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Open Mike 02/05/2017

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  1. RedBaronCV 1

    I see the Stuff business headlines have “Former prime minister John Key to become an Air NZ director “.
    Reading the company announcement there is a board meeting on the first of Sept (the date of his appointment) so I imagine that the shareholders are going to be asked to vote him in as a director on that day and they may choose not too. Fake news or just a misleading headline?? There may well be shareholders from major kiwisaver funds etc whose members aren’t too keen on the idea at all. Another case of the old boy’s network looking after it’s own??

    And where are Air NZ’s corporate ethics? Isn’t it time the shareholders passed some resolutions requiring the Board to observe stand down periods between public office & commercial activity before we get the USA revolving door syndrome.
    Perhaps also some limits on the number of other appointments board members can have.
    I’d look forward to the board promoting that. It would also help to break down the pale male stale board compositions

    • indiana 1.1

      Instead of thrashing your keyboard, go and become a major shareholder so you can influence the board on how they base their ethics.

      • Draco T Bastard 1.1.1

        We are major shareholders but it’s through the government which will act for their ex-leader rather than for the opinions of the actual shareholders.

      • RedBaronCV 1.1.2

        Leaving aside the unwarranted assumption about keyboards (I am aware that shareholders go to meetings to vote for the board and anything else they want to discuss) I’d be more interested if there was some more discussion around the points raised:

        If the shareholders put a motion to the board for a stand down period between public & private office would the crown shareholding have to stand aside from the voting because of a conflict of interest.
        Why doesn’t the chairman of the board promote a range on candidates for the empty seat? Perhaps David Cunliffe for one?
        Has the board considered the baggage that Key potentially brings with him, Pike River, afghan villages, offshore tax laundering, ponytail pulling. This kind of baggage can bring a truckload of poor PR when it blows up (ask Pepsi & United) and that is expensive = not good for shareholders. At the very least Key is a divisive candidate.

        Quite apart from the crown shareholding individuals also own shares through the various kiwi saver investments and they may well not be keen on Key.

    • Draco T Bastard 1.2

      Another case of the old boy’s network looking after it’s own??

      Yep. That’s definitely what it looks like from here. He doesn’t have a friggen clue about airlines and so simply isn’t qualified for that position.

      • indiana 1.2.1

        Why do you need a clue about airlines, Ken Douglas used to be a board member – who appointed him if you are so concerned about an old boys club?

        • Draco T Bastard 1.2.1.1

          Why do you need a clue about airlines

          It would seem to be a good idea to have some experience in how an industry functions before getting to direct it.

          Ken Douglas used to be a board member…

          And that changes my position how?

          Please note: I hold that the upper echelon of our present major business model is an old boys club and thus is totally corrupt.

          • KJT 1.2.1.1.1

            Total ignorance of the industry concerned, seems to be an essential qualification for Managers and Directors, these days.

            Never mind that the evidence shows companies that promote from within, do better.

        • KJT 1.2.1.2

          His reward for selling out on the employment contracts act.

    • saveNZ 1.3

      I was hoping that Key would leave the country with a role in some bank job taking money and assets from the third world, but nope, even they don’t want him these days.

      Now we’re still stuck with him. Like Shipley and Mainzeal, time to sell those shares right wingers and Kiwisavers.

      • saveNZ 1.3.1

        Barack Obama’s $400,000 speaking fees reveal what few want to admit
        Steven W Thrasher

        https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/may/01/barack-obama-speaking-fees-economic-racial-justice

        • McFlock 1.3.1.1

          Trevor Noah had an interesting response to that:

          “So the first black president must also be the first one to not take money afterwards?” Noah asked. “No, no, no, no, no, my friend. He can’t be the first of everything. F—k that, and f—k you.”

          • saveNZ 1.3.1.1.1

            I think the author was hoping for something more community focused from Obama, not just a Politician for hire to the highest bidder, clone.

            • McFlock 1.3.1.1.1.1

              What, like an international charity fund? Yeah, because that would make everyone happy /sarc

              Give the guy a few months off before he figures out what to do in the long run.

              • saveNZ

                He’s not taking time off he’s earning $400,000 per hour for a speech to wall street.

                He’s hitting the post political gravy train at full speed. Like all the other’s before him of course.

                I’m not sure I could see Sander’s giving a $400,000 speech to Wall Street. Just saying….

                • McFlock

                  Actually, I could, if he’d made president. And he’d probably have plonked most of the money into charity.

                  But we’re still talking one speech in three months after moving house. Get back to me in five years and tell me if Obama’s made no effort to use his rep to make the world a better place.

    • KJT 1.4

      I thought the highly subsidised politicians pension was to prevent the sort of corruption, where they are paid off like this after politics.

      Of course this is standard operating procedure for right wing politicians.

      A lucrative directorship in one of the companies whose hands they have washed while in power is so normal, many do not even see it for the political corruption, that it is.

    • The Chairman 2.1

      Trotter has a valid point. And we could do with more left wing think tanks. However, his solution (a three-year inquiry) leaves a lot to be desired.  

  2. lprent 3

    The server has simply stopped twice in two days, which is kind of annoying. Neither occasion threw up anything in the logs to indicate what the issue is. In both cases a hard reset was required.

    Unfortunately I’m also pushing to get the code for a project out the door and the hardware into the ovens for tempature testing and then off to EMC testing. So I’m already doing 12-14 hour work days.

    So any fix will have to wait until I either have working code on the last version of the hardware, or a weekend. Please be patient. It takes time to either head home or to get someone to press the button.

    • lprent 3.1

      Looks like TDB has been having problems as well.

      Tried to leave this comment on a post about HDCA. But the site was a slow as listening to Nick Smith try to explain his water criteria, and about as productive. I’ll post it here in case it never shows up. Bomber appears to have a limited understanding of the HDCA.

      It is likely that any immediate action by the plaintiffs will be to

      1. Ask the court for a take down order.
      2. Ask the court for a name suppression order

      Neither of these require that you are informed by the court until after they are granted as they are both supposedly for a pending civil action.

      Whoever is the presiding judge, only has to be satisfied that:-

      1. There is a prima facie case that could be made (note it doesn’t have to be a winnable case).
      2. That Netsafe has been involved and has decided that they couldn’t mediate a solution.

      Now I am of the opinion that Netsafe are completely failing in their duties under the HDCA (see below).

      But I’d suggest that you lodge an immediate request for a hearing and/or injunction to either prevent those court orders from happening or to rollback those court orders if they are presented to you. Probably the latter, as it isn’t that likely that the mischievous litigants will want to get more legal pain into their lives.

      But Netsafe are more of a longer term problem. I suspect that I might expend some effort and time (when I have some available) to bring them or their employer (the MoJ) into a court so that the courts can determine some working procedures for them

      Netsafe are required by the Act to consider the Bill Of Rights Act when considering these complaints. In my view they do not consider it to be anything apart from a nuisance rathe rthan a fundemental part of NZ law. Instead they appear to completely take the part of the complainant rather than doing the job specified in the HDCA.

      Your reaction to their intervention was in essence a BORA statement, which they have clearly ignored.

      Similarly, their approach asks to set aside parts of the Privacy Act and site privacy policies. They appear to seek contact with unspecified persons for purposes that are not clear and for reasons that are not specified. In short, they don’t give enough information to system operators to decide what should be done under the various provisions of the “safe harbor” section.

  3. CLEANGREEN 4

    Red Barron I’d say it was a good point you make here,

    A case could be made that a conflict of interest is there if it can be found the past PM has a monetary gain (conflict of interest amongst these plans as he did when he had undisclosed shares in Tranz Rail?

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10533576

    Has anyone lost connect to TDB? My server comes up with “Bad gateway 502”?

    • mary_a 4.1

      Re TDB. Had that happen yesterday a couple of times Cleangreen (4). Seems to be OK today though. Natzsafe doing its rotten thing perhaps?

  4. ianmac 5

    Brian Easton has an interesting take on Bolger’s years as PM. Hoodwinked like Lange?

    “The problem was more general. Bolger seems to have had only neo-liberal advisers without any leavening of sceptics. Surrounded by the true believers, Bolger became one, while gullible journalists passed the beliefs onto the public.”

    http://www.pundit.co.nz/content/bolger-and-neoliberalism#comment-44954

  5. AsleepWhileWalking 6

    Heard of a “blood mine”? There are thousands of these unregulated mines, using children as modern day slaves to source cobalt for iphones, electric cars, and other tech gadgets …

    There is a call to action with social media to attempt to pressure Congo, Trump, and key CEO’s such as Elon Musk to stop using blood cobalt in technology.

    • joe90 6.1

      Congo, Trump, and key CEO’s

      AFAIK overturning regulations restricting trade conflict minerals remains on Trump’s to do list.

      The Trump administration has prepared a new executive order that would extinguish regulatory controls designed to prevent US companies profiting from and encouraging the spread of “conflict minerals” that are inflaming violence in Congo.

      A draft executive order, composed last week and obtained by the Guardian, proposes a two-year suspension of a portion of the Dodd-Frank financial reforms that requires US firms to carry out due diligence to ensure that the products they sell include no minerals mined in the Democratic Republic of the Congo or neighbouring countries. The regulation was widely applauded as a mainstay of attempts to cut the umbilical chord between big business and violent warlords who have spread unrest throughout the Congo and caused the deaths of more than five million people since the 1990s.

      https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/08/trump-administration-order-conflict-mineral-regulations?CMP=edit_2221

      • Draco T Bastard 6.1.1

        As I’ve said before: If we held to the standards that we say we hold we wouldn’t trade with the US or any of its companies.

    • Molly 6.2

      Russell Brand had a posting on the cobalt issue a few weeks ago.

      When you start investigating modern-day slavery it becomes apparent how prevalent the practice is – which we, as western consumers benefit from without thought or knowledge.

      As we don’t have transparency in our supply chains, even the supposed choice of an informed consumer is lost to us as a method of encouraging better practices with our consumer spending.

  6. rhinocrates 7

    Republican representative outed as misogynist rape proponent ‘Red Pill’ troll:

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/04/25/the-republican-lawmaker-who-secretly-created-reddit-s-women-hating-red-pill.html?via=twitter_page

    I can’t help but think that Republicans will find it more offensive that he’s found to be an atheist.

    • Draco T Bastard 7.1

      I can’t help but think that many Republicans will be offended that he was outed.

      I doubt if any of them will be offended that their representative is a misogynist arsehole.

  7. joe90 8

    Buffoon in chief – “I Don’t Stand by Anything”.

    But in early March, Trump wrote on Twitter that Obama had illegally ordered surveillance of Trump Tower in the days and weeks leading up to last year’s election, an allegation for which neither the president nor any White House staff member has been able to offer definitive proof. Trump raised the allegation in his interview without prompting, but then appeared unwilling to discuss it further when CBS anchor John Dickerson asked him whether he stood by the accusation.

    “I don’t stand by anything. I just — you can take it the way you want. I think our side’s been proven very strongly. And everybody’s talking about it. And frankly, it should be discussed,” Trump said. “That is a very big surveillance of our citizens. I think it’s a very big topic. And it’s a topic that should be No. 1. And we should find out what the hell is going on.”

    When Dickerson pressed Trump for further details, the president replied that “you don’t have to ask me” because “I have my own opinions. You can have your own opinions.” Dickerson followed up that he wanted Trump’s opinion as president, prompting Trump to say “OK, it’s enough. Thank you,” and abruptly ended the interview.

    http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/01/trump-surveillance-claims-cbs-interview-237831

  8. The Chairman 9

    Does anybody else find it interesting that while tobacco tax increases are contributing to the increase in dairy robberies, shop owners (lobby group) aren’t calling for them to end?

    The shop owners lobby group want police stations reopened, the right to defend themselves and more police patrols. However, the police aren’t generally called until after the fact. Therefore, it’s interesting shop owners aren’t calling for more preventive measures such as putting an end to tobacco tax increases.

    • indiana 9.1

      …or they can elect not to sell them and as a result would not be targeted for would be robbers who only want to smoke.

      • The Chairman 9.1.1

        Most say the sector is to competitive, thus not selling them would put them at a disadvantage.

        Moreover, they would be required to be sold somewhere as they are still a legal product. Therefore, shifting where they are sold would merely move the problem elsewhere.

        • saveNZ 9.1.1.1

          Someone told me that a massive amount of tobacco purchases are impulse buys, i.e. they buy at the petrol station when purchasing petrol.

          Their view wa,s with electric cars, and not stopping at petrol stations, tobacco sales will go down further.

          Good for environment and good for health. Go electric cars!

  9. joe90 10

    Quite the wee theocracy they’re putting together.

    .

    (CNN) President Donald Trump’s pick to be secretary of the Army, former army doctor Mark Green, is a self-identified “creationist” who delivered a lecture arguing against the theory of evolution.
    Green’s views and past statements are facing scrutiny ahead of his confirmation hearing, which has yet to be scheduled. If confirmed, Green wouldn’t be the only prominent doctor and member of the Trump administration to reject evolution. HUD Secretary Ben Carson has also made similar arguments and once said the theory of evolution was encouraged by Satan.

    Green, a Tennessee state senator, has faced opposition from Democrats and LGBT groups over his past anti-LGBT comments. In one comment, from September, Green said, “If you poll the psychiatrists, they’re going to tell you that transgender is a disease.”

    http://edition.cnn.com/2017/05/01/politics/kfile-trump-army-secretary-pick-theory-of-evolution/index.html

  10. This may be a little off topic, – but STILL affects not only ‘ tourism ‘ … but our very environment. I posted regarding Pike River on The Standard regarding this article :

    ‘Andrew Little: Together, we will fight for justice for Pike families ‘

    This comment :

    ……………………………………………………………………

    The “in-ground resource value” of New Zealand’s extensive ironsand deposits could be between $1 trillion and $5 trillion, says state-owned energy company Solid Energy.

    The iron ore contained in ironsands off the west coast of the North Island has been estimated to be worth a trillion dollars, but Solid Energy chief executive Don Elder said that “the industry view is increasingly that (the value) could be substantially greater than that”.

    The final value would depend on the price of steel, and the availability of technology to smelt ironsands, he told Parliament’s commerce select committee yesterday.

    “Resources are attracting margins or profits in the order of 20 percent of the revenue.”

    Prices seen in 2008 would mean profit margins of 50 percent or “significantly higher” could be available from ironsands.

    A New Zealand-based company, Trans Tasman Resources Ltd (TTR), and overseas rivals are looking at exploiting New Zealand ironsands, and TTR has suggested that a domestic steel mill could use local high-grade coking coal to refine the ironsands.

    Dr Elder said Chinese companies had cheaper labour and capital and could do such projects faster, but New Zealand had an advantage in the availability of the water needed for such a refinery.

    “If you could process those in New Zealand, it’s a much much better value opportunity and would certainly compete with doing the same thing in China under the right circumstances, with the right technology”.

    ……………………..

    There are many overseas company eyeing up those same resources , as well as NZ ones. Opencast mining is cheaper to conduct and – less prone to negative publicity such as the tragedy at Pike River. You will also recall when John Key first came to power, he and Brownlee were keen to exploit minerals in our national parks . However the rest of us were not and the momentum was lost.

    And as an example of what I meant , I posted this directly below :

    ………………………….

    BTW :…

    Pike River was ONE of the mines that was envisioned to help supply that ‘high quality coking coal’ for the NZ iron sand smelting process….

    As well… the same company that owned the Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia , USA , … that had a similar methane /coal dust explosion killing 29 workers with only 2 escaping ( just like Pike River) … several months before Pike River – ALSO HAD FINANCIAL INTERESTS IN PIKE RIVER.

    Go figure , people !!!

    There’s a lot more riding on this whole thing than meets the eye with some pretty powerful local and offshore vested interests who are working to ensure Pike River evidence never gets to see the light of day.
    …………………………

    ( Update : Bathhurst Resources was a direct investor in Pike River Coal Mine – which has DIRECT RELEVANCE to the articles in today’s news in the articles below ….)

    ……………………………………………………………………….

    NOW TODAY WE SEE THIS ,… in the NZ Herald – AND hot on the heels of the latest release on Pike River :

    Forest & Bird says Government has secret mining plans for Denniston …
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11848323

    ‘Secret’ coal mining plans on the West Coast alarm Forest & Bird | Stuff …
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/92107750/Secret-coal-mining-plans-alarm-Forest-Bird

    Forest & Bird says Government has secret mining plans for Denniston …
    mining.einnews.com/…/378838187-forest-bird-says-government-has-secret-mining-p.

    ……………………………………………………………………..

    And historically , – the Forest and Bird Society know all too well how these deceptive mining operators work through Government.

    Forest & Bird Magazine 352 May 2014 by Forest & Bird – issuu

    [TheStandard: A moderator moved this comment to Open Mike as being off topic or irrelevant in the post it was made in. Be more careful in future.]

  11. Karen 12

    Fantastic take-down of Matthew Hooton by Andrew Geddis on the Pundit. Hooton will be fuming.

    http://www.pundit.co.nz/content/why-matthew-hooton-is-wrong-again

    • Red 12.1

      Why just looks like an academic got his knickers in a twist about pretty boring topic, who cares

      • adam 12.1.1

        You obviously Red.

        That said, a very funny piece by Andrew. Especially the last few paragraphs.

  12. Pete 13

    I’m watching Melissa Lee and Coleman making out they’re friends of poorly paid workers after the recent moves to pay equity in the aged care sector.

    They’re taking a triumphant stand making out how fucking wonderful they are. Bastards.

  13. heman 14

    In Other news:
    Reserves for sale in NZ. Get in quick!
    http://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/Listing.aspx?id=1316097812

  14. Grafton Gully 15

    Another reason to eat vegetarian on top of avoiding the damaging health and environmental effects of dairy and meat.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/30/world/asia/chinas-appetite-pushes-fisheries-to-the-brink.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&smid=tw-nytimes&smtyp=cur&_r=1

  15. Red Hand 16

    “A4M is focused on spreading awareness about innovative, cutting-edge science and research, in addition to treatment modalities designed to prolong the human life span”. https://www.a4m.com/our-mission.html

    “Ghoto said last year that he lived “a long life because I have people that love me looking after me”. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/02/oldest-human-dies-in-indonesia-aged-146

    Loving friends and relatives. Loving friends and relatives. Loving friends and relatives. Cutting edge scientists and researchers. Cutting edge scientists and researchers. Cutting edge. Scientists and researchers.

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  • Wairarapa Moana seeks international recognition as vital wetland
    The Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage is celebrating World Environment Day with an announcement of a major step towards Wairarapa Moana being recognised as an internationally significant wetland. “Wairarapa Moana is an ecosystem of 10,000 hectares of wetland and open water that provides a home for indigenous fish, birds and ...
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    21 hours ago
  • New public housing sets standard for future
    New public housing that will save tenants money in energy bills, and provide warmer, healthier and more comfortable homes, is setting the standard for the Government’s future public housing programme, Housing Minister Megan Woods said. Dr Woods opened the new Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities complex, which has a ...
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    21 hours ago
  • First Police wing to complete training post lockdown
    A new-look Police graduation ceremony to take account of COVID19 health rules has marked the completion of training for 57 new constables. Police Minister Stuart Nash attended this afternoon's ceremony, where officers of Recruit Wing 337 were formally sworn in at the Royal New Zealand Police College without the normal support of ...
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  • Government makes further inroads on predatory lenders
    Mobile traders and truck shops must adhere to responsible lending requirements Interest rate cap on high-cost loans Lenders prohibited from offering further credit to an applicant who has taken two high-cost loans in the past 90 days The Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Kris Faafoi, has signalled an end ...
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  • New survey shows wage subsidy a “lifeline” for businesses, saved jobs
    94% of firms say wage subsidy had positive impact on cashflow 62% of firms say support helped to manage non-wage costs like rent A survey of business that have received the Government’s wage subsidy show it has played a significant role in saving jobs, and freed up cash flow to ...
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  • Tax changes support economic recovery
    New legislation introduced to Parliament today will support growth and assist businesses on the road to economic recovery, said Revenue Minister Stuart Nash. “The Taxation (Annual Rates for 2020-21, Feasibility Expenditure, and Remedial Matters) Bill proposes that businesses can get tax deductions for ‘feasibility expenditure’ on new investments,” said Mr ...
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  • $4.6 million financial relief for professional sports
    Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson has welcomed the first release of funds from the $265 million Sport Recovery Package announced as part of Budget 2020. Sport NZ has announced that $4.6 million in funding will go to the Wellington Phoenix, NZ Warriors, Super Rugby teams and the ANZ Premiership ...
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  • Critical support for strategic tourism assets
    An iconic New Zealand tourism attraction and the country’s 31 Regional Tourism Organisations are the first recipients of support from the $400 million Tourism Sector Recovery Plan, to help position the sector for recovery from COVID-19, Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. The plan includes a Strategic Tourism Assets Protection ...
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  • Supporting Kiwi businesses to resolve commercial rent disputes
    The Government will legislate to ensure businesses that suffered as a result of the COVID-19 response will get help to resolve disputes over commercial rent issues, Justice Minister Andrew Little announced today. A temporary amendment to the Property Law Act will insert a clause in commercial leases requiring a fair ...
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  • Prompt payments to SMEs even more urgent
    The Minister for Small Business says new data from Xero highlights the urgency of prompt payment practices to small and medium enterprises as we move into economic recovery. Last month Government ministers wrote to significant private enterprises and the banking industry to request they join efforts by government agencies to ...
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  • Free period products in schools to combat poverty
    Young people in Waikato will be the first to have free access to period products in schools in another step to support children and young people in poverty,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said.  During term 3, the Ministry of Education will begin providing free period products to schools following the ...
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    3 days ago
  • Response to charges in New Plymouth
    The Minister of Police Stuart Nash has issued the following statement in response to charges filed against three Police officers this morning in the New Plymouth District Court. “Any incident involving a loss of life in Police custody is taken very seriously. The charges today reflect the gravity of the ...
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  • Govt boosts innovation, R&D for economic rebuild
    $196 million for Crown Research Institutes $150 million for R&D loan scheme $33 million for Māori research and development opportunities $12 million for the Nationally Significant Collections and Databases $10 million to help maintain in-house capability at Callaghan Innovation New Zealand’s entrepreneurs, innovators and crown researchers will benefit from a ...
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    3 days ago
  • Temporary changes to NCEA and University Entrance this year
    Further temporary changes to NCEA and University Entrance (UE) will support senior secondary school students whose teaching and learning have been disrupted by COVID-19. “The wellbeing of students and teachers is a priority. As we are all aware, COVID-19 has created massive disruption to the school system, and the Government ...
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    3 days ago
  • Extended terms for the directors of the Racing Industry Transition Agency
    Minister for Racing Winston Peters today announced that the terms for the directors of the Racing Industry Transition Agency (RITA) have been extended to 30 June 2021. Due to the COVID-19 crisis the transition period has been extended to ensure that the Racing Industry Bill can complete its progress through ...
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  • Healthy Homes Standards statement of compliance deadline extended
    The deadline for landlords to include detailed information in their tenancy agreements about how their property meets the Healthy Homes Standards, so tenants can see the home they are renting is compliant, has been extended from 1 July 2020 to 1 December 2020.  The Healthy Homes Standards became law on 1 July 2019. The Standards are ...
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    4 days ago
  • Criminal Cases Review Commission board appointments announced
    Justice Minister Andrew Little today announced details of further appointments to the Criminal Cases Review Commission. “I am pleased to announce Paula Rose QSO OStJ as Deputy Chief Commissioner for a term of five years commencing on 15 June 2020,” said Andrew Little. “I am also pleased to announce the ...
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  • Release of initial list of supported training to aid COVID-19 recovery
    The Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF) will pay costs of learners of all ages to undertake vocational education and training The fund will target support for areas of study and training that will give learners better employment prospects as New Zealand recovers from COVID-19 Apprentices working in all industries ...
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    4 days ago
  • Emission trading reforms another step to meeting climate targets
    The Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) will finally start to cut New Zealand’s greenhouse gas pollution as it was originally intended to, because of changes announced today by the Minister for Climate Change, James Shaw. The changes include a limit on the total emissions allowed within the ETS, rules to ensure ...
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  • Queen’s Birthday Honours highlights Pacific leadership capability in Aotearoa
    Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio says the Queen’s Birthday 2020 Honours List provides an abundance of examples that Pacific people’s leadership capability is unquestionable in Aotearoa. “The work and the individuals we acknowledge this year highlights the kind of visionary examples and dedicated community leadership that we need ...
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  • Govt backing horticulture to succeed
    The Government is backing a new $27 million project aimed at boosting sustainable horticulture production and New Zealand’s COVID-19 recovery efforts, says Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. “Our horticulture sector has long been one of New Zealand’s export star performers, contributing around $6 billion a year to our economy. During and ...
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  • Applications open for forestry scholarships
    Applications have opened for 2021 Ngā Karahipi Uru Rākau – Forestry Scholarships, which will support more Māori and women to pursue careers in forestry science, says Forestry Minister Shane Jones. “I’m delighted Te Uru Rākau is offering Ngā Karahipi Uru Rākau – Forestry Scholarships for the third year running. These ...
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  • Excellent service to nature recognised
    The Queen’s Birthday 2020 Honours List once again highlights the dedication by many to looking after our native plants and wildlife, including incredible work to restore the populations of critically endangered birds says Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage. Anne Richardson of Hororata has been made an Officer of the New ...
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  • Wetlands and waterways gain from 1BT funding
    The Government will invest $10 million from the One Billion Trees Fund for large-scale planting to provide jobs in communities and improve the environment, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor and Forestry Minister Shane Jones have announced. New, more flexible funding criteria for applications will help up to 10 catchment groups plant ...
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    6 days ago
  • New fund for women now open
    Organisations that support women are invited to apply to a new $1,000,000 fund as part of the Government’s COVID-19 response. “We know women, and organisations that support women, have been affected by COVID-19. This new money will ensure funding for groups that support women and women’s rights,” said Minister for ...
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    6 days ago
  • Govt supports King Country farmers to lift freshwater quality
    Healthier waterways are front and centre in a new project involving more than 300 King Country sheep, beef and dairy farmers. The Government is investing $844,000 in King Country River Care, a group that helps farmers to lift freshwater quality and farming practice, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor announced today. “Yesterday ...
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  • Libraries to help with jobs and community recovery
    A major funding package for libraries will allow them to play a far greater role in supporting their communities and people seeking jobs as part of the economic recovery from COVID-19. “Budget 2020 contains over $60 million of funding to protect library services and to protect jobs,” says Internal Affairs ...
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    1 week ago
  • Support for arts and music sector recovery
    A jobseekers programme for the creative sector and four new funds have been set up by the Government to help our arts and music industry recover from the blow of COVID-19. Thousands of jobs will be supported through today’s $175 million package in a crucial economic boost to support the ...
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    1 week ago
  • Legislative changes to support the wellbeing of veterans and their families
    Minister for Veterans Ron Mark has welcomed the First Reading of a Bill that will make legislative changes to further improve the veterans’ support system.  The Veterans’ Support Amendment Bill No 2, which will amend the Veterans’ Support Act 2014, passed First Reading today. The bill addresses a number of ...
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  • Christ Church Cathedral – Order in Council
    Views sought on Order in Council to help fast track the reinstatement of the Christ Church Cathedral  The Associate Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration, Hon Poto Williams, will be seeking public written comment, following Cabinet approving the drafting of an Order in Council aimed at fast-tracking the reinstatement of the ...
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    1 week ago
  • New Zealanders’ human rights better protected in new Bill
    The law setting out New Zealanders’ basic civil and human rights is today one step towards being strengthened following the first reading of a Bill that requires Parliament to take action if a court says a statute undermines those rights. At present, a senior court can issue a ‘declaration of ...
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    1 week ago
  • Deep concern at Hong Kong national security legislation
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today reiterated the deep concern of the New Zealand Government following confirmation by China’s National People’s Congress of national security legislation relating to Hong Kong. “New Zealand shares the international community’s significant and long-standing stake in Hong Kong’s prosperity and stability,” Mr Peters said. “New Zealand ...
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    1 week ago
  • Government invests in New Zealand’s cultural recovery
    Thousands of artists and creatives at hundreds of cultural and heritage organisations have been given much-needed support to recover from the impact of COVID-19, Prime Minister and Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Jacinda Ardern announced today. “The cultural sector was amongst the worst hit by the global pandemic,” Jacinda ...
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  • Better protection for New Zealand assets during COVID-19 crisis
    Key New Zealand assets will be better protected from being sold to overseas owners in a way contrary to the national interest, with the passage of the Overseas Investment (Urgent Measures) Bill. The Bill, which passed its third reading in Parliament today, also cuts unnecessary red tape to help attract ...
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  • Cleaning up our rivers and lakes
    Setting higher health standards at swimming spots Requiring urban waterways to be cleaned up and new protections for urban streams Putting controls on higher-risk farm practices such as winter grazing and feed lots Setting stricter controls on nitrogen pollution and new bottom lines on other measures of waterway health Ensuring ...
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    1 week ago
  • Record year for diversity on Govt boards
    The Government is on the verge of reaching its target of state sector boards and committees made up of at least 50 percent women, says Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter and Minister for Ethnic Communities Jenny Salesa. For the first time, the Government stocktake measures the number of Māori, ...
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    1 week ago