Much ado about nuptials

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  1. M 1

    this reminds me of when Charles and Camilla married and one tabloid headline was:

    Two old gits get married

    LOL

  2. Rich 2

    At the time of William’s birth one of the women at work (I was a very young intern) was leaving to have a baby, and one comment one her card was: “Don’t call him William, because as you will have realised by now, one little willy is enough”

  3. Bob 3

    Why don’t they just go down to the Registry with witnesses and sign on the dotted line the way my brother did ? It would save everyone a lot of angst and bother and money in these straightened times.

  4. happynz 4

    Standing in the queue at a petrol station early this afternoon minding my own business when a woman asked me out of the blue, ‘Are you watching the rugby tonight or that royal wedding?’
    ‘Uh…rugby.’
    “High five,’ she laughed and we slapped hands. ‘God, I’m sick of it.’

    I guess we’re in the ‘meh, whatever’ demographic when it comes to royalty.

    • Draco T Bastard 4.1

      Thankfully, there’s more than those two options available. I’m looking at either playing video games or educating myself a bit more. More likely is that I’ll do a bit of both.

  5. Tigger 5

    Nuptials? What nuptials?

    Ignorance. The best defence to ubiquitousness.

  6. NickC 6

    http://www.slate.com/id/2291497/

    Basically sums up my thoughts

  7. gobsmacked 7

    The foreign leaders start arriving at 8.50 pm.

    I’ll certainly be tuning in, hoping to spot our very own Celebrity-in-Chief. Score 5 points if he elbows the Premier of St Kitts and Nevis aside, to get in the camera shot. Score 10 points if he asks the Premier of St Kitts and Nevis to shine his shoes.

    Score 100 if he gives a live interview to Radio Sport from inside the abbey: “Veitchy, maaate! I can see Kate’s ass from here! I’d totally do her!”

  8. I am over in Mebourne right now and it is wall to wall royalists. Unbelievable, I thought the Aussies would be more discerning.

    After all the Royal Family are the best paid social welfare beneficiaries in the world.

  9. Anne 9

    Anyone watch John and Bronagh on Close Up just now?

    John Key name dropping like there was no tomorrow! The Queen said this to him… and said that to him… he was talking to Charles etc…

    Don’t know what happened to the greenstone in his suit. It looked very ordinary to me. Pink tie to match Bronagh’s decollette… oh my oh my.

    • Tanz 9.1

      Envy is green.

      JK, sad in his name-dropping. So ‘look at me” darrrrlings….so not Don.

      • Akldnut 9.1.1

        He should have fucking gone to Farmers on a card holders night to buy his suite and saved taxpayers some dime – I got my suite for my daughters wedding from there and it looks great at a fraction of the price.

  10. John Spineless C##t Key should fit in well at a Masonic run do!

    • felix 10.1

      He is a mason, isn’t he? I’ve seen him presenting awards at masonic ceremonies so I just assumed he was patched up.

      • Tanz 10.1.1

        I’d bet my car, my house and my cat on it. Possibly English too. Both of them have presented awards at such functions. Hmm…

      • Gina 10.1.2

        Felix

        Can you some dates and places etc. What cerremonies and where. This is some important shit to know.

        • felix 10.1.2.1

          I know for sure he presented Freemason Scholarships on May 11, 2009 in the Great Hall at Parliament, on behalf of Freemasons New Zealand.

          I have no idea if that indicates his membership or anything else but I think it would be unusual for an organisation like the masons to have a non-member acting on their behalf.

          Remember that in the culture of freemasonry, Key’s standing as a holder of public office is neither here nor there. It’s only his place in (or out of) the masonic hierarchy that is of any significance.

      • William Joyce 10.1.3

        Could this explain his ease of access into long lunches with Liz and her son “big ears”?
        If he’s mason then that would could be added to the things that would make him suspicious to the public?

  11. neoleftie 11

    Personally i believe the royals are simply holdovers from another era. Much more concerned about the Uber Capitalists and Extreme Money. Long live the Citizens revolution

  12. Irascible 12

    Just saw Key on BBC talking about meeting Chuck Windsor. Key sounded as though he’d had a few champagnes before tottering up the steps to see Chuck & Cam in their state house. We were expecting to see a smile & wave but simply saw a crawler wheedling.

    • rosy 12.1

      Maybe he started early on the drinking game

    • Anne 12.2

      Lol… Chuck and Cam.

      • rosy 12.2.1

        From Waity Katie to Catherine to Princess William, Duchess of Cambridge…. the tabloids and shopkeepers’ daughters sneer and then buy into this stuff. Wake-up, it’s just a game, she’s the same person!!! I hope they have a long and happy marriage, as I wish for everyone else who wants that.

  13. Tanz 13

    Sadly though, he will gain a rise in the polls, most likely. I like Wills though, he has a genuine, warm smile, a smile that meets his eyes.

    Celebrations…

  14. Carol 14

    If you can’t face switching on the TV tonight you can follow the Royal Twedding online:

    http://www.royaltwedding.co.uk/

    You can follow Laura Stabb and Mathew Cocking on Twitter as their nuptials approach.

    http://twitter.com/#!/laurastabb/

    http://twitter.com/#!/matt220781/

    • Deadly_NZ 14.1

      Oh Puhleez .I’m gonna watch something a little more shall we say brutal… The League.

      Bloody weddings only lead to divorces, or car accidents.

  15. HC 15

    What utterly insane theatre this is! The biggest bludgers in the “western world” spend multi million dollars and show off a private wedding celebration to which the fools are invited to stand by the sideline and watch. This is the best proof of how silly and ignorant human beings can behave. We have turmoil in the Middle East and North Africa, major disastrous earthquakes all over the Pacific Ring of Fire, a gigantic nuclear disaster in Japan, hundreds of millions being driven into poverty worldwide, due to food and commodity price increases that are partly a consequence of speculators gone wild, civil unrest and war in many countries, governments close to collapse due to excessive debt burden, a looming energy crisis and wide scale environmental destruction. But the Royals are having a party and hundreds of thousands watch the show on TV, wave Union Jacks and seem to be indifferent about what really matters. I for one am a republican and will one day celebrate the abolition of such nonsensical, superfluous and unjustified institution called Monarchy! That will be a proper reason for celebration – not this bizarre and arrogant showing off.

    • Armchair Critic 15.1

      If we were a republic, Rodney Hide could be appointed president.

      • HC 15.1.1

        In most republics a president gets voted into her or his position. That is either done by the parliament of the country, or in some cases the wider public. Also do presidents (except in the US and France for instance) usually only act as a kind of official “figure head” for a country. That means they are not involved in day to day policy making and the likes.

        I see no problem with such a position of “president”.

        At least it is likely to be a person that is more in tune with the real concerns of the people she/he may “preside” over, rather than some “spoilt offspring” basing their position(s) on belonging to a “Royal Family”.

        That is “elitism” and resembles all the best examples of a “class society” (UK).

        I am sure we could do better than that, and Rodney Hide would simply NOT get the votes to be our president!!!

  16. Descendant Of Smith 16

    I’m of the view that the debate over monarchy and republic (in a modern context) is simply another way the right wing divide and conquer.

    In reality we have the ability to make our own laws in this country and do our own thing regardless of which we are.

    We’ve been much more left without being kicked out of the Commonwealth and moving more to the right hasn’t got us kicked out either.

    I can’t see any particular advantage of one system over the other. The whole debate is a meaningless distraction

    Being a republic with the same right wing tossers in power doesn’t seem like any sort of victory to me – unless you wish to include pyrrhic.

    Let those who don’t mind the monarchy watch, let those that don’t watch something else. It’s pretty much in the same waste paper basket as the debate over rugby versus soccer.

    That being said I’m off the play some more of Enslaved: Odyssey To The West – a quite under-rated little game much like Beyond Good and Evil was on the original Xbox.

    Nostalgia value too for those old enough to remember Monkey Magic – Pigsy is still a – well – pig.

    Religion has just as much pomp and ceremony and much more money is spent on that every day.

    • terryg 16.1

      Yeah DOS, I have to agree with you. Fool me once, shame on you. fool me twice oh look, ninjas.

      personally I am against NZ becoming a republic, for a very simple reason. In addition to DOS, extremely relevant post, what it will result in is a massive expenditure. For example consider every single piece of government stationary….

      and after all the money is spent there will be NO PRACTICAL DIFFERENCE.

      Ergo save the cash.

  17. gobsmacked 17

    TV3 cut to an ad break just as Key was about to arrive.

    He’ll be wanting a refund from Mediaworks. 😉

  18. Bored 18

    The House of Bored stands divided, by the descendants of Henry 1. The echo of his words “”What miserable drones and traitors have I nourished and brought up in my household, who let their lord be treated with such shameful contempt by a low-born cleric? “.
    Booted out at half time in the rugby, royalist femmes more interested in some silly girls dress than in the Rights of Man, equality, fraternity, rugby. Woe is the House of Bored. Who will save me from this turbulent televised Prince?

    • Eddie 18.1

      poetry.

      edwina wants to watch but not hear moronic commentary from the kiwi media. BBC streaming a fail though.

  19. Bored 19

    PS Come back Cromwell, all is forgiven.

    • Descendant Of Smith 19.1

      This man at least hath retreated into his mancave though he can still hear melodious / maliferous singing coming through yonder door.

      • Bored 19.1.1

        I intone quietly (incase of royalist counter attack from other room) ..”man that is born of women has but few years that are full of misery”….wrong service but what the hell.

  20. Vicky32 20

    Hey, it’s harmless. The money that’s being spent is a fraction of a fraction of the amount being spent even this minute on killing people… and it’s 100% better than thugby (much more entertaining)!
    Unlike Chuck and Di, Wills and Kate seem to really want to do this, and why shouldn’t they? As for the registry office, hey, here’s a novel idea – maybe they aren’t atheists? Not every is nowadays…:D
    (I have seen some really tacky expensive and tasteless registry office weddings too, just sayin’…)

    • felix 20.1

      “The money that’s being spent is a fraction of a fraction of the amount being spent even this minute on killing people”

      Good point. Puts it in perspective, dunnit?

      “and it’s 100% better than thugby (much more entertaining)!”

      I’d rather claw out my own eyes than watch either, thanks. But each to their own.

    • Bored 20.2

      Its killing me!

    • Vicky32 20.3

      Just to say, as they are leaving the Abbey – they both look so genuinely happy! Total contrast to Chuck and Di. (I didn’t see their wedding – didn’t care to) but I have since seen pix… )

      • Bored 20.3.1

        How lovely, tonight we can all dream of being princes and princesses in some fairytale Mills and Boon event …hope they have a lovely long and happy marriage. Maybe the noise from the next room might now diminish….

    • Draco T Bastard 20.4

      Wills and Kate seem to really want to do this, and why shouldn’t they?

      Don’t have any problem with them getting married. Just don’t think that it’s global event and certainly not news worthy.

      • Vicky32 20.4.1

        No more than Brangelina or other celeb couples! (That’s what I am comparing it with…) Interesting though that invitations have already been used for political purposes – I heard on Nat Rad this morning that the Syrian ambassador had been ‘uninvited’…

      • rosy 20.4.2

        Given the amount of money the UK taxpayer spends on royalty, the ‘firm’ has to give back a bit of pomp and ceremony and drag out some of those state treasures every now and then. Any reason for the peeps to party – especially when austerity measures are going through. Not news, but an escape from it. Politically I have a problem with royalty, but socially – so what? Cameron will be happy.

  21. Kevin Welsh 21

    Harry Hewitt looks smart in his uniform.

  22. terryg 22

    Walking past the television whilst it was on, I swear I got 10% stupider.

    It would be interesting to see harry get married – would prince charles be by his side, or his father?

    • Tanz 22.1

      Is that a joke? What is your point?

      Did anyone get a glimpse of JK? I sure didn’t. Too many people.

    • Vicky32 22.2

      I assume putting that together with someone else’s remark, it’s all about some idea that Diana was preggers with someone called Hewitt?
      I am reminded and not in a good way, of all the ‘birther’ threads I am reading (with growing incredulity) on the Tin Foil Hat site… these threads contain assertions that Obama’s father (his mama’s baby daddy) was everyone from Malcolm X to someone called ‘Frank’ someone.
      Or that Obama doesn’t even know who his Daddy is!
      Ann Dunham isn’t here to defend herself – neither is Diana. Did she ever say that she had a child ro someone other than Charlie Big-Ears?
      If not, then the sneer is no more justified than those against Ann Dunham. I’ve no idea about what any of the gossip was, but I really don’t like that people think it’s cool to cast these aspersions, in the case of birthers because they’re racist bastards, and in the case here because it’s “clever”…

      • Descendant Of Smith 22.2.1

        Ahh when you call rugby thugby you lose all credibility with me about casting aspersions so what the hell. If your biases are allowed to show then so are everyone elses’s.

        Hopefully this might help both those who don’t like the anti-royal sentiments as well as those who don’t like the royals.

        http://www.flickr.com/photos/61629855@N02/5639683999/sizes/l/in/photostream/

      • terryg 22.2.2

        I dont actually care one bit whether or not charlie the tampon lover (hey dont blame me) is harry’s dad – although I seriously doubt it.

        Chucky is an absolute moron of course, but dripping with privilege. I say this because of his idiotic support of the stupider aspects of CAM such as homeopathy (which, if it is true, must by definition be full of shit – what do we flush toilets with?).

        the monarchy is a ridiculous anachronism, and one we could well do without. Alas Feudalism NEVER DIED – it just shipped the shittiest treatment of people entirely to the “3rd world” and gave we proles bread and circuses.

  23. Ian 23

    I saw JK but I don’t think he got a mention. You lot sound like a bunch of libertarians complaining about the wedding. I’ll still vote Labour though.

  24. freedom 24

    well well well, turns out they are cousins and she is not a commoner after all

    http://www.activistpost.com/2011/04/commoner-kate-and-prince-william-are.html

    do we hold our breath for the media to strive on with truth and expose the fraud ?

  25. deservingpoor 25

    Between our government’s handling of the situation in Christchurch and the British aristocracy turning out in force for the royal wedding in the middle of massive social cuts in the UK, I’m just waiting for someone to be honest and actually say “let them eat cake.”
    How the hell are they still getting away with this?

  26. Mac1 26

    An escort of a few score large lads on big horses carrying swords and wearing armour might have something to do with it. Oh, and what they represent…………

  27. millsy 27

    Gotta admit, the peasants still loved it though – they need something to feel good about before Cameron and Osborne slash and burn like there’s no tomorrow…

    Remember, Margaret Thatcher knew her limits. These guys don’t.

    Mind you, I wonder what the reaction would be if William Arthur Philip Louis met and fell in love with a solo mother from a council estate or a young Muslim lady(!)…

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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    4 days ago
  • Still waiting on that turnaround
    Hello! Here comes the Saturday edition of More Than A Feilding, catching you up on the past week’s editions.Friday: Week in review, quiz style2. Shane Jones’ demeanour in mocking and deriding climate activists can be observed in what other realm of human behaviour?a. Gleeful little boys pulling wings off fliesb. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • Mihi Forbes and the great Atlas conspiracy
    Graham Adams writes — Last week, Mihingarangi Forbes made an extraordinary claim while interviewing David Seymour on Mata Reports, a taxpayer-funded current affairs programme which, she says, looks at events through an “indigenous lens”. She asked him about Act’s links to the Atlas Network, which fosters connections between centre-right ...
    Point of OrderBy gadams1000
    5 days ago
  • Puffing Policy
    Public policy towards tobacco consumption remains politically sensitive. In 1983, a young researcher was told by a medium-level Treasury official that Treasury policy was to abandon excise duties on tobacco. The senior Treasury economist that I consulted, famed for his commonsense, snorted ‘we need the money’. He explained that no-excise-duty ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    5 days ago
  • Luxon is one of three prime ministers pressing for a ceasefire in Gaza – but the two-state solutio...
    Buzz from the Beehive Two days after hundreds of people rallied outside the New Zealand parliament and the US embassy in Wellington to protest against what they maintain is genocide in Gaza,  Prime Minister Chris Luxon joined with the Prime Ministers of Australia and Canada to express their  concerns that ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    5 days ago
  • All jellied up with possum grease
    1. Shane Jones, addressing the energy industry, called climate concern what?a. The only sane responseb. Undeniably valid c. Our last best hope d. A "religion" 2. Shane Jones’ demeanour in mocking and deriding climate activists can be observed in what other realm of human behaviour?a. Gleeful little boys pulling wings off fliesb. Gleeful ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • Equality comes to Greece
    The Greek Parliament has voted for marriage equality: Greece has become the first Christian Orthodox-majority country to legalise same-sex marriage. Same-sex couples will now also be legally allowed to adopt children after Thursday's 176-76 vote in parliament. Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said the new law would "boldly abolish a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • CHRIS TROTTER:  Iron in her soul.
      “Battle not with monsters, lest ye become a monster, and if you gaze into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.” – Friedrich Nietzsche   Chris Trotter writes – TELEVISION NEW ZEALAND is to be congratulated for inviting Chloe Swarbrick onto its Q+A current affairs show. The Green MP ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    5 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to Feb 16
    Net emigration of New Zealanders overseas hit a record-high 47,000 in the 2023 year, which only partly offset net immigration of 173,000, which was dominated by arrivals from India, the Philippines and China with temporary work visas. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The five things that mattered in Aotearoa’s ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Stop Whispering.
    There's nothing to sayAnd there's nothing to doStop whispering, start shoutingStop whispering, start shoutingYesterday our government surprised a few of us by standing up for something. It wasn’t for the benefit of people who own holiday homes and multiple investment properties. Neither were there any tobacco companies or fishing cartels ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • “I'm Not Keen on Whataboutism, But What About…”
    Hi,Not sure how your week is going, but I’ve had a pretty frustrating one. I’ve been trying to put my finger on it, and I think it’s perhaps distilled in this message I got on Twitter:What got me a bit riled up is that it was a response to the ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    5 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on National passing bad policies under urgency
    If National really had faith in its welfare policies, it wouldn’t be ramming them through Parliament under urgency – a step that means the policies can’t be exposed to select committee debate, public submissions, expert commentary, media scrutiny and all the normal democratic processes that this coalition appears to hold ...
    5 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 16-February-2024
    It’s Friday so once again here”s our roundup of some of the articles that caught our attention this week. This Week in Greater Auckland On Monday Matt looked at the Government’s war on Auckland. On Tuesday Matt covered the ongoing issues with the rail network. On Thursday Matt ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    6 days ago
  • The Dawn Chorus for Friday, February 16
    The six things to note in my view at 6.30 am on Friday, February 16 in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy are: Read more ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Iron In Her Soul.
    “Battle not with monsters, lest ye become a monster, and if you gaze into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.” – Friedrich NietzscheTELEVISION NEW ZEALAND is to be congratulated for inviting Chloe Swarbrick onto its Q+A current affairs show. The Green MP for Auckland Central is the odds-on ...
    6 days ago
  • Dig this
    Resources Minister Shane Jones yesterday told a breakfast hosted by Energy Resources Aotearoa precisely what they wanted to hear. “We campaigned to rehabilitate relegitimise and stand up for working families who derive their income,  derive their hope and derive purpose in regional New Zealand through a flourishing, growing, forward-leaning energy ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    6 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #7 2024
    Open access notables Physics-based early warning signal shows that AMOC is on tipping course, van Westen et al., Science Advances: Here, we show results of the first tipping event in the Community Earth System Model, including the large climate impacts of the collapse. Using these results, we develop a physics-based and ...
    6 days ago
  • A rejection of the rule of law
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Shrugging-Off The Atlas Network.
    Upholding The Status-Quo: The Left’s election defeat is not the work of the Atlas Network. It is not even the work of David Seymour and Act. It is the work of ordinary citizens who liked the Right’s stories better than they liked the Left’s. If the Right’s stories were made ...
    6 days ago
  • BARRIE SAUNDERS: Treaty Principles – all rather problematic
    Barrie Saunders writes – When ACT’s leader said they wanted legislation to state what the Treaty principles mean, my first thought was this will be controversial and divisive.  Clearly it is. The first reference to the principles of the Treaty were contained in the 1975 Act establishing the Treaty of ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    6 days ago
  • Luxon Rejects The “Rejection Election” At His Peril.
    Fitting Right In: National retailed a reactionary manifesto of right-wing, racially-charged policies to the electorate throughout 2023. No talk back then of ignoring the overwhelming political preferences of the voting public and making a strong stand on principle. If Luxon’s pollsters and focus-groups were telling him that the public was ...
    6 days ago
  • Valentine’s Day went unnoticed on the Beehive website – but it is not “baa, humbug” to celeb...
    Buzz from the Beehive None of our ministers – a quick check with the Beehive website suggests – found cause to mention, let along celebrate, Valentine’s Day. But two ministers – Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Rural Communities Minister Mark Patterson – ensured that National Lamb Day did not pass ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    6 days ago
  • Are You A Leftist?
    Nothing To Lose But Our Chains: The emancipatory movement which the Left, understood correctly, has always been, cannot accommodate those who are only able to celebrate one group’s freedom by taking it from another. The expectation, always, among leftists, is that liberty enlarges us. That striking-off a person’s shackles not ...
    6 days ago
  • An unlawful directive
    An interesting question in the Parliamentary written questions feed today, from Jan Tinetti to the Minister of Education: Has she or her Office directed the Ministry of Education to not release Official Information Act material prior to the full twenty working days, if so, why? Given that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • I’ve been doing this all wrong
    Here are six words that are not easy to say but god it can feel good when you finally say them:I’ve been doing this all wrongFive years ago today I said to myself:What if I'm doing this all wrong?Five years ago today I said to Karren: I think I’m going to ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • New study suggests the Atlantic overturning circulation AMOC “is on tipping course”
    This is a re-post from RealClimate by Stefan Rahmstorf A new paper was published in Science Advances today. Its title says what it is about: “Physics-based early warning signal shows that AMOC is on tipping course.” The study follows one by Danish colleagues which made headlines last July, likewise looking for early warning signals ...
    6 days ago
  • Drawn
    A ballot for five Member's Bills was held today, and the following bills were drawn: Parole (Mandatory Completion of Rehabilitative Programmes) Amendment Bill (Todd Stephenson) Goods and Services Tax (Removing GST From Food) Amendment Bill (Rawiri Waititi) Income Tax (ACC Payments) Amendment Bill (Hamish Campbell) ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Valentines from ACT.
    Some of us make a big deal out of Valentine’s Day. We’ll buy the flowers, eye watering though the price spike might be. Say the things we should be saying anyway, although diminished by being scheduled for delivery. Some of us will even write long free-form newsletters with declarations of ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Tax cuts paid for by 13k more kids in poverty
    MSD advised the government that the indexation change it passed under urgency last night is likely to put around 7,000 extra children (and potentially up to 13,000) into poverty. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The Government has reverted indexation for main beneficiaries to price inflation from wage inflation under ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • Fuel Tax Fight and Rail Fail update
    The two stories we covered at the start of the week continue to be in the headlines so it’s worth looking at the latest for each of them. Regional Fuel Tax Mayor Wayne Brown promised some ‘argy-bargy’ over the government’s decision to cancel the Regional Fuel Tax and he’s ...
    7 days ago
  • Climate Change: Arsonists
    Today, a major fire broke out on the Port Hills in Ōtutahi. Like its 2017 predecessors, it is almost certainly exacerbated by climate change. And it is still burning. The present government did not start the fire. But they piled the tinder high last time they were in power, gutting ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • I don’t know!
    http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/73411 7 examples And who actually makes the decisions? Vladimir Putin: I don’t know. America is a complex country, conservative on the one hand, rapidly changing on the other. It’s not easy for us to sort it all out.   Tucker Carlson: Do you think Zelensky has the freedom to negotiate the settlement to this conflict? Vladimir Putin: I don’t know the details, of course it’s difficult for me to judge, but ...
    1 week ago
  • Fresh thinkers
    Fresh thinking will always give you hope.It might be the kind that makes you smite your brow, exclaiming: Why didn't we think of that! It's obvious!It might be the kind that makes you go: Dude you’re a genius.Sometimes it will simply be Wayne Brown handing Simeon Brown his weasel ass ...
    More than a fieldingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • It is not about age, it is about team.
    Much attention has been directed at Joe Biden’s mental lapses and physical frailty. Less attention has been spent on Donald Trump’s cognitive difficulties and physical limitations, with most focus being devoted to his insults and exaggerated claims (as if they … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • ROBERT MacCULLOCH: Fletcher Building – it is time to break up NZ’s most useless company.
    Robert MacCulloch writes –  Gosh, the CEO of Fletcher Building, Ross Taylor, says today’s announcement of a half-year loss of $120 million for the company is “disappointing” and was “heavily impacted” by the Convention Centre losses. He must be crying all the way to the bank (to quote Las ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    1 week ago
  • Mortgage rates seen high for even longer
    Government and borrower hopes for early mortgage cost relief look likely to be thwarted. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: Stronger-than-expected US inflation data out overnight is expected to delay the first US Federal Reserve rate cut into the second half of 2024, which in turn would hold mortgage rates ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Member’s Day
    Today is a Member's Day, the first of the new Parliament. And to start the Parliament off, there's a bunch of first readings. A bunch of other bills have been postponed, so first up is Duncan Webb's District Court (Protecting Judgment Debtors on Main Benefit) Amendment Bill, followed by Katie ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Three Waters go down the legislative gurgler – but what should we make of Local Water Done Well?
    Buzz from the Beehive Local Government Minister Simeon Brown – it seems fair to suppose – was flushed with success after the repeal of Labour’s divisive and unpopular Three Waters legislation. As he explained, repealing this legislation is a necessary first step in implementing his government’s Local Water Done Well ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    1 week ago

  • PM shocked and saddened at death of Efeso Collins
    “I am truly shocked and saddened at the news of Efeso Collins’ sudden death,” Prime Minister Christopher Luxon says. “Efeso was a good man, always friendly and kind, and a true champion and advocate for his Samoan and South Auckland communities. “Our thoughts and deepest sympathies go to his family, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • Greater support for social workers
    The Coalition Government is enhancing the professionalism of the social work sector and supporting the vulnerable people who rely on them, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says.  The Social Workers Registration Legislation Amendment Bill passed its third reading in Parliament today. It amends the Social Workers Registration Legislation ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Government delivers greater freedom and choice for sick New Zealanders
    The coalition government is delivering on its commitment to making principled decisions by getting rid of red tape that doesn’t make sense and allowing sick New Zealanders greater freedom and choice to purchase effective cold and flu medicines. A bill amending the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975 is being introduced, and changes to the Medicines ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Government begins reset of welfare system
    The Coalition Government is taking early action to curb the surge in welfare dependency that occurred under the previous government by setting out its expectations around employment and the use of benefit sanctions, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says. In 2017, 60,588 sanctions were applied to beneficiaries who ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • State of the Nation
    Ka nui te mihi kia koutou. Kia ora, good morning, talofa, malo e lelei, bula vinaka, da jia hao, namaste, sat sri akal, assalamu alaikum. Thank you for coming to my first State of the Nation as Prime Minister. Thank you for coming to a speech where I don’t just ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • West Coast tourism attractions officially open
    Regional Development Minister Shane Jones will attend the official opening of two highly anticipated tourism projects on the West Coast today – Pike29 Memorial Track, dedicated to the memory of the Pike River miners, and Pounamu Pathway. “The Pike29 Memorial Track is a way to remember and honour the men ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Independent ferry service advisory group in place
    Appointments to the Ministerial Advisory Group tasked with providing independent advice and assurance on the future of KiwiRail’s inter-island ferry service have been made, State Owned Enterprises Minister Paul Goldsmith says. “It’s important for New Zealand that KiwiRail is focused on ensuring safe, resilient, and reliable ferry services over the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Joint statement from the Prime Ministers of Australia, Canada, and New Zealand
    The Prime Ministers of Australia, Canada and New Zealand today issued the following statement on reports of Israel’s planned military operation in Rafah. We are gravely concerned by indications that Israel is planning a ground offensive into Rafah.   A military operation into Rafah would be catastrophic. About 1.5 million Palestinians ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Govt will deliver on expanded breast screening
    The coalition Government has made the first steps in delivering on its promise to  extend free breast screening to women aged 70-74, Health Minister Shane Reti says. “As part of the 100 day plan, the Government has now met with officials and discussed what is needed in order for the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government announces woolshed roadshows in support of sheep farmers
    The Government celebrates National Lamb Day (15 February 24) and congratulates sheep farmers on the high-quality products they continue to produce. Agriculture Minister McClay hosted bipartisan celebrations of National Lamb Day with industry representatives at Parliament this week to mark the anniversary of the first frozen lamb exports that left ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Speech: Address to the NZ Economics Forum
    It’s great to be back at the New Zealand Economics Forum. I would like to acknowledge everyone here today for your expertise and contribution, especially the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Head of the Waikato Management School, economists, students and experts alike. A year has passed since I was last before you, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Government tackling high construction costs
    The Government is focused on reducing sky-high construction costs to make it more affordable to build a home, Building and Construction Minister Chris Penk says.  Stats NZ data shows the cost of building a house has increased by 41 per cent since 2019, making housing even more unaffordable for Kiwi ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Labour’s Three Waters legislation repealed
    The Coalition Government’s legislative plan to address longstanding issues with local water infrastructure and service delivery took an important step today, with the repeal of Labour’s divisive and unpopular Three Waters legislation, Local Government Minister Simeon Brown says. “Repealing this legislation is a necessary first step in implementing our Local ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Cost of living support for beneficiary households
    The Coalition Government is delivering on its commitment to ease the cost-of-living by increasing main benefit rates in line with inflation and ensuring the Minimum Family Tax Credit threshold remains aligned with this change, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says. The Social Security (Benefits Adjustment) and Income Tax ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government announces agriculture delegations to better support Primary sector
    The coalition Government has announced ministerial delegations to support key areas across the Primary sector to deliver for New Zealand’s food and fibre sector, Agriculture Minister Todd McClay announced today. “I will be supported in my roles as Minister of Agriculture, Trade, Forestry and Hunting and Fishing, by three Associate ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Waikato MoU reinforces Govt’s commitment to increase NZ doctors
    The Government has taken an important step forward in addressing a critical shortage of New Zealand-trained doctors, with today’s signing of a Memorandum of Understanding for a third medical school, Minister of Health Dr Shane Reti has announced.  “Today’s signing by the Ministry of Health and the University of Waikato ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Speech – Lunar New Year 2024
    Annyeonghaseyo, greetings and welcome all. It is my pleasure as the Minister for Ethnic Communities to welcome you to the first Lunar New Year Event in Parliament. Thank you to our emcees for greeting us in the different languages that represent the many cultures that celebrate the Lunar New Year. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • More funding to Hawke’s Bay and Tairāwhiti
    Urgent work to clean-up cyclone-affected regions will continue, thanks to a $63 million boost from the Government for sediment and debris removal in Hawke’s Bay and Tairāwhiti.                                                                                                   The funding will help local councils continue urgent work removing and disposing of sediment and debris left from Cyclone Gabrielle.   “This additional ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Budget will be delivered on 30 May
    Plans to deliver tax relief to hard-working New Zealanders, rebuild business confidence and restore the Crown’s finances to order will be unveiled on 30 May, Finance Minister Nicola Willis says. The plans will be announced in the Budget which is currently being developed by Ministers.  “The last government’s mismanagement of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government advances Local Water Done Well
    The Coalition Government is continuing work to restore council ownership and control of water assets by repealing Three Waters and appointing a Technical Advisory Group to provide expert advice on the implementation of Local Water Done Well, Local Government Minister Simeon Brown says. “The Government will pass a bill to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Minister congratulates NZQA Top Scholars
    Education Minister Erica Stanford congratulates the New Zealand Scholarship recipients from 2023 announced today.  “Receiving a New Zealand Scholarship is a fantastic achievement and is a testament to the hard work and dedication the recipients have put in throughout the year,” says Ms Stanford.  “New Zealand Scholarship tests not only ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • New diplomatic appointments
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has today announced five new diplomatic appointments.  "Strong and effective diplomacy to protect and advance our interests in the world is needed now more than ever," Mr Peters says.  “We are delighted to appoint senior diplomats from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade to these ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Speech to the Committee for Auckland
    It is great to be here today at this event as Minister for Auckland and Minister ofTransport. Let me start by acknowledging each one of you and thanking the Committee forAuckland for hosting this event and inviting me to speak here today. The Committee for Auckland has been a symbol ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Getting Transport Back on Track in Auckland
    Transport Minister Simeon Brown has today confirmed his high-level transport priorities for Auckland, in the lead up to releasing the draft Government Policy Statement on Land Transport. “Our economic growth and productivity are underpinned by a transport network that enables people and freight to move around safely and efficiently. At ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Government to axe Auckland Regional Fuel Tax
    Transport Minister Simeon Brown has confirmed that the Auckland Regional Fuel Tax will end on 30 June 2024. “Today, I can confirm that the Government has agreed to remove the Auckland Regional Fuel Tax in line with our coalition commitments, and legislation will be introduced to parliament to repeal the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Minister Calls for Work to Tackle Kina Barrens
    Changes to fishing rules and a significant science programme are being undertaken to address kina barrens, says Minister for Oceans and Fisheries Shane Jones. “There has been tremendous interest from iwi, communities and recreational fishers who had raised concerns about such kina infestations being a major threat to Northland’s marine ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Government law and order crackdown begins
    The coalition Government is making good on its promise to restore law and order by removing government funding for Section 27 reports and abolishing the previous Labour Government’s prison reduction target, Justice Minister Paul Goldsmith and Corrections Minister Mark Mitchell say.  “In recent years, the development of Section 27 reports ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Greater focus on getting people into work
    The coalition government will refocus employment efforts and the welfare system so that supporting people who can work into jobs is the number one priority, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says. “Of concern in the labour market statistics released by Stats NZ today was the number of youth not ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • One year on, NZ appeals for release of Phillip Mehrtens
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has appealed to those holding New Zealand pilot Phillip Mehrtens in remote Papua, Indonesia, to release him immediately.  Phillip Mehrtens was taken hostage a year ago on 7 February in Paro, Papua, while providing vital air links and supplies to remote communities. “We strongly urge those holding ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Ministers reaffirm Pacific connections this week
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters and Health Minister and Minister for Pacific Peoples Dr Shane Reti are reaffirming the importance of New Zealand’s connections to the Pacific by visiting Tonga, Cook Islands and Samoa this week.  “New Zealand enjoys strong and long-standing relationships with our Pacific partners - especially in Polynesia, where we ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Rt Hon Christopher Luxon – Waitangi speech
    E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā iwi, rau rangatira ma. Tēnā koutou katoa. He tino mihi ki te mana whenua o tēnei rohe.  Mihi mai, mihi mai, mihi mai. Te whare e tū nei, tēnā koe.                               He-wāhi whakahirahira tēnei mō Aotearoa. Ka huri nga whakaaro, ki nga mate. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Government awards primary sector scholarships to students
    Six university students studying agriculture and science have been awarded scholarships as part of the coalition Government’s efforts to boost on-the-ground support for farmers and growers. “The coalition Government is committed to improving support and operating conditions for farmers and growers,” Agriculture Minister Todd McClay says. “We’re backing a range ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • High Court Judge appointed
    Attorney-General Judith Collins today announced the appointment of Wellington Barrister Jason Scott McHerron as a High Court Judge. Justice McHerron graduated from the University of Otago with a BA in English literature in 1994 and an LLB in 1996. From 1996 to 1999 he worked as a solicitor in the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • New Zealand provides further humanitarian support to Gaza and the West Bank
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced that New Zealand is providing a further $5 million to respond to the extreme humanitarian need in Gaza and the West Bank.  “The impact of the Israel-Hamas conflict on civilians is absolutely appalling,” Mr Peters says.  “That is why New Zealand has contributed $15 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Government consults on expanding COVID-19 Inquiry terms of reference
    The Government is delivering on its commitment to enable public input into expanding the scope of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into COVID-19 Lessons, says Internal Affairs Minister Brooke van Velden. “As committed to in both the ACT-National and NZ First-National coalition agreements, the public will be given the opportunity ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Tai Tokerau Water Boost
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Fast track consenting in the fast lane
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago

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