’s tape. Hardly evidence that he is a serious player . ..

              • gitmo

                Ummmmm the Chinese leadership don’t give a fuck about Key or NZ or anyone or anything outside of China unless there’s something of benefit in it for them, this is why any global carbon trading ETS scheme is doomed even if the Chinese sign up to it they’ll lie and obfuscate about their figures.

              • Tim Ellis

                That’s true sk, all of the Chinese websites are reporting how the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party are pouring over every detail of Mr Key’s performance on the Edge.

              • sk

                Mr Ellis, you may jest . .. .

              • Bill

                “Ummmmm the Chinese leadership don’t give a fuck about Key or NZ or anyone or anything outside of China unless there’s something of benefit in it for them, this is why any global carbon trading ETS scheme is doomed even if the Chinese sign up to it they’ll lie and obfuscate about their figures.”

                Unlike those nice honest western leaders who never lie about anything or obfuscate on any matter……ever.

                White is right and yellow is peril, eh?

              • gitmo

                UMM Bill shouldn’t you be having a afternoon nap in the old age home ?

                If it’s a choice between the western governments and China I’ll take the western governments thanks very much….. but feel free to make your case how the Chinese government is better or no worse than govts in the west.

              • Bill

                It’s not about which government is better or which government you’d rather have in control.

                It’s about your bald assertion that the Chinese government would lie and obfuscate; it’s about that assertion being based on an implicit assumption that ‘ours’ wouldn’t.

                It’s about naive racism at best and cynical racism at worst

              • gitmo

                Bill are you completely fucking retarded ?

                How do you get from

                “Ummmmm the Chinese leadership don’t give a fuck about Key or NZ or anyone or anything outside of China unless there’s something of benefit in it for them, this is why any global carbon trading ETS scheme is doomed even if the Chinese sign up to it they’ll lie and obfuscate about their figures.”

                To

                “It’s about your bald assertion that the Chinese government would lie and obfuscate; it’s about that assertion being based on an implicit assumption that ‘ours’ wouldn’t.”

                “It’s about naive racism at best and cynical racism at worst”

                There’s no implicit assumption that our government present or past or future doesn’t lie ….. I think they lie all the time. Fact China is the biggest CO2 emitter in the world. Fact they are far more concerned about their economy and face than reducing CO2 emissions. Fact that they are are a government that’s well known to bend the truth and fabricate data.

                Don’t accuse me of being a racist again please you fucktard.

              • Bill

                There’s no implicit assumption that our government present or past or future doesn’t lie ..Yes there is. Otherwise you would not have stated that a trading scheme was doomed because of the characteristics you highlight but assign to the Chinese and only the Chinese….I think they lie all the time. No you don’t. You apparently think they would be honest on issues related to an ETS for oneFact China is the biggest CO2 emitter in the world. true.Fact they are far more concerned about their economy and face than reducing CO2 emissions.That’s not a fact. Merely an opinion. Again, why single out China? The same can equally be said of European countries and of the US and Canada plus a whole pile of others Fact that they are are a government that’s well known to bend the truth and fabricate data. WMD, War on Terror/Drugs and so on and so on

                Don’t accuse me of being a racist again please you fucktard.

                What would you term it Gitmo? You do see how I get from your initial comment to my response don’t you? You follow the logic, yes?

              • gitmo

                Bill I don’t know how anyone can follow your logic you’re a class war relic and self loathing whitey.

              • Bill

                Jeez Gitmo.

                I thought the mapping out of my thought process as a reaction to your comments on this thread was fairly explicit. If you care to pinpoint which part you find hard to follow I’ll endeavour to make it clearer for you.

                But Gitmo. In return, you care to explain how you came to your conclusions based on our exchange in this thread, ’cause I can’t see any sign of logic whatsoever?

          • Bill 19.1.1.1.2

            @sk

            That article screams desperation…is he being serious, or expect to be taken seriously contending that the US had “put serious cuts on the table for the first time (17% below 2005 levels by 2020), and was obviously prepared to up its offer.”

            Really? A (whatwasit…3%? ) reduction on 1990 levels is serious when the science demands 50%? And as they were ‘obviously’ prepared to up the offer, we know what the upped offer was and the conditions surrounding it. Right? Oops. Apparently not. How strange.

            Then again, perhaps I missed the intentional irony of that link appearing in a thread titled “MSM: you supply the spin, we publish it.”

            Mr Mark omnipresent Lynas’s interpretation is a clear country mile distant from anything actually said in any of the reproduced conference speeches, but strangely reflective of the spin being attempted by Messrs Brown and Obama.

      • Scribe 19.1.2

        There is just a sense, that when he is done with being PM …. he is out of here.

        Hmmm, kinda like Miss Clark?

        I wonder if John will increase donations to whatever organisation he wants to work for next in order to grease up the appointment committee…

  20. sk 20

    Mr Ellis

    You may jest . .. but Mr Key is the jester

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    Since 2013, the Australian government has detained refugees without trial in Pacific gulags, where they are abused, tortured, and driven to suicide. The policy is not just an abuse of human rights and possible crime against humanity; it has also had a corrosive effect on the states Australia uses as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • An age of protest.
    It seems fair to say that we currently live in a problematic political moment in world history. Democracies are in decline and dictatorships are on the rise. Primordial, sectarian and post-modern divisions have re-emerged, are on the rise or have been accentuated by political evolutions of the moment such as ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 days ago
  • Another captured agency
    Last month, Greenpeace head Russel Norman surrendered his speaking slot at an EPA conference to student climate activist Sorcha Carr, who told the EPA exactly what she thought of them. It was a bold move, which confronted both regulators and polluters (or, as the EPA calls them, "stakeholders") with the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • NZ First’s dodgy loans
    The core principle supposedly underlying New Zealand's electoral finance regime is transparency: parties can accept large donations from rich people wanting to buy policy, but only if they tell the public they've been bought. Most parties abide by this, so we know that TOP was wholly-owned by Gareth Morgan, and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Member’s Day: The choice on End of Life Choice
    Today is a Member's Day, probably the second-to-last one of the year, and its a big one, with the Third Reading of David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill. last Member's Day it was reported back from committee, after MPs voted narrowly to make it subject to a (rules TBA) ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • How growth in population and consumption drives planetary change
    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 The growth of the human population over the last 70 ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    3 days ago
  • The disappearing Women …
    by The Council of Disobedient Women In her excellent oral submission to the Abortion reform select committee on 31st October on behalf of Otago University’s Department of Public Health, historian and public health researcher Hera Cook stated: “We would ask that the committee not use the term ‘pregnant persons’ and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    3 days ago
  • “A Passage to India”: enduring art in changing times
    by Don Franks In 1957, E M Forster wrote, of his greatest work: “The India described in ‘A Passage to India’ no longer exists either politically or socially. Change had begun even at the time the book was published ( 1924) and during the following quarter of a century it ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    3 days ago
  • Contemptuous
    The Referendums Framework Bill was due back from select committee today. But there's no report on it. Instead, the bill has been bounced back to the House under Standing order 29593) because the Committee didn't bother to produce one. They probably tried. But given the membership of the committee (which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Zero Carbon: It’s not just a good idea, it’s the law
    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
    3 days 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
    4 days 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
    4 days 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
    4 days 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. ...
    4 days 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?" ...
    4 days 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
    4 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
    4 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
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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. ...
    6 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 ...
    6 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 ...
    6 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
    6 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 ...
    7 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
    7 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 ...
    7 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
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week ago
  • Too Late To Change Capitalism’s Flightpath?
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    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week ago
  • Vaccination, compulsion, and paternalism for the lower orders
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    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week ago
  • 11,000 employed under Labour
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week 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
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Ban private jets
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Untold Suffering
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The left and violent misogyny
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    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Imperialism and the iPhone
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    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • The freshwater mussel housing crisis: eviction by invasive weeds?
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    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
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: D-Day
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Winston is right
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks 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 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Finish what’s on your plate
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    SciBlogsBy Genomics Aotearoa
    2 weeks ago
  • Gainful Employment: A Cautionary Tale.
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    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand should not fund bigotry
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • More tyranny in Australia
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Submission for rationality and science against the assaults of pre-modernism and post-modernism
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • My loyal readership of … Cam girls and Pornbots?
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    2 weeks ago
  • Worth repeating forever
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    2 weeks 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

  • Kiwis to have their say on End of Life Choice
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First backs the public to decide on the End of Life Choice Bill via a referendum at the 2020 General Election. The Bill, with New Zealand First’s referendum provision incorporated, passed its final reading in Parliament this evening. New Zealand First Spokesperson for ...
    2 days 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 ...
    3 days 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 ...
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week 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 ...
    2 weeks 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 ...
    3 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 ...
    3 weeks ago

  • Modern emergency care for Queenstown area
    ew, modern emergency department and outpatient facilities at Queenstown’s Lakes District Hospital mean better emergency care for the growing tourist mecca’s visitors and locals, says Health Minister David Clark. Today Dr Clark officially opened the hospital’s redeveloped Emergency Department and Outpatient facilities. The new facilities include: •    An extended Emergency Department ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    11 hours ago
  • Contraception important for New Zealanders
    Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter says today’s release of sexual and reproductive health data reinforces the significance of the Government’s commitment to providing free or very low-cost contraception. The Ministry of Health today published statistics from the Ministry of Health’s 2014/15 Health Survey. “It is important people can make ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    14 hours ago
  • NZ medical staff and measles vaccines going to Samoa
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced that at the request of the Samoan Government, New Zealand will be providing further support to Samoa as it faces a worsening measles outbreak. “In response to a request from the people of Samoa, New Zealand is providing 3000 measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • Disability Action Plan 2019 – 2023
    “The new Disability Action Plan 2019–2023 moves us towards the inclusive and accessible New Zealand that this government has committed to,” Minister for Disability Issues Carmel Sepuloni announced today.  “The Action Plan was designed by disabled people, their family and supporters, the disability sector and government agencies. It will ensure ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Joint Statement – Third Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting
    Third Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting 14 November 2019 Joint Statement 1. Defence Ministers Ron Mark and Dr Ng Eng Hen today conducted their third annual Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting in Singapore. 2. Building on the Enhanced Partnership signed between both countries in May this year, this annual meeting ...
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  • Sexual Violence Legislation Bill has its first reading
    A Bill to improve the court system’s response to sexual violence has passed its first reading in Parliament today. Justice Minister Andrew Little says the Sexual Violence Legislation Bill will reduce the trauma sexual violence complainants experience in court, while maintaining defendants’ fundamental rights and making sure the trial process ...
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  • Streamlined business invoicing a step closer
    Streamlined payment practices are a step closer for Kiwi businesses with the formal launch of New Zealand’s e-Invoicing framework. Small Business Minister Stuart Nash says the government has now established the structure to enable automated and direct data exchange between the accounting systems of buyers and sellers. “The move to ...
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  • More frontline biosecurity officers protecting NZ
    Another 51 quarantine officers and four new biosecurity detector dog teams will help protect New Zealand from invasive pests and diseases this summer, says Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor. “The Government is delivering on its commitment to strengthen New Zealand’s biosecurity system and support our valuable primary sector “New Zealand’s flora, fauna ...
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  • NZ space economy worth $1.69 billion
    A new report has found New Zealand’s space sector contributed $1.69 billion to the economy in the last financial year and employs 12,000 people, Minister for Economic Development Phil Twyford announced today. The report by Deloitte was commissioned by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and shows New Zealand ...
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  • New Chair for Royal Commission into Abuse
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  • Better mental health facilities for Palmerston North
    The Government has confirmed its third major mental health facility upgrade since the Budget, this time at Palmerston North Hospital. The Prime Minister and Health Minister today visited MidCentral DHB to announce that $30 million has been allocated to upgrade its acute mental health facility. It follows earlier announcements in ...
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  • More vaccines for meningococcal disease
    The Government welcomes PHARMAC’s decision to fund a vaccine to protect young people from meningococcal disease from 1 December this year. “Meningococcal disease is a serious threat which people at higher risk should be protected from,” says Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter. “The combined pharmaceutical budget was increased by ...
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  • Fisheries innovation projects supported
    Groups involved with innovative fisheries research projects are encouraged to apply for government support in the latest funding round from the Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures programme. Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash says the SFF Futures funding is designed to be flexible enough to support small or large projects across a ...
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  • Government fixes culturally arranged marriage visa issue
    The Government has fixed an issue affecting how Immigration New Zealand has processed visa applications for culturally arranged marriages, which will now see a consistent process applied which ensures people with legitimate arranged marriages can visit New Zealand while also preventing any rorting of the system. Earlier this year Immigration ...
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  • Extension for Royal Commission into Mosque attacks
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  • Terrorism and Trade on agenda as Foreign Minister visits the United States
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters will travel to Washington DC today to attend a ministerial meeting focused on defeating ISIS, and to continue pursuing New Zealand’s trade opportunities. Mr Peters will participate in a meeting of Foreign and Defence Ministers from key countries contributing to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS. ...
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  • Hoiho get extra support alongside 168 community conservation groups backing nature
    The recently crowned Bird of the Year, the hoiho/yellow eyed penguin, is getting a much needed helping hand alongside more than 168 other community conservation projects announced Minister for Conservation Eugenie Sage today. 168 community conservation projects throughout New Zealand are benefiting from $8 million in government grants, including $500,000 ...
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  • New safety measures for modified pistols
    Controls on assault rifles and semi-automatic firearms are to be broadened to include some types of pistols, under changes to a bill currently making its way through Parliament. Police Minister Stuart Nash has tabled a Supplementary Order Paper to the Arms Legislation Bill, which is currently before a Select Committee ...
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  • Minister of Defence to visit Singapore and Thailand
    Minister of Defence Ron Mark will travel to Singapore today to conduct a counterpart visit and to co-chair the third annual Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting with his counterpart, Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen. “Singapore is one of our most important defence partners in the region, and our ...
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  • Future secured for Salisbury School
    Nelson’s Salisbury School is to be rebuilt, creating a modern and suitable learning environment for students at the residential special school, Education Minister Chris Hipkins and Associate Education Minister Tracey Martin announced today. The school for girls aged 8-15, in Richmond, was earmarked for closure by National until the process ...
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  • Resource management reform options released
    The panel undertaking a comprehensive review of the Resource Management Act has identified the main issues to be addressed and options for reform and is calling for feedback to inform its final report.  In July the Government announced the comprehensive review of the resource management system, including the RMA - ...
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  • Criminal Cases Review Commission established
    An important safety valve has been added to New Zealand’s criminal justice system with the third reading of the Criminal Cases Review Commission Bill today. The Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) will investigate claimed miscarriages of justice. “We’ve seen how our justice system can very occasionally get things spectacularly wrong, ...
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  • Racing Industry destined to be on-track
    Racing Minister Winston Peters welcomes the tabling of the Racing Industry Transition Agency (RITA) 2019 Annual Report in Parliament today. He says the 2019 Annual Report marks the point when New Zealand’s racing industry’s decline was arrested and a turnaround started. RITA’s 2019 Annual Report recorded an industry net profit ...
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  • New Zealand firefighter support to Queensland
    The New Zealand Government is today sending 21 firefighters to help fight the ongoing catastrophic Australian bushfires. “The fires in Australia are in some of the toughest, most challenging conditions ever,” says Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin.  “As of yesterday morning, there were 100 active bushfire-related incidents across Queensland and ...
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  • Supporting all schools to succeed
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  • Reform to support better outcomes for Māori learners and whānau
    The Government’s reform of the Tomorrow’s Schools system is a watershed moment in education and an opportunity to create meaningful change for ākonga Māori and their whānau, Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis said today. “Last year through Kōrero Mātauranga | Education Conversation, Māori teachers, parents, ākonga, whānau, hapū and iwi ...
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  • Infrastructure pipeline growing
    Infrastructure Minister is welcoming the first of many updated project pipelines from the newly established New Zealand Infrastructure Commission today. The New Zealand Infrastructure Commission, Te Waihanga, has released an expanded pipeline of major capital projects – another crucial step towards delivering better infrastructure outcomes. “The first iteration of the ...
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  • Tighter firearms law to further improve safety
    Tougher gun laws designed to improve public safety through firearms prohibition orders are proposed in a new document released for public input. Police Minister Stuart Nash says firearms prohibition orders (FPOs) would give new powers to Police to ensure high-risk individuals come nowhere near firearms. “We have already prohibited the ...
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  • New TVNZ chair & directors confirmed
    Andy Coupe has been confirmed as TVNZ’s new Board Chair. “Mr Coupe has strong commercial and capital markets experience and TVNZ has benefited from his technical knowledge of business and finance, as well as his extensive governance experience,” the Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Kris Faafoi said.  Andy ...
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  • Hutt Road cycle path officially opened
    Associate Minister of Transport Julie Anne Genter today officially opened a separated pathway, following the completion of the Kaiwharawhara Stream bridge, which will improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians along Hutt Road.  The $6.8m Hutt Road project provides a separated path for cycling and pedestrians, the replacement of informal parking ...
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  • Announcement of new Ambassador to Russia
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today announced the appointment of career diplomat Si’alei van Toor as New Zealand’s next Ambassador to Russia. “I’m pleased to appoint Ms van Toor to this position. She brings a wealth of experience to the role having previously served as Senior Trade Adviser to the ...
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  • Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update
    The Treasury’s 2019 Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update (HYEFU) will be released on Wednesday December 11, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. The Coalition Government will publish the 2020 Budget Policy Statement at the same time, outlining the priorities for Budget 2020. Further details on arrangements for the release will ...
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  • Giving a Boost to Kiwi small businesses
    A new initiative to better support small businesses through hands-on mentoring and advice has been launched by the Minister for Small Business. The first event in the Kiwi Business Boost series of regional workshops and online tools has been launched in Wairoa by Stuart Nash. “The Business Boost initiative combines ...
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  • Nearly three quarters of Rolleston connected to UFB
    The latest Quarterly Connectivity Report shows that more and more New Zealanders are moving to Ultra-fast Broadband (UFB), with Rolleston having the highest uptake at 74 per cent, as at the end of September. “This means that nearly three quarters of Rolleston’s households and businesses have moved to ultra-fast services. ...
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  • Historic day for landmark climate change legislation in New Zealand
    The passing of the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill will help ensure a safe planet for our kids and grandkids, the Minister for Climate Change James Shaw said today. The landmark legislation which provides a framework to support New Zealanders to prepare for, and adapt to, the effects ...
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  • Release of Oranga Tamariki Practice Review
    The review of Oranga Tamariki practice around the planned uplift of a Hastings baby in May shows significant failings by the Ministry and that the planned and funded changes to shift from a child crisis service to a proper care and protection service need to be accelerated, Children’s Minister Tracey ...
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  • Minister wishes students success in exams
    Education Minister Chris Hipkins has wished students the best of luck for this year’s NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship exams which start tomorrow. Around 140,000 students will have participated in 119 NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship exams by the end of the exam period on 3 December. “I want to ...
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  • New High Commissioner to the United Kingdom announced
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today announced the appointment of Bede Corry as New Zealand’s next High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. “The appointment of a senior diplomat to this important role underlines the significance New Zealand places on our relationship with the United Kingdom,” said Mr Peters. “The United ...
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  • New Police recruits making Auckland safer
    An innovative approach to boosting the number of frontline Police has seen 20 new officers graduate from one of the uncommon training wings in Auckland. Police Minister Stuart Nash says the graduation of 20 constables today means that 1,765 new Police officers have been deployed since the coalition government took ...
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