web analytics

Open Mike 01/08/2018

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, August 1st, 2018 - 132 comments
Categories: open mike - Tags:

Open mike is your post.

For announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy).

Step up to the mike …

132 comments on “Open Mike 01/08/2018”

  1. Ed 1

    With climate change now so evident by what we’re seeing in the Northern Hemisphere, it is clear only radical and abrupt action will mitigate devastating effects for complex life on Earth.
    The bacteria must be happy the Earth is run by psychopaths, devout believers in a capitalist system which is devouring the Earth.

    • cleangreen 1.1

      Yes Ed so true;

      But the captians of industry is hard fixed only on profit -profit!!!!

      They aere blindly seeking just more profit while our ‘Rome’ burns as they no care or responsibility for what they do.

      • Kevin 1.1.1

        Tomorrow could be the last day of earths existence and the corporates would still be trying to make that last buck.

        There needs to be major wide sweeping law changes to curb their power and restrict their activities.

        • Gosman

          “There needs to be major wide sweeping law changes to curb their power and restrict their activities.”

          The call from most lefties since forever.

          • McFlock

            Yes. And failure to heed that call has resulted in wildfires in the artic circle, toxic rivers, and so on.

            Soon the repercussions will effect something or someone you do actually care about.

          • Tricledrown

            Since democracy gave 1 vote to
            1 person the Tory agenda is to undermine the power of democracy.
            Gossipboy your part of this cynical undermining.
            But gossipboy you would be nothing if it weren’t for the benefits of the universal vote.

            • Gosman

              Whatever. What is clear is the left haven’t worked out how to change the system dramatically using the levers they have available.

              • McFlock

                What’s clear is that you’d rather focus on the failure of the left to clean up the messes capitalism causes than consider how to stop capitalism causing those problems in the first place.

        • NZJester

          In the US both Republicans and Democrats are trying to do just that by getting money out of politics there by bringing in another amendment to their constitution. As long as the big corporations can legally bribe Lawmakers to ignore the majority of a countries people there can never be a true democracy. Republicans fell for trumps words during his campaign to drain the swamp. Far from draining it, he actually just replaced the mild swamp monsters with their more dangerous versions. Until true democracy is restored in the US we have little hope in NZ of doing much. We can negotiate with the American people for valid change, but we can not negotiate with politicians paid off to ignore the will of the people and ignore those corporations ignoring what rules there are against pollution. If anyone else deliberately ignored rules or safety measures and spilled the sorts of industrial wastes they do on a regular basis stole billions of dollars in money via scams they would be thrown in jail. The heads of corporations however sometimes might throw an underling under a bus or pay a small fine that does not even make a dent in the profits they made from breaking the rules because they have the lawmakers in their pockets to ignore what they are doing.
          At the moment the 3 big superpowers of the US, Russia, and China have to much power and policies being fueled by greedy people.

    • corodale 1.2

      Climate change mitigation money at the UN was billions, what did they do with it all?
      All up in smoke on “Reseach”? I couldn’t find any info that looked accountable.

      Why don’t they put something in the aviation fuel, surely more photochemical smog would reduce the warming? Like that AdBlue stuff, but for cloud seeding.

      Anyone seen any reports on progress with these mitigation technologies? Seems that smog from Chinese industry is the planet’s current saviour, blocking out the heat. Hope they don’t get too clean too fast. Could more dust storms be our lucky escape? answer?

  2. cleangreen 2

    We send our hopes for a good meeting while overseas Winston; –

    Thanks for being a caretaker for Governmment while Jacinda was on leave you did great; – and while away, we hope you keep an eye on National meddling in our new Government poliices, as National are trying to sabotage our political system at present.

    Welcome back to parlament Jacinda, we love the family pictures and the new baby is stunning – wel done mom.

    We will watch Parliament today.

    • Cinny 2.1

      + 100% was just thinking what a stellar job Winston has done over the last six weeks.

      Thanks Winston, all the best for your mission overseas.

      • greywarshark 2.1.1

        Agree Cinny
        Winston very impressive.

        • NZJester

          Winston didn’t even need to bring his A game while filling in. The second string National party front bench just cannot lie as easily as John Key.

    • gsays 2.2

      Hi clean green.
      As a very casual observer of the goings on in Wellington, I have no idea of how and when to watch parliament.

      Any tips?

      • Cinny 2.2.1

        G, you can tune in from 2pm… Question time is live from 2pm to around about 3pm. Sitting days vary, but when Parliament is in session question time runs from Tues-Thursday inclusive. After which there is the general debates etc

        Here is the link for the live stream

        Or tune in via Freeview, channel 31

        Hope that helps 🙂

        Forgot to add, that question time on sitting days re-screens at 6pm.

        And…. if you head to the “In The House” youtube channel you can catch up there… here is the link for that 🙂

        • gsays

          thanks cinny and tony below, i will endeavour to pry myself away from the workshop and tune in.
          i hope i can finish the cape cod chair i am building by then.

        • alwyn

          Question time also repeats at 10pm on sitting days.
          More use if you actually go out to work during the day.

          • ianmac

            The On Demand on the Parliament website is handy as you can just pick the interesting questions to watch.
            On Demand – Questions.

          • Tricledrown

            Alwynger Take your own advice and set up a privately funded charter school that teaches creationism.

            • alwyn

              You really are a total nut job aren’t you?
              I have never proposed such a thing. But you are so stupid that you don’t realise that.
              OK you idiot. Produce evidence that I have ever advocated “creationism” as being sensible.
              Otherwise why don’t you just keep your stupid mouth shut.

      • Channel 31 on Freeview – Question time from 2pm to about 3pm.

        Entertaining stuff!

      • veutoviper 2.2.3

        As well as watching live online, you can also watch all past sessions of Parliament via the Watch/On Demand options on the Parliament website. Here is a rough summary of what is available via the Watch option on the Parliament website I threw together for another purpose recently.

        The main Parliament site link is – https://www.parliament.nz/en

        Choose the Watch option – https://www.parliament.nz/en/watch-parliament/

        You then have the choice of Live, On Demand, Video or Audio – and that page also provides this link to a Help page for watching and listening:


        The “Live” option allows live watching of Parliament including Question Time and all other sittings of the House. When Parliament TV is not broadcasting live content, it shows information from select committees about submissions on bills, petitions and inquiries – including closing dates.

        The “On Demand” option allows you “access to over 30,000 individual videos of Parliament TV content” – https://www.parliament.nz/en/watch-parliament/ondemand

        There is a generic selection choice of Oral Questions or All. However, The On Demand options were updated earlier this year allowing much better filtering and search choices – Title Search, Subject, Dates (from/to), People (MPs by name including past MPs no longer in the House) and Stage (long list of drop down options).

        The main “Video” Option offers a whole range of informative videos on various Parliamentary procedures – eg how to make submissions, NZ sign language etc – and other related matters. For example, the latest addition is a one hour video “Celebrating 125 years of women’s suffrage”.

        The main “Audio” option allows you listen live to Parliament online and also offers a range of Podcasts on various subjects including “An owners guide for Parliament”. I note that these have not been added to since 2017.

        However, RNZ run regular “In the House” podcasts on what is happening in Parliament which can be found here – http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/the-house

    • ianmac 2.3

      Jacinda is not due today. One said midnight Thursday, another midnight Wednesday.

      • veutoviper 2.3.1

        Peters flies out midnight tonight to Singapore for ASEAN and meeting US Sec of State, Mike Pompeo.

        • veutoviper

          Should have added that JA is apparently staying in Auckland until the weekend then moving into Premier House in Wellington with Clarke and baby over the weekend and staying there for the next two weeks when Parliament is sitting although may be doing some day trips elsewhere over that time. Presumably back to Auckland about 17 Aug for the two week Parliamentary recess over the weeks starting 20 and 27 August.

    • Gosman 2.4

      Yeah, he really stood up for the NZ citizen put in custody by the Israelis. You must be so proud /sarc.

      • Tricledrown 2.4.1

        Gossipboy he was arrested in international waters and tasered.
        Gossipboy you haven’t got any balls your just a minion who is like a tagger hiding behind the bushes Trumpeting reheated Pro Tory BS.
        Nothing original very little truth.

  3. Cinny 3

    Question…. why the sudden interest for national in reducing class sizes, when…. apparently the previous government didn’t gather any data about class size during their nine year tenure ?

    Chris Hipkins yesterday, good work.

    • Incognito 3.1

      I think the answer might be in here:

      Primary teachers and principals will strike on August 15.

      The New Zealand Educational Institute (NZEI) Te Riu Roa announced the day-long strike on Wednesday, following an online ballot.

      It’s the first strike in 24 years for educators, a statement from NZEI lead principal negotiator Louise Green said.


      I reckon it is good old wedge politics by National, divide and conquer, and attack the Government when & where it’s vulnerable.

      • Cinny 3.1.1

        Thanks Incognito, makes sense.

        So many messes for our new government to clean up.

    • Kevin 3.2

      Hipkins was all over her. Nice work.

    • ianmac 3.3

      You know those patsy questions that Government MPs are allowed to ask?
      Has Nikki Kaye misunderstood the process? Does the Hon Nikki think she should be asking the patsies to allow Chris a free run to demolish her? (Not that the other Opposition questions are much better – looking at you Simon dear boy.)

    • Craig H 3.4

      That was hilarious, basically turned into a patsy question for the government.

  4. marty mars 4

    Worth noting this –

    Most Māori nurses will miss out on pay rises won by strike action because they don’t work at district health boards.

    Nurses are currently voting on the latest DHB offer – which includes pay rises of between 12.5 and 16 percent.

    Any settlement will only apply to nurses employed by district health boards (DHBs).

    But the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) said a majority of Māori nurses won’t see the gains because many are not employed by DHBs.

    NZNO Kaiwhakahaere Kerri Nuku said most Māori nurses work in primary health areas such as Māori health organisations.

    She said funding is different for Māori and iwi health providers, and their nurses earn up to 25 percent less than DHB nurses.

    And many Māori nurses are grappling with lower pay as it is.


    • SaveNZ 4.1

      That is bizarre that they pay Maori/nurses less if they are in primary health and work at Maori health organisations! I thought they all had to be paid the same for experience! That is crazy.

      I also think I saw something that those in ‘aged care’ also on average get paid less, and that is why that industry has such a shortage or nurses as it is already hard to get nurses as it is, without paying them less. Of course we all know how the private sector gets away with paying less for nurses…

      • Bill 4.1.1

        I wonder how much money would be available for wages if the state took aged care away from the profit gouging private sector and provided for it from the public purse?

        I also wonder (have for a long while) what capacity exists for people in aged care facilities to collectively buy their own facilities and provide their own external care requirements via some co-operative arrangement?

        • SaveNZ

          I think there is a real opportunity for fair aged care facilities. Apparently a few doctors (maybe in Nelson) have done this and have retirement homes where the residents actually own them and can sell them without any profiteering under the private models and they actually get the medical care as promised (many of the private developers with retirement villages promise the world and fail to deliver such as providing an in care medical facility or community halls) that were promised when elderly bought.

          What I can’t work out, is why Grey power is not all over this? Most private aged care is a massive property and fees scams.

          Someone was saying it was $7 to wash a sock for example.

          Saying that private enterprise is everywhere, with a mother charged $55 for 1 minute late picking up their child.

          Why worry about regulation of private practise I wonder?

        • veutoviper

          This case of disgusting private sector price gouging was reported on TVNZ just in the last day or so.


        • Draco T Bastard

          I wonder how much money would be available for wages if the state took aged care away from the profit gouging private sector and provided for it from the public purse?

          Somewhere between 7% and 10% of that spent by the government on the private providers.

    • Rosemary McDonald 4.2

      I’d heard about this anomaly a few years back and I had assumed it had be sorted.

      In that Natrad piece David Clark is quoted…”Health Minister David Clark said nurses in primary health or iwi providers are usually employed by private employers.

      While he said he values their work, their pay is not negotiated with the government and the settlement would not be extended to them.”

      …as if these providers are not funded through the DHBs….

      which according to this….https://www.health.govt.nz/your-health/services-and-support/health-care-services/maori-health-provider-directory …they are.

      Now…if the funding package from the DHB to the iwi provider does not allow for the Maori nurses to be on the same payrate as mainstream pubic health/district health nurses then whoever is negotiating the contracts with the DHB or the Ministry of Health need to pull their finger out and do their job. refuse to sign contracts unless equal pay for nurses is part of the package.

      It is not as if there are not enough Maori Primary Health Providers do form a collective for better contract bargaining.

      and…the funding MUST be provided as …https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/populations/maori-health?mega=Our%20work&title=M%C4%81ori%20health

      ” The Ministry is charged with setting the direction for Māori health and guiding the sector as we work to increase access, achieve equity and improve outcomes for Māori.”

    • Rosemary McDonald 4.3

      There is a collective of iwi healthcare providers and in 2016 they commissioned this report…

      “The Sustainability of
      Very High-Needs
      Primary Care Practices
      in a Capitated Environment”

      ….which may shed some light into the dark places.

  5. Winston Peters in particular, but also Labour, have put their strongly expressed immigration policies from the election campaign on the back burner at least.

    Corrin Dann: You told your supporters you wanted it at ten thousand.

    Winston Peters: Yeah well I lost the argument because I didn’t get enough votes because people like you said it wouldn’t work. Now you say it will.

    It was one of Winston’s most prominent ‘bottom lines’, but he isn’t even bothering to try to hold Labour to their immigration policy.


    • Gabby 5.1

      Good point though petey, wasn’t it.

    • SaveNZ 5.2

      Immigration was one of the few differences between Labour and NZ First and National. Clearly it was an issue for voters – because the coalition won, not National.

      Most of the new migrants themselves don’t want more migrants until something is done about infrastructure and cost of living and they don’t want cheaper and cheaper people coming in either as it’s reducing their own wages too and creating more competition in business and not in a good way, but a race to the bottom.

      The only people screaming for more immigration is neoliberal Wellington economists, immigration lawyers and go betweens and bad businesses who don’t pay market wages and conditions (look at what the labour inspector is finding new cases of underpaying near daily and it’s the migrant anti exploitation group championing more inspectors) and our first human trafficking cases!

      Way to go, NZ! Fuck over workers, make everyone their own poorly performing ‘business or dependant contractors’ with broken down vehicles, counterfeit and stolen goods being resold and more corner shops with alcohol, cigarettes and synthetic drugs… as well as ensuring after paying for expenses migrant workers earn less than they would in their own countries, Kiwis are leaving key industries in disgust or not going in there in the first place due to the mess and uncertainty.

      Lazy non functional immigration policy and the link to paid education tertiary providers, (often with poor quality degrees) is also driving up rents and housing and put strain on all the infrastructure like hospitals, transport and schools. Due to the poor accounting practices of neoliberals they can’t see that the taxpayers are worse off with these constant scams in many ways not just money but reputation.

      They also pay so little in taxes with such poor wages that effectively it’s another subsidy from taxpayers to employers. No wonder neoliberals love immigration!

      10 years ago I thought immigration was a good thing. Under the current neoliberal version of immigration, I am disgusted how it is being used to create more and more profit for the 1% and exploiters and wreck the environment and create poor quality and unsustainable development with massive bills for the future residents.

    • Tricledrown 5.3

      Pete George he is in a coalition and he knows being pragmatic wins votes.
      PG trying for what being divisive after all your talk about being United and being boringly pragmatic.

  6. OnceWasTim 6

    Did anyone else come across Parliamentary Debates last night whilst flicking through broadcast TV channels looking for something worthwhile to watch?

    I was thinking maybe its time for Bennett or Collins to take some of the new ‘bucks’ under their wing and issue some motherly type guidelines. Remind them that when one of your own is on their feet delivering a speech, the camera is on you too if you’re seated behind. Expectations are for the mandatory ‘NOD’ and fake smile along with the occasional “hear hear!”. Picking your nose, and doing neck and embouchure exercises, along with a thoroughly bored look on your face doesn’t fit with the authoritative image the party wishes to portray.

    • Puckish Rogue 6.1

      Yeah things like that really make me despair, i mean how hard is it to just simply assume that the camera is on you always and to act accordingly

      • Robert Guyton 6.1.1

        Paula Bennet’s always acutely aware when she’s “in shot”, so much so that she behaves manically, grimacing, eye-popping, giving great horse-laughs, twisting herself into a pretzel of indignation at anything a Government minister might say or bows of adoration at every squeak from Simon…

        • OnceWasTim

          Yep. The perfect MP to provide some training in the art of media synthetics. There’s probably a future earn in it for her when the knives come out.

        • Puckish Rogue

          I’d have thought media training would have covered how not to look like a twat on camera, I guess not

        • JanM

          She always looks to me as though she’s on some sort of drug!

          • greywarshark

            Botox I reckon. Face massage and body shape management plus dress planning. All important stuff for Gnashional fillies in the race to power and prestige, jumping high over the fallen bodies of contenders with just the slightest cut from a high-heeled hoof.

            • Puckish Rogue

              “Face massage and body shape management plus dress planning”

              Do you really want to go down this road? Is this something only National do or would you like some examples of Labour politicians doing this exact same thing?

              Why don’t we try keeping it on the what they do and not what they look like instead

              • OnceWasTim

                Indeed @PR. We don’t want to give her an excuse to cry victimhood.
                Better to create some transformational muppets to mount on the wall across the road in Backbenches.
                Do you know if she’s still capable of climbing a ladder or does she have an enterage of coolies to do that for her?

                • Puckish Rogue

                  Its not about her crying victimhood its about the idea that its ok to target a female politician, any female politician, over her looks

                  It suggests that a part of a females worth, or power, is based on her physical attributes

                  It says that unless a women reaches some level of physical attractiveness (based on who knows what) her views, her politics, are worth less than others

                  • KJT

                    I thought she was an alien lizard, just like the rest of the National caucus.
                    Certainly any trace of human empathy and concern, has been long removed.

                    • Puckish Rogue

                      As I say if theres a politician you don’t like or agree with because of their policies or actions then focus on that, its all good

                    • KJT

                      Like your lots constant comments about Helen Clark‘s appearance and sexuality. Eh!

                      Personally I think there is plenty to condemn Bennett, and we should not be lowering ourselves to the same level as the right wing. Who never gave a shit when Helen Clark or Jacinda Adern was the target.

                      Bennett has enough to justify, with her continued child abuse, of the hundreds of thousands of children, whose lives they blighted.

                    • Puckish Rogue

                      ‘Like your lots constant comments about Helen Clarkes appearance and sexuality. Eh!’

                      They were wrong to do so then and they’re wrong to do so now. However, at some point, someone has to say enough is enough otherwise the cycle keeps on keeping on.

                      ‘Personally I think there is plenty to condemn Bennett, and we should not be lowering ourselves to the same level as the right wing. Who never gave a shit when Helen Clark or Jacinda Adern was the target.’

                      The right should also not lower themselves to the level of the left wing either, we (all of us) should try to be better

                    • KJT

                      I agree there.

                  • OnceWasTim

                    well you know me @PR. I’m an equal opportunity targeter. I base my targeting on merit.
                    But right now darling, I’m wondering whether the ‘sardonically witted’ Scott Eady’s “The Philanthropist’s Stone, (2015 ) is actually a pisstake – especially after the last gNAT Party Conference I saw at MFC where little gNitz were fawning all over it.
                    I’m waiting for him to come out and confess it’s actually an “Ode to the National Party”. A new re-imaged gNat Blue Column, upon which we mount a polished golf leaf turd, with a few glitter candles randomly poked in the substance.

              • McFlock

                I agree.

            • JanM

              Yes, botox for sure – but that constant leer looks manic to me

          • bwaghorn

            She reminds me of the generals that stand next to north Korean kim. Hoping to get noticed as the most loyal lacky in the line up . And fearing getting the chop if caught not being fervent enough.

            • joe90

              And fearing getting the chop if caught not being fervent enough.

              Our Paula would clap and clap and clap…..

              For three minutes, four minutes, five minutes, the ‘stormy applause, rising to an ovation’ continued. But palms were getting sore and raised arms werealready aching. And the older people were panting from exhaustion. It was becoming insufferably silly even to those who really adored Stalin. However, who would dare be the first to stop?

              – The Gulag Archipelago

              • greywarshark

                What an apt quote. You take the cake – the biggest piece for you.

              • bwaghorn

                Sounds like book I should keep an eye out for . Although I need no more proof of my own species idiocy.

          • OnceWasTim

            btw, I reckon she misread the dose.

            But you know, she’s happy and comfy, so no harm done eh?
            No need for an intervention or a ‘wraparound’ service just yet

            • Anne

              Thanks for the laugh OWT. “Wraparound.”

              Whenever Paula Benefit used that word (and it was frequently) I had a mental picture of her holding up a large bolt of material and running round and round her victims wrapping them up so tight they couldn’t move.

        • Anne

          She overdoes it doesn’t she Robert. 🙂

          Annette King when she was in the role of deputy leader was much smarter than Paula. Her witticisms flung across the chamber whenever the cameras were on her were not only funny… they used to rile her opponents to the point of sour complaints to the Speaker which he rarely upheld. Occasionally she was made to “withdraw and apologise” which she would carry out with decorum and aplomb (and a lovely smile) and that served to rile them further.

        • marty mars

          Fighting for her political life now that Simon has chucked her under the benefit bus.

  7. gsays 7

    Had to have a chuckle at the attitude of some Auckland air bnb operators.
    In a council ‘amnesty’ some hosts put their hands up and were landed with big bills.

    “However, Mr Pitch said it was unfair that he should have to pay while others did not”

    Oh the irony.
    It was fine when he didn’t pay fees that conventional accommodation providers had to.


    • Tuppence Shrewsbury 7.1

      bit scummy of the council to announce an amnesty then fine people for being honest.
      Still, Phil Goff has form for being in power the retrospectively changing things.

      • gsays 7.1.1

        Hi tuppence shrewsbury, from what I have read, there is talk of rates and tax.

        There is no mention of fines.

        Do you know of otherwise, or are you making things up?

    • SaveNZ 7.2

      Are they back dating the new tourist taxes to the conventional hotel providers too for years, or are they just going to hit the small operators with retrospective taxes. Um think I know the answer…. pick on the small people who probably do that so they can pay their rates in the first place! Thats that new ‘sharing economy’ the neoliberals love so much… extra sharing for big players by the look of it.

      • gsays 7.2.1

        Hi savenz, my understanding is that these fees are to bring the smaller operators into line with the conventional providers, i.e.:the ‘big player’s’ have already paid their ‘dues’.

        I do agree greed is at the root of most of the problems we face as a society.

        • SaveNZ

          I did a few homestay type activity in Auckland a few years ago, very hard work and actually risky as you don’t really get to pre check the guests. I did it to get some extra money at the time because my body corp and expenses was going through the roof, eventually I sold up though.

          My guess is a lot of these people might be doing it quite casually to get a bit of extra money so they can pay bills just to keep their house or apartment, not as some sort of extravagant or commercial venture.

          There is no way that somebody who might have to pay $10,000 extra in rates would keep going in my view as the amount you would have to charge is huge.

          The rental people charge much more for short stay about 20% in fees, you have new booking fees from the on line sites that were not there a few years ago and then high cleaning and laundry costs as well as repairs. There is not a lot of profit and was employing people…

          Maybe they should pay extra to the council but not ridiculous amounts more like a charge per guest stay like the hotels, but it should not be retrospective just like the hotel operators are not having to pay retrospectively.

          Oh well, those Auckland housing and accomodation shortages, look like they might be getting worse.

          • gsays

            hey clearly you have far more experience than me in all this.

            it is an example of a lumbering bureaucracy trying to keep up and control new business models.

            i feel you are right that most operators are looking for a supplementary income as opposed to building an empire.

            my point was the squealing nature of ‘it’s not fair’ when they were asked to pay their dues, very steep as they may appear.

      • greywarshark 7.2.2

        dThe fees have suddenly gone up by 100% or something very large and been backdated. If airbnb people are trying to start a new business and sidle through the side of regulations, and that is unfair, it is still unfair to land them with these sudden high costs.

        It is a poke in the eye for the smaller business, the system wants to sequester all the profitable business in NZ, out compete it, out-bureaucratic control it, pay lowering wages and salaries and manipdulate the market supplying our needs, ie produce that can be sold overseas at high prices and charge the same in NZ, wood that we should have for building our own accommodation, houses that we need to live in and so on.

        To look further. It is getting to the position that more and more are working just to manage to live, not to have a ‘living’ that satisfies and fulfils human needs, Most of the advantages of trading are absorbed by a small percent of people here and overseas, many of whom are into private equity, and corporates, that business and social commenters point out are inhuman entities and almost like robotic entities served by humans.

        Just to cheer you up! Now don’t thank me warmly it’s fine pleased to bring some sunshine to your day. Hah. It is a horrible scenario but we need to look at the darkness, those who aren’t hell-bent-on despising open discussion; the so-called conservatives and ‘common-sense’ types who are cowards and complacent. Heroes who will look at Mordor are needed and some are to be found here. You beauts.

        • SaveNZ

          I agree with you greywarshark! But can anybody get it through to a government encapsulated by market lobbyists and neoliberals around them post Natz?

          Labour can’t just keep saying pay more taxes and allowing market forces to drive up every price and only focusing on those who live here!

          Those that try to make a few xtra dollars aka air B& B are targeted, those that don’t try and are on welfare are told off even though worker shortages in many areas from fruit picking to health assistants could be changed so that conditions are there for workers, (do the figures currently and find out they are worse off after paying their expenses to work accomodation, travel, food etc, that is why they don’t do that anymore, not laziness!)

          Now today workers being locked out of a construction site. Why are these firms going under when apparently we are in a construction boom?

          It’s nothing to do with the workers and more to do with the process of construction has changed under Rogernomics for example into low wage trickle down, tenders, more tenders, more legal, more paperwork, less emphasis on actually getting in there, and doing the work with a quality crew that is NOT subcontracted to the cheapest worker.

          • SaveNZ

            Also if someone from the government mentions unemployed working for the dole under minimum wages, for an employer, I will scream!

            Generally the expenses one faces in NZ are above minimum wage levels for a start!

            Then add in costs of temp work of only a few weeks to rural areas like fruit picking, costs of accomodation, keeping existing accomodation going to return to, cost of dole being cut off, food which tends to be more expensive as you move around as your basics are still at home… there’s a reason they used to get people in NZ on orchards and now they don’t!

            The industry body should provide mini vans for a start for travel and pick up, ensure decent accomodation on site (maybe decent caravans that can go between sites) and provide an above wage to compensate for the temp work and mucking around in that industry!

            As well as invest in automation for picking in the future!

            But nope, trafficked workers or those not too good at Maths and can’t work out their expenses vs wages, seems to be the go in NZ for industry to rely on!

            • greywarshark

              You’re onto to it sdvenz – one of the stalwarts on here who comes up with ideas not just moans, sneers, simplistic answers, some form of ism, or just a love of being contentious and defending the comfortable though indefensible.

  8. SaveNZ 8

    So far in Auckland under Rogernomics Phil, rates rises, petrol taxes introduced, tourist taxes for hotels and now retrospective rates valuations, I hear their is a toilet tax planned as well as a new amount for organic material to be collected separately. None of this apparently can be collected with the billions they already have.

    Who doesn’t need to pay a tax at Auckland Council? America’s cup billionaire village, nope no tax for them in fact the ratepayers pay them millions for the tourist opportunity. Million dollar reports for a billion dollar stadium. Westgate developers to make shopping malls, where they are now suing the council over perceived losses…

    Oh it really helps to be a multimillionaire developer or at least a billionaire yacht owner or organiser to get the Auckland council to forego taxes, actually give them millions of dollars.

    What is wrong with this picture from an inequality perspective and going forward, I wonder?

  9. John up North 9

    This is the sort of shit that does my head in and leaves workers deep in the lurch, hopefully with the sorting of MSD some/all of these dumped workers can get adequate support to get by.

    Ebert construction folds, contractors arrive to locked gates and can’t get their tools etc back. Good ol’ receivers PWC says contractors “would have to go through the receivership process to get their assets back”

    And seems as tho’ Directors may have known up to a week ago that the plug was to be pulled.

    What ever happened to being conscientious and maybe giving people a heads up and fairly allowing access to their tools (livelihoods). How much more debt did contractors take on for Ebert in that time that has enlarged the albatrosses now around their necks?



    • gsays 9.1

      hi john, listening to the receiver on rnz, his reasoning for having the gates locked was protecting the assets of the workers.
      he reckoned that the contractors would thieve other workers gear.

      i suppose, as a receiver, he is used to people with greedy hearts.
      not everyone is motivated by getting anothers share of the pie.

      funny how workers almost always take a hit in loss of wages and income, yet there is enough money to pay receivers, accountants and lawyers- parasites in my eyes.

      while i am at it: when do directors pay for the consequences of their governance, either from their own full wallets or gaol time?

      • SaveNZ 9.1.1

        Gsays, my guess is the last thing on the receivers minds is protecting the workers. They will get nothing!

        But will the government clean up this practise of screwing over small construction firms and subcontractors?

        So far, nope, they will listen to rich lobbyists and big construction industry multinationals saying, we need more workers we can’t fill shortages, and then they import in cheap workers, so that the original developer who failed to run their business properly and goes under is back the next week, has more’new workers to exploit and the ones not being paid, go under themselves and cause a domino effect to the economy and leave the industry in disgust.

        • greywarshark

          How come they can’t be escorted in to get their tools? They need their boxes of socket sets, drills etc and it should be a case of government imposing some sort of anti-lien thing so that the company just can’t perform what is a sort of theft or denial of rights and access. Come on government central and local. You don’t seem to have any idea about business and how much effort and personal investment goes into one, or just being a contractor- John Campbell has been filling his last period with RadioNZ with a close look at the travails of contractors who have responded with some interesting anecdotes of what they have to put up with.

          The idea at present is that you go to university, or tertiary, pay for your education and that automatically gets you on the way to a good salary working for some entity, and you pay back for your education. All’s sweet.

          That’s probably what all the policy and law makers did. No idea of entrepreneurship, starting a physical business, and the extra costs in actually making things rather than getting a keyboard and buying an app and setting off as a smart alec in touch with the latest memes and in tune with the tech future. Bollocks.

          The tech future is a bunch of isolated anomic people who have given up the idea of true interacting and helpful communities living in a harmonious, and sustainable way, respecting each other’s strengths and expecting them to limit their weaknesses, willing to give a hand to others but expecting reciprocal attitudes, having freedom of choice so diversity but having concern for others. They won’t have to be perfect. They wons’t have to meet some sociopaths unreasonable time limits forced on them to keep up with the competition, talking at a rate of knots as if they are on speed. They will live on less money and be shabby chic as part of their style but not part of a fashion, making things and selling them using tech as an accessory, not their whole life frame.

          I read this about digital nomads, which was instructive.

    • greywarshark 9.2

      MXD should get dumped. A Ministry of Small Business and Enterprise should be in its place. This would help people get some enterprise going and set up markets and promotions so people can trade on top of whatever benefit they are being paid. At present the desire is to push people intoi poverty and then sneer at them for being needy and unable to manage their lives. It’s a real ‘bitch’ of an attitude in the worst sense, and is so old-fashioned and classist, we talk about Dickens and we are not wrong to compare with his scenarios.

      The idea would be to have everyone involved with their community, making stuff, helping whatever, and it would include volunteering which would be regarded as work if having a positive outcome and keeping to reasonable standards. Education and goals would be a base of people’s lives.

      Retired people would have a special place in the community as elders who were wise, and to help that wisdom they would be expected to do some education and then choose what area they would concentrate on to pass on their wisdom.
      Mentoring would be big on their agenda.

      Less rentiers and more doers of positive assistance. And wouldn’t cost more than MSD and their poisonous soul-destroying methods led by Shipley and Richardson.
      New leaders will revitalise us and wipe the crime statistics rise way down. Deadbeat dads will have a place in society where they can be good citizens and better role models to their children, even if rather inadequate.

    • Ad 9.3

      There’s no shortage of work for good builders.

      Hell at our joint we don’t even have enough staff to get the bid proposals out the door, let alone build the things.

      What is gutting is the thousands of dollars of tools that they’re forced to leave behind.

      I thought we’d passed a law against being locked out from your stuff like this?

    • SpaceMonkey 9.4

      Isn’t denying the contractors/workers to get their tools effectively theft?

    • millsy 9.5

      A $20 pair of boltcutters from Mitre 10 and a wait till sunset can solve a lot of problems.

  10. Gabby 10

    Sounds like they may’ve pulled a fletchers.

  11. Puckish Rogue 11


    ‘This displays an absolute contempt for voters, not to mention bad faith. If they weren’t willing to consider amendments, why did they even bother asking for submissions? It would have been more honest to say “we’re passing this, fuck you” from the outset – at least that way all those people wouldn’t have wasted their time.’

    Shame when blogs are doing a better job at reporting whats happening then the MSM are

    • SaveNZ 11.1

      Been happening for a long time, the politicians including councils are grossly out of touch and reducing democracy by their behaviour and have been for at least a decade+.

  12. Hongi Ika 12

    Problem here in NZ the Directors and the Management are never held accountable it is normally the small shareholders and the workers or contractors who end up sucking on the kumara ?

    • Draco T Bastard 12.1

      It’s not just here in NZ. In fact, we seem to be copying the worst aspects of letting the rich get away with their actions that cause massive damage to society that we see in the US/UK.

      • Draco T Bastard 12.1.1

        Quoting Why We Can’t Afford the Rich:

        How has this happened? How has the plutocracy, particularly the financial elite, been able to get away with crashing major economies, while maintaining their power and making others pay for its mistakes? In the UK, they’ve got away with it by blaming the public sector, the previous Labour government, and penalising and stigmatising those who have least to do with the crisis – the unemployed and other people on benefits. Remarkably, despite being key players in the most serious economic crisis for 80 years, the City of London and Wall Street have effectively seen off any threats to their power, and deepened their grip on politics. How come they seem to control everything when no one voted for them?

        • greywarshark

          The thing is that Treasury iis lately always on the side of business, usually big business, and has been taught to despise government as being inefficient and spenders. Why that should be a bad thing is not clear. National have spent on roads and have lost big money for the country by underwriting large and ineffective or failing technology programs.

          Treasury can help RW governments stay in power by showing them how to have tax cuts, and diminished services but still maintain living standards for the wealthy. Inevitably the people will buck at the services becoming non-existent, or scanty or random. Then the left wing comes in and tries to fix the problems somehow, but they have to keep the wealthy happy because otherwise the businessmen and women will throw their dummies out and go wah. So Labour/Coalition goes ahead and starts remedying the cracks in the system spending on delayed maintenance that has become structural. Then the RW starts the refrain that they are spenders and will put taxes up.

          And that is the unhealthy situation where the wealthy instead of feeling grateful and happy to belong to such a bonzer little country with bonzer people, become class conscious and don’t want even the shadow of a brown hoodied person in their ‘hood. NZ camaraderie and togetherness has broken down under the onslaught of constant disruption caused bythe combination of neo lib economics and the free market abandonment of NZ manufacturers. Unfortunately that seems the only cohesive system in the country, and it is anti people and so the country.

  13. Ad 14

    Nice last line from The Intercept today on whether peace was possible in Afghanistan, building on recent temporary truce moves:


    “I think it’s clear that the Taliban, the Afghan government, and the Afghan people as a whole are more ready for peace than ever. At this point, there is a need for assurances from the U.S. side that they will be willing to withdraw their troops, or at least modify their deployments, and that they will accept the result of talks among Afghans,” said Barnett Rubin, a senior fellow at the Center on International Cooperation at New York University. “The problem is that any sustainable peace deal also needs to have involvement from other countries in the region, including Iran, Russia, China, Pakistan, and India.

    The current administration is unable to even cooperate with Canada, so successfully engineering such a deal doesn’t seem very likely.”

    lols to Canada

    Which underscores not only the negative effect of the Trump administration on world peace, but also how necessary hard diplomatic work with multiple parties really is to get lasting results.

  14. ianmac 15

    Oh dear.
    Pauline Kingi has resigned from the enquiry into the process of appointment of Mr Wally Haumaha.
    So the unpleasant Bishop has undermined the integrity of a good person.

    • Puckish Rogue 15.1

      Shes still a good person but this avoids the taint of cronyism so thats a good thing

      • Rosemary McDonald 15.1.1

        I’m inclined to agree PR. I’d go further and ask how on Earth could Martin think that after such a public endorsement of this disgraceful cop, it would be appropriate for Kingi to look into the circumstances of his near Top Cop job?

        Yes Bishop and Co were just gleaning political milage out of this and I’d hazard they really don’t give a shit about the effect Wally’s words had on his mates’ victims, but his appointment was wrong and appointing a known fan of his to look into it.

    • veutoviper 15.2

      Very, very sad. And Tracey Martin again confirmed my respect for her in how she handled Bishop and the other Nats constantly interrupting etc in today’s Question 8 on this issue.


      And now Bishop is seeking to call an urgent debate on Dr Kingi’s resignation. The Speaker put it to the House but there were objections.

      And Chris Hipkins is opening the General Debate thanking Peters for his good work as Acting PM. Damn, I have to go out, but will watch on return.

  15. Ad 16

    Just in case we start getting questions about the Economic Freedom Fighters of South Africa, here they are in their own words:


  16. OnceWasTim 17

    Oh dear dear dear deary me!
    Eric Watson and Owen Glenn. What an unseemly display!
    Does anyone know where Eric has chosen his bolt hole? Greenland maybe, or somewhere up a Southland Fjord. Those 1st World problems eh? Such a bugger!!!

    • Rosemary McDonald 18.1

      Yes, and only fools will deny that the pathetic tinkering around the edges being done to try and mitigate the inevitable is not working.

      Kiwibuild will bring similar headlines.

      This government clearly hasn’t the balls to do what’s necessary.

      Thanks for the depressing links Jenny.

    • Exkiwiforces 18.2

      You’re forgotten about all those new Chinese Cities that they have built and they are still building them btw that are standing empty.

  17. eco maori 19

    Good morning The Am Show that was the bird sign that Winston gave brownly .
    The AllBIRDS Shoe range made from sugar kane rubber is cool I will by a set of there low carbon jandles most of te SUGAR should be made in rubber
    Condolences to all those people who have lost love ones and there houses we have to respect Papatuanuku more than we are at the moment . We can stop using OIL the OIL Baron’s have been blocking any proudct that compeets with OIL thats they way cheats behave I see there is a good story on the stuff website Main story
    My computa is playing up muppets once again Ka kite ano P.S so this is short and sweet

  18. eco maori 20

    Many thanks to Stuff website in Aotearoa for showing the good kiwis the truth of how te tangata whenua whenua was ripped from them with tricks cheats and lies thats a fact link below Ka kite ano


    • eco maori 20.1

      I see the neo liberal TROLL’S jumped on that first story I posted above pushing there dumb payed for troll views on the good kiwis.
      The facts are the NZ Company and the Crown set OUT to suppress te tangata whenua right from the start of contact with tangata whenua.
      The trolls chose not to hear that the waitangi settlements payments has been less than 1c in the dollar Ask Garth Morgan .
      These idiots who say what about being thank full for what the crown gave tangata whenua . Thanks for treating us like second rate people in our own land thanks for charging us for rent’s that take one person wage’s to pay for a moldy house .
      Thanks for treating Eco Maori like a criminal when I have worked hard since I was 14 I did not steal or cheat I have been honest with everyone I have met and worked hard for all my employers but that’s not good enough these people expect tangata to kiss there ASS sorry Eco Maori will not kiss anyone ASS why should I bow down because I’m Tangata whenua to anyone.
      There are many native people around Papatuanuku who are thriving without the British Crown being part of there society . Tangata whenua should be in the flash cars the flash houses and flash jobs we can not even enjoy the beautiful sights around Aotearoa how many tangata whenua do you see at all these flash Holiday locations why we can not afford a holiday because we are struggling to stay afloat so thanks for that .
      How did bill english probably not his original family name get to were he is with land ripped from tangata that’s how and that’s the point the troll’s are choosing to ignore
      All the wealthy people of new zealand are were they are from land ripped from tangata whenua Ana to kai ka kite ano link below

      https://interactives.stuff.co.nz/2018/07/na-niu-tireni-new-zealand-made/ P.S thanks for conning my tangata that the justice systems are fair and honest

  19. eco maori 21

    I say that Te Wananga O Aotearoa should chase this industry one of the fastest growing industry’s on Papatuanuku
    I dream of te tangata whenua atua’s being main characters on video games and becoming the number 1 game in Papatuanuku I wanted to keep this to my self and set up the process to achieve this but what can one broke tane do so when I saw this story I decided It does not matter who achieve’s this task just as long as the idea lifts all te tangata whenua mana .
    People will tell you it cannot be achieved don’t listen to them just find away to achieve the goal of a large tangata whenua gaming and ap programing industry link below.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/105948215/skills-in-creativity-and-code-make-computer-games-a-sweet-spot-for-nz ka kite ano P.S make sure you find people you trust to get this going

  20. eco maori 22

    Another mess by national party after they changed the family court law the amount of warrents to take childred from there care givers rose sharply by 50%
    Eco Maori is connecting the dots on many of these topics . link below ka kite ano.

    https://www.newsroom.co.nz/@taken-by-the-state/2017/08/15/42664/minister-seeks-answers-over-uplift-warrants P.S theres a link that the stats went from 400 per year to 600 a year .

  21. eco maori 23

    I take 11 year old whane mokopuna to the hosptial they give her something to make here sleep in my absence they do not tell me this fact the Doctor ask her some questions that are totally obscene as if she been abused. I have taken her to the hosptial 3 times she stayed 2 nites at the hospital I take her back today and nothing no service And to top it all off my daugter told me she read the notes and it say’s they pregnancy tested her urine.
    While the cops hide around the corner praying to get shit on Eco Moari also we still don’t no what’s wrong with our mokopuna we have had know advice on how to solve this problem with our mokopunas health problems thats how the CROWN treats tangata whenua I will be dragging there ASSES over the hot coals of te high COURT Muppets
    Ka kite ano P.S you see tangata Eco Maori is dealing with RED NECK SCUM

  22. eco maori 24

    Good evening Newshub Thats the way pay employers the dole to train tangata in the traded house building industry.
    I don’t know enough on the waitangi settlement that was sign in parliament today .
    I have my option on the treaty settelments industry I will inform you later .
    I will go buy some of those shoes and jandles that are carbon neutral that are
    AllBirds Eco Maori admires all the birds on Papatuanuku ka pai.
    There you go Mike our tangata whenua culture is being noticed all around Papatuanku J-Lo has noticed it thanks for this story .
    Fonterra is smelling the milk A2 milk is a high value milk product which is what Fonterra was formed to do provide more value for OUR farmers shows you what a change of generals can do to a organization.
    Hope the weather is going to warm up soon Ingrid
    Ka kite ano

  23. eco maori 25

    The Crowd Goes Wild Markere and Mulls yes the judges must have been blind not to see that the head but in the second round of Joe Parkers fight and now the cheat trys to say he had a broken hand.
    Well many thanks to Wyatt for his 200 games for the Crusaders thats a great mile stone I see Joe Moody is te tangata whenua ka pai .
    Yes Mark Graeme deserves his inclusion in to the NRL Hall of Fame I see Big Mal Manenga got a jacket to Ka pai I remember when they were playing and Wally Lewes they are hard men.
    Ka kite ano P.S you know I will be cheering the Crusaders on this weekend

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #14
    Story of the Week... Editorial of the Week... Toon of the Week... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Claim Review... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week... Story of the Week... North Atlantic's capacity to absorb CO2 overestimated, study suggests Research into ocean’s plankton likely to lead to ...
    1 hour ago
  • The Americans are trying to kill us all again
    The Treaty on Open Skies is one of the most effective mechanisms for preventing war curently in force. By letting countries make surveillance flights over each others' territory, it eliminates fears that they are secretly preparing for war. So naturally, the US is planning to withdraw from it: The Trump ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 hours ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 11
    . . April 5: Day eleven of living in lock-down… My one day of rest for the week, and an opportunity to mow my lawns – which I’d been delaying for about three weeks. (On the plus side, the damp micro-climate in my back yard yielded three lovely fresh mushrooms ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    2 hours ago
  • Now we know what the rules are
    As the lockdown has gone on, disquiet about what the rules were and the police's enforcement of them has grown. On Friday, Police admitted that they were abusing routine traffic stops to effectively set up illegal checkpoints, and on Saturday Stuff revealed internal police advice saying that they actually needed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 hours ago
  • Anti-fluoridation propaganda now relies on only four studies. 2: Green et al (2019)
    Paul Connett is putting all his eggs in one basket. He says “you only have to read four studies” to find community after fluoridation harmful. Image credit: Fluoride Action Network newsletter. For part 1 of this series see Anti-fluoridation propaganda now relies on only four studies. 1: Bashash et al (2018). Paul Connett, ...
    5 hours ago
  • Hard News: Splore Listening Lounge 2020: the road to a “yes” vote
    As far as anyone can say, New Zeaand still has a general election scheduled for September 19 this year. The election will be accompanied by two referenda, one of which will ask voters:Do you support the proposed Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill?The official campaign period for the cannabis referendum begins ...
    5 hours ago
  • Obituary for The New Zealand Listener (1939-2020)
    The vast majority of tributes to the Listener hearken back to its glory days, with little reflection on the magazine as it was at its end.I wrote for it, for half the Listener’s life; I have known personally all the editors except the first (mythical) three. From 1978 to 2014 ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    5 hours ago
  • Universal income – a challenge to capitalism or a crutch?
    As the world economy slides rapidly towards deep recession there are growing calls for a Universal Benefit coming from some leftists and rightists. Now Finance Minister Grant Robertson is saying it is on the table.  This article by a French party Workers Struggle provides analysis of various forms of universal ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    20 hours ago
  • Anti-fluoridation propaganda now relies on only four studies. 1: Bashash et al (2018)
    This is the advice from the very top of the anti-fluoride movement – Paul Connett, director of the Fluoride Action Network (FAN). Don’t worry about reading  up on all the scientific information “You only have ...
    22 hours ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 10
    . . April 4: Day 10 of living in lock-down… I wake up to a fine Saturday morning which normally would be like an early Christmas. But it’s Day 10 of Level 4 Lock Down. What  will my fellow New Zealanders be doing on a day like this – staying ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 day ago
  • Redline reaching out to more writers & readers
    Some time during the night we went over the 850,000 views mark. We might have had our millionth view by the end of this year – certainly by early next year. Most of the people involved in Redline spent years and years producing various small left-wing papers and selling them ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 day ago
  • Keir Starmer elected
    Comfortably, in the very first round, with an impressive 56% of the votes.I wonder, did members of the Shadow Cabinet start tweeting their resignations during Starmer's victory speech, or is that only a trick the right pull?It is odd how all the talk of how the next leader "needs to ...
    1 day ago
  • Hard News: Michael Baker and the Big House
    One of the key voices in this extraordinary time in which we live is that of University of Otago epidemiologist Professor Michael Baker. Philip Matthews did an an excellent job this weekend of capturing the way he became the man for this moment in a profile for The Press.But one ...
    1 day ago
  • New Zealand Gives up on Trying to Save Daylight
    New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern addressed the nation today about the decline in daylight New Zealand has been experiencing over the previous few months. She said “As many of you will notice, our attempts to stem the dwindling of the daylight over the last few months have been completely ...
    Can of wormsBy Can of Worms, Opened
    2 days ago
  • A bulletin from Greece
    Redline received this article from the KOE a Marxist party in Greece Our friends in the KOE describe here the mounting crisis in Greece and tensions on the Turkish border. As desperate people flee from their homelands which have been ruined after decades of imperialist wars and interventions the people ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 days ago
  • And God spake all these words, saying
    As the first week of Level Four lockdown unfolded, mounting questions grew as to just what was (and was not) allowed under its “rules”. Partly these were driven by some apparently contradictory messages from different authority figures and explanations carried in the media. Partly they reflected a somewhat sketchy legal basis ...
    PunditBy Andrew Geddis
    2 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 9
    . . April 3: Day 9 of living in lock-down… Another late-start to my work day. Everything is temporarily upended as clients are shuffled around so we can minimise our “bubble” by reducing the number of people we help. One of my colleagues has been removed from his clients; his ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    2 days ago
  • Death to our lockdown enemies!
    We must root out the traitors among us! ...
    Imperator FishBy Scott Yorke
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change: The benefits of electrification
    In order to meet our 2050 carbon target and do our bit to avoid making the Earth uninhabitable, New Zealand needs to decarbonise our economy, replacing fossil fuels with electricity in the energy, industrial and transport sectors. The good news is that it will mean cheaper power for all of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 8 (sanitised version)
    For those folk who find my other Lock-Down Diary versions too “negative” or otherwise unpalatable… Here’s a photo of a pretty flower, .   . Better? Tomorrow’s Sanitised Version: a cute animal video. . . . =fs= ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    3 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 8
    . . April 2: Day eight of living in lock-down… Today, my work day starts late. Our rosters and clients have been dramatically changed, lessening (theoretically) the number of people in our work “bubble”.  If just one of us catches covid19 the impact could be considerable as Grey Base Hospital ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    3 days ago
  • A note on apartments and bubbles
    As Aotearoa enters week two of lockdown, it’s clear we’re all still working out what our “bubbles” look like and how to stay in them to stop the spread of Covid-19. New to the government’s Covid-19 website is some good guidance for people living in apartment blocks. Recent decades have ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    3 days ago
  • Getting in futures shape 
    “There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen.” Lenin Don’t we all know that feeling now.

    Prospect Magazine alerted me to this particularly apt quote. It is a much more evocative quote than Hemingway’s “gradually then suddenly” which is also doing ...

    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    3 days ago
  • Maybe axing Clark would be unfair. But what about any of this is fair?
    Yesterday was the day the consequences of the lockdown suddenly got very real for many. Firms have been closing and laying people off since the outset of the quarantine but this has mostly been happening out of the public eye. The mass closure of a number of iconic New Zealand ...
    PunditBy Liam Hehir
    3 days ago
  • Might a ‘Coasean’ social contract mitigate overall societal harm from COVID-19?
    Brian Williamson1, Prof Nick Wilson2 (1Economic consultant, UK; 2University of Otago Wellington) In this blog, we outline how a win-win social contract could be forged to address the major dimensions of response to the COVID-19 pandemic when using a mitigation strategy: the particular need to protect older people from high ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    3 days ago
  • Returning To “Normalcy”.
    Resuming Normal Service: The Republican Party's nominee for in 1920, Warren Harding, promised the American people: “not heroics, but healing; not nostrums, but normalcy; not revolution, but restoration”. If she wishes to remain our prime minister, then Jacinda Ardern will offer New Zealanders the same.HOW EDUCATED AMERICA snickered when the ...
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand’s Government Must Save New Zealand’s Media.
    No Free Society Without A Free And Functioning News Media: If we are to surrender our civil rights to the broader cause of defeating Covid-19, then foreign corporations must, likewise, surrender their right to inflict immense economic and cultural harm on New Zealanders simply because it improves their bottom line.I’M ...
    3 days ago
  • Corona fevers and the madness of models
    by Daphna Whitmore A third of the world is under lockdown and a clear assessment of this measure to curb the spread of COVID-19 is urgently needed.  With any high-stakes decisions it has to be asked what are we dealing with here? Are the measures warranted? Will they achieve their ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    4 days ago
  • Lockdown day 8
    I haven’t done a huge amount in the last few days. I’m reading The Poppy War and I’ve sort of poked at a couple of games – I started SOMA but I’m a wimp and I quit while in the first room after the brain scan. I might try it ...
    The little pakehaBy chrismiller
    4 days ago
  • Backstage and Theatre
    The swan politicians may be gliding on the water, occasionally snapping at one another. Meanwhile, as the Covid19 crisis illustrates, the officials are desperately paddling below providing the real locomotion. One of the most fatuous recent grandstanding comments (of about a week ago), adding to the public’s anxieties, was ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    4 days ago
  • Legal Beagle: Waiver, the singular Crown and the conduct of Crown legal business
    Much has been written about the importance of discretion in an emergency situation, and the concerns raised by the potential for it to be exercised arbitrarily. Given the quality of the discussion, there seemed little point in adding to it at any length. In particular, I point to the evidence ...
    4 days ago
  • Highlights from Bauer Media’s science-related reporting
    Today has felt surreal. I was all set to touch base online with my science communication students when a colleague shared the news that Bauer Media would be shutting down its publications immediately. The first link I saw implied it was Woman’s Weekly affected, and even that shocked me. But ...
    SciBlogsBy Sarah-Jane O'Connor
    4 days ago
  • Outsiders.
    Bogeymen, Real And Imagined: Is the number of psychopathic and sociopathic individuals in any given society truly as vanishingly small as we like to tell ourselves? Isn’t it more likely that the mass-shooters and serial-killers filling the headlines represent only the tip of a much, much larger iceberg of frightfulness? ...
    4 days ago
  • We have a right to know the rules we are expected to obey
    Outgoing Police Commissioner Mike Bush appeared before the Epidemic Response Committee today, who asked him for the rules police are using to enforce the lockdown. He refused:Police Commissioner Mike Bush has admitted the advice given to Kiwis about what they're able to do during the lockdown hasn't been clear enough. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 7 (sanitised version)
    For those folk who find my other Lock-Down Diary versions too “negative” or otherwise unpalatable… Here’s a photo of my cat, . . Better? Tomorrow’s Sanitised Version: a pretty flower. . . . =fs= ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    4 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 7
    . . April 1: Day seven of living in lock-down… This morning I had a brief chat with one of my neighbours, “D” (social distance between us, a good three or four metres). I learned he had resigned from his previous job and had been hired by another company – ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    4 days ago
  • RIP The Listener, New Zealand’s pioneering voice
    Funnily enough, my thought as I start this post is whether it will be well written enough. Or should that be well enough written? Because so much of what I know about good writing came from my two stints at The Listener, which this morning was shut down due to ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    4 days ago
  • OK, Britney: stop sniping at National for doing its job
    With normal democratic procedures in abeyance, there were two ways to go. First, it was open for the government to dissolve itself and invite the National Party to join a ministry of national salvation. That would have lessened the democratic deficit of the times by having a team of rivals without ...
    PunditBy Liam Hehir
    4 days ago
  • Helpful tips for parents during lockdown
    Dr Kirsty Ross Children and young people can respond differently in times of distress. This also varies by age and developmental stage, with younger children having more magical and imaginative thinking, and older children having more awareness and knowledge of the issues our communities are facing (which brings up ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    4 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #13, 2020
    5 days ago
  • Hungary is now a dictatorship
    Hungary has been a virtual dictatorship for a decade now, as Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has gradually eroded its democracy. But now, its official, with the passage of an indefinite emergency law allowing rule by decree:Hungary’s parliament has passed a new set of coronavirus measures that includes jail terms for ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • A new Ministry of Works
    While the economy is on pause under lockdown, the government is beginning to plan how to cope with the post-lockdown, post-tourism, post-export education world we will eventually find ourselves in. They're planning a lot of infrastructure spending as economic stimulus, and have asked for proposals which can start the moment ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Capture: Well spaced out
    It's my distraction,  setting up tiny scenes to photograph.  I've got stuck on the Babushka dolls for now.  Something about their bubble shape.  Something about their never changing, smiling features, suggesting persistent equanimity.  Can we get through everything that is being thrown at us and keep at least a tiny ...
    5 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 6
    . . March 31: Day six of living in lock-down… This time I managed to sleep a little longer and the alarm woke me at the pre-set time: 6.55am. Then remembered I was working a later shift and could’ve slept in. Oh well, there are things to do at home. ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    5 days ago
  • March ’20 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
    Image credit: Diamond Harbour School Blogs I notice a few regulars no longer allow public access to the site counters. This may happen accidentally when the blog format is altered. If your blog is unexpectedly missing or ...
    5 days ago
  • Hard News: Poll Pot and the partisans
    Yesterday's Horizon poll showing support for a "Yes" vote in this year's cannabis referendum sliding into the majority for the first time in a year looked like good news for reformers – and it probably is. But the result warrants some scrutiny.The poll is the fifth in a series commissioned ...
    5 days ago
  • Why those bubbles are so important
    For almost a week now, every one of us who isn’t an essential worker has been confined to their bubble. We are allowed to go shopping for groceries, to visit the doctor, and to get a bit of exercise if we stay local. The reason we are doing this is ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    5 days ago
  • A Government System That Works
    The Covid-19 saga will no doubt produce many twists and turns for us before it is finally brought to an end. But one thing it has shown us – and what comfort it should bring us – is that our country’s government is in good hands. I am not thinking ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    5 days ago
  • Smashing down the barriers: Where are we at with COVID vaccines?
    In the absence of a vaccine or a cure for a deadly disease, staying home in your bubble is what you do, the concept is not new.  To the best of my knowledge last time we did this in NZ was for polio, in the years before a vaccine came ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    6 days ago
  • National Network on Cuba (USA): “Cuban medical solidarity is a pillar of its society and is founde...
    The following statement was released on March 28 by the National Network on Cuba, a coalition of 40 groups, based in the United States. In recent weeks, Cuba has deployed hundreds of medical providers to over a dozen countries in Europe, Asia, as well as to their neighbors in Latin ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    6 days ago
  • Alarming decrease in calves increases fears for endangered Hector’s dolphin
    This has been a terrible summer for Hector’s dolphins. The first indication was very low numbers of dolphin sightings during late spring and early summer. The Otago University Marine Mammal Research Team has carried out routine dolphin surveys at Banks Peninsula for more than 30 years. In all that time, ...
    SciBlogsBy Otago Marine Science
    6 days ago
  • Time for Grant Robertson to reveal package #2?
    On March 17, Finance Minister Grant Robertson was quick out of the blocks with an economic rescue package to help businesses through the inevitable recession resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. Robertson had pulled together a scheme in short order that so far seems to have saved many jobs. In his ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    6 days ago
  • Saving lives
    The purpose of the lockdown is to save lives, by reducing the spread of covid-19. We won't know if its really working for another week, but given the devastation that will result if it doesn't - 14,000 dead is the optimistic scenario - its definitely worth trying. But pausing the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 5
    . . March 30: Day five of living in lock-down… Woke up still in darkness. Alarm hadn’t gone off. Turn to radio clock; it’s a few minutes after 6am… I lie there in the dark, waiting to drift off to sleep… but it ain’t happening. Clock ticks over to 6.55 ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    6 days ago
  • Speaker: Les Gray: the man who told the truth
    The story of Les Gray, the public sector psychologist who told the truth about his use of cannabis and set off a storm, has a special place in the lore of cannabis reform in New Zealand.When Paul Shannon interviewed Gray for the 'Dope and Hope' issue of Planet magazine in ...
    6 days ago
  • Why now? Historical specificity and the perfect storm that has created trans identity politics
    by Phil Duncan For Marxists, a key concern about social trends is their context – not just their causes, but why they happen when they do.  Events and phenomena have causes, but they also are time or period-specific. While much of the left have capitulated recently to postmodernism, most notably ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    7 days ago
  • Time for a living wage for supermarket workers
    Since the lockdown began, we've all suddenly been reminded who the actually essential workers in our society are: not the people at the top who pay themselves the big bucks and rort the perks, but the people at the bottom they screw over and squeeze: cleaners, warehouse staff, truck drivers ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Hard News: MUSIC: Lockdown Grooves
    Kia ora! As I've watched nearly all my remaining work vanish over the past couple of days, it has occured to me that one good way to keep me away from arguing with fools on Twitter all the time (in the knowledge that all we're really doing is processing our ...
    1 week ago
  • A place of greater safety?
    Aotearoa New Zealand has committed to trying to extirpate the virus that causes COVID-19 from its shores. To do that, as a society we’ve moved to “Level 4”. That means adapting to unprecedented restrictions on our personal freedoms, particularly to our rights to move freely and associate with friends and ...
    PunditBy Andrew Geddis
    1 week ago
  • The police and public trust
    When the Prime Minister declared a state of emergency last week, she handed the police powers to enforce it. And almost immediately, we started hearing about heavy-handed, arbitrary "enforcement" by police who (at best) cared more about order than law, or (more likely) had no idea what the rules were ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 4
    . . Lock Down: Day 4 – A photo essay with observations . March 29: Usual wake up routine as RNZ snaps on my radio-clock. Jim Mora’s voice slowly enters my conciousness; there’s talk of a second wave of covid19 taking hold in South Korea; the week in Parliament – ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • COVID-19 vs New Zealand
    Yesterday, New Zealand recorded its first Covid-19 related death on the West Coast. Unfortunately this is unlikely to be the only fatality, with the virus now being found in every region of the country.However despite the significant danger, people are still unfortunately breaching lockdown rules.There’s really only one main very ...
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #13
    Story of the Week... Toon of the Week... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Claim Review... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week... Story of the Week... ‘Misinformation kills’: The link between coronavirus conspiracies and climate denial   Grist / Rob Kim / Stringer / CSA Images  Scientific ...
    1 week ago
  • Rāhui day 4
    The kids did surprisingly well today – meltdown count was about 3, and mostly fairly short ones. (And a fourth while I was writing.) Game-wise I had a go at Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark. It’s a fairly standard RPG with turn-based combat and what they call a “mature storyline” (it ...
    The little pakehaBy chrismiller
    1 week ago
  • Letter to a friend
    by Don Franks Hi David, Nice hearing from you, I’m glad to hear you’re getting by okay in these grim times. You asked how’s it going for us back here in New Zealand. You would have heard that the whole country is locked down and with breaks for exercise and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 3
    . . Lock Down: Day 3 – A photo essay with observations . March 28: First day of the first weekend in Lock Down. It feels like it’s been weeks since only Level 3 was declared last Tuesday, only four days ago. Woke up this morning to RNZ; coffee; toast, ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #13
    A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Mar 22, 2020 through Sat, Mar 28, 2020 Articles Linked to on Facebook Sun, Mar 22, 2020 In Just 10 Years, Warming Has Increased the Odds of Disasters by Chelsea Harvey, ...
    1 week ago
  • Rāhui day 3
    I’m here in lockdown with my flatmate and her two girls (6 and 2) and it. is. a time. They’re usually really active so to start with the only boardgame in the house is the copy of Guess Who that the 6 year old got for her birthday. Flatmate commented ...
    The little pakehaBy chrismiller
    1 week ago
  • A test of civil society.
    The CV-19 (COVID) pandemic has seen the imposition of a government ordered national quarantine and the promulgation of a series of measures designed to spread the burden of pain and soften the economic blow on the most strategically important and most vulnerable sectors of society. The national narrative is framed ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 2
    . . Lock Down: Day 2 – A photo essay with observations . March 27 – Day 2 of our Strange New World. The Park and Ride near my suburb, usually filled with hundreds of vehicles, had just… four; . . Another drive into Wellington City on a highway nearly ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • How Do You Feel? What Do You Think?
    Fortune's Children: Under extraordinary pressure, the leader of the Government and the leader of the Opposition will each show us what they are made of. Have they been blessed with intelligence, grace, wit, poise, toughness, empathy and humour – and in what measure? More importantly, to what extent have they ...
    1 week ago
  • Landlords are NOT an essential service
    If you’ve ever had the misfortune of having to rent a property on the open market in New Zealand, which is one of the most expensive in the entire world, you’ll likely be keenly aware of just how arrogant and entitled landlords and their real estate agents can be.Unfortunately for ...
    1 week ago
  • A “new Society” post-COVID19 will definitely emerge. The question is: on what path?
    Society-wise, aside from the specific morbidity shall we say of the medically-oriented aspects of this COVID-19 crisis, what is unfolding before the world is in more than one way an instructive study of humanity and reactions to a high intensity, high stress environment in real time. Friends, we are at ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • Raise the Bar: Everything you need to know about the wage subsidy
    Right now low waged and insecure workers are feeling the economic brunt of the looming #Covid19 Recession. In response legal advocate Toby Cooper* and hospitality and worker’s rights advocate Chloe Ann-King, are putting together a series of legal blogs about your employment rights: In this legal blog we outline some ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    1 week ago
  • The massacre of prisoners in Modelo jail, Bogota, March 21
    by Equipo Jurídico Pueblos and Gearóid Ó Loingsigh (25/03/2020) An escape plan in question On the night of March 21st and the early morning of the 22nd, the forces of the Colombian state stormed into the Modelo prison in Bogotá, murdering 23 prisoners and injuring 83, in response to the ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago

  • Further measures to support businesses
    The Government will be introducing legislation to make changes to the Companies Act to help companies facing insolvency due to COVID-19 to remain viable and keep New Zealanders in jobs. The temporary changes include: Giving directors of companies facing significant liquidity problems because of COVID-19 a ‘safe harbour’ from insolvency ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Govt’s COVID plan, economic strength recognised
    The Government’s plan to cushion the blow of COVID-19 by supporting incomes, jobs and businesses, and position the economy to recover has been backed by another international report. International credit rating agency Moody’s today reaffirmed its highest Aaa credit rating on New Zealand, saying the economy is expected to remain ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Funding certainty for sports through COVID-19
    National sports organisations have been given certainty of funding to ensure they can remain viable through the COVID-19 pandemic, Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson announced today. “The global spread of COVID-19 has had a significant impact on sport and recreation in New Zealand, including the cancellation or postponement of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Butchers now allowed to process pork
    Changes have been made to allow butchers to process pork, only for supply to supermarkets or other processors or retailers that are open, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has announced. “We carefully weighed the risk of allowing butchers to open their shops for retail customers, but the risk of spreading COVID-19 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Essential workers leave scheme established
    Essential workers who take leave from work to comply with public health guidance are being supported with a leave scheme to ensure they will continue to receive income, say the Minister of Workplace Relations and Safety Iain Lees-Galloway and Minister for Social Development, Carmel Sepuloni. A number of essential businesses ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Govt WhatsApp helps share COVID-19 information
    A Government WhatsApp channel has been launched to help make information more easily accessible and shareable in the fight against COVID-19. Govt.NZ, which is free to use on any mobile device, will carry information and news for the public, businesses, healthcare providers, not for profits and local government. It can ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Managed departure plan for stranded foreign nationals enables safe, orderly exit
    The Government has announced a plan to enable the safe, orderly exit of tens of thousands of stranded foreign nationals from New Zealand during the current COVID-19 Alert Level 4 restrictions, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Winston Peters has said. “When we moved into lockdown a week ago, the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government delivers COVID-19 support to GPs and Pharmacies
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says the Government is delivering on its commitment to support general practice doctors and nurses, and pharmacies on the front-line of our fight against COVID-19. "For us to overcome COVID-19, we need community health services such as general practice and community pharmacy to step up ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Susan Thomas the new Chief High Court Judge
    Justice Susan Thomas has been appointed Chief High Court Judge, Attorney-General David Parker announced today.  She replaces Justice Geoffrey Venning who has resigned from the position.   David Parker paid tribute to Justice Venning, who he said had stewarded the High Court very capably over the last five years.   “On behalf ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Business Finance Guarantee – applications open
    Businesses can start applying to their banks for loans under the Business Finance Guarantee Scheme set up to support the New Zealand economy during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’re moving quickly to protect New Zealand businesses, jobs and the economy during this unprecedented global economic shock,” Finance Minister Grant Robertson said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Work starts on ways to fast-track consents to boost recovery from Covid-19 downturn
    Work is underway looking at measures to speed up consents for development and infrastructure projects during the recovery from COVID 19, to provide jobs and stimulate our economy.  Environment Minister David Parker said the COVID-19 pandemic is a serious global crisis that will have a wide ranging and lasting impact ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Advance payments to support contractors
    Advance payments will be made to transport construction industry contractors to retain the workforce and ensure it is ready to quickly gear up to build projects which will be vital to New Zealand’s COVID-19 economic recovery, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. He said keeping the workforce required to build ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government seeks infrastructure projects
    The Government has tasked a group of industry leaders to seek out infrastructure projects that are ready to start as soon as the construction industry returns to normal to reduce the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford and Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones say. The Infrastructure ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Health system scaled up to prepare for COVID-19
    Work to scale up the health system in preparation for COVID-19 was today outlined by Health Minister David Clark, as he reported back to the new Epidemic Response Committee. “We are well placed to contain the spread of COVID-19. We have taken early and decisive action at our borders, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Essential media COVID-19 guidelines refined
    The Government is refining its COVID-19 essential business guidance to include the distribution of news publications for communities which are hard to reach. The Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media, Kris Faafoi, said the move was in recognition of the importance for New Zealanders who might be harder to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Supermarkets able to open on Easter Sunday
    The Government is ensuring supermarkets can open on Easter Sunday so we can buy groceries, but stay closed on Good Friday allowing workers to take a break. This provides a balanced approach and ensures we avoid large queues that two days closure may cause. “Supermarkets will be able to open ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New Zealand defence personnel conclude mission at Taji
    Following the successful conclusion of the Building Partner Capacity (BPC) mission at Taji, New Zealand defence personnel are returning to New Zealand from Iraq, in accordance with the Cabinet decision made in June 2019, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today. “New Zealand is very ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • State of National Emergency extended
    The State of National Emergency to help stop the spread of COVID-19 has been extended for a further seven days, Minister of Civil Defence Peeni Henare said. The initial declaration on March 25 lasted seven days and can be extended as many times as necessary. “Since we went into isolation ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Strong Govt books support ‘go hard, go early’ response
    New Zealand’s ability to go hard and go early in the fight against COVID-19 has been underpinned by strong Government finances and the growing economy heading into this global pandemic, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. The Treasury today released the Crown financial statements for the eight months to the end ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Christchurch Hospital Hagley ICU to open to support COVID-19 response
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says 36 new intensive care beds at Christchurch Hospital’s new Hagley building are being fast tracked so they are available for treatment of COVID-19 patients.   The Ministry of Health is working with contractor CPB and Canterbury DHB to enable access to the hospital’s ICU, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Government supports Air NZ freight flights
    The Government has fast-tracked up to $1 million to help Air New Zealand move urgent freight to and from New Zealand, with the first flight to Shanghai leaving tonight, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. Phil Twyford says it’s crucial that trade in vital goods such as medical supplies and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Tariff concessions on COVID-19 related products
    New Zealand will temporarily remove tariffs on all medical and hygiene imports needed for the COVID-19 response. Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker and Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi said today that the New Zealand Customs Service will apply tariff concessions to all diagnostic reagents and testing ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Clarification of modification to wage subsidy scheme
    Minister of Finance Grant Robertson has clarified that the changes to the wage subsidy scheme announced yesterday mean that employers should be passing on the full subsidy to workers, except in the case where the person’s normal income is less than the level of the subsidy. “We still want employers ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Face masks flowing to DHBs
    Medical face masks from the national reserve supply are now being distributed to District Health Boards, while at the same time local production is being ramped up. Yesterday more than 640,000 masks were sent to DHBS – that is an immediate two week supply, with more to follow in coming ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • COVID-19: Further steps to protect New Zealanders’ jobs
    The Government has made modifications to the wage subsidy scheme to ensure people don’t lose their jobs during the national lockdown. These changes will soften the impact of COVID-19 on workers, families and businesses, and position them to exit the lockdown and look to recovery, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Tax relief for Mycoplasma Bovis farmers
    Farmers whose herds were culled in response to the outbreak of Mycoplasma bovis will be able to minimise the tax treatment of their income in some circumstances. Revenue Minister Stuart Nash says Cabinet has agreed to change the law. It means farmers may be eligible to spread their income over ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • $27 million for NGOs and community groups to continue providing essential services
    A $27 million dollar package, effective immediately, is being provided to social sector services and community groups to ensure they can continue to provide essential support to communities as we stay at home as a nation to stop the spread of COVID-19, Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni announced. “At ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Statement on guilty plea of March 15 terrorist
    “The guilty plea today will provide some relief to the many people whose lives were shattered by what happened on March 15,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. “These guilty pleas and conviction bring accountability for what happened and also save the families who lost loved ones, those who were injured, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • COVID-19 updates
    The Prime Minister is holding daily press conferences to update New Zealanders on the Government's response to COVID-19. Links to videos and transcripts of these updates below. These transcripts also include All of Government press conferences led by Director Ministry of Health's Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield. 25 March: Live update from the Prime ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Police numbers break through 10,000 mark
    Frontline Police numbers have broken through the 10,000 mark for the first time in history as officers step forward to keep the community safe during the COVID19 lockdown. “Two Police graduations in Auckland and Wellington in the past week have been conducted in unprecedented circumstances,” Police Minister Stuart Nash said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Urgent tax measures for economic recovery
    Urgent legislation has been passed to support the package of economic and social measures needed to recover from the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. “The COVID-19 Response (Taxation and Social Assistance Urgent Measures) Bill will cushion New Zealanders from the worst economic impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak,” said Revenue Minister ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Further support for farmers and growers as drought persists
    From tomorrow, Government support for farmers and growers affected by drought will be expanded and extended across the country, with access to Rural Assistance Payments (RAPS) available throughout the North Island, parts of the South Island and the Chatham Islands, Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni announced. “These challenging conditions have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • COVID-19: Temporary changes to Education Act
    Parliament has passed amendments to legislation that give the Secretary of Education stronger powers to act in the fight to limit the spread of COVID-19, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “They are part of a suite of changes passed under the COVID-19 Response (Urgent Management Measures) Legislation Bill,” Chris ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Canada, Australia, Chile, Brunei and Myanmar join NZ and Singapore in committing to keeping supply a...
    Canada, Australia, Chile, Brunei and Myanmar have joined forces with New Zealand and Singapore by committing to keep supply chains open and remove any existing trade restrictive measures on essential goods, especially medical supplies, in the face of the Covid-19 crisis.  Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker today welcomed ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • COVID-19: Rent increase freeze and more protection for tenants
    Immediate freeze on rent increases Tenancies will not be terminated during the lock-down period, unless the parties agree, or in limited circumstances Tenants who had previously given notice can stay in their if they need to stay in the tenancy during the lock-down period Tenants will still be able to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Working together to protect businesses and workers
    As New Zealand unites to lock-down in the fight against COVID-19, the Finance Minister is urging all businesses and workers to stay connected over the next four weeks. “We understand the extreme pressure many businesses are under right now. I know most business owners think of their workers as family ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • State of National Emergency declared to fight COVID-19
    A State of National Emergency has been declared across the country as the Government pulls out all the stops to curtail the spread of COVID-19. “Today we put in place our country’s second ever State of National Emergency as we fight a global pandemic, save New Zealanders’ lives and prevent ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Prime Minister’s statement on State of National Emergency and Epidemic Notice
    Mr Speaker I wish to make a Ministerial Statement under Standing Order 347 in relation to the recent declaration of a State of National Emergency. Having considered the advice of the Director Civil Defence Emergency Management, the Minister of Civil Defence declared a State of National Emergency for the whole of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Deadline for domestic travel extended
    People needing to travel on domestic flights, trains and Cook Strait ferries to get home before the country moves into level 4 lock-down tomorrow night will be able to continue using the passenger services until midnight on Friday, Transport Minister Phil Twyford said today. Domestic passenger services, particularly ferries, have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Mortgage holiday and business finance support schemes to cushion COVID impacts
    The Government, retail banks and the Reserve Bank are today announcing a major financial support package for home owners and businesses affected by the economic impacts of COVID-19. The package will include a six month principal and interest payment holiday for mortgage holders and SME customers whose incomes have been ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago