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National loses the plot in Parliament

Written By: - Date published: 4:40 pm, May 24th, 2018 - 91 comments
Categories: Gerry Brownlee, national, Parliament, paula bennett, Politics, same old national, trevor mallard - Tags:

If this afternoon was the result of National’s strategic big wigs in action they need to get new ones.

National took on Trevor Mallard in Parliament and lost.

I have watched the videos and still have no idea what the game plan was.

They started off with a letter containing an ultimatum which Mallard stared down.

They sought to get Mallard to respond by way of point order.  He refused.  This made them look weak and powerless.

They then engaged in a number of ridiculous points of order that were that far off point they were easily disposed of.

Then there was the sight of the petulant David Bennett dragging out a simple requirement for him to withdraw and apologise after making an out of order interjection.

After that Paula Bennett was kicked out for repeated interjections, specifically when Mallard was on his feet.

Hipkins outlined for National what they have to do, which is to set down a notice of motion if they want to take the matter further.

I suspect that this will be the next step that National takes.

Here is the video playback.

Bennett can’t say she wasn’t warned.

91 comments on “National loses the plot in Parliament”

  1. Kat 1

    National are proving just how irrelevant they are. They have no real plan to be an opposition rather just winging it until the next election where they firmly believe they will be on the other side of the house. They are looking in far worse disorder than Labour were in 2009.

    • Bunji 1.1

      If you can’t score points against the other team… attack the ref?

      • katipo 1.1.1

        Was thinking a similar thing, it’s like when player keeps on whinging when a sporting decision hasn’t go their way.

  2. McFlock 2

    I especially liked that Hipkins had to tell them how to do their fucking job. Several times, because they didn’t change plan the first time, just stuck to an exercise in irrelevance.

    Hilarious

    • Baba Yaga 2.1

      Utu for when National had to show Hipkins how to do his job over the election of the speaker? Seriously though, the point about Mallard leaking to the media is a serious one.

      • Fireblade 2.1.1

        “Seriously though, the point about Mallard leaking to the media is a serious one”.

        Yes Gerry Brownlee has accused Trevor Mallard of leaking to the media. If there’s no proof, then Mr Mallard should sue Brownlee’s ample ass for defamation

        • Baba Yaga 2.1.1.1

          Yes, let’s see if he does. And if he doesn’t?

          But the issue really is that there is ample proof. Mallard is the only one in the house who heard the remark. The remark was not picked up on any broadcasting medium, or by the authors of Hansard. There is no-one else who could have leaked the remark. And given Mallards hearing challenges, I’d suggest he made it up.

          • Robert Guyton 2.1.1.1.1

            Baba Yaga said: “Mallard is the only one in the house who heard the remark.”
            Given that you accept that he did hear the remark, why wouldn’t he quote it to the media when asked?

            • Baba Yaga 2.1.1.1.1.1

              I don’t accept he heard the remark. As for quoting it, if he considers it unparliamentary, and no-one has admitted it, his repeating it to the media is also unparliamentary.

              • Robert Guyton

                If you don’t accept that he heard it, why did you write, ““Mallard is the only one in the house who heard the remark.”
                I think you have confused yourself in your rush to attack Trevor Mallard.
                No one has admitted saying it, you say? Indeed, that’s the issue. The Speaker heard it, and the person who said it has failed to own up. The rest is Natty noise.

                • Baba Yaga

                  “If you don’t accept that he heard it, why did you write, ““Mallard is the only one in the house who heard the remark.””
                  Have you ever heard of sarcasm?

                  “The Speaker heard it, ”
                  And the speaker is, by his own admission, significantly deaf on that side. No-one in the opposition benches heard it. It is not detectable on any media. And it wasn’t recorded in Hansard. Hence the sarcasm.

          • Robert Guyton 2.1.1.1.2

            Wrong again, Baba Yaga. The person who made the remark could have spoken to the media, as could any number of those seated nearby to him. Just because the National MPs are saying they didn’t hear it, doesn’t make it true. In fact…

            • Baba Yaga 2.1.1.1.2.1

              There is no evidence anyone made the remark. That’s the point. The only one who heard it is partially deaf with a huge axe to grind.

              • Robert Guyton

                There most certainly is evidence that the remark was made: the Speaker of the House heard it and felt obliged to stop proceedings and ask for the culprit to come forward. That person did not. You aren’t using logic, Baba in your argument.

                • Baba Yaga

                  ‘the Speaker of the House heard it’
                  The significantly deaf speaker heard it, but no-one else did, and there is no recorded record of it. I am indeed using logic. There is no evidence except the ‘hearing’ of a significantly deaf individual. How would that go down in court?

          • One Anonymous Bloke 2.1.1.1.3

            There is at least one other person who knows exactly what was said, and knew from the moment they said it.

            Plus, National Party ethics.

            • Baba Yaga 2.1.1.1.3.1

              What we know is who used a sexist remark to Judith Collins. It was David Parker.

              What we do know is that it was Trevor Mallard who called Chris Finlayson ‘Tinkerbell’.

              Labour Party ethics?

              What we know is that it was Metiria Turei who committed benefit fraud.

              What we do know is that Gareth Hughes has to ask his sidekick what he thinks.

              And then there’s the Green MP who a Jewish NZ’er has had to ban from contact on social media for anti-Semitic remarks.

              Green Party ethics?

              • One Anonymous Bloke

                “They did it too!”

                Where’s your personal responsibility now?

                • Baba Yaga

                  You’d have a point if I was actually arguing that. What I was pointing out was that ethics and politicians are foreigners to one another. Including politicians you support.

                  • Robert Guyton

                    ” ethics and politicians”
                    Nonsense, again, Baba Yaga. I personally know politicians who act ethically, have strong ethical positions and keep to them whenever they can. I also read about National’s MP’s, so I know where your belief comes from.

      • McFlock 2.1.2

        lol
        “leaking”. It was hardy restricted information. It was said in the House. Public information.

        • Baba Yaga 2.1.2.1

          ‘It was said in the House.’
          Prove it. There is no proof. None. Oh perhaps the word of a half deaf speaker?

          • McFlock 2.1.2.1.1

            His word is good enough for what goes on in the House. You want to call him a liar, you prove that.

            • Baba Yaga 2.1.2.1.1.1

              His word isn’t good enough. He has made a claim, and repeated it to media. That is now backfiring majorly on him and the PM, as it gets repeatedly endlessly in Parliament and the media. He should put up his evidence or stand, withdraw and apologise.

              • McFlock

                lol
                Like Brownlee, you have no idea how the House works.

                • Baba Yaga

                  How the house works is irrelevant. The speakers credibility is at stake. He has claimed someone said something which no-one else heard, and for which there is not a shred of evidence. But oh how the PM must hate hearing ‘stupid little girl’ over and over and over…

                  • McFlock

                    Toryboy stylez right there: the rules are irrelevant, your demands must be satisfied.

                    Every time you guys say “stupid little girl”, it’s a reminder about how incapable you lot are at dealing with her as a strong leader.

                    • Baba Yaga

                      The rules would be important if they were even moderately relevant to this conversation. They aren’t.

                      As for JA, I’m just waiting for her to turn around so we can see Winnies hand tied to her back.

                    • McFlock

                      As Hipkins pointed out, if you morons have a problem with the speaker, there is a procedure to go through to resolve that issue.

                      Otherwise you’re just whining like the losers you are. All bleat, no action.

                    • Baba Yaga

                      Gosh I would have thought calling for honesty in the Speaker of the Parliament was a reasonable request! Seems not if your a lefty.

                    • McFlock

                      Oh, I think he’s being honest. But your impotent bleats are like music – just think how inconvenient it would be for labgrn if you guys could mount a decent opposition rather than being cowards making barnyard noises and pretending innocence.

                    • Robert Guyton

                      Those “barnyard noises” … quacking, like ducks? I’ll bet that’s what the juvenile fools did…quacked like (Mallard) ducks! That’s where it sits, ladies and gentlemen, MP’s from the National Party, quacking like … ducks! Imho.

                    • Baba Yaga

                      “Oh, I think he’s being honest. ”

                      You think. You have no evidence. In fact it is astonishing there is no evidence.

                    • McFlock

                      On the one hand we have Mallard. On the other we have brownlee and shouty.

                      That’s some pretty good evidence right there. Certainly sufficient for a citizen to draw a conclusion about who’s lying.

                    • Baba Yaga

                      “That’s where it sits, ”

                      I well remember the hysteria from the left over the last speaker. Now that was clucking.

                    • Baba Yaga

                      “On the one hand we have Mallard.”

                      Who is deaf in the ear he claims to have heard something that no-one else present heard. Good try McFlock.

                    • mickysavage []

                      No he said he is slightly deaf in one ear. If you look at the video he is looking at Bridges at the time he says the incident happened.

                    • McFlock

                      Oh, some people claim to not have heard anything. Mallard claims to have heard something from their area. I know who I believe.

                      But let’s say Mallard ignores this issue and, in your opinion, loses all credibility. What happens then? Whatis “at stake” if the nats whine about Mallard but never bother with the actual process to address their perceived injustice?

                      Because it looks to me like nobody else in the House believes them, and nobody gives a fuck anyway. All your bleating seems to be completely repercussion-free.

                  • Robert Guyton

                    The “Speaker’s credibility” is not at stake, though you’re desperate to frame it that way. The behaviour of the National Opposition is what’s under investigation and I’m guessing, they’ll come out looking … like fools.

                    • Baba Yaga

                      Yep, his credibility is at stake. He has made a claim alleging a comment no-one else heard. This is of course against the backdrop of his increasingly arbitrary and petulant displays in parliament.

                  • Robert Guyton

                    “But oh how the PM must hate hearing ‘stupid little girl’ over and over and over…”
                    No, Baba Yaga, you duffer, that’s music to her ears! All New Zealanders who hear it think, “That’s not right! She’s … actually, pretty good!”
                    National, shooting itself…in the … whatever !

          • Robert Guyton 2.1.2.1.2

            “half-deaf”?
            Can you define that for us, given that you’re making the claim. Trevor can hear how well, exactly; you claim to know.

          • Robert Guyton 2.1.2.1.3

            “Prove it”, you squeak.
            Earlier, you claimed there was no evidence. There was; the statement from the Speaker; evidence, that’s what evidence is. Now, you demand proof from a commenter on a blog. Are you becoming a little light-headed with all this Natty noise, Baba Yaga? How could someone here provide proof? Let’s test you though: you’ve claimed Trevor’s “half-deaf” and couldn’t hear well enough for his word to be reliable; prove it.
            (Hint: you can’t)

            • McFlock 2.1.2.1.3.1

              baba’s just bleating the latest flailing excuses from Shouty’s dismal opposition.

              The poor wee chap hasn’t had an original thought since kindergarten.

            • Baba Yaga 2.1.2.1.3.2

              The speakers statement is not evidence. Given his known deafness, it is barely worthwhile for anything.

              • Muttonbird

                The Nats were desperately shouting it not 10 meters away. Hard to miss, Baby aga.

              • Robert Guyton

                The Speaker’s statement is evidence: are you, dare I say it, stupid ?

                • Baba Yaga

                  The speakers statement is his statement. It is not evidence when he is making the claim. Evidence would be corroboration, you know, like another MP having heard the comment. Or the comment having been picked up on any recording or by Hansard. Your just clutching at straws.

                  • Robert Guyton

                    You
                    do
                    not
                    understand
                    what “evidence”
                    is
                    Baba
                    Yaga

                    • fender

                      Evidence points strongly to there being more Baa Baa than Baba about this Yaga.

                  • fender

                    So if you get pulled over and ticketed for not wearing a seat-belt you will claim the officer has no evidence???

                  • Robert Guyton

                    Baba. Take a break. Make some enquiries. Get back to us. We’re a forgiving lot. Mostly.

        • Robert Guyton 2.1.2.2

          Baba is struggling. It’s a bit sad to watch… but fun at the same time 🙂

  3. Robert Guyton 3

    Trevor’s the rock National is dashing itself to pieces on.
    Rock on, Trev!

  4. bwaghorn 4

    My guess is they are trying to provoke the hot headed mallard in to a melt down .
    They hate democracy and will try to destroy this government at any cost

    • Anne 4.1

      My guess is they are trying to provoke the hot headed mallard in to a melt down.

      That is exactly what they are doing. They should know better because Mallard has been in parliament since the beginning of the 1980s and no-one knows Standing
      Orders better than he does.

      It is a premeditated attempt to stare him down in the hope he will blink first. They think because there’s 42 of them and only one of him they will win. I think they’re right out of luck.

      • bwaghorn 4.1.1

        Nothing feels sweeter than not letting arseholes get to you.

        • Cinny 4.1.1.1

          Nothing feels sweeter than not letting arseholes get to you

          mos def, Bwaghorn.

          Those nats are throwing tanties and wobblies all over the place, super amusing from here, but it must be incredibly frustrating for Trev, and its an utter waste of taxpayers money.

      • alwyn 4.1.2

        “because there’s 42 of them”.
        You sound thoroughly confused Anne.
        None of the parties in the New Zealand Parliament has “42 of them”, at least if by that you mean MPs..
        The closest is the Labour Party with 46.
        Clearly you must believe that it is the Labour Party that is trying to destroy Trevor. I knew he was unpopular but not to quite that extent.
        Please tell us more. What is their next step?

        • Anne 4.1.2.1

          Yeah alwyn. I mixed up the percentage gained by National with the actual number of MPs. Tried to change it before timed out but couldn’t re-access comment.

          If lprent is around my details are not appearing again. Have to fill in box each time. A few comments disappearing. Have tried many times to ‘Log In’ but system doesn’t like me. 🙁

          • dukeofurl 4.1.2.1.1

            Same happening with me. I think its a security measure.
            There is no login for commentators . I think thats for contributors

          • alwyn 4.1.2.1.2

            “system doesn’t like me”.
            Join the club.
            It gets really frustrating when you type the comment before putting in the name and so on and then you lose the lot. I really should learn to copy the whole thing before I hit submit.
            Almost equally frustrating is if you make a typo in the Mail box, get it slightly incorrect and it vanishes off for hours into the “new chums” box for review.

  5. Matthew Whitehead 5

    Here is the exchange at the beginning that Micky alludes to:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch&v=i2T3BeAcDJ0

    • Grey Area 5.1

      404 Not Found for me Matthew.

    • dukeofurl 5.2

      The video doesnt normally give the sound for interjections, which those in the chamber can hear.
      I understand thats deliberate for microphones not to relay interjections unless they are right next to the person speaking.
      I think national well know that as well.
      Hansard wont have interjections either except in some circumstances when its a legit part of the debate

  6. Craig Glen Eden 6

    Mallard did well, National not so much. The Government needs to get out and sell/sail its policies while National are left smashing themselves against the rock as Robert Guyton states above.

  7. Allan Alach 7

    Trevor must have felt like he was back in his teaching days trying to handle a class of unruly adolescents. That’s the standard of behaviour that National exhibited.

  8. ScottGN 8

    So while National have been playing silly buggers in the House the Transport Minister has offered to resign for talking on his phone after the plane doors were closed. Nice illustration of just how irrelevant the Opposition is at the moment.

    • alwyn 8.1

      Why, oh why, did Labour not take the chance to get rid of the most spectacular example of an idiot in the Cabinet?
      They should have accepted his resignation and got rid of him from everything and for good. That would have been the really sensible thing and by far the best thing for both the Government and for New Zealand.
      Bloody fools. They missed their opportunity and now he will continue his stupid behaviour,

  9. Barfly 9

    That picture brings to mind the quote “the banality of evil” – they look so ordinary

    • Katipo 9.1

      True!
      & symbolic, that an issue galvgalvanizing the National Party into collective outrage is about themselves.

  10. greg 10

    speaker mallard should double the punishment nact are spoiled little kids who have lost the play thing our taxes to steal i think speaker mallard is doing a fantastic job and the fact nact are upset proves hes on the right track

  11. cleangreen 11

    “National took on Trevor Mallard in Parliament and lost.”

    They shure did loose today, as they looked like a shunned mullet when trevor pulled them up.

    Shit it was so exciting to see them sqirm on their chairs and whale as Paula Bennet got the sack and David Bennet tried to get at Trevor instead and he tackled him to the floor (literally) .
    National have gone nuts.

  12. greywarshark 12

    Nice pic. The Class of 2018. They’re on the carpet already!

  13. mac1 13

    Ms Bennett said tonight that they decided in the National caucus not to have a mass walk-out today at question time.

    http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2018/05/it-s-got-personal-paula-bennett-says-speaker-mallard-has-personal-vendetta.html

    “Ms Bennett said Mr Mallard is singling her out in a personal vendetta.

    “Shadow Leader of the House Gerry Brownlee denied any deliberate goading of the Speaker on the part of the National Party.

    “I think we went in in good faith, hoping to meet halfway,” Ms Bennett added. “I don’t think it’s unreasonable for him to have addressed our letter that was actually serious concerns we have.”

    Let’s examine those three reported statements.

    Bennett repeatedly misbehaves in the House resulting in her being told to leave, is disrespectful to the Speaker while he is ruling on a point of order and on his feet. She dares to say she went in there to meet him half way.

    Brownlee denies any deliberate goading of the Speaker. That is not what I saw in Question Time today on TV. I saw a lack of decorum, deliberate challenging, repeatedly done.

    They issue the Speaker an ultimatum by saying respond to this letter by 2 pm Thursday, and call a non-response unreasonable?

    They ignore proper procedure when in serious disagreement with the Speaker by not choosing to have a Notice of Motion, but instead offer an ultimatum to the person who is so highly ranked that he is third in the country behind the Governor-General and the Prime Minister.

    What Ms Bennett has said is contrary to facts.

    She said in the news item cited. “”I knew he would be gunning for me and thought he might throw me out given a chance.”

    She deliberately gave him the chance. For her to say that her conduct today was meeting someone half way is a travesty of the truth. I can see why she never got the job as Leader of her party. Can anyone imagine Winston Peters or James Shaw’s reaction to being met ‘half way’ in that manner in coalition talks?

    She, and Brownlee, have gone to the media, knowing that the Speaker may not. He can’t get down in the gutter with this crew and slug it out in the papers.

    Gutless, petulant, vindictive, narcissist, despicable behaviour.

    I am angry that these National MPs drag down the good name of Parliament, of our system of democracy, of the institution of the Speaker, because they can’t handle themselves, the pressure, the idea of defeat, the idea that they just may not have what their supporters and backers want, because they fear they are losing.

    They have one honourable way out. Go to Parliament with a Notice of Motion. Persuade them of the justice of their cause. Hear the verdict of their peers in the highest council in the land.

  14. cleangreen 14

    National is equal to civil dis-obedience sadly as part of a criminal act of sabotage on our parliamentary system.

    I would not be surprised if ex-National speaker David Carter was behind this unruly strategy as he is strangely quiet over this isn’t he just now?

    Remember he was (according to Trevor Mallard) assisting him in his new job for awhile earlier.

    Greg is 100% correct as national are embarking on a ‘mob rule’ action now in an attempt to sack the new government and should be hauled over the coals by the PM and her Parliamentary Crown Legal team for attempting to take over the elected Government as they always refused to recognise MMP from the beginning.

    This is the end result of a ‘dysfunctional mob rule opposition’ now we see ahead and must be arrested before we descend into anarchy.

    National = akin to mafias.

    welcome to a third world opposition party form of unruly government if National get back in again.
    scary times ahead.

    Labour need to firmly take control here.

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • An age of protest.
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  • Another captured agency
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • NZ First’s dodgy loans
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Member’s Day: The choice on End of Life Choice
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • How growth in population and consumption drives planetary change
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    6 days ago
  • The disappearing Women …
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
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    RedlineBy Daphna
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  • Contemptuous
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Zero Carbon: It’s not just a good idea, it’s the law
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    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Climate change will fuel bush fires
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    7 days ago
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    SciBlogsBy Michael Reddell
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    1 week ago
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
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    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
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    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
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    RedlineBy Daphna
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Let this never be forgot
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    2 weeks ago
  • Too Late To Change Capitalism’s Flightpath?
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    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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  • Vaccination, compulsion, and paternalism for the lower orders
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    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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  • Climate Change: Untold Suffering
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
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  • Back it up Luxon: endorsing the destructive past is not actually the way forward
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    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 weeks ago
  • Good riddance
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

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    16 hours ago
  • Week That Was: Supporting our schools
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    23 hours ago
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    5 days ago
  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
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    6 days ago
  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
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    2 weeks ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
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    2 weeks ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
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    2 weeks ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
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    2 weeks ago
  • Week That Was: 2,000 teachers in two years
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    3 weeks ago
  • Winning an election one conversation at a time
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    3 weeks ago
  • Closer cooperation with Korean horse racing industry
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    3 weeks ago
  • Otago to lead digital creativity
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    3 weeks ago
  • Young Otago students encouraged to take on forestry careers
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    3 weeks ago
  • PGF backing Dunedin’s waterfront ambitions
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    3 weeks ago
  • M. Bovis eradication progress welcomed
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    3 weeks ago
  • PGF boosts Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sector
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    3 weeks ago
  • Minister Peters discusses Pacific challenges and denuclearisation in Seoul
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    3 weeks ago
  • PGF supports high speed broadband for marae at Parihaka Pa
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    3 weeks ago

  • Reform of public service a step closer
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  • Donations scheme to relieve pressure on families
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    15 hours ago
  • Further support for Samoan measles outbreak
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    16 hours ago
  • Speech to the Child Poverty Action Group 2019 Summit
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  • Speech to the New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Annual Conference
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  • Fairer rules for tenants and landlords
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    2 days ago
  • Two decades of marine protection celebrated at Te Tapuwae o Rongokako in Tairawhiti
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  • Food industry asked to step up fight against obesity
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  • Modern emergency care for Queenstown area
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Contraception important for New Zealanders
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    4 days ago
  • NZ medical staff and measles vaccines going to Samoa
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Disability Action Plan 2019 – 2023
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    4 days ago
  • Joint Statement – Third Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting
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  • Sexual Violence Legislation Bill has its first reading
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  • Streamlined business invoicing a step closer
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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
    Judge Coral Shaw has been appointed as the new Chair of the Royal Commission into Historical Abuse in State Care and in the Care of Faith-based Institutions, Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin announced today. "Judge Shaw, who is currently one of the inquiry commissioners, is extremely well qualified for the ...
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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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  • Bowel Screening hits halfway point
    The roll out of the National Bowel Screening Programme has reached the halfway mark, with 10 out of 20 District Health Boards now part of the programme. MidCentral DHB, which covers Palmerston North, Manawatu and surrounding districts, this week became the latest to DHB to offer free bowel screening to ...
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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
    The Royal Commission into the Attacks on Christchurch Mosques will report back on 30 April 2020 to give it more time to hear submissions and consider information, Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin announced today. The Royal Commission was originally scheduled to report back to Government by 10 December 2019. “There has ...
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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
      More frontline support for schools through a new education agency, as part of a redesigned Ministry of Education More support for principals and school boards including through a new centre of leadership and local leadership advisor roles New independent disputes panels for parents and students Management of school property ...
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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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