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NZ hero gets suspended sentence

Written By: - Date published: 10:37 am, July 8th, 2010 - 71 comments
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Pete Bethune has had his sentence for bogus charges laid by Japanese whaling interests suspended. My warm congratulations to Pete and his family. They’ve suffered a lot of distress over the past few months as Japanese extremists called for Bethune’s execution – all because he dared to hold Japanese whalers to account for illegally killing whales, deliberately sinking his boat, and attempting to murder him and his crew.

Sincere commendations are also due to the Tokyo court that saw sense in this case and resisted the pressures of whaling interests and Japanese ultra-nationalist fascists who were hungry for more harsh retribution. Had Bethune been sentenced to further incarceration, it could have led to some nasty political developments back here, what with the injustice of the detention and the history between our two nations.

Meanwhile Bethune’s Dad Don remains scathing of the Japanese whaling program and the NZ Government’s spinelessness throughout this whole sorry affair. Can’t say I blame him. I expect with Pete not being at liberty to participate directly in the next actions in the Southern Ocean, he’ll be much more free to concentrate on political activism in NZ. He could well become quite a thorn in the side of this Eco-Vandal Government.

71 comments on “NZ hero gets suspended sentence”

  1. Croc 1

    Before anyone starts, it was 100% Japanese fault.

    These two videos show pretty clearly that the Ady Gil was hunted down and rammed by the Shonan Maru 2.

    I’ve spent the last two years on deep sea fishing vessels so I have a little bit of an idea on how ships move in the water.

    You can see in the first video the Shonan Maru 2 turning to starboard towards the Ady Gil due to the lean of the boat. Once it is close to the Ady Gil it swings to port. I think the Japanese were just trying to scare them but miscalculated their approach and ending up ramming them. The second video shows the Ady Gil was sitting almost stationary and the Shonan Maru 2 purposely headed straight for them from some distance.

    If the Japanese are innocent, why have they completely refused to cooperate with Australian and NZ maritime authorities?

    Sea Shepard has boarded Japanese ships before with the same intentions and they were let go pretty quickly. They had little reason to expect such a response from the Japanese this time. In 2008 the crew of the Yushin Maru No. 2 detained two Sea Shepard men for two days, before turning them over to the Australian customs vessel MV Oceanic Viking on the orders of Japanese authorities.

    This season was the first season that the Japanese used security ships as a direct response to the Sea Shepard campaign.

    • the Ady Gil was hunted down and rammed by the Shonan Maru 2.

      Agreed.

      I posted some photos of Earthrace’s/Ady Gil’s wake at http://waitakerenews.blogspot.com/2010/01/earthraces-wake.html

      It throws out a huge wake when it is throttling.

      It was only idling when the Japanese hit it. It did not stand a chance.

      If there is real justice in this world the Japanese will be held to account.

      • the sprout 1.1.1

        agreed. here’s what i said on my last post

        “You only need to look at the video taken from the attacking Japanese ship Shonan Maru II (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7gZd0ihZCE) to see how it deliberately alters its heading and turns into Bethune’s ship then quickly turns away once its mission is accomplished. Despite being much much bigger than its victim, the Shonan Maru II is clearly a very manoeuvrable boat, as you’d expect it to be for its role. The collision was no accident… The rate of lateral rotation in the video taken from the SM shows it was not under the influence of swell but is capable of a high turn rate and is a very nimble ship. ”

        NZ hero still prisoner of the Japanese State

  2. big bruv 2

    Hero??

    Oh, that’s right, you guys do not mind if people steal (you just change the law) or break the law, just as long as they are on your side.

    Bethune is an idiot, he has done irreparable damage to the anti whaling cause by his actions.

    But then again, Labour do not give a shit about the Whales anyway, this is all about scoring cheap political points.

    • felix 2.1

      Hardly one to accuse others of stealing while you’re happy to ignore your own debts, bludge.

  3. Tiger Mountain 3

    Pete Bethune had the courage to act on his beliefs, rather than just blog about them. In a few years time it will be hard to find anyone that did not support him, just like it is difficult to find anyone nowadays that supported the 81 Springbok tour, even PM Johnny won’t man up and admit that he really did support the racists. It is shameful that the NZ govt. did not offer some support.

  4. big bruv 4

    “just like it is difficult to find anyone nowadays that supported the 81 Springbok tour”

    Bullshit, there are plenty of people who say they supported the 81 tour.

    I am one of them.

    • And you also support welching on bets don’t you BB?

    • Tiger Mountain 4.2

      there’s always one BB…

      • big bruv 4.2.1

        Far more than one Tiger.

        The moment I realised that the anti tour movement has been hijacked by parasites like Locke, Bradford and Minto I knew that they were not concerned about fighting apartheid.

        • The Voice of Reason 4.2.1.1

          Yeah, that’ll be why the South African Government personally thanked Minto for his efforts in helping to end apartheid. You really are a plonker as well as being a one man credibility free zone. Pay up, Big Blub, pay up.

          • big bruv 4.2.1.1.1

            Minto was not fighting to end apartheid Voice (and you well know that) he was fighting to introduce communism into South Africa (Minto has admitted as much)

            But once again you do not let the facts get in the way of your bullshit.

          • The Voice of Reason 4.2.1.1.2

            And while I’m at it, BB, how old were you in 1981? 5 years old? 10? 15? I’m guessing you must have been one hell of a well read schoolkid if you knew who Bradford, Locke and Minto were back then, let alone what they stood for.

            • big bruv 4.2.1.1.2.1

              I was 18 voice, not that it is any of your business.

              And as for Locke, Minto and Bradford, hell, most of the country knew they were shit stirring communist scum.

              • The Voice of Reason

                I only asked because it makes it clear your reply to Tiger Mountain was a lie. Bit like the one where you said you’d pay up if you lost that bet.

                • Tiger Mountain

                  Have to agree TVOR, BB is revising an imagined or projected past to line up with his current world view. His statements at this distance re tour are quite pathetic and at great variance to what actually happened. Anyone who thinks that mass movement could be hijacked by anyone, whatever their subsequent reputation, obviously was not there!

                  Keith, John and Sue as I know them, are people of great integrity, and as I recall Keith played more of a support role than a ‘headliner’ squad leader in the tour actions as the other two did.

                  Anyway this post is meant to be about a current person (Pete), I was just illustrating the old idiom-todays radical is often tomorrows respected person

                  • todays radical is often tomorrows respected person

                    and a point very well made

                    • big bruv

                      Bradford, Locke and Minto are respected?

                      Maybe among a few hairy lipped feminists and ageing communists but that is about it.

                      I mean how could you ever respect a man who supported Pol Pot?

                    • Daveosaurus

                      “I mean how could you ever respect a man who supported Pol Pot?”

                      You could always ask that question of all the people who thought that Ronald Reagan was so wonderful.

              • felix

                Fuckin Mandela, what would he know about apartheid, Minto, or the tour?

                Bludge you’re a terrible liar. No-one believes a word you say, and with good reason.

                You’ve been conclusively proven a fraud.

              • lprent

                You, some others and the SIS perhaps.

                However I always thought that they were idealists who had few political motivations, but a hell of a sense of what was right and wrong. In other words they were moral people. There were many on the other side of that debate who appeared to have few or no morals.

                • big bruv

                  What morals did Minto have Iprent?

                  He told everybody he was marching to end apartheid yet we now know he was marching in support of communism.

                  The guy does not have any morals at all.

                  • felix

                    And the South African revolutionaries, emboldened by the Kiwi show of solidarity, seized the country in the name of international communism.

                    They later praised comrade Minto for his dedication to the communist manifesto.

                  • Is this the same Minto who is protesting against and bullying innocent female Israeli tennis players? Nice fellow!

        • RobertM 4.2.1.2

          Couldn’t agree more. What a tragedy they got into parliament , Bradford in particular. However I believe Kennedy Graham and his call that we never engage in preventative or aggressive war is worse. Surely there was a case for declaring war on Nazi Germany earlier.Even the invasion of Iraq was justified. Saddam was a Bathist a pure Nazi. He had used nerve gas Sarin and Taubin against Iran, even Hitler was not prepared to use those WMD. He was always capable of throwing scuds carrying chemical weapons at Israel and I argued as much in public Law tuts at Vic in 2003. His actions against the Kurds and anyone in his nation who wanted freedom of political expression was heinious. Given that Minto and Bradford are communists we should challenge there freedom of expression. What Bradford, Minto and Locke want is the old East German style communist police state. Maybe they even want Cuba or North Korea , certainly a Cuban health system is aim of most to these people probably including the anti alcohol activists Doug Selman and most professors of public health.
          The mains aims of the Bradfords and mintos of the world is to great a lot of jobs for dumb white men, proletarize the police and military and incorporate the SIS and GCSB into a socialist police force.

          • Tiger Mountain 4.2.1.2.1

            RM Have your meds just kicked in, or are still you awaiting them?

            • RobertM 4.2.1.2.1.1

              As they say in Primary Colors, there better quality now. There meant to be kickers. Rock star quality. Really just recreational in David Healy’s view.
              Actually I support Bethune and are strongly anti whaling. My point is anti whaling is not a left wing issue and may even be a right wing issue outside New Zealand. And if you want to test if an issue is hard left , Bradford supports it, if I support it it is probably right centre. To be honest I do not regard Sea Shepherd as being political. Greenpeace are certainly left wing but I think Sea Shepherd harder more multi faceted approach more approprite in response to savage whaling.

              • felix

                Ah, so it’s a centre-right position because you support it and you only support centre-right positions so that proves that it is.

                Glad we cleared that up.

  5. pmofnz 5

    A hero? You have to be joking.

    He is a convicted criminal being deported irrespective of what sweetheart deals the Sea Shepherd thugs spin as supposedly positive outcomes.

    In my view, nothing but a terrorist who should have been locked up for a long time.

  6. zimmer 6

    He is a murdering wanker, what about the poor peasant he killed in Guatamala?

  7. Evidence-Based Practice 7

    I heard someone estimate that by being captured and taken to Japan he saved the lives of about 60 whales that would otherwise have been caught by those Japanese vessels and crew.

    • big bruv 7.1

      That may or may not be the case, however, this idiot Bethune has only hardened the resolve of the Japs to continue their annual whale slaughter.

      If you guys are genuinely interested in stopping commercial whaling then you would be interested in any proposal that can work toward achieving that goal, it is a pity that you see whaling as nothing more than a chance to gather a few votes.

      • the sprout 7.1.1

        it seems you have a very twisted view bb, but then considering your indifference to honouring your word, who can really tell?

        • big bruv 7.1.1.1

          Sprout

          Why not just admit that you guys do not care how many whales are killed?

          It is clear that you are at best indifferent to the annual slaughter, you are simply using it as a way of gathering votes.

          Mind you, that is nothing new when it comes to the left in NZ, the Greens have been doing it for years when it comes to animal welfare.

          • felix 7.1.1.1.1

            Ah, the worldview of the imbecile.

            Environmentalists hate the planet, socialists hate the people, wealthy men are the most oppressed, and everyone’s racist against whitey.

            • big bruv 7.1.1.1.1.1

              Meanwhile felix and the Labour party use the annual Whale slaughter as a vote gathering exercise.

              You could at least stop pretending you care.

              • felix

                Yup, felix and the labour party.

                Pay your bill bludger.

                • The story in the Herald had Chris Carter do exactly that. He jumped onto the bandwagon saying he was always supported the anti whaling movement before talking about the actual story.

                  The Greens will benefit from this the most, esp as they parade this guy around on his return. I wonder if he will be selected as a Green MP in the future?

  8. big bruv – pro-whaling nuts like you are a disgrace to our country, letting your own bitter ideologies get in the way of seeing where someone who really cares about animal welfare, Pete Bethune in this instance, puts his life in danger in dangerous oceans to prevent the killing of intelligent animals. All you can do is demean him. I suppose you would say the same thing about someone who stepped up to the gangs and tried to stop a pitbull fight! How you can side with the perveyors of animal cruelty I don’t know, but I suspect your hiding behind a lame pseudonym on a blog has a lot to do with it. Pete Bethune has the courage to put himself foward under his own name, for the sake of poor beasts who cannot defend themselves. You do the opposite.
    Shame.

    • big bruv 8.1

      Robert Guyton

      Clearly you are an imbecile.

      I am passionate about animal welfare, I detest the annual whale slaughter, nothing I have said contradicts that.

      Bethune deserves to be demeaned, he has set the cause of anti whaling back years with his stupid self promoting stunt.

      Anybody with half a brain (this rules out you and Bethune) knows that you do not deal with the Japanese in that fashion, you NEVER put them in a position where they may lose face.

      Bethunes actions will only harden the Japanese stance on their ‘cultural right’ to harvest Whales.

      If you people were genuinely concerned about seeing an end to this barbaric practice would be right behind a negotiated (and reducing) annual limit, yes, it is not as good as an outright ban but it is the best of a bad bunch of options.

      What a pity that you guys choose to make this a political issue.

      • felix 8.1.1

        “Anybody with half a brain (this rules out you and Bethune) knows that you do not deal with the Japanese in that fashion, you NEVER put them in a position where they may lose face.”

        Anyone with half a brain, eh bludge?

        Most accurate thing you’ve ever written.

  9. belladonna 9

    Good to have a New Zealand hero again – it’s been a while.

  10. randal 10

    give a chap an easy one!

  11. roger nome 11

    All you lefties are just jealouse of Bruv’s mind-reading powers.

  12. big bruv – for someone who claims to abhor the slaughter of whales you seem to be entirely ineffectual when it comes to doing something about it. Ranting on a blog doesn’t count as ‘doing something about it’, but putting yourself on a flimsy boat on the southern oceans, getting between the whalers and the whales, does. Bethune’s actions irritates you so much because he puts you to shame with his bravery. It has been suggested, quite rightly in my opinion, that Bethune’s actions aboard the Japanese whaling vessel and the resulting early return to port, saved dozens of whales.
    How many have you saved with your overheated keyboard tappings, big bruv?
    You decry the man who makes you look silly.
    Bethune 40, bruv nil.

  13. ” Anybody with half a brain (this rules out you and Bethune) knows that you do not deal with the Japanese in that fashion, you NEVER put them in a position where they may lose face.”

    Never say never big bruv!

    Say “Hiroshima!”

    Say “Nagasaki!”

    • Tiger Mountain 13.1

      I agree Robert about the sheer courage of the crews involved in surviving the icy ocean plus mounting a successful action to boot.

      I am reluctant to evoke WWII imagery though in dismissing the wimp BB, though it is possibly all he will understand. BB is either a genuinely monotonous dullard or a persistant provocateur here via a plumbing leak. Either way I am tempted to start a blog just to experience the pleasure of banning him.

      • big bruv 13.1.1

        “I am tempted to start a blog just to experience the pleasure of banning him.”

        What is it with you lefties and the desire to ban free speech?

        You have a desperate desire to silence anybody who does not agree with you.

        No wonder you are so in favour of the EFA, no wonder you persecuted the Exclusive Brethren..

        • Tiger Mountain 13.1.1.1

          I am fine with differences and debate BB, it is obvious non factual statements such as you attempted to sell above, about the 81 tour, that I find slippery and without merit.

          Go Pete Bethune!

        • BLiP 13.1.1.2

          Paid your debts yet?

        • uke 13.1.1.3

          “You have a desperate desire to silence anybody who does not agree with you.”

          Desperate? Your assertion is disproved by the fact there has been only one comment on this story jokily suggesting this. I am starting to understand other people’s characterizations of your remarks.

      • lprent 13.1.2

        bb doesn’t do behaviors that get him banned.

        There is a lot of *interesting* conversation going on from various sides related to bb and some bet at present. But as a moderator that isn’t particularly my concern. I have been noticing the same conversations popping up in different posts, but mixed in with comment on the post. So I haven’t bumped the conversations to OpenMike.

  14. butnahyeahnah 14

    I think we should start referring to him as “Sir Peter Bethune”.

  15. fraser 15

    Yes, Sir Peter Bethune. If anyone deserves a Knighthood it is him.

    • Really? In the same sentence as Edmund Hilary? Wow. That’s stretching it. If Bethune became a knight it would demean the whole system.

      As bad as giving the nobel peace prize to… oh right..

  16. ieuan 16

    It is really stretching things to call Peter Bethune a ‘hero’.

    There is certainly nothing wrong with standing up for what you believe in but really you need to pick your fights.

    Climbing on to a Japanese whaling boat to carry out a citizens arrest is just plain stupid. He is lucky he is not going to spend 2 years in a Japanese jail.

    • Pascal's bookie 16.1

      He is lucky he is not going to spend 2 years in a Japanese jail.

      Is he? I don’t think they rolled dice to decide the sentence. Seems pretty clear to me they weighed the political options and locking him up would be the bigger loss for them and the higher gain for the anti whalers, who would spend the next two years going on about ‘political prisoners’ and what not.

      As it is, he has had a whole heap of publicity inside Japan for his cause which usually barely gets a look in, and he’s walked away with a token conviction and a don’t do anything bad on japanese soil again or else. Looks like a pretty clear cut win to me.

      • felix 16.1.1

        But bookie you just don’t get it – he wasn’t doing as he was told.

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  • Waikato-Tainui settlement story launched on 25th anniversary of Treaty signing
    The story of the Waikato-Tainui Treaty process and its enduring impact on the community is being told with a five-part web story launched today on the 25th anniversary of settlement, announced Associate Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Carmel Sepuloni. “I am grateful to Waikato-Tainui for allowing us to help capture ...
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    5 days ago
  • Taita College to benefit from $32 million school redevelopment
    Taita College in the Hutt Valley will be redeveloped to upgrade its ageing classrooms and leaky roofs, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. “The work is long overdue and will make a lasting difference to the school for generations to come,” Chris Hipkins said. “Too many of our schools are ...
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    5 days ago
  • Redeployment for workers in hard-hit regions
    The Government is allocating $36.72 million to projects in regions hard hit economically by COVID-19 to keep people working, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. Projects in Hawke’s Bay, Northland, Rotorua and Queenstown will be funded from the Government’s $100 million worker ...
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    5 days ago
  • $35m to build financial resilience for New Zealanders
    A $35m boost to financial capability service providers funded by MSD will help New Zealanders manage their money better both day to day and through periods of financial difficulty, announced Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni. “It’s always been our position to increase support to key groups experiencing or at risk ...
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    5 days ago
  • New District Court Judge appointed
    Dunedin barrister Melinda Broek has been appointed as a District Court Judge with Family Court jurisdiction to be based in Rotorua, Attorney-General David Parker announced today. Ms Broek has iwi affiliations to Ngai Tai. She commenced her employment in 1996 with Scholefield Cockroft Lloyd in Invercargill specialising in family and ...
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    6 days ago
  • $206 million investment in upgrades at Ohakea Air Force Base
    The Coalition Government has approved a business case for $206 million in upgrades to critical infrastructure at Royal New Zealand Air Force Base Ohakea, with the first phase starting later this year, Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today. The investment will be made in three phases over five years, and ...
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    6 days ago
  • Review of CAA organisational culture released
    Transport Minister Phil Twyford today released the Ministry of Transport’s review of the organisational culture at the Civil Aviation Authority. Phil Twyford says all employees are entitled to a safe work environment. “I commissioned this independent review due to the concerns I had about the culture within the CAA, and ...
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    6 days ago
  • New Board appointed at Stats NZ
    Ensuring that Stats NZ’s direction and strategy best supports government policy decisions will be a key focus for a new Governance Advisory Board announced today by the Minister for Statistics, James Shaw. The new Governance Advisory Board will provide strategic advice to Stats NZ to ensure it is meeting New ...
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    6 days ago
  • New Principal Environment Judge
    Environment Judge David Kirkpatrick of Auckland has been appointed as the Principal Environment Judge, Attorney-General David Parker announced today.  Judge Kirkpatrick was appointed an Environment Judge in February 2014. From December 2013 to July 2016 he was Chair of the Auckland Unitary Plan Independent Hearings Panel. Prior to appointment he ...
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    7 days ago
  • Digital connectivity boost for urban marae
    A programme to connect marae around the country to the internet has received $1.4 million to expand to include urban marae in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Minister Kris Faafoi and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. The funding for the Marae Connectivity Programme ...
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    7 days ago
  • Govt increases assistance to drought-stricken Hawke’s Bay farmers
    The Government will provide $500,000 to the Hawke’s Bay Mayoral Drought Relief Fund to help farmers facing one of the worst droughts in living memory, says Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. “Yesterday afternoon I received a letter from Hawke's Bay's five local Government leaders asking me to contribute to the Fund. ...
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    1 week ago
  • Investment in New Zealand’s history
    Budget 2020 provides a major investment in New Zealand’s documentary heritage sector, with a commitment to leasing a new Archives Wellington facility and an increase in funding for Archives and National Library work. “Last year I released plans for a new Archives Wellington building – a purpose-built facility physically connected ...
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    1 week ago
  • Driving prompt payments to small businesses
    Government Ministers are asking significant private enterprises to adopt prompt payment practices in line with the state sector, as a way to improve cashflow for small businesses. The Ministers of Finance, Small Business, Commerce and Consumer Affairs have written to more than 40 significant enterprises and banking industry representatives to ...
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    1 week ago
  • Rotorua tourist icon to be safeguarded
    Maori Arts and Crafts will continue to underpin the heart of the tourism sector says Minister for Maori Development Nanaia Mahuta.  “That’s why we are making a core investment of $7.6 million to Te Puia New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute, over two years, as part of the Government’s ...
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    1 week ago
  • $14.7m for jobs training and education
    The Government is funding more pathways to jobs through training and education programmes in regional New Zealand to support the provinces’ recovery from the economic impacts of COVID-19, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Employment Minister Willie Jackson have announced. “New Zealand’s economic recovery will be largely driven by ...
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    1 week ago
  • Is it time to further recognise those who serve in our military?
     Minister for Veterans Ron Mark has announced the launch of a national conversation that aims to find out whether New Zealanders think there should be a formal agreement between service people, the Government, and the people of New Zealand. “This year marks the 75th anniversary of the end of World ...
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    1 week ago
  • Paving the way for a fully qualified early learning workforce
    The Government’s drive to improve the quality of early childhood education (ECE) is taking another step forward with the reintroduction of a higher funding rate for services that employ fully qualified and registered teachers, Education Minister Chris Hipkins has announced. “Research shows that high-quality ECE can improve young people’s learning ...
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    1 week ago
  • Sport Recovery Package announced
    The Sport and Recreation sector will receive a multi-million dollar boost as part of the COVID-19 response funded at Budget 2020.  Grant Robertson says the Sport and Recreation Sector contributes about $5 billion a year to New Zealand’s GDP and employs more than 53,000 people. “Sport plays a significant role ...
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    1 week ago
  • Major boost in support for caregivers and children
    A major increase in funding and availability of support will improve the incomes and reduce the pressure on 14,000 caregivers looking after more than 22,000 children. Children’s Minister Tracey Martin says that caregivers – all those looking after someone else’s children both in and outside the state care system – ...
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    1 week ago
  • Great Walks recovery on track for summer
    Vital conservation and visitor infrastructure destroyed by a severe flood event in Fiordland earlier this year is being rebuilt through a $13.7 million Budget 2020 investment, announced Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage.   “This investment will mean iconic Great Walks such as the Routeburn track and the full length of ...
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    1 week ago
  • Māori – Government partnership gives whānau a new housing deal
    The Government is investing  $40 million in a partnership with Māori to get more whānau into warm, dry and secure accommodation, Associate Minister for Housing (Māori Housing) Hon Nanaia Mahuta says.. “We are partnering with Māori and iwi to respond to the growing housing crisis in the wake of COVID-19. ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Keeping New Zealanders Safe In The Water
    Keeping New Zealanders safe in the water Our lifeguards and coastguards who keep New Zealanders safe in the water have been given a funding boost thanks to the 2020 Budget, Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector Poto Williams has announced. The water safety sector will receive $63 million over ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Legal framework for COVID-19 Alert Level referred to select committee
    The COVID-19 Public Health Response Act 2020, which set a sound legal framework ahead of the move to Alert level 2, has been referred to a parliamentary select committee for review.  Attorney-General David Parker said the review of the operation of the COVID-19 specific law would be reported back to ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand condemns shocking attacks on hospital and funeral in Afghanistan
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says New Zealand condemns the targeting of civilians in two terrorist attacks in Afghanistan earlier this week. “The terrorist attacks on a hospital in Kabul and a funeral in Nangarhar province are deeply shocking. The attacks were deliberate and heinous acts of extreme violence targeting ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Government to close tobacco tax loophole
    The Government will close a loophole that allowed some people to import cigarettes and loose leaf tobacco for manufacturing cigarettes and ‘roll your owns’ for sale on the black market without excise tax being paid, says Minister of Customs Jenny Salesa. The legislation, which doesn’t affect duty free allowances for ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • $62 million package to support families through the Family Court
    The Coalition Government has made a significant $62 million investment from the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund to start the reform of the Family Court and enable it to respond effectively to the increased backlog caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Today Justice Minister Andrew Little introduced the Family Court (Supporting ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Tailored help supports new type of job seeker – report
    The Government’s expanded services to support people into jobs will help an emerging cohort of New Zealanders impacted by COVID-19. The impacted group are relatively younger, have a proportionately low benefit history and have comparatively higher incomes than most who seek support, as captured in a report published today from ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • A modern approach to night classes
    New funding to boost Government-funded Adult and Community Education (ACE) will give more than 11,000 New Zealanders more opportunities to learn, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said. “This includes a modern approach to rebuilding night classes, which were slashed in the middle of our last economic crisis in 2010,” Chris Hipkins ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Christchurch Call makes significant progress
    Significant progress has been delivered in the year since the Christchurch Call to Action brought governments and tech companies together in Paris with a single goal to eliminate terrorist and violent extremist content online, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardent says. On its first anniversary, Ardern and French President Emmanuel Macron as ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Christchurch Call: One year Anniversary
    Joint statement: the Right Honourable Jacinda Ardern Prime Minister of New Zealand and His Excellency Emmanuel Macron President of the French Republic. One year since we launched, in Paris, the Christchurch Call to Action, New Zealand and France stand proud of the progress we have made toward our goal to eliminate terrorist ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Budget 2020: Jobs and opportunities for the primary sector
    $19.3 million to help attract and train recently unemployed New Zealanders and grow the primary sector workforce by 10,000 people. $128 million for wilding pine and wallaby control, providing hundreds of jobs. $45.3m over four years to help horticulture seize opportunities for future growth. $14.9 million to reduce food waste ...
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    2 weeks ago