NZ First and the SFO

Written By: - Date published: 8:57 am, September 30th, 2020 - 38 comments
Categories: Judith Collins, law, law and "order", national, nz first, winston peters - Tags:

Some random musings on the news yesterday that persons associated with NZ First had been charged by the Serious Fraud Office.

I had no idea that over the past week there had been rather intense court activity trying to suppress news that the SFO had laid charges against two individuals.  Then at 5 pm yesterday there was this strange language in a press release from the SFO and a stand up from Winston to announce and discuss the results.

Yesterday morning National announcing it’s law and order policy. I expected it to highlight raw meat for its base. I thought it would be tough on drugs or something.  And its general policy does contain this detail.

But National chose to concentrate only on the SFO, highlighting increased funding and a new name.

Well give me a tinfoil hat but why would National give up chance to loudspeaker the raw meat policy and announce increased crown spending instead? Think they might have wanted to draw attention to and express support for the SFO?

And while I am at it with the tin foil hat why did the SFO delay the response to now when they said they would announce the result before the election when it was scheduled for September 17.  They claim that the lockdown has slowed things down and some interviews had to be conducted face to face.  I struggle to understand why.

The SFO announced details of the NZ First investigation at an early stage.  But it appears that National and NZ First and for that matter Labour have been treated differently.

The investigation into National’s funding arrangements commenced on March 12, 2019.  No doubt former National MP Jami-Lee Ross’s decision to visit the police and complain on October 17, 2018 had a part to play in this.  The SFO announced that it had received a referral from the police in relation to a complaint received in October 2018.  I presume this was the Ross complaint.  Interestingly the press release said that “[t]he SFO does not disclose the detail of ongoing investigations to protect the integrity of the investigation and those involved” and no party was named.

By way of contrast the press release in relation to NZ First said “[t]he Serious Fraud Office has today commenced an investigation in relation to the New Zealand First Foundation”.  No subtlety there.  And also tellingly the SFO announced an investigation into Labour naming the Labour Party without even telling Labour about it.

As to the merits it is cute in the extreme for Peters to claim that the party has been completely exonerated yet at the same time the SFO is involved in a witch hunt.

Not that I am sympathetic to NZ First. I hope they disappear this election.  But I can’t help but be puzzled by the SFO’s actions.

38 comments on “NZ First and the SFO ”

  1. Dennis Frank 1

    Occam's Razor suggests that the SFO hierarchy is biased in favour of the establishment. That's obviously why it had to defer verdicts on National & Labour until the election is safely past.

    Observers will note this looks like a conspiracy theory. No shit! If the SFO hierarchy conspired to produce the deferrals, they'd be right. If, on the other hand, they have a boss, and the boss pointed out that the wheels of justice grind exceedingly slowly, so the chances of verdicts on the two mainstreamer parties couldn't reasonably be expected until several years had passed, staffers would conclude that a nod's as good as a wink to a blind horse, nudge nudge wink wink say no more.

    Winston told Duncan Garner this morning that the Labour investigation was launched in 2017. No excuse for the lengthy delay on that, right??

    So the credibility of the SFO rests on whether the NZF controversy predated JLR's exposure of National circumvention of the donations law. However the SFO decision to charge the conduit instructor (JLR) rather than the party official who informed the instructor of the method to be used (National Party secretary) makes it clear to perceptive observers that the SFO believes its higher moral duty is to insulate the mainstream political parties from prosecution. To preserve the delusion in the public mind that our system of democracy is credible.

    • Incognito 1.1

      Socrates’s Razor suggests that we don’t know what’s going on in SFO; Socrates didn’t shave but only trimmed his beard 😉

  2. Ad 2

    Yes I had been thinking exactly the same thing Mickey.

    Firstly coming out with the result 3 days before voting starts is simply wrong. They are not Judges nor Police, so they are public servants. They should not be seen to be interfering in an election. Collins' networks within the Auckland senior legal networks are well known.

    Secondly actively putting your fingers on the scale by trying to take out Winston Peters is definitely an offence to democracy worthy of a day in court, even if Winston will lose. Someone in the public service tried to take him out in 2017 with the NZSuper revelations – irrespective of the State Service Commission denials. It was a clear hit.

    There was no need for National and their Deep Legal State supporters to stride across our political battlefield bayonetting the wounded.

    Possibly no one will sing his praises, but Winston has put more capital into more deals in more degraded small country towns than any other politician in living memory.

  3. greywarshark 3

    It certainly seems partisan of the SFO. For a while they have seemed less of a serious body devoted to dealing with fraud and corruption, and more of a well-paid group devoted to successful missions. If they don't think they can take a Court action and win, it seems that they don't even bother to investigate. It certainly was their response to one seemingly serious allegation I read about, can't remember details. Like the police they have much discretion. Where is the balance between control from the state and control from the director and management team? J Edgar Hoover loomed for decades in the USA. Do we have to put up with similar to their shonky systems undermining respect for government so people see it as either a toothless tiger or skewed against the little guy who ends up oppressed by it?

    Winston this morning on Radionz appeared grumpy as well he might be, when questioned about the Foundation and its money-gathering tactics. He claimed he didn't know, that it followed National's fund-raising methods, and was pestered by Suzy about who was paying for the Court fees about it and how much. He said he didn't know, and stuck to that.

    https://www.rnz.co.nz/national/programmes/morningreport/audio/2018766212/winston-peters-accusing-sfo-of-interfering-in-election

  4. Gabby 4

    Occam's extra sharp triple blade disposable razor suggests one of these cases might be easier to close than the others, which would appeal greatly to a lazy civil servant.

  5. Anne 6

    Well, it's no coincidence that Collins announced the mass increase in SFO funding yesterday morning, followed later in the day by the press release from the SFO about the NZ First Trust fund.

    Communications behind closed doors? Well, Collins knew something didn’t she.

    Labour should respond after the election by reducing SFO government funding. wink

    • Jae 6.1

      Pretty sure Labour and National would have been told, as there's IIRC a statutory requirement that both major parties are informed of significant announcements under 'No Surprises'

      • Anne 6.1.1

        Why would they have been told? The investigation had nothing to do with either major party, nor is it appropriate in the middle of an official election campaign – especially when the other two parties are facing investigations (in the case of National an investigation which is related to the original) as well.

        Like mickysavage I am not an NZF supporter nor ever have been, but I don't like government agencies playing favourites with political parties and this smacks of favouritism.

    • tc 6.2

      Nope labour should re-consider the legislation Clark was proposing that turned them into an organised crime agency.

      The next PM, Banksta JK, binned it and charted a different course for the regulatory bodies.

    • Pat 6.3

      If 'concerned individuals' had taken court action to delay the release of findings then it would be reasonable to expect that information to become known to interested parties…no need for official heads ups.

      “Newly released judgements show the SFO had originally planned to announce the charges last week, only for New Zealand First to seek a High Court order barring the agency from revealing the news until a government had been formed after the election.”

      https://www.newsroom.co.nz/two-charged-over-nz-first-foundation-donations

    • Gabby 6.4

      Doubling the funding and setting up a donations and trusts sub department.

  6. Jae 7

    This is tinfoil hat territory, in my opinion. The NZFF and National Party Donation investigations have been treated almost exactly the same: Investigation announced, and when investigation has been concluded, the charges announced. The announcements were legally specific – in the JLR case, the investigation was into the donors and how their money was split up and solicited by JLR. In the NZFF, the investigation was into the foundation as a whole.

    Further to that, the SFO are legislatively mandated to only prosecute cases where they are highly positive they can win. This is largely because fraud law in particular is ridiculously dense and vague and tautological – largely you can only commit fraud if you commit your fraud fraudulently. This isn't going to be solved by going after the SFO, it's only going to be solved by actually changing the laws to make them clear. Hell, there's not even any precedent or guidance in the law to state how much investigation a Party Secretary has to do into corporate donors, meaning that all the multiple $14,999 donations sent through different corporations fly under the radar.

    The people here saying that the SFO should have what, hidden their investigation until after the election is just ridiculous, in my opinion. Giving the public more information is something we should want from our public service, especially the parts around corruption. It isn't the SFO's job to keep parties clean or to try and get dirt to stick to them, that's the media's job and our job to sort through it. The fact that the Nats have come out relatively clean after the JLR Fiasco isn't the SFO's fault, it's the medias fault for basically deciding that anything that is legal is perfectly ethical.

    I fail to see why people on this site are leaping to the defense of a grubby, unethical party, who diverted funding for regional development to build a racing tack in Christchurch that benefitted their Horse Studding donors. The closest I get to an argument is that National are also grubby and unethical, and that's not an argument. Especially since there was an investigation into the Nats that had almost the exact same result as the NZFF one!

    Note to Mods: this is the 'James' who was commenting on yesterdays SFO article. I have changed the name to be distinguished from the apparent troll who has the same name, to my chagrin.

    • mickysavage 7.1

      When the National Party investigation was announced they did not name the party. I am not sure why they did not follow the exact same model in this case. And why announce that the investigation would be wound up before the election? Investigations need to take as long as they need to take.

      • Jae 7.1.1

        They didn't name the party in the NZFF case. As Winston is so fond of saying, "The New Zealand First Foundation is totally seperate" sarcastic eyeroll But yeah, the difference was that the National investigation wasn't into the Nats finances, they recieved the 8 donations from 8 seperate people and current law makes that a non-issue. The investigation was on the donors end to discover whether they split it illegally. They weren't investigating the National party or anything that had the National Party's name on it. It's a dumb difference to be sure, as everyone knew it was in relationship to the National party, but as an investigatory agency the SFO has to follow the dumb letter of the legal specifics.

        • Dennis Frank 7.1.1.1

          Your reasoning seems valid. I didn't comment in support of NZF, just to point out the double standard that the establishment in Aotearoa is operating. Happy to see NZF permanently exit the scene!

          I agree re law-changes necessity as remedial governance. Public faith in democratic process is contingent on the general perception of fairness & a level playing field. If you're a lawyer, you may not see the import of such mass psychology.

          Just because I got cynical from observing the system long ago, yet managed to retain some naive faith in common sense, doesn't mean others won't spiral into despair as a result of their ideals being defeated by reality. The pandemic reminds us that many are thus vulnerable. Defenders of the system ought to shift from denial of wrongdoing into fix-it mode…

        • mickysavage 7.1.1.2

          SFO National release:

          "The Serious Fraud Office has received a referral by the Police about a complaint they received in October last year in relation to the disclosure of political donations under the Electoral Act.

          The SFO does not disclose the detail of ongoing investigations to protect the integrity of the investigation and those involved. The SFO has no further comment to make."

          SFO NZ First release:

          "The Serious Fraud Office has today commenced an investigation in relation to the New Zealand First Foundation."

          Spot the difference?

    • greywarshark 7.2

      Jae That's quite a lot of dense info and as I am rather dense it will take time to read but thank you for talking us through it . I caught the line –

      This is largely because fraud law in particular is ridiculously dense and vague and tautological – largely you can only commit fraud if you commit your fraud fraudulently.

      which is intriguing and I will enjoy reading on later I am sure.

      • Jae 7.2.1

        Oh, that's nothing compared to corruption law basically worldwide. It's entirely tautological – a bribe is only a bribe if it is done 'corruptly'.

        • greywarshark 7.2.1.1

          Jae – It becomes obvious that all the years Transparency International have been holding up our shiny mirrored escutcheon of righteousness, they never sampled you for reference.

          • Jae 7.2.1.1.1

            Well, that's because the Corruption Perceptions Index, which TI notes every time but everyone ignores only covers one very narrow area – how much corruption impacts upon business practice. But people don't like to read, they just like to look at the numbers. TI haven't actually been all that glowing about New Zealand in literally all their other work, especially around our donation law and government transparency work.

            • greywarshark 7.2.1.1.1.1

              Jae I hope you stay around. There are lots of good commenters here who know what they are talking about, so there are lots of precedents for you to follow.

    • Pat 7.3

      "Especially since there was an investigation into the Nats that had almost the exact same result as the NZFF one!"

      Yep…the fact that Winston has many political enemies (hes hardly alone it that) who would not hesitate to seize any opportunity to damage him is light years away from being able to influence any investigation ….as much as they may wish to be able to.

      As someone noted, the SFO were damned if they did and damned if they didnt, and the situation will be spun either way depending on agenda.

      At the end of the day what has anyone learnt?….nothing, party funding is widely known to be dodgy and a ruling on 'legality' changes little.

      • lprent 7.3.1

        Pretty much – been saying that sincevthe 1990s. But also that the SFO isn't capable of dealing with it.

        There seemed to me to be some pretty clear political positioning in how the SFO handled the timing of this investigation. I notice that you have been avoiding commenting on that aspect of the events. NZF may not be the most salubrious political party around- but I know of at least 3 political parties currently using this kind of lawful but morally repugnant donation regime.

        Regardless of the other aspects of our corruption driving political donation laws, the idea that a judicial authority seems to be operating on the basis that the ends justifies the means is just dangerous. That they appear to be picking when they act for maximum political effect is a praterion guard play.

        You know that if these kinds of idiots establish this as a modus operandi, it starts to corrupt every damn thing around it. We really don't want a state where a charging aspect of the state starts to act like Sydney cops of the 1980s. Or any of the thousands of other worse incidents through history.

        Better to clip the SFO out of history before they get too corrupt. The probable longer term consequences are worse than the benefits.

        • Pat 7.3.1.1

          "There seemed to me to be some pretty clear political positioning in how the SFO handled the timing of this investigation. I notice that you have been avoiding commenting on that aspect of the events."

          My sparse comment on the timing (the post you replied to was a comment on the timing) is quite simply because I see no problem with the timing or explanation given….as said they were damned if they did etc.

          As to the judiciary acting as 'praetorian guard' for the establishment …really? are we to expect them not to do the job they are designed to do?

          Corruption is indeed a very real risk, but the myth that corruption in NZ institutions hasnt and dosnt exist has always been that….it is the type of corruption that is at issue and in that I have concerns, particularly where it comes to the influence of money.

    • lprent 7.4

      Jae: I'm not jumping to their defense. That is your pig ignorant interpretation. Speaks more of your ignorance than anything else.

      What I am saying is that I smell the pattern of behaviour of corruption in the stupid laws we have governing political donations (they don't work). But also in the actions of a law enforcement body. The first does not excuse the second.

      Quite simply if the laws around political donations lend themselves to clear actions like 100k donations being broken up into 15k amounts for the benefit of a political party – but that benefit is not unlawful – then corruption is deep. It won't be corrected by some fuckwit vigilantes in the SFO doing the white sheet manovere and corrupting the legal system by making political moves to 'correct it'.

      That is a direct use of the argument that the ends justify the means. If you took the time to read an understand some history of where that exact approach has been used in the past you'll find that just making that the basis of action invariably causes major problems years or decades down the line.

      Do rather that making up your own fairy tales about what you think that we're saying, how about just reading what we actually say. Without your mindless embellishments.

  7. tc 8

    SFO/CommComm/FMA all ineffective by design and who you place up top IMO. Much like RNZ is currently but I digress.

    Part of Police aren't they so is the minster allowed to crack the whip as that judgement was due before pre-voting fortnight on the 17/9 initial pole date by the SFO's own timeline.

    They stated it which IMO infers they had the issue dimensioned, or were committing to that so to speak and put a commitment out there .

  8. Peter 9

    The National Harridan has Peters as a trophy head. "It's all over red rover," she reckons.

    To ponder:

    Sucking and sipping from a loafer at Whananaki Peters will have trophy heads looking down from the wall:

    Bill English

    Steven Joyce

    Paula Bennett

    Jonathan Coleman

    Had Peters gone with National in 2107 they'd be bullshitting us right now about how their 5th term would be their best.

    They look better on his wall.

    • Andre 9.1

      Peters going with National in 2107?

      I know he's the undead and all that, but he really makes it that long without copping a silver bullet or wooden stake? Fuck, we're screwed.

  9. PaddyOT 10

    Come on ! Stop hiding the real money theft, Judith with your companies and properties. (or any other benign Party ).

    Throwing money at the SFO is merely opportunistic, Judith is capitalising on headlines of Winston's demise and public naivety of these election party's monies being very puny in comparison to the billions of 'missing' tax by corporates.

    More needed and welcomed for every ordinary kiwi, would be an announcement of substantial money for IRD to boost resources for revamping of corporate tax laws, a larger resourcing with personnel for huge tax investigations with a global money trail eg. fake foreign loans to write off tax in NZ for property.

    When evasion or avoidance is pervasive, specialist tax accountants become more creative the bigger the corporate profit becomes in either legal cheating through loopholes or dispersing of tax on profits by transferring monies to a corporate entity's other businesses. ( eg. Trump's fifteen years ).

    "A good example is the capitalisation of debt to equity for a company in financial difficulty or the introduction of a holding company as part of a corporate group restructure."

    Without tax law changes for big Corporations to collect a fairer tax revenue from massive profits made in NZ, it is then a fiscal and social debt on ordinary workers to suffer from or make up the shortfall.

    More rigorous tax laws would also stop large costings of drawn out Court cases at NZers expense and Big corporate lawyers milking millions.

    https://www.findex.co.nz/insights/article/tax-avoidance-the-real-tax-issue-in-2019

    " Information of more than 100 multinational corporations and their New Zealand subsidiaries showed that, had the New Zealand branches of these 20 firms reported profits at the same healthy rate as their parents, their combined income tax bill would have been nearly $490 million."

    The Green's Shaw said the potential sums involved vastly exceeded other areas of government priority for enforcement and could be put to good use.

    "It obviously exceeds benefit by several orders of magnitude. That $500m could pay for 26,000 hip operations, 4,000 doctors or 7500 cops. This is a boatload of money," he said. "

    An interactive from the Herald.
    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11607336

    Instead in NZ, without full resourcing, we have arguably an IRD chasing up relatively pithy money.

    https://media.ird.govt.nz/articles/?tags=Court%20cases

  10. RedBaronCV 11

    Regardless of the mass of strict technicality I find myself falling back on one thing – that the dollar amounts involved in any NZF investigation will be orders of magnitude smaller than any involved in whoever funds the National party which we have never found out despite the rules. And $50k buys a heck of a lot more then $5k

  11. PF 12

    If you ask this question then you have to ask the more troubling question around the timing of the sentencing of the Mosque killer.

    There seems to be an uncanny synchronous between statements by politicians and judical outcomes.

    • lprent 12.1

      You’d have to look at what is the root of the legal system – ie legislation in parliament. All criminal law is encoded in legislation in NZ. Legislators, past and present in a parliamentary system, discuss and write that legislation. That body of legislation and the discussions surrounding it both here and in other countries provides the guidelines for judges to interpret the legislation. It is hardly surprising that given that there is a common framework and understanding between waht politicians believe will happen and what the courts actually do. The appropriate behaviour for judges is crystallised in legislation and in the precedents based on that legislation.

      There are those ignorant and foolish nutbars who seem to think that law isn’t a human-made institution, but is something handed down by something like a miraculous appearance of now missing tablets. Those idiots wave Blackstone, religious and common law around like absolute condom against progress in the legal system.

      However invariably when I test fools on their knowledge and understanding of the history and reasoning of each of those bodies of accumulated knowledge. They invariably fall short. All of those bodies of legal knowledge, then you look through the sources, explicitly do not treat anything inside their legal frameworks as being absolute. What you find is that at some point, some human fool (for their own immediate reasons) cast an fractured and limited interpretation over a general principle because it made it simple enough for some dumbarses to get into a slogan.

      I’m afraid that frantic conspiracy dimwit with a fractured understanding of the process of law trying to wave their misunderstanding of legal systems as talisman as a substitute for thinking really doesn’t impress me.

  12. PF 13

    There is a group of feminists that have been calling or an end to judical neutrality. IN other words , if your a women bend the system to the advantage of all women.

    So that group would be happy if this unusual timing by the SFO was the result of what traditionally would have been biased influence by the Director Julia Reid.

    https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/news/2017/new-nz-law-book-shows-how-to-judge-like-a-feminist.html

    Its not irrational to ask the question if this is the cause if those of that ilk are literally calling for it to occur and there are consistent female appointments to most senior positions.

    • lprent 13.1

      While I realise that you're probably some kind of misogynist uncivilised primitive incapable of thinking past your dick and your bigotry. But perhaps you'd listen to an outline of some basic facts. Who knows, you may not have the head of solid rotting granite that I visualise based on your two comments I let through moderation purely so I could answer them.

      When I went through university 43 years ago, I looked at doing law. I decided against it mostly because I could see the flood of people heading towards that . More than 30% of those then were women. Less than 8 years later my partner started to do her law degree. At that time the intake of women into law courses was close to even.

      They were also averaging better marks than the men (especially my partner). From what I understand that better quality of work from women continues into the law firms. Certainly in my occasional dealings with law professionals, lawyers and judges, over the decades I've never noticed anything except good quality from any gender – even the reduced cohort of beleaguered men.

      That change in the rate of women admission rate to law hasn't changed – it has merely increased. A brief search on google and you get (for instance) Auckland University Faculty of Law stats from 2016. See Figure 6a: Faculty and Large Scale Research Institute (LSRI) EFTS by gender 2016. I see that women were 60.8% of the students.

      That is despite the still routine harassment of the dickhead males in the students and even the faculty. The same continues into law firms. Frankly given that obstacle course you can guarantee that only the very best and most dedicated of women reach the position of judges. The process that judges them is far harder than that governing the men of law.

      It has been 30 odd years since my partner graduated. You'd expect, just under a normal progression of students to professionals to seniors, that there would be an increase in the appointments of women judges in line with the intake. There isn't – it falls far short. However quality and experience eventually shatters almost any glass ceiling. Especially when there are more women gaining the required skills to even enter law as an undergraduate than the minority of men.

      While I suspect that this explanation won't make any difference. Fortunately I suspect that you're irrelevant to the discussion anyway. People who prefer to deal with myths rather than facts are largely irrelevant in the long run.

  13. georgecom 14

    Interesting move from National. Maybe they think that because the SFO has had some work from National and Collins in the past that it needs a funding boost in anticipation of future work from Collins and National?

    Not stating anything, just asking the question

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    What has happened to it all?Crazy, some'd sayWhere is the life that I recognise?(Gone away)But I won't cry for yesterdayThere's an ordinary worldSomehow I have to findAnd as I try to make my wayTo the ordinary worldYesterday morning began as many others - what to write about today? I began ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • A speed limit is not a target, and yet…

    This is a guest post from longtime supporter Mr Plod, whose previous contributions include a proposal that Hamilton become New Zealand’s capital city, and that we should switch which side of the road we drive on. A recent Newsroom article, “Back to school for the Govt’s new speed limit policy“, ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    2 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Monday, July 22

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 7:00 am on Monday, July 22 are:Today’s Must Read: Father and son live in a tent, and have done for four years, in a million ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Monday, July 22

    TL;DR: As of 7:00 am on Monday, July 22, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:US President Joe Biden announced via X this morning he would not stand for a second term.Multinational professional services firm ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #29

    A listing of 32 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, July 14, 2024 thru Sat, July 20, 2024. Story of the week As reflected by preponderance of coverage, our Story of the Week is Project 2025. Until now traveling ...
    2 days ago
  • I'd like to share what I did this weekend

    This weekend, a friend pointed out someone who said they’d like to read my posts, but didn’t want to pay. And my first reaction was sympathy.I’ve already told folks that if they can’t comfortably subscribe, and would like to read, I’d be happy to offer free subscriptions. I don’t want ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    2 days ago
  • For the children – Why mere sentiment can be a misleading force in our lives, and lead to unex...

    National: The Party of ‘Law and Order’ IntroductionThis weekend, the Government formally kicked off one of their flagship policy programs: a military style boot camp that New Zealand has experimented with over the past 50 years. Cartoon credit: Guy BodyIt’s very popular with the National Party’s Law and Order image, ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    2 days ago
  • A friend in uncertain times

    Day one of the solo leg of my long journey home begins with my favourite sound: footfalls in an empty street. 5.00 am and it’s already light and already too warm, almost.If I can make the train that leaves Budapest later this hour I could be in Belgrade by nightfall; ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    3 days ago
  • The Chaotic World of Male Diet Influencers

    Hi,We’ll get to the horrific world of male diet influencers (AKA Beefy Boys) shortly, but first you will be glad to know that since I sent out the Webworm explaining why the assassination attempt on Donald Trump was not a false flag operation, I’ve heard from a load of people ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    3 days ago
  • It's Starting To Look A Lot Like… Y2K

    Do you remember Y2K, the threat that hung over humanity in the closing days of the twentieth century? Horror scenarios of planes falling from the sky, electronic payments failing and ATMs refusing to dispense cash. As for your VCR following instructions and recording your favourite show - forget about it.All ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • Bernard’s Saturday Soliloquy for the week to July 20

    Climate Change Minister Simon Watts being questioned by The Kākā’s Bernard Hickey.TL;DR: My top six things to note around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the week to July 20 were:1. A strategy that fails Zero Carbon Act & Paris targetsThe National-ACT-NZ First Coalition Government finally unveiled ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Pharmac Director, Climate Change Commissioner, Health NZ Directors – The latest to quit this m...

    Summary:As New Zealand loses at least 12 leaders in the public service space of health, climate, and pharmaceuticals, this month alone, directly in response to the Government’s policies and budget choices, what lies ahead may be darker than it appears. Tui examines some of those departures and draws a long ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    4 days ago
  • Flooding Housing Policy

    The Minister of Housing’s ambition is to reduce markedly the ratio of house prices to household incomes. If his strategy works it would transform the housing market, dramatically changing the prospects of housing as an investment.Leaving aside the Minister’s metaphor of ‘flooding the market’ I do not see how the ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    4 days ago
  • A Voyage Among the Vandals: Accepted (Again!)

    As previously noted, my historical fantasy piece, set in the fifth-century Mediterranean, was accepted for a Pirate Horror anthology, only for the anthology to later fall through. But in a good bit of news, it turned out that the story could indeed be re-marketed as sword and sorcery. As of ...
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Friday, July 19

    An employee of tobacco company Philip Morris International demonstrates a heated tobacco device. Photo: Getty ImagesTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy on Friday, July 19 are:At a time when the Coalition Government is cutting spending on health, infrastructure, education, housing ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Friday, July 19

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 8:30 am on Friday, July 19 are:Scoop: NZ First Minister Casey Costello orders 50% cut to excise tax on heated tobacco products. The minister has ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 19-July-2024

    Kia ora, it’s time for another Friday roundup, in which we pull together some of the links and stories that caught our eye this week. Feel free to add more in the comments! Our header image this week shows a foggy day in Auckland town, captured by Patrick Reynolds. ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    5 days ago
  • Weekly Climate Wrap: A market-led plan for failure

    TL;DR : Here’s the top six items climate news for Aotearoa this week, as selected by Bernard Hickey and The Kākā’s climate correspondent Cathrine Dyer. A discussion recorded yesterday is in the video above and the audio of that sent onto the podcast feed.The Government released its draft Emissions Reduction ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Tobacco First

    Save some money, get rich and old, bring it back to Tobacco Road.Bring that dynamite and a crane, blow it up, start all over again.Roll up. Roll up. Or tailor made, if you prefer...Whether you’re selling ciggies, digging for gold, catching dolphins in your nets, or encouraging folks to flutter ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Trump’s Adopted Son.

    Waiting In The Wings: For truly, if Trump is America’s un-assassinated Caesar, then J.D. Vance is America’s Octavian, the Republic’s youthful undertaker – and its first Emperor.DONALD TRUMP’S SELECTION of James D. Vance as his running-mate bodes ill for the American republic. A fervent supporter of Viktor Orban, the “illiberal” prime ...
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Friday, July 19

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Friday, July 19, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:The PSA announced the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) had ruled in the PSA’s favour in its case against the Ministry ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to July 19

    TL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers last night features co-hosts and talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent talking about the National-ACT-NZ First Government’s release of its first Emissions Reduction Plan;University of Otago Foreign Relations Professor and special guest Dr Karin von ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #29 2024

    Open access notables Improving global temperature datasets to better account for non-uniform warming, Calvert, Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society: To better account for spatial non-uniform trends in warming, a new GITD [global instrumental temperature dataset] was created that used maximum likelihood estimation (MLE) to combine the land surface ...
    5 days ago
  • We're back again! Join us for the weekly Hoon on YouTube Live

    Photo by Gabriel Crismariu on UnsplashWe’re back again after our mid-winter break. We’re still with the ‘new’ day of the week (Thursday rather than Friday) when we have our ‘hoon’ webinar with paying subscribers to The Kākā for an hour at 5 pm.Jump on this link on YouTube Livestream for ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Gut Reactions.

    Trump Writes His Own Story: Would the “mainstream” media even try to reflect the horrified reaction of the MAGA crowd to the pop-pop-pop of the would-be assassin’s rifle, and Trump going down? Could it even grasp the sheer elation of the rally-goers seeing their champion rise up and punch the air, still alive, ...
    5 days ago
  • Dodging Bullets.

    Fight! Fight! Fight! Had the assassin’s bullet found its mark and killed Donald Trump, America’s descent into widespread and murderous violence – possibly spiralling-down into civil war – would have been immediate and quite possibly irreparable. The American Republic, upon whose survival liberty and democracy continue to depend, is certainly not ...
    5 days ago
  • 'Corruption First' Strikes Again

    There comes a point in all our lives when we must stop to say, “Enough is enough. We know what’s happening. We are not as stupid or as ignorant as you believe us to be. And making policies that kill or harm our people is not acceptable, Ministers.”Plausible deniability has ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy today are:The inside stories of KiwiRail’s iRex debacle, Westport’s perma-delayed flood scheme and Christchurch’s post-quake sewer rebuild, which assumed no population growth, show just how deeply sceptical senior officials in Treasury, the Ministry of ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • What's that Jack Black?

    Ah-rah, deeSoo-guh-goo-gee-goo-geeGoo-guh fli-goo gee-gooGuh fli-goo, ga-goo-buh-deeOoh, guh-goo-beeOoh-guh-guh-bee-guh-guh-beeFli-goo gee-gooA-fliguh woo-wa mama Lucifer!I’m about ready to move on, how about you?Not from the shooting, that’s bad and we definitely shouldn’t have that. But the rehabilitation of Donald J Trump? The deification of Saint Donald? As the Great Unifier?Gimme a bucket.https://yellowscene.com/2024/04/07/trump-as-jesus/Just to re-iterate, ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • June 2024: Earth’s 13th-consecutive warmest month on record

    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Jeff Masters and Bob Henson June 2024 was Earth’s warmest June since global record-keeping began in 1850 and was the planet’s 13th consecutive warmest month on record, NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, or NCEI, reported July 12. As opposed to being focused in ...
    6 days ago
  • Connecting the dots and filling the gaps in our bike network

    This is a guest post by Shaun Baker on the importance of filling the gaps in our cycling networks. It originally appeared on his blog Multimodal Adventures, and is re-posted here with kind permission. In our towns and cities in Aotearoa New Zealand, there are areas in our cycling networks ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    6 days ago
  • Webworm Down Under Photos!

    Hi,I wanted to share a few thoughts and photos from the Webworm popup and Tickled screening we held in Auckland, New Zealand last weekend.In short — it was a blast. I mean, I had a blast and I hope any of you that came also had a blast.An old friend ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 6:30 am on Thursday, July 18 are:News: Christchurch's sewer systems block further housing developments RNZ’s Niva ChittockAnalysis: Interislander: Treasury, MoT officials' mistrust of KiwiRail led ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Thursday, July 18, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:Verbatim: Climate Change Minister Simon Watts held a news conference in Auckland to release the Government’s Emissions Reduction Plan, including ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The politics of managed retreat

    Climate change deniers are now challenging the Government over a key climate change adaptation policy. That begs the question of whether New Zealand First will then support Government moves to implement processes to deal with a managed retreat for properties in danger of flooding because of sea level rise and ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    6 days ago
  • Some changes are coming

    Warm welcome again to those who are here. The Mountain Tui substack was officially started on the 2nd of July. I wrote about what led me here on this post. Since then, it’s been a learning to navigate the platform, get to meet those in the community, and basically be ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • About fucking time

    The US Supreme Court has been rogue for years, with openly corrupt judges making the law up as they go to suit themselves, their billionaire buyers, and the Republican Party. But now, in the wake of them granting a licence for tyranny, President Biden is actually going to try and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: False accounting and wishful thinking

    National released their draft 2026-2030 Emissions Reduction Plan today. The plan is required under the Zero Carbon Act, and must set out policies and strategies to meet the relevant emissions budget. Having cancelled all Labour's actually effective climate change policies and crashed the carbon price, National was always going to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • The Enemies Of Sunshine And Space.

    Our Houses? The Urban Density debate is a horrible combination of intergenerational avarice and envy, fuelled by the grim certainty that none of the generations coming up after them will ever have it as good as the Boomers. To say that this situation rankles among those born after 1965 is to ...
    6 days ago
  • Still the 5 Eyes Achilles Heel?

    The National Cyber Security Centre (NZSC), a unit in the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) dedicated to cyber-security, has released a Review of its response to the 2021 email hacking of NZ members of the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC, … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 days ago
  • Britain's Devastating Electoral Slip.

    Slip-Sliding Away: Labour may now enjoy a dominant position in Britain’s political landscape, but only by virtue of not being swallowed by it.THE BRITISH LABOUR PARTY’S “landslide victory” is nothing of the sort. As most people understand the term, a landslide election victory is one in which the incumbent government, or ...
    6 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on why right wingers think all governments (including their own) are incompetent

    Since open denial of climate change is no longer a viable political option, denial now comes in disguise. The release this week of the coalition government’s ‘draft emissions reductions plan” shows that the Luxon government is refusing to see the need to cut emissions at source. Instead, it proposes to ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy this morning are:Chris Penk is set to roll back building standards for insulation that had only just been put in place, and which had been estimated to save 40% from power costs, after builders ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Open Letter to Pharmac

    All this talk of getting oldIt's getting me down, my loveLike a cat in a bag, waiting to drownThis time I'm coming downAnd I hope you're thinking of meAs you lay down on your sideNow the drugs don't workThey just make you worse but I know I'll see your face ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • A blanket of misinformation

    Two old sayings have been on my mind lately. The first is: “The pen is mightier than the sword”, describing the power of language and communication to help or to harm. The other, which captures the speed with which falsehoods can become ingrained and hard to undo, is: “A lie can ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    7 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day to 7:00 am on Wednesday, July 17 are:Scoop: Government considers rolling back home insulation standards RNZ’s Eloise GibsonNews: Government plans tree-planting frenzy as report shows NZ no longer ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Wednesday, July 17 , the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day were:Simon Watts released the Government’s draft Emissions Reduction Plan (ERP), which included proposed changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • “Shhhh” – National's 3 Waters is loaded with higher costs and lays a path to ...

    This is a long, possibly technical, but very, very important read. I encourage you to take the time and spread your awareness.IntroductionIn 2022, then Labour Party Prime Minister Jacinda Adern expended significant political capital to protect New Zealand’s water assets from privatisation. She lost that battle, and Labour and the ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    7 days ago
  • Plugging a video channel: Dr Gilbz

    Dr. Ella Gilbert is a climate scientist and presenter with a PhD in Antarctic climate change, working at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). Her background is in atmospheric sciences and she's especially interested in the physical mechanisms of climate change, clouds, and almost anything polar. She is passionate about communicating climate ...
    1 week ago
  • Some “scrutiny” again

    Back in 2022, in its Open Government Partnership National Action Plan, the government promised to strengthen scrutiny of Official Information Act exemption clauses in legislation. Since then they've run a secret "consultation" on how to do that, with their preferred outcome being that agencies will consult the Ministry of Justice ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Crashing New Zealand's health system is not the way to prosperity, Prime Minister

    Another day, and yet another piece of bad news for New Zealand’s health system. Reports have come out that General Practitioners (GP) may have to close doors, or increase patient fees to survive. The so-called ‘capitation’ funding review, which supports GP practices to survive, is under way, and primary care ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 week ago
  • Closer Than You Think: Ageing Boomers, Laurie & Les, Talk Politics.

    Redefining Our Terms: “When an angry majority is demanding change, defending the status-quo is an extremist position.”“WHAT’S THIS?”, asked Laurie, eyeing suspiciously the two glasses of red wine deposited in front of him.“A nice drop of red. I thought you’d be keen to celebrate the French Far-Right’s victory with the ...
    1 week ago
  • Come on Darleen.

    Good morning all, time for a return to things domestic. After elections in the UK and France, Luxon gatecrashing Nato, and the attempted shooting of Trump, it’s probably about time we re-focus on local politics.Unless of course you’re Christopher Luxon and you’re so exhausted from all your schmoozing in Washington ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • How the Northwest was lost and may be won

    This is a guest post by Darren Davis. It originally appeared on his excellent blog, Adventures in Transitland, which we encourage you to check out. It is shared by kind permission. The Northwest has always been Auckland’s public transport Cinderella, rarely invited to the public funding ball. How did ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    1 week ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Tuesday July 16

    Luxon has told a Financial Times’ correspondent he would openly call out China’s spying in future and does not fear economic retaliation from Aotearoa’s largest trading partner.File Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy on Tuesday, ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Tuesday, July 16

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 6:00 am on Tuesday, July 16 are:PM Christopher Luxon has given a very hawkish interview to the Financial Times-$$$ correspondent in Washington, Demetri Sevastopulu, saying ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Tuesday, July 16

    Photo by Ryunosuke Kikuno on UnsplashTL;DR: The top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day to 6:00 am are:BNZ released its Performance of Services Index for June, finding that services sector is at its lowest level of activity ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The second crisis; assumption was the mother

    Late on the night of July 16, 1984, while four National Cabinet Ministers were meeting in the Beehive office of Deputy Prime Minister Jim McLay, plotting the ultimate downfall of outgoing Prime Minister Sir Robert Muldoon, another crisis was building up in another part of the capital. The United States ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • Can we air condition our way out of extreme heat?

    This is a re-post from The Climate Brink by Andrew Dessler Air conditioning was initially a symbol of comfort and wealth, enjoyed by the wealthy in theaters and upscale homes. Over time, as technology advanced and costs decreased, air conditioning became more accessible to the general public. With global warming, though, ...
    1 week ago
  • Review: The Zimiamvian Trilogy, by E.R. Eddison (1935-1958)

    I have reviewed some fairly obscure stuff on this blog. Nineteenth century New Zealand speculative fiction. Forgotten Tolkien adaptations. George MacDonald and William Morris. Last month I took a look at The Worm Ouroboros (1922), by E.R. Eddison, which while not strictly obscure, is also not overly inviting to many ...
    1 week ago

  • Charity lotteries to be permitted to operate online

    Minister of Internal Affairs Brooke van Velden says lotteries for charitable purposes, such as those run by the Heart Foundation, Coastguard NZ, and local hospices, will soon be allowed to operate online permanently. “Under current laws, these fundraising lotteries are only allowed to operate online until October 2024, after which ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 hours ago
  • Accelerating Northland Expressway

    The Coalition Government is accelerating work on the new four-lane expressway between Auckland and Whangārei as part of its Roads of National Significance programme, with an accelerated delivery model to deliver this project faster and more efficiently, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says. “For too long, the lack of resilient transport connections ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 hours ago
  • Sir Don to travel to Viet Nam as special envoy

    Sir Don McKinnon will travel to Viet Nam this week as a Special Envoy of the Government, Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced.    “It is important that the Government give due recognition to the significant contributions that General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong made to New Zealand-Viet Nam relations,” Mr ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • Grant Illingworth KC appointed as transitional Commissioner to Royal Commission

    Minister of Internal Affairs Brooke van Velden says newly appointed Commissioner, Grant Illingworth KC, will help deliver the report for the first phase of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into COVID-19 Lessons, due on 28 November 2024.  “I am pleased to announce that Mr Illingworth will commence his appointment as ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • NZ to advance relationships with ASEAN partners

    Foreign Minister Winston Peters travels to Laos this week to participate in a series of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-led Ministerial meetings in Vientiane.    “ASEAN plays an important role in supporting a peaceful, stable and prosperous Indo-Pacific,” Mr Peters says.   “This will be our third visit to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • Backing mental health services on the West Coast

    Construction of a new mental health facility at Te Nikau Grey Hospital in Greymouth is today one step closer, Mental Health Minister Matt Doocey says. “This $27 million facility shows this Government is delivering on its promise to boost mental health care and improve front line services,” Mr Doocey says. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • NZ support for sustainable Pacific fisheries

    New Zealand is committing nearly $50 million to a package supporting sustainable Pacific fisheries development over the next four years, Foreign Minister Winston Peters and Oceans and Fisheries Minister Shane Jones announced today. “This support consisting of a range of initiatives demonstrates New Zealand’s commitment to assisting our Pacific partners ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    11 hours ago
  • Students’ needs at centre of new charter school adjustments

    Associate Education Minister David Seymour says proposed changes to the Education and Training Amendment Bill will ensure charter schools have more flexibility to negotiate employment agreements and are equipped with the right teaching resources. “Cabinet has agreed to progress an amendment which means unions will not be able to initiate ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    11 hours ago
  • Commissioner replaces Health NZ Board

    In response to serious concerns around oversight, overspend and a significant deterioration in financial outlook, the Board of Health New Zealand will be replaced with a Commissioner, Health Minister Dr Shane Reti announced today.  “The previous government’s botched health reforms have created significant financial challenges at Health NZ that, without ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Minister to speak at Australian Space Forum

    Minister for Space and Science, Innovation and Technology Judith Collins will travel to Adelaide tomorrow for space and science engagements, including speaking at the Australian Space Forum.  While there she will also have meetings and visits with a focus on space, biotechnology and innovation.  “New Zealand has a thriving space ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Climate Change Minister to attend climate action meeting in China

    Climate Change Minister Simon Watts will travel to China on Saturday to attend the Ministerial on Climate Action meeting held in Wuhan.  “Attending the Ministerial on Climate Action is an opportunity to advocate for New Zealand climate priorities and engage with our key partners on climate action,” Mr Watts says. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Oceans and Fisheries Minister to Solomons

    Oceans and Fisheries Minister Shane Jones is travelling to the Solomon Islands tomorrow for meetings with his counterparts from around the Pacific supporting collective management of the region’s fisheries. The 23rd Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Committee and the 5th Regional Fisheries Ministers’ Meeting in Honiara from 23 to 26 July ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government launches Military Style Academy Pilot

    The Government today launched the Military Style Academy Pilot at Te Au rere a te Tonga Youth Justice residence in Palmerston North, an important part of the Government’s plan to crackdown on youth crime and getting youth offenders back on track, Minister for Children, Karen Chhour said today. “On the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Nine priority bridge replacements to get underway

    The Government has welcomed news the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) has begun work to replace nine priority bridges across the country to ensure our state highway network remains resilient, reliable, and efficient for road users, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.“Increasing productivity and economic growth is a key priority for the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Update on global IT outage

    Acting Prime Minister David Seymour has been in contact throughout the evening with senior officials who have coordinated a whole of government response to the global IT outage and can provide an update. The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet has designated the National Emergency Management Agency as the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New Zealand, Japan renew Pacific partnership

    New Zealand and Japan will continue to step up their shared engagement with the Pacific, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.    “New Zealand and Japan have a strong, shared interest in a free, open and stable Pacific Islands region,” Mr Peters says.    “We are pleased to be finding more ways ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New infrastructure energises BOP forestry towns

    New developments in the heart of North Island forestry country will reinvigorate their communities and boost economic development, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones says. Mr Jones visited Kaingaroa and Kawerau in Bay of Plenty today to open a landmark community centre in the former and a new connecting road in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • 'Pacific Futures'

    President Adeang, fellow Ministers, honourable Diet Member Horii, Ambassadors, distinguished guests.    Minasama, konnichiwa, and good afternoon, everyone.    Distinguished guests, it’s a pleasure to be here with you today to talk about New Zealand’s foreign policy reset, the reasons for it, the values that underpin it, and how it ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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