Open Country now assaulting workers

Written By: - Date published: 3:00 pm, September 23rd, 2009 - 68 comments
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Giovanni

Open Country worker Giovanni Moana with his sons

The Talleys-owned Open Country Cheese dispute took a new turn today after it was revealed that a senior manager, not content with just bullying workers, has assaulted one of them.

Here’s what Giovanni Moana, the worker concerned, had to say:

“I was told to put my head through a window in the packing room at the factory. My manager slammed the sliding window on my head and put quite a bit of weight on to it. He then said next time he would throw tomatoes at me.’

Naturally, this was pretty upsetting for him.

‘I’ve got a large family to feed and eventually I’ve got to get back to work. I was enjoying my time at Open Country. I had big plans for my family to have a better life, and for something to happen to me like this, it’s just shattering,’ he said to Radio NZ.

The Talleys cheese firm are trying everything they can to bully the workers. They set up a fake employment agency to bypass the union and casualise the workforce, tried (and failed) to block workers from accessing representation on-site from their union (earning them a $1,000 fine from the Employment Relations Authority on August 11 for breaching s.25 of the ERA), responded to strike notice with a 6 week lockout threat, and then this week have come up with fanciful stories about environmental sabotage. And right now, the workers are currently being unlawfully locked out.

It’s a pretty simple issue really, that everyone but Talleys seems to get these workers have a right to join a union, and they have a right to negotiate with their boss collectively as a team, rather than one on one. They want some basic protection around their security of hours and working conditions.

Open Country may prefer to keep its workers on individual contracts. That’s no surprise. Individual contracts have worked wonders for employers for hundreds of years in keeping wages down.

But it’s not up to them. It’s the workers who get to choose whether they go it alone or in a union and it’s their choice about who represents them.

Waikato Times reports the parties are now in mediation. The sooner that Open Country and their owners Talleys realise that workers have a right to join a union and negotiate collectively the better. But it’s not looking hopeful.

* The author is inolved in the current dispute at Open Country Cheese.

68 comments on “Open Country now assaulting workers”

  1. Maynard J 1

    Roger Kerr was arguing that the employer-employee displute is an old discredited marxist idea. That only hold true if you consider Open Country Cheese a discredited anachronism of an employer – while I do not consider them the norm, they are by no means alone (though doubtless at the bottom end of the scale for atrocious priactices).

    Just goes to show how far removed teh business round table is from reality – they really are like some inverse Camelot, far away, mystical and representing all that is wrong.

    Good luck to you with this dispute – I hope you get all the support you need, and can break them.

    • Ag 1.1

      “Roger Kerr was arguing that the employer-employee displute is an old discredited marxist idea.”

      Why anyone listens to Kerr is beyond me. He’s been consistently wrong for 20 years.

  2. Bill 2

    A $1000 fine? So that would be one less bottle of champers the bastards will buy at their celebration dinner when this is all over.

    Sadly, it is only a theory that says the workers have a right to decide to join a union and negotiate collectively. The reality is that if the boss is willing to spend a little money on fines in the short term, then there will be no union on site.

    I remain of the opinion that unions are only one of a number of necessary weapons that need to be aligned against bosses and one of the most powerful and sadly neglected over recent years is the wider community.

    You can defeat a union with money. But you can’t defeat a committed citizenry.

    And the interaction of the community and the union cannot be determined by union officials if matters are going to be settled t the worker’s satisfaction.

    • George.com 2.1

      underneath the veneer of modern employment relations, good faith bargaining, company identity, shared interests etc etc lie the basic and brutal matters of work and indutsrial relations – an industrial fight and a structured antagonism between labour and capital. Theres a scrap and it is being decided on the basis of power. As for Roger Kerr, he needs to get with it. Which, pray tell Roger, of your theories of HRM, corporate culture or post-modernism shed any great light on this stoush. I can pull up a few basic marxist or neo-marxist concepts that frame it well.

  3. I hope he takes this jerk to the cleaners.

    • Rex Widerstrom 3.1

      That would be after he gets the tomatoes thrown at him?

      Sorry, couldn’t resist 🙂

      I mean what sort of twat assaults a worker and then follows it up with a threat to “throw tomatoes” as if that’s upping the ante?

      Sounds like something Nelson would say, followed of course by “Ha haaa”.

      If that’s the standard of management at Open Country it’s easy to see why Talley’s are worried about profitability. But they should be looking not at their workers, but their managers.

  4. felix 4

    Hey righties:

    You know how you’re always saying we don’t need minimum workplace standards because most employers are decent people?

    And you know how we usually reply that that may be true, but the laws are to protect workers from the handful of shithouse employers who really aren’t decent people?

    And you know how you say we’re just out of touch with the real world etc etc?

    This is what we mean.

    • Rex Widerstrom 4.1

      You just don’t get it, do you felix?

      Minimums when applied to protecting people are bad.

      Minimums when applied to jailing them are good.

      HTH

  5. Pat 5

    Presumably this man’s Union is helping him with his assault complaint to the Police?

    If not, why not?

    • Bill 5.1

      If you bothered to go to the links, you wouldn’t have to ask the question but what I want know is what is this mentality that responds to instructions like “stick your head through this here window for a minute, mate” or whatever. I mean WTF is wrong with people?

      • Quoth the Raven 5.1.1

        It’s the obedience circuit. It’s inherent in statism and begins in the family. It surprises me that leftists will find this behaviour ridiculous yet rally against individualism and rightists will talk of individualism yet see nothing wrong with hierachies and the instillment of blind obedience in the family.

        • Daveo 5.1.1.1

          Democratic socialists don’t oppose individual freedom, what they oppose is the kind of venal, anti-social self-interest that drives many on the right.

          For the great majority of people the idea of individual freedom is a fraud unless it’s backed with collective action and, in our current social setup, that includes the backing of the state.

          • Quoth the Raven 5.1.1.1.1

            The actions of social democrats in government would say otherwise to their purported care for individual freedom. Nothing wrong with opposing “venal anti-social self-interest” if that’s what you think, but I’ve read many comments here that oppose individualism per se.

            • George.com 5.1.1.1.1.1

              You are conflating (at least) three ideas here – freedom, individual subjectivity and agency, and what may be loosely termed social conditioning and discourses of manipulation and hegemony. These three matters are related, but are also somewhat distinct. For example, your notion of ‘obedience hierarchies’ does not automatically lead to an antithesis of freedom and individualism. For another, avoid assuming that freemarket capitalism is the antithesis of ‘obedience hierarchies’, which I suspect you do. Advertising, to sell products and create consumer loyalty, is one of the most powerful tools of social conditioning and manipulation in capitalist societies.

            • Quoth the Raven 5.1.1.1.1.2

              For example, your notion of ‘obedience hierarchies’ does not automatically lead to an antithesis of freedom and individualism.
              I agree and I didn’t say it was the antithesis of freedom did I? Please read. As you note its related. It is the credulous atitude of both those on the left and right that I was noting. I’ve made no conflation between agency and social conditioning how you can draw that from a few sentences I don’t know. Agency is, as you note related to social conditioning and part of that social conditioning is obedience.
              For another, avoid assuming that freemarket capitalism is the antithesis of ‘obedience hierarchies’, which I suspect you do.
              No I believe free market capitalism is a contradiction in terms.

          • mickysavage 5.1.1.1.2

            You are right. Those who talk loudest about individual freedom tend to be those who believe these freedoms should be applied selectively, to themselves and their mates.

        • Bill 5.1.1.2

          So orphans cannot develop an ‘obedience circuit’?

          I prefer the Right Wing Authoritarian explanation that at least has a plethora of published studies underpinning it. Of course that may well be me simply acquiescing to the perceived authority of publication rather than making an intelligent judgement call between a developed theory and a rant. Whatever.

          For the record, I don’t so much find blind obedience ridiculous as scary. And individualism, in spite of what you seem to believe has nothing what-so-ever to do with freedom or anarchy and a lot to do with bloody stupidity aka ‘lifestylism’

          • Quoth the Raven 5.1.1.2.1

            Bill that orphan bit is a ludircous argument – think about it.
            Individualism has everything to do with freedom. The problem is those collectivists (and individualists) who put a false dichotomy between individualism and cooperation or communinalism etc.

            • Bill 5.1.1.2.1.1

              If you don’t have a family and a dynamic begins in the family….I was being facetious QtR.

              How for you, do the bounds get defined between what I as an individual have an inalienable right to do on the one hand and what society has a right to demand of me on the other?

            • Quoth the Raven 5.1.1.2.1.2

              Bill – The issue for me is freedom from coercion. Society cannot demand anything from you. You can only give freely.

            • Bill 5.1.1.2.1.3

              If society cannot demand anything of or from the individual, then how is it that your idea of the free market works again? Where’s the governance of the polity and the economy? If society has no right to make demands on individuals then what you are saying is that no group has a right to expect any given behaviours or actions of its individual group members and no group can have expectations with regards sub groups or visa versa….which means that society cannot form.

              Society does have legitimate expectations with regards certain actions from individual citizens where the actions have effects beyond the individual in question. It does not have the right to oppress or coerce though.

              And that’s the trick of substantive democracy (anarchy)…not a pursuit of individual desires that will leave organised economic actors in charge of the economy and the polity(corporatism)

            • Quoth the Raven 5.1.1.2.1.4

              I think we’re talking over eachother. I agree with “Society does have legitimate expectations with regards certain actions from individual citizens where the actions have effects beyond the individual in question. It does not have the right to oppress or coerce though.” But that to me is in not doing something, not coercing another, not commiting violence etc – in a negative sense. I was thinking more along the lines of society can make no demands upon a person in a positive sense. One can have expectations, but expectations are not demands.

            • Quoth the Raven 5.1.1.2.1.5

              Bill – This explains things well.

            • Bill 5.1.1.2.1.6

              It explains what precisely? Excuse me for being really down to earth about all this, but….

              Really existing situation. Community of people. People shit. People have a sewerage system. Who wants to maintain sewerage system? No-one.

              So sewerage system maintenance is an onerous piece of shit that gets put on a list ( a roster?….that was how it was.) of other onerous but necessary bits of shit that everyone must have a hand in….you don’t want to sign up to shit pit?…sign up to this other equivalent. Sign up to nothing? Get fucked. Be ostracised.

              Society has legitimate demands on the individual in a positive sense.

            • Quoth the Raven 5.1.1.2.1.7

              Bill – I think I’m getting caught up with terminology. Forget the word demand for a moment. Think obligation.
              The needs of society can only be fulfilled by voluntary cooperation. Positvie obligations are illegitimate. Involuntary positive obligations are a violation of individual sovereignty. This is basic anarchist ideology. Cooperation requires consent. It has to be voluntary. I’m sure you agree with that. So we’re on the same page, no?

            • Bill 5.1.1.2.1.8

              So we’ll say obligation then. Same thing applies. Although cooperation in the broader sense is voluntary there is still the issue of onerous shit that needs to be done that nobody really wants to do.

              I’ve outlined a way around this. It is not entirely voluntary. The group (society) imposes an obligation on the individual. All people participate in the process that leads to a decision whereby all individuals have an obligation imposed on them to do their share of identified unpleasant but necessary shit.

              Once that agreement is in place it becomes a part of institutional knowledge or memory and so new people have the obligation imposed without having participated in the decision process.

              Under your ‘basic anarchist ideology’ there is no room to negotiate, formulate and impose an obligation as above. So things fall apart. Which is the antithesis of anarchy.

            • Quoth the Raven 5.1.1.2.1.9

              Bill – Poor wording in my last comment. No, there is room for obligations. People organise themselves how they wish. If you want to voluntarily take on an obligation that’s your perogative. Join a community sign up to their roster. But you cannot acquire a positive obligation without consent. Voluntary cooperation is the basis of anarchism.

              Once that agreement is in place it becomes a part of institutional knowledge or memory and so new people have the obligation imposed without having participated in the decision process.

              This is not sufficiently different from the state and the “social contract.” One must take part in the decision making process. One cannot acquire a positive obligation without consent.

            • Bill 5.1.1.2.1.10

              By your reasoning, freeloading is just fine and society has no right to sanction such behaviour because the sanctity of individual sovereignty or whatever outweighs the functioning of society. And if everyone gives the onerous but necessary tasks the long finger then that’s just fine?

              What I’ve outlined is a million miles away from Rousseau’s wholly imaginary/ theoretical social contract.

              But whatever.

              If what I have outlined is not anarchist or democratic enough then you really do need to offer some alternative democratic mechanism that ensures that the onerous tasks necessary for the functioning of society are performed.

              Or perhaps you’d rather advocate a free market economy that perpetuates a master/slave relationship allowing for a needy outsider to be employed to carry out such tasks?

            • Quoth the Raven 5.1.1.2.1.11

              Bill – You are the one who has proposed this hypothetical society not me.The free rider problem is a problem in any society, including our current one, and probably always will be. Incentives are the key – reward people for their labour. Humans are social creatures we want to cooperate and we cooperate to our mutual benefit. That’s the way it is. Don’t build the free rider problem up to be something it is not.
              It seems to me that you at once want to critque market society (in a strawman way BTW) and yet you want to coerce free riders, perhaps ostracise them and let them starve, which to me appears as bad as any strawman argument against the free market.
              There are plenty of anarchist forums with members more knowledgable than myself. If you want an anarcho-communist’s or whoever’s perspective, per your hypothetical, on this than you should try there.

            • Bill 5.1.1.2.1.12

              I was interested in your thoughts as to how society might ensure that onerous but necessary tasks are performed. But it seems you don’t really want to think the problem through. C’est la vie.

            • Quoth the Raven 5.1.1.2.1.13

              Bill – We’ve worked throught this a lot. I don’t try to propose any societal structure like some anarchists. Anarchism to me and many other anarchists is a constant process with no end point. I start from first prinicples, anti-authoritarianism, non-violence, non-aggression, non-coercion, voluntaryism, equality of authority, equality of liberty, democracy and so on and suport whatever works towards them. I see little point getting into an argument about a hypothetical society.
              People like to find a problem with anarchist theory and say “see there it wouldn’t work” despite being able to look around themselves at statist society and see an endless series of problems, environmental damage, exploitation, privation, alienation, war, etc.
              I have said somewhat to the free rider problem which is present in today’s society as well. To me if in a free society individuals were rewarded commensurate with their labour, if there was full employment, if indiviudals weren’t atomised by the state and hence genuinely wished to give freely to help their community then the free rider problem would probably be incredibly slight in which case maybe the best option would be to simply let it be and not resort to depriving or coercing such people.

        • George.com 5.1.1.3

          I was responding to the information in the link you provided, rather than your actual comments on this thread. I have read through the linked information again and I stand corrected. My aplogies for making accusations against you that are not correct. I read certain things in to the linked information that were not actually there, and equated your comments as a continuation of the Roger Kerr type approach. I have seen simplistic analysis (bollocks) from the likes of everyones best mate Redbaiter and his notion of ‘cultural socialists’. If anything, I was responding to erroneous analysis of that sort rather than what you actually referenced.

          You seem essentially to be talking about discourses of langauge and hegemonic notions. There is also a debate in there somewhere about the natural state of humanity. It seems to me that an example of ‘obedience circuit’ is the neo-liberal argument that beneficiaries are basically lazy, parasites on society and hence a reason to cut benefits.

          Alongside discourses and hegemonic language sits subjectivity & agency and sklongside that notions of freedom and liberty. The very idea that freedom and liberty can be a collective action is anathema to the benefit cutting neo-liberals. I hope this is a more accurate assessment of your position.

    • Daveo 5.2

      Of course they are. Are you alleging dishonesty Pat?

  6. The Voice of Reason 6

    Read the post, Pat

    The second link is to the DWU (Dairy Workers Union), so obviously they are helping him. Can you think of any reason they wouldn’t help in these circumstances, know something but are too coy to say or are you just waffling for the sake of it?

  7. Ianmac 7

    Is it possible that this conflict is a fore-runner of a return to the 90’s when the unions were made almost redundant under National? I can hear the Minister of Labour saying in Parliament that “here we have a bunch of Communists holding a really good business up for ransome so we are bringing in a new Employment Bill to make Individual Contracts……..”

    • The sad thing is that the Trade Union movement got a real hammering under the ECA in the 1990s and has not really recovered. During Labour’s last term membership stabilised and grew a bit but Unions did not approach their former strength.

      Some will think this is a good thing but if you want us to enjoy Australian type wages then our unions need Australian type strength. If you look at the average wage statistics ours got a hammering at the same time as the unions got a hammering. Over the last decade membership and the wage gap both stabilised. I do not think this is a coincidence.

      The mindsets of ordinary kiwis have changed and collective action is not understood the way it used to be. Unfortunately this means that we will be nothing but fodder for overseas interests until we collectively decide to regain our economic sovereignty.

      • Swampy 7.1.1

        People don’t want that strength, they don’t want a strike on every day of the week (as used to happen when I grew up in the late 70s/early 80s). It all happened because of the Labour Government’s policy of compulsory unionism.

        • Daveosaurus 7.1.1.1

          Please refresh my memory: which Labour Government was in power during the late 1970s / early 1980s?

  8. Ron 8

    Old Mr Talley was in the Nelson papers a while back after a speech to the local boy’s college graduation in which he blamed the depletion of fish stocks on the anti-whaling movement.
    Apparently all the extra whales are eating all the fish.
    It really puts the lie to the theory of a meritocracy, don’t it? You gotta wonder how the bugger got rich in the first place.

  9. Tim Ellis 9

    I wonder if a complaint has been made to police.

    • felix 9.1

      I wonder if “Tim Ellis” is allowed to follow links and read articles.

      • BLiP 9.1.1

        Sure he can – he just isn’t allowed think about or remember what he reads. That’s a big no-no.

    • Daveo 9.2

      I wonder if Tim likes insinuating that people are lying.

      Read the links Tim.

    • Marty G 9.3

      I wonder where Tim Ellis gets off casting aspersions on the word of this man just because it’s truth he doesn’t want to hear.

      • Tim Ellis 9.3.1

        You don’t need to get so sensitive about it marty. There’s nothing in the post that says a complaint has been laid with police. I look forward to the outcome and hope it is properly investigated. I would hate to think that a union member might make untrue allegations just to advance their negotiating position.

        • Daveo 9.3.1.1

          And he’s at it again. What a dishonest little creep.

        • felix 9.3.1.2

          I would hate to think that “Tim Ellis” was a dishonest little creep, but if he really was being honest when he said “I wonder” then he would’ve followed the links provided and found out.

          That makes him a liar, and yes, a dishonest creep.

          But as he has freely admitted before, he is here primarily to write for the lurkers, the majority of readers who don’t usually comment.

          He’s just doing his job I suppose, but I do wish he wouldn’t be so dishonest and creepy about it.

          • Tim Ellis 9.3.1.2.1

            What is creepy felix is your fixation with all of my comments.

            • felix 9.3.1.2.1.1

              I’m not the slightest bit interested in your comments “Tim Ellis”.

              I’m interested in your creepy obsession with coming here every day to tell lies and spread dirt on behalf of the government.

              Creep.

            • Tim Ellis 9.3.1.2.1.2

              Yes well your conduct suggests otherwise felix. What is interesting is that you manage to get away with this kind of abuse without attracting the attention of moderators.

            • Maynard J 9.3.1.2.1.3

              That is because what felix says about you is generally not unwarranted nor untrue.

        • Marty G 9.3.1.3

          Well don’t think it then, Tim, because it’s not a reasonable assumption to make.

        • George.com 9.3.1.4

          Whereas Tim, a company executive wouldn’t dream of laying blame for an effulent spillage on lock out workers, now would they. I mean, make untrue allegations to strengthen their negotiating position.

          However we can both take comfort from the news that the worker has indeed taken the issue to the police. Obviously this meets the test you have established to allay your fears.

          • Tim Ellis 9.3.1.4.1

            Yes George I hope the police conduct a thorough investigation because it a very serious allegation.

            I’m not sure that it’s very smart for unions to try and flex their muscle in the middle of a recession when unemployment is rising though. I don’t think that’s in workers’ interests.

            • Daveo 9.3.1.4.1.1

              By which you mean you don’t think it’s wise for workers to stand up to bad employers or fight back against cuts to their wages and conditions in a recession.

              But of course you can’t say that in polite company, so you fall back on outdated rhetoric about unions, which are somehow separate from their members, “flexing their muscle” against workers’ interests.

              Problem is, this ain’t talkback mate. We all know the facts and we all know your game. You’re not fooling anyone “Tim Ellis”.

            • Tim Ellis 9.3.1.4.1.2

              Good for you “Daveo”.

            • felix 9.3.1.4.1.3

              Get back to work Tim you lazy, unproductive thief-as-a-servant.

  10. Jenny 10

    The CTU should step in.

  11. sacrebleu 11

    Mickysavage:
    In my opinion to suggest a stronger union movement is all that is standing between NZ and higer wages is naive. We need to accept that NZ will probably never again afford the same wages and standard of living as Australia. Oz has mineral wealth and generally a more entrepreneurial attitude.
    Too many NZers with a hands out / this country owes me a living attitude…

    Like it or not, NZ’s way forward to “economic sovereignty” needs to be led by local NZ business leadership. The Union’s role is merely to keep business honest along the way.

  12. Ianmac 12

    In this case at Open Country, is the management trying to force workers onto individual contracts?

  13. Swampy 13

    Best solution is for National to abolish the 2004 amendments to the ERA, the supposed “tidying up” changes designed to force employers into collective contracts.

  14. Jessamyn 14

    Sorry to hear that things didn’t go well between the striking workers and management of OCC in Waharoa, but I hope they will come up with a good result sooner or later.

    I strongly support to those striking workers and their whanau and friends. I live in Auckland and I wish I’d go to Waharoa to show them that they have my fully support, but I’ll be thinking of them in my heart. Good luck.

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • What is wrong with our building industry?
    Back in the 90's and early 2000's, the building industry was building leaky homes which should never have been granted consent. Now it turns out they've been building dodgy office blocks as well:New imaging technology has revealed hundreds of major buildings nationwide have defective or missing concrete or reinforcing steel. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Local bodies
    Local body election results were released over the weekend, to joy or despair depending on where you live. In Auckland, Phil Goff trounced John Tamihere, who is muttering darkly about running for Parliament again (but which party would want him?) Wellington is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Weta Workshop, except ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • A future of government
      How could government evolve over the next decades? Reports of democracy’s imminent demise are greatly exaggerated.  However, satisfaction with political systems in many countries is low, so there is much to do for governments of all political stripes to improve relevance and trust. Digital technologies are seen as one ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    5 days ago
  • Speaker: Catalonia, interrupted
    Two years have now gone by since the Friday afternoon when my university-student son and I headed out of our Barcelona flat to a nearby primary school, designated as a polling station for the vote that was to be held the following Sunday: the referendum on Catalonia’s independence from Spain ...
    5 days ago
  • Sage Decisions Unwisely Over-Ruled.
    Overruled: The joint decision of Finance Minister, Grant Robertson (Labour) and his Associate Minister, David Parker (Labour) arguably the two most powerful ministers in Jacinda Ardern’s government, to grant OceanaGold the consents which Land Information Minister, Eugenie Sage (Greens) had earlier denied them, offers bitter proof of how hard fighting ...
    5 days ago
  • Government may ban voting in effort to get more people to do it
    More than double the number of people who will vote in this year’s local body elections have tried marijuana or urinated somewhere they shouldn’t have. As local elections look set for the lowest turnout in decades, with many regions falling well short of 40%, the Government is exploring a number ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    5 days ago
  • Woman: Deleted.
    A Statement on Abortion Law Reform by the Council of Disobedient Women   On the eve of bringing an end to antiquated, anti-women abortion laws Green MP Jan Logie intends to write women out of the Bill. With a stroke of the pen, the woke are aiming for total erasure ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • The Hollowest of Men Ride Again… SURPRISE!
    Musings continue apace about “the experienced businessman!” soon to be taking up a National Party MP position. Or to be more accurate, being parachuted into a seat to shut down their former MP Jamie-Lee Ross, who despite his own shortcomings shed at least some more light on the inner workings ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    6 days ago
  • Barbaric
    The Ugandan government wants to murder gay people:Uganda has announced plans to impose the death penalty on homosexuals. The bill, colloquially known as “Kill the Gays” in Uganda, was nullified five years ago on a technicality, but the government said on Thursday it plans to resurrect it within weeks. The ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Fighting Monsters.
    Freedom Of Speech? The Säuberung (cleansing by fire) was the work of the German Student Union which, on 10 May 1933, under the watchful eye of the Nazi Reichminister for Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, consigned 25,000 books to the flames in a ritual exorcism of “un-German thought”. According to the logic of the ...
    6 days ago
  • The next wave of kaupapa Māori politics: its constitutional, it must be.
      “There can be no such thing as kaupapa Māori political parties or politics in Aotearoa” (Willie Jackson, Labour Party (2017). Māori TV, General/List Election Special) I begin with that claim because at the time, I was confounded at first that it fell out of Willie Jackson’s mouth, and then ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    6 days ago
  • Night lights of NZ from orbit
    New Zealand has prided itself for decades with regard to its lack of pollution, and all will be aware that the ‘100% Pure New Zealand‘ meme is under threat through land, water and air pollution of various causes. There is another type of contamination that the country also faces: light ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    6 days ago
  • Reporters deliver uplifting news to fleeing Japanese residents: they won’t miss any rugby
    New Zealand’s media is doing its part in Japan, reassuring those in the path of the storm that they won’t miss any rugby while away from their flooded homes. New Zealand sports reporters stationed in Japan for the Rugby World Cup have had the rare and heartwarming opportunity to inform ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    6 days ago
  • Government in contentious discussions about whether to put surplus on red or black
    Regional Development Minister Shane Jones is the only Cabinet member in favour of putting it all on green. As Finance Minister Grant Robertson finds himself with an enormous $7.5 billion surplus, the Government has begun intense, at times contentious conversations about whether to put the money on red or black at ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    6 days ago
  • Jordanian teachers’ successful strike has lessons for here
    by Susanne Kemp At the start of September close to 100,000 school teachers went on strike in Jordan.  They demanded a 50% pay rise.  A pay rise actually agreed to by the regime back in 2014. In early October, however, in the face of government repression and threats, the teachers’ ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    7 days ago
  • Why some people still think climate change isn’t real
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz Why do people still think climate change isn’t real? David ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    7 days ago
  • The SIS unlawfully spied on Nicky Hager
    Back in 2011, journalist Nicky Hager published Other People's Wars, an expose on NZDF's activities over the previous decade of the "war on terror". NZDF didn't like this, and especially didn't like the fact that it was base don leaks from their own. So, they had the SIS investigate him ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • October 2019 – Newsletter
    https://mailchi.mp/7d9133add053/closing-the-gap-october-2019-newsletter ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    7 days ago
  • And they wonder why we think they’re environmental vandals…
    The Zero Carbon Bill is due back from select committee in two weeks, and will likely pass its final stages in November. So naturally, farmers are planning a hate-march against it. But they're not just demanding lower methane targets so they can keep on destroying the planet; they're also demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Climate Change: Paying the price in California
    Last year, California burned. This year, to stop it happening again (or rather, to stop themselves from being found liable if it happens again), Pacific Gas and Electric is cutting power to half the state for a week:Schools are closed. Traffic lights down. Tunnels dark. Businesses unopened. Hospitals running on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Let’s Hear It For Up-Close-And-Personal, Hard-Copy Democracy!
    The Best Way: Missing from the on-line voting debate is any reference to the voting system that produces turn-out figures ranging from 77 to 93 percent of registered voters. The voting system used to collect and count the votes cast in our parliamentary elections. The system that involves citizens making ...
    7 days ago
  • 10/10: World Day Against the Death Penalty
    Today, October 10, is the world day against the death penalty. Out of 195 UN member states, 84 still permit capital punishment. Today is the day we work to change that. This year's theme is children. Having a parent sentenced to death or executed causes long-term trauma and stigmatization which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Talking Freer Lives: a Marxist gender-critical perspective from Australia
    Among the great new bunch of political friends we have been making recently is the excellent Australian-based Marxist gender-critical site, Freer Lives.  So we asked the comrade who set up that blog to write something for Redline on the blog, himself, his analysis of the rise of gender politics and ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    7 days ago
  • Government spin accepted by union leadership
    by Don Franks  The Auckland City Mission is struggling with a 40 percent increase in demand for food parcels this year. A total of 23,020 were needed by June. Last month Missioner Chris Farrelly told the Herald the “cupboards are bare” and without an emergency food drive, he can’t see ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Forbidden Thoughts
    by The Council of Disobedient Women   Massey Wellington Student Association had a sit-in today. Imagine a sit-in. On a campus. Against a women’s rights meeting. Did the ’60s really happen or did we fucking dream it? They gathered in the student square, an echo chamber. Sitting on soft pillows ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Much love to my loyal Ukrainian readership
    For some reasons, my post about the mystery message from inside the Downing Street bunker seemed to catch people's attention.  Quite a lot of hits from NZ (unsurprisingly) and the USA (a bit more puzzlingly, but hi there, USAians!!) and 76 views from the Ukraine.I've celebrated my Ukrainian readers in ...
    1 week ago
  • Another day of bonkers GNUmours (again, sorry)
    First, almost a score of Labour MPs seem to have sent a letter to the EU basically begging them to accept a deal - any deal - just so Britain can get the Heck on with Brexiting instead of being trapped in limbo:
    To avoid no deal, deliver on the ...
    1 week ago
  • Labour vs working class immigrants – again!
    by Phil Duncan In 2016 the National-led government suspended the Parent Visa Category, through which migrants were able to bring their parents into New Zealand.  Since then over 5,700 people have been in immigration limbo, stuck on the visa wait list. Labour is now bringing back the scheme.  Well, sort ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Speak Up for Women press statement: on Massey University and Feminism 2020
    The following was released yesterday (Tues, October 8) by the women’s liberation organisation Speak Up for Women. On 23 September Speak Up For Women announced that we would be holding an event at the Massey University Theaterette in Wellington. The event is called Feminism 2020. The intention of the event ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Farmers support dirty rivers
    The government is currently consulting on plans to improve freshwater quality. So naturally, farmers oppose it:South Taranaki farmers are preparing to fight proposed national freshwater changes that some fear will bankrupt them. The Government's proposed National Environment Standard on Freshwater Management, released in September, rated the Waingongoro River as one ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • No-one cares about local government
    Yesterday was the last day for (reliably) posting your vote away in local body elections. Turnouts are mostly much lower than the equivalent time last year (Palmerston North is down 2.3%), and so naturally people are pushing their online-voting snake oil again. Because the online census worked so well, lets ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The political ghosts of eugenics may matter more than the genetic
    This essay, on the political legacy of the eugenics movement, by Kenan Malik was originally published in the Observer on 6 October 2019, under the headline ‘The spirit of eugenics is still with us, as immigrants know to their cost’. Birth control. Intelligence tests. Town planning. Immigration controls. It’s striking how ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • “Surplus” again
    Another year, and the government has announced another enormous government "surplus". And just like last year, its nothing of the sort. When we have people homeless and sick and hungry, when we have schools and hospitals still falling down, when we have underpaid public servants and infrastucture unmaintained or unbuilt, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Inside the Downing Street bunker
    James Forsyth at The Spectator (I know, I know) has tapped one of his contacts inside Number Ten for an insight into the Johnson administration's thinking and strategy.It is fascinating, unsettling and quite, quite mad.  Some key points:Negotiations have stalled and the Johnson administration are keen to blame the EU: ...
    1 week ago
  • Taking Control Of The Nation’s Story.
    Fatal Contact: With the arrival of captain James Cook in October 1769, the islands of what would become New Zealand ceased to be the preserve of Polynesian navigators and settlers and became a part of both the world’s map and the world’s history.THE MAORI NATIONALIST assault upon the historical meaning ...
    1 week ago
  • Are GNUs extinct?
    Another round of tactical talks about forming a Government of National Unity have come to nothing with the Liberal Democrats still refusing countenance putting Jeremy Corbyn into Downing Street:Opposition talks on Monday made little headway over when to try and vote down Boris Johnson's government and who might succeed him as ...
    1 week ago
  • Labour chickens out again
    When the government was elected, it promised to lead the way on electric vehicles, and specifically to make the government vehicle fleet emissions-free where-practicable by 2025.They lied:There are 15,473 vehicles in the government fleet and only 78 are electric. When the coalition Government came into power in late 2017, the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Transgender extremism, violence at work against feminist meeting at British Labour Party conference
    by Nick Rogers The debate around the meaning of sex and gender made an appearance at this year’s British Labour Party conference in Brighton. Women’s Place UK – an organisation that questions the demand that biological males who self-identify as woman should have access to women’s spaces, to all-women shortlists, ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Rebelling in Wellington
    Yesterday I went down to Wellington to participate in the Extinction Rebellion protest. Its part of the latest global wave of XR actions, with actions happening all over the world. Some of those protests are massively disruptive: in Canada, XR is blocking major bridges, stopping people from getting to work. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • ‘The Workshop’ – Report: Talking about Poverty and Welfare Reform: A Guide to Strategies that ...
    The Workshop is a charitable trust for public good. The Workshop undertake research to find ways of communicating that will build support for the solutions that work to solve complex social and environmental problems. See their Report on Talking about Poverty and Welfare Reform below. ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    1 week ago
  • Exclusive language
    What is language? We generally assume that it a facility unique to humans, allowing us to share what’s in and on our minds. We can tell of our plans, our past exploits, our knowledge. It also allows us to lie. And yet there are vast numbers of people we can’t ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Corballis
    1 week ago
  • April 2018 – Submission to the NZ Govt Tax Working Group
    You can read our submission HERE ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    1 week ago
  • 2018 – Submission to the NZ Government Tax Working Group
    Read our submission here ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    1 week ago
  • Guardian: Poll shows DISASTER for Corbyn and the End of Times
    The Guardian - ever eager to forewarn of doom and disaster on the left - are leading with a new poll from Opinium, which puts the Conservatives 15% clear of Labour.Con 38% +2Lab 23% -1Lib Dem 15% -5Brexit 12% +1Green 4% +2This isn't good news, and it would be very ...
    1 week ago
  • How prostitution became the world’s most modern profession
    Being and Being Bought (Spinifex Press, 2013) by Kajsa Ekis Ekman  A synopsis and commentary of Chapters 1-2 by Daphna Whitmore Ekman, a Swedish journalist and critic, brings together a Marxist and feminist analysis of prostitution and surrogacy in this groundbreaking book She opens the discussion with a definition of ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Clever legal fellow on Scottish challenge to Brexit
    I make no claims to having much legal knowledge,  so I defer to those trained in this area.I am very much enjoying this twitter stream from m'learned friend in Edinburgh, deciphering the legal arguments around the Scottish court challenge to Boris Johnson, based on the charmingly obscure principle of Nobile ...
    2 weeks ago
  • An Open Letter From Closed Minds.
    Ivory Folly? The University of Auckland’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Stuart McCutcheon, upheld the right of the radical nationalist group, Action Zealandia to exercise their freedom of speech – not matter how distasteful that speech might be. A wiser community of students and scholars would have nodded their agreement and moved on. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Extinction Rebellion members want to “eat babies”
    If you are not convinced terrorist Organisation ‘Extinction Rebellion’ is very, very dangerous – watch this video at one of their recent meetings. Not only is this obviously mentally ill Woman begging the other terrorists to promote killing and “eating” babies and children, if you watch carefully other members nod ...
    An average kiwiBy admin@averagekiwi.com
    2 weeks ago
  • The government needs to tell people about the OIA
    The Ombudsman has been surveying people about their knowledge of the OIA and the right to information. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem that widespread:The Chief Ombudsman says too many New Zealanders were in the dark over their right to access official information. Peter Boshier said an independent survey released yesterday on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Join the rebellion
    In the wake of last Friday's climate strike, Peter McKenzie had an article in The Spinoff about protest strategies. The school strike movement is "polite" and cooperates with those in power because that's its kaupapa - its led by schoolkids who understandably don't want to risk arrest. But there's more ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Jermey Corbyn, I don’t like GNU (sorry)
    So, the latest ruminations on the gnews from Westminster (Again, sorry; I'll stop making that pun right now).  This follows on from, and likely repeats bits of, my last post, on the suggestion that a Government of National Unity (GNU) should be set up and then oversee a referendum before ...
    2 weeks ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • About time
    New Zealand likes to think of itself as not a racist country (despite being founded on the racist dispossession and subjugation of Maori). But for years, we've had a racist refugee policy, which basicly excludes refugees from Africa and the Middle East unless they already have relatives here. Now, the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Legal Beagle: Vexation, or Something Too Long for Twitter
    Several people have asked me whether a particular repeat litigant could be declared a vexatious litigant, in light of their recent decision to appeal an adverse High Court ruling. My nascent tweet thread was getting ridiculously long, so it became this blog post instead.The short answer is: no. The particular ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Zealandia’s Lost Boys.
    Appealing To The Past: Action Zealandia, like so many of the organisations springing up on the far-Right, across what they call the “Anglosphere”, is born out of the profound confusion over what a man is supposed to be in the twenty-first century and, more importantly, what he is supposed to do.THE STATUE OF ...
    2 weeks ago
  • British trade union and political activists defend women’s right to speak, organise
      The attempts of anti-democratic transactivists to (often violently) disrupt women’s rights organising is largely ignored by those sections of the left most prone to misogyny and authoritarianism in New Zealand.  In Britain, however, scores of trade union and left activists added their names to a letter in July, defending ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Turning their back on justice
    The Justice Committee has reported back on the Criminal Cases Review Commission Bill. The Bill would establish an independent, quasi-judicial body to investigate and review potential miscarriages of justice, and refer them back to the Court of appeal if required. It would be a vital backstop to our judiciary, help ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

  • Indigenous Freshwater Fish Bill Passes
    The future for New Zealand’s threatened indigenous freshwater fish looks brighter with the passing of the Conservation (Indigenous Freshwater Fish) Amendment Bill in Parliament today said Minister of Conservation, Eugenie Sage. “Until now, our freshwater fish legislation has been 20 years out of date. We have lacked effective tools to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • Kiwis to take part in world’s biggest earthquake drill
    At 1.30pm tomorrow, hundreds of thousands of Kiwis will join about 65 million people around the globe in ShakeOut, the world’s biggest earthquake drill. The annual drill is to remind people of the right action to take during an earthquake which is to Drop, Cover, Hold, and to practise their ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    15 hours ago
  • Rising wages and low inflation supporting Kiwis
    Kiwis are benefiting from higher wage growth and low inflation under the Coalition Government. Stats NZ data out today shows the rise in the cost of living remains low, as annual Consumers Price Index (CPI) inflation fell to 1.5% in September from 1.7% in June. “The low inflation comes as ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • NZ economy strong amid global headwinds
    New Zealand’s economic strength and resilience has been recognised in a major update on the state of the global economy. The IMF’s latest World Economic Outlook released overnight shows a reduced global growth forecast over the next two years as issues like the US-China trade war and Brexit take hold. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • Keeping New Zealanders safer with better counter-terrorism laws
    Justice Minister Andrew Little has today introduced a new Bill to prevent terrorism and support the de-radicalisation of New Zealanders returning from overseas. The Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill gives the New Zealand Police the ability to apply to the High Court to impose control orders on New Zealanders who ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • Improved succession and dispute resolution core of Ture Whenua changes
    A Bill that proposes targeted changes to simplify the processes for Māori land owners when engaging with the Māori Land Court has had its First Reading today. “The approach taken by the Government is to ensure that the protection of Māori land remains a priority as we seek to improve ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • Speech to CTU Biennial Conference
    Let me first thank all the new unionists and members in the room. There is nothing more important to improving people’s working lives than people making the decision to care, to get on board and help, to take up the reins and get involved. Congratulations to you. You bring the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • Minister ensures continued Whenuapai flight operations
    Minister of Defence Ron Mark has signed a certificate exempting the activity of engine testing at Whenuapai Airbase from the Resource Management Act 1991. The Act gives the Minister of Defence the power to exempt activities for the purposes of national security.  The certificate will mean the recent Environment Court ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • NZ joins Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action
    Finance Minister Grant Robertson has announced New Zealand will join the Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action while attending APEC meetings in Chile. The objective of the 39 member Coalition is to share information and promote action to tackle climate change. It was formed in April this year, in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    22 hours ago
  • CTU speech – DPM
    Ladies and gentlemen, NZCTU President Richard Wagstaff, members of respective unions – thank you for the invitation to speak to you today. This might be preaching to the choir, but the importance of trade unions in New Zealand’s historical arch is difficult to understate. And it is my belief that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Police Association Annual Conference
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New Zealand announces a further P-3 deployment in support of UN sanctions
    Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters and Minister of Defence Ron Mark have announced the New Zealand Government’s decision to again deploy a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 (P-3) maritime patrol aircraft to support the implementation of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions imposing sanctions against North Korea. New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New Zealand deeply concerned at developments in north-east Syria
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says New Zealand continues to have serious concerns for peace and stability in north-east Syria. “Recent reports that hundreds of ISIS-affiliated families have fled from a camp are deeply concerning from a humanitarian and security perspective”, Mr Peters says. “While we acknowledge Turkey’s domestic security ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government on high alert for stink bugs
    Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor is warning travelling Kiwis to be vigilant as the high-season for the crop-eating brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) is under way. “We’re on high alert to stop BMSB arriving in NZ. The high season runs until April 30 and we’ve strengthened our measures to stop stink ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Better protections for students in halls of residence
    The Government is moving swiftly to change the law to improve the welfare and pastoral care of students living in university halls of residence and other tertiary hostels. Cabinet has agreed to several changes, including creating a new mandatory Code of Practice that sets out the duty of pastoral care ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New trapping guide for community and expert trappers alike
    The Minister for Conservation Eugenie Sage has launched a new comprehensive trapping guide for community trappers to help them protect our native birds, plants and other wildlife, at Zealandia in Wellington today. ‘A practical guide to trapping’, has been developed by the Department of Conservation (DOC), and was launched during ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Widening Access to Contraceptives Welcomed
    Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter welcomes PHARMAC’s move to improve access to long-acting reversible contraception (LARCs). PHARMAC has today announced it will fund the full cost of Mirena and Jaydess for anyone seeking long term contraception, lifting previous restrictions on access to Mirena. “I welcome women having greater choices ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Major upgrade for Taranaki Base Hospital
    The Government has approved the next stage of a major redevelopment of Taranaki Base Hospital, which will deliver new and improved facilities for patients. Health Minister Dr David Clark has announced details of a $300 million dollar project to build a new East Wing at the New Plymouth hospital. It ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Extra support for rural families
    Extra funding will allow Rural Support Trusts to help farming families, says Minister for Rural Communities and Agriculture Damien O’Connor. “I know that rural families are worried about some of the challenges facing them, including the ongoing uncertainty created by the Mycoplasma bovis outbreak. “Those concerns sit alongside ongoing worries ...
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    5 days ago
  • Howard Leaque Beekeeper programme graduation
    Thank you for the opportunity to be here to present certificates to the 16 graduates who have completed a beekeeping course delivered by the Howard League.  Let us start by acknowledging Auckland Prison’s Deputy Prison Director Tom Sherlock, and Acting Assistant Regional Commissioner of Corrections Northern Region Scott Walker - ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Finance Minister to attend APEC meetings
    Finance Minister Grant Robertson leaves this weekend to attend the APEC Finance Ministers meeting in Santiago, Chile. Discussions between APEC Finance Ministers at the meeting will include the effects of the current global economic uncertainty, risks for APEC economies and sustainable development of the region. While at APEC Grant Robertson ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Pacific languages are a source of strength, they ground us and build confidence
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Major boost to support disabled people in sport and recreation
    The Coalition Government has announced an action plan to improve the wellbeing of disabled New Zealanders by addressing inequalities in play, active recreation and sport. The initiative includes training to develop a workforce that understands the needs of children and young people with a range of impairments, advocacy for fit ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • More prefab homes to be built as red tape cut
    The construction sector is being freed up to allow more homes to be built more quickly as the Government cuts through some of the red tape of the Building Act.  “Every New Zealander deserves a warm, dry, safe home and old inefficiencies in the Building Act make building slow and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Further details of Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall visit to New Zealand
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has welcomed further details on the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall’s visit to New Zealand next month. Their Royal Highnesses will visit New Zealand from 17-23 November – their third joint visit to New Zealand and first in four years. They arrive in Auckland ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • O’Connor in Thailand to push for RCEP deal
    Minister of State for Trade and Export Growth and Minister of Agriculture, Damien O’Connor, heads to Thailand today to attend the final Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Ministerial meeting, as negotiations enter their final stages. “The RCEP Agreement would anchor New Zealand in a regional agreement that covers 16 countries, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Young Pacific people can access earning and learning opportunities in Hawke’s Bay, Otago and South...
    Pacific young people living in the Hawke’s Bay, Southland and Otago regions will have access to support services that have proved successful in helping young people find new earning and learning opportunities. “Tupu Aotearoa is about changing Pacific young peoples’ lives. Our young people are talented, they are smart, they ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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